The Canadian Rockies

By rail across the Canadian Rockies – “Rocky Mountaineer”

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a city well acquainted with Hong Kong. Emigration from Hong Kong and the frequent exchange of friends and relatives to and from Hong Kong, make a visit to the Rocky Mountains an attractive adjunct to any holiday to Canada.
 
Vancouver has lots to offer. Beautiful Vancouver Island and the affluent British city and capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is only a ferry ride away. The famous ski resort and summer holiday resort of Whistler is also nearby. Most famously though, are the spectacular Rocky Mountains, and the resort locations of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. These regions can be approached by self-drive car or tourist coach from either Vancouver or Calgary, Alberta. By far the best way to arrive in Banff, however, is aboard the famous luxury train, “Rocky Mountaineer”.
 
The Rocky Mountaineer train trip is an overnight journey from Vancouver. One disembarks from the train and spends the night en route in a comfortable hotel.
All meals are enjoyed on board the train in the luxury of the Dining Car. The carriages of Rocky Mountaineer are double storey. Your seats are elevated, high up under a glass dome which enables you to view the spectacular scenery in all directions. Downstairs, the beautiful Dining Room has huge picture windows. There is even an elevator for the physically challenged.
 
If you are prepared for luxury, the opportunity to stay at the famed Banff Springs Hotel or the Chateau Lake Louise are destinations unto themselves.
 
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South Africa and Mozambique

South Africa and Mozambique

Self-Drive Safari in South Africa with pristine Mozambique beaches. Travel as a family or a group of friends. We have prepared a suggested itinerary but you can plan your own. The best times to travel are May and September.
 
Suggested itinerary for a self-drive arrangement but if you have your own ideas about what you would like to do or see, then contact us at Jebsen Holidays for assistance. Please also feel free to contact our travel advisors.

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Australia: Great Barrier Reef

The Best Place and Time to See It

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and it’s a destination that nearly every traveler wants to see once in a lifetime.
 
Cairns, in far northern Queensland, is the most famous gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
 
The Reef, however, extends for 2300 km along the coast of Queensland and there are other gateways besides Cairns.
 
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef can be very expensive but it doesn’t have to be.
 
There are only three locations where you can actually “stay” on the Great Barrier Reef  but there are a number of places where you can access day trips to the Reef. Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, is the most famous of these.
 
The ultimate way to enjoy the Reef, of course, is to actually stay on the Reef whether at a hotel or on board a dive boat.
 
Many island resorts claim to be on the Barrier Reef, so be careful! It is usually an expensive business to get to the Great Barrier Reef by boat or seaplane. Most will only be able to afford a single day trip to the Reef!
 
If you are happy enough to spend only a day on the Reef, you can choose to stay in Cairns or nearby Port Douglas, or you can choose to stay at one of the many resorts. The beautiful Whitsunday Islands, off Airlie Beach, offer varying levels of accommodation. The grandest of these is Hayman Island Resort. Day trips to the Reef are readily available.
 
Most importantly, consider the weather when planning to travel. The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is from June to November, when the weather is mild and visibility is generally good. Avoid visiting from December to March when northern Queensland has a distinct wet season, bringing oppressive heat and abundant rainfall.
 
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1. Lizard Island

Lizard Island, off Cairns, is definitely the way to go, if you can afford it. This superb resort is scenically spectacular and offers the finest in luxury accommodation and cuisine.
 
Captain James Cook, the famous seaman and explorer accredited with the discovery of Australia in 1770, landed on Lizard Island and you can climb the hillock and enjoy the same spectacular view that he did.

2. Heron Island

Heron Island, off Gladstone, and 970 km south of Cairns, is another location where you can actually stay on the Reef. The Island can be approached by helicopter or by boat and you should definitely take the more expensive option, the helicopter, in one direction because of the spectacular views from the air. The immensity and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef can only be fully appreciated when seen from the air.
 
Heron Island offers a range of accommodations meaning that those seeking something more affordable have a choice. Children can even be accommodated in bunk rooms whilst parents can enjoy a room with a view and what a view.

3. Lady Elliott Island

The third place to stay, which is also actually on the Great Barrier Reef, is Lady Elliott Island, off Gladstone, and only 375 km by air from Brisbane.
 
Lady Elliott Island offers a genuine eco experience. It is a marine park and accommodation is unpretentious. It is the least expensive place to actually stay on the Reef.
 
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Galapagos Islands with Richard Dawkins

Galapagos Islands with Richard Dawkins

Why:

  • First ever UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Often considered as birthplace of Darwinism
  • Unique wildlife species like blue-footed boobies, giant Galapagos tortoise, marine iguanas…..


Where: South Pacific, off coast of Ecuador


Best time to visit: All year round, depends on what animal or activities you want to see


Best way to see: Small cruise ship with good expert naturalists

Sometimes a very special travel experience comes along. A journey that is more akin to a crash university course than a holiday. Of course, it can be both.
 
The renowned British atheist, academic and critic of creationism, Richard Dawkins, is leading several trips to the Galapagos Islands in the near future. It is hard to imagine a more interesting travel companion on a trip to the Galapagos.
 
The Galapagos Islands, which is on many a travelers bucket list, was made famous by Charles Darwin and the vessel on which he travelled, HMS Beagle.
 
During his visit to the islands, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands “inhabitants”.
 
In 1859, his famous book “On The Origin of Species”, drastically and controversially altered the scientific view on the biological origins of life.
 
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