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Lori Corvino
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement
The Ball State Alumni Travel program offers diverse tours and destinations for you to discover! Our trips are educational by nature with access to unique destination spots around the world. The best part? You get to take this journey with fellow Ball State alumni!

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2019 Travel Opportunities

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Australia, New Zealand, and other destinations of thrilling contrasts and incredible scenery. 

January 14-30 , 2019
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Take in the best of Australia and New Zealand, destinations of thrilling contrasts and incredible scenery: sun-kissed golden beaches, lush green valleys, laid-back coastal towns, majestic fjords, and energetic urban landscapes. Depart Sydney for Eden, a sleepy seaside town that’s home to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum, and sail to Melbourne, a vibrant capital sprinkled with chic art galleries and gardens. Spend two days exploring the marvelous city before continuing to Burnie, where you can uncover natural splendors in its many wilderness areas. Then, navigate one of the world’s most exquisite fjords, Milford Sound, with its dramatic cliffs, verdant forests, and staggering waterfalls. Look for sunbathing fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin, and stroll Akaroa’s streets framed by Colonial architecture. Discover the thriving art scene in Wellington, and view Art Deco architecture in Napier. Before ending your adventure in Auckland, visit Tauranga, rich with Maori culture, or discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, and learn about the fascinating history of the Bay of Islands.

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Grand DanubeDiscover the essence of Normandy

May 10-11, 2019

 

Discover the essence of Normandy as well as its pivotal role in history on a seven-night, small-group journey. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, the medieval monastery that seemingly rises from the sea. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine, and sip Calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard. And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other sites associated with this crucial World War II battle, plus gain insights during engaging lectures. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Honfleur and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner, on this small-group program. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

 

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Discover one of Europe’s most storied waterways, the Rhine River, on a seven-night cruise aboard the MS Amadeus Silver III.

June 24 - July 2, 2019

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Discover one of Europe’s most storied waterways, the Rhine River, on a seven-night cruise aboard the MS Amadeus Silver III. Explore the Rhine Valley and the charming city of Amsterdam. Choose among included cultural and active excursions in Amsterdam, Breisach, Oberwesel and Speyer; even venture into France on excursions offered in Strasbourg. Informative lectures provide insight into the region, and you can partake in the German tradition of Frühschoppen, the mid-morning snack of pretzels, sausages and cold beer. All meals are included and feature wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers.

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Canadian RockiesAdventure through the Pacific Northwest 

September 15-23, 2019

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Your adventure through the Pacific Northwest begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods, and culinary scene. Board the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with delightful cafés and shops.

Head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, then glide down the river and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland, and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 camp.

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Delight in Barcelona’s world-renowned architecture, artistic heritage and lauded cuisine.

September 21-29, 2019

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Barcelona’s world-renowned architecture, artistic heritage and lauded cuisine make the city a traveler’s delight. This seven-night journey immerses you in the city’s culture, allowing you to experience many facets of local life. Stroll through the atmospheric Barri Gòtic, where medieval Barcelona flourished within Roman city walls. Visit whimsical Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia, both designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí, and walk in the footsteps of avant-garde artist Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Learn about another creative element of local life, the cuisine, during a hands-on cooking lesson. In the nearby mountains at Montserrat, visit a Benedictine monastery tucked among the unusual rock formations, and discover cava, Spain’s own sparkling wine, in the Penedès region at a wine tasting. This small-group program is ideal for active travelers. It also features exclusive lectures, and a generous meal plan, including wine with dinners.

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Havana Cuba Capitol Building

On this remarkable journey, you will discover enduring masterpieces of art, architecture, history and nature as you cruise the centuries from ancient Rome to modern Barcelona.

September 30 – October 11, 2019

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·Cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, which has spanned the Arno River since 1345, to visit Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, an archetype of European royal residences

·Enjoy a stroll along the splendid seafront of La Spezia, known as the “Gulf of Poets” because writers such as Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley found it enchanting

·Drive from Monte Carlo along the Grand Corniche for dramatic views of the gorgeous coastline and picturesque villages of the French Riviera

·Tour the art galleries and museums of Palma de Mallorca to see works inspired by the island that Joan Miró described as “poetry and light”

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