MSA CULTURAL TOURS - JANUARY 2010 BULLETIN



Greetings and happy New Year everyone, we hope that 2010 is off to a good start for all of you. After spending the last three New Years in exciting venues like Rome, the Algarve and Berlin, this year in Florida was rather sedate. Florida, however while not as exciting, was much warmer than last year in Berlin. We are hopeful of returning to Europe with a group of Fellow Travelers to celebrate the 2011 New Year. Since the last NEWSLETTER we spend 10 enjoyable days in Northern Spain with a merry band of Fellow Travelers. Currently as we move towards Louise’s December occupational Emancipation Proclamation, we are busy finalizing details for the April Greece and November Italy tours. We have also been requested by the UMD Second Half Program to organize a tour for them to Spain in October 2010. The New Year will also continue luring us as Destination Lectures to the la dolce vita of luxury cruising. We look forward to the Seabourn cruise from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and a week on The World of ResidenSea, a floating luxury condominium. Finally, we are also working on the tour of France which many of you have expressed interest in which is scheduled for spring, 2011. We will have those details in the Spring NEWSLETTER.

GREECE, CORFU & ALBANIA, APRIL 8-19, 2010
12 DAYS AND 10 NIGHTS $2795
WANTED NOW – FOUR FELLOW TRAVELERS
ONLY FOUR OPENINGS REMAIN FOR THIS EXCITING TOUR. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE FIRST PERSON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO SPEND A NIGHT IN ALBANIA, VISIT THE MOUNTAIN TOP MONASTERIES OF METORA, GET THE LEAD OUT AT DODONI AND STAND LIKE A SPARTAN AT THE PASS OF THERMOPYLAE.
DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY!

Two days in Corfu, two days and a night in Albania, and six days on the Greek Mainland (the last three nights in Athens). Southern Albania was known in ancient times as Epirus. Olympus, mother of Alexander the Great, came from Epirus, as did King Pyrrhus from whom we get Pyrrhic Victory. In addition to the famous Roman ruins at Butrint, we will visit Phoinice, once capital of northern Epirus and Gjirokatra a World Heritage Site of Unesco and one of the best preserved Ottoman (Turk) Towns in the Balkans. The night in Albania will include DINNER ON US. We are working with Auron Tare who has organized expeditions in Albania for the Smithsonian and Royal Geographic Society. auron@auronexpeditions.com).

ITINERARY
DAY 1 APRIL 8 DEPART US
DAY 2 APRIL 9 CORFU DAY 3 APRIL 10 CORFU
DAY 4 APRIL 11 ALBANIA DAY 5 APRIL 12 ALBANIA
DAY 6 APRIL 13 METEORA DAY 7 APRIL 14 THERMOPYLAE
DAY 8 APRIL 15 DELPHI DAY 9 APRIL 16 ATHENS
DAY 10 APRIL 17 ATHENS DAY 11 APRIL 18 ATHENS
DAY 12 APRIL 19 RETURN US
Please see virtual tour on website: http://www.msaculturaltours.com


GRAND TOUR OF ITALY – NOVEMBER 4-15, 2010
UMBRIA-TUSCANY-LIGURIA
Cost paying by credit card $2695
Cost without credit card payments $2645
Early registration (w/o CC payments) by FEB 15, 2010 $2595


Once again, full details regarding this tour and Registration forms can be found on the MSACT WEBSITE. Also keep in mind that the deadline for the $100 discount for Early Registration is February 15


ITINERARY
Day 1 Depart Boston for Milan Italy
Day 2 Lerici - Overnight Lerici
Day 3 Cinque Terra & Portovenere - Overnight Lerici
Day 4 Siena & San Gimagnino - Overnight Siena
Day 5 Siena - Overnight Siena
Day 6 Assisi - Overnight Assisi
Day 7 San Marino - Overnight San Marino
Day 8 Ravenna - Overnight Ravenna
Day 9 Ravenna - Overnight Ravenna
Day 10 Milan - Overnight Milan
Day 11 Milan - Overnight Milan
Day 12 Depart Milan for Boston

Again we wish you all a most happy and productive 2010 and hope to see you on a MSACT.

Louise & Ben