Travel Opportunities

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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 eight 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.

If you have any questions about TCU's travel program, please contact Kristi McLain Hoban '75 at 817-257-5427 or by email at k.hoban@tcu.edu

New Zealand

Price: From approximately $9,384, per person, double occupancy from Dallas-Fort Worth* ($8,995 air and land inclusive plus $389 airline taxes and fees) *Flights and pricing available from other US cities.

Your remarkable 22-day 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.

Click here for additional details and to reserve your space. Very few spaces remaining!

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.

The Galapagos trip is Sold Out. However, several spots on the six-day extension to Machu Picchu, March 14-19, are still available. Click here to view the brochure (Machu Picchu trip on panel 6).

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.

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Majestic Great Lakes Trip

Price: From $5,999 per person, double occupancy
Chicago to Toronto (10 nights)

Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Embarking in the cultural hub of Chicago, you’ll leave the Windy City and cruise scenic Lake Michigan on your way to the idyllic Victorian atmosphere of Mackinac Island. Traverse the legendary Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, the Midwest’s oldest city; sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay; and explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island. Celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Cap off your cruise by experiencing the immensity and grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel before disembarking in Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

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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!

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