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Alumni Travel Program

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GW's Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce its Alumni Travel Program for the 2013 calendar year. Travel to exciting destinations around the globe with fellow alumni, GW faculty, friends, and family.  Featured destinations include the South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, China, and more!  This year's travel program selections promise something for everyone – so pack your bags and come along!

GW's alumni travel tour operators, AHI Travel and Thomas P. Gohagan & Company offer innovative travel programs. No matter what tour style or destination you choose, you'll experience a custom blend of unique excursions, cultural immersion, educational programs, exceptional value, expert guides, superior service, and personal attention.

In 2013, GW is pleased to sponsor:

Alumni TravelCruise the Caribbean Sea
January 4 – 16, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com
2-for-1 Special Fares

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Relax aboard the Six-Star Crystal Serenity as you embark on a thrilling, 12-night, Caribbean adventure. Stroll across the stunning white beaches of Tortola, British Virgin Islands and admire the stately mountains, green valleys and verdant tropical scenery of St. Kitts, West Indies. Discover the distinctive French culture of Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles and the colorful rain forests and impressive architecture in St. Lucia, Windward Islands. Explore St. Barts, French West Indies, and Saint Maarten, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Delight in the mix of colonial and Caribbean-style architecture on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Be captivated by the beauty, elegance and attention to every detail that has earned the Crystal Serenity a worldwide reputation for excellence! Open bar service and all gratuities for the housekeeping, dining, and bar staff are included. Enjoy open dining by reservation with the option to dine in any of the seven specialty restaurants, including Prego, Silk Road or The Sushi Bar. Take advantage of 2-for-1 pricing and specially-priced air add-ons from select gateway cities.
 


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Alumni TravelThe Pride of Southern Africa
January 14 – 26, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
Free Air from 43 Cities

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Discover the staggering diversity of South Africa, "a world in one country." Stunning natural beauty. Exotic wildlife in abundance—more than 850 species of birds and a predominance of the "Big Five." Soaring mountains. Expansive velds. Lowlying grasslands. Green gorges. Lush swamplands. 3,000 miles of spectacular coastline. Join us for this unique voyage aboard the six-star, all-suite, small ship M.V. SILVER WIND. Free Air* from 43 gateway cities. $1000 per couple Passport to Luxury shipboard credit upon embarkation and endless opportunities to discover the Pride of Southern Africa. Unpack just once, cruise round trip from Cape Town with port calls in Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Durban and East London, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique. Enjoy the world-class cities and diverse cultures. Experience the grandeur of the landscape on safaris at first light and beneath the radiant glow of the African sunset. Three-night Victoria Falls Pre-Cruise and two-night Cape Town Post-Cruise Options are offered.
*Free Air and Low Air Add-Ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.
 


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Alumni TravelVoyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galapagos Islands
February 8 – 16, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com

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This incredible nine-day journey introduces you to the remarkable Galápagos Islands, a nature lover's dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with a four-night cruise aboard the first-class small ship M.V. SANTA CRUZ. This exploration vessel is fully equipped with everything necessary to make your Galápagos experience complete, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to a highly qualified team of certified naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit seven islands and see the exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Charles Darwin, including species unknown elsewhere in the world. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is nearly fearless and accepts human company up-close. You can almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful seals. On mainland Ecuador, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito and Guayaquil. See the magnificent colonial churches of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and join an optional excursion to the colorful Andean market of Otavalo. The six-night Post-Program Option features Peru's legendary "lost city" of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the historic cities of Lima and Cuzco.
 


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Alumni TravelMystique of the Orient: Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong
February 23 – March 6, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
Free Air from 43 Cities

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This exclusive 12-day travel program includes a cruise aboard Silversea's (voted "Best Small Ship Cruise Line" by Condé Nast Traveler) Six-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship M.V. SILVER SHADOW and showcases three of the Orient's most intriguing destinations—Singapore, the jewels of Vietnam and vibrant Hong Kong. Free Air* from 43 gateway cities. $1,000 per couple Shipboard Credit. All onboard gratuities and taxes are included. Complimentary beverages are served throughout the cruise. Unpack only once and discover the mystique of ancient cultures and colorful traditions juxtaposed with modernity. Explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Highlights include Hué, Ha Long Bay and Hanoi. Further, this "gateway" to the Orient offering is filled with fascinating treasures from the serene landscape of rice paddies to traditional pagodas, bustling sampan-filled harbors and a blend of colorful traditions. An excellent value for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. A Singapore Pre-Cruise Option and a Hong Kong Post-Cruise Option are also offered.
*Free Air and Low Air Add-Ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.
 


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Alumni TravelVillages & Vineyards of Chile & Argentina
February 26 – March 10, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com

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Your journey begins in cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile's lively capital. See colonial and modern architecture alongside striking views of the Andes Mountains. Discover an outstanding collection of ancient artifacts at the Colchagua Museum on your way to Santa Cruz and the country's prized vineyards. Spend two-nights in the city's main square, and learn about the area's rich history while sampling Chile's famous vintages. Soak up a panorama of spectacular scenery as you journey through the Andes. Travel the famous wine roads of Mendoza, tasting some of Argentina's finest wines in the remote Valle de Uco. Discover Argentina's diverse history and mix of European cultures as you stroll the wide boulevards of Buenos Aires and uncover its elegant turn-of-the-century architecture and its passion in the art of Tango. Delight your palette throughout this exclusive small group experience with regional specialties. Program amenities include deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner and all excursions.
 


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Alumni TravelCruise the Magnificent Waterways and Canals of Holland & Belgium
April 19 – 27, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com

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Journey along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered state-of-the-art MS Amadeus Silver, with luxurious accommodations and a river view from every cabin. Begin your adventure with an evening cruise through Amsterdam's picturesque canals. Then stroll through a 700-tree labyrinth and the world's most expansive floral display in Keukenhof Gardens. Explore historic Kampen and enjoy a specially arranged presentation on the Dutch and Belgian Masters. Visit masterpieces of art and engineering at Mauritshuis in The Hague, home to some of Rembrandt's and Vermeer's finest works, and at the Delta Project, a massive dam and engineering feat. See Vermeer's inspirations on a walking tour of Delft. Travel the renowned Zeeland coast, and admire the medieval architecture of Belgium, the unrivaled charm of Antwerp, and the ivy-clad canals of Bruges. This colorful program includes excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.
 


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Alumni TravelEuropean Coastal Civilizations: Portugal, Spain, Guernsey Island, France
April 24 – May 2, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
Special Guest: Celebrity Chef

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Join acclaimed historian Professor David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, aboard the deluxe small ship M.S. LE BORÉAL on this unique seven-night cruise, which captures the historical legacies and the enduring yet dynamic cultures of the western coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and Guernsey, one of the United Kingdom's charming Channel Islands. Visit Oporto along the Duoro River in Portugal's renowned wine country; walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on St. James Way in Santiago de Compostela; cruise along Spain's breathtaking Costa Verde; observe the intriguing balance of age-old traditions and modern touches in Bilbao, with a visit to the illustrious Guggenheim Museum; and survey the sheer cliffs and rolling moorlands of France's "Beautiful Island," Belle-Île-en-Mer; and visit the legendary Normandy Beaches with David Eisenhower. Extend your stay with the Pre-Cruise Option in romantic Lisbon and/or the Post-Cruise Option in cosmopolitan Paris.
 


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Alumni TravelCeltic Lands: Chasing Churchill with Celia Sandys
May 1-10, 2013 (Honfleur to Edinburgh)
May 9-18, 2013 (Edinburgh to Honfleur)
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
For more information call 800-922-3088 and request to speak with:
May 1 departure: Sharon De LaPena
May 9 departure: Alissa Hruby
When making a reservation mention your affiliation with GW

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Cruise for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. LE BORÉAL from Honfleur, France, to Ireland, Wales and Scotland. By special arrangement, University of Pennsylvania professor Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and historian Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, will join you to provide exclusive lectures and personal insights. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales, and the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands. View treasures of rich Celtic heritage in Dublin, including the Book of Kells; walk in the footsteps of medieval and present-day princes in North Wales; and lose yourself in the austere beauty of Scotland's Highlands and the Inner Hebrides isles of Iona, Mull and Skye. Complement your cruise with the two-night Paris Pre-Cruise Option and the two-night Edinburgh Post-Cruise Option (May 1 departure), or two-night Edinburgh Pre-Cruise Option and the two-night Paris Post-Cruise Option (May 9 departure). This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will sell out quickly!
 


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Alumni TravelDiscover England's Lake District
June 6 – 14, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com
Hiking and Walking Tours

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Explore the unparalleled beauty of England's Lake District on this flexible walking journey designed for all ages. From Bowness-on-Windermere, where you will stay seven nights at the deluxe MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa, discover the fells, valleys, scenic passes and charming villages that have inspired philosophers, writers and poets. Enjoy a reading at William Wordsworth's family home, and visit Hilltop Farm, home of Beatrix Potter. Cruise aboard an iron steamboat, ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway to admire Scafell Pike and travel to England's deepest lake. In Cumbria, follow Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See Castlerigg Stone Circle, Hardknott Roman Fort ruins, Lanercost Priory and other incredible landmarks throughout this program that also includes an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.
 


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Alumni TravelCradle of Chinese Civilization
June 13 – 27, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
Special Guest: Julie Nixon Eisenhower

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Join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Julie Nixon Eisenhower, who will share her perspectives on China and the pivotal role her late father, President Richard M. Nixon, played in bringing Communist China out of isolation and re-opening U.S. relations for the first time since 1949. This exclusive, comprehensive, 15-day journey features for the first time to the alumni nonprofit market a custom-designed itinerary including a seven-night exclusively chartered Grand Cruise along the fabled Yangtze River, sailing all the way from Shanghai upstream to Chongqing. And, spend two nights in Shanghai, one night in Xi'an and three nights in Beijing, in Five-Star deluxe, centrally located hotels. Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour the awesome Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest dam. Call on ports seldom visited by Westerners—Nanjing, former capital of Imperial China; Huangshan, famous for its majestic mountain range; and Wuhan, settled more than 3,000 years ago by the Han Dynasty. See mystical Old and spectacular New Shanghai, the ancient capital of Xi'an, the Terra Cotta Warriors, Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall. A Guilin and Hong Kong Post-Program Option is offered.
 


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Alumni TravelSt. Petersburg
September 8 – 16, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com
Literature, Politics, Art & Music Theme

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Witness the vision of Peter the Great as you discover opulent, extravagantly colorful and irresistible St. Petersburg, a masterpiece of design and ingenuity, a vibrant tapestry framed by sparkling water. See The Bronze Horseman, Church of the Spilled Blood, and tour the Mariinsky Theater, a famous performance palace graced by the likes of Pavlova and Baryshnikov, in this Russian capital that rivals the great cities of Europe. View some of the largest collections in the world at the Russian Museum and the State Hermitage Museum, with guaranteed early entrance for leisurely viewing; then enjoy a performance at the magnificent Hermitage Theater. Visit Catherine Palace and admire the famed Amber Room, meticulously restored to its glory prior to World War II. Delight in the luxurious Palace of Pavlovsk, considered one of the greatest achievements in Russian architecture. This seven-night Alumni Campus Abroad® program includes deluxe accommodations, educational programs, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner and independent leisure time.
 


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Alumni TravelSymphony on the Blue Danube:  A Classical Music Cruise
September 29 – October 11, 2013
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com
Music Theme: Performances and Lectures

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Visit six countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive and comprehensive, carefully crafted, 13-day journey showcasing the musical heritage of the European Masters. Explore the medieval gems of Prague and Kraków and embark a five-night river cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS ELEGANT. Enjoy panoramic views of the countryside along the river from the spacious public areas or the privacy of your Stateroom or Suite, most featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with a French Balcony. Experience the exciting centers of music in some of Europe's greatest cities and explore the cultural centers of the former Habsburg Empire that inspired the musical genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Enjoy a program of classical music-themed performances and tours. Guided excursions include Bratislava's medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, the storybook village of Dürnstein and magnificent Melk Abbey. A Budapest Pre-Program Option and Warsaw Post-Program Option are offered.
 


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Alumni TravelUndiscovered Italy – Apulia
October 1 – 9, 2013
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com

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Delight in the age-old atmosphere and fresh flavors of one of the world's most enchanting locations, southern Italy's Apulia region. From breathtaking Polignano a Mare, your home for seven nights, travel along the Puglian coast on this exclusive small group journey and see why this sun-bleached land has been settled since time immemorial. Discover postcard views from the Via Venezia in the ancient Greek port of Bari. See unusual dwellings at the Sassi cave houses and the conical limestone Trulli, and visit the mysterious Castel del Monte. Immerse yourself in medieval Trani at the water's edge, see Lecce's lace-like, baroque architecture and wander narrow streets in whitewashed Ostuni. Savor the region's wines on a winery tour, and visit a family-run olive farm to meet the owners and sample the product. Enjoy other regional specialties and visits to three UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout this program that includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.
 


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Alumni TravelSpecial Travel Opportunity
Cuba - Its Culture and People
Multiple Dates Available

Tour Operator: National Trust for Historic Preservation
1-888-484-8785
Round-trip air from Miami included

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The GWAA is pleased to announce an exciting new travel opportunity available to you through a special partnership with the National Trust.

Don't miss your opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, the people, and the architectural riches of Cuba through a special "People-to-People" exchange program. This eight-day program features Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos (multiple dates available). Read more on the National Trust website.

All participants must first join the National Trust for a nominal fee ($20 for individuals, $30 for families).

Space is limited. Call today to register at (888) 484-8785. When you call, mention you are a GW alumnus/a.
 

 

In 2012, GW is pleased to sponsor:

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Alumni TravelCultural Treasures of the Black Sea and the Crimea
September 9-17, 2012
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com


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Alumni TravelTreasures of East Africa
September 20-October 4, 2012
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com


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Alumni TravelChianti and the Italian Riviera
September 30-October 9, 2012
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com


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Alumni TravelFrench Alps and Provence
October 1-10, 2012
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 / information@gohagantravel.com


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Alumni TravelIsland Life in Ancient Greece & Turkey
October 4–12, 2012
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088
information@gohagantravel.com 


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Alumni TravelCrossroads of the Classical Mediterranean
October 18–27
Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088 /information@gohagantravel.com


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TravelTreasures of India and Nepal
November 4-18, 2012
Tour Operator: AHI Travel
1-800-323-7373 / info@ahitravel.com


 

If you would like to receive detailed information about these destinations or would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive program announcements of these or future GW Alumni travel tours, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-6435, 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or at alumni@gwu.edu.