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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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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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Greece

We’re looking at rescheduling the Apr-May 2020 program that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tentative dates are May 6-21, 2021. We hope to have more information by shortly after Labor Day. Check back often!

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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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Croatia

We’ll hike and bike our way through Croatia and a bit of Slovenia, encountering culture, history, cuisine, and more along the way. We’ll also engage in the practice of field journaling and the spiritual practice of awareness.

Postponed to 2022. We hope to have more information available in Fall 2020.

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Norway

We’re looking at rescheduling the July 2020 program that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tentative dates are June 29-July 10, 2021. We hope to have more information by shortly after Labor Day. Check back often!

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Ireland

July 8–20, 2021

Jon Naito, Associate Professor of English, custom-designed this program to explore literature, history, and culture as you circle the Emerald Isle.

Registration closes 2/15/21

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Italy & Slovenia

Two identical programs: August 28–September 5, 2021 or September 6–14, 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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Theater in London

This popular program has been withdrawn due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled for September 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

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Georgia

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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.

Norway
Baltics
Cruise around Italy
Holland River Cruise
Greece
Norway (multi-generational)
Germany, including the Passion Play
Theater in London
Georgia
Great Con in 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.

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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

April 17–28, 2021

Led by David Booth, Associate Professor of Religion, we’ll visit sites important to the Civil Rights movement and discuss racism, then and now.

Closes 12/31/20

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Ole Golf at Pebble Beach

June 8–13, 2021

Join us for several days of golfing, updates from Athletic Director Ryan Bowles, and Ole camaraderie. All skill levels are welcome!

Registration closes 3/1/21

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area

June 13–19, 2021

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

Closes 3/31/21

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Mexico

February 13–19, 2022

Come along to witness a unique example of animal behavior: the mystical migration of the Monarch butterfly. Closes 10/1/21.

Watch this YouTube video to hear The Sound of Millions of Migrating Monarchs from scientist and journalist Phil Torres.

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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.

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

Tanzania

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 16-28, 2021

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

Registration closes 2/1/2021

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Vietnam

October 9–19, 2021

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

Registration closes 7/1/2021

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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
2020 Israel & Palestine

 
 

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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Galapagos

7–8 days in mid-March 2022

Led by Ted and Michelle Johnson, with Lindblad Expeditions on the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, this program features abundant wildlife and an active and engaging day, every day.

We’re working on the details. Please check back!