Whether it’s climbing to the mist-shrouded mountain citadel of Machu Picchu or floating past the Rhine’s iconic castles and cathedrals, travel is the surest way to stay fearless. Every Alumni Association trip or tour offers you brave new vistas, excellent package rates, superior amenities and guided access to some of the world’s most exclusive destinations—all in the company of fellow Terps. 

2018 Travel

Ireland – Alumni Ages 20-35
Ireland – Alumni Ages 21-35
July 1-8, 2018 (AESU)

Ireland, as rich with history as it is with beauty, offers travelers the chance to explore all of the facets that go into a ‘farm-to-table’ eating lifestyle and the distilling and brewing industries, but provided by individuals and families who have spent a lifetime creating and perfecting these beverages and culinary experiences. This journey is also filled with behind-the-scenes glimpses, sights you’ll never forget, and plenty of knowledge.

Scandinavian Treasures
Baltic and Scandinavian Treasures
August 18-29, 2018 (Go Next)

Discover the unique personality of northern Europe as you set sail across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen to Stockholm on the luxurious Marina. Laze on the unforgettable beaches of the Baltic States in Klaipeda, Riga, and Tallinn; explore the cosmopolitan flair of Helsinki and Berlin; and embrace a two night stay in St. Petersburg, Russia’s window to the West.

 

Spain – Alumni Ages 20-35
Spain – Alumni Ages 21-35!
September 2-8, 2018 (AESU)

For over 20 years, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books have transported us to exotic locales without leaving the library. Then the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, showed us where to find these destinations in our own world. To Essos and Back combines the best of Spain with exhilarating filming locations at some of Spain’s most known cities and takes you to the hidden towns, forever changed by this story.  

Grand Danube Passage
Grand Danube Passage
September 26-October 10, 2018 (AHI)

Save $500 per couple when you book by May 1, 2018!

Discover eight European countries, antiquated capitals, charming villages and the storied Danube River. Celebrate each region’s heritage and flavors, and personalize your cruise with a choice of excursions in select ports. For single travelers, there is no single supplement!

2019 Travel

two native Galapagos's birds facing each other with the sea in the background
Galapagos
February 11-19, 2019 (GOH)

This incredible nine-day journey features the Galápagos Islands, where the unique wildlife accepts up-close human interaction like nowhere else on Earth. Accompanied by certified naturalists, cruise for four nights and enjoy three nights on mainland Ecuador. Ecuador’s Andes and colonial Cuenca Pre-Tour Option. Six-night Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Post-Tour Option.

An old building with many columns.
Spain - Andalucía in a Parador
April 4-12, 2019 (AHI)

No Single Supplement for solo travelers! 

Experience Andalucía on a seven-night journey and stay in a modern, first-class parador in Antequera. Explore Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda and Málaga. Enjoy an entrancing flamenco performance and special lunches at a winery and the Parador de Granada. This small-group program’s extensive meal plan includes wine with dinner. No single supplement!

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
Dubai - for Alumni Ages 21-35
April 27-May 3, 2019 (AESU)

Dubai conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers set against the backdrop of the vast Arabian Desert and glistening sea. See Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Bargain for gold, spices and handicrafts at the atmospheric “suqs” markets. Our Arabian adventure continues when we ride nature’s roller coaster—jeeps across the dunes. Ride camels, go sand surfing, then feast under the stars accompanied by traditional belly dancing.

Journey to Southern Africa
April 28- May 13, 2019 (AHI)

Book your trip by July 10th and save $500 per person! 

Thrilling safaris, spectacular coastal scenery, an elegant train journey, natural wonders and inspiring human stories await you on a 12-night adventure in Southern Africa. Observe the abundant wildlife in three diverse safari parks. Marvel at Victoria Falls; discover Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto; and enjoy the elegance of Rovos Rail.

A not so busy city street with colorful buildings on both sides in Cuba with kids playing in it and a car is parked on the side of the street
Cultural Crossing
May 1-19, 2019 (GON)

Cruise from Florida to Cuba, cross the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America on this impressive 18-night voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Regatta. Uncover the depth of Havana’s history, taste fresh seafood in Puntarenas, lounge on the half-moon beach as you watch surfers ride the waves, explore Puerto Quetzal’s colorful country and learn about San Diego’s Spanish heritage.

People sitting outside around tables and under umbrellas talking and drinking beverages.
Springtime in Provence and Burgundy
May 8-16, 2019 (GOH)

No Single Supplement for solo travelers! 

This exclusive French sojourn features a seven-night cruise through Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Provence, launched in 2017. Explore Beaune, the Beaujolais vineyards, Lyon, Orange, Avignon and Arles. Geneva and the French Alps Pre-Cruise Option and Palette of Provence Post-Cruise Option.

The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Greece
Greece
May 16-24, 2019 (AHI)

SPECIAL OFFER! Book by 10/16/2018 and save $500 per couple!

Discover ancient treasures and island life on an exciting, week-long journey to Greece. Gaze upon the great Parthenon, visit the ancient theater in Epidaurus, and explore Hydra, Nafplio and Mycenae. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Athens and on the island of Poros and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner

Train is approaching. There is river and mountains on the back.
Scottish Highlands and Norwegian Fjords
May 21-29, 2019 (GOH)

Join us for a unique, comprehensive, seven-night journey to Norway’s majestic coastal fjords and Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands. Cruise from Bergen to Glasgow aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Boréal and enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Norway/Copenhagen pre-cruise and Edinburgh/Glasgow post-cruise options.

A women jumping up looking excited
Essential Europe - for Graduating Seniors!
June 1-18 or 23, 2019 (AESU)

From the pomp and pageantry of London to the snow-capped Austrian Alps; from the glorious art of Florence to the sun-kissed beaches of Greece, Europe’s infinite variety of people, places and traditions are the perfect setting for a journey that celebrates and educates. Capture the flavor of the cities and the beauty of the countryside; sample the delicacies and specialties of nine wondrous countries.

A Mediterranean island with trees and flowers
Mediterranean Marvels - Big 10 Cruise
June 7-18, 2019 (GON)

Book by September 13, 2018 for additional savings! 

Step onboard Oceania Cruises' Sirena with alumni and friends from the Big Ten universities and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you cruise the iconic Mediterranean. Revel in enriching onboard experiences during this ten-night journey from Rome to Monte Carlo; from fascinating lecturers and private Big Ten "tailgates" and receptions to special interactions with Big Ten Ambassadors and celebrity lecturer Verne Lundquist.

A river with houses on the both side. There is an island in the middle of the river.
Grand Seine River & Normandy Passage
June 9-17, 2019 (AHI)

No Single Supplement for solo travelers! 

Embark on a Seine River cruise from Paris to Honfleur in Normandy. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered MS Renoir, a first-class ship. Cruise through an illuminated Paris at night, visit the D-Day beaches and explore Giverny, the home of impressionist painter Monet. There is no single supplement.

A small port where many boats have stopped. There is a mountain behind
Iceland - for Alumni Ages 21-35
June 20-23, 2019 (AESU)

Deep fjords, vast volcanic deserts, stunning coastlines, black sand beaches, glaciers and waterfalls make Iceland a highly unique destination. The Northern Lights are among the most spectacular phenomena on earth—and Reykjavík has gained a reputation for legendary nightlife being one of the hottest places to party in the world today!

Buildings on a coastal city
Portugal - for Alumni Ages 21-35
July 7-14, 2019 (AESU)

From the historic cities of Porto and Coimbra, to the rich cultural center of Lisbon and striking beaches of the Algarve, Portugal offers history, stunning architecture, amazing food and wine, plus unlimited adventures for adrenaline seekers.

Gems of the Danube
Gems of the Danube
July 8-18, 2019

Book by September 13, 2018 for additinoal savings! 

Travel from Prague to Budapest on this luxury cruise along the Danube River. Marvel at magnificent scenery, sample beer at one of the world’s oldest breweries in Regensburg, explore powerful WWII history in Nuremberg, experience a private concert featuring the works of Strauss and Mozart in the grand splendor of the iconic Palais Liechtenstein, and indulge in many more unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.

Some penguins are hanging around.
Circumnavigation of Iceland
July 24-August 1, 2019 (GOH)

Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain. See ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Round-trip air and Low Air Add-ons included from select cities.† †Included airfare and Low Air Add-Ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.

Waterfalls
Costa Rica Eco Explorer - for Alumni Ages 21-35
August 7-11, 2019 (AESU)

Explore this small but very diverse country on an adventure tour of wildly contrasting landscapes. From active volcanoes to waterfalls and geysers, from exotic birds and playful monkeys to jungle-canopy walks—experience some of the best Costa Rica has to offer.

An Italian small island with colorful buildings
Italy’s Magnificent Lake District
September 3-11, 2019 (AHI)

Discover northern Italy’s lake district, where sparkling glacial lakes mirror lush, green hills and craggy Alpine foothills. Based in the town of Stresa by Lake Maggiore, spend your days exploring breathtaking islands, lakeside towns and Milan. This small-group program features an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.

Wines of the Pacific Northwest
September 15-23, 2019

History comes to life in Astoria, one of the oldest cities west of the Rockies; head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam; see the former end of the Oregon Trail in The Dalles; delve into the fascinating Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson and Sacajawea State Park in Richland

A busy street with many cars and shops around.
Hops, Grains and Slainte - for Alumni Ages 21-35
September 23-29, 2019 (AESU)

Ireland offers travelers the chance to explore all of the facets that go into a ‘farm-to-table’ eating lifestyle but provided by individuals who have spent a lifetime perfecting these beverages and culinary experiences. Prepare to open your mind and your taste buds while travelling along the southern coast of Ireland from Dublin to Dingle.

Rocky beaches of Barcelona with colorful buildings in the distance
Barcelona
September 28-October 6, 2019 (AHI)

Experience Barcelona’s art, architecture and cuisine. Stroll through the Barri Gòtic, see the work of architect Antoni Gaudí and artist Pablo Picasso, learn to make authentic Catalonian cuisine and discover Spanish sparkling wine. This seven-night, small-group program is ideal for active travelers. The generous meal program includes wine with dinner.

Normandy beach with houses and cliff in the distance
Normandy
October 19-27, 2019 (AHI)

Book your trip by March 19, 2019 and save $500 per person! 

No Single Supplement for solo travelers! 

From its rolling hills to the sea, Normandy is a trove of unforgettable history and experiences. Explore Omaha and Utah beaches and other D-Day sites during this 75th anniversary year of the battle. Taste the local cuisine, visit extraordinary Mont-Saint-Michel and take in Normandy’s unique heritage. No single supplement!

A look to the city from the water.
Captivating Croatia - for Alumni Ages 21-35
October 21-27, 2019 (AESU)

For over 20 years, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books have transported us to exotic locales without leaving the library. Then the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, showed us where to find these destinations in our own world. The Red Keep gardens, Meereen, Slaver’s Bay and King’s Landing, they’re all real locations and they’re waiting for you in Croatia!

Mountain in the background and a street with city lights and decorations on the New years Eve
New Year’s Eve on Cloud 9 - for Alumni Ages 21-35
December 29, 2019 - January 2, 2020 (AESU)

Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Austrian Alps, high above the city of Innsbruck. Stroll down the charming narrow streets of the Old Town, take part in our very own Winter Olympics and ring in the new year 6,200 feet above sea level at “Cloud 9”—an igloo club with stunning views of the New Year’s Eve laser show.

TRAVEL INFORMATION


ELIGIBILITY AND MEMBERSHIP

We invite you, your family and friends to participate in our travel program. To participate, one member of the group must be a current member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

Not a member? Join today!
Call 301.405.4678/800.336.8627 or click here for membership information and online registration.


RESERVATIONS AND DEPOSITS

Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first served basis. A deposit indicated on the reservation form will hold your space. If the program of your choice is full when we receive your application, we will put your name on a waiting list and notify you in writing. We will call you if a space becomes available. If you choose to withdraw from the waiting list, please notify us by mail or phone, and your deposit will be returned.


TOUR COSTS

Dates, schedules, program details and costs are given in good faith but may be subject to change and revision. All trip prices are per person based upon double occupancy, current exchange rates and tariffs, a minimum number of participants and current airfare from your gateway city. Single occupancy is available on a limited basis for each program at a single supplement charge.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

To enjoy the alumni travel experience, participants must be in good physical and mental health and be able to keep pace with the group. Program participants requiring extraordinary help must be accompanied by an assistant who will provide all required aid.


CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Tour participants are subject to cancellation policies governing the particular trip in which they are enrolled. There are no refunds for unused meals, accommodations or other included features. For further information regarding the cancellation policy for a particular trip, please call Angela Dimopoulos  at 301.405.7938/800.336.8627.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

The University of Maryland Alumni Association has made arrangements with an insurance provider to offer protection for our travelers. Details will be sent with your confirmation letter. We strongly urge you to consider this or other travel insurance in addition to your own health insurance policy. The plan provides help with lost, delayed or damaged baggage and/or a medical problem that may suddenly arise, causing you to cancel your trip. Since most medical policies, including Medicare, do not provide full coverage for medical expenses incurred outside of the U.S., this plan provides important coverage for international travelers. Purchase travel insurance here.