Alumni Travel

street heavily decorated for the holidays

Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets
December 7-11, 2023

This travel experience features fantastic hotels, wonderful meals and provides ample time to shop and explore at your own pace. Upon arrival in Montreal, check in for 2 nights at the historic Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Enjoy this bustling modern city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University and views from Mount Royal. Visit the Underground City (the Reso), one of Montreal’s biggest attractions which keeps Montrealers warm during the winter months. Explore a Montreal Christmas Market to sip on mulled wine or walk in the festive Christmas Market. Enjoy the wondrous Christmas Village and dinner in Old Montréal with 17th & 18th century architecture.

scenic Cuban landscape

Cuba Discovery
February 26-March 2, 2024

Begin your journey in Havana, Cuba’s enigmatic capital city, whose nearly 500-year Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest collections of Spanish-Colonial architecture in the Americas. Learn more about the Plaza de la Revolucion, the center of Cuban political life where millions of Cubans listened to speeches of Fidel Castro. Highlights include: Havana Club Rum Museum, Hemingway’s Farm, Habana Compas Dance Group Performance, Old Style Classic Car Club, Nacional Hotel Tour, Pinar Del Rio & Vinales Valley and Tobacco Farm & Farmhouse Visit. Round trip airfare from Cincinnati or Louisville is included in the listed price, 5 nights hotel accommodations, 12 meals and lots more.

train chuffing along California countryside

California Rail Discovery
May 1-7, 2024

Begin your trip with a two night stay in San Francisco. A tour of the “City by the Bay” will show the city’s many highlights and features a San Francisco Bay Cruise for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the beautiful skyline. Later, cross over the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods National Monument to see some of the oldest and the tallest Redwood trees in the world. Next, travel into Napa Valley Wine Country for a Winery Tour & Tasting to sample some local wines while learning about wine making. Then travel to Sacramento to tour Old Sacramento and the California State Railroad Museum. Continuing your travels, board Amtrak’s California Zephyr into Sierra Nevada Mountains and disembark in Truckee near Lake Tahoe. Enjoy three nights in the South Lake Tahoe area. Highlights include: Reno and National Auto Museum, historic town of Virginia City, a Lake Tahoe Paddle Wheeler Cruise and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Per person cost based on double occupancy of $4,025 includes round trip airfare from Lexington, hotel accommodations and transfers, 9 meals, 2 beer and wine receptions, admission fees per itinerary, tour director and motorcoach transportation.

row of houses in cape cod

Cape Cod & the Islands
July 13-19, 2024

Enjoy your first night in exciting Boston and then head out for 5 nights on “The Cape”. Highlights of the trip include: Boston City Tour, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Martha’s VIneyard Tour, Nantucket Island visit, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock, Provincetown, Cranberry Bog, Cape Cod National Seashore, Newport (Rhode Island), Breakers Mansion and a New England lobster dinner. Per person cost based on double occupancy of $3,825 includes roundtrip airfare from Lexington, 6 nights first class hotel accommodations, 9 meals, 2 beer and wine receptions, admission fees per itinerary, tour director and motorcoach transportation.

Lisbon, Portugal skyline at Sao Jorge Castle at sunset.

Delightful Douro with Lisbon
September 11-21, 2024

Be rejuvenated as you take in the breathtaking views of the Douro Valley on this 7-night cruise aboard Emerald Cruises’ Emerald Radiance (all onboard meals and gratuities included). Experience the magic of Lisbon during an included 2-night pre-cruise program featuring a visit to the Belem Monumental Quarter, the Jeronimos Monastery, and a stop at the Belem gardens to enjoy an authentic Pasteis de Belem. Transfer to Porto and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. Visit the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard, and in Vega de Terron slow down and catch a glimpse of western Spanish life with its quiet streets and lush landscapes. Experience the captivating landscapes of Pocinho and visit Regua where wine terraces are cut from the rock and you can taste delicious port wines. Spend your final day in Porto strolling picture-perfect, cobblestone streets and savor Porto cuisine at a local cafe. Roundtrip economy coach airfare with transfers and luggage handling fees included. Price starts at $6,990 per person.

palisades alongside the Mississippi river

Fall Colors on Mark Twain’s Mississippi
September 28-October 6, 2024

Discover the beauty of Mark Twain’s Mississippi on this 8-night autumnal cruise aboard American Queen Voyages’ American Countess®. Begin with a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Louis, famous for its soaring arch. Embark in Alton, a city whose charming monuments dot the historic streets, and prepare to cruise to Hannibal–the boyhood home of Mark Twain and famously known as the setting for many of his writings. Meander along the riverfront trail and rest at Leach Park in Bettendorf as you take in the views of the mighty Mississippi. Then head to Dubuque where you can pay a visit to the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa’s oldest cultural institution. In La Crosse, seek out a local brew pub to get a taste of the city’s long and storied history in the brewing industry. Before journey’s end, spend a day in Red Wing, a city whose pioneering story lives on in its many galleries and museums. Round trip economy class airfare available for $499 per person. Cruise price starts at $4,369 per person.

colorful buildings on hillside near Mediterranean sea

Sunsets & Cypresses
October 15-25, 2024

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Embark in Athens and set sail for Mykonos. Meander through the rugged, yet cosmopolitan island as you marvel at the white-washed buildings, whimsical windmills, and pristine beaches. Take in the pleasures of Istanbul as you peruse the spice markets or make a stop at the Blue Mosque. Soak up the sun on one of Izmir’s many magnificent beaches before absorbing the charm of the old town and old harbor of Bari. Take a ride around the Bay of Kotor. In Dubrovnik, indulge your historic side as you traverse the lanes of the Old Town, filled with fortresses and fortifications, or go local and cook coastal cuisine with Croatian villagers. Finally, amidst charming canals, be swept away by the romance, history, and culture of Venice. Roundtrip airfare with transfers included. Price starts at $3,799 per person.

More travel opportunities to come! For a printed brochure for any of the trips listed above contact Natasa Mongiardo in the alumni office at (800) 487-2679 or (859) 233-8213.