MSA CULTURAL TOURS BULLETIN

NOVEMBER 2009


2009-2010 TOURS


We are now accepting registrations for two MSA CULTURAL TOURS.


GREECE, CORFU & ALBANIA

APRIL 8-19, 2010 

10 NIGHTS $2795

Complete details of the itinerary and a Registration Form can be found on the MSA Cultural Tours Website  HYPERLINK "http://www.msaculturaltours.com" www.msaculturaltours.com. Thanks to our Webmaster David Doolittle, you can now complete Registration on line and print a hard copy for mailing.


We have been able to procure only 12 rooms (doubles & singles) at our Corfu hotel so space is very limited. The Tour is already over half full, so please register ASAP to assure your place on this tour, which promises to be an outstanding one.


CENTRAL & NORTHERN ITALY

LIGURIA-SAN MARINO-TUSCANY-UMBRIA

NOVEMBER 4 – 15, 2010

10 NIGHTS $2695*


As with the Greece Tour complete itinerary details and Registration Forms are available on the  HYPERLINK "http://www.msaculturaltours.com" www.msaculturaltours.com. One feature we hope to provide not found on the website is a visit to see Leonardo de Vinci “Last Supper” (painted 1495-97) in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. This magnificent fresco is unfortunately in a state of serious deterioration and in a permanent state of restoration. As a result, admission to see Leonardo’s masterpiece of religious art has been severely limited to small groups at 15 minutes intervals. Consequently, tickets at very difficult to obtain and must be purchased many weeks (if not months) in advance. Since many more requests for tickets are denied than accepted we cannot guarantee admission to the “Last Supper” but we will attempt to purchase tickets as soon as we have adequate registrations for the tour.


EARLY REGISTRATION FOR ITALY TOUR


To encourage you to register early we are offering a discounted price for registrations received before February 15, 2010. Register early without using a credit card and the tour price will be discounted $100. Early registrations without credit cards help us purchase airline tickets at a better price, make fiscal commitments to hotels and attempt to purchase tickets to events like De Vinci’s “Last Super” well in advance. We hope this fiscal incentive will encourage you to register early.


REGULAR COST OF TOUR $2695

COST WITHOUT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS $2645*

EARLY REGISTRATION BEFORE FEBRUARY 15, 2010 WITHOUT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS $2595


DATE CHANGE FOR NORTHERN FRANCE TOUR


You will note that there has been a schedule change regarding the Italy and Northern France Tours. In the September NEWSLETTER/BULLETIN we announced the France tour would be in the Fall 2010 and Italy, Spring 2011. We have switched the scheduling of those two tours. The reasons are twofold.  First, the itinerary and logistical details for the Italian tour were already completed while Northern France (new tour territory for us) still requires a good deal of additional preparation (itinerary & logistics). Secondly, as we have called upon academic colleagues like Janos Bak to help organize the Hungarian and Croatian Tours, I am being aided by another colleague for the France Tour. Guy Mermier (Professor of French Literature Emeritus University of Michigan) is helping me with the tour organization and will most likely accompany us if his health allows. Guy was born in France, and has successfully guided a number of tours for the University of Michigan Alumni Association. I believe incorporating Guy and his expertise into the tour will greatly enrich the experience and make the delay well worthwhile.



FOURTH ANNUAL FELLOW TRAVELERS PARTY


In spite of the unpleasant weather on October 24, there was a good turnout for the Fourth Annual Party and we had a GRAND TIME. Thanks to all of you who braved the weather to share the day with us, it was great seeing all of you.  A VERY special thanks to Ann and Paul Langlois for making it possible to host the gathering at the Cove. Thanks also to Chris Day for bringing his photo presentation to share with us. For those of you who could not make to, we hope to see you at next year’s event. 


FOOTNOTES


* You will note that for the Italy tour we are offering a reduced price of $50.00 to those NOT using credit cards to pay for their tour. We will of course, continue to gladly accept Visa and Master Cards as we have done in the past. However, given our continued efforts to keep prices as low as possible  (increasingly difficult with the Euro at $1.50) we want to encourage as much payment without credit cards as possible. Please note that it cost MSA CULTURAL TOURS on the average $100+ per person per tour to accept payment via credit card. We want to pass some of those savings to those of you who do not use credit cards; it does help us keep prices down.


PLEASE SHARE THIS BULLETIN WITH A FRIEND


There are still many of our Fellow Travelers who do not do E-MAIL that we have no way of getting the information to. Non-E-Mailers will receive the hard copy NEWSLETTER we mail twice a year but do not get the information contained in the electronic BULLETINS. We would appreciate your sharing this information with those folks.


A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY TO EVERYONE!