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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 information including 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!

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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

insuranceWhether 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, the Travel Insurance Select plan 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.

Plan benefits include coverage of your travel investment in case of Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, or Travel Delay; coverage for Accident & Sickness Medical Expense; Emergency Medical Evacuation; and much more. You also have the option to add the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR)* upgrade, which affords you the greatest flexibility if you decide to cancel your trip. 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.

*CFAR is offered at an additional premium. Not available to residents of NY. Read plan documents for terms, conditions and exclusions ."

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

Upcoming Trips

2021

2022

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

 

2021 WIU Alumni Travel Program

Undiscovered Ireland ireland
September 4 – 15, 2021
$4,595 if booked by 8/4/21 + 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.)

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 .)

2022 WIU Alumni Travel Program

sydney Tasman Tapestry
January 21 – February 4, 2022

Say g’day to koalas and kangaroos on this fourteen-night cruise through the Tasman aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Whether you’re a sun seeker, a culture vulture, or you want to kick back and see incredible scenery, there’s something for everyone.

Forge a path through the glowworm cave in Bay of Islands and spy geysers spouting in Rotorua. Taste the flavor of Napier’s vintage vineyards and walk through movie-making history in Wellington, where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. The Fjords of Milford Sound tower over you as you make your way to Australia. Burnie’s local cheese makers will thrill your taste buds, then you’ll spend two days in Melbourne. Catch sight of a kookaburra or watch wallabies waddle and hop.

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

plantation Charms of the South
April 3 – 11, 2022

Cruise up the Mississippi and experience southern charm aboard the American Queen on this eight-night trip with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begin your journey with an included one-night stay in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the culture of this cosmopolitan city—take a stroll through the historic French Quarter or grab a bowl of gumbo. Then sail on to Nottoway, home to the largest historic mansion in the South.

In St. Francisville, find the perfect southern trinket at historic Old Market Hall, where local craftsmen and artists hustle and bustle. Walk through the history of the mighty Mississippi in Vicksburg, and, before you end your cruise in Memphis, make a stop in Greenville, where Civil War history lives on.

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

mackinaw The Majestic Great Lakes
July 14 – 24, 2022

Discover a world destination in your own backyard on this Great Lakes adventure aboard Victory Cruise Lines’ M/V Victory I. This high summer getaway begins with an included one-night hotel stay in the buzzing metropolis of Toronto. Then you'll set sail for a jaunt that touches each of the five Great Lakes. From the thunderous show at Niagara Falls to the cultural touchstone museums and revitalized waterfronts of Cleveland and Detroit, discover the magic that makes these lakes so great. Cruise quiet U.S.-Canadian border towns rich with maritime lore and Ojibwe culture, and marvel at the mighty Soo Locks, among the busiest in the world. Before journey's end in Chicago, cap off your Great Lakes caper at lost-in-time Mackinac Island. Sightsee by horse-drawn carriage, and dine on local flavor at the legendary Grand Hotel.

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

alaska   Alaskan Heritage and Wildlife
July 24 – July 31, 2022
$4,695 if booked by 12/31/21 + VAT + air

Alaska is for adventure and discovery! Nourish your soul amid the breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history and abundant wildlife of this must-see outdoor destination. During this seven-night journey, stay in both Anchorage and Denali National Park, Alaska’s most famous natural park. Encounter 10,000 years of history at Anchorage’s world-class museums and stroll through friendly Talkeetna. Search for caribou, moose and bear during a narrated tour of Denali National Park and learn about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at a working kennel. Witness jaw-dropping views on an epic train journey and spectacular coastal scenery while cruising Prince William Sound. In the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, visit a reindeer farm and tuck into a delicious lunch at a family farm. Along the way, local experts share their knowledge of Alaska’s history, geography and natural wonders, and you’ll be immersed in a wonderful mix of the region’s frontier-like culture, picturesque landscapes and welcoming communities. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and a generous meal plan including wine with dinner.

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

Northern Northern Realms: Baltics & Scandinavia
August 7 – 17, 2022

We’re on our way north—come bask in the beauty of the Baltics! From Denmark to Sweden and everywhere in between, this trip will lead you through secret tunnels, into towers and turrets, and behind the scenes in some of the world’s most fascinating towns. Make your way through medieval ruins in Visby and take a kayak down a calm Lithuanian river in Klaipėda.

Tour Tallinn’s underground passageways as you learn about its historic past, then spend two days in Russia. Whether you seek art architecture, or music, St. Petersburg has something for everyone. Before ending in Stockholm, cruise into Helsinki, the white city of the north, where you can peruse an open-air market for the perfect present to pack in your suitcase.

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

cinque Tuscany ~ Lucca, Carrara and the Cinque Terre
October 1 – 9, 2022

$3,295 if booked by 12/31/21 + VAT + air

Uncover the indelible wonders and romantic allure of Tuscany on this enriching seven-night journey. From our base in medieval Lucca, daily excursions present serendipitous moments that reveal the inspiring relics, unrivaled beauty and cultural treasures of this storied region. In Pisa, delve into maritime history and stand in the shadow of the renowned Leaning Tower in Miracle Square. Stroll the harmonious grounds of a centuries-old villa, and visit Carrara, where Michelangelo chose ivory marble for his masterpieces. While exploring Lucca, note its trove of antique architecture, including the exquisite façade of the Church of San Michele, and journey to the picturesque Cinque Terre to bask in the splendor of this storybook landscape. Enjoy a gentle cruise, feasting your eyes on the villages of Manarola and Vernazza, followed by a memorable seaside lunch. Plus, enjoy a captivating Italian operetta performance and sip locally produced wines at a countryside vineyard. This handcrafted, small-group program features a first-class hotel 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.)

venice Adriatic & Aegean Array
October 6 – 16, 2022

Follow the sweeping path of Europe’s palaces and panoramic views on this 10-night trip aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Spy the steep slopes of Amalfi as you take a coastal cruise up the UNESCO-listed shores. Under the gaze of Mt. Etna, enjoy a Sicilian lunch of pecorino and prosciutto.

History buffs will linger in the lanes of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, filled with fortresses and fortifications. Spend two days in timeless Venice, where you’ll glide the old canals on gondolas while Italian musicians serenade you. In Greece, catch a glimpse of ancient Olympia near Katakolon and in Santorini, relax in the sea breeze with a glass of award-winning wine.

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

markets Holiday Markets Cruise ~ The Festive Rhine River
December 4 – 12, 2022

from $2,595 if booked by 12/31/21 + port + air

Feel the magic of the holidays in Germany and France on a seven-night Rhine River cruise! Celebrate centuries-old traditions in festive markets aglow with twinkling lights and good cheer and overflowing with handmade decorations and other treasures. Delight in the sounds of carolers and bells and the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pine in the air. Visit Heidelberg’s castle and enjoy an exclusive musical performance in the romantic old town. Stroll through Freiburg, a vibrant university city. Admire Cologne’s spectacular cathedral and delight in Düsseldorf’s lively riverfront district. In the ports of Breisach, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim and Düsseldorf, select excursions that fit your interests, such as wine tastings, culinary tours or cultural experiences. Aboard your exclusively chartered, first-class ship, revel in the beauty of the Rhine Gorge and sip warm, spicy Glühwein. This heartwarming journey includes an ample meal plan, plus wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 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 .

AHI Health and Safety Protocols

AHI health and safety protocols

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.

Insurance benefits in the plans are subject to exclusions and limitations, including an exclusion for pre-existing conditions.

The plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company as well as non-insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by On Call International. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Individuals looking to obtain additional information regarding the features and pricing of each travel plan component, please contact USI Insurance Services, LLC d/b/a USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services with its principal place of business at 3805 West Chester Pike, Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA, 19073; 1-800-937-1387; info@travelinsure.com. CA license #OG11911. CA DOI toll free number: 800-927-4357.  MD Insurance Administration: 800-492-6116.

* The insurance benefits that are part of the plans are underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.  As a travel retailer, Western Illinois University Alumni Association and its employees may transact Travel Insurance on TIS’s behalf and under TIS’s direction, including offering/disseminating information on their behalf, including brochures, buyer guides, descriptions of coverage, and price, referring specific coverage/feature/benefit questions to TIS, disseminating/processing applications for coverage, coverage selection forms, or other similar forms, collecting premiums on TIS’s behalf, and receiving/recording information to share with TIS. Purchasing a travel plan is not required in order to purchase any other products or services offered by Western Illinois University Alumni Association.