January 8-18 , 2016
- January 7: Leave the USA for Europe (LJU, GRZ, ZAG, etc; See info on arrival to Maribor, Slovenia below)
- January 8: Arrive and get to the DRAS Center in Maribor on your own
- January 8-11: Maribor, Slovenia
- January 11-16: Various Towns in Northern Italy (Verona, Venice, Pordenone, Bergamo, etc)
- January 16-18: Milan, Italy (We will see an A1 Match on January 17)
- January 18: Depart from Milan, Italy (MXP or LIN), Return Home to USA the Same Day
Cost and payments
- Birth Year
- School (and last year of eligibility)
- Positions Played
- Phone Number
- Any Direct Links to Online Player Bio and/or Video
Interested players should read the journals of past years tours.
You are buying your own tickets to Europe, and as long as you’re at the DRAS Center in Maribor, Slovenia on January 8th, and ready for practice that night at 5:00pm, it doesn’t matter what time you arrive or depart. As stated above, you want to arrive to LJU (Ljubljana, Slovenia; a ~2 hour train ride from Maribor), GRZ (Graz, Austria; a < 1 hour train ride but with less connections), ZAG (Zagreb, Croatia; ~2 hours by bus or train), or VIE (Vienna, Austria; a 3+ hour train ride). Venice (and Italy in general) is a nightmare to connect on public transportation, so while you may want to visit Italy pre or post-tour, be very careful if you choose to do this. There just aren’t that many connecting trains to get into Slovenia from Italy. Check out Go Opti online (http://www.goopti.com/) for new shuttle options from most airports (including Venice) to Maribor. As for airfare, usually a round trip ticket to Europe is the same price (or cheaper) than a one-way, and due to visa restrictions and immigration issues in Europe, it often causes problems to try and come with a one-way ticket (or a ticket that has a return for more than 90 after arrival). Suggestion: Either come on a mileage ticket (if you have a parent or friend with tons of airline miles) because its free to change and usable for a full year, or come on the cheapest possible round trip with your return January 18 (or later) as planned, knowing that you might “eat” the return if you’re coming to “stay and play” and find a team. Of course in this case the team will have to fly you home on a new ticket at the end of the season, but having a “mileage ticket” (if possible) makes everything easiest.