Seminole State College of Florida’s Travel Study programs for the 2013-14 academic year will take travelers through some of the world’s most iconic sights, natural and manmade.
There are five Travel Study programs approved for the year, which will take travelers to five countries on three continents. The trips planned include an exploration of Panama; two tours of Italian art and history; a journey through Germany, Italy and Switzerland; and an expedition through Argentina’s cultural and natural landmarks.
All trips are open to Seminole State students, College faculty and interested community members. Each trip is led by a Seminole State faculty member and accompanied by an optional three-credit course.
Panama: The Atlantic Meets the Pacific: March 7-13, 2014
This one-week trip during Spring Break 2014 will bring students and participants to Panama, where they will explore art, architecture, culture and global diversity. Travelers will stay in Panama City, where they will visit Panama Viejo, Miraflores and more. Participants also will see the iconic Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and will experience local culture and cuisine while visiting some of Panama's historical sites.
Business Professor David H. Moradian is leading the trip.
Italy: The Grand Tour: March 7-16, 2014
This 10-day trip, timed for Spring Break 2014, will bring students and participants to Italy, where they will explore art, culture and history. Travelers will visit iconic cities such as Venice, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Pisa, Capri and Vatican City, stopping along the way at landmarks such as the Roman Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Participants also will visit some of the greatest museums in the world.
Molly Yanni, coordinator of healthcare programs, is leading the trip.
Germany, Italy and Switzerland: May 7-16, 2014
Students and participants will visit five European countries during this 10-day trip, mainly focused on Germany, Italy and Switzerland, but with quick stops in Austria and France as well. Travelers will land in Munich, Germany, where they will see medieval trade routes and explore the cathedrals and shops of Marienplatz. From there, participants will travel by train to cities around Central Europe such as Innsbruck, Austria; Venice and Verona, Italy; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Heidelberg, Germany.
Associate Dean Paul Luby is leading the trip.
Argentina: May 12-19, 2014
This trip to Argentina begins in Buenos Aires, sometimes known as "The Paris of South America," where travelers will visit such landmarks as the National Congress, Plaza de Mayo and the Cabildo. They also will experience culture, visiting the art district La Boca and the Colon Theatre and learning to tango. From there, travelers will visit the Argentinian countryside and a traditional ranch, where they will taste local cuisine and experience the culture. The last stop will be the world-famous Iguazu Falls, where participants will go on a boat expedition through the jungle and explore the tropical flora and fauna.
Professor Christina Bisirri is leading the trip.
Italy: May 19-28, 2014
This trip will allow travelers to explore the rich, artistic history and culture of Italy. The first stop is Rome, where travelers will participate in a walking tour with stops at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain. From there, participants will spend a day sightseeing in Vatican City, taking in the rich religious heritage at St. Peter’s Basilica and the iconic Sistine Chapel, before heading through the Tuscan countryside en route to Florence. There, travelers will explore Italy’s most famous works of art, such as Michelangelo’s statue of David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, in addition to visiting other landmarks and cathedrals. After that, participants will experience a guided tour of Pompeii before heading to the Isle of Capri, where they will take in the sights and sounds of the majestic Mediterranean coastline.
Interior Design Program Manager Cheryl Knodel is leading the trip.
The Center for Global Engagement will present an information session with more details about these trips at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Multipurpose Room (C-110A) at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. To learn more, please visit the Travel Study website or contact Kevin Konecny in the Center for Global Engagement at 407.708.2907.