Alumni

Alumni Travel Program

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Do U want to C the world? Traveling with the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association allows you to see the world with fellow Bearcats in an exclusive and worry-free environment. Our trusted travel partners take care of all the details, so you can relax, meet fellow Bearcats, and enjoy the sights.

All UC alumni trips include enhanced travel services:

  • All excursions and visits, as outlined in brochure, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • The services of experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program.
  • Pre-departure concierge service such as a travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure brochures.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).

The safety and well-being of our travelers remains our highest priority. All passengers traveling on our programs are required to present confirmation of a full COVID-19 vaccination and also may have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID test. All our staff are committed to adhering to all health and safety protocols from the start of your trip to the end as directed by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, overseas health officials, as well as those protocols mandated by your cruise company (if applicable). Detailed protocol information tailored to your travel program will be mailed to you along with additional pre-departure information.

River Life® along the Dutch Waterways*

River Life® along the Dutch Waterways Trip Map

Exclusively Chartered, Deluxe Small River Ship Amadeus Queen 

May 2 to 10, 2022

From approximately $2795 plus air

Celebrate the beauty of Holland and Flanders in springtime. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe river ship Amadeus Queen. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life® Forum. Experience the Floriade World Horticulture Expo, held once every decade. Expert-led excursions include visits to the historical canals of Amsterdam, storybook Bruges and Ghent, the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, the incomparable Keukenhof Gardens, Delft, Kinderdijk, Antwerp and the largest of the Delta Works engineering projects. This comprehensive itinerary is an exceptional value, praised as the ideal Dutch and Flemish experience. Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague and Gouda Post-Program Options offered.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary

Amsterdam, Kröller-Müller Museum, Kinderdijk, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Delft, Keukenhof Gardens, Floriade World Horticulture Expo

Day     Destination

  1.     Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2.     Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Embark Amadeus Queen
  3.     Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum
  4.     Kinderdijk/Willemstad/Delta Works/Bruinisse
  5.     Ghent, Belgium/Bruges/Ghent
  6.     Antwerp
  7.     Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for Delft/Keukenhof Gardens
  8.     Lelystad for Almere and Floriade World Horticulture Expo
  9.     Amsterdam/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary is subject to change.

Activity Level
Easy

Highlights

  • An acclaimed program operating for more than 30 years with high praise.
  • Comprehensive and multifaceted seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe small river ship Amadeus Queen.
  • Excursion to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo, held in the Netherlands once every 10 years, to enjoy the remarkable sustainable architecture and exquisite floral and plant displays.
  • Visit to world-famous Keukenhof, the “Garden of Europe,” at the peak of tulip season to see the world’s largest and most colorful display of spring flowers.
  • Guided tour of the prestigious Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Viewing of three of Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpieces in Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady.
  • Tour of Ghent’s St. Bavo’s Cathedral, whose chapel houses the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
  • Walking tour of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Exclusive River Life® Forum featuring local residents.
  • Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner aboard ship.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • An exceptional value for an all-inclusive, deluxe program.
  • Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague and Gouda Post-Program Options.

European Coastal Civilizations*

European Coastal Civilizations Trip Map

A Voyage from Lisbon to London aboard the Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Small Ship Le Bellot
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II

May 11 to 20, 2022 (Le Bellot)

From approximately $5395 plus air

Explore the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England. Cruise for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Bellot. Enjoy a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s Tower Bridge. Special guest Dwight D. Eisenhower II, historian and grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned wine country, walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, visit Bilbao’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and see Mont‑Saint‑Michel’s impressive abbey. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary

Lisbon, Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao, Normandy Beaches, River Thames to London

Day     Destination

  1.     Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2.     Lisbon, Portugal/Embark Le Bellot
  3.     Leixões for Oporto
  4.     A Coruña, Spain, for Santiago de Compostela
  5.     Santander for Bilbao
  6.     Cruising the Bay of Biscay
  7.     Saint-Malo, France, for Mont-Saint-Michel
  8.     Caen for Normandy Beaches
  9.     Cruising the English Channel/River Thames to London’s Tower Bridge, England
  10.     London/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary is subject to change.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

Highlights

  • A specially arranged opportunity to tour Normandy with Dwight David Eisenhower II, noted historian and grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • Uniquely designed, eight-night cruise itinerary available only through Gohagan & Company.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five‑Star small ship Le Bellot, with private balconies in all Suites and Staterooms.
  • Visit four countries—Portugal, Spain, France and England—with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and all shore excursions included.
  • Visit the historic beaches of Normandy, accompanied by Professor Eisenhower.
  • Explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites—Oporto, Santiago de Compostela and Mont-Saint-Michel.
  • Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in beautiful Bilbao, Spain.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime cruise from the English Channel up the River Thames to London’s storied Tower Bridge, possible only by small ship.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  • Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.

Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage*

Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage Trip Map

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship Star Breeze

July 14 to 21, 2022

From approximately $4295 plus air

Join this exploration-style cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Juneau during optimal long summer days aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star, all‑Suite small ship Star Breeze. See Misty Fjords National Monument Park and call at Ketchikan, Wrangell and Sitka. Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus and navigate isolated inlets inaccessible to larger vessels for superlative views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery. Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord to majestic South Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers. Onboard naturalists provide lectures focused on local wildlife and landscapes. Vancouver and Victoria Pre‑Program and Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks Post-Program Options.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary

Vancouver, Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Sitka, Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau

Day     Destination

  1.     Depart home city/Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/Embark Star Breeze
  2.     Cruising the Inside Passage
  3.     Misty Fjords National Monument (weather and sea conditions permitting), Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S.
  4.     Wrangell
  5.     Sitka
  6.     Elfin Cove/Point Adolphus
  7.     Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier/Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier
  8.     Juneau/Disembark ship/Return to home city

Itinerary subject to change.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

Highlights

  • Five-Star accommodations, seven-night, exploration-style itinerary—the best way to experience the last of the great American frontiers—available only through Gohagan & Company.
  • Created in Gohagan & Company’s tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Enjoy an intimate experience aboard the Five-Star, all-Suite small ship Star Breeze, as you are surrounded by the breathtaking Alaskan scenery and the awe-inspiring Inside Passage.
  • Prepare for the unexpected—a pod of whales feeding, seals basking on icebergs, bald eagles soaring above—as your small ship can position or alter course for better wildlife observation.
  • Experience incredible natural wonders every day—wildlife spotting, small expedition vessel excursions up close to glaciers and narrow fjord cruises.
  • Visits to the Alaskan frontier outposts of Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan.
  • Cruise the narrow fjord of Tracy Arm and see North America’s tidewater glacial jewels, including South Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers.
  • Team of expert naturalists and specially arranged lecturers on board.
  • Vancouver and Victoria Pre-Program Option and Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks Post-Program Option.

Oberammergau Passion Play*

Oberammergau Passion Play Trip Map

and Cruising the Danube River

Exclusively Chartered Deluxe Small River Ship of the Amadeus Fleet

July 14 – 24, 2022

From $4395 plus air

Experience one of the world’s greatest dramatic spectacles amid storybook Bavarian landscapes—the extravagant Passion Play staged once a decade by the quaint village of Oberammergau. With a cast of thousands and a legacy that encompasses nearly four centuries, Oberammergau is a rare and exceptional tradition. This custom itinerary blends remarkable history with stunning scenery, featuring a five-night deluxe cruise along the Danube River, two nights in the idyllic Bavarian Alps and two nights in Munich. Visit four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Tour Budapest, Vienna, Melk Abbey, Bratislava and Salzburg, and see Neuschwanstein Castle. Budapest Pre-Program and Berlin Post-Program Options.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary*

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Salzburg, Oberammergau, Munich

Day     Destination

  1.     Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2.     Arrive in Budapest, Hungary/Embark ship
  3.     Budapest
  4.     Bratislava, Slovakia
  5.     Vienna, Austria
  6.     Melk
  7.     Passau, Germany/Disembark ship/Salzburg, Austria/Oberammergau, Germany
  8.     Oberammergau Passion Play
  9.     Oberammergau/Neuschwanstein Castle/Munich
  10.     Munich
  11.     Munich/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary subject to change.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

Highlights

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the highly anticipated, world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. In 1634, the villagers of Oberammergau sought deliverance from the despair of the Plague and the Thirty Years’ War by performing a modest Passion Play, which they vowed to repeat every 10 years in perpetuity. The tradition has been preserved throughout the centuries and has grown in prestige. Today, it is regarded as the most important Passion Play internationally, drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world. Over 2,000 village residents now reenact the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ on one of the world’s largest stages, a dramatic spectacle like no other.
  • Extraordinary, custom-designed, 11-day itinerary offered exclusively by Gohagan & Company, combining the 2022 Oberammergau Passion Play and the fabled Danube River.
  • Guaranteed unobstructed seating for the Passion Play, the 42nd decennial production since the 1600s.
  • Two nights in the majestic Bavarian Alps, where the charming village of Oberammergau is known for intricate woodcarving and elaborate murals depicting fairy tales and religious scenes.
  • Five-night cruise through the heart of Europe on an exclusively chartered, deluxe small
    river ship of the Amadeus fleet. 
  • Two nights in Munich, including a city tour and a visit to the splendid Palace of Nymphenburg.
  • Visit four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany—and experience five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Tour Budapest, “Pearl of the Danube,” including its 13th-century Castle District and the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Tour picturesque medieval Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming location for many
    The Sound of Music scenes.
  • See the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s iconic
    Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • Tour the Habsburgs’ opulent Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens in Vienna.

Village Life® Dordogne*

Village Life® Dordogne Trip Map

October 6 – 14, 2022

From approximately $3995 plus air

Experience Dordogne’s authentic provincial charms for a week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and Cultural Enrichments, including the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap-Blanc, all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy the perfectly reproduced cave art at Lascaux and the exclusive Village Life® Forum with local residents who will share insights into daily life. Bordeaux Pre-Program and Albi/Toulouse Post-Program Options.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary

Day     Destination

  1.     Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2.     Bordeaux, France/Sarlat-la-Canéda
  3.     Sarlat-la-Canéda
  4.     Rocamadour/Souillac
  5.     Les Eyzies/L’Abri du Cap-Blanc
  6.     Lascaux/St-Amand-de-Coly
  7.     Rouffignac/La Madeleine
  8.     Beynac/Domme
  9.     Sarlat-la-Canéda/Bordeaux/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary is subject to change.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

Highlights

  • Uniquely designed, small group program.
  • Immerse yourself in the character and traditions of Dordogne, an authentic provincial treasure.
  • Unpack just once and stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel in the heart of medieval Sarlat, across from the twice-weekly village market.
  • Most meals included, featuring two dinners in specially selected bistros in Sarlat; complimentary local wine with included dinners.
  • Visit up to five of France’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Enriching educational lectures.
  • Exclusive Village Life® Forum featuring local residents.
  • View prehistoric cave art in the state-of-the-art International Center for Cave Art at Lascaux and in Rouffignac.
  • Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion Pre-Program Option and Albi and Toulouse Post-Program Option, featuring medieval Carcassonne and lovely Cordes-sur-Ciel.
  • One of the most popular Gohagan & Company Village Life® programs.

Island Life® Ancient Greece An Aegean Odyssey*

Island Life® Ancient Greece An Aegean Odyssey Trip Map

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, Small Ship Le Bougainville

October 22 to 30, 2022

From approximately $4995 plus air

Join us for this nine-day Aegean Odyssey cruising round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, including the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles; walk through the fabled Lion Gate of legendary Mycenae; and explore the monumental ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios of Epidaurus. Engage with local residents who will discuss contemporary life on the islands during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum. Athens Pre-Program and Delphi and Thebes Post-Program Options.

Contact us to receive a brochure in the mail. For more information, you may call our travel partner Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Itinerary

Day    Destination

  1.     Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2.     Athens, Greece/Embark Le Bougainville
  3.     Volos for Meteora
  4.     Delos/Mykonos
  5.     Pátmos
  6.     Rhodes/Lindos
  7.     Santorini/Akrotiri
  8.     Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
  9.     Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary subject to change.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

Highlights

  • Uniquely created seven-night cruise itinerary following Gohagan & Company’s tradition of innovative, small ship programming and educational travel.
  • Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites showcasing the culture and architecture of Ancient Greece.
  • Call on islands steeped in myth and history—Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Santorini and Rhodes.
  • Walk through the fabled Lion Gate of the legendary city of Mycenae.
  • Explore the monumental ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in historic Epidaurus.
  • Exclusive Island Life® Forum with local residents who will discuss contemporary life.
  • Athens Pre-Program Option and Delphi and Thebes Post-Program Option.

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