Join the Alumnae Travel Program in Spain and Italy

We are thrilled with the enthusiasm already expressed for the international travel programs for Meredith alumnae and friends being offered in 2016. If you have not yet heard, the first trip is to Spain, June 7-19. This will take you to many of the places you simply must see—starting with the capital, Madrid, famous for its glorious museums and vibrant city life. From Madrid we will visit Toledo, and then head for Cordoba and Seville, both known for their exotic Moorish architecture and cultural legacy.   Granada, home to the Alhambra, one of the true wonders of the world, will be for some the highlight of the trip. Others will affirm that we have saved the best for last with Barcelona, home to the Gaudi architectural masterpieces. Throughout, expert guides will accompany us inside amazing churches, historic mosques, royal palaces, and museums to provide an in-depth view of Spain’s rich history. In addition, we will take you on interesting detours, including a visit to Salobrena, a gleaming small white village overlooking the Mediterranean, and a meander through the mountainous Alpujarras, where the clock seems to have stood still for a few centuries.

If the fall is a better time for you to travel and Italy is calling your name, we will journey to southern Italy, September 25-Oct 6, naturally starting in Rome. After exploring its enduring glories, we will head further south for the Amalfi coast, unrivaled for its beauty. We will base ourselves in Sorrento to explore nearby Herculaneum, Pompeii, Naples, and, of course, Capri, where the water truly is the color of Windex. From these well-known destinations, we will leave the beaten-track and head south and east to Matera, designated a UNESCO Capital of Culture for 2019, with its cave-lined cliffs, primitive dwellings in the past but now smart hotels, the likes of which have to be seen to be believed. From there we go to the seventh UNESCO World Heritage Site on our tour, Alberobello, which is famous for its stone bee-hive houses and local craft tradition. The southern-most point on this tour is Lecce, with a Roman amphitheater at its center, and unspoiled baroque piazzas everywhere you wander.

These Alumnae Travel Program tours are moderately active trips that cover a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. Although the pace is moderate, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

On our most recent program evaluation, one travel friend remarked, “It was one of the absolute best trips I have ever taken. Full of interesting cities, authentic food, fun and wonderful people!  It was an awesome experience!  I loved it and will definitely go again!”

Because we want to provide a truly personal travel experience for you, the number of guests will be strictly limited to 26, so please respond quickly if you want to join us.

Becky Bailey and Betty Webb
Alumnae Travel Program Planners

Melyssa Allen

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