USAO News Bureau

USAO Invites Community to Join Paris, Alps Trip

Friday, September 22, 2006

CHICKASHA – Ancient castles, world famous art collections and snowcapped mountains are just a few of the sights on the itinerary for an upcoming European tour. As one of several trips planned for next spring, the University of Science and Arts is extending an invitation to the community to join students and faculty for a tour of France, Germany and the Swiss Alps.

An informational meeting about the trip is open to the public Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. in Davis Hall 107.

With overnight stays scheduled for Paris, the Lucerne Region and Munich, the trip promises an exciting cultural experience.

Dr. Brenda Brown, professor of English and chair of the division of arts and humanities, said in her past five trips, fun people have made the tours enjoyable.

“Not only are these trips educational, they are also really fun,” Brown said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have had wonderful people traveling with me. Students, alumni, community members, faculty – different people from different generations come together and enjoy each other.”

The nine-day trip departs May 7, 2007, and includes guided sightseeing tours of Paris, a walking tour of Munich and a visit inside “Mad” King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castle of Neushwanstein, which inspired the Disney World castles.

While in Paris, travelers will visit historical sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles and the Notre Dame Cathedral. With the captivating Swiss Alps as a backdrop, visitors will travel through the Old Town region of Lucerne and take in the sights and tastes of ancient Switzerland. A guided sightseeing tour of Munich includes the city’s most famous beer hall and Dachau, a World War II concentration camp turned museum.

Cost for the trip is $1900 for students and $2190 for others. This includes airfare, seven overnight stays in hotels, daily continental breakfast and dinner, a full-time bi-lingual tour guide and all the sightseeing tours and special attractions. A $95 application fee ensures a place in the trip, with the full balance due Jan. 15, 2007.

Brown said that EF Tours, the sponsoring tour company, makes for a smooth trip.

“This will be my sixth trip with EF Tours,” Brown said. “I’ve always had good accommodations and the tour guides have been great. Knowledgeable and personable, they make sure everything goes smoothly.”

Trip itineraries and more information about the trip are available from Brown by phone at (405) 574-1207 or by email at bbrown@usao.edu. EF Tours information is available online at www.eftours.com.