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

October 2022

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.

 


Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice

Date: September 19 - October 04, 2022
Price: $5,574, per person, double occupancy from Birmingham ($5,095 air and land inclusive plus $479 airline taxes and fees)
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. Staying in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village, you’ll especially appreciate traveling in a small group limited to 24 people. Begin on the storied Amalfi Coast with a three-night stay featuring a cruise along this matchless coastline, a visit to Pompeii’s magnificent ruins, and a thrilling Amalfi Coast drive. Spending the next three nights in a well-located hotel in Rome, tour the heart of ancient Rome – the Colosseum and the Forum; the Vatican’s monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica; and the sublime Sistine Chapel; and enjoy independent exploration. A three-night stay in Orvieto, dramatically set in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, follows. Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and explore Parco delle Grotte’s labyrinth of underground caves. On an excursion to beloved Assisi, stroll through the fountain-splashed piazzas and visit the renowned Basilica di San Francesco. You are journeying next to alluring Tuscany for a three-night stay, tour Siena, which boasts one of Europe’s most fabulous public squares. Discover splendid Florence, a living monument to the Renaissance, and its famed Galleria dell’Accademia, and the classic Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings. In wondrous Venice, the final destination, tour vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings and explore the city independently. Savor more time discovering this treasured city with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.  


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.


Northern Realms: Baltics and Scandinavia

Date: August 7 - August 17, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $3,999
Operator: Go Next

We’re on our way north—come bask in the beauty of the Baltics! From Denmark to Sweden and everywhere in between, this trip will lead you through secret tunnels, into towers and turrets, and behind the scenes in some of the world’s most fascinating towns. Make your way through medieval ruins in Visby and take a kayak down a calm Lithuanian river in Klaipėda.

Tour Tallinn’s underground passageways as you learn about its historic past, then spend two days in Russia. Whether you seek art architecture, or music, St. Petersburg has something for everyone. Before ending in Stockholm, cruise into Helsinki, the white city of the north, where you can peruse an open-air market for the perfect present to pack in your suitcase.


July 2022

Black Sea Brilliance

Date: July 17 - July 27, 2022
Price: Starting Price: $4,299
Operator: AESU

Taste the exotic flavors of the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. You’ll have new tales to tell, from Istanbul to Athens, with the traditions of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine sprinkled in. Planned specifically for the culturally curious, this cruise seeks out authentic experiences of lesser-known European cultures and explores their Greek and Roman roots in depth. Catch folk performances, village visits, and food tours set against a Byzantine backdrop of onion-domed cathedrals and ancient ruins.

In Odessa, the Potemkin Steps welcome visitors up to the graceful Prymorsky Boulevard, and in Turkey, the ancient ruins of Ephesus come alive along marble roads carved with chariot marks. Top off your tour with island hopping through Greece: snap a photo of Santorini’s indigo-domed churches clinging to stony cliffs along the caldera, and sip ouzo among the glitz and glamour of Mykonos.


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.


Vancouver to Toronto by Rail

Date: June 16 - June 22, 2022
Price:
Operator: Orbridge

Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a small-group journey (26 guests maximum) from Vancouver across the expanse of five provinces, from the Pacific Northwest through the Canadian Rockies.Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, providing the perfect combination of modern and elegant cabins, private concierge service, delightful meals prepared by onboard chefs, all-inclusive bar service, and observation cars that allow for unobstructed viewing of Canada’s great wilderness.

This is what travel was meant to be. And with time to explore Victoria, Niagara Falls, and Toronto during the optional pre-tour and post-tour, it’s a unique opportunity to get to know the beauty and history of our northern neighbor.

 

 


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

Dutch Waterways ~ featuring Floriade

Date: April 18 - April 26, 2022
Price: from $3,095 if booked by 1/11/22 + port + air
Operator: AHI

Discover Old World cities, picture-perfect towns, and centuries of history along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium! On this seven-night, first-class cruise, take in Amsterdam’s gabled houses from the Dutch Golden Age, and meander in Bruges’ romantic old town and along Antwerp’s colorful lanes. Best of all, be inspired by the beautiful profusion of trees, plants, and flowers blossoming at Floriade Expo 2022, the world’s premier gardening festival held every ten years! You’ll also enjoy a choice of included excursions. In Amsterdam, stroll amid a sea of cheerful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, behold the Rijksmuseum’s masterpieces, or bike through quaint villages. Explore The Hague and the Mauritshuis’ treasures, or watch artisans at the Royal Delft porcelain factory. In Bruges, visit a chocolaterie, discover the beer culture or admire fine Belgian art. Savor the ever-changing panoramas and carefree comforts that make river cruising so enticing. A generous meal plan with wine and beer at lunch and dinner complements your experience. No single supplement!


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.


November 2021

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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

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


October 2021

Chilean Wonders

Date: October 27 - November 07, 2021
Price:
Operator: AHI

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