Tour description

Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where the high desert meets the ponderosa pine, Santa Fe enjoys a dry, sunny, but mild climate. It is also well known as a centre of art and culture.

This nine-day tour begins in Albuquerque, where we spend our first two nights. While in Albuquerque we will enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing tour and free time to explore the city’s museums and shops. Travelling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, we pass through the beautiful Cibola National Forest, stopping at Sandia Peak, with the world’s longest tramway where, from the summit, we can experience incredible 360-degree panoramic views.

Our stay in Santa Fe includes admission to four of the season’s world-class opera productions at the beautiful outdoor theatre. As well, there will be ample time for you to visit some of the many museums, shops, art galleries, and studios.

Tour Activity Level: Mild

Participants should be in good health, be able to walk reasonable distances, get on and off buses.

Academic Resource

Robert 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, July 4 to Aug. 1 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 Aug. 4 – 12, 2018
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$5,495.00
Early bird cost*$5,345.00
Single supplement$1,085.00

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 April 20, 2018 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on April 27, 2018.


Please contact Janet McDonald at 250-721-8827 or for further information or to place your deposit.

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