UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni travel opportunities

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

July 16-22, 2014
California Rail Discovery

California RailThe University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites you to join us to visit the San Francisco Bay area, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The travel package includes round-trip air from Minneapolis, professional tour director, 9 meals, hotel transfers, and baggage handling. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact Betsy D'Onofrio at 877-953-8687. View brochure.

Aug. 21 - Sept. 1, 2014
Baltic Treasures - Oceania Cruises

Baltic treasures abound on this voyage to some of Northern Europe’s most legendary ports aboard Oceania Cruises elegant Nautica. Discover distant monarchies, Baroque palaces and stunning harbors as you cruise the Baltic Sea to Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. Beginning in Copenhagen, sail to the delightful German port of Warnemünde and enjoy its lovely seaside promenade, or take a short drive to Berlin and view weathered remnants of the iconic Berlin Wall and other notable landmarks. Cruise to Lithuania and stroll past charming timber-framed buildings in Klaipeda’s Old Town, and then on to Latvia’s capital Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dubbed the “Paris of the East.” Head to the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca, where you’ll discover a splash of modern art and architecture. Delight in almost three full days to soak up St. Petersburg and explore its gorgeous onion-domed cathedrals and fabled palaces, or perhaps head south on a day trip to Moscow and visit famed sites like Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Before concluding your journey in Stockholm, visit Estonia to admire Tallinn’s beautifully preserved medieval architecture. Create unforgettable memories as you sail the legendary Baltic Sea. Call Go Next 1-800-842-9023, or go to GoNext. Travel brochure.

Oct. 20-28, 2014
Accent on the Adriatic - Oceania Cruises

Discover captivating ports, ancient ruins and the wild beauty of nature as you cruise the azure waters of the Adriatic aboard the deluxe Oceania Cruises Marina, an elegant vessel replete with breathtaking amenities and outstanding cuisine. Set out from Venice and sail to Split, Croatia’s jewel along the Adriatic Sea, where a centuries-old Roman palace and Croatia’s oldest museum filled with intriguing relics await. Stroll the pink-paved streets that wind through Montenegro’s coastal port of Kotor, a medieval town enclosed by impressive walls. Spend time in Durres, where remnants of its ancient past surface in a 2nd-century amphitheater and the columns of an amazing Byzantine forum. Discover the verdant island of Corfu, where beauty abounds among the lush emerald hills and white sand beaches. Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, Sicily’s timeless town of Taormina offers a blend of ancient Greek and Roman ruins and vibrant modern shops, which have enticed authors and artists for centuries. Explore the charming trove of cobblestone streets and stunning panoramas of Sorrento, or travel to Capri, a lovely island of stunning panoramas, quaint villages and ancient villas, before concluding your Adriatic adventure in Rome. From historic Adriatic ports to celebrated Italian panoramas, this extraordinary voyage truly enchants and delivers. Call Go Next 1-800-842-9023, or go to GoNext. Travel brochure.

Nov. 3-11, 2014
Tropical Costa Rica

http://www.collettevacations.com/timages/timages_2014/noblockimages_2014/89.jpg Lush forests and stunning waterfalls… rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines… Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a river boat adventure. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s fascinating cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on hanging bridges. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and the magnificent National Theatre. Relax in the mineral-rich waters of a hot springs with views of Arenal Volcano. Luxuriate at a beach and golf resort for two nights in Tamarindo Beach, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact Linda Erickson 715-834-2686 or linda@higginstravel.com. View details.

Nov. 5-13, 2014
Barcelona and Paris

parisThe University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites you to join us to visit Barcelona and Paris, featuring 2 nights in the Arles and the TGV Train to Paris. The travel package includes round-trip air from Minneapolis, professional tour director, 9 meals, hotel transfers, and baggage handling. For more information about this alumni travel opportunity contact Betsy D'Onofrio at 877-953-8687. View brochure.

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 itinerary.

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 itinerary.