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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.

Bridge of the Americas Featuring the Panama Canal Transit

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January 20 – February 7, 2016   

Encounter the multifaceted cultures and ancient civilizations of Central and South America as you weave your way from Miami to Lima aboard Oceania Cruises’ regal Regatta. Admire 19th-century architecture in palm-studded Key West, snorkel among the colorful coral reefs surrounding Cozumel, see intriguing Mayan ruins near Costa Maya and Santo Tomas, admire the old St. John’s Cathedral in Belize, and relax on Roatan’s glittering beaches. Stop at Puerto Limon, a gateway to Costa Rica’s idyllic rainforests, before cruising the legendary Panama Canal to the port of Fuerte Amador. Sail the Pacific to Ecuador and stroll along Manta’s lively beaches and Guayaquil’s revitalized riverfront promenade. Then continue to Salaverry, a gateway to the colonial charms of Trujillo, followed by Peru’s historic capital, Lima. Take in its timeless colonial architecture and pre-Columbian temples or consider extending your visit with an optional trip to the “Lost City of the Incas,” mystical Machu Picchu.  Click here for information.

The Galapagos Islands

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January 27 - February 3, 2016: SOLD OUT
Second Departure Date: April 20-27, 2016

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. From your accommodations on the Isabela II, you can explore these fascinating islands and observe the iconic species that have become exquisitely adapted to the surrounding environment. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, much of the wildlife is remarkably unafraid of visitors. This will allow you to observe and photograph them at very close range, either sitting quietly in the midst of a colony of tropical penguins or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions. Click here for more information.

South American Tapestry with Dean Suzette Grillot

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February 11-28, 2016

Weaving together such diverse elements as the Andes, a Lake District Crossing, and wondrous Iguazu Falls with the urban appeal of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio, this 18-day small group tour of no more than 24 guests captures this region in all its beauty, vitality, and historical import. Begin in Santiago, Chile with a tour of the city’s highlights, including the moving Museum of Memory and Human Rights, and a visit to the old port of Valparaiso. Embark on a Lake District crossing from Chile to Argentina with stunning scenery of snow-topped crests, narrow mountain passes, glassine lakes, evergreen forests, and rural life.  Travel to lively Buenos Aires and enjoy a traditional tango show. Spend time at the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Conclude in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy city touring and a cable car ride to the summit of Sugar Loaf, Rio’s iconic peak at the edge of the sea. An added bonus to this tour will be a visit to OU’s new Brazilian  Study Center in Rio de Janeiro! Click here for more information!

Sands & Shores of the Caribbean

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February 12-22, 2016

Sail the shimmering Caribbean Sea aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera, an award-winning masterpiece with outstanding personalized service, elegant designer details and world-class cuisine. From Miami, cruise along the white sands and sun-kissed shores of spectacular islands, including Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Maarten, Tortola, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Surround yourself with serene beauty on Grand Turk, where colonial architecture mingles with Caribbean–style dwellings. Experience the charming colonial character of Old San Juan, with its blue-tinged cobblestone streets, brightly painted buildings and ornate balconies; stroll along Gustavia’s glittering harbor lined with sleek yachts; relax on Tortola’s famous Cane Garden Bay Beach; admire Philipsburg’s colorful Dutch architecture; and explore Cayo Levantado’s tranquil, palm-fringed beaches. Before returning to Miami, encounter a blend of beautifully restored Victorian mansions, candy-colored parliament buildings and 18th-century forts in cosmopolitan Nassau. Click here for more information.

Legends of the Nile

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March 1 -12, 2016

Experience the unique cultural heritage of Egypt and its wealth of historic treasures on a spectacular 10-night trip into the heart of this exotic country. In Cairo, view royal mummies in the renowned Egyptian Museum, discover the religious heritage of Coptic Cairo and shop in the vibrant Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Journey to Giza to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Embark on a cruise of the Nile River to the Luxor and Karnak temple complexes and the seemingly endless Valley of the Kings and Queens. Continue to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the impressive Temple of Kom Ombo, the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, Aswan Dam and the island temple complex of Philae. This exciting program includes all excursions, an extensive meal plan and deluxe accommodations, including five nights in Cairo and four nights aboard the Sonesta St. George I.

Journey Through the Amazon

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March 10 - April 2, 2016

Journey deep into the heart of the Amazon, where the calls of exotic wildlife echo amid verdant forests and each secluded town offers a glimpse into fascinating history, on a 22-night luxury cruise. Spend a day in Rio de Janeiro, a stunning metropolis surrounded by magnificent mountains, before embarking on a unique voyage of discovery aboard Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta. Experience Recife, dubbed the “Venice of Brazil” for its winding bridges and waterways, admire the famous Portuguese-built fort in Macapá, relax on Alter do Chão’s blissful white-sand beaches, stroll past wooden stilt-houses in the remote village of Boca da Valeria, behold Manaus’ regal pastel opera house, and explore the floating market at Parintins. Witness the “Wedding of the Waters” at Santarem, where the deep blue waters of the Tapajós River meet the creamy brown-colored Amazon River. Then discover the wild, haunting beauty of Devil’s Island, the former site of an infamous French penal colony. Before concluding your odyssey in Miami, encounter the Caribbean charms of sun-kissed islands, including Barbados, St. Barts, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Click here for more information.

Atolls & Islands of French Polynesia

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March 25 – April 4, 2016

From dreamy white-sand beaches fringed by sweet-scented vanilla groves and gently swaying palms to velvety emerald mountains towering over translucent lagoons that dazzle in every hue of electric blue, awaken your senses with the wonders of French Polynesia. Board Oceania Cruises’ state-of-the-art Marina, a masterpiece of elegance, and sail to Tahiti’s heart-shaped “Sister Island,” Moorea. Admire its picture-perfect beaches and crystalline lagoon, and then explore the pearl farms of the remote atoll, Raroia. Relax on the sugary white-sand beaches of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Encounter the pearl farms and pink-sand beaches of Rangiroa, the second-largest atoll in the world; snorkel Bora Bora’s sparkling seas, an underwater paradise teeming with colorful coral and tropical fish, and take in ancient temples set amid gorgeous scenery on Raiatea, a sacred oasis steeped in Polynesian culture. Before concluding your tranquil odyssey in Papeete, Tahiti, visit the “Garden Island,” Huahine, a vision of paradise with unspoiled beaches and pristine coves. Click here for more information.

Italy’s Lake District

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April 12-20, 2016

Discover the unique character of Italy’s turquoise lakes while you explore the charming towns, majestic Renaissance villas and lush gardens that adorn their shores. Explore Lake Orta, perched in the mountains, and admire the spectacular frescoes on the legendary island of San Giulio. Visit baroque villas in the beautiful Borromean Islands, and see rare birds, exotic gardens and a 16th-century palace filled with antiques. Cruise lakes Maggiore and Como, the great lakes of Italy, by private boat. See Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and the opulent 14th-century Duomo in the vibrant city of Milan. Roam the 18th- and 19th-century villas of Bellagio and the piazza of Como. Conclude this magical small group journey by crossing the Switzerland border to explore lovely Ascona’s Old Town and admire Cannobio’s medieval architecture. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes all excursions, seven nights at the first-class Hotel La Palma on the banks of Lake Maggiore, educational programs, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

Paris Immersion

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April 16-27, 2016

Paris earned its nickname — the City of Light — because it embraced education and the exploration of new ideas during the Enlightenment. Today, Paris remains unparalleled in its cultural wealth. For 10 nights, explore the city and its environs at an unhurried pace. Cruise the Seine River and see the city’s highlights. Discover the places that played a large role during the World War II occupation of Paris. Visit the Latin Quarter to see the sites of the French Revolution and the oldest café in Paris, and explore artistic Le Marais. Journey by train to grand Versailles and historic Rouen in Normandy. Take a high-speed train to the Burgundian town of Dijon. This unique opportunity includes excursions, an extensive meal program with wine at dinner, accommodations in a quaint Parisian neighborhood, Metro tickets so you can travel through Paris like a local, a museum pass and ample independent leisure time to pursue your individual interests.

Croatia’s Adriatic Coast

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May 9-20, 2016

Admire the diverse scenery and experience the vibrant cultural heritage of Croatia, a trove of historic cities, pristine parkland and miles of sun-drenched Adriatic coastline. Begin your journey by exploring Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Wander the historic Upper Town and see the detailed art nouveau architecture that is a legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Delight in the crystal blue lakes, cascading waterfalls and lush forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Cruise to Split, a picturesque city by the sea and home of Diocletian’s Palace, the pre-eminent Roman monument on the Dalmatian Coast. Visit the island of Hvar and explore the island’s wine country. Conclude your journey in Dubrovnik, and marvel at the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture tucked inside the medieval city wall. This 10-night program includes accommodations at boutique and deluxe hotels, all excursions and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.

Essence of the Atlantic

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May 14-28, 2016

Sail the sparkling Atlantic, where beautiful cities and lush islands beckon with eclectic architecture and enchanting, rugged scenery, on a tranquil odyssey aboard Oceania Cruises’ luxurious Marina. Depart New York and discover the colonial history and elegance of Boston, from Beacon Hill and Boston Common to the fascinating sites on the Freedom Trail. Cruise along Maine’s craggy coast and experience Bar Harbor’s awe-inspiring natural backdrop: rugged valleys, emerald-green forests, and ocean-swept granite cliffs. Stroll along the revamped waterfront in Nova Scotia’s beautiful capital, Halifax, before sailing to Portugal’s stunning, remote Azores Islands. Take in the whitewashed houses that dot the landscape of Horta, a seaport situated on Faial Island. Then stop at Ponta Delgada, located on São Miguel—the “Green Island”—or explore the nearby picturesque villages and magnificent jewel-toned crater lakes. Before capping off your voyage in Lisbon, visit Madeira’s lovely capital, Funchal, home to a glorious seafront promenade, palm-shaded cafes and superb museums. 

Cloisters & Courtyards

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May 19 – June 1, 2016

Ornate cathedrals, flower-filled courtyards and lush vineyards are just some of the sights that await you on this voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Nautica. From Barcelona to London, encounter intriguing cities in Portugal, Spain, France and England as you weave your way through the colorful mosaic of Western Europe. Explore the Spanish charms of Málaga and Cádiz, and experience Portugal’s historic hillside cities of Lisbon and Oporto. View Europe’s oldest working lighthouse at La Coruña, Spain, or head to the northwestern pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In Bilbao, witness amazing modern and contemporary art at the thrillingly designed Guggenheim Museum. Admire Gothic churches and 18th-century mansions in Bordeaux, France, a city and region marked by renowned vineyards and glorious château-dotted estates. Before arriving in England’s port of Southampton, browse the delightful cafes and galleries of Honfleur, or travel to magical Paris, the “City of Light.” 

Pompeii, Herculaneum and Classical Campania

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May 23-30, 2016

Step back in time to the perfectly-preserved Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Nestled on the idyllic shores of Southern Italy these extraordinary ancient sites are true wonders of the world complete with 2000 year old shops, theatres, bathhouses, villas and bars. Travelling with a small group you will be accompanied throughout by a scholar whose expertise makes the past come to life. Highlights of this eight-day tour include a full day at Pompeii, a visit to Naples to see the treasures of Naples Museum, and the opportunity to walk up the slopes of Vesuvius. The tour is based throughout in a single charming four-star hotel with most meals included. This is a fascinating journey combining ancient Roman remains and the lovely landscapes and vibrant culture of Southern Italy.

National Parks & Lodges of West

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June 8-17, 2016

Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature’s beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West! Click here for more information.

Regal Routes of Northern Europe

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June 13-24, 2016

Embark on an odyssey to Northern Europe, where beautiful medieval buildings reflect upon tranquil canals, fairy-tale turrets rise above marvelous cities, and quaint cobbled lanes lead to ornate cathedrals and regal monuments. From London, travel to Southampton and begin your voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina, stopping first in Le Havre, a jumping-off point for adventures in magical Paris. Admire Bruges’ lovely gabled buildings and arched stone bridges, and take in the stylish art galleries of Antwerp. Explore the fine museums and canals of Amsterdam, Europe’s captivating cultural hub, and behold the sprawling parks and gardens of Hamburg, Germany’s “Green City.” Continue to Kristiansund, a gateway to Norway’s welcoming villages and gorgeous fjords, followed by Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo, home to the imposing Akershus Fortress and the whimsical world of sculptures at Vigeland Park. Before your voyage concludes in Copenhagen, discover the charming boutiques, cozy cafes and elegant structures that grace Gothenburg, Sweden’s cultural heart.

Provincial French Countryside

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June 13-27, 2016

Experience the essence of France through its rich culture, beautiful countryside, and stirring history. Begin your 15-day tour in Toulouse discovering medieval Carcassonne and the market town of Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.  Stay in charming Sarlat to explore the remote Dordogne, including a visit to the famous caves at Lascaux II and a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Dordogne River. Tour the Loire Valley’s impressive Chateau de Chenonceaux. Visit dramatic Mont St. Michel, the famous D-Day landing beaches, and the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.  Walk amid Monet’s painterly gardens in Giverny.  Conclude your journey in Paris with a tour of the city’s highlights. An optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension “on your own” in Paris is available.

Scotland: Highlands & Islands with Clarke & Robin Stroud

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June 25 – July 6, 2016

From loch to loch and glen to glen, encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans in our small group of no more than 24 guests.  Begin in Glasgow, with a tour highlighting the city’s distinct architecture of the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Travel on to admire the country’s beautiful Highlands scenery including storied Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park, Glencoe, and fabled Loch Ness.  Drive the full 23-mile length of this lake best known for the other-worldly creature alleged to live in its deep waters. Embark on an excursion to Isle of the Skye. Continue to the hallowed ground of Culloden Moor, site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising in 1746; and Saint Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and renowned as the home of golf. Conclude in Edinburgh, with city touring including a visit to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood, where the British royalty schemed and slept in the State Apartments. 

Discover Southeast Alaska

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July 1-8, 2016

The awesome forces of nature are on full display in Alaska—mountains eroded by massive glaciers, icebergs crowding aquamarine seas, the cycles of plants and animals compressed into the scant weeks of an exuberant arctic summer. Spend eight days navigating the waterways of the Inside Passage aboard 66-passenger Admiralty Dream and witness wildlife up close from its kayaks and skiffs. Learn about Alaska’s culture at a traditional Tlingit dance performance, current ice field research at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and industry with a visit to a salmon hatchery. With two skilled Orbridge Expedition Leaders by your side, encounter its abundant wildlife, magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s ancient cultures. Click here for more information.

Baltic and Scandinavian Treasures

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July 12-23, 2016

Baltic & Scandinavian treasures abound on this voyage to some of Northern Europe’s most legendary ports aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina. Set sail from Copenhagen for the delightful port of Warnemünde, or head inland to Berlin, a dynamic city, home to the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall. Stroll past charming timber-framed buildings in Klaipeda’s Old Town, and explore Riga, the “Paris of the East.” Take in more architectural gems in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca. Savor almost three full days in St. Petersburg, famed for its pastel, onion-domed cathedrals and fabled palaces, such as the immense Winter Palace and lavish Catherine’s Palace. Before concluding your odyssey in Stockholm, experience the fairy-tale atmosphere at Tallinn, a beautifully preserved city that radiates old-world charm with red-roofed homes and spire-crowned churches.

Exploring Iceland

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July 16-26, 2016

Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland—a land perfect for exploring in a small group, limited to only 24 guests. Your 11-day tour starts in Borgarnes. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its bizarre rock formations and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s capital, Akureyri. Travel to Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters, and stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” Visit Glacial River Canyon National Park and walk to Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Explore Thingvellir National Park then conclude the tour with two nights in Iceland’s sophisticated capital, Reykjavik.

Coastal Maine & New Brunswick

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August 3-10, 2016

Discover the rustic glamour of Bar Harbor, Campobello Island and St. Andrews by-the-Sea. In Bar Harbor, Maine, visit Acadia National Park and the Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to the history of the Wabanaki nations. Board a traditional lobster boat and learn about Maine’s lobster industry. Journey to Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point in the United States. Then, in Canada, discover the history and stunning landscapes of Campobello Island, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “beloved island,” and see his 34-room cottage. Delight in a whale-watching cruise on the Bay of Fundy. See renowned St. Croix Island. Learn about the history of St. Andrews, a town settled by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, during a tour of its important landmarks, and stroll through lush Kingsbrae Garden. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Bar Harbor and St. Andrews and an exclusive experience staying in authentic turn-of-the-century cottages on Campobello Island. This program also includes excursions, educational programs to provide unique insight into the regions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine at dinner.

Canadian Rockies Parks & Resorts

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August 4-10, 2016

A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this seven-day journey into the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by two Orbridge Expedition Leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Return to the region’s premier resort lodgings for a guided nature walk nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the comforts these exceptional resorts have to offer. Click here for more information.

The Magnificent Great Lakes

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August 22-31, 2016

Picture yourself surrounded by pristine islands draped in verdant wilderness and rocky shores caressed by sparkling blue waters. From Chicago to Montreal, cruise all five Great Lakes and the scenic St. Lawrence River aboard the new 210-guest MS Saint Laurent. Treat yourself to elegant amenities and stunning vistas as this luxurious ship takes you to charming islands and lakeside towns steeped in intriguing maritime history. Discover the Victorian atmosphere on idyllic Mackinac Island, and witness the legendary Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie. Sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay, a striking setting with lush, pine-dotted islands. Explore the emerald jewel of Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island, rich with ancient native tradition, and encounter the voluminous grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel.

River Cruise: The Rhine

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August 26 – September 3, 2016

On this mesmerizing journey aboard the 361-foot Avalon Felicity, cruise the ancient trade route along the scenic shores of Germany and France, dotted with wonderful small villages and fascinating historic towns. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Heidelberg. Visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral in Strasbourg, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim. Admire Cologne’s “Kölner Dom,” Germany’s most renowned cathedral whose Gothic architecture took longer than 600 years to construct, pass beneath the legendary Lorelei rock towering above the Rhine, and see the canals of Amsterdam. Aboard the ship, relax and refresh with onboard lectures, activities, entertainment and incredible views. Click here for more information.

The Italian Riviera

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September 17-25, 2016

An area known for its sparkling turquoise sea, sun-kissed beaches and charming towns, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Experience the enchantment of this famous region on a seven-night program that takes you to key landmarks and historic villages. Your home base is Sestri Levante, with its historic town center and brightly- colored buildings framing the coastline. Venture to Santa Margherita, a town of colorful flowers, swaying palm trees and hillside villas, then cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous. Visit the walled city of Lucca, and explore Genoa, the maritime republic believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Visit the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre, the famous Five Lands. Journey to Carrara and discover the origin of the beautiful white marble that sculptors have turned into works of art for centuries. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

Great Pacific Northwest

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September 17-25, 2016

Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush, unspoiled forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle 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 lovely Vancouver, Washington, before embarking on your voyage in Portland, the “City of Roses.” Discover the small-town charms of Astoria, delve into the unique pioneer history of The Dalles, and take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. 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 journey in Clarkston, Washington, a gateway to North America’s deepest river gorge.

The Italian Riviera

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September 17-25, 2016

An area known for its sparkling turquoise sea, sun-kissed beaches and charming towns, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Experience the enchantment of this famous region on a seven-night program that takes you to key landmarks and historic villages. Your home base is Sestri Levante, with its historic town center and brightly- colored buildings framing the coastline. Venture to Santa Margherita, a town of colorful flowers, swaying palm trees and hillside villas, then cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous. Visit the walled city of Lucca, and explore Genoa, the maritime republic believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Visit the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre, the famous Five Lands. Journey to Carrara and discover the origin of the beautiful white marble that sculptors have turned into works of art for centuries. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

Mediterranean Pathways & Piazzas

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October 14-22, 2016

From elegant churches rising above lively piazzas to cobbled pathways leading to colorful markets, explore the distinctive charms of the Mediterranean as you cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina. Depart Rome’s port of Civitavecchia for Naples, a classic Italian city of breathtaking frescoes, mouthwatering culinary delights and artistic treasures. Then encounter a unique mix of Norman palaces and Baroque churches in Palermo, Sicily’s spirited capital. In North Africa, stroll the winding lanes of Tunis’ old town, or behold the intriguing ruins of Carthage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in Gaudí’s imaginative masterpieces in Barcelona, where striking architecture mingles with stylish boutiques and tapas bars. Before concluding your voyage in Monte Carlo, visit France’s oldest city, Marseille, a gateway to the quaint villages and postcard-worthy towns of Provence.

Portrait of Italy with Hope and Clive Mander

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October 22 – Nov. 7, 2016

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. We begin our 17-day journey in Amalfi, where we stay for three nights. Touring here includes an Amalfi Coast cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center, a visit to the ruins at Pompeii, and a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast. Continue to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy. Attend a cooking demonstration in Orvieto and visit Assisi, burial place of St. Francis. Journey through Tuscany, touring walled Siena, Renaissance Florence, and the classic Tuscan town of San Gimignano, and enjoy a local wine tasting. Conclude in timeless Venice with guided visits and leisure time. An added bonus to this tour will be a visit to OU’s Italian Center in Arezzo!

Country and Blues

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October 23-31, 2016

Celebrate homegrown country and blues music as you cruise legendary rivers aboard the grand American Queen. Begin with a stay in the “Country Music Capital of the World,” Nashville, an iconic city that beckons with elegant architecture, an inventive culinary scene and ever-vibrant music culture. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to Clarksville, dotted with unique attractions like the stately Smith-Trahern Mansion. Delve into fascinating Civil War history at Dover’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery, encounter splendid scenery at Cave-In-Rock State Park, and stroll past well-preserved historic landmarks in Mount Vernon and Paducah. Before concluding your voyage in Memphis, the “Home of the Blues,” witness colorful local artifacts on display at the New Madrid Historical Museum and the magnificent Hunter-Dawson home.