West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg 2006 Study Abroad trip to visit four of the world's great cities.
CONTACT: Gregg Busch, coordinator of international travel and education, 304-424-8000, ext. 409.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A study abroad opportunity to four of the
world's great cities is being planned for this summer.
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is coordinating a trip to New York City, London, Paris, and Amsterdam for early June 2006.An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, in Room 1317 at the college.
The trip includes round-trip airfare, 10 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms, daily European breakfasts and dinners, a full-time bilingual tour director, four sightseeing tours led by licensed local guides, 11 visits to special attractions, four walking tours, two sightseeing briefings, and a Broadway theatre performance in New York. Tips, souvenirs, and daily lunches are not included.
The trip begins in New York City. Participants will see Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the grandeur of St. Patrickís Cathedral, Trump Towers, FAO Schwarz and Central Park. They will visit the observatory atop the renowned Empire State Building and enjoy an evening view of the city. On a guided tour, they will visit Wall Street in the Financial District and pass the United Nations Building in the "International Zone." With stops in Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Harlem, the group will embrace the multicultural flair of the city as well as visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the evening, the tour will attend a Broadway show. Before departing the Big Apple, participants will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
On Day 4, the group will arrive in London where participants will stroll through the heart of London on a walking tour along the banks of the Thames River. They will enter the infamous Trafalgar Square and visit Londonís tiny Chinatown. On Day 5 the group will journey to Windsor Castle for a guided tour of the Royal Familyís retreat. While at Windsor, participants will visit Queen Maryís Dollsí House and St. Georgeís Chapel, final resting place of Henry VIII and Charles I, and, most recently, the site of the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The tour will visit major landmarks, including Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Whitehall and Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paulís Cathedral. In the evening, they will participate in an optional Elizabethan Banquet with rich British pageantry and Old English fare of sword-fighting knights, magicians, jesters, and balladeers throughout a five-course feast. On Day 6 the tour group will venture into the English countryside to the towns of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, visit the birthplace of Shakespeare and enjoy an evening of theatre in Stratford.
In London, participants will board the high speed Eurostar train and travel beneath the English channel to Paris. They will discover the city on the Seine and visit the Arc de Triomphe, drive down the elegant Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde and marvel at the Eiffel Tower. They will visit Notre Dame Cathedral and take an optional trip to Versailles, the elaborate palace of King Louis XIV. A walking tour of Paris will be featured through the Opera district and by the famous Ritz Hotel. While in Paris, they will visit the Louvre and view priceless art and antiquities, including the Mona Lisa.
On Day 10, the group will cross into Belgium and travel through Brussels, the unofficial capitol of Europe and home of NATO and the European Union. Participants will continue through the Dutch landscapes of The Netherlands and arrive in the capital, Amsterdam. They will visit the Anne Frank House and enjoy a canal cruise past many of the famous sites of the city. They will visit a diamond factory and stroll along the canal-lined streets over Dam Square to Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). On Day 12 the group will board a flight back to the United States.
For a small extra fee, participants may choose options to include the Elizabethan Banquet (including a five-course meal and medieval performance), a visit to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon (including a theatrical performance), and a visit to Versailles.
The trip is open to WVU Parkersburg students, faculty and staff as well as area residents. Costs are developed well below the typical market value for such an excursion, noted Gregg Busch, co-coordinator of international travel and education. His wife Mary Beth is also serving as co-coordinator.
A limited number of scholarships are available to students who qualify. Inquiries regarding the scholarships should be directed to the college's Financial Aid Office. Individuals interested in earning college credit can enroll for three hours of college credit at either an upper or lower division level.
A web site has been developed with additional information at www.wvup.edu/study_abroad.
Additional details are available from Busch at 424-8000, ext. 409, or via email at email@example.com.
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