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Announcing our 2022 Travel Programs: view the printable schedule and send your interest list to duketravels@duke.edu.

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Announcing our 2022 Travel Programs: view the printable schedule and send your interest list to duketravels@duke.edu.


Costa Rica
Feb 19, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022
Price: From $3,495
Duke Leaders: Dr. Deborah Gallagher
Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

In this small Central American democracy kissed by nature, discover a nation’s wealth in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rainforest, Central Valley to Pacific Coast, with a small group of no more than 18 travelers.

Zodiac and bird watching at sunset
Mar 4, 2022 to Mar 9, 2022
Price: From $3,810
Duke Leaders: Dr. Xavier Basurto
Trip Status: Taking Reservations
Spend several extraordinary days in the company of majestic gray whales in Mexico’s Bahía Magdalena, one of the best places in the world to witness interactions between gray whale mothers and their curious calves. On this compact trip, we’ll navigate the length of the bay aboard our nimble expedition ship, and set out by Zodiac for thrilling, up-close encounters. Kayak through mangrove forests and hike desert islands, watch pelicans and ospreys soar overhead, and soak up the sun on some of the Pacific’s most pristine beaches.
    Monument of Peace & Justice
    Mar 6, 2022 to Mar 12, 2022
    Price:
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Mark Anthony Neal
    Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

    The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a struggle for social justice and an end to institutional racism, disenfranchisement, and racial segregation in the United States.  In Alabama, the cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma were host to some of the most significant events of the decades-long campaign. Here, the Movement's national leadership took shape and tens of thousands of people came together to advance the cause against remarkable odds and violent resistance.

    Pyramids of Egypt
    Mar 7, 2022 to Mar 21, 2022
    Price: From $3,995
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Eric Mlyn
    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 the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  Traveling to Abu Simbel for a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise, see its imposing temples – the setting for a dramatic sound-and-light show – then sail on to ancient Nubia’s other outstanding temples:  Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, New Kalabsha, and Philae.  After touring Aswan’s mas

    Israel
    Mar 24, 2022 to Apr 4, 2022
    Price: From $5,795
    Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

    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 N

    Japan Pagoda
    Apr 18, 2022 to Apr 30, 2022
    Price: From $6,584
    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 Imperial Palace, the famed Ginza district, and Tokyo National Museum.  Encounter magnificent Mt.

    Centero of Antwerp
    Apr 25, 2022 to May 3, 2022
    Price: From $3,095
    Duke Leaders: Bobby Mottern
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    From the thatched farmhouses and footpaths of fairy-tale Giethoorn to the medieval landmarks of Antwerp, fall in love with the Netherlands and Belgium as you relish their intimate waterways. See the Netherlands and Belgium brilliantly revealed as you glide along scenic waterways during this seven-night river cruise. In Amsterdam, get a close look at 17th-century canals and landmarks, then choose to dive into acres of colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, bike through charming villages, or gaze at masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists at the Rijksmuseum.

    May 4, 2022 to May 15, 2022
    Price: From $3,995
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Explore Spain and Portugal's less traveled regions. Witness the glory of the Roman Empire at Spain's impressively preserved ruins: Segovia's monumental aqueduct and Mérida's stunning theater. Stay in medieval walled Trujillo, overlooking the plains of Extremadura, the rugged birthplace of New World conquistadores. Stroll through magnificent Toledo, graced with the heritage of three cultures. Roam the winding and medieval streets and quiet squares of Old Cáceres.

    Ring of Brodgar
    May 4, 2022 to May 16, 2022
    Price: from $9,790
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Kristen Neuschel
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    From the green land of Scotland to Iceland, the island of fire and ice, this voyage aboard the new superb expedition cruises ship Vega, which accommodates only 152 guests, combines Scotland’s lush isles of the Orkneys and Shetlands, and the remote Faroe archipelago, which is part of Denmark, with the awesome natural beauty of Iceland.

    May 7, 2022 to May 23, 2022
    Price: From $6,594
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Charles Becker
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Traveling the ancient Silk Road connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture.  On this exciting 17-day small group journey, relish the exotic – embracing the humanity shared with the welcoming people of Central Asia.  Discover the showpiece Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, and explore the UNESCO archaeological sites of Nisa and Kunya-Urgench.  A tour of Khiva’s “inner city,” another UNESCO site, uncovers this Uzbek city’s storied past.  In ancient Buhkara, watch silk weavers at work and enjoy a traditional meal in a Sufi miniaturi

    May 24, 2022 to Jun 8, 2022
    Price: From $4,495
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Beth Holmgren
    Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

    Leisurely and comprehensive, this 16-day small group tour provides a generous overview of four fascinating Eastern European nations. The journey begins in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, where sightseeing includes the faithfully rebuilt Old Town and moving visits to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Next is historic Krakow with its celebrated medieval Old Town, and touring of the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a virtual underground city carved from salt.

    St. Moritz
    May 25, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022
    Price: From $3,995
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Tom Ferraro
    Trip Status: Taking Waitlist
    From the high alpine splendor of St. Moritz, Switzerland, to the Italian Lakes tucked into Italy’s Lombardy region — fall in love with two naturally beautiful, culturally distinct countries on this scenic eight-night journey. Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and gaze at dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano in hours!
    Centero of Antwerp
    May 29, 2022 to Jun 6, 2022
    Price: From $3,795
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Tom Robisheaux '74
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    Cruise the Seine in style on this seven-night river journey aboard an exclusively chartered first-class ship. In Paris, witness famed landmarks, tour the Latin Quarter and relish the romantic ambience of this remarkable city from your river vantage. Visit the home of Claude Monet in Giverny and wander among the lily ponds that inspired the famous impressionist. Journey along the scenic Seine to medieval Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart, and 15th-century Chateau de Martainville. Explore the impact of World War II at the Caen Memorial.
    Windmill
    Jun 1, 2022 to Jun 9, 2022
    Price: From $5,999
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    From the medieval Belgian city of Bruges to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, the new boutique riverboat Magnifique IV allows you to feel immersed in the region’s charming and storied landscapes. OPTIONAL PRELUDE: only open every 10 years, arrive a day early and visit The Floriade Expo 2022.

    Riding Zodiac through glaciers in Alaska
    Jun 12, 2022 to Jun 19, 2022
    Price: From $7,340
    Duke Leaders: Dean Toddi Steelman
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    Unique, immersive style of travel
    Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivaled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:
    • Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife
    • Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears
    • See the Alaska undersea through live video
    lemurs
    Jun 19, 2022 to Jul 3, 2022
    Price: From $7,659
    Duke Leaders: 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.

    Jun 27, 2022 to Jul 12, 2022
    Price: From $5,795
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    As the Midnight Sun turns night into day, Scandinavia shines.  From the cosmopolitan capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo to Norway’s magnificent fjord country, your small group encounters Scandinavia at its best.  The 16-day journey begins with sightseeing in Copenhagen, including the Rosenborg and Christiansborg palacesSee Elsinore, infamous setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and visit the Karen Blixen Museum.  Ferrying overnight to Oslo, stay at a Gaala ski lodge. Journey to Geiranger along Norway’s “roof,” enjoying views of dramatic Geirangerfjord.&n
    Jul 1, 2022 to Jul 10, 2022
    Price: From $7,710
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    See the Galápagos as Darwin did—aboard an expedition ship equipped to give you the most engaging experience possible. Voyage from island to island and make fresh discoveries daily on our 10-day expedition. Hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise to and around intriguing islands. In the 50+ years we’ve been exploring here, we’ve introduced generations of guests to the magic and mystery of Galápagos.

    Jul 10, 2022 to Jul 23, 2022
    Price: From $7,659
    Duke Leaders: Dr. James Herrera
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    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.

    Zebras
    Jul 30, 2022 to Aug 14, 2022
    Price: From $8,695
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Waitlist
    Unparalleled game viewing, top-rated lodges, and gracious local people – all await your small group “on safari” in alluring Kenya and Tanzania for 16 days.  Beginning in cosmopolitan Nairobi, encounter many and varied highlights, from grassland plains to Mt.
    Jul 31, 2022 to Aug 13, 2022
    Price: From $8,284
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    Glimpse a world primeval on this singular 14-day safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia.  The small group adventure begins with sightseeing in Johannesburg’s renowned Soweto district.  Then spending three nights in a historic hotel near Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, embark on a “Sundowner” Zambezi cruise and take a game drive in search of the elusive black rhino.  Next is Botswana’s Chobe National Park, boasting one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife, for a three-night stay featuring sensati
    Zebras
    Sep 11, 2022 to Sep 24, 2022
    Price: From $7,897
    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 wildlife 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 wildlife drive. See Olduvai Gorge, famous for the prehistoric
    Kangaroos
    Sep 14, 2022 to Oct 5, 2022
    Price: From $9,084
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Gary Gereffi P'06
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    The Lands Down Under and small group touring make for a perfect combination on this wide-ranging 22-day journey. Beginning in Cairns, ride the historic railway to Kuranda, then descend via a Skyrail gondola.  Swim and snorkel during a day-long Great Barrier Reef excursion. In Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour, meeting Walpiri tribespeople, and enjoy a traditional “bushman’s” dinner.  Watch the sunset at fabled Ayers Rock.  Highlights during a three-night Sydney stay include a Sydney Harbour catamaran cruise, Featherdale Wildlife Park, and the
    Lake
    Sep 24, 2022 to Oct 1, 2022
    Price: TBD
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

    Explore the vast breadth of the Great Lakes during this eight-day travel program. Enjoy a seven-night, exclusively chartered cruise through all five Great Lakes, admire the beautiful landscapes and visit towns rich in maritime history and natural splendor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Toronto, Ontario. Experience the delight of the Victorian character of automobile-free Mackinac Island. Tour the historic towns of Sault Ste. Marie on both the Michigan and Ontario sides of St. Marys River, including visits to the Museum Ship Valley Camp and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center.

    Catalonia
    Oct 1, 2022 to Oct 9, 2022
    Price: From $3,995
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Catalonia is home to some of Spain's most delicious treasures. During this unforgettable journey, tour artisanal shops, enjoy wine tastings at award-winning wineries including Masia Serra and La Vinyeta, and discover local fishing, farming, and culinary techniques that have been used over generations. Dive deep into the diverse flavors of this unique region as you learn about the history and culture that shaped these Mediterranean seaside villages and their friendly people. 

    Two lemurs in a tree, side by side
    Oct 2, 2022 to Oct 16, 2022
    Price: From $7,659
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations
    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.

    Alsace
    Oct 2, 2022 to Oct 10, 2022
    Price: From $3,495
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Tucked between the magnificent Vosges mountains and the Black Forest lies a region brimming with dramatic beauty, incredible gastronomy and endearing old-world villages. This is France’s charismatic Alsace region, known for its blend of German and French traditions and fascinating heritage. From our base in Colmar, we'll journey through scenery plucked from a fairytale to uncover Alsace's proud identity and romantic charms. Visit dynamic Strasbourg, multicultural Basel and whimsical towns along the Alsatian Wine Route.

    Sicily
    Oct 9, 2022 to Oct 20, 2022
    Price: From $3,895
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as this stellar small group journey reveals.  Your 12-day Sicilian sojourn begins in Palermo, where highlights include the city’s prized Arab-Norman architecture – one of the itinerary’s four UNESCO sites – and world-class street food.  Discover the medieval walled town of Erice, and Trapani’s famous salt pans.  After viewing Monreale Cathedral’s breathtaking mosaics, sample the offerings at a family-owned winery.  In Agrigento, explore the impressive Valley

    Lindos Acropolis
    Oct 12, 2022 to Oct 24, 2022
    Price: from $6,990
    Duke Leaders: Dr. J. Clare Woods
    Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

    For ancient civilizations, as in modern times, location is everything. The ancients perhaps knew this better than anyone else. In their temples and palaces, fortified towns and churches, they relied on the natural characteristics of the terrain to enhance and illuminate their creations. On this journey that will operate during the golden days of autumn, we will explore the fascinating links between nature and civilization, while discovering some of antiquity’s greatest sites.
     

    Camel Ride
    Oct 16, 2022 to Oct 29, 2022
    Price: From $4,695
    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 with local peo

    Pyramids of Egypt
    Oct 17, 2022 to Oct 31, 2022
    Price: From $3,995
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    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 the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  Traveling to Abu Simbel for a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise, see its imposing temples – the setting for a dramatic sound-and-light show – then sail on to ancient Nubia’s other outstanding temples:  Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, New Kalabsha, and Philae.  After touring Aswan’s mas

    Oct 19, 2022 to Nov 3, 2022
    Price: From $7,195
    Duke Leaders: Deborah Jakubs
    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 a remarkable 16-day small group journey showcasing South America’s diversity.  Discover vibrant Buenos Aires during a three-night stay, seeing its highlights and attending a performance at a premier tango house.  After exploring Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, board the comfortable M/V Stella/Ventus Australis* for an extraordinary four-night cruise through the storied Ti

    Israel
    Oct 20, 2022 to Oct 31, 2022
    Price: From $5,795
    Trip Status: Waitlist Only
    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 Nazareth.  Based in
    Cuba - musician
    Nov 4, 2022 to Nov 11, 2022
    Price: From $4,795
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

    Timeworn facades splashed with vibrant art, classic cars and rumba beats drifting down cobblestones. Get ready for an unforgettable immersion into Cuba's fascinating history and vivacious culture. Explore the many rich influences of Afro-Cuban heritage in historical or cultural elements emanating from the combination of native African and other cultural elements and manifested in religion, music, language, art, religion, and the arts. Go beyond Havana's striking grandeur to discover the heart of the local people and gain perspective on Cuba's ever-changing landscape.

    Cuba - musician
    Nov 11, 2022 to Nov 18, 2022
    Price: From $4,795
    Duke Leaders: TBD
    Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

    Timeworn facades splashed with vibrant art, classic cars and rumba beats drifting down cobblestones. Get ready for an unforgettable immersion into Cuba's fascinating history and vivacious culture. Explore the many rich influences of Afro-Cuban heritage in historical or cultural elements emanating from the combination of native African and other cultural elements and manifested in religion, music, language, art, religion, and the arts.

    Antarctica view of broke ice across the water with group of onlookers
    Jan 6, 2023 to Jan 19, 2023
    Price: From $15,380
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Nicolas Cassar
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. Every facet is thrilling and lovely. Its vastness is both humbling and uplifting, as is the ice in all its myriad forms. Relish the penguins—with their endlessly amusing antics, gabbling in their rookeries, bobbing by on a blue berg, or catapulting on to the shore.

    See mountains rising some 9,000 feet up from the sea and an abundance of marine mammals. Hike and explore by Zodiac. Travel with an expedition leader and naturalists who have hundreds of journeys under their parkas.

    Milford Sound
    Mar 4, 2023 to Mar 20, 2023
    Price: From $11,690
    Duke Leaders: Dr. Keith M. Sullivan
    Trip Status: Taking Reservations

    Known for its magnificent seashores and landscapes, imposing fiords, rich wildlife, verdant vineyards on rolling hills, the indigenous Maori culture, and a population renowned for its friendliness, New Zealand is an enchanting place to explore. An island nation, New Zealand is best discovered on a cruise, and the new Minerva, with its superb staterooms and suites that accommodate a maximum of 152 guests, elegant lounges and ample outdoor deck space, is the right cruise ship for such a voyage.