MSA CULTURAL TOURS FELLOW TRAVELERS NEWSLETTER
SUMMER /FALL 2008



Greetings to one and all, summer is again upon us which means the 3rd Annual Fellow Travelers ‘Thank You Party’ will soon be here. This year’s party will be held in Marion on Sunday, August 24 from 4-7 PM. Ann & Paul Langlois have reserved The Cove House at Indian Cove for us and we plan to have Lee’s Market cater the party (Please see directions below). The summer has been busy as usual. There was the11th Annual MSA Congress at Leuphana University in the beautiful medieval town of Luneburg, Germany the end of May. The Congress was followed by a post tour that visited Wittenberg (Luther, the 95 Thesis, and the Reformation), Weimar (home of great German writer Goethe), Leipzig (Mendelssohn & Bach), Dresden, (all in the old East Germany), and ended in Berlin. We plan to expand that 5-day tour into a MSA Cultural Tour in a few years. Ben taught in Sicily in June and Louise welcomed in the New Fiscal Year at UMD. Now we are preparing for the Annual Party and finalizing details for the October/November trip to Sardinia and Sicily.



SARDINIA/SICILY - OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 8, 2008

In May we spent three days in Cagliari working on Tour details such as arranging for guides, making overnight boat accommodations to Sicily, land travel, and organizing a welcome reception, all seemed to be in good order when we left for Germany. After Labor Day we will have a pre-tour meeting to go over details, answer questions, discuss the itinerary, etc. As soon as we have identified a venue to accommodate 32 people we will set the date and get that information to you. 


ADRIATIC HOLIDAY: CROATIA, VENICE,

 BUDAPEST APRIL 1-13, 2009


Registrations for the ADRIATIC HOLIDAY are going well, there is space remaining for 9 more participants. We have contracted with Lufthansa Airline (the Germany National Airline) for the tour. We have not previously used Lufthansa for a tour, but they have an excellent reputation for safety, reliability, and efficiency. We would very much like to get this tour filled soon so we can complete all of the logistical details. For those of you who may be interested, we urge you to please check out the detailed itinerary on the TOURS website ( HYPERLINK "http://msaculturaltours.com/" http://msaculturaltours.com), click on ADRIATIC HOLIDAY. It is a very exciting itinerary.



2009-2010 TOUR SCHEDULE


Given the condition of the U.S. economy, a weak $, and high airfares, we are offering a conservative travel schedule for 2008-09. We know a number of you were very disappointed that we had to cancel the Grand Tour of Italy last year; we were also very unhappy and disappointed to have to do so. To prevent cancellations and disappointment we reduced the number of tours for 2008-09 to Sardinia/Sicily which is full and the Adriatic Holiday which is filling. We are going to continue offering a conservative schedule in 2009-10 with two new additions.


The program will feature two major international tours and a 3rd possibly tour with a domestic itinerary. We are also offering an opportunity to spend 10 days in Sicily in June. We have educators in mind but it is open to everyone interested in visiting Sicily. It will share some of the experiences (Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Erice, and Monreale) of the traditional November Sicily trips but will also include trips across the Straits of Messina, a day trip to the Aeolian Island of Lipari and an excursion to Taormina. It will also be possible for educators to pick up college credit or PDP’s.


INFORMATION SESSIONS


For those who may wish to learn more about a tour before registering, we will be offering Information Sessions. If you are interested in attending an information session please let us know by returning the enclosed INFORMATION SESSION FORM, or e-mail us at msaculturaltours@comcast.net, or call the office at 508 979 Tour (8687) to express your interest. When we have enough interest to merit a session we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for the meeting.



GRAND TOUR OF HISTORIC SPAIN. OCTOBER 2009

While past tours have taken us to Andalusia (or Moorish Spain) in the south of the Peninsula, this 10 day tour will focus on the seminal centers of early Christian Spain. Specifically, we will travel through the northern territory which made up the Kingdoms of Castile and Leon.  Among the destinations to be visited are Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, Avila, Leon, Burgos and Madrid. 


Tentative Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Toledo.                     Day 5 Salamanca  

Day 3 El Escorial & Segovia.     Day 6 Burgos  

Day 4 Avila.                                Days 7-10 Madrid          

                                 




CORFU AND NORTHERN GREECE APRIL, 2010


This tour will include two days on the Island of Corfu (ancient Corcyra), a day in Albania to visit the ancient ruins at Butrint  (16 miles south of Saranda), and visits to the Ancient Oracle of Dodoni, the incredible mountain peak monasteries of Meteora, Thermopylae (of the 300 Spartans), Delphi, and Athens.


THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEWIS AND CLARK AND THE OREGON TRAIL.

Tentative depending on interest.


We know that the Fellow Travelers tend to be Europhiles, but with the increasing cost of European travel, a less expensive domestic tour with a historic theme offers an alternative. In addition to visiting sites germane to the Oregon Trail and the Journey of Lewis & Clark we would visit some of the great attractions of the Western U.S. like Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. We would very much like to receive your feedback on such a trip. Keep in mind that a 100 Euro room in Europe (which is the average price we pay for a room) will buy you $160 room in the U.S. We are talking Marriott’s, Hiltons, and Hyatt’s. We would fly to either Kansas City or Denver where the land portion of the tour would commence; it would end up in the Pacific Northwest with a flight home from Portland or Seattle. At today’s prices an 8 day trip would run about $1750.



SICILY JUNE 20-30, 2009  $1595, AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

Possible for educators to receive PDP or University

Credits for this experience.


While it has been our long standing policy to not have tours in the summer months, in 2009 we are offering an opportunity for those who can only travel in the summer (such as school teachers)  to visit Sicily. This 10 day tour will include a boat trip across the Straits of Messina to see the famous Riace Bronze in the National Museum of Calabria in Reggio, a day trip to Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. It will also include a visit to see the famous mosaics of the Villa Casale in Piazza Armerina, Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Segesta, Erice, Monreale and Taormina. VERY LIMITED SPACE


NOCCIANO FUND RAISER


The Nocciano Scholarship Committee is planning a fund raiser to be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing the specific venue has not been set. In the near future you will be receiving information regarding this event from the Scholarship Committee. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Committee Chair, Liz Martin, at 508 999 8143. 


Indian Cove, Marion, MA


From the West:

1. I 195 East to exit 19A Mattapoisett

2. Merge onto North St.

3. Left at light, Rt. 6. Follow 2.8 miles

4. After passing "Entering Marion" sign, begin to look for Indian Cove on the right.

5. Pass through two stone pillars, and follow road to the end. The Cove House is facing you. Park in the circle.


From 495 South and North

1. Take exit 1

2. Merge onto I 195 W toward New Bedford

3. Take exit 20/Marion for Rt 105 S toward Marion center

4. Right onto Front St./ Rt. 105

5. Slight right at the Wave restaurant fork. This is Spring St. 

6. Turn right onto Rt. 6 for 2.5 miles.

7. Left on Indian Cove Rd. (if you see the high school on the right, you've missed the entrance to Indian Cove.)

8. Drive through 2 stone pillars and drive to the end of the road. The Cove House is facing you. Park in the circle.

Watch out for the speed bumps!!!