West Point AOG Travel
Join fellow alumni, family, friends, and even other service academies for wonderful adventures as part of the WPAOG Alumni Travel Program.
For more information contact our partner Tour Operators:
♦ AHI Travel, 800.323.7373, Army.AHITravel.com
♦ Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, 800.922.3088, GohaganTravel.com
♦ Go Next, 800.842.9023, GoNext.com
♦ Orbridge, 866.639.0079 WestPointAOG.Orbridge.com
For more information about the Alumni Travel Program Contact:
♦ WPAOG Alumni Travel Program office Travel@wpaog.org
♦ Joint Academy Travel Program office, Noreen Frenaye, 410.295.4016, JointAcademyTravel.com
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2017 Trip Descriptions
Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of The Galápagos Islands, January 29 - February 17, 2017
Starting at $5,495 plus air, Gohagan
This incredible 10-day journey introduces you to the remarkable Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with a five-night cruise aboard the newly refitted, first-class small ship SANTA CRUZ II. This exploration vessel is fully equipped to make your Galápagos experience complete, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified onboard naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit six distinct islands to observe the exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Charles Darwin, including species unknown anywhere else in the world. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife innocently accepts up-close human company. You can snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful sea lions and almost touch spiny backed iguanas. On mainland Ecuador, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See its colonial churches and straddle the Equator with one foot in either hemisphere. The Pre-Tour Option includes one night in Quito and two nights in a private Ecuadorian rainforest reserve eco lodge. The six-night Post-Tour Option features Peru’s “lost city” of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima and Cuzco.
Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica, February 17 - February 25, 2017
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star All-Suite Small Ship M.V. Star Pride
Starting at $4,795 plus air, Gohagan
Join us for this spectacular nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José, Costa Rica. Cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colón, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite M.V. STAR PRIDE, refurbished in 2016 and among the highly acclaimed Windstar fleet. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the remote island paradise of Isla Coiba, home to UNESCO World Heritage-designated Coiba National Park. Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal to the San Blas Islands where indigenous Guna people have maintained their traditional lifestyle for centuries. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary. Extend your stay with the Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes Pre-Program and Dynamic Panama Post-Program Options.
Expedition to Antarctica, February 19 - March 5, 2017
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Ice-Class Ship M.S. Le Lyrial
Starting at $10,295 plus internal and international air, Gohagan
Join us for this spectacular 15-day journey featuring a 10-night cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate M.S. LE LYRIAL, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the deluxe, ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human visitors. The expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Spend two nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires, including a tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital city. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option. Take advantage of Early Booking Savings; this unique itinerary sells out every year!
Wings over Tanzania During the Great Migration, March 13 - March 24, 2017
Enjoy Deluxe Serena Safari Lodges and a remarkable tented camp experience
Starting at $7,995 plus air, Gohagan
During this 12-day journey of a lifetime, observe one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles by land and air—the best way to experience a safari in Tanzania. Travel into the majestic grasslands of Africa’s premier safari destination during the annual Great Migration of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo—and see wildlife including elephant, lion, cheetah and leopard. Visit four of Tanzania’s finest game parks—Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater—for spectacular game drives. Enjoy a unique perspective over Tanzania’s plains when you fly from Arusha to Serengeti National Park and from Tarangire National Park to Arusha aboard a privately chartered aircraft. Stay in deluxe Serena Safari Lodges and a comfortable tented camp in Tarangire. An expert curator illuminates human prehistory at Oldupai Gorge, where the Leakey family famously discovered 1.8-million-year-old human fossils. This exceptional travel value includes all accommodations, chartered flights in Tanzania, game drives and most meals.
River Cruise: WWI History, April 14 - April 23, 2017
Amsterdam canals, historic Dordrecht harbors, enchanting Namur
7 nights accommodations aboard the Avalon Artistry II and 1 night at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels
From $3,995 per-person plus air, Orbridge
During this enlightening river cruise, discover the charm of Amsterdam's canals, the historic harbors in Dordrecht, and Namur's enchanting medieval squares and streets. There is guided sightseeing in Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Ghent Antwerp, Maastricht, and Namur and visits to the battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders. Enjoy on-board lectures by Nigel Jones, British historian and writer who specializes in 20th-century European history and biography throughout the program. 7 nights accommodations aboard the Avalon Artistry II and 1 night at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels; 1 welcome reception, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with complimentary regional wine and beer; onboard activities; all gratuities; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.
European Coastal Civilizations, April 30 - May 9, 2017
A Voyage from Lisbon to London Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship M.S. Le Boréal
Starting at $4,995 plus air, Gohagan
Join this unique itinerary, which captures the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Cruise for eight nights from Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. Le Boréal, visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites and concluding with a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s illustrious Tower Bridge. A special component is the exclusive C’est Bon! culinary traditions™ program, led by our culinary expert Kristine Kidd, celebrating the cuisines and wines of our ports of call through lectures, demonstrations and optional excursions. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto on the Duoro River in Portugal’s renowned port wine country. Walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on St. James Way in Santiago de Compostela. Observe the intriguing balance of old and modern in Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim Museum. Tour Mont-St-Michel’s impressive abbey. Cruise by the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise Options.
Swiss Alps and the Italian Lakes, May 5 - May 14, 2017
From the Sweiis base in St. Moritz to the La Scala Museum
Board the historic Bernina Express and travel a scenic Alpine rail route to Tirano
From $3,495 per-person plus air, AHI
The finest of Swiss and Italian culture and heritage awaits you. Discover the best of both countries. From your Swiss base in St. Moritz, discover the delightful alpine village of Zuoz. Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery on the famed Bernina Express. With a cableway pass in hand, let your interests be your guide during your free time. Travel through the scenic Maloja Pass as you make your way to Stesa, which sits along Lake Maggiore and is your home in the lake district. Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Como, one of the many glacial lakes of the area. Visit Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and the La Scala Museum. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during engaging excursions and talks. This AHI program includes first-class accommodations in St. Moritz and Stresa and extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords, June 1 - June 9, 2017 SOLD OUT
A voyage from Glasgow to Copenhagen Guest Speaker Archaeologist Nick Card and Featuring the Jacobite Steam Train and Norway’s Flåm Railway
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship M.S. Le Boréal
Starting at $4,595 plus air, Gohagan
Join us for a unique, comprehensive, nine-day journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Inner Hebridean, Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Copenhagen, Denmark, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship m.s. Le Boréal with 100% ocean-view Suite and Stateroom accommodations. Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amidst spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Specially arranged excursions include two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys—The Jacobite steam train through the famed Scottish Highlands and the Flåm Railway through Norway’s stunning fjordlands. Also, visit Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; the UNESCO World heritage sites of Orkney’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by local archaeologist and site director Professor Nick Card; and Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen. An Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option and Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option are offered.
The Great Journey through Europe Featuring the Glacier Express, June 15 - June 25, 2017
Exclusively Chartered Deluxe Small River Ship M.S. Amadeus Silver II
Starting at $4,395 plus air, Gohagan
This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. Journey through the Western heart of the Continent through Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands, cruising the most scenic sections of the fabled Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature four great UNESCO World Heritage sites—walk through Berne’s Old Town, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, tour the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg and visit Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral. Also visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Lucerne to Zermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway; and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value! Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Post-Program.
Discover Southeast Alaska, August 4 - August 11, 2017
8 Days of Northern Wonders
From $3,295, Orbridge
Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.
Polar Bears and Beluga Whales, August 16 - August 22, 2017
Travel to the "Polar Bear Capital of the World"
From $3,995 per-person plus air, Orbridge
Head north and discover the beauty and wildness of Churchill, Manitoba. Known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”, this small town on the banks of the Hudson Bay is famous for these majestic animals who spend summer and fall on the local shores before returning to the pack ice when it forms in early winter. In summer they share the area with more than 60,000 beluga whales and a wide variety of other wildlife. Come and see this annual exhibition that can only be found in the Canadian north, and meet the local people who call it home. Pioneering spirits and welcoming smiles are waiting for you. Great trip for mixed generations.
Barcelona Immersion, October 6 - October 14, 2017
Visit the Jewel of Spain's Mediterraniean coast
From $2,495 per-person plus air, AHI
Sophisticated Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The city’s unique, creative spirit has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more. Settle in and begin to explore with a small group of fellow travelers. Discover the Barri Gòtic, the city’s medieval quarter, and marvel at the whimsical genius of architect Antoni Gaudi at the Sagrada Família basilica. Stroll along La Rambla, the charming pedestrian boulevard. Explore the monastery of Montserrat and sample the Penedès region’s renowned cava wine. Tour El Born district, and revel in the colorful displays at one of the city’s lively food markets. View the impressive collection of artwork at the Picasso Museum. This innovative program includes a personal metro pass, fascinating excursions, educational programs, and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner. First-class accommodations are reserved, and there is plenty of free time to pursue your own interests.
Ancient Empires, October 7 - October 15, 2017
A Voyage from Malta to Rome
Exclusively Chartered Deluxe Small Ship M.Y. Variety Voyager
Starting at $5,695 plus air, Gohagan
Discover the intriguing mélange of cultures that flourished in the wake of ancient empires while cruising to the resplendent shores of Malta, Sicily and Italy. Cruise for seven nights from Valletta to Rome aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe 72-passenger M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER. This outstanding, custom-designed itinerary showcases the very best of this historic region at the best time of year, affords you the unique opportunity to travel with a small, intimate group and features eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. Gain insight into Roman life of A.D. 79 in the superbly excavated town of Pompeii. Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina and the island’s seldom-visited interior landscapes, including the often overlooked Bronze Age archaeological site of Morgantina, the exquisite fourth-century Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Agrigento’s majestic Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where Saint Paul was shipwrecked. Valletta Pre-Cruise and Rome Post-Cruise Options.