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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!

2016 Trips

Exploring Cuba’s Cultural Heritage in Havana and Trinidad

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.

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.

Treasures of South America

March 11-23, 2016
Discover the best of Argentina and Chile on this 10-night journey that takes you on an exploration of the most scenic regions of these two countries as you travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile.

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.

Apulia and Amalfi Coast

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.

Barcelona Immersion

October 13-24, 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 10-night stay that highlights its many stunning facets.

Eastern & Oriental Express

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

2015 Trips

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.