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.
Spain: Valencia and Barcelona, May 4-13, 2015
Begin your Spanish adventure in Valencia, where the blue sky stretches from the azure water of the Mediterranean to the craggy heights of the coastal mountains. Soak up the atmosphere as you meander along the winding streets of picturesque Old Town. Marvel at Gothic architecture along with the most innovative and avant-garde modern buildings. Sip fine wine while enjoying a perfect plate of paella. Continue to Barcelona and dive headfirst into a surreal Mediterranean cityscape punctuated by the whimsical modernist creations of architect Antoni Gaudí. Rich in history and tradition, the seaside cities of Valencia and Barcelona offer a palette of personality-packed sights—each with their own distinct identity and both with that legendary Iberian lust for life.
Prices from $2,895 per person if booked by Dec. 9, 2014 (double occupancy, land only)
Passage of Lewis & Clark Expedition: Clarkston to Portland, Sept. 12-20, 2015
Follow the passage of Lewis and Clark’s fabled expedition to the Pacific coast as you journey through a geological masterpiece of astounding landscapes. From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest while cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in Spokane, Washington’s second largest city, graced with beautiful parks and world-class museums. Embark on your river cruise in Clarkston, Washington, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, the site of the famed explorers’ 1805 campsite. Then delve into unique pioneer
history at The Dalles—the end of the Oregon Trail—and take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity, and revel in the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, before your voyage concludes in the “City of Roses,” Portland.
Prices from $3,795 per person (double occupancy, excluding airfare)
Mediterranean Mosaic: Athens to Barcelona, Oct. 4 to 13, 2015
History comes to life on this impressive voyage that reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. Uncover a dazzling mosaic of cultural and historical treasures as you sail to Greece, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera. Depart Athens for the Sicilian town of Taormina, boasting an incredibly preserved Greek theater and breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Visit Sorrento, a delightful seaside resort with its fragrant lemon groves, winding cobblestone streets and majestic mountain vistas, or travel to Capri, where idyllic seascapes and quaint villages await. Cruise to Civitavecchia and visit the Eternal City of Rome, abounding with marvelous ancient structures, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. Explore the magnificent Renaissance museums and architecture of legendary Florence, stand before Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, or admire the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany. Then it’s on to glamorous Monte Carlo, a small, affluent enclave famous for its casino and stunning locale on the Riviera’s winding Grand Corniche, followed by colorful Marseille. Explore its lively markets and charming old quarter, or experience the rich Provençal countryside dotted with picturesque medieval towns, before your odyssey concludes in Barcelona.
Prices from $2,999 per person (double occupancy, includes airfare from select cities)
An area known for its sparking, turquoise waters and lush, green landscape, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Walk along Sestri Levante’s streets lined with pastel-colored houses and admire the breathtaking views of the neighboring bays. Discover the charms of Santa Margherita, as well as the lovely village of Portofino and the Ligurian capital, Genoa. Visit the picturesque village of Portovenere and the towns of Cinque Terre. Journey to the nearby Tuscan region to see a sculptor at work in Carrara, known for its snow-white marble, and the many delights of Lucca. Learn more about this trip!
Prices from $2,995 per person (double occupancy, land only)
Atolls & Islands of French Polynesia, March 25-April 4, 2016
French Polynesia evokes images of vivid beauty: towering emerald mountain peaks, sparkling neon-blue lagoons and silky white-sand beaches. Experience one of the world’s most exotic destinations as Oceania Cruises’ graceful Marina takes you to the dreamy islands of the South Pacific. Begin with a stay in Papeete, Tahiti’s lively capital, before sailing to Moorea, touted by Frommer’s as the most beautiful island in the world. Snorkel Raroia’s crystalline lagoon, relax on the flawless beaches of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and encounter the island splendors of Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Be enchanted by the coral gardens and gorgeous beaches of Bora Bora, a vision of paradise with dramatic volcanic peaks and a postcard-perfect lagoon. Savor the vanilla-scented air on Raiatea—known as the “Sacred Island”—renowned for its pineapple and vanilla plantations, archaeological sites and black-pearl farms. Before returning to lovely Papeete, admire stunning scenery on the “Garden Island,” Huahine, an idyllic setting of secluded coves and lush, untamed forests.
Prices from $4,299 per person (double occupancy, includes airfare from select cities)
Southern Grandeur, New Orleans to Memphis, April 24-May 2, 2016
Experience the unique grandeur of the American South as you cruise the Mississippi River aboard the majestic American Queen. Begin your adventure in New Orleans, where the well-preserved French Quarter charms with beautiful wrought-iron balconies, colorful courtyard gardens and Creole-style buildings. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to picturesque cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Admire the elegant Greek Revival-style mansion at Oak Alley Plantation, and stroll beneath the canopies of its 300-year-old live oak trees. Explore the lovely town of St. Francisville, home to more than 140 historic buildings on the National Register, and take in the stunning gardens and palatial antebellum mansions of Natchez, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi. Before your seven-night cruise concludes in Memphis, browse Vicksburg’s delightful antique shops and intriguing museums, or step back in time at the renowned Vicksburg National Military Park.
Prices from $4,399 per person (double occupancy, excluding airfare)
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.