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

**Please note that all trip dates are subject to change.

 

2019 WIU Alumni Travel Program

SAVE THE DATE for these 2019 trips!!

Sparkling South PacificSparkling South Pacific
January 21 – 31, 2019
From $4,299 per person, double occupancy

Settle into laid-back island life as you encounter the South Pacific’s pristine beaches and glistening lagoons aboard the luxurious Marina. Spend a day exploring Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and cascading waterfalls. Embark Marina and sail to verdant Moorea. Take in the colors of this paradise—the greens of the volcanically-formed cliffs, the blues of the still-watered lagoons, and the white pops of the small tiare flower. Fakarava, the following port, is home to many rare plant and animal species. Search for unique tropical birds before continuing to Rangiroa where marine life is abundant. Spend two days in Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world, and two days in Raiatea, an island dotted with vanilla plantations that spread the rich, sweet scent. Before ending the cruise back in Papeete, stop in relaxed Huahine. Minimally impacted by modern times, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the sunshine, pristine natural areas, and easy-going attitudes of the locals.

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

Southern Grandeur Southern Grandeur
April 7 – 15, 2019
From $2,799 per person, double occupancy

Relax into the history and hospitality of the South on this week-long riverboat experience. Before embarking on the stately American Queen spend the night in Memphis, a town with rich blues heritage and compelling Civil War sites. Then, travel to Vicksburg—known as the “Red Carpet City of the South”—this town offers up an array of boutiques and museums in its charming downtown district. Sail to Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi, graced with stunning gardens and palatial mansions, and then to Baton Rouge. This capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol. Continue to St. Francisville, a beautiful town with unique shops and historic homes to discover. Before disembarking in New Orleans, journey to Nottoway and explore the impressive halls of the largest plantation house in the South.

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

Sketches of SicilySicily
April 10 – 19, 2019
Approximately $3,096 + VAT + air

Sicily, which sits between the European mainland and the North African coast, has been a natural crossroads for travelers, explorers and conquerors. Delve into Sicily’s epic past while staying in western, central and eastern areas of the island. Admire the architectural legacy of Gothic, Moorish and Norman conquerors. Discover the baroque flair of Caltagirone. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks and Romans as you explore the well-preserved remnants of their civilizations; marvel at the remarkable mosaics of an ancient Roman villa, and stand among the Greek monuments in Taormina and Syracuse. Savor the flavors of Sicily at a family farm that produces award-winning olive oil. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Palermo, Caltagirone and Taormina. In Caltagirone, stay at a unique hotel and spa on an organic farm, and delight in meals created with freshly harvested produce. This eight-night, small-group program features an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

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

Barcelona Barcelona: Art, Culture & People
May 4 – 12, 2019 (please note change in date)
$2,995 if booked by 8/14/18 + VAT + air

Barcelona’s world-renowned architecture, artistic heritage and lauded cuisine make the city a traveler’s delight. This seven-night journey immerses you in the city’s culture, allowing you to experience many facets of local life. Stroll through the atmospheric Barri Gòtic, where medieval Barcelona flourished within Roman city walls. Visit whimsical Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia, both designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí, and walk in the footsteps of avant-garde artist Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Learn about another creative element of local life, the cuisine, during a hands-on cooking lesson. In the nearby mountains at Montserrat, visit a Benedictine monastery tucked among the unusual rock formations, and discover cava, Spain’s own sparkling wine, in the Penedès region at a wine tasting. This small-group program is ideal for active travelers. It also features exclusive lectures, and a generous meal plan, including wine with dinners.

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

Journey Along the ElbeElbe
May 19 – 30, 2019
$4,895 if booked by 9 /18/18 + port + air

Cruise through enchanting scenery and centuries of history aboard an exclusively chartered paddleboat cruiser. Christened in 2016, the MS Elbe Princesse transports you into the heart of cities in Germany and the Czech Republic along the Elbe and Vltava rivers. Enjoy eight nights onboard, plus one night each in first-class hotels in Berlin and Prague. See Berlin’s famed landmarks, including the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through Potsdam’s terraced Sanssouci gardens and Cecilienhof Palace. In Wittenberg, delve into Martin Luther’s revolutionary teachings. Gaze over the spectacular Elbe Sandstone Mountains, delight in Litomerice’s colorful architecture and explore Prague’s Old Town. In addition, enjoy a choice of included excursions, featuring cycling, a beer tasting, history tours and more. Insightful lectures along the way give you deeper insight into the history and heritage of these destinations. This expertly planned journey includes first-class hotel and ship accommodations and an extensive meal plan with complimentary drinks onboard.

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

Stunning Scenery of Alaska Alaska

June 12 – 19, 2019
From $2,149 per person, double occupancy

Explore astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise along the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and cruise the Outside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Enjoy spotting wildlife in picturesque Sitka and encounter an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Journey to Ketchikan and explore the town’s rustic boardwalk, or perhaps scout the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Before returning to Seattle, cruise the Inside Passage and let Victoria showcase its lovely gardens, historical landmarks, and unique downtown architecture.

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

75th Anniversary of D-Day: Normandy - Deauville normandy
August 30 – September 7, 2019
$3,195 if booked by 3/19/19 + VAT + air

From rolling, green hills to the beautiful sea, discover the essence of Normandy as well as its pivotal role in history. On this seven-night journey, experience classic Norman culture. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, where a medieval monastery seemingly rises out of the sea, and see the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings victory. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine, and sip Calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard. And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other sites associated with this crucial World War II battle, plus gain insights during engaging lectures. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Deauville and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner, on this small-group program. 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.)

Timeless Cuba Cuba
October 23 – 30, 2019
From $2,299 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean during a fantastic trip to Cuba. Arrive in Miami and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your leisure, and then join us for a group lecture by Havana-born scholar Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, a consultant on the private and public sectors on Cuban and Latin American Affairs. The following day take a panoramic tour of Miami and see Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. Then, embark Insignia and set sail to Cuba, discover the true depth and beauty of the once-forbidden destination.  Stop in Santiago de Cuba. Wedged between looming mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the city offers a plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop. Then, journey to Cienfuegos. Known as the Pearl of the South, the city’s French spirit, tranquil seaside setting, and neoclassical architecture are sure to enchant. Finally, before returning to Miami, spend two days exploring Havana, a captivating city with an old-fashioned aesthetic.

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

GreeceGreece
October 24 – November 1, 2019
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.

Alumni Holidays

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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.