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Our trips abound with history, cultural diversity and intellectual engagement. You’ll return home with an appreciation for how much you’ve seen, learned and possibly how much you’ve grown.

 

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February 28 to March 15, 2020
With Faculty Host Daniel Jay
Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day small group journey. Get acquainted with French-accented Hanoi and explore Ha Long Bay’s stunning waterscape by boat. Enjoying a three-night interlude at a beachfront hotel, tour Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum and charming Hoi An. Visit a farming settlement and take a cooking lesson. Explore ancient Hue by traditional cyclo. Spending two nights in the storied Mekong Delta, experience river life at a floating market and on a sampan excursion. Finally, tour vibrant Saigon. Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Vietnam Statuary Hue
March 7 to March 12, 2020
Witness a spectacular natural phenomenon unlike any other: hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies at their overwintering grounds in the mountains of southern Mexico. Stand amid the fir-covered mountains and witness this awe-inspiring spectacle firsthand as the monarchs flutter, dip, and swoop overhead. With two full days at sanctuaries within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, you will have the opportunity to see Monarchs in staggering quantities: on the roosts in the early morning, in flight at midday, feeding on wildflowers, and watering at streams—so many at once that you hear the humming of their delicate wings and sense them as they touch down on your shoulders or hats. On this unforgettable learning adventure, you’ll also spend time in the colonial town of Angangueo and at the massive ancient Teotihuacán complex, exploring Mexico's rich history and culture. Join our small group experience, led by experienced naturalist and local guides.
Migration
March 14 to March 21, 2020
With Faculty Host Nina Gerassi-Navarro
Situated on the coastline along both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Colombia is a country of renown coffee, interesting cuisine and rich culture. Major cities such as Bogota and Cartagena are complemented by smaller towns with charming colonial histories. Start in the cultural capital of Bogota, a city where modernity meets it colonial past and spend the day visiting museums, markets and the historic city center. Fly to the coffee region and visit the quaint villages and walk among wax palm trees in Cocora Valley, considered the tallest trees in the world. Visit a coffee farm and learn about how Colombia’s world-famous coffee is produced from planting to the finished cup of coffee in your hand and indulge in coffee tasting. Finally, end in the vibrant coastal city of Cartagena known for its music and salsa dancing and explore this walled-city; go on a street food tour, spend an evening tasting local rum and visit the first free slave town in the Americas.
Colombia Residential  Beautiful Homes
March 31 to April 8, 2020
With Faculty Host Steve Chapra
Fall in love with the Netherlands and Belgium while you relish their intimate waterways. In Amsterdam, get a close-up look at 17th-century canals and landmarks on a river cruiser, then dive into acres of colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, or gaze at masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists at the Rijksmuseum. Explore The Hague and the art of the Mauritshuis, or watch an artisan paint porcelain at the Royal Delft factory. Tour Bruges’ Old Town, then savor its chocolate, discover its beer culture, or visit the Groeninge Museum.
Antwerp town scene from sailing the river
April 10 to April 15, 2020
Thesmall country of Portugal,squeezed between Spain and the sea, has a long and proud history of fierce independence. Lisbon, the capital, is a city with a vitality, variety, and pulse like none other, encompassing the chic shops of Chiada to its ancient Moorish Quarter, the Alfama, to the planned elegance of the Baixa district. On this short getaway, you will have a delightful mix of planned excursions contrasted with plenty of free time to explore the city at your own pace. Highlights include a sightseeing tour of Lisbon, an evening dining with the haunting soulfulness of fado (Portugal’s uniquely powerful folk music), an excursion north to Sintra to see the Palace of Pena, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Evora.
Belem Tower Lisbon
April 23 to May 8, 2020
With Faculty Host Lewis Edgers
From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and unique accommodations. Experience the storied Amalfi Coast by sea and land, visit Pompeii’s exquisite ruins, and explore Rome’s most cherished sights. In Umbria, Italy’s “green heart,” enjoy a cooking demonstration and visit beloved Assisi. Journeying to alluring Tuscany, tour Siena, splendid Florence, and San Gimignano. Sample a local winery’s offerings before concluding your tour in wondrous Venice. Savor more time in Venice on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Dome in city and countryside skyline Italy
May 19 to May 30, 2020
With Faculty Host Elena Naumova
Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this seven-night cruise across the full length of the historic Inland Sea and during three nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered Five-Star LE SOLÉAL, visit captivating port calls featuring seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tokyo Pre-Program and Osaka and Nara Post-Program Options.
Inland Japan Sea view of shore and Pagoda
May 23 to May 31, 2020
Join us on an exclusive, custom-designed journey from Norway’s majestic fjords to the Scottish Highlands. We’ll cruise to ports accessible only by small ship, and ride two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. We’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one that’s been called the world’s most spectacular Neolithic dig. Led by experienced local guides, we’ll explore life on remote, starkly beautiful Scottish islands, and discover unique dialects, music, and storytelling traditions. We can even extend our adventure with an optional five-night, pre-cruise extension in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stalheim, and/or a two-night post-cruise exploration of Scotland’s cultural capitals, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Norway Sogneford
June 1 to June 12, 2020
Discover Croatia, from the winding streets of Zagreb, to the sparkling Dalmatian Coast, and magnificent Dubrovnik, the epic walled city featured in countless films. Croatia’s complex history comes to life as you explore landmark sites including Zagreb’s 13th-century St. Mark’s church decked in medieval coat of arms. Rejuvenate your soul in a wonderland of misty waterfalls in Plitvice National Park, and linger in Diocletian’s palace before finding your way to Split’s lively town center, located inside palace walls. Meet master craftsmen on the island of Brac and explore charming Trogir with its 5th-century palace, landmark church, and the archeological ruins of Salonas nearby. Lose yourself along the ancient passageways of Dubrovnik, tour its Franciscan Monastery, and visit Europe’s oldest pharmacy. Expert lectures shed light on Croatia’s nautical history, Yugoslav Wars, modern life and more. This 10-night journey also includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner.
Croatia and the Dalmation Coastline
June 4 to June 15, 2020
Experience the remarkable history, charming coastal towns, and extraordinary natural beauty that make up the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Part of an area historically known as “New France,” this vital waterway with its picturesque islands is home to a boundless variety of wildlife under the sea and on land. Begin in one of the oldest cities in North America and the provincial capital, Quebec City, at the iconic Le Chateau Frontenac, before embarking upon the Ocean Endeavour for 10 days cruising the seaway. Keep a keen eye out for whales and other marine animals and, with extensive time to explore during Zodiac excursions and shore landings, venture into glorious national parks and scenic wilderness areas to spot vast arrays of bird species and a plethora of other wildlife. Experience all this while digging into layers of Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Québécois, Acadian, English, and Scottish cultures, touring seaside towns boasting strong seafaring traditions, and learning about the spirited residents who have made these remote outposts their home for centuries.
Birds on Saint Lawrence Beach
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