Book Now for VIU Art and Culture Tour of Italy and Greece

Sorrento, Italy is one of the stops on an Art & Culture Tour of Italy and Greece led by VIU Art History professor Jane Cole. The trip is open to students and community members.

April 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

Do you dream of cruising the Greek Islands or strolling through the cobblestone streets of Rome? 

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is offering an Art & Culture Tour of Italy and Greece in May 2016 for students and interested community members. Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12 noon and 6 pm at VIU’s Nanaimo campus, 900 Fifth Street, in Building 250 (Faculty of Management), Room 215.There will be brochures, a slide show and an opportunity to meet the tour leaders and ask questions.

“It’s a fantastic trip," says tour leader Jane Cole, professor of studio art and art history at VIU. “While these tours cover many incredible places, participants enjoy free time to explore each location. It’s a fun and rewarding way to travel when one is with an enthusiastic group of people who are interested in similar experiences.”

Comfortable temperatures and fewer travellers make May an ideal month for this trip, adds Cole. “We encourage community members to sign up with friends and family,” says Cole. “Come for pleasure or earn university course credits.”

Cole, who has organized art and culture tours for the past eleven years, says the group will spend concentrated time in Rome and Athens. “We’ll also visit the ancient city of Pompeii and the glorious Amalfi coast where we’ll take a boat ride to the Isle of Capri.”

The trip ends with an optional extension of a five day/four night cruise of the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini and Crete, as well as a brief stop in Turkey to visit the best preserved Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, or the wonderful bazaars in Kusadasi.

Program cost for the main tour (May 6 to 16) is $4,114 plus a tipping fee of $185. The land only package price is $2,459 for those who wish to arrange their own airfare. The optional cruise (May 16 to 20) is currently selling for $984 US. 

Fees for the main tour cover airfare to and from Europe, airfare from Rome to Athens, transportation by private coach, twin accommodation with private baths in centrally located three to four star hotels, all breakfasts and four dinners with wine or beer, all tips, guided city and museum tours, and services of a bilingual tour director and university leaders.

GoAhead Tours has been hired to look after the logistics of the trip. The main tour price is guaranteed with a deposit of $300 and those who enroll by May 26, 2015 will be given one free excursion of their choice.

To enrol for the main tour, phone 1.800.438.7672 and quote tour #61298917.

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To contact tour leaders email



Janina Stajic, Manager, Vancouver Island University P: 250.740.6288 E: Twitter: @VIUNews

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