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Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

See the World With Blue

By Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
See the world with Blue. When you travel with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, you'll experience a trip like none other.

Don’t just travel. Immerse yourself in every place, every experience, and every single moment. From swimming with sea turtles in the pristine waters of the Galapagos, traversing beauty and transcending time across the Sahara, or learning, tasting, and indulging in hands-on winemaking deep in Napa wine country, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is ready to tailor your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. For more than 54 years, we have been providing travel that is exclusive and exciting.

We are purveyors of experiences that are amazing to begin with and then made even more so because they’re shared with fellow alumni who have a true passion for exploration and inspiration. At the Alumni Association, we open doors that others can’t. We keep our trips small and hands-on. And we infuse every journey with adventure, luxury, and camaraderie. Come. Travel beyond expectations. See the world with Blue.

WHY TRAVEL WITH THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN?

Because with Blue, everything is better. Here’s why:

• Unique and interesting itineraries: From the beginning, we've been traveling to one destination: different. To places that have stories to tell, elusive places, giving access that only we can provide. Don't just travel. Explore, nourish, and enrich...with us.

• All-inclusive, 5-star accommodations: Where you stay is just as important as what you experience. That's why we seek out beautiful locations, incomparable cuisine, and superior service, all customized for every one of our trips...and every single guest.

• Hosted by U-M experts: Led by, and featuring lectures from, U-M experts, faculty, and alumni, each and every trip invites you to learn and live the culture that surrounds you. Every adventure is designed to enlighten, inform, and satisfy...body, mind, and soul.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR FEATURED TRIPS IN 2018:

Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state, while accompanied by an expert team of naturalists.

Expedition to AntarcticaJanuary 4-17, 2018

Spend two nights in dynamic Buenos Aires before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Antarctica to experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state, while accompanied by an expert team of naturalists. Fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and historic outposts await. This itinerary includes:

Ends of the Earth – Travel to remote Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

Cruise the Drake Passage – Watch for breaching fin, humpback, and minke whales.

Zodiac Boat Excursions – View magnificent glaciers and marine wildlife up close.

Starting at $10,690 per person based on double occupancy, airfare not included.

When you travel with Blue to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, you'll see a wide variety of wild animals, such as elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe, impala and baboons, over multiple safaris.

Journey to South Africa – February 20 to March 7, 2018

Experience the culture and beauty of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. See a wide variety of wild animals, such as elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe, impala and baboons, over multiple safaris. Explore the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City and the views from nearby Table Mountain. This itinerary includes:

Boulders Beach – Visit the 3,000+ African penguins that live in this protected colony.

Robben Island – Hear poignant stories about the jail that held Nelson Mandela.

Victoria Falls – Take in the largest waterfall in the world, which spans over a mile.

Starting at approximately $6,795 per person based on double occupancy, airfare not included.

Explore Toronto, Niagara Falls and the Canadian Rockies on our Toronto to Vancouver by Rail expedition.

Toronto to Vancouver by RailSeptember 24-30, 2018

Discover the beauty of Canada, from charismatic Toronto and charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, to expansive central prairies and the Canadian Rockies, to the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the modern comforts of your cabin and the nostalgia of train travel on the first-class, art-deco-style cars of VIA Rail's, The Canadian. This itinerary includes:

Niagara Falls Up Close – Feel the thundering roar for yourself on a thrilling boat ride.

Dine at the Top of Toronto – Delight in a 360° three-course dinner in the iconic CN Tower.

The Canadian Rockies – Admire the rugged peaks and extraordinary panoramic views

Starting at approximately $5,995 per person based on double occupancy, airfare not included.

Explore the history, culture and cuisine of Italy, France, Monaco, and Spain on our 10-day Rome-to-Rome voyage.

Coastal Vignettes: Rome to Rome – October 16-27

Explore the history, culture, and cuisine of Italy, France, Monaco, and Spain on this 10-day voyage. Revel in monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica. Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salami in Tuscany. This itinerary includes:

Monastery of Montserrat – From Barcelona, head to this monastery built into the mountains.

Camí de Cavalls – Hike part of the 116-mile path that encircles the island of Minorca.

Pompeii and Herculaneum – Explore the stunning temples, frescoes, and mosaics of these ruins.

Starting at approximately $2,799 per person based on double occupancy, airfare included.

On our New Zealand adventure, you'll travel between through lively cities and pristine fjords, past lush farmland, geothermal wonders and enchanted forests.

New Zealand Adventure – October 18 to November 2

Venture between New Zealand’s two islands, through lively cities and pristine fjords, past lush farmland, geothermal wonders, and enchanted forests. Watch sheepdogs hard at work, taste wine in the celebrated Hawke's Bay region, and experience the remarkable serenity of Doubtful Sound. This itinerary includes:

The Auckland Museum – View prized collections of Maori & Pacific Islander art and artifacts.

Rainbow Springs Nature Park – Take in native flora and fauna, including rehabilitated kiwi birds.

Ruakuri Caves – See the unique glowworms that illuminate underground grottoes.

Starting at approximately $6,074 per person based on double occupancy, airfare included.

TAKE THE PATH NOT TAKEN

Above and beyond the unexpected, that is precisely where we promise to take you. Come and travel with us. Learn and love new cultures. Immerse yourself in newfound experiences. Explore new places with new faces. And share the experience with fellow travelers who share your true love of Blue.

This is travel like no place else, and it’s waiting to take you places you never thought possible.

Begin your journey, and contact us atalumnitravel@umich.edu or 855.764.0064

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