RAA Worldwide Travel Program
Join your fellow alums as we travel to exciting destinations around the world. Whether your interests run to the exotic (like an African safari), or destinations steeped in history (such as a trip exploring ancient Roman history or a cruise on the inland Russian waterways), or an Asian adventure to China and beyond, or even a week in our great National Parks out West, we have something for you. Take a look at our program and discover the joys of traveling with fellow alums.
Here Are Our Remaining 2013 Trips:
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Provincial French Countryside (September 27 – October 11, 2013): Another of our unique small group tours (limited to just 24 travelers), this special motorcoach trip will take us from Toulouse, in Southern France, to Paris two weeks later. Join us as ww experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, our journey features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force! Highlights include Carcassonne, the quintessential medieval town with the longest city walls in Europe, Alibi, the hometown of Belle Epoque artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Dordogne Valley, Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s prettiest villages and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval gems, with more registered historic sites than anywhere else on the continent. We’ll also travel along the Loire Valley, stopping in picturesque Saumur where we’ll stay in a converted 18th-century mansion on the banks of the Loire River. Then traveling north, we’ll stop at Mont-St-Michel, Normandy’s famed Gothic abbey that sits atop a 264-foot high rock formation at the edge of the sea. We’ll have time to commemorate World War II with a stop at the British Cemetery, and then continue on to Caen to visit the Memorial Museum devoted to “history for peace.” Next we’ll visit Normandy’s D-Day Landing Beaches, the very places where Allied forces overcame overwhelming odds to alter the course of World War II. Then it’s off to the lovely, picturesque port of Honfleur before continuing on to the village of Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Our last stop is the City of Light, where we’ll get acquainted with one of the world’s great cities, including an inside visit to the Louvre. Prices for this Provincial French Countryside begin at $4,795 per person; click here for complete information.
A Week in Sestri Levante, on the Italian Riviera – Alumni Campus Abroad (Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2013): The Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries – and in a few short days spent here will make the reasons clear . The area is known for its sparkling, turquoise waters, and lush green landscapes. The streets of Sestri Levante itself are lined with pastel-colored houses, all just steps away from the neighboring picture-perfect bays. Here we’ll discover the charms of the nearby villages including Santa Margherita, Portofino, Portovenere, Manarola, and the other towns of the Cinque Terre. We’ll also have a chance to visit the town of Carrara, known for its snow-white marble, where we’ll see a sculptor at work. And we’ll also spend time in Genoa, the fabled port city that houses the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. And, we’ll spend the last day, in the beautiful walled city of Lucca, an Italian gem. It is said that no one who travels to Italy ever has a bad time; if you join us on this trip I know that you’ll agree! Prices for wonderful Italian holiday begin at just $2,995 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more complete information.
A Grand Journey Around the World, from Japan to Germany (Sept. 21 – Oct. 16, 2013): This three-and-a-half-week expedition to see the world’s greatest sights is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides accompanying us every step of the way, we’ll discover the history and culture of Japan, China, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Germany. This small group trip is limited to just 20 people, who will travel in Business Class and stay in specially selected world-class hotels. We’ll visit ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, including ancient Kyoto and Nara in Japan; the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the Temple of Heaven in China; Ayutthaya, Thailand; ancient Thebes and the pyramids of Giza in Egypt; Petra, Jordan; Masada, Israel; and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in Germany. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime never-to-be-forgotten travel opportunity, at a surprisingly affordable price ($40,995 per person, air inclusive, with a $2,500 Early Savings discount if you book by March 20, 2013). Get more information by clicking here.
Villages and Vineyards of the Mosel, Rhine and Main Rivers: 7-Night River Cruise in Germany (Oct. 7 – 15, 2013): I invite you to spend a week cruising with us aboard the deluxe MS Amadeus Diamond (5-star, 150 passengers), along the principal rivers in Germany. Our river cruise begins on the Mosel, arguably the most beautiful river in Germany, with beautiful vineyards perched along its steep banks. Here you’ll feel as if you are sailing right through a picturesque painting! We’ll cruise along the Mosel, beginning in Bernkastel-Kues, and stopping in Trier and Koblenz, where the Mosel joins the majestic Rhine River. Here we’ll see the legendary Lorelei Rock, and the towns of Rudesheim, and Riesling (home of the famous wine of the same name), before sailing into the Main River for our first stop at Miltenberg. From here it’s just a short hop to the magnificent Heidelberg Castle. And finally our cruise ends in romantic Wurzburg, nestled in a charming valley, and home to the storied Romantic Road, with its treasure trove of castles, including the most famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Aboard this deluxe river cruiser, built in 2009, you’ll find every amenity of a luxury hotel. Truly there is no better way to see Europe than relaxing on the upper deck and watching the world pass leisurely by. Prices for this 7-night cruise begin at just $2,725 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more complete information.
Voyage of Ancient Empires – Cruise from Malta to Rome (October 11 – 19, 2013): Join us as we travel across the historic sea lanes of the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, aboard the exclusively chartered, 5-Star M. V. Tere Moana, as we discover the fascinating mix of cultures left in the wake of ancient empires. On this exclusive journey we will visit the resplendent shores of Malta, Sicily, and Italy’s southern Mediterranean coast, all during the best time of year. And you’ll find that our sophisticated, just-renovated ship is the perfect size, (only ninety passengers), allowing us access to ports that simply cannot accommodate larger vessels. Our historic voyage begins in the fortified city of Valletta, Malta, founded in 1566 by the French Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John. Next stop is Agrigento, Sicily, and its majestic Valley of Temples, one of the most memorable sights of the ancient world. Then we’ll explore Siracusa, where we will tour one of the best-preserved ancient Greek theaters in the world -- and enjoy a walking tour of the storied town of Taormina, in the shadow of famed Mt. Etna. And speaking of volcanoes, our ship will cruise past the volcanic island of Stromboli, still actively erupting today, and known as “The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” It has been used as a navigational marker for centuries. Next we’ll drive along Italy’s magnificent Amalfi Coast, and see first-hand its exceptional natural beauty. Our journey continues on to the storied Isle of Capri, and the famous ruins of Pompeii, with a guided tour of this stunning archaeological preservation. Our trip ends in the Eternal City of Rome, once the center of a vast empire, and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. All along the way we will be treated to lectures by an experienced Study Leader who will immerse us in the history, legends and modern life of these ancient cities, medieval ports and scenic landscapes. And there is even a chance for further exploration of the ancient city of Valletta and the Knights of St. John on a Pre-Cruise Option, and the Roman Empire on a Post-Cruise Option. Cruise prices begin at just $4,995 per person (based on two people traveling together and sharing a room). Click here for more details and booking information.
Classic China & The Yangtze (Sept. 24 - Oct. 7, 2013): If China has long been on your must-see list, then we have what may be the perfect solution: A small group (no more than 24 people) tour that is comprehensive in scope yet briefer in duration, and but relaxed and well-paced. This journey combines monumental Beijing, a cruise on the fabled Yangtze, fascinating Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai. And we’ll have the chance to meet local people and experience a host of China’s highlights, both ancient and modern. Come join us as we discover Beijing, the 2,000-year-old city at vast – and infamous – Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). We’ll have a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs), where we’ll visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing. Then it’s on to the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage site) that stretches almost 4,000 miles. And we’ll also visit the splendid Temple of Heaven complex where China’s emperors once worshipped. Next stop: Xian, once among the world’s greatest cities that devolved into a provincial backwater until the accidental discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors in 1974 – considered among the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. We’ll also visit Chongqing, and the zoo housing the beloved pandas, as well as the Stilwell Museum dedicated to World War II General Joseph (“Vinegar Joe”) Stilwell. Next it’s “all aboard” our Victoria Cruises ship, for a three night cruise on the famed Yangtze River, prized for its haunting natural beauty. On board a river guide tells us about the river and the famous Three Gorges Dam project, one of the largest construction projects in the world. After we disembark we’ll fly to Shanghai, the “Paris of the East,” where – among other things, we’ll visit the Bund, the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors – and their buildings – once held sway over Shanghai. Prices for this Classic China & The Yangtze trip begin at $3,695 per person; click here for complete information.
Italian Inspiration (October 17-25, 2013):
Here’s a truism learned from thirty-plus years in the travel industry: “No one ever has a bad time in Italy.” It’s true; the people are wonderful, the weather is usually ideal; and the scenery is surprisingly beautiful at every turn. With that in mind, I invite you to join us on a wonderful week-long cruise from Rome to Venice, aboard the wonderful Oceania Cruise Lines new ship Riviera. We’ll set sail from Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, and stop first in Sorrento, where you can spend part of your day on the famed Isle of Capri. Next we’ll call at Amalfi/Positano, arguably the most beautiful area of Italy, with its charming, scenic hill towns – each more interesting than the other, clinging to the steep slopes above the sparkling waters of the Bay of Naples. Then we’ll call at Taormina, in Sicily, where you can see spectacular Mt. Etna – still an active volcano. From here we’ll make two stops in the Greek islands, at Zakynthos (with its famous Caretta-Caretta sea turtles), and Corfu (with its glorious scenery, serene monasteries, and wonderful beaches). And finally we’ll call at the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik (Croatia), a must on every Mediterranean travelers itinerary, before ending our cruise in one of the most romantic cities in the World: Venice. Prices for this wonderful cruise begin at just $1,999 per person and include free round-trip airfare from most U.S. cities. Click here for full details.
Paris, & The Villages & Vineyards of France (Oct. 22 – Nov. 3, 2013):
Join us as we discover the bucolic countryside, picturesque vineyards, and charming towns of Alsace, Burgundy and the magnificent Loire Valley, on a special program that combines the charm and history of these famous regions with the sophistication and beauty of Paris. We’ll begin our exploration in Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament (which we will visit) and gateway to the delightful Alsace Wine region. In Dijon, filled with incredible buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, and centuries of prestige, we’ll walk in the footsteps of the Dukes of Burgundy, and stop in Beaune as well, a jewel in the region, along the legendary Route des Grand Crus. And little can top the history and opulence of the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chambord. And finally we’ll conclude with two nights in Paris, the City of Light, filled with history and architectural treasures. Prices begin at $4,625 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more complete information.
And Here's a First Look at Our 2014 schedule:
Voyage of Discovery: The Wonders of the Galapagos Islands (January 24 – February 1, 2014): Here is a unique opportunity to join us on one of the most fascinating trips that we have ever offered, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands. It was here that Charles Darwin remarked that “The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable … the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else.” Indeed, his keen, yet simple, observation made famous this “living laboratory of evolution.” Today, 95 percent of its natural biodiversity, first seen when a Spanish ship drifted off course in 1535, is still intact. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the amazing exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Darwin, and it continues to offer the excitement of its original discovery to every visitor today. On this incredible trip we’ll spend three nights in Quito and four nights aboard the state-of-the-art exploration vessel, the M.V. Santa Cruz. Designed specifically to navigate the Galápagos Islands, this small ship is fully equipped with everything necessary for a comprehensive Galápagos experience, from complimentary snorkeling gear to a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom Boston Whaler. The highly qualified certified Ecuadorian naturalists will lead us in small groups on each specially designed excursion and share their knowledge to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this fascinating and mysterious natural realm. These nineteen islands, each with its own ecosystem, are teeming with flora and fauna and species unknown elsewhere in the world, such as the flightless cormorant and the marine iguana. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is nearly fearless and innocently receptive to human company up-close, unlike any other place on our planet! Here, you can almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside playful seals and tropical penguins. And on mainland Ecuador, explore the magnificent colonial churches of Quito and choose an optional excursion to zero degrees latitude to visit the Equatorial Monument and the Ethnographic Museum. Then to complement your Galápagos Islands cruise, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Post-Tour Option to experience the marvels of the legendary “lost city” of Machu Picchu and the breathtaking Sacred Valley. This is one trip that you’ll remember for a lifetime! Click here for more information.
Caribbean Pearls – A ten-day Cruise on Oceania Cruises Riviera, round-trip Miami, Florida (February 22 – March 4, 2014): If you are looking to escape the cold winter weather in the northern United States, or you just have a yen to escape the daily drudgeries of day-to-day life, this may just be the perfect trip. Sailing from easy-to-get-to Miami, we’ll spend ten days aboard Oceania Cruises gorgeous new (2012) 1,250-passenger ship Riviera, stopping at Grand Turk Island (in the Turks & Caicos), renowned for its crystal blue waters and picture-perfect white-sand beaches; always-exciting San Juan (Puerto Rico); Phillipsburg, St. Maarten (on the Dutch side of this island, where the Dutch and French share sovereignty); Gustavia, on St. Barts, a delightful stylish island ruled by the French; the English-influenced Tortola (in the British Virgin Islands); La Romana (in the Dominican Republic); and Nassau (in the Bahamas) – where you can easily spend part of your day literally in Paradise (Island); before returning to Miami. And all the while you’ll be pampered aboard the beautiful Riviera, a ship that quite literally has something for everyone. Don’t miss this superb chance to escape the winter weather for a week in paradise. Prices start at only $2,095 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Southern Culture & the Civil War – Steamboating along the Mighty Mississippi – aboard the American Queen - (March 28 – April 6, 2014): Here is a wonderful opportunity to follow the footprints of the boys in blue and gray, as we journey to the battlefields where the sons of our country fought and died, and learn about those poignant, tumultuous times in our nation’s history. With our expert “Riverlorian” in residence aboard the American Queen, the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat cruising America’s rivers, you’ll learn first-hand about the Civil War and its huge impact upon this part of our country. We’ll begin our adventure in New Orleans, spending the first night in a hotel in the city, then board our riverboat for the trip up river to Memphis, stopping along the way at Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, and St. Francisville, Louisiana; Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Helena, Arkansas, before disembarking in Memphis, Tennessee. And all along the way you’ll enjoy fine American cuisine and elegant accommodations. This is a truly unique opportunity to travel in authentic style along the mighty Mississippi River, and be steeped in a critical period of the history of our country. If you have always wanted to have the chance to go “stamboatin,” this is the perfect opportunity. Prices start at only $3,049 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Legendary Turkey: From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast (April 29 – May 13, 2014): Come with us and discover the ancient and historic land of Turkey—where Europe and Asia literally come together to form “the cradle of civilization.” We’ll begin our journey in Istanbul (known historically as Constantinople), Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart, where the city will astonish you with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Next we will travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to the ancient city of Troy (be honest, did you know there was another one?), and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. A true highlight is the opportunity to spend a full day at Turkey’s nonpareil classical city, Ephesus, with treasures that include the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. We’ll stop to visit a carpet factory, for a demonstration of just how those magical carpets are made, and enjoy lunch in a local village before boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht. Then, for four splendid days, we’ll cruise along the exquisite, and world-famous Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering its hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. And we’ll end our journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to the historic ancient city of Perge. (There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension for those who wish to see the remarkable rock formations of Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey’s capital). Prices begin at just $3,895 per person (based upon two people traveling together and sharing a room), including round-trip air transportation from NYC (airline taxes and departure fees are extra). Click here for further details.
Aegean Marvels – A Cruise on Oceania Cruises Riviera, in the Greek Islands, from Athens to Istanbul (May 14 - 22, 2014): If you have always dreamed of cruising in the storied Greek Islands, this may just be the perfect trip for you. Starting in Athens, we’ll spend a week cruising aboard the new (2012) 1250-passenger Riviera, headed for Istanbul – the ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire. Along the way we’ll call at the beautiful romantic Greek island Santorini; Kusadasi (Turkey) where we’ll visit the wonderfully preserved ancient ruins at Ephesus; the legendary island of Rhodes, once home to the great Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World; Mykonos, legendary site of the battle between Zeus and the Titans; Kavala, the second largest city in northern Greece (and home to a fascinating Tobacco Museum); before we end our voyage in the world-class city of Istanbul, literal crossroads of the world – where East meets West. Prices start at only $2,399 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast (May 19 – 30, 2014): This exclusive small group trip is limited to no more than 28 travelers, and features two nights in Zagreb, Croatia; three nights in Trogir; two nights in Hvar; and three nights in Dubrovnik. And every step of the way we’ll experience the diverse, scenic landscapes and the vibrant cultural heritage of Croatia, with its treasure trove of historic cities, pristine farmland, and more than a thousand sun-drenched Adriatic islands. On this ten-night journey we’ll explore the best of this crossroads of central Europe and the Mediterranean. From the striking seaside towns of Trogir, Split and Hvar, to the magical walled city of Dubrovnik to the capital city of Zagreb, we’ll experience the breadth of Croatia’s fairy-tale panoramas, its National Parks, beautiful vineyards, fields of lavender, and unforgettable ancient ruins. Each day will delight you with new surprises as you find yourself steeped in the rich history of this surprising country. Prices begin at $3,895 per person, based on two people traveling together. Click here for more information.
Normandy, France and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day The (May 26 – June 3, 2014): Here is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in one of the most meaningful and historic places in all of Europe: the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, France. Join us as we spend a week in the Normandy town of Honfleur, visiting the D-Day landing beaches, the American military cemetery and the Peace Memorial at Caen, the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, and Giverny, site of Monet’s garden-ringed home and studio. There is arguably no more emotional, more awe-inspiring area of Europe than Normandy, where so much significant history has taken place. This trip is an ideal combination of the most historic and most beautiful areas of France. Here we’ll visit Omaha Beach; the German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc; the American cemetery and Memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer; the dramatic fortress at Mont-Saint-Michel; and even Monet’s house at Giverny, where he painted his famous water lily series. With the history of World War II growing ever more distant, this chance to visit Normandy on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings may just be the perfect trip for 2014. I invite you to join us. Prices begin at $2,795 per person, based on two people traveling together. Click here for more information.
Mediterranean Inspiration – A Cruise on Oceania Cruises Nautica, from Venice to Rome (June 6 - 17, 2014): We could easily have called this cruise the “Best of the Mediterranean,” for it would be hard to come up with a better itinerary (or ship) than this. Starting in Venice, surely one of the most romantic cities in the world, we’ll sail aboard the 700-passenger Nautica, with stops in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Lbania, Greece, and Italy before disembarking in the port of Rome. You’ll find that your ten days aboard the ship are nearly perfect in every way. The ship is large enough to provide all the amenities that you want, but small enough not to be overwhelming – and all without the hordes and crowds of the mega-ships. And whatever your interests, this trip has something for everyone. Beginning in Venice, famed for its art and architecture, and blessedly car-free, we’ll have a chance to experience the culture and history of such varied cities as Koper (Slovenia), once an important part of the Roman Empire and home to the largest cathedral in Slovenia, and Slpit (Croatia), site of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s ‘retirement’ palace built around 300 A.D. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From here we go to Kotor (Montenegro), and Durres (Albania) – a country that was virtually closed to the outside world for decades. Then it’s on to Corfu (Greece), likely the setting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and a picture-perfect ideal Greek island. Finally, there’ll be three port calls in Italy (Taormina, in Sicily), Sorrento (on the Bay of Naples, near the legendary ruins of Pompeii and the isle of Capri), and Livorno, close by Florence, Pisa and the Tuscany region of Italy (think “Under the Tuscan Sun”). In virtually every way this is a truly perfect vacation experience. Don’t miss it! Prices start at only $3,599 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
The Great Journey through Europe: The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland – featuring the incomparable Glacier Express railroad from Zermatt to Andermatt, in the Swiss Alps (June 20 – 30, 2014): This trip combines virtually everything that you could want in a deluxe European trip. Starting in Amsterdam, one of the truly great cities in Europe (where you’ll feel right at home), we’ll travel by river boat, by lake steamer, and by cog railway to Lucerne, Switzerland, in a ten-day trip that you will remember always. Our adventure begins with a five-night exclusively chartered cruise on the deluxe Amadeus Elegant, that will take us from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, with stops at Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mannheim, in Germany, and Strasbourg, in France. Each stateroom features a river view, and its own private en-suite bathroom. In Basel we will transfer to a deluxe motor coach for the ride to the charming (no cars allowed) Swiss Alpine village of Zermatt, with a stop en route in the city of Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for lunch and a walking tour of the Old Town. In Zermatt we’ll be treated to a delightful ride on the famed Gornergrat Bahn, one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. We will then board the incomparable Glacier Express, for a train ride like no other in the world, from Zermatt to Andermatt. We will then transfer to Lucerne, where we’ll spend two nights in the deluxe Hotel Schweizerhof, at the foot of the Alps and on the banks of Lake Lucerne. (I have been there and I can confirm that it is spectacularly beautiful.) Finally, while in Lucerne we’ll enjoy a scenic cruise on the lake, and a cable-car excursion up Mt. Pilatus, coming back down via the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Prices for this truly spectacular trip begin at just $3,995 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Adriatic Antiquities: Cruise from Venice to Athens (June 26 – July 9, 2014): Join us as we cruise from Venice (Italy) to Athens/Piraeus (Greece), aboard the ideally-sized (350 passengers) Aegean Odyssey. This is a wonderful opportunity to cruise along the Adriatic coast, visiting the landmark treasures of Italy, Croatia and Greece. We will begin our travels in Venice, one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world, and then stop in the Croatian ports of Zadar, Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik; and the Greek ports of Corfu, Preveza, Ithaca, Katakolon and Nauplia before we disembark in Piraeus. And we’ll end our trip with two nights at the Athens Plaza Hotel in Greece’s capital city. The Adriatic Coast of Croatia and Greece is arguably one of the most dramatic and spectacular in Europe, with historic landmarks at every stop. We will visit such noted sights as St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice; the walled city of Zadar; the Roman Palace in Split; the (presumed) birthplace of Marco Polo in Korcula; the old fortress in Corfu; Agamemnon’s palace in Mycenae; and so much more. And the whole time aboard the Aegean Odyssey is a treat unto itself; the ship has a wealth of amenities including a pool, observation lounge, fitness center, piano bar, and more. This is a special trip to an especially beautiful, and somewhat less-visited part of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss it! Prices begin at $4,395 per person (based on two people traveling together.) Click here for more information.
Black Sea Odyssey, a two week cruise – round-trip Istanbul – aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey (July 16 - 30, 2014): Surrounded by Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria, the Black Sea boasts an astounding wealth of culture and history on its shores. Join us for this 11-night cruise aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey, a perfectly sized ship with just 350 passengers, as we travel literally from the birth of civilization to the dramatic end of the Cold War. Starting in Istanbul, once the capital of two powerful empires, we’ll visit such history-filled destinations as Yalta (site of the World War II Yalta Conference attended by Roosevelt and Stalin); Sevastopol (site of the famed Charge of the Light Brigade); Odessa (and the famous Potemkin Steps); Sochi (where Stalin had his summer home); and much, much more. Our port calls include stops in Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. And at each port there is an included excursion designed to enhance your understanding of the local culture; while on-board noted scholars present a series of lectures on relevant topics. This is a wonderful, interesting travel opportunity, with many included extras including all gratuities for the ship’s staff, the services of an experienced travel director throughout the trip, and more. The ship features a casual dress code (no tuxedoes here!) and open seating in the restaurants. Prices begin at just $4,595 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
The Passage of Lewis & Clark (July 19 - 27, 2014): Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush, unspoiled forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle deep, mighty rivers and sparkling waterfalls cascade into breathtaking gorges. Experience this spectacular region that captivated Lewis and Clark as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest. Begin with a stay in Clarkston, Washington, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the Nez Perce National Historic Park, before boarding your riverboat, a veritable floating boutique hotel, bound for Portland. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, the site of the famed explorers’ 1805 campsite. Ever-glorious landscapes glide by as you sail to The Dalles—the end of the Oregon Trail—where intriguing museums herald its unique pioneer history. Magnificent scenery awaits in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity and a fascinating spectacle with its massive turbines and fish ladders. Revel in the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, where sprawling Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with trendy restaurants and shops. Your exciting western voyage concludes in the “City of Roses,” Portland. Prices begin at $3,795 per person, double occupancy (airfare is additional). Click here for more information.
Italy’s Magnificent Lake District (September 9 - 17 2014): Here is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in an especially beautiful but often less-visited area of Italy’s beautiful Lake District. Here is where Italy kisses Switzerland; where glacial lakes sparkle in the sun; where the lakes are abundant with lush vistas; and where you’ll find yourself in the foothills of the Alps. Here we’ll visit historic, baroque villas and exotic gardens on the beautiful Borromean Ialnds (Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella); cruise the Great Lakes of Italy – Maggiore and Como – by private boat; spend time in Milano, Italy’s economic center and one of the great fashion capitals of the world; and even cross the Swiss border to visit the charming town of Ascona. Our trip begins in the lovely town of Stresa; and includes stops in Orta; the Borromean Islands; Milano; Bellagio and Como; and Ascona and Cannobio. I am fond of saying that no one who vacations in Italy ever has a bad time; the people are so warm and charming; the climate is perfect; the sights are spectacular; and the history is yours to experience at every turn. This is one trip that is guaranteed to please everyone. Join us. Prices begin at $$2,995 per person, based on two people traveling together. Click here for more information.
Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara Desert (September 13 – 26, 2014): If you have a taste for the slightly exotic, I invite you to join us as we venture off to the North African land of Morocco—a land of dramatic contrasts—that intrigues with its ancient ruins, sacred mosques, lush desert oases, imposing Kasbahs, spirited souks, and villages where life proceeds much as it has for centuries. On this fascinating journey we will visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city; Volubilis, with its ancient Roman ruins; and Fez, prized for its cultural, religious, and educational institutions. We’ll follow the fabled ancient caravan route through the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, see the spectacular Todra Gorge, and travel to the fortified city of Ait ben-Haddou. And we’ll spend three nights in alluring Marrakech, taking time to enjoy tea in the home of a local Berber family before concluding our travels in the storied city of Casablanca. This is one trip that you are sure to remember always. Prices begin at just $4,395 per person (based upon two people traveling together and sharing a room), including round-trip air transportation from NYC (airline taxes and departure fees are extra). Click here for further details.
Historic Reflections – A Cruise on Oceania Cruises Riviera, from Barcelona to Athens (October 1 – 12, 2014): What could be better than ten days aboard Oceania Cruises Riviera, sailing the historic Mediterranean, in the perfect early fall season. If you have never been to Barcelona, this is an ideal opportunity to spend a few days in this amazing city before you board the ship. Spain’s second city will delight and surprise you at every turn. From the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, to the delightful waterfront, the many restaurants, and the vibrant street scene, you’ll be enthralled by all that Barcelona has to offer. Then, once you board the perfectly-sized (1,250 passenger) ship, just a bit over a year old, you’ll be on your way to the south of France, calling at Marseille, then Monte Carlo, followed by Livorno (Florence/Pisa/Tuscany), Civitavecchia (Rome), Positano (the Amalfi coast), and Taormina (Sicily), in Italy, before stopping at the ancient city of Kusadasi, Tukey, and the storied Greek island of Santorini, before disembarking in the port of Athens. Each port of call is a treat in its own right, in a region filled with history that dates back to the Roman empire. Life hardly gets any better than this; come aboard and enjoy a wonderful holiday aboard this superb cruise ship. Special prices start at only $3,499 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Incredible Italy – Tuscany, Cortona, Montepulciano, Cinque Terre, Florence, Lucca, and more (October 13 - 23, 2014): The Tuscany region of Italy is justly celebrated for its natural beauty, magnificent Renaissance art and architecture, and superb wines and cuisine. Its historic hilltop towns are living postcards, where ancient ramparts encircle colorful piazzas, stately palazzos and bustling cafes. On this wonderful trip we’ll have a chance to spend time in the charming town of Cortona; the fabulous walled city of Lucca; Florence, the Heart of Tuscany and the Sole of the Renaissance; Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower, and the five unique villages of the Cinque Terre. And there’s more: Pollenzo, Turin, the Venaria Reale, all with historical treasures and spectacular scenery. Each day in this region is like magic; each town and village is truly more spectacular than the last, with superb food and wine no matter where you stop. This trip is truly a delight for all the senses. Whether you’ve been to Italy before or not, this is one trip that is guaranteed to delight and surprise you every day. Prices begin at $3,995 per person, based on two people traveling together. Click here for more information.
Town and Country Life in England, featuring seven nights in the historic MacDonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford, (October 18 – 26, 2014): This week in the English countryside is perfect for Anglophiles who long to be steeped in all the best that England has to offer. Here we’ll spend a full week in Oxford’s leading five-star hotel, a historic landmark built in 1864, and located in the heart of this university town. It features luxurious accommodations, award-winning food, and elegant décor. And throughout the week you’ll be treated as a VIP, including an exclusive visit and private lunch with Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, at Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll be treated to a walking tour of the legendary university town of Oxford; a visit to the impressive Hidcote Manor and Garden; a tour of the charming Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway; a visit to Broughton Castle and gardens; a stop at Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington; an exclusive guided tour of Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, including a private lunch in the Palace’s Indian Room, and so much more. We’ll have an opportunity for a unique look at the art and architecture of the English countryside, and a chance to see the region’s literary highlights, including Jane Austen’s birthplace in the village of Steventon, and her burial place at Winchester Cathedral. Prices for this remarkable week begin at only $3,795 per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. Click here for more information.
Cruise through the Panama Canal, from Miami (Florida) to Caldera (Costa Rica), aboard the six-star Crystal Serenity (November 19 - 30, 2014): Crystal Cruises is consistently rated at the very top of all the cruise lines, and here is the perfect opportunity to see why. Here is the perfect trip for all RPI Engineers: embark the Crystal Serenity in Miami, stop in Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan Island and Puerto Limon, before celebrating the 100 anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest human engineering feats in the world. We’ll travel through the entire canal, through fifty-one miles of inland waterways and locks that raise and lower our ship as if it were a toy. You’ll soon discover that every day aboard is a special treat: there is open bar service throughout the ship; all gratuities are included; there is no extra charge for any of the three specialty restaurants on board; there are seven restaurants to suit your every mood; there is no assigned seating in any restaurant; complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day; there is a free motor coach shuttle service to the center of town in every port; and so much more. And, if you’ve never sailed through the Panama Canal, this may just be the perfect opportunity to see first-hand a true engineering marvel. Best of all, prices for this 12-day cruise begin at just $3,095 per person. Click here for more information.
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Travel Insurance. No matter where you are headed, travel insurance will give you peace of mind before you depart and while on tour. Our program covers:
- Trip cancellation and interruption
- Medical expenses
- Medical evacuation
- Baggage loss and delay
- Accidental death
- 24-hour emergency assistance
Remember, it is not only your own health that you should consider, but those of your loved ones as well. You may be completely healthy, but should a parent, child, or any family member become ill or be involved in an accident, and you need to cancel your trip to care for them, our insurance will cover you. Click here for complete information.
Customized Tour Programs
Are you are looking for a custom-tailored trip or tour for your group (Greek brothers or sisters, family members, social group, or friends)? We can help you plan for that special occasion! Contact Michael Wellner '64 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 486-3064 with your request.
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