Plans are nearly complete for a very exciting 2016-17 year of Meredith Alumnae and Friends travel. These trips are open to any member of the Meredith community.
To Italy —
Southern Italy: Golden Present, Golden Past: September 25-October 6, 2016; Sansepolcro extension October 6-October 10, 2016.
After touring Rome, we will head south to visit stunning Sorrento, perched high above the bay with Mt. Vesuvius looming in the distance. Capri, Pompeii and Herculaneum are on the itinerary as we explore the history of towns that were resorts in antiquity. Then, for something really special, we travel east to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Alberobello, where the conical stone roofs on curious bee-hive dwellings have enigmatic designs, many of which are overflowing with local crafts. A day trip from Alberobello will take us to Lecce, a golden, Baroque beauty of a city with a Roman amphitheater at its heart.
But round, stone houses may not seem as unusual as the elegant living quarters now found in the caves of Matera, the UNESCO Capital of Culture for 2019. You will have to see them for yourself and decide! The jewel in the crown of this trip is a day-trip to Aliano, a village Carlo Levi loved as will you. An optional add-on will take us to Meredith’s home in Sansepolcro for a delightful few days of small town life, Tuscan-style. This extension will give us ample time to explore this welcoming town as well as other attractions in the Tiber valley. Sansepolcro boasts some of the best food in Italy; in order to enable you to replicate it when you return to the USA, we are including a cooking class with Meredith’s chef Margherita Tirabosco. What a lovely way to end your visit!
The Southern Italy trip will be limited to 25 guests and we expect it to fill up very quickly, so please call or email immediately to reserve your space. Please contact Denise Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 760-8051.
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.