The University of Minnesota Duluth Alumni Association, has chosen a number of delightful travel opportunities to offer to our UMD alumni and friends. Review the brochures below for the current trip offerings. UMD alumni and friends are also invited to participate in all tours sponsored by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association-Twin Cities Campus. Visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/travel for more information.
Sketches of Southern Spain
May 3 – 15, 2013
Your Spain adventure will take you through the storied land of Andalucía, across Mediterranean beaches to the craggy heights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This unique travel experience also takes you to the Castile-La Mancha region, immortalized in Cervantes’ beloved tale of “Don Quixote,” and the vibrant city of Madrid, Spain’s sunny capital. During the program, experience the charm of Valdepeñas, one of Spain’s picturesque wine towns, and see the ecclesiastical architecture in Toledo.
June 19 – July 4, 2013
As you discover Switzerland you adventure will give you the opportunity to explore Meiringen and its beautiful environs, cruise Lake Brienz, visiting picturesque lakeside villages, hike around glistening Lake Oeschinen, visit enchanting Interlaken, journey to Thun and sail across its sparkling lake, wander the capital city of Berne’s arcaded buildings, and discover the dramatic mountain scenery of Grindelwald. You will take a scenic train ride to Zermatt and view the regal Matterhorn, travel to Lucerne and wander its historic Old Town, pass through breathtaking Centovalli on your way to Locarno, witness the untamed splendor of Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge and Reichenbach Falls, cross Lake Lucerne by steamer, enjoy lakeside walks or a trip to Mount Rigi, and explore the city of Montreux and the infamous Château de Chillon.
Grand Danube Passage
September 15 – 30, 2013
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Sofia, explore ancient Vidin, see the Roman ruins in Drobeta-Turnu Severin, and visit Belgrade, an elegant Eastern European capital. You will be able to wander through Kalocsa and Mohács, explore the Hungarian capital of Budapest, discover historic and beautiful Bratislava and Vienna, the elegant Austrian capital. Admire Dürnstein, one of the most beautiful towns on the Danube, discover Passau, a picturesque German city, explore Melk Abbey and Prague, including Prague Castle and Old Town. Informative educational programs, presented by local experts, will enhance your insight into the region.
Cradle of History; Oceania Cruises – Athens to Istanbul
October 7 – 18, 2013
Follow the echoes of ancient civilizations as you cruise the Mediterranean on Oceania Cruises’ Nautica, an elegant vessel replete with breathtaking services and amenities. Immerse yourself in the ancient legends, traditions and cultures of Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey. Beginning in Athens, cruise the Aegean Sea to the island of Crete. Take in its picturesque landscapes dotted with villages and windmills, or get a glimpse of ancient Minoan civilization at the reconstructed Bronze-Age Palace of Knossos. Sail to Israel and the holiest city on earth for three major religions, Jerusalem; explore the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, part of a legacy lasting 5,000 years. There are more wonders in Haifa, the traditional home of the prophet Elijah and the land of the Jordan River and Galilee. Next is Limassol, Cyprus, a town central to the exploits of Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. Then cruise to the Greek island of Rhodes, where the fabled Colossus once stood. Walk mosaic sidewalks in the ruins of Ephesus before concluding your journey in Istanbul, the magnificent city that straddles two continents.
Eastern & Oriental Express – Bangkok to Bali
October 30 – November 12, 2013
This journey will take you to Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple and Wat Po. Enjoy a colorful Thai dance show, visit Ayutthaya and the Elephant Palace, explore the Jim Thompson House museum, and raft down the River Kwai to see the River Kwai Bridge, Thailand-Burma Railway Center and Don Rak War Cemetery. Tour colonial Georgetown, capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, see the sights of Singapore, including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Signapore’s oldest, most important temple. Discover Bali’s sights, including Besakih, Mount Batur and artsy Ubud, including Agung Rai museum and an arts market.