COVID-19 Safety

Tufts Travel-Learn, along with institutional partners, tour operators, and government authorities, continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Your safety while traveling on our programs is our and our tour operators’ number one priority.  As this is a fluid situation, Travel-Learn and our tour operator partners will continue to update travelers who are booked on our trips accordingly and on a trip-by-trip basis regarding any status changes or updates for your particular departure. While we watch and wait, our operators have responded to the situation by loosening cancelation policies to allow participants to wait longer at no additional penalty. Decisions regarding the whether to operator or postpone a trip typically happen 45-60 days prior to departure.

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"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."  -T.S. Eliot

Check out our featured Virtual Tour: Machu Picchu
While we take a pause from our favorite destinations, we are keeping the spirit of learning and exploration alive. Whether you are disappointed about canceling your travel plans, just missing your local museum, or looking for ways to introduce your family to new places, consider digital exploration and these great Virtual Travel Opportunities.

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Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu is legendary for many reasons— the stunning scenery with its strategically perched jungle mountain above raging river far below, the marvel of Incan engineering, the unpredictable climate with rapidly alternating clouds, mist and sun with the Andes in the distance, the Incan history, etc. One of the top trips of a lifetime."

—John R. Serafini Jr., A’70,  participant on Treasures of Peru, February 2020

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September 4 to September 17, 2020
Eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land and genuinely hospitable people on this singular small group tour. A 14-day exploration takes you from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains. In a journey featuring the many cultural treasures of Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca – and five UNESCO sites – encounter Roman ruins, an ancient caravan route, and medinas bustling with snake charmers and spice merchants. Dine with local people in a private home and in a family-run riad, and watch the sun set over the Saharan dunes on camelback.
Moroccan Blue Gate Mosque
September 9 to September 17, 2020
Just when you thought you knew Italy, along comes Apulia. Let’s discover this delightfully different region together. Our small-group journey will lead us from Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” to a whitewashed hillside village; from magnificent Baroque architecture to conical-roofed limestone huts; and from a vibrant seaport to a Stone Age city of cave dwellings. Through expert-led talks and excursions, we’ll learn about Apulia’s dramatic past, its multicultural heritage, and the unique terroir that makes it so conducive to growing olives and wine grapes. And we’ll do more than talk about food. As we travel, we’ll sample delicious cuisine that focuses on Apulia’s bounty of fresh seafood and locally grown produce.
Apulia Landscape
September 27 to October 13, 2020
Fortified cities and fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular 17-day small group journey.  After exploration of Lisbon, enjoy a Douro River cruise and port wine tasting in Oporto.  Visit beautiful Santiago de Compostela – celebrated pilgrimage site – and vibrant León, and tour Bilbao’s acclaimed Guggenheim and Fine Arts museums.  Embark on a day-long Basque coastline excursion and spend two nights in the stunning Pyrenees region.  The journey’s finale:  three nights in world-class Barcelona.  Discover more of this spirited city on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension. 
Spain rooftops
October 7 to October 16, 2020
From the high alpine splendor of St. Moritz, Switzerland, to the Italian Lakes tucked into Italy’s Lombardy region — fall in love with two naturally beautiful, culturally distinct countries on this scenic eight-night journey. Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and gaze at dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano in hours! Pass little Swiss villages on a drive to Tremezzo, sitting on the shores of Lake Como. Cruise to the quaint villages of Bellagio and Como, and see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan. Stroll through palace gardens in the Borromean Islands and learn cooking secrets at a family-owned restaurant. This engaging program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Bellagio Seaside View
October 10 to October 18, 2020
With Faculty Host Sarah Booth
There’s so much more to the so-called “playgrounds of the rich and famous” than what’s portrayed in popular culture. Let’s discover the real riches of the Rivieras together. We’ll follow the course of history from Roman days to the French Resistance. We can explore up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, admire a digest’s worth of architectural styles, and feel the transformative power of great works of art like Michelangelo’s David. And yes, we’ll bask in some of the world’s sunniest climes, while relaxing in five-star luxury aboard one of the world’s finest small cruise ships. We can even extend our adventure with a pre-cruise option in Rome, a post-cruise option in Barcelona, or (for maximum joie de vivre) both!
Spain countryside castle
October 15 to October 23, 2020
Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star small ship LE BOUGAINVILLE. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged ISLAND LIFE® FORUM for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Option.
Athens Ruins
October 29 to November 11, 2020
Join this 12-night sojourn exploring ancient treasures and engineering marvels of Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Cruise for eight nights from the Aegean Sea to the Red Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE featuring a multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge and 92 Suites and Staterooms with private balconies. Mid-cruise, overnight in Nile-view rooms in Luxor and at the foot of the Great Pyramids in Giza. Spend one night outside Petra and three nights in Amman. Tour Alexandria, Santorini and nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Wadi Rum and Queen Nefertari’s tomb. Two night Athens and Delphi Pre-Program and six night Israel Post-Program Options.
Temple at Karnak Egypt
November 6 to November 15, 2020
With Faculty Host Christopher Whittier
Experience Kenya's endless savanna plains and wide open vistas. It is the land of the proud Masai, an ancient Arab history and Swahili heritage. Watch the endless stream of migratory wildebeest as they cross the precarious Mara River in search of greener pastures, stand in shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro- Africa's highest peak - and meet conservationists who are in the front lines to preserve east Africa's iconic wild life. This program offers a unique experience by merging the academic and the aesthetic, by exploring Kenya’s rich ecosystem, and offering a glimpse into the country’s, and Tufts’, commitment to conservation.
Elephant family close together
December 9 to December 16, 2020
With Faculty Host Jesse Rivera
Be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Total Solar eclipse. The Pucon area in southern Chile will be along the main path of the Total Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020 at 1:03PM The location is known for its lakes, mountains and the nearby Pacific Ocean. The 7 nights / 8 days itinerary will start with a tour of Santiago, Chile’s culturally vibrant capital followed by the port city of Valparaiso declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Experience wine tasting some of the world's finest wines in the famous wine region between Santiago and Valparaiso. Fly south to Pucon, in Chile's Lake district to get ready for the eclipse observation and call it home for a few days. Pucon is influenced by a mixture of European and Indigenous traditions and the area is surrounded by scenic, lush green jungle like vegetation and massive lakes. We will relax at Termas Geométricas thermal pools immersed in Villarrica Sur National Park, near the town of Coñaripe and do some light hiking in Huerquehue National Park and admire its natural beauty. On the day of the eclipse we will drive to our observation point to view the eclipse and later celebrate this amazing phenomenon. On our last day, we will enjoy a unique experience as we visit the indigenous Mapuche Tribe and interact with them as they take us on a cultural journey.
Solar Eclipse
January 11 to January 19, 2021
This incredible nine-day journey features a four-night cruise in the Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, aboard the first-class, small ship Santa Cruz II. This exploration vessel is equipped for the complete Galápagos experience, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit six islands where the unique wildlife accepts up-close human interaction like nowhere else on Earth. On mainland Ecuador, enjoy three nights exploring the colonial treasures of UNESCO-inscribed Quito, one of South America’s most captivating cities nearby, and stand on the equator. Six-night Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Sacred Valley and Lima Post-Program Option.
Bluefoot boobie on shore rocks
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