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.
Kaleidoscope of Cultures: Miami to San Francisco, May 6-22, 2018
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Regatta in vibrant Miami, an international city rich with the influence of Caribbean and Latin American culture. Start with a trip through Havana’s history, from its colonial beginnings to post-revolutionary present. Learn all about Spanish military history at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena before traversing the iconic Panama Canal on your way to the awe-inspiring rainforest canopy of Puntarenas. Delight in the coastal beauty of San Juan del Sur and travel back in time to visit the Mayan temples of Puerto Quetzal. In Mexico, you’ll see why Acapulco was the resort of choice for celebrities from Elvis Presley to Elizabeth Taylor and take in the exotic desert coastline of Cabo San Lucas. Finally, disembark the Regatta in San Francisco, a dramatic city with an artistic personality.
Prices from $3,799 per person (double occupancy, airfare included from select cities)
Southern Culture & Civil War: Memphis to New Orleans, June 2-10, 2018
Take a trip back in time to the Civil War on this riverboat cruise down the Southern Mississippi. Spend a night exploring rock and roll history in Memphis before embarking the stately and luxurious American Queen. Sail to Greenville, the heart of the Mississippi Delta and birthplace of blues legend B.B. King; and Vicksburg, site of the siege often considered the turning point of the Civil War. Tour Mississippi’s former capital city of Natchez before you enter Louisiana and explore the 140-plus historically registered buildings of St. Francisville. Dive into the Pelican State’s unique political history in the current capital of Baton Rouge before touring Nottoway, one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes. Finally, disembark the American Queen at the mouth of the Mississippi River and revel in the unabashed and unapologetic joy of New Orleans.
Prices from $2,499 per person (double occupancy, airfare not included)
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)
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)
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.
If you are interested in learning more about the Arcadia University Alumni Travel Program and to be included in our brochure mailings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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