Upcoming Trips

Bearcat Explorers experience destinations near and far! Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join us on the upcoming trips. At any point, feel free to contact the office at 503-370-6430, or email the trip contacts listed below.

2019 Trips

Shakespeare on a Budget

October 19, 2019

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Join alumni, current students and theater professor Bobby Brewer-Wallin for our annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where we'll enjoy a group lunch and two spectacular plays at an unbeatable price! Professor Brewer-Wallin will give a brief presentation that will include a discussion on theme, costume design, scene design and how those elements come together to create magic on the stage.

Featured Plays

Cambodian Rock Band
A musical journey 30 years in the making
This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians who perform a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies live, playwright Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge's brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. This story is about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.

The true story of a groundbreaking — and scandalous — Yiddish play
Reminding us of the joint power and legacy of art and culture, this American Revolutions commission by Paula Vogel returns home after acclaimed and award-winning productions across the country, including a Tony-winning run on Broadway. A spirited and revolutionary love story that celebrates Yiddish language and literature, Indecent charts the real-life controversy surrounding Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance and the Jewish artists who faced persecution when bringing it to Broadway in 1932. Directed by Willamette University Theater major Shana Cooper ’99, this collage of theater, music, dance and poetry is a heart-stirring affirmation of the impact of art in a time of chaos.

For additional information, contact Kim Burris in the Alumni Office (503-370-6430 or kburris@willamette.edu).

Photo credit: Kim Budd

2020 Trips

Tanzania Service and Safari

February 9-20, 2020

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We all want to have authentic travel experiences — not just visit a place, but really bond with it, connect with the people and the culture and come away feeling changed by the experience. And maybe we want to take another step and make a difference there, as well.

For the third straight year, you are invited to join Willamette for an extraordinary travel experience that checks all of those boxes: be of service to students in a remote African school, really get to know the people in the community and then go on a custom luxury wildlife safari.

The Mungere School, in rural Tanzania, is associated with the Red Sweater Project, founded by Ashley Holmer '02 to help kids in Tanzania get an education. Participants will spend five days volunteering at Red Sweater Project before going on a safari adventure. It just so happens that one of the most sought-out game-viewing locations in all of Africa is very close by.

For additional information, contact Kim Burris in the Alumni Office (503-370-6430 or kburris@willamette.edu).

  • Cost: $4,495 per person double occupancy (airfare not included). Single supplement is $450.
  • Includes all meals, accommodations and safari guides.
  • Airfare: $1,500-2,000 per person
  • Tour Host: Embark Exploration Co. (including Director of Travel Logistics, Carrie O'Callaghan '00).

See complete itinerary, details and photos here!

Photo credit: Embark Exploration Co.

Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring

April 15-25, 2020

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Discover the natural beauty and rich culture of Holland and Belgium on this nine-day river cruise. Step aboard a luxury cruise ship filled with delicious food and beverages, breathtaking river views and onboard activities. But travelers won’t just be staring at the shore from a distance — you’ll learn all about the rich history and traditions of the area through 10 included onshore tours and nine cultural connections. Whether you want to ride a bicycle through the streets of Amsterdam or take things at a slower pace, you can make your cruise as active or as relaxed as you wish. You may even want to extend your stay with optional excursions in Brussels or Amsterdam!

The cruise begins in Amsterdam, with plenty of time to explore the city. Then, the group will tour a local tulip farm, visit museums in Arnhem and enjoy the architecture and cuisine of Antwerp. You will also see historic Bruges by foot and canal cruise. Finally, you won’t want to miss a day at the Kinderdijk windmills and the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Throughout the trip, you’ll enjoy time with the group at a special Captain’s Dinner, and Welcome & Farewell Receptions.

For additional information, contact Kim Burris in the Alumni Office (503-370-6430 or kburris@willamette.edu). To reserve your spot, call 1-800-322-6677 (trip code VAA20).

  • Cost: starts at $3,799 per person (airfare not included), with optional extensions in Brussels or London.
  • 10 included tours, nine cultural connections, and three UNESCO sites
  • Includes 26 meals, complimentary beer and wine, accommodations aboard a deluxe river cruise ship.
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Tour Host: Vantage Deluxe World Travel

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Gems of the Danube

Aug. 19-27, 2020

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Embark on a seven-night voyage from Budapest to Nuremberg aboard a luxury cruise liner. You'll visit opulent palaces, historic monasteries and bustling cities. All the while, you'll take in beautiful views through Hungary, Austria and Germany.

Then, extend your trip for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the legendary Oberammergau Passion Play. This world-famous play has been performed every ten years for the past 400 years. This trip is one of the few ways you can still get tickets for this decade's performance. Don't miss your chance!  

For additional information, contact Kim Burris in the Alumni Office (503-370-6430 or kburris@willamette.edu).

  • Cost: starts at $3,999 per person (airfare not included), with optional extension for the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Includes all shore excursions with expert local guides
  • Truly all-inclusive — no credit card required on board!
  • Tour Host: Go Next

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Photo credit: Go Next

Additional trips are currently being planned! Stay Tuned!