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.
Hells Canyon Whitewater Trip
Destination: 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
Price: $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)
Price: 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
Price: $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."
Sept. 30-Oct. 8
Price: $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.
Oct. 7-17 (Oceania Cruises, on the Riviera)
Price: 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
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
Price: 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.
Rainforest to Relics
February 10-28 (Go Next, aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena)
Price: From $3,999 (includes free airfare from many U. S. and Canadian cities)
Destinations: Miami/George Town, Cayman Islands/Cozumel & Costa Maya, Mexico/Harvest Caye, Belize/Santo Tomas, Guatemala/Roatan, Honduras/Puerto Limon, Costa Rica/ Balboa, Panama/Manta & Guayaquil, Ecuador/Salaverry, Peru/Lima; optional $299/person pre-cruise of Miami, $2,799 post-cruise extension to Machu Picchu.
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Sirena in vibrant Miami, an international city rich with the influence of Caribbean and Latin American culture. Sail to George Town and scan the clear turquoise waters for marine life—the rare green sea turtle is bred and raised on its palm-fringed shores. Visit ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel and Costa Maya; look for howler monkeys, alligators, and iguanas in Belize; and in Santo Tomás de Castilla, take in the wild beauty of the Rio Dulce, a river edged by lush vegetation brimming with wildlife. On the southern edge of the world’s second largest barrier reef, Roatán is celebrated for its superb snorkeling and diving, and it was just offshore from the following port, Puerto Limón, that Christopher Columbus gave Costa Rica its name. Fuerte Amador is just a short distance from the many attractions of Panama City, including the nearby rainforest, and Manta is only a brief drive to Montecristi, where the Panama hat originated. Continue to explore Ecuadorian attractions in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city that offers numerous historic monuments and neighborhoods, before finishing your incredible journey in Peru where you’ll discover Incan treasures in Salaverry and Lima.
India – A Mosaic of Culture
February 19-March 5 (Classic Escapes)
Price: $4,995 (Land) + Air
Destinations: Mumbai/Taj Mahal Palace/Varanasi/Khajuraho/Jhansi/FE/Fatehpur Sikri/Ranthambhore/Jaipur/Delhi; optional $2,395 post extension to Rajputana/Pushkar/Mehranghar Fort/Udaipur
India’s romantic culture, storied past and natural beauty come alive on this classic tour through some of its most alluring sites. Indulge your senses with old-world glamour and ancient traditions. Revel in the vibrant hues of saffron, orange, magenta, and turquoise as sari-clad women sweep past you. Discover a wealth of artistic and architectural treasures amidst modern city streets, winding alleyways, and rural landscapes. Recount centuries of great imperial rulers, spiritual devotion, and legends at such famed sites as the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Varanasi, and Khajuraho’s erotic temples. Search for the magnificent wild tiger amidst crumbling monuments in the former hunting grounds of royals. This is India as you’ve never imagined it—and will never forget!
River Life Along the Dutch Waterways
April 18-26 (aboard the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Brilliant)
Price: From approximately $2,995 + air
Destinations: Amsterdam/Hoorn/Kampen/ Giethoorn/Nijmagan/Maastricht/Antwerp/Ghent/Bruges
Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime, the best time of year to visit, when the vibrant, picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Join us for this comprehensive nine-day travel program and cruise for seven nights along the Dutch waterways aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship M.S. Amadeus Brilliant. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum® for a personal perspective of daily life and cultural heritage in the Low Countries. Enjoy a private cruise along the enchanting canals of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Expert-led excursions include the storybook city of Bruges, the world-renowned Kröller-Müller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, the “Golden Age” trading town of Hoorn, ancient Maastricht and charming Antwerp. The Heart and Soul of Amsterdam Pre-Cruise Option and The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Post-Cruise Option are offered. This wonderful itinerary is an exceptional value including all accommodations, excursions and meals, sells out quickly year after year and is continually praised by our past travelers as the ideal Dutch and Flemish experience.
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
April 22-30 (Classic Escapes)
Price: $4,795 + air
Destinations: Guayaguil & Galapagos Islands with a five-night/four-day cruise aboard the M.Y. Coral I or II; optional $3,895-plus post extension to Machu Picchu*, Lima, Cusco, Urubamba Valley, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo
Journey to the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. Begin on the mainland, immersing yourself in the culture of Ecuador. Spend your days discovering UNESCO World Heritage marvels in Quito, gazing at snow-capped mountains, or shopping in the indigenous markets of Otavalo. Feel your heart race in anticipation as you step onto your vessel and home for the next four nights to set sail to the Galapagos Islands, a place filled with creatures found nowhere else on Earth. You’ll come within steps of these rare animals and hike the unique and storied vistas of the islands accompanied by your expert naturalist guides. Allow yourself to be swept away by this land of discovery and natural wonder.
*Machu Picchu includes walking/hiking at high altitudes (9,000 ft. at Micchu and 11,150 ft. in Cusco).
Gems of the Danube
May 14-24 (aboard the Scenic Jewel, with two-night Prague land tour)
Price: From $4,749
Destinations: Prague/Nuremberg/Regensburg/ Passau/Linz/Melk/Durnstein/Vienna/Budapest
The Danube River has shaped not only the beautiful European landscape, but also the histories of the diverse regions it flows through. Stretching for hundreds of miles, the river links 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 Jewel. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included, there is no better way to experience the Danube River region and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines its banks. On this luxury cruise along the Danube River, you’ll have the opportunity to not only marvel at magnificent scenery, but also sample beer at one of the world’s oldest breweries in Regensburg, explore powerful WWII history in Nuremberg, and experience a private concert featuring the works of Strauss and Mozart in the grand splendor of the iconic Palais Liechtenstein.
The Great Journey Through Europe
June 13-23 (aboard the M.S. Amadeus Silver II)
Price: From approximately $4,595 + air
Destinations: Zermatt/Andermatt/Lucern/Interlaken/ Berne/Basel/Strasbourg/Heidelberg/Rudesheim/Koblenz/Cologne/Amsterdam
This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Silver II. Journey through the Western heart of the Continent through Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature four great UNESCO World Heritage sites—walk through Berne’s Old Town, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, and visit Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt, and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway; and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.
Pac-12 Glacial Adventures of Alaska Cruise
With special guests Scott Mitchell, former U of U and NFL football player, and award-winning sportswriter Rick Reilly
June 19-29 (Go Next, aboard the Regatta)
Price: From $3,349
Destinations: Seattle/Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Ice Strait Point (Hoonah), Hubbard Glacier, Sitka Outside Passage to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada/Seattle
Enjoy lectures and panels from invited athletes, coaches, and additional alumni guests from the Pac-12 universities while you explore the astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise up and down the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and sail the Inside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Your first stop is Ketchikan, a city once proclaimed the Salmon Capital of the World, on your way to Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. From authentic totems to upscale shopping, Juneau is a picturesque blend of the historical and the contemporary. Catch Gold Fever in Skagway, gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah and Sitka. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria, Western Canada’s oldest city, before disembarking the Regatta back in Seattle. Guest Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times. He is a front-page columnist for ESPN.com and delivers human-interest television features for ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown. Guest Scott Mitchell set 38 NCAA passing records while at the U, becoming named conference player of the year and an all-conference player. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1990 and played professional football for 12 years with the Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Affluence of Culture
July 17-30 (Go Next, aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica)
Price: From $4,799
Destinations: Oslo, Stockholm/Helsinki/St. Petersburg/Tallinn/Gdynia/Copenhagen/Skagen
The majesty of Northern Europe awaits you as you embark on the Nautica in Norway’s sophisticated capital of Oslo. Tour the magnificently restored seventeenth-century warship Vasa in Stockholm and head ashore in the design mecca of Helsinki before staying the night in St. Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great and boasting European sophistication with an imperial flair; whimsical golden spires, pastel-colored palaces, and grand canals define this magical metropolis. Leave for the Lithuanian capital of Tallinn, a fairy-tale city of Gothic churches and half-hidden courtyards; see the Fallen Shipyard, site of Gdansk’s anti-communist protests; and explore Denmark from both its northernmost town of Skagen and the friendly capital of Copenhagen, where the legendary Little Mermaid greets visitors to its lovely shores. Finally, disembark the Nautica in London, the perfect blend of old-world charm and futuristic dazzle..
Village Life in the Dordogne
September 6-14 (Gohagan)
Price: From $3,795 + air
Destinations: Bordeaux/Sarlat/Racamadour/Souillac/Les Eyzies-de-Tayac/Lascaux IV/St. Amand de-Coly/Rouffignac/La Madeleine/Beynac/Domme
Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine HÔtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments—the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; the perfectly reproduced cave art in Lascaux IV; a specially arranged performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive Village Life® Forum with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne. Complement your exploration of France’s rich culture with the Bordeaux Pre-Program Option, featuring the world-famous wine region of St-Émilion. This exceedingly popular travel program sells out quickly every year!
Umbria, Italy: Culture, Food and History
Price: $3,995 + air
Destinations: Rome, Orvieto/Pergugia/Assisi/Gubbio/San Galgano/Montalcino/Montepulciano/Dunarrobba/Cascate Delle Marmore/Spoleto/Montefalco/Spello/Tivoli; optional $1,795 post extension to Florence
Italy has long been lauded as a place of cultural significance. The great empire of Rome made its mark on the Western world for over a millennium, influencing art and music from the days of ancient emperors through to the Renaissance. Experience Italy’s legacy with a journey to the scenic region of Umbria in Tuscany, which is dotted with ancient ruins, medieval villages, and natural wonders. You will spend your days exploring the cultural treasures of Umbria and your nights in awe of the natural beauty of the region. Let Italy sweep you away on this enchanted tour of Umbria.
October 13-24 (aboard the Oceania Cruises Riviera)
Price: From $2,999
Destinations: Athens/Gythion/Sparta/Katakonos/ Olympia/Taormina/Valetta/Crete/Heraklion/Rhodes/
Classic mythology, glistening oceans, and ancient cities await you on this luxurious tour of Greece. Embark on the Riviera in 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 explore 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 sounds of over 300 churches’ bells echo over the otherwise-tranquil island of Patmos, where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, before you complete your voyage of Greece back in Athens.
South Africa – Treasures of the Rainbow Nation
October 27-November 5 (Classic Escapes)
Price: $4,295 + air
Destinations: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Robben Island and Khayelitsha, Table Mountain, Winelands, Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Camp, and Johannesburg; optional $2,595 post extension to Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe
Charming, elegant, and mysterious; South Africa awaits you on an exciting safari of cultural and natural treasures. Feel the warmth of the African sun while exploring Cape Town’s immense cache of unrivaled beauty and exotic botanical gardens, up the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope and the braying “jackass” penguins of Boulders Beach. Explore Table Mountain and the verdant winelands, richly complemented by Dutch colonial architecture. Feel the rush of seeing Africa’s “Big 5” up-close in Kruger National Park while surrounded in comfort. The post extension takes you to Zimbabwe and the glorious roar of Victoria Falls. Explore and rejuvenate the soul in South Africa.
All prices are based on double occupancy.