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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!

Upcoming Trips

European Coastal Civilizations

April 16 - 24, 2016
This unique seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star M.S. L’AUSTRAL to coastal Portugal, Spain and France features our exclusive C’EST BON!   CULINARY TRADITIONS™ program—celebrating the cuisines and wines of our ports of call—and includes visits to up to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and Bordeaux Post-Cruise Options.

Voyage from Cultural Spain to Classical Italy
with Alan Shapiro

April 21 - 29, 2016
Join this unique seven-night cruise from Málaga to Rome along the resplendent shores of Spain and Italy, and to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship M.S. LE LYRIAL. Explore fascinating cultures and ancient empires of the Mediterranean, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Grand Cuban Voyage

April 23 - May 2, 2016
Experience one of the most alluring cruise destinations, the Caribbean’s largest island—a country of majestic colonial architecture and eclectic cities, of rolling green hills and centuries old tobacco farms. From the plush comfort and refined elegance of the MS Saint Laurent, watch Cuba’s ever-changing landscapes unfold on this extraordinary voyage.

Town and Country Life in Italian Lakes/Venice
with Ernest Liotti

May 5 - 13, 2016
Immerse yourself in the true essence of town and country life in northern Italy with three nights Venice and four nights in the fabled Lake District. Enjoy a private boat cruise on Lake Como and expert-guided excursions. In the extraordinary floating city of Venice, enjoy a private cruise on the Grand Canal.

Portugal-Porto and Lisbon
with Linda DeLibero

May 13-22, 2016

Portugal shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, but it has a fascinating culture of its own. Discover the heritage of Portugal, influenced by its strong ties with the sea, during this eight-night adventure.

Celtic Lands
with Mark Cudek

May 23 - June 1, 2016
Cruise for eight nights aboard the Five-Star small ship M.S. LE BORÉAL from Scotland, to Ireland, Wales and France. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, who will provide exclusive lectures and personal insights. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy.

Scottish Highlands & English Lakes
with Susan McCarter

May 23 - June 3, 2016

Journey to the storied hills of Scotland and the picturesque English Lake District for this special 10-night Alumni Campus Abroad program designed to showcase the enduring allure of these two regions.

Glacier, Waterton, and Banff National Parks
with Bruce Marsh

June 13 - 22, 2016
Explore the great Northwest, where majestic American and Canadian Rockies meet and share a distinguished history, breathtaking scenery, and one of the largest ecosystems in North America.

China’s Changing Frontier
with David M. Lampton and Hua Tao

June 14 - 28, 2016
Join Johns Hopkins’ superb China experts—professors Hua Tao and David Michael “Mike" Lampton—on a fascinating exploration of China that is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC).

Cruising the Baltic Sea
with Eliot Cohen

June 15 - 24, 2016
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States, with eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.S. LE BORÉAL. Enjoy specially arranged presentations by former president of Poland Lech Walesa and by Brown University Professor Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev. Visit Gda´nsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby.

The Great Journey Through Europe
with Mitchell Merback

July 5 - 15, 2016
This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe combines river, rail, lake and mountains and features Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. Cruise aboard the deluxe AMADEUS FLEET along the most scenic sections of the Rhine River. Ride aboard three legendary railways—the Matterhorn’s Gornergrat Bahn, the famous Glacier Express and Lucerne’s Pilatus Railway.

Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage
with Steven David

July 9 - 16, 2016

Join this one-of-a-kind, exploration‑style, seven-night cruise through the Inside Passage from Juneau, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, during the long days of summer.

Symphony on the Blue Danube
with Paul Mathews

July 13 - 24, 2016
Visit five countries and up to six UNESCO World Heritage sites on this custom-designed, music-themed journey featuring three nights Prague and a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. Enjoy private classical music performances and a comprehensive schedule of guided excursions. Berlin Pre-Program and Budapest Post-Program Options.

The Galapagos Islands

September 7 - 14, 2016
Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Join fellow alumni on the deluxe Isabela II for a wondrous journey to one of the most biologically unique places on earth.

Paris Immersion
with Ron Walters

September 15-26, 2016
Paris earned its nickname—the City of light— because it embraced education and the exploration of new ideas during the Enlightenment. Today, Paris remains unparalleled in its cultural wealth. For 10 nights, explore the city and its environs at an unhurried pace .

Apulia and Amalfi Coast
with Nino Zchomelidse

September 17-26, 2016
Whet your appetite for this adventure in Southern Italy that features two unique coastal regions. Kissed by the Adriatic sun, Apulia has been settled since time immemorial. The Amalfi Coast, an idyllic paradise of stately mountains majestically over the Mediterranean Sea, has drawn royalty and celebrities for decades.

Island Life in Ancient Greece

September 26 - October 4, 2016
An unparalleled nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial. Call on Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history. Visit extraordinary Meteora and the legendary Palace of Minos at Knossos. Athens Pre-Cruise and Peloponnese Post-Cruise Options.

Barcelona Immersion
with Franklin Knight

October 13-21, 2016
Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the ancient Romans, Barcelona is a timeless city whose innovative artistic traditions fuse seamlessly with its richly textured past. Discover the best of this Mediterranean jewel during a 7-night stay that highlights its many stunning facets.

The Art of Living: Tuscany

October 29-November 19, 2016

Italy has it all: sun-drenched beaches, peaceful countryside and vibrant cities, all enriched by a fascinating history and culture.

Eastern & Oriental Express

October 30-November 11, 2016
Experience an exotic kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, cultures and ancient histories in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Past Trips

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.

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

January 3 - 10, 2016
Join Johns Hopkins Alumni 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.

The Pride of South Africa

January 30 - February 11, 2016
Travel the breadth of southern Africa, from Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa to a unique river safari aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star M.S. ZAMBEZI QUEEN in Namibia and superb game drives in Botswana to Zimbabwe’s incomparable Victoria Falls. Enjoy Five-Star hotels in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.

Vietnam - Saigon & Hanoi

March 1-13, 2016

The vast history and unique culture of Vietnam is yours to explore on this 10-night journey to this beautiful and fascinating country.

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.

Waterways and Canals of Holland and Belgium

April 7-15, 2016

Journey along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning MS Amadeus Silver, with luxurious accommodations and a river view from every cabin.

Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia

April 8 - 16, 2016
This nine-day voyage showcases the Iberian Peninsula between Lisbon and Barcelona, and features Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit Portugal’s Algarve region, Spain’s Granada, the Strait of Gibraltar and two of the Balearic Islands—Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. Cruise aboard the Five-Star small ship M.V. TERE MOANA. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and Barcelona Post-Cruise Options.