Destinations and Experiences
Provence is where sun-drenched beaches and undulating hills tie the Mediterranean to the Alps. Writers have long extolled Provence as the Land of Inspiration, and the colorful scenery inspired Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and Vincent van Gogh. Discover the magic of Provence first-hand on a seven-night adventure that showcases the many treasures of this fabled land. Explore Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the region, and get to know a personal side of one of the world’s great artists by stepping inside Cézanne’s studio. Journey through the forested region of Le Lubéron and delight in its picturesque mountain villages. Marvel at the Roman amphitheater in Arles and the artisan workshops of Les Baux. Visit the Palace of the Popes, Avignon’s medieval masterpiece, and see the remarkable Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in 19 B.C. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, first-class hotel accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.More Information
Sail from Rome to Lisbon while encountering a tantalizing array of ports and cultures during this 12-night cruise aboard award-winning Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony. Experience sophisticated Monte Carlo, bustling Barcelona, historic Cartagena, treasured Tangier, timeless Casablanca and the beautiful Canary Islands before finally arriving in captivating Lisbon. These waters were explored and lands settled by Greek and Roman sailors, and, it has been said, Christopher Columbus stopped in the Canary Islands on his way to the New World. Each of these ports is storied and offers its own fascinating history, unique way of life and alluring attractions. Crystal Cruises is world-renowned for excellence, with its award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. New for 2016, enjoy nightly alumni gatherings, and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your fellow travelers during recommended optional excursions in most ports of call. Open bar service, gratuities for select staff and 2-for-1 pricing are included with this adventure.More Information
Experience an exotic kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, cultures and ancient histories in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Visit elaborate temples, palaces and shrines throughout this exciting program. Discover Bangkok on a tuk-tuk, marvel at the opulence of the Grand Palace, visit Wat Po and see other key landmarks. Learn about endangered Asian elephants, cruise the Chao Phraya River and immerse yourself in the beauty of ancient Siam in Ayutthaya. Then, celebrate the golden age of travel for three nights aboard the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express Train. Journey under the Bridge over the River Kwai on a raft, and visit colonial Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore lively Singapore before flying to Bali. Observe daily life on the Island of the Gods at a housing compound and at the famous market in Ubud. Admire Bali’s breathtaking scenery, volcanoes, jungles and white-sand beaches. This program includes excursions, deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan.More Information
Admire the diverse scenery and experience the vibrant cultural heritage of Croatia, a trove of historic cities, pristine parkland and miles of sun-drenched Adriatic coastline. Begin your journey by exploring Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Wander the historic Upper Town and see the detailed art nouveau architecture that is a legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Delight in the crystal blue lakes, cascading waterfalls and lush forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Cruise to Split, a picturesque city by the sea and home of Diocletian’s Palace, the pre-eminent Roman monument on the Dalmatian Coast. Visit the island of Hvar and explore the island’s wine country. Conclude your journey in Dubrovnik, and marvel at the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture tucked inside the medieval city wall. This 10-night program includes accommodations at boutique and deluxe hotels, all excursions and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.More Information
Journey into the heart of Southern Africa to capture the magnificence of four distinct nations: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Experience the astonishing beauty and consummate adventure in a small group of no more than 24 guests with outstanding accommodations. Start your 18-day tour in Johannesburg with a full day touring Soweto, where the seeds of South African freedom took place. Visit spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and embark on an elephant-back safari through the bush followed by a rhino safari in open-top safari vehicles. Travel to Botswana for a full-day safari excursion to Chobe National Park, home of exceptional bird life and one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. Depart for Namibia and the vast Namib Desert with its towering sand dunes rising more than a thousand feet high. Rise with the sun to see the world’s highest crested dunes at Sossusvlei, its red-orange hues constantly changing in the morning light. Drive along the storied Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross, housing the largest Cape Fur Seal reserve. Spend four nights in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet; the Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region; and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Experience the magnificence of the South African bush, Kruger National Park region, and Big Five game country at a unique luxury tented camp on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
Follow in the wake of Spanish conquistadores who discovered the ancient Mayan world and changed the course of its culture forever. Join the Six-Star Crystal Serenity when it sails from Miami on this remarkable cruise to the sunny ports of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Costa Maya in Mexico. The cruise continues to exotic Belize City, Belize; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; and Roatán Island and Trujillo in Honduras. Visit historic Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, before arriving at Colón, Panama. For 20 consecutive years, Travel + Leisure magazine has honored Crystal Cruises as the “World’s Best” cruise line. Experience the world’s best cruise value with two-for-one pricing, open bar service, all meals, shipboard gratuities, and welcome and farewell parties. Enjoy gala entertainment nightly, deluxe staterooms, shuttles to the center of each port town, and the services of an engaging Travel Director. Delight in the beauty and warmth of Mexico and Central America on this exceptional, luxurious travel experience.
Discover the true Hawaii and its natural beauty of unspoiled coastlines, colorful reefs filled with life, and hidden treasures of an island paradise. Join us aboard the luxury 36-passenger Safari Explorer for an educational and active cruise among the islands of Hawaii. Discovering these islands by small ship allows us to discover remote shorelines and hideaway coves not usually visited—truly something special. Expert guides will lead your visit through secluded bays where you’ll enjoy pristine nature by foot, kayak, sailboat, or skiff. You will also have the opportunity to experience traditional Hawaiian hospitality, music, and cuisine throughout the journey.
This unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey features a cruise into the Amazon River Basin aboard the deluxe, all-suite M.V. ZAFIRO, launched in November 2015, and two nights in historic Lima, Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Led by Peruvian naturalists, cruise through one of the earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem. Seek rare, indigenous flora and fauna—delicate orchids, towering ceiba trees, pink river dolphins, and slow-moving sloths. Visit local villages to observe the traditional way of life of the ribereños (river people). A special Post-Tour Option to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley is offered.
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India overflows with riches. Our small group tour limited to just 24 guests allows us to stay at excellent hotels and travel the classic Golden Triangle: bustling Delhi; Agra, home of the sublime Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, great city of the Rajput. Start the 17-day tour in lively Delhi touring both Old Delhi and New Delhi. Continue to the “pink city” of Jaipur, one of the great cities of the Rajput known for its pink sandstone buildings, and enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a multi-generational Rajasthan family. Spend two nights at Ranthambore Tiger Preserve, then embark on an afternoon camel safari in Kalakho to meet the Meena tribespeople in their homes. Travel to Agra to visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal as well as Agra Fort. Conclude your exploration in the holy city of Varanasi. An optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension to Nepal is also available.
Sicily has been a natural intersection for travelers and explorers, who left their mark on local life. Delve into Sicily’s epic past while staying in western, central, and eastern areas of the island. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks and Romans as you discover the well-preserved remnants of their civilizations. Admire the architectural legacy of Gothic, Moorish, and Norman conquerors. Marvel at the remarkable mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale and the extensive collection of baroque architecture in Modica and Ragusa. Explore medieval Taormina, where Mount Etna stands in the distance, and Syracuse, an ancient Greek city. Savor the flavors of Sicily at a family farm, where award-winning olive oil is produced. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Palermo, Caltagirone, and Taormina. In Caltagirone, stay at a unique hotel and spa on an organic farm, and savor meals created with freshly harvested produce. This small-group program features engaging excursions, expert guides, and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.
Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique itinerary, featuring a seven-night cruise across the full length of the historic Inland Sea of Japan, plus two nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. L’AUSTRAL, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, enjoy port calls at captivating points of interest, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites. From enchanting Kyoto to storied Hiroshima, from Miyajima to the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju, South Korea, relish in the awe-inspiring beauty of historic ports of Japan and South Korea. Tokyo/Kyoto Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.
California's culture comes alive on a trip through the state’s famous flavors and fare. Enjoy the bustle of world-class cities and the beauty of wine country. Sample local specialties in San Francisco and Berkeley. Indulge in rich wines, olive oils, and cheeses in Napa and Sonoma. From a hands-on cooking class to savory tastings, you’ll experience the trends and traditions that define the region.
Discover a region of southern Italy renowned for its beauty and fascinating history on a journey to Campania. Settle in Sorrento and explore the spectacular Amalfi Coast, featuring visits to picturesque Positano and Amalfi, where colorful villages cling to the mountainsides. In Paestum, explore the remains of a Greco-Roman city and the breathtaking ruins of ancient temples. Discover the impressive collection of the Archaeological Museum in Naples. Tour the compelling ruins of the Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum, consumed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Learn about life in Italy today during an open forum with area residents. Sample local delicacies, including a special tasting of the regional specialty, buffalo mozzarella. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insights during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs, and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.
Provence and the French Côte d’Azur conjure visions of sunny olive groves, lavender fields and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône. Settle in Avignon and begin your exploration with a visit to the Palace of the Popes and a cruise on the Rhône. Continue on to see Arles and its Roman amphitheater, the hilltop village of Les Baux, and St. Rémy where Van Gogh once lived. Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, known for its superb wine. Marvel at the ingenious Pont du Gard, the three-level Roman aqueduct. On the drive to Nice, discover the towns of Aix-en-Provence and Cannes. Explore Nice, including the Chagall Museum. Discover glamorous Monaco and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the exquisite Villa de Rothschild. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insights during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes informative excursions, educational programs, and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner. First-class accommodations have been reserved in Avignon and Nice.
Picture yourself surrounded by pristine islands draped in verdant wilderness and rocky shores caressed by sparkling blue waters. From Montreal to Chicago, cruise all five Great Lakes and the scenic St. Lawrence River aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Treat yourself to elegant amenities and stunning vistas as this beautifully appointed ship takes you to charming islands and lakeside towns steeped in intriguing maritime history. Encounter the voluminous grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel. Sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay, a striking setting with lush, pine-dotted islands. Explore the jewel of Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island, rich with ancient native tradition. Witness the legendary Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, and discover the Victorian atmosphere on idyllic Mackinac Island.
Southern England beckons on this journey showcasing medieval castles, delightful estates, and the effervescence of cosmopolitan London. Dip your toes into enchanting England during stays in Canterbury, Broadway, and London. Learn about Canterbury’s history while visiting fascinating historic sites. Stand along the breathtaking White Cliffs of Dover before walking the hallowed corridors of Leeds Castle. Roam sprawling acres of blossoms and foliage at the RHS Garden Wisley, Hidcote Gardens and Leeds Gardens. Peak inside Chartwell House, former home of Sir Winston Churchill, and explore the endearing villages of the Cotswolds. Wander the galleries of remarkable Blenheim Palace and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere of notable Oxford University. Travel to London via Windsor and watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. Then enjoy free time in London’s vibrant atmosphere to make your own discoveries. Local guides and experts provide intriguing insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife, and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.
The vibrant history and beauty of Scotland is legendary. Settle in historic Stirling, and visit Stirling Castle and the site of the historic Battle of Bannockburn. Visit Luss and Loch Lomond in the heart of The Trossachs National Park. Travel to St. Andrews, and visit the Castle, Cathedral, and the Old Course. See the highlights of Edinburgh — its castle, the Royal Mile, and Old Town — and admire the Forth Bridge, the world’s first cantilever bridge and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular performance by military bands from throughout Britain and the world. In Perth, see Scone Palace, and in nearby Crieff, visit the Glenturret distillery for a tour and, as they say in Scotland, a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs, and an extensive meal plan.
Join this 14-day journey up the Danube, stopping at charming towns and cities to discover picturesque architecture, magical cityscapes, and centuries of history that have formed the area. Spend two nights in Budapest before embarking for Vienna. Then sail westward with guided sightseeing in Dürnstein, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg. After embarkation, journey on to Prague to spend your final three nights including a guided city tour and a special included excursion to Terezin and its former concentration camp.
Tucked-away towns and villas make up the core of Tuscany and Umbria, while the cultural capitals of Rome and Florence offer urban elegance and historic remnants of the once-great empire. From handmade pasta in heavy sauces to wood-grilled steaks, discover the simple, honest flavors for which central Italy’s medieval villages and sweeping countryside are known.
Discover the pristine beauty of Switzerland. Immerse yourself first in the German-speaking area of the country, and settle in lakeside Thun. With an included Swiss rail pass, visit the towns of Kandersteg and Brienz, famous for woodworking, and a steam train that winds its way up a mountain for a magnificent view of hundreds of mountains, including the iconic Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks. Walk (or take a train if you prefer) through the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the car-free mountain village of Mürren, and explore the capital of Bern. Conclude your journey with a stay in the French-speaking village of Villars-sur-Ollon. Visit a dairy farm in Gruyères and sample farm-made cheese. Journey to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn. Local guides and experts provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program is limited to only 28 travelers. The program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, an enrichment program, and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.
From the majesty of the Cape of Good Hope to the vast expanse of rural Africa and the splendor of Victoria Falls, Southern Africa has inspired travelers and explorers for centuries. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers on an adventure like no other. From Cape Town, see historic Robben Island, and then travel on to track big game at the Thornybush Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Next, fly to Johannesburg to visit the historic township of Soweto, former home of Nelson Mandela. Board a Rovos Rail train in Pretoria for the fascinating journey through Botswana and Zimbabwe. Visit the thundering Victoria Falls before traveling on to Chobe National Park. Expert local guides and safari naturalists will bring your experience to life with included “off-road” game drives, excursions, and fascinating talks. Your small-group experience includes deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan, and wine with dinner. This journey is crafted to provide ample free time so you can explore on your own.
On this culinary adventure, you’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich, where you’ll raise a stein with locals at the legendary Oktoberfest festivities. Be sure to bring your appetite when you discover the local beers, fare, and traditions that make these regions such celebrated destinations.
Throughout history, the great rivers of Europe were the avenues of expansion in art, culture, and trade. Unpack once, relax, and join us as we explore three magnificent rivers that flow through the heartland of Europe. Cruise the storied Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers as well as the charming canals of Amsterdam. Visits to historic cities, such as Bratislava, Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Würzburg, and many more, fill your days. Marvel at the natural wonders, such as the bucolic Wachau Valley, and discover the unique cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This innovative journey allows you to customize your journey with a choice of cultural and active excursions in most ports. Expert local guides and speakers lead excursions and talks that showcase the region’s art, culture, and heritage. This expertly crafted program includes first-class ship accommodations and an extensive meal plan plus wine with lunch and dinner. For our solo travelers, there is no single supplement.
A land of sparkling glacial lakes, Renaissance cities and one of the world’s most influential ancient civilizations, Italy has a wealth of natural beauty and culture. This journey showcases the best of Italy as you travel by train to four different regions. Begin in the Italian Lakes District in northern Italy. Cruise Lake Maggiore, and travel to Milan to marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Continue to romantic Venice on the Adriatic Sea. See the Piazza San Marco and other historic highlights. Travel south to Tuscany, and explore Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Venture to Chianti to sample its renowned wine. Then, as they say, “all roads lead to Rome,” and your journey concludes in the Eternal City. See the ancient ruins, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Local guides provide fascinating insight during included excursions. Enjoy a small group of fellow travelers, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.
Your 23-day journey begins in Cairns. Ride the historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda then descend via the gondolas of Skyrail. Board a boat for an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, then embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the ancient culture of the Walpiri tribespeople. Travel to Sydney where you tour the highlights of the city, board a catamaran for a lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour, and enjoy ample leisure time. Tour the Koala Sanctuary Park, where koalas roam free. Fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park. Take a cruise through the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound. Visit Rotorua and experience the Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner and performance. Celebrate your journey’s end in Auckland. Enjoy more time in this sparkling “City of Sails” at your own pace on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
The itineraries outlined in the ad copy above are preliminary and subject to change due to operational conditions. Dates and pricing are current as of June 2015. All dates and prices are subject to change.