Domestic & International Travel Opportunities
The tradition of excellence in academics isn't limited to campus or William Peace University's students. Our alumni travel program includes domestic and international opportunities. From day trips, to weekenders, to week-long stays and more, WPU offers a diverse set of interesting and fun excursions.
Upcoming Trips, 2012-13
Christmas at Biltmore House (day trip): Nov. 17, 2012. Tickets: $120 per person
- Alumni/Student Trip to NYC (day trip): Apr. 5-7, 2013. Tickets: $100 per person
- Cuba Student/Alumni Trip (7 days): July 12-19, 2013. Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare from Raleigh, NC, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges)
Presented by the Office of Engagement and Office of Student Services.
Take a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple on a charter bus with your friends! Leave Friday night and travel overnight to the city where you are dropped off on Saturday in front of the world-famous Macy's department store. The day is yours to do whatever you want! (No pre-planned group activities.) Be sure you're back in front of Macy's at 8 p.m. for the bus trip home. Arrive back at Peace on Sunday morning.
* Tickets: $100 per person
* Limit 2 non-Peace participants per Peace participant
* Trip Dates: Apr. 5-7, 2013
* Check-In at WPU: 8:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
* Depart Peace: 9:00 p.m.
* Arrive NYC: 8:00 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013
* First stop, Macy’s. You’ll be dropped off at the world-famous Macy’s where you can shop, or take off on other adventures. The day is to do with it what you wish. You’ll spend 12 hours in the Big Apple, so check out what Time Magazine has to say about the top 10 things to do if you’re a one-day visitor to the Big Apple.
* Bus Departs NYC: 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013
* Be sure you’re back at Macy’s in time to catch the bus back to Peace!
* Bus arrives at Peace: 8:00 a.m., Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013
NOTE: TICKETS ARE NONREFUNDABLE due to vendor charter bus rental agreement.
Presented by the Office of Academic Affairs.
CUBAN ARTS: PAST AND PRESENT
Understanding Cuba through Writing, Religion, Music, and Dance
July 12-19, 2013
* Visit Old Havana’s Call Obispo, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of the Revolution.
* Attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance.
* Observe historic architecture during walking tours of Old Havana and Vedado.
* Tour the Yoruba Cultural Association with an anthropologist to discover Yoruba culture, religion, and literary traditions.
* Discuss Cuban literature with local writers in Cienfuegos.
* Spend a day in Trinidad, focusing on its history and literature.
* Meet performers at a ballet studio in Old Havana.
FRIDAY, JULY 12
Depart Raleigh for Havana, via Miami. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, hear a talk about Cuba’s current economic, social, political and cultural transition. It provides an overview of the last two decades, showing the main problems in the Cuban socialist model, people’s concerns, and public policies. Gather for a welcome dinner. This evening attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (LD)
SATURDAY, JULY 13
Gather for a talk by Rafael Hernandez about Cuba’s economic transition. Continue on to Old Havana’s Calle Obispo to explore public/private markets, supply and demand, prices, and dual currency during visits to diverse markets (state, private, convertible peso, and subsidized). Have lunch at Santo Angel Restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Revolution. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL)
SUNDAY, JULY 14
Take a walking tour of Old Havana. After lunch, discover Carpentier’s Havana on a walking tour of Vedado that focuses on the author and architecture, observing where tradition and modernity connect. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL)
MONDAY, JULY 15
Visit the Yoruba Cultural Association. Meet the Association’s president and Ifa priest. See the museum with an anthropologist, followed by a discussion about Yoruba culture, religion and literary traditions. This afternoon, visit a working class neighborhood and interact with a Catholic priest and a leading hip hop musician/grassroots activist. Discuss popular religious beliefs and practices, social and race relations, and popular music (hip hop, rock, reggaeton) as expression of social issues. Continue to an agricultural coop and talk to workers about food production. (BL)
TUESDAY, JULY 16
Travel to Cienfuegos. After lunch at Club Cienfuegos, meet with local writers to discuss their work, views about Cuban literature, and current challenges faced in Cuba. Also attend a Choir of Cienfuegos audition. Have dinner at a paladar with UNEAC members. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BLD)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Spend the day in Trinidad. Visit the city with a special focus on its history and literature. Have lunch at a private home and talk with the owner about how his experience as an entrepreneur. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BL)
THURSDAY, JULY 18
Return to Havana. This afternoon, experience Spain’s cultural footprint during a visit to a ballet studio in Old Havana. Meet performers and observe their fusion dance style, which combines Cuban and flamenco influences. This evening, dine at a paladar. Overnight at Hotel Vevado. (BD)
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Raleigh, via Miami. (B)
* Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges)
THE FINE PRINT
Cost is based on double occupancy. A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form is due upon booking. This deposit is refundable until April 9, 2013 excluding a $100 cancellation fee. Final payments are due no later than April 9, 2013; cancellations received after this date are not refundable. Travel/trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. For more information call Travel Insured at 800-243-3174 or visit www.travelinsured.com. Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Michelle Korczynski at 800-396-0763 or email Michelle here.
Trip and Cancelation Policies
Due to penalties imposed by our vendors, we must strictly adhere to our no-refund cancelation fee policy for any domestic or international travel opportunity (UNLESS CANCELED BY THE UNIVERSITY).
We are unable to make partial refunds for arriving late or leaving a trip early for any reason, or for any unused portion of the trip, no matter if due to illness, weather, etc.
William Peace University travel opportunities are for alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University. Preference is given on a first come, first serve basis to alumni and students.
The University does not own or operate any of the suppliers or vendors of services or accommodations for our travel opportunities. As a result, William Peace University is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such supplier or of any third party over whom the University has no control.
William Peace University, its agents, servants, and employees shall not be responsible for any injuries or property damage, loss or delay or change of itinerary incurred by any person or tour participant arising out of the act of negligence of any direct or supplemental air carrier, hotel or other person rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in these tours or travel opportunities. Nor shall the University be responsible for any injuries, death, damage, or loss or delay in any means of transportation or reasons of any event beyond the actual control of William Peace University, any agent, or any supplier or due to force majeure.
William Peace University reserves the right to decline or retain any person as a member of a travel opportunity, or to cancel a travel opportunity. In the unlikely event that a travel opportunity is canceled, William Peace University commits to rescheduling the travel opportunity and applying credit. William Peace University reserves the right to make changes in itineraries due to unforeseen events. All efforts will be made to keep the same quality of lodging and to keep the schedule changes minimal. William Peace University cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses (such as airline tickets or hotel rooms) due to changes in itineraries or trip cancelations.
The nature of outdoor activities involves risks and unpredictable weather. For these reasons, William Peace University cannot assure exact times at any point of an itinerary. The University does not purport to guarantee weather conditions at any resort at any time nor will any refund be made should the passenger cancel the travel opportunity with the University due to weather conditions.
Outdoor activities are, to varying degrees, hazardous. Those participating in William Peace University travel opportunities voluntarily assume the risks involved. By assuming all risks involved, participants agree not to hold William Peace University, its officers, Board members, employees, agents, or members liable for any accident that may occur in conjunction with such event and travel opportunities.
The information and prices for each trip are as accurate as possible at posting time and are subject to change without notice. William Peace University, its officers, employees, and Board of Directors shall not be responsible for any liability arising from errors or omissions posted on this form or its website.