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Brandeis Travelers

Brandeis Travelers, Expanding Horizons
Fortress atop a mountain surrounded by greenery
Lower Danube River Cruise
Morocco

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.

 

Upcoming Trips

 

Journey through Vietnam

October 30- November 15, 2019

Vietnam coastline with mountains and boats.

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 

View the Vietnam brochure

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.

To reserve your space or for more information please contact our tour operator Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure. 

 

Moroccan Discovery

January 3 - 16, 2020

Castle in distance with palm trees and greenery

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Faculty Leader: Jonathan Decter
Accommodations: Enjoy deluxe and first class accommodations at the La Tour Hassan, Hotel Sahrai, Le Palais du Desert, Le Berbere Palace, Sofitel Marrakech and the Hyatt Regency Casablanca. 

View the Morocco brochure

Packages start at $5,579 per person including air from Boston, New York or Washington, DC ($4,895 air and land inclusive plus $684 airline taxes and fees). Single supplement is an additional $1,395. View the tour brochure for complete details.

From the imperial cities to the Sahara, discover the cultural treasures and storied history of Morocco on this spectacular 14-day journey. Begin by touring the Moroccan capital, seaside Rabat, and enjoy lunch in a private home. Explore imperial Meknes and Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites visited. Spend time in Morocco's oldest imperial city Fez, tour the old Mellah (Jewish quarter) and its 17th-century synagogue and the royal gates. See the 12th-century home of Jewish scholar Maimonides. Traverse the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and visit scenic Ait ben-Haddou village. Watch the sun set over the Saharan dunes on camelback. Conclude your journey in storied Casablanca.

To reserve your space or for more information please contact our tour operator Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure. 

 

Exploring Social Justice & The Civil Rights Movement

Journey to the South - Presidents' Day Weekend

February 13 - 17, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue

Tour Operator: Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association
Faculty Leader: Chad Williams                                                                                                              Accommodations: Hyatt Regency AtlantaElyton Hotel, Montogomery Renaissance
Destinations: Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Tuskeegee (5 days/4 nights)

View the Civil Rights brochure

Packages start at $2,495 per person based on double-occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $700. Airfare is additional. View the tour brochure for complete details. 

Begin in Atlanta, the heart of the New South. Visit the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., discover the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and enjoy a reception with the Brandeis Alumni Club of Atlanta. In Birmingham, retrace the steps of the movement as you walk through Kelly Ingram Park, visit the 16th Street Baptist Church and meet with civil rights leaders at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Enjoy dinner and conversation with members of the Birmingham Jewish Community. In Selma, visit the Brown Chapel AME Church, the starting point of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march. After lunch and a discussion at the Selma Center for Nonviolence and Reconciliation, end your Selma visit with a walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Savor southern-style dishes at cafes and restaurants famous for their patrons and cuisine. Enjoy dinner and a discussion with Brandeis alumnus Roy DeBerry ‘70, MA’78, PhD’79, executive director and co-founder of the Hill Country Project, Benton County, Mississippi.  

Spend two nights in Montgomery at the historic Renaissance Hotel with visits to the Legacy Museum and the powerful National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Enjoy a special tour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home at the Dexter Parsonage. Conclude your journey in Tuskegee with visits to Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, which commemorates the contributions of African American aviators in World War II.

To reserve your space or for more information please contact our tour operator, Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association representative John Key at 334-372-3132 or email john@civilrightstourism.org. Please reference this Brandeis departure.

 

Flavors of Northern Italy, Wine Estate

May 23 - 31, 2020

Italian waterway with flowers blooming and yellow houses across the river

Tour Operator: Orbridge
Faculty Leader: Joseph M. Wardwell
Accommodations: Borgo San Donino, a charming farmhouse on the Selva Capuzza wine estate outside Verona in the Province of Bescia.

View the Northern Italy brochure

Packages start at $4,495 per person based on double-occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $1,500. Airfare is additional.  View the tour brochure for complete details. 

Journey to the heart of Northern Italy with Brandeis Travelers on nine-day culinary, arts and cultural adventure. Enjoy seven-nights accommodations at the beautiful family-owned Borgo San Donino, a wine and olive-oil producing estate outside Verona, in the Province of Brescia. This is the perfect place to unpack once and experience the region's centuries-old wineries, artisan producers, culture and history.

Explore the extraordinary regions of Veneto and Emilia Romagna, with historic visits to Verona’s 2,000-year-old Roman arena, contrasting with the magnificent medieval Castelvecchio along the River Adige. In the famed Valpolicella and Trentino wine regions, visit picturesque vineyards, discover local varietals, and enjoy exclusive tastings and presentations. While chefs and producers divulge secrets of their crafts, sample the best of Northern Italy’s cuisine. Explore Italian art and culture with Professor Joseph Wardwell, associate professor of painting at Brandeis, and founder of the Brandeis in Siena program. Admire the panoramic beauty at captivating Lago di Garda—Italy’s largest lake. See Palazzo Ducale—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—which was the royal residence of the Gonzaga family from 1328 to 1707. Optional extension to Venice.

To reserve your space or for more information please contact our tour operator, Orbridge at (866) 639-0079. Reserve by October 18, 2019 to receive the package rate listed above and six bottles of wine featuring labels by vintners in the regions visited during the tour.

 

Gems of Southeast Europe On The Lower Danube

June 12 - 21, 2020

Fortress atop a mountain with greenery surrounding and river in the distance

Tour Operator: Arrangements Abroad
Faculty Leader: Dr. Antony Polonsky
Accommodations: On this seven-night cruise, enjoy deluxe and first-class accommodations aboard the luxury river ship AmaCerto, featuring private balconies, advanced design and gourmet cuisine.

View the Danube brochure

Packages start at $5,999 based on double occupancy. Single supplements start at an additional $3,000. Airfare is additional. View the tour brochure for complete details.

Join Brandeis Travelers on a spectacular seven-night cruise along the Lower Danube aboard the AmaCerto. Along the way, discover the art and architectural treasures of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Visit exquisite museums, historic synagogues, ancient churches and medieval fortresses.

Begin in historic Budapest and discover the elegant architecture along Andrassy Avenue. Visit the Moorish-style Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest active synagogue in Europe, before boarding AmaCerto. Cruise to ancient Pecs and explore the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis. Experience the lively Serbian capital of Belgrade. Savor local specialties, from Croatian wines to Serbian plum brandy. Sail through the awe-inspiring Iron Gates, where the Danube winds through cliff-lined gorges. In Vidin, Bulgaria, tour the well-preserved 10th-century fortress of Baba Vida. Later, visit Veliko Tarnovo, former capital of Bulgaria, before disembarking in Giurgiu. Optional extension to Bucharest.

To reserve your space or for more information, please contact our tour operator Arrangements Abroad at 212-514-8921 or 800-221-1944 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure.

 

Circumnavigaton of Iceland Cruise

July 5 - 13, 2020

Distant mountain with water and icebergs

Tour Operator: Gohagan & Company
Faculty Leader: Professor Dan L. Perlman
Accommodations: Enjoy luxury accommodations aboard the new, exclusively chartered five-star small ship MV Le Bellot, featuring elegant suites and staterooms with private balconies, superior service and the worlds-first multi-sensory underwater observation lounge. 

View the Iceland brochure

Packages start from $6,595 based on double occupancy. Single cabins are additional. View the brochure for complete details. Round-trip airfare is included from Boston, Montreal, New York-JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington-Dulles. Low airfare add-ons are available for an additional cost from select cities. Included airfare and low air add-ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed. 

Discover the ethereal “Land of Fire and Ice”—one of the world’s most enchanting and distinctive destinations—on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this stunning Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the newest Five‑Star expedition ship, Le Bellot, launching in 2020, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge. Look for orca, humpback whales and rare migratory birds; see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes; and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the majestic and rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.”

Reserve by November 20, 2019 to receive the package price listed above. After Nov. 20 package pricing is an additional $1000 per person. For more information or to reserve your space, please contact our tour operator Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088 and reference this Brandeis Travelers departure.

 

For more information about Brandeis Travelers please contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs at asaykin@brandeis.edu.

 

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

Program Contact

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.