Navy vs Notre Dame 29 August 2020 Aviva Stadiumâ€”Dublin, Ireland
Join thousands of fans as they cheer on Navy in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Travel packages are already selling! There are plenty of pre- and post-game tours all around Ireland and customization is available (game tickets included). Travel with Navy and join us for a private event, tailgate and more! Visit www.navy2ireland.com or call Anthony Travel, our tour operator at: 1-877-260-0645. Payment plans available.
Go Navy! Beat Notre Dame! Currently, the only guaranteed way to obtain a game ticket. Best tickets assigned first come, first served. Packages and tickets expected to be sold out January 2020.
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HELLO PAST AND FUTURE TRAVELERS! available nine-12 months in advance. Often, more information can be found online prior to the brochure being printed. Sometimes, there are discounts for booking a trip prior to the printing of the brochure. Reservations can be made directly with the tour operator we have partnered with for each trip.
re you ready to explore this amazing world? We can’t wait to see you on one of our exciting trips where you’ll discover, or rediscover, incredible and fascinating destinations in addition to making new friends. We are pleased to present the 2020 listing of trips for our alumni, parents and friends. We have some new itineraries we hope you’ll find compelling. We have once again partnered with our outstanding tour operators focused on providing exceptional service. Their itineraries are designed to offer unique opportunities to explore a special area of our wonderful country and destinations all around the globe. To make a reservation, please call the tour operator noted directly. WHO CAN TRAVEL WITH THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION? Everyone is welcome to travel with the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association— whether you’re a grad or not—so explore the world with us! GET MORE INFORMATION Visit www.usna.com/travel or call 410-295-4016 to request brochures about specific tours in this catalog that interest you. Individual trip brochures are normally
I did enjoy interacting with other alumni and their spouses. I can’t imagine a better group to be with and look forward to future trips.
TRAVEL AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE Can’t find the destination you’re looking for? The listed dates don’t work for you? We can fix that! Call or email me to work out alternative arrangements. WANT TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR OWN GROUP? Wouldn’t it be a great experience to travel with Company mates? Teammates? Family? Let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate. There are many offerings in this 2020 guide; please let me know if I can answer any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on a trip soon.
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
2 Please noteâ€”dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
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GREAT TRAINS AND GRAND CANYONS 8-13 March
“The Grand Canyon is the one great sight which every American should see.” President Theodore Roosevelt said this in 1903 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 five nights at a resort property in Sedona, AZ. Premier World Discovery, from $3,095
SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARKS 13-20 May
Join us on a 10-day journey to the national parks and monuments of the Southwest. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views from the park’s rim. Admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon’s narrow sandstone walls, share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytelling and ponder cultures past and present at a petroglyph site during a river raft ride down Glen Canyon. Continue to Utah where you’ll spend enjoyable time at all five national parks—Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed. With the guidance of an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and the comforts of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks. Orbridge, from $3,995
SUMMER VISTAS OF ALASKA 23-30 July
Aboard Oceania’s REGATTA, a beautiful 1,300-plus cabin cruise ship which has just been remodeled, explore the natural beauty of Vancouver, visit Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan and visit the salmon cannery in Icy Strait Point. See the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines and the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Experience Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, and watch for whales in Seward. Go Next, from $2,699
4 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA 7-14 August
Set out on a summertime expedition through some of nature’s more secluded landscapes as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 66-guest ADMIRALTY DREAM. Enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences and the guidance of two expert naturalists including an Orbridge Expedition Leader. Capture the sight of whales breaching next to your boat, bears fishing along the shoreline and eagles looking down from their nests—all part of nature’s amazing show. Orbridge, from $3,495 (Sells out quickly)
GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST 3-11 August
Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an included overnight stay in Vancouver, WA, known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods and culinary scene. Board the AMERICAN EMPRESS and journey to Astoria, a charming city with Victorian homes, maritime relics, delightful cafés and shops. Head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, then glide down the river and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 camp. Go Next, from $4,099 USNA Alumni Travel 2020—www.usna.com/travel—410-295-4016 5
U.S. OPEN TENNIS
30 August–3 September
NORTHERN LIGHTS AND GREAT NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION
Cross a must-see tennis championship, the U.S. Open, off your bucket list! Mix in all the sites and attractions of New York City with the experience of the premier tennis championship at beautiful USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Watch opening night action from a courtside seat at Arthur Ashe Stadium, then spend a day exploring the Big Apple before heading back to the Tennis Center and touring the campus and courts with a day session Louis Armstrong Loge ticket on Wednesday.
Venture with us into the vast Canadian north—a remote tundra teeming with glacial landforms, boreal forest and beautiful wilderness—accessible only by plane or boat. The destination: an exclusive, supremely outfitted lodge that will be your home base for days filled with wildlife spotting and outdoor adventures and evenings featuring delicious dinners followed by opportunities to watch for the Northern Lights. Northern Manitoba is considered to be one of the best places in the world to view this phenomenon, and fall is considered the best time to comfortably view the aurora borealis and experience the other wonders of this extraordinary region.
SET, from $3,479
Orbridge, from $5,995
CROWNING JOURNEY 23 September-8 October
See Big Ben in London and stroll the pedestrian-only streets of Saint-Malo. Visit the Mayflower steps in Plymouth and stop in Cork, Ireland’s “foodie capital.” Cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in St. John’s to take in the view of the harbor. Visit Saint Pierre and Miquelon, France’s only territory in North America. Take in the wildlife of Saguenay, see Château Frontenac in Québec City and experience the culture of Montréal. Go Next, from $4,099
6 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
2020 ROSE BOWL PARADE AND LOS ANGELES
The Ryder Cup was established in 1927 and continues to attract golf fans from around the world. This biennial men’s golf competition features teams from Europe and the United States that include the top players from their respected countries. Every two years, the Ryder Cup is played and rotates between home courses in Europe and the United States. The competition is known for its unrivaled setting for spectators, fans and players that travel to support and compete for their country. Join us when the United States tries to bring back the Ryder Cup on our home turf in Wisconsin at the world-famous Whistling Straits Golf Course!
For more than a century the city of Pasadena, CA, has attracted visitors for America’s New Year’s celebration with the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game. The Tournament of Roses Parade is a festival of ﬂowers and music and watched in person by hundreds of thousands along the parade route each year. Join us in Los Angeles to get behind the scenes access to all the Rose Bowl Parade festivities and much more! Enjoy private ﬂoat viewing, private tours of Los Angeles, New Year’s lunch on the HORNBLOWER YACHT and an option to enjoy the Rose Bowl game and other popular Los Angeles activities over the New Year’s holiday.
SET, from $3,819
SET, from $2,529
29 December 2019–2 January 2020
FALL SPLENDORS: CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND 26 September–6 October
Stroll Central Park in New York, see the Vanderbilt homes in Newport and take in the scenic views in Boston, MA. Visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME, stop at the Reversing Falls in Saint John and walk down the historic waterfront in Halifax. Enjoy the beaches of Sept-Îles and the extraordinary wildlife of Saguenay. Go Next, from $3,899
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SUNNY ISLANDS AND ANDES
THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Take in the dramatic natural beauty of South and Central America, including Santiago de Chile, Lima and Trojillo—cities that exude warmth and energy. Enjoy marine and wildlife sightings along sparkling coastlines and stroll along white-sand beaches in Roatán, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Cruise through the legendary Panama Canal, and observe a paradise of mangrove wetlands and towering mountains in Puerto Limon— appreciating the unique cultural tapestry of each stunning destination.
Join us as we explore the Galapagos Islands—one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with their human visitors. Expert naturalists will guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary and marine reserve. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors.
Go Next, from $4,499
Orbridge, from $4,995 (Sells out quickly)
8 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI 17-24 June
Spot the “Big 5” on this 11-day journey featuring unparalleled access to Kenya’s national parks, reserves and conservancies. Retreat to comfortable lodges and tented camps, each uniquely beautiful and authentic in decor. Visit the Sweetwater Chimpanzee Conservancy, a partner of the Jane Goodall Institute, which aims to provide refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. This adventure provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the spectacular array of wildlife in this part of the world on nine game drives, each accompanied by expert Orbridge naturalists and guides. Orbridge, from $5,995 (Sells out quickly)
MOROCCO—MARRAKECH 2-11 October
Embark on an exciting eight-night journey that showcases Morocco’s ancient cities, vibrant culture and riveting history. Begin with six nights in Marrakech and explore the city’s walled medina, bustling with shaded souks and a centuries-old square filled with storytellers and musicians. Admire the intricate carvings of the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medrasa, see the splendid minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and witness the dazzling Bahia Palace. Delve into Morocco’s fascinating culture during a calligraphy lesson and culinary tour and engage with a Berber family during an outing to the Atlas Mountains. Discover the gardens of Marrakech, including the subtropical Jardin Majorelle, and thrill to a special Moroccan feast accompanied by local music. Cap off your adventure with two nights in Casablanca where you’ll explore the city’s architectural wonders and journey to nearby Rabat to marvel at the Hassan Mosque. Enjoy an extensive meal program including wine with dinner. AHI, from $3,795 (No single supplement) USNA Alumni Travel 2020—www.usna.com/travel—410-295-4016 9
ASIA VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC— 75TH ANNIVERSARY 13-23 March
Join us on this rare opportunity to visit Iwo Jima on the 75th Anniversary of the battle. Iwo Jima currently opens only one day a year and is planned to close permanently once the last WWII veteran passes away. Don’t miss your opportunity. This tour is led by renowned experts Richard Frank and Jonathan Parshall. Start your journey at Pearl Harbor, where the surprise attack on 7 December 1941 plunged the United States into World War II. Along the way, visit Saipan, Tinian, Guam and attend the 75th commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Extend your stay with a one-night optional pre-tour extension in Honolulu: Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifices and an optional post-tour program, The Battle for Peleliu, visiting Palau and Peleliu. WWII Museum, from $14,995 (Very limited availability) *Travelers from West Point and the Air Force Academy will also be on this departure
22-31 March Experience a rich, cultural journey in Israel as you explore the country’s diverse religious heritage, architecture, dramatic landscapes, culinary traditions and more, from Tel Aviv’s White City to Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Embark on a sensory journey as you shop in lively open-air markets, reflect inside religious sites and savor Israel’s olive oils, falafel, wines and spice blends during this eight-night, once-in-alifetime, small-group adventure which features expert-led discussions, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner. AHI, from $3,995 (Limited to 28 travelers)
10 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
JAPAN IN BLOOM 2-13 April
Discover the shores and shrines of the land of the rising sun aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant NAUTICA. Take in Shimizu’s natural serenity and the sacred shrines and temples of Kyoto. Explore Hiroshima’s thriving metropolis and see Busan, a beautiful balance of tradition and modernity. Travel to Nagasaki, a city brimming with history and charm and an array of churches, temples and shrines. Before the ship returns to Tokyo, enjoy a day in Kagoshima. This city embraces travelers with a mild climate, palm-tree lined streets and, just off the coast, Sakurajima: one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. Go Next, from $4,399
VIETNAM BY SEA
31 October–14 November Voyage through Vietnam and Cambodia, where lush landscape and centuries-old culture are harmoniously linked, on this exceptional itinerary featuring two nights in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi, a seven-night cruise from Haiphong to Saigon and three nights in Siem Reap to experience the magnificent, jungle-fringed temples of Cambodia. Enjoy five-star cruising aboard the newly launched LE LAPÉROUSE, exploring Vietnam’s ancient pagodas and bustling sampan-filled harbors. Featuring four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hué, Hôi An and Angkor Wat—this program is a spectacular blend of Southeast Asia’s ancient world and dynamic modernity for an incredible value. Gohagan, from $6,895 USNA Alumni Travel 2020—www.usna.com/travel—410-295-4016 11
OCEANIA LEGENDS TO LAGOONS 5-15 March
Experience the black-sand beaches of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rain forest, black-sand beaches and cascading waterfalls. Visit and relax on the beaches of Moorea and see the coral churches of Fakarava. Visit the tallest waterfall in the world in Nuku Hiva and explore the marine life of Rangiroa. Slow down on the romantic island of Bora Bora and wade the calm waters of Raiatea. Tahiti awaits your exploration. Go Next, from $4,299
DUTCH WATERWAYS 18-26 April
From the thatched farmhouses and footpaths of fairytale Giethoorn to the medieval landmarks of Antwerp, fall in love with the Netherlands and Belgium as you relish their intimate waterways. See bygone eras take shape aboard a first-class river ship for seven nights. In Amsterdam, get a close-up look at 17th century canals and landmarks on a river cruiser, then dive into acres of colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, bike through charming villages or gaze at masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists at the Rijksmuseum. Explore The Hague and the art of the Mauritshuis, or watch an artisan paint porcelain at the Royal Delft factory. Tour Bruges’ Old Town, then savor its chocolate, discover its beer culture or visit the Groeninge Museum. Immerse yourself in the seaport of Antwerp with its quaint architecture and café-filled lanes. Enjoy an extensive meal plan featuring wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. AHI, from $2,895 (No single supplement)
12 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
EUROPE HILL TOWNS OF ITALY 28 April–6 May
Embrace Tuscany and its romantic Old World way of life on a seven-night journey based in the hilltop town of Cortona, the romantic walled city that set the scene for much of the film “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Venture out to sip Brunello di Montalcino at a family-owned winery and savor locally produced cheeses and prosciutto at Val d’Orcia. Survey the cypress-dotted Umbrian landscape from hilltop Orvieto. Delight in Orvieto’s captivating piazzas and feast your eyes on dazzling mosaics inside its massive cathedral. Stroll ancient streets in Montepulciano and marvel at Siena’s remarkable Gothic architecture. Linger inside the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, in the lovely hometown of Italy’s patron saint. This small-group program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, complemented by wine with dinner. AHI, from $3,295 (Limited to 28 travelers)
CROATIA AND THE DALMATIAN COAST 4-15 May
Discover Croatia, from the winding streets of Zagreb, to the sparkling Dalmatian Coast and magnificent Dubrovnik, the epic walled city featured in countless films. Croatia’s complex history comes to life as you explore landmark sites including Zagreb’s 13th-century St. Mark’s church decked in medieval coats of arms. Rejuvenate your soul in a wonderland of misty waterfalls in Plitvice National Park and linger in Diocletian’s palace before finding your way to Split’s lively town center, located inside palace walls. Meet master craftsmen on the island of Brac and explore charming Trogir with its fifth-century palace, landmark church and the archeological ruins of Salonas nearby. Expert lectures shed light on Croatia’s nautical history, Yugoslav Wars, modern life and more. AHI, from $4,095 (Limited to 28 travelers)
ADRIATIC AND AEGEAN ALLURE 4-15 May
Experience the timeless piazzas and trattorias of Venice, visit the Cattedrale di San Ciriaco in Ancona and see the second-century Roman amphitheater in Durrës. Stroll through the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik and relax along the coastline in Corfu. Tour the Temple of Artemis in Kuşadasi and lounge on the beaches of Syros. Amazing discoveries await you. Go Next, from $3,899
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EASY COMPANY—BAND OF BROTHERS 23 May–3 June
Made famous by The New York Times bestseller Band of Brothers and the critically acclaimed miniseries that followed, Easy Company members shared their stories with National WWII Museum founder Stephen E. Ambrose, who immortalized their lives from jump training to the war’s end. On this unforgettable, 13-day travel experience, you will follow in the footsteps of Easy Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Led by historians and curators from The National WWII Museum, this tour takes you from the hedgerows of Normandy, along “Hell’s Highway” in the Netherlands, through the foxholes surrounding Bastogne and atop the Eagle’s Nest—immersing you in the lives of Easy Company. WWII Museum, from $6,995
SCOTTISH ISLES AND NORWEGIAN FJORDS 30 May–7 June
Join us for a comprehensive seven-night journey to Norway’s majestic fjords and Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands. Cruise from Bergen, Norway, to Glasgow, Scotland, aboard the five-star small ship LE CHAMPLAIN. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship. Ride Norway’s Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, and enjoy a full-day excursion into the Scottish Highlands. Visit the heart of Neolithic Orkney, including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist and tour Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen. Norway/Copenhagen pre-cruise and Edinburgh/Glasgow post-cruise options available. Gohagan, from $5,195
SOLDIERS AND SPIES 3-9 June
Embark on an exclusive seven-day tour of France, visiting sites from Alex Kershaw’s New York Times best-sellers The Bedford Boys and Avenue of Spies, with the author himself serving as featured historian. Guests get an up-close view of the beaches of Normandy and later roam the breathtaking streets of Paris with Kershaw, who provides depth and context to the espionage that occurred there more than 70 years ago. WWII Museum, from $5,495
14 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
EUROPE 42ND PASSION PLAY: OBERAMMERGAU DANUBE CRUISE
7-17 June 2020 — SOLD OUT/WAITLIST BEING ACCEPTED Experience a rare performance of the extravagant Passion Play, performed for nearly four centuries and staged once a decade in storybook Oberammergau. Enjoy a five-night, deluxe cruise along the Danube River, spend two nights each in the Bavarian Alps and Munich, and visit four countries. Budapest Pre-Program and Munich Post-Program Options offered. Gohagan, from $4,295
SWITZERLAND, GERMANY AND AUSTRIA (LAND TOUR) 22 June–2 July
Discover majestic mountain vistas and cruise Lake Constance to Lindau to explore its old town and famous lighthouse. You’ll see 12 centuries of monastic architecture and the exquisite library at the Abbey of St. Gall, Imperial Palace and Gardens in Innsbruck, Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, landmarks of Munich and of course the Passion Play where you’ll experience the immense production of Oberammergau. For almost 400 years, residents of this village have staged this play every 10 years as thanks for the end of the plague. Only 14 spots are remaining for this tour. AHI, from $4,995
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ROMANCE OF THE DOURO RIVER 9-20 June
The romantic Douro River meanders its way from Spain through Northern Portugal, delivering a breathtaking landscape of sculpted hills, terraced vineyards and scenic splendor. Explore the historic river and its environs during a seven-night cruise on an exclusively chartered first-class ship. Before embarking, enjoy Lisbon and its highlights, including the Alfama neighborhood, a hillside maze of cobbled lanes and ancient landmarks. Sip the region’s famous port wine at a traditional quinta on a drive along the Douro Wine Road. Enjoy pretty Lamego with its quintessential blue and white tiled staircase and elegant, sun-kissed Salamanca in Spain! This journey features a choice of included excursions and an extensive meal plan, plus a selection of complimentary beverages. AHI, from $3,895 (No single supplement)
NORMANDY—HONFLEUR 20-28 June
Immerse yourself in historic Normandy—from the Middle Ages to modern times—on this sevennight adventure through the coastal region. Set foot on Omaha Beach and visit the Normandy American Cemetery, contemplating the impact of D-Day and World War II. Admire the embroidery of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry and its delicate depiction of the Norman conquest of England. Marvel at the stunning medieval village MontSaint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as it rises above tidal waters. Relax each evening at your first-class hotel in picturesque harbor town Honfleur. The colorful home to the ship-shaped wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, Honfleur delights visitors with its fishing-village charms. Includes extensive meal plan including wine with dinner. Expert guides share insights into local culture and history to enhance your journey. AHI, from $3,195 (No single supplement. Limited to 28 travelers. Sold out quickly in 2019)
16 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
EUROPE CRUISE THE RHINE 12-20 July
Embark on an unforgettable journey along one of Europe’s most storied waterways and witness the splendor of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a dramatically beautiful stretch that has inspired writers, artists and composers. Unpack once and see medieval castles nestled into the vine-laced hills and stroll the streets of culturally rich Cologne, the 2,000-year-old city with its famous Gothic cathedral. Glide along the 17th-century canals of beautiful Amsterdam and tailor this journey to your interests by choosing among a variety of included excursions in Amsterdam, Breisach, Oberwesel, Speyer and Strasbourg. This seven-night journey includes an ample meal plan, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. AHI, from $2,995 (No single supplement)
CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND 21-29 July
Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland—one of the world’s most enchanting destinations—on a seven-night circumnavigation of this distinctive Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the newest five-star expedition ship, LE BELLOT, launching in 2020, featuring just 92 suites and staterooms. See landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Includes round-trip air from Boston, Montreal, New York-JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington-Dulles. Low cost add-ons are available from select cities.*Reykjavík and the Golden Circle pre-circumnavigation option is offered. Gohagan, from $6,795 (*Included airfare and low cost add-ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed. Sold out in 2018)
BRITISH ISLES TAPESTRY 27 July–7 August
Highlights of this Oceania Cruise aboard MARINA include Big Ben in London, a hike to King Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and exploring the Scottish Highlands in Invergordon. Relax in the hillside harbor town of Portree and dine in style in Glasgow. Visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast and tour Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Explore Cork—Ireland’s “foodie capital”—and take in the wildlife on the Isle of Portland. You are sure to enjoy the region’s highlights on this remarkable cruise. Go Next, from $4,499
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NORDIC MAGNIFICENCE 16-26 August
Delight in the pleasures of Denmark and Norway on this eight-night journey featuring stays in Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen, plus a one-night cruise on the North Sea. In Copenhagen, visit the Old Town and Rosenborg Castle and enjoy the city’s famous architecture during an afternoon canal cruise. An overnight cruise along the coast serves as a prelude to Oslo, which offers an up-close look at ancient Viking ships and the seafaring lifestyle. Thrill to spectacular Nordic scenery as you ride Europe’s highest-altitude train line enroute to welcoming Bergen. Discover Bergen’s landmarks including Bryggen, the town’s iconic 12th-century wharf. Soak up jaw-dropping scenes of waterfalls and alpine vistas on a train ride from the top of a mountain to the majestic Aurlandsfjord. AHI, from $4,495 (Limited to 28 travelers)
STUNNING SCOTLAND 29 August–7 September
*Please note, if you are already in Dublin Ireland for the Navy – Notre Dame game, you will fly to Scotland on 30 August, the day after the game. Explore majestic Scotland's landscapes, culture and people on this small group land journey. From the National Piping Center in Glasgow where you'll discover the history of the bagpipes, to the wonderous sites of Isle of Skye, Scotland becomes your home for 10 days of history and exploration. You will travel to Inverness via the infamous Loch Ness. Enjoy tours and tastings of famed whisky distilleries, a guided tour of Stirling Castle, and an afternoon in charming St. Andrews to ensure you are immersed in the many sides of Scotland. Orbridge, from $4,495
18 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
29 August–12 September Cruise the mighty Danube River through eight European countries and Austria’s storied Wachau Valley, a fairly-tale stretch of cliff-top castles and terraced vineyards. Enjoy three nights in Prague, Czech Republic, sail the Danube for eight nights and savor two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria. Along the way, discover Roman ruins, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fortresses—all part of a complex history shaped by the Danube. Feast your eyes on Budapest illuminated at night and the Iron Gate Gorge, an engineering marvel. Taste traditional delicacies in Croatia’s Slavonia region and enjoy a folk show and a performance of the Viennese waltz on board. In several ports, you may choose from a selection of included excursions. AHI, from $4,995
SKETCHES OF SICILY 9-18 September
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is a diverse outpost once ruled by ancient Greeks, the Phoenicians, Arabs, French and Spanish, just to name a few. Immerse yourself in Sicily’s myths, legends and tumultuous past in this small-group program. In bustling Palermo, explore ancient landmarks and its liveliest market. See medieval castles in Erice, a Doric temple in Segesta and Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples. Witness awe-inspiring views of the coast in Taormina. In Syracuse, see the well-preserved ancient theater and wind your way through the elegant lanes of Old Town. Enjoy lunch at an olive oil farm, learn how to make Sicilian pizza and discuss Sicily’s agriculture, cuisine and its Mafia legacy with local experts. AHI, from $3,495 (Limited to 28 travelers)
GRECO-PERSIAN WAR— 2,500TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 20 September–1 October
Stand in the pass of Thermopylae, honor the dead at Marathon, walk in the footsteps of Themistocles and Xerxes and sail through the waters off Salamis exactly 2,500 years after this famous sea battle changed the course of human history. Enjoy the engaging lectures of Greek-American historian Adam Sparks, soak up the unique culture and cuisine of modern Greece and visit Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Sparta and Athens on this boutique tour custom designed for USNA Alumni Association travelers. Soﬁa Travel Co., from $4,495
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CROWNING JOURNEY: LONDON TO CANADA (See page 6) MEDIEVAL SOJOURN 5-16 October
Amazing sites await you as you cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ MARINA. See the Monte Carlo Casino and the historical treasures of Rome. Stroll the cobblestone streets in Sorrento and see Santorini’s breathtaking volcanic seascapes. Visit the ruins of Ephesus and stroll through Mitilini—the “Garden of the Aegean.” Go Next, from $2,999
COSMOPOLITAN HAVENS 3-11 November
Sail to some of the most cultured cities on the western Mediterranean aboard Oceania Cruises’ MARINA. Your journey begins in Rome, once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy. In Florence, take in some of the masterpieces of the Renaissance, like Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery and Michelangelo’s David. Nearby, discover Pisa’s iconic Leaning Tower or the rural Tuscan countryside. Tour the incredible Real Colegio Seminario del Corpus Christi or try a glass of agua de Valencia. Then, experience Barcelona, the sun-kissed capital of Spain. Your voyage will conclude in Monte Carlo, but first, stop in Marseille and wander the ancient La Panier neighborhood or explore the picturesque countryside of Provence. Go Next, from $2,399
HOLIDAY MARKETS CRUISE 27 November–5 December
Feel the magic of the holidays come to life as you embrace the festive markets of France, Germany and Switzerland during a seven-night Rhine River cruise. Explore medieval villages and see cliff-top castles. Personalize your cruise with a variety of included excursion choices in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg, such as a wine tasting, art tour or culinary experience. Aboard your first-class ship, revel in the beauty of the Rhine Gorge. This heartwarming journey includes a generous meal plan, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. AHI, from $2,295 (No single supplement)
20 Please note—dates, prices and itineraries are tentative. See specific trip brochure for final information.
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The trip went perfectly from start to finish. The Expedition Leaders were superb, exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful. Traveling with fellow grads and their spouses made for the perfect environment. We are ready to go again!
—RR, 2018 Discover SE Alaska Traveler