For more information about travel contact:

Jim Bob Horn
Alabama Alumni Association
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
E-mail: jrhorn@alumni.ua.edu
Phone: (205) 348-1552
Fax: (205) 348-1737

 

 

Trips

March 2017

Barcelona Immersion

Dates: March 4 - March 12, 2017
Price: $2,495
Operator: AHI
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Sophisticated Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The city’s unique creative spirit has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more. Settle in and begin to explore with a small group of fellow travelers. Discover the Barri Gòtic, the city’s medieval quarter, and marvel at the whimsical genius of architect Anton Gaudí at the Sagrada Familía basilica. Stroll along La Rambla, the charming pedestrian boulevard. Explore the monastery of Montserrat and sample the Penedès region’s renowned cava wine. Tour El Born district and revel in the colorful displays at one of the city’s lively food markets. View the impressive collection of artwork at the Picasso Museum. This innovative program includes a personal Metro Pass, fascinating excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner. First-class accommodations are reserved, and there is plenty of free time to pursue your own interests.


Great Trains and Grand Canyons

Dates: March 12 - March 17, 2017
Price: $2,675
Operator: Premier
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Egypt and the Eternal Nile

Dates: March 13 - March 27, 2017
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Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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Guided by an expert Egyptologist, this small group journey delves into ancient Egypt and its treasures. Your 15-day immersion begins in Cairo with the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, and the open-air museum at Memphis. Relax during a deluxe 4-night cruise on Lake Nasser, where the country’s Nubian history unfolds.  Explore the Abu Simbel temples and Aswan’s Temples at Kalabsha. Then enjoy a 3-night Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Tour the Aswan High Dam, which created Lake Nasser. Explore Luxor, whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Return to Cairo where visits include Coptic churches and leisure time to enjoy this ancient land.


Portrait of Italy

Dates: March 18 - April 03, 2017
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Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely 17-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. Begin in stunning seaside Amalfi and visit the ruins at Pompeii. Continue to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, journey through Tuscany touring Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, and enjoy a local wine tasting before concluding in wondrous Venice. Enjoy more time in this wondrous city on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.


April 2017

Cuban Discovery

Dates: April 1 - April 09, 2017
Price: $3,299
Operator: Go Next
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Cuba’s turbulent economic and political past and vibrant, culturally rich present unfold on this enriching journey developed for the NAA. This exclusive travel opportunity is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., a qualified people-to-people sponsoring organization allowed to conduct educational exchanges in Cuba. Specially designed to showcase the island’s authentic spirit, this nine-day adventure goes beyond the tourist surface to reveal the rich culture, compelling history, and architectural majesty of a long-forbidden island on the verge of great change. With an intimate group of up to 25 travelers, you will engage with the country’s true heart and soul: the diverse, inspiring people who call it home. During your visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara, you will connect with Cuban citizens from all walks of life, including artists, students, and entrepreneurs, to discover the realities of one of the world’s most fascinating nations.


Timeless Treasures (Greek Isles)

Dates: April 28 - May 06, 2017
Price: $2,799
Operator: Go Next
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From the color-splashed coastal towns of Italy to the idyllic clifftop villages of the Greek isles, celebrate timeless treasures and beautiful scenery on this adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Depart Athens for Santorini, the jewel of the Cyclades, renowned for its postcard-worthy vistas of whitewashed houses perched above glittering seas. Explore Crete’s Minoan palaces and windmill-dotted landscapes. Then take in the gilded splendors of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Head ashore at Messina, a lovely Sicilian town that beckons with a vibrant piazza and 12th-century cathedral, or perhaps travel to nearby Taormina, which boasts a famous Greek theater and stunning views of Mount Etna. Before your seven-night odyssey concludes in Rome, unwind in Sorrento, a delightful seaside resort with fragrant lemon groves and shop-lined lanes, or visit Capri, where breathtaking seascapes and quaint villages await.


May 2017

Kentucky Derby

Dates: May 3 - May 07, 2017
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Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel
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Delight in the horse capital of the world with an exclusive Kentucky Derby experience in Lexington. Enjoy downtown accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Lexington while exploring what makes the Run for the Roses a truly special event including Dawn at the Downs, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, working horse farm tours, Keeneland race track, and more! Sit front and center for all the excitement on Derby Day, take in the sights, grandeur (and hats!!) at Churchill Downs. This specialty tour offers an unforgettable way to experience “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”.

Single Occupancy: $3,329
Double Occupancy: $2,729/person


Expedition of Lewis and Clark

Dates: May 7 - May 15, 2017
Price: $2,899
Operator: Go Next
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From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest while cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, a modern vessel that exudes the charm and lavish features of a 19th-century riverboat. Begin with a stay in Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, and then cruise to Clarkston, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, delve into the unique pioneer history of The Dalles, and visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson. Savor the small-town gems of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, before your voyage concludes in the “City of Roses,” Portland.


Young Grad Classic Europe

Dates: May 8 - May 19, 2017
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Operator: AESU
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2017 Classic Europe Trip


European Collage

Dates: May 27 - June 24, 2017
Price: $3,199
Operator: Go Next

From the craggy cliffs and whitewashed villas of Ibiza and Corsica to the yacht-studded harbors and fashionable boutiques of St-Tropez and Monte Carlo, take in a collage of scenic and glamorous treasures on this European adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ beautifully appointed Riviera. Begin your voyage in Barcelona and sail to Ibiza, a holiday hotspot with glorious beaches and secluded bays. Stroll the ancient streets of Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, an island of lush pine forests and scenic gorges. Laze on sandy beaches at St-Tropez, the heart of the French Riviera, and see Monte Carlo’s lavishly furnished casino. Cruise to Italy’s west coast, where Portofino enchants all who visit with its café-lined waterfront and majestically perched Castello Brown fortress. Before concluding your journey in Rome, explore the world-class cities of Florence and Pisa, or admire the lush, soul-stirring landscapes of Tuscany.


June 2017

Canadian Rockies

Dates: June 9 - June 17, 2017
Price: $3,595
Operator: AHI
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Stand in awe at sweeping mountain vistas on this active journey through the Canadian Rockies. In Kananaskis begin exploring with a visit to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Boundary Ranch. Navigate the Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer, enjoy unbeatable panoramas during a cruise on beautiful Maligne Lake, and board the Jasper Skytram for a breathtaking “flight” over a spectacular alpine vista. Embark on a scenic journey down the Athabasca River, and delight in dancing stars at Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. View the powerful Athabasca Falls and glacier-fed Peyto Lake during the drive to Banff. Discover Banff’s Bow River Valley and its picturesque highlights. See the ethereal beauty of Moraine Lake and cross Lake Louise’s emerald waters on a native-style canoe. At Chateau Lake Louise, take time to share your adventures over a delectable Afternoon Tea. Local guides provide fascinating insight during included excursions. This small-group journey features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan that includes wine with dinner.


Alumni Campus Abroad Normandy

Dates: June 26 - July 04, 2017
Price: $3,595
Operator: AHI

Today, Normandy is a peaceful place where life is enjoyed with joie de vivre, but just 70 years ago it was the site of the pivotal World War II battle against the Nazis. Settle in the charming town of Honfleur, and delve into Norman history and culture. Take an emotional journey to Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and the inspiring Peace Memorial. Normandy’s military past began much earlier than 1944; in Bayeux, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered history of the Battle of Hastings. Journey to Mont Saint-Michel, the breathtaking fortress monastery guarded by the ebb and flow of the tide, and taste Calvados, the local cider brandy, and other renowned food and drink of the region. Local guides and expert speakers provide insight during excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program features engaging excursions, an educational program and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers.


July 2017

Ireland

Dates: July 2 - July 14, 2017
Price:
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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Enchanting Ireland

Dates: July 2 - July 14, 2017
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Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Begin your 13-day trip in Dublin; tour the beautiful capital, including visits to Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Travel to Galway and stop for tea at Tyrrellpass Castle before continuing on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise. Cruise to the Aran Islands, and travel by boat to Muckross House where the Kerry Folklife Centre showcases the crafts of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. Experience the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Visit the small town of Blarney and see the both the ruins of the 15th-century castle and the Blarney Stone, then continue on to the Rock of Cashel. Conclude your journey in Kilkenny with a tour of the castle, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, and a visit to the National Stud Farm on the way back to Dublin.  Explore the rugged beauty of Northern Ireland including a visit to the lively capital of Belfast on an optional post-tour extension.


Cruise the Rhine River

Dates: July 3 - July 11, 2017
Price: $2,795
Operator: 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.


National Parks

Dates: July 19 - July 28, 2017
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Operator: Orbridge
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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!


Alaska

Dates: July 28 - August 07, 2017
Price:
Operator: Go Next
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Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Alaska, with its sparkling glaciers and pristine forests, on this adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Regatta. From Seattle, journey north to the picturesque Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Skagway, and Sitka, marvel at the magnificent Hubbard Glacier, and explore lovely Victoria, British Columbia. July 28 – August 7, 2017 Regatta


August 2017

Iceland Circumnavigation

Dates: August 1 - August 09, 2017
Price: $5,995
Operator: Gohagan
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Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland—one of the world’s most enchanting yet rarely visited destinations—on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this extraordinary Nordic island nation. Aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, ice-class
m.s. Le Soléal, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms with distinctive French sophistication, cruise into ports, bays, and inlets that are inaccessible to larger vessels; look for rare migratory birds and whales; watch as landscapes of ancient Viking ruins, glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes, rugged coastline and pristine beauty unfold around you; and enjoy informative educational lectures on the geology and natural wonders of Iceland. Visit Grimsey Island, located directly on the Arctic Circle and cruise past Surtsey, Earth’s youngest island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Expert naturalist guides will enhance your experience with their knowledge of the unique natural environment and culture of Iceland, where night and day meld under the midnight sun. A Reykjavik Pre-Cruise Option is available.


Regal Routes of Northern Europe

Dates: August 12 - August 23, 2017
Price: $4,299
Operator: Go Next
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Embark on an odyssey to northern Europe, where beautiful medieval buildings reflect upon tranquil canals, fairy-tale turrets rise above marvelous cities, and quaint cobbled lanes lead to ornate cathedrals. Depart Southampton for Le Havre, a gateway to the iconic sights of Paris. Delight in the fairy-tale atmosphere of Bruges, see Antwerp’s richly decorated guild houses, and take in Amsterdam’s world-class museums. Discover Bremerhaven’s rich maritime history, or experience Hamburg’s UNESCO-listed warehouse district. Stroll past wooden houses in Kristiansand’s old quarter, and admire the towering Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Before your voyage concludes in Copenhagen, explore the charming boutiques of Gothenburg.


Alumni Campus Abroad Scotland

Dates: August 15 - August 23, 2017
Price: $3,295
Operator: AHI

Scotland is a land of epic history, literary legends and heroic men who fought fiercely for the freedom they cherished. Scotland’s legendary landscape sets the stage for romantic adventure. Settle in Glasgow and begin exploring with a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcasing an eclectic collection of paintings and artifacts. Visit Luss and Loch Lomond in the heart of The Trossachs and travel to St. Andrews, to visit the Castle, Cathedral and the famous Old Course. While in Perth, visit Scone Palace, and in nearby Crieff, visit the Glenturret distillery for a tour and a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky. On the drive to Edinburgh see the Forth Bridge, a unique World Heritage Site. Explore the historic highlights of Edinburgh and attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular performance by military regimental bands from throughout Britain. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, enrichment programs and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.


Majestic Great Lakes

Dates: August 20 - August 29, 2017
Price:
Operator: Go Next
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September 2017

Jewels of Vietnam and Cambodia

Dates: September 19 - October 04, 2017
Price: $4995
Operator: 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.


Around the World by Private Jet

Dates: September 27 - October 20, 2017
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Operator: TCS & Starquest
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Village Life in the Languedoc

Dates: September 30 - October 08, 2017
Price: $3,495
Operator: Gohagan
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Experience the “Real South of France” during this one-of-a-kind nine-day itinerary in the beautiful and historic Languedoc-Roussillon region of unspoiled landscapes, traditional French villages, lofty Cathar fortresses and legends of the Holy Grail. Stay in the enchanting 16th-century Château des Ducs de Joyeuse, a classified historical monument in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the medieval Cité de Carcassonne and see Peyrepertuse—the extraordinary ruins of a medieval fortress—one of the “Five Sons of Carcassonne.” Discover the seldom-visited département of Aude, abundant with quaint villages, lush olive groves and ample vineyards, where medieval monks first produced crisp Blanquette, a sparkling wine that predates Champagne. Cruise the breathtaking Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site linking the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and marvel at the natural wonders of the Corbières region, the Pyrénées Mountains and the Gorges of Galamus. Enjoy the exclusive Village Forum® with local residents who will share thoughtful insights into their daily lives in the south of France. Toulouse Pre-Program and Albi Post-Program Options are available.


October 2017

Mediterranean Radiance

Dates: October 7 - October 17, 2017
Price: $3,299
Operator: Go Next
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From glorious cathedrals to sparkling seascapes and sun-kissed beaches, encounter the Mediterranean’s radiant beauty on this odyssey aboard Oceania Cruises’ chic Riviera. Depart Rome for Livorno, a jumping-off point to admire the magnificent architecture of legendary Florence, Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. Experience one of the most photogenic fishing villages on the Italian Riviera, Portofino, where the majestically perched Castello Brown fortress affords splendid views, and laze on sandy beaches at St-Tropez, the heart of the French Riviera. Take in rich Catalan culture and splendid beaches at Palamós, located on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava. Witness Gaudí’s imaginative masterpieces in Barcelona, see Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, and stroll along Mahón lovely waterfront. Before your journey concludes in Monte Carlo, browse Marseille’s lively markets, or explore the fairy-tale landscapes and hilltop towns of Provence.


November 2017

Thanksgiving in NYC

Dates: November 23 - November 27, 2017
Price:
Operator: Beyond Group Travel

Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the holiday season in New York City and we will have an exclusive elevated indoor view overlooking New York’s most famous event, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This four-night program will include many of the must-sees of New York City balanced with free time to explore all that the city has to offer. Features will include a welcome cocktail reception, accommodations at a New York Manhattan hotel, tickets to a Broadway show and Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Thanksgiving Day Dinner in a private room at a top New York restaurant, and an opportunity to join our local alumni chapter for the Iron Bowl.