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Alumni College Abroad

2019-2020 Trip Listings

The Pride of Africa: Namibia, Bostwana, & Zimbabwe -- Chobe River Safari

March 7-21, 2019

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Hosted by Tim Burke, Professor and Chair of History

Take part in this incredible journey to experience the wonders of four nations in southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, culture is diverse and the “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary as we travel through South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

July 29-August 7, 2019

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Featuring Lech Walesa and Sergei Khrushechev

Hosted by David Harrison, Professor of Linguistics & Associate Provost

Discounted date extended to Jan. 17, 2019!

This unique Baltic Sea Voyage features six Baltic countries and seven UNESCO World Heritage sites and is planned during the best time of year when you can experience the luminous “White Nights” of the summer solstice.

Island Life in Ancient Greece: An Aegean Odyssey

September 12-20, 2019

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Hosted by Jennifer Marks-Gold, Director of International Student Services

Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, with ports of call on Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos and medieval Rhodes plus a visit to the Meteora to name a few of your destinations.

Flavors of Catalonia

September 28 - October 6, 2019

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Hosted by Maria-Luisa Guardiola, Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Join Swarthmore Alumni College Abroad on an intimate journey to Catalonia—on Spain’s colorful coast— where each day is highlighted with exclusive and authentic experiences with chefs, winemakers, artisan producers, and extraordinary historic sights.

Classic India

November 1-12, 2019

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Join fellow Swarthmore alumni as we travel the Classic Golden Triangle of Northern India: bustling Delhi; Agra, home of the impressive Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, great city of the Rajput plus the mystical temples of Khajuroho and holiness of Varanasi.

Expedition to Antarctica

January 28 - February 10, 2020

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Hosted by Betsy Bolton, Professor & Chair of English Literature

Discover Antarctica, and see how its spectacular illuminations reveal the mystique and contrasts of the most unique place on Earth to those fortunate enough to visit on this extraordinary 14-day program aboard an exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star, ice-class vessel.

Galápagos Islands

May 14 - 20, 2020

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Hosted by Vince Formica, Associate Professor of Evolution


Travel aboard a genuine expedition ship with a team of naturalists, an undersea specialist, and expert photographers who share more of the wild wonders. You’ll walk among marine iguanas resting on their lava perches, frigatebirds with their robust inflated pouches, Galápagos penguins searching for food, and giant tortoises stoically roaming the highlands.

Scottish Highlands & Norwegian Fjords

May 30 - June 7, 2020

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Hosted by Dominic Tierney, Associate Professor of Political Science

This specially designed itinerary follows along the stepping stones of Nordic and Scottish civilizations during the best time of year, when the weather is mild and the days are long—a unique voyage accomplished only aboard a small ship cruising into smaller ports where larger vessels cannot venture.

The New Berlin: A City United

June 2020

Hosted by Sunka Simon, Professor of German, Film and Media Studies

Come and see the intersection where the worlds of communism and capitalism collided. A world of contrasts where one foot stands firmly in the history of the great nation of Germany and one-foot steps into a bright and modern future. With world-class museums, filled with the treasures of antiquity, set in a city that has embraced modern art in all its forms, Berlin will win your heart and your mind.

SOLD-OUT Adventures:

Icelandic Interlude & the Northern Lights -- March 14-18, 2019

Waterways of Holland and Belgium -- April 25-May 3, 2019 

Celtic Lands: D-Day 75th Anniversary Cruise (Portsmouth to Glasgow) -- June 4-14, 2019

Total Solar Eclipse: Chile 2019 -- June 26-July 4, 2019


More 2020 Adventures:

Passage through the Panama Canal & Costa Rica, February 5-13, 2020

We invite you to voyage from the Pacific to the Atlantic through one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the ingenious Panama Canal. During a specially arranged daylight transit, experience firsthand the mighty locks that raise and lower oceangoing vessels 85 feet, to accomplish in mere hours what would have taken a three-week circumnavigation of South America in years gone by.

Morocco, March 6-15, 2020

Join Swarthmore alumni, family and friends as we experience a classic expedition to the magnificent Imperial Cities and Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The exotic blend of ancient and modern, African, Arabian, and European influences will almost seem a mirage as you journey between the imperial cities.

Flavors of Sicily, April 17-25, 2020

With Sicilian wine, cuisine, and culture as the inspiration, and a private villa as your home base, we invite you to join fellow Swarthmore alumni, family and friends and explore the beauty of Sicily. An intimate, small-group atmosphere and authentically Sicilian experience distinguish this nine-day program.

Trans-Siberian Railway from Mongolia to Moscow, July 12-25, 2020

Join fellow Swarthmore alumni, family and friends for an unparalleled journey through history on the Trans-Siberian Railway—a legendary network of rails as you leisurely traverse two continents by private train during this epic adventure—through the Mongolian steppes, along the remote shores of Lake Baikal, and deep into Russia.

Summer Iceland Exploration, August 2020

This captivating geological wonderland called Iceland offers the opportunity to explore dramatic phenomena: colossal glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glacial rivers, cascading waterfalls, moss-covered lava fields, and glacial lagoons as we enjoy the long evening twilight of the northern summer and visit a wondrous variety of small settlements and towns.

Six-Day Getaway to Budapest, September 2020

Straddling the Danube River, with the iconic Chain Bridge linking Buda on the west bank with Pest on the east, Budapest is one of Europe's most attractive cities. With round-trip international airfare included, a welcome reception and dinner, full breakfasts daily, two lunches, and a farewell dinner, this six-day getaway is an excellent travel bargain.

Southwest National Parks, September 23 - October 1, 2020

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the American Southwest, discovering the geological wonders of our national parks including visits to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of uplift and erosion have left a spectacular, monumental imprint across America’s Southwest plateau.

Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia, October 3-11, 2020

Cruise the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish mariners on this comprehensive itinerary to the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula. En route from Barcelona to Lisbon, admire four UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience Portugal’s lesser-traveled Algarve region.

Chateau de Camon: Exploring the Languedoc Region of France, October 9-17, 2020

With the Château de Camon as our base for seven nights, each day we will set off to explore the antiquities of the Aude and Ariège regions. From the ruins of Cathar castles to the medieval grandeur of Carcassonne, it will be impossible to head home without feeling touched by the shadows of the past.




Recent past trips & photos:

China, Dec. 2017
Cuba, Jan. 2018
Iceland, Mar. 2018
Great Journey through Europe, June 2018
Alaska, July 2018
Russia, August 2018
Peru, October 2018
London, January 2019