Venice, Italy is just one of many exciting destinations Ducks will explore in 2016 with the UOAA's travel program.

2016 UOAA Travel Preview

Is your New Year’s resolution to see the world? That’s a goal the University of Oregon Alumni Association can help you achieve!

By UO Student Lili Wagner

In 2016 the University of Oregon Alumni Association’s travel program offers 15 trips to destinations around the globe. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to relax on white sand beaches in French Polynesia, trek through the Amazon, explore Greek and Roman ruins, or cruise through the tranquil inland Sea of Japan.

Associate Director of International Alumni Engagement Shannon Rose explains, “The tours are all hand-selected with our alumni in mind. We consider location, reviews, price, and time of year. We also look at requested locations. This year’s first trip, Bridge of the Americas, was selected because of alumni interest in the region.

“There’s also an educational aspect to all of our tours,” she continues. “The tour providers cater specifically to alumni. There are activities that provide opportunities to learn about the area and the culture, to navigate markets, to listen to lecturers on board.”

Ducks bound for Cuba this May can expect a weeklong whirlwind of cultural activities in the capital city, Havana. The itinerary includes stops at art studios, historical sites, museums, and an excursion to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The island’s vibrant culture shaped by a rich history of political and economic turbulence will charm and exhilarate travelers.

November’s Riviera Romance tour brings travelers by sea through the Mediterranean, beginning in Venice and finishing in Barcelona with stops along the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, Montenegro, and Croatia. Travelers will enjoy both the quaint charm of coastal Kotor and the ritzy glamor of Monte Carlo, along with the allure of many other cities along the way.

Alumni hoping to explore the heart of Europe can enjoy the Holiday Markets river tour of Germany, Luxembourg, and France in early December. With flexible options for excursions, shopping opportunities at special holiday markets, and a concluding three-night hotel stay in Paris, there’s no better way to explore the Rhine Valley and its surroundings.

These trips also offer a unique opportunity for travelers to meet alumni living abroad at special receptions. Whether over coffee in Singapore or dinner in Rome, the receptions connect Ducks around the world.

The travel program also offers domestic trips for travelers who want to better get to know places closer to home. With river tours through the Heartland and expeditions in America’s beautiful national parks (and a transatlantic trip that takes travelers from the bustling metropolises of the East Coast, up the coast of Nova Scotia, and across the Atlantic to Portugal’s ancient port city, Lisbon) there are adventures to be had near and far.

These trips range in duration, style, and activities. Enjoy anywhere from a week to a month of travel abroad, by land or by sea, steamboat or ocean liner. To learn more about any of these 15 trips click here.

“In the past, travelers have given great reviews of these trips, from the ships, to the customer service, and the quality of the tour guides, who are all incredibly knowledgeable and personable,” Rose explains. “Alumni have really enjoyed these travel experiences.”

These trips are exclusive benefits of membership with the UOAA. Not a member? Click here to learn more about becoming a member. Space is limited on these exciting, educational, and affordable adventures so make your travel plans for 2016 today!