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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)

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October 28 - November 12, 2017

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This tour is now full; to be placed on our waitlist, please contact Immersion Journeys at (917) 686-2620.

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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Early Booking Discount is still available!

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:  The Vassar Early Booking Discount has been continued—a savings of $2000 per couple. Cabins are currently available in categories 5, 4, 2, 1, and range in price from $8,290 to $10,490 per person, double occupancy. Limited availability for single cabins.

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

Authentic Iceland I

February 15 - 19, 2018

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Vassar Host:  Colleen Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies

One of our most popular tours every year, the Vassar Travel Program will now offer two departures for our getaway weekend to Authentic Iceland!

From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, magnificent malls to art musuems, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and perhaps gaze on the Aurora Borealis. This short getaway (Thursday night to Monday night) is filled with excursions exploring Iceland's geological, ecological, and historical sites. And there will be free time to explore downtown Reykjavik, take in a concert, or enjoy a ride on an Icelandic pony.

Join anthropologist Colleen Cohen and her husband Jeffrey Cohen to explore the unique history and culture of Iceland, as well as the contemporary experiences of its people. Our tour director, Linda L'Etoile, who leads all our Vassar trips to Iceland, will share an abundance of information and delightful stories about her country.

Cost:  $2,370 per person based on double occupancy, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York City or Boston (pricing from other cities is available). Single supplement on this trip is $290. Tour provided by Discover Europe; please call (866) 563-7077 for more information and to register.


Authentic Iceland II

March 1 - 5, 2018

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Vassar Hosts:  Mark Seidl '87, Technical Services Librarian for Special Collections and Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair

One of our most popular tours every year, the Vassar Travel Program will now offer two departures for our getaway weekend to Authentic Iceland!

From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, magnificent malls to art musuems, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and perhaps gaze on the Aurora Borealis. This short getaway (Thursday night to Monday night) is filled with excursions exploring Iceland's geological, ecological, and historical sites. And there will be free time to explore downtown Reykjavik, take in a concert, or enjoy a ride on an Icelandic pony.

Our March departure features Mark Seidl and Rebecca Edwards, who will focus on the history of Iceland as depicted in the sagas of the country's settlement and the exploits of the Viking Age warriors and poets. Then they will bring us to the present day with an examination of Iceland's successful youth anti-drug/alcohol programs that are being studied around the world. Our tour director, Linda L'Etoile, who leads all our Vassar trips to Iceland, will share an abundance of information and delightful stories about her country.

Cost:  $2,370 per person based upon double occupancy, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York City or Boston (pricing from other cities is available). Single supplement on this trip is $290.

Tour provided by Discover Europe, please call (866) 563-7077 for more information and to register.

Vietnam Explored: A Journey Through Its History and Culture

March 12 - 23, 2018

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Vassar Hosts:  Robert Brigham, Professor of History and International Relations on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, and Monica d. Church, Associate Director of the Palmer Gallery

Join Bob Brigham, a specialist on the history of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the Vietnam War, for this extraordinary opportunity to travel through Vietnam. Gain an insider's view into the country's past and present as we journey from Hanoi to Central Vietnam and on to Saigon, exploring its historical highlights and meeting with writers, artists, and diplomats along the way. Brigham is the author of Argument Without End:  In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999), written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight. 

Cost:  $6,980 per person based on double occupancy, excluding round trip airfare. Single supplement is $1,880.

This tour will be limited to just 20 participants.

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

Amsterdam Backstage

March 16 - 25, 2018

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Vassar Hosts: Susan Donahue Kuretsky '63, the Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art; and John Meehan, Professor of Dance, Frances Daly Fergusson Chair in the Humanities; Director, Vassar Repertory Dance Theater

Tour extraordinary museums and galleries in Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside, with Professor Kuretsky, whose area of expertise is 17th century Dutch painting. Lectures and informal discussions will enhance your experience. Explore the city's vibrant dance world with performances by the Dutch National Ballet Company, the Het National's Junior Company, and the Dutch contemporary company, Scapino, the oldest dance company in the Netherlands. We will also go behind the scenes to observe company dance classes and rehearsals with Professor Meehan, retired principal dancer with the Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and former artistic director of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Hong Kong Ballet. In 2015, Susan and John led their first combined art history and dance program in London for Vassar alumnae/i. Back by popular demand, they will be sharing their extraordinary talents and special connections with us once again.

This tour will be limited to just 18 participants.

Cost: $4,980 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement is $1,480. This tour is offered through Discover Europe, (866) 563-7077.

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

May 17 - 25, 2018

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Vassar Hosts:  Molly Shanley, the Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Political Science emerita
and Fred Chromey, the Matthew Vassar, Jr. Professor of Astronomy emeritus

Join fellow alumnae/i for a comprehensive, seven-night journey to Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords. Cruise from the city of Bergen in Norway to Glasgow, Scotland, aboard the chartered, five-star ship M.S. Le Boréal. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship. Highlights include two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys—the Flåm Railway through Norway’s fjordlands and The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy a tour of Bryggen—Bergen’s historic waterfront and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a special presentation by the site director and head archaeologist at Ness of Brodgar in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

This tour is offered through Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.; (312) 609-1140

Cost:  An Early Booking Discount is in effect through October 16th: cabin categories range from $4,995 to $8,995 (double occupancy) and suites are available from $9,595 to $12,795. Single accommdations are limited; please call our tour provider for current pricing and availability.

Namibia: Open Skies & Endless Horizons

July 21 - August 2, 2018

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Vassar Host: Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Sciences

Join Professor Jill Schneiderman on a journey through Namibia—a land of varying eco-systems, known for towering sand dunes, red canyons, and the world’s oldest desert, and home to ethnic groups who continue to practice their traditional way of life. The sheer vastness of the country is further compounded by the fact that it is a nation of just three million people.

We will travel through wildlife conservancies and game reserves, tribal outposts, and small towns, all while learning about the fascinating history of this former German colony and one of the world’s largest diamond producers. We will also meet with conservationists who have been pioneers in cutting-edge efforts to rebuild collapsing species of the black rhino, elephants and big cats (leopards and cheetahs).

We will be sharing this trip with Bryn Mawr College and hotel space will be limited. We encourage you to sign up quickly to secure your place.

Cost: $8,995 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement is $1,115. For more information and to register, please contact Immersion Journeys at (917) 686-2620 or (302) 743-7005 or by email at info@immersionjourneys.com.

Island Life in Ancient Greece: An Aegean Odyssey

October 3 - 11, 2018

Vassar Host:  Barbara Olsen, Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

On this nine-day Aegean odyssey, cruise round-trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the chartered, five-star small ship Le Lapérouse. Ports of call include Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history. Visit extraordinary Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop natural sandstone pinnacles; on Crete, walk through the ancient Palace of Minos at Knossos. Meet local residents during a specially arranged Island Life Forum for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture.

Professor Barbara Olsen is an Aegean Prehistorian who specializes in Greek archaeology and history and frequently teaches classes in Greek, Greek history, Greek archaeology, and women in antiquity. Her work focuses on women and gendered institutions in Greek prehistory, and she maintains additional research interests in Greek historical memory and children in early Greek history. 

Tour brochure and pricing will be available soon. This tour is offered through Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. 

Village Life Around the Italian Lakes: Como, Maggiore, and Orta

October 13 - 21, 2018

Vassar Host:  Miriam Rossi, Professor of Chemistry on the Mary Landon Sague Chair

Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms of life in northern Italy’s fabled Lake District for one full week, with charming accommodations in the Palace Hotel in the heart of lovely Como. Cruise by private boat on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Orta. Excursions feature Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Stresa, the Borromean Islands, and Milan. Attend a Village Life Forum with local residents who offer personal perspectives on the region’s modern life and cultural heritage.

Professor Miriam Rossi is a Vassar scientist who understands and studies the benefits of food and wine. She teaches courses in chemistry and biochemistry, and in the Science, Technology and Society Program. Vassar students often join her in her research into natural products that have medicinal and antioxidant properties. Miriam previously led two Vassar Travel Programs, focused on the cuisine of her native Italy.

Tour brochure and pricing will be available soon. This tour is offered through Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Passage Along the Blue Danube: Vienna to Bucharest

October 13 - 25, 2018

Vassar Hosts:  Peter G. Stillman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Adelaide Villmoare, Professor Emerita of Political Science

This custom-designed, 13-day travel program features 7 countries, 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley. Cruise for nine nights aboard the chartered, deluxe M.S. Amadeus Silver III from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea. Explore a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages, and rugged countryside, from ancient Romania and Serbia and Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates. Spend two nights in Bucharest and visit legendary Transylvania.

Tour brochure and pricing will be available soon. This tour is offered through Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.