Arcadia Alumni

Alumni Travel Program

About the Alumni Travel Program

The Arcadia University Alumni Travel Program offers our alumni the opportunity to participate in unique group travel experiences that strengthen The Arcadia Promise to provide a distinctively global, integrative, personal learning experience. 

We have partnered with experienced travel providers to offer Arcadia alumni a variety of educational excursions. 

Great Pacific Northwest: Portland to Clarkson, Sept. 15-23, 2019

Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods, and culinary scene. Board the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with 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.

Rome & The Amalfi Coast, Oct. 3-12, 2019

Join us on a journey through southern Italy and embrace its rich scenery, art, culture, food, and wine. We open with a guided tour of classical Rome that reveals its iconic treasures, followed by an in-depth guided visit of the spectacular Colosseum. Next, travel amid the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast. From the seaside town of Sorrento to the monastery of Montecassino and the ancient Greek temples of Paestum, each day brings another delightful experience. Travel by boat to the spectacular island of Capri where a local guide shows you the sights and you soak in the views of the rugged coastline. Enjoy a stop to learn how mozzarella cheese is made and visit the renowned National Archaeological Museum. Along the way, discover the ruins of Pompeii, stop at a local winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius, and perhaps sip limoncello, a local lemon liquor.

  • Prices from $4,499 per person if booked by April 4, 2019 (double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from PHL; triple occupancy available for $4,449 per person)
  • Tour operated by Collette
  • Make your reservation online or call 1-800-581-8942 (refer to booking #895177)

Wonders of Peru, Oct. 10-21, 2019 (NEW DATES)

Tap into your sense of adventure and take the journey of a lifetime to Peru and the Amazon rainforest. From the modern capital of Lima to the ancient capital of Cusco and Machu Picchu to the Amazon basin, experience the richness of Peruvian culture. See Lima’s colonial architecture, and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner at a landmark home. Explore Incan history at Cusco, Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley. Take a train ride into a cloud forest to the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu, and cruise into the rainforest aboard the exclusively chartered Delfin III. Glide in skiffs on wildlife-watching excursions and hike in the jungle. Visit a manatee rescue center. This 10-night journey includes all internal flights and train ride; a three-night deluxe cruise; specially selected accommodations in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco; and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. No single supplement!

  • Solo traveler friendly: Single supplement waived
  • Prices from $5,995 per person + port (double occupancy; air included for select gateways)
  • Tour operated by AHI Travel
  • Make your reservation online or call 1-800-323-7373

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Oct. 11-16, 2019

Travel with us to the Land of Enchantment to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, history, and architecture. A highlight will be the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival, the world’s largest and most famous hot air ballooning event. Witness the Mass Ascension, which includes more than 500 balloons taking to the sky. Also experience the balloons up close and illuminated on solid ground during the Balloon Glow.

Enjoy three nights in Santa Fe, founded in 1607 making it America’s oldest state capital city and third oldest continuously inhabited U.S. city. Enjoy a Santa Fe city tour with a local guide featuring the Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governor’s, built in 1610, and a visit to the Loretto Chapel to learn of its mysterious past. Santa Fe is part of the UNESCO Creative City Network as one of the most important art markets in the world, and is renowned for its beauty, Pueblo-style architecture, and museums.

Learn more about New Mexico’s Native American history and culture with visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Bandelier National Monument, and the Taos Pueblo. The Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient Pueblo homes, which have been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. A few of the other attractions during this program include Old Town Albuquerque, a Taos city tour, the “High Road to Taos,” and Los Alamos Bradbury Museum, which tells the story of this isolated town and its role in the Manhattan Project.

Legends of the Nile, Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2019

Gaze in awe at the Pyramids of Giza, the only monuments remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World, on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Egypt. This 10-night journey features four nights aboard a luxury ship on the Nile River. An expert Egyptologist will be at your side throughout this experience as you discover ancient Egypt’s other wonders: the Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Great Temple of Ramses, and so much more. Explore the fascinating Egyptian Museum, see the artifacts of ancient Thebes at the Luxor Museum, and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House in Luxor. Also, enjoy a tour of Cairo, featuring some of the city’s most impressive mosques and its Coptic Christian churches. This small-group trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights, Dec. 6-12, 2019

The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis—or northern lights. Travel in Iceland will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall—one of the world's most incredible cascades. Explore the Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.

  • Prices from $3,999 per person if booked by June 7, 2019 (double occupancy, includes round-trip airfare from PHL; triple occupancy available for $3,969 per person)
  • Tour operated by Collette
  • Make your reservation online or call 1-800-581-8942 (refer to booking #895103)

Swiss Alps & The Italian Lakes, June 10-19, 2020

From the high alpine splendor of St. Moritz, Switzerland, to the Italian Lakes tucked into Italy’s Lombardy region—fall in love with two naturally beautiful, culturally distinct countries on this scenic eight-night journey. Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and gaze at dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano in hours! Pass little Swiss villages on a drive to Tremezzo, sitting on the shores of Lake Como. Cruise to the quaint villages of Bellagio and Como, and see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan. Stroll through palace gardens in the Borromean Islands and learn cooking secrets at a family-owned restaurant. This engaging program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

California Rail Discovery, July 15-21, 2020

Begin your trip with a two-night stay in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. A tour of the “City by the Bay” will show the city’s many highlights and feature a San Francisco Bay Cruise for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the beautiful skyline. The next day, you’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a visit to the picturesque town of Sausalito before heading inland for a winery tour and tasting and then onto Sacramento. Old Sacramento is 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. Explore the Napa Valley Wine Country as you board the famous Napa Valley Wine Train for lunch and wine tasting. Relive history as you roll through the Napa Valley on board vintage Pullman railcars—this is sure to be a highlight. You’ll enjoy a three-night stay at a resort in Lake Tahoe in the scenic and popular South Tahoe area and end with a Paddle Wheeler Cruise on Lake Tahoe followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to cap off your western adventure.

Cruise the Rhine River: Basel to Amsterdam, July 19-27, 2020

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. Enjoy legends including the story of Loreley and partake in expert-led discussions that shed light on the region. Delight in the German tradition of Frühschoppen, the mid-morning snack of pretzels and sausages accompanied by a cold beer. This seven-night journey includes an ample meal plan, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

  • Solo traveler friendly! No single supplement for solo travelers.
  • Prices from $3,095 per person if booked by Nov. 11, 2019 + port (land only)
  • Tour operated by AHI Travel
  • Make your reservation online or call 1-800-323-7373.

Forests and Fjords of Alaska, July 30-Aug. 10, 2020

Explore the forests and fjords of Alaska’s coastal cities on this unforgettable eleven-night trip aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Your journey begins in Seward, a lively coastal city that was once home to the starting point of the historic Iditarod Trail. Cruise College Fjord to Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, which enchants visitors with its awe-inspiring walls of ice. In Icy Strait Point, watch for whales spouting at the nearby Point Adolphus feeding area before sailing to Juneau, a thriving town full of natural wonders, totems, and mountain scenery. Discover Skagway’s history at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Sitka, the next port, is known for its fishing industry, an annual music festival, and its vast array of historic attractions. Ketchikan is host to the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. Next, stop in Prince Rupert to experience its native culture and pioneer heritage. Your voyage will conclude in Vancouver, a wonderland of diversity, culture, and breathtaking natural vistas, but before that, cruise the Inside Passage to Nanaimo, a vibrant coastal city that sits on the cusp of wilderness and offers travelers a mélange of galleries, shops, and museums.

Black Hills, Badlands & Legends of the West, Aug. 12-18, 2020

Journey to the fabled Black Hills of South Dakota and experience a region steeped in history, Native American culture, scenery, and wildlife. Visit the incomparable Mount Rushmore and walk the streets of Deadwood, once a lawless gold-mining town made famous by Wild West legends. Visit the Journey Museum and gain insight into the region’s archaeology, pioneer past, and the Sioux. See the landscape of Badlands National Park and the roaming herds of buffalo during a buffalo Jeep safari ride in Custer State Park. Experience hundreds of wild mustangs at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and see Devil’s Tower National Monument of eastern Wyoming. Ride on the 1880 Train, a scenic and historic vintage steam train experience. Enjoy all this while staying at just one hotel in Rapid City.

Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast, Sept. 28-Oct. 9, 2020

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 a medieval coat 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 5th-century palace, landmark church, and the archeological ruins of Salonas nearby. Lose yourself along the ancient passageways of Dubrovnik, tour its Franciscan Monastery, and visit Europe’s oldest pharmacy. Expert lectures shed light on Croatia’s nautical history, Yugoslav Wars, modern life and more. This 10-night journey also includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner.