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Journey beneath the surface with Alumni Campus Abroad

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Sometimes a traveler just wants to settle in and get to know a place for a while—get a sense of the daily rhythms, meet some interesting people, find off-the-beaten track spots, really explore a different land. For these times, there’s Alumni Campus Abroad from AHI Travel. Offering extended stays in small towns and villages all over Europe, Alumni Campus Abroad tours let travelers experience the heart and spirit of the land. UW Alumni Tours is proud to offer three Alumni Campus Abroad experiences: one in the Lake District of England and two in Italy—Apulia and Sorrento.

Roman Fort at Hadrian's Wall

Ancient outposts like this made up part of Hadrian’s wall at the height of the Roman Empire’s power.

Containing England’s highest mountain as well as its deepest lake, the Lake District of England has inspired writers, poets and philosophers from William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter. This is your chance to get to know one of the most dramatic and beautiful regions of Great Britain. Immerse yourself in the storied history of the region, from the ancient stone circle at Castlerigg, to remnants of the Roman Empire like the Hardknott Fort and Hadrian’s Wall, to the 18th-century splendor of Holker Hall. There’s so much to explore in the Lakes! (May 30, 2013—8 days)

If your interest lies more to the south, Alumni Campus Abroad has two great Italian destinations that let you immerse yourself in coastal village life in two very distinct regions. Groups for the Italy trips are limited to 36 travelers to ensure an intimate, fulfilling experience. As an added bonus, we’ve scheduled these trips back-to-back, so you can experience them both for the cost of only a single air fare. Also, if you book one or both of these Italy trips by Nov. 20 you save and additional $250 per person per trip through AHI’s Paperless Savings program.

Pogliano a Mare

Settle in for a taste of la dolce vita in Pogliano a Mare.

Nestled into Italy’s Adriatic coast, Polignano a Mare in the Apulia region is a seaside gem with a distinctly Greek feel, and your home base for eight days of excursions into the region’s cultural and culinary treasures. One of the richest archaeological regions in Italy, Apulia has nearly 9,000 years of history to explore, including some of the first human settlements in Italy, the Sassi cave houses. Slightly less ancient are the Norman castles, Trani’s 13th-century cathedral and the conical limestone houses at the Trulli, all of which you will have the opportunity to explore. Along with the unique architecture of the region, Apulia features olive farms and wineries and a simple but exquisite cuisine that complements the sun-kissed climate. (Sept. 24, 2013—8 days)

Pompeii interior

Explore the famous ruins of Pompeii, sealed and preserved for millennia under volcanic ash.

On the Mediterranean side of Italy, the famed Amalfi Coast promises cliffside villages, centuries of history, and delicious local delicacies. Sorrento, your home for eight days, rests in the birthplace of mozzarella cheese and limoncello, a sweet, tart liqueur made from the lemons that grow on the nearby hills; you’ll have the chance to try them both, straight from local producers. You’ll also soak in the local history with visits to the famous ruins of Pompeii and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, one of the oldest cities in the world. (Oct. 2, 2013—8 days)

With its small groups, long stays and carefully chosen daily activities, Alumni Campus Abroad offers you the chance to journey beyond the usual tourist attractions and get to know a new land as a guest. We’re proud to offer you these three great chances to explore. Come see where we can take you at UWalum.com/tours.