The Alumni Travel Study Program offers specially curated travel opportunities across the globe. We look forward to helping you take epic adventures to destinations like Antarctica, river and ocean cruises, and small group experiential programs exploring local food, culture, and history.
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Resting on the edge of the Arctic Circle is a realm of astonishing beauty where nature reigns supreme. This otherworldly land of fire and ice is an ensemble of steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pots, breathtaking waterfalls, venting geysers, and calving glaciers. Join alumni and friends from June 24 to July 2, 2023, for this unforgettable exploration through Iceland’s seemingly endless variations of magnificent scenery and fascinating cultural heritage.
Experience the best of Alaska’s legendary landscapes on an unforgettable Alaskan adventure from July 13 – 20, 2023. Travel with alumni and friends and discover Alaska’s picture-perfect small towns nudged up against a dramatic wilderness where grizzly bears pluck salmon from clear waters, and moose and caribou preen freely along the roadside. Traverse between near‑vertical rock walls and cobalt‑blue icebergs, discover snow-capped peaks, steep fjords, and plunging waterfalls, and prepare to be enchanted by a staggering array of wildlife on this exceptional cruise.
Take an adventure into the vast Canadian North with alumni and friends from September 9 - 14, 2023. Experience a remote tundra teeming with glacial landforms, boreal forest, and beautiful wilderness. Accessible only by plane or boat, a supremely outfitted lodge will be home base amidst days filled with wildlife spotting and outdoor adventures, and evenings featuring delicious dinners followed by opportunities to watch for the Aurora borealis.
Embark on a unique French travel experience that combines seven nights of river cruising in with the flexibility to choose activities—playing select golf courses, participating in engaging shore excursions, or some of both! Travel with alumni and friends from September 20 - 28, 2023 on a new program combining scenic cruising with historic French cities, gourmet food, sumptuous wines, and the camaraderie of a traveling on a small ship.
The Great Lakes are an ideal destination for exploring North America’s rich maritime history, passion for invention, and sublime natural wonders. Journey with alumni and friends from Milwaukee to cosmopolitan Toronto, visiting all five of the Great Lakes—Ontario, Erie, Superior, Huron, and Michigan. Cruise from October 2 - 9, 2023, while calling at smaller ports to experience some of North America’s most charming towns, visionary cities, and magnificent coastal scenery
Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from October 2 - 16, 2023 on a special 15-day small group journey to discover the best of the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy captivating sights, excellent cuisine, and memorable experiences while traveling overland from Lisbon to Madrid. Along the way, stay in intimate lodgings of Portugal’s Pousadas and Spain’s Paradores: medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces.
From the glittering lights of Paris to the seaside ambiance of the Normandy coast, a rich canvas of history, culture, and art unfolds. Travel to France with alumni and friends from October 10 - 18, 2023 and enter the picturesque landscapes and villages that inspired the Impressionist masters along the Seine River.
Travel with alumni and friends from November 5 - 18, 2023 on an extraordinary journey through Morocco. From the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech, to the imposing High Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara, explore Morocco’s unique history and culture.Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city; Volubilis, with its impressive ancient Roman ruins; and Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city, prized for its cultural, religious, and educational institutions.
After more than a century since Sir Ernest Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica the wonder and allure of "The White Continent" endures. Travel in the company of alumni and friends from February 13 - 26, 2024, on an expedition-style itinerary that retraces sea lanes navigated by the likes of Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Falcon Scott. Acclaimed polar explorer, Felicity Aston MBE, will join the voyage to discuss her record-breaking expeditions and share findings from her work monitoring climate change at the Rothera Research Station. In addition, a comprehensive schedule of specially arranged lectures will enhance your Antarctic adventure.