Alumni Association Travel Program

2020 Destinations

Galápagos Islands 
January 23–31, 2020 SOLD OUT
Gohagan and Company

Featuring Michael E. Wysession,
professor of geophysics

This incredible nine-day journey features a six-night cruise in the Galápagos Islands—a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site—aboard the first-class, small ship SANTA CRUZ II. This exploration vessel is equipped for the complete Galápagos experience, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit nine islands where the unique wildlife accepts up-close human interaction like nowhere else on Earth. A three-night pre-program option in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and six-night post-program option in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley are available.
From $5,995
Legends of the Nile
February 4–15, 2020 SOLD OUT
Alternate Date Jan 28-Feb 8
Travel Vendor: AHI

This 10-night adventure includes four nights on a first-class ship, five nights in Cairo, and one night in Luxor. Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Stroll the burial grounds at the Karnak Temple Complex and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved with special access to Chicago House, the Oriental Institute headquarters in Luxor. Witness the Great Temple of Ramses II, carved from a mountain, and visit venerable mosques and Coptic Christian churches. This trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel.
 Windward Isles
Cruising the Windward Islands
February 22–29, 2020
Travel Vendor: Gohagan and Company

Escape the depths of winter on this seven-night cruise of the Caribbean’s tropical Windward Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star, small expedition ship LE CHAMPLAIN. Visit the spice island of Grenada; Tobago Cays Marine Park, Union Island’s dramatic volcanic peaks and shallow coral reefs and Martinique’s rum distillery in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; St. Lucia’s lush waterfalls and Sulphur Springs; Bequia’s turtle sanctuary; and Bridgetown in Barbados, known for colonial architecture and Bajan culture. Grenada pre-cruise and Barbados post-cruise options are available.
From $3,995
 Dutch Water Ways
Dutch Waterways
April 3–11, 2020
Travel Vendor: AHI

Fall in love with the thatched farmhouses and footpaths of Giethoorn and the medieval landmarks of Antwerp as you explore the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium for seven nights aboard a first-class river ship. In Amsterdam, get a close-up look at 17th-century canals and landmarks, gaze at acres of colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, bike through charming villages, or view masterpieces by Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum. Tour Old Town in Bruges, savoring its chocolate and beer culture. Immerse yourself in the seaport of Antwerp with its quaint architecture and café-filled lanes. No single supplement!
Journey Along the Elbe
May 3–14, 2020
Travel Vendor: AHI

Let the Elbe River guide your next adventure as you cruise through centuries of history and scenic splendor in Germany and the Czech Republic. Enjoy eight nights on board a modern paddleboat cruiser, plus one night each in Berlin and Prague. See Berlin’s famed landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through Potsdam’s terraced Sanssouci gardens and royal Cecilienhof Palace. Explore Prague’s majestic Old Town and stroll the romantic Charles Bridge. Visit the lovely town of Litomerice, founded in the 10th century. Along the way, enjoy a choice of included excursions, such as a culinary tour, cycling trip, or brewery visit.  
The Inland Sea of Japan featuring Kyoto
May 19–30, 2020
Travel Vendor:  Gohagan and Company

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique itinerary, featuring a seven-night cruise across the full length of the historic Inland Sea of Japan, plus three nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered, five-star, small ship LE SOLÉAL, featuring only 110 ocean-view suites and staterooms, enjoy port calls at captivating points of interest, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. From enchanting Kyoto to storied Hiroshima to scenic Miyajima in Japan and the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju in South Korea, relish the awe-inspiring beauty of these historic ports. Tokyo pre-program and Osaka and Nara post-program options are available.  
From $5,995
 Tanzania Safari
Tanzania Safari, Featuring the Plains of the Serengeti
June 18–29, 2020 SOLD OUT

Alternate Date: July 6-17, 2020

Travel Vendor: AHI

Encounter wildlife in Tanzania’s most spectacular nature reserve on this nine-night safari adventure. Scout for a multitude of magnificent animals on the savannah. Glimpse lions under the baobab trees of Tarangire National Park. Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, a lush home to leopards, baboons, black rhinos, and more. Visit the Oldupai Gorge and learn about the anthropological discoveries of Louis and Mary Leakey. Explore world-famous Serengeti National Park—home to lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo—with a luxury, tented safari camp as base. This trip includes a flight from Serengeti to Arusha.
 Switzerland, Germany, and Austria
Switzerland, Germany, and Austria 
June 22 - July 2,2020 SOLD OUT
Alternate Date: July 1-11, 2020
Travel Vendor: AHI

Gaze at the majestic mountain peaks of the northern Alps while exploring medieval towns and baroque cities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Attend the decennial Oberammergau Passion Play. Discover Munich and enjoy a traditional lunch in a beer garden. Cruise the Bodensee—a lake shared by all three countries—to Lindau, an island city. Explore Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps and charming Salzburg. Visit a medieval monastic library and see how Switzerland’s Appenzeller cheese produced, followed by a fondue dinner.
*Please note that the dates on the brochure indicate the trip is June 22. This trip date is sold out and we are offering an alternate trip on July 1.  There will not be a faculty lecturer on the new date.
Wildlife Safari to Botswana
August 11–25, 2020
Travel Vendor: Classic Escapes

Featuring Jonathan Losos, William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor

Experience the multi-faceted beauty of Botswana. Explore the Kalahari Desert and the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Traverse the Okavango Delta by vehicle, and in dugout canoes. A wetland wilderness of looping channels, and islands forested with palms and wide grassy floodplains, the Delta is home to a magnificent array of iconic birds and animals, from lion and elephant, to the ‘spirit of the Delta’, Pel’s Fishing Owl. Come face to face with the "Big Five" of the African wilderness on safari in Chobe National Park. Finish off your journey at the "Smoke that Thunders," as the locals call the spectacular and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
From $15,995
Treasures of Peru
August 24–September 3, 2020
Travel Vendor: Odysseys

A land of archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures awaits your small group on this engaging 11-day tour. The Peruvian discovery begins with Lima’s colonial and modern highlights. See several of Cuzco’s important sacred sites and experience Incan ruins and indigenous villages in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Enjoy two guided tours of astounding Machu Picchu, explore the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, and enjoy a home-hosted lunch in Cuzco. Travel through Peru’s scenic altiplano to spend a day at stunning Lake Titicaca. Discover wonders of the Amazon rainforest on an optional four-day/four-night post-tour extension.
From $4387

Borneo, Malaysia: Treasures, Traditions & Nature’s Bounty
July 31 – August 9, 2020
Travel Vendor: Classic Escapes

Discover the rainforests, wildlife and culture of the incredible land of Borneo, Malaysia. In Sabah, trek through the tropical rainforests in search of a paradise filled with gibbons and hornbills, some of the world’s largest butterflies and the endangered orangutan. In Sepilok and Danum Valley, learn about the conservation efforts being made to protect the rainforests and all the creatures, big and small, inhabiting them. In Sukau, search for pygmy elephants, wild orangutans and endemic proboscis monkeys. Your tour will include sanctuary sites for Bornean sun bears, the endemic proboscis monkeys, and of course the orangutan. Along the way, you’ll meet the warm and engaging people of Malaysia and learn about their different customs.
From $8695
 Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps and Italian Lakes

July 29–August 7, 2020 SOLD OUT


Alternate Date: August 26-September 4, 2020 SOLD OUT 

Alternate Date: October 18-27, 2020 

Travel Vendor: AHI

From the high alpine splendor of St. Moritz, Switzerland, to the Italian Lakes of Lombardy, discover two beautiful and culturally distinct countries on an eight-night journey. Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities, and outdoor enthusiasts, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and view dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano. Cruise to the quaint villages of Bellagio and Como and see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Milan. Stroll through palace gardens in the Borromean Islands and learn cooking secrets at a family-owned restaurant.
From $3,695
Apulia: Undiscovered Italy
September 30-October 8, 2020
Travel Vendor: AHI

Experience leisure in Italy’s Apulia region, where Mediterranean meals are savored slowly amidst olive groves, ancient seaports, and timeless villages. Spend seven nights in seaside Polignano a Mare, enjoying the unique character that defines Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Marvel at trulli—conical-roofed limestone homes built without mortar—in Alberobello, ancient cave dwellings in Matera, the white hill town of Ostuni, and the baroque city of Lecce. Contrast the seaside lifestyle of Bari and Trani with inland life at a winery and a family-owned olive mill.   Enjoy ample free time to stroll romantic cobblestone alleys, drink in views of a brilliant blue sea, and revel in a slower pace. No single supplement!
Sorrento: The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
September 30–October 8, 2020

Travel Vendor: AHI

SPECIAL OFFER! Book by 4/28/2020 and save  $500 per couple!

Treat yourself to the scenic splendor of Italy’s Amalfi Coast on a seven-night adventure based in cliff-side Sorrento, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Stroll flower-filled alleyways in the vertical village of Positano and enjoy a cruise to the lovely town of Amalfi. Tour Herculaneum and Pompeii, frozen in time by the ash and mudflows from Mount Vesuvius. See Paestum’s Greek ruins and explore the medieval streets, majestic churches, and National Archaeological Museum of Old Naples. Relish the region’s culinary heritage with authentic Neapolitan pizza, gelato, and local olive oils and cheeses.
Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park
October 11-15, 2020
Travel Vendor: Lindblad Expeditions

Get away for a revitalizing experience of wildness and wellness. Travel aboard the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD, your floating base camp, and sail to the Channel Islands. Explore three of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park, plus beautiful Catalina Island. Kayak and hike and revel in pure nature. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul with Exhale’s award-winning well-being programs.

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