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Duke Travels

Duke Travels is your destination for excellence in educational travel. Journey along with Duke alumni, parents and friends to fascinating places to learn and connect with Duke faculty and host leaders. Our learning adventures combine enriching itineraries, behind-the-scenes visits and stimulating lectures within the context of safety and sustainability.

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To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming travels, please contact us at duketravels@duke.edu or 919-684-2988.

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Upcoming Travels

All Alumni Travel

river between mountains
Jan 11, 2024 to Jan 25, 2024
Price: From $8,595
Duke Leaders: Dr. Keith M. Sullivan
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Explore the land “down under” on this 15-day journey, featuring 3 nights in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia, and a 9-night cruise of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Immerse yourself into the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney and see inimitable natural wonders that exist nowhere else on the planet as you cruise New Zealand’s North Island and circumnavigate the South Island. Savor stunning harbor views when you visit the iconic Sydney Opera House; the Yiribana Aboriginal Art Gallery; the famous Bondi Beach; and The Gap at Sydney Harbour National Park.

expedition in the Antarctica waters with broken ice pieces floating around.
Jan 16, 2024 to Jan 29, 2024
Price: from $15,840
Duke Leaders: Dr. Andrew Read
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.

Vietnam saigon market with people
Feb 22, 2024 to Mar 6, 2024
Price: From $7,195
Duke Leaders: TBD
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Journey through Vietnam, where natural beauty, sacred rituals, and cultural wonders come together on an exceptional 14-day expedition that includes a 7-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Hanoi. This program features guest speakers Kim Phuc, famously photographed as a child in 1972 Vietnam; Nick Ut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who took that iconic image; and Jim Laurie, a TV news correspondent during the Vietnam War. Enhance your experience with the Siam Reap and Cambodia Pre-Program Option.

Whale and her calf
Feb 24, 2024 to Mar 4, 2024
Price: From $6,930
Duke Leaders: Dr. Xavier Basurto
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Venture to Baja California and the Sea of Cortez to enter the California gray whale birthing lagoons of Bahía Magdalena for close encounters with these gentle giants―a rare privilege in the natural world. Go aboard the 100-guest expedition ship National Geographic Venture to get up close with whales, snorkel among sea lions, stand-up paddle board, and hike the pristine desert islands dotting the Sea of Cortez.

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,

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.