Jefferson Alumni Travel Program

Past alumni travelers

Join Jefferson alumni to explore, learn and experience the world!

As part of our commitment to lifelong learning, the Office of Alumni Relations is excited to offer Jefferson alumni an opportunity to see and experience the world through group travel programs. A varied itinerary of travel destinations has been selected for 2017 that combines educational forums and excursions to places of historical and cultural interest, with the opportunity to enjoy unplanned experiences and unique adventures. These trips offer the highest quality travel experience through our partnerships with experienced travel providers.

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Join us on these 2017 trips!


Cuban Discovery
March 4-12, 2017

Cuba’s turbulent economic and political past and vibrant, culturally rich present unfold on this enriching journey. This exclusive travel opportunity is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., a qualified people-to-people sponsoring organization allowed to conduct educational exchanges in Cuba. Specially designed to showcase the island’s authentic spirit, this nine-day adventure goes beyond the tourist surface to reveal the rich culture, compelling history, and architectural majesty of a long-forbidden island on the verge of great change. With an intimate group of up to 25 travelers, you will engage with the country’s true heart and soul: the diverse, inspiring people who call it home. During your visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara, you will connect with Cuban citizens from all walks of life, including artists, students, and entrepreneurs, to discover the realities of one of the world’s most fascinating nations.

Trip Operator:  Go Next

Click here for information and to register, or call GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.


Timeless Treasures: Athens to Rome 
April 28 – May 6, 2017

From the color-splashed coastal towns of Italy to the idyllic cliff top villages of the Greek isles, celebrate timeless treasures and beautiful scenery on this adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Depart Athens for Santorini, the jewel of the Cyclades, renowned for its postcard-worthy vistas of whitewashed houses perched above glittering seas. Explore Crete’s Minoan palaces and windmill-dotted landscapes. Then take in the gilded splendors of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Head ashore at Messina, a lovely Sicilian town that beckons with a vibrant piazza and 12th-century cathedral, or perhaps travel to nearby Taormina, which boasts a famous Greek theater and stunning views of Mount Etna. Before your seven-night odyssey concludes in Rome, unwind in Sorrento, a delightful seaside resort with fragrant lemon groves and shop-lined lanes, or visit Capri, where breathtaking seascapes and quaint villages await. 

Trip Operator:  Go Next

Click here for information and to register, or call GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.

Provence & the French Riviera

Provence & the French Riviera 
June 1-11, 2017

Provence and the French Côte d’Azur conjure visions of sunny olive groves, lavender fields and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône. Settle in Avignon and begin your exploration with a visit to the Palace of the Popes and a cruise on the Rhône. Continue on to see Arles and its Roman amphitheater, the hilltop village of Les Baux, and St. Remy where Van Gogh once lived. Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, known for its superb wine. Marvel at the ingenious Pont du Gard, the three-level Roman aqueduct. On the drive to Nice, discover the towns of Aix-en-Provence and Cannes. Explore Nice, including the Chagall Museum. Discover glamorous Monaco and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the exquisite Villa de Rothschild. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insights during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes informative excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner. First-class accommodations have been reserved in Avignon and Nice.

Trip Operator:  AHI

Click here for detailed information about this trip or to register, or call AHI at 1-800-323-7373. 


Canadian Rockies Parks & Resorts
July 20-27, 2017

A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this 7-day journey into the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by two Orbridge Expedition Leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Return to the region's premier resort lodgings for a guided nature walk nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the comforts these exceptional resorts have to offer.

Trip Operator:  Orbridge

For information about this trip or to register, click here or call Orbridge at 1-866-639-0079.

Baltic & Scandinavian Treasures

Baltic & Scandinavian Treasures
August 22 – September 2, 2017 

Baltic and Scandinavian treasures abound on this voyage to some of northern Europe’s most iconic ports aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina. Set sail from Copenhagen for the delightful German port of Warnemünde, or perhaps encounter the rich cultural attractions of Berlin, a lively capital with remarkable museums, powerful memorials, and cutting-edge art galleries. Stroll past stately buildings in Klaipeda, a gateway to the pine groves and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit; and browse the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. Admire the architectural gems of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca. Delight in three days to explore the regal monuments of St. Petersburg, a magical metropolis dotted with pastel, onion-domed cathedrals and fabled palaces. Before concluding your odyssey in Stockholm, experience the charming atmosphere at Tallinn, a beautifully preserved city of red-roofed homes and spire-crowned churches.

Trip Operator:  Go Next

Click here for information and to register, or call GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.

Grand Danube Passage

Grand Danube Passage – Prague to Sofia 
August 23 – September 6, 2017 

Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River. Encounter Prague with visits to Prague Castle and the Old Jewish Quarter. Travel to Passau and step into St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit Melk and Dürnstein before sailing through the Wachau Valley toward the Austrian capital of Vienna. Be captivated by the history and allure of Bratislava and Budapest. Wander through Kalemegdan Citadel and ornate Orthodox churches in Belgrade. Sail through the thrilling Iron Gate Gorge and tour Drobeta’s Museum of the Iron Gate Region. Visit Vidin’s Baba Vida fortress before seeing the fascinating highlights of Sofia. Expert guides and lecturers provide compelling narrative that frames the diverse art, culture and heritage of this famed region. This expertly crafted program provides flexibility with a choice of excursions and activities, first-class accommodations aboard ship, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. For our solo travelers, there is no single supplement.

Trip Operator:  AHI

For information about this trip or to register, click here or call AHI at 1-800-323-7373. 

Northern Italy

Flavors of Northern Italy 
September 9-17, 2017 

Join our small group for an intimate, nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes, and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques. Settle in to a beautiful, family-owned wine estate outside Verona within reach is a connoisseur’s pick of centuries-old wineries, artisan producers, and extraordinary historic sights. With each day highlighted by exclusive experiences, you’ll access authentic Italy, learn from local Italians, and most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends, and life.

Trip Operator:  Orbridge

For information about this trip or to register, click here or call Orbridge at 1-866-639-0079.


Undiscovered Italy – Apulia 
September 19-27, 2017

Journey to Apulia and explore this fascinating, less-explored corner of Italy. Over the centuries this region has witnessed the ebb and flow of foreign armies and settlers, many of which imprinted their cultures on Apulia. Settle in the town of Polignano a Mare perched above the sparkling Adriatic. Begin your journey of discovery during an excursion to the vibrant seaport of Bari and its Basilica of St. Nicholas. Gaze at Lecce’s baroque architecture and Ostuni’s trove of ancient walls and white edifices. On a scenic excursion to Trani, visit historic highlights and a family olive mill. Explore the unusual Trulli of Alberobello, and wander through Locorotondo’s tranquil streets. Visit the Sassi di Matera, an extensive cave-dwelling district where troglodyte settlements once lived. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner. For solo travelers, there is no single supplement. 

Trip Operator: AHI

For information about this trip or to register, click here or call AHI at 1-800-323-7373.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands 
October 18-25, 2017

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands holds a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Join fellow alumni on the deluxe Isabela II for a wondrous journey to one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Each island in this volcanic archipelago has species that are exquisitely adapted to the available food sources and surrounding environments: the marine iguana, which eats mostly algae and is the only sea-going lizard in the world; the flightless cormorant, whose vestigial wing feathers are testament to the abundance of its preferred food; and the Galapagos tortoises, some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th- and 19th century whalers. You can also see how species have evolved to interact with each other - certain Darwin's finches have developed a symbiotic relationship with land iguanas, who will obligingly raise themselves up from the ground so that the birds can more easily pluck parasites from their bellies. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors. This will allow you to observe and photograph them at very close range, either sitting quietly in the midst of a colony of tropical penguins or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.

Trip Operator:  Orbridge

For information about this trip or to register, click here or call Orbridge at 1-866-639-0079.