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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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Embark on a seven-night cruise brimming with centuries of history and Old-World splendor along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium! Delight in Amsterdam’s lively canals and stroll amid the glorious tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. Revel in the wonderfully preserved Gothic gems of Bruges and the impressive medieval old town in Antwerp. Other ports of call introduce you to Kampen, a historic Hanseatic city, and Veere, a laid-back harbor town. Plus, enjoy a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences in several ports. Savor the ever-changing panoramas and relaxing comforts that make river cruising so enticing!

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Honoring the 80th Anniversary of D-Day ~ Two Full Days of Exploration

Discover Normandy’s proud traditions, dramatic history and culinary delicacies on this marvelous, seven-night journey! During the 80th anniversary year of D-Day, pay tribute to the sacrifice and valor of the Allied forces as you visit Omaha and Utah Beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery, Sainte-Mère-Église and other sites associated with this pivotal World War II operation. Admire some of France’s greatest treasures including magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel and the finely stitched Bayeux Tapestry. Savor flavorful, local wines and a tasty lunch at a stately, 10th-century castle, plus sample Normandy’s acclaimed Calvados apple brandy on an estate. Throughout your travels, experts share illuminating insights to enrich your experience.

 

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Experience charm, history, and elegance from London to Copenhagen on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina. From England to Denmark and everywhere in between, this trip will lead you through secret tunnels, into towers and turrets, and behind the scenes of some of the world’s most fascinating towns.

Begin your tour in London and make your way to Gothenburg. Bask in the seaside charm and relish the city’s urban feel before exploring one of the most important naval bases of both World Wars in Kiel. Take in historic buildings, modern architecture, and vibrant culture in Berlin. Then travel back to medieval times in the picturesque town of Visby before walking the cobbled streets of Ronne. Experience the sophistication of Stockholm’s grand boulevards and charming alleyways and kayak down a tranquil Lithuanian river in Klaipeda. Before ending your journey in Copenhagen, spend time in Gdansk admiring the colorful buildings and quaint cafes reflected in the serene river along the harborfront.

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Take it easy as you navigate majestic scenery and authentic charm on this 11-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Insignia. Explore Newport’s rich sailing history and admire the lighthouses on the shoreline. Take the Freedom Trail Walk in Boston to see our nation’s history on full display. Admire the beautiful scenery of Bar Harbor where inland treasures and whale sightings abound. Cruise to Saint John, where you can catch a glimpse of the Reversing Falls—a mesmerizing tidal phenomenon.

Get a taste of Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney as you try a sampling of local brews in downtown pubs. Experience the serenity of Corner Brook while basking in the beauty of Glynmill Pond. In Saguenay, indulge your flair for the French—enjoy a flamboyant performance at the Théâtre Palais Municipal depicting the founding of the area. Before completing your tour in Montreal, stop in Quebec City for high tea at the iconic Château Frontenac.

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Join an exceptional adventure that reveals the raw beauty, wildlife and unparalleled wonders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. From vibrant Cape Town, follow a compelling route to Robben Island, majestic Victoria Falls and fascinating towns that hold powerful history lessons. Traverse untamed landscapes on a bespoke train journey steeped in elegant refinement aboard Rovos Rail. And, with expert guides leading the way, discover the density and diversity of exotic animals in southern Africa’s most incredible safari destinations.

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Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Embark in Athens and set sail for Mykonos.

Meander through the rugged, yet cosmopolitan island as you marvel at the white-washed buildings, whimsical windmills, and pristine beaches. Take in the pleasures of Istanbul as you peruse the spice markets or make a stop at the Blue Mosque. Soak up the sun on one of Izmir’s many magnificent beaches before absorbing the charm of the old town and old harbor of Bari. Take a ride around the Bay of Kotor. In Dubrovnik, indulge your historic side as you traverse the lanes of the Old Town, filled with fortresses and fortifications, or go local and cook coastal cuisine with Croatian villagers. Finally, amidst charming canals, be swept away by the romance, history, and culture of Venice.

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Experience the magic of eight European countries on this ever-enthralling journey, immersing yourself in everything from medieval villages to wine-soaked landscapes, elegant estates to magnificent natural wonders. Stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, sail the Danube River where stories are etched around every bend, and finish your adventure in Prague, Czech Republic. Discover prestigious destinations, traditional foods and centuries-old cities filled with timeless charms. Plus, you can personalize your journey with thoughtfully planned tours that showcase the region’s indelible wonders! 

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Let the harmony of Japanese culture surround you as you immerse yourself in this majestic island’s deeply-rooted customs and traditions on a 12-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera.

From the simplest pleasures of a tea ceremony to the excitement of sumo spectating, this voyage offers a unique insight into the Japanese way of life. Begin your journey in metropolitan Tokyo and set sail for Nagoya. Explore the industrial side of Japan as you take in the newly reconstructed palace and visit the many museums of Nagoya before heading to the surfer’s paradise—quaint Kochi. Here, visit traditional markets, peruse Kochi castle, and take in the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Nagasaki’s volcanoes and offshore islands, see the flourishing art scene, renowned Buddha statues, and beautiful beaches of Busan. Sail down the Kanmon Strait to Hiroshima and stroll through the beautifully landscaped Hiroshima Gardens or visit Hiroshima Castle. End your trip with the views of the majestic Mount Fuji from the seaport in Shimizu.

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Discover Italy’s dreamy lake district, where glacial waters are cradled by jade knolls and the craggy slopes of Alpine foothills. Based in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, spend sun-soaked days exploring the islands and idyllic lakeside towns where poets and writers found inspiration. Enjoy special cruises on lakes Maggiore, Como and Orta. Visit the Borromean Islands, feast your eyes on Leonardo’s “The Last Supper,” and learn culinary secrets during a cooking lesson. From romantic Isola San Giulio to charming Bellagio and chic Milan to elaborate villas, this is a tour of northern Italy’s stunning beauty.

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 Discover the bounty of Croatia on this incredible 10-night journey, including a seven-night Adriatic cruise! Witness the historic sights and buildings of cosmopolitan Zagreb; then visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, an astonishing marvel of nature. Board your ship and sail the Dalmatian Coast to enchanting islands and timeless ports of call. Walk along cobblestones brimming with maritime legends and see landscapes that stir your soul. Your adventure concludes in one of the world’s best-preserved medieval towns, legendary Dubrovnik!

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Get set for an amazing adventure in Norway, one of the world’s most beautiful countries, with first-class stays in cosmopolitan Oslo, enchanting Bergen and far northern Tromsø above the Arctic Circle! Like a little bit of heaven on earth, Norway’s sublime landscapes of lush fjords and snowcapped mountains will take your breath away. Thrill to spectacular scenery on the famed Flåm and Bergen Railways, and cruise through the pristine, glacier-carved Aurlandsfjord. You’ll also experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun, northern Norway’s endlessly golden summer sky! Delve into fascinating facets of Norwegian history and culture, plus snuggle with adorable husky puppies at a dogsledding kennel.

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Explore the “Last Frontier” on this riveting 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Revel in the scenery of steep forested mountain slopes and pristine waters while cruising the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier.

Begin your journey in Seattle and set sail for the Inside Passage. Catch a crab feast or enjoy fresh salmon in the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan, where they pull each day’s dinner fresh from the water. Witness nature’s masterpiece, the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, and let the sight of towering ice formations and sparkling blue hues leave you speechless. Feel the excitement of the gold rush in Skagway, a scenic valley town rooted in history and nestled amidst rugged, snow-capped mountains. Catch your breath in Icy Strait Point as majestic whales breach and spout in the distance. Get the local experience in Sitka by testing your luck on a thrilling salmon sportfishing excursion. Before your journey comes to an end in Seattle, make a memorable stop in Victoria, British Columbia, to seek out craft breweries, vibrant gardens, and bountiful local seafood specialties.

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Aix-en-Provence beckons for this small-group, seven-night journey to southeastern France! Unpack once and enjoy first-class accommodations as you venture out from Aix on enriching excursions. From an inside look at Paul Cézanne’s atelier to a tour of the iconic Papal Palace in Avignon and visits to picturesque Provençal villages, each day unveils authentic French experiences. Plus, participate in unique cultural rituals such as truffle hunting and wine tastings! Includes first-class hotels and a generous meal plan.

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Embrace the romantic spirit of southern Spain on a seven-night adventure based in a modern parador in the scenic heartland. Take in the beautiful courtyards and fountains of the Alhambra, La Mezquita’s iconic arches in Córdoba and the imposing Alcázar in Sevilla, Spain’s cultural heart. In the hilltop town of Ronda, savor breathtaking views high over El Tajo Gorge. From a countryside wine tasting to a soulful flamenco performance, this engaging journey offers a wonderful line-up of unforgettable moments!

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