In fall 1975, the Alumni Association sponsored its first travel tour to Bavaria. Currently, the association sponsors three or four international trips per year, usually with a faculty host, choosing localities of educational and cultural interest. Some of the areas toured by Oberlin alumni include China, India, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Peru, France, Egypt, Morocco, Sweden, Iceland, and Greenland.

Why Travel with Oberlin?

‘‘First, you are traveling with people who have shared a similar experience, which makes breaking the ice a bit easier, and there is a common desire for something more than just chalking up another country or continent. Second, the faculty are fantastic. Third, Oberlin works with tour operators who specialize in tailoring tours to include more than just the high points. Fourth, for those of us who have few contacts with the school, it's a good way to get back in touch.’’ —Peg ’67 and Robert Goertz ’69 

Galápagos Islands, with an optional extension to Peru

January 4 -13, 2020

Escorted by Oberlin Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Roger Laushman

Galapagos showing a large tortoise.

Registration is closed. We hope to see you on a future alumni travel destination.

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and bisected by the equator lies one of nature’s most enchanting destinations—the Galápagos Islands. The Galápagos originally found notoriety in the mid-1800s, when Charles Darwin formulated his theories of evolution from his observations on the unique and plentiful fauna of the region. 

Journey with us as we embark on an eco-adventure to explore this archipelago and discover wildlife unlike any other on earth! We will have the grand opportunity for extraordinarily close encounters with sea lions, penguins, tortoises, fur seals, and many kinds of seabirds. We will travel aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ 24-cabin National Geographic Islander. Add an extension to Machu Picchu and Peru’s Land of the Inca for an exploration of the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and the majesty of Machu Picchu.

Photo credit: Lindblad Expeditions


The History, Art and Culture of Poland

July 18-26, 2020

Escorted by Associate Professor of History Ellen Wurtzel


Join us for an intimate exploration of Poland’s multifaceted history and culture through this uniquely designed, seven-night itinerary. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites—the historic centers of Warsaw and Kraków, the solemn Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland.” Discover Warsaw’s dynamic past in its restored palaces and the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising. Journey into Poland’s spiritual heartland, Częstochowa, to see the revered Black Madonna icon in the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra. Tour Kraków’s Jewish heart of Kazimierz and Gothic Mariacki Church and see the ancient Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Specially arranged cultural enrichments include a forum with local residents, a recital of music by celebrated Polish composer Chopin and meals featuring authentic cuisine.

Explore further Polish heritage with the three-night Gdańsk Pre-Program Option and the two-night Post-Program Option in the lively cultural center of Wrocław.

Photo credit: Gohagan & Company

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