Alumni Travel Program

Come travel with us!

In fall 1975, the Alumni Association sponsored its first travel tour to Bavaria. 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 

Symphony on the Blue Danube

June 22 to July 1, 2017

Escorted by Professor of Musicology and Director of the Collegium Musicum Steven Plank


Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley. The itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions. Berlin pre-program and Budapest post-program options are available. This event is sold out. 

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Classic Highlights of Japan: Tokyo, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara

October 11-21, 2017

Escorted by Professor of East Asian Studies and History Suzanne Gay

Japan Highlights

Join us on a journey through Japan and be amazed at the rich culture and natural beauty of this island nation. Explore the spiritual center of Tokyo at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Walk through the lively Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale seafood market in the world. The ancient castle town Kanazawa has been the center of Japanese art and crafts and exquisite landscape gardens. In the ancient capital city, Kyoto, wonder the geisha district Gion and tour Kinkakuji Temple, the beautifully designed pavilion completely gilded in gold leaf. A special day trip to Nara will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Todaiji Temple as well as the Nara Deer Park. Throughout your travels you will dine at fine Japanese restaurants that reflect the beauty and elegance of Japan. A pre-tour extension to Mt. Fuji and Hakone is also available.

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CUBA’S “ORIENTE”: Arts and Ecology in the Sierra Maestra

October 14-21, 2017 

Escorted by Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara 

Cubas Oriente

Oberlin College’s fourth trip to Cuba is an opportunity for alumni to visit the Eastern tip of the island to experience what Cubans call “El Oriente.” From Miami we’ll fly in and out of Holguín and drive to Santiago de Cuba, the historic city where the Castro family is from and where the Cuban Revolution began. Off the coasts of Jamaica and Haiti, the culture here is rich with music and dance, conga lines, and Carnival parades, making it widely known as the “Capital of the Caribbean.” We’ll pass by our controversial naval base at Guantánamo. Then we’ll spend a couple of days in Baracoa, a paradise at the edge of the world, where chocolate, coconut, and coffee abound in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery of tropical rainforest, mountains, beaches, rivers, and Taíno traditions.

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Journey to Antarctica – the White Continent

January 5-18, 2018

Escorted by Frances D. Federighi Professor of Natural Science Dan Stinebring


Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. And there is no better way to experience Antarctica than on the National Geographic Explorer and with fellow Obies. Having celebrated 50 years of taking travelers to Antarctica, you will travel with highly experienced ice masters and an expedition team consisting of naturalists, marine biologists, historians, and photographers. The on-board education is outstanding and the scenery and wildlife a lifetime memory. Tools for exploration allow us to land in remote locations and have up-close discoveries – by kayak and Zodiac landing craft. Visit penguin rookeries and see an assortment of marine mammals. The undersea is illuminated by the undersea specialist who will dive to capture video footage in vivid HD. Come home with your best photos ever and the memories of a lifetime! 

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