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University of Rochester Alumni Association Tours are designed to provide worry-free basics--transportation, transfers, accommodations, some meals, baggage handling, and professional guides--and still allow you time to pursue your individual interests. Escorts drawn from University faculty and staff accompany most tours to provide special services and educational enrichment.

Alumni Association tours are open to all members of the University community and their immediate families. Other relatives and friends are welcome as space permits (these unaffiliated travelers are requested to make a $100 gift to the University).

The Waterways of Holland and Flanders
April 24-May 7, 1999

Explore Holland and Flanders in spring, when the flowers are in bloom, the weather is mild, and the days are long. Cruise the Ijssel and Maas rivers and the Albert Canal, while admiring the lush Dutch countryside between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The M.S. Switzerland II is your floating hotel for the entire trip--no packing and unpacking. Highlights include Maastricht, Ghent, and a tour of the Delta Project, the series of enormous hydraulic dams that protect the Holland seacoast.

The Waterways of Russia
May 25-June 6, 1999

The M.S. Surkov, built exclusively to navigate the rivers and lakes of Russia, is your floating hotel for this tour along scenic waterways from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Between these two great and very different cities, you'll find quaint farming hamlets, rolling green countryside, cathedrals with onion-shaped cupolas, and ancient palaces and monasteries that preserve the essence of "old" Russia. Three full days in St. Petersburg allow time to admire the city's spectacular architecture and the art treasures of the Hermitage.

Alumni College in Greece
May 26-June 4, 1999

The Saronic Gulf island of Poros is the idyllic setting for studying mythology, art, architecture, and life in contemporary Greece. Poros Town is the essence of traditional old Greece--white houses with red-tiled roofs, stairways to alleyways, and gardens with orange and lemon trees. Its proximity to Athens has made it a favorite retreat from the hectic pace of metropolitan life, and for you, it allows easy access to several ancient Greek sites. Excursions to Epidauros, Hydra, Mycenae, and an overnight stay in vibrant Athens provide a wonderful opportunity to experience Greek culture.

Alaska--A Family Adventure
July 18-30, 1999

Mark your calendar now for this special family vacation among the soaring mountains and majestic glaciers of our 49th state. This trip combines a scenic train journey through the pristine Alaskan wilderness on the McKinley Explorer and an Inside Passage cruise aboard the four-star deluxe M.S. Noordam. Special educational and recreational programs for children of all ages will help to make this trip an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Voyage to the Top of the World:
From Greenland to the Northwest Passage
August 10-22, 1999

This is an extraordinary exploration of the fjords and glaciers of western Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic. Your ice-class cruise ship will take you all the way to Resolute Bay, just 400 miles from the magnetic North Pole. Along the way, you'll see ice floes, Inuit communities, seals, whales, polar bears, walrus, and thousands of birds--everything you imagine! On-board experts include specialists in Inuit culture and the natural history of the area.

Alumni College in Ireland
August 29-September 6, 1999

This new program will be held in Kinsale, near Cork City on Ireland's southwest coast. Kinsale's history was shaped by a 1601 battle in which the Irish and the Spanish were defeated by the English, who closed the village to Irish settlers for two hundred years. Its past as a major shipbuilding center has become a present as a yachting and deep-sea fishing port. The preliminary itinerary includes excursions to Cobh (last port of call of the Titanic), Cork City, and Blarney.

Alumni College in Tuscany
September 21-29, 1999

Pienza is the setting for this Alumni Campus Abroad® program, the most popular trip we offered in 1998. Pienza, located in the heart of Tuscany, is a 15th-century walled town planned by Pope Pius II as the ideal city. It will serve as your base for trips to Siena, Perugia, Assisi, and Florence as you learn about the history and art of Italy.

Village Life in Heidelberg
October 2-10, 1999

Enjoy an eight-day immersion into the culture and history of Germany's Black Forest region. You'll stay in the walled town of Neckargemünd, four miles from Heidelberg. Excursions to Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Rothenburg, and Tübingen are designed to provide you with the flavor of this lovely region along the Neckar River.

Brochures with full details on each of these tours are generally available six months prior to the trip date. At that point, you may request brochures from the Alumni Association, University of Rochester, 685 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. The phone number is (800) 333-0175 or (716) 273-5888 and the e-mail address is

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