UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni travel opportunities

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

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.

May 4-12, 2016
Sultans & Palaces - Oceania Cruises

http://www.collettevacations.com/timages/timages_2014/noblockimages_2014/89.jpgJourney through fabled islands and cities studded with awe-inspiring palaces and sun-bleached ruins on a spectacular Aegean luxury cruise. Board Oceania Cruises’ graceful Riviera in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul—a dazzling display of exotic bazaars, gleaming domes and minarets. Then sail to Kavala, a picturesque city rising from the slopes of Mount Symvolo, and stroll a labyrinth of streets edged by classic Cycladic architecture on Mykonos. Admire the sweeping white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Rhodes, famed for its vast Palace of the Grand Masters and the impressive Acropolis of Lindos. Stop at Turkey’s vibrant port city of Kusadasi, a gateway to the glorious ruins of Ephesus, one of the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman cities. Relax on the serene island of Patmos, where magnificent frescoes adorn the Monastery of St. John. Before your odyssey concludes in Athens, behold the black-pebble beaches and blue-domed, whitewashed villages on Santorini. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact GoNext or 1-800-842-9023. View brochure.

June 13-24, 2016
Regal Routes of Northern Europe

Embark on an odyssey to Northern Europe, where beautiful medieval buildings reflect upon tranquil canals, fairy-tale turrets rise above marvelous cities, and quaint cobbled lanes lead to ornate cathedrals and regal monuments. From London, travel to Southampton and begin your voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina, stopping first in Le Havre, a jumping-off point for adventures in magical Paris. Admire Bruges’ lovely gabled buildings and arched stone bridges, and take in the stylish art galleries of Antwerp. Explore the fine museums and canals of Amsterdam, Europe’s captivating cultural hub, and behold the sprawling parks and gardens of Hamburg, Germany’s “Green City.” Continue to Kristiansund, a gateway to Norway’s welcoming villages and gorgeous fjords, followed by Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo, home to the imposing Akershus Fortress and the whimsical world of sculptures at Vigeland Park. Before your voyage concludes in Copenhagen, discover the charming boutiques, cozy cafes and elegant structures that grace Gothenburg, Sweden’s cultural heart. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact GoNext or 1-800-842-9023. View brochure.

Oct. 23-31, 2016
Country & Blues

Celebrate homegrown country and blues music on a luxury river cruise aboard the American Queen. Begin with a stay in the “Country Music Capital of the World,” Nashville, an iconic city that beckons with elegant architecture, an inventive culinary scene and ever-vibrant music culture. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise the Cumberland River to Clarksville, dotted with unique attractions like the stately Smith-Trahern Mansion. Delve into fascinating Civil War history at Dover’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery, and encounter a striking blend of lush forests and rugged bluffs at Cave-In-Rock State Park in southern Illinois. Stroll past well-preserved historic landmarks in Mount Vernon, and take in the delightful 19th-century architecture of Paducah. Before concluding your voyage in Memphis, the “Home of the Blues,” witness colorful local artifacts on display at the New Madrid Historical Museum and the magnificent Hunter-Dawson home. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact GoNext or 1-800-842-9023. View brochure.