University of Rochester Travel Club

Travel & Learn

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:

Amalfi Coast

August 28-September 5, 2018

Enjoy seven nights in the idyllic Amalfi Coast. From your base in Vietri sul Mare, visit Amalfi town, Positano, Sorrento and Naples. Explore Pompeii’s ancient ruins, view exquisite gardens, travel Amalfi’s serpentine coastline and delight in the taste of fresh mozzarella. For single travelers, there is no single supplement.

Registration for this trip has closed. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram as we explore the Amalfi Coast later this summer. 

Meet Your Host

Susanna Virgilio '12

Susanna graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012. As an undergraduate, she designed her own major in entrepreneurship and fed her love of language and travel with a semester abroad at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. After graduation, she found her way back to Italy as a staff member for IES Abroad, where she designed and implemented study abroad programs for undergraduates. She loves travel anywhere and everywhere, but Italy is her very favorite place to go! Susanna speaks the language, cooks the food, and knows all the best ways to see and experience Italy. Join her in 2018 to discover Italy’s beautiful and enchanting Amalfi Coast!

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!

Meet Your Host

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.

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 Toronto to Vancouver!

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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Meet Your Host

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.

Save the Dates!

Check back soon for more information on these upcoming University of Rochester Travel Club trips.

Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

August 11-17, 2019

New Adventures in Spain

September 14-22, 2019

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

Learn more about individual protection plans and travel medical insurance, exclusively for University of Rochester alumni.


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

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