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Alumni Travel Programs

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.

More than a year has gone by since the WIU Alumni Association restructured our Travel Abroad Program and the reviews are in! Dozens of WIU alumni and friends have traveled to Holland, Belgium, Italy, France and many more picturesque places. We are excited to announce our new trips that go through 2014. Reservations are coming in as alumni plan to travel with fellow Leathernecks. We hope you will join us on the journey(s)!

Alumni Holidays

AHI International Corporation, better known as Alumni Holidays®, an alumni partner for the past 40 years, has been a leader in the creation and operation of exclusive and unique travel programs for sophisticated travelers. Together, we work to ensure that each travel experience reflects the high standards set on behalf of our alumni and friends. All sponsored programs are researched by travel experts, utilizing many years of experience in designing creative itineraries that provide a strong connection to the places and people of the cultures you will visit.

In addition to our Alumni Travel Abroad Programs, the Alumni Association offers Alumni Escapes which feature a collection of travel favorites visited in a whole new way. At exceptional values, these well planned programs offer first class accomodations and a pleasurable mix of excursions and events along with plenty of time for personal pursuits.

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 NextTahitian Jewels trip

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.

Picture:  WIU alumni and friends on the 2014 Go Next Tahitian Jewels trip in January 2014. Front row, l-r:  Janet Sell '62 and Brenda Cordis. Back row, l-r:  Bernie Sell '80 and  Chuck Cordis '67.

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.

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

Upcoming Trips

Cradle of History - May 4-15, 2014
Italian Inspiration - May 14-22, 2014
Apulia - June 10-18, 2014 (Please note the new date.)
Baltic Treasures - August 21-September 1, 2014
Cruise the Rhine - September 22-30, 2014
Southern Africa - October 15-29, 2014
China and the Yangtze River - October 20-November 3, 2014
Pearls of the Mediterranean - November 7-15, 2014
Cruise the Panama Canal - November 19-30, 2014

Save the dates for our 2015 trips!

Mayan Mystique - January 6–16, 2015
Polynesian Paradise - March 15–25, 2015
**Please note that all trip dates are subject to change.

Cradle of History Cradle of History
May 4-15, 2014
from $3,499 per person, double occupancy (Including airfare)

Follow the echoes of ancient civilizations as you cruise the Mediterranean on Oceania Cruises Riviera, an elegant vessel replete with breathtaking amenities and culinary delights. Immerse yourself in the ancient legends, traditions and cultures of Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Israel, where each destination whispers an intriguing tale. Begin in Istanbul, the magnificent city that straddles two continents, and take in its legendary sites before departing for Kusadasi, where you can walk mosaic sidewalks in the nearby ruins of Ephesus. Cruise to the Greek island of Rhodes, a sun soaked canvas of age-old white-washed towns and dazzling, turquoise waters, and then on to Limassol and the ancient riches of Cyprus. Continue to Haifa, Israel, a picturesque city built on the slopes of Mount Carmel offering spectacular hanging gardens and ancient temples. More wonders await in Jerusalem, the holiest city on earth for three major religions, including the legendary Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Conclude your journey in Athens, one of the world's oldest cities.

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

Italian Inspiration Italian Inspiration
May 14–22, 2014
from $2,499 per person, double occupancy (Including airfare)

Let Italian-influenced towns and islands inspire you from aboard the elegant and intimate Oceania Cruises Insignia as you cruise to captivating ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece. Set out from Rome's port, Civitavecchia and journey south along Italy's sublime shores. Explore the lovely Italian village of Sorrento, a trove of cobblestone streets and dramatic vistas, or travel to Capri, an island so beautiful it served as a vacation getaway for ancient Romans. Cruise further down the scenic Amalfi Coast and visit Amalfi or Positano, timeless towns with colorful Moorish-style houses set on stunning seaside slopes, before heading to Sicily's northeastern tip. Here you'll find Messina, a lovely medieval city that's home to a wealth of ancient churches and a cathedral where it is rumored Richard the Lionheart worshipped. Discover the verdant island of Corfu, where beauty abounds among the emerald hills and lush fields, and then step back in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia's red-tiled jewel, evolved from centuries of Roman and Venetian rule. Your voyage concludes in Venice, a romantic masterpiece built on water. Explore this legendary city of opulent palazzi and enchanting squares set amid a network of weaving canals and bridges.

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

Apulia ~ Undiscovered Italy Travel Abroad:  Apulia
June 10-18, 2014 (Please note the new date.)
from $2,395 + air + VAT

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 Apulian coast and see why this sun-bleached land has been settled since time immemorial. Discover picture 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. Roam through 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 vintages on a winery tour, and visit a family-run olive mill to meet the owners and sample the finished product. This Alumni Campus Abroad® includes all excursions, informative educational programs, first-class accommodations, 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.)

Baltic Treasures Baltic Treasures
August 21–September 1, 2014
from $4,299 per person, double occupancy (Including airfare)

Baltic treasures abound on this voyage to some of Northern Europe's most legendary ports aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant Nautica. Discover distant monarchies, Baroque palaces and stunning harbors as you cruise the Baltic Sea to Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. Beginning in Copenhagen, sail to the delightful German port of Warnemünde and enjoy its lovely seaside promenade, or take a short drive to Berlin and view weathered remnants of the iconic Berlin Wall and other notable landmarks. Cruise to Lithuania and stroll past charming timber-framed buildings in Klaipeda's Old Town, and then on to Latvia's capital Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dubbed the "Paris of the East." Head to the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca, where you'll discover a splash of modern art and architecture. Delight in almost three full days to soak up St. Petersburg and explore its gorgeous onion-domed cathedrals and fabled palaces, or perhaps head south on a day trip to Moscow and visit famed sites like Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Before concluding your journey in Stockholm, visit Estonia to admire Tallinn's beautifully preserved medieval architecture. Create unforgettable memories as you sail the legendary Baltic Sea.

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

Cruise the Mosel, Rhine & Main Rivers Travel Abroad:  Rhine River
September 22-30, 2014
from $2,695 + air + VAT

See picture-perfect villages and pristine German countryside during a journey down the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers aboard MS Amadeus Princess, a state-of-the-art river cruiser. Along the Mosel, discover Bernkastel-Kues, admire medieval architecture and Roman ruins in Trier, and visit Cochem, famous for its folk tales. Explore the historic town center of Koblenz and see the legendary Loreley Rock on the mighty Rhine. Learn about the wine-making traditions of the Mosel and Rhine regions, and enjoy vineyard tours and tastings. Cruise the Main River, explore the university town of Heidelberg and marvel at the architectural treasures of Würzburg, including the magnificent Residence, an opulent baroque palace. Travel the Romantic Road, and admire the walled, medieval towns that line the famous route. MS Amadeus Princess has been exclusively chartered for this program. It offers stylish and comfortable accommodations and a river view from every cabin. This program includes all excursions, presentations offering insight into local history and culture, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

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

Treasures of Southern Africa Travel Abroad:  Africa
October 15-29, 2014
from $6,995 + air + VAT

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to southern Africa, a region known both for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Begin your journey in Cape Town, South Africa, known as the Mother City because it is the oldest city in the country. Table Mountain and the sea are just as much of Cape Town's identity as its delightful and unique mix of cultures. Walk in Nelson Mandela's footsteps on Robben Island. Ascend Cape Point and marvel at the panoramic view of the ocean. See African penguins at Boulders Beach. The luxurious Rovos Rail will take you on a two-night deluxe train journey across the country to Pretoria. At the deluxe Thornybush Game Reserve, keep an eye out for the Big Five and other exotic wildlife during game drives during a two-day luxury safari in this game-rich area next to Kruger National Park. In Johannesburg, tour Soweto and visit a local youth center. Bring to a close this exceptional program by experiencing the power and majesty of thundering Victoria Falls. This adventure includes excursions, luxury accommodations and an extensive meal plan.

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

China and the Yangtze River Travel Abroad:  China
October 20-November 3, 2014
from $3,995 + air + VAT

Discover one of the most fascinating and dynamic nations in the world on this comprehensive journey that reveals China's mystique and highlights its timeless treasures, world-class cities and tranquil farming villages. Travel to famous landmarks, including the sprawling Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. Walk through sprawling Tian'anmen Square, and step inside the massive walls of the Forbidden City. Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an and the Buddhist cliff carvings in Dazu. Volunteer for a day at the Chengdu Panda Base and take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about China's giant pandas. Enjoy special access to the Archaeological Research Institute in Xi'an, and view acquisitions not on display to the general public. Admire the impressive architectural display along the Bund in Shanghai, and cruise the scenic Yangtze River for three nights to marvel at the spectacular Three Gorges. Throughout your program, enjoy deluxe accommodations, all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring regional specialties and wine with dinner.

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

Pearls of the Mediterranean Pearls of Mediterranean
November 7–15, 2014
from $2,299 per person, double occupancy (Including airfare)

"Early Booking Discount" extended through June 13, 2014

Discover some culturally-rich pearls of the Mediterranean, as you cruise from Monaco to Spain aboard Oceania Cruises Riviera, an elegant vessel replete with breathtaking amenities and outstanding cuisine. Depart Monte Carlo for Portofino and find a magnificent 16th-century castle overlooking a modern playground of villas and yachts. Journey to Rome and admire its stunning wealth of historical monuments and marvelous wonders, like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica. Head inland from the port of Livorno and experience the idyllic Tuscan countryside and the legendary cities of Florence and Pisa—two icons bursting with world-class art and Renaissance architecture. Savor the historic port city of Marseille, or explore its rich Provençal countryside dotted with medieval towns and quaint villages, before heading to Port Vendres. Bound by beauty, this classic Mediterranean harbor town along the Vermillion Coast is a true gem. Continue to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a beautiful island offering stunning architecture from a massive Gothic cathedral to an ancient circular castle overlooking the harbor. Stroll the cobbled streets of Old Palma, or relax along the picturesque countryside sprinkled with windmills, before your exceptional voyage concludes in Barcelona.

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

Cruise the Panama Canal Travel Abroad:  Panama Canal
November 19-30, 2014
from $3,135 + air + port

Set sail on Crystal Serenity and escape the chill of November for the sandy beaches, sunny skies and easygoing spirit of the Caribbean. Embark the ship in Miami and cruise to Key West, once the winter home of Ernest Hemmingway and today a fashionable retreat with tempting boutiques and galleries. Continue to Cozumel, Mexico's island paradise, and Costa Maya, famous for its ancient Mayan ruins. Discover the culture and history of Belize City, the tropical landscapes of Roatan Island and the fascinating architecture of Costa Rica's Puerto Limón. Celebrate the centennial of the Panama Canal as you traverse this famous man-made marvel, a masterpiece of 51 miles of locks that allow ships to effortlessly pass between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Conclude your adventure in Caldera, Costa Rica. During your journey, experience firsthand why Crystal Serenity is world-renowned for excellence. Enjoy award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. Take advantage of 2-for-1 pricing and a host of amenities, including flexible dining times, open bar service, and gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff. Special air add-ons are available from select gateway cities.

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


2015 WIU Alumni Travel Programs

Mayan Mystique Grand Cayman
January 6 - January 16, 2015
from $2,499 per person, double occupancy (including airfare)

Experience awe-inspiring, tropical lands infused with vibrant cultures and riveting ancient ruins as you cruise the Caribbean along the coasts of Florida and Central America aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises Regatta. This exquisite 684-passenger vessel offers impeccable service, elegant accommodations and world-class cuisine, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy this remarkable 10-night voyage. Depart from Miami and savor the British charms and powdery white sands of Grand Cayman, behold captivating Mayan ruins in Mexico and admire cultural and natural treasures in Belize. Witness stunning Mayan stelae and quaint native villages in Guatemala, savor breathtaking scenery on the tranquil island of Roatan, and stroll palm-lined streets edged by 19th-century architecture in Key West—once home to author Ernest Hemingway. From reefs to ruins, sun-soaked beaches to pristine emerald jungles, your senses will be mystified by the land of the Maya.

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


Polynesian Paradise Polynesian Paradise
March 15 - 25, 2015
from $3,999 per person, double occupancy (including airfare)

From luxurious white-sand beaches fringed by gently swaying palms and sweet-scented vanilla groves to velvety emerald mountains towering over translucent lagoons that dazzle in every hue of electric blue, indulge your senses with the wonders of French Polynesia. Cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' intimate, mid-sized Marina, an award-winning masterpiece at sea that shines with outstanding personalized service, elegant designer details and world-class cuisine. Admire kaleidoscopic lagoons surrounding Moorea and discover local legends and ancient marae (temples) amid gorgeous scenery on Raiatea. Be engulfed by endless tropical beauty on sun-kissed Bora Bora and experience a blend of black-sand beaches and sparkling waterfalls on Nuku Hiva. Explore Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world boasting a crystalline underwater playground teeming with multi-hued fish, before returning to Papeete on the lovely island of Tahiti. Set adrift, catch the breeze and watch scenes of incomparable beauty unfold one-by-one on this 10-night Polynesian odyssey.

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


More information regarding these 2015 trips will be available soon.
Mediterranean Coastal Hideaways - April 24 – May 3, 2015
Spain ~ Valencia and Barcelona - May 18 - 27, 2015
Paris Immersion - June 5 - 16, 2015
Pearls of the Mediterranean - June 15 – 23, 2015 (Please note the new date.)
Coastal Alaska - July 7 – 14, 2015
Scotland - August 5 - 13, 2015
Baltic Marvels - August 13 - 21, 2015 (Please note the new date.)
Greek Isles Odyssey - September 26 – October 5, 2015
Tuscany - October 14 - 22, 2015
Eastern & Oriental Express - November 6 - 18, 2015