Travel club

As University of Rochester students know from the first moments they step onto campus, our world is 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!

Moroccan discovery: From the imperial cities to the Sahara

March 5–18, 2023

moroccan buildings surrounded by palm trees
mountains with snowy peaks in background with desert rocks and palm trees in the foreground
sand dunes in the desert with blue sky

Explore fascinating Morocco for 14 days on this one-of-a-kind small group journey from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas.  Encounter Roman ruins, an ancient caravan route, spirited souks, and medinas bustling with snake charmers and spice merchants. Watch the sun set over the dunes on camelback and admire dramatic Todra Gorge. Visit traditional artisan quarters and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, and discover the many cultural treasures of storied Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca.

Register today – reservations close December 30!

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Meet your host

Renato Perucchio headshotRenato Perucchio, PhD & Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, PhD

Renato Perrucchio is professor and chair of mechanical engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, and the director of the Program of Archeology, Technology, and Historical Structures. He has directed several projects on the structural design of world heritage monumental buildings and joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1984 after receiving doctoral degrees doctorate degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy and in civil engineering from Cornell University. He has served as a UR Travel Club host since 2012 is looking forward to another unforgettable trip!

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio is an associate professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures as has been with the University of Rochester for more than 30 years. She specializes in Italian medieval and modern literature and culture, with her research and teaching focusing on Dante studies and modern Italian history, including the interplay of literature, philosophy, intellectual history, and the arts. She received her doctorate in foreign languages and literatures from the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy before earning her master’s degree and a PhD in Italian and romance studies from Cornell University. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary professorship in the Department of the Humanities at the University of the Pacific in Lima, Peru.

On the road to freedom: understanding the civil rights movement

This tour has been postponed.

Exploring Iceland

May 16–26, 2023

people swimming in the outdoor hot springs, blue sky and mountains in the background
puffins on a cliff with sand and water below
small town in a valley, church in the foreground, cliff and blue sky in the background

Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage on this intimate tour through an astonishing land. From stunning Lake Mývatn to incredible Vatnajökull National Park and Dettifoss (“Iceland’s Niagara”), witness numerous natural wonders. Marvel at unique waterfalls and embark on a dramatic bird-watching cruise. See famed Icelandic horses and encounter the stupendous Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Learn about geothermal power at Hellisheidi Power Plant, and enjoy fascinating historical insights at Thingvellir National Park. While our Icelandic adventure ends in sophisticated Reykjavik, spend more time in Iceland’s colorful capital with a 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Waitlisted: the roster is currently full.

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Meet your host

chad post headshotChad Post

Chad W. Post is the director of Open Letter Books, a press at the University of Rochester dedicated to publishing contemporary literature from around the world. In addition, he is the managing editor of Three Percent, a blog and review site that promotes literature in translation and is home to the Translation Database, the Best Translated Book Awards, and the Three Percent and Two Month Review podcasts. He is also the author of The Three Percent Problem: Rants and Responses on Publishing, Translation, and the Future of Reading. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a range of publications, including The Believer, Publishing Perspectives, the Wall Street Journal culture blog, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, and Quarterly Conversation, among others.

Canadian Rockies by rail

August 23–29, 2023

seats inside a train car, decorated with flowers, mountains and greenery can be seen through the windows
mountain-scape scenery, mountains in background with river running in between them and fir trees and green grass in foreground
railroad tracks alongside a riverbank with green trees and mountains surrounding

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 headshotMary Ann Mavrinac

Mary Ann Mavrinac is the vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean emeritus of the University of Rochester Libraries, a position she has held since January 2022. 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 looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for Canada, its culture, and physical beauty. You can also expect her to share her passion for research libraries and all things the UR! 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 Vancouver to Banff!

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

We strongly recommend that all participants purchase travel insurance to ensure coverage in case of illness, injury, medical evacuation, delay, or unforeseen emergency. For your convenience, University of Rochester has a partnership with Meyer & Associates to provide travel insurance to our travelers. Learn more about individual protection plans and travel medical insurance available through Meyer & Associates before you take your next trip with us, or on your own. After making a reservation for a trip, you will receive insurance information with your confirmation materials. Please note that travel insurance is open to all University of Rochester community members including alumni, parents, faculty/staff, and friends.

Covid-19 Travel Guidance

Find the latest University guidance here. CDC guidance for international travel is available on their website.


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