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2019 Traveling with The Tide – Football Games

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association’s Traveling with the Tide program has launched its official Alabama Alumni Association Tour for Alabama football away game travel, powered by All Seasons Sports Travel. This year’s offerings include travel packages for Alabama’s season opener in Atlanta against Duke, Alabama versus South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and Alabama versus Texas A&M in College Station, TX.

“We are looking forward to another exciting football season and a great away game schedule,” said Amanda Laycock, Assistant Director of Affinity Programs. “The National Alumni Association is excited to offer high quality, convenient accommodations for all of our travelers. All Alabama alumni and fans are welcome to travel with us for an unforgettable game day experience.”

Packages for the Alabama versus Duke Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game start at $540 per person for double occupancy and include two-night hotel accommodations at the Embassy Suites Centennial. The Embassy Suites Centennial is walking distance to the Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Game day motor coach package from Birmingham, AL to Atlanta, GA is also available for purchase at $135 per person.

We will also travel to Columbia, SC for the South Carolina game.  This package starts at $499per person for double occupancy and includes two-night hotel accommodations at the Embassy Suites Columbia and round-trip motor coach transportation from Embassy Suites to stadium on game day. You will also receive admission to the Tailgating with the Tide Alumni Event.

The tour will end the regular season in College Station as Alabama takes on the Aggies. Packages for the Alabama versus the Aggies game start at $218 per person for double occupancy and include two-night hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Aggieland.

More information on the packages as well as purchasing can be found here.

Additional packages will be added if the Crimson Tide reaches post season play. Please feel free to contact Amanda Laycock by email at if you have any questions. We look forward to Traveling with the Tide!


New! Just for Young Alumni:

Iceland (Young Alumni) – June 2019
Costa Rica Eco Explorer (Young Alumni) – August 2019
New Year’s on Cloud 9 (Young Alumni) – December 2019
Classic Europe Graduation Tour (Young Grad) – May 2020
Egypt: Valley of the Kings (Young Alumni) – May 2020
Portugal Adventures: Castles & Coastlines (Young Alumni) – June 2020
Live in the Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland Airwaves (Young Alumni) – November 2020

For more information about travel contact:
Amanda Laycock
Alabama Alumni Association
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
Phone: (205) 348-1547
Fax: (205) 348-1737

2019 Traveling with the Tide – Domestic and International Travel

There is something special when you are learning about unique places and seeing what the world has to offer. We partner with wonderful tour operators around the world to offer UA alumni and friends the best experience in travel.

We hope that you are able to find the trip you have been waiting to take! Domestic and international travel in both land and cruise packages are available. Not only does Traveling with the Tide allow you to make lasting relationships, but it also lets you make wonderful memories! 


September 2019

Grand Danube Passage

A Gothic style church on a sunny day

Dates: September 29 - October 14, 2019
Price: $4,995 + Air
Operator: AHI

Travel through nine European countries to discover Old World capitals and charming villages along the mighty Danube River. Enjoy two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria, sail the Danube for nine nights and complete your adventure with three nights in Prague, Czech Republic. During this exciting journey, discover Roman ruins, castles, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fortresses—all part of the complex history of this region. Feast your eyes on gorgeous panoramas of Budapest illuminated at night, the lush Wachau Valley and the immense Iron Gate Gorge, and immerse yourself in authentic cultural experiences. In several ports, choose from a selection of included excursions, featuring culinary outings, cycling, art tours and more. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

Masterpiece Montage

A walkway lined with palm trees and an impressive building in the background

Dates: September 30 - October 11, 2019
Price: $2,899
Operator: Go Next

Discover enduring masterpieces of art and architecture, enthralling history, and unique natural attractions as you cruise along the Mediterranean coast. Embark Sirena in Civitavecchia, and sail to Livorno, a jumping- off point for adventures in the monument-rich cities of Florence and Pisa. Then, take in Corsica’s rugged countryside while you visit Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Next, explore La Spezia’s old town’s trattorias. Portofino, the following stop, is a fishing village that has pretty pastel-colored houses on the harbor. Next is Monte Carlo, an extravagant city surrounded by the renowned destinations of Nice, Èze, and Cannes. Toulon draws visitors with its ever-vibrant waterfront, while romantic canals, and historic architecture add to the magical atmosphere that makes up Sète. Finally, before ending the cruise in Barcelona, travel to the island of Mallorca de Palma and to Valencia.

October 2019

Egypt and The Eternal Nile

A pyramid and the Sphinx on a bright cloudless day

Dates: October 21 - November 04, 2019
Price: $,697
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity begins in storied Cairo. Visit the Egyptian Museum and Memphis’s open-air museum and see Sakkara and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx. Travel to Abu Simbel to embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia, exploring the outstanding temples of Abu Simbel— host to a dramatic sound-and-light show—Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, New Kalabsha, and Philae, and touring massive Aswan High Dam. In Aswan, set out on a classic four-night Nile cruise, sailing on a traditional felucca; visiting Kom Ombo’s temple and Edfu’s remarkably preserved Temple of Horus; and exploring Luxor’s splendid temples and statuary on both banks. Fly back to Cairo, where touring includes the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and Old Cairo. Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and the capital of Amman with an optional five-day/four-night Jordan post-tour extension.

Timeless Cuba

A public square in Cuba with pastel buildings

Dates: October 22 - October 30, 2019
Price: $2,299
Operator: Go Next

Cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean during a trip to Cuba. Arrive in Miami and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your leisure, and then join us for a group lecture by Havana-born scholar Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, a consultant on the private and public sectors on Cuban and Latin American Affairs. The following day take a panoramic tour of Miami and see Little Havana, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Then, embark Insignia and set sail to Cuba, discover the true depth and beauty of the once-forbidden destination. Stop in Santiago de Cuba. Wedged between looming mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Then, journey to Cienfuegos. Known as the Pearl of the South, the city’s French spirit, tranquil seaside setting, and neoclassical architecture are sure to enchant. Finally, before returning to Miami, spend two days exploring Havana, a captivating city with an old-fashioned aesthetic.

November 2019

Thanksgiving in New York

Dates: November 27 - December 01, 2019
Operator: Beyond Group Travel

2019 Thanksgiving in New York City

There is no place like New York City during the holiday season. The legendary shop windows are on display and Manhattan is brimming with cheer. We are excited to once again offer this wonderful multi-generational Thanksgiving trip to world-famous New York City!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for you and your family to start the holidays and experience the wonders of New York: its famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the brilliance of Broadway, impeccable restaurants and endless sightseeing.

December 2019

Holiday Market Cruise

A view of townhouses on the far side of a waterway with a bridge on the right

Dates: December 11 - December 19, 2019
Price: $2,295 + Air
Operator: AHI

Celebrate centuries-old traditions on a Rhine River cruise taking you to holiday markets in France, Germany and Switzerland. Holiday delights—Old World decorations, toys, jewelry and more—fill these festive fairs.
In Heidelberg, visit the castle and attend a musical performance. Admire Cologne’s spectacular cathedral, and personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg. Ample free time allows you to explore the markets at your leisure. Aboard the first-class MS Amadeus Silver III, you’ll never miss a sight, including the scenic Rhine Gorge, on this seven-night journey. All meals are included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary with lunches and all dinners aboard the ship. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

New Year’s On Cloud 9 (Young Alumni)

Fireworks exploding over a mountain at night with a lit city below

Dates: December 29 - January 02, 2020
Price: $1695 + Air
Operator: AESU

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Austrian Alps, high above the city of Innsbruck. Travel back in time, strolling down the charming narrow streets of the Old Town, exuding a special charm and sophistication that is unique in the Alps. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the city, taste roasted chestnuts or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in a fashionable café. Take part in our very own Winter Olympics on the mountain, then ring in the New Year over 6,200 feet above sea level at “Cloud 9”—an igloo club with stunning views of the city and the New Year’s Eve laser show. Bring your friends. You don’t want to miss out on this one!

January 2020

Awe-Inspiring Antarctica

Visitors on a boat watching a whale swimming through the sea in front of a beautiful landscape of snow covered mountains

Dates: January 2 - January 14, 2020
Price: $8,599
Operator: Go Next

Explore the far reaches of the earth aboard Albatros Expeditions’ newly-renovated ship, Ocean Atlantic. Spend two days immersed in Argentinian culture with an included two-night pre- cruise program. Travel to Buenos Aires, known for its thriving arts culture, world-class eateries, and nearly 300 theaters. Tour the elegant turn-of-the century districts that earned this city the nickname “the Paris of South America.” Next, fly to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. Experience stunning views of snow-capped mountains on the far reaches of the Beagle Channel, your gateway to Antarctica. Spend two days at sea aboard, cross the famed Drake Passage where humpback whales, petrels and albatross are commonly seen. Over the next two days, discover the wildlife of the South Shetland Islands, a place known for its chinstrap and gentoo penguins and elephant seals. Then, explore as far south as possible on the Antarctic Peninsula where lively penguins, inquisitive seals and marine mammals flock around you. Before heading back to Ushuaia, pass back through the Drake Passage to cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark at the southern tip of South America.

February 2020

The Wolves and Wildlife of Yellowstone

A man walks along a snowy trail

Dates: February 2 - February 09, 2020
Price: $3,995 + Air
Operator: Orbridge

Dressed magnificently with frost and snow and with visitors few and far between, experience Yellowstone National Park when its beauty is more untouched by the outside world than any other time of the year. Hushed and magical landscapes are the setting for steaming geysers, trees covered in ice crystals and the setting for local wildlife, including the park’s wolves.  Immerse yourself in the unspoiled natural beauty, diverse wildlife and dramatic tales of this unique ecosystem during this exclusive wintertime program. Set out on a snowshoe adventure plus meet an award-winning wildlife photographer for a presentation during a visit to his gallery.  Keep binoculars close at hand: this is the Serengeti of North America, ranged by resident bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose and other wildlife. Safari aboard custom vehicles with expert naturalists as we explore and learn about the animals, ecosystem, hydrothermal activity and history of the park. Enjoy a private sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. Don’t miss this unique experience.

Hawaiian Adventure

Troopical landscape of the Hawaiian wilderness and native plants.

Dates: February 20 - February 29, 2020
Price: $5,899
Operator: Collette

Let the spirit of “Aloha” be your guide on this leisurely three-island tour of Hawaii featuring three- night stays each in Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Enjoy your luxurious beach-front hotel in Waikiki. “Remember Pearl Harbor” as you embark on a historic journey. Begin at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Travel by naval launch to view the white marble-clad USS Arizona Memorial, honoring those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack. Next, you will embark on a wonderful journey along Oahu’s famous North Shore.  Relax and take in the natural beauty during a cruise along the tranquil Wailua River in Kauai. Admire the hula dance, an ancient Polynesian art form. Visit the largest Hawaiian coffee estate in Kauai and learn about the coffee bean’s journey from tree to cup. See Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”  In Maui, visit the old royal capital of Lahaina, once home of the world’s largest whaling fleets, where you can stroll through historic streets. Experience a traditional Polynesian luau, capping off your adventure through paradise, featuring tropical drinks and a sumptuous feast.

March 2020

Mystical Fjords

A breathtaking cathedral in a town square surrounded by an aboundance of palm treees and native red flowers

Dates: March 14 - April 04, 2020
Price: $5,399
Operator: Go Next

Take the journey of a lifetime along the coast of South America. Embark Marina in Lima and cruise to Pisco, home to the famous brandy factory of the same name and a gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Stop in Coquimbo, a thriving town nestled along the coastline. Coquimbo is well recognized for the Cruz del Tercer Milenio, a monumental cross built on the summit of Cerro El Vigía. Travel to Santiago de Chile, a bustling township filled with history, culture, and art. Sail to Puerto Montt, your passport to the Chilean Lake District, then to Puerto Chacabuco, known for its panoramic views and rugged natural beauty. Spend two days cruising the astonishing Chilean Fjords before visiting the provincial town of Punta Arenas and the rustic fishing village Ushuaia. See the capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley, a picturesque English village filled with cozy local pubs and color-splashed houses surrounded by rolling hills. Take a moment to linger in Punta Del Este. This chic resort town offers sparkling waterfronts, fashionable boutiques, and galleries. Before disembarking in Argentina, experience Montevideo’s historic Old City, intriguing architecture, and miles of fine sand beaches.

April 2020

Japan in Bloom

A path with native cherry blossom trees leads into a Japanese village.

Dates: April 2 - April 13, 2020
Price: $4,399
Operator: Go Next

Discover the shores and shrines of the land of the rising sun aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Nautia. Embark in Tokyo, a city that balances tradition and modernity, then sail to Shimizu where you can bask in the serenity of the woodlands or view the majestic Mount Fuji. In Kyoto, Japan’s old Imperial capital, walk through Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Next, visit Hiroshima—a city with a range of restaurants, museums, and gardens—whose charm is not overshadowed by its tragic history. Cruise along the waters of the Kanmon Strait to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea, and stroll through its fish market or stop into a trendy café. Experience Nagasaki’s array of churches, temples, and shrines. Before the ship returns to Tokyo, enjoy a day in Kagoshima. This city embraces travelers with a mild climate, palm-tree lined streets, and, just off the coast, Sakurajima: one of Japan’s most active volcanoes.

Africa’s Wildlife

Herd of Elephants in African terrain.

Dates: April 5 - April 18, 2020
Price: $8,184
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Glimpse a world primeval on this singular, 14-day safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. The small group adventure begins with sightseeing in Johannesburg’s renowned Soweto district. Then, spending three nights in a historic hotel near Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, embark on a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise and take a game drive in search of the elusive black rhino. Next is Botswana’s Chobe National Park, boasting one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife, for a three-night stay featuring sensational game drives and boat safaris. After a privately chartered flight to Zambia, enjoy a tour highlight:  Unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park – a UNESCO site and one of Africa’s last pristine wildernesses – and a relaxing three-night stay at the intimate Royal Zambezi Lodge.  Discover Cape Town, South Africa’s sparkling “Mother City,” including the Cape Peninsula and Winelands, on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

May 2020

Legacies and Legends

Gondolas ascend through an Italian canal , historic buildings lining the banks.

Dates: May 8 - May 20, 2020
Price: $3,899
Operator: Go Next

Tour the shores of the eastern Mediterranean on this incredible journey aboard Oceania Cruises Riviera. Your journey begins in Rome, once the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy. Sail to Sorrento and explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii or hop over to the nearby island of Capri, which offers stunning panoramas and ancient villas. Next, travel to Syracuse and see the Temenite hillside or the Ear of Dionysius. In Corfu, relax along the coastline with its topaz waters and cypress-studded hillsides. Then, stroll through the narrow streets of the coastal city of Kotor. Discover the glory of Venetian architecture, timeless piazzas, and charming shops in Venice, and then experience the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast and its pedestrian-only Old Town. In Santorini, take in the panorama of indigo- domed churches and black-sand beaches beside rock formations climbing from the volcanic floor. Lastly, travel to Kuşadasi to explore the Temple of Artemis.

Young Alumni Travel

Dates: May 9 - May 09, 2020
Operator: AESU

Can you think of a better way to travel than with fellow University of Alabama young alumni? The University of Alabama young alumni travel program offers you this opportunity by bringing you together with individuals in the same age range, with similar backgrounds and experiences, while enriching you on well-designed, hassle-free tours of the world.

We are again offering the very popular Classic Europe young grad trip which allows you to see England, France, Italy, Vatican City and Greece. What a wonderful way to conclude your time at The University of Alabama traveling with other graduates to amazing places around the world.

We are also offering three exciting destinations and travel with young alumni and friends of peer institutions, ages 20-35. These programs provide social, cultural, and recreational activities and many opportunities for learning enrichment and allow a connection back to The University of Alabama. They are of great quality and value, operated by a travel company with more than  40 years of experience. For 2020, you can experience Egypt, Iceland and Portugal.

Classic Europe Graduation Tour (Young Grad)

Group of young people in front of the Eiffel Tower in a green park.

Dates: May 9 - May 19, 2020
Price: $3,099 +Air
Operator: AESU

Come join us on an unforgettable voyage through England, France, Italy, Vatican City and Greece. See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. See the Eiffel Tower and explore the best museums of Paris. Travel to the opulant Palace of Versailles, well known as France’s famed Sun King’s, Louis XIV’s, residence. Get whisked away via high- speed train to the French Riviera–playground for the rich and famous. Discover the “Eternal City” of Rome, where the Colosseum and Forum remind us of its dramatic past, conjuring up visions of Caesar and mighty gladiators. Venture across the Tiber River to Vatican City –the world’s smallest state. Explore Pompeii where volcanic ash preserved the city almost exactly as it was more than 2,000 years ago. Relax living like a Greek god or goddess on the Isle of Poros with its stunning beaches and aquamarine waters. End your grand tour in Athens where the Acropolis is one of the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins. Immerse in each country’s culture, cuisine, architecture and history. Let the adventure begin!

Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

an ancient & vibrant city sits on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Dates: May 25 - June 05, 2020
Price: $4,095 + Air
Operator: AHI

Discover Croatia, from the winding streets of Zagreb to the sparkling Dalmatian Coast, and magnificent Dubrovnik, the epic walled city featured in countless films.  Croatia’s complex history comes to life as you explore landmark sites, including Zagreb’s 13th-century St. Mark’s Church decked in medieval coats of arms.  Rejuvenate your soul in a wonderland of misty waterfalls in Plitvice National Park and linger in Diocletian’s palace before finding your way to Split’s lively town center, located inside palace walls. Meet master craftsmen on the island of Brac and explore Trogir with its 5th-century palace, landmark church and the archeological ruins of Salonas nearby. Lose yourself along the ancient passageways of Dubrovnik, tour its Franciscan Monastery, and visit Europe’s oldest pharmacy. Expert lectures shed light on Croatia’s nautical history, Yugoslav Wars, modern life and more. This 10-night journey also includes first- class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner.

Egypt: Valley of the Kings (Young Alumni)

An early pyramid brimming with gold light stands forefront to a cavernous mass of rock.

Dates: May 25 - May 31, 2020
Price: $1,998 + Air
Operator: AESU

Bring out the explorer in you and visit the land that gave birth to the first great civilization. You will visit the world’s most ancient civilization and the only remaining monuments of the world’s Seven Wonders, dating back to 1350 BC. Hop on a luxury Nile cruise and visit the city of Edfu, discover the pharaonic temples in the Valley of the Kings, then see timeless treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Then visit Step Pyramid, the first freestanding stone building in history and the first pyramid ever built. Afterwards, drive to the Giza Plateau and visit the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian, the Sphinx. Then enjoy a fun camel or horse-back ride in the desert. Translate ancient stories told in the beautiful hieroglyphics that line the walls of ancient tombs and part-take in a traditional Galabiyah party. Make your childhood dreams come true this year and discover Egypt.

Oberammergau and Danube River Cruise

A theatrical reenactment of the passion of Christ as portrayed by talented actors.

Dates: May 26 - June 05, 2020
Price: $5,295 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Every 10 years, the residents of the quaint village of Oberammergau stage one of the world’s greatest dramatic spectacles, the extravagant Passion Play with a cast of more than 2,000 and a history that encompasses nearly four centuries. Join us on this momentous journey to experience the time-honored theatricality of the 42nd production of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, coupled with a scenic Danube River cruise through four countries in the heart of Europe. During your cruise, revel in the beauty of the European countryside. Enjoy opportunities to visit a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including storied Budapest and its Castle Quarter; the cosmopolitan city of Vienna; the palatial summer estate of the Habsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens; and Salzburg, renowned for its artisan charm and as the backdrop for The Sound of Music. Immerse yourself in Bratislava’s well-preserved medieval past, the 900-year-old traditions of Melk’s Benedictine Abbey and Munich, the capital of all things Bavarian.

June 2020

Voyage to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily

Colorful buildings built into a mountain overlooking the coast.

Dates: June 7 - June 15, 2020
Price: $4,495 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Discover the intriguing mélange of cultures that flourished in the wake of ancient empires on this exclusively chartered cruise to the resplendent shores of Italy, Sicily and Malta. Cruise for seven nights from Rome, Italy, to Valletta, Malta, aboard the newest Five-Star expedition ship, Le Bougainville. Our outstanding, custom-designed itinerary features the very best of this historic region at the most ideal time of year and affords the unique opportunity to travel with a small, intimate group that visits seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and the colorful seaside town of Sorrento. Gain insight into Roman life of A.D. 79 in the superbly excavated town of Pompeii. Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina, the legendary city of Syracuse and Agrigento’s majestic Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where Saint Paul was shipwrecked. Rome pre-cruise and Malta post- cruise options are available.

Portugal Adventure: Castles & Coastlines (Young Alumni)

Landscape of bountiful vineyards. classic buildings and a winding road.

Dates: June 21 - June 28, 2020
Price: $1,795 + Air
Operator: AESU

Encounter Portuguese traditions in Porto’s beautiful historic old town and cross the bridge into Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of the famous port wine. Go biking in the Douro Valley wine country and discover lush river valley vineyards that lie beneath the hilltop castles. Meander up one of Lisbon’s lofty hills to the Alfama neighborhood or take famous Tram 28 to discover the capital city’s tiny neighborhoods with baroque streets and dazzling statues. Venture south to the famed Algarve with its stunning coastline views for some beach time and watersports. Admire the Discoveries Monument honoring Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s expeditions into the new world in the 15th century; then marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jerónimos Monastery. In Sines , relax by the water or join us on an optional horseback ride across meadows, dunes and coastal forests on the Costa Alentejana. Portugal is still a bargain, but a destination on the rise and now is the time to go.

July 2020

Fjords of Norway

Coastal town at the foot of a gren mountain scape.

Dates: July 15 - July 28, 2020
Price: $5,399
Operator: Go Next

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Fjords of Norway. Your trip begins in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. Oslo is a blend of stunning natural beauty and a thriving urban atmosphere. Next, travel to Skagen, Denmark, and nosh on locally-caught seafood or visit Grenen, the point where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet. In Haugesund, visit a Viking settlement where you can see a reconstructed Viking farm before traveling to Flåm, a tiny village at the innermost point of Sognefjord, Europe’s longest, deepest fjord. Step into the vibrant energy of Kristiansund: upscale shopping and restaurants, a lovely beach, and a charming old quarter lined with quaint wooden houses. Then, tour Bodø, an inviting fishing village set against a mountainous backdrop. Trondheim, the next port, boasts the Nidaros Cathedral, the largest medieval building in Scandinavia, and Ålesund is the perfect place to hike, ski or sight-see. Your trip will conclude in London, but first, stop in Stavanger to stroll its cobblestone lanes and peruse its boutiques.

The Majestic Great Lakes

Ariel view of Mackinac island, quaint homes and churches.

Dates: July 23 - August 01, 2020
Price: $5,699
Operator: Go Next

Your journey begins in Toronto, a cultural city that hosts some of the world’s finest restaurants, clubs, and festivals. Embark on M/V Victory I and cruise to Niagara Falls. Board a state-of-the-art Hornblower for an up-close perspective of the famous Horseshoe Falls. Travel the scenic Niagara Parkway and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In Cleveland, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the West Side Market. Pass through Windsor, affectionately known as the “City of Roses,” en route to Detroit. Sail scenic Lake Huron on your way to Little Current and tour Manitoulin Island. Next, experience Sault Ste. Marie, the oldest city in the Midwest, and see the Soo Locks, one of the world’s largest and busiest set of locks, which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Your voyage will conclude in Chicago, but first, spend a day exploring Mackinac Island, a national historic landmark steeped in Victorian-era charm.

British Isles Tapestry

prospering vegetation overlooks and illustrious city.

Dates: July 27 - August 07, 2020
Price: $4,499
Operator: Go Next

Arrive in London, a cosmopolitan oasis that offers a diverse array of activities. Visit Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, or the Tate Modern. Embark on Oceania Cruises’ Marina and sail to Edinburgh. Here, see Edinburgh Castle or hike to King Arthur’s Seat. In Invergordon, explore the Scottish Highlands. Relax in Portree, a hillside harbor town on the Isle of Skye. Next, sail to Glasgow, a dynamic metropolis on the banks of the River Clyde. Belfast, the next port, is the birthplace of the Titanic. Travel to Dublin, Ireland’s famed capital and a UNESCO City of Literature—once home to renowned writers Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Take in a scenic view of Cork, a city that’s proud of its heritage and is known nation-wide for being Ireland’s “foodie capital.”  Your trip will circle back to London, but before that, stop at the Isle of Portland, situated in the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast. This small island boasts cliffs and rare plants, and is also a gateway to the Dorset countryside.

Rhine Highlights

Canal through Amsterdam surrounded by buildings.

Dates: July 28 - August 05, 2020
Price: $4,099
Operator: Go Next

Spend a day cruising Amsterdam’s canals or discover nearby Volendam and its unusual raised homes before heading to Edam, knowned for its round cheese. In Cologne, enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover the Schloss Drachenburg castle. The next port is historic Koblenz. Here you may choose to discover Cochem, a medieval gem on the banks of Moselle, on a guided tour, which includes a visit to Reichsburg Cochem Castle or you can visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Next, stop in Baden Baden, a spa town in southwest Germany famous for its Roman baths. Tour Heidelberg Castle the next day or join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg. In the evening, enjoy a private evening concert at a baroque palace. Your journey will end in Basel, but first, visit Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and Alsatian winstubs; or journey to Mittelbergheim in Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

Imperial Splendors of Russia

A Gold accented Fountain sits below a beautiful palace on a green lawn.

Dates: July 29 - August 07, 2020
Price: $3,795 + Air
Operator: AHI

Experience the opulence of the age of czars on this eight-night adventure through Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, stride across Red Square, wonder at St. Basil’s swirling domes and discover the city’s beautiful metro stations. Inside the Kremlin walls, glimpse gilded crowns, carriages and Fabergé eggs. Visit Baroque Novodevichy Convent and its cemetery, the resting place of notables including Chekov and Khrushchev. Then, travel by high-speed rail to St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultured “window to Europe,” and stroll among the city’s canals and lavish cathedrals. Visit Peterhof, the palace of Peter the Great, and Catherine Palace, the splendid summer home of the Romanovs. Watch dancers warm up at the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet School  and view the masterworks at the famed State Hermitage Museum. Along the way, local experts share the secrets of Russia’s culture and heritage. Enjoy a country lunch and vodka tasting, an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner and first-class accommodations.

Alpine Splendor

Village full of buildings with brightly colored roofs sits afoot a majestic mountain.

Dates: July 30 - August 12, 2020
Price: $6,392
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

As your small group discovers mountain villages and European cities, rides the famed Glacier Express, cruises on glassine lakes, and ascends snow capped summits, borders disappear and the region’s history–and beauty–enchant one and all. This 14-day Swiss and Austrian exploration begins in alluring Lucerne with Europe’s oldest covered bridge and a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel train. Ride the Gornergratbahn, Europe’s highest open-air railway, to the Gornergrat’s summit where a dramatic panorama unfolds:  29 Alpine peaks, including the majestic Matterhorn.  Explore Stresa, Italy, along Lake Maggiore’s shores.  A tour of Ticino takes in Bellinzona and its iconic Castelgrande, a UNESCO site, along with lunch at a grotto restaurant.  Set out next for Austria by way of Liechtenstein, stopping in Maienfeld, setting for the novel Heidi, and enjoying a tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest winery.  A tour of postcard- worthy Innsbruck is followed by discovery of Tyrol. Reaching Austria’s riverside jewel Salzburg, get acquainted with Mozart’s city, attending a chamber concert and visiting Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s castles.  Tour nearby Berchtesgaden and the Nazis’ Eagle’s Nest retreat.

August 2020

Trans-Siberian Railway

A locomotive follows a winding track separating the shore from green mountain.

Dates: August 4 - August 17, 2020
Price: $9,995
Operator: Orbridge

Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure.  During a city tour of Ulan Bator, visit the Choijin Lama Temple. Travel to the Mongolian Alps to wonder at the majestic landscape and otherworldly rock formations. Explore Lake Baikal—the largest freshwater reservoir in the world—during a short boat excursion and swimming opportunity. In Irkutsk, see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre. While on board the Tsar’s Gold train, partake in a vodka tasting accompanied by traditional Russian snacks and red caviar while traversing the diverse eastern Siberian countryside.  At Kazan, see the Tartar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. Also, tour Kazan’s Kremlin and learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Finally, meet a local guide in Moscow and explore the Red Square, Stalin’s bunker, and the Empire Tower. Enjoy an exclusive opening for a private ceremony at St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Gems of the Danube

Town surrounded by greenery with homes and churches.

Dates: August 19 - August 27, 2020
Price: $4,599
Operator: Go Next

Board the luxurious Scenic Amber in Budapest. Uncover Budapest’s history on a guided tour that includes a piano concert, or partake in a focused tour of the city’s Jewish heritage with a local guide. Cruise the river to Vienna, the “City of Music.” The next day, take in views of the countryside from the picturesque Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, visit Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, which houses one of the greatest collections of Austrian art, as well as works by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Take an excursion to the atmospheric medieval town of Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO site, or venture to Salzburg to explore the birthplace of Mozart and the backdrop for the film The Sound of Music. Your voyage will conclude in Nuremberg. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the legendary once-every-10-years passion play at Oberammergau with the optional Go Next Oberammergau & Munich post-cruise program (one night near Oberammergau with admission to the passion play, three nights near Munich).

Paris Featuring the African-American Experience

Sun Sets behind the Eiffel Tower. Bridge that overpasses the Seine River.

Dates: August 22 - August 30, 2020
Price: $3,495 + Air
Operator: AHI

Discover how African-American culture shaped Paris in the Jazz Age and beyond on this seven- night trip to the City of Light. In the years following World War I, many African-Americans—including luminaries such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes and Eugene Bullard—felt accepted in Paris, thousands of miles from the U.S. Trace the rich history of the city’s African- American community on specially designed walking tours and talks, and watch a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s and 1930s Paris. After, meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session. Learn how jazz enchanted the city, and feel the rhythms for yourself with dinner and a concert at a local club. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise, a Louvre tour, 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.

St. Lawrence Seaway & French Canada

French Canadian City Scape.

Dates: August 23 - September 01, 2020
Price: $5,699
Operator: Go Next

Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the M/V Victory II in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown. Next, stop in stop in Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the West Side Market, which offers fares from more than 100 unique vendors. Journey to Niagara Falls and witness the thunderous power of the famous Horseshoe Falls up close on a state-of-the-art Hornblower. In Toronto, visit some of the world’s finest restaurants and clubs before traveling to Kingston to see its historic waterfront, a popular freshwater diving site. Then, sail through the Thousand Islands, an archipelago of more than 1,800 islands rising up from the St. Lawrence River that mark the border between the United States and Canada. Your voyage will end in Montréal, but first, spend two days in Québec City, the only walled city in North America. Admire historic sites on a journey to Montmorency Falls and experience an incredible bird’s-eye view on an exciting cable car ride.

US Open Tennis Championships

Crowded arena for tennis match on a blue court.

Dates: August 30 - September 03, 2020
Price: $3,599
Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel

Cross a must-see tennis championship, the U.S. Open, off your bucket list. Mix in all the sites and attractions of New York City with the experience of the premier tennis championship at the beautiful USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Watch opening night action from a courtside seat at Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Spend a day exploring the Big Apple and everything it has to offer, including Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Times Square, the National September 11 Memorial and the Empire State Building. History buffs will want to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. A viewing party will be held at an upscale New York City bar with drinks and appetizers to watch the evening session. Head back to the Tennis Center and tour the campus and courts with a day session Arthur Ashe Loge ticket on Wednesday that allows access to all other stadiums/courts.

September 2020

Relics & Retreats

Ancient buildings outstretches into the sea.

Dates: September 7 - September 20, 2020
Price: $4,499
Operator: Go Next

Begin your journey in Barcelona, a melting pot of Roman, Greek, Moorish and Catalan influences. Spend a day at sea aboard the luxurious Riviera before stopping at Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with history, culture, and old-world beauty. Next, travel to Argostoli and discover the old town square and Koutavos Lagoon. In Kotor, take in the Venetian architecture and twelfth-century St. Tryphon Cathedral. Dubrovnik, the next stop, is an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian coast that retains its centuries-long allure. Stroll its pedestrian-only Old Town or stop into a snug café. Spend two days in Venice, the timeless city of piazzas and trattorias. Enjoy its world-class cuisine and charming old shops. Cruise to Corfu and relax along the coastline before sailing to Messina to see the Piazza del Duomo. Your trip will conclude in Rome, but before that, travel to Sorrento and visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii or view the Roman ruins and Punta del Capo.

Moroccan Discovery

Historic Mosque sits above a tropical dessert range.

Dates: September 8 - September 21, 2020
Price: $5,579
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

On this one of a kind, 14-day small group journey, eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. Your touring begins in seaside Rabat, the Moroccan capital, where highlights include the Roman site of Chella, the contemporary art museum and lunch in a private home. See imperial Meknes and Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites visited. Next is exploration of Fez with its fascinating medina and dinner in a family-run riad.  Passing through the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoy a tour highlight: a sunset camel excursion along Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes.  En route to Ouarzazate, encounter spectacular scenery in the snow-topped High Atlas, including dramatic Todra Gorge.  Traverse the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and visit scenic Ait ben-Haddou village, another UNESCO site. In alluring Marrakesh, tour the medina and the city’s heart, Djemaa el Fna Square.  The final destination is storied Casablanca, where a highlight is touring the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

Portrait of Italy

A coastal metropolis filled with hearty residences overlooks boats perched on the coast.

Dates: September 22 - October 07, 2020
Price: $5,374
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.  Traveling in a small group limited to 24 people, you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.  Head first to the Amalfi Coast for a three-night stay featuring a cruise along the coastline, touring of Pompeii’s exquisite ruins, and a thrilling Amalfi Coast drive.  Lodging at a well-located hotel in Rome for the next three nights, tour the heart of ancient Rome and the monumental Vatican. A three-night stay in Orvieto, dramatically set in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, follows. Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and take an excursion to beloved Assisi.  Journey to alluring Tuscany for a three-night stay and discover splendid Siena, Florence, a living monument to the Renaissance, and the classic Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings.  In Venice, the final destination, get acquainted with vast St. Mark’s Square and explore independently.  Discover this treasured city with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Crowning Journey

Cultural meccca, historic catherdal, townhomes.

Dates: September 23 - October 08, 2020
Price: $3,999
Operator: Go Next

Your journey begins in London, an energetic cosmopolitan city immersed in history, culture, and art. Spend the day visiting Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, or the Tate Modern. Sail to Saint-Malo and stroll the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets. In Plymouth, wander through historic sites dating back to the fifteenth century, including the Mayflower steps. Spend four days in luxury crossing the Atlantic Ocean and arrive on the shores of St. John’s. Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the next stop, is a little taste of Europe in the middle of the Americas. These islands are France’s only territory in North America. Next, travel to Corner Brook, a city with a spectacular combination of ocean and mountain scenery. Spend a day at sea before arriving in Saguenay, a city with a unique fjord and rich ecosystem that draws pods of visiting whales, seals, and seabirds. In Québec City, see the Château Frontenac and the Parliament Building. Your trip concludes in Montréal, that blends North American charm with European charisma.

October 2020

Red Sea to the Aegean

A solidly populated City sits atop a steep mountain ledge overlooking the sea.

Dates: October 29 - November 11, 2020
Price: $7,695 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Join this one-of-a-kind 12-night sojourn on three continents to explore the ancient treasures and engineering marvels of Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Cruise for eight nights from the azure Aegean into the brilliant Mediterranean and across to the Red Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, five- star Le Bougainville, launching in 2019 and featuring a multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge and only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Tour the storied Greek island of Santorini and the illustrious Egyptian city of Alexandria. Mid-cruise, overnight in awe inspiring Luxor in Nile-view rooms and in Giza at the foot of the Great Pyramids, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Spend one night adjacent to the “rose red city” of Petra—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and three nights in Amman, Jordan, to visit the Greco-Roman town of Jerash. This program features visits to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including an excursion into Wadi Rum and a specially arranged visit into the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Two night Athens and Delphi pre-program option and six night Israel post- program option.

November 2020

Live in the Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland Airwaves (Young Alumni)

People relax in a natural blue pool under a blue sky.

Dates: November 5 - November 08, 2020
Price: $1,835 + Air
Operator: AESU

Iceland Airwaves Festival is the world’s most northerly music showcase festival featuring acts ranging from the unknown, to the up-and-coming, to international headliners. For the 22nd year, Reykjavik’s bars, clubs, bookshops and theaters will become the setting for this unique event. The winter solstice, with only a few hours of sunlight, makes for a music lover’s unmatched experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the majestic Northern Lights. You will discover Iceland’s most famous Golden Circle natural treasures including the waterfall Gullfoss with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. The Geyser area has numerous hot springs and geysers, including the famous Strokkur. Take a plunge into a natural hot spring pool at the Secret Lagoon, surrounded by geothermal spots and a small geyser that erupts every few minutes. This is an adventure that you don’t want to miss.

December 2020

Spotlight on New York City Holiday

Blue Sky serves as the background to the New York City Skyline of buildings.

Dates: December 2 - December 06, 2020
Price: $3,199
Operator: Collette

Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular tour. From Rockefeller Center, the Wall Street district, Chinatown and Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination that will dazzle even the most seasoned traveler. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Enjoy breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, featuring a singing waitstaff. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway shows. Board a ferry for a cruise of New York Harbor. Take in the incredible views of the towering Statue of Liberty, dock and get up-close to “Lady Liberty.” Then it’s on to Ellis Island, where you can step back in time on a self-guided tour of the museum. Choose to join an optional walking tour of Greenwich Village including dinner. See the Empire State Building and Central Park and visit the poignant 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop at some of the world’s most legendary department stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue and explore this fabulous city on your own.