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. 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
ulie Schwartz Associate Executive Director, Programs
  Kate Sanders Alumni Program Director

Friday, July 29, 2016

Discover Southeast Alaska
Spend eight days in Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard 66-passenger Admiralty Dream and witness Alaska’s wildlife up close from its kayaks and skiffs, its magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers.  Learn about Alaska’s culture at a traditional Tlingit dance performance, current icefield research at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and industry with a visit to a salmon hatchery. 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland
Join fellow alumni at the 2016 Shakespeare Festival in Ashland – home to the nation’s oldest and largest rotating repertory company. Enjoy plays under the stars on the Allen Elizabethan Stage, and the Angus Bowmer and Thomas Theatres.  It will be weekend of music, drama and a boat trip down the Rogue River.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Village Life in Dordogne, France
**New Tour Date
Experience the provincial character of Dordogne with a full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned PLAZA MADELEINE HÔTEL, and discover the region’s villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Vienna, Munich & Oktoberfest
Join us for a festive river ship cruise on the Danube—a historical waterway distinguished with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other in Europe. The trip includes sightseeing, on-board beer tastings and a visit to Oktoberfest. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Italy – Sorrento

No additional costs for a single traveler 

Stroll through sweet lemon groves, sample local delicacies and experience the beauty of Sorrento. Travel along the Amalfi Coast and delight in the colorful architecture of Positano and stay a day on the Isle of Capri. Explore Amalfi and travel back in time with a visit to Naples’ historic center and renowned Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the well-preserved historic ruins in Herculaneum and Pompeii. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Island Life in Ancient Greece
An exclusive nine-day odyssey aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial. Meet local residents during the specially arranged Island Life Forum®. 

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Island life - Cuba
See authentic Cuba now, before it changes!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Legends of the Nile
Egypt – A trip of a lifetime! The Great Pyramids, royal mummies, a visit to Coptic Cairo and shopping in the vibrant Khan el-Khalili bazaar awaits you. Embark on a cruise of the Nile River to the Luxor and Karnak temple complexes and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Continue to the Temples of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo, Ramses II in Abu Simbel, Aswan Dam and the island temple complex of Philae.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Adriatic Gems
Immerse yourself in ancient history and stunning landscapes as you cruise the azure waters of the Adriatic aboard Oceania Cruises’ state-of-the-art Riviera. Timeless wonders come to life with visits to fascinating ports on the shores of Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Travel | Holiday Markets

No additional costs for a single traveler 

Get into the holiday spirit – and get all of your shopping done early - with a trip down the Rhine and Mosel rivers plus three nights in Paris. Visit holiday markets starting in Germany and then travel to Strasbourg, France. Cruise to Speyer, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, and sail through the Rhine Valley to Koblenz.  Continue to Mosel and travel by train to Luxembourg before ending your journey in Paris.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Travel | Cruise the Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu extension
Save $500 per couple if you book by 9/13/16!
Explore the Lima, the Amazon River by riverboat and the Peruvian rain forest on this remarkable getaway. Immerse yourself in this regions 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!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Travel | Wolves of Yellowstone
Amidst crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing in winter is better than any other time of year. 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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Travel | Wings over Tanzania - During the Great Migration
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.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Travel | Costa Rica's Natural Heritage
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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Travel | Bangkok to Bali - Eastern and Oriental Express Train
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. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Travel | Masters Golf Tournament
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.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Travel | Outrageous Outback Cruise

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Travel | Cuba - People, Culture and Art (exclusive to OSU)
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. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Travel | Southern Grandeur - Memphis to New Orleans

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Travel | Across Spain and Portugal with paradores and pousadas
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. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Travel | Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan (featuring Kyoto)

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.

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“Traveling with OSU is unique and offers a variety of educational and cultural opportunities for everyone. It is a wonderful way to learn about and experience the wonders of the world.”

-OSU President Ed Ray

TRIP PRICING AND DATES - All tour pricing is per person, excludes airfare unless otherwise noted, and is based on double occupancy, current exchange rates and tariffs. Additional taxes and fees may apply. A limited number of single spaces (with a supplemental charge) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and vary by program.

TOUR INFORMATION - The dates, schedules, costs and program details are approximate and based on information received by the OSU Alumni Association (OSUAA) and are subject to change.

OSU - Many adventures are hosted by OSU faculty members or OSU Alumni Association representatives if participation minimums are met. Please contact the OSUAA for more information.

TRAVEL INSURANCE - The OSUAA is pleased to partner with USI Travel Insurance Services. They offer a flexible plan with your choice of options and services. Please call 800-937-1387 or visit online for more information.*
*OSUAA is not an insurance provider - please direct questions to USI.

TRAVEL PARTNERS — The OSUAA is pleased to work with USI Travel Insurances, Alumni Holiday's Inc, Go Next, Odysseys Unlimited, Orbridge, Sports Entertainment Travel, and Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Travel insurance will save you thousands if anything should happen or if you need to cancel. OSUAA has partnered with USI Travel Insurance, a leading travel insurance company for alumni group travel. Get a quote or call 800-937-1387. Please note: to receive some benefits, you will have to sign up for insurance within 14 days of paying your trip deposit for some trips and insurance products.