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 the fellowship of 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

Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration 
Bring Two Cultures Together 
April 28 - May 6, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

Fly from Miami to the once exclusive country of Cuba, rich in history, culture and religion. Over the course of eight days of exploration in this timeless land, you will learn what life is like in Cuba. Spend three nights in Trinidad, known for its cobblestone streets and pastel colored houses. While in Trinidad visit the historic cathedrals and colonial homes on a city tour with your local guide. Next spend four nights in Cuba’s Capital City of Havana staying at the historic Hotel Nacional. See much of the city’s architecture in Old Havana. Through a program designed to promote people to people cultural exchanges, you will truly experience this destination.

New York City 
This City Never Sleeps!

April 23-27, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular 5-day vacation. From Little Italy to Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway Shows. See the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s two million works. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and explore this fabulous city on your own. Get ready to “start spreading the news!”

Maritimes Coastal Wonders
Set out for Northeast Canada

June 15-25, 2015              

Join us as we uncover the treasures of the Canadian Maritimes. From the rugged Cabot Trail to the amazing Fundy tides, fun and adventure awaits. Marvel at the incredible views at Halifax’s Peggy’s Cove. See the four-story high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks and enjoy a lobster lunch. In Prince Edward Island, visit the Anne of Green Gables House. Learn about the region’s Gaelic heritage and experience local culture at the celebrated Saint John City Market. Be inspired by the many inventions of Alexander Graham Bell at his museum. Savor a salmon barbeque at a remote fishing lodge on the Fundy Trail. Travel along the striking Lighthouse Route. Don’t miss the rugged beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and rich seafaring history of this amazing region.

London & Paris Family Adventure
Family Adventure in Two Amazing Cities

July 23 - July 30, 2015

Enjoy the best of London and Paris on this 8-day leisurely family tour. All of the top sights are included, as well as plenty of free time for your own discoveries. See Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Experience the world of Harry Potter on a Warner Bros. Studio tour. Soar above the city on the London Eye, and enjoy a London theatre performance. Cross the channel on the high-speed Eurostar Train, where you will soak in the life of Paris, including a visit to the stunning Palace of Versailles. Finish your trip with dinner in the spectacular setting of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a cruise on the River Seine.

Discover Switzerland 
June 17-July 2, 2015 - SOLD OUT
Additional Dates Available - June 24 - July 9                        

See the majesty of Switzerland’s landscape unfold before your eyes on this exclusive small group journey through its idyllic alpine meadows, crystal lakes and broad vistas. Spend seven nights each in the picturesque town of Meiringen and the traditional village of Villars-sur-Ollon and discover this cultural and geographic heart of Europe by train, bus and on guided walks. Enjoy panoramic views set against the incredible Alps as you explore Magisalp, Lucerne and Bern. Journey to the famous resorts of Grindelwald and Gstaad. Trek through Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge and view the stunning Reichenbach Falls. Visit historic Montreux and the Château de Chillon, made famous by the poetry of Lord Byron. Marvel at the breathtaking views from Glacier 3000 and visit cosmopolitan Geneva. Board the Swiss Chocolate Train for the Castle of Gruyères, La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory and the Nestlé chocolate factory. Travel to Zermatt and witness the imposing Matterhorn. This remarkable experience includes excursions, regional rail passes, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner and time for independent exploration.

Baltic Marvels
August 13-21, 2015                

From Denmark to Sweden, cruise the Baltic Sea and discover exquisite architecture, storybook landscapes, and canal-laced cities in Germany, Estonia, Russia and Finland. Depart Copenhagen for Germany’s delightful port of Warnemünde, and take in its Gothic churches, charming market squares and seaside promenade or head inland to Berlin, a city brimming with legendary landmarks like the poignant Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall. Sail to the capital city of Helsinki, Finland’s international design mecca complemented by verdant forests and parks. Spend almost two full days in St. Petersburg, where its imperial spirit emanates from neo-classical architecture, gilded domes and the elaborate Catherine’s Palace. Continue to Estonia and admire Tallinn, a beautifully preserved city that radiates old-world charm with red-roofed homes, cobbled streets and spire-crowned churches, before concluding your journey in Stockholm.   Journey to these marvelous Baltic ports aboard Oceania Cruises Marina, a masterpiece of sophistication and grace. Her amenities are astounding in their scope and bounty, the cuisine some of the finest at sea and the staff’s impeccable service is unparalleled, a hallmark of the Oceania Cruises experience. From the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase and award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, to the enlightening Bon Appétit Culinary Center and distinctive dining venues, Marina delights and delivers.

Greece: Athens and the Island of Poros
September 9-19, 2015               

A land steeped in mythology and legend, Greece has captured the minds and hearts of artists and writers for centuries. The magic of this ancient land is yours to discover as you explore the ancient capital of Athens and the idyllic island of Poros. In Athens, marvel at the ruins of the Acropolis then examine the treasures and legendary sculptures housed in the Acropolis Museum. Journey to the island of Poros, your gateway to the Greek islands. Walk along the streets of Poros and admire its sun-drenched hills and sapphire waters. Visit Nafplio, nestled on the coast of a rocky peninsula, and wander its maze of streets. Travel to Epidaurus, home to the best-preserved ancient Greek theater. See the impressive archeological remains in ancient Mycenae, known in Greek mythology as the seat of Agamemnon’s kingdom. Cruise to Hydra, considered to be the most fashionable Saronic Isle. This Alumni Campus Abroad odyssey includes first-class hotel accommodations in Athens and Poros Town, all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

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 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
Mark your calendar for April 24-May 5, 2016
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Discover an impressive mosaic of enchanting, storied cities, marvelous art and architecture, and awe-inspiring seascapes as you sail to timeless Mediterranean destinations, including Italy, Monaco, France, Greece and Spain.  This 10-night luxury cruise is aboard the Riviera from Barcelona to Istanbul.        

National Parks of America
Mark your calendar for June 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
Mark your calendar for July 8-15, 2016
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From lush, untouched wilderness to deep, twisting fjords and glistening, blue glaciers, experience the dramatic natural glory of Alaska, America’s Last Frontier. Begin your seven-night luxury cruise in Seattle and sail through the scenic Inside Passage along Canada’s coast to “Alaska’s First City,” Ketchikan. Explore its rustic boardwalk, lined with charming galleries, restaurants and artisan shops; or see the colorful totem poles on display at Totem Bight State Park. Then behold surreal seascapes while sailing Tracy Arm Fjord, dotted with blue and white icebergs and fringed by towering granite walls and cascading waterfalls. Discover fascinating native and gold rush history at Wrangell, and admire the picturesque vistas surrounding the Stikine River. Before returning to Seattle, stop at British Columbia’s delightful maritime port, Prince Rupert, renowned as a gateway to Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary.

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
Mark your calendar for September 17-25, 2016
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Discover the pristine glory of the Pacific Northwest—a region of unparalleled natural bounty and spellbinding beauty—where majestic waterfalls plunge down mossy cliffs and powerful rivers flow through deep, awe-inspiring gorges edged by steep canyon walls, rugged high desert and mountains swathed in dense, emerald forests. From Portand to Clarkston, follow Lewis and Clark’s epic passage along the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi.

Paris Immersion
Mark your calendar for September/October 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.

Rhine River Cruise
Mark your calendar for October 2016
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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/December 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.