Alumni Travel Program

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 

The History, Art and Culture of Poland

(Originally scheduled for July 11-19, 2020)* see details below

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

*Dear Participant(s):

In view of the unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 situation, Gohagan & Company is postponing the July 11 to 19, 2020 Town & Country Life® Poland departure, offering the following alternate dates: May 15 to 23, 2021 or July 17-25, 2021:

Travel Program Update 
Travel Program Options 

Poland Brochure  | Pre- and Post-Program Option 

Panama & Colombia: Exploring The Caribbean Coast

(Originally scheduled for October 17-24, 2020)* see details below

Escorted by:
Lindblad Expeditions ethnomusicologist and fellow Oberlin alum Jacob Edgar '92

Panama & Colombia

Few travelers have explored the marvel of the Panama Canal in its entirety, taking in rich green shores by day and watching light-dotted ships sail through the night. On the 50-cabin National Geographic Quest, you’ll not only transit the canal, you’ll explore beyond it, to discover the Caribbean coasts of Panama and Colombia over the course of eight days.

You’ll discover these two countries as an active explorer, not a tourist. You’ll learn the history of the canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The canal bisects a wealth of natural treasures: the tropical paradise of Panama, and the vibrant natural and cultural history of Colombia. As you alight on the shores of Portobelo or cruise by boat through the backwaters of Cispatá Bay, watch in awe as a kaleidoscope of parrots fly overhead while wading birds hunt the mangrove-lined channels. You’ll journey deep into secluded islands and riverside towns, where you’ll meet fascinating local populations as they preserve and celebrate Colombia’s legendary beauty.

The National Geographic Quest is outfitted with Zodiacs, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddleboards, offering you myriad delightful ways to witness the Caribbean’s marine life. The ship’s expedition team of naturalists will ensure you don’t miss the plethora of mammals, birds, and insects hidden in the dense forest canopy, while the certified photo instructor will help you capture your best shots ever.

Photo credit: Lindblad Expeditions

*Dear Participant(s):

In view of the unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 situation, Lindblad Expeditions is postponing the October 17-24, 2020 Panama & Columbia departure, offering alternate dates in 2021. Specific travel dates will be updated shortly.

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