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 

Village Life in the Dordogne

October 13-21, 2016

Escorted by Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire

Experience the joys of life in the heart of southwestern France’s Dordogne River Valley, a delightful region renowned for its stunning beauty, delectable cuisine, splendid castles and charming villages. From your base in the historic town of Sarlat-la-Canéda— officially recognized as one of France’s best-preserved medieval villages—explore the region’s numerous historic, cultural and natural attractions, including the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux II and Rouffignac, Richard the Lionheart’s castle at Beynac, the ancient fortified town of Domme, and the dramatic cliff-side town of Rocamadour, one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage destinations during the Middle Ages. Your experience will be enhanced with exclusive lectures and the Village Forum discussion with local residents. Your enjoyment of the region’s gastronomic bounty will be enhanced by special daily meals and at Sarlat-la-Canéda’s colorful outdoor market, a village tradition that dates to the Middle Ages.

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The Pride of South Africa
Namibia ♦ Botswana ♦ Zimbabwe

January 13-26, 2017

AA_Pride of South Africa

Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the breadth of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, the culture is diverse and the “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary. Follow Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” A highlight of your journey is a three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered, 28-passenger, Five-Star M.S. ZAMBEZI QUEEN—on Namibia’s legendary Chobe River. Enjoy naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft, a unique alternative to traditional land safaris. Your itinerary also includes the classic land safari—enjoy superb game viewing aboard four-wheel-drive safari vehicles in seldom-visited Botswana, a haven for nearly all of the southern African mammal species.

Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, Zimbabwe’s incomparable Victoria Falls. Enjoy Five-Star hotel accommodations in Johannesburg and Cape Town and at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Extend your safari experience with the Post-Program Option in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.

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Eastern Cuba: Art, Ecology, and Cultural Creativity

March 18-25, 2017

Escorted by Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara

Cuba musicians

After three exciting and popular trips to Havana during the past two years, the Oberlin Alumni Association is now offering its first trip to Santiago and Baracoa in Eastern Cuba with Professor Ana Cara. Often overlooked by Americans, Santiago is a special part of Cuba as the home of the Cuban Carnaval, the cradle of the Cuban Revolution, and the birthplace of the Castro family. It is often referred to as the “Capital of the Caribbean” for its distinctly passionate spirit infused with music, dance, art, and architecture. Baracoa is a natural wonder of jungle, chocolate, coffee, coconut, cuisine, beaches, and the only remaining indigenous population in Cuba, the Taino. We will journey through the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range, the Bacanao Biosphere, visit a museum at the “Gitmo” US naval base, and meet with many Cuban artists and intellectuals throughout the week.

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.

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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.


Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Explorer, January 5-18, 2018. To be included on a list of interested travelers, please email

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