Upcoming Travel Study Trips

Update Regarding Travel Study Trips and Coronavirus (COV-19):

The health and safety of our alumni travelers and their guests is of the utmost importance and we are coordinating with our travel partners to evaluate each of our upcoming travel programs accordingly. While we remain hopeful that trips will continue to operate as planned, decisions are being made about each upcoming trip in order of departure and based upon the most recent information available from health and government officials. We anticipate the cancellation, interruption, or rescheduling of some trips, especially those with departure dates rapidly approaching and will send information to all of our confirmed travelers as each subsequent update is available for your travel program.

We are working with all of our alumni travel study program participants and travel partners to answer questions, assist with changes and to facilitate both cancellations of current plans and reservations for future travel plans. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program office at (866) 325-8664 or travelstudy@columbia.edu with any questions or for additional assistance with your upcoming Alumni Travel Study Program. We are here to help provide you with all available information so you can make informed decisions about traveling on any of our scheduled programs.

The Alumni Travel Study Program offers specially curated travel opportunities across the globe. From epic adventures to destinations like Antarctica, river and ocean cruises, and small group experiential programs exploring local food, culture, and history, these programs enable alumni to combine learning and pleasure. The travel study experience is often enriched by the participation of Columbia faculty, peer institution lecturers, marquee speakers, and local experts. Friends and family are always welcome to join you. Explore the listings below for more information on upcoming tours.

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Northern Lights
Northern Lights & the Wildlife of Northern Manitoba

Venture into the vast Canadian North with alumni and friends from September 8 - 13, 2020—a remote tundra teeming with glacial landforms, boreal forests, and beautiful wilderness—accessible only by plane or boat.

Odyssey of Ancient Civilizations (Athens to Venice)

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 10 – 18, 2020, on this comprehensive itinerary traveling along the pathway of these great civilizations into five countries— Greece, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy—and through the Corinth Canal

Cruising the Great Lakes 2020

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association from September 12 -19, 2020, on this specially-crafted program cruising all five of the Great Lakes—Michigan, Huron, Superior, Erie, and Ontario.  

Rivieras and Islands (Barcelona to Rome)

Enjoy exquisite landscapes, visit enchanting villages and cruise idyllic islands—favored retreats for artists, writers, nobility, and gourmands— from October 10 – 18, 2020 on this small ship voyage cruising from Barcelona to Rome.

Antiquities of the Red Sea & Aegean Sea

Travel with the CAA from October 29 – November 11, 2020, on this epic, 14-day journey to the classical world’s cradle of civilization. Visit three continents, navigate the legendary waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Aegean Sea, transit the seminal Suez Canal, and experience eight magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Ha Long Bay
Exotic Vietnam & Ankor Wat

Join alumni and friends from October 31 - November 15, 2020, on a journey featuring the awe-inspiring natural beauty, sacred myths, and honored traditions in Vietnam and Cambodia, where centuries-old cultures flourished in jungle landscapes.


Expedition to Antarctica

Explore the great white continent with alumni and friends from January 13 - 26, 2021 on a five-star, small ship expedition.

Wolves of Yellowstone
Wolves & Wildlife of Yellowstone

Travel with alumni and friends from January 23 - 29, 2021 on a seven-day wildlife expedition to Yellowstone—North America’s best wolf-watching habitat.

Panama Canal
Panama Canal & Costa Rica

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from February 21 - March 1, 2021, on a cruise from the Pacific to the Atlantic through the Panamá Canal, one of the greatest man‑made wonders of the world. A recently completed, monumental expansion in 2016 doubled its capacity; this 50‑mile passage through the narrow isthmus of Panamá continues to astonish even today’s most veteran traveler.

Discovering Portugal

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from April 7-19, 2021, on a special 13-day small group journey discovering the highlights of Portugal.

Asia's Silk Road 2021

Join alumni and friends from April 13 - 29, 2021, on a 17-day small group tour to Central Asia. Encounter distinct cultures, and religion, art and architecture that conjures tales of trade and treasure, intrigue and empire.

Grand Canyon
Southwest National Parks 2021

Explore some of the United State's greatest national treasures from April 28 - May 6, 2021.  Travel with alumni and friends, and with the guidance of an expert Expedition Leader and the comforts of a private motor coach

Dutch Waterways 2021

Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime and travel with alumni and friends from May 1 - 9, 2021, on this comprehensive itinerary. Cruise the waterways of Europe and traverse the canals of this delightful polder land when the tulip fields are in bloom.

Flavors of Sicily

With Sicilian wine and cuisine as your inspiration, and a private villa as your home base, join alumni and friends from May 21 - 29, 2021, for a uniquely Sicilian experience.

Celtic Cross
Celtic Lands

From the Scotland to the coast of France, take a voyage to the Celtic Lands with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from May 21 - 30, 2021.

Mt. Etna
Ancient Empires: Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta
Ancient Empires: Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta

From the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Roman relics to the remarkably preserved Baroque monuments of Valletta and the elegant hillside retreat of Positano, travel with alumni and friends from May 30 - June 7, 2021, on this specially designed itinerary.

Table of the Gods
Table of the Gods
Table of the Gods

Travel with the Eric Asimov, chief wine critic of The New York Times and the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,’’ from June 13 - 24, 2021, exploring the food and wine of Greece and several of its most significant ancient sites.

Arctic Expedition

Explore the unspoiled Arctic wilderness with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from June 16 - 26, 2021.

Pasta making
Flavors of Northern Italy 2021

Join alumni and friends from June 19 - 27, 2021, for a nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy. Discover a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes, and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques.

Untamed Alaska

Celebrate America's birthday among the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the northern most State from July 2 - 12, 2021.

Tanzania Adventure

Travel with Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from July 15 - 28, 2021, on a 15-day tour of Tanzania. From Arusha and the Serengeti plains to exotic Zanzibar, your journey will encompass unparalleled wildlife viewing, unique safari excursions, and an introduction to the culture of East Africa.

Circumnavigation of Iceland

Join alumni and friends from July 17 - 25, 2021, for this unforgettable exploration through Iceland’s seemingly endless variations of magnificent scenery and fascinating cultural heritage. 

Discovering Eastern Europe

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from July 31 - August 15, 2021, on a special 16-day small group tour to discover the charm of Budapest, Vienna, Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague. T

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from August 1 - 10, 2021, for the opportunity to explore the lands and legacies forged by centuries of Baltic history. Hear and learn firsthand from historic world leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and from interpreter and advisor to former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko.

Southern Africa Odyssey

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 30 - October 17, 2021, on a special, small-group journey into the heart of Southern Africa.

Paradores & Pousadas

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from October 4 - 18, 2021, on a special 15-day small group journey to discover the best of the Iberian Peninsula in both Portugal and Spain.

Insider's Japan

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from October 11 - 23, 2021, on a special 13-day small group tour to discover the superb art, remarkable history, exquisite cuisine, and stunning landscapes of Japan.

Egypt & the Eternal Nile

Join alumni and friends for a special air, land, and cruise inclusive journey to the land of Egypt from October 15 - 29, 2021.

Moroccan Discovery
Moroccan Discovery

Travel with alumni and friends from October 19 - November 1, 2021, on an extraordinary journey through Morocco. From the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech, to the imposing High Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara, explore Morocco’s unique history and culture.

Mystical India 2021

Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association from October 24 - November 9, 2021, on a special 17-day small group tour to explore the highlights of Northern India.

Israel: Timeless Wonders

Travel with alumni and friends from October 28 - November 8, 2021 on a unique small group adventure through the land of Israel.