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 2024 Travel-Learn catalog has recently mailed and our programs are now available online! View our new catalog HERE!

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 either 617-627-5323 or 617-627-0633. You can also email us at travel-learn@tufts.edu.

Explore Upcoming Trips

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
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
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.
May 26 to June 2, 2025
With Faculty Host Sarah Booth
This voyage in the heart of the Mediterranean explores four islands that, despite their differences, share a history of successive waves of civilizations that have washed over them from prehistoric times to the present. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, French, and Italians—all have left their mark on the language, art, architecture, and cuisine of Elba, Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily.
Taormina sicily
Embark on an exhilarating European adventure steeped in storied history, grand architecture and breathtaking scenery on this fabulous, 12-day, 11-night itinerary featuring a deluxe river cruise and unforgettable mountain rail journeys. Discover the timeless beauty of the Rhine as you wind past storybook towns, terraced vineyards and forested hills crowned by castles. Marvel at the sweeping grandeur of the Alps on a panoramic train ride that traverses mountain terrain and affords gorgeous views.
July 20 to July 30, 2025
With Faculty Host Lewis Edgers (2)
Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore eight extraordinary countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea on a culturally engaging itinerary. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe World Traveller and immerse yourself in ancient architecture, centuries-old history, storied landmarks, fascinating cities and breathtaking, romantic scenery. This fascinating program features special guest speaker Lech Wałesa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, who will discuss his unique role in the history of this region. As you cruise from port to port along the Baltic Sea, meander through historic Gothenburg; enjoy Copenhagen’s iconic sites on a canal cruise; and see the magnificent Neptune’s Fountain in Gdansk. Tour Riga, brimming with fascinating architecture, and experience its solemn Jewish history. Discover Helsinki’s Sibelius Park, an artistic homage to Finland’s most famed composer; and wander Tallinn’s UNESCO-designated Old Town.
July 24 to August 4, 2025
From city to country, loch to glen, encounter breathtaking natural beauty, a colorful past, and a cosmopolitan present on this sweet small group journey. The 12-day Scottish sojourn begins with a two-night stay in vibrant Glasgow. Enjoy a tour highlighting the city’s distinct architecture, and a guided tour of the renowned Burrell Collection. Setting out next for the scenic Highlands and stays in Fort William and historic Inverness, stop at bonnie Loch Lomond and dramatic Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most beautiful spots. Embark on a stunning Isle of Skye excursion and a boat ride on fabled Loch Ness. History unfolds at Urquhart Castle and the evocative Culloden Moor battle site. After a falconry demonstration, sample a local distillery’s handcrafted whisky. Watch a sheepdog demonstration en route to Saint Andrews for discovery of this legendary town. With three nights in stately Edinburgh, see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood, and other highlights, and explore independently.
Scotland cow
July 28 to August 5, 2025
Embark upon an unforgettable journey cruising the captivating northern Adriatic, weaving through a tapestry of enchanting destinations that span Croatia, Montenegro and the cultural gems of Northern Italy. On board your five-star vessel, Le Bougainville, enter a world where the delicate balance between modern luxury and responsible travel is seamlessly achieved. You'll soak in the beauty of Dubrovnik’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the terraced waterfalls of Krka National Park. Wander through the charming streets of Kotor and Hvar, a haven of natural beauty and vibrant energy. Also explore Šibenik and Split before crossing the Adriatic Sea to Italy for excursions in Bologna and San Marino.
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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