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 

In the Wake of the Vikings: Scotland/Norway/Denmark

June 8-16, 2016

Escorted by Professor of English Nicholas Jones

Join us for a unique, nine-day journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Inner Hebridean, Orkney and Shetland Islands, and Norway’s majestic coastal fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Copenhagen, Denmark, aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Boréal with spacious, 100% ocean-view Stateroom and Suite accommodations. Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only to small ships amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Specially arranged excursions include a journey on The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands; Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; and the UNESCO World heritage sites of Orkney’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. A Glasgow/Edinburgh Pre-Cruise Option and Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option are offered. 

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ObieAdventure! Gunnison River Canoeing Adventure

July 27 - July 31, 2016 

Escorted by Professor of Geology Karla Hubbard and Professor of Geology Dennis Hubbard.


Join fellow Obies for a "low cost, high value" getaway this summer as we canoe the Gunnison River in Colorado. This scenic 60-mile river section includes the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA), a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged piñon and juniper-covered slopes. The NCA contains a prehistoric site that includes rock art and supports a variety of upland, riparian, and aquatic wildlife species and habitats. The 60 mile river section is generally flat water and suitable for beginners. You will be dwarfed by high walls of red sandstone and shale deposited during the age of the dinosaurs with opportunities for hiking and exploring, floating in your lifejacket and camping along the river's edge. This trip is family friendly! More information is available at

Sold Out! Centennial Canoe is taking names for our waiting list in case there is a cancellation. Please call 720-283-0553 and give us your contact information and how many seats you are interested in.

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

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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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Interested in exploring the last great wilderness of Antarctica? 

Based on alumni feedback, we are considering a possible excursion with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic to Antarctica in January 2018. If you would like to be included on a list of interested travelers, please e-mail

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