Willamette University

New Travel Program Options

I Don’t Think We’re in Oregon Anymore

The Travel Program is coming off an extremely successful 2011 season — several trips went to waitlists even with up to 40 traveler spots available — and plans are underway to keep the momentum in 2012. Here are three brand-new attractions to consider.

Kayaking the San Juans

July 29–31, 2011

There’s still time left to register for our new, smaller, local trip to the San Juans. No kayaking experience required!

The “explorer expedition” is fully catered and supplied, so interested alumni and friends need only to sign up and show up. (Our partners with the program provider say you “only need to bring underwear and sunscreen,” but we suggest more preparation. Maybe bring a hat.) This trip will be conducted in small groups of eight kayakers, each of which will be accompanied by one professional guide/cook.

The trip is being conducted by Discovery Sea Kayaks, a company that was selected as a “best travel company on earth” two years in a row by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Base cost for Willamette participants is $535 per person (including all gear, tents, three days’ food and drink, guide services and transportation between the travel company’s base in Friday Harbor and the kayaking site).

Patagonian Frontiers

February 10–27, 2012

What a rare privilege it will be to come face-to-face with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia and the stunning scenery of Torres del Paine.

This 18-day adventure begins with three nights in Buenos Aires, followed by a flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost urban center. Then, set sail on a three-night cruise aboard a 100-cabin expedition ship built specifically for sailing the Patagonian channels. Cruise through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle and Murray channels to Cape Horn. Visit Magdalena Island, home to more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and spend three complete days immersed in the natural wonders of Torres del Paine, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve of jagged mountain peaks, ice-blue glaciers, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

Angkor Wat

October 30–November 14, 2012

The past mingles with the present along the 3,000-mile-long Mekong, the historic river that flows through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Join us aboard the brand-new RV Saigon Pandaw, a river vessel modeled on the colonial steamers of the past, to cruise from the jungles and temples of Cambodia to Vietnam’s bustling Mekong Delta. The RV Saigon Pandaw’s shallow draft enables it to land ashore almost anywhere, so travelers can call at small villages, browse local markets, and visit hidden destinations. The trip will begin in Bangkok, one of the most dynamic cities of the “new Asia,” and includes three nights at Angkor Wat, the great Buddhist temple complex that has been compared to the pyramids for its mystery and grandeur.

For More Information

To learn more about all of these trips and sign up, visit willamette.edu/alumni/travel, email alumni@willamette.edu or call 503-375-5304 — and act fast!