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DAA’s alumni travel program opens the world to you, immersing you in exotic cultures, ideas, sights and adventures. Journey with fellow alumni and a Duke faculty host to augment your experiences. So where do you want to go next?

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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

February 20 - March 1, 2019

Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the Bahía Magdalena lagoons. For most travelers, the only opportunity to observe the mothers and calves is to bus across the peninsula for a day trip. Fortunately, our ships, the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion, have exclusive permission to drop anchor and spend ample time inside the bay. Your ship becomes your mobile base camp, as you live for three whole days among these gentle giants, making daily Zodiac forays for up-close observations, before heading out on an itinerary that features these opportunities:

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Sep 26, 2018 to Oct 10, 2018
Price: From $4,974 (includes international airfare)
Duke Leaders: Valeria Finucci

This leisurely 15-day small group exploration of Italy’s northern regions begins with a relaxing three-night stay on Lake Maggiore.  Your lake region touring includes Stresa and Orta San Giulio, and a cruise to Isola Bella, the beautiful island set in the middle of Lake Maggiore.  You travel to the Italian Riviera resort town of Santa Margherita, stopping in Barolo to sample the “king of wines.”  Enjoy a full-day Cinque Terre excursion featuring Vernazza.  Travel by boat to the renowned resort town of Portofino then continue south to beloved Tuscany, stopping in medieval

Oct 2, 2018 to Oct 10, 2018
Price: $3,940
Duke Leaders: Thomas J. Ferraro

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base of Vietri sul Mare and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins.

Oct 3, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Price: From $9,284 (includes international airfare)
Duke Leaders: Phillip J. Cook

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 4, 2018 to Oct 12, 2018
Price: from approximately $5,195 per person
Duke Leaders: Mary "Tolly" Boatwright

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 Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history.

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Oct 7, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018
Price: from $2,995
Duke Leaders: TBD

Hemingway referred to Paris as “a moveable feast,” and it is still true that the city is bountiful with unique sights, sounds and experiences. On this journey, explore Le Marais, Paris’s aristocratic district, and marvel at iconic Parisian landmarks during an afternoon cruise on the Seine. Taste the flavors of Paris on a tour that showcases French gastronomy. Tour the Opéra Garnier, the inspiration for “The Phantom of the Opera,” and get a special look backstage. Travel to Dijon, a city founded by the Romans, on the high-speed TGV train.

Oct 11, 2018 to Oct 22, 2018
Price: from $3,895
Duke Leaders: TBD

Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery. Now it is time for the world to rediscover Portugal’s stunning beauty, rich tradition and warm people. Spend three nights in Lisbon and walk in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers before launching a seven-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Visit Lisbon’s Hieronymite Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Discover pretty Coimbra and the esteemed university in Óbidos. Explore Douro Valley wine country, which produces rich port wine.

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