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Safaris, Sands and Saris: Capetown to Singapore

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Janaury 5 - February 5, 2015

From golden, palm-fringed beaches and sparkling, ultra-modern cityscapes to graceful architecture and distinctive cultures, discover the splendors of Africa and Southeast Asia on an impressive 30-night luxury cruise. Indulge yourself with elegant amenities and world-class cuisine as Oceania Cruises’ intimate Nautica takes you to alluring ports in South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. With Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, take in the eclectic architecture and astounding landscapes of Cape Town, and delight in the unspoiled beaches and African charms of Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban. Stop in Richards Bay, a gateway to the unique kingdom of Zululand, stroll lovely acacia-lined boulevards in Maputo, and awaken your senses with the fragrant, idyllic islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Komba. See bountiful historic treasures in Dar es Salaam and wander the exotic Old Towns of Zanzibar and Mombasa. Sail to picturesque Mahé and relax on dreamy, sugar-white sand beaches, and visit Malé, dotted with candy-colored skyscrapers and beautiful mosques. Experience marvelous contrasts in Colombo, Phuket, and Penang-from elaborate, centuries-old buildings and modern architecture to picture-perfect beaches and fascinating museums. Take in Kuala Lumpur’s bold skyline dominated by the soaring Petronas Towers-the world’s tallest twin towers-before concluding your journey in Singapore, where sleek high-rises mingle with grand colonial buildings and ornate Hindu temples. Click here for more information.

The Seychelles Islands and Dubai

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January19 - February 1, 2015

Embark on an adventure guaranteed to be like none other. This land exploration of Dubai combined with a cruise of the spectacular Seychelles Islands is a study in contrasts and extremes: in Dubai, you will witness man’s capacity to build beyond the limits of the imagination; in the Seychelles, you’ll sail the virtually uninhabited islands to experience a world still ruled by nature. Your journey begins with four full days in Dubai where, against the backdrop of futuristic skyscrapers, you will explore traditional souks, the labyrinthine lanes of the Bastakiya Quarter, and the Dubai Museum. Sail Dubai Creek for a full panorama of the city’s dramatic skyline, then enjoy an excursion to the outlying desert, where watching the sunset over rippling red-gold sand is an awe-inspiring event. Prepare yourself for a drastic change of pace when you fly to the Seychelles and embark the 40-guest yacht Pegasus. The trappings of civilization will give way to an ecological wonderland, virtually untouched by man, as you explore this island paradise for six full days. Daydream on pristine beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and watch for rare birds in primeval rain forests. As you cruise from one jewel-like island to another, you may, for a moment, forget a world outside of this paradise even exists. Click here for more information.

Discover Down Under: Sydney to Auckland

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February 10 - 28, 2015

Discover rugged, glorious scenery, magnetic, cosmopolitan cities, and captivating aboriginal heritage in the land down under while cruising aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Marina. Depart Sydney for Melbourne, and admire its splendid Victorian architecture, then sail to Geelong, and explore its charming waterfront. Drink in extraordinary vistas in Tasmania—the "Island of Inspiration”—and watch scenes of dramatic beauty unfold as you cruise the Milford Sound fjord before heading to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southern gem. Take in a fascinating blend of Maori culture and French influence in the quaint village of Akaroa, stroll past Gothic buildings in Wellington, and relax among Napier’s picturesque countryside. Next, discover ornate Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Tauranga, before cruising to the "City of Sails," Auckland, where natural wonders complement its modern, urban spirit. Savor tranquility in the Bay of Islands—an idyllic setting of 150 lush islands and sparkling sapphire waters—where exotic wildlife and ancient legends thrive. From Australia’s treasured east coast to the legendary landscapes of New Zealand, discover the rich heritage, splendid architecture, and unspoiled natural beauty down under. Click here for more information.

Caribbean Paradise: Miami to Miami

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February 23 - March 5, 2015

Cruise the radiant turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard the exquisite Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ newest vessel offering elegant accommodations, unparalleled service and the finest cuisine at sea. Set sail from Miami and cruise to the spectacular islands of Puerto Rico, St. Barts, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and the Bahamas. Discover cosmopolitan Nassau, where lovely Victorian mansions, pastel parliament buildings, and weathered 18th-century forts mingle with posh hotels and casinos. In San Juan, meander cobblestone streets past centuries-old Spanish colonial buildings, imposing fortresses and glitzy resorts, before sailing to glamorous Gustavia, a haven of shimmering white-sand beaches and upscale resorts. Explore Antigua’s bustling, historic port of St. John’s, admire the charming gingerbread houses lining the harbor at Castries, and take in storybook Dutch architecture in Philipsburg. From sweeping, moon-white sands lapped by sparkling, aqua seas to pastel colonial towns rich with glorious architecture and history, discover paradise on this 10-night Caribbean sojourn. Click here for more information.

Provence Lifestyles Explorations

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March 7 - April 5, 2015

Experience the excitement of living abroad in the vibrant town of Aix-en-Provence, one of the most attractive site for people seeking to spend extensive time overseas. Throughout this four-week, authentic introduction to living abroad, you will reside in your own apartment near Aix’s beautiful Old Town and develop the skills you need should you choose to pursue independent living in France. Enjoy language instruction combined with an immersion in the lifestyle, customs, history and cuisine of Provence, courtesy of your accomplished and experienced Lifestyle Guide. Join your fellow participants at Friday night mixers. See lively markets and lovely villages on excursions to the Luberon Valley, Avignon and Marseille. Celebrate your accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and dinner. This unique French adventure includes an extensive meal program with wine at dinner, furnished accommodations, 16 three-hour French lessons, a French cell phone and ample independent leisure time to pursue your individual interests. Click here for more information.

Empires and Emperors: Beijing to Tokyo

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March 8 - 27, 2015

Let the fabled lands of East Asia mesmerize you with their inspiring beauty, timeless traditions and mystifying architecture, while cruising in luxury aboard Oceania Cruises Nautica, an intimate vessel offering superb amenities, designer details, and world-class cuisine. Explore Beijing, China’s hypnotic capital, home to acclaimed sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the legendary Great Wall. Admire colonial architecture in Dalian; savor a cultural feast of museums and art galleries in Seoul, South Korea’s vivacious capital city; and explore the celebrated riverfront boulevard and colorful Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai. Then sail to Japan and relax on the serene, powdery white beaches of Ishigaki. Continue to the scenic island of Okinawa, where the imposing 14th-century Shuri Castle awaits, followed by Kyoto, an ancient imperial capital sprinkled with lovely temples and shrines. Visit Nagoya, where the Toyota and Noritake headquarters herald its cutting-edge spirit, and immerse yourself in one of the most astounding cities on the planet, Tokyo, a glittering metropolis that beckons with renowned sites, including the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine. From tranquil, age-old temples to luminous, state-of-the-art skyscrapers, natural wonders to bustling cities, endless treasures await on this 16-night Asian odyssey. Click here for more information.

Peru Featuring Machu Picchu

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March 12 - 20, 2015

From the misty, magical hush of the rediscovered city of Machu Picchu to ancient Cuzco, from the colonial flair of Lima to the Incan temples of the Sacred Valley, discover the diversity of the ancient and modern cultures that have shaped the extraordinary country of Peru. Begin your adventure in Lima, once known as the City of Kings. Admire the historic Plaza Mayor, impressive Cathedral and other famous landmarks. Visit the Larco Museum. Then, experience the colorful market at the Andean village of Chinchero and visit Ollantayambo, a surviving example of Inca town planning. Explore Machu Picchu, an ancient complex of palaces and temples, and thrill to the views in the Sacred Valley. Journey to Cuzco and marvel at the hilltop temple of Sacsayhuamán, the important religious complex of Korikancha and the pink-stone fortress Puka Pukara. Learn about Andean painting, ceramics or pan-flute playing from local artisans. This program includes first-class accommodations in Lima, the Sacred Valley and Cuzco, all excursions and an extensive meal plan. Click here for more information.

The Masters Tournament 2015

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April 8 - 11, 2015

Masters Tournament Champion. Three words never meant so much to a golfer. Sooner Sports Travel invites you to take in the beauty of Augusta National, as we find out who will don the Green Jacket in 2015. Click here for more information.

A Tale of Three Andalusian Cities

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April 26 - May 6, 2015

Andalusia—that part of southeastern Spain that owes its very name to the Arabic past (al-Andalus)—is one of the most inviting regions in all of Spain. While it may no longer enjoy the wealth and power that it did when it was the center of Muslim rule in Iberia during the Middle Ages, it remains proud of the ‘Moorish’ culture that flourished here when members of the three great monotheistic faiths worked side by side to build a sophisticated and mostly peaceful society. We begin our exploration of this storied civilization in the Guadalquivir River valley, with three nights each in Seville and Cordoba, exploring Islamic mosques and Christian cathedrals, as well as the fine museums of both cities. We end with three nights in Granada and a visit to perhaps the greatest architectural expression of Islamic culture ever built, the Alhambra. Throughout our journey, we will pause frequently to admire the exquisite gardens, to sample the olives, nuts and fruits for which the region is justly famous, and to relax and enjoy the vibrant contemporary culture that surrounds us.

The Kentucky Derby 2015

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April 30 - May 3, 2015

Recognized as one of the “top ten events to experience in a lifetime”, the Kentucky Derby is the leading stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses. From the horse capital of the world to historical Churchill Downs, the 141st Kentucky Derby promises to be the trip of a lifetime!  Experience the Garland of Roses, the Mint Juleps, the elaborate hats, the Twin Spires and the thrill of horse racing first hand. The Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” truly is a must see special event. Click here for more information.

Cruise the Waterways and Canals of Holland and Belgium

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May 2 - 10, 2015

Journey along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning 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 Geithoorn during a scenic boat ride, and enjoy a specially arranged presentation on the Dutch Masters. Visit masterpieces of art at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, which houses some of Rembrandt’s and Vermeer’s finest works. See Vermeer’s inspirations on a tour of Delft. Travel the renowned Zeeland coast and marvel at the Delta Works, a massive dam and engineering feat. Admire the ivy-clad canals of Bruges and discover the unrivaled charm of Antwerp, one of Europe’s leading art centers. This colorful program includes all excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. Click here for more information.

Southern Culture and the Civil War: Memphis to New Orleans

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May 14 - 23, 2015

Delve into the rich history and splendid architecture of the South as you discover the legends, glory and magnitude of the American Civil War. Cruise along the shores of the Mississippi River aboard the luxury riverboat American Queen, stopping in fascinating ports in Mississippi and Louisiana. Begin with a stay in dynamic Memphis and explore the renowned battlefields of Shiloh National Military Park. Then cruise to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” boasting the famous Vicksburg National Military Park, which commemorates the 47-day siege of the city in 1863. Take in the beautifully restored mansions of Natchez and the historic 19th-century homes found in the scenic countryside of St. Francisville. Explore Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s vibrant capital, and admire the plush interior of Houmas House Plantation, the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” before concluding your adventure in New Orleans. Click here for more information.

Enchanting Ireland: A Tour of the Emerald Isles

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May 17 - 29, 2015
With OU Faculty Host Dr. Jonathan Stalling

From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland’s many charms—both old and new. Begin your 13-day trip in Dublin and tour the beautiful Irish capital, including visits to Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Take in the magnificent scenery across both Galway and Kerry counties including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Connemara. Stop at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland’s most photographed castle. Experience the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Visit the small town of Blarney and see the both the ruins of the 15th century castle and the Rock of Cashel. Conclude your journey in Kilkenny with a tour of the castle, considered one of the most beautiful in the country and a visit to the National Stud Farm on the way back to Dublin.

River Routes and Channel Crossings: Montreal to London

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May 19 - June 4, 2015

From the postcard-perfect towns and scenery of North America’s East Coast to the timeless architecture of British Isles cities, indulge yourself with a unique 16-day luxury cruise. Board Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina in Montreal and sail to Trois Rivières, graced with handsome historic architecture. Savor old-world charm in Quebec City, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Next, cruise the St. Lawrence to Corner Brook, a sleepy, forested town surrounded by pristine scenery. Stroll Sydney’s attractive waterfront, savor the delightful French ambience of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and admire harbor views in St. John’s. Then cross the Atlantic to the Emerald Isle, first stopping in Belfast, famed for its Victorian architecture and classic pubs, followed by Dublin, a dynamic city with Georgian elegance. Cruise to Holyhead, a gateway to the exquisite Welsh countryside, and visit the Channel Islands’ beautiful St. Peter Port, before concluding your voyage in London. Click here for more information.

Legendary Turkey: From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast

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June 6 - 20, 2015
With OU Faculty Hosts Drs. Simin and Mustafa Pulat

Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. We begin our 15-day journey in Istanbul.  The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia. Then travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across to Troy, and explore the ancient ruins.  Spend a full day at Ephesus and enjoy lunch in the rustic village of Sirince. For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast aboard a privately chartered gulet yacht. Discover secluded coves and hidden sights that few visitors see, including the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra. Enjoy opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and hiking on this “Blue Voyage.” Travel to the seaside city of Antalya and visit the acclaimed Archaeological Museum and the ruins at Perge.

Northern Italy: Form the Alps to the Adriatic

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June 10 - 23, 2015

This leisurely exploration of Italy’s varied northern regions offers a refreshing perspective on a well-known land.  Celebrate the Italian penchant for hospitality, good food, and good living. Stay in outstanding accommodations, including a restored villa in Tuscany. Your 14-day tour begins with a relaxing three-night stay on Lake Maggiore. Tour the lake region, including Stresa and Orta San Giulio. In Milan, visit city highlights including the awe-inspiring marble Duomo. Travel along the rugged Ligurian coastline to the Italian Riviera resort town of Santa Margherita. Enjoy a full-day Cinque Terre excursion featuring Monterosso and Vernazza. After touring Pisa, arrive in wondrous Florence, a living monument to the Renaissance.  Discover the walled city of Siena and visit the classic hill town of San Gimignano. This remarkable journey comes to a close in romantic Venice with its complex maze of canals and its unforgettable St. Mark’s Square.

Pearls of the Mediterranean: Rome to Monte Carlo

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June 15 - 23, 2015

Revel in the cultural gems and spectacular beauty of the Mediterranean as you cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo aboard the luxurious Oceania Cruises Riviera. Depart Rome’s port of Civitavecchia and sail to Amalfi and Positano, colorful towns with timeless Moorish-style houses set on stunning seaside slopes. Visit Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari, home to extensive archaeological treasures that reflect its 2,000 years of history, before exploring Mallorca’s lovely capital city, Palma, where the striking Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle overlook a sparkling harbor. Cruise to Spain and ponder extraordinary structures in Barcelona, where famed architect Antoni Gaudi left his mark. Then continue to France and explore the historic port city of Marseille or experience its rich Provençal countryside dotted with delightful medieval towns. Sail east along the French Riviera to Antibes, a classic Mediterranean getaway romanticized by F. Scott Fitzgerald, before concluding your journey in glamorous Monte Carlo. Click here for more infromation.

Coastal Alaska: Seattle to Seattle

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July 7 - 14, 2015

Let the rugged beauty of Alaska—America’s last frontier—captivate you as sail aboard Oceania Cruises Regatta, a state-of-the-art haven of elegance. Depart from Seattle and cruise through the Inside Passage along Canada’s scenic coast to the small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan, once known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Continue cruising through Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord whose pristine waters reflect its icy blue tidewater glaciers and soaring granite cliffs. Stop in one of Alaska’s oldest towns, Wrangell, featuring architectural styles that reflect past settlers–Russian, British and Tlingit. Cruise south through the open blue waters of the Pacific to Canada and the spectacular port city of Prince Rupert, where ancient native culture and pioneer heritage spring to life, before returning to Seattle. Savor the majestic beauty of ancient glaciers, soaring mountains and pristine coasts on this remarkable Alaskan voyage. Click here for more information.

Great Pacific Northwest: Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington

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August 8 - 16, 2015

Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush, unspoiled forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle deep, mighty rivers and sparkling waterfalls cascade into breathtaking gorges. Experience this spectacular region that captivated intrepid explorers as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in the “City of Roses,” Portland, before sailing to the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria. Take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, and visit The Dalles, the end of the Oregon Trail. Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their legendary Shoshone guide to Sacajawea State Park, the site of the famed explorers’ 1805 campsite. Conclude your voyage in Clarkston, Washington, a gateway to North America's deepest river gorge. Click here for more information.

Scotland

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August 12 - 20, 2015

Walk in the footsteps of William Wallace and leave your footprints along the “bonnie banks of Loch Lomond” as you journey through Scotland’s legendary landscape, forever a scenic stage for epic adventure. Discover the best of Scotland’s Celtic, Norse and Norman cultures and enjoy British afternoon tea, festive Highland dancers, bagpipe playing and a traditional haggis ceremony. Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument. Roam the medieval and Georgian architecture of Edinburgh, then tour Scone Palace, where kings were crowned. Experience one of the world’s most spectacular and moving shows: the stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle at nightfall. Explore St. Andrews, cruise along Loch Katrine on a restored steamer and learn the secrets of Scotland’s whiskey artistry at its oldest distillery. This program includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan, all excursions, informative educational programs and ample time for independent exploration. Click here for more information.

Meet the Romans: A Tour of Rome and Pompeii

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September 13 - 23, 2015

Join OU hosts Hope and Clive Mander as you journey to the heart of the Roman Empire, immersing yourself in the heritage of glorious Italy where ancient history springs to life all around. Discover the 2000-year-old monuments of Rome, home to the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon and much more. From Rome, travel South through the picturesque hills and sweeping coastline of Southern Italy. Here, you will walk the streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum: haunting, perfectly-preserved Roman towns destroyed by the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in AD79. The tour is based in hand-picked hotels, with an academic guide and OU host leading throughout. A fantastic chance to experience the culture, history, lively atmosphere, unbeatable cuisine and fabulous hospitality of Southern Italy. The trip ends with a private visit inside the Sistine Chapel, see Michaelangelo’s masterpiece up close – an intimate, unforgettable privilege indeed. Click here for more information.

Colors of Fall: Canada and New England

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September 20 - 30, 2015

Invigorate your autumn with a lively splash of color as you sail the East Coast of North America aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises Regatta. Depart New York for Newport, Rhode Island, whose palatial mansions hearken back to a golden age of lavish architecture among America’s rich and famous. Sail to Boston, one of America’s oldest and most influential cities, and on to Maine’s beautiful resort of Bar Harbor. Cruise to Canada: first to the picturesque harbor town of Saint John, New Brunswick; then to Halifax, Nova Scotia, a beautiful modern port city with a rich heritage. Explore Sydney’s historic waterfront and admire breathtaking vistas as you travel the scenic waterways of the St. Lawrence to Quebec City, home to the grand Château Frontenac. Conclude your autumn adventure in Montreal, a captivating city bursting with European charisma. Click here for more information.

Greek Isles Odyssey: Istanbul to Athens

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September 26 - October 5, 2015

Discover the incredible ancient wonders of the Greek Isles while cruising from Istanbul to Athens aboard the elegant Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ newest vessel. Sail to Greece’s third-largest port, Volos, edging the sapphire-blue waters of the Pagasitikos Gulf and featuring lovely neoclassical architecture. Then explore Turkey’s vibrant port city of Kusadasi, or witness the amazing ruins of Ephesus. Stop at the serene island of Patmos, where magnificent frescoes adorn the Monastery of St John, followed by Rhodes, a picturesque fusion of medieval walls and archaeological sites with white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. Take in idyllic landscapes dotted with villages and windmills on Crete, and behold blue-domed, whitewashed villages on Santorini. Before your Aegean odyssey concludes in Athens, stroll a labyrinth of streets edged by classic Cycladic architecture in lovely Mykonos. Click here for more information.

Mediterranean Mosaic

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October 4 - 12, 2015

History comes to life on this voyage that reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. Uncover cultural and historical treasures as you cruise from Greece to Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera. Depart Athens for the Sicilian town of Taormina, boasting an incredibly preserved Greek theater and breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Visit the delightful seaside resort of Sorrento, followed by the Eternal City of Rome, abounding with marvelous ancient structures. Take in the magnificent Renaissance museums and architecture of legendary Florence, stand before Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, or admire the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany. Next, sail to glamorous Monte Carlo, a small, affluent enclave famous for its casino and stunning locale on the Riviera’s winding Grand Corniche. Explore Marseille’s lively markets and charming old quarter, or experience the rich Provençal countryside dotted with picturesque medieval towns, before your odyssey concludes in Barcelona. Click here for more information.

Around the World by Private Jet

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October 23 - November 15, 2015

Around the World is the ultimate travel fantasy. Over 23 days, you’ll explore the richness the world has to offer the comforts of our private jet. Uncover the secrets of Easter Island and the allure of the Taj Mahal. On safari in Tanzania, spend hours surrounded by a vibrant ecosystem. Taste local flavors and relax in five-star accommodations The warmth of Samoan culture and the serenity of a sunrise at Angkor Wat will stay with you well past our farewell dinner. Along the way, local guides and expert lecturers will enhance your understanding of the destinations. Price includes all private jet transportation, accommodations, meals, activities and excursions, educational program, philanthropy program, airport transfers and more. Commercial airfare to and from Orlando, Florida, is not included.

Holiday Markets: Featuring Paris

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November 27 - December 8, 2015

Recapture the magic of the Advent season as you step into scenes that glitter with fairy-tale charm. Begin your adventure in Paris, the City of Light, and see the Grand Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and other important landmarks during a cruise of the Seine River. Journey to Luxembourg, whose Palace d’Armes transforms into a traditional Christmas market. Visit Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and see the House of the Three Magi. Set sail for the town of Cochem, long celebrated for its legacy of folk tales, delicious wines and vast history, and go inside Reichsburg Castle. Continue to Cologne to tour Kölner Dom. Stop in Koblenz and Rüdesheim before returning to France to experience the historic center of Strasbourg. Your program includes all excursions; the chance to shop at holiday markets in France, Luxembourg and Germany; three nights in a deluxe hotel in Paris; accommodations on a first-class river cruise; and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. Click here for more information.

Old Fashioned Holidays in the South: Memphis to New Orleans

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December 5 - 13, 2015

Celebrate the holiday season in old-fashioned yet refreshingly original style as you cruise to culturally rich ports in the American South from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the luxury riverboat American Queen. Enjoy traditional holiday festivities, including unique food and music at historic locales along the Mighty Mississippi in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Spend a day in Memphis, abounding with American icons, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, before cruising to Vicksburg, hailed as the “Red Carpet City of the South” for its hospitality. Take in well-preserved antebellum mansions in Natchez, and enjoy longstanding local holiday traditions amid the plantation homes of St. Francisville. Explore Louisiana’s vibrant capital, Baton Rouge, and admire Houmas House, once the largest sugar plantation in America, before your voyage concludes in New Orleans. Click here for information.