Alumni Travel Program

Come travel with us!

In fall 1975, the Alumni Association sponsored a travel tour to Bavaria in conjunction with the Independent College Advancement Associates. Currently, the association sponsors three or four international trips per year, usually with a faculty host, choosing localities of educational and cultural interest. Some of the areas toured by Oberlin alumni include China, India, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Peru, France, Egypt, Morocco, Sweden, Iceland, and Greenland.

Why travel with Oberlin?

"First, you are traveling with people who have shared a similar experience, which makes breaking the ice a bit easier, and there is a common desire for something more than just chalking up another country or continent. Second, the faculty are fantastic. Third, Oberlin works with tour operators who specialize in tailoring tours to include more than just the high points. Fourth, for those of us who have few contacts with the school, it's a good way to get back in touch." — Peg ’67 and Robert Goertz ’69

ObieAdventures: Apostle Islands Kayaking Adventure

July 23-26, 2015
Kayak, Explore and Camp with Professor Cindy Frantz

Apostle IslandsOberlin College Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz will lead our group in July as we kayak the shores, rocky cliffs, and sea caves of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands National Seashore. Make your way from island to island and take a break from the water with a hike while our guides set-up camp and make fresh meals.

Professor Frantz's research focuses broadly on humans' relationship with the natural world, with an emphasis on promoting sustainable behavior. Her past research suggests that both individuals and the environment benefit when people feel connected to the natural world. Are you ready to connect with the Apostle Islands?

Find out more about this trip and register.


ObieAdventures: Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Exploration

September 9-11, 2015
Kayak, Hike, Swim and Camp with David Orr

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon

Join Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College on Sustainability and the Environment David Orr as we kayak, hike, swim and camp at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

David will lead us on an exploration of the history of these waterways and the arid West including the explorations of John Wesley Powell on the Colorado and his ideas about the settlement of the "Arid Lands" of the West. In addition, David will lead discussions of climate change impacts on the region.

We have a limited number of spaces available, so reserve your spot quickly before the trip is full!


Galapagos: with an Extension to Peru

GalapagosJanuary 8-17, 2016
Escorted by Oberlin Associate Professor of Biology Roger Laushman

Back by popular demand! Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and bisected by the equator lies one of nature’s most enchanting destinations—the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos originally found notoriety in the mid-1800s, when Charles Darwin formulated his theories of evolution from his observations on the unique and plentiful fauna of the region. Journey with us as we embark on an eco-adventure to explore this archipelago and discover wildlife unlike any other on earth! We will have the unique opportunity for extraordinarily close encounters with sea lions, penguins, tortoises, fur seals, and many kinds of seabirds. We will travel aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour. Join us for this remarkable opportunity to travel with fellow alumni and mingle with the same friendly and frolicsome creatures that inspired Darwin over 150 years ago!

Brochure soon available.


Mexico City: the Art of Mexico City and Oaxaca

February 1-8, 2016
Escorted by Allen Memorial Art Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer

Mexico CityImmerse yourself in Latin American art and archeology on this custom tour to Mexico City, co-sponsored by the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Explore Zona Maco, one of the top Latin American art fairs, with a VIP pass. Journey to the Basin of Mexico to explore the awe-inspiring pyramids of Teotihuacan, an important Mesoamerican site. Explore the rarely viewed mural museum and walk the Avenue of the Dead, connecting the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Visit galleries in the San Miguel Chapultepec and Colonia Roma districts of Mexico City. Wander the cobbled streets of the colonial-style San Angel neighborhood and enjoy the Saturday bazaar at the Jardin del Arte. Visit La Casa Azul where Frida Kahlo was born and died and see works by Diego Rivera and Kahlo in the Museo Dolores Olmedo.

Brochure soon available.


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