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. Study the significance of memorials and monuments along the National Mall with a docent. 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 and afterwards, enjoy a discussion with Dr. Jane McAuliffe, prominent UofT alumnus and leading scholar of the Qu’ran and of Muslim-Christian relations.
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.
This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountains including five nights aboard the deluxe Amadeus Silver III. Travel through the western heart of the continent through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature five great UNESCO World Heritage sites—explore Amsterdam’s storybook canals, visit Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley and walk through Berne’s Old Town. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland, ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn, for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn; the Glacier Express from Lucerne to Zermatt; and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value! Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Pre-Program.
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 unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial, launched in 2015 and featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms. Call on Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th– and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through one of the most legendary sites in all of antiquity—the Palace of Minos at Knossos. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. 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. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Peloponnese Post-Cruise Option.
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.