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Europe

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

Amalfi-Italy

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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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

September 8–23, 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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Paris

A Literary and Arts Tour of Gay Paris

Led by Juliet Patterson, Professor of English, and Rachel Moritz, Writer and Exhibit Developer

9 Days in mid to late June 2024

From the exclusive lesbian clubs of the 1890s to the flourishing drag balls during the Belle Époque, Paris has long been a centre of LGBTQIA+ cultural life. We’ll explore this history with a focus on the literature and art inspired by the city.

Information will be steadily added over the next few weeks. Check back frequently!

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Norway

Led by Amy Boxrud, Director of Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA), and Kari Lie Dorer, Professor of Norwegian and King Olav V Chair in Scandinavian-American Studies

August 4–13, 2024

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Theater in London

Led by Diana Postlethwaite and Paul Thiboutot

September 6–15, 2024

Details will be ready in Spring 2023. Please check back!

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Switzerland

10–12 days in September 2024

Get your nature, cheese, and chocolate fix

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Sicily and Malta

Led by Karen and Gary Wilkerson

Featuring a variety of music performances

10-12 days in September or October 2024

Details should be ready by late spring 2023. Please check back!

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Europe: 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.

Greece
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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Civil Rights

October 3–12, 2023

Led by David Booth and Ann Tobin

Experience several sites of the American Civil Rights movement and explore contemporary arguments about race.

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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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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

Third Chapter Retreat

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

This region has a unique character because it’s bound — even the island continent of Australia — by the ocean rather than land.

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Pacific/Oceania Trips

We don’t currently have any trips on offer in this area of the world, but check back again, as we’re constantly adding new adventures.

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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Japan

A companion trip to the St. Olaf Band tour

Led by Kathy Tegtmeyer Pak P ’19, Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies, and Steve Pak P ’19

May 30–June 12, 2023

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Israel & Palestine

Journey to the Holy Land
Led by Matthew Marohl and Katherine Fick
June 9–21, 2023, Optional extension June 21–24

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.

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South Korea and Taiwan

Led by Karil Kucera and Daniel Jones

13-15 days in late October or early November 2024

Details should be ready by late Spring 2023. Please check back!

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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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Colombia

12-14 days in March 2024

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

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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.

Argentina

Antarctica

Antarctica

Inspiring. Exhilarating. Remote and spectacular. Your Antarctica adventure awaits.

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Antarctica

Led by Bob Jacobel, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Environmental Science
January 6–19, 2024

Experience one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth.

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