UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni travel opportunities

Check out these travel adventures offered by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association:

April 23-May 9, 2015
Pathway through Panama - Oceania Cruises

Experience Central America’s alluring blend of natural marvels, unique cultures, and enchanting architecture as you cruise to Florida, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico in luxury aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Regatta. Stroll palm-lined streets edged by 19th-century architecture in Key West—once home to author Ernest Hemingway. Visit enchanting Cartagena, a grand cultural and architectural feast, before cruising through the impressive Panama Canal, an engineering masterpiece that connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. In Puntarenas, explore the lively beachside promenade, or venture inland to experience Costa Rica’s ecological majesty—renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls, imposing volcanoes, and tropical cloud forests. Succumb to the idyllic beauty of San Juan del Sur, a tropical haven that beckons with dozens of sun-drenched beaches and pristine coves. Next is Puerto Quetzal, a gateway to the lovely colonial capital of Antiqua, followed by Puerto Chiapas, situated in Mexico’s bountiful Soconusco region. Explore Cabo San Lucas, an exclusive resort town where aquamarine seas lap picture-perfect beaches, and trendy restaurants and chic boutiques exude glamour. From awe-inspiring monuments and serene beaches to beautiful colonial architecture, savor spectacular contrasts on this 16-night South American odyssey. Call Go Next 1-800-842-9023, or go to GoNext. View travel brochure.

May 1-9, 2015
A Toast to Provence and Burgundy - A-ROSA Stella Cruises

Southern France conjures up a visual feast of images:  fragrant lavender-laced fields, lush green vineyards, marvelous Roman ruins, and picturesque medieval villages. Take in the region’s astounding beauty on a unique Saône and Rhône River cruise aboard the intimate A-ROSA Stella, a chic state-of-the-art river cruiser. Experience elegance and serenity aboard this beautifully appointed vessel as she takes you through the heart of Burgundy and Provence—France’s premier wine-making regions. Encounter the old-world charms of Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, and take in soul-stirring countryside vistas as you sample renowned regional wines. Indulge yourself with legendary cuisine in Lyon, France’s culinary capital, and admire the world’s largest Gothic palace in Avignon, a graceful town cradled by incredible stone ramparts. Discover the architectural allure of Arles, with its splendid historic center and impressive Roman structures, and enjoy interludes in the beautiful towns and villages of Tournus, Viviers, and La Voulte. From quaint colorful towns and idyllic sun-drenched landscapes to masterful wines and incomparable gastronomic delights, this 7-day river voyage captures the timeless magic of Southern France. GoNext or 1-800-842-9023. View itinerary.

May 2-11, 2015
Isles & Empires of the Adriatic - Oceania Cruises

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’ elegant Riviera. Depart Rome for Sorrento, a delightful seaside resort with its fragrant lemon groves, winding cobblestone streets and majestic mountain vistas, or travel to Capri, where idyllic seascapes and quaint villages await.  Find yourself amid ancient ruins and colorful shops in the Sicilian town of Taormina, and admire the ancient frescoes of St. Andrews Monastery in Kefalonia’s lovely capital, Argostoli, Greece. Continue to Montenegro’s coastal port of Kotor, a medieval town enclosed by impressive walls, and then on to Croatia’s centuries-old city, Zadar, featuring marble streets framed by Romanesque structures. Explore medieval Koper, home to the largest cathedral in Slovenia, followed by Venice, a romantic masterpiece built on water. Admire the city’s opulent palazzi and enchanting squares set amid a network of weaving canals and bridges before your incredible journey concludes. From historic Adriatic ports to celebrated Italian panoramas, this extraordinary voyage truly enchants and delivers. Call GoNext 1-800-842-9023. View travel brochure.

August 1-9, 2015
Passage of Lewis & Clark Expedition - American Empress

http://www.collettevacations.com/timages/timages_2014/noblockimages_2014/89.jpgFollow the passage of Lewis and Clark’s fabled expedition to the Pacific coast as you journey through a geological masterpiece of astounding landscapes. From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest while cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in Spokane, Washington’s second largest city, graced with beautiful parks and world-class museums. Embark on your river cruise in Clarkston, Washington, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, the site of the famed explorers’ 1805 campsite. Then delve into unique pioneer history at The Dalles—the end of the Oregon Trail—and take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity, and revel in the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, before your voyage concludes in the “City of Roses,” Portland. GoNext or 1-800-842-9023. View brochure.

Oct. 20-29, 2015
Discover Dubai

Board your overnight flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a city of ages that rises out of the desert and crowns the gulf coast with its presence. Comprehensive sightseeing with opportunities to experience the local culture. The travel package includes round-trip air from Minneapolis, professional tour manager, 12 meals, hotel transfers, and baggage handling. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact Betsy D'Onofrio at 630-518-2532. View brochure.

October 22-30, 2015
European Hideaways - Oceania Cruises

http://www.collettevacations.com/timages/timages_2014/noblockimages_2014/89.jpgFrom quaint villages fringed by sparkling blue seas to cosmopolitan cities graced with enchanting architecture, experience classic European destinations as you cruise aboard the graceful Oceania Cruises Riviera to Spain, France, Monaco and Italy. Depart Barcelona for the glorious island of Mallorca and the lovely city of Palma. Marvel at its massive Gothic cathedral and circular castle overlooking the harbor, relax amid the windmill-dotted countryside or stroll the cobbled streets of Old Palma. Next, take in the colorful French city of Marseille or explore the rich Provençal countryside dotted with quaint villages and medieval towns. Then stop in glamorous Monte Carlo, a small, affluent enclave famous for its casino and its stunning locale on the Riviera’s winding Grand Corniche. Sail to Italy and visit the fishing village turned resort town, Portofino, a modern playground of villas and yachts, and see the charming cliffside villages of Italy’s renowned Cinque Terre. Explore the magnificent Renaissance museums and architecture of legendary Florence, stand before Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, or admire the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany, before disembarking in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome. Call GoNext 1-800-842-9023. View brochure.

Dec. 30, 2015-Jan. 4, 2016
Rose Parade New Year's

http://www.collettevacations.com/timages/timages_2014/noblockimages_2014/89.jpgWelcome to beautiful Southern California. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for the
next five nights, the Hyatt Regency or Renaissance- Marriott, deluxe properties located in downtown Long Beach. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner to get acquainted with your fellow travelers. Tour Highlights: •New Year’s Eve Dinner Party •Tournament of Roses Parade •Lunch at Lawry’s •Rose Parade Floats On Display •Reagan Library & Museum •Los Angeles City Tour •Hollywood & Walk of Fame •Beverly Hills & Rodeo Drive •5 Nights at One Hotel. Includes: •Roundtrip Airfare - MSP* •9 Meals •Professional Tour Director •Motorcoach Transportation •Admissions per Itinerary •Sightseeing per Itinerary. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact Betsy D'Onofrio at 630-518-2532. View brochure.

January 20-Feb. 7, 2016
Bridge of the Americas featuring Panama Canal transit

Encounter the multifaceted cultures and ancient civilizations of Central and South America as you weave your way from Miami to Lima aboard Oceania Cruises’ regal Regatta. Admire 19th-century architecture in palm-studded Key West, snorkel among the colorful coral reefs surrounding Cozumel, see intriguing Mayan ruins near Costa Maya and Santo Tomas, admire the old St. John’s Cathedral in Belize, and relax on Roatan’s glittering beaches. Stop at Puerto Limon, a gateway to Costa Rica’s idyllic rainforests, before cruising the legendary Panama Canal to the port of Fuerte Amador. Sail the Pacific to Ecuador and stroll along Manta’s lively beaches and Guayaquil’s revitalized riverfront promenade. Then continue to Salaverry, a gateway to the colonial charms of Trujillo, followed by Peru’s historic capital, Lima. Take in its timeless colonial architecture and pre-Columbian temples or consider extending your visit with an optional trip to the “Lost City of the Incas,” mystical Machu Picchu. Call Go Next 1-800-842-9023, or go to GoNext. View brochure.