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SMALL GROUPJOURNEY------------------LIMITED TO14-28PASSENGERSPARIS AND THEVILLAGES ANDVINEYARDSOF FRANCEfeaturing Reims, Dijon & ParisSponsored ByMICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITYALUMNI ASSOCIATIONSeptember 25-October 5, 2011Other dates available upon request800-323-7373 michst.ahitravel.com


Savor autumn in France’s most enchantingvillages as locals turn to ancestral vineyards forthe annual harvesting of grapes. Sip Champagneand Burgundy in vine-covered hills and feaston soul-warming French fare. Relish an intimatelook at masterpieces by Monet, Renoir andDegas, and enjoy bistros, cafés and epiclandmarks in Paris.From the charming villages and vineyardsof Champagne and Burgundy to the best ofParis, France is yours to enjoy. ExperienceReims, the coronation site of kings, anddelectable Dijon, the ancient capital ofBurgundy. Witness the bucolic countrysideblazing with autumn hues as you cruise alongthe River Meuse, and travel the Route desGrands Crus to world-famous towns andwineries including Château du Clos Vougeot,venerated by oenophiles. As your journeycomes to a close in Paris, gather with fellowtravelers and make a toast to the good life.Hautes-Côtes de Beaune


SMALL GROUPJOURNEY------------------LIMITED TO14-28PASSENGERSDear Alumni and Friends,Bienvenue en France! Let us guide you throughthe Champagne Valley from Reims to Dijon andonto Paris. Traipse through verdant vineyardsto the famous abbey of Dom Pérignon. Uncoverhistory in centuries-old villages, and finally fallunder the spell of the City of Light.Traveling on one of our Small Group programshas many advantages. You will receive specialaccess and enjoy behind-the-scenes experiencesnot available to larger groups. An experiencedTravel Director will take care of every detailduring your journey. Best of all, expert guideslead you on fascinating excursions that willgive you an in-depth look at the local cultureand history.Enjoy the special experience of travelingwith one of our small groups, limited to 14-28travelers. We have seen friendships blossomand a special camaraderie form among ourpassengers in this intimate setting. In addition,you will appreciate the ease with which a smallgroup travels. We also make sure you haveample free time for independent exploration.This is sure to be a popular program, so weencourage you to make your reservation today.Go Green!“The last time I saw Parisher heart was warm andgay, I heard the laughter ofher heart in every streetcafé.”~ Oscar Hammerstein II1899-1986U.S. songwriter“The Last Time ISaw Paris” 1941“Wine and cheese areageless companions, likeaspirin and aches, or Juneand moon, or good peopleand noble ventures.”~ M.F.K. Fisher1908–1992U.S. culinary writerand autobiographer“Art is a harmonyparallel with nature.”~ Paul Cézanne1839-1906French painterRegina CrossTravel CoordinatorMichigan State University Alumni Association“Absence diminisheslittle passions andincreases great ones,as wind extinguishescandles and fans a fire.”~ Francois de laRochefoucauld1613-1680French classical writer800-323-7373 michst.ahitravel.com


–Your–Enjoy–A–ExplorePROGRAMHIGHLIGHTSexclusive Small-Groupexperience will accommodatea maximum of 28 travelers.luxurious hotelaccommodations, renownedfor every modern convenienceand amenity, in three locations.uniquely designed itineraryprovides exceptionalopportunities to experiencethe history, culture andwine-making traditions of theChampagne and Burgundyregions and Paris.the sights andsounds of Reims, one of theChampagne region’s historicand vibrant towns.–Delight in a cruise through thealluring Champagne Valley.Discover the history of Dijon.–Admire the art and architectureof Beaune.DAY 1IN TRANSITDepart your gateway city for Paris aboardscheduled jet service. *DAY 2PARIS / REIMSDUpon arrival, transfer * to L’AssietteChampenoise — Château de la Muire inReims. Unwind at the hotel beforegathering with fellow travelers for aWelcome Dinner at Brasserie Boulingrin,a local favorite since 1925.DAY 3REIMSB/LExcursion: Reims.This morning, discover the highlights ofthis 2,000-year-old town. Among its treasuresis Notre-Dame de Reims, the cathedralwhere France’s kings were crowned.Local Flavor: Savor lunch at alocal restaurant.Excursion: Taittinger.Explore Taittinger, one of the mostprestigious wine houses in the Champagneregion. Indulge in a tasting of its famedvintages after a tour of the chalk cellarsand historic estate.Place Drouet d’Erlon,Reims


Dom Pérignon“Come quickly, I am tasting stars!” Legend hasit that the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignonexclaimed this as he experimented with localwine in the cellar of the Hautvillers Abbey inthe 1680s.Considered “the Father of Champagne,”Pérignon is credited with successfully blendingthe Champagne region’s grapes, reintroducingcorks to keep wine sparkling, using thickerbottles to prevent explosion and making a winethat Louis XIV could not resist.During this adventure, you’ll discover whyChampagne is an integral part of France’snational character, learn what qualifies astrue Champagne, and understand how DomPérignon and Champagne are inextricablylinked with the country’s history, includingevents like the Treaty of Versailles.DAY 4REIMSB/L/DExcursion: Montagne de Reims.Soak up the beauty of autumn in theChampagne Valley as you cruise along theMeuse River. Afterwards, visit elegantÉpernay, whose Avenue de Champagne islined with renowned Champagne houses.Excursion: Hautvilliers.This afternoon, journey to Hautvilliers,the Pearl of Champagne. Visit the town’sAbbey of Saint Pierre where monk andcellar master Dom Pérignon perfected theart of sparkling wine production. After aguided walk, enjoy a wine tasting at alocal vineyard.DAY 5TROYES / DIJON B/L/DExcursion: Troyes.En route to Dijon, stop at Troyes, theformer capital of the Champagne region.A walking tour reveals enchantingtimber-frame houses, lovely churchesand interesting architectural accents inthis medieval fair town.Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in this historiccapital before traveling on to the capital of theDukes of Burgundy.Upon arrival in Dijon, check in at theSofitel Dijon La Cloche.Local Flavor: Enjoy dinner at a localrestaurant in Reims.Place Francois Rude Bareuzai, Dijon


Haute Marne, HautvillersDAY 7DIJONB/LExcursion: Route des Grands Crus.Gaze at vine-covered hills and valleysduring a scenic drive along the route thatlinks the wine-producing towns of theCôte d’Or. Visit the lovely village ofGevrey-Chambertin and a selection ofrenowned vineyards along the way.Local Flavor: Enjoy savory, slow-cooked fareat a traditional Burgundy restaurant.DAY 8PARISB/LThe high-speed TGV train whisks you toParis and the Hotel Baltimore.DAY 6DIJON / BEAUNE B/DExcursion: Dijon.Discover Dijon’s historic town center,known for its great art, polished storefrontsand gastronomic specialties includingboeuf bourguignon. Among its landmarksare stately stone mansions, a trio ofchurches and half-timbered homes fromthe 15th and 16th centuries.Excursion: Beaune.This afternoon, travel to Beaune, thejewel of Burgundy. Ringed by rampartsand wine cellars, Beaune is home to the15th-century, Flemish-style masterpiece,Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel Dieu); afascinating former hospital buildingfilled with exceptional paintings,furniture and tapestries.Excursion: City of Light.A comprehensive tour introduces you to amyriad of landmarks including the Arc deTriomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, theEiffel Tower and more.DAY 9PARISBExcursion: Musée d’Orsay.After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit of theMusée d’Orsay, boasting Europe’s greatestcollection of impressionist art. Within thisrenovated Belle Époque train station, relishan intimate look at masterpieces by Monet,Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne andGauguin.Independent Exploration: This afternoon,enjoy Paris at your leisure.Gevrey-Chambertin vineyard, Côte d’OrHôtel Dieu, Beaune


DAY 10PARISB/DExcursion: Le Marais.Explore one of Paris’ most fascinating andbest-loved neighborhoods, featuringsumptuous mansions that house famousmuseums including the Carnavalet, aParisian history museum and the MuséePicasso. Stroll under the arcades of thePlace des Vosges and take part in thecolorful street life and culture that makesLe Marais so special.Tonight, attend a Farewell Dinner ata special Parisian restaurant.DAY 1 1IN TRANSITTransfer to the airport for the returnflights to your gateway city. *Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduledevents may change. Many excursionsin this program involve an element ofwalking.Included meals indicated each day asB/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.* Provided for Air Program participants.BLe MaraisIt’s the heart of cultural and artistic life inParis – an intimate district that many hurriedtravelers miss. Paris’ Jewish quarter hadexisted in this area since the 13th century.In the 17th century, aristocrats moved in,building sublime courtyards, gardens andmansions with massive doors to accommodatetheir carriages.Place des Vosges, ParisToday, Le Marais represents Paris unfiltered.Parisians weave in and out of stylish boutiqueshoused in elegant mansions and the smell offalafel and warm challah bread waft throughthe narrow streets. Children frolic in the leafyPlace des Vosges, Paris’s oldest square. Antiqueshops and art galleries sell one-of-a-kind relicsand gems. Housed in a salt tax collector’smansion, the Musée Picasso is a highlight,boasting the world’s largest collection ofPicasso’s work.The Eiffel Tower, ParisNotre Dame Cathedral, Paris


ACCOMMODATIONSL’ASSIETTE CHAMPENOISE, ReimsFeel right at home in this delightful haven surrounded by a peaceful 4-acre park.Just a stone’s throw from the Champagne vineyards and Gothic monuments andbattlefields of ancient Reims, this modern family-run property features a sun-kissedgarden and terrace, a sauna and indoor pool. You’ll find all the amenities youdesire, from satellite television and a mini bar to an elegant restaurant servingChampenoise cuisine.SOFITEL DIJON LA CLOCHE, DijonLocated in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, this elegant and historic propertycombines professional service and world-class facilities to ensure your stay will bean unforgettable experience. Just steps from Old Town, relax in your guest roomfeaturing refined, modern décor, satellite/cable television, a mini bar, hair dryerand direct-dial telephones. Sofitel Dijon La Cloche also features a fitness center,lounge and a restaurant, Les Jardins de La Cloche, serving famous Burgundy dishesin an atrium setting.HOTEL BALTIMORE, ParisPerfectly positioned in the most beautiful part of Paris, elegant Hotel Baltimore islocated near the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Namedafter its first famous guest in the 1920s, Hotel Baltimore offers distinctly Parisiancharm and beautifully decorated guest rooms with all the amenities, from hairdryers to satellite televisions. Sip a glass of bubbly at the Champagne bar, perusethe hotel’s library and enjoy the best of Paris within steps of your front door.


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You may also call the MSU Alumni Association at888-697-2863.Full Legal Name (exactly as it appears on passport)(1) _____________________________________________________________Title First Middle Last Date of Birth(2) _____________________________________________________________Title First Middle Last Date of BirthStreet Address ___________________________________________________City ____________________________________________________________State_________________________________________ ZIP ______________Home: (____________)_____________________________________________Office: (____________)_____________________________________________E-mail:__________________________________________________________❒ Yes, please e-mail me information about special travel opportunities.Sharing with_______________________________________. (Form sent separately.)Name(s) you would like on your name badge(s):(1) ______________________________(2) ____________________________I/we authorize you to make my/our reservations as follows:Land Program❒ I/we will make my/our own air arrangements and transfers.❒ Please call me/us to discuss my/our air options.❒ I prefer single accommodations at an additional $1,295 (limited availability).❒ I request assistance in securing a roommate but will accept a single, if one isavailable at this time, and pay the single supplement. Should a roommate befound, I understand the supplement will no longer apply.Land and Air Program❒ I/we reserve the Land Program and request the Air Program to and fromParis, France, to depart from:________________________________________________________________Departure City❒ Please send me information on upgrading my flights.Please note: Air prices will be sent to you with your Reservation Confirmationand air schedule sent at 90 days before departure. International flight arrangementscan be canceled with no obligation up to 75 days before departure.Reservations are subject to availability and processed on a first come, firstserved basis. Reservations to be paid in full by July 12, 2011 (75 days prior todeparture). Reservations received after this date must be accompanied by paymentin full. Final payment may be made by personal check, MasterCard or Visa.Make checks payable to AHI International.Travelers, whether alumni or friends, must be current MSUAA members to participatein Association travel offerings. Forty-five dollars ($45) establishes a oneyearsingle membership with all other Association benefits. Joint membership is$55. Children under 18 may travel on parents' membership. Reservations will beconfimed upon verification of Alumni Association membership. Membership duesare non-refundable. Please make dues payable by separate check to MichiganState University. You may also join on-line at www.alumni.msu.edu or call toll free888-697-2863.Enclosed is a deposit of ________ ($600 per person required)to reserve ________ place(s).❒ Accept my check made payable to AHI International.❒ Charge my deposit to: ❒ MasterCard ❒ Visa Expires________/________Card #___________________________________________________________NOT INCLUDED-Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas,entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and drycleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters andmeals not mentioned in this brochure under included features;travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL-The right isretained to decline to accept or to retain any person as amember of this trip who, in the opinion of AHI Travel is unfitfor travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitutea danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subjectonly to the requirement that the portion of the total amountpaid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodationsbe refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance,including without limitation those who permanently or periodicallyuse a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someonewho is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totallyresponsible for providing all required assistance.AIR TRANSPORTATION-The price of air transportationoffered by AHI Travel is based on Advance Purchase Excursionfares. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticketprice may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, specialpromotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of asmuch as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservationsare changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if thereservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, allyear Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITIN-ERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYSPRIOR TO DEPARTURE. 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Dijon, BurgundyLAND PROGRAMSeptember 26-October 5, 2011Full Price$4,145Special Savings$250Special Price$3,895**Special Price valid if booked by the datefound on the address panel.VAT is an additional $145 per person.All prices quoted are in USD, per person, basedon double occupancy (unless otherwise stated).Single accommodations are an additional$1,295 (limited availability).Musée d'Orsay Art Gallery and Museum, ParisAIR PROGRAMSeptember 25-October 5, 2011Take advantage of AHI Travel’s exclusiveGroup Air Program, which provides thebenefit of specially negotiated rates onmajor commercial airlines worldwide.Participants enjoy advanced seat assignmentson most airlines; guaranteed arrivaland departure transfers with baggagehandling; a price guarantee that coversairfare, fuel surcharges and all taxes; andmany other benefits.AHI can also make flight arrangements forpassengers who wish to fly independentof the Group Air Program.All passengers who book their flightsthrough AHI automatically receiveflight insurance worth up to$250,000, subject to policy terms.Please indicate how you wouldlike us to handle your air on theReservation Form or call us todiscuss your flight options. Specialbusiness-class upgrades are availableon select international flights.AHI Travel's exclusive Air Program providesspecial advantages for travelers who areflying on our designated group flights.FRANCEParisVougBea


Chamery, Montagne de Reims, ChampagnePRESORTEDSTANDARDU.S. POSTAGEPAIDAHI TRAVELMontmartre, Place du Tertre, ParisA WORD ABOUT YOURTOUR OPERATORAHI Travel is the premier operator ofdeluxe travel programs sponsored by alumniassociations. Their experienced, professionalstaff has offered the highest level of service in innovativetravel programs since 1962.In AHI Travels care, you can rely on:– An exceptional travel value. It would be impossiblefor an independent traveler to arrange all these uniqueexperiences, inclusions and services at a comparable price.– Unique access to local sites. Take advantage of their 49years of travel experience to gain preferred entrance topopular sites and to uncover the region’s hidden treasures.– Experienced Travel Directors who attend to every detailof your journey. Benefit from the expertise of local guideswho possess authoritative knowledge of the region andoffer personal insight into the local culture.– Flexibility and customization. Free time during the tripallows you to pursue your own interests. They will also helpyou tailor your dream trip with add-ons and extensions.– Safety and security. In a country where you might notknow the language or culture, their professional staff ison hand to ease your way and get you any help you need.Like AHI Travel on FacebookFollow us at twitter.com/ahitravelView our webinars at youtube.com/ahitravelMSU Alumni Association242 Spartan WayEast Lansing, MI 48824-2005FRANCE11 4Please call or refer to ourwebsite for the most currentprogram information,discounts and pricing.Cover: Vineyards near Reims, Champagne

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