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2017-18 Meredith Travel Program Opportunities

Lighthouse in Canada with birds flying around it.

Meredith Travels welcomes parents, alumnae, and friends of the College to join us on an upcoming program. Offerings in 2017-18 include Maritime Canada, Switzerland and Northern Italy, and Sicily.

Fall Color in Canada, September 25 – October 5, 2017 

Peak fall color is one of the ongoing delights you will experience when you join Meredith Travel for a custom-designed tour of the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  Beginning in historic Halifax, Nova Scotia, we will travel by private motor coach, stopping at picturesque fishing villages along the way, to the Cabot Trail that winds through the pristine mountains of Nova Scotia.  From there it’s on to Prince Edward Island—and, yes, a visit to Green Gables farmhouse—before we continue to New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy, where you can watch  the highest tide in the world rise and fall 50’ every single day.  As expected with Meredith Travel tours, there will be UNESCO World Heritage sites, natural wonders, cities– but also travel off the beaten path and a multi-sensory introduction to the many cultures that have lived in this region.  Two ferry rides.  Scallops.  Lobsters.  A one hour time zone change.  No jet lag!  Please pack your favorite fall sweater and plan to join us for this memorable excursion, our first North American tour.

Serene Majesty: Mountains—More Mountains—and Lakes Switzerland and Northern Italy Tour, June 15 – 26, 2018

While we can never guarantee perfect weather—though we usually get it on our trips—we can guarantee perfect scenery, lots of it, on our June 15-25 Swiss and Northern Italy tour.  Some of you may recall that for over a dozen years Meredith had a study abroad program in Ruschlikon, just outside Zurich.  Our 2018 tour is designed to take you to places that became our favorites—Lucerne  (sitting on Lake Lucerne with access to Mt Pilatus) and Montreux (sitting on Lake Geneva)  in addition to Zermatt (lying just below the dramatic Matterhorn) and St Moritz (nestled in the Engadine).  And because we come so close to Italy on this tour, of course we are going to dip down to Lake Como for a couple of nights.  This excursion allows us not only to visit Bellagio, Menaggio, and Varenna but also to come back into Switzerland via the Bernina Express, an amazing journey, we promise.   A foray into Liechtenstein concludes our spectacular journey though mountains, more mountains, and lakes!

Sicily: Most Treasured Daughter of the Mediterranean, September 25 – October 7, 2018

Perhaps no island in the Mediterranean retains so many tangible signs of the multitude of cultures that wanted to possess it through time.  It truly has been the most treasured daughter of the Mediterranean! Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Germanic and Spanish kings, Arabs, and Byzantines all contributed to the heady mix of Sicilian culture.  In late September we should find the countryside at its most delightful as we visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as the world’s tallest active volcano while we conduct personal “research” into the incomparable foods and wines of the region.  Among sights and sites that can’t be missed are the Greek ruins near Palermo, the distinctive, regional potteries of Caltagirone, the original, ancient Syracusa for which ours is named, and meals from the sea that surrounds us on this largest island of the Mediterranean.

For updates on the Meredith Travel Program, contact Denise Parker, associate director of alumnae relations, at dpparker@meredith.edu or (919) 760-8051.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330

allenme@meredith.edu