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. Take a look at our 2017 Travel Catalog.

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 | Cruise the Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu extension
January 13, 2017
Explore Lima, the Amazon River by riverboat and the Peruvian rain forest on this remarkable getaway. Immerse yourself in this region's natural beauty to meet residents of the Shipibo and Bora communities, take guided excursions in small skiff boats, see the pink river dolphins, parrots and monkeys in Peru's largest wildlife reserve or even try piranha fishing.

Add the Machu Picchu post-trip extension while you are in Peru!

Travel | Wolves of Yellowstone
January 23, 2017
Amidst crisp air, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing is best in winter. The elements of nature are in full sway and its wild inhabitants—close-knit packs of wolves—are hunting, mating, searching for warmth and surviving.
Travel | Wings over Tanzania - During the Great Migration
January to February 24, 2017
This 12-day journey of a lifetime includes two privately chartered flights and daily game drives in Tanzania, Africa’s premier safari destination. View abundant wildlife in Tanzania’s finest game parks—Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire—with deluxe accommodations in Serena Safari Lodges and a comfortable tented camp in Tarangire.
Travel | Costa Rica's Natural Heritage
March 02, 2017
Embark on a journey of discovery with visits to Poas Volcano and the Doka Coffee Estate.  Explore the Botanical Orchid Garden and enjoy night views of Arenal Volcano. At the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve take a Sky Walk tour for a unique perspective and see the special exhibits on hummingbirds, butterflies and bats.  A “float safari” on the Tempisque River reveals abundant birds and wildlife.  Relax at a beachfront resort in Guanacaste.
Travel | Bangkok to Bali - Eastern and Oriental Express Train
March 10, 2017
See southeast Asia’s alluring blend of cultures and traditions on this small group tour. By train, boat and land, you will visit Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore and Bali.  Pass rice paddies of Thailand on the Eastern & Oriental Express, drift down the Kwai Yai River and visit cultural treasures such as the Grand Palace and the Merlion Park and Civil District.
Travel | Masters Golf Tournament
April 05, 2017
Join us for an unparalleled opportunity to experience the Masters Golf Tournament. Stay in historic Savannah and play the Club at Savannah Harbor. Spend Friday at Augusta National at the Masters to see who will advance for the chance to don the green jacket. This specialty tour offers the perfect combination of golf, relaxation, southern charm and the opportunity to be a part of the historic tournament that is the Masters.
Travel | Outrageous Outback Cruise
April 07, 2017

Visit the land of koalas and kangaroos on this adventure to charming seaside towns Down Under. Discover the stunning landscapes and rich heritage of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand while cruising aboard Sirena, Oceania Cruises’ newest masterpiece.

Travel | Cuba - People, Culture and Art (exclusive to OSU)
April 09, 2017
Cuba boasts a cache of vibrant culture, fascinating history and heritage and welcoming locals. This People-to-People educational exchange, licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, is brimming with opportunities to learn and explore.
Travel | Southern Grandeur - Memphis to New Orleans
April to May 23, 2017

This trip sells out quickly - don't delay! Revel in authentic Americana on a Mississippi River cruise aboard the majestic American Queen. From Memphis to New Orleans, experience the historic grandeur of some of the South’s most enchanting cities and attractions, including Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Helena.

Travel | Across Spain and Portugal with paradores and pousadas
April to May 28, 2017
Tour Lisbon and then Oporto, with a Douro River cruise and port wine tasting. Stay in Santiago de Compostela, the last stop on the celebrated pilgrimage route. In Leon visit the cathedral and Guadi’s Casa Botines. In Bilbao tour the Guggenheim and Fine Arts Museums. Take an excursion along the rugged Basque coastline. Spend two nights in the Pyrenees Mountains before concluding your journey in vibrant Barcelona.
Travel | Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan (featuring Kyoto)
April to May 30, 2017

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this seven-night cruise across full length of the historic Inland Sea and two nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered Five-Star m.s. L’Austral, visit captivating port calls featuring five UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Tokyo/Kyoto Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.

Travel | Mediterranean Masterpiece
May 10, 2017
From multicolored towns cascading toward glittering seas to timeless cities awash with perfectly preserved monuments, experience classic sights in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain on the perfect luxury cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ state-of-the-art Marina.
Travel | Pearls of Italy
May 13, 2017
A land of sparkling glacial lakes, Renaissance cities and one of the world’s most influential ancient civilizations, Italy has a wealth of natural beauty and culture. Enjoy a small group of fellow travelers, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.
Travel | Paris Immersion
June 10, 2017
Immerse yourself in Paris for 10 days of apartment-style living and an itinerary that offers a balance of planned sightseeing and free time. Hemingway described Paris as a moveable feast, a never-ending collection of sights and sounds unlike any other place in the world, so take advantage of this special opportunity to indulge in the best that Paris has to offer!
Travel | Essential Europe - OSU Graduation Tour
June to July 28, 2017
Graduating Seniors - Celebrate your graduation by joining us on the Essential Europe tour to visit England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican and Greece.
Travel | The Majestic Great Lakes featuring Niagara Falls
July 15, 2017
New Tour! Travel from Chicago to Toronto aboard the 202 passenger M/V Victory 1. Discover some of the most serene and incredible scenery in North America—from rugged coasts and dramatic bluffs to lush, pine-forested islands and clear blue waters.
Travel | Cruise the Rhine River
July to August 24, 2017
This family program is open to passengers ages 7-years-old and up, traveling with an adult, and features onboard children's activities coordinated by an energetic Youth Director. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations, including some cabins with connecting doors; an extensive meal plan; and wine with lunch and dinner for the adults.
Travel | British Isles Legends
July to August 31, 2017
Discover the brilliant architecture, centuries-old landmarks, and dramatic scenery of the British Isles on a luxury cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ majestic Marina. Watch picturesque landscapes and enthralling city centers unfold in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Travel | Switzerland
August 02, 2017
Discover the pristine beauty of Switzerland. Stay in Thun and travel by rail to Kandersteg and Brienz. Walk or go by train through the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Murren, see the Matterhorn and explore Gruyères and Bern. Conclude your journey with a stay in the French-speaking village of Villars-sur-Ollon.
Travel | Baltic and Scandinavian Treasures
August to September 22, 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 to September 30, 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 03, 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 05, 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 to October 30, 2017
Journey to Apulia and explore this fascinating, less-explored corner of Italy. Over the centuries this region has witnessed the ebb and flow of foreign armies and settlers, many of which imprinted their cultures on Apulia. 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 | Mystique of the Orient
October 17, 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 05, 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 to December 28, 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.
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