by Shameria Wilson

The University of West Georgia Alumni and Friends Travel Program offers an experience of a lifetime, allowing travelers to explore new destinations and cultures alongside fellow graduates and supporters.

Denice Perdue and husband, Derrick, in Italy.
Denice Perdue and husband, Derrick, in Italy.

In fall 2018, the program hosted a trip to Italy. Travelers stayed in Florence, the Italian Renaissance capital, and spent eight days exploring the surrounding region of Tuscany. They visited Siena, Pisa, Monteriggioni, Vinci and Chianti.

Last year’s group was able to visit iconic landmarks, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Their cultural immersion included wine-tastings and even a cooking class with a professional Italian chef.

“A highlight of the trip for me was visiting the breathtaking Chianti countryside and touring the ancient cellars of the Castello de Verrazzano,” said Denice Perdue, UWG’s assistant director of alumni relations and an annual participant of the program.

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Perdue is excited about the upcoming trip planned for September 2019. The group will embark on an exploration of Germany and the Netherlands on a Rhine River Cruise.

Sailing on the Rhine, they will visit picturesque ports of call and enjoy local culture at every stop. The trip also includes a two-night stay in Munich during Oktoberfest.

“This trip promises to be an incredible experience,” Perdue said. “These trips are wonderful opportunities for our alumni and friends to visit amazing destinations, enjoy new experiences and even form new and lasting friendships.”

Free airfare from Atlanta is being offered for travelers that book their trip by Feb. 28.

For more information on the UWG Travel Program, visit

Posted on Feb. 8, 2019