University of Rochester


Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Senior Alumni

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 place today!

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Fran Palma
Office of Alumni Relations
Assistant Director
(585) 276-3883 or (877) MELIORA

Upcoming Alumni Excursions

Italy's Magnificent Lake District

Magnificent Lake

May 20-28, 2014

Discover the unique character of Italy’s turquoise lakes while you explore the charming towns, majestic Renaissance villas and lush gardens that adorn their shores. Explore Lake Orta, perched in the mountains, and admire the spectacular frescoes on the legendary island of San Giulio. Visit baroque villas in the beautiful Borromean Islands, and see rare birds, exotic gardens and a 16th-century palace filled with antiques. Cruise lakes Maggiore and Como, the great lakes of Italy, by private boat, and roam the 18th- and 19th-century villas of Bellagio and the piazzas of Como. See Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and the opulent 14th-century Duomo in the vibrant city of Milan. Conclude this magical small group journey by crossing the Switzerland border to explore lovely Ascona’s Old Town and admire Cannobio’s medieval architecture. This Alumni Campus Abroad® program includes all excursions, seven nights at the first-class Hotel La Palma on the banks of Lake Maggiore, educational programs, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers. Joining you on this journey is Professor Benton Hess, Distinguished Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music, and Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre.

This 2014 program has sold out. To join the Travel & Learn program mailing list for future brochure mailings, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at

For details, contact AHI at (800) 323-7373.

Legendary Turkey: Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast

Dolmabahce Main Gate

May 29 - June 12, 2014

Turkey—where Europe and Asia meet to form “the cradle of civilization”—is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day tour. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Then travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a full day at Turkey’s nonpareil classical city, Ephsesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. Visit a carpet factory for a demonstration and enjoy lunch in a local village before boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht. For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. End your journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to ancient Perge. There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension for those who wish to see the remarkable rock formations of Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey’s capital. You will be joined on this journey by Renato Perucchio, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and expert in engineering and technology in Classical Antiquity.

Starting from approximately $4,892 per person, including round-trip air, and based on double occupancy.

For details, contact Odysseys Unlimited at (888) 370-6765.

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

June 20 – June 29, 2014

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear an enriching presentation by former President of Poland Lech Walesa. And, bringing a special personal context and accompanying you aboard the deluxe M.S. LE BORÉAL is former ABC Chief White House Correspondent and former NBC Chief European Correspondent Mr. John Cochran, who initially covered Walesa and the struggle of the Solidarity union and reunites with him here for the first time in 20 years. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. Cruise the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda´nsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Copenhagen Pre-Cruise Stockholm Post-Cruise Options. You will be joined on this journey by Tom Hahn and Bette London, Professors of English.

Starting from approximately $5995 per person, based on double occupancy, plus air.

For details, contact Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at (800) 922-3088.