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Alumni Travel Programs

TravelWhether you are planning a trip of a lifetime, a return to a favorite destination, or simply looking for your next adventure, the WIU Alumni Travel Abroad Program is a great place to start your journey. WIU Alumni & Friends are invited to join your Alumni Association and other Western alumni in traveling and learning opportunities worldwide on an Alumni Travel Abroad Program.

We will happily send you brochures listing included features, itineraries, and pricing. Questions or desire a reservation? We're just a phone call away!  Call (309) 298-1914, or email a-association@wiu.edu.

See the world with your WIU Alumni Association!

We OFFER Travel Insurance for all types of travel

Whether you decide to travel with WIU or even for trips you take on your own, the WIU Alumni Association offers insurance for all types of trips. Feel free to check out our Travel Insurance Program!

For more than a decade, WIU has chosen USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance plans for alumni and friends. Every year, Travel Insurance Select provides coverage to thousands of alumni travelers just like you. Be sure you are adequately insured for your next trip – whether participating in a WIU Travel Abroad Program or traveling on your own.

Insurance benefits: coverage of your travel investment for Trip Cancellation or Interruption, Trip Planning Flexibility with Cancel For Any Reason, Worldwide Medical Expense and Emergency Evacuation Coverage and much more. Click here for more information or to sign up before you hit the road, sea or ocean. Or call 800-937-1387 for more information or to enroll by phone.

NOTE: The itinerary(ies) outlined below is preliminary and is subject to change due to operational conditions.

Upcoming Trips

Timeless Beauties - May 2 – 10, 2018
Amalfi Coast - June 5 – 13, 2018
Romantic Rhine & Moselle - June 13 – 27, 2018
Switzerland- June 20 – 28, 2018
Cruise the Rhine River - July 11 – 19, 2018
Majestic Frontiers of Alaska - August 16 – 27, 2018
Coastal Vignettes - October 16 - 27, 2018
Cuba: Art, Culture & People - October 28 - November 5, 2018

Save the date for our 2019 trips.

Sparkling South Pacific -  January 21 – 31, 2019
Southern Grandeur -  April 7 – 15, 2019
Sketches of Sicily - April 10 – 19, 2019
Journey Along the Elbe - May 19 – 30, 2019
Stunning Scenery of Alaska - June 12 – 19, 2019
75th Anniversary of D-Day: Normandy - Deauville - August 30– September 7, 2019
Timeless Cuba - October 23 – 30, 2019
Greece - October 24 – November 1, 2019
Holiday Markets Cruise - The Festive Rhine River - November 27 - December 5, 2019

**Please note that all trip dates are subject to change.

 

2018 WIU Alumni Travel Program

  Timeless Beauties
May 2 – 10, 2018 Timeless
From $1,399 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Embark on your luxury cruise in cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain’s gem of art and architecture. Travel to Valencia to taste paella in its birthplace, stroll the cobbled streets of Palma de Mallorca’s old quarter, and take in the impressive Gorges du Prunelli in Ajaccio. The great masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery—await you in Florence, while Portofino, nestled on a botanically rich peninsula along the scenic Italian Riviera, offers stunning scenery. See where Picasso lived and painted at the Picasso National Museum in Antibes before heading to the last stop in your luxury cruise, Monte Carlo, with its famous Grand Corniche and the 12th-century Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here.)

Amalfi Coast
June 5 – 13, 2018amalfi

$3,395 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base of Vietri sul Mare and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins. Tour Naples and view treasures at the city’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Peek into the lives cut short at Herculaneum and Pompeii by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Invigorate your senses while exploring lemon-scented Sorrento and marvel at the colorful gardens and Arabesque architecture of Villa Rufolo. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner. For single travelers, there is no single supplement.

  (For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

  Romantic Rhine and Moselle
June 13 – 27, 2018
Rhine

Cost: $6,499 per person, double occupancy ($999 airfare from select cities)

From Zürich to Amsterdam and everywhere in between, romance is alive and well on the Rhine river and its idyllic tributary, the Moselle.

The Rhine has become as much an icon of Northern Europe as the pristine castles, fairy-tale villages, and lush forests that dot its banks. As you cruise its shores and explore its treasures, you’re sure to fall in love with a landscape you didn’t believe could truly exist.

Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Opal. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unique and unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included; there is no better way to experience the Rhine and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lie inside.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here.)

Sparkling South Pacific
June 20 – 28, 2018Alps

$2,995 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Switzerland is a gem nestled in the heart of Europe. Discover picture-perfect towns, alpine meadows and majestic mountains during fascinating excursions via cable cars, lifts and alpine railways. Settle in Interlaken, in the Alps’ Bernese Oberland. Travel by train to Kandersteg and visit Oeschinen Lake. Stroll through Lucerne and take a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne. A rail excursion takes you to Grindelwald and the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge. Explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley by train or on foot — the choice is yours — and make your way to Mürren for incredible views of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger peaks. Visit the wood-carving center of Brienz and travel by antique steam train to see the famed Rothorn. Later, continue to Interlaken to explore this lovely town. Local guides and speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This program includes first-class accommodations, a Swiss rail pass and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

  (For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Cruise the Rhine River
July 11 – 19, 2018Amsterdam

$2,995 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Discover the Rhine River’s timeless beauty with the people you love most on a fun and fascinating cruise designed especially for families. Aboard the elegant, first-class Amadeus Silver III, unpack once and enjoy a choice of engaging excursions in Holland, Germany and France. Glide along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and see the Anne Frank House. Witness Kölner Dom, Cologne’s awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, and sail through the spellbinding Rhine Valley with its forested hills crowned by castles. Enjoy Strasbourg’s exquisite old town, lined with half-timbered homes along narrow canals, plus explorations in other medieval river cities. With your family members, learn more about Europe’s history and culture from expert local guides and lecturers, and share your discoveries together. This exclusively chartered, seven-night journey is open to passengers ages 10-17, traveling with an adult, and features onboard children’s activities coordinated by two energetic Youth Directors; a generous meal plan; and wine and beer with lunch and dinner for the adults.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Majestic Frontiers of Alaska
August 16 – 27, 2018
Alaska

From $3,849 per person, double occupancy

Explore the astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise up and down the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and sail the Inside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Your first stop is Ketchikan, a city once proclaimed the Salmon Capital of the World; on your way to Sitka, a historic settlement full of Russian heritage. Catch Gold Fever in Skagway, gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah. Explore Alaska’s remote capital of Juneau and behold ancient petroglyphs in Wrangell. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria, Western Canada’s oldest city, before disembarking the Regatta back in Seattle.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here.)

Coastal Vignettes
October 16 – 27, 2018 
Monte

From $2,799 per person, double occupancy

Explore ancient cities, alluring beaches, and culture straight from the Old World as you set sail across the Mediterranean Sea aboard the luxurious Nautica. Embark from Rome, Italy’s treasure of history and architecture, and view great masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, and Michelangelo’s David—in Florence. Relax in botanically-rich Portofino; bask in the glitz and glamour of fabulous Monte Carlo; and peek at more than a mere glimpse of France’s fascinating naval history in Toulon. Get inspired in Barcelona, Spain’s gem of art and architecture; and tour Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences, which offers a stunning blend of classic and contemporary culture. Finish your voyage by discovering the ruins of truly ancient civilizations in Minorca and Pompeii before disembarking Nautica back in Rome.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here.)

Cuba: Art, Culture & People
October 28 – November 5, 2018cuba

$5,695 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Cuba is a trove of storied heritage, revolutionary history and vibrant culture. This eight-night People-to-People educational exchange, licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, abounds with authentic, enriching experiences. Immerse yourself in this fascinating nation during presentations by local experts coupled with visits to historic sites, museums, schools and community projects. Discover Havana’s highlights and antiquated charms. Visit Hemingway’s home, cruise Habana Vieja in a vintage convertible and meet local artists and dancers. Admire artistic talent at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and encounter Cuba’s most famous export during a cigar factory tour. See a slower side of Cuba as you journey through the Pinar del Río region; enjoy the history and hospitality of Trinidad; and watch a musical performance in Cienfuegos. Along the way, revel in Cuba’s captivating blend of music, cuisine and art. This small-group experience includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba, all excursions and talks, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

SAVE THE DATE for these 2019 trips!!

Sparkling South PacificSparkling South Pacific
January 21 – 31, 2019
From $4,299 per person, double occupancy

Settle into laid-back island life as you encounter the South Pacific’s pristine beaches and glistening lagoons aboard the luxurious Marina. Spend a day exploring Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and cascading waterfalls. Embark Marina and sail to verdant Moorea. Take in the colors of this paradise—the greens of the volcanically-formed cliffs, the blues of the still-watered lagoons, and the white pops of the small tiare flower. Fakarava, the following port, is home to many rare plant and animal species. Search for unique tropical birds before continuing to Rangiroa where marine life is abundant. Spend two days in Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world, and two days in Raiatea, an island dotted with vanilla plantations that spread the rich, sweet scent. Before ending the cruise back in Papeete, stop in relaxed Huahine. Minimally impacted by modern times, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the sunshine, pristine natural areas, and easy-going attitudes of the locals.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Southern Grandeur Southern Grandeur
April 7 – 15, 2019
From $2,799 per person, double occupancy

Relax into the history and hospitality of the South on this week-long riverboat experience. Before embarking on the stately American Queen spend the night in Memphis, a town with rich blues heritage and compelling Civil War sites. Then, travel to Vicksburg—known as the “Red Carpet City of the South”—this town offers up an array of boutiques and museums in its charming downtown district. Sail to Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi, graced with stunning gardens and palatial mansions, and then to Baton Rouge. This capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol. Continue to St. Francisville, a beautiful town with unique shops and historic homes to discover. Before disembarking in New Orleans, journey to Nottoway and explore the impressive halls of the largest plantation house in the South.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Sketches of SicilySicily
April 10 – 19, 2019
Approximately $3,096 + VAT + air

Sicily, which sits between the European mainland and the North African coast, has been a natural crossroads for travelers, explorers and conquerors. Delve into Sicily’s epic past while staying in western, central and eastern areas of the island. Admire the architectural legacy of Gothic, Moorish and Norman conquerors. Discover the baroque flair of Caltagirone. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks and Romans as you explore the well-preserved remnants of their civilizations; marvel at the remarkable mosaics of an ancient Roman villa, and stand among the Greek monuments in Taormina and Syracuse. Savor the flavors of Sicily at a family farm that produces award-winning olive oil. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Palermo, Caltagirone and Taormina. In Caltagirone, stay at a unique hotel and spa on an organic farm, and delight in meals created with freshly harvested produce. This eight-night, small-group program features an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Journey Along the ElbeElbe
May 19 – 30, 2019
$4,895 if booked by 8/14/18 + port + air

Cruise through enchanting scenery and centuries of history aboard an exclusively chartered paddleboat cruiser. Christened in 2016, the MS Elbe Princesse transports you into the heart of cities in Germany and the Czech Republic along the Elbe and Vltava rivers. Enjoy eight nights onboard, plus one night each in first-class hotels in Berlin and Prague. See Berlin’s famed landmarks, including the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through Potsdam’s terraced Sanssouci gardens and Cecilienhof Palace. In Wittenberg, delve into Martin Luther’s revolutionary teachings. Gaze over the spectacular Elbe Sandstone Mountains, delight in Litomerice’s colorful architecture and explore Prague’s Old Town. In addition, enjoy a choice of included excursions, featuring cycling, a beer tasting, history tours and more. Insightful lectures along the way give you deeper insight into the history and heritage of these destinations. This expertly planned journey includes first-class hotel and ship accommodations and an extensive meal plan with complimentary drinks onboard.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Stunning Scenery of Alaska Alaska

June 12 – 19, 2019
From $2,149 per person, double occupancy

Explore astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise along the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and cruise the Outside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Enjoy spotting wildlife in picturesque Sitka and encounter an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Journey to Ketchikan and explore the town’s rustic boardwalk, or perhaps scout the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Before returning to Seattle, cruise the Inside Passage and let Victoria showcase its lovely gardens, historical landmarks, and unique downtown architecture.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

75th Anniversary of D-Day: Normandy - Deauville normandy
August 30 – September 7, 2019
$3,195 if booked by 3/19/19 + VAT + air

From rolling, green hills to the beautiful sea, discover the essence of Normandy as well as its pivotal role in history. On this seven-night journey, experience classic Norman culture. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, where a medieval monastery seemingly rises out of the sea, and see the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings victory. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine, and sip Calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard. And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other sites associated with this crucial World War II battle, plus gain insights during engaging lectures. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Deauville and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner, on this small-group program. There is no supplement for solo travelers.  

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Timeless Cuba Cuba
October 23 – 30, 2019
From $2,299 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean during a fantastic trip to Cuba. Arrive in Miami and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your leisure, and then join us for a group lecture by Havana-born scholar Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, a consultant on the private and public sectors on Cuban and Latin American Affairs. The following day take a panoramic tour of Miami and see Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. Then, embark Insignia and set sail to Cuba, discover the true depth and beauty of the once-forbidden destination.  Stop in Santiago de Cuba. Wedged between looming mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the city offers a plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop. Then, journey to Cienfuegos. Known as the Pearl of the South, the city’s French spirit, tranquil seaside setting, and neoclassical architecture are sure to enchant. Finally, before returning to Miami, spend two days exploring Havana, a captivating city with an old-fashioned aesthetic.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

GreeceGreece
October 24 – November 1, 2019
Approximately $1,995 + VAT + air

Delight in the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern in Greece. Ascend the Acropolis and gaze upon the Parthenon, shielded by its perch from the sounds of the city below. Then leave the city behind to experience the slower pace of island life on Poros, one of the idyllic Saronic Islands. Stroll by the sparkling sea, and watch the day unfold. See freshly caught octopus hanging to dry by a waterfront taverna; listen to the banter from the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop; and join the fun at a festive Greek night. Poros, opposite the storied Peloponnese, gives you access to the best of Greece. Explore the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and the fascinating ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra, and pretty Nafplio, the country’s first capital. Enjoy first-class accommodations during two nights in Athens and five nights on Poros. The extensive meal plan features wine with dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Holiday Markets Cruise - The Festive Rhine RiverHoliday
November 27 – December 5, 2019
$2,295 if booked by 4/30/19 + port + air

Celebrate centuries-old traditions on a Rhine River cruise taking you to holiday markets in France, Germany and Switzerland. Holiday delights — Old World decorations, toys, jewelry and more — fill these festive fairs. The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg and the sounds of carolers and bells enchant your senses. New adventures await daily. In Heidelberg, visit the castle and attend a musical performance. Admire Cologne’s spectacular cathedral, and personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg. Ample free time allows you to explore the markets at your leisure. Aboard the exclusively chartered first-class MS Amadeus Silver III, you’ll never miss a sight, including the scenic Rhine Gorge, on this seven-night journey. All meals are included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary with lunches and all dinners aboard the ship. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.

Alumni Holidays

AHI Travel is a creative, family-owned travel company that has been providing the best in deluxe educational travel experiences since 1962. Recognized around the world the for their expertly planned and operated programs, they are the premier operator of travel for university alumni associations. They are proud that many of our travelers have chosen to travel with us on 15, 20 and even 30 trips because of their attention to detail, excellent service and innovative travel programs.

In addition to the featured Western Illinois University travel programs sponsored for alumni and friends, the Alumni Association also provides you the opportunity to travel independently on all AHI programs and dates.

Go Next

For nearly 40 years, Go Next has made the world more accessible to the sophisticated traveler. Offering unique and fascinating itineraries on land, at sea and by river, Go Next programs are designed to provide the maximum experience at an affordable price. With the ideal balance of exploration, education and relaxation, our trips provide the savings and conveniences of a group program, while presenting opportunities for independent exploration. Go Next is committed to providing quality travel programs and excellent customer service for professional associations and college alumni groups. Accompanied by an experienced and dedicated staff, Go Next travelers have journeyed the globe.