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TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE: NEW YORK/NOVA SCOTIA/
NEWFOUNDLAND/IRELAND/CORNWALL/LONDON
May 4-16, 2015
From $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

This classic, 13-day transatlantic voyage is aboard the Six-Star, all-suite M.V. SILVER WHISPER, providing an unmatched small ship experience. This splendid opportunity offers many complimentary features aboard ship: all shipboard gratuities and port taxes, personal butler service, beverages in your suite and throughout the cruise and even complimentary fitness classes. Cruise from New York to London on a classic journey across the Atlantic Ocean, with port calls in two great cities of Maritime Canada—Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. John’s, Newfoundland; along the ruggedly beautiful coast of Ireland, with an opportunity to tour Limerick, located on the picturesque River Shannon; and in the quaint Cornish port of Fowey. Onboard guest speakers will provide educational discussions on local history, nature and culture. A full array of optional excursions allows you to explore the ports at your own pace. Unpack only once! An excellent value for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. A London Post-Cruise Option is also offered. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD: NORMANDY
May 6-14, 2015
$2,895 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

On June 6, 1944, 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. From your base in the charming town of Honfleur, journey to the D-Day landing beaches, including Omaha Beach, led by a historian who will discuss D-Day’s events. Visit the American Military Cemetery, the Peace Memorial at Caen and the commune of Sainte Mére Église, one of the first towns liberated on D-Day. Stop at the German cemetery at La Cambe. In addition, you will travel to Bayeux to see its famous tapestry, indulge in a special tasting of Normandy’s famous Calvados brandy and visit the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel. This Alumni Campus Abroad program offers an exceptional value that includes all excursions, educational programs, first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. Click here for additional information. 

CUBAN DISCOVERY
May 7-15, 2015
$5,399 per person out of Miami, based on double occupancy, Cuban visa fee additional

Cuba: Historically rich, culturally diverse, environmentally magnificent. For decades, the Caribbean's largest island - roughly 90 miles away from U.S. soil - has been but a mystery, perceived through secondhand sources and beyond the grasp of most American travelers. Now that People-to-People exchanges are possible, embark on a captivating journey that reveals Cuba's complex history and culture. This trip is specially designed to broaden the traveler's understanding of this nation of stark contradictions molded by a turbulent past. Time seems to stand still as you watch vintage 1950s-era automobiles roll along cobbled streets past beautifully preserved Spanish colonial buildings. With an intimate group of up to 25 travelers, share enriching activities that illuminate the realities of Cuban citizens, providing an ideal glimpse into their daily lives. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

RIVER ROUTES & CHANNEL CROSSINGS
May 18-June 3, 2015
From $5,299 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Take in beautiful Canadian towns nestled along the St. Lawrence River and historic cities edging the channels of the British Isles on a unique 16-night luxury cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina. Begin in the "Paris of the North," Montreal, and set sail for Trois-Rivieres, an enchanting city sprinkled with picturesque old buildings and fine museums. Admire the iconic Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and encounter the idyllic scenery of Saguenay. Next, cruise the St. Lawrence to Corner Brook, a photographer's paradise with lush forests and jagged headlands. Experience Sydney's rich Celtic culture, savor the French atmosphere of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and stroll past colorful row houses in St. John's. Then cross the Atlantic to the Emerald Isle, where Belfast charms with stately Victorian architecture and classic pubs, and Dublin beckons with renowned sites, such as Trinity College and St. Patrick's Catehdral. Explore Holyhead, surrounded by a glorious castle-dotted countryside, and relax in the Channel Islands' lovely St. Peter Port, before concluding your voyage in Southampton, England. A post-cruise program in London is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

JEWELS OF ANTIQUITY
May 19-June 4, 2015
From $5,495 per person, based on double occupancy, free airfare from most major North American cities, port taxes are additional

Discover the landmark treasures of Italy, Croatia, Greece and the French Riviera on this 13-night voyage aboard the first-class MV Aegean Odyssey, a boutique ship that offers an informal cruising experience and unique access to remote inlets and quiet harbors. Begin your journey with two nights in Venice and enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Explore the Ducal Palace in Urbino and see Raphael’s house, birthplace of the painter. In Split, visit the palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Continue your voyage to the Greek island of Corfu, then return to Italy with a visit to Taormina. Marvel at the well-preserved ruins in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Delight in tours of Rome and Florence. Visit the French towns of Avignon and Arles before concluding your adventure in Nice. This spectacular program includes luxury accommodations, excursions, a lecture series by noted scholars, an extensive meal plan, and gratuities for select staff, guides and drivers. Click here for additional information. 

DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA: TAILS, TALONS, AND TOTEM POLES
May 26-June 2, 2015
From $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

Join alumni and friends as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage aboard the 66-passenger Admiralty Dream. This program features the comforts and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the expert guidance of two naturalist Expedition Leaders. Late May is an ideal time to visit Alaska; the weather is lovely and the wildlife is active. An optional Denali pre-tour is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

VILLAGE LIFE IN DORDOGNE
June 11-19, 2015
$3,595 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned PLAZA MADELEINE HÔTEL, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments—the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; the perfect replica cave art in Lascaux II; a specially arranged performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive VILLAGE FORUM™ with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne. Complement your exploration of France’s rich culture with the two-night Bordeaux Pre-Program Option, featuring an excursion into St. Emilion, one of France’s world-famous wine regions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This exceedingly popular travel program sells out quickly every year! Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD: TREASURES OF NORTHERN ITALY
June 17-25, 2015
$2,695 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

From the sun-drenched beaches of the Adriatic Sea to the soaring peaks of the Apennine Mountains, Italy’s Emilia Romagna region is celebrated for its stunning landscape. Not to be overlooked is its array of art and architecture, delectable wines and sumptuous cuisine. Discover the many facets of this region during a seven-night adventure. Marvel at the Renaissance city of Ferrara and the priceless tapestries and lush gardens of the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. Journey to Venice and stroll through St. Mark’s Square. Tour the 14th-century Doge’s Palace and admire the works that adorn its many apartments and salons. Discover the romance of Verona, best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Stroll along the streets of Bologna’s Old Town, considered to be one of the best-preserved historic centers in Italy. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations in Ferrara, all excursions, presentations about local history and culture, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. Click here for additional information.
 
CRUISE THE FACE OF EUROPE
June 27-July 12, 2015
From $4,795 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Winding through peaceful countryside, past storybook villages and fairy-tale castles, the Rhine, Main and Danube waterways showcase the best of Europe. Spend 14 nights cruising these three vital rivers aboard the award-winning Amadeus Silver and go beyond the surface of Europe’s beauty and explore its heart. Begin your adventure in Amsterdam for a city tour and a visit to the Rijksmuseum. Continue to the world-famous cathedral in Cologne then explore historic Koblenz and Würzburg, whose 18th-century Residenz was home to the city’s prince-bishops. Travel along the Romantic Road and admire the medieval towns that line the famous route. Tour Nuremberg, where the World War II trials were conducted. Visit Weltenburg Monastery, the oldest in Bavaria, and Austria’s Melk Abbey, an architectural jewel. Experience the magical city of Vienna and visit the Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Palace. Your voyage concludes in Budapest, Hungary’s fascinating capital. Your program includes all excursions, accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. Click here for additional information.

THE GREAT PARKS OF CALIFORNIA: SEA SCENES, GIANT TREES, AND CALIFORNIA DREAMS
July 11-19, 2015
$3,895 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

Journey to the national parks and monuments of California, including Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, the Sonoma wine region, Lake Tahoe, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Monterey. In addition to experiencing some of the most magnificent natural preserves in the country, try some of the celebrated vintages of Sonoma wine country, cruise sparkling Lake Tahoe, visit a historic mission, stroll the seaside towns of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey, and stay a night in San Francisco. With the guidance of two Expedition Leaders and the comforts of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit the great parks and the majestic state of California. An optional San Francisco extension is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. Please note these are the correct dates, July 11-19, 2015, not the ones listed in the brochure. 

PASSAGE OF LEWIS & CLARK
August 1-9, 2015
From $3,545 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare, airport transfers, and port taxes are additional

Discover the pristine glory of the Pacific Northwest - a region of unparalleled natural bounty and spellbinding beauty - where majestic waterfalls plunge down mossy cliffs and powerful rivers flow through deep, awe-inspiring gorges edged by steep canyon walls, rugged high desert and mountains swathed in dense, emerald forests. From Clarkson to Portland, follow Lewis and Clark's epic passage along the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. A one-night pre-cruise stay in Spokane, Washintgon's second-largest city, graced with beautiful parks, world-class museums, and a historic downtown featuring one of the largest urban waterfalls in the country is included. A post-cruise program in Historic Portland and Oregon's Willamette Valley is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

BALTIC MARVELS
August 13-21, 2015
From $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers are addtional

Sail the Baltic Sea aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina to marvelous ports, where cobbled lanes twist past colorful medieval houses, lustrous gold domes and spires ornament vivid skylines, and ultra-modern architecture mingles with age-old masterpieces. Begin your luxury cruise in Cophenhagen, and sail to the delightful former fishing village of Warnemunde. Take in the town's landmark 19th-century lighthouse and charming, timber-framed cottages, or head inland to Berlin, Germany's captivating haven of history, art and culture. Cruise to Estonia and explore Tallinn's perfectly preserved Old Town, with its fairy-tale backdrop of enchanting Gothic churches, half-hidden courtyards and gabled merchants' houses. Then spend almost two full days admiring the splendors of St. Petersburg, a glittering metropolis crisscrossed by canals and dotted with onion-domed cathedrals and elaborate palaces. Before concluding your odyssey in Stockholm, visit the "Daugther of the Baltic," Helsinski, renowned for its fine neoclassical buildings, imaginative architecture, elegant gardens and leafy harborside parks. A pre-cruise option to Copenhagen and a post-cruise option to Stockholm are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

RIVIERAS AND ISLANDS: FRANCE/ITALY/SPAIN
August 28-September 5, 2015
From $5,295 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Cruise with us for seven nights from Barcelona to Rome aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. TERE MOANA, relaunched in 2013 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and featuring only 45 deluxe Staterooms. Travel to the sun-drenched landscapes and lush mountainous backdrops of the French and Italian rivieras and islands, a glamorous playground for the elite and favorite retreat for artists and gourmands. This unique, comprehensive itinerary immerses you in the region’s dynamic history, inimitable art and culture and stunning scenery, and features up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne’s medieval fortifications. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions in colorful Nice, to tour the renowned Musée Marc-Chagall; spectacular Cannes, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera; and alluring Monaco, the epitome of Riviera chic, to visit Monte Carlo’s world-famous Casino Square. Visit the postcard cliffside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre and admire the Renaissance treasures of Florence. Explore Sardinia’s dazzling Costa Smeralda and Corsica’s fortified town of Bonifacio. Barcelona Pre-Cruise and Rome Post-Cruise Options also available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 
 
ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD: MEDITERRANEAN SPAIN
September 7-16, 2015
$2,895 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

Spain is a land of history and culture, a melting pot of diverse civilizations that beckons travelers from near and far. Answer the siren call on this exciting odyssey that showcases its best treasures. Begin your Spanish adventure with four nights in Valencia, where the blue sky stretches from the azure water of the Mediterranean Sea to the craggy heights of the coastal mountains. Savor a traditional paella lunch at a local cooking workshop in Old Town. Discover the charming town of Xàtiva and its castle. Visit Tarragona, the first and oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula, and admire the well-preserved amphitheater. Conclude your adventure with four nights in Barcelona. Walk through the medieval streets and alleyways of the Gothic Quarter, see the Olympic Stadium and take in the stunning panoramic views from the lush hilltop retreat of Montjuïc. Marvel at the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí, a pleasing conclusion to this eight-night Alumni Campus Abroad journey that includes all excursions, first-class accommodations in two locations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. Click here for additional information.

MEDITERRANEAN IMPRESSIONS
September 13-24, 2015
From $5,299 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary food, wine and culinary traditions of the Mediterranean, a storied region that conjures up spectacular impressions and delicious taste memories - from the fresh and hearty flavors of Provence, the regal elegance of Monaco, and the welcoming rustic beauty of Italy, to the North African charms of Tunisia and the proud cultures of Malta and Sicility. Join Chef and Author David Shalleck, Class of 1983, at a perfect time of year as you taste and sail from Barcelona to Rome aboard Oceania Cruises' beautiful ship Marina, a masterpiece of elegance and grace. Throughout this exciting voyage, you'll savor the mouthwatering flavors of the Mediterranean on land and at sea. David will lead two fantastic Culinary Discovery Tours and will be teaching two special hands-on classes at the ship's Bon Appetit Culinary Center, and you'll savor a gourmet dinner in the La Reserve by Wine Spectator dining room on board the ship. You will also receive a copy of David's culinary travel memoir, Mediterranean Summer, which he will gladly sign for you during a private reception on board. Don't miss the opportunity to join fellow alumni and revel in the region's dramatic beauty, flourishing traditions and sumptuous cuisine on this remarkable and unique culinary travel adventure! Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

FLAVORS OF PROVENCE
September 19-27, 2015
From $4,595, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

Join us on a nine-day, small-group journey to Provence to soak in its landscapes, learn the secrets of its cuisine from experts - including a two-Michelin-starred chef - and gain an insider's perspective on its history and culture. Atop the perched village of Bonnieux, enjoy superb French hospitality at a family-owned Relais & Chateaux property as a delightful start to each day. From here, our journey unfolds with hands-on cooking lessons, visits to local markets, exclusive private tastigs, privately guided visits to the area's most picturesque and historic sites, and other authentic and up-close experiences. An optional Paris extension is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure or here to go to the website.

ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD: PROVENCE
September 22-30, 2015
$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

Provence is where sun-drenched beaches and undulating hills tie the Mediterranean to the Alps. Writers have long extolled Provence as the Land of Inspiration, and the colorful scenery inspired Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and Vincent van Gogh. Discover the magic of Provence first-hand on a seven-night adventure that showcases the many treasures of this fabled land. Explore Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the region and get to know a personal side of one of the world’s great artists by stepping inside Cézanne’s studio. Journey through the forested region of Le Lubéron and delight in its picturesque mountain villages. Marvel at the Roman amphitheater in Arles and the chapels, churches and museums of Les Baux. Visit the Palace of the Popes, Avignon’s medieval masterpiece, and see the remarkable Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in 19 B.C. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes all excursions, educational programs highlighting local history and culture, first-class hotel accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. Click here for additional information. 

MEDITERRANEAN MOSAIC
October 4-13, 2015
From $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare available from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Discover an impressive mosaic of enchanting, storied cities, marvelous art and architecture, and awe-inspiring seascapes as you sail aboard Oceania Cruises' state-of-the-art Riviera to timeless Mediterranean destinations, including Italy, Monaco, France and Spain. Depart Athens for the charming Sicilian town of Taormina, boasting a stunning Greek-Roman theater and dramatic views of Mount Etna. Wander the cobbled streets of Sorrento, a photogenic resort graced with Romanesque churches and a lovely seaside promenade. Then behold striking monuments of antiquity in Rome, from the legendary Colosseum and Roman Forum to the beautiful Sistine Chapel. Continue to Livorno, a jumping-off point for adventures in the idyllic Tuscan countryside or the monument-rich cities of Florence and Pisa. Cruise to Monte Carlo, a glamorous coastal playground famed for its opulent Prince's Palace and lavish casino. Encounter the cosmopolitan charm of France's oldest city, Marseille, a gateway to the picturesque hilltop towns of Provence, before concluding your luxury cruise in Bracelona. An Athens pre-cruise program and a Madrid/Barcelona post-cruise program are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD: ITALIAN RIVIERA
October 24-November 1, 2015
$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

An area known for its sparkling turquoise sea, sun-kissed beaches and charming towns, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Experience the enchantment of this famous region on a seven-night program that takes you to key landmarks and historic villages. Your home base is Sestri Levante, with its historic town center and brightly colored buildings framing the coastline. Venture to Santa Margherita, a town of colorful flowers, swaying palm trees and hillside villas, then cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous. Visit the walled city of Lucca, and explore Genoa, the maritime republic believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Visit the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre, the famous Five Lands. Journey to Carrara and discover the origin of the beautiful white marble that sculptors have turned into works of art for centuries. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions and informative educational programs, deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner, and no single supplement for solo travelers. Click here for additional information.

COUNTRY MUSIC ABOARD THE LUXURIOUS AMERICAN QUEEN
CHATTANOOGA/FLORENCE/SAVANNAH/PADUCAH/DOVER/
CLARKSVILLE/NASHVILLE
October 24-November 1, 2015
From $2,699 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare, transfers, and port charges are additional

Join fellow alumni and friends and discover stunning landscapes, storied towns and the tranquility of river crusing aboard the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world. Celebrate quintessential country music on a unique voyage that highlights the historic charms of Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. Experience the magic of river cruising - a true American pastime - while exploring the beautifully preserved monuments and picturesque towns that fringe the great Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Begin with a stay in America's "Scenic City," Chattanooga. Then cruise to Florence, Savannah, and Paducah. Before concluding your voyage in Clarksville, visit Dover, where Civil War history comes to life at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery. A free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Chattanooga, Tennessee is included. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.
 
CRUISING PATAGONIA'S CHILEAN FJORDS
November 3-16, 2015
From $6,495 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Join us for this unique expedition to Patagonia’s breathtaking Chilean fjords. Enjoy Five-Star hotel accommodations; explore one of Chile’s award-winning vineyards near Santiago; marvel at the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park, including the dramatic peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine; immerse yourself in local culture at a privately owned Patagonian sheep ranch; and discover vibrant Buenos Aires. Cruise for four nights aboard the small ship M.V. VIA AUSTRALIS, specifically designed to cruise the waters of southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, Argentina, via Cape Horn, including Zodiac landings and excursions each day. The ship is staffed with a team of naturalists and equipped with Zodiac landing crafts for up-close nature observation. Cruise through the historic Strait of Magellan and the vivid landscapes of Glacier Alley and explore Cape Horn National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve known as “The End of the Earth.” Easter Island Pre-Program and Iguazú Falls Post-Program Options are offered. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.
 
More tours will be added as information becomes available. Please continue to check for the most up-to-date schedule.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina Casella '94, G'04 at cscasell@syr.edu or the Office of Alumni Engagement mailbox at sualumni@syr.edu.



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