Previous Alumni Journeys

Past Trips

 

 

Authentic Hawaii
with Sarah Hörst

January 17 - 22, 2017
You are invited to join us for the most amazing exploration of Hawaii’s Big Island! With an exclusive stay at a private historic mansion located in historic Hilo, this trip will give you a snapshot of the beauty of Hawaii.


Tanzania

Wings over Tanzania during The Great Migration

January 24 - February 4, 2017
Tanzania’s Serengeti—the “endless plains” of the Maasai, whose herdsmen and warriors have roamed its trackless grasslands for centuries—where nature and culture are inextricably linked, forms the heart of a unique ecosystem that encompasses the neighboring Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Amazon

Amazon River Expedition

February 3 - 12, 2017
Visiting the mysterious Amazon River Basin, one of Earth’s most exotic natural realms and our planet’s largest rainforest ecosystem, is an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Explore the boundless diversity of nature’s most wondrous offerings from delicate orchids to transparent glass frogs and pink river dolphins, to the treetops of the verdant rainforest and the depths of blackwater tributaries.

Tahiti

Cruising Tahiti and French Polyesia

February 9 - 19, 2017
The evolution of ancient volcanic activity beneath the sea, sculpted by waves and wind over millennia, created the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Huahine, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea. Experience this unspoiled earthly paradise—majestic peaks rising up from emerald green jungles, chalk white atolls, pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons—that has beckoned explorers, travelers, artists and writers for centuries during this nine-night land and sea sojourn featuring the resplendent Society Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago.

Peru

Treasures of Peru with Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

February 13 - 23, 2017
A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those individuals eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.

Yellowstone

The Wolves of Yellowstone

February 16 - 22, 2017
Experience Yellowstone in Winter: a world with frozen “geyser rain,” ghost trees glazed in frost, surprising winter wildflowers, and geothermal eruptions in a setting of snow and ice. 

Panama

Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

February 17 - 25, 2017
Called the “coast of riches” by the Spanish conquistadors who discovered it in 1502, Costa Rica offers visitors incredibly beautiful, ecologically diverse and fascinating cultural experiences. Explore lush rainforests, walk along exquisite beaches and see a stunning array of wildlife, where rare and endemic species flourish, including howler monkeys, colorful tree frogs and Costa Rica’s 600 species of non-migratory birds.

Mandalay

Mandalay Passage - Cruise the Irrawaddy

March 17 - 30, 2017
Discover Myanmar’s reservoir of fascinating traditions, cultural gems and friendly locals. Begin in Mandalay, and journey into the heart of the Golden Land past gilded pagodas, crumbling stupas and majestic monasteries. Marvel at Bagan’s treasured landscape, and learn how Buddhism is imbedded in Myanmar’s culture and history. Experience Myanmar as few are able, and allow it to leave a special imprint on your heart.

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River Life along the Dutch Waterways
with Professor Mitch Merbeck

April 19 - 27, 2017
Experience firsthand the true character and traditions of great Dutch and Flemish waterways during this comprehensive vaart (cruise) featuring lively Amsterdam, the medieval cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, the charming and historic towns of Nijmegen, Hoorn and Giethoorn and the legendary blooming Keukenhof Gardens. 

Japan

Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan

April 30 - May 10, 2017
Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea by sea and on land, the best way to see the richness of this beautiful region. During this custom-designed nine-night itinerary explore enthralling ports steeped in the traditions of ancient Buddhist shoguns and Samurai warriors, and admire landscapes dotted with Shinto shrines, imperial castles and meticulous Japanese gardens.

Odyssey of Ancient Civilizations - Cruising the Adriatic and Agean Seas
with JoAnn Kulesza

May 8 - 16, 2017
Experience firsthand the true character and traditions of coastal and island life along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, among the world’s most spectacular coastlines, and discover the lasting influence of Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations as you cruise through this charming, sun-kissed region. Interact with local residents, explore the ancient civilizations, history, culture, architecture and art!

Cruising the Face of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest

May 15 - 30, 2017
Glide through thousands of years of European history as you travel the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest. As you cruise, enjoy a visual feast of fairytale castles, terraced vineyards, Bavarian villages and spirited capitals. Seamless walking tours and excursions through cities and the countryside let you experience the region’s layered heritage and modern life firsthand.

Italy

Portrait of Italy: from the Amalfi Coast to Venice
with Paul Mathews

May 23 - June 8, 2017
Join us on a special 17-day journey to Italy with Johns Hopkins University faculty member Paul Mathews. Our small group will experience the best of Italy’s countryside and the finest of its famed cities – Rome, Florence, and Venice. This journey showcases priceless art, outstanding cuisine, and unique lodgings.

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
with Hollis Robbins

June 1 - 9, 2017
Across the length and breadth of Scotland and Norway lies an unsurpassed richness of archaeological heritage left from the age of the Vikings and before, where ancient stone monuments and settlements present an enigmatic and imposing face to the world. Explore this fascinating land of ruins and old-world villages, Viking and Celtic clans and the spectacular natural beauty of misty isles, wild glens, lochs, moors and Norway’s stunning fjords. 

France

Provincial French Countryside

June 12 - 26, 2017
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy!

Croatia

Croatia's Adriatic Coast

June 12 - 23, 2017
Experience the diverse, scenic landscapes and the vibrant cultural heritage of Croatia, a treasure trove of historic cities, pristine parkland and mile after mile of sun-drenched Adriatic coastline. Experience the breadth of Croatia’s fairy-tale panoramas, from the misty waterfalls and clear lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park to the lovely vine- yards and lavender fields of Hvar, where you’ll indulge in a wine tasting and discover the ancient ruins and landmarks of Croatia’s past.

Cruise the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel

June 26 - July 4, 2017
A trip overseas with family broadens your world, provides time together and cultivates treasured memories. In Amsterdam, explore picturesque canals and discover remarkable museums. Marvel at the renowned cathedral in Cologne, and sail through the fabled Rhine Gorge. Visit Germany’s charming river towns in the Black Forest region and end in Basel, Switzerland, before returning home with fond family memories.

Swiss Alps and the Italian Lakes
with Linda deLibero

June 30 - July 9, 2017
Literary luminaries in the 19th century heralded the idyllic treasures of Switzerland and Italy in praise-filled travelogues. Since then, not much has changed in this pristine part of Europe. Come experience the timeless magic of Alpine vistas and glacial lakes!

Beluga Whales

Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

July 15 - 21, 2017
Join fellow travelers for a special opportunity to witness the diverse wildlife and pioneer spirit of the Canadian Arctic in summer. During another outing in Zodiac boats, watch as beluga whales, sales, and a multitude of other wildlife enjoy the brief arctic summer. Back on land, explore the plants and animals who live in this vast arctic wilderness.

Normandy, France
with Steven David

July 17 - 25, 2017
On June 6, 1944, despite mounting challenges, a heroic formation of Allied troops achieved the largest coordinated military invasion in world history on the beaches of Normandy, triggering the beginning of the end of World War II. Walk through history on this exclusive journey through Normandy. Visit Omaha Beach and the sobering cemeteries, memorials and landmarks of the Allied victory.

Golf in the Emerald Isle: Ireland

July 22 - 29, 2017
Ireland has a proud golfing history stretching back into the 1800s. In this most beautiful of countries, its golf courses are a connoisseur’s paradise. From the southwest to the northeast, the mention of its world famous courses conjures up a dream vacation. Come with us to the Emerald Isle and play five of the top golf courses in the country.

Iceland

Circumnavigation of Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice

August 1 - 9, 2017
Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime exploration of a land of incredible natural wonder, where glittering glaciers cap simmering volcanoes, ancient Viking ruins exist alongside the latest in geothermal technology and prolonged daylight melds into the lingering twilight.

Wyoming

Experience the Great American Eclipse in Beautiful Wyoming
with Bill Blair

August 18 - 23, 2017
For the first time in 99 years a total eclipse of the sun will cut a swath through the United States with Jackson Hole, Wyoming, directly in its path. You can experience this event guided by astronomer Dr. Bill Blair, a professor of physics and astronomy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

A Portrait of Ireland

August 21 - September 1, 2017
Discover Irish history and culture as you travel the breadth of Ireland and Northern Ireland, enjoying stays in vibrant Dublin, historic Belfast, coastal Donegal and verdant County Galway. Take advantage of this special opportunity to enjoy the whole of Irish heritage as you journey across these two countries. 

The Great Danube Passage from Prague to Sophia

August 23 - September 6, 2017
Described by Napoleon as “the king of Europe’s rivers,” the Danube is steeped in legend. Its scenic banks have witnessed centuries of human history. Natural wonders abound in the vineyard-clad Wachau Valley, the twisting Danube Bend and the formidable Iron Gate Gorge.

Italy - Sorrento

September 6 - 14, 2017
The region of Campania, with its dazzling wealth of antiquities and breathtaking natural wonders, has been home to writers, artists and emperors for more than 2,000 years. Discover the many treasures of this province, from the quaint cafés and lemon groves of Sorrento to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.

Canada

Toronto to Vancouver by Rail

September 25 - October 1, 2017
Discover the majestic beauty of Canada on a nostalgic rail journey that brings back the golden age of train travel. Embark upon a journey that many travelers spend their lives dreaming about as you travel across Canada by rail.

Rivieras

Rivieras & Islands - France, Italy, Spain

October 2 - 10, 2017
Enjoy the sun-drenched landscapes and lush, mountainous backdrops of the French and Italian Rivieras and islands, a glamorous retreat for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands. 

Iberia

Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia

October 9 - 17, 2017
Cruise up Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River, into the heart of beautiful Seville. Enjoy stunning scenery and visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites while cruising ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean.

Sicily

Sicily by Sail Round-trip Valletta Aboard Sea Cloud II
with Daniel Weiss

October 11 - 19, 2017
One after the other, marvels follow, from Palermo’s mesmerizing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings, to the Greek amphitheater in lovely Taormina, and of course the well-preserved vestiges of one of the world’s most important cities of antiquity, Syracuse. 

languedoc

Town and Country Life - Languedoc

October 14 - 22, 2017
Experience the "Real South of France" during this one-of-a-kind nine-day itinerary amid unspoiled landscapes, traditional French villages and lofty Cathar fortresses of the beautiful and historic Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées region.

cuba

New Year's in Havana - A Family Friendly Program

with Professor Tim Murphy

December 27, 2017  - January 1, 2018
Spend the holidays with your family in Havana, immersing yourself in the Cuban culture as well as celebrating New Year’s Eve and Cuba Liberation Day! This program appeals to a variety of ages with different activities including festivals, museum visits, baseball, dance, and much more!  

Nile

Legends of the Nile

January 9 - 20, 2018
The ancient treasures of Egypt await your discovery and amazement on this spectacular Legends of the Nile program. From Cairo, the capital of Egypt, rich with antiquity, to the towns along the banks of the great Nile, filled with awe-inspiring monuments, visit the wealth of sites that have inspired humanity's collective imagination for thousands of years.

Antarctica

Expedition to Antarctica

with Professor Emeritus Tony Dalyrumple

January 11 - 24, 2018
"Everything wears an aspect of unreality," Ernest Shackleton wrote. "Icebergs hang upside down in the sky; the land appears as layers of silvery or golden cloud. Cloud-banks look like land, icebergs masquerade as islands..." Discover Antarctica, and see how its spectacular illuminations reveal the mystique and contrasts of the most unique place on Earth to those fortunate enough to visit on this extraordinary 14-day program.

Tanzania

Tanzania Safari during the Great Migration

February 1 - 12, 2018
Travel with us on this custom-designed, nine-night journey of a lifetime into the majestic natural wonder that is Tanzania to behold the timeless phenomenon of the extraordinary Great Migration by land and air - the best and most comprehensive way to experience one of Earth's most incredible natural spectacles.

Gallapagos

Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

February 12 - 20, 2018
Join us for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand what Charles Darwin keenly observed of the Galapagos Islands: "The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable... the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else."

Colombia

Colombia: From San Agustin to Cartagena

with Professor Lisa DeLeonardis

March 1 - 12, 2018
Join us on a carefully designed program though Colombia which has emerged from its divisive civil war a true jewel of South America with rich history, remarkably diverse landscapes, and infectious vibrancy.

Israel

Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures

March 17-26, 2018
Join us for an eight-night journey that explores the multicultural traditions of the Israeli people, the ruins of ancient civilizations, and Israel's natural beauty. This tiny nation - a fascinating focal point for three of the world's major religions - exudes spirituality while brimming with historic treasures and religious milestones. Begin in Tel Aviv, a city rich with world-class museums and architectural wonders.

Edmund Pettus Bridge

On the Road to Freedom: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement

with Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Lawrence Jackson

March 18 - 25, 2018
Join Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History Lawrence Jackson as we visit the major sites of the movement - from Selma to Little Rock High School - and meet with many of the figures who were involved. Framed within the civil rights story are the histories of the music and cuisine of the South, some of which were born out of hardship, and today continue to evolve in exciting ways.

France

Champagne and Remembrance: Centennial of the WWI Armistice

April 10 - 18, 2018

We invite you to join us on a fascinating journey through one of the most historically and culturally important regions of France. Based in the charming city of Reims, we'll explore the significant World War I battlefields and visit the memorials, as well as delve into the cultural history of Champagne, the world's favorite celebratory drink and a true French icon. We'll visit acclaimed Champagne houses, descend into the chalk cave tat have been turned into wine cellars, and learn about the finer points of Champagne during three tastings. 

China

Dynasties of China and Tibet

April 21 - May 5, 2018
Mysterious China and enchanting Tibet - two lands whose stunning beauty forms the backdrop of centuries-old civilizations steeped in legend and tradition. Here, the people's reverence for ancestral customs has been passed on through dynasties and kingdoms and preserved from one generation to the next, influencing life today as well as providing an impetus for change and a springboard for the future.

Dutch

River Life along the Dutch Waterways

April 25 - May 3, 2018
Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime, the best season for this comprehensive itinerary. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Brilliant, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe and traverse the canals of this delightful polder land.

Barcelona

Barcelona: Art, Culture, and People

May 3 - 11, 2018
Please join us on a thrilling exploration of Barcelona that highlights the best of this cosmopolitan city and the surrounding Catalonian region. Over seven nights, immerse yourself in Barcelona's history, art, architecture, and cuisine, and witness its truly original flair.

Morocco

Moroccan Discovery

May 4 - 17, 2018
Join us on a special 14-day journey to Morocco! From the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the imposing High Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara, explore Morocco’s unique history and culture.

Camino

The Way to Santiago: A Walking Tour in Northern Spain

May 11 - 23, 2018
Take part in a walking tour of Northern Spain on the Way of St. James, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.  Hike the most interesting sections, enjoying exquisite cuisine, regional wines, breathtaking architecture, and splendid hotels en route.

 

Dordogne

Village Life in Dordogne

with Assistant Professor Molly Warnock

May 24 - June 1, 2018
Join a small group of travelers for this unique opportunity to experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne, a hidden treasure where all the delights of Southern France have been distilled into one of Europe's most beautiful and intact medieval villages, Sarlat-la-Candeda.

Celtic Lands

Celtic Lands - France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland

with Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood

May 24 - June 2, 2018
Experience the rich traditions and astonishing beauty of the British Isles and Northern France's storied coastline during this once-in-a-lifetime Celtic Lands voyage.

Wyoming

Family Guest Ranch: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

with Professor Bill Blair

June 1 - 7, 2018
Bring your family for an iconic ranch vacation at the acclaimed and award winning Moose Head Ranch located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park – reserved exclusively and discounted for Johns Hopkins families and friends. Enjoy an unparalleled natural experience with the opportunity to observe bison, moose, elk, eagles, and hawks and enjoy a guided trip to Yellowstone for its geologic and natural wonders.

Douro

Romance of the Douro River

June 9 - 20, 2018
We invite you to join us on a delightful journey to Portugal, featuring a cruise on the Douro River through wine country. Enjoy an intimate cruising experience on a small ship built specifically for river travel, and lose yourself in the old-world ambience of Portugal.

baltic sea

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

with Sergei Khrushchev and former Polish President Lech Walesa

June 11 - 19, 2018
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the lands and legacies forged by centuries of Baltic history and hear firsthand from historic world leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, and noted author and award-winning scholar Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Tuscany

Tuscany

with Associate Dean Paul Matthews

June 12 - 20, 2018
Join us for an enriching discovery of Tuscany, a region cherished the world over for its breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent Renaissance art, superb cuisine, delectable wines, and rich cultural heritage.

lodges

National Parks and Lodges of the Old West

July 7 - 16, 2018
We are pleased to invite you on a journey that celebrates the American West’s magnificent National Parks, tracing legends and storied monuments along the way.

 

Elbe

Journey along the Elbe: Berlin to Prague

with Professor Richard Giarusso

July 15 - 26, 2018
This remarkable river journey is bookended by overnight hotel stays in two of Europe's sparkling gems, Berlin and Prague. In each capital city, enjoy fascinating guided excursions that showcase its renowned landmarks and special beauty.

 

alaska

Discover Southeast Alaska by Small Ship

July 20 - 27, 2018
Capture the sight of whales breaching next to your boat, bears fishing along the shoreline, and eagles looking down from their nests—all part of nature’s amazing show. Enjoy the Johns Hopkins and Gilman Glaciers while spending the day in Glacier Bay National Park.

Russia

Imperial Splendors of Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg

July 23 - August 1, 2018
Experience the opulence, humanity, and drama of Russia on this thoughtfully designed 10 day journey. From its golden spires and onion domes, to its gingerbread cottages and babushkas, get to know a vast and dichotomous land that can feel like a world away.

newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador

with Senior Research Professor Christopher Sands

July 28 - August 7, 2018
Join us on this epic adventure to discover Newfoundland and Labrador— Canada’s most eastern province, and one with a rich history dating back some 9,000 years. Along with its majestic natural beauty and welcoming locals, this region has much to offer.

Norway

Nordic Magnificence

August 26 - September 5, 2018
Discover the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo. Glide through Copenhagen's canals for a different perspective of the city's landmarks. Witness the majestic beauty of Norway's countryside during a train ride to Flam and a cruise of the Songefjord, the King of Fjords.

Iceland

Exploring Iceland

September 22 - October 2, 2018
It's a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 300,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks.

Cornwall

Journey to Cornwall: Bath, London, and the Cornish Coast

September 26 - October 7, 2018
Experience Bath’s magical ambience, creamy limestone architecture and ancient hot springs. Slip into the affluent world of England’s elite while roaming the gardens and manors of Longleat and Stourhead.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - The Island of Serendipity

October 5 - 21, 2018
Though only a small island nation, Sri Lanka gives visitors a perfect trifecta of experiences with its diverse natural offerings, vivid culture, and layered history. We begin in Sri Lanka’s coastal capital city, Colombo, where Sri Lankan artistry is on full display and the scars of the country’s long civil war, now over, can be best understood.

Greece

Greece: Athens and Poros

October 11 - 19, 2018
Visit the Acropolis and witness magnificent views of Athens. Explore the charming, car-free island of Hydra. Learn a Greek folk dance at a festive farewell reception. Spend time in Nauplio, a historic Venetian seaport that was the Greek capital from 1823 to 1834. Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

New Zealand

New Zealand: Land of the Long, White Cloud

October 13 - 27, 2018
Witness the emotional intensity of a traditional Maori haka war dance. Sail through the unspoiled wilderness of extraordinary Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Breathe in crisp, cool air as you walk to see the Franz Josef Glacier.

Chile

 

Cruising Patagonia's Chilean Fjords

October 30 - November 10, 2018
From the legendary Tierra del Fuego to magnificent Glacier Alley, experience the extremes and contrasts of Patagonia on this unique, 12-day land and sea journey through the virtually untouched landscapes of southern Chile. Cruise for four nights aboard the expedition ship m.v. Ventus Australis, designed specifically for the Chilean fjords, the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan.

botswana

Botswana - Desert Sunset, Delta Dawn

October 31 - November 10, 2018
Visit the Kalahari Desert and the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where a glowing, white expanse of natural salt deposits create glittering mirages that seem to reach out into the horizon endlessly. Then, take in the spectacular view over the Okavango: a wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms, and wide grassy floodplains.