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Scotland Slowly 2013

Scotland Slowly 2013

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Adventure Canada's Scotland Slowly and Scotland to Greenland Programs. Aboard the Sea Adventurer, June 2013
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Scotland Slowly

aboard the Sea Adventurer June 2 - 12, 2013

Dear Adventurers, We’re heading back to Scotland, by popular demand, and we’re super-excited about it. Our Celtic voyages are always the best of all worlds, with plenty of amazing historical sites, a rich and vibrant culture, lots of time on shore to explore and, of course, great music all along the way. This is also part of our 25th anniversary, and I can’t imagine celebrating this year without a trip to the Scottish Isles. I do hope you’ll join us.

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• The largest seabird colony in the UK on the cliffs of St. Kilda • Relish single malts on the distillery isle of Jura • Visit Glasgow and Clyde Valley • Experience island life on Foula and Papa Stour in the Shetlands • Marvel at the largest collection of



Matthew Swan President, Adventure Canada



prehistoric megalithic structures in western Europe • Climb Mousa broch, a stone age fortification almost perfectly intact on the Shetlands • Visit one of the largest collections of Neolithic monuments on Orkney.

Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1: Glasgow & Oban Day 2: Islay & Jura Day 3: Iona & Staffa Day 4: Isle of Skye Day 5: Mingulay & Barra Day 6: St. Kilda Day 7: Isle of Lewis Day 8: Kirkwall, Orkney Day 9: Papa Stour & Foula Day 10: Mousa & Fair Isle Day 11: Aberdeen


cotland’s western and northern isles offer a rich supply of culture, heritage and natural history. In Medieval Times an already archaic society in the Hebrides evolved into the Lordship of the Isles, a sea-kingdom blending Gael and Viking under the powerful domination of Clan Donald. In the north, Orkney and Shetland were welded into a formidable Scandinavian earldom. Both island groups preserve some of the oldest monuments in Europe, dating back to the Stone Age, while today both exploit the latest computer technologies to place them at the forefront of modern developments. Kinship and community are two of the constants in this story; Gaelic-speaking clans retained their independence despite acknowledging the Lords of the Isles, while free Norse landholders battled the forces of feudalism in the Northern Isles. As our ship, Sea Adventurer, winds its way through the western isles and the Pentland Firth to Orkney and Shetland, history will illuminate the present while tradition will enhance our understanding of the past. The abundant bird and mammal population of the area will be observed, studied and surely enjoyed. June is an ideal month to visit Scotland in search of birds, with breeding well underway, and watchers will be rewarded with excellent opportunities. Photographers will have time to focus their attentions on improving technique and getting small group tutorials. Island folk have always been extremely conscious of the natural environment, as the riches thereof have sustained them. We’ll experience a bit of island life too – with music and laughter in community halls and local pubs. With modern touches in many homes, the people who live here still remain close to their roots with nuances and traditions embedded by the original settlers who first made their homes here hundreds of years ago.


© Andrew Stewart, 2011

Day 1: Glasgow and Oban
Dubbed the Empire’s Second City, the bustling metropolis of Glasgow is a working town and the economic engine of Scotland. Known for its architecture, Glasgow’s cathedral spires and Italianate steeples sit harmoniously alongside neo-gothic towers, the sensuous Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the titanium, glass and steel that serves as the backdrop for this contemporary city. We will make our way to Oban by coach where we will meet the Sea Adventurer.

Day 2: Islay and Jura
Islay is referred to as the Cradle of Clan Donald. The descendants of Somerled, a 12th century prince, made their home at Loch Finlaggan. However, it was on Eilean na Comhairle (the council isle) that the Lordship government discussed important matters of the Hebrides. The capital of Islay today is Bowmore, home of the Bowmore Round Kirk and one of the island’s seven whisky distilleries. Jura is the wildest island in the Inner Hebrides. The ragged west side is uninhabited and dotted with caves, arches, pillars and raised beaches bordering a vast area of rock and blanket bog. Deer, wild goats, and Golden Eagles thrive here, but so do palm trees in the mild climate surrounding the only substantial village, Craighurst (population: 160). It has all the necessities of life: hotel, pub, post office, church, shop, doctor and distillery. Jura fascinated George Orwell, who lived here for two years as he penned the novel 1984.


© Andrew Stewart 2011 © Andrew Stewart, 2011 © Larry Frank, 2007

Day 3: Staffa and Iona
Not far from Mull, the isle of Staffa is noted for its basalt cliffs and ‘Fingal’s Cave’- a spectacular natural feature named for the Celtic hero, and the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean overture. Iona is where St. Columba established his monastery - the luminary of all the Caledonian Region in 563AD. Though savagely attacked by the Vikings, Iona was traditionally the burial place of Kings and it long enjoyed the patronage of the Lord of the Isles. The much restored Abbey complex preserves two outstanding 8th century crosses and a splendid collection of sculptures commissioned or influenced by the Chiefs of Clan Donald and their allies. En route to the Isle of Skye, we sail by the bird cliffs at Lunga.

Day 4: Isle of Skye
Our visit to Skye will sail along the southwestern shore as we visit Loch Coruisk, a freshwater loch only metres above sea level accessed through Loch Scavaig. Some maintain this remote loch is one of the finest mountainscapes in all of Britain. Set against a stunning backdrop formed by the Cuillin Mountains, we’ll hike the western shore of Loch Coruisk, a superb stop for birders, hikers and photographers.

Day 5: Mingulay and Barra
The Outer Hebrides form a long archipelago off Scotland’s west coast and are the stronghold of Gaelic culture and language. Mingulay is home to Puffins, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Shags, Fulmars and Razorbills. Sightings of Eagles and

© Andrew Stewart, 2011

© Mike Beedell, 2011

© Larry Frank, 2007 © Andrew Stewart, 2011

Peregrine Falcons are possible here. This lovely island also served as inspiration for the noted tune “Mingulay Boat Song”. Now uninhabited, a large natural arch and dramatic sea stacks adorn the western side of the island. Barra is the ancestral island of Clan MacNeil whose chiefs were based at Kisimul Castle, which still sits, impressively intact, a few hundred yards offshore from the pleasant village of Castlebay. Alexander, Lord of the Isles, granted the MacNeils the island in 1427, and a century later the clan was accused of launching piratical raids on English shipping endeavours. Barra was later the home of writer Compton Mackenzie, who used the setting for his novel (later a movie) Whisky Galore.

Day 6: St. Kilda
St. Kilda was inhabited until 1930 when the population was forced to request evacuation. This near-mystical isle, 64 km (40 mi) west of the Outer Hebrides, and now a World Heritage Site, supports an abundant population of seabirds, notably Puffins, Fulmars and the largest Gannet colony in Britain. The island is also home to the Soay - a unique feral sheep left by the islanders. It also preserves many examples of houses, cleits (stone beehive shaped storage structures) and prehistoric remains. A hike to the cliffs offers a stunning 274m (900 ft) vista. To visit St. Kilda is a unique privilege and an altogether memorable experience.

Day 7: Isle of Lewis
Farther north lies Lewis, the largest of the Hebrides, the home of Harris Tweed and Scotland’s largest Gaelic speaking community. We’ll visit Stornoway, the island’s capital city. On the west side, Callanish is one of Britain’s most

© Larry Frank, 2007

© Clayton Anderson, 2007

© Larry Frank, 2007

important Stone Age sites, a primordial configuration of standing stones dating from 2000 BC. One local tradition tells the story of giants who refused to be converted to Christianity, and were turned to stone as punishment by Saint Kieran.

Day 8: Orkney Islands
We’ll have an early morning sail past the Old Man of Hoy, a distinctive 137m (450 ft) sea stack, a red sandstone plinth of igneous basalt on the west coast of the isle of Hoy. Continuous occupation by Vikings, Celts, Picts and stone-age peoples make Orkney one of the richest archaeological areas in the UK. We visit the 4,000-year old Ring of Brodgar, one of Europe’s finest ancient Neolithic monuments, and also Maes Howe, a Neolithic chambered cairn estimated to have been constructed around 2700 BC. Kirkwall is a fine country town dominated by the massive Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137. It is one of the best examples of its kind in Britain and the final resting place of Orkney-born Canadian Arctic explorer, John Rae. Orkney has strong links to the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). From HBC’s early days, their ships regularly called at Stromness for supplies and labour. By late 18th century three quarters of the HBC’s workforce in Canada were Orcadians.

Day 9: Foula and Papa Stour, Shetland Islands
Foula is the most remote permanently inhabited island in the UK; 31 souls live here, 23 km (14 mi) west of the Shetland Islands. Many preserve traditional methods of agriculture and subsistence, while most have access to the Internet in their crofts. Known for its 400m (1,312 ft) high cliffs and its Arctic Terns, Redthroated Divers and Great Skuas, we’ll be in the area at just the right time to see

© Andrew Stewart, 2011

© Mike Beedell, 2011

© Andrew Stewart, 2011

a considerable number of birds. Islanders still acknowledge the Julian calendar which celebrates Christmas on January 6 and New Year’s on January 13, and remnants of an old Norse tongue, Norn, are still found here. Humans have settled at Papa Stour since mesolithic times. The name, which means ‘big island of the priests,’ commemorates Celtic monks who were engulfed by Viking settlers around 800 AD. A population of 20 and one of Britain’s most dramatic coastlines - sea stacks, twisting tidal channels and rugged cliffscapes - perfect for Zodiac touring!

Day 10: Fair Isle and Mousa, Shetland Islands
Fair Isle has a National Trust Bird Observatory. A key destination in Viking times, it now hosts a hospitable population of some 69 people who happily combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. Great Skuas greet visitors seeking Puffins, while a charming museum is devoted to island heritage. The isle of Mousa, in addition to being a fine birding island, Mousa is the site of the best preserved broch in the world. These fortified structures are unique to Scotland. We’ll explore the 12m (40ft) high monument and climb the inner staircase up. Its precise function is a matter of debate and a potent source of speculation.

Day 11: Aberdeen
The Sea Adventurer arrives in Aberdeen in the morning and you can chose to extend your stay on your own or make your way home.

© Matthew Swan, 2011

© Mike Beedell, 2011

© Andrew Stewart, 2011

© Andrew Stewart 2011

The Sea Adventurer

Formerly the Clipper Adventurer

Your Voyage Includes:
All entry & park fees Your complete itinerary Team of resource specialists Educational program and pre-departure materials • All shipboard meals • All Zodiac excursions • Service charges and port fees • • • •

Your Voyage Does Not Include:
• • • • Commercial & charter flights Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance Personal expenses Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes • Discretionary gratuities to ship’s crew (approx. $12 - 14 per passenger per day) • Visas, or inoculations, if required • Possible fuel surcharges

Scotland Slowly Category
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 9

Scotland to Greeland June 12 - 24, 2013 $2,995 $3,995 $4,595 $5,495 $6,695 $7,495 $7,995 $8,495 $8,895 $9,995

Quad Lower Forward, 2 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window. Triple Lower Deck, 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window. Junior Double, two lower berths, porthole window Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window. Main Double, two lower berths, porthole window. Deluxe Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole or picture window. Superior Double, two lower berths, picture window. Junior Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window. Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window. Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower & bathtub, picture window.

June 2 - 12, 2013 $3,995 $4,995 $5,995 $6,595 $7,995 $8,995 $9,595 $9,995 $10,495 $11,395


Adventure Canada • 1-800-363-7566 • www.adventurecanada.com

Our Staff

Please see our website for a complete staff list and their full biographies

Matthew Swan Adventure Canada

Ian Tamblyn Musician

Ted Cowan Historian

Lizanne Henderson Folklorist

Aaron Russ Expedition Leader

Steven Gillespie Environmental Scientist

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Sacred Journey to the Isle of Iona:
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Celtic Creativity and Spirituality - May 26 - June 2, 2013
Carol Heppenstall has worked for Adventure Canada for 20 years creating small art and adventure travel. She began small trip travel for women only to out of the way and extraordinary places - thin places where the veil between the mundane and the sacred is lifted. For the last five years she has been developing and leading spiritual pilgrimages in the US and abroad.

Travelling Figure, by Elizabeth Kay, a Santa Fe Artist

Rebecca Fitton has facilitated women’s spiritual circles for over thirty years. She is a certified labyrinth facilitator, healer and poet. Her current work is to anchor the divine feminine into new earth.

cotland remains one of the world’s most engaging destinations. The rugged land and seascapes, the art and architecture, and the “thin space” of its sacred sites offers a truly enchanting adventure. On this journey, for women only, we will explore the treasures of Edinburgh and Glasgow, situating ourselves in the history (herstory) and culture of the Scottish people. Digging deeper into the past we will examine the sacred space of the medieval chapel at Rosslyn. We will ferry to the mystic isle of Iona - one of the world’s most enchanting places. Here the veil between the mundane and the divine is thinner. We will spend our time exploring this cradle of Christianity while embracing its Druidic beginnings. We will venture through castles, cathedrals, gardens and galleries to uncover the mystery of the Celts. We will breathe in the art, music and culture which create a synergistic beauty. When we reach the windswept Isle of Iona, we will experience the rhythm of the waves on rocks, the sacredness of the land, and indeed, the thinning of the veil. Join us on a journey that weaves the essence of Scotland into your personal and spiritual exploration.


Your Itinerary
The nature of adventure travel allows for slight variations in the itinerary to enhance the experience or allow for circumstances beyond our control. A final itinerary will be included in the joining packages closer to departure.

Day 1: Edinburgh
We will meet at our hotel in Edinburgh and take a town tour by private coach. We will finish our sightseeing at the medieval Edinburgh castle with a special visit to St. Margaret’s Chapel. The 11th C. “good” Queen Margaret arranged for the restoration of the Abbey at Iona after it had been sacked by Vikings in the 9th C. Our “Travelling Figure” alludes to this journey. Dinner included.

Day 2: Royal Botanical Gardens and the National Gallery
In the morning we will visit the Queen Mother’s Royal Botanical Gardens. After lunch we will visit the National Gallery of Scotland. A docent led tour will introduce us to the treasures of Scotland’s fine arts. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3: Rosslyn and Glasgow
This morning we will leave Edinburgh for the medieval chapel at Rosslyn. Built by the St. Clares (Sinclairs) in the 15th century, it is the furthest north pilgrimage site built by the Templars and better known to some for its role in the movie, The Da Vinci Code. Touring the chapel with a docent will enrich our understanding of the mysteries of early Christianity in Scotland. The charming village nearby affords a delightful luncheon stop before journeying on to Glasgow. A private town tour will highlight medieval spiritual centres as well as the 19th century architecture of famed Rennie Mackintosh. A special talk by folklorist Lizanne Henderson from the University of Glasgow will introduce us to fairies and other fabled creatures of the mythological past. Lizanne Henderson, a long-time Adventure Canada folklorist, will join us for dinner. BLD.


Day 4: Glasgow
Exploring the lives of some of Glasgow’s famous industrialists provides a window into Scottish culture. Today we will give ourselves over to the beauty of the countryside with a visit to a glorious Georgian home now open to the public. Its art, furnishings and gardens will fill our morning then over to the Burrell Collection for lunch and a docent led tour of this outstanding collection of over 8000 works of art, furniture, tapestries and more. This is our last evening in an urban setting - we’ll enjoy a bit of free time and dinner on our own. BL.

Day 5,6 & 7: Iona
A morning ride to the west coast will bring us to our ferry for Iona. After settling into our quaint B&B’s we’ll gather for dinner. The following days will be spent in a retreat like style led by our own Rebecca Fitton. Exploring the mystery of the land and the ancient dialogue between the sea and the stones of the abbey and other remnants of the medieval past, we immerse ourselves in the solitude of the island. Our meals will be taken at local hotels. BLD, BL, BD.

Day 8: Returning to Glasgow
Leaving the island, we have the option of joining Adventure Canads’s “Scotland Slowly” a cruise through the remote islands of Scotland or returning to Glasgow for our flights home. B. “When Edinburgh was a rock and Oxford a swamp, Iona was famous” $3,995USD Per person double occupancy - Single Supplement $1,150 please call for more info. Book Spiritual Scotland and Scotland Slowly together and save $250.

Scotland to Greenland
June 12 - 24, 2013 aboard the Sea Adventurer
oin us for a new adventure as we journey from the rolling hills of Scotland, to the remote island shores of the Faroe Islands, the geothermal wonders of Iceland and the dynamic glaciers of Greenland. Our journey takes us from the North Sea, though the North Atlantic, touching into the Norwegian Sea and on to the Arctic Ocean. This is a voyage of variety and contrasts, with Celtic, Norse and Inuit cultures represented as we explore their language, culture, bird life and history. Beginning in Aberdeen, Scotland we’ll stop in at beautiful Fair Isle. We’ll also visit Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Isles, for our last taste of Scotland before heading out to the remote Faroe Islands. On our visit to the Mykines, we’ll find Faroese subspecies of the Common Eider, European Starling, Winter Wren, Puffin, Gannet and Black Guillemot. BirdLife International has identified this area as an Important Bird area, because of the almost 2,000,000 birds that come here to breed. We’ll also start to see the transition towards Arctic-alpine flora as we set sail for our next great island - Iceland. Iceland will bring us a new language, culture and landscape as we sample some of the natural wonders that have made this island famous. Volcanoes, bird and marine life will give way to the lively city of Reykjavik - and we’ll cap it all off with a relaxing visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. Twenty-four hours of daylight will let you enjoy each day to the fullest. From Iceland we sail onto the remote eastern side of Greenland, sparsely populated, but rich in glaciers, looming mountain ranges and marine life. Emerging on the west side of Greenland, we’ll make our way North, with visits to the small, colourful Greenland village of Ivigtut and then the world’s smallest capital city - Nuuk. Here we’ll visit the final resting place of the Greenlandic mummies, before heading North, into the Arctic Circle and one of Greenland’s longest and most picturesque fjords. This voyage promises to be one of great variety, with diverse cultures, dramatic landscapes and natural wonders as we head into the land of the midnight sun. 22


© Dennis Minty, 2007

© Dennis Minty, 2007

Day 1: Aberdeen
We board the Sea Adventurer after our morning tour of Aberdeen.

Day 2: Fair Isle and Lerwick
Fair Isle has a National Trust Bird Observatory. A key destination in Viking times, it now hosts a hospitable population of some 70 people who happily combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. Great Skuas greet visitors seeking Puffins, while a charming museum is devoted to island heritage.

Day 3: Sumba, Suouroy, Faroe Islands
Sumba is in the south of the island or Suoroy and is the village where the Faroese chain dance has had a particular stronghold. We’ll be treated to a cultural presentation here and those looking to stretch their legs can hike to the Beinisvørð Mountain formed as a long grass slope that ends in a dramatic drop on the opposite side with beautiful panoramic views.

Day 4: Torshavn and Mykines, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn is the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands with a population of 13,000. The Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850 thus Tórshavn was made capital of Faroe Islands and has remained so ever since. All through the Middle Ages the narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea made up the main part of Tórshavn. Early on, Tórshavn became the center of the monopoly trade, thereby being the only legal place for the islanders to sell and buy goods. We will have a chance to explore the town in the morning. In the afternooon, we’ll have a chance to visit the island of Mykines, designated an Important Bird area by BirdLife International. Large numbers of Puffins and Gannets inhabit Mykines and Mykineshólmur. On the rocks at the waters edge there are


colonies of Cormorants while the eroded tuff layers in the cliffs make perfect nesting ledges for Guillemots and Razorbills. On the grassy slopes above the bird cliffs, thousands of puffins have their burrows, and their guano fertilizes the slopes. Northern Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Common guillemots are also routinely spotted here.

Day 5: At Sea Day 6: Jökulsárlón Bay, Iceland
Jökulsárlón (literally “glacial river lagoon”) is a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull, it evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the Icelandic glaciers. The lagoon now stands 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi).

Day 7: Reykjavik
Reykjavik, which aptly means “steamy bay,” is a cosmopolitan capital city and as much a part of the Icelandic experience as the midnight sun or the fire and ice that creates the island’s landscape. Entirely powered by geothermal energy harnessed from the Earth below, the city boasts air that is crisp, clean and pollution-free. We’ll have a full day to explore Reykjavik and the famous Blue Lagoon.

Days 8 & 9: At Sea
During these two days, we will be on the lookout for marine life, and be treated to lectures, musical performances and cocktail parties. As we near Greenland we will be greeted by the icebergs moving down the east coast.

Day 10: Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Today we continue on the trail of the Vikings, making an expedition stop at Herjolfsnes, an important first landfall of the Norse upon reaching Greenland. A landscape of gothic peaks will surround us as we sail through Prince Christian Sound.


Day 11: Itittuut, Greenland
Itittuut, is an abandoned mining town near Cape Desolation in southwestern Greenland. Its site is on the ruins of the former Norse Middle Settlement. We’ll have a chance to explore this abandoned, but eerily beautiful community.

Day 12: Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland, but this world’s smallest capital city is bustling ith 15,000 inhabitants. A short walk up from the harbour is ‘the Brodtet’ where the day’s catch of seal, birds and fish is offered for sale. We have a chance to explore the Katuaq Cultural Centre and its collection of traditional kayaks (Greenland’s bestknown invention) and the Greenland National Museum where the famous 600-year old mummies from northern Greenland are housed.

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq and Sondre Stromfjord

We will make our journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord to Kangerlussuaq, where we will board our charter flight to Toronto. If the day is clear, it is possible to see the largest ice cap in the world from your airplane window

• Experience the Summer Solstice in Greenland • Enjoy and explore several distinct cultures and regions • Visit the bird cliffs at Mykines Island in the Faroes • Bathe in the healing waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon • See the spectacular icebergs of Jökulsárlón Bay • See the famous Greenlandic mummies in Nuuk • Sail the rich waters of Denmark strait, looking for marine mammals • Follow in the historic footsteps of the Vikings

Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
April 25 - May 6, 2013 aboard the National Geographic Islander Cuzco and Machu Picchu: May 6 - 11, 2013
e once again return to the Galápagos Islands on the lovely National Geographic Islander. We will have a chance to explore the highlands of Ecuador, vist the Otavalo market and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of old town Quito before we head to the archipelago for a week of wildlife overload. The Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s best examples of sustainable tourism. The over-abundant wildlife is indifferent to our presence, knowing it has nothing to fear from the friendly humans. At many stops, we’ll be the only visitors, feeling like we have the whole island to ourselves. Top-notch naturalist guides are trained at the University of the Galápagos and share their knowledge on land and in the water. We’ll enjoy a combination of guided nature walks, Zodiac cruises and town visits, along with plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel in the warm waters with sea turtles, colourful fish, sea lions and even the diminutive Galápagos penguin. April and May are teh best months to visit - the water is warm and calm, the rainy season is coming to an end, and the giant tortoises, seaturtles and land iguanas are all beginning to hatch. April also signals the start of the courtship season for the Waved Albatrosses on Española. For those of you continuing on to our Machu Picchu extension, this also corresponds with the end of the rains in the mountains of Peru, and we can expect great weather and smaller crowds at this wonder of the new world and last stronghold of the Inca Empire. We do hope you’ll join us in Ecuador and Galápagos islands in 2013.


© Clayton Anderson 2010

© Dennis Minty, 2010

© Dennis Minty, 2010

© Dennis Minty, 2011 © Dennis Minty, 2010









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Release, Terms and Conditions Please read this important information carefully. The delivery by the passenger of the deposit together with a signed copy of this document to Adventure Canada shall constitute the passenger’s consent and agreement to all of the provisions contained herein. Please note that fuel surcharges may be levied to offset rising oil prices. Payment Schedule and Rates A deposit of $1,000 USD per passenger is required to reserve a position for a tour. The balance of payment for the tour must be received by Adventure Canada at least 120 days prior to the scheduled departure date. Adventure Canada will only issue pre-departure boarding documents to a passenger once it has received full payment together with all required documents duly completed by the passenger. Tour fees quoted are based on (i) prices in effect at the time of printing (June 2012) and as such are subject to change without notice prior to departure and (ii) group participation. Prices are cash/cheque discounted, and in US dollars. Credit Card pricing is as follows: 2013 Scotland Slowly: C1 $4,115, C2 $5,195, C3 $6,235, C4 $6,859, C5 $8,315, C6 $9,355, C7 $9,979, C8 $10,395, C9 $10,915, C10 $11,851 – 2013 Scotland to Greenland: C1 $3,115, C2 $4,155, C3 $4,779, C4 $5,715, C5 $6,963, C6 $7,795, C7 $8,315, C8 $8,835, C9 $9,251, C10 $10,395. 2013 Sacred journey to the Isle of Iona: Double Occupancy $4,675 Single Supplement $1,196 – 2013 Ecuador and the Galápagos: C1 $5,715, C2 $7,275, C3 $7,795, C4 $8,315, C5 $9,043, C6 $10,083, C7 $11,123, Single $11,123 – 2013 Machu Picchu $3,115 Single Supplement $827 – For wire transfers, passengers should note that the transferring financial institution may charge a service fee, which shall be at the passenger’s expense. Returned cheques, credit card changes and refunds are subject to a $25 USD fee. Adventure Canada is a member in good standing of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (“TICO”) which administers the Ontario Travel Compensation Fund, a fund established by registered travel agents and travel wholesalers in Ontario to insure payments such as those made to Adventure Canada in connection herewith. For more information on TICO, visit www.tico.on.ca Cancellations and Refunds All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Upon Adventure Canada receiving a written notice of cancellation at least 120 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, the passenger shall receive a full refund of its tour fees, less an administrative penalty of $500 per person. If a written notice of cancellation is received by Adventure Canada between 91 and 120 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, the passenger shall receive a refund of 35% of its tour fees. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all fees, deposits and tariffs received by Adventure Canada are forfeited. For these and other reasons mentioned below, passengers are strongly advised to obtain trip cancellation insurance. No refunds shall be made to passengers who do not participate in any part of, or otherwise do not complete, the tour for any reason whatsoever. Delays In the event of a delay, passengers will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated therewith, including, without limitation, any additional food, lodging or transportation costs resulting from such delay. We recommend you purchase refundable air tickets. Baggage Baggage is solely at the passenger’s risk and expense. Baggage is limited to a maximum weight of 20 KG in most cases. Also, airline luggage allowance is typically two pieces per passenger and one piece of carry-on luggage, subject to weight restrictions,

but please check with your airline for current standards. Excess baggage is not permitted on charter flights. Any excess baggage charges for commercial flights are the responsibility of the passenger. Land-Based Group Size and Trip Costs In keeping with our philosophy of small group travel, most of our land based programs operate with 10 - 30 participants. If we do not get the required number of people and cancel a tour, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of a cancellation, all deposits and tariffs paid will be returned to the passenger in full with no further obligation on the part of Adventure Canada (AC), Eagle-Eye Tours (EE), and The Human Nature Company (HNC). Single rooms, if available, will be provided on request for an additional fee as outlined in program literature. For participants travelling alone, but wishing to share, AC will arrange for a room if possible. If a roommate is not available, a single supplement will be charged. Insurance Due to the nature of the tour in which the passenger will be participating, passengers must have in place prior to departure comprehensive insurance coverage including without limitation medical, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation and interruption, accident and baggage insurance. Emergency medical and evacuation coverage is mandatory for trip participation and policy documentation will be required. Any losses sustained by the undersigned passenger as a result of its failing to obtain proper insurance coverage shall be the sole responsibility of the passenger. For full coverage passengers are recommended to obtain insurance at the time of deposit. Images and Privacy On these trips we take many photos, some of which we use for promotional purposes. If you would not like photos which include you to be used, please let us know in advance. We may also celebrate your birthday onboard, let us know if you would like to abstain. Itinerary The itineraries/programs described are subject to change at the discretion of the ship’s master. These are expeditions to remote parts of the world. AC, reserves the exclusive right, in its sole discretion, to alter or omit any part of the itinerary or change any reservation, staff member, feature and/or means of conveyance without notice and for any reason whatsoever including but not limited to weather conditions, availability of anchorages, force majeure, political conditions and other factors beyond our control and without allowance or refund and with any and all extra costs resulting there from paid by the passengers. AC, expressly reserves the right to cancel, without prior notice to the passengers, any tour prior to departure, in which case tour fees will be refunded without further obligation on the part of AC, including, but not limited to the payment of interest accrued thereon. Decisions to alter the itinerary/program as aforesaid shall be made in the best interest of all passengers aboard the vessel. AC, expressly reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel the reservation of, or remove from the tour, any passenger at any time. Additional Documentation Adventure Canada is a sub-charterer of the Sea Adventurer and the National Geographic Islander. Adventure Canada’s registration serves as the Passage Contract Ticket, which is the standard passenger contract and liability waiver of the vessels mentioned herein. Passengers are encouraged to read this document upon receipt. In accepting this Passage Contract Ticket, passengers agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.

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