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Announcing our 2024 Travel Programs: view the printable schedule and send your interest list to duketravels@duke.edu.

All Alumni Travel

Mar 5, 2024 to Mar 20, 2024
Price: From $9,193
Duke Leaders: Dr. John Virdin
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins and the fascinating Galapagos Islands rank among South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the ideal way to experience both.  This outstanding 16-day adventure begins with Lima’s highlights.  Traverse the magnificent Sacred Valley, visiting impressive Incan sites and indigenous villages during a two-night stay.  After taking a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu, tour and absorb this astounding site on two separate days, overnighting nearby.  Then encounter the history and beauty of Cuzco and Quito,

Havana Vintage Automobiles
Mar 8, 2024 to Mar 15, 2024
Price: From $5,295
Duke Leaders: Dr. Deondra Rose
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Discover the profound influence of the African diaspora on Cuban culture! Daily excursions will broaden your perspective of Cuba while benefiting and supporting the local people. Visit Guanabacoa and Matanzas, rich with Afro-Cuban history. Enjoy Havana’s jazz and art scenes, and learn about the Santería religion. Meet entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders who share their experiences during meaningful conversations.

Helsinki Finland
Mar 8, 2024 to Mar 16, 2024
Price: From $4,495
Duke Leaders: Dr. Charlie T. Cox
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Embrace Finland’s majestic beauty and Nordic charm on this seven-night, active journey! Explore vibrant Helsinki and indulge in the quintessentially Finnish tradition of a rejuvenating sauna. In northern Lapland, gaze at the awe-inspiring Northern Lights from your glass-domed cabin, plus enjoy a snowshoe trek by moonlight and a fast-paced dogsled ride across the pristine fjells. You’ll also tour the splendid old town of Tallinn, Estonia! Includes first-class hotels and a round-trip flight within Finland.

Prince Abbas cruise
Mar 8, 2024 to Mar 22, 2024
Price: From $5,497
Duke Leaders: Dr. David Schanzer
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity reveals a storied land’s treasures.  In Cairo, visit Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  After touring Aswan’s massive dam, embark on a fascinating four-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia, exploring the outstanding temples at Philae, New Kalabsha, Wadi el-Seboua, Amada, and Abu Simbel – the setting for a dramatic sound-and-light show.  Return to Aswan for a classic three-ni

Car driving down Cuban street
Mar 9, 2024 to Mar 15, 2024
Price: From $4,999
Duke Leaders: Dr. Brian McAdoo
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Although just 90-miles from the United States, Cuba remains a mystery to most Americans. On this in-depth, six night program travelers will experience this enigmatic island through the eyes of its people. Discover Havana during specially-arranged meetings. Explore captivating Cuba, with privileged access to the country's arts community and experts. Savor Cuban cuisine en vogue paladares and get to know our warm and hospitable neighbors to the south!

Morocco Bluegate Mosque
Mar 10, 2024 to Mar 24, 2024
Price: From $6,179
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people on this singular small group tour.  A 14-day exploration of this land of dramatic contrasts takes you from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains.  In a journey featuring the many cultural treasures of Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca – and five UNESCO sites – encounter Roman ruins, an ancient caravan route, and medinas bustling with snake charmers and spice merchants.  Dine w

Israel Cityscape
Mar 23, 2024 to Apr 3, 2024
Price: From $7,184
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: CANCELLED

Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of history and hospitality, on this exceptional 12-day small group journey.  Explore Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital, with its “White City” district – a UNESCO site, and ancient Jaffa.  Experience the unique Ein Hod artists’ village.  In Galilee’s hills, overnight at a hotel on the grounds of a kibbutz, visiting a local winery and Capernaum’s ruins.  Staying at a historic hotel on the Sea of Galilee’s shores, see the New Testament come to life at Tiberias, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazaret

Mar 25, 2024 to Apr 6, 2024
Price: From $7,384
Duke Leaders: Dr. Margaret McKean P'05
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

A truly foreign and fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity is revealed on this well-crafted 13-day small group tour.  See Tokyo and Kyoto’s highlights, engage in local life, and head off the beaten path to alluring historic destinations.  Begin in amazing Tokyo, where sightseeing includes the imposing Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, and a calligrapher’s gallery.  Then encounter magnificent Mt.

Apr 27, 2024 to May 7, 2024
Price: From $6,999
Duke Leaders: Dr. Daniel Vermeer
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

A confederation of merchant guilds and market towns from the 12th to the 15th centuries, the Hanseatic League fueled unprecedented wealth along Europe’s northern coasts and laid the groundwork for the Renaissance. Set sail on this North Sea voyage from the south of England to Denmark, and explore the extravagant legacy of those riches in the great public buildings, private houses, and above all, the museums that these fortunes built and furnished.

Old town Orvieto
May 7, 2024 to May 16, 2024
Price: From $4,295
Duke Leaders: Jennifer Chambers
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Incredible heritage and culinary history are yours to enjoy on this eight-night escape to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany regions! During stays in Parma and Cortona, uncover the alluring spirit of these celebrated destinations. Witness Bologna’s porticoes and Parma’s lauded cathedral, and visit charming villages and beautiful farms. Along the way, savor culinary favorites, including balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese and prosciutto, sip locally made wines and learn to cook typical regional dishes.

Residential acropolis
May 16, 2024 to May 29, 2024
Price: $6,990
Duke Leaders: Dr. William Johnson
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Immerse yourself in the rich legacy of the Classical Age epitomized by the incomparable Parthenon in Athens. Byzantine churches and ancient temples in the Naxos countryside vie for your attention with the Venetian architecture of the island’s charming capital. Santorini invites you to explore the miraculously preserved Bronze Age site of Akrotiri, while on Crete, Minoan palaces share pride of place with Venetian and Ottoman influences.

Montmartre
May 18, 2024 to May 26, 2024
Price: From $3,995
Duke Leaders: Dr. Richard Powell
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Follow in the footsteps of Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard and other African American luminaries on this enriching seven-night stay in Paris. In the years following World War I, many Black Americans found acceptance and opportunities in the City of Light. Through specially designed excursions and enriching talks, you will trace the journey of African Americans in France, gaining insight into why they moved to Paris and how they forever influenced French culture.

Buildings and street
May 19, 2024 to May 27, 2024
Price: $3,695
Duke Leaders: Dr. Tom Ferraro
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Explore hidden gems in the enchanting Alentejo countryside on this seven-night, small-group adventure! Discover sparkling marble towns and the breathtaking royal city of Évora. Learn how to prepare authentic Portuguese dishes in a private home and relish a delicious meal at a family-owned winery. Plus, admire the remarkable Roman ruins of Mérida, Spain, and choose to see Lisbon’s cultural riches! Enjoy a deluxe hotel in picturesque Vila Viçosa, guided tours and enriching lectures. No single supplement!

Victoria Falls Africa
May 23, 2024 to Jun 8, 2024
Price: From $8,954
Duke Leaders: Dr. Karin Shapiro
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Astonishing beauty and consummate adventure await on this 18-day Southern Africa small group journey.  Explore Johannesburg’s Soweto district, renowned for its anti-apartheid movement.  Staying in a historic hotel near Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, admire the falls up close, meet local schoolchildren, and embark on a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise.  Take a rhino safari, then enjoy a full-day safari excursion to Botswana’s exceptional Chobe National Park.  After touring Namibia’s Windhoek, encounter the vast Namib Desert and Sossusvlei’s immens

May 24, 2024 to Jun 9, 2024
Price: From $6,174
Duke Leaders: Dr. Gary Gereffi P'06
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Fortified cities and fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular 17-day small group journey.  Your travels begin with highlights and independent exploration of fascinating Lisbon.  In Oporto, take a Douro River cruise and sample the region’s famed port wine.  Discover beautiful Santiago de Compostela – last stop along the celebrated Way of St.

Mirogoj Cemetery looking down a long hallway
May 28, 2024 to Jun 6, 2024
Price: From $5,295
Duke Leaders: Dr. Rebecca Vidra
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Discover the bounty of Croatia on this incredible 10-night journey, including a seven-night Adriatic cruise! Board your intimate, first-class yacht in the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Then get a taste of cruising life as your small vessel glides away from the crowds to showcase the Dalmatian Coast and beyond. Hop off to explore enchanting islands — Rab, Hvar and Korčula — and timeless ports of call, including Split, Zadar and Trogir. Wrap up your adventure with a visit to Plitvice National Park and a three-night stay in wonderful Zagreb.

Notre Dame in Paris
Jun 7, 2024 to Jun 21, 2024
Price: from $5,997
Duke Leaders: Dr. Tom Robisheaux '74
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and in a unique style on this 15-day small group tour.  Set out from Toulouse to discover the rich history of Carcassonne and Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.  During a three-night stay in the medieval gem of Sarlat, see Lascaux IV’s cave paintings, cruise the Dordogne River, and tour cliffside Rocamadour.  Saumur offers a picturesque base for a three-night Loire Valley sojourn, with visits to a winery and the impressive Chenonceau château.  Traveling to Norma

Row of bungalow buildings with straw roofs
Jun 14, 2024 to Jun 26, 2024
Price: From $10,299
Duke Leaders: Dr. Charles Welch
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

The Duke Lemur Center has been working in Madagascar for 30 years and we will have access to Duke connected conservation projects and people. This trip is perfect for first time Madagascar visitors as well as for those returning to Madagascar for a second or third trip! Madagascar is home to all of the world’s lemurs (some 100+ species) and over half of the world’s chameleons, in addition to more than 170 species of frogs. Every year scientists discover new species of plants and animals in Madagascar’s deserts and forests.
 

Scotland river
Jun 15, 2024 to Jun 26, 2024
Price: From $6,196
Duke Leaders: Dr. Kevin White
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

From city to country, loch to glen, encounter breathtaking natural beauty, a colorful past, and a cosmopolitan present on this sweet small group journey.  The 12-day Scottish sojourn begins with a two-night stay in vibrant Glasgow.  Enjoy a tour highlighting the city’s distinct architecture, and a private tour of historic Pollok House.  Setting out next for the scenic Highlands and stays in Fort William and historic Inverness, stop at bonnie Loch Lomond and dramatic Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most beautiful spots.  Embark on a stunning Isle of Skye

Ireland castle
Jun 23, 2024 to Jul 5, 2024
Price: From $6,292
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Ireland delights on this full yet well-paced 13-day tour, showcasing its many charms – old and new – to your small band of travelers.  Beginning in Dublin, visit Trinity College, St.

People on boat watching grizzley
Jun 25, 2024 to Jun 30, 2024
Price: From $4,950
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Join our expert team aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird for an active exploration to see Alaska’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes. Hike through towering trees of a protected temperate rainforest, kayak into breathtaking glacially carved fjords, and paddle board along rugged coastlines. Explore Chichagof Island which harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world and meet eagles at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

Jul 1, 2024 to Jul 11, 2024
Price: From $6,151
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies richly reward outdoor-loving travelers, as this 11-day small group adventure reveals.  Setting out from Calgary, embark on a nature-focused itinerary along which you encounter some truly stunning sights.  In majestic Glacier National Park, ride a legendary Red Jammer sightseeing bus along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Stay in Whitefish, Montana, an authentic mountain town, and hike along the scenic Whitefish Trail.  After savoring more striking scenery en route to world-famous Banff National P

seal mom and pup
Jul 5, 2024 to Jul 14, 2024
Price: From $8,350
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

“A little world within itself,” as Darwin described it, where life-altering encounters with animals—curious, or sublimely indifferent to our presence—happen like nowhere else on earth. Each island is uniquely fascinating and magical. You’ll discover the diverse habitats across this legendary volcanic archipelago aboard our well-equipped expedition ship, the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II. We’ll use our onboard fleet of nimble Zodiacs and kayaks for up-close explorations. Gain remarkable insights from our knowledgeable naturalist team.

Den Haag with buildings and water front
Jul 18, 2024 to Aug 1, 2024
Price: From $10,490
Duke Leaders: Dr. Nicolas Cassar
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Beginning in Tromsø, high above the Arctic Circle in the Land of the Midnight Sun, set off on an exploration of a thousand miles of Norwegian coastline, sailing in and out of the awe-inspiring fjords for which the region is famous.

African lion
Jul 28, 2024 to Aug 10, 2024
Price: From $9,497
Duke Leaders: Dr. Anne Pusey
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti plains and exotic Zanzibar, your small group encounters the breadth of peaceful Tanzania’s riches on this enthralling 14-day adventure.  Set out on a game drive in beautiful Arusha National Park, then experience Tarangire – renowned for its numerous elephants and iconic baobab trees – during a two-night stay.  Spend two nights in a safari lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO site, descending to the magnificent crater’s floor for an unforgettable game drive.  See Olduvai Gorge, famous for t

Alaska ice covered rocky mountain
Aug 8, 2024 to Aug 18, 2024
Price: From $7,497
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as your small group explores the varied landscapes and noteworthy cities of Alaska, America’s Last Frontier, on this superlative 11-day journey.  Setting out by deluxe railcar, encounter Denali National Park’s stunning wilderness during a three-night stay.  Hike through the park’s tundra, visit an Iditarod sled dog kennel, and attend a show at the Denali Dinner Theater.  After a scenic flight deep into remote Wrangell-St.

Heimaey Iceland
Aug 8, 2024 to Aug 18, 2024
Price: From $8,990
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

On a circumnavigation of this endlessly fascinating island, sail into magnificent fjords, walk through volcanic landscapes of lava fields and hot springs, and witness magnificent waterfalls and ice-capped mountains. Encounter the fishermen of Ísafjörður and Grímsey and the artists and artisans of Seyðisfjörður. Marvel at the abundance of birdlife everywhere, but especially on the islands of Grímsey and Heimaey. Experience the almost unearthly geothermal displays at Lake Mývatn and at Krýsuvík.

vancouver city at night over the water
Sep 14, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Price: TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a small-group journey (26 guests maximum) from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, providing the perfect combination of modern and elegant cabins, private concierge service, delightful meals prepared by onboard chefs, all-inclusive bar service, and observation cars that allow for unobstructed viewing of Canada’s great wilderness. This is what travel was meant to be.

Colmar France
Sep 29, 2024 to Oct 7, 2024
Price: From $4,025
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Behold the old-world allure and heritage of France’s Alsace region on an unforgettable seven-night program. From charming Colmar, visit dynamic Strasbourg, multicultural Basel and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route. Tour the mighty Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg, savor divine cuisine and superlative wines, and learn about the region’s illustrious past. This small-group adventure features a first-class hotel and a generous meal plan.

Port in Italy Hillside houses
Sep 30, 2024 to Oct 15, 2024
Price: From $5,774
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and unique accommodations.  Begin on the storied Amalfi Coast, experiencing this stunning region by sea and by land and visiting Pompeii’s exquisite ruins.  Continuing on to the Eternal City for a three-night stay, tour the Colosseum, the Forum, monumental St.

gnocchi class
Oct 4, 2024 to Oct 13, 2024
Price: From $4,995
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Experience this small group for a nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques.

Morocco AitBenHaddou
Oct 8, 2024 to Oct 21, 2024
Price: From $6,179
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people on this singular small group tour.  A 14-day exploration of this land of dramatic contrasts takes you from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains.  In a journey featuring the many cultural treasures of Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca – and five UNESCO sites – encounter Roman ruins, an ancient caravan route, and medinas bustling with snake charmers and spice merchants.  Dine w

Egypt Prince Abbas
Oct 11, 2024 to Oct 25, 2024
Price: From $5,697
Duke Leaders: Dr. Gary Gereffi P'06
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity reveals a storied land’s treasures.  In Cairo, visit Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  After touring Aswan’s massive dam, embark on a fascinating four-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia, exploring the outstanding temples at Philae, New Kalabsha, Wadi el-Seboua, Amada, and Abu Simbel – the setting for a dramatic sound-and-light show.  Return to Aswan for a classic three-ni

Monteriggioni
Oct 14, 2024 to Oct 24, 2024
Price: From $6,795
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Experience a walking tour in Tuscany and the Italian Riviera that permits you to slow down and savor the exquisite tranquility of quaint hill towns that many  miss.  We’ll use Florence, Montalcino, Colle di Val d’Elsa and Sestri Levante as our home bases as we make our gentle progress through such towns as San Gimignano and Lucca in Tuscany to the tiny cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre.

Argentina Ushuaia
Oct 15, 2024 to Oct 30, 2024
Price: From $10,282
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Relish face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers – Southern Patagonia’s majestic fjords and glaciers and Torres del Paine’s stunning scenery – on this remarkable 16-day small group journey showcasing South America’s diversity.  Experience vibrant Buenos Aires during a three-night stay, seeing the Argentinian capital’s highlights, attending a tango show, and touring independently.  After exploring Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, board a comfortable small ship for an extraordinary four-night cruise through the storied Tierra

dusk view over colorful street of homes
Oct 20, 2024 to Oct 27, 2024
Price: From $5,832 per person
Duke Leaders: Dr. Bruce Jentleson P'15
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Transit the Panama Canal aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest to discover an astonishing trove of natural and cultural treasures as you navigate the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia. Enjoy an active eight-day expedition visiting the Smithsonian Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island— kayaking through rarely-visited inlets, walking along pristine beaches, and hiking dense jungles.

Havana Vintage Autombiles
Oct 25, 2024 to Nov 1, 2024
Price: From $5,295
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

Discover the profound influence of the African diaspora on Cuban culture! Daily excursions will broaden your perspective of Cuba while benefiting and supporting the local people. Visit Guanabacoa and Matanzas, rich with Afro-Cuban history. Enjoy Havana’s jazz and art scenes, and learn about the Santería religion. Meet entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders who share their experiences during meaningful conversations.

Eiffel Tower with waterway in foreground against dusk sky
Oct 26, 2024 to Nov 3, 2024
Price: From $3,995
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Follow in the footsteps of Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard and other African American luminaries on this enriching seven-night stay in Paris. In the years following World War I, many Black Americans found acceptance and opportunities in the City of Light. Through specially designed excursions and enriching talks, you will trace the journey of African Americans in France, gaining insight into why they moved to Paris and how they forever influenced French culture.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Nov 11, 2024 to Nov 23, 2024
Price: From approximately $7,195
Duke Leaders: Dr. Abdullah Antepli
Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

Experience the architectural wonder and breathtaking scenery of the Arabian Gulf on an extraordinary, 5-star land and sea itinerary that includes 2 nights in Muscat and a 7-night cruise from Muscat to Dubai. Explore Oman’s majestic capital city of Muscat and enjoy a full-day excursion to the Jabreen Forts, two of the best preserved of their kind in Oman. Discover the royal private home of the Ruler of Sarjah, beautiful mosques, ancient sites, and world-class museums on your cruise with calls at United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar.

Packs of floating ice
Dec 8, 2024 to Dec 17, 2024
Price: From $10,755
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Crossing the Drake Passage is an explorer’s milestone for many, but it adds several days to your travels. On this new itinerary, experience the best of both worlds as you sail via ship to Antarctica and then return to Puerto Natales on a two-hour flight, saving time without sacrificing any of the