Upcoming Trips

Check below for up-to-date descriptions and details. At any point, feel free to email Jim Booth with inquiries!

2015 Trips

The Best of India and a Ganges River Cruise

Taj MahalJanuary 10-28, 2015

What better way to start the 2015 travel year than with a spectacular trip to India! We have never offered this tour, but could not pass up this itinerary. Vantage Deluxe World Travel has put together a marvelous tour that will hit all the country's significant locales while providing travelers with seven nights aboard the brand-new, all-suite RV Ganges Voyager. Vantage is the only American cruise operator to offer such an itinerary. This comprehensive journey will be your opportunity to marvel at bustling Delhi, fortified Jaipur, Ranthambore’s tiger-filled national park, and Agra’s unparalleled Taj Mahal. In addition, if you really want to maximize your trip to this part of the world, a 5-day pre trip to Delhi and Kathmandu, Nepal and a 5-day post trip to Varanasi, India are available.

Vantage is not only known for its itineraries and cultural connections, but also for its incredible value. The base price includes 34 sightseeing tours and Cultural Connections, including 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cost for this trip starts at $4,599 (includes $100 early booking discount) plus air (which you can purchase with your miles or money, or buy from Vantage). An additional discount (6% by March 10; 5% by April 10;etc) can be obtained by pre-payment. You simply won't find a better value to see this part of the world, so take advantage of this rare opportunity today!

Contact Jim Booth at 503-910-3192 or jbooth@willamette.edu for more information or to make a deposit. You may also contact Vantage directly to speak with Cheryl (617-878-6119 or csheehan@vantagetravel.com) or Patrick (617-878-6108 or pdempsey@vantagetravel.com).

  • Cost begins at $4,599 (includes early booking discount if deposit by June 30, 2014)
  • Deposit: $500 per person (can pay by check or credit card directly to Vantage Travel)
  • Final payment due: October 10, 2014
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Group size: 25
  • Trip host: Jim Booth ‘64

Portugal & The Douro River Wine Country

May 16-27, 2015


We are finally offering an opportunity to visit Portugal! This river cruise will provide the best in comfort, while we visit historic Lisbon and the spectacular Douro River wine country. Meaning ‘River of Gold’ and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro will provide a path along graceful terraced vineyards as we glide upriver to Salamanca, Spain, another of 5 UNESCO Sites we will visit on this trip.  

Included highlights will feature nine sightseeing tours plus Cultural Connections, 26 meals (wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner), free wi-fi, and the intimate, outside staterooms of the four-star ms Douro Spirit. In addition, our tour operator, Vantage Deluxe World Travel, offers a pre-trip to Madeira, Portugal and/or a post-trip to Barcelona, Spain. This is the prime time to visit Portugal, so we expect this trip to sell out. Contact Jim Booth at 503-910-3192 or jbooth@willamette.edu to secure your spot, or deposit directly with Cheryl (617-878-6119) or Patrick (617-878-6109) at Vantage.

  • Cost begins at $3,299 per person, not including air or port charges of $147. Air from NY is $1,649 and Portland $1,999 (includes all taxes and transfers). 10% discount for pre-payment before May 15, 2014; lower % thereafter.
  • Deposit: $500 per person (can pay by credit card directly to Vantage Travel).
  • Final payment due:  February 16, 2015
  • Activity level: Light to moderate
  • Group size: 24
  • Trip host: Jim Booth ‘64

Highlights of Japan

October 16-25, 2015

japan trip

Join us for a special journey through the history, mystery and charm of Japan in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the sister university exchange relationship between Willamette and Tokyo International University. Discover an amazing variety of places from modern Tokyo, Kawagoe (known as "Little Edo," it is the sister city to Salem, Oregon and home of TIU), the peaceful countryside of Takayama and the timeless ancient capital of Kyoto with its thousands of shrines and temples.

Destinations include Tokyo, Kawagoe, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa and Kyoto. Included highlights will feature sightseeing tours, an English speaking guide, economy reserved train seats, 15 meals and much more. Our tour operator, Imperial Asia Tours, specializes in deluxe Asian tours. This is a once in a lifetime trip and we expect it to sell out. Book directly through Vick Travel, our Salem-based agent -- contact Cori Duda at coriduda@aol.com or (800) 417-7818.

  • Cost per person is $3,955 in twin-share/double ($945 single supplement)
  • Deposit: $500 per person due by March 31, 2015 (pay by check directly to Vick Travel)
  • Final payment due: August 3, 2015
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Group size: 25
  • Trip host: James Lippincott

Additional 2015 trips are currently being planned. Stay Tuned!