ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN IRELAND: Traditions of the Emerald Isle
All alumni travel from $2,709
March 14-24, 2018 | 11 day special event tour (Belfast post-tour extension option)
Ireland’s green landscapes, welcoming cities and rich culture await! On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. There’s no better time to discover the country’s vibrant spirit than during St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Kicking off in Ireland’s capital city, take in the historic sights and join the locals at the legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade. Then, take off to discover all this charming country has to offer. Travel through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes, take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel on your way to County Cork, also known as “The Rebel City,” kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle if you dare, see some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery as you make your way around the Ring of Kerry and take in the sights as you head to Galway including a tour of the 13th century Bunratty Castle and the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Then head back to Dublin for a stop as the historic Kilbeggan Distillery to sample so Irish whisky as you say goodbye to your fellow travelers.
Activity level: *Easy. Minimal walking involved. Expect to walk about one hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
Tour Company: Go Ahead
LEARN MORE or BOOK TRAVEL | Book by Dec. 14, 2017
ICELAND: The Golden Circle & Ring Road
All alumni travel from $4,499
June 27 – July 6, 2018 | 10 day nature & wildlife tour (Norwegian Fjords post-tour extension option)
Be immersed in the beauty that Iceland offers. Some of the most astounding and extreme landscapes can be found in Iceland. Learn about fascinating maritime history and taste traditional fare along your journey from the culturally rich capital to the most remote parts of the coast. Visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its restorative properties and the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders including Gullfoss (the “Golden Waterfall”), one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. Glacier-fed waterfalls, boiling mud pools, moss-covered cliffs and spotting seals as you cruise the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon are just a few of the sights on this whirlwind adventure through “The Land of Fire and Ice.”
Activity level: **Moderately Active. Expect to walk for about two hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel and paved paths with some uphill climbs. May involve traveling in small boats of other vehicles.
Tour Company: Go Ahead
LEARN MORE or BOOK TRAVEL | Book by March 29, 2018
U.S. NATIONAL PARKS: The Grand Canyon to Yellowstone
All alumni travel from $3,489
September 14-25, 2018 | 12 day nature & wildlife tour (Missoula & Glacier National Park post-tour extension option)
Discover the greatest natural treasures of North America’s national parks as you follow the footsteps of the explorers. Each day brings a new destination, new landscape and new adventure. Explore the mysterious 800-year old cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. Gaze into the depths of the south rim of the Grand Canyon and view the Colorado River running one mile below. Stand in the shadow of the Grand Tetons as you try to spot elk, coyotes, wolves and the elusive mountain lion. Venture out into Yellowstone National Park, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, to see cascading waterfalls, bubbling mud spots and the famous geyser, Old Faithful. You might even see bison, mountain goats and moose, who all call the park home.
Activity level: **Moderately Active. Expect to walk for about two hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved trails and dirt paths, with some hills. Some activities will take place at high altitudes. May involve traveling in small boats of other vehicles.
Tour Company: Go Ahead
LEARN MORE or BOOK TRAVEL | Book by June 16, 2018
PATHWAYS OF THE PENINSULA: Barcelona to Venice
All alumni travel from $2,999
October 15-26, 2018 | 10 night luxury cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Marina in Barcelona, Spain as you take in the modern sophistication and historic tradition of the city. Travel to the elegant port of Provence (Marseille), France and let the countryside enchant you. Monte Carlo, Monaco, home to the famous Grace Kelly and its celebrated Monte Carlo Casino’s frescoes and astonishing gold and marble atrium is the next stop. Then Livorno where Florence’s Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Michelangelo’s David, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and beautiful Tuscany landscapes await. Then head to Italy’s historical and architectural treasure – Rome via the coastal port of Civitavecchia. In Sorrento, Italy’s sweeping water views and café-lined squares are sure to please. Croatia’s Old Town in Dubrovnik, Slovenia’s largest cathedral in Koper and the mysterious and romantic canals of Venice, Italy follow. Oceania Cruises offer the best in upscale cruising, from the thoughtful assistance of their guest experience specialists to the camaraderie of exploring the world with like-minded travelers. Relax, enjoy and immerse yourself in the journey.
Activity Level: ** Moderately Active. Moderate walking required, often on uneven or steep terrain; may involve traveling in small boats of other vehicles.
Tour Company: Go Next
Call 800.842.9023 for more information or to book travel.
HIGHLIGHTS OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
All alumni travel from $7,389
December 28, 2018 – January 11, 2019 | 15 day nature & wildlife tour (Fiji post-tour extension option)
Journey from the Land Down Under to the Land of the Long White Cloud, taking in breathtaking natural wonders and iconic architecture as you go. Melbourne welcomes you with sightseeing, a stroll through Queen Victoria Market and a journey to Summerland Beach to watch the Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island waddle ashore as you toast in the New Year. A morning glass bottom boat ride reveals the coral’s colors of the Great Barrier Reef – hop in and enjoy a snorkel. Cruise the Sydney Harbour basking in the views of the famous bridge, opera house and cityscape at night. Encounter koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Travel 1,500 feet up to Bob’s Peak and take in the extraordinary panoramic views of Queenstown. Get to know “The City of Sails” as you explore Auckland. . From Australia’s vast Great Barrier Reef to New Zealand’s majestic peaks and sparkling lakes, there’s so much to marvel at in this far-away part of the world.
Activity level: *Easy. Minimal walking involved. Expect to walk about one hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
Tour Company: Go Ahead
LEARN MORE or BOOK TRAVEL | Book by Sept. 29, 2018