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

July 29 to August 6, 2021
With Faculty Host James Stavridis
Join us for this seven-night circumnavigation of ethereal Iceland, a land of fire and ice where glittering glaciers cap active and dormant volcanoes and Viking ruins coexist with geothermal baths, mud pots and powerful geysers. Cruise aboard the Five‑Star, ice-class expedition ship Le Champlain, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms. Look for orcas and humpback whales and in UNESCO‑designated Vatnajökull National Park, touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Economy-class air from Boston, New York‑JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington-Dulles is included; low air add‑ons are available from other select cities. Reykjavík and The Golden Circle Pre‑Program Options offered.
Iceland Gulfoss
Enjoy a bicycling tour—geared for a range of abilities—through the famed wine country and Pacific Coast of Northern California. This adventure will feature a few 20- to 30-mile rides over easy terrain with van support and some longer distance options. Bike past stunning scenery including pastoral ranchlands, the rugged Pacific Coast, and of course verdant rolling vineyards, traveling through the towns of Petaluma, Bodega Bay, and Healdsburg. Off the bike you’ll be treated to stops at wineries—including visits with Tufts alumni working in the wine industry—a walk among some of the tallest trees on the planet and a half-day of kayaking on Tomales Bay; as well as the chance to dine at acclaimed restaurants and stay at two of the region’s best hotels. *Deposits fully refundable until 61 days prior to departure!
Pedal paddle Pinot vineyards
August 30 to September 9, 2021
One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies offer bountiful rewards for outdoor-loving travelers. While staying in unique mountain lodges, we ride in Glacier National Park’s famed Red Jammers, visit cerulean Lake Louise, and set foot on Athabasca Glacier. Amid stunning alpine scenery, it’s a feast for the eyes – and the spirit. *Greater Flexibility: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure!
Canada Waterfront
September 21 to September 30, 2021
Discover—or return to—Tufts University’s campus in France! Spend some time in the charming village of Talloires at the wonderful Abbaye de Talloires hotel, set on the lake shore next to the European Center. There, learn about the 50-year history of the Center from director, Gabriella Goldstein, and its tradition of keeping international exchange and cultural understanding alive for Tufts students and faculty. Then, in keeping with our mission of learning through travel, cross the Alps into Italy to the capital city of the Piedmont region, Turin—the region and city are renowned for their gourmet food and wine — for more exploration!
Taillores Tufts European Center
September 29 to October 7, 2021
Experience an easy-going, languid lifestyle in Italy’s Apulia region, where Mediterranean meals are savored slowly amidst olive groves, ancient seaports and timeless villages. Spend seven nights in seaside Polignano a Mare and venture out each day to enjoy the unique character that defines Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot. An exclusive lecture series complements your excursions. Plus, enjoy ample free time to stroll down romantic cobblestone alleys, drink in soul-stirring views of a brilliant blue sea and revel in an easier easy pace of life
Apulia Undiscovered Italy
October 6 to October 17, 2021
Experience the wild nature and welcoming culture of Chile on this nine-night adventure of a lifetime. Explore dynamic Santiago and savor an asado—or barbecue—with Chilean cowboys. On Chiloé Island, peek at penguins in their natural habitat. Then surrender yourself to the icy mountain splendor of Patagonia’s famed national parks.
Colorful Chile Shore
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!
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
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