Western Canada Folk Dance Tour
Calgary, Banff, Vancouver, and Victoria
Thrilling Western Canada Folk Dance Tour, Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Natural Scenery,
Culture, History, Art, and Adventure!
When: April 13-25, 2023
Led by Led by Cathie Dunklee-Donnell
with Lee Otterholt and Genci Kastrati
★ Thrilling Western Canada folk dance tour
★ Dance with superstars Lee Otterholt and Genci Kastrati
★ Rare North American appearance of maestro Genci Kastrati, director
of the Albanian National Folk Dance Ensemble
★ Day tours of Calgary, Banff, Vancouver, and Victoria
★ Luxury train trip through Rockies and interior British Columbia
★ Folk dance workshop in Calgary with Lee Otterholt and Genci Kastrati
★ Meet with Albanian community of Calgary
★ Bus trip to Banff and Banff National park
★ Attend the Lyrids Folk Dance Festival
★ Visit renowned Butchart Gardens
★ Price includes city tours, transfers, hotels, two meals daily, our own tour bus, all entrance and performance fees.
Price: Land Only: $5995
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Day 1: Thursday, April 13:
Fly to Calgary, stay at Hilton Garden Inn in Calgary’s trendy East Village. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Friday, April 14:
Breakfast at hotel. Walking tour of Calgary, visiting the spectacular and renown Studio Bell National Music Centre and the Calgary Public Library with their stunning and avant-garde architecture. Lunch at the Calgary Tower revolving restaurant with great view of Calgary and the Rockies. Followed by a tour of downtown Calgary’s plus 15 indoor walkway system and the indoor Devonian Garden. Dinner on your own. In the evening, we’ll attend the first evening of Calgary Folkdance Fridays Weekend Workshop with Lee Otterholt and Genci Kastrati. Genci Kastrati is the maestro and choreographer of Albania’s National Folkdance Troupe. We are very lucky to get him to lead and teach dancing on this tour. Our own maestro and folkdance instructor Lee Otterholt will also be teaching dancing on this trip and workshop.
Day 3: Saturday, April 15:
Take light train to community hall. Workshop all day. Dinner by Albanian restaurant. Party at night including performance by children of Albanian community.
Day 4: Sunday, April 16:
Morning workshop. In the afternoon will head to the Unesco site Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump where First Nations people stampeded bison off a cliff for 6000 years.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Monday, April 17:
Bus trip to Banff and Banff National park. Hot springs and gondola. Sightseeing tbd. Dinner at Banff restaurant. Overnight at Banff Centre.
Day 6: Tuesday, April 18:
Icefields Parkway. Ride on snowtram across glacier. See wildlife such as grizzlies and elk. Dinner at Banff Centre.
Day 7: Wednesday, April 19:
Luxury train trip through Rockies and interior BC. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 8: Thursday, April 20:
Another day of luxury train trip. Arrive in Vancouver. Transfer to hotel.
Day 9: Friday, April 21:
Take the Skytrain to downtown Vancouver for sightseeing. Return in the afternoon to rest. Dinner on your own then train to Lyrids festival.
Day 10: Saturday, April 22:
Lyrids Folk Dane Festival all day. Dinner and party at the festival with live music.
Day 11: Sunday, April 23:
Lyrids all day. Bus and ferry to Victoria. Overnight at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Day 12: Monday, April 24:
We will visit lush and renowned Butchart Gardens. More sightseeing in downtown Victoria. Overnight at the luxury Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Farewell dinner at the local restaurant. Dance with local club.
Day 13: Tuesday, April 25:
Fly home from Victoria or take the pedestrian ferry to Seattle and fly from there.
Land Only: $5995
REGISTRATION FORM: I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Western Canada single supplement: $945. Hotel taxes and service charges: $185. Gratuities not included. Program subject to change without notice. Cancellation 90 days prior to departure: Total refund: Less than 90 days: No refund. Travel insurance is recommended.
Total balance due January 10, 2023
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