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The Renaissance Academy at FGCU Offers Antigua & the Western Highlands Guatemala Study Tour

FORT MYERS, FL - The Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University invites students, educators, and health and human service professionals to Antigua & the Western Highlands Guatemala Study Tour May 7-16, 2011.

The group will stay six nights at a four-star hotel, the Camino Real in Antigua; two nights at The Mayan Inn in Chichicastenango; and one night at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City. At one time, there were over 22 religious orders; some are now open to the public as hotels or shops, others remain operational. With Antigua as the base, each day offers a trip to a different area of interest.

Participants will explore the many interesting villages and sites in the vicinity of Antigua, settled in 1543 by the Spanish as the ancient capital. Antigua may be the most outstanding and best-preserved colonial city in Spanish America, boasting remarkable ruins, colonial homes in the Spanish style with beautiful gardens and courtyards. It is a designated UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.

The Antigua & the Western Highlands Guatemala Study Tour offers the option of 40 contact hours for healthcare professionals, which includes 10 hours of one-on-one Spanish instruction in addition to the cultural tours. There is limited availability for the trip. Go to: or call (239) 425-3270 for more information. Cost for the trip is $1,998 per person (land and air), plus $86 per person in taxes; pricing is based on double occupancy.

Suggested deposit deadline is Oct. 15 to better insure limited availability with a final deadline to book/deposit on or before Jan. 20, 2011.

FGCU's Renaissance Academy, a lifelong learning program for adults, seniors and retirees, was created to enrich the intellectual and cultural lives of the Southwest Florida community. Founded in January 2001, and now the region's premiere lifelong learning program, the Renaissance Academy is committed to the concept that learning should never cease, and that keeping the mind intellectually, creatively and culturally active fundamentally enriches and invigorates lives.

For further information contact Chris Gallagher at (239) 425-3270.

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