Alumni

Alumni Travel Programs

TravelWIU 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.

The WIU Alumni Association restructured our Travel Abroad Program and the reviews are in! Dozens of WIU alumni and friends have traveled to Holland, Belgium, Italy, France and many more picturesque places. We are excited to announce our new trips that go through 2018. Reservations are coming in as alumni plan to travel with fellow Leathernecks. We hope you will join us on the journey(s)!

"This was the most beautiful and informative trip I have ever taken and I went down the Danube with Burt Wolf (PBS Travels and Traditions) in 2011!" 
-- Carolyn Brna '71 on the Grand Danube Passage trip.

"Everyone should have the opportunity to visit the Mediterranean countries of Italy, France and Spain! Gorgeous!"
--Jana Cleveland '75 on the Pearls of the Mediterranean trip.

"Wonderful!!! Staff was great along with the guides."
--Ron and Joanna Garand on the Cruise the Rhine trip.

"This was our first cruise and it was excellent from beginning to end. It was relaxing, educational and loads of fun!"
--anonymous on the Cruise the Rhine trip.

Alumni Holidays

AHI International Corporation, better known as Alumni Holidays®, an alumni partner for the past 40 years, has been a leader in the creation and operation of exclusive and unique travel programs for sophisticated travelers. Together, we work to ensure that each travel experience reflects the high standards set on behalf of our alumni and friends. All sponsored programs are researched by travel experts, utilizing many years of experience in designing creative itineraries that provide a strong connection to the places and people of the cultures you will visit.

In addition to our Alumni Travel Abroad Programs, the Alumni Association offers Alumni Escapes which feature a collection of travel favorites visited in a whole new way. At exceptional values, these well planned programs offer first class accomodations and a pleasurable mix of excursions and events along with plenty of time for personal pursuits.

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 NextTahitian Jewels trip

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.

Picture:  WIU alumni and friends on the 2014 Go Next Tahitian Jewels trip in January 2014. Front row, l-r:  Janet Sell '62 and Brenda Cordis. Back row, l-r:  Bernie Sell '80 and  Chuck Cordis '67.

We OFFER Travel Insurance 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 insurance 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 insurance 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

Music of America - October 29 – November 6, 2017

Save the date for our 2018 trips.

Australia - February 16 – March 1, 2018
Timeless Beauties - May 2 – 10, 2018
Amalfi Coast - June 5 – 13, 2018
Romantic Rhine & Moselle - June 12 – 27, 2018
Switzerland- June 20 – 28, 2018
Cruise the Rhine River - July 11 – 19, 2018
Majestic Frontiers of Alaska - August 16 – 27, 2018
Coastal Vignettes - October 16 - 27, 2018
Cuba: Art, Culture & People - October 28 - November 5, 2018

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


 

2017 WIU Alumni Travel Program

Music of America MusicinAmerica
October 29 – November 6, 2017 (please note change of date)
$1,699 per person, double occupancy (airfare is additional)

Celebrate the classic music of America on this river cruise to picture-perfect towns in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. Begin with a stay in the “Country Music Capital of the World,” Nashville, an iconic city that beckons with elegant architecture, an inventive culinary scene, and an ever-vibrant music culture. Then board the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to Clarksville, dotted with unique attractions like the stately Smith-Trahern Mansion. Delve into fascinating Civil War history at Dover’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery. Take in the majestic mansions of the Savannah Historic District, and browse the shops and eateries of Paducah, a lovely city at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Before concluding your voyage in Memphis, the “Home of the Blues,” explore New Madrid’s magnificent Hunter-Dawson estate.

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

 

2018 WIU Alumni Travel Program

Australia
February 16 – March 1, 2018australia
$5,695 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Join our 11-night journey that highlights Australia’s sophisticated cities, verdant terroir and native wildlife Begin in the waterfront metropolis of Sydney to experience the grand Sydney Harbour, tour the Opera House and see the golden sands of sweeping Bondi Beach. Travel to Adelaide in South Australia to taste regional specialties, sip chilled riesling and explore Kangaroo Island’s unspoiled habitat, rich with sleepy koalas, sea lions and wallabies. On Australia’s southeast coast, discover cosmopolitan Melbourne, where cafes, jazz clubs and wine bars pepper artsy laneways. Then fly to Cairns in Queensland’s tropical north to revel in the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Experience this wonder up close as you cruise from Port Douglas to Agincourt Reef. Local guides and experts provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features deluxe accommodations and 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.)

  Timeless Beauties
May 2 – 10, 2018 Timeless
From $1,399 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Embark on your luxury cruise in cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain’s gem of art and architecture. Travel to Valencia to taste paella in its birthplace, stroll the cobbled streets of Palma de Mallorca’s old quarter, and take in the impressive Gorges du Prunelli in Ajaccio. The great masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery—await you in Florence, while Portofino, nestled on a botanically rich peninsula along the scenic Italian Riviera, offers stunning scenery. See where Picasso lived and painted at the Picasso National Museum in Antibes before heading to the last stop in your luxury cruise, Monte Carlo, with its famous Grand Corniche and the 12th-century Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

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

Amalfi Coast
June 5 – 13, 2018amalfi

$3,395 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base of Vietri sul Mare and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins. Tour Naples and view treasures at the city’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Peek into the lives cut short at Herculaneum and Pompeii by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Invigorate your senses while exploring lemon-scented Sorrento and marvel at the colorful gardens and Arabesque architecture of Villa Rufolo. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner. For single travelers, there is no single supplement.

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

  Romantic Rhine and Moselle
June 12 – 27, 2018
Rhine

Cost: $6,499 per person, double occupancy ($999 airfare from select cities)

From Zürich to Amsterdam and everywhere in between, romance is alive and well on the Rhine river and its idyllic tributary, the Moselle.

The Rhine has become as much an icon of Northern Europe as the pristine castles, fairy-tale villages, and lush forests that dot its banks. As you cruise its shores and explore its treasures, you’re sure to fall in love with a landscape you didn’t believe could truly exist.

Embark on an all-inclusive, credit-card free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Opal. With a meticulously planned itinerary, unique and unforgettable shore excursions, and all onboard drinks and dining included; there is no better way to experience the Rhine and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lie inside.

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

Switzerland
June 20 – 28, 2018Alps

$2,995 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Switzerland is a gem nestled in the heart of Europe. Discover picture-perfect towns, alpine meadows and majestic mountains during fascinating excursions via cable cars, lifts and alpine railways. Settle in Interlaken, in the Alps’ Bernese Oberland. Travel by train to Kandersteg and visit Oeschinen Lake. Stroll through Lucerne and take a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne. A rail excursion takes you to Grindelwald and the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge. Explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley by train or on foot — the choice is yours — and make your way to Mürren for incredible views of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger peaks. Visit the wood-carving center of Brienz and travel by antique steam train to see the famed Rothorn. Later, continue to Interlaken to explore this lovely town. Local guides and speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This program includes first-class accommodations, a Swiss rail pass and an extensive 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.)

Cruise the Rhine River
July 11 – 19, 2018Amsterdam

$2,995 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Discover the Rhine River’s timeless beauty with the people you love most on a fun and fascinating cruise designed especially for families. Aboard the elegant, first-class Amadeus Silver III, unpack once and enjoy a choice of engaging excursions in Holland, Germany and France. Glide along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and see the Anne Frank House. Witness Kölner Dom, Cologne’s awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, and sail through the spellbinding Rhine Valley with its forested hills crowned by castles. Enjoy Strasbourg’s exquisite old town, lined with half-timbered homes along narrow canals, plus explorations in other medieval river cities. With your family members, learn more about Europe’s history and culture from expert local guides and lecturers, and share your discoveries together. This exclusively chartered, seven-night journey is open to passengers ages 10-17, traveling with an adult, and features onboard children’s activities coordinated by two energetic Youth Directors; a generous meal plan; and wine and beer with lunch and dinner for the adults.

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

Majestic Frontiers of Alaska
August 16 – 27, 2018
Alaska

From $3,849 per person, double occupancy

Explore the astounding glaciers, native traditions, and awe-inspiring scenery on this cruise up and down the Alaskan and Canadian Pacific coast. Embark on the Regatta in Seattle and sail the Inside Passage; a stunning waterway edged by verdant forests, mountains, and glaciers; and dotted with countless islands. Your first stop is Ketchikan, a city once proclaimed the Salmon Capital of the World; on your way to Sitka, a historic settlement full of Russian heritage. Catch Gold Fever in Skagway, gateway to the famed Klondike gold fields; spend a day sailing in the shadow of the majestic Hubbard Glacier; and immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah. Explore Alaska’s remote capital of Juneau and behold ancient petroglyphs in Wrangell. Finally, cruise the open blue waters of the Outside Passage to Victoria, Western Canada’s oldest city, before disembarking the Regatta back in Seattle.

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

Coastal Vignettes
October 16 – 27, 2018 
Monte

From $2,799 per person, double occupancy

Explore ancient cities, alluring beaches, and culture straight from the Old World as you set sail across the Mediterranean Sea aboard the luxurious Nautica. Embark from Rome, Italy’s treasure of history and architecture, and view great masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, and Michelangelo’s David—in Florence. Relax in botanically-rich Portofino; bask in the glitz and glamour of fabulous Monte Carlo; and peek at more than a mere glimpse of France’s fascinating naval history in Toulon. Get inspired in Barcelona, Spain’s gem of art and architecture; and tour Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences, which offers a stunning blend of classic and contemporary culture. Finish your voyage by discovering the ruins of truly ancient civilizations in Minorca and Pompeii before disembarking Nautica back in Rome.

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

Cuba: Art, Culture & People
October 28 – November 5, 2018cuba

$5,695 + VAT + air (Please note price change)

Cuba is a trove of storied heritage, revolutionary history and vibrant culture. This eight-night People-to-People educational exchange, licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, abounds with authentic, enriching experiences. Immerse yourself in this fascinating nation during presentations by local experts coupled with visits to historic sites, museums, schools and community projects. Discover Havana’s highlights and antiquated charms. Visit Hemingway’s home, cruise Habana Vieja in a vintage convertible and meet local artists and dancers. Admire artistic talent at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and encounter Cuba’s most famous export during a cigar factory tour. See a slower side of Cuba as you journey through the Pinar del Río region; enjoy the history and hospitality of Trinidad; and watch a musical performance in Cienfuegos. Along the way, revel in Cuba’s captivating blend of music, cuisine and art. This small-group experience includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba, all excursions and talks, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan.

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