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!
Rainforests and Relics – Oceana Cruises
February 10 – February 28, 2018
Miami to Lima (18 nights)
Marvel at the exotic wildlife, historic cities, and ancient ruins of Central and South America on this luxury cruise aboard the Sirena. From Miami to Peru, you’ll explore the many unique and vibrant cultures of Latin America.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Destination Dubai
April 28 – May 4, 2018
Dubai conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers set against the back drop of the vast Arabian Desert and glistening sea. See Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, set alongside ancient mosques. 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. Overnight in the desert, ride camels, go sand surfing, then feast under the stars accompanied by traditional belly dancing. Find out for yourself why Dubai is one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.
India | Birding the Foothills of the Himalayas
May 7 – 19, 2018
With more than 1,300 recorded avian species, India is a birder’s dream. Delve into the country’s beautiful and majestic northern landscapes while discovering its vast avifauna during this 13 day adventure. Together with your expert local guide, you’ll explore myriad habitats, visit sanctuaries and reserves with spectacular avian species diversity, enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas, and experience the enchantment of this intriguing country.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Hops, Grains & Sláinte – An Irish Journey of Taste, Knowledge & Adventure
July 8 – 14, 2018
Ireland is as rich with history as it is with beauty. Prepare to open your mind and your taste buds while traveling along the southern coast of Ireland from Dingle to Dublin. This tour offers foodies the chance to explore farm-to-table dining and craft beverages, 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. Don’t wait – come with us on the trip of a lifetime. Sláinte!
July 16 – 24, 2018
On this luxury cruise around the Bordeaux region, you’ll have the opportunity to not only taste some of the world’s greatest wines, but also explore the underground catacombs in Saint-Émilion, tour the Château de Roquetaillade in Cadillac, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.
Recent Grad Travel Program: Discover Spain – To Essos and Back
September 9 – 15, 2018
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 stairs of the Great Sept, the fighting pits of Meereen, the Water Gardens of Dorne: they’re all real locations and they’re waiting for you in Spain!
Toronto to Vancouver via Rail
August 20 – 26, 2018
Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a journey from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies and into the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy upgraded Prestige Class premium accommodations onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, providing the perfect combination of modern and elegant cabins, private concierge service, delightful meals prepared by onboard chefs, all-inclusive bar service, and observation cars that allow for unobstructed viewing of Canada’s great wilderness. This is what travel was meant to be. And with time to also explore Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Vancouver, it’s a unique opportunity to get to know the beauty and history of our northern neighbor.
Great Trains & Grand Canyons
September 23 – 28, 2018
“The Grand Canyon is the one great sight which every American should see.” In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt said this when he first laid eyes on one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. This travel experience features a combination of American West highlights with the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona, the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument, the Old West nostalgia of Two Train Rides and 5 Nights at a Resort property in Sedona, Arizona.
Essence of Europe – an Oceana Cruise
September 23 – October 4, 2018
Explore ancient cities, alluring beaches, and culture straight from the Old World as you set sail across the Mediterranean Sea aboard the luxurious Marina. Bask in the glamour of the French and Italian Rivieras, explore the lives of legendary artists from Dalí to Picasso, and marvel at the architecture of some of Spain’s most historic port cities.
October 13 – 24, 2018
Step back in time at the medieval ruins of Gythion; stop in Katakonos and visit Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games; stand in awe of Mount Etna in Taormina; explore Valletta, Europe’s smallest capital; visit historic Heraklion on the island of Crete; soak up the rays in Rhodes; lounge on the black-sand beaches of Santorini; and listen to the sounds of church bells on the island of Patmos.
Recent Grad Travel Program: New Year’s on Cloud 9 in Austria
December 29, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Austrian Alps, high above the city of Innsbruck. Travel back in time, strolling down the charming narrow streets of the Old Town, exuding a special charm and sophistication that is unique in the Alps. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the city, taste roasted chestnuts, or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in a fashionable café. Take part in our very own Winter Olympics on the mountain, then ring in the New Year over 6,200 feet above sea level at “Cloud 9” – an igloo club with stunning views of the city and the New Year’s Eve laser show.
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.