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Jan. 4 – 17, 2014, Passage to Burma, Myanmar – Cancelled
Jan. 5—18, 2014, Cruise the Panama Canal (Miami to LA)( Sold Out)
Jan 27—Feb 7, 2014, Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage
Feb 21—March 11, 2014, Splendors Down Under (Cruise Australia and New Zealand) (wait list)
Apr 27—May 5, 2014, European Coastal Civilizations (Spain, France, UK)
May 24—31, 2014, 2014 Graduation Tour: Dubai
May 10—15, 2014, Explore Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers
June 8—18, 2014, Southwest National Parks
June 13—23, 2014, Waterways of Russia: Moscow to St. Petersburg
June 30—July 8, 2014, Paris to Normandy, River Ship
July 11—21, 2014, Tanzania Family Safari, a BU exclusive
Aug. 9—18, 2014, Discover Southeast Alaska, by small ship
September 3—19, 2014, Best of China Tour
Oct. 28— Nov. 4, 2014, Undiscovered Italy, Apulia
Discover Myanmar, a country long isolated from the outside world. This is a land in which Buddhist monks are revered above movie stars and frenzied, 21st-century ways have had little influence on the traditional routines. Explore Yangon, the former capital, where gilded stupas, ornate pagodas, and 19th-century British colonial buildings form the cityscape. Discover Myanmar’s natural beauty at Inle Lake, enjoy a private cruise, and visit a floating farm. See a Burmese cooking demonstration and savor a lunch of local specialties. Watch artisans at work as they make lacquer crafts, roll cigars, build boats, and weave silk. Enjoy an overnight cruise on the Irrawaddy River and marvel at the thousands of temples that adorn Bagan. Witness monks collecting their daily alms and board a pony cart to explore Bagan’s remote environment. This memorable journey features 10 nights in Myanmar.
Jan. 5–18, 2014
Join the Traveling Terriers on a Centennial Celebration of the Panama Canal (1914-2014). Set sail from Miami for 13 nights aboard the Six-Star Crystal Serenity. Cruise the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and traverse the Panama Canal, a wonder of the modern world. Your ports of call include Grand Cayman, British West Indies; Cartagena, Colombia; Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, before disembarking in Los Angeles.
Jan. 27–Feb. 7, 2014 (limited availability)
In this small Central American democracy kissed by nature, our small group discovers a nation’s wealth in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rain forest; Central Valley to Pacific Coast. As Costa Rica presents its staggering display of bio-diversity – pristine landscapes, unique microclimates, exotic flora and fauna – we enjoy a relaxed yet comprehensive exploration that celebrates Costa Rica’s wide-ranging natural resources.
Feb. 21–March 11, 2014 (Wait List)
Discover captivating ports and scenic panoramas while cruising aboard the elegant Marina. Your voyage sets out from Sydney, home to the Sydney Opera House, one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century. Next, you’ll view marvelous architecture in Melbourne and exquisite landscapes in Tasmania while admiring the majestic beauty of the Milford Sound fjord on your way to Dunedin, New Zealand. Take in a fascinating blend of Maori culture and French influence in Akaroa, stroll past Gothic buildings in Wellington, and enjoy Napier’s picturesque countryside. You’ll also discover Tauranga and its lovely parks before cruising to New Zealand’s multicultural city of Auckland. From Australia’s treasured east coast to the legendary beauty of New Zealand, this voyage reveals the splendors Down Under.
Apr. 27–May 5, 2014
Join fellow alumni and friends aboard the deluxe small ship M.S. L’Austral on this unique seven-night cruise, which captures the historical legacies and the enduring yet dynamic cultures of the western coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and Guernsey, one of the United Kingdom’s charming Channel Islands. Acclaimed historian Professor David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower will share his personal insights during an onboard lecture and accompany you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy 70 years after Allied Forces made their historic D-Day landings. Visit Oporto on the Duoro River in Portugal’s renowned port wine country; walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on St. James Way in Santiago de Compostela; cruise along Spain’s breathtaking Costa Verde; observe the intriguing balance of age-old traditions and modern touches in Bilbao, with a visit to the illustrious Guggenheim Museum; and survey the sheer cliffs and rolling moorlands of France’s “Beautiful Island,” Belle-Île-en-Mer. Extend your stay with the Pre-Cruise Option in romantic Lisbon and/or the Post-Cruise Option in cosmopolitan Paris.
May 24–31, 2014
Dubai conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers set against the backdrop 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. This Arabian adventure continues with a ride on nature’s roller coaster — jeeps across the dunes. Overnight in the desert, ride camels, go sand surfing, then feast under the stars with traditional belly dancing. Find out for yourself why Dubai is one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.
Inhale fresh Icelandic air; discover geysers and waterfalls; tap into the restorative powers of the northern isle. Your home base is Reykjavik, famed for progressive thinking and high standards of living and it’s vibrant art and music scene. From here, you can see the best of Iceland, including the enticing Blue Lagoon, the inspiring Golden Circle and the otherworldly beauty of South Iceland. This tour includes round-trip airfare and transfers.
Millions of years of uplift and erosion have left a spectacular, monumental imprint across America’s Southwest plateau. Go where hoodoos, slot canyons, arches, buttes, and mesas fill vast horizons with impossible beauty; and learn about the Americans of “Red Rock Country” who shaped our nation’s history.
Your journey begins in Las Vegas before venturing to breathtaking state parks including Grand Canyon, Arches, Dead Horse Point, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park.
Travel by deluxe motor coach with an Orbridge Expedition Leader to take in the vast landscapes of the southwest and learn about the strength and fragility of that environment. Comfortable lodges provide a perfect retreat after a day filled with adventure. You’ll stay a bit closer to home on this domestic tour, but you’ll feel a world away!
Join us for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Volga Dream, the premier ship cruising Russia’s waterways with capacity of 109 passengers. This carefully crafted itinerary highlights Russia’s two great cultural capitals. Spend two nights aboard ship in St. Petersburg, czar Peter the Great’s “window on the West,” featuring a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. You’ll also spend one night aboard ship in the fabled city of Moscow, the political and commercial capital of the world’s largest country, and see the world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs. Cruise through the heartland of Mother Russia along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals to the legendary open-air museum of Kizhi Island, the 14th-century monastery of Goritsy, medieval Yaroslavl and 10th-century Uglich. This unique and always popular program appeals to the first-time visitor to Russia and the return visitor curious to see the astounding changes that have taken place in Russia’s two largest and most important cities.
A Seine river cruise through France is ideal for art, history, and wine lovers. In Normandy, spend time at Normandy’s historic landing beaches 70 years after D-Day or delve into agriculture of France’s rural region. Discover quaint villages and Franceʼs splendid capital. In addition to seeing architectural marvels like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame cathedral, relax in the delightful retreat of the 140-passenger Avalon Creativity, savor the delicious cuisine, and enjoy the space, comfort, and views characteristic of all its staterooms.
Traveling in custom four-wheel drive Land Rover safari vehicles, navigate back roads and dusty tracks to encounter a new surprise every day. Your family will discover vast, ruggedly beautiful landscapes, stretching from the volcanic cone of Mount Meru to the Great Rift Valley, from the dramatic, tree-strewn landscape of Tarangire to the endless plains of the Serengeti. You’ll meet local villagers, school children, artisans, the Maasai and your Tanzanian guides – who share their thoughts, traditions, language and everyday lives with you.
Aboard the nimble, 66- passenger Admiralty Dream, access the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, encounter Alaska’s magnificent peaks and fjords, ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions, and teeming wildlife—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s people.
This 17-day BU exclusive journey begins in Beijing with visits to the Forbidden City, Tian-An-Men Square, and the Great Wall. We will visit Xian, the ancient capital for 11 dynasties, origin of the silk Road, and home of the Terra Cotta Warriors. You’ll see the pandas in Chengdu before traveling to Lhasa, Tibet, to explore Potala Palace. Then it’s on to Guilin, best known for its limestone karst formations which have inspired generations of Chinese painters and poets. The tour concludes in Shanghai, a city of 18 million residents. Shanghai is the showcase of tremendous economic development in modern China.
Journey where ancient cultures thrive, natural beauty astounds and the reflections of historic ports glisten upon deep blue seas, as you cruise the coasts of Greece, Turkey, Italy, France and Spain. Depart Athens and sail to the idyllic Greek island of Santorini, where beautiful whitewashed villages cling to volcanic cliffs. Cruise to Turkey and explore Kusadasi or the legendary ruins of Ephesus, then travel east and stroll medieval lanes in Sicily. Discover the resort town of Sorrento, where Southern Italian culture flourishes, or perhaps travel to the stunning island of Capri. Visit Rome and its breathtaking monuments and admire legendary Renaissance architecture in Florence, see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower or explore the celebrated Tuscan countryside. Sail to picturesque Portofino along Italy’s beloved west coast and take in the picture-perfect vistas of its harbor. Continue to Provençal France and explore historic Marseille or the lovely medieval towns of Aix or Avignon, before concluding your cruise in Barcelona.
Delight in the age-old atmosphere and fresh flavors of one of the world’s most enchanting locations, southern Italy’s Apulia region. From breathtaking Polignano a Mare, your home for seven nights, travel along the Puglian coast on this exclusive small group journey and see why this sun-bleached land has been settled since time immemorial. Discover postcard views from the Via Venezia in the ancient Greek port of Bari. See unusual dwellings at the Sassi cave houses and the conical limestone Trulli, and visit the mysterious Castel del Monte. Immerse yourself in medieval Trani at the water’s edge, see Lecce’s lace-like, baroque architecture and wander narrow streets in whitewashed Ostuni. Savor the region’s wines on a winery tour, and visit a family-run olive farm to meet the owners and sample the product. Enjoy other regional specialties and visits to three UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout this program that includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.