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Alumni Journeys Program

Johns Hopkins Alumni Journeys offers you exceptional destinations, enlightened faculty experts and local guides, and like-minded traveling companions in an array of tours — from deluxe and traditional to the exotic and adventurous. If you cherish discovery, education and lively discussion, join us!

2015 Trips
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Coastal Maine and New Brunswick

NEW DATES: June 16 - 23, 2015
Originally June 24 - 30, 2015
Discover the rustic glamour of Bar Harbor, Campobello Island and St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Bar Harbor and St. Andrews-by-the-Sea and an exclusive experience staying in authentic turn-of-the-century cottages on Campobello Island. This program also includes excursions, educational programs to provide unique insight into the regions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine at dinner.

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June 16 - 24, 2015
Provence is where sun-drenched beaches and undulating hills tie the Mediterranean to the Alps. Writers have long extolled Provence as the Land of Inspiration, and the colorful scenery inspired Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and Vincent van Gogh. Discover the magic of Provence first-hand on a seven-night adventure that showcases the many treasures of this fabled land.

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Greece: Athens and the Island of Poros

June 17 - 27, 2015
A land steeped in mythology and legend, Greece has captured the minds and hearts of artists and writers for centuries. The magic of this ancient land is yours to discover as you explore the ancient capital of Athens and the idyllic island of Poros. This Alumni Campus Abroad odyssey includes first-class hotel accommodations in Athens and Poros Town, all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

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Discover Switzerland

June 24 - July 9, 2015
Tucked into the cultural and geographic heart of Europe, Switzerland nourishes the soul with its snowy peaks, crystalline lakes and crisp Alpine air. While you explore the country by train, by boat and on foot, you can hear the sound of cowbells in mountain pastures, sip a light-bodied local vintage overlooking the vineyards and feel the serenity of timeworn trails underfoot as you embrace the charm of Switzerland.

Discover Southeast Alaska

June 26 - July 3, 2015
Join alumni and friends this summer as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 66-passenger Admiralty Dream. This program features the comforts and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the expert guidance of two naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leaders.

Colorado Family Dinosaur Adventure

July 11-17, 2015
We invite you to join us in western Colorado this summer on an exciting expedition designed for families to discover the world of paleontology in one of the richest dinosaur domains in the country. Travel back in time to the era when dinosaurs roamed the Colorado plateau on an adventure designed for you and your future scientists.

Cruising the Land of the Midnight Sun
with Paul Mathews

July 24 - August 3, 2015
Cruise in the wake of the Vikings aboard the exclusively chartered, 90-passenger M.S. SERENISSIMA. Discover the remote jewels of Russia, including Tromsø, the North Cape, Murmansk, and the UNESCO World Heritage site designated monastery of Solovetsky Islands, and Archangelsk. We also invite you to join the special “Wonders of Norway” Pre-Program Option.

The Best of England's Lancashire Coast

July 25 - August 1, 2015
If you have an appetite for deep heritage and sterling golf, England’s Lancashire Coast serves a feast. Three of these English clubs are routinely represented in the world’s top 100 and are among the nine courses that make up the current British Open rota.

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Alpine Walking Adventure

July 31 - August 9, 2015
The perfect destination for walking, with its magnificent landscape ranging from the mighty Alps to the lower foothills, Switzerland is woven with gentle, rolling farmland and a matchless transportation network of trains, buses and lifts which makes every district and village easily accessible to walkers and hikers.

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Botswana Safari

August 6 - 19, 2015
A land of natural beauty and bountiful wildlife, Botswana is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. This expertly planned journey introduces you to Botswana’s game-rich wetlands, woodlands and vast plains during both game drives and boat rides. Observe life in the wild in varied habitats, and watch for the Big Five plus giraffe, kudu, impala, cheetah, baboons and more! Explore Chobe National Park, known for its many elephant herds, and the Okavango Delta. 

A Natural Wildlife Experience in the Majestic Canadian Rockies

August 21 - 27, 2015
The Canadian Rockies are world-famous for their stunning beauty, mountain peaks, preserved forests, glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, limestone caves and the most amazingly colored lakes. Discover these breathtaking landscapes which are home to numerous World Heritage Sites.

London Immersion

August 30 - September 10, 2015
Come discover the best of London, and delve into the heritage of one of the world’s most influential and exciting cities. This specially planned program introduces you to not only London’s most storied landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more, but also the town of Oxford, the pastoral Cotswolds and regal Windsor.

China and the Yangtze River
with Professor Robert A. Dalrymple

September 2 - 16, 2015
Discover one of the most fascinating and dynamic nations in the world on this comprehensive journey that reveals China’s mystique and highlights its timeless treasures.

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The Rhine River by River Ship

September 5 - 13, 2015
Join us as we sail south along the Rhine to some of Europe’s most romantic destinations. Begin in cultural Amsterdam, look skyward at the Kölner Dom in Cologne, and embrace enchanting Rüdesheim; then on to Heidelberg and its castle, the French countryside, and the legendary Black Forest.

River Life Along the Elbe River
with Professor Alan Shapiro

October 1 - 9, 2015
Come discover the true essence of life along the Elbe River, a land of incomparable treasures and timeless traditions, on this custom-designed journey through the hidden gem of the Elbe River Valley - experience the Baroque palaces of Dresden and the medieval river towns of Saxony, the captivating beauty of Bohemia and the splendid castles of Prague.

Village Life in Dordogne
with Professor Phillip Phan

October 1 - 9, 2015
Experience the provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned PLAZA MADELEINE HÔTEL, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures. Bordeaux Pre-Program Option.

Amalfi Coast

October 13 - 21, 2015
The Amalfi Coast is an idyllic paradise of stately mountains, adorned with pastel-painted buildings, rising majestically over the Mediterranean Sea. Discover why the Divine Coast has drawn royalty and celebrities for decades.

Odyssey to the Classical World Along the Turquoise Coast

October 27 - November 4, 2015
This extraordinary nine-day odyssey cruising from Turkey to Greece aboard the exclusively chartered ship M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER showcases a treasure trove of rare and little-traveled sites along the ancient Turquoise coast. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore ancient Ephesus, and see the hand-carved cliffside tombs in Myra. Cappadocia/Istanbul Pre-Cruise and Athens Post-Cruise Options.

Exploring Cuba’s Cultural Heritage in Havana and Trinidad
With Professor Tim Murphy

November 14-21, 2015
Join us for this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local culture and rhythms of daily life in Cuba while exploring local landmarks that are significant to Cuba’s heritage. This program has been designed to unravel the richness of Cuban culture while interacting with local residents and professionals to gain a new, in-depth perception of Cuban life.

Holiday Markets

November 27 - December 8, 2015
Recapture the magic of the holidays as you step into scenes that glitter with fairy-tale charm. From Roman ruins to romantic villages, escape the frantic pace and pressures of the holiday season at home and experience the season of Advent in Europe.

Authentic Hawaii
With Professor Timothy M. Heckman

November 30 - December 5, 2015
We invite you to join Professor Timothy Heckman and fellow Johns Hopkins alumni and friends to experience a most amazing exploration of Hawaii’s Big Island with an exclusive stay at a private Victorian mansion located on Reed’s Island in historic Hilo.

Iditarod, Alaska - The Greatest Endurance Race

March 2 - 7, 2016
Witness the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage, and take advantage of the available optional activities such as a dog sled ride. Venture northward to Willow for the official start of the race and enjoy the beauty of the Knik River and the close by Knik Glacier. Return to Anchorage via a scenic route for further immersion into the beauty of the far north. The Optional extension is a visit to Rainy Pass Check Point to observe the mushers as they come and go.

Classic Scotland 2016-St Andrews & Turnberry

August 6 - 13, 2016
This Classic Links tour of Scotland encompasses five rounds of golf over the historic links courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal Troon and the Ailsa Course at Turnberry…each of these courses has hosted the Open Championship on multiple occasions including Royal Troon (in 2016) and the Old Course (in 2015). You will stay at two of Scotland best hotels during your six night trip, the iconic Turnberry Hotel on the west coast of Scotland and the deluxe Fairmont Hotel overlooking the historic city of St. Andrews, which dates to the 11th Century. While not playing golf, you shall have plenty of time to explore the beauty  and history of Scotland with your Concierge Driver who will remain with you throughout the trip.

Past Trips
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101st Anniversary Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica
with Phyllis Berger

January 3 - 11, 2015
We invite you to join us for this voyage of a lifetime featuring a passage through the historic Panama Canal, following its centennial anniversary, and the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama at the best time of year. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites and Panama’s ancient San Blas Islands.

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January 15 - 23, 2015
Join us on an exciting journey to Peru! Travel experts have meticulously planned this exciting program, which showcases the best of Peru. Our educational program features expert local speakers and is the hallmark of our Alumni Campus Abroad programs.

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Jewels of Southeast Asia - Cruise from Singapore to Bali

January 18 - February 9, 2015
Join us on a cruise as we journey from Singapore to Bali. Along the way, we will explore the Borobudur Buddhist temple compounds on the Island of Java, admire Komodo National Park, explore Borneo's renowned orangutan sanctuary, and much more!

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Tanzania Safari During the Great Migration

January 26 - February 5, 2015
Travel with us on this journey of a lifetime into the majestic natural wonder that is Tanzania, Africa’s most authentic safari destination, to experience the ancient phenomenon of the extraordinary Great Migration, one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles.

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Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galapagos Islands
with Hollis Robbins

February 6 - 14, 2015
Today, 95 percent of the Galapagos' natural biodiversity, first seen when a Spanish ship drifted off course in 1535, is still intact—this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the amazing exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Darwin—and continues to offer the excitement of original discovery to every visitor.

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Sailing the Windward Islands

February 14 - 21, 2015
Escape the depths of winter on this eight-day cruise of the Caribbean’s tropical Windward Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, 64-passenger three-masted yacht M.Y. LE PONANT. Enjoy classic “life under sail” round trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago Cays Marine Park, Grenada, St. Lucia and Dominica.

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2015 Alumni Ski Trip

Park City Mountain Resort - Utah
Tuesday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Join the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association for an epic ski trip this season to Park City, UT! This trip offers packages for alumni and guests to enjoy a few days on some of the best slopes in the country.

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Bhutan - The Mystical Himalayan Kingdom

March 4 - 15, 2015
Experience nirvana in Bhutan, a tiny kingdom the size of Switzerland where the royal government actively strives to make “Gross National Happiness” a top priority. Discover the unique history, culture and traditions of the beautiful, friendly cities of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. 

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Emperors and Empires - Oceania Cruise to China, Korea, and Japan

March 9 - 26, 2015
Travel to the legendary, exotic ports of East Asia while cruising aboard Oceania Cruises’ intimate Nautica. From Beijing to Tokyo, explore ancient sites and intriguing cities with stops in China, South Korea and Japan on this captivating voyage.

with Susan McCarter

April 17 - 25, 2015
As a cultural crossroads of the ancient world, Sicily abounds with enchanting natural beauty, impressive man-made creations seemingly untouched by time, fascinating culture and a vast history. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs about local history and culture, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine with dinner.

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Spain's Costa Verde
with Linda DeLibero

April 30 - May 11, 2015
Spain’s Costa Verde, the Green Coast, enchants all who visit. Fall under its spell on a 10-night adventure that showcases its culture, history and stunning coastal and mountain landscapes. This exclusive small-group program includes deluxe accommodations, all excursions, a program of informative lectures and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.

Transatlantic Voyage Aboard the Silversea
with Peabody Faculty Ernest Liotti

May 4 - 16, 2015
This splendid 13-day transatlantic voyage aboard the Six-Star, all-suite small ship M.V. SILVER WHISPER offers many complimentary features aboard ship, including all onboard gratuities, personal butler service and beverages throughout the cruise. Cruise from New York to London with port calls in Canada, Ireland and England. London Post-Cruise Option.

Flavors of Northern Italy

May 9 - 17, 2015
Join a small group for an intimate 9-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialy ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes, and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques.

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Italian Riviera
with Earle Havens

May 16 - 24, 2015
An area known for its sparkling turquoise sea, sun-kissed beaches and charming towns, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Experience the enchantment of this famous region on a seven-night program that takes you to key landmarks and historic villages. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions and informative educational programs, deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.

Southwest National Parks
with Professor Bruce Marsh

May 23 - June 2, 2015
Please join us on a journey to the national parks and monuments of the Southwest. View rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed at reserves including Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park.

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France's Cultural Crossroads
with Tristan Davies

NEW DATES: May 19 - 28, 2015
Originally May 26 - June 4, 2015
Discover the celebrated heritage of southwest France during a journey through the storied regions of Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine.This exclusive Small Group program includes all excursions, informative educational programs, deluxe accommodations in three locations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.