Travel with Beavers and the Alumni Association

Join is in some of the world’s most interesting destinations. Meet local residents and learn about different cultures, all while traveling with other Beavers who share your love for exploration and Oregon State. Will 2017 be the year you make your travel dreams come true? Join us for your next adventure. View our list of trips for 2018

The annual travel calendar is listed below with links for each tour. Many of our tours require walking on uneven terrain and each trip includes an activity level.

Activity Levels:

  1. Light - some walking required
  2. Moderate - walking necessary, possibly uneven terrain.
  3. Moderately Active - walking two miles at a time on uneven terrain, standing for 30 minutes or more, able to get in and out of boats on moving water without stairs, with or without assistance.
  4. Active - walking three or more miles on uneven terrain, able to get in and out of boats on moving water with minimal assistance.
  5. Very Active - physical fitness required, long walks, uneven terrain, possibly very cold conditions.

  OSU Alumni Association, Travel Program
  J
ulie Schwartz Associate Executive Director, Programs
  Kate Sanders Alumni Program Director



Travel | Baltic and Scandinavian Treasures
August 22, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Baltic and Scandinavian treasures are revealed on this magical voyage aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina. Discover medieval towns, onion-domed cathedrals, ornate palaces and stunning harbors as you cruise from Denmark to Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden.
Travel | Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
August 30, 2017 to September 8, 2017
You will see it all - active volcanoes, natural spas, glacier filled mountain and rivers flowing to the ocean. Visit geothermal fields, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park and the puffin nesting area in Stórhöfði. Sail to Heimaey, hike to the 3,500 year old crater and immerse yourself in the Nordic culture of Iceland.
Travel | Mandalay Passage - Cruise the Irrawaddy
September 3, 2017 to September 15, 2017
Once a jewel in Britain’s colonial crown, exotic Myanmar, known then as Burma, was a center of the colonial trade in tea and teakwood. Today, Myanmar has revealed to the world the wonders of its beauty and captivating way of life. This “Golden Land” showcases remarkable gilded pagodas, Buddhist monasteries and friendly people who will welcome you with warmth and charm.
Travel | Atlantic Treasures - the Canaries, Azores & Morocco
September 5, 2017 to September 19, 2017
Follow a passage of ancient mariners and discover the seductive islands of the North Atlantic and exotic ports of Morocco. Join the Six-Star Crystal Symphony in Lisbon and sail on a westerly course to Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitoria in the Azores. With a remarkable itinerary on an exceptional ship this voyage offers a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
Travel | Apulia, Italy
September 30, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Journey to Apulia and explore this fascinating, less-explored corner of Italy. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Travel | Pearls of Southeast Asia
October 18, 2017 to October 28, 2017
This exclusive nine-night cruise from Hong Kong to Saigon aboard the Five-Star, small ship m.s. L’Austral showcases the fascinating treasures of Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hué and Hôi An. Round-trip economy-class air from Los Angeles is included.  *Air included from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.
Travel | Medieval Masterpiece
November 5, 2017 to November 14, 2017

Incredible medieval monuments and spellbinding scenery intertwine on this Mediterranean voyage aboard Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ elegant masterpiece. From magical Venice to legendary Rome, discover beautiful cities and landscapes with interludes in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Malta.

Travel | Holiday Markets
November 27, 2017 to December 9, 2017
New date! The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to get away and relax on an unhurried cruise through the heart of Europe that showcases delightful holiday traditions. This program features fascinating excursions, first-class ship and hotel accommodations, and an extensive meal plan including wine with lunch and dinner. Enjoy the start of the festive season as towns along the Rhine prepare for the holidays and open their charming Christkindlmarkts.
SOLD OUT | Timeless Cuba Cruise
December 1, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Join us for a cruise to Cuba. A perfect winter getaway. 
This dates is now sold out. Join us May 4-11, 2018
Travel | Cuba: Art, Culture & People
January 14, 2018 to January 22, 2018
New date!  This tour is now departing January 14.
Discover Cuba’s highlights, architecture, music and culture for eight nights during stays in Miami, Havana and Cienfuegos. Meet local artists and dancers and learn from local experts during fascinating presentations. Along the way, visit historic sites, museums, schools and community projects, and enjoy a cigar factory tour. This small-group experience includes round-trip flights between Miami and Cuba and all excursions.
Travel | Australia and New Zealand
February 3, 2018 to February 24, 2018

Wait list only. This departure is full. 

Spend twenty-two days traveling the Lands Down Under, from Cairns and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef to Ayers Rock and sophisticated Sydney.  Take an Aboriginal tour and explore New Zealand’s Mt. Cook National Park, Milford Sound and Auckland.  Extend your time in Auckland with an optional 3 day/2-night post-tour extension.

Travel | Rainforests to Relics - Miami to Lima
February 10, 2018 to February 28, 2018
Join us on a cruise to: Miami, Havana (new port!), Cozumel, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Panama Canal, Balboa, Manta, Guayaquil, Salaverry and Lima.  Miami pre-cruise and Machu Picchu post-cruise options. 
Travel | Sparkling South Pacific
February 25, 2018 to March 7, 2018
An island vacation you will never forget!  Cruise to Papette, Moorea, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Huahine.
Travel | Southern Africa and the Rovos Rail
March 13, 2018 to March 28, 2018

This date is wait list only.  We have two double rooms and a single available on the January 28-Feb. 12, 2018 departure. 

Discover the remarkable beauty and vibrant culture of South Africa and Zimbabwe as you explore modern cities, track wildlife on safari and explore the natural wonder of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Talks by local experts, excursions with expert guides and safari game drives combine to make this the travel experience of a lifetime.

Travel |  Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
March 15, 2018 to March 23, 2018
New date! Now departing March 14-23, 2018.
Behold the natural beauty of Panama and Costa Rica during our eight-night adventure. Spend one night in Panama City and seven nights on the first-class Safari Voyager. Along the way, transit the 48-mile Panama Canal, discover stunning islets, seek capuchins and iguanas, and explore tropical national parks. 
Travel | Dutch Waterways
May 1, 2018 to May 9, 2018
No single supplement.
Experience a captivating seven-night cruise through Holland and Belgium’s waterways and canals aboard a first-class ship, featuring guided excursions in Amsterdam, Giethoorn, The Hague, Delft, Bruges and Antwerp. Enjoy a choice of excursions in several ports, enlightening lectures and delicious meals onboard, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 
Travel | Timeless Beauties (Mediterranean)
May 2, 2018 to May 10, 2018
The Riviera welcomes you into the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle on this luxury cruise through Southern Europe. Renaissance masterpieces, glamorous resorts, and ancient monuments await you as you sail from pristine Spain through to the breathtaking Italian Riviera.
Travel | Timeless Cuba
May 4, 2018 to May 11, 2018
Join us for a cruise to and around Cuba! This trip will sell out very quickly - reserve your cabin today.
Travel | Tuscany
May 8, 2018 to May 16, 2018

Discover Tuscany during this seven-night journey featuring hilltop villages, storied architecture and bountiful vineyards. Stay in a charming Tuscan villa in Cortona and enjoy excursions to Renaissance villages, beloved Florence and a family-owned winery. Along the way, stroll charming piazzas, explore Etruscan treasures and taste regional flavors. This small-group program features ample time at leisure.

Travel | Springtime in Provence, Burgundy, Beaujolais
May 9, 2018 to May 17, 2018
No single supplement
This exclusive French sojourn features a seven-night cruise through Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. AMADEUS PROVENCE, launching in 2017. Explore Arles, Avignon, Orange, Beaune, Lyon and the Beaujolais vineyards. Palette of Provence Pre-Program Option and Geneva and the French Alps Post-Program Option.
Travel | Celtic Lands with Normandy Beaches
May 24, 2018 to June 2, 2018
This trip sells out every year!
Cruise for eight nights aboard the Five-Star small ship M.S. LE BORÉAL from Scotland to Wales, Ireland and France. Meet Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood, who will provide exclusive lectures and personal insights. Enjoy guided excursions in each port of call, including the beaches of Normandy.
Travel | Southern Culture and Civil War
June 2, 2018 to June 10, 2018
This trip will sell out. Book early!
Take a trip back in time to the Civil War on this riverboat cruise down the Southern Mississippi on the stately and luxurious American Queen. From Civil War battlegrounds like Vicksburg to the magnificent Antebellum plantation of Nottoway, Southern culture and history come alive on this week-long voyage.
Travel | Gaelic Exploration
June 17, 2018 to June 28, 2018
Experience the wonders of Gaelic culture as you sail through Ireland and the British Isles. Discover Ireland’s cosmopolitan heart in Dublin and Belfast, delve into its rich history from Waterford to Galway, and explore the natural bounty of Glengarriff and Holyhead.
Travel | Glacial Adventures of Alaska
June 19, 2018 to June 29, 2018
Join OSU and other Pac-12 schools on this tour with host OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes and celebrity lecturer Rick Reilly.

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Alaska, an unspoiled wonderland where breathtaking glaciers rise above silver-blue seas, spectacular wildlife abounds, and distant mountains fringe lush, virgin forests.

Travel | Riches of the Emerald Isle
June 26, 2018 to July 7, 2018
An unforgettable Irish experience, you will fall in love with this country!
Experience the finest in Irish culture during stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin. Explore lively Galway, traverse the Burren landscape and admire the resplendent Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy Blarney Castle and Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. This ten-night, small-group experience features first-class hotels, fascinating insights from local guides and experts, a Travel Director and ample meals with wine at dinner.
Travel | Ancient Civilizations: Venice to Athens
June 27, 2018 to July 5, 2018
Cruise from Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast to Athens for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. Le Lyrial. Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE® FORUM with local residents and a folk music performance.
July 11, 2018 to July 19, 2018 7:21 AM
Unpack once and enjoy a river boat cruise down the Rhine River! Bring the grand kids! This is a family-friendly tour with dedicated youth directors coordinating engaging onboard children's programs.
July 23, 2018 to July 29, 2018
Head north and discover the beauty and wildness of Churchill, Manitoba.  See polar bear In summer as they share the area with more than 60,000 beluga whales and a wide variety of other wildlife. Come and see this annual exhibition that can only be found here in the Canadian north, and meet the local people who call it home. Pioneering spirits and welcoming smiles are waiting for you.
August 26, 2018 to September 5, 2018
Cruise for six nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger M.S. VOLGA DREAM through Russia's old-world heartland. Also, enjoy Five-Star accommodations in St. Petersburg. Visit 10th-century Uglich, medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery near Goritsy and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island, and experience a traditional Russian tea ceremony in Svirstroy. Moscow Post-Program Option.
August 29, 2018 to September 9, 2018
Discover Southwest England during a 10-night journey featuring stays in Bath, Falmouth, Exeter and London. Visit ancient Roman baths, sprawling estates and charming fishing villages. Experience history at the Bedruthan Steps, Salisbury Cathedral, St. Michael’s Mount and Heartlands, a renovated mining landscape. This small-group program concludes with a stay in vibrant London.
September 11, 2018 to September 19, 2018
No single supplement for solo travelers!

Enjoy seven nights in the idyllic Amalfi Coast. From your base in Vietri sul Mare, visit Almalfi town, Positano, Sorrento and Naples. Explore Pompeii’s ancient ruins, view exquisite gardens, travel Almafi’s serpentine coastline and delight in the taste of fresh mozzarella. 

September 13, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Experience the explosive colors of autumn as you sail up North America’s immense and beautiful Atlantic coast aboard the Insignia. Delve into America’s revolutionary history in Boston and Newport, admire the natural grandeur of the Gulf of Lawrence and Sept-Îles, and discover old-world European charm in Québec and Montréal.
Travel | Porto to Porto - Portugal & Spain
September 18, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Embark on an incredible adventure down the Douro River. The Douro Valley is famous for its quaint villages, winding paths, and wealth of historical sites. Visit the treasures of the past and the settlements of today, sipping wine with locals and letting the Portuguese breeze surround you.
Travel | Toronto to Vancouver by Rail
September 24, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Discover the majestic beauty of Canada on a nostalgic rail journey that brings back the golden age of train travel.  Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada—a journey from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies and into the Pacific Northwest.
October 5, 2018 to October 20, 2018
No single supplement for solo travelers!
Discover eight European countries, antiquated capitals, charming villages and the storied Danube River. During this 13-night journey, admire archaic facades, castles and cathedrals; laud epic panoramas; and enjoy engaging culture experiences. Celebrate each region’s heritage and flavors, and personalize your cruise with a choice of excursions in select ports.
Travel | Patagonia - Best of Chile
October 29, 2018 to November 12, 2018
Experience this South American gem on a 15-day Chilean small group tour combining unspoiled Patagonia, the lovely Lake District, and cosmopolitan Santiago.  Marvel at Vincente Rosales and Torres del Paine’s unparalleled landscapes, and encounter Patagonia’s glaciers and penguins on day cruises.  Discover Easter Island on a 3-day/3-night post-tour extension. 
Travel | Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
November 20, 2018 to December 5, 2018
They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures:  the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where you overnight at an intimate on-site hotel; and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” where you enjoy a four-night island-based adventure.  Your extensive small group exploration also includes Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Quito.
Travel | Egypt and the Eternal Nile (Jordan extension)
December 3, 2018 to December 17, 2018
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, your singular 15-day small group journey begins in vibrant Cairo, revealing antiquity’s treasures with a three-night Lake Nasser cruise and a classic four-night Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor, before you encounter Old Cairo.  Discover “rose-red” Petra on an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
July 8, 2019 to July 16, 2019
Join us for the 75th Anniversary.
(This is a preliminary tour notice, there is a possibility of a date change)