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February 1, 2002

UW-RF Professor to Lead Tour of Greece

By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

Once again, travelers will experience the magic of Greece with UW-River Falls English Professor Nicholas Karolides as he leads his 12th tour, scheduled to run May 26 through June 10. The 16-day tour will feature the usual fine-tuned itinerary, including carefully-selected hotels and restaurants, and suggestions on how to spend free time and where to shop.

The tour is open to community members as well as faculty, students, and alumni, and is limited to 25 people. The deadline for application is March 15.

The tour begins in Athens with a cable car climb that yields a panoramic view of the city at the top of Lykabettos Hill, the highest point in Athens, then moves on to the exploration of Athens Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and AcroCounth. The time in Athens ends with an optional theater experience at the Athens Festival in the starlit Herod Atticus Theater.

In Crete, the group will visit the Chania area in the West and take an optional hike down the Samarian Gorge, then explore the Heraklion area in the East and the Minoan palace at Knossos. The tour will conclude with a visit to the three Aegean Isles of Santorini, Mykonos and Delos.

The cost of the trip has not been finalized, but it is expected to be about $3,250. The fee covers all costs, including round-trip air transportation between Minneapolis and Athens, boat and air fare to the identified islands, motor coach for land travel, hotels, breakfasts, evening meals except in Athens, tour guides, entrance fees, airport fees, transfers, service charges and group gratuities. Not covered are three dinners in Athens, all lunches, all beverages, and all personal expenses. Tour prices for flights originating in other cities are available.

For more information call 715/425-3537, e-mail, or write Nicholas Karolides, UW-River Falls English Department, 410 S. Third St., River Falls, WI 54022.

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