Alumni Travel Programs - Traveling Cardinals

The new Ball State Alumni Travel Program offers many diverse tours to destinations around the world. Our trips provide a rich experience because of their educational nature, access to unique destination spots, and fellowship with other alumni. We invite our alumni and the entire Ball State family to join us as we embark on this adventure and many new adventures to come!

Make sure to scroll all the way down to see what trips are planned for 2015 and 2016!

2015 Travel

Trains, Wineries & Treasures of Northern California
Experience Northern California at its Finest

October 4-12, 2015

Experience all the uniqueness Northern California has to offer. Take in Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Marvel at the beauty of one of the Nation’s most beloved National Parks, Yosemite and glide on the pristine waters of the breathtaking Lake Tahoe on a paddlewheeler. Discover some fascinating facts about train travel at Railtown and the California Rail Museum. Sip California’s wines at a wine tasting. Relax on one of the most plush historic trains, in a Pullman car, aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and take in the beauty of the vineyards while enjoying a delicious luncheon.

European Hideaways
October 21-30, 2015

Journey through Europe aboard Oceania Cruises, Riviera. This 8 night cruise visits historic and scenic ports of call featuring Barcelona, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorica, Spain; Provence (Marseille), France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Portofino, La Spezia/Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, Tuscany, and Rome, Italy.

2016 Travel

South Pacific Wonders
Dream Big Down Under
February 2 - February 16, 2016

Explore two great countries of the Southern Hemisphere – Australia and New Zealand. From the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast, to the ethereal beauty of glacial fjords on New Zealand’s South Island, this journey to the lands “Down Under” brings you the best of both countries at an enjoyable pace. Cruise Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound. Meet Australia’s wildlife up-close. Discover the wonders of Aboriginal culture. Indulge in regional flavors at a wine tasting and experience Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Treasures of Southern Africa
Mark your calendar for March 16-31, 2016
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Southern Africa is a historic, cultural and natural wonderland. In South Africa, Cape Town offers mountains and the sea as well as culture, history and cosmopolitan style. The city is a showcase of Cape Dutch houses and inspiring landmarks, including Robben Island and St. George’s Cathedral. Soweto, once the main battleground in the war on apartheid, now offers opportunity and hope for a better future. See South Africa’s magnificent wildlife at the private Thornybush Nature Reserve. In Zimbabwe, feel the rumbling of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders.” Come discover the extraordinary treasures of southern Africa!    

Italian Vistas
April 9-21, 2016  

This journey has everything you've always wanted in a trip to Italy. Enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Sorrento coast and Stresa in the Lakes District. Discover the treasures of Classical and Christian Rome. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Pompeii. See the gems of the Renaissance in Florence's Academy Gallery, including Michelangelo's David. Visit Locarno, Switzerland; and cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands.

Mediterranean Passage
April 24-May 5, 2016   

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Take in wonderful centuries-old architecture, dramatic coastal vistas and timeless medieval centers as Oceania Cruises’ elegant Riviera takes you from Spain to celebrated ports in France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Depart Barcelona for France’s oldest city, Marseille, a gateway to the quaint villages and postcard-worthy landscapes of Provence. Experience the glamorous atmosphere at Monte Carlo, home to the impressive Prince’s Palace and the world’s most prestigious casino. Sail to the port of Livorno, a jumping-off point to explore the glorious Tuscan countryside or the world-class Renaissance cities of Florence and Pisa. Behold Rome’s marvelous ancient structures, stroll the café-lined streets of Sorrento, and discover amazing views of Mount Etna from the Sicilian town of Taormina. Relax on the Ionian island of Zakynthos, graced with verdant scenery and pristine sandy beaches. Before concluding your voyage in Istanbul, take in majestic vistas on Santorini, a stunning natural spectacle of volcano-carved landscapes and blue-domed, whitewashed villages.        

National Parks of America
June 12-23, 2016
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Experience the grandeur of the American West as you explore six fantastic National Parks on this exicting journey. Relish overnight stays in a lodge nestled in the heart of Yellowstone and in a National Historic Landmark inside the Grand Canyon. Enjoy a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs. Enjoy two-night stays in Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole. Drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and the great Sioux Nations Territory before seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Complete your adventure with a stay in Denver and a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.  

Coastal Alaska
August 4-11, 2016

Travel to a place of stunning landscapes and unspoiled wilderness, a place where nature reigns supreme-amazing Alaska. Let the rugged beauty of America's last frontier captivate you as you cruise along its shores aboard Oceania Cruises' intimate Regatta, a state-of-the-art haven of elegance. Depart from Seattle and sail through the Inside Passage along Canada's scenic coast to the small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan, once known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." Continue cruising through Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord whose pristine waters reflect its ice-blue tidewater glaciers and soaring granite cliffs. Then visit one of Alaska's oldest towns, Wrangell, where hints of past settlers-Tlingit, Russian and British-are reflected in its structures. Before returning to Seattle, explore British Columbia's delightful maritime port, Prince Rupert, renowned as a gateway to Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary. Take in the majesty of ancient glaciers, towering mountains and picturesque coasts on this remarkable Alaskan voyage.

Paris Immersion
Mark your calendar for August 25 - September 5, 2016
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This is no coach tour, but rather an immersion program designed to introduce you to life in Paris and its environs from a native’s point of view. Travel by Metro and TGV rail as you immerse yourself in a program that showcases Paris and provincial France. Spend 10 nights in a Paris apartment located in the beautiful neighborhood of Bercy Village, just minutes by Metro from the city center. Cruise the Seine, smell the roses in the Tuileries Gardens and still have time to linger in leafy courtyards, nibble airy macarons, browse French antique stores and follow your heart down cobblestone lanes. We will spread our wings and visit Dijon, the ancient capital of Burgundy; the palace and gardens of Versailles; and the ancient port city of Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Expert lectures and guides will help us make the most of every moment, from navigating some of the world’s greatest art collections to walking history lessons about the French Revolution and more.

Imperial Cities
September 12-22, 2016

Bask in the splendor and romance with 3-night stays in each of Europe’s Imperial Cities, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighborhood of tiny, medieval houses, and indulge in your choice of local restaurants during a Dine Around Dinner featuring a choice of local restaurants. Delight in the baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Explore your 4th Imperial Capital during an included walking tour of Bratislava. Visit a 14th century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry. Soak up the culture of the region with included guided city excursions and through your own explorations on your days at leisure. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley to the famous Abbey at Melk.

Great Pacific Northwest
September 17-25, 2016

Incredibly beautiful and wildly bountiful, the Pacific Northwest presents a miraculous geological masterpiece where lush, unspoiled forests blanket dramatic slopes, imposing mountains cradle mighty rivers and sparkling waterfalls cascade into breathtaking gorges. Experience this spectacular region that captivated intrepid explorers as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in Vancouver, Washington, a lovely city situated near Portland, Oregon's hub of culture and epicurean delights. Then discover the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, and watch ever-glorious landscapes glide by as you sail to The Dalles - the end of the Oregon Trail. Take in magnificent scenery in Stevenson, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, and visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity. Before concluding your voyage in Clarkston, a quaint town famed as a gateway to North America's deepest river gorge, explore the fascinating exhibits at Sacajawea State Park.

Magical Rhine and Mosel Cruise
October 8-16, 2016

Experience the best of both worlds on this exciting cruise and land tour. Enjoy the splendor of Holland and the incredible Rhine Valley on this relaxing cruise and land tour. In Amsterdam, come to know this ancient capital city on an included city tour and canal cruise. Next, Board your 4-star river cruise, your home for the next six nights. Enjoy entertainment onboard and 3 meals daily including unlimited wine and other beverages during lunch and dinner. Relax on the observation deck and watch the fairytale landscapes, vineyards, castles, and towns of Holland, Germany, and France drift by. Explore Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Strasbourg and the open air museum Zaanse Schans on included tours. Disembark your cruise and spend one night in lovely Strasbourg that features a fantastic farewell dinner in a historic restaurant in the heart of the city.

Cultural Cuba
Mark your calendar for November 7-14, 2016
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Discover the lively city of Havana and its environs on this exciting eight-night journey.  Learn about Cuban history and culture during fascinating discussions with local experts and visits to historic buildings, museums, and more.  This people-to-people exploration is brimming with opportunities to meet everyday people, ranging from artists and musicians to religious leaders and their congregations to teachers and students.  Venture outside the city to beautiful Pinar del Río province and the Sierra del Rosario mountains to visit a model socialist community.  Discover the religions of Cuba, experience salsa dancing, dine in both noted state-run restaurants and paladars, the privately owned restaurants beget by Cuba’s economic reforms of the 1990s.