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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.

Croatian Adriatic Cruise

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There is one cabin remaining on this tour and there is one participant (Class of 1969) who would like to share a room. Please call Keytours (800-576-1784 ext. 118) for more information.

July 21 - 29, 2017

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Host: Bojana Zupan, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Explore the Adriatic this summer on a cruise aboard the small luxury vessel M/S Princess Aloha, beginning and ending in Dubrovnik. Along your journey will be historic cities, spectacular scenery, UNESCO World Heritage sites, medieval coastal villages and towns, numerous islands, and beautiful beaches for swimming. Stops will include Mljet, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Bol, Hvar, and Trstenik. Throughout the journey you will be accompanied by Vassar host Bojana Zupan, who looks forward to introducing you to her native country.

There are just 18 cabins on this small ship and Vassar has 9 upper deck cabins available, so we encourage you to register soon. 

Cost:  $2,749 per person/double occupancy (plus airfare). Single accommodations are an additional $1,235. For more information and to register, please call Key Tours at (800) 576-1784, and press option 5 to speak to our representatives.

Mediterranean Radiance Cruise

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October 7 - 17, 2017

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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.

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.

Sri Lanka: A Tapestry of Cultures, Monuments and Color (Limited Availability)

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.

Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

January 12 - 23, 2018

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Vassar Host: Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Professor of Hispanic Studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair

You are invited to begin 2018 on an extraordinary journey to the Galapagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Vassar Travel Program will start with a two-night stay at the Mashpi Lodge, located within the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. Shrouded in misty cloud cover, the property is perched in the Andes – 3,116 feet above sea level. Ecuadorean architects and designers used walls of glass, tropical wood, and recycled steel to create Mashpi’s triplex lodge; a team of botanists and biologists oversee its scientific studies. The Reserve is home to tropical flora and fauna, including howler monkeys, 36 endemic bird species, and 200 species of butterfly.

Following two days exploring the exciting city of Quito, we will board the small ship Santa Cruz II to explore the Galapagos Islands, described by Charles Darwin as a “living laboratory of evolution.” The islands, each with its own ecosystem, are teeming with species unknown anywhere else in the world, such as the flightless cormorant and marine iguanas. The ship is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, and complimentary snorkeling gear. Onboard naturalists will lead excursions and share their knowledge to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this mysterious natural realm.

Cost:  An Early Booking Discount is in effect through June 9—a savings of $2000 per couple. Cabin categories range from $7,090 to $11,190 per person, double occupancy. As of June 10, prices increase by $1,000 per person. Limited availability for single cabins.

For more information and to register, please call Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. at (312) 609-1140.