University of Rochester Travel Club

Father and daughter, Douglas and Carla Jones, explore Ireland with the UR Travel Club in 2018.

As University of Rochester students know from the first moments they step onto campus, our world is a complicated, wondrous place, and each day we are called to understand it just a bit better---- our experience bit-by-bit and question-by-question richer for our exploration and knowledge.

The spirit of Meliora is not something shed at graduation. Rather, it continues to guide our experience and curiosity about our world as passionate lifelong learners. As we strive to better understand and appreciate our planet and its people, travel is the ultimate educator. As a part of the University of Rochester Travel Club, you will join fellow alumni, parents, friends, and our University hosts as we explore the world. Our encounters with distant landscapes, fascinating cultures, and with each other, promise to be transformational!

Upcoming Trips:

Following the Mayan Path in Yucatan

January 4-12, 2019

Discover the story of the Yucatan Peninsula from the time of the Mayan Empire through colonialism and to the present on this brand new tour, designed and led by the University of Rochester's own Renato Perucchio, professor and program director of Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures. This nine-day tour includes visits to Chichen Itza, the capital of the Mayan world, Spanish colonial towns Valladolid and Izmal, and many more highlights!


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Renato Perucchio

Renato Perucchio is professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, and director of the program in Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures at the University of Rochester. He directs several projects on the structural design of world heritage monumental buildings, including concrete domes and vaults of Roman imperial architecture, Maya concrete vault in Yucatan, and the Elmina Castle in coastal Ghana. Perucchio has organized and directed the University of Rochester Roman Structures summer program in Italy and has taught courses on the Monuments of Ancient Italy for the University's Italian Studies Program in Italy. He is the recipient of the 2010 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and in 1995, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Perucchio joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1984, after receiving doctorate degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 1977 and in civil engineering (structural) from Cornell University in 1983.

Canada by Luxury Rail

July 11-17, 2019

Embark upon a journey that many travelers spend their lives dreaming about as you travel across Canada by luxury rail. Enjoy the premium comforts of your stateroom as the train winds its way through breathtaking landscapes: the Canadian Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, and the central Canadian prairies. While on board, delight in the magnificent views from the dome car and indulge in inspired meals prepared by onboard chefs.


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Mary Ann Mavrinac

Mary Ann Mavrinac is the vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries. She was born in Canada and held positions at two university research libraries there before joining the University of Rochester in 2012. As a Canada native, Mavrinac offers an insider’s perspective and has gotten to know the country intimately over the years through hiking, kayaking, and skiing along with many city-based adventures. She has maintained strong ties to Canadian culture and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm along with her passion for research libraries and how they help achieve the University’s mission. Mary Ann views this trip as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and can’t wait to get to know you on the rails from Toronto to Vancouver!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 5-12, 2019

Experience the world’s single largest celebration of arts and culture, set to the backdrop of Edinburgh’s stunning rocky hills and beautiful sea views. This extraordinary month-long festival features performances that vary from theater to comedy to experimental performance art, showcasing some of the best and emerging artists from across Europe. Discover Edinburgh’s charming streets, local Scottish food, and the abundance of creativity that takes over the city at Festival Fringe.


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Missy Pfohl Smith

Missy Pfohl Smith directs the Institute for the Performing Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester and serves as artistic director for the contemporary repertory company, BIODANCE, based in Rochester, New York. Her work has sold out shows at Rochester Fringe and was described as "a brilliantly crafted world of beauty, melody, and calmness" by Rochester City News. She enjoys creating site-specific work and recently directed her second evening-length show that was crafted for a four-story planetarium in collaboration with a media artist, dancers, musicians, and a visual artist. Missy's work with violist Bridget Kinneary is expanding to include new contemporary compositions by internationally renowned composers, performing to full houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. Her choreography, performance, and teaching has spanned across the United States and internationally, most recently in Greece and Finland. She is certified in the Bill Evans Laban/Bartenieff-based technique and also teaches choreography, dance, and social justice.

Discovering Eastern Europe

August 27-September 11, 2019

Whether you’re seeking to recapture your ancestral heritage or simply wish to discover a beautiful and poignant part of the world, this small group tour offers ample opportunity for enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment. Both leisurely and comprehensive, it provides a generous overview of four distinctly different–and fascinating–nations.


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Dr. Ann Weiss '71

Ann Weiss is a director, producer, photojournalist, researcher, filmmaker, public speaker, and teacher. A specialist in Holocaust psychiatry and the daughter of two survivors from Poland, she is a frequent speaker at conferences, museums, and universities around the world. Her book, The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau, uncovers the previously-unknown personal photos of Jewish deportees. As the founder and executive director of Eyes from the Ashes Educational Foundation, she uses the past to work toward creating a better future. Weiss earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, two graduate degrees from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Above all, she listens to stories told by survivors, often spoken out loud for the first time, and shares them with audiences worldwide.

New Adventures in Spain

September 14-22, 2019

Join the Memorial Art Gallery and University of Rochester Travel Club on an exclusive adventure to Madrid and Barcelona. Enjoy wonderful Spanish and Catalan cuisine, as you explore both contemporary and historic Spain. Discover Madrid's Art Walk, view the masterworks of Modernist genius Antoni Gaudi, and visit the museum and home of Salvador Dali on this art lover's journey through Spain. 


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Joan Saab

Joan Saab is vice provost of academic affairs and the Susan B. Anthony Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She is the author of For the Millions: American Art and Culture Between the Wars, as well as Searching for Siqueiros, published on the digital platform, Scalar. Joan is currently authoring two upcoming publications, exploring the construction of public value and meaning through art and visual culture.

Traveler Photos

View our recent trips through the eyes (and photo lenses) of our travelers!

Memorial Art Gallery Council Trips

The Memorial Art Gallery Council organizes and sponsors ART LOVERS’ tours to benefit MAG. These exciting travel opportunities are open to everyone.

Alumni Travel Insurance

Plenty can happen to derail a trip before departure or while traveling—but you also may be surprised at some of the lesser-known benefits. Learn more about individual protection plans and travel medical insurance before you take your next trip with us, or on your own. Please note that travel insurance is open to all University of Rochester community members including alumni, parents, faculty/staff, and friends.


Corinne Dagen '03
Associate Director, Alumni Relations
Director, University of Rochester Travel Club

Jackie McGriff
Secretary, Alumni Relations
Coordinator, University of Rochester Travel Club