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Sri Lanka: A Tapestry of Cultures, Monuments and Color

October 28 - November 12, 2017

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Hosts: Glen Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science & International Relations (Vassar College), and Sipra Johnson, Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology (SUNY New Paltz)

Boasting of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka, an island nation off the southern tip of India is a tapestry of cultures. Saffron-robed monks traversing across courtyards, stark white temples, Hindu priests chanting beneath rainbow-colored towers, Colonial European architecture, lush green tea estates in the hill country, rice paddies, beaches, ancient ruins. Smell and taste the cacophony of spiced curries, incense and temple flowers. Listen for the call of a monkey, the song of a bird, and schoolyards full of children scampering towards sari-clad mothers. Get pampered with an Ayurvedic massage, warming the muscles. Take in the hilltop breezes cooling the senses and take drives through the country filling the eyes with vibrant colors and scenes of colorful life.

Our trip is co-sponsored with Smith and Bryn Mawr Colleges.

Cost: $5,295 per person, double occupancy, plus international airfare; single supplement is $1,350. For more information and to register, please call Immersion Journeys at (917) 686-2620.

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Corsica and Sardinia

June 30 - July 9, 2017

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Host:  Bert Lott, the Matthew Vassar, Jr. Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty

Journey this summer to the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, known both for their natural beauty and their rich history of human occupation, which can be traced back 9000 years. Corsica, "the Isle of Beauty," is remarkable for its several hundred species of fragrant plants. Corsicans continue a thousand-year-old tradition of gathering and using the native vegetation for medicinal, culinary, and aromatic purposes. Nearby Sardinia offers an almost primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and the sea, forests filled with aromatic plants, and shoreline washed by the clear blue Metiterranean waters.

Cost: $3,580 per person, double occupancy, plus international airfare; single supplement is $760. For more information and to register, please call Discover Europe at (866) 563-7077.

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Mediterranean Radiance Cruise

October 7 - 17, 2017

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Vassar Host: To Be Announced

Take in quaint European towns and radiant cities on this 9-night cruise aboard the Oceania Riviera. Discover the glamourous allure of St-Tropez, explore the Spanish charms of Palamos, Barcelona, Valencia, and Minorca, and delve into the intriguing history of Marseille, Portofino and Florence/Pisa.

Cost: Special 2-for-1 Cruise fares and free airfare if booked by April 11. Stateroom categories range from $3,299 to 6,899.

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Flavors of Spain-2017

October 8 - 16, 2017

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Vassar Host: Mita Choudhury, Professor of History

Delight in this exploration of the Costa Brava region's beautiful attractions and extraordinary works of art, and relax in the comforts of a beautiful, boutique property outside of Girona, ideally located for exploring the region.

Each day is highlighted by exclusive and authentic experiences with chefs, winemakers, artisan producers and extraordinary historic sights. Learn about and savor the fine food and wine Spain is famous for in cooking classes, tastings, and guided tours.

Cost: Based upon hotel room categories, prices range from $3,995 per person, double occupancy, to $5,995 (suite). Single cost is $5,995 per person. For more information and to register, please contact Orbridge at (866) 639-0079.

Tour provided by Orbridge