Travel to exotic locations across the world with UConn Alumni Relations’ travel opportunities. Visit the Caribbean, explore the tulip fields of Holland, sample delicious cuisine in France, Spain, and Italy, or travel down under to see koalas and kangaroos—all with your UConn family.
With the convenience of a planned itinerary, guided tours, and a package deal that includes sleeping accommodations, our travel opportunities are not to be passed up!
Recent Grad Travel Program: Iceland Expedition
June 27 – 30, 2019 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on June 26)
Get to know Iceland’s most famous natural treasures. Experience black beaches, glacier views, stunning coastlines, magnificent bird cliffs, delightful towns, incredible waterfalls, erupting geysers, tectonic plates, and take a plunge into the healing mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite Game of Thrones characters, and take time to visit the striking wilderness chosen to represent the regions north of the Seven Kingdoms or journey to the dramatic gorge at Thingveillir – the stomping ground of the White Walkers and the Wildlings. Reykjavík’s legendary nightlife or “jammith” as the locals refer to it, has gained a reputation for being one of the hottest places to party in the world today!
An inspiring journey to Lithuania and Poland – explore the rich history of Jewish Life
July 15 – 26, 2019
Trip Highlights include lectures by Dr. Samuel Kassow, a tour the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a tour of the former Warsaw Ghetto and Kovno Ghetto, visit to Ponari, Tykocin, Treblinka, and more.
Village Life – Dordogne
September 5-13, 2019
Experience the 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. Bordeaux Pre-Program Option and Albi/Toulouse Post-Program Option.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Irish Journey
September 9 – 15, 2019 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on September 8)
This tour is unique; it speaks to those for whom the days of sweet and simple are no more, and the reign of sophisticated distilling and microbreweries has arrived in conjunction with a passion for healthier eating and ‘farm-to-table’ foods. If you are looking to learn and explore this new lifestyle, Ireland, as rich with history as it is with beauty, offers you the chance to explore all of these facets. Prepare to open your mind and your taste buds while traveling along the southern coast of Ireland from Dublin to Dingle on a journey filled with sights you’ll never forget. Don’t wait, come with us on the trip of a lifetime.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Captivating Croatia
September 30 – October 6, 2019 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on September 29)
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!
Tasman Sea Traveler– An Oceania Cruise Auckland to Sydney
January 18- February 3, 2020
Discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, enjoy the celebrated wineries of Gisborne, and view art deco architecture in Napier. Take-in a thriving art scene in Wellington, uncover Akaroa’s French history, and look for sunbathing fur seals in Dunedin. In Burnie, explore its many wilderness areas, then, encounter Melbourne’s chic galleries and boutiques. Finally, relax on Eden’s sandy beaches.
42nd Passion Play Oberammergau
June 21 – July 1, 2020
Experience one of the world’s greatest dramatic spectacles amid storybook Bavarian landscapes—the extravagant Passion Play staged once a decade by the quaint village of Oberammergau. With a cast of thousands and a legacy that encompasses nearly four centuries, Oberammergau is a rare and exceptional tradition. This custom itinerary blends remarkable history with stunning scenery, featuring a five-night deluxe cruise along the Danube River, two nights in the idyllic Bavarian Alps and two nights in Munich. Visit four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Tour Budapest, Vienna, Melk Abbey, Bratislava and Salzburg, and see Neuschwanstein Castle. Budapest Pre-Program and Munich Post-Program Options offered.
Glaciers & Wildlife Of Alaska – Oceania Cruises Seward to Vancouver
July 13-23, 2020
Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and the starting point of the historic Iditarod Trail in Seward . Cruise through College Fjord and past Hubbard Glacier to Icy Strait Point and look for whales. In Juneau, take advantage of its wildlife viewing and discover Skagway’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Experience indigenous art in Sitka, visit Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan, and immerse yourself in the thriving culture of Nanaimo.
Great Pacific Northwest – American Queen Steamboat Company Vancouver To Clarkston
August 16-24, 2020
Discover Astoria, one of the oldest cities west of the Rockies, then head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam. Enjoy a backdrop of forest, orchards, and high desert in The Dalles before delving into the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson and Sacajawea State Park in Richland. End your trip in Clarkston, situated in the stunning Lewis-Clark Valley.
Village Life: Around the Italian Lakes
September 5 – 13, 2020
Immerse yourself in the true essence of Italian life in the fabled Lake District for one full week, with charming accommodations in the PALACE HOTEL in the heart of lovely Como. Cruise by private boat on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Excursions feature Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Stresa, Isola Bella and the Sacro Monte di Orta. Visit Milan’s Duomo and Teatro alla Scala and see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Enriching lectures and the exclusive VILLAGE LIFE® FORUM with local residents bring personal perspectives of the region’s modern life and cultural heritage.
Riviaras and Islands France/Italy/Spain
October 10 – 18, 2020
Cruise for seven nights from Barcelona to Rome aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE JACQUES CARTIER. This unique, comprehensive itinerary immerses you in the dynamic history, inimitable art and culture of the sun-drenched French and Italian Rivieras and islands. Visit up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne’s medieval fortifications and the picture-perfect cliffside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Explore Corsica’s fortified town of Bonifacio. Visit either Florence or Pisa. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions in Monaco, Marseille and Nice.
Disclaimer: The UConn Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”) is not the travel program tour operator. The Foundation does not own or operate any entity which provides goods or service for this travel program. Providers of transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and any other goods or services for this program are independent contractors not under the control of the Foundation. The Foundation is not liable for any wrongful, negligent, willful, arbitrary or other acts or omissions of any independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives or of any other third party. The Foundation is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to person or property whatsoever arising from or related to the travel program or the provision of any goods or services thereunder whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, acts of war, riot, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, strikes or other labor activities, flood, cyclone, hurricane, fire, earthquake or other natural occurrence, weather event or disaster, animals, food poisoning, illness, disease, mechanical or other failure of aircraft, vessels or other means of transportation, failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely, termination or cancellation of services by suppliers for any reason, missed carrier connections, overbooking or downgrading of services or accommodations, substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, without or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. The Foundation shall not be responsible for alteration in the itinerary as deemed necessary for carrying out the tour and the right is reserved to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. The right is further reserved to cancel any tour prior to departure. Operator’s standard client refund policies will apply. The Foundation shall have no liability in the event of cancellation of the Tour. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of the tour should such person’s health, actions or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights or welfare of the other participants. No refund will be made for the unused portion of any tour. By paying the deposit or participating in this travel program applicants and participants accept in full all the terms and conditions set forth herein.