Engage and Connect Through Alumni Travel

Come Away With Us

Enjoy trips of a lifetime as you engage and connect with other University of Utah alumni through the Alumni Association's travel program. For further information, to join our travel mailing list, or to sign up for any of the trips noted below, contact Nanette Richard, 801-581-3708, at the Alumni Association, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Check out the array of trips offered in 2017.

Palms in Paradise

April 24-May 10

 From $3,699 (includes air from many U.S. cities)

Destinations: Miami/Key West/Cartagena/Panama Canal Transit/Puntarenas/San Juan del Sur/Puerto Quetzal/Acapulco/Cabo San Lucas/San Francisco

From palm-studded, emerald landscapes to man-made wonders and majestic colonial architecture, experience the highlights of Central America on a 16-night luxury cruise from Florida to Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and California. Board Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta in Miami 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. Continue to Puerto Quetzal, a gateway to the lovely colonial capital of Antigua, followed by Acapulco, home to magnificent sprawling beaches.

Springtime in Provence and Burgundy

May 17-25 (Cruise on the M.S. Amadeus Provence)

 $3,595 + air

Destinations: Marseilles/Arles, Avignon/Châteauneuf-du-Pape/Orange/Pont du Gard/Saint/-Etienne-des-Sorts/Tournon/Vienne/Lyon/Chalon-sur- Saône for Beaune/Mâcon for Cluny/Montmerle for Beaujolais/Trévoux /Lyon. Optional pre-program trip to Aix-en-Provence. Optional post-program trip to Geneva and Chamonix.

Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in the world-famous Provence and Burgundy wine regions during the best time of year. Spend one night in sun-kissed Marseilles before cruising for six nights from Provençal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rhône and Saône rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Amadeus Provence, launching this year. Dock in the heart of each port and visit the Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon, the Roman city of Orange, and the Hotel Dieu in Beaune. Enjoy an excursion to Beaujolais for a private wine tasting.

Vineyards & Vignettes

May 23-June 1 (Oceania Cruises, on the Nautica)

 From $3,499 person, double occupancy – free airfare from select cities

Destinations: Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal; La Coruna, Spain; Bilbao, Spain; Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz), France; Bordeaux, France; Le Verdon, France; London.

Colorful tiled churches, marvelous architecture and cuisine, and sun-dappled vineyards await you on this voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ exquisite Nautica. From Lisbon to London, encounter intriguing cities nestled on the coast of Portugal, northern Spain, and France. Visit the birthplace of port wine, Oporto, and see the Roman Tower of Hercules in La Coruña. Witness incredible works of art at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, with its shop-lined streets, art galleries, and picturesque harbor sprinkled with multicolored fishing boats; or laze on the sandy beaches of Biarritz, a former fishing village turned glitzy resort on France’s Basque coastline. Before concluding your adventure in London, stroll graceful boulevards edged by 18th-century architecture in Bordeaux, or sample the region’s culinary and wine delights.

Peru Escapade to the Andes

May 27-June 4

 $3,295 (land) + air (estimated $1,990 from Salt Lake City including internal flights Lima/Cusco/Lima)

Destinations: Lima, Peru; Cusco/Sacred Valley/Urubamba; Cuyuni; Machu Picchu; Cusco. Optional post-program trip to Tambopata, Amazon Basin

Get lost in magical Peru, home to the world’s largest rainforest and the mystical ruins of the Inca. Beginning in Lima, observe how this city has retained its traditional flavor through the centuries and how much religious art has influenced its founding. Discover the colors of Cusco and the Incan temples in Urubamba Valley before attempting to unravel the mysteries behind the glorious lost city of Machu Picchu. Your accommodations provide comfort worthy of the Incan gods as you fall under the delightful spell of Peru.

Hells Canyon Whitewater Trip

June 22-24

Destinations: Snake River, Idaho.

U graduates Kurt (BS'93) and Heidi Armacost (BS'99) invite you to join them on a trip down the Snake River in Idaho. The Armacost family has been running river trips in Hells Canyon for more than 31 years. Their unparalleled service, attention to detail, high-end equipment, and veteran guides make them the leaders in industry. Their guides are friendly and professional. Beyond every turn in the river, they have stories to tell that will make your trip more meaningful and memorable. You will see ancient rock art and old homesteader cabins, take amazing hikes... and they will even help you catch the “big one”!

Italy's National Parks and Grottoes

July 26-Aug. 7

$4,795/person + air

Destinations: Rome; Sulmona/Majella National Park; Gargano National Park/San Giovanni Rotondo; Gargano Peninsula – full day cruise and cave tour; Matera/Salerno; Naples/Mount Vesuvius. Optional pre-program trip to Elba Island, July 23–27: Salt Lake City/Rome; Elba; Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Optional post-program trip to Capri and Amalfi Coast, Aug. 7-10: Naples/Pompei; Sorrento/Capri; Amalfi Coast.

Italy has long been lauded as a place of cultural significance, Rome having spread its influence over much of the western world. Equally impressive is the legacy it is creating through its national parks. This trip provides ample servings of both. Orchids fill the air with perfumed breath in the wildness of Majella National Park. Mountains run to the sea, where crystal clear waters flow in and out of grottos carved from the soft chalk-like rock in Gargano National Park.


Glacial Adventures of Alaska

July 28-Aug. 7 (Oceania Cruises, on the Regatta)

 From $3,799 per person, double occupancy – free airfare included from select cities

Destinations: Seattle to Inside Passage; Ketchikan; Juneau; Mendenhall Glacier; Hubbard Glacier; Icy Strait point; Skagway; Sitka; and Victoria, British Columbia.

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Alaska, with its sparkling glaciers and lush, pristine forests, on this adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Regatta. Depart from Seattle and sail the Inside Passage en route to the small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan, once known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Stroll among the authentic totems of Juneau, where an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture awaits, and take in the spectacular sight of Alaska’s longest tidewater glacier, Hubbard. Your journey continues to Icy Strait Point, a secluded seaport nestled in the pristine Alaskan wilderness; Skagway, a gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; and Sitka, the former center of Russia’s Alaskan empire. Before returning to Seattle, cruise to Canada to admire Victoria’s lovely gardens and ornate Craigdarroch Castle.


Cape Cod & the Islands

Aug. 20-26

 $2,599 per person, double occupancy (includes air from Salt Lake City)

Destinations: Cape Cod/Boston/Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket, Mass./Newport, RI.

Lodge for six nights on The Cape to experience its beauty and history. Enjoy a tour of historic Boston and dinner at a local restaurant. Take a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard to see the colorful Victorian cottages of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown and view beautiful pristine beaches along the shore. Cruise to scenic and historic Nantucket Island, with a visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum. In Newport, Rhode Island, enjoy a guided tour of The Breakers mansion and see additional exquisite mansions from the turn of the century along the “Ten Mile Drive.”

Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées

Sept. 30-Oct. 8 

 $3,495 + air

Destinations: Toulouse/Couiza/Mirepoix/Vals/Montazels/Rennes-le-Chateau/Alet-les-Bains/Carcassonne/Canal du Midi/Peyrepertuse/Cucugnan/Gorge de Galamus/Collioure/Abbey of Fontfroide. 

Optional pre-program trip to Toulouse. Optional post-program trip to Albi. Experience the “Real South of France” during this one-of-a-kind nine-day itinerary amid unspoiled landscapes, traditional French villages and lofty Cathar fortresses of the beautiful and historic Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées region. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of medieval Carcassonne and the picturesque hilltop commune of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Discover the seldom-visited département of Aude, dotted with quaint towns, lush olive groves and ample vineyards, where medieval monks first produced crisp Blanquette, a sparkling wine that predates Champagne. Enjoy a cruise on the breathtaking Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and historic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Mediterranean Radiance

Oct. 7-17 (Oceania Cruises, on the Riviera

 From $3,299 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Destinations: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livornio), Italy; Portofino, Italy; St.-Tropez, France; Palamos, Spain; Barcelona, Spain, Valencia, Spain; Mahón (Minorca), Spain; Marseille/Provence, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco.

From glorious cathedrals to sparkling seascapes and sun-kissed beaches, encounter the Mediterranean’s radiant beauty on this odyssey aboard Oceania Cruises’ chic Riviera. Depart Rome for Livorno, a jumping-off point to admire the magnificent architecture of legendary Florence, Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. Take in Portofino’s Genoese-built castle, experience French Riviera glamour at St-Tropez, and laze on splendid beaches at Palamós, located on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava. Witness Gaudí’s imaginative masterpieces in Barcelona, see Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, and stroll along Mahón’s lovely waterfront. Before your journey concludes in Monte Carlo, browse Marseille’s lively markets, or explore the fairy-tale landscapes and hilltop towns of Provence.

South American Arts & Music Sampler

To Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina

Oct. 17-29

Price: $6,995 (includes ferry ticket and three concert tickets) + air

Destinations: Rio de Janeiro/Corcovado/Sugar Loaf; Rio historical tour/Santa Teresa/performance at the Municipal Theater; Rio by night; Montevideo, Uruguay; performance at the Teatro Solis Theater; Bouza vineyard tour; Buenos Aires/Puerto Madero; performance at the Colon Theatre; San Antonio de Areco & family-owned Estancia El Ombu. Optional post-program trip to both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of Iguassu Falls, which has been declared a national Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

South America is a place of almost incomprehensible diversity. A complexity of geographical features span the continent from deep tropical rainforests to high mountain deserts. So, too, is this dynamism personified in the languages of those who live here. Visit the Portuguese-brushed Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, where long golden sands and samba feed the soul. Experience the charm of Uruguay in Montevideo, and taste the richness of its culture and land in its fine wines.


Mystique of the Orient

Oct. 18-28

 From $6,995 including air from Los Angeles (some flights may depart L.A. the evening of Oct. 17)

Destinations: Hong Kong/Cruising the South China Sea/Haiphong, Vietnam/Hanoi/Ha Long Bay/Gulf of Tonkin/Chan May for Hue/Dan Nang/Hoi An/Saigon (HoChi Minh City)/Saigon. Optional pre-program trip to Hong Kong. Optional post-program trip to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.

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.

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