Alumni

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!

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, safety is our top priority.  WIU Alumni Travel Program is closely monitoring developments around the world, and we are working with our travel vendor partners to provide you with the best information possible. Our travel partners will be communicating with those currently registered for a tour as to what the current status is and what options travelers have.

If you have further questions, please email us at A-Associaiton@wiu.edu or contact your tour operator directly.

We OFFER Travel Protection 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 protection 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 protection 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

2020

2021

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

 

2020 WIU Alumni Travel Program

SAVE THE DATE for these 2020 trips!!

Hudson River Fall Foliage CruiseHudson
October 3 – 10, 2020
$4,995 + port + air

Cruise the Hudson River during fall foliage season and embrace a warm, iconic American landscape that has inspired great writers, artists and naturalists. Enjoy a night on the island of Manhattan, tucked proudly between the Hudson and East Rivers. Take a narrated tour of the city and time to pause at the World Trade Center Memorial. During your seven-night cruise, you can customize your journey with a selection of optional excursions in Troy, Albany, Kingston, Hyde Park, Catskill, West Point and Sleepy Hollow. Choose to tour family homes turned museums, including the home of FDR, iconic landscape painter Thomas Cole, writer Washington Irving and more. Discover the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, examine the Erie Canal, or visit Vassar College’s art center to see ancient Chinese artifacts.  Enjoy a first-class ship and a generous meal and beverage plan, plus insightful lectures and discussions with experts and historians onboard.

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

Legends of the NileNile
October 27 – November 7, 2020
$4,995 + port + air

Discover ancient Egypt along the Nile River. This thrilling 10-night adventure features four nights on a first-class ship, five nights in Cairo and one night in Luxor. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of King Tutankhamen come to life with an expert, licensed Egyptologist by your side during all excursions. Stroll the burial grounds at the Temple of Karnak, witness the gold burial mask and sarcophagus of Tutankhamen at the Egyptian Museum and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved with special access at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House in Luxor. Witness the Great Temple of Ramses II carved out of a mountain, seek out fantastic treasures in Cairo’s old bazaar and visit venerable mosques and Coptic Christian churches. This small-group trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel, first-class hotel and cruise accommodations and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.

(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 2021 trips!!

Dutch WaterwaysDutch
April 2 – April 10, 2021
From $2,995 + VAT + air

From the thatched farmhouses and footpaths of fairy-tale Giethoorn to the medieval landmarks of Antwerp, fall in love with the Netherlands and Belgium as you relish their intimate waterways. See bygone eras take shape aboard a first-class river ship for seven nights. In Amsterdam, get a close-up look at 17th-century canals and landmarks on a river cruiser, then choose to dive into acres of colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, bike through charming villages, or gaze at masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists at the Rijksmuseum. Explore The Hague and the art of the Mauritshuis, or watch an artisan paint porcelain at the Royal Delft factory. Tour Bruges’ Old Town, then savor its chocolate, discover its beer culture, or visit the Groeninge Museum. Immerse yourself in the seaport of Antwerp with its quaint architecture and café-filled lanes. Enjoy an extensive meal plan featuring wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. No single supplement!

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

Gems of the Danubebudapest
May 14 25, 2021
$3,999 per person, double occupancy

Board the Scenic Opal in Nuremburg, where a tour through the magnificent medieval architecture of the city’s old town sets the tone for your Danube adventure. Step back in time in the well-preserved Bavarian gem of Regensburg and perhaps ferry to Weltenburg Abbey, one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries. From the port of Passau, travel to the atmospheric UNESCO-listed town of Český Krumlov or venture into Salzburg to see Mozart’s birthplace and visit locations from the film The Sound of Music. In Melk, ride a bike along the riverfront, join a Tastes of Wachau Valley tour or a schnapps tasting, or visit Melk’s magnificent eighteenth-century Benedictine abbey. Stop in Vienna—the “City of Music”—and choose from its diverse delights: an excursion to the massive Bratislava Castle or the imperial Habsburg residence of Schönbrunn Palace; a Vienna wine cellars tour with a Sekt tasting; or a Belvedere Museum visit to see one of the greatest collections of Austrian art, as well as works by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Before your journey ends, overnight in Budapest. Discover this fascinating city on a tour that includes a piano concert, or join a focused exploration of the city’s Jewish heritage.

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

Grand Seine River & Normandy Passageparis
May 16 24, 2021
From $3695 + VAT + air

Discover the wonders of the Seine River on a seven-night passage between Paris and Honfleur. From the comforts of our exclusively chartered first-class ship, we’ll encounter the sights and landmarks of Normandy and explore Paris, the romantic City of Light. From Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Latin Quarter and an evening cruise, witness Paris’ storied history and architecture. Delve into Claude Monet’s fascinating life at his Giverny home and see the ruins of two elaborate French estates. Take a walking tour of Rouen, admiring its grand cathedral, and delight in Honfleur, where scenery has charmed writers and artists for centuries. Take a poignant journey into WWII history at the D-Day beaches and Pointe du Hoc, plus a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum. A series of informative lectures add historical and cultural context to your experience. This memorable journey includes an extensive meal plan, plus wine and beer with lunch and 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 or click here.)

Tuscanytuscany
June 26 – July 4, 2021
$2,995 + VAT + air

Uncover the wonders of Tuscany and its romantic allure on this enriching seven-night journey. From our base in Lucca, we’ll embark on excursions to discover the relics, unrivaled beauty and cultural treasures of this storied region. Spend a day admiring the picturesque Cinque Terre, feasting your eyes on the colorful villages of Manarola and Vernazza from the sea and indulging in a memorable seaside lunch. We’ll stand before the Leaning Tower of Pisa and discover Lucca’s fascinating architecture, including the exquisite façade of the Church of San Michele. Together, we’ll explore the grounds of a centuries-old villa and visit Carrara, home to Michelangelo’s prized ivory marble. Along the way, a captivating Italian operetta performance and winery visit immerse you in the region’s art scene and outstanding viniculture. And, encounter the beautiful Garfagnana region and the sweet village of Barga. This small-group program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, complemented by wine with dinner.

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

Undiscovered Irelandireland
August 21 – September 1, 2021
$4,595 if booked by 3/30/21 + VAT + air

Ireland’s dazzling coastal beauty takes center stage on this magical, 10-night journey! Begin in the east in dynamic Dublin. Then, head westward with stops in Galway and Cong before exploring the breathtaking, untamed Wild Atlantic Way. See Achill Island’s moors and mountains, admire Connemara’s glacier-carved landscape and watch lively dogs herding sheep. Next, venture north on a less explored route to the hidden gem, County Donegal. Be awed by spectacular Slieve League, Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, and see Arranmore Island by land and water. From there, travel into Northern Ireland to discover the vibrant walled city of Derry and Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder of interlocking basalt columns. This well-rounded, small-group experience features visits to two 19th-century castles, plus lectures on Irish literature and art, a music and dance performance, and a culinary tour. Enjoy stays at deluxe and first-class hotels, including a family-owned castle estate, and a generous meal plan with wine at dinner.

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

Journey to Southern Africaafrica
September 14 – 29, 2021
From $7,595 + VAT + air

Encounter exotic wildlife and wonder on this 12-night adventure through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. With expert trackers leading your small group, scout lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and more on lavish safari excursions in three world-class parks. Learn about the majestic African animals and efforts to conserve them and their pristine habitats. Explore Cape Town, where Table Mountain towers over colorful streets and glistening beaches. Spot penguins on a drive along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Travel to Johannesburg and Soweto to see the home of Nelson Mandela and visit community leaders at a local youth program. Relish the riches of Hwange National Park on a game drive, feel the power of crashing Victoria Falls and spy elephants along the Chobe River during a safari cruise. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure includes a journey on the elegant Rovos Rail, two flights within South Africa 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.)

Lustrous CoastsSorento
September 25 – October 6, 2021

$3,999 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Sail the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean on this incredible ten-night journey to some of the region’s most treasured gems. Your adventure begins amid the relics of Rome, once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy. From there, set sail for Sorrento to delight in the cobblestone streets and seaside promenades, or travel to visit the nearby ruins of Pompeii, one of the most spellbinding archaeological sites in the world. In Messina, stroll the Piazza del Duomo, or perhaps venture to Taormina to sample local wines under the gaze of Mt. Etna. Next, head to Valletta and discover its historic buildings, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where Caravaggio’s The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist is kept. Cruise the Mediterranean to Florence, where the architectural and artistic masterpieces of the Renaissance await you. Or, journey to see the nearby Leaning Tower of Pisa or meander the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Stop in Saint-Tropez, a dazzling treasure on the French Riviera, and mingle with the see-and-be-seen crowd at the beach clubs that line the sand with their colorful umbrellas. In Monte Carlo, wander along the glamorous streets lined with high-rise apartments, or pop into the infamous casino. Then, sail to Marseille and explore the ancient La Panier neighborhood, or travel through the Provençal countryside to see where artists and authors have drawn inspiration for centuries. You’ll bid adieu to the elegant Riviera in sunny Barcelona, but first, head to Palamós, a Catalan fishing village famous for its beaches and its restaurants serving locally caught seafood.

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