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Alumni Association Travel Program

What’s so special about traveling with the Alumni Association? Just about everything! To begin with, we review all itineraries and select trips that meet our objective of learning through travel. We partner with the world’s leading affinity travel organizations: companies with decades of experience in planning travel programs whose quality is far beyond the ordinary “group tour.”  Whether or not you have traveled with us in the past, we look forward to having you join us on one of our upcoming programs.

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The Washington University Alumni Association Travel Committee Members

John Fox Arnold
Kent Hirschfelder, AB’67 MBA’70
Thomas Lancaster, PhD '83
Gail Lewin, JD '76
Michael Long, AB '60, JD '62

Tom Lowther, JD '62, MA '99*
Molly McConnell, AB '66
Tom McConnell, AB '66
Sandy Rothschild, AB '67 MBA '71
Ann Ruwitch
Joseph Sheehan, BS '02 MS '06

    2017 Destinations


    2017 Destinations


    Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez


    April 22-29, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Lindblad

    A rare and incredible gathering occurs in spring in the upper Sea of Cortez. Pods of dolphins form aggregations of thousands of individuals. An incredible variety of whale species come here, as well as huge schools of mobula rays. Join us, as we seek out encounters with these diverse marine tribes, relying on our 35+ years of documenting the undersea shelves and channels where they can reliably be found feeding. In addition, we’ll hike islands where the shores teem with a cacophony of seabirds, and kayak into quiet grottos with unearthly echoes. See scores of blue-footed boobies and pelicans. Plus, we’ll stroll the streets of Santa Rosalia, an historic mining town. We’ll also enjoy a beach barbecue, where the campfire’s sparks drift towards the stars, and bask in the splendid solitude of Baja.

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    Jewels of Vietnam & Cambodia


    April 27 - May 10, 2017
    Travel Vendor: AHI

    Once a part of French Indochina, Vietnam and Cambodia showcase centuries of history and a fascinating blend of European and Asian cultures. Explore Saigon, Vietnam, with visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office and former U.S. Embassy, and in Siem Reap, Cambodian, discover the ruins of the Angkor temples. A special highlight of this journey is a Mekong River cruise aboard the exclusively chartered Mekong Navigator. Visit rural towns and villages, as well as Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. Visit the Royal Palace, and take a look at Cambodia’s troubled past. Take sampan rides to see floating communities and fish farms. During fascinating included excursions, expert local guides will offer context and colorful narratives. While cruising, enjoy luxurious river-view suites and all meals onboard ship plus wine with dinner. Enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Saigon and Siem Reap.

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    Alumni Campus Abroad: Tuscany


    May 16 - 24, 2017
    Travel Vendor: AHI

    Bursting with charming villages, ancient olive groves, bountiful vineyards and remarkable natural beauty, Tuscany’s sun-warmed hills have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. After settling in Cortona, delve into ancient Etruscan civilization on a village walking tour before indulging your senses during an excursion through the sun-dappled countryside and a local winery. Visit Montepulciano and discover its Renaissance palaces and unique churches. Travel to Siena and admire the Gaia Fountain, Mangia Tower and the sprawling Piazza del Campo. Marvel at the splendor of Florence’s urban masterpieces as you see the iconic Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Broaden your insight of the region while visiting the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, fascinating excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner.


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    Portrait of Italy


    May 23 - June 8, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Odysseys Unlimited

    From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group, only 24 guests, as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside. Begin your 17-day journey in Amalfi, where you stay for three nights. Touring here includes a cruise from the hotel to Amalfi Center, a visit to the ruins at Pompeii, and a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast. Continue to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy. Attend a cooking demonstration in Orvieto and explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. Visit Assisi, burial place of St. Francis, and stroll through the fountain-splashed piazzas. Journey through Tuscany, touring walled Siena, Renaissance Florence, and the classic Tuscan town of San Gimignano, and enjoy a local wine tasting. Conclude in timeless Venice taking a guided walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings.

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    National Parks & Lodges of the Old West


    June 12 - 21, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Orbridge

    Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature's beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West!

    From $3,995

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    Provincial French Countryside


    June 12 - 26, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Odysseys Unlimited

    Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and in a unique style in a small group limited to just 24 guests. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey features Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy. Begin your 15-day tour in Toulouse discovering medieval Carcassonne and the market town of Albi, with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Stay in charming Sarlat to explore the remote Dordogne, including a visit to the famous caves at Lascaux II and a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Dordogne River. Take a guided walking tour in the cliffside village of Rocamadour, and tour the Loire Valley’s impressive Chateau de Chenonceau. Travel to Crepon, visiting dramatic Mont-St-Michel along the way. Visit the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux and Caen’s Memorial Museum devoted to “history for peace.” Tour Normandy’s D-Day Landing Beaches including Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach, Ste-Mere-Eglise, and the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Walk amid the gardens of artist Claude Monet in Giverny, and see the familiar lily pond and Japanese footbridge of his paintings. Conclude your journey in the “City of Lights” Paris enjoying the highlights of this world renowned capital.

    From $5,496

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    Cruise the Rhine


    June 26 -July 4, 2017
    Travel Vendor: AHI

    Share your love of travel with the children in your life and cruise through the heartland of Europe on a journey designed with families in mind. Settle in onboard the elegant, new Amadeus Silver III and enjoy a choice of excursions and activities that showcase the highlights of Holland, Germany and France. In Amsterdam, explore charming canals and sail by historic sites like the Anne Frank House. Marvel at the famed Gothic cathedral in Cologne, sail through the Rhine Gorge and see fairytale castles overlooking the river. Visit lovely river towns and explore Strasbourg, France. Expert guides and lecturers provide fascinating narrative during shore excursions and educational programs. This family program is open to passengers ages 7-years-old and up, traveling with an adult, and features onboard children’s activities coordinated by an energetic Youth Director. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations, including some cabins with connecting doors; an extensive meal plan; and wine with lunch and dinner for the adults.

    From $2,795

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    Baltic: London to Stockholm


    August 3- 18, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Go Next

    From the golden domed churches of St. Petersburg to the fairy-tale towers of Tallinn and the colorful harbor of Copenhagen, experience Baltic, Scandinavian, and Russian treasures on this 14-night cruise aboard Nautica, Oceania Cruises’ intimate masterpiece. Depart London for Bruges, an enchanting city graced with gabled buildings and arched stone bridges. Take in Rotterdam’s cutting-edge art galleries, explore Aalborg’s waterfront promenade, and admire Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens. See the extraordinary Kungsholm Fortress offshore from Karlskrona; stroll past stately buildings in Klaipeda, a gateway to the pine groves and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit; and browse the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. Sail to Estonia to soak up Tallinn’s old-world charm, and spend almost three full days in St. Petersburg, a glittering metropolis crisscrossed by canals and dotted with candy-colored cathedrals. Before your adventure concludes in Stockholm, visit Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens.

    From $5,499

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    Alumni Campus Abroad: Swiss Alps & Italian Lakes


    September 8 - 17, 2017
    Travel Vendor: AHI

    The best of Swiss and Italian culture and heritage await you! Discover the best of both countries from two charming towns. From your Swiss base in St. Moritz, discover the delightful alpine village of Zuoz. Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery on the famed Bernina Express. With a cableway pass in hand, let your interests be your guide during your free time. Travel through the scenic Maloja Pass as you make your way to Stresa, which sits along Lake Maggiore and is your home in the lake district. Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Como, one of the many glacial lakes of the area. Visit Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and the La Scala Museum. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during engaging excursions and talks. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations in St. Moritz and Stresa and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.


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    Flavors of Northern Italy


    September 9 - 17, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Orbridge

    Join our small group for an intimate, nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes, and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques. Settle in to a beautiful, family-owned wine estate outside Verona within reach is a connoisseur’s pick of centuries-old wineries, artisan producers, and extraordinary historic sights. With each day highlighted by exclusive experiences, you’ll access authentic Italy, learn from local Italians, and most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends, and life.


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    Impressions of Northern Spain


    October 4- 13, 2017
    Travel Vendor: AHI

    Spain’s tantalizing northern region flaunts cosmopolitan cities, charming villages and mouth-watering cuisine. Discover Madrid, the vibrant heart of Spain, and the Basque region with its remarkably unique identity. Begin your adventure in Madrid and admire the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and the art nouveau and neoclassical architecture of the Gran Vía. Marvel at El Greco’s greatest masterpiece at the Church of Santo Tomé and visit the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca in Toledo. En route to Laguardia, see historic sites and Gothic architecture in Burgos. Awaken your palate at a Rioja vineyard, and explore ageless plazas and bodegas inside Laguardia’s walls. Tour the Guggenheim Museum’s cutting-edge art collections in Bilbao. Delight in scenic San Sebastián and see the Old Quarter, Town Hall and a neo-Gothic Cathedral. Local guides and experts provide compelling insight during fascinating excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features deluxe and first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.


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    Symphony on the Blue Danube


    October 10 - 21, 2017
    Travel Vendor: Gohagan

    Visit five countries and up to six UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the newly launched deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. The custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions featuring delightful Salzburg, magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava. Berlin Pre-Program and Budapest Post-Program Option are offered.

    From $5,595

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