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 

Venetian Masterpieces with Curator Andaleeb Badiee Banta

June 2-9, 2018

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Discover the rich tapestry of artistic and architectural marvels that transformed Venice from a small harbor into the ‘Queen of the Adriatic.’ Explore the city’s greatest art collections, from the lauded halls of the Accademia to the tiny local churches that house magnificent paintings. Discover the rich history of performance and operatic traditions with visits to the oldest theaters in the city. Leave the bustle of the Grand Canal behind for the quiet local neighborhoods of Cannaregio and the Old Ghetto, where Venetian history has been painstakingly preserved. Tour the best contemporary art exhibits the city has to offer and visit local galleries to get a sense of what modern Venetian artists are creating. Discover the depths of Venice beyond the Grand Canal.

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The Cultural and Musical Soul of Southern India

January 8-21, 2019

Escorted by Jennifer Fraser, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology

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Let India’s cultural complexity envelop you as tranquility and chaos vie for your senses, and peacocks and Brahman cows cross your path. Our wide-ranging itinerary aims to examine many fascinating topics, including India’s rich musical and dance traditions, Tamil Hindu culture, foreign influences and trade, silk weaving, temples, the Spice Village Thekkady, and South India’s wildlife. This tour, designed exclusively for the Oberlin Alumni Association, includes many “must see” destinations in Southern India: Kanchipuram, known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples; Madurai, where we will explore flower and vegetable markets by rickshaw; Kumarokom, known for paddy fields and inter-linked canals; Periyar Wildlife Reserve, where we will try to spot elephants, sambar, and langurs by boat; and much more. The tour will also be laced with music as we learn about India’s musical traditions with our faculty host, Jennifer Fraser. We hope that you will join Oberlin alumni and friends as we journey through India’s soulful south.  

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England’s Magnificent Cathedral Cities

June 5-19, 2020

Escorted by Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire ’92 

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Oberlin College is offering a fifteen-day tour of England’s magnificent cathedral cities, with a focus on their music. The tour begins in London, where we will explore the city’s many sights, including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Other must-see sites on the tour include Canterbury, Bath, Winchester, Salisbury, Peterborough, Ripon, and York. We will experience music firsthand by attending choral evensong at each cathedral. The tour also features highlights such as Stonehenge, Jane Austen’s House Museum, and Rievaulx Abbey. This tour is unique in that it is also open to current Oberlin students, who will participate for academic credit, as well as alumni, parents, and friends (who will travel without the obligations of homework). For more information and to enroll, please visit our Oberlin trip page on the Explorica Educational Travel website, www.explorica.com/OberlinCathedralCitiesTour-2020. Payment plans and an early enrollment discount are available. We look forward to seeing you in England!

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If you are not on our travel interest list and would like to receive electronic news and brochures about our programs, please call 440-775-8692 or send an e-mail to Deb.Stanfield@oberlin.edu.