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.

If you have any questions, please email alaycock@alumni.ua.edu.

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New! Just for Young Alumni:

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
E-mail: alaycock@alumni.ua.edu
Phone: (205) 348-1547

2020-2021 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! 

Trips

August 2020

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.


Million Dollar Band & Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dates: November 24 - November 28, 2020
Price: 3329.00
Operator: Beyond Group Travel

There is no place like New York City during the holiday season. We are excited to once again offer this wonderful multi-generational Thanksgiving trip to world-famous New York City. For the first time, see the Million Dollar Band perform live in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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 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.