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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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Upcoming Trips



All Alumni Travel

Jan 26, 2019 to Feb 8, 2019
Price: $10,890 plus international air
Duke Leaders: Andy Read

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 L’ Austral, 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.

Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 28, 2019
Price: from $4,979 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: Dr. David F. Bell

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

Feb 20, 2019 to Mar 1, 2019
Price: from $7,530
Duke Leaders: TBD

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.

Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 15, 2019
Price: from $4,187 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Discover Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 16-day small group journey.  Begin your tour in French-accented Hanoi, and take a full-day excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay.  Tour Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum, and visit Hoi An and its charming Old Town, a UNESCO site.  See local life up close on a walking tour of a farming settlement.  Proceed to the imperial capital Hue, where you explore the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO site.  Cruise the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda.  Travel to Can Tho in southern

Mar 4, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019
Price: from $4,497 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: Mbaye Lo

Journey through antiquity and delve into a storied land’s many treasures.  Your 15-day immersion in Egypt’s inestimable historic atmosphere begins in Cairo and its environs with the acclaimed Egyptian Museum and Memphis’s open-air museum with its colossus of Ramses II.  Continue on to splendid Sakkara, burial site of royalty for 3,000 years, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx.  Embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia, from Abu Simbel, with a sound-and-light show; to the exploration of Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, Kalabs

Mar 5, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019
Price: from $7,245

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.

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