Tufts University European Center on the banks of Lake Annecy, with the foothills of the Alps in the background.
Great opportunity in Talloires!

We are pleased to share the What Happens Next? seminar offered by the Tufts University European Center.

Join Tufts Rabbi Jeffrey Summit and Stanford University's Reverend Scotty McLennan for this intimate and thought-provoking program, where we will consider how best to direct our time and energy to ensure our lives are fulfilling and balanced as we age. How do we come to a deeper appreciation of the pleasures we find meaningful, the causes we consider worthwhile, our relationships, our time? Using literature, philosophy, and spiritual sources, we will explore these issues, and many more.

Situated on the banks of Lake Annecy in the foothills of the French Alps, the Tufts European Center in Talloires is the perfect place to embark on this personal exploration.

You can learn more on the seminar registration page.


Our 2025 Travel-Learn trips are now available to view online!  We will post additional trip details as we receive them from our tour operators. And, there is still space remaining on select 2024 departures.

Travel with fellow curious Tufts alumni, parents, and friends, to diverse destinations in an enriching and immersive way with the Travel-Learn program. On most trips, you'll also enjoy the benefit of traveling with a Tufts faculty member.

If you have any questions, please call us at 617-627-0633. You can also email us at travel-learn@tufts.edu.

Explore Upcoming Trips

October 17 to November 1, 2024
Spend 2 nights in Singapore, 2 nights in Bali, and 8 nights cruising the islands of Indonesia, including Bali, Java, and Komodo Island on a luxury itinerary that blends nature, culture, and history. Visit the UNESCO-inscribed Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world, and Prambanan Temple, the largest complex of Hindu temples in Indonesia. Enjoy a guided walking safari of UNESCO-designated Komodo National Park, home to the largest lizard on Earth, the Komodo dragon. Enhance your tour with the Siem Reap and Bangkok Pre-Program and/or the Bali Post-Program options.
indonesia temple and monks
January 9 to January 16, 2025
With Faculty Host Michael Romero
Bridging the Americas and dividing two oceans, Costa Rica and Panama are small, neighboring nations brimming with wonders. At this tropical crossroads, waterfalls cascade from misty mountains into winding jungle rivers, where the canopies are alive with a wild symphony of roaring howler monkeys and squawking scarlet macaws. It’s easy to see how Costa Rica’s pristine beauty inspired the popular greeting, pura vida—or “pure life.” Then, amid Panama’s lush wilderness, stands an astonishing triumph of human ingenuity: the monumental lock system of the Panama Canal.
capuchin monkey
January 12 to January 28, 2025
With Faculty Host Shafiqul Islam
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Mystical and spiritual, chaotic, and confounding, India overflows with riches. Staying at excellent hotels, your small group travels the classic Golden Triangle on this 17-day tour. After Old and New Delhi’s important sights, discovery of Jaipur, the “pink city,” includes dinner in a Rajasthan family’s home. Search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park and meet Meena tribespeople in Gadoli. In Agra, encounter the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and take an Indian cooking lesson. Experience life in Hinduism’s holiest city, Varanasi, and visit Sarnath, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Absorb Nepal’s beauty on an optional 6-day/4-night post-tour extension.
Taj Mahal at dusk, seen from the Yamuna River
February 21 to March 3, 2025
With Faculty Host David Gute
Experience paradise on Earth as you cruise the idyllic islands and motus of French Polynesia. Tahiti and its celebrated neighbors—Mo’orea, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Huahine—distill the essence and allure of the South Pacific. Explore French Polynesia’s spectacular history, rich culture and unique topography on a luxury itinerary that includes a seven-night cruise aboard the small ship Star Breeze. Choose optional excursions at an additional cost to curate your own adventure.
bora bora
March 16 to March 29, 2025
With Faculty Host Sara M. Lewis
Glimpse a world primeval on this singular 14-day safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries. The small group adventure begins with sightseeing in Johannesburg’s renowned Soweto District. Experience Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls and enjoy a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise. Taking a game drive, search for the elusive black rhino. In Botswana’s Chobe National Park, encounter abundant wildlife on sensational boat safaris and game drives. A tour highlight follows: unparalleled game viewing with three nights in Zambia’s exceptional South Luangwa National Park at the intimate, award-winning Mfuwe Lodge. Discover South Africa’s beautiful Cape Town with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.
Impala looking straight at the camera, with a bird hanging on its right cheek
April 2 to April 10, 2025
With Faculty Host Steve Chapra
Discover Apulia, Italy’s rustic, sun-kissed southern region. From your base of Polignano a Mare, tour ancient villages, cerulean seaports and storied landmarks. Savor Mediterranean meals amid olive groves and family vineyards. From Locorotondo to Alberobello, Ostuni to Trani, you’ll relish Apulia’s charms, landmarks and heart-warming traditions. This small-group journey features a first-class hotel and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. No single supplement!
Street in Alborobello, with its signature trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs.
Sail through millennia of history on a beautiful, seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard the acclaimed new Emerald Azzurra. Journey from Cyprus, one of the world’s best-kept secrets, to the legendary Greek island of Rhodes and Turkey’s pristine Turquoise Coast, where you will board private glass-bottom boats for a fascinating perspective on the submerged ruins of an ancient city. With experts guiding you through the extraordinary history of this less-traveled region, you’ll be enriched by this in-depth look at the rise and fall of ancient empires—from the Mycenaeans, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Lycians to the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans—and the historical interplay of Christianity and Islam. An optional prelude is available in Istanbul, one of the world’s most splendid cities with its ancient mosques and palaces, and the otherworldly landscapes of Turkey’s Cappadocia region.
Unlock the secrets of one of the most storied civilizations of the Middle Ages on this deluxe, eight-night cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar, featuring Portugal’s breathtaking Algarve coast and the Iberian Peninsula. Visit seven spectacular ports—Lisbon; Portimão; Seville; Tangier; Malaga; Valencia; and Barcelona. Excursions are included in Lagos; Seville; Tangier; Granada; Valencia; and Barcelona. Cross two continents, explore Moorish landmarks, see world-renowned architecture and savor the flavors of this remarkable region.
The Alhambra in Granada against a backdrop of mountains
May 15 to May 27, 2025
With Faculty Host Boris Hasselblatt
A truly fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity is revealed on this well-crafted 13-day small group tour. See highlights of amazing Tokyo and cultural capital Kyoto, engage in local life, and head off the beaten path to alluring historic destinations. Japan’s pastoral side dazzles with magnificent Mt. Fuji and a cruise on Ashi Lake. Overnight in a traditional ryokan inn and travel by express train to lovely Takayama in the Japanese Alps. A traditional tea ceremony and a cooking class offer hands-on Japanese cultural experiences. Explore culturally rich Kanazawa. Discover Hiroshima reborn with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Forest path underneath big red temple gates
May 23 to May 31, 2025
With Faculty Host Jill Weinberg
Step into a world where medieval charm meets modern sophistication, where every cobblestone street tells a story, and every vineyard whispers secrets of centuries past. This is Dordogne, a captivating region in the heart of southwest France overflowing with history, architecture and enchanting beauty. This customized itinerary provides an idyllic setting for authentic cultural and culinary experiences, from exploring medieval towns and ancient castles to dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, partaking in vineyard tours and tastings and joining hands-on cooking demonstrations.
Looking Ahead, and Looking Out for You

This schedule reflects current travel projections and is subject to change as we and our tour operator partners monitor the latest travel advisories. The decision to travel is a personal one. Please consider your own comfort level and if you will enjoy yourself while traveling. Our tour operators can guide you through the evolving health and safety protocol of each destination. 

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