Since 1981, Williams has offered outstanding educational travel opportunities, each led by a Williams professor who's an expert in the trip's destination. Please review upcoming trips below and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
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* Ask the Alumni Travel-Study Office to put you on a list for early information and registration.
|Saturday, June 8, 2013 – Saturday, June 15, 2013||
COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEKS: Montana or West Virginia
For one week become part of another community, another culture, addressing problems of hunger, health, and education, with an emphasis on children. In Montana you will work on a Blackfeet reservation; in West Virginia you will be in a village of Appalachia. There are other open weeks in the spring and summer. Tuition of $995 can be tax-deductible.
Please ask travel director Bob Behr for further details: RBehr@williams.edu
|Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Saturday, June 29, 2013||
NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS
Join geology Professor Bud Wobus on a ramble from the Black Hills to Yellowstone to Grand Teton, with stops at Devil's Tower, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and a woolly mammoth dig. Stay overnight in grand old historic park lodges. Ask for an e-brochure. However, the trip is now FULL, and we are starting a waiting list. Bud's next trip is to Colorado on July 12, 2014 at The Nature Place, with a series of day trips to spectacular sites just west of Pikes Peak.
|Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – Saturday, June 29, 2013||
Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, and other Peruvian highlights are explained by Professor Michael Brown, of the Anthropology Department. A very reasonable all-inclusive price includes airfare. An extension to the Upper Amazon is an option. The trip sold out on September 19. We have a waiting list.
|Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Wednesday, July 3, 2013||
Join long-time Williams Outing Club (WOC) Leader Scott Lewis on this non-technical but demanding climb up Africa's highest peak. You must be in very good shape to attempt this famous climb. Thus the climb is closed to new participants since training has already begun.
Click here for an electronic brochure.
|Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – Sunday, July 7, 2013||
CHINA: ANCIENT AND MODERN
Professor Sam Crane, a scholar of the Orient, will lead this trip to Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Tinxi, Huizhou Villages, Huang Mountains, and Shanghai. The familiar sites are balanced by colorful, lesser known rural locales. This specially designed family tour offers Chinese life and culture through hands-on experiences. Adult couples will find the experience equally intriguing. A paper brochure is available.
Click here for an electronic brochure.
|Monday, July 15, 2013 – Monday, July 29, 2013||
THE BLACK SEA; PORTS OF CALL IN FIVE NATIONS
Cruise from Istanbul on the Aegean Odyssey to unusual ports of call in Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria -- absorbing the ancient and modern history that pervades these shores. Professor of History William Wagner will discuss key events of the past. Enjoy the many services of this stable 461-foot vessel as it completes a circuit of the Black Sea. Sorry, the ship is now filled.
|Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – Sunday, August 11, 2013||
CRUISING THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY: PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
The Douro Valley is so beautiful and unspoiled that it has received a UNESCO World Heritage designation. You will be on the river for seven nights aboard the chic, 118-passenger Queen Isabel, pausing at quaint villages and imposing castles. The tour begins with three nights in glorious Lisbon, historic capital of Portugal. Interpreting the many sights is Leyla Rouhi, Professor of Romance Languages. Madrid is an optional finale The trip is now closed to further registrations.
|Thursday, September 26, 2013 – Tuesday, October 8, 2013||
FROM PARIS TO PRAGUE
Travel across the heart of Central Europe, largely by riverboat, visiting iconic historical and cultural sites along the way. The mode of transport is TGV from Paris to the Mosel River; then a lovely riverboat down the Mosel, up the Rhine through the stunning Rhine Gorge, up the Main River via the Main-Danube Canal to Nurenburg, and finally Prague. Prof. Dan O'Connor is your intellectual guide. Sorry, the ship is filled.
|Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Wednesday, October 23, 2013||
BHUTAN'S CULTURAL FESTIVALS
Guided by John Child '77, a resident of the Himalayas, you will visit this exotic kingdom at the time of its major festivals -- one colorful event after another. But just 20 people will have this special opportunity. The trip is now full.
|Friday, October 25, 2013 – Saturday, November 2, 2013||
HISTORY AND CULTURE OF COASTAL IBERIA
Sail from Barcelona to Lisbon with Prof. John Hyde '52 aboard the 90-passenger Tere Moana. This five-star ship makes eight ports of call, allowing close looks at sites such as the Balaeric Islands, the Alhambra, the Rock of Gibraltar, and Seville. John will discuss the Spanish Civil War and the continued British presence in Gibraltar. Please ask for an E-brochure. The cruise is full; we have started a waiting list.
|Thursday, November 7, 2013 – Thursday, November 14, 2013||
HISTORY, NATURE and GOLF: CRUISING THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH
Our southeastern Atlantic coast offers many historic sites, echoing the colonial and Antebellum South. The region's ports are conveniently accessible via the Intracoastal Waterway, thus avoiding the open ocean. This cruise aboard the 130-passengerYorktown moves from Charleston to Beaufort to Savannah to St. Simon's Island to Jekyl Island to Cumberland Island to Jacksonville. In addition to the natural and historical sites, there will be four opportunities to play golf at well-known courses with Rick Pohle, retired maestro of the Taconic. Click here for an e-brochure. **There will be FREE AIRFARE included from 24 major airports.**
|Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Saturday, January 25, 2014||
AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND
From New Zealand's southern alps to Milford Sound to Sydney and then the Great Barrier Reef, you will be imbibing the multiple wonders of nature down under. A couple from the Biology Department will lead the trip: Joan Edwards and David Smith. They have studied, first hand, the flora and fauna of these regions.The three-day Barrier Reef cruise on the 25-cabin Coral Princess is the climax to this comprehensive trip. Ask for an electronic brochure.
|Monday, January 20, 2014 – Friday, January 31, 2014||
TANZANIA'S GREAT MIGRATION, A SAFARI
Explore Tanzania's famous parks and reserves to observe an amazing variety of of wild animals and birds. Watch one of nature's finest spectacles, the Great Migration, as thousands of ungulates seek better food and water. Travel in the company of Professor Henry Art, a veteran of prior Williams safaris, in a custom Land Rover with a roof hatch for photography. Stay in deluxe lodges and comfortable tented camps. Please request an electronic brochure. In anticipation of a full group of 20, a second departure is scheduled for January 6-17.
|Friday, February 7, 2014 – Sunday, February 16, 2014||
ISLAND-HOPPING IN THE GALAPAGOS
Cruise Darwin's enchanted isles aboard the 32-passenger yacht Evolution with Professor Markes Johnson of the Geosciences Department. He has taken students to the Galapagos and is familiar with the islands, their animal inhabitants, and their fascinating geology. Native naturalists enhance the experience. Daily excursions include interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The birds and animals are so unconcerned that you can easily take close-up photos. Click here for an e-brochure. There are just four cabins left on the first departure. However, we have booked a second sailing for January 31.
|Saturday, March 22, 2014 – Sunday, April 6, 2014||
Under the expert leadership of Prof. Magnus Bernhardsson, you will discover the many wonders of Morocco. Here is an age-old culture with genuinely hospitable people, happy to show you their exotic architecture, their ancient ruins, sacred mosques, stunning Atlas mountains, fascinating markets, and the Sahara. Storied towns await: Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, Erfoud, and Marrakech. You will be part of one memorable scene after another. The trip is SOLD OUT; we have begun a waiting list which will be used for a subsequent trip in late March of 2015.
|Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Friday, May 23, 2014||
ALUMNI COLLEGE IN THE DORDOGNE AT SARLAT
Unpack once at your atmospheric hotel just beyond the ancient walls of Sarlat-La-Caneda, a 14th- century gem in France's Dordogne. Here is one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. On day trips visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Lascaux II, plus other historic locales. Gain historical perspective from the comments of Prof. Werner Gundersheimer and expert local guides.
|Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Wednesday, June 25, 2014||
APULIA, THE HEEL OF THE ITALIAN BOOT
Apulia is a fascinating region of Italy which shows its history with a blend of Greek, Byzantine, Norman, Venetian and Italian influences. Join Professor Peter Low of the Art Department as you note architectural vestiges of these cultures of the past. Stay at a four-star seaside hotel with breathtaking views. Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals. Reasonably priced at $2,300 plus air.
|Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Friday, July 18, 2014||
ALUMNI COLLEGE IN THE ROCKIES
The original alumni trip, first offered in 1981 by Prof. Bud Wobus of the Geology Department. Still a popular week of mild outdoor activity with the Colorado Nature Education Center as your home. Bud leads a series of day trips to nearby geological wonders and spectacular vistas. You reside in your own cabin on the rustic campus.
|Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Saturday, July 19, 2014||
ALASKA BY SMALL SHIP
The nimble "Admiralty Dream" takes you through the watery byways of the Inside Passage, encoutering wildlife on land and in the sea plus magnificent peaks and fjords and tidewater glaciers of amazing proportions. Just 66 passengers share your discoveries and the insights supplied by Prof. James Carlton and on-board naturalists.
|Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Friday, August 1, 2014||
THE CHARMING ADRIATIC
Sail with History Professor John Hyde '52 from Venice to Dubrovnik, pausing at ancient ports on the Dalamtian coast. The 115-passenger "Corinthian" is an all-suite vessel of great comfort. Children are welcome aboard.
|Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014||
THE ITALIAN LAKES
From your elegant Hotel La Palma in Stresa on the shore of Lake Maggiore you will embark on a series of day trips to the nearby towns, villas, villages, and lakes that make the Lake District so unique. The quaint islands add to the charm: Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, Isola Bella, and the Borromean Isles. Slip into Switzerland for a walk through Ascona. Spend a day in Milan to see "The Last Supper" and La Scala. Enjoy the political insights of Prof. James McAlister.
|Friday, November 7, 2014 – Thursday, November 20, 2014||
MYSTERIES OF MYANMAR
Just 24 guests will be part of this singular travel experience, traveling with Professor Peter Frost. The Buddhist cultures of Burma include the temples at Bagan, fabled Mandalay, and Yangon (Rangoon) where colonial buildings flank ancient pagodas. Artisans exhibit works of marble and silk. There is an optional extension to Cambodia and Angkor Wat.