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2017 Trips  
March 1-13

Eastern and Oriental Express

Southeast Asia’s alluring blend of cultures and traditions has attracted traders and travelers for centuries. Begin your exploration in bustling Bangkok and marvel at the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and grand Reclining Buddha. Celebrate the golden age of travel with three nights aboard the opulent Eastern and Oriental Express as it rolls through the rice paddies of Thailand and Malaysia. From the River Kwai Bridge station, drift down the Kwai Yai River and learn about the Thailand-Burma railway.

Explore the Malaysian town of Kuala Kangsar and see Singapore’s iconic Merlion Park and Civil District. Then admire Bali’s breathtaking scenery and meringue-hued beaches. Observe daily life at a traditional Balinese compound, enjoy lunch by a rice field and delight in the engaging and welcoming Balinese culture. Experts and local guides will bring your adventure to life with included excursions and fascinating talks. This small-group experience features deluxe accommodations throughout and an extensive meal plan.

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March 10-18

Stars of Western Cuba

From the bayside charms of Cienfuegos to the faded colonial grandeur of Havana, experience the best of western Cuba. Delve into the rich French heritage of Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, and stroll cobbled streets framed by pastel mansions in Trinidad, Cuba’s Spanish colonial showpiece. Explore the turtle sanctuary at Cayo Largo, a secluded limestone island fringed with powdery white-sand beaches. Tour the prison on Isla de la Juventud that once held Fidel Castro, and take advantage of two days in Cuba’s historic capital, Havana, where jewel-toned vintage cars roll past towering cathedrals and art-deco masterpieces. During this trip, enjoy unique cultural activities and opportunities to interact with diverse Cuban artists, musicians, historians, naturalists and more. Celebrate each day’s adventures aboard the intimate Variety Voyager, combining contemporary style with relaxed charm. Treat yourself to delicious cuisine in the glass-enclosed dining room, take in magnificent views from the sundeck, mingle with fellow travelers in the lounge and retreat to your elegant stateroom, gracefully appointed with warm fabrics, marble details and luxurious amenities.

 

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March 29-April 14

East Asia Cruise

Join the six-star Crystal Symphony when it sails from Incheon, South Korea, across the Yellow Sea to Xingang, the port for Beijing and gateway to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Continue to Fukuoka on Japan’s third-largest island before crossing the Inland Sea to Hiroshima. Next, Crystal Cruises makes its maiden port call in Takamatsu, a historic town filled with the charm of Edo-era Japan. Visit Osaka, where you have the opportunity to discover graceful ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, and Shimizu, where Mount Fuji stands in the distance, before cruising to exciting Tokyo. For 20 consecutive years, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have chosen Crystal Cruises as the “World’s Best” cruise line. Experience this luxury ship’s value with two-for-one pricing, deluxe staterooms, open bar service, all meals and included shipboard gratuities. Enjoy gala entertainment nightly, a world-class spa and more.

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April 19-27

River Life Along the Dutch Waterways

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Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime, the best time of year, when Holland’s breathtaking tulip fields are in bloom. Join us for this picturesque nine-day travel program and cruise for seven nights along the Dutch waterways aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship M.S. Amadeus Silver II, launched in 2015. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum for a personal perspective of the Low Countries’ modern life and cultural heritage. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of well-preserved medieval Bruges, featuring a private canal cruise. Expert-led excursions include the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, “Golden Age” trading town of Hoorn, ancient Maastrich and medieval Antwerp. The Golden Age of Amsterdam pre-cruise and Delft, Kinderdijk and The Hague post-cruise options are offered. This comprehensive itinerary — an exceptional value that includes all accommodations, excursions and meals — is continually praised by our past travelers as the ideal Flemish experience and sells out quickly year after year.

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April 24-May 10

Palms in Paradise

Due to the popularity of the Palms in Paradise trip, the early booking discount has been extended.

From palm-studded landscapes to man-made wonders and majestic colonial architecture, experience the highlights of Central America on a 16-night luxury cruise from Miami to San Francisco. Board Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta and sail to Key West, once home to author Ernest Hemingway. Then behold Cartagena’s enchanting architectural treasures, flower-adorned balconies and glorious 16th-century city walls. Cruise through the impressive Panama Canal en route to Puntarenas, a gateway to Costa Rica’s breathtaking tropical splendors. Savor the idyllic beauty of San Juan del Sur, with its gorgeous cliffs, golden sands and gentle crystalline waters, and visit Puerto Quetzal, a gateway to the lovely colonial capital of Antigua. Before your voyage concludes in San Francisco, unwind on the glittering beaches of Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.

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April 27-May 5

Italian Lakes

Immerse yourself in the true essence of life in northern Italy’s fabled Lake District for one full week, with a lake-view room in the charming Hotel Regina Olga in Cernobbio, a picturesque village overlooking Lake Como. Enjoy a private boat cruise on Lake Como, a setting that has inspired poets, composers, artists and philosophers for centuries. Explore artistic and architectural treasures during expert-guided excursions to Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello and Stresa. Cruise across Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands. Enriching lectures and the exclusive Village Forum with local residents provide personal perspectives of the region’s modern life and cultural heritage. This comprehensive itinerary also features an optional excursion to stunning Lugano, Switzerland, a historic city with a distinctive Swiss culture. The two-night Milan pre-program option features a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper." An exceptional value, this exclusive, small-group travel program offers not only the best way to experience one of the world’s most enchanting destinations, but also the convenience of unpacking just once. 

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May 10-21

Mediterranean Masterpiece

Experience an inspiring Mediterranean odyssey, where each port of call is a striking masterpiece. From ancient cities soaked in color and culture to cobbled squares framed by elegant cathedrals, encounter extraordinary sights in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain. From the comfort of Oceania Cruises’ Marina, set sail for Livorno, a gateway to Florence, Pisa and the soul-stirring Tuscan countryside. Then journey to Sardinia’s Emerald Coast to discover the beauty of Olbia or Porto Cervo. Stop at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, an island of lush forests and scenic gorges. Behold breathtaking panoramas along Italy’s Cinque Terre, and savor the glamour of Monte Carlo and Antibes. Explore Marseille’s vibrant markets, and marvel at Palma’s Gothic cathedral. Before your adventure concludes in Barcelona, take in Valencia’s ultra-futuristic City of Arts and Sciences.

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May 16-25

Celtic Lands

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Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate the historic D-Day landings during this eight-night Celtic Lands voyage. By exclusive arrangement, walk the hallowed beaches of Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, cousin of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship M.S. Le Boréal from Glasgow, Scotland, to Wales, Ireland and France, with guided excursions in each port of call. Travel into the Scottish Highlands aboard The Jacobite steam train, “one of the great railway journeys of the world;” visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; lose yourself in the austere beauty of the Inner Hebridean isles of Iona, Mull and Skye and their historical treasures of Iona Abbey and Duart Castle; walk in the footsteps of medieval and present-day princes in North Wales; and view treasures of the rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the "Book of Kells." Glasgow and Edinburgh pre-cruise and Paris and Giverny post-cruise options available.

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June 2-10

Canadian Rockies

Stand in awe at sweeping mountain vistas on this active journey through the Canadian Rockies. In Kananaskis, begin exploring with a visit to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Boundary Ranch. Navigate the Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer, enjoy unbeatable panoramas during a cruise on beautiful Maligne Lake and board the Jasper Skytram for a breathtaking “flight” over a spectacular alpine vista. Embark on a scenic journey down the Athabasca River, and delight in dancing stars at Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. View the powerful Athabasca Falls and glacier-fed Peyto Lake during the drive to Banff. Discover Banff’s Bow River Valley and its picturesque highlights. See the ethereal beauty of Moraine Lake and cross Lake Louise’s emerald waters on a native-style canoe. At Chateau Lake Louise, take time to share your adventures over a delectable Afternoon Tea. Local guides provide fascinating insight during included excursions. This small-group journey features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan that includes wine with dinner.

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June 10-21

Pearls of Italy

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.

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June 22-July 1

Symphony on the Blue Danube

Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Brilliant, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. The custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions featuring magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava. Berlin pre-program and Budapest post-program options available.

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July 3-11

Cruise the Rhine River

Share your love of travel with the children in your life and cruise through the heartland of Europe on a journey designed with families in mind. Settle in onboard the elegant, new Amadeus Silver III and enjoy a choice of excursions and activities that showcase the highlights of Holland, Germany and France. In Amsterdam, explore charming canals and sail by historic sites like the Anne Frank House. Marvel at the famed Gothic cathedral in Cologne, sail through the Rhine Gorge and see fairytale castles overlooking the river. Visit lovely river towns and explore Strasbourg, France. Expert guides and lecturers provide fascinating narrative during shore excursions and educational programs. This family program is open to passengers age 7 and older traveling with an adult and features onboard children’s activities coordinated by an energetic youth director. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations, including some cabins with connecting doors, an extensive meal plan and wine with lunch and dinner for the adults.

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July 20-30

England’s Castles, Cottages and Countryside

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.

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Aug. 1-9

Circumnavigation of Iceland

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Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland, one of the world’s most enchanting yet rarely visited destinations, on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this extraordinary Nordic island nation. Aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star, ice-class M.S. Le Soléal, featuring only 110 suites and staterooms with distinctive French sophistication, cruise into ports, bays and inlets that are inaccessible to larger vessels; look for rare migratory birds and whales; watch as landscapes of ancient Viking ruins, glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes, rugged coastline and pristine beauty unfold around you; and enjoy informative educational lectures on the geology and natural wonders of Iceland. Visit Grimsey Island, located directly on the Arctic Circle and cruise past Surtsey, Earth’s youngest island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Expert naturalist guides will enhance your experience with their knowledge of the unique natural environment and culture of Iceland, where night and day meld under the midnight sun. A Reykjavik pre-cruise option is available.

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Aug. 12-23

Regal Routes of Northern Europe

Embark on an odyssey to northern Europe, where beautiful medieval buildings reflect upon tranquil canals, fairy-tale turrets rise above marvelous cities, and quaint cobbled lanes lead to ornate cathedrals. Depart Southampton for Le Havre, a gateway to the iconic sights of Paris, with its glittering Champs-Élysées and Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Delight in the medieval atmosphere of Bruges, a fairy-tale city of bustling markets and serene waterways. See Antwerp’s richly decorated guild houses, and explore the world-class museums and cyclist-friendly avenues of Amsterdam. Discover Bremerhaven’s rich maritime history, or experience Hamburg’s leafy parks and UNESCO-listed warehouse district. Stroll past wooden houses in Kristiansand’s old quarter, and admire the towering Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway’s sophisticated capital. Before your voyage concludes in Copenhagen, take in the charming boutiques and cafés of Gothenburg.

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Oct. 9-20

Portrait of Ireland

Journey across the captivating emerald Isle through Dublin, Belfast, Donegal and County Galway. Begin in Dublin with visits to Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grafton Street. Enjoy excursions to Bend of the Boyne, the archaeological wonder of Newgrange and St. Patrick’s burial place. Learn about the tumultuous history of The Troubles during a locally guided tour in Belfast, and experience the Titanic interpretation center. Gape at dramatic basalt columns along Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and experience the historic and effervescent atmosphere of Derry. Enjoy soul-stirring vistas at Glenveagh National Park, mountain-dotted Sligo and the fiercely beautiful region of Connemara. Along the way, delight in medieval architecture, delicious cuisine and opportunities to make your own discoveries during ample free time. Local guides and experts will provide fascinating narrative during excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features deluxe and first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

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Oct. 18-28

Mystique of the Orient 

This exclusive nine-night cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, “Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the five-star, small ship M.S. L’Austral showcases the Orient’s most intriguing destinations, the fascinating treasures of Vietnam — from the serene landscape of rice paddies to traditional pagodas and bustling sampan-filled harbors — and four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour Hanoi, Vietnam’s dynamic capital and a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Cruise along the majestic shores of Ha Long Bay. Visit the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial capital city of Hué. Admire the Japanese-style covered bridge and the intricately carved Assembly Hall in beautiful Hôi An. Discover the mystique of ancient cultures and colorful traditions juxtaposed with modernity. Round-trip economy-class air from Los Angeles is included.* Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise. A Hong Kong pre-cruise option and an Angkor Wat and Siem Reap post-program are also offered.

*Air included from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.

Map of the Vietnam Area for Mystique of the Orient.

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Nov. 5-14

Medieval Masterpiece

Incredible medieval monuments and spellbinding scenery intertwine on this Mediterranean luxury cruise aboard Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ elegant masterpiece. Begin your adventure in Venice, a fairy-tale city of fabled piazzas, graceful canals and arched bridges. See Croatia’s most striking Byzantine church at Zadar, featuring marble streets framed by Romanesque structures. Experience Montenegro’s crown jewel, Kotor, where narrow streets twist past orange-roofed homes and lovely cafes. Then immerse yourself in natural splendors at Corfu, a Greek isle drenched in greenery and sprinkled with cypress trees and wildflowers, and marvel at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Cruise to Sicily’s second-largest city, vibrant Catania, graced with a glorious 18th-century cathedral. Before capping off your voyage in Rome, the “Eternal City,” explore the artistic treasures and culinary delights of Naples, a gateway to the spectacular ruins of Pompeii.

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Nov. 28-Dec. 9

 

Holiday Markets: Cologne to Nuremberg – or – Nuremberg to Cologne

The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to get away and relax on an unhurried cruise through Germany that showcases delightful holiday traditions. Enjoy the start of the festive season as towns along the Rhine and Main rivers prepare for the holidays and open their charming Christkindlmarkts. Explore Cologne and Koblenz and sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge. Visit the picturesque towns of Miltenberg, Würzburg and Rothenburg adorned in their holiday best. Make a stop in colorful Bamberg, known for its medieval and baroque buildings, and journey to Nuremberg to visit its historic sites. This program features fascinating excursions, first-class ship and hotel accommodations, and an extensive meal plan including wine with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, there is no single supplement. Escape the hurried pace of the holidays and experience the season of Advent in Europe. 

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2018 Trips  
Jan. 20-30

Israel ~ Land of Cultural Treasures

Join us for eight nights in Israel, an inspiring nation showcasing rich history and spiritual milestones. Begin in Tel Aviv and discover the ancient city’s architectural beauty and Diamond Museum then journey north to ponder Roman ruins and roam underground labyrinths at Akko’s archaic fort. Inland, sail the Sea of Galilee and gaze at the Mount of Beatitudes. Encounter Capernaum’s House of Peter before experiencing Tel Megiddo’s UNESCO status ruins. Discover Jerusalem’s highlights while visiting a vibrant open-air market, Old Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives. Then descend into the spectacular Jordan Valley to marvel at the Dead Sea and the fortress of Masada. Along the way, treat your palate to the tastes of Israel - delectable wines, crisp falafels and buttery olive oils – and enjoy fascinating insight, excursions and interactive talks from local lecturers and guides. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

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Feb. 10-28

Rainforests and Relics 

Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Sirenain vibrant Miami, an international city rich with Latin culture. Sail to George Town and scan the clear turquoise waters for the rare, green sea turtles bred on its palm-fringed shores. Visit ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel and Costa Maya before looking for exotic wildlife in Belize. In Santo Tomás de Castilla, take in the wild beauty of the Rio Dulce then snorkel the southern edge of the world’s second largest barrier reef in Roatán; and see Puerto Limón, near where Christopher Columbus gave Costa Rica its name. See Fuerte Amador and the nearby rainforest in Panama City. Manta is only a brief drive to Montecristi, where the Panama hat originated. Explore the numerous historic monuments of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, before finishing your incredible journey in Peru where you’ll discover Incan treasures in Salaverry and Lima.

 

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Feb. 13-23

Crusing Tahiti and French Polynesia

Join us for a uniquely designed nine-night program in the tropical paradise 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 No. 1 Tahiti cruise by Condé Nast Traveler. This small ship experience amidst the islands, atolls and motus of the South Pacific includes 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 idyllic island landscapes of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Visit a vanilla plantation and black pearl farm on Taha’a. Explore early Polynesian culture on Raiatea and Huahine. Join a marine biologist for dolphin-watching. Specially arranged lectures and discussions encompass the islands’ history and cultural heritage. This exceptional itinerary also includes two nights in the five-star Le Méridien Tahiti in enchanting Papeete. Post-program option in a deluxe seaside resort on Bora Bora is offered.

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Feb. 17-25

Amazon River Expedition

This unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey features a natural history cruise into the mysterious 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. Cruise through one of Earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, where the number of butterfly species climbs into the thousands and other species have yet to be classified or even discovered. Led by expert Peruvian naturalists, explore the boundless diversity of nature’s most wondrous offerings from delicate orchids to transparent glass frogs and pink river dolphins, to the treetops of the verdant rainforest and the depths of blackwater tributaries. Visit local villages to observe the traditional way of life of the ribereños (river people) and see a shaman perform an ancient ritual of purification. A special post-tour option to legendary Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley is offered. This unique program is an exceptional value, and space is extremely limited.

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April 3-11

Amalfi Coast

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base of Vietri sul Mare and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins. Tour Naples and view treasures at the city’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Peek into the lives cut short at Herculaneum and Pompeii by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Invigorate your senses while exploring lemon-scented Sorrento and marvel at the colorful gardens and Arabesque architecture of Villa Rufolo. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner. For single travelers, there is no single supplement.

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May 1-9

Dutch Waterways: Amsterdam to Antwerp or Antwerp to Amsterdam

Experience a captivating seven-night cruise through Holland and Belgium’s lovely waterways and canals. As you alight in waterfront towns, customize your cruise with a choice of excursions. In Amsterdam, delight in a vividly colorful tulip garden, pedal through the scenic countryside, or admire the Rijksmuseum’s masterpieces. Discover The Hague, the Dutch government’s cosmopolitan center, walk through Delft’s romantic old town, and select from museum tours featuring fine art or Delft porcelain. Stroll across Bruges’ tiny cobbled bridges, and then visit an art museum, family brewery or chocolatier’s shop. Other included excursions take you cruising down Amsterdam’s picturesque canals, floating through fairy-tale Giethoorn and walking through Antwerp’s medieval streets. Your Travel Director handles all the logistics, while local guides and lecturers enlighten you on the region’s history and culture. Enjoy the simplicity of unpacking once aboard a first-class ship, where your welcoming crew provides exceptional service and delicious meals, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.

 

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May 2-10

Timeless Beauties

Embark on your luxury cruise in cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain, a gem of art and architecture. Travel to Valencia to taste paella in its birthplace, stroll the cobbled streets of Palma de Mallorca’s old quarter, and take in the impressive Gorges du Prunelli in Ajaccio. The great masterpieces of the Renaissance — Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery — await you in Florence; while Portofino, nestled on a botanically rich peninsula along the scenic Italian Riviera, offers stunning scenery. See where Picasso lived and painted at the Picasso National Museum in Antibes before heading to the last stop in your luxury cruise, Monte Carlo, with its famous Grand Corniche and the 12th-century Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

 

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May 9-17

Springtime in Provence, Burgundy and the Beaujolais

Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in world-famous Provence and in the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions during springtime, the best time of year to visit. Cruise from Provençal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rivers Rhône and Saône aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Provence, launching in 2017. Dock in the heart of each port town and visit the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon, the Roman city of Orange and the legendary Hotel-Dieu in Beaune. Enjoy a walking tour of Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway, and an excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards for a private wine tasting at the Château Montmelas. The Palette of Provence pre-program option immerses you in the vibrant culture of the quintessential Provençal region. The carefully designed post-program option features cosmopolitan Geneva, Switzerland, and the beautiful town of Chamonix, France, at the base of spectacular Mont Blanc. 

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May 14-24

Gems of the Danube

The Danube and Rhine rivers have shaped not only the beautiful European landscape but also the histories of the diverse regions it flows through. Stretching for hundreds of miles, the rivers link countries, cultures, people and age-old traditions. From fairy-tale landscapes dotted with castles to grand hilltop cities and charming rural villages, a treasure lies beyond each horizon. Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Ruby. 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 Danube and Rhine river regions and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines their banks.

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June 19-27

Reims featuring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice

France’s Champagne country is celebrated for the sparkling wine that bears its name and its beautiful medieval towns. Explore Reims and its Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a Gothic treasure and UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the acclaimed Taittinger estate and enjoy sampling its famed champagne. Cruise the Marne River for a view of the vineyards from the water, and stroll through the village of Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon, a Dominican monk, perfected the Champagne-making process. Discover Épernay, where bottles of bubbly are stored in tunnels carved into subterranean chalk deposits. Visit one of many World War I battle locations, including the site of the Battle of the Somme. Drive through the Meuse-Argonne region to Verdun to visit Europe’s largest American military cemetery, the resting place for more than 14,000 American soldiers. This engaging program includes excursions, lectures, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine at dinner.

 

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June 27-July 5

Oddysey of Ancient Civilizations

Cruise from picture-perfect Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast and through the Corinth Canal to Athens. Enjoy a custom-designed, seven-night itinerary aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship m.s. Le Lyrial which launched in 2015 and featuring balconies in most of its ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites, exploring the influence of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations on this comprehensive program featuring ports inaccessible to larger vessels, including Hvar, KorĨula and the Bay of Kotor. In Croatia, tour Split’s Roman Diocletian’s Palace and Dubrovnik’s beautifully restored, 15th-century walled city; Kotor’s medieval fortifications and architecture in Montenegro; the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, Albania; and, in Greece, Corfu’s Old Town, rooted in the eighth century B.C., and the ancient Greek site of Delphi. To further enhance your cruise, enjoy an exclusive Coastal Life Forum with local residents and a folk music performance. Venice pre-cruise option and Athens post-cruise options are offered.

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Sept. 5-14

Symphony on the Blue Danube

Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Princess, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. This custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions featuring magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava. Berlin pre-program and Budapest post-program options are offered. 

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Sept. 8-16

Basque Country

The Basque country of Spain and France offers a blend of rich heritage, proud traditions and striking natural beauty. Settle in picturesque San Sebastián and begin exploring on a walking tour along La Concha Bay to see the Old Town and Cathedral. Cross the border into France to visit the villages of St. Jean de Luz, which has a swashbuckling history, and Espelette, where whitewashed homes are decorated with traditional strings of red peppers. Explore the seaside resort of Biarritz and see the historic highlights of Bayonne, including its Gothic Cathedral. On an excursion to Bilbao, tour the Guggenheim Museum and see masterpieces by celebrated modern artists. Sip the local wines during a journey through La Rioja wine country. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight into the Basque culture during included excursions and lectures. This program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

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Sept. 16-24

Wines of the Pacific Northwest

Your journey through the Pacific Northwest wine region begins with a stay in the heart of Vancouver, Washington, where you can stroll through local galleries or hop across the river to the nearby “City of Roses,” Portland. Embark on the luxurious American Empress and cruise into Astoria, one of the oldest cities west of the Rockies. Explore The Dalles, a picturesque frontier town once known as the end of the Oregon Trail, before delving into the fascinating Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in the charming small town of Stevenson. A legendary piece of American history comes to life in Sacajawea State Park, the 1805 campsite of fabled explorers Lewis and Clark and the famous Shoshone Indian guide to whom the park owes its name. Before disembarking American Empress, you’ll stay the night in Clarkston, Washington, where you can wander the town known as the gateway to Hells Canyon or venture to nearby Spokane, the urban heart of the Inland Northwest.

 

 

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Sept. 30-Oct.11

The Wonders of Peru, featuring an Amazon Cruise

Tap your sense of adventure surrounded by Peru’s wondrous scenery, from the Amazon region’s unspoiled beauty to ethereal Machu Picchu perched among misty Andean peaks. In Lima, see its impressive highlights and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner at a landmark private residence. Then cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, intimate Delfin III for three remarkable nights. Glide in skiff boats on wildlife-watching excursions and hike into the rain forest. Fly to Cusco, and journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. High in the Andes, visit a remote village and learn about daily life from residents. After a panoramic train ride to Machu Picchu, meander through this spectacular Incan complex with an expert guide. In Cusco, tour ancient religious buildings and intriguing Incan ruins. This ten-night journey includes free economy airfare, round-trip between Miami, Florida, and Lima, as well as expert local guides, a Travel Director and generous meals with wine at dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.

 

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Oct. 13-24

Glorious Greece

Classic mythology, glistening oceans and ancient cities await you on this luxurious tour of Greece. Embark on the Rivierain 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 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 bells of over 300 churches echo over the otherwise-tranquil island of Patmos, where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, before you complete your voyage of Greece by returning to Athens.

   

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International travel

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VCU Alumni is proud to offer international alumni trips through partnerships with Alumni Holidays InternationalThomas P. Gohagan & Company and GoNext Travel. VCU Alumni continually reviews travel program providers and has selected these high-quality companies to provide specially selected trips.

Each trip offers first-class accommodations, experienced and knowledgeable tour guides and a pay-one-price that includes most typical expenses, including gratuities in many cases. During every trip, you will have the opportunity to select options and have free time for exploring away from the group.

Travel is one of the best ways to enrich your mind and your life experience. We hope you will take advantage of these outstanding opportunities. You won't find a better value. Bon voyage!


Travel insurance

VCU Alumni strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance when traveling internationally. Your trip is a major investment. Travel insurance will protect that investment.

Insurance covers interruptions or delays, medical expenses, evacuation, 24-hour assistance and baggage loss. You must sign up for travel insurance immediately upon booking your trip. Once you have booked your trip, VCU Alumni will send you a form to complete and return with your travel insurance payment within the required time frame. Learn more about travel insurance.


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