|Jan. 13-18||Brussels, Belgium|
|June||Civil War Day Trip|
|June 28-July 4||South Dakota & Badlands|
|Sept. 20-Oct. 4||St. Petersburg & Baltic Capitals|
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NPC Travel Committee
The NPC Travel Committee is dedicated to researching, mounting, and promoting high quality, educational, and economic travel opportunities for its members. Over the past several years our members have taken exotic excursions to Jordan’s Petra and the pyramids of Egypt, travelled the Silk Road in China, sojourned in Istanbul, relived contemporary European history in the three Baltic Republics of Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia, enjoyed animal safaris in South Africa and Botswana, visited the vast mélange of Buddhist pagodas in Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and explored Amsterdam's eclectic architecture and vast art collections with stops in in Bruges, Normandy, and Mont St. Michel. Our traditional Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend Trips to Iceland, Panama, London, and Lisbon have been extremely popular and well-attended.
Brussels, Belgium: January 13-18
Head to the Capital of Europe and enjoy 5 nights and 6 days in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The city plays host to NATO and is the headquarters of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee. Belgium offers something for everyone… 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 200 museums, 300 art nouveau buildings in Brussels alone, 650 different styles of beer, and 2,000 chocolate shops. Enjoy optional guided tours to Antwerp, the largest city in Flanders; historic UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ghent and Bruges; and a chocolate workshop and a Belgian Beer Museum for tastings. Immerse yourself in the astonishing variety of languages, cultures, and nationalities that is Brussels.
South Dakota & Badlands: June 28–July 4
Join fellow NPC members and travel to Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to some of America’s most intriguing and beautiful locations. Visit Mount Rushmore; Crazy Horse Memorial; Deadwood, a rollicking western town named as a National Historic Landmark; and Badlands National Park. You will have an opportunity to tour the Native American Cultural Center and observe many Native American artists and craftsmen creating their work. Later, in a tour of Riddle’s Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory, you will observe skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewelry. Your trip takes you through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations on the fascinating Needles Highway; through Custer State Park with its roving band of bighorn sheep, herd of majestic elk and buffalo; and later on a guided tour of 11,000 acres where over 400 wild horses run free. Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday by visiting the real West.
St. Petersburg & the Baltic Capitals: September 20–October 4
Join an existing Odysseys Unlimited 14 day trip to four distinct nations, four thriving capitals and their provincial outskirts. We are currently holding 15 slots on a 25 person tour of Vilnius & Trakai, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Parnu & Tallinn, Estonia; and St Petersburg, Russia. Please note that all questions and arrangements regarding this trip should be directed to Odysseys Unlimited by calling (888) 370-6765.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Committee is dedicated to researching, mounting, and promoting high quality, educational, and economic domestic and international recreational trips for Club members and guests in accordance with the Club’s Code of Ethics and Committee Guidelines that pertain to travel.
Chair: Fay Iudicello - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Chair forms a Committee with the approval of the President and submits a list of Committee members and email addresses to the President’s Office.
- The Committee should actively solicit travel suggestions from NPC members through interaction with other NPC committees, membership office, the WIRE, and travel receptions.
- The Committee should arrange for regular publicity in the WIRE, on the Travel Committee webpage, and in other venues as appropriate.
- The Committee may conduct trip promotion receptions and schedule them through the Staff Liaison in the General Offices. All expenditures related to receptions must be negotiated with catering and approved before by the appropriate member of the Executive Director’s staff.
- The Committee should vote to undertake any research related to an NPC sponsored trip. When this research is completed, the Committee will vote again to mount such a trip. In such case where a trip has not generated sufficient interest, the Committee will vote to cancel the trip. A simple majority of those present at a regularly scheduled meeting is sufficient for approving or cancelling a trip.
- The Chair should designate a Trip Leader for each trip. In coordination with the Chair and the trip planner, the Trip Leader should (1) assist in marketing the trip through WIRE stories and other means, (2) coordinate all logistics and deal with any issues that may arise during the trip, (3) prepare a WIRE story on the trip afterwards, and (4) submit a brief trip report to the Chair, including lessons learned and recommendations for future trips.
- The Chair should write a year-end summary report assessing the travel program and making recommendations for the future.
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