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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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the iffle tower
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.

Oct 11, 2018 to Oct 22, 2018
Price: from $7,999
Duke Leaders: TBD

Sail aboard the elegant sailing yacht Sea Cloud II to ancient towns and important archaeological sites on both sides of the exquisite Adriatic coast. Embark in Venice aboard an elegant three-masted barque for an unforgettable voyage through the Adriatic, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, navigating the Dalmatian Coast and the "boot" of Italy.

Oct 13, 2018 to Oct 25, 2018
Price: from $4,495
Duke Leaders: Beth Holmgren

Join this custom-designed, 13-day travel program visiting seven unique countries, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley, a mystical region steeped in natural beauty that remains virtually unknown to Westerners. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea.

Israel: Timeless Wonders
Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 3, 2018
Price: $5,984 per person (including airfare)

Discover a land of transcendent beauty and belief, of history and hospitality.  Begin your singular 12-day small group journey in Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital, where touring includes Independence Hall and the “White City” district.  Visit ancient Jaffa, followed by the artists’ village of Ein Hod.  In Galilee, your hotel sits on the grounds of a kibbutz.  Encounter important biblical sites:  Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazareth.  Continue to Jerusalem for a five-night stay at the legendary King David Jerusalem Hotel.&nbsp

Oct 27, 2018 to Nov 5, 2018
Price: from $6,990
Duke Leaders: TBD

Three-toed sloths, piranhas, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, and white-throated toucans. The tell-tale snort of a pink river dolphin makes all eyes turn to see it glide through mysterious tannin-rich waters.

You may see hundreds of birds roosting and feeding along the riverbanks. The wildlife of Amazon is remarkable in its abundance and staggering diversity. Each day you will set out in search of new creatures in this unique habitat.