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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Mediterranean Cruise

Led by David Anderson, President of St. Olaf College, and Priscilla Paton, Author

April 13–24, 2023

Experience the beauty of Europe and springtime in the Mediterranean on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera.

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Greece

In the Footsteps of Philip, Alexander, and St. Paul

April 22–May 9, 2023

Led by Jim May, Professor Emeritus of Classics, and Donna May, Retired Teacher

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Hiking in Scotland

June 28–July 9, 2023

John Barbour returns to lead his fourth hiking in Scotland program, accompanied by Judith Nelson leading her second program, this time in the North Highlands and Isle of Lewis

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Ireland

Led by Jon Naito, Associate Professor of English, and Mina Kinukawa, Scenic Designer

July 12–24, 2023

We invite you to join us as we circle the dazzling island of Ireland to explore literature, history, and culture.

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France, Italy & Switzerland

A Ramble Around Mont Blanc
July 12–21, 2023

Join us for a moderate walking program in three distinct countries surrounding one majestic mountain.

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Italy & Slovenia

Choose from August 26–September 3, 2023 or September 4–12, 2023

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.

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Spain

14–16 days in September 2023

An active program with an overview of history, culture, art, architecture, cuisine, and more, led by Dave and Pat Van Wylen

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France

September 19–30, 2023

Experience quintessential Francethrough Provence’s picturesque villages.

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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.

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Scotland
Germany
Theater in London
Georgia

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.

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Vocation Beyond Occupation: Finding Your Path in the Third Chapter of Life

November 6–9, 2022

If you’re in or approaching the “third chapter” of life, we invite you to join us at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona to explore questions of purpose, meaning, vocation, and more. Stay tuned for more information.

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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.

Monarchs in Mexico

America’s Struggle for Civil Rights

Boundary Waters

Golf at Kiawah Island

Africa

Africa

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

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Madagascar

October 6–22, 2023.

Join us to experience flora and fauna seen nowhere else on the planet – including the endangered lemurs – and to connect to local culture.

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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

Tanzania

Islands of the Indian Ocean

Pacific / Oceania

Pacific / Oceania

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

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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Vietnam

October 8–18, 2022

We’ll traverse the country from north to south while exploring Vietnam’s history, religions, contemporary culture, and cuisine.

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Israel & Palestine

June 9–21, 2023
Optional extension June 21–24
Led by Matthew Marohl and Katherine Fick

Visit important biblical sites, engage in conversations with local scholars, and to explore a variety of religious expressions all staking their claim to this small place on earth.

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Vietnam and Cambodia

Led by Dave and Pat Van Wylen
14-16 days in February 2024

Join us for an overview of Vietnamese culture, history, art, architecture, cuisine, and more, plus visits to some lesser-known temples in Siem Reap.

Details are in the works, check back 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.

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South America

South America

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

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Peru

April 15–22, 2023

Explore the land of the Incas, including Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Ollantaytambo.

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Belize

November 5–11, 2023

Experience both cultural and natural temples, from towering Mayan pyramids, to the barrier reef that runs the length of the country’s coast, second only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in size and diversity.

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Colombia

12-14 days in March 2024

Get to know Colombia’s history, religions, foods, cultures, traditions, and more.

Details are in the works. Check back 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.

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