University of Rochester Travel Club

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

Thank you for your interest in Travel Club. Currently, this program is on pause while planning discussions are underway for future trips.

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:

A Taste of Italy

October 11–19, 2021

Venture to the “Gastronomic Heart” of Italy this fall and indulge in wine, cheese, mushrooms, and more, while surrounded by the vibrant vineyards of Piedmont, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. Meet local winemakers and enjoy tastings of Barbaresco, Barbera, Gavi, Arneis, and Barolo, “The King of Wines.” Get ready to raise a glass after finding your new favorite!

Meet Your Host

Jeff Roberts ’68

Jeff Roberts is the president of Cow Creek Creative Ventures, an organization dedicated to creating solutions for issues in the fields of agriculture and food policy, conservation, and the environment. Previously, he co-founded and served as a principal consultant at the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont. Roberts teaches food history and culture, as well as sustainable food systems, at the New England Culinary Institute. He also provides consulting services to an array of small-scale food producers, is a visiting professor at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Science, and frequently speaks around the world about artisan food, sustainable agriculture, and the working landscape. He is the author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese (2007) and Salted & Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage and Flavor of America’s Preserved Meats (2017). Roberts earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.


Melissia Schmidt ’02W (MS)
Associate Director, Regional & Volunteer Programs
Director, University of Rochester Travel Club

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

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.