Looking Ahead, and Looking Out for You

While Tufts University is strongly discouraging all but essential travel at this time, we remain very hopeful that, with the roll out of the vaccine, and health and safety protocols in place, we will be able to travel again soon. This schedule reflects current travel projections and is subject to change as we monitor the developments of the pandemic and the latest travel advisories. Please check back here often for updates.  Our tour operator partners have created more flexible terms and conditions to help you feel comfortable when you decide to travel again. The decision to return to travel is a personal one. Please consider your own comfort level and if you will enjoy yourself while traveling. We look forward to welcoming you back and want you to have the pleasant, rich experience we know traveling the world can be! 

Experience the world. A world of experience.

"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

Explore Upcoming Trips

October 14 to October 29, 2021
It’s a pure New Zealand experience – a 16-day small group journey traversing the country through lively cities and pristine fjords. See cosmopolitan Auckland’s sights and cruise its glittering harbor. Experience indigenous Maori culture in geothermal Rotorua. In Hawke’s Bay, sample an acclaimed winery’s offerings, then discover Napier’s Art Deco architecture. Visit Wellington’s celebrated national museum. After touring Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” take a breathtaking TranzAlpine train journey. Encounter spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and see rare Kiwi birds. On a Fiordland National Park excursion, cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound. A day at leisure to enjoy scenic Queenstown concludes the adventure. *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
New Zealand Landscape with Sheep Herd
October 27 to November 5, 2021
It’s a land of scenes epic in scope, from the immense Grand Canyon and the winding Colorado to the sandstone spires of Bryce and the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. It’s the Southwest, which our small group celebrates at favorite national parks and preserves. And, wrote author Wallace Stegner, it’s America’s “best idea.” *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
Canyon
November 5 to November 14, 2021
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
November 10 to November 14, 2021
Commemorate the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama by exploring the poignant past of three communities critical to the movement. In Montgomery, see the pulpits and bus stops from which MLK and Rosa Parks inspired thousands. Walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma where John Lewis and other activists were attacked on “Bloody Sunday.” Visit Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, a pivotal flashpoint after the deadly bombing that killed four young girls. Visit other influential museums and monuments to Freedom Riders, victims of lynching, and voters' rights activists, all while meeting key organizers active in the 1950s and ’60s.
Civil Rights march MLK and crowd
January 11 to January 24, 2022
Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the M.S. L'Austral, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, and experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer.
Antarctica Whales
January 28 to February 11, 2022
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular small group journey through antiquity travels from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and the Upper Nile for a fascinating cruise on Lake Nasser. Then: a classic voyage along the Lower Nile from Aswan to Luxor before returning to Cairo. *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
Sunset Camel Silhouette Egypt
February 7 to February 15, 2022
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.
Galapagos Bluefoot Boobie
February 25 to March 4, 2022
Join a seven-night Cuban adventure like no other! Learn about the lives and experiences of local Cubans during meaningful encounters and conversations. Engage with artists, ride in a classic convertible, meet local entrepreneurs and explore Old Havana. Visit Trinidad, Cienfuegos, an organic farm and much more. Come away with a broader perspective of Cuba’s culture and citizens while benefiting and supporting the Cuban people.
Old Havana Courtyard
March 6 to March 19, 2022
Glimpse a world primeval on this singular 14-day safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. The small group adventure begins with sightseeing in Johannesburg’s renowned Soweto district. Then spending three nights near Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, experience this natural wonder and embark on a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise. Take a game drive in search of the elusive black rhino. Next is Botswana’s Chobe National Park, boasting one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife, for a three-night stay featuring sensational boat safaris and game drives. After a privately chartered flight to Zambia, enjoy a tour highlight: unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park – a UNESCO site and one of Africa’s last pristine wildernesses – and a relaxing three-night stay at the intimate Royal Zambezi Lodge. Discover Cape Town, South Africa’s sparkling “Mother City,” including the Cape Peninsula and Winelands, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension. *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
African Elephant Family
March 10 to March 24, 2022
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. *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
Vietnam Statuary Hue
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