These are past travel opportunities. If you would like to inquire as to when a certain trip here will be held again please contact Amanda Laycock at alaycock@alumni.ua.edu

August 2020

Trans-Siberian Railway

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

Date: 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.


July 2020

Alpine Splendor

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

Date: 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.


Imperial Splendors of Russia

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

Date: 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.


Rhine Highlights

Canal through Amsterdam surrounded by buildings.

Date: 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.


British Isles Tapestry

prospering vegetation overlooks and illustrious city.

Date: 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.


The Majestic Great Lakes

Ariel view of Mackinac island, quaint homes and churches.

Date: 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.


Fjords of Norway

Coastal town at the foot of a gren mountain scape.

Date: 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.


June 2020

Portugal Adventure: Castles & Coastlines (Young Alumni)

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

Date: 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.


Voyage to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily

Colorful buildings built into a mountain overlooking the coast.

Date: 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.


Egypt: Valley of the Kings (Young Alumni)

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

Date: June 1 - June 07, 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.


February 2020

Hawaiian Adventure

Troopical landscape of the Hawaiian wilderness and native plants.

Date: 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.


The Wolves and Wildlife of Yellowstone

A man walks along a snowy trail

Date: 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.


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

Date: 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.


December 2019

New Year’s On Cloud 9 (Young Alumni)

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

Date: 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!


Holiday Market Cruise

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

Date: 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.


November 2019

Thanksgiving in New York

Date: November 27 - December 01, 2019
Price:
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.


October 2019

Timeless Cuba

A public square in Cuba with pastel buildings

Date: 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.


Egypt and The Eternal Nile

A pyramid and the Sphinx on a bright cloudless day

Date: 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.


September 2019

Masterpiece Montage

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

Date: 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.


Grand Danube Passage

A Gothic style church on a sunny day

Date: 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.


Greece

An aerial view of land jutting out into the waters in greece

Date: September 19 - September 27, 2019
Price: $2295 +Air
Operator: AHI

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.


Wines of he Pacific Northwest

An aerial view of some docks and high rises in the city of Vancouver a little past sundown

Date: September 15 - September 23, 2019
Price: $3,999
Operator: Go Next

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.


North Atlantic Quest

A gazebo amid a garden on a cloudy grey day

Date: September 10 - September 27, 2019
Price: $5,899
Operator: Go Next

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.


D-Day

Anibre Bannon sculptures on Omaha Beach in Normandy France

Date: September 5 - September 11, 2019
Price: $4,295
Operator: WWII Museums

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.


Machu Picchu To Galapagos

An aerial view of the ruins of macchu pichu

Date: September 3 - September 18, 2019
Price: $8,593 + Air
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

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.


August 2019

Canadian Rockies

A view of the Canadian Rockies from across a lake

Date: August 16 - August 22, 2019
Price: $3,995 + Air
Operator: Orbridge

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.