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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 2017!

2016 Travel

Paris Immersion
September 4 - 15, 2016
Collette Tours


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.

See the full brochure here. 

See a video preview of the trip here.

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Imperial Cities
September 11-21, 2016
Collette Tours


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.

See a video preview of the trip here.


Great Pacific Northwest
September 17-25, 2016
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I
ncredibly 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 - SOLD OUT - Call 765-285-1412 for additional dates.
October 8-16, 2016
Collette Tours


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.

See a video preview of the trip here.


Cultural Cuba
November 6-14, 2016
AHI Travel


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.  

See the full brochure here.

See a video preview of the trip here.


 

2017 Travel 

Sparkling South Pacific ~ Sirena 

Early Booking Discount extended to June 28, 2016!

January 25-February 4, 2017
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French Polynesia evokes images of unspoiled natural wonder: verdant mountain peaks, glistening electric-blue lagoons, and sugar-white beaches. Experience its collection of beloved islands and hidden gems on this South Pacific odyssey aboard Sirena. Begin your adventure in Papeete, Tahiti, and sail to Moorea, an incredibly pristine island of glittering bays, jagged mountains, and pineapple plantations. Snorkel the fabulous reefs of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and savor the slow-paced island life at Rangiroa. Discover the enchanting scenery on Bora Bora, a vision of paradise with dramatic volcanic peaks, beautiful coral gardens, and secluded beaches lapped by crystalline waters. Then unwind on Raiatea, the “Sacred Island,” famed for its vanilla plantations, archaeological sites, and pearl farms. Before returning to Papeete, admire Huahine’s lush forests and quaint villages.

See the entire brochure here.



Exploring Australia
February 3-20, 2017
Collette Tours


Visit the world-famous Barossa Valley wine region – Australia’s most prestigious wine region. As the sun sets, enjoy a champagne toast and watch as Uluru (Ayers Rock) magically changes color. Explore the Great Barrier Reef along Michaelmas Cay. 

See the entire brochure here.

See a video preview of the trip here.



Discover Panama
April 20-28, 2017
Collette Tours


Panama is steeped in history – from early Inca traders and Spanish conquistadors...to the Panama Canal, a modern-day engineering marvel. Completed in 1914, almost 50 miles long and one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken, your journey across the Isthmus of Panama takes you through the Gaillard Cut, carved through the Continental Divide. Take a partial transit cruise on the Pacific Queen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view this marvel up-close and learn all about its construction and importance in world trade. Pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, and learn about the canal expansion project. It’s an unforgettable journey between the seas. 

All alumni and friends welcome!

See the entire brochure here.

See a video preview of the trip here.


Dutch Waterways
May 1-9, 2017
AHI Travel



  • Explore the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver or Silver III. 
  • Enjoy a series of lectures by local experts to enhance your experience. 
  • Witness a rainbow of natural beauty in Holland during its renowned tulip season, the perfect time to explore the area. 
  • Experience the medieval architecture and unique ambience of Belgium with visits to beautifulBruges and Antwerp. 
  • Immerse yourself in the romantic landscape of Delft on a walking tour. 
  • Personalize your cruise with a choice of included excursions in select ports of call.

 


Canyon Country
June 5-13, 2017
Collette Travel

A journey through Canyon Country brings you into a colorful world of stunning southwestern vistas and the unique topography of three national parks: Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Delve into the region’s Native American history during a chat with a local tribe member. Take time to shop in Sedona's marketplace and travel through Kaibab National Forest. Spend a night on the South Rim of the Magnificent Grand Canyon. Luxuriate at the Lake Powell Resort for two nights. Personalize your tour by choosing to either take in the stark beauty of Monument Valley on a narrated jeep ride or take a cruise through the canyons for a different perspective on the spectacular scenery. Then it’s off to the neon-lit spectacle of Las Vegas.

See the entire brochure here.


National Parks of America
June 10-21, 2017
Collette Travel
More information to come


 

Coastal Mediterranean
June 13-21, 2017
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Discover Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria
August 10-19, 2017
Collette Tours




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Shades of Ireland
August 23-September 1, 2017
Collette Tours

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have coffee and scones at a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide, either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!

See the full brochure here.


Tuscany
August 29-September 6, 2017
AHI Travel

  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Historic Center of Siena, the Historic Center of Florence, and Val d’Orcia. 
  • Stroll through Siena’s narrow alleys, and see the city’s dramatic Duomo and iconic Piazza del Campo. 
  • Marvel at archeologoical gems in the 14th-century Praetorian Palace. 
  • Learn from a Tuscan winemaker about Brunello di Montalcino, a celebrated wine from the Val d’Orcia. 
  • Explore the magnificent medieval towns of Cortona and Montepulciano.




Rome and Amalfi Coast
October 2017
Collette Tours
More information to come

 




Hawaii by Land and Sea
November 10 - 19, 2017
Collette Tours

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Spotlight on New York City Holiday
November 27 - December 1, 2017
Collette Tours
More information to come