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The Galápagos

Day 1 (Quito): Fly to Ecuador and arrive in Quito in the evening. Meet your travel director and travel to your inn.

Day 2 (Quito): Explore Quito’s colonial center with a guide, visiting the ornate baroque La Compañia church and the Church of San Francisco, Quito’s largest colonial structure. After lunch, travel to the Mitad del Mundo equatorial monument and investigate the gravitational forces surrounding this unique site, then visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, which claims to lie on the equator itself. Return to Quito for dinner.

Day 3 (San Cristóbal): This morning fly to San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost island in the Galápagos and where Darwin first went ashore. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy lunch on the beach. Today, you will get close to wildlife such as blue-footed boobies and sea lions, on a kayak tour of the island. In the afternoon, stroll the quaint port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno before dinner.

Day 4 (San Cristóbal): Explore the highlands of San Cristóbal, stopping first at El Junco, the largest freshwater lake in the Galápagos, located in an extinct volcano crater. Continue on to Galápaguera and observe the species of tortoise unique to the island. Return to the port in time for lunch. In the afternoon, hike through La Lobería, a retreat for sea lions and home to the largest marine iguanas in the Galápagos. After a hike to El Barranco , ‘The Cliff,’ return to the beach to swim or snorkel and observe birds such as the greater flamingo.

Day 5 (Isabela): Travel by boat to Floreana Island, home to pirates, prisoners, and whalers and the first permanent settlement of Ecuadorians, with a stop to snorkel amongst white-tipped sharks, rays, and sea turtles at La Lobería along the way. Discover the dwellings of the original settlers before lunch, then continue northwest to Isabela Island, the largest and most biologically diverse island in the Galápagos, and one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Arrive in Puerto Villamil and relax at your hotel.

Day 6 (Isabela): Hike the active Sierra Negra volcano, taking in spectacular views as you approach the crater rim at nearly 4,890 feet above sea level. Enjoy a picnic lunch before descending the volcano and returning to Puerto Villamil. Snorkel this afternoon at Concha de la Perla to see sea lions, multicolored tropical fish and Galápagos penguins, the only species of penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild.

Day 7 (Isabela): Travel across the bay to Tintoreras Island and then hike to observe a large colony of marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and reef sharks. Return to the bay to explore the Galapágos Marine Reserve. Take an afternoon journey to the Wetlands, ‘Los Humedales,’ a series of pools, lagoons, and mangrove swamps that boast an abundance of plants and birds, including herons, black-necked stilts, and Galápagos pintails. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about conservation and turtle rearing. Continue to the Wall of Tears, remains of a 19th century penal colony, where prisoners were forced to build the wall with huge lava blocks as part of their punishment.

Day 8 (Isabela): Visit Los Túneles, a unique body of water connected by a network of channels, arches, and tunnels formed by a series of lava flows. With calm and clear blue waters and abundance of marine wildlife, this site is known as a natural aquarium. Enjoy a free afternoon.

Day 9 (Santa Cruz): Travel by boat to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island, the Galápagos’ largest port town. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and explore the port’s shops and restaurants. Continue to the highlands of Santa Cruz, traveling through several different vegetation zones and viewing increasingly lush greenery as you ascend, to view giant Galápagos tortoises in their wild habitat. Look for Darwin’s finches and explore a network of lava tubes formed by hot liquid rock. Enjoy an afternoon at Garrapatero beach.

Days 10 & 11 (Santa Cruz): Choose from a variety of island excursions.

Day 12 (Quito): Travel to the airport, stopping at the Twin Craters, formed by the collapse of ground into underground fissures and chambers. Fly to Quito, where you can enjoy a last free day.

DAY 13: Fly to the U.S.

Business in Spain and Portugal

Day 1: Fly overnight to Lisbon.

Day 2 (Lisbon): Arrive in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.  Meet your travel director and travel to your hotel.

Day 3 (Lisbon):  Explore Lisbon and learn how this city has played a role as a major economic center throughout history.  Visit Rossio Square, in existence since the Middle Ages, the Monument to the Discoveries, which commemorate’s Portugal’s past as a seafaring world power, and enjoy a visit inside Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 4 (Lisbon): Learn the importance of establishing diplomatic connections in the countries in which you do business by visiting the U.S. Embassy.  Enjoy a free afternoon in Lisbon.

Day 5 (Lisbon): After a free morning, travel to Ferreiro do Alentejo to visit the Marmelo Mill, a modern marvel designed to produce olive oil for the Sovena Group.  Learn how the architecture of the mill unites form and function for the Sovena Group, a ‘glocal’ company that serves international markets but acts like a local business in each of the countries it operates in.  

Day 6 (Madrid): View beautiful countryside as your drive from Lisbon to Madrid with a stop in historic Merida, Spain. Explore Spain’s Roman past by visiting the World Heritage site ruins and the impressive Roman theater, built around the year 15 B.C. Enjoy lunch before continuing the journey to Madrid.

Day 7 (Madrid): This morning, visit Iveco, a European company bringing innovation and environmental stewardship into the design and production of heavy, medium and light commercial vehicles.  Learn what it takes to be a truly global company from Iveco, an organization that has either a manufacturing or research presence on five continents, with operations in China, Russia, Australia and Latin America as well as Europe.  Enjoy a free afternoon.

Day 8 (Madrid):  Engage with diplomats once again on a morning visit to Spain’s American Embassy.  Explore Madrid on foot with a guide, including the city’s old section, and Cibeles Square, a symbolic set of monumental structures where Madrid’s city government is seated.  A visit to the Prado will provide the opportunity to view masterworks of the Spanish school, featuring paintings by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya.

Day 9 (Madrid): Doing business in foreign cities requires the ability to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the place, feeling its rhythm and interacting with its people.  Take the time to do this today with a full free day in Madrid.

Day 10 (Barcelona): On a full day’s drive to Barcelona, stop in Zaragoza, a city named after the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus when it was founded over 2000 years ago.  Situated on the banks of the Ebro River, it is the capital of the region of Aragon and is dominated by the beautiful cathedral named after the ‘Virgin del Pilar,’ who performed miracles in the area. Enjoy lunch before continuing to Barcelona.

Day 11 (Barcelona):  Tour Renfe, the state-owned rail company that powers Spanish life, commerce and tourism through both passenger and freight trains. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to Las Ramblas, a main thoroughfare of commercial activity and culture, see the singular architecture of Gaudi, and view the city’s history in the Gothic Quarter.  Here you can admire medieval architecture as well as some remains from Roman times, and visit the cathedral.

Day 12 (Barcelona): Visit a uniquely Spanish success story, HCC Hotels Group, responsible for City Centre Hotels.  Learn how the concept of an association of hotels, designed to effectively accommodate the flow of bookings from any point of origin to Barcelona’s city center, took root, and how this association flourished into a successful hotel chain. Enjoy a free afternoon.

Day 13 (Barcelona):  Explore the importance of sport in European society with this morning’s visit to the Espanyol soccer club.  The visit will feature a presentation on the soccer club’s marketing efforts by the club’s marketing director, followed by a visit of the stadium facilities. Enjoy a final free day in Barcelona.

Day 14: Travel to the airport for your return flight to the United States.

Photography in Paris

Day 1: Fly overnight to Paris, France.

Day 2 (Paris):  Arrive in Paris, meet your travel director, and travel to your hotel. Jump right in to your itinerary with a visit to the Ecole des Beaux Arts where the Carmignac Fondation photojournalism prize winner Newsha Tavakolian will present her work to the group.  Enjoy dinner after an orientation meeting.

Day 3 (Paris):  Take in the views of Paris on a guided panoramic bus journey, focusing on important Parisian buildings and landmarks. Visit the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest and most visited museums, to experience art throughout the centuries.  Join an overview of iBooks with faculty before enjoying dinner. In the evening, attend a lecture on the architecture of the Louvre with architect Sylvia Adjamian.

Day 4 (Paris):  Today, put your technique to the test as you have the opportunity to photograph the architectural masterpiece that is a stunning symbol of Paris, the Palais Garnier Opera House.  In the afternoon, attend a photography lecture with Dominique Escartin.

Day 5 (Paris):  Admire the French Gothic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral on your visit this morning, and observe the hundreds of people who come to photograph it every day.  Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the Ile St. Louis or the Left Bank.

Day 6 (Paris):  Start your day at the Sorbonne, one of the most famous and prestigious institutes of higher learning. Delve deep into French photography with a midday visit to SPÉOS Paris Ecole de Photographie, where you will attend a lecture. An afternoon photo review with faculty allows you to asses your work so far. 

Day 7 (Paris):  Today you will have the opportunity to photograph the Eiffel tower in day and evening light. Start your day at the iconic symbol of Paris and return to the tower in the evening, with one set of entrances included to the top. In addition, take a leisurely cruise along the Seine river.

Day 8 (Paris):  Visit the impressive Fondation Louis Vuitton building, designed by famous American architect Frank Gehry. This daring, modern space aims to provide a venue for meaningful exchange between artists and visitors from Paris and around the world.  Enjoy a free afternoon and evening.

Day 9 (Paris):  Enjoy stunning views of Paris once again on a visit to the Basilica de Sacre Coeur, a Romanesque cathedral whose steps are a gathering place for both locals and tourists alike.  Wander through the streets of Montmartre, home to artists such as Picasso and Modigliani, before enjoying dinner in this quaint Parisian quarter.

Day 10 (Paris): After a free morning, enjoy an afternoon to the Musee d’Orsay, housed in one of the most recognized buildings of all time—the Orsay railway station, subject of a very famous black and white photograph.  Peruse hundreds of years of art here before enjoying a free evening.

Day 11 (Paris): This morning, visit the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, a museum of architecture that features examples of French architecture from the twelfth century to the present.  Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.

Day 12 (Paris): Immerse yourself in the life and culture of the city today as you meet French students and spend the day shooting photos around the city.  It’s a great opportunity to work on your composition and practice your French!

Day 13 (Paris): Take in modern sculpture and architecture this morning, as you travel to La Defense for a photo shoot.  Spend the rest of the day reviewing photos with faculty before enjoying a farewell dinner.

Day 14 (Paris): Fly to the United States. 

Croatia, The Dalmatian Coast

Day 1:  Fly overnight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Day 2 (Dubrovnik): Arrive in Croatia.  Meet your travel director and travel to the hotel in Dubrovnik for orientation and dinner.

Day 3 (Dubrovnik): Explore the sights and sounds of the pearl of the Adriatic, enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a local guide.  Visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy, then enjoy a free afternoon to see the fortified walls of Dubrovnik or ride the cable car to see amazing views.

Day 4 (Dubrovnik):  Travel by private yacht, your home for the rest of the trip, to the Island of Mljet, rumored to be the favorite holiday destination of the hero Ulysses.  Stop in Lopud en route. Visit the National Park, which boasts five types of forests, numerous species of birds, and eagles’ nests.   See the 12th century Benedictine monastery on St. Mary’s Island, situated on the ‘big lake’ on the east end of Mijet.

Day 5 (Pucisca):  Sail to Korcula in central Dalmatia, an island important to Greek, Roman and Venetian history. After lunch, continue to Pucisca, a beautiful small town on the island of Brac famous for its white stone, stopping to swim in a nearby bay along the way. Explore the town on foot with a guide, then enjoy an excursion to the pristine village of Skrip.  Enjoy a free evening.

Day 6 (Omis):  Spend the day at the ancient town of Omis, whose churches and fortresses are a silent stone reminder of the town’s history as a ‘Nest of Pirates.’ Enjoy a short walking tour, then board small boats to travel into the beautiful Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Sail upriver to Radman Mills, where you will snack on a local delicacy. Return to Omis for a free afternoon.

Day 7 (Split):  Sail to Split, the capital of Dalmatia, this morning.  Enjoy a guided visit of the city’s port, seafront promenade, and the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the busy alleys, ancient columns and belfries of Diocletian‘s Palace, built by a Roman emperor.  In the afternoon, travel to Trogir to observe its well-preserved Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, including one of the most beautiful cathedrals on the coast! Enjoy a free evening.

Day 8 (Hvar):  Stop for a swim at Golden Horn, a vast, golden pebble beach, then continue to Hvar for a guided visit.  A popular destination for the international jet set, Hvar is one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia, dotted with a number of little picturesque coves.  Explore the town with a guide, visiting the first public theatre in Europe and the Franciscan Monastery.  Enjoy a free evening to perhaps visit one of the many family-owned restaurants in town.

Day 9 (Korcula):  Arrive late in the afternoon in Korcula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Journey through narrow, cobbled streets on foot with a guide, then visit the majestic gothic-baroque Cathedral of St Mark.  Enjoy a free evening.

Day 10 (Dubrovnik): Continue your return sail along the shores of Mljet Island, taking in breathtaking steep coastal cliffs along the way.  Visit Grgich Vineyards, home of the famous American wine producer in Trstenik, for wine tasting. Enjoy a farewell reception and a leisurely evening.

Day 11:  Fly to the U.S.