The Wake Forest travel program features a variety of different trips & experiences available to alumni, parents, families, and friends at an exceptional value.

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November 2 – 10, 2018 – Limited Space Still Available
From $3,399 per person, double occupancy (airfare included)
9-day tour

It is time to experience the Island with Forty-Shades of Green like you never have before.  Blanketed in rich history, hearty gastronomy and diverse landscapes; Ireland is a country of sharp contrasts and vibrant cultures that encourages exploration.  Our WFU Alumni & Friends Tour takes us to the Emerald Island during its peak season of foliage and greenery in November 2018.  We overnight in the eclectic cities of Galway, Derry and Dublin, with daily excursions to jewels of the island which include: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens; Achill Island and Westport; and the Marble City of Kilkenny.  Memorable jaunts throughout our stay include: Visiting the world-renowned Belleek Pottery to observe this century-old Gaelic artistry; touring Derry’s Walled City Brewery with a personal guide and culminating with a tasting of choice beers; participating in a cooking demonstration and tasting at the famed Mourne Seafood Cookery School while overlooking Kikeel Harbour; visiting Trinity College and observing its Old Library which house the Book of Kells; and rounding-out our true Irish experience with a tour and tasting at Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin.  This nine-day tour will surely evoke the luck of the Irish, not to mention the thrill of the Deacs.

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Full 2019 Tour Schedule to be announced soon!

January 3 – 13, 2018 – Only seven spaces available!
From $7,500 per person, double occupancy (airfare not included)
11-day tour

Discover the roots of humanity — come to the Turkana region of Kenya on a 10-day learning adventure with Dr. Ellen Miller, Wake Forest University Professor of Anthropology, and immerse yourself in the story of ape and human evolution, in the place where our ancestors evolved. Journey overland from Nairobi to the Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya, home to an impressive array of African wildlife, and a place where elephants, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, and big cats are commonly sighted. Fly by private plane to the west side of Lake Turkana, where our base of operations will be the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) research station at Turkwel. At TBI, settle into comfortable cottages which feature all the modern amenities. Mosquito nets, towels and bedding are provided, and food is fresh and plentiful. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notice. Learn about important fossil discoveries and visit some of the famous sites where these finds were uncovered, including the Miocene fossil forest of Napudet, where Alesi, the most complete fossil ape skull ever known was discovered.  Relax in the evenings with a swim in the Turkwel river and sundowners on the veranda. From Turkwel head across the lake to the TBI research station at Ileret, located close to the Kenyan-Ethiopian border, and spend an afternoon in the village of Ileret, a largely pastoralist Dassenech community. After an evening’s rest, enjoying the breeze and the spectacular views of Lake Turkana, we’ll resume the life of a field paleontologist, heading off to search for fossil monkeys and apes at Dr. Miller’s field site, “Buluk”. When we return from Buluk, we’ll start work in the lab, learning first-hand how to clean and prepare fossils for scientific study. You’ll be living, working, and learning in the place where world renowned scientists, such as the famous fossil-hunting family the Leakey’s, have made, and continue to make, the groundbreaking discoveries that shape the way we understand the origins of ourselves and our closest relatives. Join us on this academic safari.

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