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2019

The Civil War: Two Capitals

April 24-May 1, 2019
Civil war soldier

Our Civil War Trilogy was such a success that it only makes sense to keep on learning as much as we can about this seminal American historical event. This trip will focus on some of the important battles between the two armies in and around the two national capitals, as well as other historical elements here in the political epicenter of the conflict. In and around Washington, D.C., we’ll visit Gettysburg National Military Park, the Summer White House, Fort Stevens, and tour the U.S. Capitol Building. Departing D.C., we’ll follow the escape route of John Wilkes Booth from Ford’s Theater to Garrett’s Farm in Virginia, then visit the Battle of Chancellorsville site. We’ll tour the city of Richmond and the Confederate White House, visit the Mariners’ Museum, and tour the Battle of the Ironclads site, the Peninsula Campaign site and the Petersburg National Battlefield. We’ll then follow the Confederate retreat route, concluding at Appomattox Court House.


Spoleto Festival USA

May 30-June 3, 2019
Dancers

Spoleto is widely acknowledged as the premier performing arts festival in America, and this trip has become very popular due to the outstanding quality of the artists who come here from around the world and the warm and gracious welcome that we always receive from the good people of Charleston. We go almost every year, so start making your plans now to join us next spring. If you’ve not yet been to Spoleto Festival this is a great opportunity to find out why it’s so special. Please join us!


England and Wales

June 14-29, 2019
Chess pieces with the UK and Welsh flags

Part three of our British Isles trilogy (Ireland in 2017, Scotland in 2018) will find us in jolly old England and her lovely neighbor, Wales. We’re still in the early planning stages, but you can count on a proper treatment of the history, the culture, and the institutions of both countries, thus rounding out our understanding of the United Kingdom.


The Shaw Festival

September 5-9, 2019
The musical Ragtime

As always, in the fall we will return once more to this lovely village on the shores of Lake Ontario for the best weekend of theatre on the calendar. We won’t know next year’s play list until November, but keep your eye out for the brochure when it arrives in your mailbox next January. In the meantime, go ahead and sign up for this year’s trip now so you won’t miss this fun and entertaining weekend. We take care of everything. All you have to do is join us!


Food and Wine of Northern Italy

September 24-October 7, 2019
Plate of spaghetti and desserts

You know you want to go already, don’t you? We’ll begin in Milan, and then travel to Turin, Alba, Parma, Verona, and Asolo, finally ending up in Venice, exploring the superb culinary and vinicultural delights of this region all along the way! This will be an exquisite journey through the history, geography, cuisine, and spirits of one of the finest places on earth to indulge in these subjects. Wine tastings, food markets, cheese tastings, grappa distilleries, palaces, museums, cathedrals, and more, this one is going to be special. Space will be limited for this exclusive opportunity, so please let us know NOW if you are interested in joining us. Dates and prices will be available soon. Please keep an eye on our website, and watch your mailbox for the brochure early next year.


Belize and Guatemala

November 2019
Mayan ruin

Reprising one of our earliest international trips from way back in 2006, we return to Central America to follow the rise and fall of the Mayan civilization. With all of the recent discoveries in the field of Mayan archaeology, it is time to update our understanding of this fascinating culture while immersing ourselves in the wonderful towns and villages of their modern descendants along the way. Beginning in the western highlands of Belize, we’ll explore the archaeological sites of Caracol, Xunantunich, Tikal, Yaxha, and Iximche, while enjoying cultural opportunities in Lake Atitlán, the mountain towns of Huehuetenango, Todos Santos, and Chichicastenango, and concluding our trip in the lovely town of Antigua. This is going to be a good one, too!

Register or “Lock In” space now

You may also lock in space on any trip that you have read about in this newsletter for which we are not yet taking registrations by calling Doug Whittle at 608-263-7787.

Please send no money for the lock-in request. We’ll be in touch with you when plans and prices are in place, at which time we will invite you to make a deposit, but please do let us know of your interest in the trip now.


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