Welcome to 2016!

The New Year is a time of exciting new possibilities, and that is definitely true at Hart Travel Partners!  We are excited to share with your our brand new website, full of destinations to explore, gorgeous photos to spark your imagination, and fresh content to share with your colleagues and fellow travelers.  We will be updating it regularly with new itineraries, stories from groups and faculty members, and travel news, so be sure to check it out often.

Central to our success is our opportunity to partner with educators like you to turn course curricula into academic-centered global itineraries designed to instruct and inspire.  At Hart Travel Partners, we start with your academic goals and design a travel itinerary around the components of the course content you would like to highlight. 

2015 was a fantastic year for us, as we had the opportunity to work with so many great faculty and educators.  Here are two examples of travel programs that we hope will inspire you to design your own program with us!

In December, we worked with the Honors Department of Illinois State University to explore the culture of Peru.  Highlights included a visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu (click to see the full itinerary). Throughout the program, students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities such as learning traditional dyeing, textile-making and knitting techniques.  They saw up close the ingenious ways in which the Inca created thriving agricultural communities on mountain terrain, and how both the Inca and the colonial powers mined and used natural resources.

Also this past year, we designed a travel program for Michelle Wolf of Winthrop University called Italy & France: The Mediterranean Diet.  Michelle’s itinerary delved deep into the food culture and production of some of the world’s most well-known cuisine (click to see full itinerary).  Students witnessed the steps of cheese-making from start to finish (and then got to sample it of course!).  They also met the Modena family that has produced balsamic vinegar in the traditional fashion for four generations.  The group came away with a better sense of how food and the culture of eating is intertwined into daily Mediterranean life.

Peru, France and Italy are just three of the many countries around the world we plan to explore with you and your students in the future.  If you are thinking of creating a travel program in 2016 or 2017, please get in touch.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Kind Regards,
Steve Hart
Hart Travel Partners