The Arcadia University Alumni Travel Program offers our alumni the opportunity to participate in unique group travel experiences that strengthen The Arcadia Promise to provide a distinctively global, integrative, personal learning experience.
We have partnered with experienced travel providers to offer Arcadia alumni a variety of educational excursions.
New Zealand: Land of the Long White Cloud, Oct. 13-27, 2018
While small in size, New Zealand is packed with spectacular natural wonders—sparkling lakes, mountains, ice-carved fiords, glaciers, volcanoes, and lush rain forests. On this enthralling 12-night small-group adventure, discover its diverse landscapes, from cosmopolitan North Island to South Island’s remote wilderness. Experience Kiwi life in vibrant Auckland, and feel the intensity of a Māori haka war dance. In Dunedin, stroll through the Scottish-influenced town, and choose from a Taieri Gorge train ride or wildlife-watching on Otago Peninsula. Spend a full day in breathtaking Fiordland to cruise Lake Manapouri, marvel at the rain forest and sail by catamaran through the majestic Doubtful Sound fiord. Outside Queenstown, explore the enchanting backdrops of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Stand before the Franz Josef Glacier and breathe in the crisp air. Then traverse the scenic Southern Alps on an epic TranzAlpine train journey to Christchurch. This trip of a lifetime features superior accommodations, a Travel Director, enlightening local lectures, extensive meals and wine with dinner.
Designed for a small group of 28 passengers to maximize your experience
Prices from $4,495 per person + VAT (double occupancy, land only)
"The Grand Canyon is the one great sight which every American should see."
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt said this when he first laid eyes on one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Every traveler should explore our own beautiful American West, and that is exactly what you will do on this exciting travel program to Arizona. This travel experience features a combination of American West highlights with the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona, the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument, the Old West nostalgia of two train rides and five nights at a resort property in Sedona, Arizona. Just north of Phoenix, Sedona is known for its upscale resorts, artist galleries and breathtaking red rock scenery, and is the perfect "home base" for this six-day adventure.
Prices from $2,595 (double occupancy, includes airfare from EWR)
Glamorous Retreats: Rome to Monte Carlo, Nov. 1-9, 2018
Glitz and glamour await as you sail the ports and resorts of the French and Italian Rivieras. Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Marina in Rome, Italy’s treasure of history and architecture. Relax in botanically-rich Portofino before leaving the mainland for the towering cliffs and white sand beaches of Sardinia. Tucked into a sheltered bay on the Côte d'Azur, Bandol is best known for its superb rosé wine; while Toulon offers more than a mere glimpse of France’s fascinating naval history. The grand finale of your riviera voyage comes as you visit two of the most famous resort cities in the world: the fashionable celebrity playground of Saint-Tropez; and the height of opulence, Monte Carlo, where your one-night stay will allow you to explore the tiny but densely-packed city-state before you disembark the Marina.
Prices from $1,799 per person (double occupancy, airfare included from select cities)
Holiday Markets: Cologne to Nuremberg, Nov. 27-Dec. 5, 2018
Delight in the magical merriment of Germany’s holiday markets on a seven-night cruise that celebrates enduring festive traditions. During Advent, villages of wooden kiosks festooned with pine branches, red ribbons, and cheerful lights spring up in town squares along the Rhine and Main Rivers. Linger in these fanciful Christkindlmarkts, as you savor the tantalizing aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread. Aboard your first-class ship, relax on deck as the stunning scenery unfolds around you, vistas of clifftop castles, charming villages, and rolling hills. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge, and gaze upward at the soaring spires of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. Admire the quaint timbered architecture of medieval gems Miltenberg and Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Walk through the stately halls of Würzburg’s palace, and explore beautiful Koblenz. While in Cologne, Bamberg and Nuremberg, select from a choice of intriguing excursions. Enjoy insightful lectures and ample onboard meals, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.
Solo traveler friendly: Single supplement waived
Prices from $1,995 per person + VAT (double occupancy, land only)
Rose Parade New Year's, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a celebration more than a century old&emdash;a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
Unpack once and enjoy a five-night stay in beautiful Orange County in Southern California. The tour features Orange County’s most famous sights and beach towns including San Juan Capistrano, where you’ll visit the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the original missions built by the Spanish. Later, head up Highway 1 for spectacular coastal views and visits to Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. This evening, ring in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve Dinner Party that will be filled with dancing, live band music, Monte Carlo casino-style games and a champagne toast.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Get up early to experience all of the majesty of the Tournament of Roses Parade from reserved grandstand seats for the ultimate in up-close viewing during the parade. After the parade, enjoy lunch at famous Lawry’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Later, a Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour features such sights as Rodeo Drive, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The next day gives you the opportunity to experience the Showcase of Floats, where the floral creations are parked for up-close, walk-around viewing. Then, visit the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, a state-of-the-art museum featuring a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office. The next day, head south for a day trip to San Diego for a city tour including a visit to Old Town San Diego and a Harbor Cruise. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in San Diego.
Prices from $2,995 (double occupancy, includes airfare from EWR)
Discover Tuscany’s rolling hills and fertile valleys during a seven-night journey through this iconic region of Italy. In Cortona, a town steeped in history, settle in to your deluxe, intimate hotel overlooking a beautiful valley. Delight your senses as you sip Tuscany’s famous Brunello di Montalcino wine and savor locally produced cheeses and prosciutto at a Val d’Orcia winery. Discover the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Visit Montepulciano, walking through its ancient winding streets, and marvel at Siena’s Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Immerse yourself in Cortona’s Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures, and you’ll even learn about Tuscan cuisine during a cooking demonstration. This small-group program includes deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan, complemented by wine with dinner.
Prices from $3,295 per person if booked by Oct. 30, 2018 + VAT (double occupancy, land only)
Majestic Great Lakes: Toronto to Chicago, July 24-Aug. 2, 2019
Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America, as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the M/V Victory I. Embark in Toronto and sail to the Welland Canal, then take an off ship excursion and experience the immensity and grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel. Cruise to Cleveland and celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, and sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay as you explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island, one of the largest fresh water islands in the world. Traverse the legendary Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, the Midwest’s oldest city, and step back into the nineteenth century on the idyllic Victorian atmosphere of Mackinac Island. Journey across scenic Lake Michigan and disembark in the cultural hub of Chicago—the Windy City.
Prices from $5,499 per person (double occupancy, airfare included from select cities)
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Marina in London, Britain’s timeless capital that delightfully blends history and pageantry with innovation. Marvel at Edinburgh’s twelfth-century castle perched atop the craggy Castle Rock and crowning the city is Scotland’s prize of history and beauty. Head ashore in Invergordon and immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Browse the imaginative museums and art galleries in Glasgow and sail to Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Spend two days in Dublin and admire this city’s character, find it etched in the neatly lined rows of Georgian buildings, gleaming edifices, quaint cobblestone streets, Victorian pubs, and the stately buildings of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Delight in scenic views of the large harbor, or consider visiting the nearby spirited town of Cork to explore its seventeenth-century alleyways that lead to historic and cultural sites. Before the final stop in London, visit Portland to take in the Jurassic Coast’s stunning scenery.The Dalles.
Prices from $4,299 per person (double occupancy, airfare included from select cities)
Tap into your sense of adventure and take the journey of a lifetime to Peru and the Amazon rain forest. From the modern capital of Lima to the ancient capital of Cusco and Machu Picchu to the Amazon basin, experience the richness of Peruvian culture. See Lima’s colonial architecture, and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner at a landmark home. Explore Incan history at Cusco, Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley. Take a train ride into a cloud forest to the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu, and cruise into the rain forest aboard the exclusively chartered Delfin III. Glide in skiffs on wildlife-watching excursions and hike in the jungle. Visit a manatee rescue center. This 10-night journey includes all internal flights and train ride; a three-night deluxe cruise; specially selected accommodations in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco; and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. No single supplement!
Solo traveler friendly: Single supplement waived
Prices from $5,995 per person + port (double occupancy; air included for select gateways)
Great Pacific Northwest: Portland to Clarkson, Sept. 15-23, 2019
Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods, and culinary scene. Board the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with delightful cafés and shops.
Head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, then glide down the river and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland, and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 camp.
Travel with us to the Land of Enchantment to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, history, and architecture. A highlight will be the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival, the world’s largest and most famous hot air ballooning event. Witness the Mass Ascension, which includes more than 500 balloons taking to the sky. Also experience the balloons up close and illuminated on solid ground during the Balloon Glow.
Enjoy three nights in Santa Fe, founded in 1607 making it America’s oldest state capital city and third oldest continuously inhabited U.S. city. Enjoy a Santa Fe City Tour with a local guide featuring the Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governor’s, built in 1610, and a visit to the Loretto Chapel to learn of its mysterious past. Santa Fe is part of the UNESCO Creative City Network as one of the most important art markets in the world, and is renowned for its beauty, Pueblo-style architecture and museums.
Learn more about New Mexico’s Native American history and culture with visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Bandelier National Monument, and the Taos Pueblo. The Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient Pueblo homes, which have been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. A few of the other attractions during this program include Old Town Albuquerque, a Taos City Tour, the “High Road to Taos,” and Los Alamos Bradbury Museum, which tells the story of this isolated town and its role in the Manhattan Project.
Prices from $2,825 (double occupancy, includes airfare from PHL)
Gaze in awe at the Pyramids of Giza, the only monuments remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World, on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Egypt. This 10-night journey features four nights aboard a luxury ship on the Nile River. An expert Egyptologist will be at your side throughout this experience as you discover ancient Egypt’s other wonders: the Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Great Temple of Ramses and so much more. Explore the fascinating Egyptian Museum, see the artifacts of ancient Thebes at the Luxor Museum, and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House in Luxor. Also, enjoy a tour of Cairo, featuring some of the city’s most impressive mosques and its Coptic Christian churches. This small-group trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.
Prices from $4,895 per person if booked by March 19, 2019 + port (double occupancy, land only)
If you are interested in learning more about the Arcadia University Alumni Travel Program and to be included in our brochure mailings, please email email@example.com or call 215-572-2160 and request to be added to our travel interest list. Please be sure to include your name and class year, preferred mailing address, email address and daytime phone number.
Protect Your Trip
The Arcadia Alumni Insurance Program provides you with a choice of individual travel insurance plans to meet your needs and budget. The plans offer a variety of coverage, including:
Trip cancellations or interruptions
Medical expenses, including emergency medical evacuation