As University of Rochester students know from the first moments they step onto campus, our world is wondrous place. As we strive to better understand and appreciate our planet and its people, travel is the ultimate, lifelong educator. Join fellow alumni, parents, friends, and our University hosts to explore the world as a part of the University of Rochester Travel Club!
January 11-22, 2024
Join this truly life-changing adventure to experience the boundless beauty and pristine vastness of Antarctica. This remote continent and its precarious waterways have hosted some of the most courageous explorers in history, and have been the scenes of both triumph and tragedy since Captain Cook first sailed the region in 1773. Cruise through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands amid the Antarctic Peninsula—exploring the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife that call this continent home.
Activity Level: Moderate (3/5) – This program offers a variety of activities, including shore excursions, open-air, inflatable Zodiac raft cruises, hikes on uneven, slippery terrain, boarding and disembarking watercraft of various sizes, and unpredictable motion from the movement of the ship.
February 23 – March 1, 2024
Discover the profound influence of the African diaspora on Cuban culture! Go beyond Havana’s striking grandeur to discover the heart of the local people and gain perspective on Cuba’s ever-changing landscape. Enjoy Cuba’s art scene, learn about rural life and discover the storied Afro-Cuban roots of Matanzas, Guanabacoa and Regla. During intimate educational exchanges, experience life through the eyes of community leaders, business owners and farmers and learn how dancers and artists express their passions.
This AHI Travel program is operated in accordance with a People-to-People general license established be the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Activity Level: Mild-Moderate (2/5) – Excursions on this trip require walking on cobblestones, unpaved paths and/or uneven surfaces; and getting on/off motor coaches.
May 10-18, 2024
Join our small group for a nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes. Settle into a beautiful wine estate outside Verona. Within reach is a connoisseur’s pick of centuries-old wineries, artisan producers, and extraordinary historic sites. With each day highlighted by exclusive experiences, access authentic Italy, learn from local Italians and, most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends and life!
Activity Level: Mild-Moderate (2/5) – Activities will not be very strenuous, however, travelers can generally expect two hours or more of walking, including on cobbled surfaces and multiple flights of stairs.
October 16-28, 2024
Journey off the beaten path to natural wonders and engage in the bustling local life of Japan’s busiest cities — this well-crafted, 13-day, small group tour features urban and pastoral highlights across Japan. Experience Tokyo, Japan’s largest city, take in the iconic beauty of Mt. Fuji, cruise on scenic Ashi Lake, unwind overnight in a traditional ryokan inn, travel by express train to Takayama in the Japanese Alps, and get hands-on cultural experiences with traditional tea ceremonies and cooking classes. Japan’s breathtaking blend of modernity and tradition offers experiences that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Activity Level: Moderate-Active (4/5) – This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on stairs, uneven surfaces, and uphill, and boarding and disembarking a motorcoach.