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.
Antebellum South – American Queen
March 14 – 22, 2014
Celebrate authentic Americana aboard the luxury steamboat American Queen as you cruise along the Mississippi River, stopping in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, destinations full of southern flare. In the culturally-rich city of New Orleans, board your paddlewheel steamboat bound for Memphis and discover the beauty of the mighty river as you delve into the history, culture and grandeur of the Antebellum South. Tour the superb plantation known as Oak Alley and walk beneath its amazing 300-year-old canopy of oak trees. Take in the many historic 19th-century homes found among the scenic countryside in St. Francisville and revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a glorious city rich with restored mansions. Visit the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg, renowned for its gracious Southern hospitality and National Military Park that commemorates the city’s famous Civil War siege. Savor Helena’s wonderfully preserved architecture that offers traces of its pre-Civil War past, before disembarking in Memphis.
Italian Inspiration; Oceania Cruises – Rome to Venice
May 14 – 22, 2014
Let Italian-influenced towns and islands inspire you from aboard the elegant and intimate Oceania Cruises Insignia as you cruise to captivating ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece. Set out from Rome’s port, Civitavecchia and journey south along Italy’s sublime shores. Explore the lovely Italian village of Sorrento, a trove of cobblestone streets and dramatic vistas, or travel to Capri, an island so beautiful it served as a vacation getaway for ancient Romans. Cruise further down the scenic Amalfi Coast and visit Amalfi or Positano, timeless towns with colorful Moorish-style houses set on stunning seaside slopes, before heading to Sicily’s northeastern tip. Here you’ll find Messina, a lovely medieval city that’s home to a wealth of ancient churches and a cathedral where it is rumored Richard the Lionheart worshipped. Discover the verdant island of Corfu, where beauty abounds among the emerald hills and lush fields, and then step back in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia’s red-tiled jewel, evolved from centuries of Roman and Venetian rule. Your voyage concludes in Venice, a romantic masterpiece built on water. Explore this legendary city of opulent palazzi and enchanting squares set amid a network of weaving canals and bridges.
Normandy: 70th Anniversary of D-Day
June 22 – 30, 2014
Discover Normandy, one of the most beautiful regions in France, as you’ve never seen it before. This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops invaded Normandy and triggered the beginning of the end of WWII. Mark this occasion with two full days spent visiting the beaches, memorials and landmarks of this historical day, accompanied by an expert guide. This skillfully tailored program includes other highlights of the region, including the historical port town of Honfleur, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont-Saint-Michel and Claude Monet’s beautiful home at Giverny.
Baltic Marvels; Oceania Cruises – Copenhagen to Stockholm
August 13 – 21, 2014
Marvel at the exquisite architecture and charming capitals of the Baltic as you cruise from Denmark to Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden aboard Oceania Cruises Marina, a sleek haven replete with magnificent amenities and outstanding cuisine. Set out for Warnemünde, Germany’s delightful port, and take in its Gothic churches, charming market squares and seaside promenade or head inland to Berlin, a city brimming with legendary landmarks like the poignant Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall. Sail to Estonia and admire Tallinn, a beautifully preserved city that radiates old-world charm with red-roofed homes, cobbled streets and spire-crowned churches. Savor almost two full days to soak up St. Petersburg, a Russian city exuding a European essence. Explore its pastel, onion-domed cathedrals and legendary palaces, like the immense Winter Palace and lavish Catherine’s Palace. Treasure even more architectural gems in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca where sophistication and innovation are complemented by an array of verdant forests and parks, before concluding your journey in Stockholm.
Italy’s Magnificent Lake District
September 2 – 10, 2014
Where Italy kisses Switzerland, glacial lakes sparkle in the sun. Surrounded by the foothills of the Alps and romantic villas, the lakes are abundant with lust vistas. This regions of Italy — formally known as Lombardy, but also called the Lake District — has long been a favorite of artists and writers. It has also been a center of commerce since the Middle Ages. Explore the colorful towns around the lakes and the sophisticated city of Milan, Italy’s economic and fashion capital. Embrace the serene and the spectacular in Italy’s Magnificent Lake District. You’ll explore picturesque islands, stroll through gorgeous gardens and villas, visit historic palaces and cathedrals, and embrace splendid art and architecture. Experience the incredible beauty that has inspired writers and poets as you live la dolce vita in the Italian Lake District.
Mosel, Rhine & Main Rivers: Wurzburg to Bernkastel – MS Amadeus Silver
September 22 – 30, 2014
Spend seven nights cruising Germany’s storied waterways to celebrate the culture of the country’s most famous wine regions while exploring historic towns and storied scenic areas. Spend your days meeting local wine makers, appreciating the medieval architecture of Bernkastel and Rothenburg, visiting castles in Cochem and Heidelberg, admiring Roman ruins in Trier. This and so much more awaits you as you enjoy your passage to the villages and vineyards of Main, Rhine and Mosel Rivers.
Polynesian Paradise – Oceania Cruises
January 14 – 24, 2015
From luxurious white-sand beaches fringed by gently swaying palms and sweet-scented vanilla groves to velvety emerald mountains towering over translucent lagoons that dazzle in every hue of electric blue, indulge your senses with the wonders of French Polynesia. Cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ intimate, mid-sized Marina, an award-winning masterpiece at sea that shines with outstanding personalized service, elegant designer details and world-class cuisine. Admire kaleidoscopic lagoons surrounding Moorea and discover a pleasing blend of black pearl farms and sugary white sand beaches on Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Explore Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world boasting a crystalline underwater playground teeming with multi-hued fish. Be engulfed by endless tropical beauty on sun-kissed Bora Bora and discover local legends and ancient marae (temples) amid gorgeous scenery on Raiatea. Visit the “Garden Island,” Huahine, a vision of paradise with secluded coves, unspoiled beaches, and lush tropical jungle, before returning to Papeete on the lovely island of Tahiti. Set adrift, catch the breeze and watch scenes of incomparable beauty unfold one-by-one on this 10-night Polynesian odyssey.