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

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.


Costa Rica Eco Explorer (Young Alumni)

A group of people posing in front of a waterfall

Date: 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.


July 2019

Africa Wildlife

A group of 5 different African Elephants wandering through the brush

Date: July 24 - August 06, 2019
Price: $8,254 +Air
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

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

The Big Sable Point Lighthouse at sunset

Date: July 24 - August 02, 2019
Price: $4,699
Operator: Go Next

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.


Glacial Adventures of Alaska

A small town main street in Alaska with mountains in the background

Date: July 16 - July 26, 2019
Price: $3,449
Operator: Go Next

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.


Rhine Discovery

A row of townhouses at sunset with a bit of a castle like tower in the far right background

Date: July 8 - July 17, 2019
Price: $4,699
Operator: Go Next

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.