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2020 Trip Descriptions


The Galapagos Islands, January 18 to January 25, 2020

From 2020 $4995.00 per person double occupancy Orbridge

The Galapagos IslandsJoin us as we explore the Galapagos Islands—one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with their human visitors. This exciting journey features a day of guided touring in Quito plus an intimate cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve.

Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts species that are exquisitely adapted to the available food sources and surrounding environments: the marine iguana, which eats mostly algae and is the only sea-going lizard in the world, and the Galapagos tortoises—some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th- and 19th century whalers. You can also observe how species have evolved to interact with each other—certain Darwin's finches have developed a symbiotic relationship with land iguanas, who will obligingly raise themselves up from the ground so that the birds can more easily pluck parasites from their bellies. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors.

Your accommodations for this adventure are aboard Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and maximum enjoyment of this truly extraordinary destination and its diverse inhabitants.


Israel ~ Land of Cultural Treasures, January 26 – February 4, 2020

Starting at $3,995 AHI

Israel ~ Land of Cultural TreasuresExperience a rich, cultural journey in Israel as you explore the country’s diverse religious heritage, architecture, dramatic landscapes, culinary traditions and more. This eight-night program begins in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Visit a colorful market and artist’s studio in nearby Jaffa, the second oldest port city in the world, then cruise the Sea of Galilee. Explore Akko’s Crusader fort, an ancient fishing village and the scenic Mount of Beatitudes. Savor local olive oils, wine at a Golan Heights winery and a traditional Druze lunch with a family in their home. Tour Old Jerusalem, including the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall and the Davidson Center. Spend time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial, and speak with a Holocaust survivor. Gaze upon the Dead Sea and witness six UNESCO World Heritage sites including Western Galilee. This once-in-a-lifetime, small-group adventure features expert-led discussions, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.


Flavors of Catalonia, May 2 to May 10, 2020

From $3995.00 per person double occupancy Orbridge

Flavors of CataloniaJoin fellow alumni and friends on an intimate journey to Catalonia—on Spain’s colorful coast—where natural beauty and distinctive art and architecture abound, historical ruins dot the countryside, and gracious Catalans employ traditional ingredients fresh from farm and sea to create exceptional cuisine. Enjoy your stay at a beautiful, boutique property outside of Girona, ideally located for exploring the region. You’ll find modern comforts and old world charm blended together in a medieval village setting nestled among lush gardens. The spacious common areas are a wonderful place to relax after an exciting day of exploration. Each day is highlighted by exclusive and authentic experiences with chefs, winemakers, artisan producers and extraordinary historic sights. Learn about and savor the great food and wine Spain is famous for in cooking classes, tastings and guided tours. Revel in Spain’s celebrated art, architecture, and history with visits to world-famous sites and cultural monuments.


St. Lawrence Seaway, June 5 to June 16, 2020

From $4995.00 per person double occupancy Orbridge

St. Lawrence SeawayExperience the brilliance of springtime in the Gulf during this eleven ¬day adventure traversing the Saint Lawrence Seaway, Canada’s historic gateway, which is famed for its incredible whale watching opportunities. Discover geological wonders like world¬famous Percé Rock, Saguenay Fjord, and Newfoundland’s south coast. And embrace layers of culture, Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Québecois, Acadian, English, and Scots influences, as you immerse yourself in music, dance, arts, and crafts.


Iceland Cruise with Azamara, June 22 – July 6, 2020

Starting at $5,595 AHI

Iceland Cruise with AzamaraFollow in the wake of Vikings as you navigate the North Sea from charming Copenhagen, Denmark to Iceland on this 13-night Azamara cruise. Along the way, choose from a variety of optional excursions that can range from cycling to traditional cooking lessons. Discover fascinating half-frozen Heimaey, the site of a 1973 volcanic eruption, and popular Reykjavik, surrounded by rugged beauty and the Blue Lagoon. Icelandic traditions come to life in Isafjordur. Visit a fishing village, join birdwatchers or witness a lovely waterfall. In Iceland’s northern towns of Akureyri and Húsavík, enjoy whale-watching, volcanic wonders and folklore. Nestled at the mouth of fjord, discover cozy, colorful wooden homes in picturesque Seydisfjordur. Unwind on the peaceful North Sea before disembarking in friendly Dublin, with its centuries-old pubs tucked along cobbled lanes. Enjoy deluxe staterooms, an extensive meal plan featuring five dining experiences, and casual gatherings with your AHI Travel Director and fellow guests.


Forests and Fjords of Alaska – Oceania Cruises, July 30 to August 10, 2020
Seward to Vancouver (11 Nights)

From $4,199 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities) GoNext

Forests and Fjords of Alaska – Oceania CruisesExplore the forests and fjords of Alaska’s coastal cities on this unforgettable eleven-night trip aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Your journey begins in Seward, a lively coastal city that was once home to the starting point of the historic Iditarod Trail. Cruise College Fjord to Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, which enchants visitors with its awe-inspiring walls of ice. In Icy Strait Point, watch for whales spouting at the nearby Point Adolphus feeding area before sailing to Juneau, a thriving town full of natural wonders, totems, and mountain scenery. Discover Skagway’s history at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Sitka, the next port, is known for its fishing industry, an annual music festival, and its vast array of historic attractions. Ketchikan is host to the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States. Next, stop in Prince Rupert to experience its native culture and pioneer heritage. Your voyage will conclude in Vancouver, a wonderland of diversity, culture, and breathtaking natural vistas, but before that, cruise the Inside Passage to Nanaimo, a vibrant coastal city that sits on the cusp of wilderness and offers travelers a mélange of galleries, shops, and museums.


Journey to Southern Africa, September 6 to September 21, 2020
Luxury Safaris, Rovos Rail and Cape Town

From $7,495 AHI

Journey to Southern AfricaEncounter wildlife and wonder on this 12-night adventure through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. With expert trackers leading your small group, scout lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and more on lavish safari excursions. Learn about the majestic African animals and efforts to conserve them and their pristine habitat. Explore Cape Town, where Table Mountain towers over colorful streets, splendid gardens and glistening beaches. Spot penguins on a scenic drive along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Travel to Johannesburg and Soweto to see the home of Nelson Mandela and visit community leaders at a local youth program. Explore Hwange National Park on a game drive, feel the power of crashing Victoria Falls and spot elephants along the Chobe River on a safari cruise. This once-in-a-lifetime journey includes a journey on the elegant Rovos Rail, two flights within South Africa and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.


Southern Grandeur – American Queen Steamboat Company, November 1 to November 9, 2020
Memphis to New Orleans (7 Nights with Included One Night Hotel Stay)

From $2,499 per person, double occupancy Gohagan

Southern Grandeur – American Queen Steamboat CompanyExperience the hospitality of the South on the American Queen. Begin in Memphis with an included overnight hotel stay. Walk down Beale Street and see Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Next, stop in Helena, a city filled with nineteenth-century architecture from before and after the legendary Battle of Helena. In Vicksburg, see the site of a dramatic Civil War siege before heading to Natchez, the former capital of Mississippi and a quintessential southern town full of antebellum buildings. Next, explore St. Francisville, a town with more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register of Historic Places. Your cruise will conclude in New Orleans, but first, stop in Oak Alley to see the eponymous plantation and its 300-year-old oak trees, or perhaps stroll through the Blacksmith shop.

 

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For more information contact our partner Tour Operators:
AHI Travel 800.323.7373
Gohagan Travel 800.922.3088
Go Next 800.842.9023
Orbridge 866.639.0079
National WWII Museum 877.813.3329 ext 257
Premier World Discovery 877.953.8687
Odysseys Unlimited 800.370.6765

 

 

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