Alumni eNewsletter: Tour Opportunties for Gallaudet Alumni in Northern Europe and England in 2007 (Archives)

The GUAA is proud to announce a collaborative agreement with Hands On Travel (HOT), a specialty travel service aimed towards deaf people and sign language users. HOT is owned and operated by Terry Giansanti, ’98. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and moved to Italy soon after graduating from Gallaudet. After organizing several tours in Italy for family and friends, his passion turned into HOT, a full-fledged business currently in its fourth year of operations and approaching its 100th tour.

HOT have begun to offer special tours that feature Gallaudet faculty, staff, or alumni as guides. The tours will stimulate the mind and eyes; they are given by deaf guides who will share their knowledge directly with you in sign language. All HOT tours have small group sizes ensuring your full involvement.

For 2007, HOT offers two exciting tours that promise to fascinate those interested in learning more about art history and literature:

Art in Northern Europe Tour (11 Days)
May 14-25, 2007

This tour is tailor-made for art lovers or people who are curious to learn more about art. You will visit many of Northern Europe's top art museums, where countless masterpieces are held. In addition, you will tour lesser-known galleries that are bringing new concepts into the art world, and have the opportunity to meet several prominent people involved in the art world, both deaf and hearing.

Tour Guide: Louise Stern, '03, graduated from Gallaudet with BA in art history and from Sotheby's Institute in London with a MA in contemporary art theory. She has lived in London and worked in the art world for the past five years. Her current projects include working for the artist Sam Taylor-Wood and developing a new contemporary art magazine for children.

Literary England Tour (13 days)
July 17-30, 2007

Explore one of the world’s most fertile literary territories, England, along with your tour guide who has a deep love of literature. Book lovers will find out more about some of the popular and classic authors, the books, the stories, and the characters that came out of England, along with many other major sights. See this country in a whole new light!

Tour Guide: Dr. Jennifer Nelson, a deaf English professor at Gallaudet, received her Ph.D. in British literature from University of California at Berkeley. Her specialties are the Romantic and Victorian eras, and she has published on Shakespeare, the Restoration, modern culture, and ASL literature

HOT is also available to organize customized tours for GUAA chapters who wish to offer this opportunity to their members. Every GUAA member who signs up for an endorsed tour will receive a $25 discount off the tour price, and an additional $25 will be donated to GUAA on behalf of the person.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read comments by our very satisfied clients at

For more information and to make your reservations for these tours, please visit or e-mail

Posted: 8 Sep 2006

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