MSA CULTURAL TOURS

FELLOW TRAVELERS
NEWSLETTER

Summer 2006

 

 

We hope you are having a pleasant summer. Since the Spring NEWSLETTER there have been several developments in our tour planning for the next 18 months. We have been able to firm up two of the trips listed as tentative in the Spring NEWSLETTER. You can now register for the February 2007 ORIGINS OF MODERN PORTUGAL, and the GREECE TRIP in March (which has been expanded to a nine day, eight night trip next year to give you an additional day in Athens). Enclosed with this NEWSLETTER are registration forms for both trips. We would particularly advise you to register early for the Greece trip, which filled very quickly last year.

Regarding the future, we have had conversations with many of you regarding both the length of our trips and the introduction of new itineraries. Concerning the former, we discover that some of you find the 6-8 day format too short and would prefer longer trips of 12-16 days. The 6-8 day trips have been very popular with most of you over the past three years and consequently we are reticence to alter that format.  On the other hand, we are also eager to accommodate those who desire longer ventures and have come up with two options that we hope will satisfy the needs of those seeking longer trips. First, starting in November 2007 we are going to offer some back-to-back tours with completely different itineraries. For example, in November 2007 we will offer a fall foliage tour of southern France, which will tentatively include Carcassonne, Albi, Nimes, and the Italian Riviera and will end in Milan. The second tour will commence in Milan and include Castel Aquarto in Italy, Gorges du Verdon, the Grand Canyon of France, Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Arles, Pont du Gard, and Monaco (complete itineraries will be available in September). We will of course offer a substantial discount to individuals who sign up for both trips.

A second solution will be to help individuals extend weeklong tours with an extended itinerary. We are available to help you deviate your airline return date and to develop an extended itinerary. It is our hope that these two options will help satisfy the needs of those interested in longer tours and concurrently allow us to retain the popular 6-8 day tours.


 MSA CULTURAL TOURS TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR 2006-2007
 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRICES ARE PREDICATED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.  SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTS ARE $200-$250 DEPENDING ON THE TOUR.

PLEASE REFERENCE THE SPRING NEWSLETTER FOR DETAIL ON ITINERARIES. IF YOU NO LONGER HAVE YOUR COPY OF THE SPRING NEWSLETTER, YOU CAN ACCESS IT ON THE MSA CULTURAL TOURS WEBSITE AT http://msaculturaltours.com.

Please note that parts of the website are still works in progress and will not be completed until late July when I return from teaching in Sicily.

               
                          

I. CULINARY TOUR TO THE ABRUZZI REGION OF ITALY, OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 6, 2006*     $1895.

II. SICILY, NOVEMBER 3-10, 2006*   $1795.       5 PLACES REMAIN

III. NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION IN ITALY, DECEMBER 29, 2006 - JANUARY 5, 2007*   $1795.    8 PLACES REMAIN

IV. LISBON, SPAIN & THE ALGARVE, JANUARY 8-17, 2007*   $1695

We are again offering this popular eight night tour which includes one night in the beautiful walled town of Evora, two nights in Seville (the cultural center of Andalusia), two nights in Largos in the beautiful Portuguese Algarve, and the final three nights in Lisbon. This year we are including an excursion to Sintra during our stay in Lisbon.

*SEE SPRING NEWSLETTER FOR ITINERARY DETAILS.
  http://msaculturaltours.com.

V. HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF MODERN PORTUGAL.  FEBRUARY 20-28 2007     $1695

The tour will visit the sites seminal to the origins of the modern nation of Portugal. Porto, the city from which the name of the nation is derived, Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal where Alfonso Henriques was proclaimed Portugal’s first king in 1139, Coimbra, Portugal’s first capital and home of it first University, the great Gothic Church of Batalha build to commemorate Portugal’s amazing victory over Spain in 1385 which preserved Portuguese independence. Other sites to be visited in Portugal include the picturesque walled medieval city of Obidos, the Cistercian abbey in Alcobaca, Portugal’s largest church, Braga and the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte.

 

VI. GREECE, MARCH 26-APRIL 4, 2007. $1795.

We will feature the same itinerary as last year’s popular trip except it has been extended to 8 nights to allow an additional day in Athens. . The first two nights are in the beautiful coastal town of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece. While in Nafplio we will visit 13th-16th centuries BC Mycenae, the city of Homer’s King Agamemnon and the acoustical perfect classical theatre of Epidaurus. We will also visit Ancient Olympia, site of the first Olympic games in 776 BC, Delphi, home of the most famous oracle in Antiquity and spend the final two and half days in Athens.

 

PLANS FOR NEW TRIPS IN 2007-08.

VII. TUSCANY AND LIGURIA. OCTOBER 2007. Tentative price - $1795

This tour will visit the beautiful Ligurian Coast, the undiscovered medieval town of Castell’ Arquato, San Gimignano, the city of towers, Siena, San Galgano, Pisa, Lerica on the Gulf of Poets (where Shelley drowned), Portovenere, the Cinque Terra Florence and Genoa.

For more detail on this tour, which was featured as the MSA Post Congress Tour in May, see www.mediterraneanstudies.org. When you get to the MSA website click on “Post-Congress Tour of Liguria and Tuscany.

SOUTHERN FRANCE AND ITALY.  EARLY NOVEMBER 2007. TWO WEEKS. MAY BE TAKEN AS PACKAGE OR INDIVIDUALLY.
As was mention in the introduction to this NEWSLETTER we will be offering two back-to-back tours of Southern France in November 2007 with totally separate itineraries. Complete itineraries available in September.

 GERMAN CHRISTMAS TOUR. EARLY DECEMBER, 2007
We will be offering a pre-Christmas tour of Northern Germany, which will include Hamburg, and the medieval town of Lüneburg with its famous Christmas Market. Complete itinerary available this fall.

PRAGUE, BUDAPEST AND VIENNA
We will also be offering a tour, which many of you have requested of Budapest, Prague and Vienna. A great deal of work remains to be done but we hope to offer it during the 2007- 2008-travel season.

Full itineraries of these trips will appear in the fall NEWSLETTER.

 

 GAZETTE

FIRST ANNUAL MSACT ‘THANK YOU’ PARTY.
SATURDAY AUGUST 12TH
We will get specific details to you in July.

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS. PORTUGAL

There will be information sessions on the January Portugal Algarve and February Origins of Modern Portugal trips in September. If you are interested in attending these session please let us know and we sill get the specific details to you. At least one session will be held at Lee's Supermarket in Westport.

HAPPY SUMMER!

 

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT
BEN TAGGIE:

P.O. BOX 79351                            PHONE: 508-979-TOUR (8687)
N. DARTMOUTH, MA                E-MAIL Btaggie@umassd.edu
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