Jefferson Alumni Travel Program
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!
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
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 – 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
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
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
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
Join us on these 2018 trips!
Details on our 2018 excursions will be available soon. Please email us at email@example.com if you wish to receive more information or have questions about any of our trips.
Costa Rica Rainforest Expedition – April 13-20, 2018
Details coming soon!
Southwest National Parks – May 14-23, 2018
Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the American Southwest, discovering the geological wonders of our national parks including visits to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of uplift and erosion have left a spectacular, monumental imprint across America’s Southwest plateau.
Isle of Enchantment – June 7-18, 2018
A 10-night luxury cruise from London to Dublin.
Polar Bears & Beluga Whales – July 15-21, 2018
With beluga whales filling the bay and polar bears roaming the shoreline, summer is the perfect time to visit Churchill, Canada to experience this amazing spectacle.
Majestic Frontiers of Alaska – August 16-27, 2018
An 11-night luxury cruise.
Flavors of Sicily – September 20-28, 2018
No other part of Europe embraces you as warmly and feeds you as well as Sicily. We invite you to explore the many layers of the island’s history, its delectable cuisine and vintages, and its encouraging culture.
Timeless Cuba – October 19-26, 2018
A 7-night luxury cruise.