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Travel & Learn Program

The University of Rochester invites you to join alumni, parents, and friends for exciting worldwide explorations designed for the inquisitive lifelong learner. If you are seeking new cultural experiences and enjoy group travel, consider our Travel and Learn Program for your next travel adventure.

You may just find yourself...

Cultural immersion, exceptional value, expert guides, superior service, and personal attention are hallmarks of the University of Rochester Travel and Learn Program.

The opportunity to travel in the company of like-minded Rochester alumni, parents, and friends who share your interest in lifelong learning will greatly enrich your travel experience. Brochures with full details are generally available six months prior to the trip date. Spaces on upcoming tours sell quickly, so reserve your spot in advance!

Village Life in DordogneVillage Life in Dordogne
April 28 – May 6, 2016
From approximately $3495 based on double occupancy plus air
Arrangements provided by Gohagan Company
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Registration Deadline: January 22, 2016
extended to February 25, 2016

Experience the authentic provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse.

Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments—the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; the perfect replica cave art in Lascaux II; a specially arranged performance of French folk music and dance; Sarlat’s famous open-air market; the English-style Gardens of Eyrignac; a specially arranged gabare cruise on the Dordogne River; and the exclusive VILLAGE FORUM™ with local residents who will share candid insights into daily life in Dordogne.

University of Rochester Faculty Lecturer, Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English and 2015 Medieval Academy’s Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award recipient for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies.

Treasures of Peru

Treasures of Peru: with Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
May 30 – June 9, 2016
From approximately $3795 based on double occupancy plus air
Arrangements provided by Odysseys Unlimited
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Registration Deadline: February 25

A land of treasures; archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. Take in some of the country’s highlights – Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.

Discover Peru’s treasures in the capital of Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum; fly to Cuzco, the archeological hub of the Americas; tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, the Indian market at Pisac, and the extensive ruins at Ollantaytambo; board the train for Machu Picchu—the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; return to historic Cuzco and stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece; travel overland through Peru’s scenic and rugged altiplano with its snow-capped mountains and remote villages to Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes. Spend a full day touring the lake and take a boat ride to the Floating Islands and Isla Taquile, known for the superb locally crafted textiles.

University of Rochester Faculty Lecturer, Renato Perucchio, professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, and director of the program in Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures. Learn about Dr. Perucchio’s work in Peru: Global Rochester:  Peru, An engineer takes part in a ‘cultural project of the highest kind.’

Alaska Passages ak-passgs
July 15 - 25, 2016
From approximately $3499 based on double occupancy, including air
Arrangements provided by Go Next, Inc.
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Registration Deadline: March 28

Set sail on a remarkable voyage to Alaska, an unspoiled wonderland where breathtaking glaciers rise above silver-blue seas, spectacular wildlife abounds, and distant mountains fringe lush, virgin forests. Begin your luxury cruise in Seattle and sail through the scenic Inside Passage along Canada’s coast to “Alaska’s First City,” Ketchikan. Take in the spectacular sight of Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska; stop at Skagway, gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; and explore Sitka, an astoundingly picturesque city home to the Sitka National Historical Park. Before returning to Seattle, visit British Columbia, where Victoria beckons with world-class attractions, including the lavish Craigdarroch Castle, a hilltop Victorian mansion; the Butchart Gardens; and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Travel to these scenic, historic ports with Go Next and their preferred cruise partner, Oceania Cruises, offering the best value in upscale cruising. Cruise the coasts of Alaska and Canada aboard a ship that boasts some of the finest amenities at sea, the graceful and intimate Regatta. With world-class cuisine and unparalleled service, the 684-passenger Regatta promises an unforgettable odyssey.

University of Rochester Faculty Lecturer, John Kessler, PhD, Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, 2014 National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Sciences award recipient, and 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Research Fellowship recipient.

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Oliver Cashman-Brown
Assistant Director
Office of Alumni Relations 
(585) 273-3513 or (877) MELIORA