Trip Region: Western Europe
Country(ies): Italy, Croatia
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2700
Airfare Estimate: $1100
Nightlife: 8 • Activity: 5
Do you like beaches? Do you like boats? Do you like incredible adventures that span the Mediterranean Coast!? Excellent, looks like we’re in business. After suffering through orientation, get pumped to spend 10 days skirting all angles of the Adriatic sea with the best MBA2 squad around. First up is a rendezvous with our with our cultural side in Venice, Italy, where we’ll fight off the jet lag while perusing gondola channels and sipping on non-Franzia vino. Don’t get too comfortable though, the recovery will be short lived…. it’s time to fly to Croatia!!! Whether exploring the historic city of Split or bumming on the beach with a cocktail, you’ll quickly find yourself thanking those lucky stars above you didn’t go to Northwestern. Next up is a cruise across the Mediterranean to the Queen of the Dalmation Islands – Hvar. Our luxury beach resort, booze cruises, swim-up bars and historic fortresses anxiously await your arrival….not to mention the world renowned nightlife. After 3 days on island time, our next travel is to King’s Landing (aka Dubrovnik for you non-Thrones fans), one of the most prominent destinations in all of Europe. While it’s truly a travesty the trip has to end, wrapping up with 2 days in Rome seems like a decent compromise. Before sending you back to campus to pretend Econ is hard, we’ll tour a few spots you may have heard of like the Coliseum and Vatican City.
Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 17
Orientation has abruptly reminded you that you’ve lost a step since your last stint in college. No shame, there is time to get it back. You embrace the day of rest as you board your flight for Venice.
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 18
Buongiorno Principessa! Welcome to Venice, home to a lifelike version of Las Vegas’s famed canals, the most riveting chase scene in James Bond history, and where Marco Polo discovered the above ground pool. Begin your day with a guided walking tour of Europe’s most beautiful city including St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, and Ponte di Rialto. Remember how excited you were when that cute Rosser from orientation was on your Mtrek? Good news, next up is a gondola ride through the Canale Grande, so be sure to maneuver the line just so. But enough culture, let’s hit the beach: our flight to Croatia departs after dinner.
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 19
The second largest city in Croatia, Split, has it all: beautiful coastlines, great cuisine, and gorgeous architecture. Oh…. and did we mention our jazzy little 4-star hotel!? The world is your oyster on this free day, so use your time wisely (or not…), before we meet up again for a night out on the town.
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 20
We’ll hop on a ferry and cruise on over to the island of Hvar where we’ll be staying at an exclusive and luxurious beach resort. Spend the day exploring the island with a stroll around Old Town, a visit to the Spanjola fortress, and an afternoon on the beach. Just make sure to save some energy, because nightlife in Hvar does not mess around (and neither do we).
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 21
Everyone knows the best cure for a hangover is a booze cruise and ohhhh do we have you covered. Take in the full Hvar experience as we set sail on a boat tour of a few islands and (most importantly) the famed Blue and Green Cave. What this cave sorely lacks in creative naming convention it surely makes up for with sheer freaking beauty…..but like actually go google image this bad boy ASAP. Yeah, it’s time to throw down that deposit.
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 22
Spend your last day on the island relaxing, sipping coffee, icing JT, and soaking in the island vibe before we reunite in the late afternoon to catch a ferry to Dubrovnik.
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 23
Welcome to King’s Landing! Our resident GoT obsessed leader (Sheetal) will surely be on cloud 9 as we explore the most beautiful city the mediterranean coast has to offer— Dubrovnik. While touristy in nature, the contents of our itinerary today are really up to the group…..whether that means a relaxed island boat trip or some ambitious hiking up Mt. Srd to make you feel better about poisoning your body for the last week.
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 24
“If I hit it two times, then I like her” — A$AP Rocky One can only assume Rakim Mayers was directly referencing our collective love of Italy when penning this illustrious line…….an assumption that would indeed hold quite true. Today we depart for our final location, ROME. When in Rome, we shall certainly do as the Romans do (that is, if the Romans liked tequila).
Departure Day — Sunday, Aug 25
On the final day of our adventure, explore one of the greatest cities of the world completely at your leisure. Between the Coliseum, Vatican, Pantheon and incredible pizza, our last day will put the finishing touches on an incredible vacation.
Mark “Doc” Daugherty
Mark undoubtedly has the kindest eyes at Ross, probably Ann Arbor, and possibly all of Michigan. But don’t let that fool you, this captivating sense of innocence is a façade for a once fratty light slammer at the famed University of Illinois. However, Mark matured quickly (maybe too quickly) into the best public accountant in the Chicagoland area. Here in Ann Arbor, Mark is a big-time “Yes-man,” always down to hit the town whether it’s a Saturday or a Tuesday before a final. This summer you’ll find him solving Automotive’s most challenging mobility issues in Detroit.
Who says you can’t find love at Skeeps!? While many MTreks come together through months of arduous planning, our crew was finalized with over a tequila shot or 12 at Ann Arbor’s finest establishment. Meet Sheetal, our Bombay bomb bae (ok actually she’s from Phoenix). On campus you can find this former Googler either conducting due diligences with the Social Venture Fund or drinking us all under the table with relative ease. She’s also potentially the nicest person to ever walk this Earth, even dedicating her summer to an NYC non-profit aiming to make lending more accessible.
Jason Rock: Given his age, Jason is the resident BBA. Hailing from a small town of 400 people, the “big city” of Ann Arbor was a very big change for Jason. Perhaps it’s the small town touch, but somehow this guy has managed to become friends with all 420 members of the class of 2020. You’ll find him at every social event and after party talking basketball and shotgunning beers that he’s opened with his finger. Jason loves case competitions and will probably find one to enter and win during this trek. His friends describe him as charming, ironic, having mediocre dance skills, and a complete nerd. This summer he’ll be joining 300 of his classmates at Deloitte in Chicago. Interested in this stud? Open up your Bumble and most likely he’ll be the first one there.
Charles Meynet [‘may-net’] the 8th, stemming from a deep heritage of Western Europe landowners, may not look like much on the surface. At first brush you will pick up a vibe that screams ‘SoCal’ louder than a hallway full of high-school boys in their Hollister gear. But once you get deeper you notice a shocking level of nerdiness stemming from his days at Salesforce prior to Ross. Desperate to balance this out, he also races motocross in his spare time. This summer you will find him closing deals in Venture Capital prior to putting Croatia on the map.
JT Bateman is going to be coming in hot off a summer on Wall Street and looking forward to seeing the sun for the first time in 2019. JT was born for this trip. Don’t let the fleece vest and midwest complexion fool you, this guy knows how to cut a rug and he has a flow that belongs on the front of a mediterranean yacht. As a reformed A.T. Kearney consultant, JT puts his organizational skills to use in his role as the unofficial president of the Tuesday Brewsday study group, which he runs with an iron grip. When day 8 comes around and all you want to do is sleep, you can count on JT giving a motivational speech to keep you going that would bring a tear to Harbaugh’s eye.