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.

Sicily

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

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
June 10 to June 21, 2025
With Faculty Host Jeffrey Taliaferro
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.
Strasbourg
July 20 to July 30, 2025
With Faculty Host Lewis Edgers.
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.
Latvia
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
With Faculty Host Eulogio Guzmán.
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.
Hvar
August 12 to August 17, 2025
With Faculty Host Gilbert Metcalf
Discover the land of fire and ice on a six-day voyage to the remote shores and volcanic isles of northwest Iceland. Hike and bike along rugged fjords and discover stunning waterfalls and nature-filled landscapes. Set out by Zodiac to navigate dramatic shorelines, from the dramatic Westfjords to the storied and adventurous Skagafjörður region. Explore the legacy of Viking explorers and intrepid fishermen during visits to historic villages.
A gathering of Puffins on a mossy coastal rock, surf breaking in the background as one of the group attempts a landing.
August 24 to September 4, 2025
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as this stellar small group journey reveals. Your 12-day sojourn begins with Palermo’s impressive architecture and world-class street food. Discover medieval Erice, Trapani’s famous salt pans, and stunning Monreale Cathedral. Sample a family-owned winery’s offerings. Marvel at Agrigento’s splendid Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale’s magnificent mosaics. In Syracuse, explore the renowned Archaeological Park of Neapolis and Latomia del Paradiso. After two more highlights –a Mount Etna excursion and lunch at a private farm – the final destination is delightful Taormina.
Sicilian city at dusk, mountain range in background.
September 1 to September 11, 2025
One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies richly reward outdoor-loving travelers, as this 11-day small group adventure reveals. In majestic Glacier National Park, ride a Red Jammer sightseeing bus along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road. Take a guided mansion tour. Highlights in Banff National Park include photogenic Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, and traversing Athabasca Glacier in a special vehicle. Jasper National Park follows, with dramatic Maligne Canyon and a cruise on cerulean Maligne Lake. An exhilarating Glacier Skywalk expedition affords spectacular views. Ride the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s peak and see the Hoodoos and Bow Falls.
A small peninsula in an azure mountain lake, bearing a copse of coniferous trees, surrounded by snow-topped stony mountains
September 16 to September 27, 2025
The romantic splendor of the Douro River is yours to enjoy on this 10-night journey. After three nights in Lisbon, travel to Porto and settle in your first-class ship to begin an unforgettable seven-night cruise through the Douro River Valley. Daily excursions feature wine estates and charming townships, including Vila Real, Lamego and Salamanca, Spain. Along the way, indulge in regional dishes, authentic port wines and special performances! No single supplement for solo travelers!
Two traditional rabelo boats in the Douro river in Porto, with the Dom Luis I Bridge in the background.
September 26 to October 4, 2025
With Faculty Host Heather D. Curtis
Behold breathtaking views and watch mythical landscapes come to life as you sail Greece’s fabled Aegean Sea and Turquoise Coast of Turkey on this deluxe, seven-night cruise. Experience the beauty of vehicle-free Hydra; unlock the mysteries of Santorini; explore historic Rhodes Town and tour the Monastery of St. John in Patmos. Discover the UNESCO‑designated ruins of Ephesus and traverse the streets of ancient Delos, legendary birthplace of Artemis and Apollo.
greek isles
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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