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The McWhiney History Education Group believes that informed travel is crucial to well-rounded historical literacy. Human events do not happen in a vacuum.

McWhiney History Education Group believes that informed travel is crucial to well-rounded historical literacy. To quote St. Augustine: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

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Notre Dame is on fire in Paris. As of now, the spire and roof has collapsed and fires are around 200 ft high. The cathedral is currently burning and fires are not contained as of yet. Residents have been evacuated from the area.

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Our recent trip to Guadalcanal this last July. Photos courtesy of Don Frazier.

Just finished an amazing trip through World War 2 History in the Solomon Islands.

[06/15/18]   Planning next year’s Bear Leader Tours summer field trips. Where would you like to go?

We have votes for Italy and Ireland so far.

Oak Alley.

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[09/30/17]   We are looking at heading to Boston again, June 9-22, 2018. This time we are looking at French and Indian War and American War for Independence sites all the way to Montreal. Also, taking the ferry to Nantucket. Who wants to go?

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We are going to Guadalcanal next summer. We still have a few spots left.

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[07/12/17]   We have two more expeditions to announce:

#1: On October 26-30, 2017 we will tour Civil War battlefields of Southern Louisiana. This is starting and ending in Houston. We have a half dozen spots left, depending on if you are traveling solo or can share a bed.

#2: On July 6-18, 2018, we are heading to the South Pacific for a four day land + seven day sea (live aboard dive boat) World War II tour of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Serious inquiries only (this one is already pretty full).

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This is what else our visitor's saw on our New England and New York adventure:

The New England and New York expedition is now complete and our travelers reported that they had fantastic time. Here is what they saw:

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Houston Civil War Round Table

Updated Tour Information...

Our excellent December 2016 speaker Don Frazier is organizing and will lead a tour, based in New Orleans and Lafayette, of the Louisiana sites he described in December, to be held during our usual HCWRT field trip time frame: October 26 – 30, 2017. Details about this tour are included in the flyer below and this month’s HCWRT newsletter.

"Texans on the Teche" will be a memorable tour by Dr. Frazier, professor of history at McMurry University, and President/CEO of the McWhiney History Education Group. He is an award-winning author of books on the American Civil War, Texas History, Military History, and the US-Mexican Borderlands.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information. To reserve a spot by June 1, 2017, or if you have questions, please contact Scott Clowdus with the McWhiney History Education Group at (325) 793-4686 or email [email protected]. Also, please check the website for itinerary and final pricing: http://mcwhiney.org/texans-on-the-teche/.

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[11/02/16]   Book now for the 2017 tour. Price is $4,965 double occupancy, exclusive of airfare; sign up before December 1 and save $100 plus the transfer from Logan International Airport to our downtown hotel.
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Boston, New England, New York, and Canada
June 13-27, 2017

Patriots and frontiersmen, adventurers and dreamers forged the United States from fire and blood, tempering their creation with ink and grit. From Pilgrim boots stepping ashore in an alien land, to the moccasins of the pioneer staking a claim to a frontier homestead, Americans hand carved their country from the wilderness.

Now you can travel awhile in their footprints by joining Bear-Leader Tours and Dr. Donald Frazier on an exciting two-week exploration of where American history was made.

This year’s expedition will start and end in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution, with day trips to Lexington and Concord as well as Plymouth. We will then hit the road, travelling through the Hudson Valley to Saratoga Springs, taking in important sites from the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars as we go. We will even throw in a little baseball!

Then, we head off to Niagara Falls—the Canadian side. Besides this amazing natural wonder, we will wander among locations made famous in the War of 1812, including the Battle of the Chippewa, where the US Army came into its own.

Being in Canada now, we will press on to Toronto and then all the way to one of the most historic cities in North America: Quebec—one time capital of New France and perhaps the most European city this side of the Atlantic.

We will head back into the US via New Hampshire, taking time to climb Mount Washington (by cog railway) along the way. Our trip winds down on the “north shore,” where a nice beach awaits, as do adventures in the towns of Salem, Gloucester, and Newburyport.

We will eat well (think lobsters, clams, cannolis, and poutine), see important battlefields, museums, and forts, and traverse a part of the country that is full of stunning natural scenery.

We will mount educational materials online for our travelers, teachers can get CPE (continuing professional education) credit, and college students can take the trip for course credit, serving as an upper division history course.

For more information, send your name and contact information to [email protected].

Boston, New England, New York, and Canada
June 13-27, 2017

Patriots and frontiersmen, adventurers and dreamers forged the United States from fire and blood, tempering their creation with ink and grit. From Pilgrim boots stepping ashore in an alien land, to the moccasins of the pioneer staking a claim to a frontier homestead, Americans hand carved their country from the wilderness.

Now you can travel awhile in their footprints by joining Bear-Leader Tours and Dr. Donald Frazier on an exciting two-week exploration of where American history was made.

This year’s expedition will start and end in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution, with day trips to Lexington and Concord as well as Plymouth. We will then hit the road, travelling through the Hudson Valley to Saratoga Springs, taking in important sites from the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars as we go. We will even throw in a little baseball!

Then, we head off to Niagara Falls—the Canadian side. Besides this amazing natural wonder, we will wander among locations made famous in the War of 1812, including the Battle of the Chippewa, where the US Army came into its own.

Being in Canada now, we will press on to Toronto and then all the way to one of the most historic cities in North America: Quebec—one time capital of New France and perhaps the most European city this side of the Atlantic.

We will head back into the US via New Hampshire, taking time to climb Mount Washington (by cog railway) along the way. Our trip winds down on the “north shore,” where a nice beach awaits, as do adventures in the towns of Salem, Gloucester, and Newburyport.

We will eat well (think lobsters, clams, cannolis, and poutine), see important battlefields, museums, and forts, and traverse a part of the country that is full of stunning natural scenery.

We will mount educational materials online for our travelers, teachers can get CPE (continuing professional education) credit, and college students can take the trip for course credit, serving as an upper division history course.

For more information, send your name and contact information to [email protected].

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14 days & 13 nights
Tuesday, June 21 - Monday, July 4, 2016

$5,399 Double

Day One (Tuesday June 21) - Travel Day
Fly into Rome on own
Transfer to hotel on own as everyone will be coming in at different times
Get settled into your home away from hotel
Rome on your own, depending on arrival time you choose
HOTEL, Night 1 of 3: Palazzo al Velabro or something nearby

Day Two (Wednesday June 22) - Rome
Breakfast included at Hotel
Enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum, Forum Romana, Pallatine Hill
Colosseum Underground Access Tour Pending - Depending on availability
For the first time in history, access has been opened to the underground level of the Colosseum. Tours also explore the highest ‘third tier' level, now open for the first time since the 1970s. Hear the echoes of Ancient Roman civilization as you journey through tunnels where lions and tigers once roared from their cages and gladiators sharpened their swords.

Then climb to the third tier and finally understand the magnitude of the Colosseum as you marvel over spectacular panoramic views of the amphitheater as well as the nearby Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Remember though, these areas can only be visited on a guided tour so be sure to book now to avoid disappointment!

Your journey through Ancient Rome will also take you to the Roman Forum to the marketplace that once bustled with life, the Via Sacra which was once walked by Caesar's army returning home from war and the burial place of Caesar himself.
Discover the Birth of Rome
We'll step further back in time at the Palatine Hill to discover the birth of Rome. Your guide will tell you the story of Remus and Romulus the abandoned babies who, legend has it, were found in this very spot by the she-wolf who raised them as her own. Romulus is often said to be the founder of Rome, after he fought his brother for the right to establish an empire. Explore the ruins of Rome's first palaces and entertainment grounds and take in beautiful views over all of Ancient Rome.

Lunch on own
Free Afternoon in Rome - Have fun!
Roman Pizza Dinner included
HOTEL, Night 2 of 3: Palazzo al Velabro or something nearby

Day Three, (Thursday June 23) - Rome
Breakfast included at Hotel
Visit the Vatican
Lunch on own
Free afternoon in Rome
Dinner at Il Pagliaccio (Michelin two star) included
HOTEL, Night 3 of 3: Palazzo al Velabro or something nearby

Day Four (Friday June 24) - Tivoli
Giotto Bus Starts here
Breakfast included at Hotel
Drive to Tivoli
Gardens d’Este
The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. The Villa d'Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie, was an early model for the development of European gardens.

Lunch in Tivoli included
Hadrian’s Villa
Drive to Florence
HOTEL, Night 1 of 4: TBD Near Duomo

Day Five (Saturday, June 25) - Florence
Breakfast included at Hotel
See Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery
Enjoy the afternoon on own. You might choose to explore Duomo, Uffizi
Dinner Ristorante La Grotta Guelfa included
HOTEL, Night 2 of 4: TBD Near Duomo

Day Six (Sunday, June 26) - Florence Free Day or Optionals
Breakfast included at Hotel
Stay in Florence on Own for a free day OR choose one of the following options:
Guided Half Day trip to Pisa (separately priced excursion)
Guided Half Day to San Marino (separately priced excursion)
Lunch & dinner on Own
HOTEL, Night 3 of 4: TBD Near Duomo

Day Seven (Monday June 27) - Venice for the day
Breakfast included at Hotel
Railroad Daytrip to Venice
After an overview talk, bit of a tour of Venice, enjoy a free day exploring! Just make sure you make it back to the train on time of course.
Meals all on own this day
HOTEL, Night 4 of 4: TBD Near Duomo

Day Eight (Tuesday June 28) - San Gimignano
Breakfast included at Hotel
Visit San Gimignano
Lunch at Tuscan Farm, Villa Dievole included
Visit Siena
Drive to Cassino
Hotel, Night 1 of 2: La Terrazza Sulla Storia
Dinner at Hotel included

Day Nine (Wednesday, June 29) - Monte Cassino Monastery, Battles of Rapido River & Pietro
Breakfast included at Hotel
Visit Monte Cassino Monastery
Lunch in Cassino included (tbd)
Visit Battle of Rapido River
Visit Battle of San Pietro
Dinner at Hotel included
Hotel Night 2 of 2: La Terrazza Sulla Storia

Day Ten (Thursday, June 30)
Breakfast included at Hotel
Visit Pompeii
Pizza Lunch in Naples included
Herculaneum
Hotel, Night 1 of 3: Masseria Morella (Agritourismo)
Dinner at the Farm included

Day Eleven (Friday, July 1) - Paestum, Salerno Beach
Breakfast included at Hotel
Drive to Paestum, Salerno Beach
Seafood Lunch in Agropoli included
Alta Villa
Dinner at the Farm included
Hotel, Night 2 of 3: Masseria Morella (Agriturismo)

Day Twelve (Saturday, July 2) - Isle of Capri, Amalfi Coast
Breakfast included at Hotel
Drive from Farm to Salerno
Ferry to Isle of Capri along the Amalfi Coast
Lunch on own
Ferry back to Sorrento
Dinner at the Farm included
Hotel Night 3 of 3: Masseria Morella (Agriturismo)

Day Thirteen (Sunday, July 3)
Breakfast included at Hotel
Drive to Piana del Orme Museum
Snack Bar Lunch on own
Visit Anzio War Cemetery

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.
Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano in the west to the Sangro in the east. Initial attempts to breach the western end of the line were unsuccessful. Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio, but defenses were well organised, and a breakthrough was not actually achieved until May.
The site for this cemetery was selected not long after the landings at Anzio and the burials here date from the period immediately following the landings.

Dinner Il Vista Mare (in Hotel Il Fogliano) included
Arrive at Rome Airport Hilton
Hotel, Night 1 of 1: Rome Airport Hilton

Day Fourteen (Monday, July 4)
Breakfast included at hotel if time allows with regards to flight departure
FLY HOME - Flight booked on own

Included in your Italy Adventure:
● Guided tours or overview tours in all cities and towns outlined in itinerary
● 13 Nights Accommodations
● Baggage Handling at each hotel round trip
● Private motorcoach transportation as noted in itinerary throughout your tour
● Professional driver
● Meals:
○ 13 Breakfasts
○ 5 Lunches
○ 9 Dinners
● Guided tour of the Colosseum, Forum Romana, Palatine Hill with local - skip the lines! Pending - Depending on availability. If this specific tour is not possible, you will still see and be in the area with your professor. And the price will be adjusted lower.
● Visit the Vatican
● Gardens d’Este
● Hadrian’s Villa
● See Michelangelo's David, entrance into Uffizi Gallery
● Round-trip train to Venice
● Visit Monte Cassino Monastery
● Visit Battle of Rapido River with commentary by Dr. Frazier
● Visit Battle of San Pietro with commentary by Dr. Frazier
● Visit Pompeii
● Herculaneum
● Ferry to Isle of Capri along the Amalfi Coast
● Piana del Orme Museum
● Visit Anzio Cemetery
● Comprehensive Travel Insurance through Travel Guard - medical and cancellation coverage
● All individual booking, re-confirmations and individual payments for all included sites, meals, local tours with guides, transportation, accommodations
● All tolls, parking mileage, fuel for all transportation included in itinerary
● Peace of Mind with Wolfe’s $1 Million Professional Liability Company Insurance
● All taxes, meal gratuities and fees for all booked tour components listed above
● FREE payment plans for individual travelers! There is NO EXTRA charge for arranging a payment plan. As long as final payment is received 60 days prior to departure, there are no late fees or “set-up” for a payment plan.
● Payment by check or credit card

Optionals:
● Guided Half Day trip to Pisa (separately priced excursion)
● Guided Half Day to San Marino (separately priced excursion)

On own:
● Roundtrip flight to & from Italy
● Transfers between Rome airport and hotels
● Any meals or entrances not listed
● Tip for guide(s)
● Tip for driver
● Incidentals

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