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Alumni and friends offered opportunity to experience Italian Riviera

Santa MargheritaThe Lamar University Cardinal Adventures Travel Program has announced an opportunity to explore The Italian Riviera and Chianti Region with like-minded alumni and friends of the University from September 24 – October 3 of this year.  This will be the third travel destination offered by the Office of Alumni Affairs for 2017, in addition to South Africa and a cruise along the Rhine River (Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam), also offered this year.

Anyone interested in the Italian Riviera itinerary should visit the Lamar AHI Travel website  in order to take advantage of a $500 per person discount available for bookings prior to Jan 31.  The trip is limited to 28 persons to ensure maximum traveling comfort and access to exclusive experiences.

Cinque TerreParticipants on this trip will travel across the Italian landscape from the enchanting Italian Riviera to the Chianti countryside.  History permeates these beguiling regions, which offer heart-stopping vistas at every turn.  Participants will have the opportunity to sip red wine, relax in medieval piazzas and soak up scenic views that have inspired artists and writers for centuries.

Travel will include time in seaside Sestri Levante and villages along the Ligurian coastline.  Travelers will witness brightly colored towns that seem to spill down the sides of the steep hills and breathtaking panoramas in Cinque Terre National Park.  Another stop will include Radda, in Chianti, amid hills crowned with sprawling vineyards and time to explore the region’s medieval towns and delve into the Renaissance riches of Florence.  This itinerary includes visits to four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

FlorenceCardinal Adventures is a program of the Office of Alumni Affairs, providing alumni and friends with opportunities to travel together to unique and engaging destinations.  There is always an educational component included enabling participants to learn about the life and culture of the people and places visited from expert guides and lecturers that call each area home. Cardinal Adventure’s travel partner, AHI Travel, shares the belief that travel involves more than a ticket and a passport.  It should weave together discovery, education and humanity, the best elements of any compelling tale.

Trips with Cardinal Adventures are first class and full service - eliminating all of the logistical worries of travel.  Each trip is accompanied by a multilingual Travel Director who is there to take care of every last detail. Everything is preplanned in advance so guests do not have to worry themselves with extensive research of activities or hotels, normally the least fun aspect of travel.  And when those inevitable last minute changes are needed, someone is there to take care of the rescheduling and rearranging so that participants are free to immerse themselves in their surroundings and let go of any concerns.

FlorenceThere are two general types of travel offered, to fit each individual’s preferential travel style.  Hub and Spoke itineraries generally stay in one central destination, and take day trips out to different sites and activities. River cruises also offer this type of “unpack one time” type of travel experience.  Or, some travelers prefer to spend a couple of nights in several different locales in order to immerse themselves in each destination.  Both styles of travel offer the same attention to detail and once in a lifetime experiences.

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