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Please contact Janet McDonald at or 250-721-8827 for more information. 

New York, New York: “Start Spreadin’ the News…”

Like Liza Minnelli, how would you like to “wake up in the city that never sleeps”? There is no other city like New York. In many ways, it is the quintessential city; its name is an international byword for sophistication, excitement, and intensity—everything that a city should be. If you’ve never experienced the thrills and allures of Manhattan or if you want to renew your acquaintance, now is your chance. Join our tour for an in-depth introduction to the culture of the Big Apple.

Our nine-day stay in New York features guided tours of historical sites; visits to the city’s leading museums; and tickets to two Broadway shows. The tour also allows plenty of free time for you to explore for yourself the most provocative city on earth. Our hotel is situated within easy walking distance of the Theatre District, Times Square, and Central Park. The tour also includes two dinners, one lunch, and a seven-day metro pass.

Tour Activity Level: Mild to Moderate

Participants should be in very good health, be able to walk a minimum of three kilometres, climb some stairs, and get on and off buses and subway cars.

Academic Resource

Instructor Robert HollistonRobert Holliston is an accompanist and chamber player, who studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin and Winnifred Scott Wood and at UBC under Robert Rogers. He has performed throughout Canada and the US, England, and New Zealand and recorded CDs with many other artists. Robert is currently keyboard department head and vocal coach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, as well as Curator, Public Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria. A popular and entertaining public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance Lobby Lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993. Additionally, he has led three previous tours to New York City, five tours to the Santa Fe Opera and one to Newfoundland for Continuing Studies’ Travel Study program, and has taught many courses in our community education program.

Pre-tour sessions

Your five pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 2 to 30 from 7 to 9 pm.

Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by Dec. 15, 2017 and receive a $150 reduction on your balance of payment.

Tour dates June 4 – 12, 2018
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$5,245.00
Early bird cost*$5,095.00
Single supplement$1,685.00

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR: • Return airfare and land transportation • Accommodation • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary • Admissions and excursions • Baggage handling at hotels, where available

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by Feb. 23, 2018 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on March 2, 2018.

*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by Dec. 15, 2017 and receive a $150 reduction on your balance of payment.


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