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NEW Host for "East Coast Extravaganza"!

By: Laurielle Penny
Faye Wightman to host alumni UBC Travel Club’s Canada 150 East Coast Extravaganza tour in October, 2017.Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Join the Chair of the University of British Columbia’s Board of Directors Faye Wightman on our tour to Canada’s ‘must-see’ Fogo Island, historic Halifax, and colourful St. John’s.   Stay...

A Quest First in India

By: Justin Peter
Late last autumn I had the privilege of hosting a group of intrepid Quest travellers on our inaugural tour of India’s Northwest region. I was very excited about this tour for what it would offer. Comprised of the states of Rajasthan and the diverse but little-visited Gujarat, this region is overall more diverse than the centre of country where our Quest travellers have ventured many times pr...

Cover Yourself with Colour at the Annual Holi Festival

By: Ian Shanahan
The onset of spring signifies renewal, vivacity and a flourish of colour and life. In North India, this is taken to the extreme, and it makes for one heck of a celebration!Every year at the end of February or beginning of March, millions of people prepare for one of the biggest and most ancient Hindu religious festivals of the year. The Holi festival or “festival of colours” runs for t...

See Naples with New Eyes

By: Nella Cotrupi
[Editor’s note: Our first Naples departure is full! We've added a second tour - please click here to view it.]Buon giorno,I recently learned that Francesca Siniscalchi, who has established a reputation as the guide to Elena Ferrante’s Naples will be our local guide in Naples during Classical Pursuits’ May 2017 travel adventure to Naples and Ischia. Hurray! As we read and discuss ...

How to Tell a Macaroni from a Gentoo

By: Ian Shanahan
One has a wispy yellow-orange crest protruding from the forehead and over each eye, while the other has a striking white patch behind each eye that conjoins atop its head. Macaroni and Gentoo Penguins don’t really look all that alike. Yet, on our Antarctic expeditions, learning to discern these two species is a valid challenge for an observer keenly striving to connect with the subtleties of...

Presentations in Antarctica with Professor Bruno Tremblay

By: Laurielle Penny
Dear Travellers,I am looking forward to our trip to Antarctica next winter – the land excursions, the long dinners with interesting people, the happy hours, and hot tubs as we are surrounded by tabular icebergs! This trip will also take us along the Antarctic Peninsula where some of the largest loss-events of the Antarctic ice shelf are observed. In this expedition, we will again have a scie...