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
Bhutan: An Intimate Journey Through the Last Remaining Himalayan Kingdom
October 18-27, 2019
Escorted by Associate Professor of Anthropology Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
High in the majestic eastern Himalaya is the small Kingdom of Bhutan, increasingly renowned as one of the Earth’s last unspoiled destinations. The breathtaking landscape is dotted with fluttering prayer flags and colorful farmhouses set into terraced fields. On this ten-day trip you’ll interact with the architects of Bhutan’s national policy of “Gross National Happiness”; will participate in Buddhist rituals explained by learned lamas; will try your hand at making indigenous crafts; and will enjoy a meal with a farming family. You’ll visit magnificent dzongs (fortress monasteries) and travel east to Bumthang Valley, the cultural heartland of the Dragon Kingdom. Your Bhutanese guides will introduce you to a way of life that values traditions and respect for the environment while embracing a better way of life for all of its citizens. Smiles are infectious and you’ll come away surely having made new friends. A five-day, pre-tour extension to Nepal is also available.
Photo credit: Asia Sublime
England’s Magnificent Cathedral Cities
June 5-19, 2020
Escorted by Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire ’92
Oberlin College is offering a fifteen-day tour of England’s magnificent cathedral cities, with a focus on their music. The tour begins in London, where we will explore the city’s many sights, including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Other must-see sites on the tour include Canterbury, Bath, Winchester, Salisbury, Peterborough, Ripon, and York. We will experience music firsthand by attending choral evensong at each cathedral. The tour also features highlights such as Stonehenge, Jane Austen’s House Museum, and Rievaulx Abbey. This tour is unique in that it is also open to current Oberlin students, who will participate for academic credit, as well as alumni, parents, and friends (who will travel without the obligations of homework).
For more information and to enroll, please visit our Oberlin trip page on the Explorica Educational Travel website. Payment plans and an early enrollment discount are available. We look forward to seeing you in England!
Photo credit: Explorica Educational Travel
Galápagos Islands, with an optional extension to Peru
January 4 -13, 2020
Escorted by Oberlin Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Roger Laushman
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 unique 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