Alumni College Abroad

Future Experiences

Cuba: An Extraordinary People-to-People Experience—Jan. 7-16, 2018

Icelandic Interlude & the Northern Lights—March 15-19, 2018

Great Journey through Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland)—June 22-July 2, 2018

Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage—July 5-12, 2018

Waterways of Russia—August 26-September 5, 2018

South Africa and Safari, March 2019 (exact dates TBD)

Dynasties of China and Tibet
The Himalayas and the Yangtze

Oct. 7-21 -- SOLD OUT!

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We invite you to join fellow Swarthmoreans on this exceptional, custom-designed and comprehensive journey encompassing the breadth of China from the Himalayan “Rooftop of the World,” with two nights in the spectacular and seldom-visited city of Lhasa, through the dramatic gorges of the Yangtze River and to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai for an in-depth appreciation of the juxtaposition of ancient culture with modern advancements. Experience the imperial dignity of Mandarin Beijing, the dynastic treasures of historic Xi’an and the Tibetan Buddhist “Sun City” of Lhasa with its architectural masterpiece, the Potala Palace, a symbol of peace and the historic home of the Dalai Lama.  We will visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites during specially arranged included excursions accompanied by experienced, knowledgeable, English-speaking guides. Enjoy meeting the fascinating people of China and the friendly people of Tibet, who will welcome you to their modern-day earthly paradise—a true Shangri-La that is newly opening up to Western travelers.

Cuba: An Extraordinary People-to-People Experience

Jan. 7-16, 2018

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We invite you to join fellow Swarthmoreans, family and friends on this extraordinary people-to-people experience. We will explore the breadth of Cuba in depth—from east to west, by land and by sea—while interacting daily with friendly and inquisitive Cubans from all walks of life who are quick to smile and talk openly with you about their day-to-day lives, culture, work and family traditions. You will also gain insight into the lasting influence of Spain; the glamorous playground that once drew celebrities, gangsters, movie stars, writers and heads of state; and the legacy of Fidel Castro and the island's emerging future.

Delight in all that Cuba has to offer during this exceptional opportunity while experiencing seafaring in its most timeless form-beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails aboard the exclusively chartered, three-masted M.Y. Le PoNant. Enjoy, with travelers from Bryn Mawr College and Main Line School Night, a refined yet casual lifestyle on board this intimate, deluxe small sailing ship featuring only 32 Staterooms—all ocean-view. The M.Y. Le PoNant is able to call in smaller ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, making this combination of sea and land travel the best and most comprehensive way to see Cuba. Following the six-night cruise, enjoy accommodations for three nights in Havana's comfortable Meua Habana Hotel.

This travel program offers a full schedule of events, all of which involve significant people-to-people exchanges with Cubans from diverse backgrounds who reflect this island's unique rhythm of daily life and are eager to share their life experiences with you. We do hope you will join us for this unforgettable experience. 

Icelandic Interlude & the Northern Lights

March 15-19, 2018

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We invite you to visit Iceland with fellow Swarthmore Alumni, family and friends for a long weekend escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, magnificent malls to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, explore and indulge in the wonders of this epic island. Perhaps the greatest draw is the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is the best time of year to see them because it has to be totally dark to get the best effect – and this is a country where the sun never sets in the summer! On our arrival day, a local expert will give us a presentation on the aurora and then that evening we’ll head out to try and see the real thing (weather permitting). If we don’t succeed we’ll try again the next night … and the next…

Great Journey through Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland)

June 22-July 2, 2018 

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Please join fellow Swarthmore alumni, family and friends to join us on our Alumni College Abroad program - The Great Journey through Europe.  This is a trip of a lifetime  providing you with the opportunity to recreate a large part of the traditional 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century "Grand Tour." Travel through four countries and the western heart of the Continent on this carefully planned, exclusive itinerary. Cruise Holland’s waterways, surrounded by polder land reclaimed from the North Sea, and the fairy-tale beauty of the UNESCO-designated Rhine River and its Rheingau wine region; experience three of the world’s legendary railways and visit four more important UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage 

July 5-12, 2018

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Join Swarthmore Alumni College Abroad on this magnificent cruise from Juneau to Vancouver, British Columbia, through the pristine waters of the Inside Passage, Alaska, aboard the Deluxe small, all-suite ship, M.V. Star Legend. Pass towering mountains and untouched coastlines and watch for whales, harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and eagles, all in their natural habitat. See Sawyer Glacier and Hub-bard Glacier, listening for the loud cracking of ice as it calves into the sea. Call at the historic towns of Juneau and Sitka, where you will step back into the gold rush era and discover the living heritage of the Tlingit people.  

Waterways of Russia

August 26-September 5, 2018

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Experience the timeless pageantry and traditional folkways of Russia, revealed along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link St. Petersburg with Moscow. Between these two grand cultural capitals lies a countryside seemingly untouched by the modem age. We invite you to join fellow Swarthmore alumni, family and friends as we explore the preeminent artistic, historical and architectural treasures of classical Russian culture and several "Golden Ring" cities during a most excellent time of year.