The tradition of excellence at Boston University isn’t limited to campus. Our Alumni Travel Program offers a unique way to see the world and continue learning. The program engages alumni and friends of the University in educational and cultural tours throughout the world.
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Expand your horizons by traveling to Boston for BU’s annual Alumni College.
June 13—24, 2013, Cruising the Baltic Sea
July 21—26, 2013, Bike Tour of Champagne
Aug. 14—22, 2013, Scotland
Aug. 31—Sept. 9, 2013, National Parks and Lodges of the Old West
Sept. 21—Oct. 5, 2013, East Africa
Oct. 4—12, 2013, Flavors of Tuscany
June 13–24, 2013
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this spectacular 11-night, eight-country Baltic Sea program. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former President of Poland Lech Walesa. Cruise for nine nights under the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” aboard the deluxe m.s. Le Boréal and spend one night in a deluxe hotel in Norway’s beautiful capital, Oslo. Cruise the Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway. En route, discover the stunning architecture of Helsinki, Finland, and Copenhagen, Denmark; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Latvia; and immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda´nsk, Poland. This enlightening cruise also features two days in regal St. Petersburg including an early-opening tour of the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Two-night Pre-Program Option.
July 21–26, 2013
Champagne - the worlds’ most luxurious drink, synonymous with celebrations, new beginnings and anniversaries. The popping of a Champagne cork reminds us all of good times and on your DuVine adventure you’ll be having it an awful lot. Biking amongst age-old vines, picturesque villages and the historic domains that produce Moet, Pommery and Mumm you’ll experience first hand the magic behind these globally acclaimed brands. But there is more to Champagne than the luxury labels, and on your Duvine adventure we’ll personally introduce you to our favorite family-run producers who will be more than happy to pass on their time-honored traditions as well as sharing the fizzy fruits of their labor. Learning to differentiate your Blanc de Noir from your Blanc De Blanc and your Pinot Noir from your Pinot Meunier, when not cycling and sipping bubbles you’ll be dinning in Michelin starred restaurants and staying in the regions very best hotels.
Based around the coronation city of Reims, with its imposing Gothic cathedral and Epernay, with her labyrinths of limestone cellars, the Champagne region also has a fascinating history. You’ll stand at the very point where the kings of France were crowned, visit the moving memorials of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the Western Front in WW1 and even sleep in Napoleon’s favorite hotel. Exceptional food, intriguing history and of course plenty of bubbles provide a spoiling blend of old school opulence in this charming region of Franc—so come for the ride and we guarantee you’ll get a kick out of champagne!
August 14–22 2013
Walk in the footsteps of William Wallace and leave your footprints along the “bonnie banks of Loch Lomond” as you journey through Scotland’s legendary landscape, forever a scenic stage for epic adventure. Discover the best of Scotland’s Celtic, Norse and Norman cultures, enjoy British afternoon tea, festive Highland dancers, bagpipe playing and a traditional haggis ceremony. Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle and Scone Palace, where kings were crowned. Explore St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, cruise along Loch Katrine on a restored steamer and learn the secrets of Scotland’s whiskey artistry at its oldest distillery. Roam the medieval and Georgian architecture of Edinburgh, then experience one of the world’s most spectacular and moving shows: the stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo held at Edinburgh Castle at nightfall. This memorable Alumni Campus Abroad® program includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner, expertly planned excursions and ample time for independent exploration.
August. 31–September 9, 2013
Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature’s beauty are the gifts of this American expedition. Amidst spectacular scenery and overnighting in extraordinary historic lodges that are destinations unto themselves, this journey traces the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West. With an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader by your side, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of the frontier days; be spellbound by four of our most magnificent national parks; and enjoy the rustic luxury of unique lodging, like Custer State Park’s famed State Game Lodge, the Spearfish Canyon Lodge in the Black Hills of South Dakota, picturesque Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and majestic Old Faithful Inn. Join us and experience the best of the West.
Sept. 21–Oct. 5, 2013
Track the magnificent “Big Five” wildlife across the Serengeti on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that visits Tanzania’s and Kenya’s best national parks and most spectacular landscapes. Wake to zebra walking along grass-filled plains or cheetahs searching for prey on this East African safari. Spy the “Big Five”—buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard and rhinoceros—when they are at their most active on morning and afternoon game drives through the Serengeti, Masai Mara Reserves and Amboseli National Park. Enjoy superb views of the parks’ vast array of wildlife and the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro while you travel with expert guides in safari vehicles that guarantee window seating. Add to this vivid experience the splendor of seeing hundreds of colorful bird species at Lake Naivasha, and exploring the unique terrain of Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy the finest lodge accommodations and an extensive meal plan throughout this memorable small group journey.
Oct. 4–11, 2013
What could be a better way to discover the heart of Tuscany than tasting, learning, and engaging with inspired Italian chefs and proud producers of its finest ingredients? Explore bountiful markets, menus with flavors you will never forget, and your own knack for creating tantalizing Tuscan dishes while visiting a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Taste regional wines in two of Chianti’s castles, step into the walled city of Cortona, and meander through Siena’s morning market. In Florence, walk through the Piazza Signoria, stop by the Ponte Vecchio, visit the Duomo, and admire Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia. Along with your culinary immersion, Tuscany’s amazing history, art, and scenic beauty await on this 9-day Orbridge specialty program.