Soon, you will receive our 2019 travel brochure in the mail. Trip details for our 53 tours can also be found on our web site at travel.ucla.edu/2019.
Take a couple of minutes to browse through our familiar annual offerings such as Dutch Waterways and the Machu Picchu to the Galápagos trips. Some of next year’s highlights are a land tour to Alaska, a Trans-Siberian Railway journey in Russia and splendid tour to Norway, visiting the best of the Norwegian fjords.
Have you ever dreamed about experiencing the Northern Lights? Join us in March as we venture to Churchill, Canada—one of the best places to see this natural phenomenon. View the lights from varied heated vantage points including custom-built Aurora Pods, offering 360-degree views of the night sky through their glass tops and sides.
As always, UCLA faculty accompany over half of our tours to provide an educational component. Popular travel lecturer Kathryn Morgan, UCLA Department of Classics, will lend her expertise on our Island Life in Ancient Greece cruise. Professor Robin Derby, UCLA Department of History, will join us on our Timeless Cuba cruise next November. This will be her third trip back to this fascinating island with UCLA Alumni Travel.
Regards from Westwood,
Director, Alumni Travel
Belize to Tikal Feb. 18 - 26
Travel aboard the 50-cabin National Geographic Quest for the best of this region’s natural and archaeological wonders. Take to kayaks, Zodiacs, and paddleboards to explore crystalline waters, and spot rainbow-colored fish, sea turtles, rays, and over 90 varieties of coral as you snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef. In Guatemala discover the spectacular temples and pyramids of Tikal and Yaxhá, cloaked within the lush jungle.
Cuba's Cultural Heritage II Feb. 23 – March 2
Throughout this compliant People to People program, immerse yourself in the local culture and rhythms of daily life in Cuba as we meet with artists, dancers, scholars, and professionals to see the island through their eyes. Spend five nights in Havana, one of the finest samples of a colonial city in the Americas, and two nights in Cienfuegos to explore Trinidad, Cuba’s oldest city and crown jewel. Our first departure already sold-out!
March 13 - 28
Join us on an enthralling 13-night, small group adventure as we discover New Zealand’s diverse landscapes from cosmopolitan Auckland to the South Island’s remote wilderness. Spend a full day in breathtaking Fiordland to cruise Lake Manapouri and sail by catamaran through the majestic Doubtful Sound fjord. Stand before the Franz Josef Glacier and traverse the scenic Southern Alps on a train journey to Christchurch.
Dr. Susan Kresin has been working in the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages since 1996, where she teaches Russian, Czech, and graduate courses on Russian linguistics and Church Slavic. She also serves as the Student Coordinator of the UCLA Russian Flagship Program, where she enjoys working individually with students to help them to combine Russian in various ways with their individual interests, majors, and career plans. Her recent publications reflect the variety of roles that she encompasses in her work at UCLA: they include articles on Russian song, comparative linguistics, corpus linguistics, and Czech heritage learners. Recently, she has become a vice-president of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. Join Dr. Kresin on our Grand Danube Passage tour, Sept. 12 - 27, 2019.
Travelers enjoy the beautiful view over Jerusalem in the company of Professor Robert Gurval, Department of Classics. Israel, April 7 - 16, 2018.