The Wake Forest travel program features a variety of different trips & experiences available to alumni, parents and friends at an exceptional value.
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Prague | Passau | Melk | Vienna | Bratislava | Budapest
October 2-11, 2016
From $3,595 per person, plus airfare, double occupancy
Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, aboard the deluxe Amadeus Elegant. The custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private classical music performances and a comprehensive schedule of guided excursions featuring magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava. Berlin Pre-Program and Budapest Post-Program Options are offered.
Rome to Venice
November 1-9, 2016
From $2,399 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)
Discover the remnants of ancient empires and the spellbinding beauty of Southern Europe as you cruise the fabled waters of the Adriatic aboard Oceania Cruises’ chic Riviera. Depart Rome for Naples, a classic Italian city of breathtaking frescoes, archaeological and artistic treasures, and mouthwatering culinary delights. Find yourself in Sicily’s second-largest city, vibrant Catania, graced with elegant Baroque buildings and a glorious 18th-century cathedral. Stroll the cobbled seaside promenade in Argostoli, Greece, and experience Montenegro’s coastal port of Kotor, a medieval town enclosed by impressive walls. Then cruise to Croatia and the intriguing city of Zadar, featuring marble streets framed by Romanesque structures. Take in Slovenia’s largest cathedral at Koper, an age-old city filled with grand architecture, followed by Venice, a romantic masterpiece built on water. Before your voyage concludes, explore the city’s opulent palazzi and enchanting squares set amid a network of weaving canals and bridges.
Featuring WFU Professor Dr. Peter Siavelis
January 5-13, 2017
From $4,999 per person, double occupancy
Join Cross Cultural Journeys and Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest University Professor of Politics and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program on an amazing journey to experience richness of the social, political and cultural fabric of Chile and Argentina. The journey begins in Santiago, the capital of one of Latin America’s richest country and was also one of the most enduring democracies, before the advent of the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. We will make a foray in to Chile’s wine country, recognized as one of the richest in the world and one that is aggressively taking on French and California producers. During our time in the coastal cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, we will meander through the colorful streets and labyrinthine hills, taking in the stunning views of Chile‘s most important port, and explore the world of Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda. The adventure continues in Buenos Aires where we will sample the rich cuisine in this culinary capital, explore the phenomenon of Peronism (the cult of personality surrounding Eva Peron), Argentina’s dirty war, and the human rights movement centered on the famous Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and visit sites related to each. We will take time to become familiar with the richness of Argentine culture with a daylong visit to an estancia (a traditional Argentine country estate) to experience Argentina’s gaucho culture first hand. You will return home with a understanding of Latin America different from that of most Americans, and one that reflects the richness of the cultures and societies of the southernmost countries in the Americas.
April 28-May 6, 2017
From $1,799 per person, double occupancy
Encounter the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mediterranean and Aegean, where each destination offers up its own timeless treasures—from the whitewashed houses of Oia, one of Santorini’s most postcard-worthy villages, to the sparkling Blue Grotto of Capri and the gilded frescoes of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Depart Athens for Santorini, the jewel of the Cyclades, followed by a visit to Heraklion, situated near the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Explore Malta’s UNESCO-protected capital, Valletta, graced with honey-colored stone buildings, and then sample the culinary delights of Messina, Sicily. Before capping off your journey in Rome, browse the quaint shops and cafés of Sorrento, a photogenic resort town overlooking the Bay of Naples, or experience the glamorous isle of Capri.
April 28-May 14, 2017
From $4,978 per person, double occupancy
Begin your 17-day tour in Lisbon with guided touring and some free time for independent exploration. Travel to Oporto and enjoy a cruise on the Douro River. Visit the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, the last stop along the religious pilgrimage route of the Way of St. James. Stop in Leon to encounter the city’s impressive historical and architectural heritage with visits to the Leon Cathedral and Casa Botines. Continue to Bilbao and take a tour of the Guggenheim, visit the Fine Arts Museum, and embark on a day-long excursion along the rugged, beautiful Basque coastline. Spend two nights in the Pyrenees Mountain region before concluding the tour with three nights in vibrant Barcelona. Discover more of this lively, spirited city on your own on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
May 17-May 25, 2017
From $4,060 per person, double occupancy
Join us for this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions en printemps (in springtime), the best time of year to visit, when the crimson poppies, colorful primrose, purple irises, almond blossoms and cherry trees bloom to herald in a new season. In the sun-kissed south of France, explore ancient Marseille, a vibrant city named the 2013 European Cultural Capital, before cruising for six nights from Provençal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rivers Rhône and Saône aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Amadeus Provence, launching in 2017—the newest addition to the Amadeus Fleet.
July 25-August 3, 2017
From $4,299 per person, double occupancy
Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature’s beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West!
July 28-August 5, 2017
From $3,890 per person, double occupancy
Stand in awe at sweeping mountain vistas on this active journey through the Canadian Rockies. In Kananaskis begin exploring with a visit to the heart-warming Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, and enjoy a barbecue lunch at Boundary Ranch. Navigate the Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer, embark on a scenic journey down the Athabasca River, and delight in dancing stars at Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. View the powerful Athabasca Falls and glacier-fed Peyto Lake during the drive to Banff, and discover the picturesque highlights of Banff’s Bow River Valley. See the ethereal beauty of Moraine Lake and view Lake Louise’s emerald waters during a gondola ride. Local guides provide fascinating insight during included excursions. This small-group journey features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan that includes wine with dinner.
October 11-October 18, 2017
From $2,995 per person, double occupancy
A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Reason enough to join us on a spectacular seven day journey through Northern California on the California Rail Discovery. A tour of the “City by the Bay” will show you the city’s many highlights including a San Francisco
Bay Cruise with views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the beautiful skyline. The journey continues to Sausalito and Old Sacramento, a unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park that lives in homage to California’s beginning with the Gold Rush of 1849. Relive history as you roll through the Napa Valley onboard vintage Pullman railcars – this is sure to be a highlight. Continuing our travels, we board our second train excursion, Amtrak’s California Zephyr which heads east into the spectacular snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains where we will disembark in Truckee near Lake Tahoe. Enjoy two nights at a resort in Lake Tahoe in the scenic and popular South Tahoe area. Discover the historic town of Virginia City, once considered the richest city in America during its’ Old West mining days. Finally a Paddlewheeler Cruise on Lake Tahoe and a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant will cap off your adventure out west.