Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Alumni Travel Program News

Australia rounds out 2011; Patagonia, Greece and Angkor Wat are slated for 2012. Time to plan!

From the Outback to the Glaciers: Oct. 20 - Nov. 8

We've got a big one going to Australia and New Zealand later this fall -- a full 20-day trip "down under." The itinerary covers much of central and eastern Australia and southern New Zealand, with highlights at Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Christchurch, the Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford South and Mt. Cook National Park. Oh, and there's an optional two-night post-tour to Fiji!

2012 Trips

Patagonian Frontiers: Feb. 10-27

This trip will take us to what are arguably some of the most scenic spots on the planet: the fjords and glaciers of southern Patagonia and the dramatic territories of Torres del Paine.

The 18-day journey begins in Buenos Aires and continues on a 100-cabin expedition ship built specifically for sailing the Patagonian channels. The adventure concludes with sightseeing and a private winery tour in Chile's lively capital, Santiago.

Willamette Goes to Greece: May 16-26

Join College of Law former dean Symeon Symeonides and Dean Peter Letsou for a luxury cruise leaving from Venice, Italy and traveling through Croatia, Montenegro, the Greek Isles and the Greek mainland. The cruise will include high-end dining, amenities and shore excursions, and each night Symeonides will provide an overview of geography, history, politics, religion and daily life for the locations to be visited the next day.

Angkor Wat and the Mekong: A River Cruise

For almost half of this trip, the Mekong will be our highway of discovery. Join us aboard the RV Saigon Pandaw, a river vessel modeled on the colonial steamers that once plied these waters, as we cruise from the jungles and temples of Cambodia to Vietnam’s bustling Mekong Delta.

Exclusively chartered by our tour operator, the RV Saigon Pandaw’s shallow draft enables it to put ashore almost anywhere, so we can call at tiny villages, browse local markets, and visit hidden temples. We’ll also stay in Bangkok, one of the most dynamic cities of the ‘new Asia,’ and spend three nights at Angkor Wat, absorbing the wonders of this great Buddhist temple complex that rivals the pyramids in mystery and grandeur.  We will conclude our tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, formerly the French Colonial city of Saigon.

For more information on any of the trips above, visit the Travel Program website or give us a call at 503-375-5304.

Final contracts are just being signed for two exciting new international trips in 2012:

Patagonian Frontiers  will provide a small group of 24 alumni and friends the opportunity to spend 18 days exploring the majestic beauty of Southern Argentina and Chile in February.  Highlights will include Buenos Aires, Cape Horn, Beagle Channel, Torres del Paine, Chile’s Lake District and Santiago.

Angkor Wat & the Mekong: A River Cruise in the Heart of Indochina will be our first tour to SE Asia.  In October, our group will visit the spectacular temple complex at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  Other highlights of this 16 day trip will include visits to Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and a fabulous 7-night cruise down the Mekong on the new ship, RV Saigon Pandaw. 

Contact Jim Booth ’64 (503-370-6746, jbooth@willamette.edu) in the Office of Alumni Relations for brochure and registration information.