Exploring Majestic Spain—Moors, Monarchs, and Moderns
June 7-19, 2016
A 13-day tour of Spain, starting in Madrid and concluding in Barcelona. Highlights include major tourist attractions like Seville and Granada, with their rich Moorish heritage and architecture, as well as little known gems like the beautiful white village of Salobrena, perched above the Mediterranean. Galleries, cathedrals, mosques, palaces, museums, and flamenco dancers—as well as spectacular scenery and delicious local cuisine— promise to make this trip a most memorable one.
Glorious past, Golden present — Southern Italy
September 25 – October 6, 2016 (Optional add-on October 6-9)
In September, the Alumnae Travel Program will be back in Italy, this time in the south. The tour will start and end in Rome—but in between we will visit stunning Sorrento and nearby Herculaneum and Pompeii as well as sail out for the day to Capri. We will make our way as far south as baroque Lecce, staying en route in Alberobello, with its conical whitewashed houses, and return by way of Matera, recently named the 2019 European Capital of Culture. There we will stay in a hotel built into the sassi, the caves for which the town is appropriately famous, dating from as far back as 7,000BC. A three-day optional add-on to Sansepolcro, Meredith’s Tuscan home, will conclude this tour.
Cuba: People-to-People Cultural Discovery, March 11-19, 2017
We have had so many requests for this trip that when given the opportunity to reserve the maximum 20 guest spaces, we jumped on it. Travel by our own private coach will take us from the streets of picturesque Havana to golden beaches and back, passing through an agricultural landscape in the Vinales Valley that is so lush with distinctive flora and fauna that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. In accordance with State Department policy, only people-to-people visits from the U.S. are allowed at this point and the people you meet and their lives and stories will rival the landscape in their range of diversity. And yes, there is Cuban food, also served in a variety of venues, including the famous, small “restaurants” that are often in local homes. This is a very special time to visit Cuba and we hope that you will join us for this moving, personal journey. Departure to Cuba will be through Miami. Since the number of spaces on this trip is smaller than usual, reserve your space early!
France: Provence to Paris, a River Cruise, June 2017
A luxury river cruise from the French Riviera to the City of Light, Paris, scheduled for the summer of 2017, comes after repeated requests. Nice, on the Baie du Anges (Bay of Angels), is an appropriate starting place for a Meredith College trip and every bit as French as the Riviera can get. From here we will cruise north, stopping to admire and tour some of the most historic and beautiful destinations in France: Arles—captured so beautifully in paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin, Avignon, Tournon, Lyon, and more. Along the way, experience regional cuisine, local wines and cheeses and a pace that both delights and sooths the senses. The trip ends with two delightful days in Paris. Look for more information about this trip soon.
Fall Color in Canada: The Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, late September/early October, 2017.
Just in time for peak fall color, this custom Meredith College tour to the Maritime Provinces will take us from the sophistication of Charlottetown and Halifax, to the stunning, isolated beauty of the Cabot Trail in far north- eastern Nova Scotia. We will have experiences that encompass the Native American, Celtic, English, Colonial French, and French Acadian past and present. This cultural immersion will, of course, be accompanied by appropriate food, music and story-telling traditions. With two ferry rides, the Bay of Fundy-- where the tide varies 50 feet in a day, Anne of Green Gable’s house, and lobster fixed in a dozen ways, it should be a tasty trip! Look for more information, including specific dates, in the near future.