College planning educational trip abroad
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Bevill State Community College has announced its first overseas educational trip is scheduled for May 15-24, 2013. The trip, which will be to Italy is open to students and members of the community.

The trip will be discussed at an informational meeting on Monday at Bevill State’s Jasper campus. The information session to answer questions and provide more information about the trip will be at 5:30 p.m. inside the cafeteria in the Harold Wade Math and Science Building.

The 10-day itinerary will include visits to Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome, the Sorrento region and Pompeii. Among the many attractions participants will visit are St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal and the Doges’ Palace in Venice; the Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Chiesa di Santa Croce, and Gates of Paradise in Florence; the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi; and the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain in Rome.

The cost of the trip is estimated at $3,500, and includes roundtrip airfare from Birmingham, eight overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast daily and five local dinners, a full-time bilingual local guide, ground transportation, guided tours and admission costs for included attractions. Tour arrangements will be made through educational tour provider EF College Study Tours. Monthly payment plans are available for those who are interested. A detailed itinerary with trip costs and payment plan information can be accessed at www.bscc.edu/community/tour-of-italy.php. Participants may also enroll online at www.eftours.com or by calling 800-873-2250 and referencing tour 1289836.

The itinerary for the trip includes:

Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy.

Day 2: Arrive Milan, travel to Venice.

Day 3: Venice – Tour of Venice includes St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace.

Day 4: Travel to Florence.

Day 5: Florence – Tour of Florence includes Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Gates of Paradise, the Duomo.

Day 6: Assisi - Travel to Assisi with tour including the Basilica of St. Francis.

Day 7: Pompeii, Sorrento region - Travel to Pompeii with tour including the Roman ruins. Continue to the Sorrento region.

Day 8: Sorrento region, Rome.

Day 9: Rome – Tour the Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica. Tour of Rome including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and free time for visiting the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Spanish Steps.

Day 10: Depart for home.

This is Bevill State’s first educational tour abroad, pending approval by the State Board of Education. For more information, contact Holly Trawick at 800-648-3271, ext. 5715 or htrawick@bscc.edu.