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Become a Traveling Frog, joining other Horned Frogs from across the country for lifelong learning in the most unique ways. From Africa to Canada, various trips are offered for varied interests.

We have partnered with three excellent companies for 2018 that specialize in travel for school and college alumni associations across the United States – Go Next, Orbridge and Odysseys Unlimited. These companies will provide their experienced, professional tour directors as well as outstanding, knowledgeable guides. TCU personnel will also travel on each trip.

The TCU Alumni Association is offering seven trips this year. Click on each trip listed below to learn more details. As the brochure for each trip becomes available, with registration information, it will be added.

Old Havana Square

Price: $5,698 per person, which includes a convenience package on the outbound: one night in a Miami hotel, pre-departure briefing, breakfast, one checked piece of luggage, departure tax and transfers. Or, forego the convenience package, purchase your own air for a total trip price of $4,999. (Domestic air to Miami is not included)

Cuba's turbulent economic and political past and vibrant, culturally rich present unfold on this enriching journey developed for TCU Frogs. This exclusive travel opportunity is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., a qualified people-to-people sponsoring organization conducting educational exchanges in Cuba. Specially designed to showcase the island’s authentic spirit, this nine-day adventure goes beyond the tourist sights to reveal the rich culture, compelling history, and architectural majesty of a long-forbidden island undergoing great change. With an intimate group of up to 25 travelers, you will engage with the country's true heart and soul: the diverse, inspiring people who call it home. During your visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara, you will connect with Cuban citizens from all walks of life, including artists, students, and entrepreneurs, and discover the realities of one of the world’s most fascinating nations.

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New Zealand

Price: From approximately $9,334, per person, double occupancy, including air from Dallas-Fort Worth* ($8,945, air and land inclusive plus $389 airline taxes and fees) *Flights and air pricing also available from other US cities.

Your remarkable 22-day exclusive TCU small group journey to the Lands Down Under begins in Cairns. Board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Embark on an Aboriginal "dreamtime" tour and watch the sun set over fabled Ayers Rock. You tour Sydney's famous beaches, harbor, and iconic Opera House, then fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park. Take a cruise through Milford Sound’s breathtaking fjords. In geothermal Rotorua, experience Maori culture at a traditional hangi performance. Celebrate your journey's end in Auckland, where you can extend your stay with an optional 3 day/2-night post-tour extension.

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Galapagos Islands

Price: From $4,495 per person/double occupancy (airfare not included)

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands holds a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Join fellow alumni on the deluxe Isabela II for a wondrous journey to one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts species that are exquisitely adapted to the available food sources and surrounding environments: the marine iguana, which eats mostly algae and is the only sea-going lizard in the world, and the Galapagos tortoises—some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th- and 19th century whalers. You can also observe how species have evolved to interact with each other-certain Darwin's finches have developed a symbiotic relationship with land iguanas, who will obligingly raise themselves up from the ground so that the birds can more easily pluck parasites from their bellies. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors. This will allow you to observe and photograph them at very close proximity, either from land, by panga or during snorkeling excursions.

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Tower

Price: From approximately $5,278 per person, double occupancy, including air from Dallas-Fort Worth* ($4,595 air and land inclusive plus $683 airline taxes and fees) *Flights and air pricing also available from other US cities.

This distinctive 15-day journey takes your exclusive TCU small group through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas. Begin in the Portuguese capital with Lisbon’s sights then travel to Evora, a treasure-trove of Portuguese, Roman, and Moorish heritage. Discover Merida’s Roman ruins, Seville’s romance, and cultural gem Cordoba. From charming Ronda journey to Granada with its extraordinary Alhambra. Explore medieval Toledo before a three-night stay in monumental Madrid and visits to the 18th-century Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and vast Plaza Mayor. Enjoy Spain’s lively cultural capital, Barcelona, on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Iceland

Price: From approximately $5,942 per person, double occupancy, including air from Dallas-Fort Worth* ($5,595 air and land inclusive plus $347 airline taxes and fees) *Flights and air pricing also available from other US cities.

Discover Iceland's remarkable natural history and rich cultural heritage on this 11-day small group tour that traverses an astonishing land. Begin your journey in Borgarnes’ scenic environs, touring the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its lava field, fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region's charming capital, Akureyri. Call on a farm featuring famed Icelandic horses. View one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn, and its bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters; and stop at Godafoss, "waterfall of the gods." Encounter Glacial River Canyon National Park and Dettifoss, Iceland's "Niagara." Embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, based on seasonality, you may see thousands of seabirds. Visit fascinating Thingvellir National Park; Seljalandfoss, Iceland's most visited waterfall; Skogafoss waterfall with its rainbows; and the Skogar Folk Museum. Conclude your journey with two nights in Iceland’s sophisticated capital, Reykjavik.

Alaska Cruise

Price: From $3,295 per person, double occupancy (airfare not included)

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures. Accommodating 66 guests, the 143-foot Admiralty Dream was designed to go where large ships cannot—navigating guests to the best views possible of the surrounding nature-filled landscape. Experience Alaska up close as you watch for wildlife from skiffs or kayaks, and learn about the indigenous peoples of the region. On board the ship are your knowledgeable crew, Orbridge Expedition Leader, and expert naturalists who share their hospitality, uncanny knack for spotting wildlife, and fascinating secrets behind the bountiful beauty that surrounds you.

National Parks

Price: $3,995 per person/double occupancy (airfare not included)

Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature's beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West!