Alumni Association Travel Program

2019 Destinations

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Southern Africa: Luxury Safaris, Rovos Rail, & Cape Town
January 20–February 4, 2019 -
Alternate date is April 28 - May 13
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience the thrill of safari, observing the calculated moves of lions, leopards, hawks, and falcons in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe on this 12-night adventure. Explore laid-back Cape Town and drive along the scenic Cape Peninsula. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela at Robben Island and visit vibrant Soweto. Feel the power of the mighty Victoria Falls and savor a taste of the golden age of travel aboard the elegant Rovos Rail. This small-group program features deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal program, including wine with dinner.
New Zealand
New Zealand
February 6–21, 2019 - SOLD OUT  
Alternate Date is March 6-21
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience Maori culture, exciting city life, and glacier-carved fjords on this 13-night adventure. Explore Auckland and Dunedin, witness Maori traditions and the intense haka war dance, and immerse yourself in the incomparable beauty of New Zealand. Cruise Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. Trek through the enchanting backdrops of The Lord of the Rings films and stand before the Franz Josef Glacier. Embark on an inspiring TranzAlpine train ride through the beautiful Southern Alps to Christchurch.

This small-group trip features first-class accommodations, enlightening lectures, an extensive meal program, and wine with dinner.

From $5,995
Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers, and Ruins of the Maya World
February 28 - March 5, 2019
Travel Vendor: Lindblad Expeditions


Discover the vibrant reefs of Belize and the dramatic Maya ruins of Tikal during this comprehensive land-and-sea expedition. Board the 100-guest National Geographic Quest to snorkel, kayak, Zodiac, and stand-up paddleboard along the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere. Venture to Tikal to explore stone temples swathed in the rainforest teeming with wildlife.


Experience the expansive Maya ruins, including the rarely-visited Yaxha. Explore alongside an expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic-certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, and a wellness specialist.

From $5,760
Andalucía, Southern Spain: In a Parador
April 11–19, 2019
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience romantic southern Spain on a seven-night journey in Andalucía. Stay in a modern, first-class parador in Antequera and discover the history of Al-Andalus, as this region of Spain was known during eight centuries of Moorish control. See the courtyards and fountains of the Alhambra in Granada, the iconic red-and-white arches of La Mezquita in Córdoba, and the imposing Alcázar in Sevilla. Explore Ronda and Málaga and watch an entrancing flamenco performance. Enjoy special lunches at an organic winery and the Parador de Granada. This small-group program features an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. No single supplement!
Greece: Island Life and Ancient Sites
May 2–10, 2019
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience life on the Greek island of Poros. Stroll by the sparkling sea, where octopus hang to dry outside waterfront tavernas and locals pass the time at the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop. From Poros, ideally located for exploring ancient Greece sites, discover the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and the ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra and Nafplio, Greece’s first capital. Visit the Acropolis and tour Athens. Enjoy first-class accommodations during two nights in Athens and five nights on Poros and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.
From $2,295
Belgium and Holland aboard Magnifique III
May 10–18, 2019
Travel Vendor:  Arrangements Abroad


Enjoy an enchanting cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium from the intriguing Dutch capital of Amsterdam to the tiny Belgian town of Bruges. Follow meandering rivers and canals aboard the newly built Magnifique III, a boutique river boat with accommodations for only 36 travelers. Discover storybook villages, idyllic countryside, and outstanding art and architecture. For more active travelers, experience the Low Countries like locals do—by bike—during optional daily cycling tours.   


From $4,999
Paris Noir: The African-American Experience
June 30–July 8, 2019 SOLD OUT
Alt Date is June 16-24, Travel Vendor: AHI

Featuring Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters

Following World War I, many African-American artists, musicians, and scholars found a home in Paris, the City of Light. Trace the rich history of the city’s African-American community through specially designed walking tours and talks. View a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s and 1930s Paris and meet the filmmakers. Enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise, and traveling on the Métro. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.

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National Parks and Lodges of the Old West
June 5–14, 2019
Travel Vendor: Orbridge

Trace historic paths and marvel at the natural splendors of the Old West with an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader. Experience the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Observe bison herds, enjoy a chuck wagon cookout, visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, see a wooly mammoth dig site, and witness otherworldly geothermal sites at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone. This excursion features wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges, including landmark lodging within the parks, and comfortable travel by private motor coach. 

Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies: Parks and Resorts
July 26 - August 1, 2019
Travel Vendor: Orbridge

Featuring Jennifer R. Smith, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Head north for a peak-season journey to the glorious Canadian Rockies and relax at legendary resorts, including Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Canoe, golf, or walk nearby trails, taking in the fresh air and awe-inspiring landscapes. Accompanied by an Orbridge Expedition Leader, explore the magnificent ranges in Banff and Jasper National Parks and cruise through the glacial water of Maligne Lake.


From $3,995


Imperial Splendors of Russia
July 24–August 2, 2019
Travel Vendor: AHI

Immerse yourself in Russian culture during eight nights in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, stroll through the Kremlin and admire the iconic domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, view collections of Russian art, jewelry, and other treasures, and visit opulent Metro stations. Travel by high-speed train to St. Petersburg, visit Peterhof, Catherine Palace, and the State Hermitage Museum. Go behind the scenes at the Mariinsky Theater and travel to the countryside for a folk show and vodka tasting at a traditional country house. Enjoy first-class accommodations and an extensive meal program, featuring wine with dinner.
From $3,695
Ancient Civilizations
Ancient Civilizations: Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas
September 15–23, 2019
Travel Vendor: Gohagan

Featuring Timothy Moore, John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics
Cruise along the stunning Dalmatian coast and through the Corinth Canal from Venice to Athens aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Lyrial. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites with Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian, and Slavic influences. Tour Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the walled city of Dubrovnik, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, Corfu’s Old Town, and ancient Delphi. Enjoy a Coastal Life® Forum with local residents and a folk music performance. Venice pre-cruise and Athens post-cruise options are available.
From approximately $4,395

75th Anniversary of D-Day: Normandy and Honfleur
September 21–29, 2019 - SOLD OUT
Travel Vendor: AHI - Alt Date is Oct 26 - Nov 3

Discover the essence of Normandy and its pivotal role in history during this seven-night, small-group journey. Explore Mont Saint-Michel, the medieval monastery that seemingly rises from the sea. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine and sip calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard. As the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery, and other battle-related sites. Enjoy engaging lectures and first-class accommodations in Honfleur and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner. No single supplement!
Romance of the Douro River: Lisbon, Porto, and the Alto Douro Wine Region
October 1–12, 2019
Travel Vendor: AHI

Featuring David A. Fike, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Portugal’s charm is as epic as its history. Spend three nights in Lisbon and visit the 16th-century Hieronymites Monastery, and Belém Tower. Continue on a seven-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Glide through the scenic valley where port, Portugal’s famous sweet fortified wine, is produced. Enjoy a port tasting while exploring wine country. Choose from a selection of included excursions: cycling, historic tours, and more. Enjoy an extensive meal plan and a generous selection of complimentary beverages onboard. No single supplement!
Coastal Vietnam and Angkor Wat
November 5–19, 2019
Travel Vendor: Gohagan

Featuring Tristram R. Kidder, Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor in Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Anthropology

Voyage through Vietnam and Cambodia, where lush landscapes and centuries-old culture exist in harmony. This exceptional itinerary features two nights in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi, a seven-night cruise from Haiphong to Saigon, and three nights in Siem Reap, doorway to the magnificent, jungle-fringed temples of Cambodia. Enjoy five-star cruising aboard the newly launched Le Lapérouse, exploring Vietnam’s ancient pagodas and bustling sampan-filled harbors. Featuring numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Angkor Wat—this program is a spectacular blend of Southeast Asia’s storied history and dynamic modernity.

From approximately $6,795
Artists and Aristocrats: From Rome to Barcelona
October 29–November 6, 2019

Travel Vendor: GoNext

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Experience the legacy of great patrons, painters, and popes on this weeklong voyage. Sail from Civitavecchia to Livorno, an entry to adventures in Florence and Pisa and the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Stop in extravagant Monte Carlo, surrounded by Nice, Èze, and Cannes, all connected by the famous Grand Corniche. Enjoy the best natural sand beaches on the French Riviera in Antibes and continue to Marseille, France’s oldest city and gateway to picturesque Provence and Palma de Mallorca. Visit Valencia, famed for its unique mix of Baroque cathedrals, futuristic architecture, and lush parks, before ending your cruise in Barcelona.
From $2,299

(Airfare included from select cities)
Patagonian Frontiers
Patagonian Frontiers
November 8–24, 2019

Travel Vendor: Odysseys

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Conquer two of the last great frontiers, southern Patagonia and Torres del Paine, during this 17-day, small-group journey. Spend three nights in vibrant Buenos Aires before cruising the Tierra del Fuego archipelago for four nights. Highlights include Cape Horn, spectacular glacier excursions, and Magdalena Island’s immense penguin colony. Disembark at Punta Arenas and travel to Torres del Paine National Park for three nights with daily excursions. In Chile’s Lake District, experience Vicente Rosales National Park and conclude your adventure in Santiago. Discover Iguazu Falls with a two-night pre-tour option.
From $7369

(Airfare included)

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