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BLACK SEA ODYSSEY - CRUISE ROUNDTRIP FROM ISTANBUL
July 16-30, 2014
From $4,650 per person, based on double occupancy, special aifare from select North American cities, port charges are additional

Discover the astounding wealth of culture and history on the shores of the Black Sea during an exciting journey that takes you from the birth of civilization to the dramatic end of the Cold War. Begin with two nights in Istanbul, the fabled capital of two powerful empires. Explore the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and more. Then embark the MV Aegean Odyssey, a premium-class ship, for an 11-night cruise to see more of Turkey plus Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. This boutique ship offers unique access to remote harbors. Visit beautiful Trabzon and its mountainside monastery, see the botanical gardens of Batumi and Sochi, and explore Feodosiya’s Genoese fortress. Discover Yalta’s palaces and literary heritage, and the powerful military and ancient histories of Sevastopol. Enjoy the arts and culture of vibrant Odessa and the popular resort Nessebur. This spectacular adventure includes deluxe hotel accommodations, an excursion in every port, a lecture series by noted scholars, an extensive meal plan, and gratuities for guides and drivers on included excursions and for cabin and restaurant staff on the ship. Click here for additional information.

NATIONAL PARKS AND LODGES OF THE OLD WEST
July 19-28, 2014
$3,695 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

Join us on this 10-day journey that celebrates the American West's magnificent National Parks, tracing legends and storied monuments along the way. From Old Faithful to Mount Rushmore and from Spearfish Canyon to the Snake River, you will see the best of the Old West and traverse its beautiful vistas in style and comfort. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including historic lodging within the parks themselves. Witness extraordinary roaming bison herds in Custer State Park and enjoy a chuck wagon cook-out. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the world's largest mammoth site, where scientists are excavating remains of woolly mammoths from 26,000 years ago. An optional extension in Jackson Hole is available. Click here for additional information.

ALASKAN ADVENTURES
July 24-31, 2014
From $1,999 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Travel to a place of stunning landscapes and unspoiled wilderness, a place where nature reigns supreme—amazing Alaska. Let the rugged beauty of America’s last frontier captivate you as you cruise its shores aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises' Regatta, an intimate vessel with outstanding amenities, cuisine and service. Depart from Seattle and travel north along Canada’s scenic coast to the small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan, once known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” and the ancestral home of the Tlingit people. Continue cruising through Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord whose pristine waters reflect its icy-blue tidewater glaciers and soaring granite cliffs. Stop in one of Alaska’s oldest towns, Wrangell, where hints of past settlers—Tlingit, Russian and British—are reflected in its structures. Cruise south through the open blue waters of the Pacific to Canada and the spectacular port city of Prince Rupert, where ancient native culture and pioneer heritage spring to life, before returning to Seattle where your voyage concludes. Savor the majestic beauty of ancient glaciers, soaring mountains and pristine waters on this amazing Alaskan adventure. An optional Seattle pre-cruise is available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

GRAND DANUBE PASSAGE
August 15-29, 2014
From $4,595 per person, airfare and VAT are additional

Arguably Europe’s most important waterway, the Danube River has played an integral role in European development. The legacy of the traders, travelers, artists and others who have traveled this waterway has materialized in marvelous Old World capitals, picturesque villages and the many facets of rich Eastern European culture. This expertly planned land and cruise journey introduces you to this and more. Begin with three nights in Prague. Continue with a nine-night cruise of the Danube aboard MS Amadeus Brilliant, a state-of-the-art river cruiser. Venture into opulent palaces and elegant cathedrals. This cruise allows you to appreciate the man-made splendor of cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna as well as the region’s natural beauty. These highlights include the formidable Iron Gate Gorge, the twists of Danube Bend and the breathtaking Wachau Valley. Conclude your adventure with a two-night stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, a city filled with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments. Explore the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and more. The exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Brilliant features stylish and comfortable accommodations and a river view from every cabin. Your deluxe hotels offer elegant accommodations and excellent locations. This program includes all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers. Click here for additional information.

TOWN & COUNTRY LIFE™ PARIS TO PROVENCE
Cruising the Rhône River aboard the Exclusively chartered, Deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SYMPHONY
September 1-9, 2014
From $3,595 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Join this exclusive French sojourn featuring a two-night stay in Deluxe accommodations in the enchanting city of Paris, travel through the heartland of France aboard the famous Train à Grande Vitesse—TGV high-speed train—to the sun-drenched Rhône Valley, and cruise through the best of the world-famous Burgundy, Beaujolais and Provence wine regions. Spend a day in Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway, before embarking the exclusively chartered M.S. AMADEUS SYMPHONY, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. Experience the world-famous Côtes du Rhône wine region, the landscape of which inspired the great Impressionists Cézanne and Van Gogh, and visit the Roman city of Orange, the historic Papal Palace of Avignon and the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles. The carefully designed London Pre-Program Option travels aboard the Eurostar train through the marvelously engineered Chunnel to Paris; an Aix-en-Provence Post-Program Option is offered also. Departing at the best time of year, this comprehensive itinerary is an excellent value, and you have the opportunity to travel from London into the very heart of Provence. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

SYMPHONY ON THE BLUE DANUBE
September 1-13, 2014
From $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Visit six countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. This custom-designed and comprehensive itinerary, a unique combination of river and land travel, includes three nights each in the medieval gems of Kraków and Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS DIAMOND, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. Most Staterooms or Suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a French Balcony. Experience the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Enjoy a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures, classical music performances and guided excursions featuring magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and Bratislava’s medieval Old Town. A Warsaw Pre-Program Option and Budapest Post-Program Option are offered. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 
 
ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD - TUSCANY
September 3-11, 2014
$2,795 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and VAT are additional

Experience the charm and romance of Tuscany from your base in Colle di Val d’Elsa, a quintessential Tuscan town. During this seven-night program, see the towers built by wealthy powerbrokers and merchants in the town of San Gimignano during the Middle Ages. Explore Castellina, an Etruscan town that became an important Florentine garrison. Discover the architectural treasures of Renaissance Florence and Siena, a city unchanged throughout the centuries. Journey off the beaten path as you explore San Galgano and its Gothic abbey and medieval Massa Marittima, two unspoiled gems. Enjoy a tasting of local wines at Castello di Monsanto winery, savor the flavors of Tuscan olive oil at a local mill, visit a farm for a tasting of pecorino cheese, and learn the essence of Tuscan cooking during an exclusive lesson with a local chef. This Alumni Campus Abroad® program includes all excursions, deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner. Click here for additional information. 

ALUMNI CAMPUS ABROAD - CRUISE THE MOSEL, RHINE AND MAIN RIVERS
September 15-23, 2014
From $2,695 per person, airfare, VAT and Port Tax supplement are additional

See picture-perfect villages and pristine German countryside during a journey down the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers aboard MS Amadeus Princess, a state-of-the-art river cruiser. Along the Mosel, discover Bernkastel-Kues, admire medieval architecture and Roman ruins in Trier, and visit Cochem, famous for its folk tales. Explore the historic town center of Koblenz and see the legendary Loreley Rock on the mighty Rhine. Learn about the wine-making traditions of the Mosel and Rhine regions, and enjoy vineyard tours and tastings. Cruise the Main River, explore the university town of Heidelberg and marvel at the architectural treasures of Würzburg, including the magnificent Residence, an opulent baroque palace. Travel the Romantic Road, and admire the walled, medieval towns that line the famous route. MS Amadeus Princess has been exclusively chartered for this program. It offers stylish and comfortable accommodations and a river view from every cabin. This program includes all excursions, presentations offering insight into local history and culture, and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers. Click here for additional information.

AUTUMN IN AMERICA'S HEARTLAND
September 19-27, 2014
From $2,549 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and airport transfers are additional

Experience the breathtaking beauty of autumn from Minnesota to Missouri along the Mississippi River: the brilliant red, yellow and orange foliage among limestone river bluffs, and the one-of-a-kind communities of classic riverside America. Begin with a hotel stay in St. Paul, a culturally rich city replete with fascinating museums and lovely parks, before boarding the grand American Queen, an authentic paddlewheel steamboat that brings to life the river lore of Mark Twain. Cruise south to the picturesque town of Red Wing, and let the past come to life on a walking tour of its many historic sites. Visit La Crosse, a Victorian architectural gem highlighted by towering bluffs and a scenic river walk. Take in a three-state fall vista in Dubuque, “The Masterpiece of the Mississippi,” home to a vibrant revitalized riverfront, and revel in Davenport’s elegant parks and dynamic downtown on the banks of the Mississippi. Savor more river town charm in Burlington, Iowa, home to snake alley, “the Crookedest Street in the World.” Continue to Mark Twain’s lovely boyhood home, Hannibal, Missouri, a bountiful source of American lore, before Autumn in America’s Heartland concludes in St. Louis, its famed, high-rising Gateway Arch dominating the cityscape. Book by March 6, 2014 to receive a free one-night pre-cruise program in Minneapolis and $100 onboard credit per stateroom. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

ACCENT ON THE ADRIATIC
October 20-28, 2014
From $2,499 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Immerse yourself in wildly beautiful scenery and intriguing old-world cities, from Venice to Rome as you cruise the azure waters of the Adriatic aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina. Depart Venice for Croatia's cultural hub, the ancient city of Split, and admire its massive Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience Montenegro's port of Kotor, where medieval walls stretch from the sparkling bay to the dramatic mountains beyond. Continue to Durres, Albania, home to the largest Roman ampitheater in the Balkans, followed by Corfu, a multi-hued island sprinkled with cypress trees, olive groves and wildflowers. Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, find the Sicilian town of Taormina, offering a timeless blend of ancient Greek and Roman ruins, along with stunning views of Mount Etna. Then explore Sorrento, a charming resort town situated on steep cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. Take in its breathtaking panoramas, stroll the captivating ruins of Pompeii, or succumb to the island allure of Capri, before concluding your journey in Rome. Two-night Verona and Venice pre-cruise and one-night Rome post-cruise programs are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL
November 5-10, 2014
$4,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare additional

We are thrilled to present you with a special opportunity to witness one of the largest confluences of polar bears in the world. Join us on this exciting six-day journey to remote Churchill, Manitoba. Watch the bears interact and play from a custom-designed Tundra Buggy during two day-long safaris. Educational experiences distinguish this program, including expert presentations from Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Polar Bears International, Manitoba Museum, the Eskimo Museum, and Parks Canada - as well as the quality guidance of a naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leader. When polar bears awaken from summer hibernation, they descend upon the tiny seaport town of Churchill, forming a 'celebration' - a polar bear gathering. Be part of an extraordinary natural phenomenon and unforgettable adventure. Click here for additional information.

CRUISING THE EXOTIC CANARY ISLANDS AND MOROCCO: CASABLANCA/MARRAKECH/TENERIFE/
LA PALMA/LANZAROTE/GRAN CANARIA

November 7-15, 2014
From $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare and taxes are additional

Join this unique and intimate nine-day itinerary showcasing the ancient ports and sea routes once plied by Phoenician triremes and Roman galleys. Cruise from the fabled coast of Morocco to the sun-washed Canary Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, 90-passenger small ship M.S. SERENISSIMA. With a port call every day and an included excursion in each port, balanced by ample leisure time, this unparalleled combination of Moorish treasures and natural beauty features seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, five UNESCO biosphere reserves, idyllic ports rarely visited by larger ships and the timeless monuments of two dynamic yet ancient societies—the Spanish and the Moors. Contemplate the contrast of ancient and modern while exploring the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca and medieval Marrakech and its medina quarter. Call on seldom-visited islands, where you can appreciate otherworldly landscapes that inspired painters, gaze into a 6000-foot-deep caldera carpeted with lush subtropical vegetation and walk beside picturesque Spanish colonial architecture. An Imperial Rabat and Fez Pre-Cruise Option and Madrid Post-Cruise Option are offered. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. 

KRAKOW
December 1-8, 2014
$1,399 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare included out of Newark, New Jersey

Krakow is a city dating to the early Middle Ages, when the original settlement functioned as a fortified castle on the Wawel Heights. It has a complex history that includes serving as the seat of the Polish kings until 1609, being incorporated into the Austrian Hapsburg empire as part of Galicia in 1846, and, during World War II, becoming the capital of the Nazi General Government administered by the notorious Hans Frank, who used the royal palace on Wawel hill as his residence. Today an intellectual center, Krakow is home to one of the oldest universities in Central Europe, the Jagiellonian University, first established in 1384 by King Kazimierz Wielka. Krakow is famous for being the setting of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Schindler's List. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is among the most charming cities in all of Europe. Click here for a PDF of the brochure. Click here to reserve your spot.

ANCIENT MYSTERIES OF THE AMERICAS
January 16-February 3, 2015
From $4,499 per person, based on double occupancy, free or low cost airfare from most major North American cities, airport transfers are additional

Discover breathtaking tropical scenery and mesmerizing ancient relics as you cruise from Miami to Lima aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta, passing through the Panama Canal - one of the most legendary waterways in the world. Depart Miami for palm-fringed Key West, once home to author Ernest Hemingway, and then stop at Cozumel, a snorkeler's paradise with its fabulous sheltered reefs. See intriguing Mayan ruins near Costa Maya and Santo Tomas, admire ancient temples in Belize, and relax on idyllic white-sand beaches in Roatan. Be engulfed by exotic beauty in Costa Rica's lush rainforests before cruising the famous Panama Canal enroute to the port of Fuerte Amador and cosmopolitan Panama City. Sail the Pacific to Ecuador and explore Manta, a bustling seaport renowned for its splendid beaches, followed by Guayaquil, a revitalized city featuring a sparkling riverfront edged by museums, restaurants and shops. Continue to Salaverry, a gateway to archaeological treaures from the pre-Inca era, and on to Peru's historica capital, Lima. An optional Miami pre-cruise program and an optional Machu Picchu post-cruise program are available. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.
 
More tours will be added as information becomes available. Please continue to check for the most up-to-date schedule.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tina Casella '94, G'04 at cscasell@syr.edu or the Office of Alumni Relations mailbox at sualumni@syr.edu.



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