2021 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! 


Friday, April 17, 2020

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association’s Traveling with the Tide program, is working closely with the tour operators during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


For more information about travel contact:
Amanda Laycock
Alabama Alumni Association
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
E-mail: alaycock@alumni.ua.edu
Phone: (205) 348-1547


August 2021

Alpine Splendor: Switzerland and Austria

Dates: August 23 - September 05, 2021
Price: Starts at $6,192, includes air
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

As your small group, limited to 24 travelers, discovers mountain villages and European cities, rides the famed Glacier Express, cruises on glassy lakes and ascends snowcapped summits, all borders disappear and the region’s history and beauty enchant one and all. This captivating 14-day Swiss and Austrian exploration begins with lovely Lucerne, its namesake lake, and a ride up Mt. Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel train. After getting your fill of scenery here, board the legendary Glacier Express, which follows the fabled Rhône to Zermatt, gateway to the Swiss Alps. Ride the Gornergratbahn, Europe’s highest open-air railway, to the Gornergrat’s summit for spectacular views of the majestic Matterhorn. Crossing into northern Italy, visit Stresa along lovely Lake Maggiore’s shores. With three nights in lakeside Lugano, explore Switzerland’s Ticino region, including medieval Bellinzona and its iconic Castelgrande castle, a UNESCO site. At a grotto restaurant, enjoy lunch alfresco then visit picturesque Ascona and take a leisurely cruise around Lake Lugano. Traveling on to Austria by way of Liechtenstein, stop in Maienfeld, setting for the novel Heidi, and enjoy a tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest existing winery. During a two-night stay in charming Seefeld, tour postcard-worthy Innsbruck and ascend the Nordkette mountains by cable car. Reaching Austria’s riverside jewel of Salzburg for a three-night stay, attend an intimate Mozart concert in the famed Mirabell Palace and visit Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s finest castles. In nearby Berchtesgaden, tour the Nazis’ Eagle’s Nest retreat. Savor Austria’s beloved capital of Vienna at your own pace with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Canada by Rail

Dates: August 25 - August 31, 2021
Operator: Orbridge

Enjoy this well-paced sojourn through Canada’s glorious Rocky Mountains—highlighted by two days traveling aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in the luxurious GoldLeaf Service—with visits to the stunning areas of Lake Louise and Banff. Admire the brilliant turquoise waters of iconic Lake Louise, surrounded by towering mountain peaks that carve through the serene landscape.  En route, embrace the dynamic changes in scenery as you wind through lush green ranchlands and flowing river canyons surrounded by mountain peaks. Enjoy the sights from the train’s glass-domed coach as you traverse over Fraser Canyon, by Shuswap Lake and along the Continental Divide. Take advantage of the Rocky Mountaineer’s private outdoor viewing platform to spot the passing wildlife, which may include elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, grizzly bears and soaring eagles. Go on a guided tour through Yoho National Park and take advantage of leisure time to explore the small hamlets nearby. Discover the epic natural beauty of Banff National Park during a scenic gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Splendid evenings await at the close of each day, including three nights at the magnificent Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff.  Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Vancouver’s must-see sights. Finally, spend three nights in the Canadian Rockies with leisure time to explore the area, or perhaps choose to visit the inviting thermal waters of nearby Banff Hot Springs.

October 2021

Chilean Wonders

Dates: October 27 - November 07, 2021
Operator: AHI

Connect with the wild nature and heart of Chile on a nine-night adventure through this South American jewel! Take in Santiago’s modern and colonial architecture and sample enticing dishes on a market tour. In the enchanting Lake District, savor the tranquil vistas, visit picturesque Chiloé Island and travel by boat to observe a penguin colony. Meet rodeo cowboys on a Chilean ranch and indulge in an authentic asado, or barbecue, paired with local music and dance. Head further south into Patagonia, where you’ll cruise a fjord to discover the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. Tour the spectacular mountain scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and visit the historic port city of Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan. Relax each evening in first-class accommodations and gain insight from expert local guides. Three flights within Chile are included in this active, small-group program, along with an extensive meal and wine plan.

November 2021

Egypt and the Eternal Nile

Dates: November 8 - April 22, 2021
Price: $5,297, per person, double occupancy from Birmingham ($4,695 air, land and cruise inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees)
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular journey through antiquity reveals the storied land’s many treasures. Your small group of no more than 24 travelers begins its 15-day immersion in Egypt’s unsurpassed historic atmosphere in Cairo. Tour the acclaimed Egyptian Museum and the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital. Continue to splendid Sakkara, Egyptian royalty’s burial site for 3,000 years; see the ancient Pyramids of Giza, still guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx. Traveling to Abu Simbel, embarking on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia. Visit the massive Abu Simbel temple complex overseen by the colossal statues of Ramses II and watch a dramatic sound-and-light show. After stopping to admire the outstanding temples at Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, and New Kalabsha, tour the massive Aswan High Dam—an engineering marvel—and explore the Temples of Philae. Then depart from Aswan on a classic four-night Nile voyage, enjoying a leisurely sail aboard a traditional felucca along the way. Visit Kom Ombo’s unusual double temple and Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple. Cruise on to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” to explore its wonders: the awe-inspiring Luxor and Karnak temple complexes; the haunting Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens; the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut; and the massive Colossi of Memnon. Returning to Cairo for two nights, tour the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and historic Old Cairo. Discover fabled “rose-red” Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dates: November 24 - November 27, 2021
Price: Starting at $2,999 for double occupancy, Airfare not included
Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel

Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season! Every year, the Emmy Award-winning tradition is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, all tuned in to see the famous big balloons, a collection of amazing performances, one-of-a-kind floats, and more! This year, we are excited to watch The University of Alabama’s own Million Dollar Band march in the parade!  Join us to see one of the most popular events in New York City, first hand

April 2022

The Masters

Dates: April 6 - April 09, 2022
Price: $5,999 Double Occupancy
Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel

Since its inception in 1934, the Masters Golf Tournament has been synonymous with excellence and has stood as the most coveted Championship in golf. Every April, the world’s best golfers compete for the famous green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club. This spectacular event is known as “The Masters,” an event where legacy, competition, challenge, charm, and prestige combine for one of the most celebrated weekends in sports.