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The Classes of 1971-1975 Go to Lisbon

October 18 - 23, 2019

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Host:   Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Professor of Hispanic Studies

The Class of 1972 has designed a five-day exploration of Lisbon and the surrounding countryside and cordially extends an invitation to the Classes of 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1975 to join in the fun!  Our homebase will be the small, luxury hotel Pousada de Lisboa, centrally located for discovering this exciting capital city.  Our Discover Europe tour leader will manage all our logistics, as we visit the various districts of the city, from modern chic to the ancient Moorish quarter; travel to the coast north of the city to visit the hill town of Sintra and palaces that dot the wooded hills; the seaside resort of Cascais; and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Evora. There will also be free time to explore the fine dining, music, and museums within the city on our own. And no tour of Lisbon would be complete without a "fado" performance - Portugal's traditional music! Our host, Professor Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, has led many Vassar Travel Programs and is thrilled to be accompanying us to her favorite city in Europe. 

Cost:  $2,280 per person (double occupancy; add $690 for single room) plus airfare. Please call Discover Europe for details.

Tour provided by Discover Europe:  (603) 563-7077

The Story of India

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November 6 - 21, 2019

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Hosts: Glen Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Vassar College; Sipra Johnson, Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology, SUNY New Paltz

Discover the richness and diversity of India’s history and culture on this once-in-a-lifetime tour designed by and for Glen and Sipra Johnson. Experience the urban bustle of Delhi and then travel off the beaten path to explore sacred temples, ancient trading centers, and even a camel fair on the edge of the Thar Desert! 

Cost: $6,845 per person based on double occupancy; $1,995 single room supplement

Tour provided by Immersion Journeys (917) 686-2620.

Island Life in Ancient Greece


November 7 - 15, 2019

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This tour is now SOLD OUT.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please contact Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. at (312) 609-1140 or (800) 922-3088.

Host: Rachel Kitzinger, Professor Emertia of Greek and Roman Studies

Join Professor Rachel Kitzinger on a nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville to visit Meteora, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Mycenae and Epidaurus - islands steeped in myth and history. Athens pre-cruise and ancient Olympia post-cruise options are also available.

Cost: Cabin categories range from $4,695 to $11,595. Single cabin categories are limited. Please call Gohagan & Co. for availability.

Tour provided by Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Mexico Today: An Exploration through Material, Expressive & Culinary Cultures

January 14 - 23, 2020

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Hosts: Colleen Ballerino Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, and Leslie Offutt, Associate Professor of Latin American History

Colleen and Leslie have drawn upon their deep familiarity with Mexican history and culture to design this itinerary which delves into the artistic, cultural and culinary wealth, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary Mexico. Begin in Mexico City to experience museums and the city's historical center, attend a performance of the Ballet Folklorico, cruise along the floating canals of Xochimilco, and participate in a food tour of the San Juan Market. Two days in the colonial city of Puebla will include touring a talavera tile factory and extraordinary Baroque churches, and sampling the local cuisine. Then it's on to Oaxaca to meet with local artists, visit workshops that produce traditional textiles and wood carvings, and tour the archeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla.  Throughout the journey, you'll sample extraordinary regional cuisines (and have a cooking class with the owner of one of Oaxaca's most well-known restaurants) and enjoy lectures by Colleen and Leslie. 

Cost: $4,695 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare.  Single supplement is $495.

Tour provided by International Seminar Design, Inc. (202) 244-1448.

Iceland - The Land of Fire and Ice

February 14 - 19, 2020

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Host:  Colette Salyk, Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Once again, Vassar travelers are invited to experience the wonders of Iceland on this five-day getaway.  Iceland is a country full of contrasts! From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, spectacular scenery to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. On this exciting getaway, we will experience the best of both the city life and the countryside. We will start with two nights in Borgarnes to explore lush valleys, a black volcanic beach, lava fields, and picturesque fishing villages (and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights). Then we will drive south to the capital city of Reykjavik to experience its vibrant culture and learn about the region’s Viking heritage. You'll have free time to explore the sights and museums around the city or take an optional excursion to go on a whale watch or ride an Icelandic horse.

Cost:  $2,860 per person (double occupancy), including airfare from New York City or Boston. Airfares are available from many other cities; please call Discover Europe for details. Land only price is $2,210. Single supplement is $550.

Tour provided by Discover Europe:  (603) 563-7077

Vietnam Explored: A Journey Through Its History and Culture

March 9 - 17, 2020

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Hosts: Robert K. Brigham, the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, and Monica Church, Advisor to PHOCUS and the Baldeck Photographic Center.

Vietnam is known as a land of incredible beauty with dramatic landscapes and a fascinating history. Our Vassar hosts will take us on an exploration of a country they know extremely well. Time in Hanoi allows us to take in the city’s colorful Old Quarter, its historical highlights, and its many museums. We will meet the people primarily responsible for Vietnam’s remarkable transformation into one of the most dynamic countries in Asia. A morning flight takes us to Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam. We will enjoy a boatride in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its majestic karst limestone mountains jutting out of the water. We next fly to Da Nang in Central Vietnam. A short drive takes us along the famous China Beach en route to Hoi An, another UNESCO World Heritage site, with its eclectic mix of architecture showcasing old houses in French, Chinese and Japanese styles, all of which miraculously escaped the ravages of war. We end the trip in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a mix of old and new that makes the perfect bookend for the journey.

Professor Brigham's area of scholarship is the Vietnam War and he will offer lectures throughout the tour, as well as specially arranged meetings with diplomats, writers, and artists. Sites such as the "Hanoi Hilton" and the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace will be visited. Using his recently discovered father's combat photos (U.S. Marine Corps Sargent Bruce Allen Atwell), Professor Brigham will help us to understand the 1968 Tet Offensive in Hue, the week of the most intense urban fighting during the entire war. 

Optional post-tour extension to Cambodia begins with the capital city of Phnom Penh. Once the “Pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh’s glory was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But the city has since risen from the ashes to take its place among the emerging capitals of the region. Upon arrival we will drive to the site of Cheoung Ek, known to the world as the Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge executed over one million people. Today, a Buddhist stupa commemorates those who perished here. We will continue our journey in Siem Reap, home to one of Indochina’s most magnificent sites, the temples of Angkor. Ornamented by the finest artisans of its time, once redolent with incense and prayer, Angkor was lost beneath the sands of time only to be rediscovered at the opening of the last century.

Cost: $7,170 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare; single room supplement is $1,710. Post-tour extension to Cambodia is $2,310; single room supplement is $970.

Tour provided by Authentic Asia (888) 586-9958.