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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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Upcoming Travels

All Alumni Travel

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.

View of Mountain with trees and flowers in the foreground
Jan 20, 2023 to Jan 28, 2023
Price: From $5,695
Duke Leaders: Dr. Lori Bennear
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Begin your nine-day expedition with a night in San José, Costa Rica, then cruise for seven nights from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal—an experience unmatched for sheer drama and engineering prowess. Explore the wonders of Costa Rica’s Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Manuel Antonio National Park and visit seldom-visited Cébaco Island. Tour Panama City and experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal. Extend your stay with the San José Pre-Program and/or Panama City Post-Program Options.

The pyramids
Mar 6, 2023 to Mar 20, 2023
Price: From $5,197, per person, double occupancy from Boston, New York
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.  Af

Milford Sound
Mar 8, 2023 to Mar 23, 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.

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Mar 12, 2023 to Mar 18, 2023
Price: $3,699
Duke Leaders: Dr. Quinton Dixie
Trip Status: Taking Reservations

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.

Coastal city
Mar 16, 2023 to Mar 27, 2023
Price: From $6,297, per person, double occupancy from Boston, New York
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 Nazareth.

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