Alumni College Abroad


Cuba: An Extraordinary People-to-People Experience

Jan. 7-16, 2018

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We invite you to join Professor of Linguistics, Donna Jo Napoli, and 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 Professor David Cohen of Astronomy and English Literature instructor, Rachel Pastan. Swarthmore Alumni, family and friends will join them 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 Professor of German Studies, Hansjakob Werlen, and 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 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Jedidiah Siev, with 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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With Professor and Chair of Engineering, Carr Everbach, and alumni, parents and friends, 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.

South Africa and Safari

March 7-21, 2019

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Travel with Professor and Chair of History, Tim Burke, and Swarthmore College alumni, family and friends on 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. Witness the remarkable achievements of the young nations of Namibia and Botswana, unique in their way of life and home to one of the densest game populations on the planet; walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela in South Africa; and behold the majestic natural beauty of Zimbabwe’s incomparable Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary and exciting,

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the breadth of southern Africa. On Namibia’s legendary Chobe River, enjoy a three-night river safari featuring naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft—a fantastic perspective from which to observe the magnificent wildlife gathering along the banks of the Chobe—with accommodations aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star ZAMBEZI QUEEN, featuring only 14 beautifully appointed Staterooms, each with a private balcony. During your classic land safari aboard four-wheel-drive vehicles, enjoy superb game viewing in seldom-visited Botswana, a sanctuary for nearly all of the southern African mammal species.

Celtic Lands: D-Day 75th Anniversary Cruise (Portsmouth to Glasgow)

June 4-14, 2019

Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II and Alan Packwood, Curator -- Churchill Archives

Changing Tides: The Baltic Sea Countries (Stockholm to Copenhagen)

July 29-August 7, 2019

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Please join Stephen Lang Professor and Chair of Theater, Allen Kuharski, and fellow Swarthmore alumni, family and friends to join us on our Alumni College Abroad program—the Baltic Countries. 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.

As travelers, you will hear firsthand from historic world leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laurerate and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, and noted author and award-winning scholar Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushechev.

This program will enable you to immerse yourself in the historic epic acclaimed State Hermitage Museum Center of the Solidarity Movement in Gdansk, Poland; enjoy the well-preserved medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia; and spend two days docked in the heart of regal St. Petersburg, with an early opening tour of the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and visits to the Peter and Paul Fortress and the spectacular czarist palaces of Petrodvorets and Pushkin.