Alumni Association Travel Program

2018 Destinations

Costa Rica
Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
January 6-13, 2018
Travel Vendor: Lindblad Expeditions

Featuring David Queller, Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology, and Joan Strassmann, Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology
Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica and see the intricate locks of the Panama Canal from our newest ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest. Visit the Smithsonian Research Station on Barro Colorado Island in the Canal Zone, venture into the forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks, explore a jungle shoreline by kayak, snorkel a vibrant undersea garden, cruise along mangroves aboard our expedition landing craft, and if you choose, ride on horseback through the rainforest. The region is home to iconic wildlife, including macaws, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, and more than 1,200 species of butterflies.
From $5990
February 13-23, 2018
Travel Vendor: Gohagan

Featuring Elizabeth Childs, Chair, Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Art History and Archaelogy
Explore the islands, atolls, and motus of French Polynesia’s Society Islands aboard the chartered five-star MSY Wind Spirit. Tour idyllic Bora Bora and Moorea, visit a vanilla plantation and black pearl farm on Taha’a, explore early Polynesian culture on Raiatea and Huahine, spend two nights in the five-star Intercontinental Tahiti in enchanting Papeete, and join a marine biologist for dolphin watching. Attend lectures and discussions on the islands’ history and cultural heritage. Air travel from Los Angeles, all onboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, complimentary watersports, and an exclusive excursion on each island are included.
From $6795

(Including airfare from Los Angeles)
The Galapágos Islands
February 21-28, 2018
Travel Vendor: Orbridge

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands holds a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Join fellow alumni on the deluxe Isabela II for a wondrous journey to one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts species that are exquisitely adapted to the available food sources and surrounding environments: the marine iguana, which eats mostly algae and is the only sea-going lizard in the world, and the Galapagos tortoises—some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th- and 19th century whalers. You can also observe how species have evolved to interact with each other—certain Darwin's finches have developed a symbiotic relationship with land iguanas, who will obligingly raise themselves up from the ground so that the birds can more easily pluck parasites from their bellies. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors. This will allow you to observe and photograph them at very close proximity, either from land, by panga or during snorkeling excursions.
From $4495
Cuba – Art, Culture & People
March 11-19, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Explore Cuba’s rich history and traditions during this eight-night people-to-people educational exchange licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture through presentations by local experts and visits to historic sites, museums, schools, and community project sites. Visit Hemingway’s home, cruise Habana Vieja in a vintage convertible, explore the National Museum of Fine Arts, meet local artists and dancers, and watch Cuba’s most famous export being made during a cigar factory tour. Bask in a more relaxed pace as you journey through the Pinar del Río region and enjoy the history and hospitality of Trinidad.
From $5695
Dutch Waterways
Dutch Waterways
April 4-12, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience the lovely waterways and canals of Holland and Belgium during this seven-night cruise aboard a first-class ship. Enjoy exceptional service, delicious meals, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner. In Amsterdam, visit in a vibrant tulip garden, pedal through the countryside, admire the Rijksmuseum’s masterpieces, and experience The Hague. Walk through Delft’s romantic old town and select from museum tours of fine art or Delft porcelain. Stroll across Bruges’ cobbled bridges and visit an art museum, family brewery, or chocolatier’s shop. Other excursions include cruising Amsterdam’s canals, floating through Giethoorn, and strolling Antwerp’s medieval streets. The single supplement is waived for solo travelers.
From $2495
April 13-26, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Featuring Ray Arvidson, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
Explore Australia’s sophisticated cities, verdant terroir, and native wildlife on this 11-night journey. In the waterfront metropolis of Sydney, experience the grand Sydney Harbour, tour the Sydney Opera House, and see the golden sands of sweeping Bondi Beach. Travel to Adelaide in South Australia to taste regional specialties and explore Kangaroo Island’s unspoiled habitat, home to koalas, sea lions, and wallabies. On Australia’s southeast coast, discover cosmopolitan Melbourne, where cafes, jazz clubs, and wine bars pepper artsy laneways. Fly to Cairns in Queensland’s tropical north and marvel at the Great Barrier Reef as you cruise from Port Douglas to Agincourt Reef.
From $5695
Italian Riviera
May 12-20, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Take in the turquoise sea, sun-drenched beaches, charming villages, and historic cities in the Italian Riviera on this weeklong journey. Settle in Sestri Levante, where multicolored buildings frame the coastline. Enjoy gelato by the sea in Camogli and cruise to iconic Portofino, playground of the glitterati. Visit the walled city of Lucca, explore Genoa, the ancient maritime republic, and stroll through Manarola. Admire the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre from the sea and discover in Carrara the origin of the marble that sculptors have carved into exquisite works of art for centuries.
From $2895
Romantic Rhine & Moselle
June 12-27, 2018
Travel Vendor: GoNext

Embark on an all-inclusive cruise of the Rhine and its tributary the Moselle aboard the luxurious Scenic Opal. Shore excursions and all onboard drinks and dining are included in this unique experience. Immerse yourself in history and culture as you visit pristine castles and fairytale villages and marvel at lush forests and picturesque landscapes that dot the banks of the Rhine. Experience a classical concert in the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, tour the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track, and explore the magnificent Rhine Gorge during this unforgettable European adventure.
From $6449

(Cruise-only fare)
African Lion
Africa’s Wildlife: On Safari in Botswana, Zambia, & Victoria Falls
June 17-30, 2018
Travel Vendor: Odysseys Unlimited

Explore some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries with only 23 other guests on this 14-day safari through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. Begin your adventure with a tour of Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. View spectacular waterfalls and search for the elusive black rhino during a three-day stay in Victoria Falls. Continue to Chobe National Park for wildlife drives and boat safaris. Finally, travel to Zambia for unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park. Extend your trip with an optional four-day, three-night visit of Cape Town.
From $6295
Nordic Magnificence
July 1-11, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Alternate date available is June 24-July 4
Travel Vendor: AHI

Immerse yourself the rich cultures of Denmark and Norway during this nine-night Nordic journey. In Copenhagen, visit the Old Town and Rosenborg Castle and see the city’s landmarks during an afternoon canal cruise. Enjoy dramatic views of the Norwegian coast on an overnight cruise to Oslo where you will see ancient Viking ships and learn about the Vikings’ seafaring lifestyle. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you traverse the Bergen Railway, on Europe’s highest-altitude train line to the historic town of Bergen through picturesque countryside to the shores of the majestic Songefjord on one of the steepest train rides in the world.
From $3995
Circumnavigation of Iceland
July 9-17, 2018
Travel Vendor: Gohagan

Featuring Barbara Schaal, Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences
Discover the stunning beauty and unique culture of Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation cruise aboard the chartered five-star MS Le Soléal with only 110 suites and staterooms. Look for orca, humpback whales, and rare migratory birds, see ancient Viking ruins and glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes, and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, Earth’s youngest island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the majestic rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.
From $5995

(Including air from several East Coast cities.)
Discover Southeast Alaska
July 20-27, 2018
Travel Vendor: Orbridge

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream. A small ship that was designed to go where large ships cannot—navigating guests to the best views possible of the surrounding nature-filled landscape and having access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Experience Alaska up close as you watch for wildlife from skiffs or kayaks, and learn about the indigenous peoples of the region. On board the ship you’ll have knowledgeable crew, expedition leaders, and skilled naturalists by your side who will share their hospitality, uncanny knack for spotting wildlife, and fascinating secrets behind the bountiful beauty that surrounds you. Throughout this adventure, you will encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.
From $3295
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies
August 9-17, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Drink in vistas of jeweled lakes and unspoiled landscapes during this eight-night journey through the Canadian Rockies. Visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Kananaskis before gathering for a barbecue lunch at Boundary Ranch. Navigate the Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer, journey down the Athabasca River, and stargaze above Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. Savor stunning views of the powerful Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake, and the Bow River Valley and visit the birthplace of the Canadian parks system. Enjoy a guided walk and delightful gondola ride at two of Banff’s most beautiful lakes.
From $3895
Grand Danube Passage
September 26-October 10, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Discover capital cities, charming villages, and the storied Danube River as you traverse eight countries. Enjoy three nights in Prague, eight nights sailing the Danube, and two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria. Overlook Wachau Valley and visit Melk Abbey in Austria and view epic panoramas of Budapest at night. Take a trip back in time at Drobeta’s World War I Memorial and marvel at the immense Iron Gate Gorge in Romania. In Bulgaria, explore the Baba Vida fortress in Vidin and the Serdica ruins in Sofia. Our Personalize Your Cruise options offer a choice of excursions in select ports. The single supplement is waived for solo travelers.
From $4795
National Parks
Southwest National Parks
October 1-10, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Alternate date available is October 15-24
Travel Vendor: Orbridge

Featuring William Lowry, Professor of Political Science
Explore a spectacular series of natural wonders with an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader on this 10-day adventure. Admire unique geological formations famously photographed by Ansel Adams at Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. Raft through Glen Canyon stopping to visit a petroglyph site, admire the striking interplay of light and shadow on Antelope Canyon’s narrow sandstone walls, marvel at the scenic vistas of Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks, and share a peaceful evening of Navajo storytelling. Spend your evenings in atmospheric hotels and lodges and travel in the comfort of a private motor coach.
From $3995
The Wonders of Peru
October 18-29, 2018
Travel Vendor: AHI

Tour Lima’s landmarks and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner at a landmark private residence, cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, intimate Delfin III for three nights, glide in skiff boats on wildlife-watching excursions, and hike into the rainforest. Fly to Cusco and journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. High in the Andes, visit a remote village and learn about daily life from residents. After taking a panoramic train ride to Machu Picchu, meander through this spectacular Incan complex with an expert guide. Tour ancient religious buildings and Incan ruins in Cusco. The single supplement is waived for solo travelers.
From $5995

(Free air from Miami)

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