Alumni Travel Program

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The Alumni Travel Program provides opportunities for Lafayette alumni and friends to travel the world together for one-of-a-kind learning experiences. Trips for 2014 are listed below. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to automatically receive notices about Lafayette sponsored trips, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (610)330-5040 or alumni@lafayette.edu.

Celtic Lands and 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings (May 28 – June 7, 2014)
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Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. Travel
Guest Speakers Dwight David Eisenhower II and Celia Sandys
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings during this Celtic Lands voyage. By exclusive arrangement, walk the hallowed beaches of Normandy, France with Dwight Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and meet Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, both of whom will join us for a portion of the cruise to lecture and share their personal insights. Experience the legacy of the Celts while exploring the ports of call in Scotland’s Highlands, Belfast, North Wales and Dublin before landing at Normandy Beach.

National Parks and Lodges of the Old West (June 26-July 5, 2014)
Orbridge Travel
A journey that celebrates the American West’s magnificent National Parks, tracing legends and storied monuments along the way. From Old Faithful to Mount Rushmore and from Spearfish Canyon to the Snake River, you will see the best of the Old West and traverse its beautiful vistas in style and comfort. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including the State Game Lodge in Custer National Park, Yellowstone Park lodging, beautiful Spearfish Canyon Lodge, and in Jackson, relaxing Rustic Inn along the winding Snake River.

Flavors of Northern Italy (October 17-25, 2014)
Orbridge Travel
An intimate, small-group atmosphere and authentically Tuscan experiences distinguish this 9-day program, each one more magical than the next: stroll vineyards, make your own ricotta, sample olive oils and wine varietals, and fully enjoy the Tuscan way of life surrounded by great people and fabulous cuisine. Tour centuries-old wineries, tasting rare hand-made cheeses, and dine in homes of chefs and producers.

Eastern & Oriental Express (TBD – departure date to be scheduled for sometime between January and early April 2015)
AHI Travel
Ride a tuk tuk through Bangkok and take a cruise of the Chao Phraya River to see Wat Arun and Wat Pho, two of the city’s most impressive temples, and a floating market. Experience the golden age of travel on the Eastern & Oriental Express train and see the Thai and Malaysian countryside as you make your way from Bangkok to Singapore. Wander through the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya and visit an elephant sanctuary. Cruise the River Kwai to see the historic bridge built by Allied troops. Explore the lively city-state of Singapore. Discover both the lush highlands and beautiful beaches of Bali, one of the world’s most idyllic islands.
Information to come.

Music and Art Tour of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague (June 12-24, 2015)
In Mozart’s Footsteps
Travel to three cities in the center of Europe that have wonderful musical and artistic histories. The traveler will experience great culture and walk in the footsteps of significant creative geniuses. Hear spectacular concerts, view incredible architecture, and visit outstanding museums. Visit Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where walking the picturesque streets of Old Town, one can see more than four centuries of architectural styles. Tour Vienna which enjoys the richest musical history of any city in the world, having been the home of Mozart (adult life), Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Johann Strauss and family, Mahler, Bruckner, and many others. Additionally, Vienna has an extremely strong Fin de siècle history, and was home to artists Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele, and Gerstl, and architects Fischer von Erlach, Hoffman, Wagner and Hundertwasser. The city has many wonderful art museums, including the finest collection of Flemish art outside of the Netherlands at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The third city in the tour, Prague, adds a different culture. Its art and architecture is heavily influenced by Jugenstil, and one of thefinest examples of this, the Obecní dům (Municipal House) is right around the corner from the hotel. Musically, the Czech capital was the home of Dvořák, Smetana, and other composers with Slavic and Bohemian roots. This adds a nice contrast to the music of Salzburg and Vienna. For the literary‐minded, Franz Kafka lived in Prague and travelers have the option of exploring the Kafka Museum.
Information to come.

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