The Michigan men’s basketball team’s trip to Spain will cost at least $150,000.
MLive obtained the University’s contract with Anthony Travel through a records request. It requires the school to pay $5,470 for each member of the traveling party — a minimum of 28 people and a maximum of 35. Therefore, the total cost for the trip will be between $153,160 and $191,450.
It is about $500 more, per person, than U-M paid Anthony Travel for the basketball team’s trip to Italy in 2014. Anthony Travel also led the Michigan football tour to France in the spring and the women’s basketball team’s trip to Greece and Italy last summer.
The Spain trip will be funded by private supporters through the U-M Athletic Development department, according to a press release. The school has so far declined to name the donor(s).
The cost includes, among other things:
- Airfare from Detroit to Madrid on Friday, Aug. 17, and from Barcelona to Detroit on Sunday, Aug. 26
- Eight nights in a hotel
- Certain meals (breakfast each day, plus a welcome and farewell dinner)
- Ground transportation
- Sightseeing tours, excursions, and tour guides
- A bilingual local tour guide
Anthony Travel also arranged Michigan’s three basketball games in Spain.