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Journeys : August September 2009
Been there, done that Fiona sees her ‘must-see’ country so when the opportunity arose to travel with our auto clubs group, I didn’t hesitate. I This was one of the best decisions of my life, as it was for another 31 fellow Tasmanians, four South Australians, three West Australians, one Victorian and one Queenslander, as we departed on what was our trip of a lifetime. Our guided tour with APT took all the stress away from travel; five-star accommodation, freedom of choice dining, wonderful food and great company. We enjoyed whale watching and a seaplane trip in Victoria, followed by a visit to the magnificent Buchart Gardens. During our stay in the magical ski village of Whistler, we were all excited to experience our first bear sighting! Next came two wonderful rail journeys. The first was an afternoon spent on the Whistler Rocky Mountaineer, followed by two days on the sensational Rocky Mountaineer, experiencing the wonderful Gold Leaf service. With an overnight stay at Kamloops, our rail journey ended at Banff. Accommodation was at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. At Banff, the golfers in our group chose to play a round at a spectacular links with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. All agreed it was great, even if balls were lost. Some of us enjoyed a float trip down the famous Bow River, then a gondola ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain provided more magnificent scenery. But the best was yet to come! This came in the form of a longawaited visit to Lake Louise – sunrise over the glacier with the lake still covered in ice was truly a highlight. Spectacular scenery through the Icefields Parkway, featuring a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier by the Ice Explorer, ended in a snow fight for some. Jasper National Park Lodge was a pictureperfect stopover before we headed out of the Rockies. On our trip we were lucky enough to have three very clear bear sightings, with the last being the best. Pulling up on the highway, there it was rolling in the green grass, dandelions hanging out of its mouth, playing up to the lenses of our eager photographers. “...a fantastic experience!” “Our APT tour of Canada was a fantastic experience! The tour director Rika looked after us far beyond our expectations. Our coach driver Bill made sure the windows were clean so we could capture the magnificent views with our cameras. He even found us a few bears to photograph. “The scenery was magnificent and the accommodation was first-class. Our tour group was exceptional; everyone joined in and made it a really great trip. “Thank you to APT, RACT Travelworld, Rika, Bill and all the wonderful people who accompanied us.” Neil and Lynette Dixon Fiona Fiona Raymond-Crawn has worked in the travel business for three decades. Among the many holiday destinations she has enjoyed, The Maldives are the pick of the bunch. Cruising is another favourite travel experience. Fiona is team leader at RACT Devonport. You can contact her on 6498 7570. August / September 09 71 f you’re like me, you’ll have a list of ‘must-see’ destinations. Canada and Alaska have been heading my list for quite a while Upon our return to Vancouver, we headed to Seattle to join our wonderful cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, to cruise the Inside Passage of Alaska for seven days. Again we were graced with perfect weather – what could be better than cruising into Glacier Bay in brilliant sunshine and azure blue skies? Anchored not more than 50 metres from the Margerie Glacier, the shot-gun crack of breaking ice was the only sound in this isolated and breathtaking part of the world.
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