Alumni Travel Study: 2018 Trips


HAMILTON’S CARIBBEAN (Now Full — Waitlist)
January 25 – February 1, 2018

The smash Broadway hit Hamilton reminded many Americans that the influential Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, actually had roots in the British West Indies. With Professor Glenn Gordinier, the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, discover the forgotten connections between the Caribbean and 18th- century America on a winter voyage aboard the elegant tall ship Sea Cloud II. Sail to small islands where important revolutionary battles were fought, visit Alexander Hamilton’s childhood home, and enjoy all the pleasures of a Caribbean cruise— leisurely hours under sail, swimming and snorkeling in pristine waters, and strolling in lush botanical gardens. Ports of call include Barbados, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, Iles des Saintes, and St. Lucia. An optional prelude in Barbados will visit the former home of George Washington.

PRICING Begins at $5,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Now Full — Waitlist)
March 21 – 28, 2018

In the extraordinary archipelago Charles Darwin once called “a little world within itself,” encounter the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin, and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers afterward. Human presence is relatively minimal, so travelers are afforded the unique opportunity to observe and photograph remarkable species up close—snorkeling with playful sea lions and colorful parrotfish, walking among giant tortoises, swimming with sea turtles, hiking by marine iguanas basking in the sun. Some lucky travelers have even seen whales breaching beside their boats. Bird enthusiasts could not be more delighted, as there are many endemic species only found here. Veteran travel-study leader, botanist, and Biology Professor Hank Art will provide the special insights typical of his trips, and expert guides from the Galapagos National Parks will join you for each excursion. With a capacity of only 40 guests, the small expedition- style ship Isabela II has been designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and adventure. Extend your stay and cross off another bucket-list journey with an optional visit to Machu Picchu.

PRICING Begins at $4,495 per person, double occupancy. Optional extension to Machu Picchu estimated from $2,995. Price does not include international airfare.

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PORTRAIT OF ITALY (Now Full — Waitlist)
April 10 – 25, 2018

Beginning in Amalfi and ending in Venice, this comprehensive tour of Italy with Research Associate Werner Gundersheimer showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of our group (no more than 24) as we stay in unique accommodations like a restored 18th-century villa in the Tuscan countryside. Highlights of this trip include a boat cruise around the stunning Amalfi Coast; a full-day excursion through Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius; a tour of the Abbey of Montecassino, a German stronghold during WWII; and several days in Rome to enjoy the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square. An interactive cooking demonstration in Orvieto, a town renowned for its earthy and expressive cuisine, is a delight. Visit the walled Umbrian town of Assisi, enjoy the hand-painted ceramics of Deruta, experience the Renaissance art of Siena and Florence, and relax in the classic hill town of San Gimignano. Your travels are capped in Venice with a walking tour through St. Mark’s Square as well as time to explore on your own.

PRICING Estimated $4,095 per person (+$479 airline taxes and fees), double occupancy, including airfare from New York.

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ETHIOPIA: WONDERS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE
April 24 – May 5, 2018

Ethiopia confounds expectations. The geographic isolation of much of the country, located on a high plateau, has created a distinct culture reflected by over three thousand years of literate civilization. On this tour with Professor of Middle Eastern History Magnus Bernhardsson, we’ll explore the history, tradition, culture, and nature of northern Ethiopia. After a good look at modern Addis and the remains of one of the oldest hominids, fly north to Mekele and begin our tour through some of the most striking landscapes in Africa. The dramatic scenery is a mix of jagged mountain peaks and fertile plains bisected by fields of grain and riven by deep gorges. The still little-visited sites are equally impressive: the ancient temple at Yeha, the obelisks at Axum, the spectacular rock-cut churches at Lalibela, and the more remote churches of Eastern Tigray. We’ll also see the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Simien Mountains where we observe the Gelada Baboons and the source of the Blue Nile, one of the world’s great natural wonders. We will use a combination of road travel and flights to maximize our explorations. While some drives are long, the scenery is consistently spectacular. Accommodation is in simple Western-style hotels, easily equivalent to three- and four-star hotels.

PRICING $6495 per person, double occupancy including four internal flights. Pricing does not include round-trip international airfare.

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EUROPEAN COASTAL CIVILIZATIONS (Now Full — Waitlist)
April 30 – May 9, 2018

Experience this unique itinerary with Professor Emeritus of History John Hyde, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France, and England. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the chartered, five-star, small ship M.S. Le Boréal. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites and conclude with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. A distinctive component of this cruise is the exclusive C’EST BON! CULINARY TRADITIONS™ program, which celebrates the myriad cuisines of our ports of call. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned port wine country. Walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on the Way of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Observe the intriguing juxtaposition of old and new in Bilbao, and visit the Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St-Michel’s impressive abbey. Cruise by the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.

PRICING Begins at $5,195 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare. Inquire about pricing for pre-cruise and post-cruise options.

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ENCHANTING IRELAND: A TOUR OF THE EMERALD ISLE
May 13-25, 2018

Ireland charms on this full yet well-paced small group tour led by Senior Lecturer in English and Theatre, James Pethica. Begin your 13-day journey touring the intimate capital of Dublin, including Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Proceed to Galway, stopping at 6th-century Clonmacnoise and continuing through the legendary Connemara to beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Next destination: Inismor, largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Travel County Clare’s fabled coastline, passing through The Burren and visiting the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Ferrying to County Kerry, you tour charming Killarney and travel by boat to historic Muckross House. Experience the Ring of Kerry’s stunning mountain and coastal scenery, and watch an Irish sheepdog demonstration. Visit Blarney, where you see the 15th-century castle with its famed Blarney Stone, then continue on to the celebrated Rock of Cashel. Tour Kilkenny, Ireland’s cultural capital, and visit the National Stud Farm en route back to Dublin. An optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension to Northern Ireland is available.


CHANGING TIDES: CRUISING THE BALTIC (Now Full — Waitlist)
June 14 – 23, 2018

Join Julie Cassiday, Professor of Russian and chair of the department, as you experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg, and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the Soviet Union. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the chartered five-star M.S. Le Soléal, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gdańsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including a specially arranged early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendors of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.

PRICING Begins at $6,495 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare. Inquire about pricing for pre-cruise and post-cruise options.

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FAMILY CHINA ADVENTURE
June 25 – July 7, 2018

Join fellow Ephs and their families on a fascinating exploration of China’s magnificent history and culture, led by Professor of Chinese, Christopher Nugent. Witness firsthand the changing dynamics of modern China as you explore this rich and diverse country with activities for both children and adults. In colorful Beijing, discover the stunning imperial architecture of the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Take in the sweeping views along the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Fly to Xian for a viewing of the 2,300 year old Terracotta Warriors and a traditional noodle-making demonstration. In Sichuan, watch baby pandas frolic about at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center and see a fire-breathing performance at the Sichuan opera. Take a bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing, speeding over 200 miles per hour! A cruise down the Yangzi River offers daily excursions on shore, culminating in a pass through the largest hydroelectric dam in the world! Finally, absorb the cosmopolitan energy of Shanghai as you take the world’s highest and fastest elevator to the top of the Shanghai tower for panoramic views of the riverside city.

PRICING Estimated $5,395 per adult based on double occupancy, $5,195 for children under age 17 in double occupancy, and $5,095 for children under age 17 in triple occupancy.

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CRUISE THE RHINE
June 27 – July 5, 2018

Helga Druxes, Professor of German will accompany you on a fascinating cruise through Holland, Germany, and France as you discover the timeless beauty of the Rhine River. Aboard the elegant, first-class Amadeus Silver III, unpack once and then step right into the heart of some of Europe’s most historic and enchanting cities. Glide along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and see the Anne Frank House. Witness Kölner Dom, Cologne’s awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, and sail through the spellbinding Rhine Valley with its forested hills crowned by castles. Enjoy Strasbourg’s exquisite old town, lined with half-timbered homes along narrow canals, plus explorations in other medieval river towns. At many destinations, choose from a selection of engaging excur-sions that deliver unique local experiences. Throughout your journey, learn more about the region’s art, history and culture from expert guides and lecturers. This chartered, seven-night cruise includes the services of a professional travel director, a generous meal plan, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.

PRICING Begins at $2,895 per person. No single supplement for solo travelers.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES
July 19 – 25, 2018

Tucked away in the most breathtaking corners of the Canadian Rockies are legendary Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff. Venture north to experience the stunning scenery of Canada’s mountain landscapes, and revel in the opulence, history, and graceful hospitality of its most celebrated lodges. Professor of Geosciences and progenitor of the Travel-Study program, Bud Wobus, will lend his expertise to provide travelers with an understanding of the stunning geology surrounding them. Enjoy a highlights tour of Calgary, known as the “Stampede City,” before visiting the glacier-fed Moraine Lake and driving to Lake Louise for a guided tour. Journey north on the Icefields Parkway and admire spectac-ular vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy a fully-narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. At Spirit Island, photograph the surrounding ridges against the lake’s glacier-fed blue waters. Stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing your sightseeing with visits to Banff and Yoho National Park. See the towering rockwalls and powerful waterfalls, and the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. Marvel at the six mountain ranges as you ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Watch for elk, deer, and the unique landscape features of the Hoodoos and Bow River. Optional four-day Banff extension.

PRICING $3,995 per person, double occupancy. Optional extension to Banff is estimated $2,795.

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EXPEDITION TO GREENLAND AND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
August 1 – 12, 2018

On this expedition you will sail above the Arctic Circle and on to Greenland, an unsullied wilderness that also happens to be the largest island in the world. From Iqaluit on the east coast of Baffin Island in Canada to the west coast of Greenland, this 11-day adventure sails through a spectacular wilderness of glaciers, mountains, fjords, and breathtaking icebergs. Venture into remote areas to observe a vast array of wildlife, including whales, seals, walruses, sea birds, and polar bears. And meet the exceptional people who live in Arctic communities, and learn about the native Inuit cultures that have survived in this harsh landscape. You will be on board a chartered Canadian-operated expedition vessel, one that regularly conducts active science in the Polar Regions. This vessel is the ideal platform for polar exploration, affording unique opportunities to chart a course through remote waters. The feel on board is casual, the entertainment is the magnificent Arctic landscape all around. With a maximum of just 86 passengers, travelers will have unrestricted access to all landing sites and using 10 Zodiacs, you will enjoy explorations in very small groups. Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus, longtime Director of the Williams-Mystic Program, and “Ocean Hero” Jim Carlton will lead this travel-study expedition as you explore this icy world and the wonder of its wildlife.

PRICING Begins at $8,395 per person, double occupancy. Cabin categories are limited, so please express early interest to have your pick of cabins. Airfare is not included in pricing.

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TRADE ROUTES OF COASTAL IBERIA
October 3 – 11, 2018

Cruise the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish mariners on this comprehensive itinerary from Barcelona to Lisbon aboard the small-ship M.S. Le Lyrial. Professor Emeritus of Natural Science Markes Johnson has completed fieldwork in many of the areas you will visit. From Barcelona, take in the enchanting Balearic Island of Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy the colorful, seaside city of Valencia and walk through its spectacular La Lonja de la Seda, the city’s 15th-century former Silk Exchange. Visit the regal city of Granada and tour the magnificent Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stand on Gibraltar’s “Top of the Rock” to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar. Travel in style while enjoying the special opportunity to cruise by small ship into the heart of Seville on Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit historic Sintra in Portugal’s lesser-traveled Algarve region, and disembark in charming Lisbon. Onboard lectures will enhance your journey with the history, legends, and modern life of these cities and villages. A two-night Barcelona Pre-Cruise Option and two-night Lisbon Post-Cruise Option are offered.

PRICING Estimated to begin at $4,395 per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included.

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HIMALAYAN KINGDOMS: NEPAL & BHUTAN
October 23 – November 6, 2018

Experience two distant and fascinating lands with Meg Lowman ’76, who has worked extensively on sustainable conservation in many parts of Asia including Bhutan, India, and Malaysia. In both Nepal and Bhutan, tradition and belief abide, and the surrounding Himalayan scenery casts a truly awe-inspiring spell. Begin your journey in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu with a visit to the iconic Buddhist temple Swayambhunath and its sacred stupa. Travel through Kathmandu Valley to Patan Durbar Square, Kopan Monastery, and the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Boudhanath. Stop at Nepal’s oldest and holiest Hindu shrine, Pashupatinath Temple, on the way to Bhaktapur, an ancient city known for its fine artisans and many temples. Nagarkot offers stunning views of the Himalayas. Fly to Bhutan’s capital of Thimphu to visit the Textile Museum and Buddha Point, where the world’s largest sitting Buddha presides over the valley. In Punakha, we raise prayer flayers and take a rafting trip on the Mo Chu River. Enjoy a visit to the National Library and Painting School before departing for Paro, a historic town home to Bhutan’s national museum and the sacred Tiger’s Nest monastery, a tour highlight. Travelers should be able to walk uphill, on uneven terrain, and at relatively high altitudes.

PRICING Estimated at $4,495 per person (+$677 airline taxes and fees), double occupancy. Airfare included from Boston, New York, or DC.


NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE
November 15-30, 2018

On this tale of two islands, join our small group for a 16-day journey from New Zealand’s North to its South in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Professor of Geology, David Dethier, will provide on-the-ground commentary for the spectacular and interesting geology you will encounter along the way. Cruise cosmopolitan Auckland’s glittering Auckland Harbour and visit the Auckland Museum. Witness Rotorua’s geothermal wonders and experience indigenous Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner. Travel to Art Deco Napier for touring and a wine tasting. Call on a private farm to watch sheep dogs at work. Ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car; visit Te Papa national museum; and explore Wellington independently. Tour Christchurch then take an exhilarating TranzAlpine train excursion. Encounter spectacular Franz Josef Glacier on a Glacial Valley walk, and see rare Kiwi birds at the West Coast Wildlife Center. Savor a full-day excursion to Fjordland National Park and a cruise on stunning Doubtful Sound. You may see dolphins, fur seals, Fjordland crested penguins, and even whales on your three-hour catamaran cruise, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks, waterfalls and rainforests. Spend your last day at leisure in scenic Queenstown.


TANZANIA WILDLIFE SAFARI (Now Full — Waitlist)
December 29, 2018 – January 9, 2019

On this beautifully balanced safari, experience the wonders of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and the majesty of the Serengeti ecosystem with travel-study leader, botanist, and Biology Professor Hank Art. Along the way, meet some of the people who inhabit these wild and remote places. Highlights include walking amongst the wildlife in the Eastern Serengeti and gaining insights into the fascinating culture of the Maasai; experiencing the Serengeti plains, including the Great Migration of Wildbeest; visiting the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater, the only setting in which you can see all of the Big Five—Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, Elephant, and Rhinoceros—in one place; and enjoying farm-to-table meals with an African twist in the eco-friendly luxury of Gibb’s Farm, recently named as one of CondeNast Travelers’ World’s 50 Best Hotels.

PRICING Begins around $6,990 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare or VAT.

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