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Journey Through Vietnam
Tuscany - Cortona 2019

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Explore distant lands, experience other cultures and gain unique perspectives by traveling with Brandeis faculty experts and fellow alumni and friends. Whether sharing a meal, visiting a well-known landmark or exploring an off-the-beaten-path hidden treasure with a local guide, Brandeis travelers enjoy a uniquely "Brandeisian" experience: stimulating conversation, renowned faculty leaders and an in-depth look at a destination's rich history, traditions and culture. Make your next excursion the trip of a lifetime.


Upcoming Trips

 Golden Pavilion Kyoto

Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan

May 22 - June 1, 2019

Tour Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
Faculty Leader: Aida Yuen Wong
Accommodations: M.S. Le Soléal - Exclusively chartered luxury small ship, with two-nights deluxe hotel in Kyoto
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Packages start at $5,995 based on double-occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional *Package pricing if booked by December 4 - early booking discount date. View the trip brochure for complete details and information.

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique, custom-designed itinerary, featuring two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise across the full length of the serene Inland Sea of Japan from Himeji, including historic ports of Japan such as Miyajima, Sakaiminato and Moji and Ulsan, South Korea. The adventure begins with two nights in the imperial and cultural capital of Kyoto. Wander a serene setting, adorned with fragrant floral blooms and featuring a host of historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the opulent temples of Ryōan‑ji and Kinkaku‑ji and the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine. Then cruise for seven nights aboard the luxury small ship, Le Soléal—featuring only 110 ocean‑view suites and staterooms—into captivating ports inaccessible to larger vessels. 

Enjoy excursions to additional UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the 14th‑century Himeji Castle, the largest surviving feudal complex of medieval Japan; Hiroshima’s poignant Genbaku Dome Peace Memorial; and in Gyeongju, South Korea, the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds and glorious Bulguksa Temple.

For information please contact Gohagan and Company at 800-922-3088 and reference the Brandeis University departure.  


Tuscany - Villa in Cortona

June 18 - 26, 2019

Tour Operator: AHI
Faculty Leader: Joseph M. Wardwell
Accommodations: Villa Marsili
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Packages start at $3,895 per person based on double occupancy + VAT, $295. Airfare is additional. Book by December 11, 2018 and save $250 per person. Single accommodations are an additional $695. View the trip brochure for complete details.

Discover Tuscany’s rolling hills and fertile valleys during a seven-night journey through this iconic region of Italy. In Cortona, a town steeped in history, unpack once at the deluxe Villa Marsili, an intimate hotel overlooking a beautiful valley. Delight your senses as you sip Tuscany’s famous Brunello di Montalcino wine and savor locally produced cheeses and fare at a Val d’Orcia winery. Experience the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Visit Montepulciano, walking through its ancient winding streets, and marvel at Siena’s Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Immerse yourself in Cortona’s Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Guests will also enjoy a special Tuscan cooking experience with a local chef.

Experience Tuscany from the comforts of the charming Tuscan Villa Marsili, located in the heart of Cortona. The hotel is well-appointed with antique furnishings and cozy modern amenities. 

To reserve your space or for more information please contact our tour operator AHI at 800-323-7373 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure. 


Normandy - Deauville 75th D-Day Anniversary 

October 18-26, 2019

Tour Operator: AHI
Faculty Leader: Stephen Whitfield PhD '72
Accommodations: Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel

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Packages start at $3,745 per person based on double occupancy + VAT, $295. Airfare is additional. Book by March 19, 2019 and save $250 per person. Single acccommodations are limited. No single supplement! View the trip brochure for complete details.

Discover history, experience culture and delve into the heritage of Normandy on an exciting, seven-night journey. Stay in Deauville, a delightful seaside resort town, and venture into the countryside in search of the famous cider and brandy. Join Brandeis Travelers as we visit historic D-Day beaches and memorials, as well as other standouts of the region, including the stunning Mont-Saint Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry and the charming port town of Honfleur. Indulge in Normandy’s most delectable culinary specialties.

Enjoy accommodations at the Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel, located in the heart of picturesque Deauville. This unpack once journey provides time for relaxation and opportunities to immerse yourself in local life.

For more information please contact our tour operator AHI at 800-323-7373 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure. 


Journey through Vietnam

October 30- November 15, 2019

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Faculty Leader: Xing Hang
Accommodations: Enjoy deluxe and superior first class accommodations at the InterContinental Deluxe Hanoi Westlake, Da Nang Hyatt Regency Deluxe Danang, Hue Saigon Morin, Can Tho Victoria Can (Mekong Delta) Tho Resort and Ho Chi Minh Sofitel Saigon Deluxe City (Saigon) Plaza 

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Packages start at $4,297 per person based on double-occupancy with air from Boston, New York or Washington, DC ($3,495 air & land inclusive plus $802 airline taxes and fees). Single supplement is an additional $1,495. View the tour brochure for complete details.

Begin your 17-day adventure in the capital, Hanoi, visiting historical sites and sampling local cuisine. Embark on a full-day excursion to beautiful Ha Long Bay and explore this stunning waterscape by boat. Next, fly to DaNang and enjoy a relaxing three-night interlude at a Da Nang beachfront hotel. See the acclaimed Cham Museum and visit Hoi An’s charming Old Town, a UNESCO site. Explore ancient Hue’s Imperial Citadel by traditional cyclo and cruise the Perfume River. Experience the Cai Rang floating market — a tour highlight — then discover the storied Mekong’s tributaries by sampan. Conclude your journey with a two-night stay in vibrant Saigon. Tour Reunification Palace, the History Museum and the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, and attend a traditional water puppet performance. 

Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night Cambodia: Angkor Wat extension.

For more information please contact our tour operator Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure. 

Please contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs ( to be added to our mailing list for upcoming departures.


Travel Insurance

Meyer and Associates

Brandeis Travelers works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for our tours. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip with TripAssure Travel Insurance Services (TripAssure) and Travel Insured International (TII). Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements.  

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For more information, please call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801, or enroll online.  

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis Faculty

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L. Kranc

“With the Brandeis Alumni Travel program, we experience a country, rather than simply visiting it. Our fellow travelers are engaged, adventurous and well-informed.” 

Lisa Kranc '75, Brandeis traveler and University Trustee

Prof. Singh
Prof. Harleen Singh, Southern Africa, 2017

Many tours are led by world-class Brandeis faculty who, in concert with local guides and experts, enrich the journey with lectures and interactive discussions. Traveling with Brandeis faculty offers a dynamic experience, one with endless possibilities for exploration, learning and connection.

Travel Insurance

Meyer and Associates

For trip insurance call: 800-635-7801

Brandeis Travel Program Contact:

Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs

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