These are past travel opportunities. If you would like to inquire as to when a certain trip here will be held again please contact Courtney Taylor at courtney.taylor@ua.edu

February 2023

Tropical Costa Rica

Date: February 4 - February 12, 2023
Price: From $2,298
Operator: Collette

With lush forests, stunning waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes, and endless coastlines, Costa Rica is a paradise with exotic plants and incredible animals. Enjoy the tranquil views of Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore part of the 20,000-acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights at Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.


January 2023

Chilean Wonders ~ Lake District & Patagonia

Date: January 30 - February 10, 2023
Price: $4,995 if booked by 12/31/22 + VAT + air
Operator: AHI

Connect with Chile’s wild beauty and warm culture on a nine-night adventure through this South American jewel! Take in cosmopolitan Santiago’s architecture and sample enticing dishes at the Mercado Central, recognized internationally as a world-class food market. In the enchanting Lake District, savor the tranquil vistas, visit picturesque Chiloé Island, and travel by boat to observe a penguin colony. You’ll also watch cowboys show off their rodeo skills at a ranch and enjoy an authentic asado or barbecue featuring folk music and dancing! Head further south into Patagonia, where you’ll visit the historic port city of Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan. Cruise through a fjord to view the impressive Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers and be awed by the breathtaking mountain scenery of the acclaimed Torres del Paine National Park. Gain insights from expert guides and lecturers and relax each evening in first-class accommodations. This active, small-group program includes three flights within Chile and a generous meal plan with wine at dinner.


PANAMA POTPOURRI

Date: January 18 - May 28, 2022
Price: From $3,099 (airfare included from select cities)
Operator: Go Next

Jungle rhythms and mysterious ruins—Let’s go to Central America! This 10-night journey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena will drench you in sun, sand, and the sweet flavors of this unique region. Find the magic in the ancient Mayan ruins of Costa Maya and swim amidst the Great Mayan Reef in Harvest Caye. The treasures of Guatemala await you in Santo Tomas, where you’ll venture to crystal-clear springs and spot orange-breasted falcons.

Relax on the beach in Roatan and in Puerto Limon, cruise crystal canals as birds and monkeys dance in the treetops. Revel in a journey through the Panama Canal, one of the modern world’s most heroic feats of engineering. Whether you’re a history buff, a lounge chair lover, or a scuba diving master, this cruise is for you!


DAZZLING DOWN UNDER

Date: January 16 - January 30, 2023
Price: From $6,349 (airfare included from select cities)
Operator: Go Next

Say G’day to koalas and kangaroos on this 14-night cruise to the great Down Under aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Watch for the iconic Sydney Opera House as you sail on the Tasman Sea. Spend two days in Melbourne, where you can catch sight of a kookaburra or watch wallabies huddle and hop. In Burnie, let local cheesemakers dazzle your taste buds, then cruise the Fjords of Milford Sound as craggy cliffs tower over you.

Strike out in Timaru on a sheep-laden country drive and experience movie-making history in Wellington, where “The Lord of the Rings” was filmed. Taste the flavor of Napier’s famous vintage vineyards, and in Gisborne, catch sight of surfers soaking up the summer sun and New Zealand waves. Before your journeys end in Auckland, watch for dolphins in the Bay of Islands.


December 2022

Christmas in London

Date: December 8 - December 14, 2022
Price: Starts at $2,598 per person
Operator: Collette

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most iconic cities and delve into London’s rich history and culture. See the Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey on a city tour. Explore a local market and the culinary treasures of London on a progressive foodie walking tour. Live like a local and hop on “the Tube.” Choose between a performance at a London theatre or afternoon tea. Explore the historic Tower of London with an expert guide. Cruise along the River Thames and see the city from a different perspective. Every day in London brings a new adventure, encountering majestic pageantry and grand charm.


November 2022

Civil Rights—A Journey to Freedom

Date: November 5 - November 09, 2022
Price:
Operator: Orbridge

Join us for an intimate and essential opportunity to explore the Deep South with an informative program that highlights America’s civil rights movement in Alabama. Historically, perhaps no other state has played a vital role, where a fourth of the official U.S. Civil Rights Trail landmarks are located.
On this five-day journey, discover sites that advanced social justice and shifted the course of history. Stand in the pulpit at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached, walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge where law enforcement clashed with voting rights marchers, and gather with our group at Kelly Ingram Park as 1,000 or so students did in the 1963 Children’s Crusade.
Taking a deeper dive beyond the civil rights “highlight” reel, each day offers exclusive, authentic experiences for in-depth knowledge, engaged conversations, and deep listening. A cadre of distinguished and compelling speakers and foot soldiers join us to serve as a living library—providing valuable, first-hand accounts of resistance and change. Learn about the underground work of every day, sacrificing people who built the foundation for the civil rights movement to happen and continue today.
We’ll be staying at comfortable accommodations, enjoying Southern hospitality with home-cooked meals, celebrating accomplishments of pioneers such as the Tuskegee Airmen, attending a musical performance, and becoming more empowered in our efforts to overcome adversity and support fundamental rights for all people.


October 2022

Cuba and its People

Date: October 26 - November 02, 2022
Price: from $4,795 if booked by 12/31/21 + VAT; air included for select gateways
Operator: AHI

Embark on a discovery into the heart of incredible Cuba. Stay for seven nights in a privately owned boutique hotel in Havana’s beautiful Vedado district. Daily excursions immerse you in Cuba’s endless charms, from Old Havana to the romantic Malecón, a classic car ride to vibrant Fusterlandia. Learn about organic farming in Caimito and Afro-Cuban history in Matanzas. Experience Cuba through the eyes of entrepreneurs, dancers, community leaders, children, and more. These locals show you their connections to their country and how they cultivate their passions and work during meaningful exchanges. Plus, our handpicked local experts add another enriching layer with discussions about the island’s economy, musical roots, 1961 literacy campaign, and other compelling topics. You’ll come away with a broader perspective of Cuba’s history, culture, and heritage while supporting the Cuban people. This exclusive program, developed by AHI Travel, is operated by a Support for the Cuban People general license established by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. This program includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba.


Southwest National Parks

Date: October 12 - October 20, 2022
Price:
Operator: Orbridge

Join fellow travelers on a journey to the exceptional national parks and monuments of the 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 storytellers, 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 an enjoyable time at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed.
With the guidance of an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and the comforts of a private motorcoach, there is no better way to visit our national parks.
PLUS: Kick off your adventure in the Southwest by joining the optional pre-tour, Denver to Moab, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Enjoy nature’s wondrous scenery in comfort and style during two days of rail travel in premium SilverLeaf class. After arriving in Moab, delight in guided touring at Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park for two additional areas to explore.


Landscapes and Lighthouses of Coastal Maine

Date: October 8 - October 15, 2022
Price:
Operator: Premier

From the iconic lighthouses perched along sparkling bays to Portland’s cobblestone streets boasting award-winning restaurants, Maine offers unique landscapes and experiences for everyone.

Begin your journey with an overnight in Boston followed by a comprehensive city tour highlighted by an included tour of historic Fenway Park before checking in to your award-winning hotel for a five-night stay. Experience a Casco Bay Cruise to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats and seals. Visit the Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum, one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouses. See the Wedding Cake House, an over-exuberant version of gingerbread Victorian architecture and board a working Lobster Boat where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbor for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade. Your day is topped off enjoying an authentic Lobster Clambake. Also, explore the rugged beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and enjoy the quintessential New England village of North Conway to board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a nostalgic ride through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley countryside. Later motorcoach along the Kancamagus Highway, one of America’s most scenic drives with sweeping mountain views of the White Mountains National Forest.


Adriatic and Aegean Array

Date: October 6 - October 16, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $3,349
Operator: Go Next

Follow the sweeping path of Europe’s palaces and panoramic views on this 10-night trip aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Spy the steep slopes of Amalfi as you take a coastal cruise up the UNESCO-listed shores. Under the gaze of Mt. Etna, enjoy a Sicilian lunch of pecorino and prosciutto.

History buffs will linger in the lanes of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, filled with fortresses and fortifications. Spend two days in timeless Venice, where you’ll glide the old canals on gondolas while Italian musicians serenade you. In Greece, catch a glimpse of ancient Olympia near Katakolon and in Santorini, relax in the sea breeze with a glass of award-winning wine.


September 2022

Young Alumni – California Wine Country

Date: September 22 - September 25, 2022
Price: Starting at $1745 + air
Operator: AESU

California Wine Country is the most renowned wine region in North America. World-class wineries, amazing culinary experiences and scenic landscapes await in this can’t miss destination.  See San Francisco’s most famous sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf before exploring the estates and vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Experience the rich wine culture from well-known labels to intimate boutique wineries. You are in for an incredible treat.

This is a young alumni trip that includes alumni and friends from 22 – 35 years old.

 


Young Alumni – Ciao Italy

Date: September 3 - September 11, 2022
Price: Starting at $2398 + air
Operator: AESU

Explore Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and a city packed with extraordinary art and architecture. Then discover the Italian Riviera with its breathtaking coastal scenery and hike along paths through charming fishing villages of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, dip into the magic of Italy’s Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards crowned by castles and ancient abbeys. Savor local Chianti wine and home-made pasta, try bread dipped in olive oil, slices of red tomato loaded with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and sun-cured olives. Enjoy la dolce vita!

This is a young alumni trip that includes alumni and friends from 22 – 35 years old.


August 2022

Radiant Alaska

Date: August 8 - August 18, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $3,399
Operator: Go Next

Alaska is calling—journey with us to the Last Frontier! Enjoy natural wonders, quaint coastal towns, and a sense of culture that’s unique to Alaska on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Catch a crab feast in Ketchikan, where they pull each day’s dinner fresh from the water. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you cruise Hubbard Glacier to Hoonah, where whales breach and spout. Get gold fever in Juneau, where you can pan for gold in the same creek where miners of yore struck it rich.

Whether you’re a zip-line thrill seeker or an old timey saloon searcher, Skagway has something to fit every taste. Cycle or hike the sights of Sitka or enjoy sea otters, raptors, and bears. Before your trip ends in Seattle, make a stop in Victoria, British Columbia—walk the downtown streets to an award-winning winery.


July 2022

Bevy of British Isles

Date: July 13 - July 22, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $4,749
Operator: Go Next

Explore the gorgeous green coasts of Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, from Dublin to Edinburgh, on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena. During the first stops in Holyhead, Cork, and Bantry, you’ll have access to the castles at Caernarfon and Conwy, the key landmarks in the Titanic’s story, and the verdant coasts and seaside villages all along the Ring of Kerry. On this journey, old stone pubs ring with Irish ditties such as “the craic”—companionable conversation—flows from the friendly folk of Belfast.

The Sliabh Liag cliffs, among the highest in Europe, spread out along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. And the strange rocky ridges of Giant’s Causeway reach up from the sea. Before spending two days exploring the rich history of Edinburgh, stop off in Kirkwall, where UNESCO-listed Heart of Neolithic Orkney features the 5,000-year-old Standing Stones of Stenness.


June 2022

Historic Baseball Tour

Date: June 21 - June 26, 2022
Price: $3,499 per person double occupancy
Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel

Time and again referred to as America’s national pastime, the game of baseball has played a key role in shaping our nation. Join us on this authentic baseball experience that will take a deep dive into the meaningful aspects that make baseball the game we enjoy today.  Visit two historical baseball venues—Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, to witness behind-the-scenes tours and live game action. Also, spend time in Cooperstown for a private tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Fairytale France ~ Alsace

Date: June 19 - June 27, 2022
Price: $3,495 if booked by 1/11/22 + VAT + air
Operator: AHI

Tucked between the magnificent Vosges mountains and the Black Forest lies a region brimming with dramatic beauty, incredible gastronomy, a distinctive Franco-Germanic culture, and old-world villages, each endearing and romantic. France’s acclaimed Alsace region is known for its enticing blend of German and French traditions and fascinating heritage. Stay for seven nights in charming Colmar, the heart of the region with scenery plucked from a fairytale. Each day, journey through a varied landscape to whimsical Alsatian communities, including Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, and Eguisheim. Visit eco-friendly Freiburg, multicultural Basel, and dynamic Strasbourg, home to Europe’s most outstanding Gothic treasures. Sip superlative wines along the storied Alsatian Wine Route and savor divine culinary experiences, including lunch in a winstub, an authentic Alsatian wine room. Plus, delve into the region’s proud identity and illustrious past. This small-group adventure features a first-class hotel and a generous meal plan.


Young Alumni – Greek Island Hopper

Date: June 11 - June 19, 2022
Price: Starting at $1,975 + air
Operator: AESU

Catch the sun and set your course for an extraordinary journey. The Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini, known for their amazing beaches and dramatic landscapes overlooking azure waters, are also filled with archaeological treasures, history and culture – not to forget, delicious foods. Discover the myths and legends of ancient Athens, visit the magnificent Acropolis, wander the paths of Plato, Socrates and Sophocles and test your bargaining skills at the markets of Monastiraki.

This is a young alumni trip that includes alumni and friends from 22 – 35 years old.


May 2022

Classic Europe Graduation Trip

Date: May 15 - May 22, 2022
Price: Starting at $3,380 + air
Operator: AESU

Reward yourself for all your hard work with this ultimate escape. The Classic Europe grad trip offers 16 days of exploration, adventure, and insight into many of Europe’s most popular and stunning countries. This tour provides something for everyone, from mingling with locals on a London pub crawl, and seeking adventure parasailing in the Greek isles, to photographing the majesty of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and venturing through the Roman Forum and the 2000-year-old Parthenon in Athens. The beauty of this journey is the balance of fun excursions, time at leisure and fascinating looks into history, architecture and breath-taking European landscapes. Unleash your inner adventurer and make memories and new friends to last a lifetime.


Adriatic and Artisans

Date: May 14 - May 24, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $4,049
Operator: Go Next

The Mediterranean sparkles with springtime sunshine in May, the perfect time to visit. Catch some rays on our 10-night cruise to celebrated Italian cities and more aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina. From Venice to Bari to Florence to Rome, get your fill of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, the towering remains of the ancient Roman Empire, and hand-crafted authentic Italian cuisine.

Along your route, take in Dubrovnik’s massive medieval walls, the sun-bleached ramparts of the St. George Castle ruins in Argostoli, and the most concentrated area of historic sites in the world set among the palms and palaces of Valletta. Take a gander at Gaudí’s whimsical architecture in Barcelona. Venture into the crooked hilltop villages and colorful whirl of markets in Provence. Also, get your glam on in Monte Carlo, where race cars and roulette are the hallmarks of this billionaire’s playground.


Cruise the Heart of Europe

Date: May 4 - May 17, 2022
Price: from $5,095 if booked by 1/25/22 + port + air
Operator: AHI

Sail through Central Europe along the storied Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, legendary waterways with fascinating histories. Unpack once aboard an exclusively chartered first-class river ship and settle in for a 12-night cruise, enjoying an intimate look at four distinct countries, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. Awaken each day to medieval villages and vibrant capitals, enchanting vistas, and lauded UNESCO World Heritage sites. Centuries of heritage unfold in Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, cities steeped in the legacies of great empires. Glide by idyllic landscapes of fairytale villages, castle-crowned hilltops, and the beautiful Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys. Along the way, join local experts for enriching discussions and take part in immersive cultural experiences, including a traditional German Frühschoppen. Plus, a selection of thoughtfully planned shore excursions allows you to customize your time, from walking tours to cycling adventures and wine tastings. This unforgettable cruise features all meals, including wine, beer, and soft drinks, with lunch and dinner. No single supplement for solo travelers!


April 2022

The Masters

Date: 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.