This incredible ten-day journey introduces you to the remarkable Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with a five-night cruise aboard the first-class small ship Santa Cruz II. This exploration vessel is fully equipped to make your Galápagos experience complete, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified onboard naturalists and complimentary snorkelling gear. Visit six distinct islands to see the exotic birds, animals, and plants that inspired Charles Darwin, including species unknown elsewhere in the world. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife innocently accepts up-close human company. You can snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful sea lions and almost touch spiny backed iguanas. On mainland Ecuador, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See its magnificent colonial churches and straddle the Equator with one foot in either hemisphere. The Pre-Tour Option includes two nights in a private Ecuadorian rainforest reserve eco lodge. The six-night Post-Tour Option features Peru’s legendary “lost city” of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and historic Lima and Cuzco.
Experience an exotic kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, cultures, and ancient histories in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Visit elaborate temples, palaces, and shrines throughout this exciting program. Discover Bangkok on a tuk-tuk, marvel at the opulence of the Grand Palace, visit Wat Po, and see other key landmarks. Learn about endangered Asian elephants, cruise the Chao Phraya River, and immerse yourself in the beauty of ancient Siam in Ayutthaya. Then, celebrate the golden age of travel for three nights aboard the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express train. Journey under the Bridge over the River Kwai on a raft, and visit colonial Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore lively Singapore before flying to Bali. Observe daily life on the Island of the Gods at a housing compound and at the famous market in Ubud. Admire Bali’s breathtaking scenery, volcanoes, jungles, and white-sand beaches. This program includes excursions, deluxe accommodations, and an extensive meal plan.
Take in Central America’s unparalleled ecological majesty, with its incredible wildlife, secluded white-sand beaches and pristine emerald-green forests. From San José to Cartagena, encounter the remote natural riches of Costa Rica and Panama on an odyssey aboard the new 210-guest MS Saint Laurent. Treat yourself to elegant amenities and breathtaking vistas as this luxurious ship takes you to legendary national parks, including Darién National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park. Witness the astounding scenery and biodiversity of Golfo Dulce, Coiba Island, and the Osa Peninsula, and admire the 17th-century architectural grandeur of Panama’s Casco Viejo. Visit the stunning San Blas Islands, home of the Kuna Indians, before experiencing a daylight passage through one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders, the Panama Canal. From fresh, outstanding cuisine and free-flowing beverages to enriching lectures, and complimentary expert-led Zodiac excursions, this 10-day voyage promises a Central American expedition like no other.
Vibrant cultures and historic treasures abound on this journey through the antiquities of Southeast Asia. Begin your adventure with a two-night hotel stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka, then embark on a 15-night cruise aboard MV Aegean Odyssey to sites in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Explore the friendly town of Chennai, visit the bustling city of Yangon, admire the crystalline waters around Phuket, and discover treasured Malacca. In some ports of call, you will have a choice of included and optional excursions, giving you an opportunity to personalize your journey. End your travels with a two-night hotel stay Singapore, one of Asia’s most exciting and culturally diverse cities. Along the way, witness four UNESCO World Heritage sites; enjoy hotel stays in Sri Lanka and Singapore; and bask in the rich heritage of the region. This adventure includes excursions in each port of call, luxury accommodations, a lecture series by noted scholars, an extensive meal plan, and gratuities for select staff, guides, and drivers.
Journey to the bottom of the world, where natural beauty reaches a dramatic pinnacle: from glacier-studded fjords and towering emerald forests to sparkling jewel-toned lakes and majestic snow-capped mountains. Encounter the awe-inspiring scenery and alluring cities of South America, as Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta takes you on a spectacular 21-night voyage to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands. See the famous Nazca Lines near Pisco, and visit the pearl-white city of Arequipa from Matarani. Take in colourful, historic architecture in Iquique, Coquimbo, and Valparaiso. Stroll along Puerto Montt’s waterfront, or venture into the breathtaking Chilean Lake District. Stop at Puerto Chacabuco, a gateway to western Patagonia, and take in exhilarating, ever-changing sights while cruising the Chilean Fjords. Experience the provincial town of Punta Arenas and the southernmost city on earth, Ushuaia. Discover the English charms of Port Stanley, explore the chic resort town of Punta del Este, visit Uruguay’s spirited capital of Montevideo, and immerse yourself in Argentina’s cultural hub, Buenos Aires.
Discover the dazzling beaches, mesmerizing cities, and intriguing cultures of Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, as Oceania Cruises’ elegant Insignia takes you on an impressive 35-night voyage. With Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, take in the eclectic architecture and astounding landscapes of Cape Town. Delight in the unspoiled beaches and African charms of Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, and Richards Bay. Stroll lovely acacia-lined boulevards in Maputo, awaken your senses on the fragrant, idyllic island of Nosy Be, see historic treasures in Dar es Salaam, and wander the exotic Old Towns of Zanzibar and Mombasa. Relax on the dreamy beaches of Mahé and admire the pastel skyscrapers of Malé. Cruise to India and the captivating, centuries-old ports of Mangalore and Cochin—dotted with historic forts and sacred mosques—before stopping at Yangon, Myanmar, home to the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. Experience Penang’s enticing cuisine and rich architectural styles, and behold Kuala Lumpur’s soaring Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. Conclude your journey in Singapore, where sleek high-rises mingle with grand colonial buildings and ornate Hindu temples.
Discover the stunning beauty and fascinating culture of Southern Africa, a diverse region poised on a beautiful coastline with breathtaking mountains and expansive plains. Begin your journey in South Africa with a scenic drive to the Cape of Good Hope and see African penguins at Boulders Beach. Explore the highlights of Cape Town and see spectacular views from Table Mountain. Walk in the late Nelson Mandela’s footsteps on Robben Island. Next, board the Rovos Rail for a two-night deluxe train journey, then visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Thrill to sightings of the Big Five and other exotic wildlife on game drives during your three-night luxury safari at Thornybush Game Reserve. Return to Johannesburg to tour Soweto, visit a local youth centre, and attend a tree-planting ceremony. Bring this exceptional program to a close in Zimbabwe by experiencing the power and majesty of thundering Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. This adventure includes excursions, deluxe accommodations, and an extensive meal plan.
Join our exclusive whole ship charter for the Canadian University Alumni Community led by Asian culture and history expert Paula Swart with special guest Sharman Minus, a researcher who has family ties in Burma. Visit areas of Myanmar rarely seen by Westerners – and many not accessible other than by river – from the comfort of our deluxe river cruiser. Watch the sun set over the golden spires of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Tour the extensive Plain of Temples at Bagan. Admire the marble slabs of the world’s biggest book in Mandalay. See pagodas built of solid gold bricks, beautiful teak monasteries and splendid gold leaf Buddha images. Converse with monks and explore village markets. Take in informative daily excursions in the company of our knowledgeable Burmese guides and presentations by our study leader and special guests. And enjoy it all on board the deluxe Irrawaddy Explorer with all modern comforts, the elegant ambience of colonial Burma, excellent cuisine, and gracious hospitality.
Build a school and learn first-hand about the joys and challenges of traditional life in Ecuador. Discover the wild beauty of the Amazon and connect with indigenous communities that call the rainforest home. Recharge and reflect on your day’s adventures at Minga Lodge, a charming destination that boasts stunning views of the Rio Napo, a tributary to the Amazon River. This is your time to change the world.
Minga Eco Lodge is the newest destination in the Me to We Volunteer Adventure family, and offers an incredibly unique view into the traditional culture of the Amazonian people and their ecological environment. Ecuador is home to many different climate areas and peoples, from the windy highlands and volcanoes where you’ll begin your journey, to the warmer river culture of the Amazon basin, and beyond to the Galapagos and coastal regions where you can choose to extend your journey.
Experience a rare opportunity to work alongside the very special Amazonian people where Minga Lodge overlooks the Rio Napo, learning about their unique connection to the jungle, and the challenges they face in their remote location. With the pressures of modernization on their doorstep, the Kichwa people are working hand in hand with our best friend and charitable partner Free The Children to bring Adopt a Village to their communities. You’ll come together to help build vital infrastructure like schools for the communities, while making friends and learning about their rich traditional culture and their incredible jungle environment.
Journey along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver II, with luxurious accommodations and a river view from every cabin. Enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in select ports of call. Begin your adventure in Belgium, where you can witness the unrivalled charm of the important port city of Antwerp and the amazing architecture and art of Bruges. See the renowned Zeeland Coast. While in The Hague and Delft, tour the works at the Mauritshuis, delve deeper into the life and works of Johannes Vermeer or learn about the famous Blue Delft porcelain. Continue to charming Giethoorn and well-preserved Kampen. Then, end your adventure in Amsterdam, where you will cruise its scenic canals, and stroll through renowned Keukenhof Gardens, bike through picturesque Waterland or see Rembrandt’s masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum. This colourful program includes flexible excursions, educational programs, accommodations, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with lunch and dinner.
Join us for this unique seven-night cruise from Málaga to Rome on the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas to the resplendent shores of Spain and Italy, and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial, launching in 2015 and featuring only 110 deluxe, ocean-view suites and staterooms. This comprehensive itinerary features six UNESCO World Heritage sites and fascinating cultures left in the wake of ancient and classical empires. Visit the hidden gem of Murcia, an impressive ninth-century Moorish town; see the history of Roman and Carthaginian civilizations in ancient Cartagena; and revisit the Bronze and Iron Ages at Su Nuraxi, Sardinia’s captivating stone nuraghe. Experience the wonders of Sicily in Agrigento’s majestic Valley of Temples. Walk through the storied town of Taormina and visit its impressive ancient Roman theatre in the shadow of Mount Etna. In the evening, cruise past the volcanic island of Stromboli, “the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” Choose to drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast or explore the perfectly preserved past in Pompeii. Málaga/Granada Pre-Cruise and Rome Post-Cruise Options are offered.
Experience the rich traditions and profound historical significance of France and Great Britain on this outstanding seven-night cruise from Bordeaux to London aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship m.s. L’Austral. This custom-designed itinerary features five UNESCO World Heritage sites and a memorable cruise up England’s storied River Thames, coming to an end at the illustrious Tower Bridge. Admire the outstanding architecture in Bordeaux’s Port of the Moon and the 17th-century citadel on Belle-Île-en-Mer. View remnants of Germany’s wartime occupation in Guernsey. Enjoy a walking tour of Mont-Saint-Michel and visit its impressive Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Experience the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Call in Dover, Great Britain, to follow in Geoffrey Chaucer’s footsteps and visit the awe-inspiring Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most famous Christian monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Complete your journey with Bordeaux Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options available.
Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the ancient Romans, Barcelona is a timeless city whose innovative artistic traditions fuse seamlessly with its richly textured past. Discover the best of this Mediterranean jewel during a 10-night stay that highlights its many stunning facets. Explore the historic Gothic Quarter and stroll along Las Ramblas, the city’s fashionable promenade. Marvel at the unique modernist architecture that adorns the city and the cubist masterpieces at the Picasso Museum. Enjoy special excursions, such as visits to Figueres, the hometown of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and the Penedès wine region, known for its cava sparkling wine. This unique opportunity features included excursions, an extensive meal program with wine at dinner, accommodations near Passeig de Gràcia, and two 10-ride Metro cards so you can travel like the locals and create your own Barcelona adventure during ample leisure time.
It is impossible to separate the southernmost region of the Iberian Peninsula from the desire to explore. After all, Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus both began their most renowned voyages here. Begin your own journey here during a seven-night stay in Ronda, one of Spain’s oldest and most picturesque white-washed hill towns. Visit the oldest bullring in Spain and enjoy of views over the spectacular gorge while staying at Parador de Ronda. In Seville, the cultural heart of the region, explore the world’s largest Gothic building and the Alcázar. A scenic drive takes you to Malaga and the museum dedicated to its most famous native: Picasso. Discover the grandeur of the Alhambra in Granada; enjoy lunch at the historic Parador de Granada; and sample sherry in Jerez de la Frontera. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, accommodations, and an extensive meal plan featuring Spanish wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travellers.
Experience the timeless splendour of Japan and South Korea on this unique, custom-designed itinerary cruising the full length of the tranquil Inland Sea of Japan from Himeji to historic ports of Japan and Ulsan, South Korea. On board the exclusively chartered, five-star, small ship m.s. Le Soléal, launched in 2013 featuring only 110 ocean-view suites and staterooms, enjoy this 280-mile stretch of scenic, tranquil ocean with port calls at captivating points of interest, including four UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the enchanting city of Kyoto, visit its opulent temples and the Nijo Castle, an imperial gem. Walk through the imposing Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, tour the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe-inspiring Torii Gate, and visit the impressive Himeji Castle, the oldest surviving feudal structure from medieval Japan. In Gyeongju, South Korea, see the glorious Buddhist Bulguksa Temple and the ancient Silla Kingdom royal burial mounds. Spend three nights in the five-star Kyoto Okura Hotel. Tokyo Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options are available.
Enjoy a long weekend in the US Capital. Stroll Pennsylvania Avenue with a political journalist. Study the significance of memorials and monuments along the National Mall. Visit the art exhibition at the Canadian Embassy. Attend a presentation on US/Canadian relations. Take a private tour of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building. Accommodation, most meals, and special activities included.
Italy has it all: sun-drenched beaches, peaceful countryside, and vibrant cities, all enriched by a fascinating history and culture. This International Explorations program provides an authentic, customizable three-week introduction to living abroad. Reside in your own apartment in Florence as you explore the sites, wine, food, and history of beloved Tuscany. Enjoy guided visits to Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena, Cortona, San Gimignano, and the Chianti region. Explore the famed Uffizi Gallery and the Academia, attend a cooking demonstration, and tour a winery. In addition to the base program, select from three additional sets of activities geared toward your individual interests: language, cuisine, or art and architecture. These options allow you to customize your adventure, giving you the opportunity to take Italian language classes, learn to cook regional culinary delights, or visit additional museums and architectural gems. This journey includes an extensive meal program, furnished accommodations, an Italian cell phone, and ample leisure time to pursue your individual interests.
Join us for an unforgettable 12-day journey along three rivers of France—the Rhône, Saône, and Seine—aboard two exclusively chartered deluxe Amadeus Fleet river ships for a unique perspective on over 2000 years of history, culture, and architecture. Highlights include Burgundy, Provence, Normandy, and the TGV high-speed train from Mâcon to Paris. This exclusively designed itinerary features up to ten UNESCO World Heritage sites and includes a full-day excursion to the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy, including the Canadian Military Cemetery and the legendary Bayeux Tapestry. Visit Provençal Arles, where traces of ancient Rome still stand; see the café on lively Boulevard des Lices, immortalized in Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night. Visit the famous Pont du Gard and a Beaujolais vineyard for a private wine-tasting. In Paris, enjoy a panoramic tour of the “City of Light” and its grand architecture along the spectacular River Seine. Visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny, and enjoy a specially arranged visit to the Musée d’Art Américain. Marseille Pre-Cruise Option and Mont-St-Michel/St. Malo/Chartres Post-Cruise Option are available.
Discover the natural wonders and wealth of antiquities in Italy’s famed region of Campania, home to writers, artists, and emperors for more than 2,000 years. Stroll through sweet lemon groves and experience the beauty of Sorrento, an idyllic seaside town and your home for the duration of your stay. Travel along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most amazing Mediterranean shores, and delight in the colourful architecture of the cliff-hugging town of Positano. Explore Amalfi, once the home of a powerful medieval maritime republic, but today a popular resort town. Travel back in time with a visit to Naples’ historic centre and renowned Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Explore the well-preserved historic ruins in Herculaneum and Pompeii. Spend a day on the storied Isle of Capri. During this seven-night stay, sample local delicacies and talk with local residents. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travellers.
Winding through peaceful countryside, past storybook villages, and fairy-tale castles, the Rhine, Main, and Danube waterways showcase the best of Europe. Spend 14 nights cruising these three vital rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning MS Amadeus Silver, and enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in most ports of call. Begin your adventure in the Netherlands with an evening cruise of Amsterdam’s scenic canals. Continue to Germany to explore historic Cologne, Koblenz, Miltenberg, and Würzburg, whose 18th-century Residenz was home to the city’s prince-bishops. Visit Bamberg and Nuremberg, where the World War II trials were conducted, then stop in Weltenburg, home to the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Continue to Passau for a tour of the city or to bike along the Danube. In Austria, visit Melk Abbey, an architectural jewel, and explore Vienna. Discover Bratislava, Slovakia, before concluding your voyage in Budapest, Hungary’s fascinating capital. This program includes flexible excursions, accommodations, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for single travellers.
Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, off of one of the four corners of the earth. Come and enjoy a four-night stay at this gloriously remote award-winning Inn. Meet visionary owner Zita Cobb to learn about why she returned to create this social enterprise. Sail the seascapes of Iceberg Alley. Hike the stunning shoreline. Tour the artists’ studios. Learn about the new fishing economy and microfinance initiatives. Enjoy gourmet cuisine. Accommodation, all meals and activities included.
Join us for a unique, comprehensive, nine-day journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Inner Hebridean, Orkney and Shetland Islands, and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Copenhagen, Denmark, aboard the exclusively chartered five-star small ship m.s. Le Boréal with spacious, 100% ocean-view stateroom and suite accommodations. Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only to small ships amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Specially arranged excursions include a journey on The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands; Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; and the UNESCO World heritage sites of Orkney’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by local archaeologist and site director Nick Card; and Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen. A Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Cruise Option and Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option are offered.
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Walesa and Brown University Professor Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the U.S.S.R. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star m.s. Le Boréal, carrying only 220 passengers, and enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, and Peter and Paul Fortress, with an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cruise the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda´nsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendours of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options are available.
Paris earned its nickname — the City of Light — because it embraced education and the exploration of new ideas during the Enlightenment. Today, Paris remains unparalleled in its cultural wealth. For 10 nights, explore the city and its environs at an unhurried pace. Cruise the Seine River and see the city’s highlights. Discover the places that played a large role during the World War II occupation of Paris. Visit the Latin Quarter to see the sites of the French Revolution and the oldest café in Paris, and explore artistic Le Marais. Journey by train to grand Versailles and historic Rouen in Normandy. Take a high-speed train to the Burgundian town of Dijon. This unique opportunity includes excursions, an extensive meal program with wine at dinner, accommodations in a quaint Parisian neighbourhood, Metro tickets so you can travel through Paris like a local, a museum pass, and ample independent leisure time to pursue your individual interests.
Experience Eastern European culture, marvellous old-world capitals, ornate cathedrals and picturesque villages as you cruise the celebrated Grand Danube Passage for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver. Along the way, discover enthralling scenery in eight countries and 13 cities and towns. See ancient capitals, Roman ruins, magnificent churches, ornate palaces, and medieval castles in Vidin, Belgrade, Budapest, and Vienna, among others. Sail through the Iron Gate Gorge, the Carpathian Mountains’ dramatic cliffs, the twisting Danube Bend, and the breathtaking Wachau Valley. Enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in many ports of call. Begin with a three-night stay in Prague, and after your cruise, spend two nights in the fashionable Oborishte district of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, and admire the city whose name means “wisdom.” This program features flexible excursions, lectures by local experts to enhance your insight into the region, accommodations, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner, and time for independent exploration. There is no single supplement for solo travellers.
Join us for this exclusive nine-day odyssey to the windswept paradise of Greece’s ancient islands and Turkey’s fabled coast. Cruise from Athens to Istanbul aboard the exclusively chartered,five-star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial, launching in 2015 and featuring private balconies in 95% of the all ocean-view, deluxe suites and staterooms. Meet local residents during the specially arranged Island Life Forum® for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Discover the very cradle of Western civilization during carefully designed, expert-led excursions, highlighted by the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the classical ruins of Delos, the Old Town of Rhodes, the Monastery of St. John on Pátmos, and legendary Troy. Visit Mykonos, known for its iconic windmills and sugar-white cube houses. Enjoy panoramic views of Santorini’s caldera from a cable car. Stroll the marble-paved boulevards of Ephesus, the most spectacularly preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Istanbul or Cappadocia and Istanbul Post-Cruise Options.
Spend three nights in ‘the most American of American cities’. Consider architecture and urbanism during guided walks focused on the transformation of the South Loop, waterfront development, and Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park. Enjoy market food tastings. Accommodation, most meals, and special activities included.
Sail from Rome to Lisbon while encountering a tantalizing array of ports and cultures during this 12-night cruise aboard award-winning Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony. Experience sophisticated Monte Carlo, bustling Barcelona, historic Cartagena, treasured Tangier, timeless Casablanca, and the beautiful Canary Islands before finally arriving in captivating Lisbon. These waters were explored and lands settled by Greek and Roman sailors, and, it has been said, Christopher Columbus stopped in the Canary Islands on his way to the New World. Each of these ports is storied and offers its own fascinating history, unique way of life and alluring attractions. Crystal Cruises is world-renowned for excellence, with its award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. Enjoy nightly alumni gatherings, and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your fellow travellers during recommended optional excursions in most ports of call. Open bar service, gratuities for select staff and 2-for-1 pricing are included with this adventure.
The great land of Ethiopia is one of the world’s outstanding treasures. This small group tour is led by world-renowned Ethiopia scholar and UofT professor Michael Gervers and explores the culture and history of the country including Professor Gervers’ current research site at Yemrehanna Kristos. An ancient and overlooked land that confounds expectations, Ethiopia is famed for its striking landscapes, thousands of years of history and art, and warm welcomes. Explore the dramatic mountain scenery and stunning early decorated churches in the fertile highlands of Gheralta. Marvel at the immense obelisks at Axum. Spend two days at Lalibela, the wonder of the Ancient World, touring the magnificent rock-hewn churches and observing Christian ceremonies unchanged in 1000 years. Tour castles and battlements of the ‘Camelot’ of Africa at Gondar and travel by boat to the monasteries on Lake Tana. Natural wonders include the spectacular landscape of the Simien Mountains where we observe Gelada baboons up close and the source of the Blue Nile where we walk over a 17th century bridge to view the Falls.
Discover the unique character of Italy’s turquoise lakes while you explore the charming towns, majestic Renaissance villas, and lush gardens that adorn their shores. Explore Lake Orta, perched in the mountains, and admire the spectacular frescoes on the legendary island of San Giulio. Visit baroque villas in the beautiful Borromean Islands, and see rare birds, exotic gardens, and a 16th-century palace filled with antiques. Cruise lakes Maggiore and Como, the great lakes of Italy, by private boat. See Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and the opulent 14th-century Duomo in the vibrant city of Milan. Roam the 18th- and 19th-century villas of Bellagio and the piazza of Como. Conclude this magical small group journey with an interactive cooking lesson at a local restaurant and a visit to Villa Taranto and its gorgeous gardens. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes all excursions, seven nights at the first-class Hotel La Palma on the banks of Lake Maggiore, educational programs, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travellers.
Admire the diverse scenery and experience the vibrant cultural heritage of Croatia, a trove of historic cities, pristine parkland, and miles of sun-drenched Adriatic coastline. Begin your journey by exploring Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Wander the historic Upper Town and see the detailed art nouveau architecture that is a legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Delight in the crystal blue lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Cruise to Split, a picturesque city by the sea and home of Diocletian’s Palace, the pre-eminent Roman monument on the Dalmatian Coast. Visit the island of Hvar and explore the island’s wine country. Conclude your journey in Dubrovnik, and marvel at the Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque architecture tucked inside the medieval city wall. This 10-night program includes accommodations at boutique and deluxe hotels, all excursions, and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.
Take in the Big Apple for a long weekend. Enjoy a private seminar at MOMA. Go behind-the-scenes at Chelsea art galleries. Meet Canadian designers. Experience an insider’s Wall Street. You might even get a chance to meet local U of T alumni. Accommodation, most meals, and special activities included.
Experience the best of mysterious China, a land whose stunning beauty forms the backdrop to a 5000-year-old civilization steeped in legend, and Lhasa, Tibet, the “Sun City,” during this exceptional, custom-designed, 14-day journey. The comprehensive itinerary features a three-night cruise along the fabled Yangtze River and five-star accommodations in centrally located hotels in Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa, and in Shanghai’s historic Fairmont Peace Hotel. Aboard the newly refurbished m.v. Victoria Jenna, cruise from Chongqing, through the legendary Three Gorges, to Yichang. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour the impressive Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam complex, and embark a private boat cruise up the picturesque Goddess Stream, a hidden treasure in Wu Gorge. Walk along the Great Wall and through Beijing’s Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Visit the ancient capital of Xi’an and view the impressive Terra Cotta Warriors. Explore magnificent Tibetan temples and monasteries, including Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Experience mystical old and spectacular new Shanghai. A Shanghai Post-Program Option is also offered.
It is impossible to separate the southernmost region of the Iberian Peninsula from the desire to explore. After all, Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus both began their most renowned voyages here. This 11-night program offers you the opportunity to begin a journey here, as well. Discover the cultural riches of Spain and Morocco in a level of luxury early seafarers never could have imagined. Begin with a two-night stay in Seville, Spain, then embark on a 9-night cruise aboard the deluxe MV Aegean Odyssey and follow the path of the Moors. Cruise to Cadiz and visit Jerez de la Frontera, then continue to Morocco, including visits to El Jadida, Rabat, and Tangier, before disembarking in Malaga. Along the way, visit eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Alhambra in Granada; enjoy single-night hotel stays in Marrakesh and Fez; and bask in the beauty of the western Mediterranean. This adventure includes excursions in each port of call, luxury accommodations, a lecture series by noted scholars, an extensive meal plan, and gratuities for select staff, guides, and drivers.
Escape the chill of November in favour of white sand beaches, sunny skies, and the easygoing spirit of the Caribbean. Begin in Fort Lauderdale where you’ll embark the luxurious Six-Star Crystal Serenity for your 15-day cruise with ports of call in the Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, French West Indies, Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica, and Cayman Islands. As you cruise from island to island, discover an impressive mix of colonial and Caribbean-style architecture, colourful coral reefs, verdant tropical scenery, and friendly hospitality. Enjoy relaxing days at sea and cruising the Mississippi River before concluding in New Orleans. An overnight stay allows ample time to take in the magic of this fascinating and most European of American cities. Crystal Cruises is world-renowned for excellence, with its award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. Enjoy nightly alumni gatherings, and take advantage of opportunities to connect with your fellow travellers during recommended optional excursions in most ports of call. Open bar service, gratuities for select staff, 2-for-1 pricing and airfare are included with this adventure.
Sail aboard Oceania Cruises’ award-winning Riviera on a voyage to Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain—enchanting destinations steeped in romance, ancient tradition, and glamour. Begin in Venice, a magical city laced with graceful canals and arched bridges. Then sail to Zadar, where centuries-old churches mingle with delightful cafes and Roman ruins, followed by Kotor, Montenegro’s intriguing coastal town. Encounter colourful churches and markets in Sicily’s spirited capital, Palermo, and behold striking monuments of antiquity in Rome. Stop at Livorno, a jumping-off point to explore the glorious Tuscan countryside or the world-class cities of Florence and Pisa. Savour the glamorous atmosphere of Monte Carlo and the cosmopolitan flavour of Marseille, your gateway to the postcard-worthy landscapes of Provence. Visit Port-Vendres, a lovely Mediterranean harbour town along the Vermillion Coast, before your odyssey concludes in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and energetic cultural hub.
Recapture the magic of the holidays as you escape the frantic pace and pressures of the holiday season at home and step into scenes that glitter with fairy-tale charm. Spend seven nights cruising along the Rhine and Mosel rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning MS Amadeus Silver. Enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in many ports of call. Begin your adventure in Germany, then discover historic Strasbourg, France. Cruise to Speyer, your gateway to Heidelberg, before exploring ancient Worms. Visit the village of Rüdesheim, then sail through the romantic Rhine Valley to Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Continue on the Mosel to explore Cochem, Trier, and Bernkastel, the Pearl of Mosel. Travel by train to Luxembourg before ending your journey with a three-night hotel stay in Paris. Your program includes flexible excursions, the chance to shop at holiday markets in three countries; deluxe accommodations; an extensive meal plan featuring wine with lunch and dinner; and no single supplement for solo travellers.