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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Timeless TreasuresTimeless Treasures

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.

Springtime in Provence & BurgundyProvence and Burgundy

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.

Vienna to Versailles

June 19-June 30, 2017
From $5,195 per person, double occupancy

Join Chuck and Rebecca Thomas as they explore the cultural, political, and military impact of the First World War, the most significant event of the twentieth century.  We will begin in Vienna, the former imperial capital, where the fin de siècle clash between tradition and modernity is reflected in the art and architecture of that magnificent city.  A tour of Schönbrunn Palace will highlight Austria-Hungary’s former role as a powerhouse in Central Europe, and a trip to the Army History Museum’s Sarajevo Room will illuminate the assassination that precipitated the war. We’ll be sure not to miss the Salmbräu’s locally brewed beers and old world cuisine or the charms of Grinzing’s quaint village wine gardens along the way.  From Vienna, we will continue to Hallstatt (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bad Ischl, Alpine retreats in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, where the elderly Kaiser Franz Joseph reluctantly signed the declaration of war on Serbia that began the world conflagration.  We will then make our way southward, travelling along the famed South Styrian Wine Road on the way to battlefields in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.  There, along the emerald green Soča (Isonzo) River, Italian, Austro-Hungarian, and German forces clashed in twelve bloody battles that were immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.  Our trip continues with a short flight from Ljubljana to Paris and visits to the French Army Museum there and to nearby battlefields that mark America’s intervention in the war between 1917 and 1918.  We conclude with a visit to the Palace of Versailles, where the most important of the five treaties ending World War I was signed on June 28, 1919. This is not a normal battlefield tour; rather, it is an endeavor by two specialists in this period to explore the war in its multiple contexts and to examine its enduring legacy in the form of what was destroyed, what was changed, and what survived.

National ParksNational Parks and Lodges

July 25-August 3, 2017
From $3,995 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, you’ll discover there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West!

Canadian Rockies

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.

California Rail DiscoveryCaliforniaRail_WebsiteSplash

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 next day you will cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a visit to the picturesque town of Sausalito, before heading inland toward Sacramento with a visit to the world-renowned California State Railroad Museum. Explore the Napa Valley Wine Country aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train for lunch and wine tasting. Relive history as you roll through the Napa Valley onboard vintage Pullman railcars. Travel continues with a second train excursion on Amtrak’s California Zephyr into the spectacular snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. 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.

Booking and Questions

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