2019 Trips

ANTARCTICA January 5 – 18, 2019

Join Professor of Marine Sciences, Emeritus Jim Carlton for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human Visitors. Prof. Carlton and the expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Your elegant accommodations onboard the intimate Le Boréal, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combine innovative design with personalized service and comfort. Nearly all 110 deluxe, ocean-view suites and staterooms feature private balconies. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option.

PRICING Estimated to begin at $9,995 per person, double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

 

MOROCCAN DISCOVERY
March 15 – 28, 2019

On this fascinating 14-day small group journey with Professor of International Relations Michael MacDonald, your eyes and heart are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. Begin with a tour of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and cross the river to Sale for lunch in a private home. Visit Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites you encounter. Travel on to Fez with its fascinating medina, and embark on a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes. View spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including dramatic Todra Gorge, and travel The fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs.” Stop at the village of Ait ben-Haddou, a UNESCO site. In alluring Marrakech, your walking tour of the medina ends in the city’s heart, Djemaa el Fna Square. Your final destination: storied Casablanca, where a highlight is your visit to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

PRICING Estimated $4,595 per person, double occupancy, including airfare from Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C.

 

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
March 20 – 27, 2019

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 $4,995 per person, double occupancy. Optional extension to Machu Picchu estimated from $3,395. Price does not include international airfare.

 

INSIDER’S JAPAN
March 20 – April 1, 2019

Experience a truly fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity with Professor of Music Tony Sheppard, who will share with travelers Japan’s culture, music, and arts. This well-crafted 13-day tour with no more than 24 guests features Tokyo and Kyoto’s highlights, engages you in local life, and takes you off the beaten path. Your journey begins in Tokyo, where touring includes Shinto Meiji Shrine and historic Imperial Palace. Visit stunning Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, home to magnificent Mt. Fuji. Overnight in Hakone at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, then explore Takayama’s ancient sites. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony and a hands-on cooking class. Tour Kanazawa’s famed Kenrokuen Garden and visit a gold leaf museum. Travel to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, where you visit the National Museum and see prized Kiyomizu pottery. Explore nearby Nara, Japan’s 8th-century capital, and spend a final day in Kyoto at leisure. On an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension, discover cosmopolitan Hiroshima, reborn from its atomic destruction.

PRICING Estimated $5,695 per person, double occupancy, including airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

 

PORTRAIT OF ITALY
April 2 – 17, 2019

Beginning in Amalfi and ending in Venice, this comprehensive tour of Italy 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 $4,395 per person, double occupancy, including airfare from New York or Boston.

 

PARIS NOIR
May 19 – 27, 2019

Discover the reach of African-American culture in Paris, the City of Light, and walk in the footsteps of luminaries such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard, Miles Davis and many more. From jazz musicians and club owners to writers and scholars, many African-Americans felt welcome and accepted in Paris, thousands of miles from home, in the years following World War I. During this seven-night journey, trace the rich history of the city’s African-American community on specially designed walking tours and talks, watch a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s’ and 1930s’ Paris and meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session, and listen to the music that entranced the city at a jazz concert. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise and traveling on the Métro. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. Rashida Braggs, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Comparative Literature and American Studies, will accompany this special itinerary, sharing insights along the way from her recent book, Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music and Migration in Post-World War II Paris.

PRICING Estimated $3,495 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare.

 

CELTIC LANDS
June 4-14, 2019

Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the historic D-Day landings during this once-in-a-lifetime, nine-night Celtic Lands journey led by Chris Waters, Professor of Modern European History. Walk the hallowed beaches of Normandy, France, with Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, small ship Le Boréal from London, England, to Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland, with guided excursions in each port of call. Travel into the Scottish Highlands and visit UNESCO World Heritage-designated Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales; admire the austere beauty of the Inner Hebridean isles of Iona, Mull and Skye and their storied treasures of Iona Abbey and Duart Castle; walk in the footsteps of medieval and present-day princes in North Wales; and view relics of the rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the Book of Kells. London Pre-Program and Glasgow and Edinburgh
Post-Program Options available.

PRICING Begins at $6,895 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare.

 

CHANGING TIDES OF HISTORY: CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA
June 23 – July 2, 2019

Join Michael Lewis, the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, 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 Wa??sa 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 Le Dumont d’Urville, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda?sk, 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.

 

HUNGARY & SLOVENIA: VISUAL & CULINARY CULTURES
June 15 – 24, 2019

Suspended between east and west, between tradition and new creativity, Hungary and Slovenia are two small, but rising, European nations charting vibrant paths into the 21st century. This one-of-a-kind tour designed by Professor of Russian, Emerita and famed cookbook author Darra Goldstein explores both Hungary and Slovenia by examining their visual and culinary cultures. Begin in stately Budapest with its grand palaces, elegant avenues, and complex cuisine that goes far beyond paprika and goulash. Meander into the lovely rolling hills alongside serene Lake Balaton to discover some of Europe’s most underrated wines and traditional country foods. Then marvel at the tiny nation of Slovenia, snuggled between Hungary, Austria, and Italy. The wealthiest of the former Eastern Bloc nations, Slovenia has thrived culturally and economically in the 25 years since Communism, and boasts breathtaking mountain scenery, a cozy and picturesque capital city in Ljubljana, and one of the top female chefs in the world. Throughout the tour, special menus at remarkable restaurants and memorable venues will open the tastes of Hungary and Slovenia, and special doors to private homes, artist studios, and grand museums will be opened just for you.

PRICING Estimated $5,295 per person, double occupancy. Price does not include airfare.

 

ALUMNI COLLEGE IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES
July 6 – 12, 2019

Take a deep breath of fresh Rocky Mountain air and roam the spectacular high country west of Pikes Peak. This is where Professor Bud Wobus initiated the Alumni Travel Program in 1981, and the site has been enjoyed by over 400 Williams folks on 24 trips since then. During the week you will explore the geology and natural history of the Colorado Rockies. Unpack just once for your week at The Nature Place, featuring comfortable studio cabin accommodations, each complete with a deck and stone fireplace. Enjoy the leadership of veteran naturalists, including the energetic Bud Wobus, Professor of Geosciences. Van trips and short hikes take you where the tourists do not go, to cirques and canyons, aspen groves and prairies. Day trips include dinosaur fossil localities, the Guffey volcanic center, the glaciated mountains near Leadville, the insect and plant fossils of the Florissant Lake Beds, and “the world’s greatest gold camp” at Cripple Creek. To get the most out of these sites, you should be in good health and able to indulge in light hiking. While the program is not strenuous, it often takes place at 8,500 feet.

PRICING $1,900 per person double occupancy, $2,150 single. Includes lodging, all meals, instruction, and day trip transportation. The shuttle to and from the Colorado Springs airport is included, or you may drive to the ranch. Price does not include airfare.

 

FAMILY RAFTING ON THE SALMON RIVER
July 12 – 16, 2019

Join Professor of Geology and Mineralogy David Dethier on an adventure full of geologic insight and exploration, operated by licensed outfitter OARS, Dories. The Lower Salmon River in Idaho meanders warm, wide and mellow, making it a great summer getaway for families and first-time rafters. Home to some of America’s most beautiful inland river beaches, this serene area offers clear, mellow pools perfect for stand up paddleboarding and playing in inflatable kayaks, as well as exciting Class III whitewater rafting nearby. Some of Idaho’s most famous rapids, gorges and viewscapes — like Demons Drop, Snow Hole and Blue Canyon — are just around the bend. The Lower Salmon River exhibits a side of Idaho seldom seen by most visitors. Distinguished from the forests and mountains that make up much of the state’s wilderness, this river runs through the warmer, drier canyon country of the Seven Devils. Travelers will enjoy dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife, including river otters and bighorn sheep. The Lower Salmon is also a veritable treasure chest of intriguing stories and relics from the past. Known human history dates back to 10,000 years ago when the first humans inhabited the river canyon, leaving a wealth of Native American rock art.

PRICING $1,249 per adult, $1,149 per youth (7-15 years). Includes skilled professional guide service, all meals from lunch on the first day of rafting through the last day, waterproof bags, two-person shared tent and sleep kit, and rafting equipment. Price does not include airfare.

 

SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI
September 10 – 25, 2019

Experience the abundant wildlife of Southern Africa on diverse safaris in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. With expert trackers leading the way, observe lions lazing under the shade, hawks gliding gracefully across the sky, elephants lumbering on their expedition, cheetah waiting patiently for the right moment to pounce on its prey and many more moments in the lives of nature’s most magnificent wildlife. You will explore colorful Cape Town, nestled between Table Mountain and the sea, walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, take a scenic trip along the Cape Peninsula and absorb the energy of lively Soweto. Feel the power of the mighty Victoria Falls and savor a taste of the golden age of train journeys aboard the elegant Rovos Rail. This small-group program features deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal program on your 12-night adventure.

PRICING Estimated to begin at $6,995 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare.

 

ROMANCE OF THE DUORO RIVER
September 24 – October 5, 2019

Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery. Now, it is time for the world to rediscover Portugal. Join Professor Emeritus of Natural Science Markes Johnson on this well-paced and relaxing journey. Spend three nights in Lisbon and delve into its epic history. Visit the Tower of Belém and the 16th-century Hieronymites Monastery, where monks and explorers prayed for successful voyages. See local life unfold during a tour of Lisbon’s unique neighborhoods. Your journey continues on a seven-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Glide through the scenic valley where port, Portugal’s famous sweet fortified wine, is produced. Spend an afternoon exploring wine country and visit a wine cellar for a tasting. Explore Vila Real and Lamego, two towns with special architectural charm. In several ports, choose from a selection of included excursions. Options include hiking, cycling, historic tours and more.

PRICING Estimated to begin at $3,395 per person. No single supplement. Pricing does not include airfare.

 

CANADIAN RAIL: TORONTO TO VANCOUVER
October 7 – 13, 2019

Discover the majestic beauty of Canada with rail enthusiast and Professor of History, Emeritus John Hyde ’52 on a nostalgic rail journey harking back to the golden age of train travel. Join this once-in-a-lifetime trip across Canada—a journey from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies and into the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, providing the perfect combination of modern and elegant cabins, private concierge service, delightful meals prepared by onboard chefs, all-inclusive bar service, and observation cars that allow for unobstructed viewing of Canada’s great wilderness. With ample time to explore Niagara Falls, Toronto, Vancouver, and more, this tour presents a unique opportunity to get to know the beauty and history of our northern neighbor.

PRICING Estimated $5,995 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare.

 

JOURNEY ALONG THE ELBE
October 27 – November 7, 2019

Cruise through enchanting scenery and centuries of history aboard an exclusively chartered paddleboat cruiser. Christened in 2016, the MS Elbe Princesse transports you into the heart of cities in Germany and the Czech Republic along the Elbe and Vltava rivers. Enjoy eight nights onboard, plus one night each in first-class hotels in Berlin and Prague. See Berlin’s famed landmarks, including the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through Potsdam’s terraced Sanssouci gardens and Cecilienhof Palace. In Wittenberg, delve into Martin Luther’s revolutionary teachings. Gaze over the spectacular Elbe Sandstone Mountains, delight in Litomerice’s colorful architecture and explore Prague’s Old Town. In addition, enjoy a choice of included excursions, featuring cycling, a beer tasting, history tours and more. Insightful lectures along the way give you deeper insight into the history and heritage of these destinations. This expertly planned journey includes first-class hotel and ship accommodations and an extensive meal plan.

PRICING Estimated to begin at $4,595 per person, double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare.