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

May 2019

Classic Europe

A large group of recently graduated alumni pose in front of a bridge

Date: May 11 - May 21, 2019
Price: $2,925
Operator: AESU

Come join us on an unforgettable voyage through England, France, Italy, Vatican City and Greece. See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, see the Eiffel Tower and explore the best museums of Paris. Get whisked away via high-speed train to the French Riviera—playground for the rich and famous! Discover the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, where the Colosseum and Forum remind us of its dramatic past, conjuring up visions of Caesar and mighty gladiators. Venture across the Tiber River to Vatican City—the world’s smallest state. Explore Pompeii where volcanic ash preserved the city almost exactly as it was more than 2,000 years ago. Relax living like a Greek god or goddess on the Isle of Poros with its stunning beaches and aquamarine waters. End your grand tour in Athens where the Acropolis is one of the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins. Immerse in each country’s culture, cuisine, architecture and history. Let the adventure begin!


Cruise the Heart of Europe

View of a church and surrounding town at night from a waterway

Date: May 2 - May 17, 2019
Price: $5,295 +Air
Operator: AHI

Coursing through the heartland of Europe, the continent’s great rivers made expansion in art, culture and trade possible. Cruise the charming canals of Amsterdam and navigate the mighty Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Explore great cities, such as Amsterdam, Budapest, Cologne, Passau and Würzburg, and the charming towns of Koblenz, Melk and Miltenberg. Marvel at the beauty of the Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys. Personalize your experience in eight ports with a choice of included shore excursions that range from culinary tours to cycling adventures to museum visits. Local speakers complement your excursions with engaging dialogue, and you even have a chance to learn the Viennese waltz. This expertly crafted journey includes 14 nights aboard an exclusively chartered first-class river cruiser, all meals and wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. No single supplement.


Legendary Europe

A brightly colorful city that has lots of mosaic elements on the buildings

Date: May 2 - May 10, 2019
Price: $2,599
Operator: Go Next

Take in some of the most storied European sights on this remarkable voyage aboard Riviera. Sail to Marseille, France’s oldest city and gateway to the picturesque landscapes of Provence. Then, continue to Barcelona, where modern sophistication lives harmoniously with historic tradition and striking architecture mingles with medieval structures. Palma de Mallorca, the next stop, is filled with impressive architecture. Take in the city’s magnificent Gothic cathedral built out of sandstone before visiting Ajaccio on the lush island of Corsica. Discover the city’s relics that celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born here. In Portofino, you’ll find plenty of boutique shops and sidewalk cafés to explore. Before ending your trip in Civitavecchia, sail to Livorno, a jumping-off point for adventures in the monument-rich cities of Florence and Pisa and the idyllic Tuscan countryside.


April 2019

Southwest Parks

A canyon area with a large rock surrounded by water in the foreground

Date: April 30 - May 09, 2019
Price: $3,995 + Air
Operator: Orbridge

Join us on a 10-day journey through a spectacular series of natural wonders in the American 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 storytelling 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 enjoyable time at all five national parks— Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and traveling in the comfort of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks.


Dutch Waterways

A view of homes and a windmill with rows of brightly colored tulips in front

Date: April 15 - April 23, 2019
Price: $2,795
Operator: AHI

Glide through the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium during a seven-night cruise aboard an exclusively chartered, first-class river ship. This program includes outings in Amsterdam, where a special canal cruiser shows you the city’s highlights; the fairy-tale village of Giethoorn and Antwerp, which has an impressive medieval cityscape. Design the rest of your trip from a selection of included excursions, which range from cycling to chocolate tasting to, of course, tiptoeing through tulips. Enjoy an extensive meal plan featuring wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers.


March 2019

Portrait of Italy

An areal shot of the village of Positano during a sunny day.

Date: March 30 - April 14, 2019
Price: $4,874
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside
to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art and unique accommodations. Begin in stunning seaside Amalfi, experiencing the breathtaking coast by sea and by land, and visiting Pompeii’s exquisite ruins. Continue to Rome, where sightseeing includes the Colosseum, the Forum, monumental St. Peter’s Square, and the sublime Sistine Chapel. Traveling north, spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, Italy’s “green heart,” savoring a cooking demonstration in Orvieto, and a visit to the charming town of Assisi. Journey through the equally alluring region of Tuscany, touring splendid Siena. Discover Florence, living monument to the Renaissance, and encounter classic Tuscany in the hill town of San Gimignano. Sample a local winery’s offerings before concluding your tour in wondrous Venice. Savor more time in Venice on an optional three-day/two-night post-tour extension.


Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage

Date: March 14 - March 24, 2019
Price: $3,781
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

In this small, nature-kissed Central American democracy, discover staggering biodiversity in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rain forest; Central Valley to Pacific Coast. Your small group of no more than
18 guests sets out from San Jose on a comprehensive 11-day exploration. Take an excursion to Poas Volcano National Park, home to one of the world’s largest craters, and visit the Doka Coffee Estate. Explore Carrizal’s Botanical Orchid Garden. Spend three nights at a hotel in the Arenal region with views of magnificent Arenal Volcano. Visit an elementary school; experience the rainforest on a Hanging Bridges walk; and tour Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve. Continue on to the amazingly diverse Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and its Hummingbird Gallery. The journey concludes with a three-night stay at a Guanacaste beachfront resort, and a Tempisque River “floating safari.” Encounter more ecological wonders on a four-day/three-night Tortuguero National Park pre-tour option.


February 2019

Radiant Rhythms

Date: February 10 - February 23, 2019
Price: $3,499
Operator: Go Next

Begin your South American cruise with an overnight in Buenos Aires with superb cuisine, chic boutiques, and the world’s widest boulevard. Leave Argentina for the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, a major port that retains a comfortable small-town feel. Take in Punta del Este’s expansive stretches of waterfront,
Rio Grande’s architecture, and Porto Belo’s beaches. Set sail to São Paulo, a city of skyscrapers and the seductive sounds of samba; while Paraty has preserved vehicle-free cobblestone streets. Visit the island of Ilha Grande, a protected ecological area. Finally, explore Búzios’ gorgeous beaches—from calm, clear waters to energetic surf spots—before your last stop in Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the awe-inspiring statue, Christ the Redeemer.


Tahiti and French Polynesia

Date: February 5 - February 15, 2019
Price: $6,995 +Air
Operator: Gohagan

Join us for a nine-night program in the sun-soaked haven of French Polynesia’s Society Islands. Sail for
seven nights aboard the five-star Wind Spirit, a small sailing ship carrying only 148 guests and rated the #1 Tahiti cruise by Condé Nast Traveler. This small ship experience amidst the islands, atolls and motus of the South Pacific includes round-trip air from Los Angeles, all onboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, complimentary watersports and an exclusive excursion on each island. Tour the paradisal island landscapes of Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora. Visit vanilla and black pearl farms. Explore early Polynesian culture on Ra’iatea and Huahine. This exceptional itinerary also includes two nights (air schedules permitting) in the five-star Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa in enchanting Pape’ete.


January 2019

Expedition to Antarctica

Date: January 26 - February 08, 2019
Price: $9,995 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate L’austral, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95 percent of
the deluxe accomodations. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human visitors. The expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Spend two nights in the Five-Star Intercontinental Buenos Aires Hotel, including a tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital city. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option.


December 2018

Holiday Markets

Date: December 4 - December 12, 2018
Price: $1,995
Operator: AHI

Delight in the magical merriment of Germany’s holiday markets on a seven-night cruise that celebrates enduring festive traditions. During Advent, villages of wooden kiosks festooned with pine branches, red ribbons and cheerful lights spring up in town squares along the Rhine and Main Rivers. Linger in these fanciful Christkindlmarkts, as you savor the tantalizing aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread. Aboard your first-class ship, relax on deck as the stunning scenery unfolds around you, vistas of clifftop castles, charming villages and rolling hills. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge, and gaze upward at the soaring spires of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. Admire the quaint timbered architecture of medieval gems Miltenberg and Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Walk through the stately halls of Würzburg’s palace, and explore beautiful Koblenz. While in Cologne, Bamberg and Nuremberg, select from a choice of intriguing excursions. Enjoy insightful lectures and ample onboard meals, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.


October 2018

Cuban Tropical Rhythms

Date: October 26 - November 05, 2018
Price: $2,599
Operator: Go Next

Open the door to Cuba and the Caribbean on this week-long luxury cruise. Embark aboard the Sirena in Miami, an international city built on the foundation of Cuban immigration; and make your way to Great Stirrup Cay—a vision of Bahamian paradise—before visiting the Southeastern cultural hub of Santiago de Cuba; home to Desi Arnaz, Bacardi Rum, and the Battle of San Juan Hill. Sail the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea to the astounding bayside city of Cienfuegos, a former French settlement which remains a paragon of 19th-century urban planning. Your last stop on the island is Havana, where you’ll go beyond the tourist destinations with our unparalleled Go Next Exclusive Excursions. Finally, wave goodbye to Cuba and cruise to Cozumel, the Mexican destination that draws visitors to its extraordinary reefs, ancient Mayan ruins, and expansive beaches, before returning to Miami.


Passage along the Blue Danube

Date: October 13 - October 25, 2018
Price: $4,895
Operator: Gohagan

This custom-designed, 13-day travel program features seven unique countries, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III, from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea through a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside, from ancient Romania and Serbia and Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates. Spend two nights in elegant Bucharest and visit legendary Transylvania. Vienna Pre-Program Option.


Glorious Greece

Date: October 13 - October 24, 2018
Price: $2,999
Operator: Go Next

Classic mythology, glistening oceans, and ancient cities await you on this luxurious tour of Greece. Embark on the Riviera in Athens, the Cradle of Democracy; and set off to Gythion, the port city of Sparta. Play around in Katakonos, a quiet seaside town where you can head inland to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Enjoy astounding views of Mount Etna in Taormina and explore Valetta, Europe’s smallest capital, before cruising the Mediterranean to the island of Crete and Heraklion’s astounding ruins. Soak in the ever-present sunshine of Rhodes, and lounge on the fabulous black sand beaches of Santorini that epitomize Grecian beauty. You’ll hear the sounds of over 300 churches’ bells echo over the otherwise-tranquil island of Patmos, where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, before you complete your voyage of Greece back in Athens.


September 2018

Pearls of Italy

Date: September 20 - October 01, 2018
Price: $4,595
Operator: AHI

Italy is a brilliant showcase of natural beauty, magnificent art, and a culture that’s had a profound influence on the western world. This journey highlights the best of Italy, as you travel by train to explore four diverse regions. Discover the Italian Lakes in the north. Cruise Lake Maggiore, and travel to Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Continue to Venice to tour the Piazza San Marco and other historic highlights. Head south to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, en route to Colle di Val d’Elsa. Venture to Chianti to sample its renowned wine. Then, as they say, all roads lead to Rome. Your remarkable journey concludes in the Eternal City. Historic highlights come to life as local guides offer fascinating narrative as you walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Enjoy a small group of curious fellow travelers, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.


Australia & New Zealand

Date: September 1 - September 22, 2018
Price: $8,684
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Your remarkable 22-day small group journey to the Lands Down Under begins in Cairns.  Ride the historic railway to Kuranda then descend via the Skyrail gondolas.  Board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.  In Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture.  Watch the sun set over fabled Ayers Rock.  Travel to Sydney where you tour the iconic Opera House; board a catamaran for a Sydney Harbour cruise; and enjoy ample leisure time.  Tour Featherdale Wildlife Park, where koalas roam free.  Fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park, then you take a cruise through Milford Sound’s breathtaking fjords.  Visit geothermal Rotorua and experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner.  Celebrate your journey’s end in Auckland.  Enjoy more time in the “City of Sails” at your own pace on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension


August 2018

Baltic Sea & Scandinavia

Date: August 18 - August 29, 2018
Price: $3,799
Operator: Go Next

Discover the unique personality of Northern Europe as you set sail across the Baltic Sea. Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Marina in Stockholm, Sweden’s island city often called “Beauty on Water.” Leave for the Lithuanian capital of Tallinn, a fairy-tale city of Gothic churches and half-hidden courtyards; before your two-night stay in Russia’s window to the West, St. Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great and boasting European sophistication with an imperial flair; whimsical golden spires, pastel-colored palaces and onion domes complement this magical metropolis’s vast network of canals and arched bridges. Head ashore in Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens; before crossing the Baltic Sea, where Klaipeda’s Smiltyne beach and the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga await you. Take in the sights of Berlin, Germany’s culture-rich capital; explore the delightful former fishing village of Warnemünde; and finally disembark the Marina in Copenhagen, the friendly Danish capital where the legendary Little Mermaid greets visitors to its shores.


Majestic Great Lakes

Date: August 14 - August 23, 2018
Price: $5,999
Operator: Go Next

Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Embarking in the cultural hub of 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 shimmering waters of Georgian Bay; and explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island. Celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Cap off your cruise by experiencing the immensity and 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.


Young Alumni Iceland Expedition

Date: August 1 - August 05, 2018
Price: $998
Operator: AESU

Iceland’s unspoiled landscapes are shaped by the forces of nature and vary from deep fjords to vast volcanic deserts. With its stunning coastlines, black sand beaches, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and staggering waterfalls, the range of natural treasures make Iceland a highly unique and memorable destination.  The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are among the most spectacular phenomena on earth – and Iceland is the perfect place to see them. The trip is not complete without a dip in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Although nature abounds everywhere, the city of Reykjavík has gained a reputation for legendary nightlife being one of the hottest (or coolest) places to party in the world today!


July 2018

Imperial Splendors of Russia

Date: July 30 - August 08, 2018
Price: $3,495
Operator: AHI

Explore Russia’s magnetic grandeur on this riveting eight-night journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Today, these celebrated cities offer an intriguing interplay of dramatic history, artistic treasures, and trendy restaurants, shops and nightlife. In Moscow’s Red Square, admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and head underground to see the ornately decorated Metro stations. Inside the Kremlin, marvel at imperial riches, including Fabergé eggs and priceless jewelry. Then glide on a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, filled with enchanting canals and palaces. Be dazzled by Peter the Great’s sumptuous estate, and go backstage at the Mariinsky Theater, where ballet legends electrified audiences. Enjoy early access to the State Hermitage Museum’s spectacular art collection. At a country house, celebrate folk traditions with regional dishes and live entertainment. This engaging program features first-class hotels, city tours and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. Delight in the ambience of small-group travel, a dedicated Travel Director and lectures on Russian culture and history.


Glacial Adventures of Alaska

Date: July 23 - August 02, 2018
Price: $3,649
Operator: Go Next

Explore the astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise up and down 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; and dotted with countless islands. Your first stop is Ketchikan, once proclaimed the Salmon Capital of the World, on your way to Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. 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; spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah and Sitka. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria, Western Canada’s oldest city, before disembarking the Regatta back in Seattle.


Breathtaking Bordeaux

Date: July 16 - July 24, 2018
Price: $3,899
Operator: Go Next

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, which together have shaped the scenery and culture of the Bordeaux region of France.

In addition to the world-class wines made possible by Bordeaux’s perfect combination of climate and soil, the region has built a rich tapestry of culture and tradition from Gothic churches to opulent châteaus and medieval villages, all thanks to these magnificent waterways.

Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Diamond. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unique and unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included, there is no better way to experience the Bordeaux region and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lie inside.