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
Fax: (205) 348-1737

 

 

Travel Preview Reception
June 8, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.
Recruiting Room of Bryant Denny Stadium
Admission: $15 per person

Register now!

 Those who are curious to know all that Traveling with the Tide has to offer and past travelers looking to reunite with their globetrotting friends, are invited to check out the exciting itineraries for the upcoming year.

Mix and mingle with other interested travelers and visit with our tour operators at their booths as they present travel opportunities to you!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided as you visit each vendor to learn about various offerings for 2019 travel!

2019 Trip Destinations:
Expedition to Antartica
Radiant Rhythms
Tahiti and French Polynesia
Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage
Portrait of Italy
Dutch Waterways
Southwest parks
Cruise the heart of Europe
Legendary Europe
Baltic and Scandinavian Ballads
Arctic Expedition
New England Islands Cruise
Gaelic Glory
Glacial Adventures of Alaska
Rhine Discovery
Africa Wildlife
Majestic Great Lakes
Canadian Rockies
D-Day
Machu Picchu to Galapagos
North Atlantic Quest
Wines of the Pacific Northwest
Grand Danube Passage
Masterpiece Montage
Egypt and The Eternal Nile
Timeless Cuba
Greece
Holiday Market Cruise 

New! Just for Young Alumni:
Classic Europe (Young Grad)
Iceland (Young Alumni)
The Continental (Young Grad for 40+)
Costa Rica (Young Alumni)
Cloud 9 (Young Alumni)

For More Information Contact: Amanda Laycock  (205) 348-1547 alaycock@alumni.ua.edu

Trips

July 2018

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.


January 2019

Expedition to Antarctica

Dates: January 26 - February 08, 2019
Price: $9,995 + Air
Operator: Gohagan
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Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate L’austral, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95 percent of
the deluxe accomodations. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human visitors. The expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Spend two nights in the Five-Star Intercontinental Buenos Aires Hotel, including a tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital city. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option.


February 2019

Tahiti and French Polynesia

Dates: February 5 - February 15, 2019
Price: $6,995 +Air
Operator: Gohagan
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Join us for a nine-night program in the sun-soaked haven of French Polynesia’s Society Islands. Sail for
seven nights aboard the five-star Wind Spirit, a small sailing ship carrying only 148 guests and rated the #1 Tahiti cruise by Condé Nast Traveler. This small ship experience amidst the islands, atolls and motus of the South Pacific includes round-trip air from Los Angeles, all onboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, complimentary watersports and an exclusive excursion on each island. Tour the paradisal island landscapes of Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora. Visit vanilla and black pearl farms. Explore early Polynesian culture on Ra’iatea and Huahine. This exceptional itinerary also includes two nights (air schedules permitting) in the five-star Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa in enchanting Pape’ete.


Radiant Rhythms

Dates: February 10 - February 23, 2019
Price: $3,499
Operator: Go Next
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Begin your South American cruise with an overnight in Buenos Aires with superb cuisine, chic boutiques, and the world’s widest boulevard. Leave Argentina for the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, a major port that retains a comfortable small-town feel. Take in Punta del Este’s expansive stretches of waterfront,
Rio Grande’s architecture, and Porto Belo’s beaches. Set sail to São Paulo, a city of skyscrapers and the seductive sounds of samba; while Paraty has preserved vehicle-free cobblestone streets. Visit the island of Ilha Grande, a protected ecological area. Finally, explore Búzios’ gorgeous beaches—from calm, clear waters to energetic surf spots—before your last stop in Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the awe-inspiring statue, Christ the Redeemer.


March 2019

Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage

Dates: March 14 - March 24, 2019
Price: $3,781
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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In this small, nature-kissed Central American democracy, discover staggering biodiversity in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rain forest; Central Valley to Pacific Coast. Your small group of no more than
18 guests sets out from San Jose on a comprehensive 11-day exploration. Take an excursion to Poas Volcano National Park, home to one of the world’s largest craters, and visit the Doka Coffee Estate. Explore Carrizal’s Botanical Orchid Garden. Spend three nights at a hotel in the Arenal region with views of magnificent Arenal Volcano. Visit an elementary school; experience the rainforest on a Hanging Bridges walk; and tour Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve. Continue on to the amazingly diverse Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and its Hummingbird Gallery. The journey concludes with a three-night stay at a Guanacaste beachfront resort, and a Tempisque River “floating safari.” Encounter more ecological wonders on a four-day/three-night Tortuguero National Park pre-tour option.


Portrait of Italy

Dates: March 30 - April 14, 2019
Price: $4,874
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside
to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art and unique accommodations. Begin in stunning seaside Amalfi, experiencing the breathtaking coast by sea and by land, and visiting Pompeii’s exquisite ruins. Continue to Rome, where sightseeing includes the Colosseum, the Forum, monumental St. Peter’s Square, and the sublime Sistine Chapel. Traveling north, spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, Italy’s “green heart,” savoring a cooking demonstration in Orvieto, and a visit to the charming town of Assisi. Journey through the equally alluring region of Tuscany, touring splendid Siena. Discover Florence, living monument to the Renaissance, and encounter classic Tuscany in the hill town of San Gimignano. Sample a local winery’s offerings before concluding your tour in wondrous Venice. Savor more time in Venice on an optional three-day/two-night post-tour extension.


April 2019

Dutch Waterways

Dates: April 15 - April 23, 2019
Price: $2,795
Operator: AHI
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Glide through the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium during a seven-night cruise aboard an exclusively chartered, first-class river ship. This program includes outings in Amsterdam, where a special canal cruiser shows you the city’s highlights; the fairy-tale village of Giethoorn and Antwerp, which has an impressive medieval cityscape. Design the rest of your trip from a selection of included excursions, which range from cycling to chocolate tasting to, of course, tiptoeing through tulips. Enjoy an extensive meal plan featuring wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers.


Southwest Parks

Dates: April 30 - May 09, 2019
Price: $3,995 + Air
Operator: Orbridge
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Join us on a 10-day journey through a spectacular series of natural wonders in the American Southwest. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views from the park’s rim. Admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon’s narrow sandstone walls, share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytelling and ponder cultures past and present at a petroglyph site during a river raft ride down Glen Canyon. Continue to Utah where you’ll spend enjoyable time at all five national parks— Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and traveling in the comfort of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks.


May 2019

Cruise the Heart of Europe

Dates: May 2 - May 17, 2019
Price: $5,295 +Air
Operator: AHI
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Coursing through the heartland of Europe, the continent’s great rivers made expansion in art, culture and trade possible. Cruise the charming canals of Amsterdam and navigate the mighty Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Explore great cities, such as Amsterdam, Budapest, Cologne, Passau and Würzburg, and the charming towns of Koblenz, Melk and Miltenberg. Marvel at the beauty of the Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys. Personalize your experience in eight ports with a choice of included shore excursions that range from culinary tours to cycling adventures to museum visits. Local speakers complement your excursions with engaging dialogue, and you even have a chance to learn the Viennese waltz. This expertly crafted journey includes 14 nights aboard an exclusively chartered first-class river cruiser, all meals and wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. No single supplement.


Legendary Europe

Dates: May 2 - May 10, 2019
Price: $2,599
Operator: Go Next
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Take in some of the most storied European sights on this remarkable voyage aboard Riviera. Sail to Marseille, France’s oldest city and gateway to the picturesque landscapes of Provence. Then, continue to Barcelona, where modern sophistication lives harmoniously with historic tradition and striking architecture mingles with medieval structures. Palma de Mallorca, the next stop, is filled with impressive architecture. Take in the city’s magnificent Gothic cathedral built out of sandstone before visiting Ajaccio on the lush island of Corsica. Discover the city’s relics that celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born here. In Portofino, you’ll find plenty of boutique shops and sidewalk cafés to explore. Before ending your trip in Civitavecchia, sail to Livorno, a jumping-off point for adventures in the monument-rich cities of Florence and Pisa and the idyllic Tuscan countryside.


Classic Europe

Dates: May 11 - May 21, 2019
Price: $2,925
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. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, see the Eiffel Tower and explore the best museums of Paris. 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!


June 2019

Baltic and Scandinavian Ballads

Dates: June 13 - June 24, 2019
Price: $3,899
Operator: Go Next
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Enjoy historic charms as you sail the Baltic Sea between legendary cities. Embark marina in Stockholm, and sail to Tallinn. Explore the medieval town before continuing to Saint Petersburg for a two-day visit. Take in Russia’s elaborate palaces before sailing to Helsinki, where innovative architecture overlooks open-air markets. Then, continue to Riga, where elaborate Art Nouveau structures transform city streets into works of art. Stroll past stately buildings in Klaip da, a gateway to the pine groves and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, and wander avenues of the unique Polish city of Gdansk. Before concluding your adventure in Copenhagen, sail to the city of Rostock, a seaside gem in northern Germany, enchanting all with its Hanseatic flair, or travel inland to Berlin, one of Europe’s liveliest capitals.


Arctic Expedition

Dates: June 14 - June 24, 2019
Price: $6,995 +Air
Operator: Gohagan
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Voyage through the otherworldly Arctic Circle on this unique 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night cruise on the five-star L’austral, exclusively chartered for your expedition. Visit in the region’s most enchanting season, when the sun never sets. Sail the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago, and enjoy expert-led Zodiac excursions in diverse terrains, where remarkable wildlife—from whales and walruses to Svalbard reindeer and arctic foxes—roam freely. Complimentary Wi-Fi and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages on cruise. Overnight accommodations are included in Paris for the program’s flights to/from Longyearbyen. Paris pre-program option available.


Gaelic Glory

Dates: June 18 - June 27, 2019
Price: $3,899
Operator: Go Next
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Immerse yourself in history and tradition as we sail through the Emerald and the British Isles, aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Embark Nautica in Dublin and head back in time to Viking-founded Waterford, the oldest city on the east coast of Ireland. Admire nature’s bounty in the delightful fishing town of Cobh and take in the unparalleled beauty of Bantry—a town rich with glens, streams, and forests. See Gaelic heritage come to life in Galway at An Taibhdhearc—the national Irish language theater of Ireland—and explore historic Londonderry, the only completely walled city remaining in the British Isles. While in Belfast, birthplace of the Titanic, discover an industrial city polished into a beautiful Northern Irish destination; and embrace Viking history at the museums in Douglas.


Iceland Expedition

Dates: June 20 - June 23, 2019
Price: $1,475
Operator: AESU

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!


New England Islands Cruise

Dates: June 28 - July 06, 2019
Price: $4,595 +Air
Operator: AHI
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Discover New England on a coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts journey. Spend one night in Providence, Rhode Island, before embarking on an exciting round-trip, seven-night cruise. Learn about Massachusetts’ whaling industry, tour historic Fort Adams, delve into America’s Cup history at a yacht museum and tour Blithewold, an elegant 19th-century Rhode Island estate. Customize your cruise with optional excursions, such as tours of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Newport’s stately 19th-century “summer cottages.”

Enjoy first-class accommodations in Providence and aboard the American Star, and delight in meals showcasing delicious seafood and other New England specialties.


July 2019

The Continental

Dates: July 1 - July 11, 2019
Price: $2,695 + Air
Operator: AESU

You are invited to explore layers of European history and experience the cultural diversity of five intriguing countries. Start off with oompah-pah bands at the famous Hofbräuhaus in the fun Oktoberfest city of Munich, then visit Alpine Austria and Mozart’s enchanting birthplace, Salzburg. In Italy, explore romantic Venice and Michelangelo’s magnificent Florence, then continue to France and enjoy leisure time on the famous beaches of the French Riviera and excursions to Cannes and Monte Carlo. Your journey ends in Spain with time to discover Barcelona’s cosmopolitan flair and legendary nightlife. Europe’s most famous cities and fabulous beaches provide the setting for a journey that celebrates and educates.


Rhine Discovery

Dates: July 8 - July 17, 2019
Price: $4,699
Operator: Go Next
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From Amsterdam to Basel and everywhere in between, romance is alive and well on the Rhine River. The Rhine has become as much an icon of Northern Europe as the pristine castles, fairy-tale villages, and lush forests that dot its banks. As you cruise its shores and explore its treasures, you’re sure to fall in love with a landscape you didn’t believe could truly exist. Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Opal. With a meticulously planned itinerary and unforgettable shore excursions, there is no better way to experience the Rhine and immerse yourself in the history and culture that line the banks.


Glacial Adventures of Alaska

Dates: July 16 - July 26, 2019
Price: $3,449
Operator: Go Next
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Explore the astounding glaciers and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise along 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. Stop in Ketchikan, and explore the town’s rustic boardwalk or the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. 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; visit icy strait point, known for its harmonious Native Tlingit village. Spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native cultures in Sitka. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria before disembarking Regatta in Seattle.


Africa Wildlife

Dates: July 24 - August 06, 2019
Price: $8,254 +Air
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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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 a day’s sightseeing in Johannesburg, South Africa. Spend three nights in Zambezi National Park at a deluxe lodge, viewing spectacular Victoria Falls, embarking on a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise, and taking a game drive in search of the elusive black rhino. Continue to Chobe National Park, boasting one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife, for a three-night stay with sensational game drives and boat safaris. Take a private flight to Zambia for a tour highlight: unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park—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 four-day/three-night post-tour extension.


Majestic Great Lakes

Dates: July 24 - August 02, 2019
Price: $4,699
Operator: Go Next
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Explore the wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the M/V Victory I. Embarking in 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 waters of Georgian Bay; and explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island. Relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, and celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Cap off your cruise by experiencing the 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.


August 2019

Costa Rica Eco Explorer

Dates: August 7 - August 11, 2019
Price: $1,375 + Air
Operator: AESU

Travel to this small but very diverse country on an adventure tour of wildly contrasting landscapes. Get off the beaten track and explore the Rincon de la Vieja region, known for its active volcanos and bubbling mud pools, natural hot springs and shooting geysers. Get your adrenaline going on a whitewater tubing trip or rappel waterfalls cascading over beautiful canyons. Zip line through the rainforest canopy or enjoy the lush jungle and open plains by horseback or a guided nature hike. Enjoy geothermal activities of an active volcano by soaking in its hot mineral springs or taking a therapeutic mud bath. Relax on the beautiful Hermosa beaches or jump on a surf board and ride the waves. Experience all that Costa Rica has to offer.


Canadian Rockies

Dates: August 16 - August 22, 2019
Price: $3,995 + Air
Operator: Orbridge
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Head north during summer for a peak-season journey to Canada’s glorious Rocky Mountains, relaxing at legendary resorts including Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Each resort offers a range of activities to choose from: canoe, golf or walk nearby trails to take in inspiring landscapes and Rocky Mountain wildlife. Accompanied by an Orbridge Expedition Leader, enjoy the magnificent ranges in Banff and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and the glacial masses of the Columbia Icefields. Embark upon a marvelous cruise through the

glacial blue water of Maligne Lake, adventure up scenic Sulphur Mountain in a gondola, and ride a specially designed Ice Explorer on to the Columbia Icefield.


September 2019

Machu Picchu To Galapagos

Dates: September 3 - September 18, 2019
Price: $8,593 + Air
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
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This 16-day South American small group adventure begins with Lima’s highlights. Spend two nights in the magnificent Sacred Valley visiting impressive Incan sites and indigenous villages. Journey by train to Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas,” overnighting at an on-site hotel and exploring the ruins on
two tours. Discover Cuzco, the Americas’ archaeological hub, and enjoy lunch in a local family’s home. Tour historic Quito, a UNESCO site, then fly to the fascinating Galapagos Islands. Spend four nights on Santa Cruz Island in a beautiful hotel, taking cruises on a private yacht to nearby islands. Learn about Darwin’s “living laboratory” firsthand, observing giant Galapagos tortoises and other unique Galapagos. Explore Santa Cruz with its lava tunnels and craters then return to Quito for a final day.


D-Day

Dates: September 5 - September 11, 2019
Price: $4,295
Operator: WWII Museums
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For more than two-and-a-half years the Allies planned and gathered their military strength to launch a decisive amphibious invasion of northern France, and in anticipation of the invasion, Hitler stockpiled reserves in the Atlantic Wall defenses, determined to keep the Allied forces at bay. There would be no second chance for the Allies: The fate of the continent hangs upon this day and there is no plan to evacuate the troops in a failure. Join us on a seven-day tour visiting the sites and walking the beaches that became the backdrop for one of the most written about invasions in history, and the turning point of the war that changed the world.


North Atlantic Quest

Dates: September 10 - September 27, 2019
Price: $5,899
Operator: Go Next
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Sail the North Atlantic on this cruise to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and New England. Start with an overnight
stay in Reykjavík. Continue to Ísafjörður, and take in the town’s rugged mountain peaks. On your way to Greenland, sail the Prince Christian Sound surrounded by towering glacier-carved mountains. Qaqortoq, the next stop, radiates a rustic feel with a landscape covered in colorful quaint wooden homes. Sail up the coast to Paamiut, a town backed by towering mountains: a great location to observe the nattoralik eagle. Before cruising across the Labrador Sea and the Strait of Belle Isle, spend time in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital highlighting the city’s. Once in Canada, see landmarks from the 1700s in Sydney, experience Halifax, and witness the Reversing Falls in Saint John. Before ending your cruise in New York, visit Bar Harbor and Boston, New England’s largest city.


Wines of he Pacific Northwest

Dates: September 15 - September 23, 2019
Price: $3,999
Operator: Go Next
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Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods and culinary scene. Board
the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with delightful cafés and shops. Head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, then glide down the river and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland, and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 camp.


Grand Danube Passage

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

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

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

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

Greece

Dates: November 7 - November 15, 2019
Price: $2295 +Air
Operator: AHI
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Experience life on the Greek island of Poros, stroll by the sparkling sea, where octopuses hang to dry outside waterfront tavernas and locals pass the time at the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop. From Poros, ideally located for exploring ancient Greece sites, discover the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and
the ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra and Nafplio, Greece’s first capital. A visit to the Acropolis in Athens and an Athens city tour rounds out your journey. Enjoy first-class accommodations during two nights in Athens and five nights on Poros. The extensive meal plan features wine with dinner.


December 2019

Holiday Market Cruise

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

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!