Alumni

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 2019 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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Flavors of Sicily

Flavors of Sicily
September 28-October 6, 2018

With Sicilian wine and cuisine as our inspiration, and a luxurious hotel as our home base, join us as we embrace the beauty of Sicily. An intimate, small-group atmosphere and authentically Sicilian experience distinguish this 9-day program. Immerse yourself in a cultural and culinary adventure: indulge in a decadent brioche and granita for breakfast just like a local; converse with winemakers and learn secrets from celebrated chefs; and taste boutique wines paired with locally renowned antipastisecondi, and historic dishes such as iconic pasta alla Norma. Relax under the shade of citrus trees in the coastal town of Taormina. Journey through the landscape with talented guides who will thoughtfully introduce you to the traditions of this glorious place, and return home with stories to share that will remain with you forever.

Activity Level: Moderate 

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests on this program can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down hillsides and stairs without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited. Also, dexterity to use kitchen tools and participate in lessons is not necessary, but adds to the enjoyment of this program. 

Trip Operator: Orbridge

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


2019 Trips

Panama to Paradise – Oceania Cruises

Panama to Paradise – Oceania Cruises
April 1-17, 2019

Cruise the coast of Mexico toward vibrant Central America before crossing the Panama Canal into the dreamy Caribbean.

Embark Regatta in Los Angeles and set sail toward Cabo San Lucas. Its beautiful rugged coast includes the often-photographed Land’s End, a rock formation shaped by the sea. Continue to Acapulco, a city that was once a magnet for celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Judy Garland.

Puerto Quetzal, the following port, serves as a jumping off point to nearby attractions—including resilient Antigua, a colorful town with a significant history and breathtaking natural surroundings. Relax on Corinto’s white-sand beaches and taste fresh seafood at Puntarenas’ coast-hugging cafés before passing through the Panama Canal.

Then, sail to Cartagena. Its UNESCO-listed Old Town offers an easy-going by-foot option for exploration while the city’s palm-fringed beaches provide an ideal backdrop for unwinding. Before ending your cruise in Miami, spend a day in Havana, exploring its old-fashioned aesthetic and beauty of this once forbidden destination.

Trip Operator: GoNext

For information about this trip or to register, click here or contact GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.


Gems of the Danube with Prague – River Cruise

Gems of the Danube with Prague – River Cruise
April 28 – May 9, 2019

The Danube River has shaped not only the beautiful European landscape, but also the histories of the diverse regions it flows through.

Stretching for hundreds of miles, the river links countries, cultures, people, and age-old traditions. From fairy-tale landscapes dotted with castles to grand hilltop cities and charming rural villages, a treasure lies beyond each horizon.

Spend two days exploring Prague before embarking on an all-inclusive, credit card-free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Amber. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included, there is no better way to experience the Danube River region and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines its banks.

Trip Operator: GoNext

For information about this trip or to register, contact GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.


Cortona, Italy

Tuscany ~ Cortona, Italy
June 4-12, 2019

Discover Tuscany’s rolling hills and fertile valleys during a seven-night journey through this iconic region of Italy. In Cortona, a town steeped in history, settle in to your deluxe, intimate hotel overlooking a beautiful valley. Delight your senses as you sip Tuscany’s famous Brunello di Montalcino wine and savor locally produced cheeses and prosciutto at a Val d’Orcia winery.

Discover the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Visit Montepulciano, walking through its ancient winding streets, and marvel at Siena’s Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Immerse yourself in Cortona’s Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy.

Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures, and you’ll even learn about Tuscan cuisine during a cooking demonstration. This small-group program includes deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan, complemented by wine with dinner.

Trip Operator: AHI Travel

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


Normandy

Normandy ~ Honfleur: 75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 29 - July 7, 2019

From rolling, green hills to the beautiful sea, discover the essence of Normandy as well as its pivotal role in history. On this seven-night journey, experience classic Norman culture.

Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, where a medieval monastery seemingly rises out of the sea, and see the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings victory. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine, and sip Calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard.

Normandy

And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other sites associated with this crucial World War II battle, plus gain insights during engaging lectures. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Honfleur and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner, on this small-group program.

 

There is no supplement for solo travelers.

To view the trip itinerary, accommodations and discovery excursions
click here

Trip Operator: AHI Travel

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


Canadian Maritimes

Canadian Maritimes
July 19-28, 2019

Spend 10 days discovering the stunning beauty, history, and people of the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Experience the vast beauty, sprawling landscapes, charming towns, and welcoming locals. A rich fishing history and strong maritime traditions allow these communities the ability to trace their heritage back to European colonists of 1605.

First explore beautiful Halifax—Nova Scotia's bustling capital—during a panoramic city tour including visits to the Citadel National Historic Site and Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for 150 victims of the Titanic. During a tour of the south shore, admire the stunning landscape of Lunenburg—a charming fishing village and one of only two towns in North America designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Peggy’s Cove to see its famous lighthouse.

En route to Digby, stop at the national historic site of Grand-Pré—which commemorates the area as the center of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755. Set out on a panoramic city tour of Saint John, a charming port city on the Bay of Fundy, which is one of the Seven Wonders of North America due to its tide differential and geological treasures like fossils and minerals. And experience Tea with Eleanor on Campobello Island and learn how Eleanor Roosevelt and her family impacted this quaint area.

Activity Level:  Easy

The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, get in and out of a motor coach, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance.

Trip Operator: Orbridge

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


Discover Southeast Alaska

Discover Southeast Alaska
July 26 – August 2, 2019

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.

Learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters. Learn about Alaska's culture and living history during a Native dance performance at a Tlingit Clan House and from a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide at Glacier Bay National Park.

Visit a salmon hatchery, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Sitka National Historical Park, and take a guided tour of the Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg. Joined by a Park Ranger, cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary’s deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.

Activity Level: Easy

This program offers a variety of activities: skiff rides, walking, hiking, and kayaking. Activities are not strenuous for guests with average mobility. Walks and hikes are leisurely in pace to allow guests the opportunity to see and learn as much as possible about the region. Skiffs provide the mode for much of the exploration on this program and sure-footed guests can enter/exit them with little trouble. The Admiralty Dream crew is diligent in assisting guests while boarding and exiting the ship and small craft. Guests with no previous experience can easily handle the double kayaks. We expect that guests on this program can walk with good balance and go up and down stairs easily without assistance, as the ship does not have an elevator.

Trip Operator: Orbridge

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


 Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises

Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises
August 13-24, 2019

Embark the luxurious Marina in London, Britain’s timeless capital filled with history and pageantry.

Sail to Oslo, the capital of Norway, and take in its stunning natural beauty and urban atmosphere. Visit Copenhagen, Denmark’s relaxed and unhurried capital, and explore the delightful former fishing village of Warnemünde, or travel inland to Berlin, Germany’s culture-rich capital. Visit Visby, former Viking site, a walled town known for its narrow cobblestone streets, and its beautiful dichotomy of roses and ruins.

Sail to Tallinn where red-roofed homes line cobblestone streets and ancient churches are ornamented by powerful spires. Spend two days admiring the splendors of St. Petersburg, a glittering metropolis crisscrossed by canals and dotted with elaborate palaces. Before our final stop in Stockholm, head ashore in Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens.

Trip Operator: GoNext

For information about this trip or to register, click here or contact GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.


 Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises

National Parks and Lodges of the Old West
August 28 – September 6, 2019

Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature's beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park.

Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks.

Activity Level: Easy 

The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails, but they are usually fairly smooth for walking, some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, get in and out of a motor coach, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, rising up to 9,000 feet, to which you may not be accustomed. 

Trip Operator: Orbridge

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


 Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises

Italian Riviera
August 31 – September 8, 2019

Discover the Italian Riviera on an exhilarating seven-night program. Take in the sparkling Ligurian Sea, sun-drenched beaches and charming towns. Stay in Sestri Levante, where colorful buildings frame the coastline, and explore the Italian region of Liguria.

Cruise the coast to the Riviera towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita. Spend a day admiring the picturesque Cinque Terre, and feast your eyes on the villages of Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza from the sea.

Explore magnificent Genoa, where 42 Renaissance palazzi dominate the cityscape. Discover Camogli, a charming fishing village and a favorite seaside retreat. In neighboring Tuscany, visit Carrara and discover the origin of the ivory marble that sculptors have prized for centuries. In Lucca, choose between a cycling tour atop the city walls and a walking tour of the Old Town. Enjoy first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.

To view the trip itinerary, accommodations and discovery excursions
click here

Trip Operator: AHI Travel

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


 Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises

Wines of the Pacific Northwest – River Cruise, American Queen Steamboat Company
September 15-23, 2019

Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods, and culinary scene.

Board the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with delightful cafés and shops. Head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, then glide down the river and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles.

Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland, and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 camp.

Trip Operator: GoNext

For information about this trip or to register, click here or contact GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.


Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands
October 30 – November 6, 2019

Explore the Galapagos Islands—one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with their human visitors.

This exciting journey features a day of guided touring in Quito plus an intimate cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve.

Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts 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, and the Galapagos tortoises—some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th- and 19th century whalers. You can also observe 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.

Your accommodations for this adventure are aboard Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and maximum enjoyment of this truly extraordinary destination and its diverse inhabitants.

Activity Level:  Moderate 

Guests should be sure-footed on stairs and able to walk at least one mile on rocky, volcanic, and uneven ground, as some nature hikes will be on irregular and steep terrain. Guests should also be comfortable managing beach landings and boarding small vessels, both from shore and the deck of the Isabela II. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, to which you may not be accustomed.  Maximum elevation: 9,350 feet in Quito, Ecuador

Trip Operator: Orbridge

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


 Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss – Oceania Cruises

Majestic Vistas: Venice to Rome – Oceania Cruises
October 27 – November 4, 2019

Explore ancient cities and alluring architecture, as you set sail across the Ionian Sea.

Embark Marina in Venice, and sail to Dubrovnik an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian Coast that retains its centuries-long allure. View Venetian architecture in Kotor and opulent baroque landmarks in Valletta. Stroll through Messina, a lovely medieval city, rich with history and famous for a cathedral where Richard the Lionheart worshipped in 1190.

Before returning to Rome, rejoice in Naples, home to world-class dining, fascinating museums, and treasures such as the Farnese Bull, or observe the ruins of ancient Pompeii, a vast archaeological site, standing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

Trip Operator: GoNext

For information about this trip or to register, click here or contact GoNext at 1-800-842-9023.