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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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.
Join alumni and friends from February 24 - March 2, 2024 for a winter Caribbean escape aboard the state-of-the-art new superyacht Emerald Azzurra. In the company of experts, cruise to seven breathtaking island paradises, discovering their complex histories and ties to the birth of the United States. This journey also grants you exclusive guided access to historic estates, extraordinary gardens, and national parks showcasing some of North America’s most stunning flora
Travel in the company of alumni and friends from March 1 to 9, 2024 and witness one of the greatest feats of the modern age—the Panama Canal, a stunning example of engineering prowess. This nearly 50‑mile passage through the narrow Isthmus of Panama continues to astonish even the most veteran traveler. The nine-day, eight-night itinerary also showcases some of the pristine rainforests and islands of Costa Rica and Panama.
Cruise the ancient trade routes of Phoenician and Roman mariners and discover the cultural legacy of the most sophisticated civilization of the Middle Ages. Travel with alumni and friends from April 10 - 19, 2024 on a journey that spans two continents, and features the remarkable coastal gems found along the Iberian Peninsula.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and storied history of Japan and South Korea on a carefully crafted itinerary that reveals each country's cultural treasures and divine mystique. Travel with alumni and friends from April 16 to 27, 2024 on a 10-night journey with unparalleled access to the region’s vast architectural riches, bountiful landscapes, and venerable heritage.
Travel with alumni and friends from April 21 - May 4, 2024 as we return to Morocco for another extraordinary journey. 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.
Not only did the Dutch wrest a portion of their land from the sea, but they succeeded in building upon it an enchanted realm carpeted by vibrantly hued flowers and traced with storied waterways unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime and travel with alumni and friends from April 26 - May 4, 2024, on this comprehensive itinerary.
Take a journey to the exceptional national parks and monuments of the Southwest from May 1 to 9, 2024. Explore the natural wonders with a knowledgeable Expedition Leader. Stay at lodges inside Grand Canyon National Park and other properties carefully selected for their rich histories, beautiful locations, and superb service and accommodations.
Sicily and Malta have possessed an almost mythical appeal ever since Homer and Virgil first extolled their virtues. Travel in the company of alumni and friends from May 7 – 15, 2024 on an itinerary that explores some of Europe’s most storied villages, resplendent shores, and prized remnants of bygone civilizations. From the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Roman relics to the ancient cliff-side village of Taormina, discover the timeless allure and cultural mélange of formidable nations that stood at the crossroads of the Mediterranean.
Neoclassical palaces, medieval castles, and Romanesque cathedrals illuminate the enduring cultural legacies of four European coastal civilizations that have played a pivotal role in world history. From the old‑world sophistication of Portugal and the artistic verve of Spain’s Basque country to the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy, France, and the regal majesty of London, travel with alumni from May 12 - 21, 2024 and explore a riveting canvas of influential seaports along Europe’s Atlantic coastline.
Explore the Galapagos Islands with alumni and friends from June 18 to 25. This exciting journey features an intimate cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species, plus a day of guided tours in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve.
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 25 to July 3, 2024, for this unforgettable exploration through Iceland’s seemingly endless variations of magnificent scenery and fascinating cultural heritage.
Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from July 9 - 24, 2024, on a sixteen-day adventure to the premier safari destinations of Kenya and Tanzania. You’ll have the opportunity to see the “Big Five” on intimate game drives, experience stupendous landscapes, visit with the semi-nomadic Maasai people, and stay in top rated wildlife lodges.
You’re invited to witness the diverse wildlife and experience the pioneering spirit of the Canadian Arctic from July 26 to August 1, 2024. Travel with alumni and friends on this seven-day journey to discover the beauty of Churchill, Manitoba—a remote town on the banks of the Hudson Bay renown for hosting polar bears and beluga whales.
Experience a nine-day French sojourn during fall harvest season. Have an adventure with alumni and friends from September 4 to 14, 2024 as you travel through Provence and the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Cruise for seven nights round trip from Marseille to historical Lyon along the fabled Rhône and Saône rivers aboard the Amadeus Provence.
The Great Lakes are an ideal destination for exploring North America’s rich maritime history, passion for invention, and 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 from September 22 - 29, 2024. Call at smaller ports to experience some of North America’s most charming towns, visionary cities, and magnificent coastal scenery
The Danube River has set the scene for the rise and fall of empires, from the Romans to the Hapsburg dynasty. Majestic castles and fortresses tell the story of the nations that developed along its banks since ancient times. Take an extraordinary journey with alumni and friends from September 26 to October 8, 2024. Travel from the imperial Austrian capital city of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Bucharest, the cosmopolitan capital of Romania.