Upcoming Trips

Our 2017 trips are listed below. Check out our 2018 upcoming trips.

All Alumni Travel

Jul 10, 2017 to Jul 19, 2017
Price $3,995

Trace the legends and natural splendors of the American West. The country our ancestors dreamed about—and that still resides in our nation’s great parks—is filled with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, hiking, storytelling, and incredible historic lodges you will write home about.

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Accommodations

The Rushmore Hotel & Suites

Jul 17, 2017 to Jul 30, 2017
Price $5,696 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

On this wide-ranging 14-day tour you will travel from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District; from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds to the Roman Baths, finishing in cosmopolitan London.

Jul 21, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
Price from $3,890
Duke Leaders: Jesko A. von Windheim

Stand in awe at sweeping mountain vistas on this active journey through the Canadian Rockies. In Kananaskis begin exploring with a visit to the heart-warming Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, and enjoy a barbecue lunch at Boundary Ranch. Navigate the Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer, embark on a scenic journey down the Athabasca River, and delight in dancing stars at Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. View the powerful Athabasca Falls and glacier-fed Peyto Lake during the drive to Banff, and discover the picturesque highlights of Banff’s Bow River Valley.

Jul 25, 2017 to Aug 9, 2017
Price from $6,174 (including airfare)

Your 16-day tour beings in the delightful Danish capital, Copenhagen, with highlights including a visit to Rosenborg Palace. Spend a full day in Elsinore, made famous from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Take an overnight ferry to Oslo and transfer to Gaala, our entry into the region of magnificent Norwegian fjords. Journey to Geiranger, and ascend to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba. View some of Norway’s finest scenery at famed Geirangerfjord. Tour charming Bergen.

Jul 27, 2017 to Aug 6, 2017
Price from $5,242 (including airfare)

We start our 11-day tour of Iceland in Borgarnes and visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri.

Aug 2, 2017 to Aug 16, 2017
Price $8,241 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Begin your 15-day journey in Arusha and set out on an afternoon wildlife drive in Arusha National Park for your first taste of Tanzania’s unparalleled big animal viewing. Enjoy guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles throughout the trip. Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area, wildlife haven and home to the semi-nomadic Maasai people, whom we visit.  Descend to the floor of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO site and at 100 square miles the world’s largest intact and perfectly formed volcanic caldera.

Aug 13, 2017 to Aug 21, 2017
Price from $3,999 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest—where the Columbia and Snake Rivers wind through gentle hills, imposing mountains, dramatic canyons, and fertile fields. The land appears today much like it did to Lewis and Clark in 1805: majestic, unspoiled, and unimaginably glorious. From the awe-inspiring beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and the cascading majesty of Multnomah Falls to the masterfully crafted wines of Washington’s celebrated wine country, treat yourself to the region’s unforgettable natural wonders and attractions.

Aug 16, 2017 to Aug 26, 2017
Price from $3,495
Duke Leaders: TBD

Discover the pristine beauty of Switzerland. Immerse yourself first in the German-speaking area of the country, and settle in lakeside Thun. With an included Swiss rail pass, visit the towns of Kandersteg and Brienz, famous for woodworking and a steam train that winds its way up a mountain for a magnificent view of hundreds of mountains, including the iconic Jungfrau, Monc and Eiger peaks. Walk (or take a train if you prefer) through the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the car-free mountain village of Murren, and explore the capital of Bern.

Aug 17, 2017 to Aug 28, 2017
Price from $4,195
Duke Leaders: Thomas Robisheaux '74

Journey across the captivating emerald Isle through Dublin, Belfast, Donegal and County Galway. Begin in Dublin with visits to Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grafton Street. Enjoy excursions to Bend of the Boyne, the archaeological wonder of Newgrange and St. Patrick’s burial place. Learn about the tumultuous history of The Troubles during a locally guided tour in Belfast, and experience the Titanic interpretation center.

Aug 23, 2017 to Sep 6, 2017
Price from $4,695
Duke Leaders: Mary "Tolly" Boatwright

Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River. Encounter Prague with visits to Prague Castle and the Old Jewish Quarter. Travel to Passau and step into St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit Melk and Dürnstein before sailing through the Wachau Valley toward the Austrian capital of Vienna. Be captivated by the history and allure of Bratislava and Budapest. Wander through Kalemegdan Citadel and ornate Orthodox churches in Belgrade.

Sep 15, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

This immersive program is designed to introduce you to life in Paris, and its environs, from a native’s point of view. Spend two weeks in a Paris apartment located in the beautiful neighborhood of Bercy, just minutes by Metro from the city center. Travel by Metro and TGV rail as you immerse yourself in a program that showcases Paris and provincial France. Cruise the Seine, smell the roses in the Tuileries Gardens and still have time to linger in leafy courtyards, nibble airy macarons, browse French antique stores and follow your heart down cobblestone lanes.

Sep 18, 2017 to Sep 26, 2017
Price from $4,595 per person
Duke Leaders: J. Clare Woods

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.

Sep 21, 2017 to Oct 1, 2017
Price $3,295
Duke Leaders: TBD

Provence and the French Côte d’Azur conjure visions of sunny olive groves, lavender fields and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône. Settle in Avignon and begin your exploration with a visit to the Palace of the Popes and a cruise on the Rhône. Continue on to see Arles and its Roman amphitheater, the hilltop village of Les Baux, and St. Remy where Van Gogh once lived. Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, known for its superb wine. Marvel at the ingenious Pont du Gard, the three-level Roman aqueduct. On the drive to Cannes, discover the town of Aix-en-Provence.

Sep 25, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017
Price from $5,592 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Your 15-day comprehensive tour of Germany, the old and the new, will draw you into the allure of this classic land with a its cruise on the legendary Rhine, its vistas of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps, and its exploration of culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. After a full-day excursion through the Rhine River Valley, explore the romantic university town of Heidelberg, have a chance to “take the waters” in Baden-Baden, and continue on to Munich, on the way visiting Neuschwanstein, the castle that was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.

Sep 29, 2017 to Oct 7, 2017
Price from $2,795
Duke Leaders: TBD

Sophisticated Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Settle in and begin to explore this vibrant city with a small group of fellow travelers on a 7-night adventure. Barcelona’s unique creative spirit has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more. Discover the Barri Gòtic, the city’s medieval quarter, and marvel at the whimsical genius of architect Anton Gaudí at the Sagrada Familía basilica. Learn how to make delicious Catalán cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.

Sep 30, 2017 to Oct 8, 2017
Price Starting price is $3,995
Duke Leaders: TBD

Settle in and spend time learning and enjoying Northern Italian culinary traditions con gusto. A key ingredient of this signature journey is the luxury of unpacking once and dedicating your days to the rich cultural opportunities unique to this region.

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Itinerary:

Sep 30, 2017 to Oct 16, 2017
Price $5,184 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely 17-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. Begin in stunning seaside Amalfi and visit the ruins at Pompeii. Continue to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, journey through Tuscany touring Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, and enjoy a local wine tasting before concluding in wondrous Venice.

Oct 2, 2017 to Oct 10, 2017
Price from $4,495 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

Cruise with us for seven nights from Rome to Barcelona aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship m.s. Le Lyrial, launched in 2015. Enjoy the sun-drenched landscapes and lush, mountainous backdrops of the French and Italian rivieras and islands, a glamorous retreat for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands.

Oct 7, 2017 to Oct 14, 2017
Price $6,295 per person
Duke Leaders: Gary Gereffi P'06

This trip has been canceled, but will be offered again in fall 2018. For more information, please email travel@daa.duke.edu.

Oct 9, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017
Price from $4,295 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

This unique and exclusive eight-day itinerary and Small Ship voyage showcases the resplendent Iberian Peninsula and the coastal jewels of, and between, Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal. Cruise up Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River, “the great river,” into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by Small Ship.

Oct 17, 2017 to Oct 25, 2017
Price from $2,895
Duke Leaders: TBD

Bursting with charming villages, ancient olive groves, bountiful vineyards and remarkable natural beauty, Tuscany’s sun-warmed hills have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. After settling in Cortona, delve into ancient Etruscan civilization on a village walking tour before indulging your senses during an excursion through the sun-dappled countryside and a local winery. Visit Montepulciano and discover its Renaissance palaces and unique churches. Travel to Siena and admire the Gaia Fountain, Mangia Tower and the sprawling Piazza del Campo.

Oct 18, 2017 to Oct 28, 2017
Price from $6,995 per person including air from Los Angeles*
Duke Leaders: TBD

This exclusive nine-night cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, “Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the Five-Star, small ship m.s. L’Austral showcases the Orient’s most intriguing destinations, the fascinating treasures of Vietnam—from the serene landscape of rice paddies to traditional pagodas and bustling sampan-filled harbors—and four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour Hanoi, Vietnam’s dynamic capital and a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Cruise along the majestic shores of Ha Long Bay.

Nov 27, 2017 to Dec 9, 2017
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

In Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, discover an exotic kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, ever-changing landscapes, ancient histories and diverse cultures. From the midst of Bangkok’s bustling center, venture out to its ancient and historic heart to visit the elaborate temples, palaces and shrines. Immerse yourself in the incomparable beauty of ancient Thailand’s Ayutthaya, learn about endangered Asian elephants and cruise the Chao Phraya River.

Jan 11, 2018 to Jan 24, 2018
Price $10,690 plus international air
Duke Leaders: Patrick N. Halpin

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 110 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 19, 2018 to Jan 29, 2018
Price from $3,998 (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: Deborah Jakubs

A treasured destination, Colombia welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, lush landscapes, and Caribbean sun.  Your small group of no more than 24 guests discovers its many jewels on this 11-day tour, from Bogota and the Coffee Triangle to Medellin and Cartagena.  Begin in Bogota, touring the Gold and Botero museums, and exploring the city’s colonial neighborhoods and markets.  See Zipaquira’s remarkable underground “Salt Cathedral.”  Fly to Armenia to visit the Coffee Triangle and take a cloud forest walk i

Feb 5, 2018 to Feb 20, 2018
Price from $4,197
Duke Leaders: Alex Roland

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 6, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018
Price from approximately $6,795 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

Join us for a uniquely designed nine-night program in the tropical paradise of French Polynesia’s Society Islands. Sail for seven nights aboard the Five-Star m.s.y. Wind Spirit, a small sailing ship carrying only 148 guests and rated the #1 Tahiti cruise by Condé Nast Traveler. This small ship experience amidst the islands, atolls and motus of the South Pacific includes air from Los Angeles, all onboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise, complimentary watersports and an exclusive excursion on each island.

Feb 9, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
Price from approximately $4,995 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

Join us for this spectacular nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José, Costa Rica, then cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colón, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite m.v. Star Breeze, among the highly acclaimed Windstar fleet. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Call at rarely-visited Cebaco Island and discover the rich marine life in its spectacular coral reefs.

Feb 15, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Price from approximately $6,995 per person
Duke Leaders: TBD

Experience this distinctively designed people-to-people itinerary featuring three nights in the spirited, soulful capital city of Havana followed by a six-night cruise along the island’s southern coast to Santiago de Cuba—an extraordinary opportunity to traverse the entire breadth of Cuba. Beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white canvas, sail aboard the exclusively chartered, three-masted m.y. Le Ponant, which has only 32 deluxe Staterooms.  Learn about the complex and controversial history as well as the colorful character of the Caribbean’s largest island.

Feb 27, 2018 to Mar 14, 2018
Price from $7,593
Duke Leaders: TBD

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 5, 2018 to Mar 9, 2018
Price from $4,397
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.

Mar 6, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018
Price from $6,695
Duke Leaders: Karin Shapiro

Travel to southern Africa on an adventure that will exceed all expectations and reveal stunning contrasts, fascinating tribal cultures and cities firmly established in the modern age. From Cape Town, visit Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and beyond to the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Thrill to sighting big game with naturalist guides from Thornybush Nature Reserve. Visit Soweto Township to meet young people engaged in a local youth center. Travel through South Africa and Zimbabwe aboard the vintage Rovos Rail luxury train.

Mar 9, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018
Price from $4,979 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

On this fascinating 14-day small group journey, your eyes and heart are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.  Begin with a tour of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and cross the river to Sale for lunch in a private home.  Visit Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites you encounter.  Travel on to Fez with its fascinating medina, and embark on a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes.  View spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including drama

Mar 10, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018
Price from $5,490
Duke Leaders: TBD

Board the new, 100-guest National Geographic Quest to explore some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive on colorful reefs, and kayak or paddleboard over turquoise lagoons. Then venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal. See temples overgrown with tropical rain forest and explore the stories and archaeological sites of these stone ruins swathed in forest and teeming with wildlife.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart US / Belize City, Belize / Embark Fly to Belize. Embark National Geographic Quest.(D)

Apr 30, 2018 to May 9, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: Caroline Bruzelius

Join this unique itinerary, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship m.s. Le Boréal, visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites and concluding with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s illustrious Tower Bridge.

May 2, 2018 to May 9, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

Experience a captivating seven-night cruise through Holland and Belgium’s lovely waterways and canals. As you alight in waterfront towns, customize your cruise with a choice of excursions. In Amsterdam, delight in a vividly colorful tulip garden, pedal through the scenic countryside, or admire the Rijksmuseum’s masterpieces. Discover The Hague, the Dutch government’s cosmopolitan center, walk through Delft’s romantic old town, and select from museum tours featuring fine art or Delft porcelain.

May 3, 2018 to May 11, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

Cosmopolitan Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the sparkling jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, imbued with a creative spirit that has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more. Settle in and explore this enchanting seaside city with a small group of fellow travelers on an exhilarating seven-night adventure. Discover the historic Barri Gòtic neighborhood, and marvel at the whimsical masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familía basilica and Casa Batlló.

May 8, 2018 to May 18, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique, custom-designed itinerary, featuring two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise across the full length of the serene 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. L’Austral, 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 five UNESCO World Heritage sites.

May 10, 2018 to May 28, 2018
Price from $6,587
Duke Leaders: TBD

Start your 19-day journey in Beijing, savoring the capital’s legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Ride rickshaws through the city’s hutongs (alleyways) and enjoy a home visit, giving a glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle. Travel to Xian to see the army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors.

May 31, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Price from $5,342
Duke Leaders: TBD

We start our 11-day tour of Iceland in Borgarnes and visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri.

Jun 1, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: Charles Welch

Be a part of this exclusive and customized adventure in one of the most extraordinary places on Earth. Explore the many splendors o this unique island nation with this new itinerary, where you will visit areas not opened to other tourists. This trip is perfect for first-time Madagascar explorers – and second-time and third-time! Join this small group for an adventure to experience the unique plants, animals, and culture on the exotic island of Madagascar – including many, many lemurs.

Aug 17, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

Explore the beauty of the legendary Galápagos islands on this 10-day expedition aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, uniquely equipped for actively experiencing the island’s wildlife and wonders.

Are you interested in seeing the most extraordinary array of animals and birds up close? Would you like to get into the sea with a face mask and snorkel to play with sea lions, turtles, and penguins? Would you like to take the most remarkable photos ever? Would you like to kayak along dramatic shorelines with frigatebirds soaring overhead?

Oct 3, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Price TBD per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Your remarkable 22-day small group journey to the Lands Down Under begins in Cairns.  Ride the historic railway to Kuranda then descend via the Skyrail gondolas.  Board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.  In Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the Walpiri tribespeople’s ancient culture.  Watch the sun set over fabled Ayers Rock.  Travel to Sydney where you tour the iconic Opera House; board a catamaran for a Sydney Harbour cruise; and enjoy ample leisure time.  Tour  Featherdale Wildlife Park, whe

Oct 3, 2018 to Oct 11, 2018
Price TBD
Duke Leaders: TBD

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.