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2017 Trips  
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. 2-13

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 Sirena in vibrant Miami, an international city rich with Latin culture. With the popularity of OCeania Cruises' inaugural season journeying to Cuba, you'll have the opportunity to experience the Cuban capital of Havana before visiting ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel and Costa Maya and 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.

Gems of the Danube: May 14-24, 2018

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June 12-27

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

From Zürich to Amsterdam and everywhere in between, romance and adventure are alive and well on the Rhine River and its idyllic tributary, the Moselle. The Rhine has become as much an icon of Northern Europe as the pristine castles, fairy-tale villages, and lush forests that surround it. As you cruise its shores and explore its treasures, you’re sure to fall in love with a landscape you didn’t believe could truly exist. Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Opal. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unique and unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard food and beverages— including beer, wine, and premium spirits—included, there is no better way to experience the Rhine River and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines its 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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