Alumni

Alumni Travel Programs

TravelWhether you are planning a trip of a lifetime, a return to a favorite destination, or simply looking for your next adventure, the WIU Alumni Travel Abroad Program is a great place to start your journey. WIU Alumni & Friends are invited to join your Alumni Association and other Western alumni in traveling and learning opportunities worldwide on an Alumni Travel Abroad Program.

We will happily send you brochures listing included features, itineraries, and pricing. Questions or desire a reservation? We're just a phone call away!  Call (309) 298-1914, or email a-association@wiu.edu.

See the world with your WIU Alumni Association!

We OFFER Travel Protection for all types of travel

Whether you decide to travel with WIU or even for trips you take on your own, the WIU Alumni Association offers protection for all types of trips. Feel free to check out our Travel Insurance Program!

For more than a decade, WIU has chosen USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel protection plans for alumni and friends. Every year, Travel Insurance Select provides coverage to thousands of alumni travelers just like you. Be sure you are adequately insured for your next trip – whether participating in a WIU Travel Abroad Program or traveling on your own.

Insurance benefits: coverage of your travel investment for Trip Cancellation or Interruption, Trip Planning Flexibility with Cancel For Any Reason, Worldwide Medical Expense and Emergency Evacuation Coverage and much more. Click here for more information or to sign up before you hit the road, sea or ocean. Or call 800-937-1387 for more information or to enroll by phone.

NOTE: The itinerary(ies) outlined below is preliminary and is subject to change due to operational conditions.

Upcoming Trips

2019

2020

 

2019 WIU Alumni Travel Program

GreeceGreece
October 10 – 18, 2019 (Note Change in Date)
Approximately $2,295 + VAT + air

Delight in the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern in Greece. Ascend the Acropolis and gaze upon the Parthenon, shielded by its perch from the sounds of the city below. Then leave the city behind to experience the slower pace of island life on Poros, one of the idyllic Saronic Islands. Stroll by the sparkling sea, and watch the day unfold. See freshly caught octopus hanging to dry by a waterfront taverna; listen to the banter from the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop; and join the fun at a festive Greek night. Poros, opposite the storied Peloponnese, gives you access to the best of Greece. Explore the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and the fascinating ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra, and pretty Nafplio, the country’s first capital. Enjoy first-class accommodations during two nights in Athens and five nights on Poros. The extensive meal plan features wine with dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Holiday Markets Cruise - The Festive Rhine RiverHoliday
November 27 – December 5, 2019
$2,295 if booked by 4/30/19 + port + air

Celebrate centuries-old traditions on a Rhine River cruise taking you to holiday markets in France, Germany and Switzerland. Holiday delights — Old World decorations, toys, jewelry and more — fill these festive fairs. The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg and the sounds of carolers and bells enchant your senses. New adventures await daily. In Heidelberg, visit the castle and attend a musical performance. Admire Cologne’s spectacular cathedral, and personalize your cruise with a selection of included excursions in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg. Ample free time allows you to explore the markets at your leisure. Aboard the exclusively chartered first-class MS Amadeus Silver III, you’ll never miss a sight, including the scenic Rhine Gorge, on this seven-night journey. All meals are included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary with lunches and all dinners aboard the ship. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

 

2020 WIU Alumni Travel Program

SAVE THE DATE for these 2020 trips!!

Venice Legacies & Legends - Rome to Athens
May 8 – 20, 2020
From $3,899 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Tour the shores of the eastern Mediterranean on this incredible journey aboard Oceania Cruises Riviera. Your journey begins in Rome, the world's greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy. Sailto Sorrento and explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii or hop over to the nearby island of Capri, which offers stunning panoramas and ancient villas. Next, travel to Syracuse and see the Temenite hillside or the Ear of Dionysius. In Corfu, relax along the coastline with its topaz waters and cypress-studded hillsides. Then, stroll through the narrow streets of the secluded coastal city of Kotor. Discover the glory of Venetian architecture, timeless piazzas, and charming shops in Venice, and then experience the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast and its pedestrian-only Old Town. In Santorini, take in the panorama of indigo-domed churches and black-sand beaches beside breathtaking rock formations climbing from the volcanic floor. Your voyage will conclude in Athens, but before that, travel to Kuşadasi to explore the Temple of Artemis, one of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here .)

Iceland Cruise - The Land of Fire and IceIceland
June 22 – July 6, 2020
$5,495 + port + air

Follow in the wake of Vikings as you navigate the North Sea from charming Copenhagen, Denmark to Iceland on this 13-night Azamara cruise. Along the way, choose from a variety of optional excursions that can range from cycling to traditional cooking lessons. Discover fascinating half-frozen Heimaey, the site of a 1973 volcanic eruption, and popular Reykjavik, surrounded by rugged beauty and the Blue Lagoon. Icelandic traditions come to life in Isafjordur. Visit a fishing village, join birdwatchers or witness a lovely waterfall. In Iceland’s northern towns of Akureyri and Húsavík, enjoy whale-watching, volcanic wonders and folklore. Nestled at the mouth of fjord, discover cozy, colorful wooden homes in picturesque Seydisfjordur. Unwind on the peaceful North Sea before disembarking in friendly Dublin, with its centuries-old pubs tucked along cobbled lanes. Enjoy deluxe staterooms, an extensive meal plan featuring five dining experiences, and casual gatherings with your AHI Travel Director and fellow guests.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Riches of the Emerald IsleIreland
June 24 – July 5, 2020
$ 4,695 + VAT + air

Experience the best of Ireland’s heritage and natural history on this 10-night adventure including stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin. From dancing to storytelling to a special farm-to-fork meal, you’ll sample Irish culture, cuisine and traditions. Walk along the fossil-laden limestone terrain of the Burren and peer into a Neolithic portal tomb on the dramatic Cliffs of Moher—a UNESCO Global Geopark. On the Loop Head and Dingle Peninsulas, take in the stunning coastline from land and water. Cruise to the Aran Island of Inishmore to learn more about island life from a local guide, and explore Killarney National Park by horse-drawn carriage. Watch border collies corral sheep in the open countryside of the Ring of Kerry, and meet the shepherd to learn more about the dogs and flock. Cap off your journey in seaside Dublin and Dalkey Village. Your first-class accommodations are enhanced by a generous meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Grand Danube PassageDanube
July 7 – July 21, 2020
$4,995 + VAT + air

Cruise the mighty Danube River through eight European countries and Austria’s storied Wachau Valley, a fairly-tale stretch of cliff-top castles and terraced vineyards. Enjoy three nights in Prague, Czech Republic, sail the Danube for eight nights and savor two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria. Along the way, discover Roman ruins, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fortresses — all part of a complex history shaped by the Danube. Feast your eyes on Budapest illuminated at night and the Iron Gate Gorge, an engineering marvel. Taste traditional delicacies in Croatia’s Slavonia region and enjoy a folk show and a performance of the Viennese waltz onboard. In several ports, choose from a selection of included excursions. Consider a culinary outing, cycling or an art tour. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations and deluxe hotels. The extensive meal plan features wine and beer with lunch and dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Alaska Summer Vistas of Alaska
July 23 – 30, 2020
From $2,799 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Experience the coastal beauty of Alaska aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Begin in Vancouver, a gateway to the wilderness of western Canada. Take in its oasis of gardens, restaurants, museums, and unique architecture. From there, spend a day traveling the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, a city built around salmon canneries and sawmills. Here, experience its renowned collection of totem poles or visit Tongass National Forest. The next stop, Icy Strait Point, is home to the largest native settlement in Alaska and is laced with strong ties to their cultural heritage. Visit the beautifully restored salmon cannery or watch for whales spouting at the Point Adolphus feeding area. In Haines, see the Tlingit relics in the popular Sheldon Museum or visit the nearby Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, located along the Chilkat River. Next, stroll the busy downtown streets of Juneau or escape to the gorgeous Mendenhall Glacier. Your trip will conclude in Seward, a lively harbor and home of Kenai Fjords National Park, but first, view the Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Go Next trip, call 800-842-9023 or click here .)

Italy ~ VeronaVerona
August 28 – September 5, 2020
$3,395 + VAT + air

Explore “fair Verona,” the Italian town made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Founded in the 1st century B.C., Verona has long been a favorite retreat for travelers, including Romans who rested here before crossing the Alps. Spend seven nights at a first-class hotel and venture out to explore a family-owned winery in Valpolicella; admire beautiful Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake; and sip grappa in the foothills of the Alps. In Vicenza, admire Palladio’s architectural genius and see the famous Teatro Olimpico. Zip to Venice on a high-speed train, cruise Venice’s Grand Canal and visit St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. In Padua, see Italy’s largest town square; and Giotto’s famous Renaissance frescoes at Scrovengi Chapel. A visit to Villa Pisani, an opulent Venetian villa once home to Napoleon, rounds out the trip! This small-group journey includes an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Hudson River Fall Foliage CruiseHudson
October 3 – 10, 2020
$4,995 + port + air

Cruise the Hudson River during fall foliage season and embrace a warm, iconic American landscape that has inspired great writers, artists and naturalists. Enjoy a night on the island of Manhattan, tucked proudly between the Hudson and East Rivers. Take a narrated tour of the city and time to pause at the World Trade Center Memorial. During your seven-night cruise, you can customize your journey with a selection of optional excursions in Troy, Albany, Kingston, Hyde Park, Catskill, West Point and Sleepy Hollow. Choose to tour family homes turned museums, including the home of FDR, iconic landscape painter Thomas Cole, writer Washington Irving and more. Discover the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, examine the Erie Canal, or visit Vassar College’s art center to see ancient Chinese artifacts.  Enjoy a first-class ship and a generous meal and beverage plan, plus insightful lectures and discussions with experts and historians onboard.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Legends of the NileNile
October 27 – November 7, 2020
$4,995 + port + air

Discover ancient Egypt along the Nile River. This thrilling 10-night adventure features four nights on a first-class ship, five nights in Cairo and one night in Luxor. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of King Tutankhamen come to life with an expert, licensed Egyptologist by your side during all excursions. Stroll the burial grounds at the Temple of Karnak, witness the gold burial mask and sarcophagus of Tutankhamen at the Egyptian Museum and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved with special access at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House in Luxor. Witness the Great Temple of Ramses II carved out of a mountain, seek out fantastic treasures in Cairo’s old bazaar and visit venerable mosques and Coptic Christian churches. This small-group trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel, first-class hotel and cruise accommodations and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.

(For more information or to make a reservation for this Alumni Holidays trip, call 800-323-7373 or click here.)

Alumni Holidays

AHI Travel is a creative, family-owned travel company that has been providing the best in deluxe educational travel experiences since 1962. Recognized around the world the for their expertly planned and operated programs, they are the premier operator of travel for university alumni associations. They are proud that many of our travelers have chosen to travel with us on 15, 20 and even 30 trips because of their attention to detail, excellent service and innovative travel programs.

In addition to the featured Western Illinois University travel programs sponsored for alumni and friends, the Alumni Association also provides you the opportunity to travel independently on all AHI programs and dates .

Go Next

For nearly 40 years, Go Next has made the world more accessible to the sophisticated traveler. Offering unique and fascinating itineraries on land, at sea and by river, Go Next programs are designed to provide the maximum experience at an affordable price. With the ideal balance of exploration, education and relaxation, our trips provide the savings and conveniences of a group program, while presenting opportunities for independent exploration. Go Next is committed to providing quality travel programs and excellent customer service for professional associations and college alumni groups. Accompanied by an experienced and dedicated staff, Go Next travelers have journeyed the globe.