SPRING /SUMMER 2010
Having conquered/survived another New England Winter, we enthusiastically welcome the advent of spring, the first daffodils, and warm sunny days. Even Florida during the first week of January failed to provide refuge from the cold weather. Springs arrival also brings increased travel activities commencing with an April 8 departure to Greece with a group of Fellow Travelers. The Annual May MSA Congress in Salamanca, Spain will follow Greece, then the Summer Sicily Program in June and the Nocciano Institute in July. We also need to find time for our commitment to lecture (actually we are not allowed to lecture anymore, they now must be called presentations) on a number of Seabourn and Celebrity Cruises. Since the last NEWSLETTER we have completed details for a NORTHERN FRANCE TOUR in April 2011 (see below) and concurrently are working on a Bavarian Alps tour for the fall of 2011. We also hope to return to Europe for a celebration of the 2011 New Year.
GRAND TOUR OF ITALY: UMBRIA-TUSCANY-LIGURIA
NOVEMBER 4-15, 2010
$2695 CREDIT CARD $2645 NON-CREDIT CARD
There is still time for you to join this Grand Tour of Northern and Central Italy. The Cinque Terra, Siena, Assisi and the Republic of San Marino are only some of the wonderful places you will visit and enjoy on this tour. A Virtual Tour and Registration Form can be found on the MSACT WEBSITE http://msaculturaltours.com
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
NORTHERN FRANCE: BRITTANY&NORMANDY APRIL 15-24, 2011
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT $2450 - NON-CREDIT CARD PAYMENT $2395. $100 TEACHER DISCOUNT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
Henry Adams, grandson of John Quincy Adams, published in 1904 Mont Saint Michel and Chartres. It is a remarkable work in which Adams explores two of medieval civilizationŐs most remarkable monuments, the Romanesque grandeur of Mont Saint Michel and the Gothic elegance and beauty of ChartresŐ Cathedral. To Adams, Gothic architecture and sculpture, the Code of Chivalry, troubadour tradition and courtly love represented an increasing feminine influence and gentility of 12th Century culture. These magnificent monuments will be centerpieces of the tour, which also includes St Malo, Caen, Bayeux, Honfleur, Giverny and the World War II Normandy Invasion Sites. This Northern France tour represents a number of firstŐs for MSACT. It is our first venture into Northern France and the first time we have scheduled a Spring Vacation tour providing schoolteachers the opportunity to participate. We have received considerable assistance in creating this itinerary from an old University of Michigan colleague, Professor Emeritus Guy Mermier. Guy has frequently guided groups to France for the University of Michigan Foundation and his help and knowledge was invaluable. Finally we are attempting to make it possible for teachers to receive PDP and/or University credits for this tour.
DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS OVERNIGHT CHARTRES
DAY 2 CHARTRES
DAY 3 CHARTRES TO SAINT MALO OVERNIGHT ST MALO
DAY 4 SAINT MALO TO CAEN VISIT MONT ST MICHEL.
DAY 5 CAEN
DAY 6 PONTE DU HOC, ARROMANCHES BAYEUX OVERNIGHT CAEN
DAY 7 CAEN TO HONFLEUR OVERNIGHT HONFLEUR
DAY 8 HONFLEUR
DAY 9 HONFLEUR TO PARIS AIRPORT. VISIT GIVERNY & LES ANDELYS ON WAY. OVERNIGHT NEAR PARIS AIRPORT
DAY 10 DEPARTURE FOR U.S.
There will also be an optional three-day extension in Paris. Contact Ben or Louise for details.
AUSTRIA AND THE BAVARIAN ALPS FALL 2011
This tour will take us from the famous beer gardens of Munich, to HitlerŐs favorite domicile, the EagleŐs Nest on top of Mt. Kehstein, to Neuschwanstein, the unequaled picturesque castle of (Mad) Ludwig II and his Summer Palace at Herrenchiemsee on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee. Also included will be visits to historic Augsburg (2nd oldest city in Germany), important for the Augsburg Confessions and center of the Fugger banking empire, and the Austrian cities of Salzburg (MozartŐs birthplace) and Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol, AustriaŐs most important tourist region.
ITINERARY BAVARIAN-SWISS-AUSTRIAN TOUR
DAY 1 ARRIVE MUNICH OVERNIGHT FUSSEN.
DAY 2. NEUSCHWANSTEIN & HERRENCHIEMSEE OVERNIGHT FUSSEN
DAY 3 INNSBRUCK – OVERNIGHT INNSBRUCK
DAY 4 DEPART FOR SALZBURG - OVERNIGHT SALZBURG
DAY 5 SALZBURG
DAY 6 SALZBURG TO MUNICH VISIT EAGLEŐS NEST ON WAY
DAY 7 MUNICH
DAY 8 MUNICH EXCURSIONS TO AUGSBURG OVERNIGHT MUNICH
DAY 9 MUNICH
DAY 10 RETURN HOME
2011 NEW YEARS
After exciting New Year Excursions to places like Rome (and the castle in Nocciano), the Portuguese Algarve and Berlin, we remained in the U.S. this year. It is our intention to organize a New Year Celebration to welcome in 2011. Among the venues under consideration are Porta Delgada in the Azores, a return to Nocciano Castle (which would include time in Rome) and Granada Spain. We will have more definite information in the next NEWSLETTER.
FUTURE TOURS UNDER CONSIDERATION:
THE TYRRHENIAN SEA AND ITS ISLANDS: CORSICA, SARDINIA AND SICILY
THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO: THE PILGRIAM ROUTE FROM SOUTHERN FRANCE ACROSS NORTHERN SPAIN TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
ENGLAND FROM THE DRUIDS TO SHAKESPEARE.
THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST PART 2
SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS
MSACT is also experienced in arranging tours as funds raisers as it has for the Hyannis Public Library or special interest tours as it has for Roger Williams University and the Second Half Program at UMASS Dartmouth. We would be happy to do one for your organization or group. The relationship of MSACT and Mediterranean Studies Association (with over 400 academic members worldwide) provides access to local scholars who can arrange local tours and lectures at a specific venue.
MSA CULTURAL TOURS
P.O. BOX 79351 N. DARTMOUTH, MA. 02747
PHONE: BEN TAGGIE - 508 264 4854 cell
ONLINE AT: www.msaculturaltours.com