Destinations

 Welcome to Alumni & Family Travel at St. Olaf.
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Europe

Europe

With its scenic beauty, epic history, and dazzling artistic and culinary diversity, Europe is ready for you to explore.

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Holland and Belgium, river cruise

April 14–22, 2020

All inclusive river cruise led by David R. Anderson ’74 and Priscilla Paton

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Greece

April 23-May 8, 2020
Led by Jim May, Professor Emeritus of Classics, and Donna May, Retired Teacher

Explore 3,000 years of history and experience the famed Greek hospitality. (Registration has now closed.)

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Spain

Spain, walking the Camino

June 13–28, 2020
Led by Gwen Barnes-Karol, Professor of Spanish

Walk the Camino de Santiago while learning about Spanish history, religions, culture, cuisine, and more.

Registration closes 1/31/20

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Norway Hunderfossen

Norway: Multi-generational

July 5–16, 2020
For grandparents, parents, and kids

Featuring trolls, vikings, St. Olaf (the martyr) and the land of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf (the snowman!)

This program is full. Add your name to the wait list.

See why family vacations have a long lasting impact on kids’ happiness

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Germany

Sept. 1–14, 2020

We’ll traverse Germany as we search out the distinctive aspects of its history and culture and take in the once-every-10-years Passion Play.

This program is full. Add your name to the wait list

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Theater in London

Sept 11–20, 2020

This popular program returns for another run!

Registration closes 6/15/20

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Georgia

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Italy

January 19–31, 2021

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the founding of St. Olaf’s Great Conversation program, we’ll re-create (to a certain extent) the grand tours made by the wealthy in the 17th and 18th centuries upon completing their formal education.

Registration closes 9/15/2020

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Provence

April 19–30, 2021

Provence is known for some of the most picturesque villages in all of Europe. We’ll explore several of them at a leisurely pace, while also looking at the history, cuisine, and wine of the region.

Registration closes 1/28/2021

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Hiking in Scotland

May 28–June 9, 2021

John Barbour and Meg Ojala return to lead their third hiking in Scotland program, this time in the northern islands, Orkney and Shetland.

Registration closes 1/28/21

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Italy & Slovenia

August 29–September 5, 2021

Let’s walk the trails (all of them EASY), visit villages, sample wine, meet the locals, enjoy the food, marvel at the incredible views, and experience these less-oft visited places at 3 mph.

Registration closes 4/28/21

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Recently Completed Programs

Browse these recently completed programs for a sense of the breadth of our offerings. To see all recently completed programs, no matter the geographic region, go to the Calendar View.

Prague/Vienna/Budapest
Croatia
Scotland
Norway
Baltics
Cruise around Italy

 
 

North and Central America

North and Central America

In addition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, this region also includes Central America through Panama and contains an incredible variety of landscapes and people.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

June 7–13, 2020

Join us for a week as we paddle and portage our way around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Registration closes 3/31/20

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Mississippi River Cruise

December 6-14, 2020

A cruise with the American Queen Steamboat Company

Registration closes 8/1/20

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Civil Rights in the American South

7-10 days in April 2021

Visit sites important to the Civil Rights movement and discuss the issues, then and now. This program is in the works — check back again soon.

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Recently Completed Programs

Browse these recently completed programs for a sense of the breadth of our offerings. To see all recently completed programs, no matter the geographic region, go to the Calendar View.

Hawaii

Alaska

Costa Rica

 
 

Africa

Africa

A vast continent with many bustling cities and tremendous biological, geographical, and human diversity.

Tanzania

Tanzania, safari

February 18–29, 2020 and February 28–Mar 10, 2020

Combine traditional wildlife viewing in 4-wheel drive vehicles and walking safaris with cultural interactions. (Registration is now closed.)

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Seychelles

Islands of the Indian Ocean, cruise

February 22–March 4, 2021

Optional pre-cruise program: February 20–23

From the evolutionarily isolated island of Madagascar, to the enchanting islands of the Seychelles, we’ll explore both culture and nature.

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Madagascar

October 1–17, 2021

Join us to experience flora and fauna seen nowhere else on the planet, as well as connecting to local culture.

Registration closes 4/28/21

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Recently Completed Programs

Browse these recently completed programs for a sense of the breadth of our offerings. To see all recently completed programs, no matter the geographic region, go to the Calendar View.

Morocco

Pacific / Oceania

Pacific / Oceania

Unlike the continents, this region has a unique character because it’s bound by the ocean rather than land.

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Recently Completed Programs

Browse these recently completed programs for a sense of the breadth of our offerings. To see all recently completed programs, no matter the geographic region, go to the Calendar View.

Hawaii

Asia

Asia

The largest and most populous continent, Asia is well known for its bustling diverse metropolitan megacities as well as its sparse regions.

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Israel & Palestine

June 5–18, 2020

Visit important biblical sites, engage in conversations with local scholars, and  explore a variety of religious expressions.

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This program is full. Add your name to the wait list

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Japan

June 11–25, 2020

Join this farm and sea-to-table tour to understand why Japanese cuisine captivates chefs and food lovers around the world.

Registration closes 1/31/20

Japanese cuisine added to Unesco ‘intangible heritage’ list

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Israel & Palestine

June 16-28, 2021

Due to popular demand, we’re repeating this program in 2021!

Registration closes 2/1/2021

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Recently Completed Programs

Browse these recently completed programs for a sense of the breadth of our offerings. To see all recently completed programs, no matter the geographic region, go to the Calendar View.

Thailand and Laos

Borobudur and Bali

 
 

South America

South America

A continent rich with cultural legacies and beautiful landscapes, South America is sure to impress.

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Argentina

March 7 –20, 2021

Dave and Pat Van Wylen custom-designed this adventure program, including hiking, kayaking, optional horseback riding, glaciers, urban centers, small villages, authentic Patagonian experiences, and local food and drink. (Registration closes 11/1/20.)

Read why adventurous travelers over 50 should go to Patagonia

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