9th annual Texas Exes Graduation Trip

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9th annual T Exes Graduation Trip
 England - France - Belgium - Holland - Germany - Austria - Italy - Vatican City - Greece
   Dear UT Senior,

   Ask your parents for the ultimate graduation gift!
   The Texas Exes are offering a celebratory summer tour: The Essential Europe. This
   exciting trip offers the chance to visit Europe’s must see destinations before settling
   down into a new job or graduate school. This is a comprehensive tour of Europe
   designed for new graduates of UT. Last year’s seventy-eight new Texas Exes came home with wonderful memories, experiences, and
   compliments.

   “This trip was amazing,” commented one new alum, “I truly feel like I got a taste of everything!” Another Longhorn traveler said, “This
   is by far one of the most memorable and special experiences I have had in my life. It was a great opportunity to be able to travel
   to Europe not only with a group of students my age…but to also share the common bond of all being from the same school, made it
   even better.” Last year’s participants concurred that “there is no way to see as much as we did without a tour like this.”

   As you will see from this flyer, the three-week Essential Europe is a great value tour. It offers:
       • Opportunity for fun, hassle-free travel with other graduates
       • Insights into other people, places and cultures that will be a source of personal enrichment
       • Experiences that will broaden your world view and provide an advantage in today’s global job market
       • A vacation to remember and a reward for hard work

   Your education will not stop when you graduate from UT. Education is a life-long process and we cannot think of a better way to learn
   than with travel. The Texas Exes have been sponsoring tours for alumni since 1961.

   We hope that you will be able to participate in this great opportunity, see exciting new destinations, learn more about our world, relax
   and unwind on a great holiday, and continue to build relationships with Texas and fellow graduates. We look forward to welcoming
   you to the Texas Exes family of alumni.

   Feel free to contact Betty Cotten at (800) 594-3900 or (512) 471-3801 or e-mail cotten@alumni.utexas.edu.

   Best Personal Regards,


   Jim Boon, BBA’69, MBA’72
   Executive Director

           Essential Europe Itinerary                                      Enjoy the next day at leisure,
                                                                           browsing at Left Bank bookstalls
                                        DAY 1 TRAVEL TO LONDON             or sampling sinful pastries. [B,B]
                                        The Essential Europe begins
                                        with an overnight flight to        DAY 7 PARIS * BRUSSELS *
                                        “Merry Old England.” [In-          AMSTERDAM
                                        flight Meals]                      Motor to Belgium and Brussels,
                                                                           and see the Grand’ Place,
                                        DAY 2 LONDON                       a perfect medieval square
                                        Free afternoon, followed by        and the statue of naughty
                                        our welcome orientation            Mennekin-Pis. Continue
                                        and London Pub Crawl. [In-         to Holland and enjoy the
                                        flight Meals,D]                    remainder of the day at your
                                                                           leisure. [B]
                                      DAY 3 LONDON
                                      Big Ben, Buckingham                  DAY 8 DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE
Palace, and Piccadilly Circus: these familiar names become                 Go biking through 13th-century Dutch fishing villages along the
familiar places on our morning tour. Afternoon at leisure, take in         IJssel Lake beaches today, watch wooden shoes being carved
the city’s monuments or embark on a Harrod’s shopping spree.               and sample Edam cheese at a cheese farm. Free time this
Why not attend a West End theater show tonight? [B]                        afternoon in Amsterdam to tour the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum,
                                                                           or visit Anne Frank’s house. This evening we invite you on a boat
DAY 4 LONDON * EUROSTAR * PARIS                                            cruise on the canals of
On the sleek Eurostar, getting there is half the fun! Travel through       Amsterdam followed by
the Chunnel, below the English Channel, to Paris, “City of Lights”.        our Dutch-Indonesian “rice
We’ll dine together at our French Bistro Dinner, then enjoy our            Table” dinner. [B,D]
romantic Seine River Cruise. [B,D]
                                                                           DAY 9 COLOGNE * RHINE
DAY 5 & 6 PARIS * Optional Cabaret Show and Versailles Excursion           RIVER CRUISE * HEIDELBERG
Morning tour of Paris, see the hunchback “Quasimodo’s” Notre               Cross the German border
Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine                 into Cologne, famous for
once stood, and the Eiffel Tower’s steel lacework. Free time in            the world’s largest Gothic
the afternoon – visit Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum, or shop              cathedral. Embark on a
the chic boutiques of Paris. Optional Cabaret Show tonight.
England - France - Belgium - Holland - Germany - Austria - Italy - Vatican City - Greece
cruise along the fabled                                                DAY 17 FLORENCE * ROME
Rhine River, passing ancient                                           Travel past Chianti vineyards
castles, and the legendary                                             along the Highway of the Sun
Lorelei Rock. Continue to                                              to the Eternal City of Rome.
Heidelberg, the City of the                                            After check-in we have time
Student Prince and climb                                               to relax or explore baroque
to the ruins of the Castle of                                          Rome: Stop to toss three coins
the Palatine Elector for a                                             in the Trevi Fountain, see the
bird’s-eye view of the city                                            Pantheon and sample the
and the Neckar River; later                                            famous ‘gelati’ ice cream at
we’ll dine on traditional                                              Piazza Navona. [B]
German fare. [B,D]
                                                                       DAY 18 ROME * VATICAN CITY
DAY 10 HEIDELBERG * ROTHENBURG * MUNICH                                Today’s city tour takes us to the Colosseum, where gladiators
Germany’s Romantic Road takes us to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.          were thrown to the lions and the historical ruins of Caesar’s
This medieval city is celebrated not only for its well-preserved       Forum. Then to Vatican City - the world’s smallest state. Visit St.
Gothic and Baroque buildings and walls, but also for its unspoiled     Peter’s Basilica housing Michelangelo’s magnificent “pieta.” We
picturesque setting. Enjoy lunch at a local Gasthaus before            follow the Via Appia to dinner tonight at our mouth-watering
continuing our journey to the fun-filled Oktoberfest city of Munich.   Roman Banquet complete with Italian specialties. On the way
Free evening to check out the oom-pah-pah bands at the                 back drive by the illuminated monuments hailing from over 20
famous Hofbräuhaus. [B, L]                                             centuries ago. [B,D]

DAY 11 MUNICH                                                          DAY 19 ROME
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Consider visiting the BMW            Use this free day to the city your way. Shop on the elegant Via
museum, seeing the Glockenspiel Chimes at the market                   Condotti, sip espresso or cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe, or
square, the 1972 Olympic Village or shopping for Bavarian beer                                               people-watch from the
steins and lederhosen on Maximilianstrasse. [B]                                                              Spanish Steps. [B]

DAY 12 MUNICH * SALZBURG * SALT MINES * ALPINE CENTER                                                        DAY 20 ROME * POMPEII *
This morning, we visit the salt mines in Berchtesgaden before                                                OVERNIGHT SHIP TO GREECE
continuing to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Explore the narrow                                              Travel to Pompeii, the city
streets lined with colorful wrought iron signs and shops before                                              buried in 79 A.D. by 20 feet
we continue our journey to Europe’s largest alpine sports region.                                            of ashes and lava after Mt.
Be our pampered guest for two nights of fitness and fun while                                                Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption.
nestled in the snow-capped Austrian mountains at our Alpine                                                  After lunch, we cross the
Center. [B,D]                                                                                                Italian ‘boot’ and board our
                                                                                                             overnight ship to Greece.
DAY 13 ALPINE CENTER Optional Whitewater Rafting &                                                           [B, L]
Horseback Riding
All day today is at our leisure; go for a hike in the Alps, take a     DAY 21,22,23 GREEK ISLAND CENTER
                                     ride on horseback through         Cruising through aquamarine waters, our ship docks at Patras.
                                     alpine meadows or join            Motor along the Corinthian Sea across the Peloponnese to
                                     the fun and excitement of         Galatas and the island Poros.
                                     whitewater rafting. [B,D]         Relax with three days of living like
                                                                       a Greek god - swim, sunbathe, or
                                  DAY 14 AUSTRIAN LAKE                 take part in optional activities such
                                  DISTRICT * VENICE Optional           as waterskiing, wakeboarding,
                                  Gondola Ride                         parasailing, banana-boating or
                                  The picturesque landscape            tubing. We invite everyone to our
                                  of the Austrian Lake District        Farewell Toga Party on the last night.
                                  brings us to sunny Italy’s           [B,D], [B, D], [B]
                                  Venice--”Sinking City in the
                                  Sea.” Walk to St. Mark’s             DAY 24 ATHENS
                                  Square, stop at a Murano             In the morning we board our
glass-blowing workshop and watch famous Venetian glass                 hydrofoil to Athens. See the 2,400-
being made. Leisure time may find us on a romantic gondola             year-old Parthenon, the Temple of
gliding through the intricate maze of canals beneath arched            Olympian Zeus and Constitution
bridges passing 12th and 18th-century marble palaces. [B]              Square. A free afternoon may find
                                                                       us wondering the paths of Plato,
DAY 15 VENICE * FLORENCE                                               Socrates and Sophocles or trying our bargaining skills at the
Through the fertile Po Valley we approach Florence, Golden City        markets of Monastiraki. Tonight, enjoy our Farewell Dinner with
of the Renaissance and birthplace of Michelangelo. Florence            traditional bouzouki music and dancing at a typical taverna in
Art Tour including the Gates of Paradise, the marble Santa Maria       the Plaka District - Athen’s oldest neighborhood at the foot of
del Fiore Cathedral and Giotto’s bell tower. Visit the Florentine      the Acropolis. [B,D]
leather workshop before free time for shopping. Enjoy dinner of
local specialties at a typical Florentine trattoria. [B, D]
                                                                                                        DAY 25 TRAVEL HOME
DAY 16 FLORENCE Optional Chianti Excursion                                                              Reluctantly we say farewell to
A free day to explore the Uffizi Galleries and see the collections                                      Europe and new-found friends.
of Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael and da Vinci. The Galleria                                               Jet back home with thoughts
dell’Accademia houses several sculptures by Michelangelo                                                of planning the next European
including his famous David. [B]                                                                         Adventure! [B, In-flight Meals]
                          base Land package:
                               25 days - 9 countries
                                     $3486*
               YOUR BASE LAND PACKAGE INCLUDES:
     • 22 nights in superior tourist class hotels with                                                                                                bOnus HiGHLiGHTs
       private bath/shower, double occupancy incl.:                                                                    Welcome Orientation • Guided Tour of London’s Pomp & Pageantry • EUROSTAR
      • Overnight ship from italy to Greece (4 per cabin)                                                              Train• French Bistro Dinner • Paris by Night • Seine River Cruise • Brussels Grand’
     • eurOsTAr train from London to paris                                                                             Place • Indonesian Rice Table Dinner • Amsterdam Canal Boat Ride • Edam
                                                                                                                       Cheese Farm • Bicycling in Windmill Country • Cologne Gothic Cathedral •
     • ALL breakfasts [b]
                                                                                                                       Rhine River Cruise • Traditional German Dinner • Heidelberg Castle • Medieval
     • 11 three-course dinners [D] as per itinerary                                                                    City of Rothenburg • Munich Glockenspiel • Oktoberfest City of Munich •
     • 2 lunches [L] as indicated in the itinerary                                                                     Berchtesgaden Salt Mines • Salzburg Mozart Sights • ALPINE CENTER • Venice
     • private tour director for the entire duration of tour                                                           Grand Canal Boat Ride • Murano Glass-blowing Workshop • Lavish Roman
     • ALL scheduled sightseeing                                                                                       Banquet • Piazza Navona • Vatican City • Overnight ship to Greece • Pompeii
                                                                                                                       Volcano Excavations • Greek Island Center • Toga Party • Athens and Acropolis
     • Guided tours in London, paris, florence and
                                                                                                                       • Greek Farewell Dinner Party ...AND MUCH MORE!
       rome, pompeii and Athens, led by a local guide
         • seine river Cruise
                                                                                                                      *Special Alumni Land price per person. Airfare priced sepa-
         • rhine river Cruise                                                                                         rately for greater flexibility. Please call AESU Alumni World Travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                       for more information contact:
         • Amsterdam Canal Cruise                                                                                     at 800-638-7640 for great low airfares from most U.S. cities.
     • Admission to Colosseum as part of rOmA pass,                                                                   Airport/departure taxes are additional and subject to change.                         Betty Cotten
       pompeii & Acropolis                                                                                           The following OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS are available at                                    The Texas Exes
     • rOmA-pass (free admission to one museum of                                                                    an additional charge and can be booked with your tour                       P.O. Box 7278, Austin, Texas 78713
       choice in rome, full access to public transport                                                               director overseas:                                                           800-594-3900, FAX 512-471-8832
                                                                                                                       • paris: moulin rouge & versailles                                        E-mail: cotten@alumni.utexas.edu
       system, reduced admission for more museums,                                                                     • Austrian Alps: Whitewater rafting &
                                                                                                                         Horseback riding                                                           http:// www.TexasExes.org
       music events, theater, etc.)                                                                                    • venice: Gondola ride
     • Transportation by air-conditioned motorcoach                                                                    • florence: Chianti excursion
     • ALL service charges and local taxes,
                                                                                                                                            For specific tour-related questions, please contact:
     • Luggage Tags and Travel Guides                                                                                          AESU Alumni World Travel * 3922 Hickory Avenue * Baltimore, MD 21211
                                                                                                                             800-638-7640 or 410-366-5494 * Fax: 410-366-6999 * E-mail: alumni@aesu.com



Reserve your exciting Essential Europe Trip Today!
                                                                                                                                                                                       TERMS AND CONDITIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                       EXCLUSIONS: These prices do not include passport and, if applicable, visa fees (Depending
                                                                                                                        BASE LAND PricE                                                on your nationality, you may require visas in addition to a passport to enter certain countries.
                                                                                                                                                                                       You must contact appropriate consulates for details on how to obtain on your own.); airport and
Send to: Betty cotten                                                                                                   $3486 plus airfare*                                            government taxes; tipping of tour guide and driver (suggested $4 for guide, $3 for driver per day);
         The Texas Exes                                                                                                                                                                beverages with meals unless indicated otherwise; laundry; personal insurance; room service;
         P.O. Box 7278, Austin, Texas 78713                                                          *Special Alumni Land price per person. Airfare priced separately for greater      telephone charges; all items of a personal nature; porterage; airport transfers when a participant
                                                                                                  flexibility. Please call AESU Alumni World Travel 800-638-7640 for great low air-    deviates from scheduled flights or travel dates; private transportation; and all items not specifi-
         800-594-3900, FAX 512-471-8832                                                           fares from most U.S. cities. Approximate round-trip airfare from Houston starting    cally stated in the itinerary.
                                                                                                                                                                                       CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received by AESU Alumni World Travel in
         E-mail: cotten@alumni.utexas.edu                       http:// www.TexasExes.org                              at : $975 taxes (approx. $280) not included.                    writing. All cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $300 per person cancel-
                                                                                                                                                                                       lation fee. Date of receipt will determine penalties assessed. In addition to $300, cancellation
University Texas Essential Europe:                     May 25 - June 18, 2008               OR              June 1 - June 25, 2008 (please choose one date)                          between 60-31 days of departure will result forfeiture of 25% of tour cost; between 30-16 days
                                                                                                                                                                                       40%. Cancellation within 16 days of departure or a “no-show” at the time of departure will result in
Passenger’s Legal Name (as it appears on passport)                                                                                                                                     forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip.
                                                                                                                                                                                       AIRFARES are highly restrictive, NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-ENDORSABLE and NON-
                                                                                                                                                                                       TRANSFERABLE once ticketed. Once reservation is booked and paid for AESU Alumni World
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                            Travel reserves the right to issue tickets. Once ticketed, airfare portion is non-refundable.
Title                  First                           M.I.                                            Last                                                         Class/Year         Cancellation of airfare reservations is subject to restrictions, regulations and additional penalties
                                                                                                                                                                                       of the airlines used. Reservation changes also subject to penalties. Medical health and accident
                                                                                                                                                                                       insurance is compulsory.
Date of Birth: _____________________________ Citizenship: _________________________________________ Gender:                                                                 M/F        AIRPORT TRANSFERS & BAGGAGE: All participants using AESU Alumni World Travel flights
                                                                                                                                                                                       on regular group departure days and flights receive airport transfers (between airport & tour
                                                                                                                                                                                       hotel) overseas. London Gatwick arrivals please call AESU (800.638.7640) for details on transfer.
Passport #: __________________________________________ Place of Issue: ________________________________________                                                                        Inter-airport transfers (i.e. between London Gatwick-Heathrow) are at passenger’s expense.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Land-Only participants (providing own flight to Europe) do NOT receive airport transfers and must
Mailing address: (WHERE ALL INvOICES AND FINAL DOCUMENTS ARE SENT)                                                                                                                     meet group at the first hotel after 1:00 p.m. on program start date. All programs start in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                       ONE DAY LATER THAN the USA departure dates listed. Participants should limit themselves
                                                                                                                                                                                       to one checked bag per person and one carry-on per person. Liability is clearly stated on the
Street _____________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________                                                             passenger contract.
                                                                                                                                                                                       RESPONSIBILITY: The responsibility of AESU Alumni World Travel and the Sponsoring
State __________ Zip __________________ Email _____________________________________________________________________________                                                            Association is limited. They act only in the capacity of agents for the passenger in all matters
                                                                                                                                                                                       pertaining to accommodations, sightseeing and transportation whether by railroad, motorboat,
                                                                                                                                                                                       motorcar, steamship or plane, and as such they shall not be liable for any personal injury, death,
Home (              ) __________________________________ Work (                         ) _____________________________________                                                        damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned, whether by reason of any
                                                                                                                                                                                       defect in any vehicle, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in convey-
I will room with: __________________________________ or I will pay the single supplement of $1175: Yes                                                      No                       ing the passenger, or in carrying out the arrangement of the tour. They can accept no responsibil-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ity for strike, war, quarantine, weather and any other natural or unnatural causes. Additional
If traveling as a single and not paying supplement, AESU will arrange same-gender shared accommodation.                                                                                expenses, if incurred under any of these circumstances, will be borne by the tour participant. By
                                                                                                                                                                                       forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condi-
 Please make round-trip flight reservations for me from: ________________________________________________________________                                                             tion or disability that would create a hazard for himself/ herself or other passengers & accepts the
(Discount airfares available from most U.S. cities. Call AESU Alumni World Travel 800-638-7640 for details. Airport/departure taxes are additional and subject to change.)             terms of this contract. The right is reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a member
                                                                                                                                                                                       of the tour or to cancel or alter the tour as required. If improvements in the itinerary can be made,
 I will arrange my own flights to & from Europe.                                                                                                                                      or unforeseen conditions beyond AESU Alumni World Travel’s control make changes necessary,
                                                                                                                                                                                       they reserve the right to alter itineraries without penalty. Trip cancellation insurance should be
 Enclosed is my deposit of $300 per person. Make checks payable to AESU Alumni World Travel.                                                                                          purchased by the individual traveler in the event cancellation of the tour is compelled by circum-
                                                                                                                                                                                       stances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation due to insufficient number
                                                                                                                                                                                       of participants, AESU Alumni World Travel’s liability shall be limited to a FULL REFUND of all
 Charge my deposit to:  Mastercard                              vISA               American Express                                                                                payments received from applicants, except non-refundable airfare and insurance. Baggage and
                                                                                                                                                                                       personal injury are at owner’s risk entirely. The issuance or acceptance of vouchers or tickets
Card #: ______________________________________________________________ Security Code: ___ ___ ___ ___ Exp. Date:_________________                                                      shall be considered consent of the above conditions. AESU Alumni World Travel reserves the right
                                                                                                                                                                                       to increase the program price in the event of cost increases due to changes in airfares, currency
                                                                                                                                                                                       fluctuations or fuel surcharges. The airlines concerned and their affiliates and agents are not to be
Cardholder Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                         held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time pas-                         sengers
                                                                                                                                                                                       are not on board the aircrafts.The passenger ticket in use
                                                                                                                                                                                       by said airlines, when issued, shall constitute the sole
Cardholder Name: ____________________________________________Cardholder Signature: ____________________________________________________                                                contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these
Payment of deposit indicates that I have read and agree to all terms and conditions.                                                                                                   tickets and/or the passenger. All services are subject
                                                                                                                                                                                       to the laws of the country in which these services are
                                                                                                                                                                                       rendered. No refund or allowance will be made for
Signature: X___________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                absence during the tour, or for activities missed, even
                                                                                                                                                                                       if for causes beyond the control of the participant. For
Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and must be accompanied by payment in                    complete terms & conditions, please refer to our web
full. A late booking fee of $50 per person will apply. All prices reflect a cash discount. Payment of balance with credit card will result in a 4% processing fee.                     site at www.aesu.com.

				
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