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:

Grand Canadian Passage

August 2–8, 2020

Head north to experience the humbling proportions and famed beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Journey through awe-inspiring mountain landscapes, and revel in the opulence, history, and hospitality of Canada’s most iconic destinations with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service and visits to the stunning areas of Banff and Lake Louise. Exceptional lodging awaits at the end of each exciting day.


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Meet Your Host

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 Calgary to Vancouver!

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.

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