Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends
Travel the World with Brandeis
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.
Make lasting memories and explore outstanding destinations with Brandeis Alumni and Friends.
Date: April 13-19, 2024
Faculty Leader: Dalia Wassner, PhD
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Discover Cuba’s vibrant arts and culture on an exclusive tour with Brandeis Travelers. This immersive journey will provide unparalleled access to leading artists, creators, and thought leaders, and an in-depth view of Cuba’s rich history and culture. Experience Cuba’s Jewish community with special visits to Havana’s Adath Israel Synagogue, the only Orthodox synagogue in Cuba, and to the Jewish Community Center for a briefing by its president. Delve into Cuba’s dynamic art scene with access to a private rehearsal at Cuba’s leading contemporary dance company, a curator-led tour of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, and a visit to Ernest Hemingway at Finca Vigia. Enjoy accommodations at Havana’s La Reserva Vedado, a boutique hotel housed in a recently renovated colonial mansion.
Cuba: Art, Culture & History
Date: May 29-June 6, 2024
Faculty Leader: Hollie Harder
Tour Operator: Orbridge
Join us for a cruise through the French countryside along the picturesque Rhône and Saône Rivers. From the comfort of your luxury vessel, Amadeus Provence, experience the region's rich history and cultural treasures. Explore the charming villages and renowned wine regions of Burgundy and Provence. Visit the majestic Palace of Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Avignon, and explore Lyon’s mysterious passageways. From notable historic sights that unfold the tales of centuries past to engaging cooking classes that bring the flavors of the French countryside to life, every moment of this journey offers an ideal blend of relaxation and discovery.
Flavors of Provence River Cruise
Date: July 29 - August 13, 2024
Faculty Leader: Dan L. Perlman
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Join Brandeis Travelers on a spectacular 16-day journey to Norway and Denmark. From cosmopolitan Copenhagen and Oslo to Norway’s magnificent fjord country, you’ll experience the majestic lands of the Midnight Sun at their most vibrant. Visit Elsinore, the infamous setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the Karen Blixen Museum. Board an overnight ferry to Oslo, traveling from Gaala to Geiranger along Norway’s “roof,” and enjoy views of the dramatic Geirangerfjord. Tour picturesque Bergen, then travel through the breathtaking Western Fjord District to Lofthus. Board the storied Flåm Railway for a thrilling excursion. The Scandinavian sojourn ends with an exploration of Oslo, including its nautical museums. Continue your journey with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension to Stockholm.
Date: September 16-24, 2024
Faculty Leader: Daniel Breen
Tour Operator: Epix Travels
Step aboard the American Heritage and be transported from the jazz-infused streets of New Orleans to the iconic blues rhythms of Memphis This riverboat voyage offers a deep dive into the history, culture, and cuisine of the American South. Begin your journey in New Orleans, where you’ll experience the city’s elegance and charm on a tour of the French Quarter, explore the local Jewish history and heritage, and visit the renowned National World War II Museum. Discover why the Mississippi River and the port of Vicksburg were vital during the Civil War. Enjoy the distinctive architecture and beautiful gardens of grand estates along the river, including Houmas House, and Rosedown. Savor a tasty mint julep while strolling under a canopy of 300-year-old trees, or peruse the local shops and museums of quaint and cozy towns like St. Francisville and Natchez.
Cruise the Lower Mississippi River: New Orleans to Memphis
Date: October 19-27, 2024
Faculty Leader: Joseph Wardwell
Tour Operator: AHI
Experience northern Italy’s magnificent lakes district, where sparkling lakes mirror emerald hills and craggy slopes. Unpack once and enjoy a seven-night stay in Stresa by Lake Maggiore. Discover the area’s beautiful islands, charming villages, and elegant shores. Cruise aboard a private boat to the Borromean Islands, home to a lavish estate and a quaint fishermen’s islet. Visit Lake Como, Bellagio, Lake Orta, and Milan. Learn the secrets of northern Italian cuisine with a farm-to-table cooking lesson. In Milan, view Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and enjoy an optional visit to the legendary La Scala, Italy’s opulent opera house, or nearby Duomo. Explore Milan’s profound Jewish history and heritage.
Northern Italy’s Majestic Lakes District
Upcoming Brandeis Travelers journeys are subject to change as we continue to monitor the latest travel advisories and university protocols. Our tour operators are available to assist with travel inquiries and to guide travelers through the evolving health and safety regulations for each destination.
Let Brandeis Faculty Be Your Guide
Many tours are led by world-class Brandeis faculty like Associate Professor Harleen Singh, 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.