Let’s Explore Together 

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! 

For more information, contact Jamie Acton, Vice President of Alumni Engagement and President of Ball State University Alumni Association.

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Ancient AdventuresAncient stone ruins next to the ocean

GO NEXT, Inc.

May 25–June 7, 2020

Explore enchanting destinations along the Mediterranean coastline aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera! Embark in Venice amid Venetian architecture and timeless piazzas. Sail to Koper and explore the Praetorian Palace. In Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, take in the 12th century cathedral. Next, stroll through Dubrovnik, an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian Coast. Relax along the coastline in Corfu before setting off for Taormina, where you can visit the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theater. Then, voyage to Amalfi and experience its ancient sites and iconic coastline. In Rome, discover the Colosseum and Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Travel to Florence and see the masterpieces of the Renaissance: Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery, and Michelangelo’s David. Nearby, walk through the monument-rich city of Pisa and the captivating Tuscan countryside. The next port is Monte Carlo, where you’ll encounter its famous casino and the Circuit de Monaco, the site of the Grand Prix. Journey to Saint-Tropez, the heart of the French Riviera, and mingle with the elite among the more than thirty beach clubs that line the sand. Your journey will end in sunny Barcelona, but before that, voyage to Marseille and wander through the ancient Le Panier neighborhood and the République quarter, or explore the idyllic countryside of Provence.

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Riches of the Emerald IsleThe Emerald Isle

AHI Travel

June 24–July 5, 2020

Experience the best of Ireland’s heritage and natural history on this 10-night adventure including stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow, and Dublin. From dancing to storytelling to a special farm-to-fork meal, you’ll sample Irish culture, cuisine, and traditions. Walk along the fossil-laden limestone terrain of the Burren and peer into a Neolithic portal tomb on the dramatic Cliffs of Moher—a UNESCO Global Geopark. On the Loop Head and Dingle Peninsulas, take in the stunning coastline from land and water. Cruise to the Aran Island of Inishmore to learn more about island life from a local guide, and explore Killarney National Park by horse-drawn carriage. Watch border collies corral sheep in the open countryside of the Ring of Kerry and meet the shepherd to learn more about the dogs and flock. Cap off your journey in seaside Dublin and Dalkey Village. Your first-class accommodations are enhanced by a generous meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

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California Rail Discovery - Napa Valley

California Rail Discovery

Premier World Discovery

July 22, 2020

Price: $3,595 per person/double
Register with Booking #/Web Code 130441

Highlights include:

  • Two rail experiences: Napa Valley Wine Train and Sierra Nevada Rail Journey
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • Sausalito
  • Wine tasting and lunch
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Cruise
  • Old Town Sacramento
  • Virginia City
  • Two night stay in San Francisco
  • Two night stay in Lake Tahoe

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Baltic and Scandinavian EmperorsBaltic and Scandinavian building

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August 28–September 8, 2020

Experience Baltic and Scandinavian culture, history, and scenery aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina. Your adventure begins in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Sail to Warnemünde and laze on the beach or take a scenic drive to Berlin to see the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. In Rønne, wander the cobblestone streets or venture outside the city limits to take in the natural beauty of the ivory-white beaches and rocky cliffs. Uncover the history of Gdynia at the Emigration Museum and the Polish Naval Museum or visit nearby Gdańsk and tour one of its many historic churches. Discover Klaipėda, where a single surviving tower of a once-glorious red brick castle remains. Tallinn, the next stop, has a UNESCO-listed Old Town and is one of Europe’s most compelling walled cities. Spend three days in the imperial grandeur of St. Petersburg, Russia’s window to the West, where pastel-colored palaces and onion domes complement the city’s vast network of canals and arched bridges. Visit the Russian Museum or browse Picasso paintings at the Hermitage. Your journey will end in Stockholm, but before that, stop in Helsinki and see the Suomenlinna, a ruined fortification that spans six islands.

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Cape Cod & The Islands

Premier World Discovery

September 19, 2020

Price: $3,175 per person/double
Register with Booking #/Web Code 130256

Highlights include:

  • 6 nights at one hotel
  • Nantucket Island visit
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum
  • Boston City Tour
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Hyannis
  • Martha's Vineyard Tour
  • Newport's Ocean Drive
  • Breakers Mansion Tour
  • Heritage Plantation
  • Sandwich
  • New England lobster dinner
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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Cruise the Heart of EuropeChurch in Cologne, Germany

AHI Travel

October 3–18, 2020

Celebrated in art and song, Europe’s great rivers carved borders, created trade routes, and cultivated traditions and cultures that live on today. Enjoy an intimate look at five distinct countries and appreciate Europe from a wider lens on this expertly crafted journey. Cruise the charming canals of Amsterdam and navigate the mighty Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. Explore great cities, including Amsterdam, Budapest, Cologne, Passau, and Vienna and the charming towns of Koblenz, Melk, and Miltenberg. Marvel at the beauty of the Middle Rhine and Wachau Valley. Personalize your experience in eight ports with a choice of included shore excursions that range from cycling adventures to museum and culinary tours; learn from local experts who shed light on destinations they know and love. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure includes 14 nights aboard an exclusively chartered first-class river cruiser, all meals and wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. No single supplement!

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Finland

Collette

November 29–December 7, 2020

Set off to explore Finland and go in search of the shimmering aurora borealis (northern lights). Come to know Finnish culture and history on a tour of Helsinki with a local expert, and savor the local cuisine in Helsinki’s restaurants. Experience rugged Lapland during a three-night stay in the north of Finland. Overnight surrounded by wilderness in a glass igloo and a Finnish log cabin while sipping warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition. Meet Santa Claus in his home, and embark on a reindeer safari with a local farmer. Mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh and lead your own dog sled team. One dynamic experience follows another on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Finland!

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Tropical Costa Rica

Collette

February 22–March 2, 2021

Lush forests and stunning waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines—Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights at Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Explore part of the 20,000-acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Enjoy the tranquil views of the Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.

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Great Trains and Grand Canyons… back by popular demand!

Premier World Discovery

March 2021

Highlights include:

  • Two rail journeys: Grand Canyon Railway and Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Black Bart's Steakhouse
  • Sedona Trolley Tour
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Tlaquepaque and Uptown Sedona
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Jerome
  • Chuckwagon Supper & Show
  • Old Town Scottsdale

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Croatia and Its Islands

Collette

April 15–27, 2021

From medieval architecture to ethereal waterfalls, coast along the sparkling Adriatic Sea and experience the best of Croatia. Begin your journey in Zagreb, the illustrious capital of Croatia. Stand in awe before the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park. Enjoy a memorable 7-night cruise on the Adriatic Sea along Croatia’s coast. Discover the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split. On Brac Island, take in the “Golden Cape” of Bol. Visit the island of Biševo, home to the mystical Blue Cave. Tour the Old City of Dubrovnik and walk along the picturesque cobblestone streets. See the country’s immaculate beauty as you cruise its vibrant waters and step into its rich history.

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Imperial Russia

Collette

July 2021

Get a glimpse into the world’s largest country and experience the distinctive allure of Russia, a land abundant with intrigue and history. Like an intricate matryoshka doll, Russia is a multi-layered country with discoveries around every corner. Begin your journey in Moscow, Russia’s dynamic capital city. Enjoy a walking tour of Moscow’s historic Kremlin and Red Square where you’ll stand in awe of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, then get acquainted with Russia’s epicurean roots on an immersive food tour. Enter the imposing Winter Palace and tour the Hermitage Museum, the second-largest museum in the world. Discover the lavish summer residence of the Russian tsars, the Catherine Palace. Cruise the regal streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car. Full of energy, surprises, and grandeur—Russia awaits.

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Italy’s Lake DistrictItaly's Lake District

AHI Travel

July 13–21

Discover northern Italy’s lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror the green hills and craggy slopes of the Alpine foothills. Based in Stresa by Lake Maggiore, spend your days exploring breathtaking islands, lakeside towns, and thrilling Milan. Witness the Romanesque basilica on the Isola San Giulio, and stroll through quaint Bellagio, where poets and writers from around the world have found inspiration. Cruise aboard a private boat to discover the beauty of the three Borromean Islands, which range from a fishermen’s islet to a lavish island estate. Glide across Lake Como, passing fairy-tale villas and colorful villages, and learn the secrets of northern Italian cuisine during a cooking lesson followed by an indulgent lunch. In Milan, feast your eyes on Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” and visit the legendary La Scala, Italy’s opulent opera house. This small-group program features seven nights’ accommodations, an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner, and a series of lectures to enhance your understanding of the region.

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Rhine Highlights—Amsterdam and BaselThe Rhine River

Go Next, Inc.

July 14–25, 2021

Discover the romantic towns of the Rhine River on this all-inclusive trip with Scenic Cruises. Board the Scenic Jasper and enjoy a welcome reception. Spend a day exploring the iconic canals of Amsterdam, or discover the charming towns of Volendam and Edam. Make your way to Cologne, where you may choose to stroll the town and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral, or discover the Schloss Drachenburg, a neo-Gothic castle. Next, take a guided tour of Koblenz, a historic city that straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Alternatively, explore Cochem, a medieval gem that rests on the banks of the Moselle. From Mannheim, travel with a guide to Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg Castle, which contains some of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, or join a guide for a walking tour in Heidelberg. This evening, enjoy a private concert at a baroque palace. Arrive in Baden-Baden, a spa town in southwest Germany famous for its Roman baths. Join a guide for a tour of the town and the ruins of the baths, or perhaps take an invigorating hike to Hohenbaden Castle. Your river cruise will end in Basel, but first, stop in Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

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Alaska in August

Collette

August 2021

Traverse the Pacific coast by land and sea aboard one of Princess Cruise Lines’ lovely ships on a breathtaking journey that takes you from Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Cruise on the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. In a modern saloon, enjoy local dishes inspired by Fannie Q, the famed Alaskan pioneer. Enjoy three nights at stunning Princess lodges and hotels. Ride a luxury domed railcar from Denali to Talkeetna and soak in views of the incredible landscapes from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms as guides provide expert commentary. Travel deep into Denali National Park for the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Cruise through Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage, taking in rugged natural wonders. Explore Alaska’s gorgeous capital, Juneau. Visit Ketchikan, the “Salmon Capital of the World.” This is Alaska as you’ve always imagined.

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Black Hills, Badlands, & Legends of the West

Premier World Discovery

August 18–23, 2021

Highlights include:

  • Mount Rushmore at night
  • Devil’s Tower National Monument
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wall Drug Store
  • Custer State Park
  • Buffalo Jeep Safari
  • State Game Lodge Dinner
  • 1880 Train
  • Deadwood and Wild Horse Sanctuary
  • The Journey and Sioux Indiana Museum
  • Black Hills Gold Factory
  • Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Show

Includes six nights hotel accommodations, 10 meals, tour director, motorcoach transportation, sightseeing per itinerary, and baggage handling.

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Romance of the Douro River—MS Amalia RodriguesDouro River in Spain

AHI Travel

September 22–October 3, 2021

The romantic Douro River meanders its way from Spain through Northern Portugal, delivering a breathtaking landscape of sculpted hills, terraced vineyards, and scenic splendor. Spend three nights amid Lisbon’s intriguing landmarks and neighborhoods before boarding an exclusively chartered first-class ship for a seven-night cruise. We’ll visit romantic Óbidos and witness the renowned University of Coimbra before traveling to colorful Porto, spread across the banks of the river. After boarding our ship, we’ll sail along the Douro to Vila Real, where we’ll taste local pastries and tour an 18th-century palace. A visit to a traditional quinta in the stunning Alto Douro Wine Region reveals the tantalizing flavors of port wine and bountiful vistas of almond and olive groves. In Lamego, marvel at a baroque church, and discover the beauty of sun-kissed Salamanca in Spain! This journey features a choice of included excursions and an extensive meal plan, plus a selection of complimentary beverages. *No single supplement.

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Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls, & Botswana

Collette

October 2021

Get ready for the ultimate African travel adventure through the brilliant expanses of South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Botswana. In the land of eleven languages that Desmond Tutu called “The Rainbow Nation,” get ready to experience an Africa you’ve only dreamed about. From Cape Town—the Mother Country’s Mother City—to Table Mountain and the famous winelands of the Western Cape, the spirit moves. From stars you can only see in the Southern hemisphere to the ways of life in a local village learned from an elder, the eyes open. From the thundering power of Victoria Falls to the roar of a lion king in a remote Botswana wilderness, the soul stirs. And on the glittering Chobe River, on a search for wildlife you only thought was legend, the world unfolds. As the African proverb says, “In South Africa, the eye never forgets what the heart has seen.”

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Albuquerque Balloon Fest

Premier World Discovery

October 8–12, 2021

Highlights include:

  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  • Albuquerque City Tour
  • Old Town, Albuquerque
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Los Alamos Science Museum
  • Santa Fe City Tour
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Taos City Tour
  • High Road to Taos

Includes five nights hotel accommodations, seven meals, tour director, motorcoach transportation, admissions per itinerary, sightseeing per itinerary, and baggage handling.

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Byzantine Sojourn—Istanbul and VeniceIstanbul and Venice

Go Next, Inc.

October 17–28, 2021

Experience historic treasures of the Mediterranean on this ten-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Embark in Istanbul, a city astride two continents, and set sail for Kavala. Explore this ancient city’s cultural landmarks like the Turkish Imaret and the Kamares aqueduct, or travel to discover the nearby ruins of Philippi, an incredible UNESCO-listed archaeological site. From your port in Kuşadasi, venture to Ephesus to see blockbuster sights like the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater. Next, wander through legendary Athens to take in its astounding array of historic attractions—from the Parthenon to the Acropolis. In Katakolon, relax at a charming seaside café or head inland to the site of ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games commenced in 776 BC. Cruise the Adriatic Sea to Kotor, a medieval walled city with narrow streets and Venetian architecture, then continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Stroll the pedestrian-only Old Town and check out its chic shops and cafés. Your adventure will conclude with a day exploring the canals and ornate plazas of Venice, but before that, make a stop in Ravenna. Once the western capital of the Roman Empire, today Ravenna is an off-the-beaten-path beauty filled with Byzantine charm. Discover its eight UNESCO-listed churches and mausoleums adorned with captivating early Christian mosaics and frescoes.

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