Past Trips

greek gems

Mediterranean Pathways

The luxury cruise began in Rome and included stops in the beautiful and historical regions of Sorrento & Capri, Sicily (Taormina), Corfu, Gythion, Mykonos, Ephesus, Dubrovnik and Venice.


mount rushmore trip

Wild West Adventure: U.S. Monuments

This tour of great national parks included a float trip on the Snake River, extensive viewing of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, the Buffalo Bill Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Devils Tower and the amazing Mount Rushmore lighting at night.


canyons

Canyonlands of the Southwest

This tour of great national parks included a visit to Sedona, a train ride on the Grand Canyon Railway, a cruise on picturesque Lake Powell, a float trip on the scenic Colorado River and a visit to the spectacularly beautiful Zion Canyon.


alaska glacier

Glacial Adventures of Alaska

This fabulous five-star cruise through the Inland Passage to Alaska and back included stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, the Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, and Victoria.


antarctica

Antarctica, the Falklands & Cape Horn

Featuring incredible views of some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, this trip included stops at the Chilean Fjords, Tierra del Fuego, the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn and four days in Antarctica before finishing on the Falkland Islands (great for bird-watching) and Montevideo, Uruguay.


Canada cruise

Historic Harbors of New England & Canada

This six-star cruise visited the harbors of New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Boston; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Quebec City.


New York Theater Tour

New York Theater Tour

For the past two years, alumni have toured the Big Apple's legendary theater scene while enjoying six-night stay at the luxorious Kimberly Hotel in midtown Manhattan. In 2017, our group saw the smash hit "Hamilton," and in 2018, the trip featured "The Band's Visit."


Croatia cruise

Croatia & Pearls of the Adriatic Coast

In addition to three nights in luxury hotels in Zagreb and Opatija, the highlight of this trip was a seven-night cruise along the gorgeous Adriatic Coast.


Tanzania Service & Safari

Kilimanjaro trip

Featuring a wildlife safari and a volunteer opportunity with the nonprofit organization, Red Sweater Project (founded by Ashley Holmer '00), this unique trip gave explorers the chance to see an incredible part of the world and give back to the locals at the same time.


cuba mega yacht

Stars of Western Cuba

Beginning in Cienfuegos and with stops at Trinidad, Cayo Largo, Guanahacabibes National Park and Havana, this trip provided travelers with an unforgettable experience of Cuba, one of the world's most sought-after destinations.


Cuba Cars

Cuba: The People and Culture

This more economical land tour enabled travelers to experience the history, people and culture of this heretofore forbidden land. Highlights included visits to Finca Vigia (Cuban home of author Ernest Hemingway), Old Town Havana, Cienfuegos, colonial Trinidad, Las Terrazas Eco-Preserve, and the Bay of Pigs and Santeria museums.


Norway Cruise

Coastal Norway: The World's Most Beautiful Voyage

The combination of fall colors, unsurpassed scenery of the Norwegian fjords and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights made this a truly amazing trip! The 11-day cruise took Bearcat Explorers along the pristine Norwegian coastline to unspoiled fishing villages, historic towns and a crossing of the Arctic Circle to the Northernmost point of Europe.


Italy's Magnificent Lake District

Italy Lake Distrcit

Having done three previous trips to Tuscany, we this trip offered a fantastic opportunity to see the Lakes area of Northern Italy. Our base for this enchanting exploration of villages, villas and vistas was the Hotel La Palma in Stresa, a beautiful town that offers the best of the Lake District’s legendary culture, cuisine and beauty.


Panama Canal

An Oceania Cruise from L.A. to Miami via the Panama Canal

Along with a first-class cruising experience, this trip featured stops in San Diego, Mexico (2), Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and the Cayman Islands.


japan trip

Japan & 50th WU-TIU Anniversary

This special journey through the history, mystery and charm of Japan commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the sister university exchange relationship between Willamette and Tokyo International University. Travelers discovered 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.


San Juan Islands Kayak

Kayak the San Juans

Alumni joined Professor Luke Ettinger for a three-day, two-night expedition in the beautiful San Juan Islands. The kayaking excursion offered a variety of island scenery, and included killer whale habitat and island hopping.


Douro

Portugal & The Douro River Wine Country

This river cruise provided visits to historic Lisbon and the spectacular Douro River wine country, with nine sightseeing tours and 26 meals included.


Taj Mahal

The Best of India and a Ganges River Cruise

This marvelous tour hit all the country's significant locales while providing travelers with seven nights aboard the brand-new, all-suite RV Ganges Voyager. The comprehensive journey included stops at bustling Delhi, fortified Jaipur, Ranthambore’s tiger-filled national park and Agra’s unparalleled Taj Mahal.


Rhine Valley

Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle

This Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam cruise along the scenic Rhine and Moselle rivers included 14 sightseeing tours, wine tastings, lectures, and local entertainment.


tuscany

Tuscany, Featuring Professor Emeritus Roger Hull

Bearcats joined Professor Emeritus Roger Hull in Tuscany for eight full days of Italian art, culture, wine and cuisine. The first six nights were spent in the ancient Etruscan city of Cortona. Daily forays included visits to Assisi, Perugia, Pienza, Montepulciano and Siena, with the last two nights coming in Florence.