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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

November 6 - 21, 2019

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We have had a cancellation and there is now one room available on this tour; can be a couple sharing or one individual. Please contact Immersion Journeys at (917) 686-2620.

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! You will experience the myriad of cultures of India along the way.

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.