Alumni Travel Study: 2016 Trips

 

 2016 TRIP CALENDAR

 

THE WHALES OF BAJA CALIFORNIA

January 23-30, 2016

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “Nature’s Aquarium.”  Not only are there six species of whales to encounter, but other sea creatures such as dolphins and rays.  You will be aboard the comfortable “Safari Endeavor,” an 86-passenger vessel nimble enough to follow whatever sea animals appear.  Our Williams leader is Prof. Markes Johnson of the Geosciences Department who has written a book about the Baja.  Marine biologists will supplement his knowledge.

 

SAILING THE WINDWARD ISLANDS

January 23-30, 2016

Cruise aboard the three-masted “Le Ponant” through the Windward and Grenadine Islands.  Ocean view air-conditioned staterooms, superb cuisine, and stylish public areas are yours on this 64-passenger sailing vessel.  From Martinique make ports of call at Bequia, Union Island, Grenada, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia with 16,000 square feet of sails overhead.  Professor Paul Karabinos will explain the formation of the islands.

 

THE WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE

February 14-20, 2016

Just 16 fortunate travelers will track the wolves in Yellowstone National Park.  Travel by heated safari vehicle to observe the wolves, bison and elk in their winter habitat. The hot springs and geysers produce dramatic steam displays in the winter climate, adding to the spectacular photo ops.  A comfortable Park lodge awaits your return each evening.  Please ask for an e-brochure and consider joining the dozen travelers who are already aboard. One couple may still join.

 

MOROCCO III

March 19–April 1, 2016

Colorful Morocco draws us back once again, this time with Prof. Kashia Pieprzak who has lived there for extended periods of time.  Her knowledge plus the insights of the expert native guide promise to give the trip unusual meaning.  The highly praised itinerary is similar to the ones enjoyed in our recent alumni trips of 2014 and 2015.

 

TUSCANY’S CHARMS

March 18-26, 2016

Quartered in a medieval walled city, you will take day trips to surrounding attractions such as Siena, San Gimignano, Castellina, Massa Martima, San Galgano, Casole d’Elsa, and Florence.  While living in Colle di Val d’Elsa, you reside in a refurbished 17th century hospital, fully modernized as a fine hotel.  President, Emeritus Frank Oakley will discuss unusual and largely unknown movements and rebellions within the medieval church.  A paper or an e-brochure awaits. There is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT.

 

CUBA: CULTURE, CUISINE, AND NEW RELATIONS (Now Full)

March 19-26, 2016

Travel with Professor Darra Goldstein on an exploration of the lifestyles of Cuba, especially the interaction of culture and cuisine.  You visit markets and farms and restaurants, including the unique paladares where you dine in private homes.   There are also encounters with artists, musicians, museum directors, government officials, and chefs.

 

THE ISLANDS AND WATERWAYS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Now Full)

April 30 to May 7, 2016

North of Seattle are the San Juan Islands, a protected archipelago of scenic channels, rainforests, and wildlife.  Cruise among these islands aboard the Wilderness Adventurer with Geology Professor David Dethier who has closely studied these unusual islands.  The cruise begins and ends in Seattle.  Ask for an e-brochure for this island locale which is listed as #4 on the “Travel and Leisure” list of best island destinations in the USA and Canada. Click here for more information.

 

THE ANIMALS OF AFRICA  (Now Full)

May 1-14, 2016

Professor Hank Art leads the group in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe for Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls Game Reserve, and Lower Zambesi National Park.  This is the most comprehensive safari trip we have ever offered. Safaris are conducted by vehicle, boat, and even on elephant-back.

 

THE  WAKE  OF  THE  VIKINGS  (Now Full)

May 24 — June 1, 2016

Cruise on a small ship around the isles of Scotland where you will encounter archeological structures from the age of the Vikings. Then sail on to Norway’s fjords and Denmark.   Your stops include the Isle of Skye, the Shetlands and the Orkneys, plus Bergen and Copenhagen.  The Class of 1968 will have a group aboard.  Feel free to join them. The Williams geologic presence will be Professor Markes Johnson, the leader of the 2015 cruise. Please ask for a brochure, electronic or paper.

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST

June 19-28, 2016

Join an 11-day journey to the Southwest to visit the iconic National Parks of the region. Move from Zion to Bryce Canyon to Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. Also included are Antelope Slot Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Glen Canyon. Photo ops are endless. Geology Professor Paul Karabinos will interpret the many spectacular landscapes. Please request a paper brochure or click here for more information.

 

DENALI  AND  BEYOND: AN  INSIDER’S  ALASKA  (Now Full)

June 20-28, 2016

The interior of Alaska presents North America’s highest mountain, Denali, in Denali National Park.  There you will reside at Denali Backcountry Lodge, deep in the park, among the wild creatures which roam freely there.  The other half of your journey places you in Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge on the coast, a different environment with different creatures, many of them found in the water.  Professor Hank Art will interpret the landscape and its inhabitants.  Please ask for an e-brochure.  Just 16 participants are permitted, and the trip is now full.

 

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Now Full)

July 21-31, 2016

Cruise the famous Galapagos aboard the Evolution, a 31-passenger vessel, in the company of Prof. Jim Carlton, former Director of the Williams-Mystic Program.  Jim and the ship’s naturalists will explain the unique animals which the islands are noted for and which Charles Darwin wrote about.  Jim will discuss the invasive threats to the pristine waters which surround the islands. Family groups have found the islands an ideal experience.  An e-brochure awaits for this destination which is listed the #1 island locale in the world by “Travel and Leisure.”  The July departure is now full.

 

SWITZERLAND WITH BUD WOBUS

July 13-24, 2016

Enjoy extended stays in two regions of the Swiss Alps, using train, bus, boat and short walks to survey the magnificent mountain vistas. Geology Professor Bud Wobus will explain the creation of the mountains in a way that the layman can appreciate. The spotless and efficient Swiss train system will move you through spectacular alpine landscapes. Early booking discount of $500 per couple through April 26. Please request a paper brochure or click here for more information.

 

THE COLUMBIA RIVER

August 13-21, 2016

Sail the length of the spectacular Columbia River, following the route of Lewis and Clark, aboard the sternwheeler American Empress. The shores of Idaho, Washington and Oregon provide lovely, dramatic vistas and geologic insights. Ports of call echo the rich history of the region. Professor Scott Wong leads the Williams discussions, joined by professors from Harvard, UVA, and Washington and Lee. Please request a paper brochure or click here for more information.

 

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS II

August 19-28, 2016

Experience the famous Galapagos Islands aboard the Evolution, a 31-passenger vessel, in the company of Professor Markes Johnson of the Geosciences department. Prof. Johnson has led many expeditions to the Galapagos and has studied the region’s geology. He and the ship’s naturalists will highlight the unique geology and natural wonders of these islands. Please request a paper brochure or click here for more information.


THE STONES OF ROME

September 7-14, 2016

Join Art Professor Michael Lewis in the Eternal City for an art and architectural journey from antiquity to the present. There is more than meets the eye in this ancient city, and Michael will offer the special insights that make him a student favorite as you explore Rome’s most treasured spots and encounter hidden works of art by Raphael, Bramante, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini (among others). Click here for more information.


FLAVORS OF SPAIN

October 1-9, 2016

Experience the diverse flavors of Catalonia as you dive into a cuisine and culture that has evolved over centuries.  Reside in a restored 17th century farmhouse set in the medieval stone village of Emporda. Tour kitchens, wineries and food shops in seaside villages on the Costa Brava. Explore ancient ruins, stroll lovely beaches and browse picturesque coves. Please request a paper brochure or click here for more information.


PARIS TO NORMANDY

October 13-21, 2016

Cruise the meandering Seine River westward from Paris with Professor John Hyde ’52, who will offer many highlights of French history. Your route through Normandy takes in Rouen, whose cathedral inspired Monet’s great series of paintings, as well as the port of Honfleur and the scene of the massive Allied landing in June, 1944. Click here for more information.


A JOURNEY THROUGH VIETNAM (Now Full)

October 31 — November 15, 2016

Prof. Peter Frost enlarges upon the history and culture of Vietnam, topics of his past classes at Williams.  Move from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta to Saigon in this land of surpassing beauty.  Halong Bay, for example, has been named one of the world’s “New Seven Wonders of Nature.”