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January 26, 2001

Ag professor emeritus leads educational trip
to Central Europe

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A riverboat cruise down the Danube to visit historic capital cities highlights a Central European spring trip being offered by Purdue University Educational Travel Programs.

Marion Baumgardner, professor emeritus of agronomy, will lead the group on the May 15-26 tour.

The first stop on the trip will be Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. From Prague, the Danube cruise begins, with stops at Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Other stops will include walking tours of the Benedictine Abbey at Melk; the castle town of Durnstein and the cathedral at Esztergom. The trip will end with a visit to Munich, Germany.

As a seasoned traveler to more than 120 countries, Baumgardner has several trips to Central Europe among his travel experiences. Since his first trip to Vienna in 1953, Baumgardner has seen extensive changes in this region, which spent many years behind the Iron Curtain.

"This is a great opportunity to see history and today's life – and what a remarkable history Central Europe has had," he says.

The cost of the trip is $3,745 per person for double occupancy. Those who purchase separate airfare may sign up for the ground-only portion of the trip for $3,045. Single-room accommodations are an additional $525.

The trip's cost includes round-trip bus transportation between Purdue and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport; round-trip flight between the United States and Europe; all breakfasts, seven lunches and 10 dinners; deluxe private motor coach in Europe; and entrance fees at museums and sites.

A refundable deposit is due by Feb. 1, with final payment due March 1.

For more information, or to sign up for the trip, contact Purdue Educational Travel Programs at (765) 496-6659 or (800) 359-2968 ext. 70. Information on this trip and other educational trip offerings is available at the Educational Travel Programs' Web site.

CONTACT: Marion Baumgardner, (765) 743-2226; or Joann Chaney, manager of Educational Travel Programs, (765) 494-3894.

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