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!
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.
River Life along the Dutch Waterways
April 21 – 29, 2020
It is said the “God created the Heavens and the Earth, but the Dutch created Holland.” Indeed, not only did they wrest a portion of their land from the sea, but they built upon it an enchanted realm carpeted by vibrant flowers and laced with storied waterways.
Class of 2020: Classic Europe Graduation Tour
May 16 – May 26, 2020 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on May 15)
Reward yourself for all your hard work with the ultimate escape. The Classic Europe tour offers 12 days of exploration, adventure, and insight into many of Europe’s most popular and breathtaking locations: London, Paris, the French Riviera, and Rome. If you’re looking for a longer experience, a five-day excursion to Pompeii and the Greek Isles can be added. This tour provides something for everyone, whether you’re inclined to engage with locals on the London pub crawl, go adventure parasailing in the Greek Isles, photograph the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or follow in historical footsteps at the Roman Forum and Parthenon. The beauty of this journey is the balance of fun excursions, time at leisure, and a fascinating peek into history.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Portugal Adventure
June 21 – June 28, 2020 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on June 20)
Encounter Portuguese traditions in Porto’s beautiful historic old town and cross the bridge into Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of famous port wine. Go biking in the Douro Valley wine country and discover lush river valley vineyards that lie beneath the hilltop castles. Meander up one of Lisbon’s lofty hills to the Alfama neighborhood or take famous Tram 28 to discover the capital city’s tiny neighborhoods with baroque streets and dazzling statues. Venture south to the famed Algarve with its stunning coastline views for some beach time and watersports.
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.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Costa Rica Eco Explorer
July 1 – July 5, 2020 (Depart U.S. on July 1)
Travel to this small but diverse country on an adventure tour of wildly contrasting landscapes. From volcanoes to waterfalls and tropical forests, from exotic birds and playful monkeys to jungle canopy walks and hot springs: Costa Rica offers an incredible assortment of outdoor adventures in many shapes and forms. Go canopy zip-lining, try out your surfing skills, enjoy a sun-dazed afternoon at the beach, and explore the rain and cloud forests in the national parks.
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.
September 5 – 13, 2020
Experience 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 Como. Enjoy private lake cruises on Como, Maggiore and Orta and excursions to Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Isola Bella and Milan. A Verona/Venice Post-Program is optional.
Rivieras 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.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Vietnam & Cambodia
October 18 – October 25, 2020 (Depart U.S. via overnight flight on October 17)
Be enchanted by the lush beauty of Cambodia and the teeming excitement of bustling Phnom Penh. See the sights by tuk-tuk in Siem Reap and go deep into the jungle as we explore the mysterious 12th-century Angkor Wat. Peer into Vietnam’s imperial past and descend into the Vietcong’s Cu Chi tunnels. Indulge in the delicious cuisine, culture, and heritage of these fascinating Indochinese countries. Want more? Add an optional three-night extension that includes a Ha Long Bay cruise and visit to Hanoi.
Polar Bears of Churchill
October 30 – November 4, 2020
We are thrilled to present you with a special opportunity to witness one of the largest confluences of polar bears in the world. Much like the bears themselves, visitors make their way to Churchill each fall when temperatures drop, brimming with anticipation. The reward: experiences of a lifetime.
Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley
November 13 – 26, 2020
Wander the fabled land of pharaohs and kings—where colossal pyramids, legendary tombs, and towering temples cascade across the terrain. An unhurried, 14-day journey down the Nile River reveals seemingly limitless vistas of vast deserts contrasted by metropolitan cities. From biblical times through to modern-day, Egypt has been the site of monumental historical events, staggering technological achievements, and compelling human stories.
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.