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(May 30-June 11, 2002)

ATTENTION! COMMUNITY MEMBERS, DARTON STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF! We are now recruiting for a trip to Italy during the Summer of 2002!

ATTENTION ALL! GET CREDIT WHILE YOU TRAVEL! Students may receive 2 hours of college credit in Area B of the Core by enrolling in the International Perspectives course (INED2902) during A Term, Summer 2002, and travelling on this program. If you prefer to receive Continuing Education credits, you may enroll in the same course through the Continuing Education Program and travel with us.

What follows below is a detailed description of the program and all costs except your spending money there. In order to participate, students must be in good standing and must have successfully completed at least one college foreign language course or equivalent (See Ms. Davis for clarification.) Community members, faculty and staff must be adventurous and energetic. I'm excited and ready to go, and I want to take you with me!

This tour, called Italian Serenade, will be coordinated and conducted by ACIS (American Council for International Studies), a very reputable educational travel company with which I have traveled a number of times.


(ACIS reserves the right to modify the itinerary slightly, but this is pretty close. I'll get you a new one if it changes.)

Day 1: Depart USA by overnight flight. I hope you packed your walking shoes!

Day 2: Venice. Arrive in Milan and drive across Veneto to the "Queen of the Adriatic," Venice. Free time to enjoy this beautiful island city.

Day 3: Venice. Today we enjoy the sights of Venice using the ACIS Walking Tour. The incredible Byzantine architecture of San Marco reminds us that Venice was once Europe's gateway to the east.

Day 4: Florence. Departure today for the imperial city of Ravenna to see the most beautiful mosaics in all of Europe. Continue across the Apennines to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance.

Day 5: Florence. Morning sightseeing shows us Michelangelo's David, Santa Croce, the Duomo and Baptistery. In the afternoon, we can walk across to the Pitti Palace or shop for gold bargains on the Ponte Vecchio.

Day 6: Siena-San Gimignano-Florence. Today we take an excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. First we drive to Siena, where we visit the cathedral and the Piazza del Campo. Then, we continue on to the medieval town of San Gimignano, famous for its tall towers. A Tuscan lunch rounds out the day.

Day 7: Sorrento. Say good-bye to Florence as we journey around the Bay of Sorrento to the beautiful seaside town that bears its name.

Day 8: Isle of Capri-Sorrento. Board the boat to Capri, the "Island of Dreams." Arriving on the island, we take the funicular to the main piazza. There will be time to wander through the myriad of lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square.

Day 9: Amalfi-Pompeii-Sorrento. Today's drive takes us along the breathtaking coastline from Sorrento to Salerno. We'll stop at Amalfi to see the wonderful cathedral and continue to Pompeii. When nearby Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, it covered the city in 23 feet of ash.

Day 10: Naples-Cumae-Rome. First, a local guide will show us archaeological treasures at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Then we'll continue to the ancient Greek settlement at Cumae, home of the legendary Sybil. Finally, continuing north, we'll arrive in the "Eternal City," Rome, in the late afternoon.

Day 11: Rome. Morning sightseeing with a local guide introduces us to every phase of Rome's history from the Colosseum to St. Peter's. Included are the Vatican Museums, where we will see the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms. This evening we'll enjoy a pizza dinner, Roman style.

Day 12: Rome. There is a guided optional afternoon excursion to Hadrian's Villa, one of the largest of all Roman villas, and the gardens of Villa d'Este, where you can enjoy its beautiful fountains. Return to Rome for a last evening. (This excursion is not included in the cost of the trip. It's cost is $45, and all members of the group must go for it to be offered.)

Day 13: Departure for the USA with memories for a lifetime!


Please read carefully all of the Terms and Conditions in the Registration Booklet for details of all regulations, fees and late fees, payment schedules and deadlines, coverages, and allowances. What follows below is a brief outline of the basic fees. Deadlines are indicated as appropriate.

ACIS Membership Fee$95

Program Fee$2459

Weekend Departure Fee($35)

Adult Surcharge (13 day trip, 11 overnights) $60 + $25/night =($335)

Comprehensive Protection Plan (Optional - see details in Registration Booklet)

Airport Taxes and Security Charges$93

To register, or for further information, contact Ms. Patty Davis in F-120G, call her at 317-6876 or email davisp@darton.edu.

ACIS is on the web at http://www.acis.com.