For more information about travel contact:

Jamie Burke
Alabama Alumni Association
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
E-mail: jburke@alumni.ua.edu
Phone: (205) 348-1550
Fax: (205) 348-1737

Trips

November 2017

Thanksgiving in NYC

Dates: November 22 - November 26, 2017
Price:
Operator: Beyond Group Travel
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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.


February 2018

Sparkling South Pacific

Dates: February 3 - February 13, 2018
Price: $4,299 per person
Operator: Go Next
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Embark on your cruise in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and shimmering waterfalls. Continue to Mooréa, with its verdant mountains, then to the gorgeous island of Fakarava, home to extremely rare birds. Marine life is abundant in Rangiroa’s expansive lagoon and in Bora-Bora’s sparkling turquoise waters. Raiatea is dotted with vanilla plantations and is rich with fascinating history and mythology, while serene Huahine, the last stop before your return to Papeete, has beautiful white-sand beaches.

Highlights:

Take in Papeete’s waterfalls, view stunning landscapes in Mooréa, listen to Fakarava’s rare birds, witness one of the world’s largest lagoons in Rangiroa, gaze upon Bora-Bora’s sparkling waters, learn about Raiatea’s fascinating history, and explore the connected islands that make up Huahine.

*Date, price, and itinerary are subject to change.


Panama Canal & Costa Rica

Dates: February 3 - February 11, 2018
Price: $4,995
Operator: Gohagan
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Join for this spectacular nine-day journey through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal to the Costa Rican rainforest. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite m.v. Star Breeze. Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal. Visit Panama’s San Blas Islands and tour Panama City. Call at rarely-visited Cebaco Island. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s National Parks and wildlife refuges and pristine waters home to diverse marine life. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders. Dynamic Panama Pre-Program and Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes Post-Program Options.


March 2018

California Rail Discovery

Dates: March 7 - March 15, 2018
Price: $2,450 plus air
Operator: Premier
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April 2018

Reims, France

Dates: April 17 - April 25, 2018
Price: $2,995
Operator: AHI
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Discover the essence of France’s Champagne country and explore the history, culture and joie de vivre of this magnificent region. Sip Champagne, stroll through picturesque towns and more during your seven-night stay in Reims. Experience a program crafted to offer a balance of planned activities and time to follow your own path


River Life Along the Dutch Waterways

Dates: April 25 - May 03, 2018
Price: $2995
Operator: Gohagan
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Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship m.s. Amadeus Brilliant when the picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum® for a personal perspective of daily life and cultural heritage in the Low Countries.
Expert-led excursions include the historic canals of Amsterdam, storybook Bruges, the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, Hoorn, Maastricht and Antwerp. The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Pre-Cruise Option and Amsterdam Post-Cruise Option are offered. This comprehensive itinerary is continually praised as the ideal Dutch and Flemish experience.


May 2018

Timeless Beauties

Dates: May 2 - May 10, 2018
Price: $2,499
Operator: Go Next
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The Riviera welcomes you into the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle on this luxury cruise through Southern Europe. Renaissance masterpieces, glamorous resorts, and ancient monuments await you as you sail from pristine Spain through to the breathtaking Italian Riviera.


Kentucky Derby

Dates: May 2 - May 06, 2018
Price: $2,889
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”.


Classic Europe Graduation Trip for UA Class of 2018

Dates: May 8 - May 18, 2018
Price: $2,845
Operator: AESU
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From the royal pageantry of London to the high style of Paris and the famous fountains of Rome, we invite the UA class of 2018 to explore in these stunning world capitals. Discover ancient Pompeii and the archeological treasures of fabled Athens. Soak up the sunshine on the glamorous French Riviera and picturesque Greek isles. Europe’s most famous cities and fabulous beaches provide the setting for this amazing journey that educates and celebrates.


Inland Sea of Japan

Dates: May 8 - May 18, 2018
Price: $5,995
Operator: Gohagan
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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 two nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. L’Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, enjoy port calls at captivating points of interest, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites. From enchanting Kyoto to storied Hiroshima, to Miyajima and the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju, South Korea, relish in the awe-inspiring beauty of these historic ports of Japan and South Korea. Tokyo Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.


Cruise the Heart of Europe

Dates: May 9 - May 24, 2018
Price: $6545
Operator: AHI
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Cruise through the heartland of Europe on a journey that showcases the vibrant cities and charming riverside towns of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Unpack once and relax as your ship takes you to unforgettable places. Free economy air is included from select gateway cities, and there is no single supplement for solo travelers.


Springtime in Provence

Dates: May 9 - May 17, 2018
Price: $,3795
Operator: Gohagan
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Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in world-famous Provence and in the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions during the best time of year. Cruise from Provençal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rivers Rhône and Saône aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Provence, launching in 2017. Dock in the heart of each port and visit the Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon, the Roman city of Orange and the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune. Enjoy an excursion to Beaujolais for a private wine tasting. Palette of Provence Pre-Program Option and Geneva and the French Alps Post-Program Option.


June 2018

Young Alumni Euro Explorer: Amsterdam& London

Dates: June 2 - June 08, 2018
Price: $1,595
Operator: AESU
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From the winding canals, quaint streetscapes and world-class museums of Amsterdam to the majestic Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and River Thames in London, discover these two amazing cities in a unique way. By competing in fun, high-tech GPS scavenger hunts that take you and your group off the beaten path, you will learn fascinating historical facts and visit interesting landmarks. Customize your journey with optional experiences such as a bike ride in the Dutch countryside.  Harry Potter fans may consider a tour of the studio where the movie magic began. Secrets will be revealed. Join the adventure!


Romantic Rhine & Moselle

Dates: June 12 - June 27, 2018
Price: $6499
Operator: Go Next
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On this luxury cruise up the Rhine, you’ll have the opportunity to not only marvel at fairy-tale landscapes, but also experience a unique and sublime classical concert in the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, tour the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track, explore the magnificent Rhine Gorge, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.


Gaelic Exploration

Dates: June 17 - June 28, 2018
Price: $4,799
Operator: Go Next
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Immerse yourself in Gaelic tradition as you sail through the Emerald Isles. Start your journey in Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital of Dublin where you’ll embark on the Nautica and head back in time to Viking-founded Waterford, the oldest city on the island. Admire nature’s bounty in the delightful fishing town of Cobh and the mountainous Glengarriff. Gaelic heritage comes to life in Galway at An Taibhdhearc—the national Irish language theater of Ireland—and historic Londonderry, the only completely walled city remaining in the British Isles. In Belfast, birthplace of the Titanic, discover an industrial city polished into a beautiful Northern Irish destination; and embrace Viking history at the Manx Museum in Douglas. From the beaches to The Beatles, Liverpool delights with a combination of modern attractions and classic British heritage. Finally, hike the magnificent Welsh countryside from your port in Holyhead before disembarking the Nautica back in Dublin.


The American West

Dates: June 20 - June 29, 2018
Price: $3,795
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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The American West’s diverse heritage and natural splendor spring to life on this inspiring 10-day small group tour with cowboys and ranches, the Badlands and Buffalo Bill.  From the monumental – Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse – to the majestic – Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons –see America at her most beautiful.


July 2018

Breathtaking Bordeaux

Dates: July 16 - July 24, 2018
Price: $3,899
Operator: Go Next
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, which together have shaped the scenery and culture of the Bordeaux region of France.

In addition to the world-class wines made possible by Bordeaux’s perfect combination of climate and soil, the region has built a rich tapestry of culture and tradition from Gothic churches to opulent châteaus and medieval villages, all thanks to these magnificent waterways.

Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Diamond. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unique and unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included, there is no better way to experience the Bordeaux region and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lie inside.


Glacial Adventures of Alaska

Dates: July 23 - August 02, 2018
Price: $3,649
Operator: Go Next
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Explore the astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise up and down the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and sail up the Inside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Your first stop is Ketchikan, once proclaimed the Salmon Capital of the World, on your way to Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. From authentic totems to upscale shopping, Juneau is a picturesque blend of the historical and the contemporary. Catch Gold Fever in Skagway, gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah and Sitka. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria, Western Canada’s oldest city, before disembarking the Regatta back in Seattle.


Imperial Splendors of Russia

Dates: July 30 - August 08, 2018
Price: $3,495
Operator: AHI
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Explore Russia’s magnetic grandeur on this riveting eight-night journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Today, these celebrated cities offer an intriguing interplay of dramatic history, artistic treasures, and trendy restaurants, shops and nightlife. In Moscow’s Red Square, admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and head underground to see the ornately decorated Metro stations. Inside the Kremlin, marvel at imperial riches, including Fabergé eggs and priceless jewelry. Then glide on a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, filled with enchanting canals and palaces. Be dazzled by Peter the Great’s sumptuous estate, and go backstage at the Mariinsky Theater, where ballet legends electrified audiences. Enjoy early access to the State Hermitage Museum’s spectacular art collection. At a country house, celebrate folk traditions with regional dishes and live entertainment. This engaging program features first-class hotels, city tours and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. Delight in the ambience of small-group travel, a dedicated Travel Director and lectures on Russian culture and history.


August 2018

Young Alumni Iceland Expedition

Dates: August 1 - August 05, 2018
Price: $998
Operator: AESU
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Iceland’s unspoiled landscapes are shaped by the forces of nature and vary from deep fjords to vast volcanic deserts. With its stunning coastlines, black sand beaches, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and staggering waterfalls, the range of natural treasures make Iceland a highly unique and memorable destination.  The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are among the most spectacular phenomena on earth – and Iceland is the perfect place to see them. The trip is not complete without a dip in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Although nature abounds everywhere, the city of Reykjavík has gained a reputation for legendary nightlife being one of the hottest (or coolest) places to party in the world today!


Majestic Great Lakes

Dates: August 14 - August 23, 2018
Price: $5,999
Operator: Go Next
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Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Embarking in the cultural hub of Chicago, you’ll leave the Windy City and cruise scenic Lake Michigan on your way to the idyllic Victorian atmosphere of Mackinac Island. Traverse the legendary Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, the Midwest’s oldest city; sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay; and explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island. Celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Cap off your cruise by experiencing the immensity and grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel before disembarking in Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.


Baltic Sea & Scandinavia

Dates: August 18 - August 29, 2018
Price: $3,799
Operator: Go Next
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Discover the unique personality of Northern Europe as you set sail across the Baltic Sea. Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Marina in Stockholm, Sweden’s island city often called “Beauty on Water.” Leave for the Lithuanian capital of Tallinn, a fairy-tale city of Gothic churches and half-hidden courtyards; before your two-night stay in Russia’s window to the West, St. Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great and boasting European sophistication with an imperial flair; whimsical golden spires, pastel-colored palaces and onion domes complement this magical metropolis’s vast network of canals and arched bridges. Head ashore in Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens; before crossing the Baltic Sea, where Klaipeda’s Smiltyne beach and the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga await you. Take in the sights of Berlin, Germany’s culture-rich capital; explore the delightful former fishing village of Warnemünde; and finally disembark the Marina in Copenhagen, the friendly Danish capital where the legendary Little Mermaid greets visitors to its shores.


September 2018

Australia & New Zealand

Dates: September 1 - September 22, 2018
Price: $8,684
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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Your remarkable 22-day small group journey to the Lands Down Under begins in Cairns.  Ride the historic railway to Kuranda then descend via the Skyrail gondolas.  Board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.  In Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture.  Watch the sun set over fabled Ayers Rock.  Travel to Sydney where you tour the iconic Opera House; board a catamaran for a Sydney Harbour cruise; and enjoy ample leisure time.  Tour Featherdale Wildlife Park, where koalas roam free.  Fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park, then you take a cruise through Milford Sound’s breathtaking fjords.  Visit geothermal Rotorua and experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner.  Celebrate your journey’s end in Auckland.  Enjoy more time in the “City of Sails” at your own pace on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension


Pearls of Italy

Dates: September 20 - October 01, 2018
Price: $4,595
Operator: AHI
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Italy is a brilliant showcase of natural beauty, magnificent art, and a culture that’s had a profound influence on the western world. This journey highlights the best of Italy, as you travel by train to explore four diverse regions. Discover the Italian Lakes in the north. Cruise Lake Maggiore, and travel to Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Continue to Venice to tour the Piazza San Marco and other historic highlights. Head south to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, en route to Colle di Val d’Elsa. Venture to Chianti to sample its renowned wine. Then, as they say, all roads lead to Rome. Your remarkable journey concludes in the Eternal City. Historic highlights come to life as local guides offer fascinating narrative as you walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Enjoy a small group of curious fellow travelers, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.


October 2018

Passage along the Blue Danube

Dates: October 13 - October 25, 2018
Price: $4,895
Operator: Gohagan
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This custom-designed, 13-day travel program features seven unique countries, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III, from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea through a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside, from ancient Romania and Serbia and Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates. Spend two nights in elegant Bucharest and visit legendary Transylvania. Vienna Pre-Program Option.


Glorious Greece

Dates: October 13 - October 24, 2018
Price: $2,999
Operator: Go Next
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Classic mythology, glistening oceans, and ancient cities await you on this luxurious tour of Greece. Embark on the Riviera in Athens, the Cradle of Democracy; and set off to Gythion, the port city of Sparta. Play around in Katakonos, a quiet seaside town where you can head inland to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Enjoy astounding views of Mount Etna in Taormina and explore Valetta, Europe’s smallest capital, before cruising the Mediterranean to the island of Crete and Heraklion’s astounding ruins. Soak in the ever-present sunshine of Rhodes, and lounge on the fabulous black sand beaches of Santorini that epitomize Grecian beauty. You’ll hear the sounds of over 300 churches’ bells echo over the otherwise-tranquil island of Patmos, where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, before you complete your voyage of Greece back in Athens.


Cuban Tropical Rhythms

Dates: October 26 - November 05, 2018
Price: $2,599
Operator: Go Next
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Open the door to Cuba and the Caribbean on this week-long luxury cruise. Embark aboard the Sirena in Miami, an international city built on the foundation of Cuban immigration; and make your way to Great Stirrup Cay—a vision of Bahamian paradise—before visiting the Southeastern cultural hub of Santiago de Cuba; home to Desi Arnaz, Bacardi Rum, and the Battle of San Juan Hill. Sail the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea to the astounding bayside city of Cienfuegos, a former French settlement which remains a paragon of 19th-century urban planning. Your last stop on the island is Havana, where you’ll go beyond the tourist destinations with our unparalleled Go Next Exclusive Excursions. Finally, wave goodbye to Cuba and cruise to Cozumel, the Mexican destination that draws visitors to its extraordinary reefs, ancient Mayan ruins, and expansive beaches, before returning to Miami.


December 2018

Holiday Markets

Dates: December 4 - December 12, 2018
Price: $1,995
Operator: AHI
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Delight in the magical merriment of Germany’s holiday markets on a seven-night cruise that celebrates enduring festive traditions. During Advent, villages of wooden kiosks festooned with pine branches, red ribbons and cheerful lights spring up in town squares along the Rhine and Main Rivers. Linger in these fanciful Christkindlmarkts, as you savor the tantalizing aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread. Aboard your first-class ship, relax on deck as the stunning scenery unfolds around you, vistas of clifftop castles, charming villages and rolling hills. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge, and gaze upward at the soaring spires of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. Admire the quaint timbered architecture of medieval gems Miltenberg and Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Walk through the stately halls of Würzburg’s palace, and explore beautiful Koblenz. While in Cologne, Bamberg and Nuremberg, select from a choice of intriguing excursions. Enjoy insightful lectures and ample onboard meals, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.