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March 4-13, 2016
From $4,695 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

This unforgettable, custom-designed journey features a cruise in the mysterious Amazon River Basin aboard the deluxe, all-Suite M.V. ZAFIRO, the newest small expedition river vessel, and two nights in historic Lima, Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cruise into one of the 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, from the treetops of the lush rainforest to the depths of blackwater tributaries. Visit local villages to observe the traditional way of life of the ribereños (river people), see a shaman perform an ancient ritual of purification and visit the Manatee Rescue Center. 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. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

April 8-16, 2016
From $5,595 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula between Lisbon, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain, during the best time of year. Cruise up Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River, “the great river,” into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by small ship. Visit Portugal’s lesser-traveled Algarve region and the regal city of Granada, Spain. Stand on the “Top of the Rock” to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and call on two of the enchanting Balearic Islands—Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy stunning scenery and visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites while cruising ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. TERE MOANA. This authentic small ship carries only 88 guests and allows for port calls inaccessible to larger vessels. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise. A two-night Lisbon Pre-Cruise Option and two-night Barcelona Post-Cruise Option are offered. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

April 21-29, 2016
From $2,495 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Journey along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning MS Amadeus Silver, with luxurious accommodations and a river view from every cabin. Begin your adventure in Amsterdam with an evening cruise of its scenic canals. New for 2016, enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in select ports of call. In Amsterdam, stroll through renowned Keukenhof Gardens, bike through picturesque Waterland or see Rembrandt’s masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum. Continue to charming Giethoorn and well-preserved Kampen. While in The Hague and Delft, tour the works at the Mauritshuis, delve deeper into the life and works of Johannes Vermeer or learn about the renowned Blue Delft porcelain. See the renowned Zeeland Coast, then end in Belgium, where you can witness the amazing architecture and art of Bruges and the unrivaled charm of the important port city of Antwerp. This colorful program includes flexible excursions, educational programs, accommodations, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with lunch and dinner. Click here for additional information.

April 21-29, 2016
$3,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Immerse yourself in the true essence of town and country life in northern Italy in spectacular Venice and the fabled Lake District. In picturesque Cernobbio, spend four nights in a lake-view room in the charming HOTEL REGINA OLGA. Enjoy a private boat cruise on Lake Como, a setting that has inspired poets, composers, artists and philosophers for centuries. Explore the treasures of Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello and Stresa; cruise across Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands; and walk through storied Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the balcony where Juliet yearned for her Romeo. In the floating city of Venice, spend three nights in the HOTEL BONVECCHIATI near Piazza San Marco. Enjoy a private boat cruise along the famous palace-lined Grand Canal and experience the city’s cobblestoned alleys and meandering waterways. Enriching lectures and the exclusive TOWN & COUNTRY LIFE FORUM® with local residents provide personal perspectives of the region. This comprehensive small group program is the best way to experience the northern Italian town and country life. A Milan Pre-Program Option is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

April 24-May 5, 2016
From $3,599 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers and visa fees are additional

The Mediterranean stirs visions of baroque cathedrals and cobbled squares, of cliffside panoramas and idyllic lemon groves. Experience the region's timeless sights firsthand on an exciting luxury cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' state-of-the-art Riviera. Depart Barcelona and sail to Marseille, a cosmopolitan city graced with colorful markets and an imposing hilltop basilica. See Monte Carlo's glamour reflected in its centuries-old palace and lavishly furnished casino. Explore the artistic treasures of Florence and Pisa, or relax amid the rolling hills of Tuscany. Admire Michelangelo's masterpieces in Rome, and encounter breathtaking vistas, vibrant shops, and classically Italian cafes in Sorrento and Taormina. Then unwind on Zakynthos, a beautiful Ionian island with sandy beaches lapped by brilliant blue waters. Before concluding your voyage in Istanbul, take in Santorini's quaint clifftop village and postcard-worthy views. An optional pre-cruise tour of Madrid and Barcelona and post-cruise tour of Istanbul are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. This itinerary and the one below could be combined into one incredible cruise.

May 4-12, 2016
From $2,799 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers and visa fees are additional

Join fellow alumni and friends on this remarkable journey aboard Oceania Cruises' mid-size Riviera, a masterpiece of sophistication and grace. From rugged headlands crowned by ancient ruins to sun-kissed islands graced with whitewashed architecture and shimmering olive groves, discover awe-inspiring scenery on the shores of the Aegean. Depart Istanbul and set sail for northern Greece, where Kavala beckons with a lovely, palm-fringed waterfront and medieval castle. Experience the photogenic charms of Mykonos, with its bougainvillea-lined streets and 16th-century windmills, and explore Rhodes' powdery beaches and medieval treasures. Browse the colorful market at Kusadasi, a jumping-off point to explore the archaeological wonders of Ephesus, Miletus, and Didyma. Then head ashore at Patmos, known as the "Holy Island," to admire the Monastery of St. John, a beautiful combination of courtyards, chapels, and frescoes. Before your voyage concludes in Athens, take in the quaint clifftop villages on Santorini, the breathtaking result of a massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. An optional pre-cruise tour of Istanbul and post-cruise tour of Athens are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. This cruise and the one above could be combined for one extraordinary adventure.
May 17-25, 2016
$2,221 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare out of JFK included

Join fellow alumni and friends on this air and hotel inclusive tour to Madrid and Barcelona. Spend three nights in Madrid at the four star Paseo Del Arte Hotel and four nights in Barcelona at the four star Ayre Gran Via Hotel. Full breakfast buffet daily at both hotels. Trip includes a half day panoramic sightseeing tour in Madrid and Barcelona including entrance to Sagrada Familia. Enjoy a reception at SU Abroad's Madrid Campus. An optional tour to Segovia from Madrid with entrance to Alcazar and Valley of the Fallen will be available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

May 23-June 1, 2016
From $6,195 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of 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 Ireland, Wales 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 rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the Book of Kells. Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Cruise and Paris Post-Cruise Options available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

May 28-June 6, 2016
$3,295 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

As a cultural crossroads of the ancient world, Sicily abounds with enchanting natural beauty, impressive man-made creations seemingly untouched by time, fascinating culture and a vast history. Spend four nights each in Palermo and Taormina and explore this melting pot of Mediterranean civilizations. In Palermo, visit the cathedral and the city’s market. See Il Duomo and medieval castles in Erice before meeting a local family that runs an olive farm, where you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting. Continue to scenic Segesta to witness its unfinished temple and the renowned amphitheater at Mount Barbaro. Visit a 12th-century cathedral in Cefalù before moving to Taormina, celebrated for its stunning views and ancient Greek theater. Journey to the Valley of the Temples, one of Western Europe’s most impressive classical sites. Marvel at the ancient ruins in Syracuse (our sister city). This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine with dinner. Click here for additional information. 

June 5-14, 2016
$3,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

Join fellow alumni and friends on a journey to the national parks and monuments of the Southwest. View rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed at reserves including Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Arches National Park. Reflect at the rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, cruise Lake Powell, and admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon's narrow sandstone walls. Share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytelling, and ponder cultures past and present at a petroglyph site during a river raft ride down Glen Canyon. With the guidance of two expert Orbridge Expedition Leaders and the comforts of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks. Click here for additional information.

June 5-15, 2016
$3,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

Scandinavia evokes thoughts of Nordic mariners charging the waves aboard gracefully arched Viking ships. Its landscape boasts stunning fjords, jutting glacier-covered mountains and crystalline lakes. This unique program offers the opportunity to explore picturesque Denmark from your base in fairy-tale Copenhagen and to discover legendary Norway, featuring stays in cosmopolitan Oslo and charming Bergen. Throughout your journey, enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences - including a memorable ferry ride through Oslo Fjord and an impressive journey on the Bergen Railway - as you witness the natural beauty of the region. This exciting Small Group program includes excursions, deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan and ample free time to explore the region at your leisure. An optional pre-trip extension in Stockholm is available. Click here for additional information. 

June 14-22, 2016
$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

Forge a path through County Mayo in the remote, northwest corner of Ireland. From your base in Westport, a winsome Georgian town, embark on a special journey steeped in Irish culture. Discover both rural traditions and Ireland’s famous literary and musical heritage. Admire the rugged landscapes of Achill Island and Croagh Patrick, and feel the energy pulsating through Galway, a vibrant city known for its lively musical scene. Best of all, enjoy time in Westport, named the Best Place to Live in 2012 by the Irish Times. Stroll along the Quay, browse through local shops, savor local cuisine and observe daily life in a traditional Irish town. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations in Westport, excursions, presentations about local history and culture and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. Click here for additional information. 

June 26-July 3, 2016
From $2,915 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and port charges are additional

Cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver on an epic seven-night journey aboard award-winning Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity. Enjoy ample time to explore the rich wonders of Alaska and the northern coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, discover Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier. The seas in the region are teeming with marine life, including sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, walrus, salmon and, of course, the magnificent North Pacific right whale. Here, experience peace among vast and beautiful lands and seas and come to understand an isolated tranquility that will inspire and invigorate the soul. Crystal Cruises is world-renowned for excellence, with its award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. New for 2016, enjoy nightly alumni gatherings, and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your fellow travelers during recommended optional excursions in most ports of call. Open bar service, gratuities for select staff and 2-for-1 pricing are included with this adventure. Click here for additional information. 

July 12-23, 2016
From $3,999 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Join fellow alumni and friends aboard Oceania Cruises' state-of-the-art Marina, the perfect ship to take you to classic cities along the Baltic Sea. Discover a collection of treasures - from opulent palaces and sparkling harbors to spire-crowned churches - on this northern European luxury cruise. Depart Copenhagen for the delightful former fishing village of Warnemunde. Take in the town's landmark 19th-century lighthouse and quaint cottages, or head inland to Berlin, Germany's culture-rich capital. Stroll past stately buildings in Klaipeda, a gateway to the pine groves and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, and explore the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. Head ashore at Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens. Then spend almost three full days admiring the splendors of St. Petersburg, a glittering metropolis crisscrossed by canals and dotted with elaborate palaces. Before concluding your adventure in Stockholm, witness Tallinn's fairy-tale charm reflected in Gothic churches, half-hidden courtyards, and gabled merchants' houses. Copenhagen pre-cruise and Stockholm post-cruise options are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

July 15-25, 2016
From $4,295 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountains including five nights aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER III. Travel 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, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg and visit Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland, ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn, for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Lucerne; and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value! Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Post-Program. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

September 21-29, 2016
From $5,695 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are aditional

Discover the fascinating mix of cultures left in the wake of ancient empires while traveling across the historic Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian seas to the resplendent islands of Malta, Sicily and Capri and Italy’s southern coast during the best time of year. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, 60-passenger M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage featuring nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Megalithic temples of Malta, the superbly excavated town of Pompeii, the ancient Greek and Roman treasures of Sicily and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. In ancient Mediterranean port towns bearing influences of a seemingly endless roll call of empires, walk in the way of the Phoenicians, along the shores where St. Paul was shipwrecked, and down Roman avenues and Byzantine lanes. Walk through the storied town of Taormina in the shadow of Mt. Etna; see one of the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek theaters in Siracusa (our sister city); and explore the majestic Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Sicily. Valletta Pre-Cruise and Rome Post-Cruise Options. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

More tours will be added as information becomes available. Please continue to check for the most up-to-date schedule.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina Casella '94, G'04 at or the Office of Alumni Engagement mailbox at

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