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.
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 into 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 freshwater 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.
Prices from $4,299 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.
Join us on a journey through southern Italy and embrace its rich scenery, art, culture, food, and wine. We open with a guided tour of classical Rome that reveals its iconic treasures, followed by an in-depth guided visit of the spectacular Colosseum. Next, travel amid the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast. From the seaside town of Sorrento to the monastery of Montecassino and the ancient Greek temples of Paestum, each day brings another delightful experience. Travel by boat to the spectacular island of Capri where a local guide shows you the sights and you soak in the views of the rugged coastline. Enjoy a stop to learn how mozzarella cheese is made and visit the renowned National Archaeological Museum. Along the way, discover the ruins of Pompeii, stop at a local winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius, and perhaps sip limoncello, a local lemon liquor.
Prices from $4,499 per person if booked by April 4, 2019 (double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from PHL; triple occupancy available for $4,449 per person)
Tap into your sense of adventure and take the journey of a lifetime to Peru and the Amazon rainforest. 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 rainforest 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)
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)
The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis—or northern lights. Travel in Iceland will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall—one of the world's most incredible cascades. Explore the Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.
Prices from $3,999 per person if booked by June 7, 2019 (double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from PHL; triple occupancy available for $3,969 per person)
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