Past Programs & Photos

Around the World by Private Jet

October 2013 - November 2013
Join us for an extraordinary 23-day journey around the world by private jet, to explore the most treasured and legendary places on Earth—places that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries.
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Mediterranean Cruise: Crete, Santorini & the Peloponnese

October 2013
On this voyage aboard Corinthian, we will explore several of the most important centers of the ancient world. We will enter Mycenae's ancient citadel, reputed to be the home of Agamemnon, through the monumental Lion Gate, and we will walk through the Palace of Nestor, the wise statesman of the Greeks during the Trojan War.
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History's Lost Cities by Private Jet

October 2013
We are thrilled to invite you to explore seldom visited centers of ancient commerce and culture, tracing the footsteps of nomads, monks, merchants, and kings.
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Tuscany & Northern Italy

September - October 2013
Buon Giorno! Charming, elegant and delicious, Italy awaits you in this spectacular journey from the magnificent Lake District to Tuscany.
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Vietnam Nursing Service Trip

August - September 2013
The U.Va. Nursing Alumni Association and Cavalier Travels have partnered to create this unique service opportunity to go to Vietnam and provide much-needed basic medical services to a large orphanage and several villages in the poorest regions of the country.
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China

July 2013
China—a complex and intoxicating landscape of serene countryside and vibrant cities—is yours to discover on this 12-day trip. Join us as we explore wonders including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the home of the terracotta warriors.
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The Galapagos Islands

June - July 2013
Join Professor Dave Smith for a sea adventure in the extraordinary natural environment of the Galápagos Islands. These Islands are indeed a land of legend, a magical place where we can walk alongside giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, explore underground lava tubes, and swim safely among sharks and sea lions — adventures that will provide memories for a lifetime.
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Cruising the Baltic Sea

June 2013
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this spectacular 11-night, seven-country Baltic Sea program.  By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former President of Poland Lech Walesa.
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France: Normandy and Paris

May - June 2013
Experience the palpable history of the towns and shores of Normandy, from the powerful memories and valor of World War II to the culinary and creative masterpieces inspired by Normandy's rich culture and pastoral landscapes.
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Spain and Portugal Paradores & Pousadas

May - June 2013
Awaken your senses on an excursion to Portugal and Spain in the Spring of 2013, during which we will absorb the region's many splendors and stay in some of the Iberian peninsula’s most storied and distinguished lodgings. From Portugal's lovely capital, Lisbon, to the urbanity and sophistication of Madrid, our special two-week sojourn offers captivating sights, great food and memorable experiences.
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Kentucky Derby with U.Va.

May 2013
Experience the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The "Run for the Roses" has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs. Enjoy First Floor Grandstand seating on race day, May 4, 2013.
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Civil Rights South Seminar with Julian Bond

March 2013
Join the University of Virginia and Professor Emeritus Julian Bond to gain a comprehensive appreciation of the American Civil Rights Movement, from its earliest and often unreported days in the mid-1950s, through the more high-profile years that followed.
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Burma! ~ Mysteries of Myanmar

March 2013
Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Burma, a land of ancient wonders and natural splendor.  From the bustling cities of Yangon and Mandalay to the floating villages of the beautiful Inle Lake, we will have an intimate chance to witness the beauty and history of this amazing country.
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Africa~Tanzania Safari

February - March 2013
Tanzania is the perfect East African destination for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present. This is a luxury safari with all wildlife viewing by landrover with professional naturalist Augustine Minja. As you sip banana beer with new friends in modern Mto Wa Mbu village, join in the welcoming dance at a traditional Maasai stead, and see zebras, buffalos, elephants, black rhinos, cheetah, leopards, lions, hyenas, and more, you will realize you are not the first to be entranced by this magical land.
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Enrichment Voyage: Origins & Empires

December 2012 - January 2013
Join U.Va. alumni, parents and friends to explore ten diverse ports of call in Central and South America, and discover the rich history of the area from ancient to colonial times.
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India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives by Private Jet

November - December 2012
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the cultural and natural wonders of the fabled Indian subcontinent and the exotic Indian Ocean islands, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.  Fly from one destination to the next aboard our specially outfitted Boeing 757 private jet—configured to generously seat 78 travelers in comfort and style. Accompanying you will be a talented team of experts from renowned educational organizations.
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Turkey: Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast

September - October 2012
Turkey — where Europe and Asia meet to form "the cradle of civilization" — is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day adventure. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey's cultural and spiritual heart. Enjoy the city's astonishing and legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world's richest museums.
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Portrait of Italy: Amalfi Coast to Venice

September - October 2012
This two-week tour of Italy will introduce you to Italy's marvels of both nature and man--everything from the breathtaking coastline of the Amalfi Coast to the eerily frozen city of Pompeii in the wake of Mt. Vesuvius' eruption to Rome's infamous 55,000-seat Colosseum and works of art by Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters.
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Danube River and the Habsburg Empire

August - September 2012
This exclusive 14-day journey through the heart of Central Europe features a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube aboard one of the deluxe vessels of the prestigious Amadeus Fleet, followed by three nights in Prague and two nights in Kraków, Poland, in deluxe hotel accommodations.
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America the Beautiful: Great Lakes

August 2012
If you are looking for a voyage to a world-class destination, but wish to stay close to home, come with us to discover the amazing Great Lakes. Join Peter Onuf, U.Va. history professor and one of NPR's History Guys on the weekly radio show BackStory, for a cruise on the vast inland seas comprising one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water.
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Ireland: the Emerald Isle

July - August 2012
Join Professor Steve Cushman as we explore some of the most colorful parts of Ireland, including medieval castles, the majestic Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and the prehistoric Dun Aenghus Fortress, Dublin, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.
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Aegean Cruise: Voyage to the Lands of Myths and Legends

June - July 2012
Bring your children or grandchildren and join U.Va. archaeologist John Dobbins on a private yacht to explore the blue waters of the Mediterranean where ancient cities, idyllic islands, myth, and history are intertwined. This voyage of discovery is designed to enlighten the senses and ignite the imagination of children, awakening their minds to the wonders of Classical antiquity.
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Introduction to China 2012

June 2012
China—a complex and intoxicating landscape of serene countryside and vibrant cities—is yours to discover on this 12-day tour. Join us as we explore the wonders of this enchanting country, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the home of the terracotta warriors.
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Journey from Amsterdam to Paris

May - June 2012
Western Europe offers a fertile landscape to stimulate your senses—from the visually captivating works of artists such as Van Gogh to the hypnotic sounds of windmill blades in Kinderdijk to the ultimate satisfaction of a piece of freshly made Belgian chocolate melting in your mouth—we will savor it all during this 12-day journey from Amsterdam to Paris.
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Canadian Rockies by Rail

May 2012
Discover the beauty of Canada, from the stunning city of Vancouver to the pristine waters of Lake Louise as you board the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train following the historic route through the Canadian Rockies.
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Kentucky Derby with U.Va.

May 2012
The "Run for the Roses" has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs. Enjoy First Floor Grandstand seating on race day, May 5, 2012.
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Costa Rica: Nature's Treasure House

March 2012
This eight-day exploration of Costa Rica is a dream-come-true for any nature enthusiast. With over 25 percent of its land consisting of reserves, Costa Rica is home to 850 species of birds, hundreds of waterfalls, pristine beaches, tropical rainforests and cloud forests along with a wide array of animals from the white-faced monkey to sloths and iguanas.
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Vietnam Nursing Service Trip

February 2012
The U.Va. Nursing Alumni Association and Cavalier Travels have partnered to create this unique service opportunity to go to Vietnam and provide much-needed basic medical services to a large orphanage and several villages in the poorest regions of the country.
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Around the World by Private Jet

January - February 2012
An extraordinary 22-day journey around the world by private jet to explore the most treasured and legendary places on Earth — places that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries.
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Amazon Exploration

December 2011
An extraordinary journey in the warm crystalline waters of the Southern Caribbean and to make our way south to Brazil with several exciting ports of call along the way.
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Botswana: A Far Off Place

November 2011
Discover the best Botswana has to offer, from the vast Kalahari Desert to the fertile Okavango Delta, and experience some of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness on the continent.
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Vienna and Prague

May - June 2011
Our journey will explore the history, architecture, culture and art of this region. Discover the apartments, theaters and wine cellars of Mozart's chosen home, Vienna, and the manor houses and castles of his favorite city, Prague.
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The Great Silk Road Across China

September - October 2011
Journey from Beijing to China's remote northwest, following the ancient trade routes known as the Silk Road. Join U.Va. Professor of Art History and former Visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dorothy Wong, to learn about about China's history, culture and art.
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Grand Canyon and Yellowstone

September 2011
Join U.Va. Geologist Ernie Ern in discovering America the Beautiful on this exploration of some of the United States' greatest natural treasures—the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde.
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Golfing in England and Wales Golfing in England and Wales

August 2011
U.Va. alumni, parents or friends are invited to join us on this golf outing to England's west coast and north Wales, home to three of the top-20 and seven of the top-36 courses in the UK and Ireland.
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Alaska: Kanai and Denali Alaska: Kenai and Denali

June 2011
Experience authentic Alaska on this amazing adventure through its mountains to its pristine lakes and everything between.
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Baltic Sea Cruise

May - June 2011
Experience the Baltic States and St. Petersburg while cruising for 8 nights under the spectacular "White Nights of Summer" aboard the deluxe M.S. Le Boreal, launching in 2010. Enjoy one night in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Hear enriching speeches by Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa.
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Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

May 2011
Turkey — where Europe and Asia meet to form "the cradle of civilization" — is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day adventure. Begin your journey in Istanbul, and then travel to Gallipoli. Ferry to Troy, spend a day at Ephesus, and cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast. End your journey in the beautiful seaside resort of Antalya, with side trips to ancient Perge and Aspendos.
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Kentucky Derby with U.Va

May 2011
Experience the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The "Run for the Roses" has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs.
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Spain and Portugal: Paradores and Pousadas

April - May 2011
Awaken your senses on an excursion to Portugal and Spain in the Spring of 2011, during which we will absorb the region's many splendors. From Portugal's lovely capital, Lisbon, to the urbanity and sophistication of Madrid, our special two-week sojourn offers captivating sights, great food and memorable experiences.
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Australia and New Zealand

February 2011
This spectacular 14-day journey captures the essence––the stark contrasts, magnificent natural wonders and dynamic cultures––of Australia and New Zealand. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, cruise Milford Sound's spectacular fjords, visit Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains from Bob's Peak and dine with a Christchurch family. Stay in sophisticated Sydney, Australia, renowned for its architecture and harbor setting.
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Around the World by Private Jet

January - February 2011
Join us for an extraordinary 22-day journey around the world by private jet to explore the most treasured and legendary places on Earth—places that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries. Your journey to these enchanting lands will be enhanced by our specially outfitted Boeing 757 private jet.
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Namibia and South Africa by Sea

January 2011
Rounding the Cape of Good Hope was the challenge that opened the world. Beyond the mammoth plateau of Table Mountain, Vasco da Gama spied the Spice Islands of the East Indies, but he saw far more than that. On this very special voyage, we will be exploring no fewer than five of South Africa's outstanding game reserves to see the Big Five on the march.
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Panama Canal with UVaFamilies

December 2010 - January 2011
Join fellow U.Va. families for an extraordinary journey through the Panama Canal and an exploration of eleven amazing Central American ports of call. Immerse yourself in the history, culture, biology, geology, art and literature of the countries and regions visited. We will experience an intriguing blend of nature and culture, plus a transit of the legendary Panama Canal.
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Classic Egypt

October 2010
Discover the sun-drenched sands, bustling cities and legendary monuments of Egypt. On this world-class journey, outstanding guides bring the past to life as you delve into 4,000 years of history and mythology, larger-than-life pharaohs, queens and powerful deities. Long celebrated in literature and film, from Agatha Christie and Penelope Lively to Cleopatra, The Mummy and Indiana Jones, the mystery and lore of this ancient land is hard to resist.
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Tuscany~ Florence, Siena, Chianti

September 2010
Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli through the streets of Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance," and discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of Montalcino and San Gimignano, bastions of old Tuscany still encircled by their Etruscan walls. Sample Tuscany's legendary wines in the hills of Chianti and savor the rustic flavors of the region's world-renowned cuisine at an exclusive hands-on cooking class.
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Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

September 2010
Turkey - where Europe and Asia meet to form "the cradle of civilization" - is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day tour. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey's cultural and spiritual heart. Enjoy the city's astonishing and legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world's richest museums. Travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum.
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Moscow and St. Petersburg

August 2010
Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the most fascinating cities in Eurasia. Steeped in history and intrigue, they are the symbols of Russia's glorious imperial past and its position as archrival of the west for much of the last century. Relics of both are evident as you stroll through Red Square with the Kremlin on one side and the whimsical onion-domed cathedral, St. Basil's, on the other.
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American Great Lakes Cruise

June - July 2010
Aboard the 100-guest Clelia II, with its combination of intimacy and elegance, we are pleased to revive the grandeur and pleasure of a classic Great Lakes cruise. On this unique itinerary, which sails between American and Canadian ports, travelers will thrill to the thundering of Niagara Falls, witness Native American culture on Manitoulin Island, enjoy Mackinac Island's bygone Victorian charms and revel in the pristine beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula, one of North America's most unspoiled regions.
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Classic African Safari~Tanzania

June 2010
Tanzania provides a wonderful opportunity to get into the wilds safely, comfortably and purposefully. With knowledgeable guides and U.Va. Professor Fred Diehl at the helm, you can explore far and wide in the unspoiled wilderness of Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.
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Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps

May 2010
Join Ernie Ern in the Swiss alpine village of St. Moritz, one of the best known and most elegant holiday destinations in the world. Not much has changed in this pristine part of Europe. Breathtaking Engadine countryside layered with weathered wooden chalets framed by snow-capped peaks infuse and surround this chic, elegant and exclusive resort town nestled in the Alps.
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The Rhine and Moselle Rivers Cruise

May 2010
Unpack once and glide effortlessly from one remarkable place to another! We'll enjoy not only the beautiful scenery of the Low Countries and the Moselle River Valley but also the many historic centers of European culture to which the Rhine and Moselle provide easy access.
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Kentucky Derby with U.Va.

April - May 2010
Experience the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The "Run for the Roses" has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs.
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Around the World by Private Jet

February 2010
Explore the world's most treasured and legendary places - places that define the human experience, where natural splendor merges with the majesty of human achievement. Experience a world-class education as you travel with our own Steve Cushman and a team of experts from the Smithsonian, Smith College, and Texas A&M.
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Antarctica aboard the Clelia II

January 2010
Join fellow alumni, parents and Professor Howie Epstein from U.Va.'s Environmental Sciences Department on an extraordinary expedition to the bottom of the world. This superb cruise will enable you to discover the miraculous life and spectacular beauty of Antarctica.
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Costa Rica Family Adventure

December 2009
We invite you to escape the winter on a family adventure in friendly, peaceful Costa Rica. A democracy for 100 years, Costa Rica is a welcoming destination for families. Situated at the junction of North and South America, this lovely country has become a world model for national park development.
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Journey Through Vietnam

October 2009
In a land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition and profoundly hospitable people, rewards abound for the thoughtful traveler. This journey with U.Va. alumni, parents and friends allowed us to experience the beauty, history and culture that flourish in the fascinating country of Vietnam.
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France: Paris, Normandy and D-Day

October 2009
This year commemorated the 65th anniversary of D-Day. U.Va. alumni, parents and friends explored sites in Paris and Normandy where on the morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of young men embarked upon a perilous journey taking them from the cold waters of England, across the English Channel, to the fog-covered beaches of Normandy. They retraced their valiant steps along Normandy’s shore and further inland as they strove to liberate France. They also experienced first hand the dramatic backdrop of the events that changed the course of history: the imposing cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, the peaceful beaches of Utah and Omaha, the small chapel at St. Mère Église, the somber and stunning white crosses of the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer and the cobble-stoned streets of Paris belying the French Résistance.
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America's Historic Atlantic Shores: A Luxury Cruise

September 2009
Travelers joined U.Va. Professor of History Peter Onuf and to rediscover, up close and personal, the people, places and events that shaped the American Character—from Maine to Florida. They unpacked once and relaxed on the journey of discovery aboard the luxury mega yacht Clelia II. The voyage along America's Atlantic shore was a journey through time, to places that shaped the course of the country's history and to centers of culture that laid the foundation for the American society.
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Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

September 2009
We began our tour of "the cradle of civilization" in Istanbul, Turkey's cultural and spiritual heart. We enjoyed the city's astonishing and legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace, one of the world's richest museums. We traveled south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferried across the Dardanelles to Troy and explored the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. We spent a full day at Turkey's best-preserved classical city, Ephesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. Then we spent five splendid days aboard our privately chartered gulet yacht, cruising the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages and remote ruins. We ended our journey in the beautiful seaside resort of Antalya, with excursions to ancient Perge and Aspendos.
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England: Cotswolds

August 2009
On this exclusive journey, we immersed ourselves in the heart of the English countryside and discovered the region’s enchanting natural beauty and priceless historic treasures. We strolled across the fabled quads of Oxford, marveled at the grandeur of Gloucester Cathedral and experienced the traditions of villages like Broadway and Chipping Campden where life has remained little changed for centuries. We took a private "behind-the-scenes" tour of Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace at Blenheim Palace hosted by Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill. Throughout our stay, we enjoyed charming accommodations at the Queen’s Hotel, a splendid 150-year-old example of Regency-style architecture situated amidst immaculately groomed gardens in Cheltenham. To further enhance our enjoyment and understanding of the Cotswolds region, this carefully planned itinerary featured a full program of lectures and presentations about regional art, history and culture and a specially arranged village forum with local residents.
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Golfing in Ireland with Barry Parkhill

August 2009
Incredible scenery, challenging courses that test any golfer's skill and mettle, and legendary hospitality make Ireland one of the best places in the world for a top-quality golfing holiday. From lush green parkland to wind-lashed, rugged coastal dunes, Ireland is a destination of awe-inspiring scenery at every turn. This trip featured five of the best golf courses Ireland has to offer: Lahinch and Doonbeg in County Clare, Tralee on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry and the Kilkenny and Mount Juliet courses in County Kilkenny. A rich cultural program was offered for non-golfers.
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Eastern Europe: Poland to the Czech Republic

August 2009
U.Va. alumni and friends went on a discovery tour through the diversity and beauty of Eastern Europe, through five distinctly different nations – Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We discovered the historic past as well as recent momentous events. We toured Warsaw's Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and visited the haunting concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. We explored Budapest and viewed the scenic Danube Bend. In Vienna, we attended a classical music performance and toured the majestic Schonbrunn Palace. We dined with local families in Bratislava and explored Prague's acclaimed museums and architectural treasures.
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Total Solar Eclipse and Highlights of China

July 2009
On this 11-day tour, we witnessed the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century at Anji in southern China, one of the best places on Earth for viewing this rare celestial event. We also had the opportunity to experience some of China's most beautiful regions and delve into China's past and present through immersion in its unique life and culture. Visitors were immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other in the world. Having developed for the most part independent of foreign cultural domination, each geographic area teems with its own unique identity. We were amazed at how regions differ, even though they express similar values and ideals. We also found that China has a deep tradition of scientific study, especially in the field of astronomy. Our aim on this tour was to explore and enjoy China's scientific and natural wonders and her fascinating civilization.
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Peru: Machu Picchu

June 2009
Together we discovered Lima's colonial and pre-Columbian treasures, including a visit to the home of art collector Enrico Poli to see his private collection of magnificent gold pieces from Sipán, the richest burial chamber ever found in the Americas. Our journey continued to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, where – after acclimatizing to Andean altitudes – we embarked on an exploration of the superb archaeological sites and colonial treasures of the area, including a dramatic train ride to the enchanting site of Machu Picchu. Here, comfortably lodged just below the site, we had two days to contemplate the serene sanctity of the "Lost City of the Incas." Throughout our journey, we experienced the marvelous flavors of Peru in its regional cuisine and witnessed the influence of the Spanish colonizers. With our expert leadership, we truly enjoyed and appreciated the incredible cultural and geographic diversity of Peru.
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Mediterranean Cruise: Cultural Centers and Glorious Gardens

May 2009
On a journey cruising along the brilliant coastal arc between Italy and Portugal, we experienced a veritable open-air museum of botanical, architectural and historic treasures. Every piazza preserves a memory, from the conquering Romans or Moors to the arts of the Renaissance. Our voyage aboard Clelia II expen-air museum of botanical, architectural and historic treasures. Every piazza preserves a memory, from the conquering Romans or Moors to the arts of the Renaissance. Our voyage aboard Clelia II explored some of the Mediterranean's most spectacular sites, including the riches of Florence and the masterful art collections along the French Riviera. In the vibrant city of Barcelona, we traced the flowering of the Gothic style and the birth of modernism in Spain, while in Granada's fabled Alhambra Palace, as in Seville, we reflected upon the flourishing of Moorish culture in Andalusia. We were privileged to have with us renowned garden designer Lynden B. Miller, who focused our experience of enchanting gardens, including La Mortella on the island of Ischia; the French Provençal gardens of Sainte-Claire le Chateau, once owned by Edith Wharton; and the regal landscaping of the Alhambra's Generalife Gardens.
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Voyage to the Aegean Sea

October 2008
We traveled with U.Va. Assistant Professor Tyler Jo Smith and Stanford Professor Herant Katchadourian on an exploration of the Aegean world.  Each morning we woke to bays bathed in the bright sun, the silvery green of olive groves, whitewashed cubes of Cycladic villages, and most breathtaking, the proud ruins of classical cities. Our itinerary embraced both the Aegean's circumference and the riches of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.
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Luxury India

October 2008
We explored the exotic land of India with U.Va. professor Stephen Arata. We thrilled to the sight of the legendary Taj Mahal and the "Pink City" of Jaipur and explored the markets and mosques of Old Delhi. We enjoyed staying in the elegant guestrooms of the palaces and hunting lodges of the maharajas.  This program was a lively mix of activities which inspired us with the spectacles and marvels that are India.
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An Egyptian Journey

September 2008
What traveler hasn't dreamed of standing at the foot of the mighty pyramids of Giza, exploring a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, or sailing down the mysterious Nile? Egypt's captivating heritage begins with the legacy of the pharaohs and includes its rich Greco-Roman, Coptic Christian and Islamic periods. Recall the adventure of "discovering" Egypt in the fashion of the intrepid 19th-century traveler while enjoying all of today's modern comforts. Our itinerary enriched our understanding of Egyptian cultures, both past and present.
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Village Life Along the Dalmatian Coast

September 2008
Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus Ernie Ern led us on a voyage of discovery as we sailed from the legendary city of Venice across the dark blue Adriatic Sea and along Dalmatia's ruggedly beautiful, island-dotted shoreline. We explored the Roman legacy of Split, walked in the footsteps of Marco Polo in his medieval birthplace of Korcula, and stepped back into the Renaissance era in Dubrovnik. We toured Diocletian's Palace, one of the best preserved Roman buildings in Europe, and expert local guides opened our eyes to the hidden treasures of this lovely and historic region.
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China: Olympics

August 2008
The focus of our tour was the 2008 Olympic games and the participation by U.Va. alumni, but we also visited some of China's iconic sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.  There also was the option to extend your stay and visit the cities and sights of Xian/Guilin/Shanghai, or take a cruise on the Yangzi River and see the spectacular Three Gorges.
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The Galápagos Islands and Ecuador

July 2008
We joined Professor Fred Diehl for a sea adventure in the extraordinary natural environment of the Galápagos Islands. These Islands are indeed a land of legend, a magical place where we walked alongside giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, explored underground lava tubes, and swam among sharks and sea lions—adventures that provided memories for a lifetime. We began in Quito, Ecuador, which brought the past to life in its museums, convents, colonial mansions, carved stone facades, and golden altars of its churches. Aboard the 100-passenger M/V Galapágos Explorer II, we cruised the Galápagos Islands. We concluded our expedition in the thriving port city of Guayaquil, replete with museums, shops, monuments, and cafés.
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The Dordogne: French Village Life

June 2008
We spent a week in one of Europe's loveliest intact medieval villages, Sarlat-la-Canéda. Designated by the French government as one of the most beautiful villages in the country, its 14th-century cobblestone streets, delightful cafés, and traditional market allowed us to revel in France's provincial charms, rich culture, and fascinating history. The Dordogne, also known as Périgord Noir, is a lovely rural area in southwestern France known for its rustic beauty and its culinary heritage. We enhanced our understanding and enjoyment of the Dordogne's gastronomic bounty during daily meals and at Sarlat's marvelous outdoor market, a village tradition that dates to the Middle Ages.
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Tuscany: Cortona

May 2008
The charming village of Cortona was our base as we traveled through the surrounding Tuscan hill country, admiring the beauty of the land, led by Professor Larry Goedde.  In Siena, we navigated narrow cobblestone streets lined with Gothic buildings, visited the city's magnificent Duomo, and strolled the Piazza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy. Then, we journeyed to tiny Montepulciano, set in the heart of Chianti Country. In Umbria, we explored two walled cities:  medieval Assisi, home to the exquisite Basilica of St. Francis, and Perugia, an ancient Etruscan city-state. Finally, we experienced the brilliant artistic and architectural heritage of Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.
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Sicily: Taormina and Mondello

May 2008
U.Va. Professor Lisa Reilly led us on the island where she has done much research to explore the cultural crossroads of the ancient world. We began our discovery of this fascinating island in Taormina, and saw its many Greek, Roman, and medieval monuments. We marveled at the island's scenic splendor during a drive to the volcanic crater of Mt. Etna, and explored archaeological ruins in Syracuse. En route to Mondello, we viewed the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina and the remains of the Greek colony at Agrigento. In Palermo, Sicily's largest city, we admired stunning architecture and enjoy the mosaics of the cathedral in Monreale.
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Belize and Guatemala for Active Alumni

April 2008
Environmental Sciences Professor Fred Diehl took us on an exploration of this wild country where he leads U.Va. undergraduates during January Term every year. We explored Mayan ruins, caves, rivers, and jungles, all from the comfort of a modern lodge. This trip was designed to get us out and back in just a week—spent in the jungles of Central America—a wonderful excuse to be out of touch for a few days!
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China: Beijing, Shanghai, and the Yangzi River

China: Beijing, Shanghai, and the Yangzi River October 2007
This was a tour of China's most dynamic cities, beautiful countryside, and the Yangzi River. This trip included the wonders all first-time travelers to China wish to see: the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing. We also visit Xian, home of the terracotta warriors, as well as Guilin, the south China region of picturesque karst mountains rising from the rice paddies. Our last stop was Shanghai, China's most European-influenced city, with its wide boulevards, world-class museums and the European Bund along the Huangpu River.
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Danube River Cruise

Danube River Cruise August 2007
We waltzed along the fabled "Blue Danube," through the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. This 12-day river cruise aboard the Deluxe ms River Odyssey sailed through some of the most picturesque and culturally rich regions in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. The great cities of Europe grew up along the historic waterways that served as the continent's first highways, so exploring by river offered the best perspective possible, from scenic countryside views to intimate encounters with medieval towns and venerable city centers.
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The Italian Lake District

The Italian Lake District August and October 2007
Buon Giorno! Explore Italy's magnificent Lake District on this spectacular journey through the breathtaking beauty of Northern Italy. Glide over glacial lakes and past romantic Renaissance villas. Stroll blissfully through elegantly formal or wildly exotic gardens that delight your senses with sweet perfume dancing on cool, shady breezes. Where Italy kisses Switzerland, each unique lake sparkles in the sun as you stroll through colorful towns, impressive cathedrals, and gorgeous palaces. Soak up breathtakingly lush vistas and admire the art and architecture of sophisticated cities. Seeking the serene and spectacular? Embrace it all in Italy's Lake District.
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Provence and the French Riviera

Provence and the French Riviera November 2007
Dangling its feet in the Mediterranean, the French Riviera is a region of mountains, hills and beaches, plus handsome cities, quaint villages and a treasure trove of history. We began our journey with five nights in Provence, a land known for its verdant countryside, Roman ruins and breathtaking sunsets. Next, we traveled down to the French Riviera, the playground for the world's rich and famous, with its sparkling seaside vistas and fashionable promenades.
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Golf Outing in Scotland

Golf Outing in Scotland August 2007
Legendary U.Va. Men's Basketball player Barry Parkhill led us on a pilgrimage to Scotland, the "cradle of golf." We started at the Turnberry Westin Golf & Leisure Resort in Ayrshire and played both the Kintyre and Alisa courses. The journey continued with a tee time at Carnoustie, once home of Bobby Jones' Coach, Stewart Maiden. We then went on to St. Andrews Bay, beginning with a round on the New Course, perhaps the oldest "new" course in Scotland. And finally, the pinnacle of this weeklong golf homage, wass the Old Course at St. Andrews, the world's most famous and historic course.
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The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands May 2007
We joined Professor Ernie Ern on an exploration of Athens and the Greek Islands of Santorini and Crete in the Hellenic Republic, one of the most fascinating and historic countries in southern Europe. We were dazzled by turquoise seas, azure skies, and brilliant white villages clinging to the coast, as centuries of spectacular beauty basked under the Aegean sun.
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Hemingway's Africa: Sights and Safaris

Hemingway's Africa: Sights and Safaris March 2007
Tanzania is the perfect East African destination for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present. This was a luxury safari with wildlife viewing by Land Rover with professional naturalist Augustine Minja.
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Peru: Volunteer and Visit

Peru: Volunteer and Visit March 2007
We made a difference in some Peruvian children's lives with the University of Virginia's inaugural "volunteerism" program in conjunction with Cavaliers Care, U.Va.'s alumni service organization. This trip combined two-days of volunteer work with a spectacular vacation in Peru, a land of beautiful Andean landscapes, archaeological treasures, a rich colonial heritage, and colorful indigenous cultures.
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Costa Rica, Panama, and the Canal

Costa Rica, Panama, and the Canal February 2007
This excursion to Panama and Costa Rica was an intriguing blend of nature and culture, plus a transit of the legendary Panama Canal. As a "Land Bridge" between the two Continents of the Western Hemisphere, Panama and Costa Rica feature a vast diversity of flora, mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles which coexist in one of the world's most complete ecosystems.
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Ireland: Kilkenny, Inishmore & Ennis

Ireland: Kilkenny, Inishmore & Ennis September 2006
Led by Professor Steve Cushman, we explored some of the most colorful parts of Ireland, including medieval Kilkenny, the majestic Cliffs of Moher, the plains of Tipperary and the mysterious Ancient Burren.
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The Mediterranean World (Cruise)

The Mediterranean World (Cruise) September 2006
We voyaged across the Mediterranean aboard the five-star, all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II from Naples to Athens. It was the most perfect season of the year to experience the ancient monuments and landscapes of Southern Italy, Sicily, Greece, and the Aegean Isles.
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Mozart's 250th: Prague, Vienna, & Salzburg

Mozart's 250th: Prague, Vienna, & Salzburg June 2006
We celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. Accompanied by U.Va. Professor Emeritus Donald Loach, our music journey traced the career of the Great Master including Salzburg, Prague, and Vienna.
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Treasures of Holland & Belgium

Treasures of Holland & Belgium May 2006
We experienced the sensory treasures of Holland and Belgium. This northern corner of Europe is ideal for those who seek variety. For history buffs and art fanciers, we visited Ghent, Bruges and the quaint charm of Delft.
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