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Upcoming Trips


Review our 2017 list of trips (pdf)

Let us know if any of these destinations interest you by calling Duke Alumni Travels at 800-FOR-DUKE or emailing travel@daa.duke.edu. We will put you on our in-house list to receive more information as soon as it becomes available.

All Alumni Travel

Jan 21, 2017 to Feb 3, 2017

Price from $10,245 per person
Duke Leaders: John Virdin

Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate m.s. Le Soléal, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the deluxe, ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer.

Jan 30, 2017 to Feb 4, 2017

Price from $4,047 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: Gary Gereffi P'06

In a land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people, rewards abound for the thoughtful traveler. And in our flexible and congenial small group we encounter rewards aplenty on this comprehensive journey featuring all the highlights plus the beautiful, remote Mekong Delta, where we spend two days.

Feb 13, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017

Price from $4,497 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Your 15-day journey into Egypt begins in Cairo and environs with the Egyptian Museum and the open-air museum at Memphis, where you will encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, then continue on to Sakkara and the Pyramids of Giza. Relax during a deluxe four-night cruise on Lake Nasser, where we visit the sphinxes at Wadi el-Seboua’s “Valley of the Lions.” Explore the temples at Abu Simbel and Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha. A three-night Nile cruise takes you from Aswan to Luxor. Enjoy a belly dancing performance accompanying dinner.  Fly to Cairo where visits include the 5th-century St.

Feb 13, 2017 to Feb 21, 2017

Price from $5,995 per person
Duke Leaders: N. Gregson Davis

Sail away from winter with us next February on an exciting new voyage aboard everyone’s favorite sailing ship, Sea Cloud II. Call at pristine tropical islands, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and  national parks teeming with biodiversity during a seven-night cruise from the island of Curaçao to Colón, Panama. Admire Dutch colonial architecture in Curaçao, and in Bonaire, watch flamingoes feeding at Goto Lake and visit Rincón Village, founded 500 years ago by the Spanish.

Feb 24, 2017 to Mar 5, 2017

Price from $6,995 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

This unforgettable, custom-designed journey features a cruise in the mysterious Amazon River Basin aboard the deluxe, all-Suite m.v. Zafiro, the newest small expedition river vessel, and two nights in historic Lima, Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cruise into one of the earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, where the number of butterfly species climbs into the thousands and other species have yet to be classified or even discovered.

Feb 28, 2017 to Mar 13, 2017

Price from $7,493 per person (including airfare)

Your 15-day tour begins in Lima with a visit to the MALI Museum and a city tour. Spend two nights in the magnificent Sacred Valley touring important Inca sites and indigenous villages. Travel by train to Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas,” staying overnight at the on-site Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Return to historic Cuzco to explore this archaeological hub of the Americas, and enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family.

Mar 4, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017

Price from $8,557 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: William H. Chafe

Your 23-day journey begins in Cairns. Ride the historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda then descend via the gondolas of Skyrail. Board a boat for an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, then embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the ancient culture of the Walpiri tribespeople. Travel to Sydney where you tour the highlights of the city, board a catamaran for a lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour, and enjoy ample leisure time. Tour the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where koalas roam free. Fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park.

Mar 11, 2017 to Mar 18, 2017

Price from $6,390
Duke Leaders: Chantal Reid, James S. Clark

The Panama Canal is still celebrating its 100th anniversary. Travel this historic canal, watch the locks in action, and appreciate this feat of engineering from the deck of the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion. The canal transit itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you will also explore spectacular stretches of coastal Panama and beautiful Costa Rica. You will have opportunities to walk deep in to the rain forest – hearing only bird calls, jungle noises, and your own footfalls. Make landfall by expedition landing craft on pristine beaches to swim and snorkel.

Mar 11, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017

Price from $8,395 per person

Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the breadth of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, the culture is diverse and the “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary. Follow Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” A highlight of your journey is a three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered, 28-passenger, Five-Star m.s. Zambezi Queen—on Namibia’s legendary Chobe River.

Mar 17, 2017 to Mar 29, 2017

Price from $4,894
Duke Leaders: TBD

Once a jewel in Britain’s colonial crown, exotic Myanmar, known then as Burma, was a center of the colonial trade in tea and teakwood. Today, Myanmar has revealed to the world the wonders of its beauty and captivating way of life. This “Golden Land” showcases remarkable gilded pagodas, Buddhist monasteries and friendly people who will welcome you with warmth and charm. From Yangon, formerly Rangoon, travel to Prome and board a luxurious river ship that will cruise the historic Irrawaddy River to Mandalay.