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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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'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.


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.


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.


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 & 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. 


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 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. 


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.