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Cruise Program
Airfare Included
July
August
Europe
Danube Delights with Prague
July 24 - August 2, 2024
$5,499
Go Next

Old World charm and captivating architecture await on this 7-night Danube River cruise aboard Emerald Cruises’ Emerald Destiny.

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Train Program
July
North America
August
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail
July 30-August 5, 2024
$6,995
Orbridge

Waitlist only

Join this once-in-a-lifetime train trip across Canada, a small-group journey (26 guests maximum) from Toronto across the expanse of five provinces, through the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Northwest.

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Train Program
Fall
Africa
September
Elephants
August 10-24, 2024
$10,995
Orbridge

Waitlist Only

Feat. Dr. Elias Bongmba, Professor of Religion; Faculty Associate, Wiess College during the  August departure. 

Explore the diverse sights of four African countries during this private train expedition. This specially curated journey takes you through the inspiring landscapes of South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, all without the hassle of inland flights or having to re-pack suitcases each day.

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Cruise Program
Summer
North America
August
Discover Southeast Alaska
August 16-23, 2024
$4,995
Orbridge

Join us for a summertime expedition through some of nature's more secluded landscapes as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage aboard the 76-guest Chichagof Dream.

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Land Program
September
Europe
A Jeffersonian View of Northern Italy
September 10-19, 2024
$6,795
ISDI

Feat. John B. Boles ’65,  William P. Hobby Professor Emeritus

Join beloved Traveling Owls study leader John Boles as he returns to Italy for an autumn adventure tracing the real-life travels and Italian influences on our third president, Thomas Jefferson.

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Landing Page
Airfare Included
September
Europe
Rice Exclusive
Arches
September 12-26, 2024
$5,984
Odysseys Unlimited

Feat. Arthur Gottschalk, Professor of Composition and Theory, The Shepherd School of Music

Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history, culture, and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As your small group, limited to 24 travelers, journeys from Zagreb to beloved Dubrovnik on a captivating 15-day exploration, see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all visitors.

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Land Program
Cruise Program
Airfare Included
September
North America
Lobster
September 21-27, 2024
$3,949
Premier World Discovery

From the iconic lighthouses perched along sparkling bays to Portland's cobblestone streets boasting award-winning restaurants, Maine offers unique landscapes and experiences for everyone.

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Land Program
Europe
September
October
Airfare Included
Rice Exclusive
Ancient Empires: Amalfi Coast with Sicily and Malta
September 26-October 11, 2024
$5,774
Odysseys Unlimited

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.

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Land Program
Fall
Africa
October
November
Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley
October 26-November 8, 2024
$6,795
Orbridge

Wander the fabled land of pharaohs and kings, where colossal pyramids, legendary tombs, and towering temples cascade across the terrain. The mighty Nile River welcomes you for an unhurried journey that reveals seemingly limitless vistas of infinite deserts contrasted by metropolitan cities.

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Land Program
October
November
North America
Dog sled
October 27-November 1, 2024
$7,995
Orbridge

Feat. Dr. Kirsten Siebach, Assistant Professor, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

We are thrilled to present you with a special opportunity to witness one of the largest confluences of polar bears in the world. Much like the bears themselves, visitors make their way to Churchill each fall when temperatures drop, brimming with anticipation.

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Cruise Program
Winter
December
Antarctica
Whale tail
December 8-17, 2024
$10,755
Lindblad Expeditions

Feat. Dr. Scott Solomon, Associate Teaching Professor of BioSciences.

Inspiring. Exhilarating. Remote and spectacular. Antarctica! Join us for an amazing adventure and up-close encounters. Discover the Antarctic Peninsula, where endless white mountains roll to the horizon and massive glaciers churn icebergs into the sea.

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No Single Supplement
Cruise Program
December
Europe
Holiday Markets Cruise ~ The Festive Rhine River
December 11-19, 2024
$2,995
AHI Travel

Feel the magic of the holidays in Germany and France on a seven-night Rhine River cruise! Celebrate centuries-old traditions in festive markets aglow with twinkling lights and good cheer and overflowing with handmade decorations and other treasures.

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Land Program
February
March
Australia
Kangaroos
February 24-March 10, 2025
From $7,699
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Let your senses come alive as you uncover the secrets and treasures of the fabulous Down Under on this 14-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Embark in Auckland and watch for dolphins, whales, and blue penguins as they dance through the sparkling waves as you venture towards Rotorua.

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Cruise Program
Summer
Europe
April
Tulips and the Rhine
April 3-10, 2025
From $3,899
Go Next

Embark on a mesmerizing 7-night river cruise through the Netherlands and Germany, culminating in the enchanting beauty of Switzerland. Immerse yourself in a captivating journey filled with alluring history, awe-inspiring architecture, and nature.

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Spring
April
Europe
Cruise Program
Santorini
April 7-15, 2025
From $6,795
Orbridge

Embark upon a captivating journey cruising the Aegean Sea, weaving through a tapestry of enchanting destinations and cultural coastal gems of Greece and Turkey.

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South America
April
Land Program
Machu Picchu
April 9-17, 2025
From $4,995
Orbridge

Discover the ancient wonders of Cusco, dubbed the “Archaeological Capital of South America.” You will board the Vistadome train to reach Machu Picchu’s untouched stone citadel. Take flight over the Nazca Lines—a thrilling opportunity to view the mysterious soil carvings from above.

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Land Program
April
May
Europe
Legendary Turkey
April 22-May 6, 2025
From $5,892
Odysseys Unlimited

Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. With its ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and dramatic Turquoise Coast, Türkiye engages and beguiles, offering your small group an unparalleled experience.

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Land Program
Europe
May
Spring
Southern Italy & Sicily  with Apulia & the Amalfi Coast
May 5-19, 2025
From $6,774
Odysseys Unlimited

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and distinctive traditions join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region.

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Asia
May
Land Program
Landing Page
Seoul, Korea
May 13-28, 2025
From $8,495
AHI

Experience the allure of South Korea and Japan on a first-class, 14-night adventure that features the highlights of Seoul, Busan, Kyoto and Tokyo! In Seoul, visit the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace, a traditional hanok village and the Hwaseong Fortress.

Trip Tags
Adventure
Spring
Africa
May
Land Program
Africa’s Wildlife
May 18-31, 2025
From $9,984
Odysseys Unlimited

Feat. Dr. Cin-Ty Lee, Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Glimpse a world primeval on this singular 14-day safari through some of Southern Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. On this small group tour limited to 24 travelers, encounter one of the planet’s last unspoiled natural refuges – the African savannah.

Trip Tags
Summer
North America
Land Program
June
Yellowstone herd
June 13-21, 2025
From $5,695
Orbridge

Join us on an immersive adventure through the heart of America's most captivating landscapes, traversing the wildlife-rich terrain of Custer State Park, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Park.

Trip Tags
Europe
June
July
Land Program
Landing Page
Easy Company Tour
June 23-July 5, 2025
From $8,299
WWII Museum

In the decades since its 2001 premiere, the men of Easy Company have become world famous, with their actions recounted and steps retraced from England to the Eagle’s Nest. Join us on this personal journey to the beaches, bridges, cities, and villages where the legendary Easy Company fought the crucial battles across Europe and changed the course of history.

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Cruise Program
Summer
Europe
June
Wild Iceland Escape
June 24-July 1, 2025
From $8,140
Lindblad

Discover the legacy of Viking explorers and intrepid fishermen in the land of fire and ice aboard the 148- guest National Geographic Explorer. Venture over the remote fjords, volcanic isles and snow-capped plateaus.

Trip Tags
North America
Land Program
August
July
Airfare Included
Canadian Rockies
July 30-August 9, 2025
From $7,291
Odysseys Unlimited

One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies offer bountiful rewards for outdoor lovers. Amid stunning alpine scenery, this 11-day adventure shared by no more than 24 fellow travelers offers a feast for the eyes – and the spirit.

Trip Tags
North America
August
Land Program
Wild Alaska Escape
August 6-11, 2025
From $4,952
Lindblad

Discover wild Alaska through an unrivaled experience. The 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird is nimble enough to navigate narrow channels and effortlessly trace the jagged coasts so you can experience massive glaciers up close.

Trip Tags
Africa
August
Land Program
Kenya Safari
August 6-16, 2025
From $6,995
Orbridge

Feat. Dr. Elias Bongmba, Professor of Religion; Faculty Associate, Wiess College during the  August departure. 

Venture with us into the heart of Kenya's wilderness during this 11-day epic journey. Alongside expert guides, gain unparalleled access to Kenya's national parks, reserves, and conservancies with opportunities to witness The Big 5 and a plethora of other wildlife in their natural environment.

Trip Tags
Airfare Included
Asia
Fall
Land Program
Africa
August
September
Stonehenge
August 25-September 14, 2025
From $84,995
Orbridge

Step aboard a private Boeing 767 jet plane for a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure to discover some of the world’s greatest icons, destinations, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids, Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Angkor Wat, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, to name a few.

Trip Tags
Europe
September
Cruise Program
Croatia
September 1-11, 2025
From $4,099
Go Next

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Mediterranean on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Embark in Venice and set sail for Zadar.

Trip Tags
Europe
September
Land Program
Fall
Provincial French Countryside
September 3-17, 2025
From $6,597
Odysseys Unlimited

Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and in a unique style in a small group limited to 24 travelers. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, this 15-day journey features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy.

Trip Tags
Land Program
September
North America
Northern Lights & Wildlife of Manitoba
September 5-10, 2025
From $7,995
Orbridge

Journey to the great Canadian North for a once-in-a-lifetime eco-adventure highlighted by four nights at an outstanding wilderness lodge run by a family of outfitters with a proven record of providing guests with the area's finest outdoor activities. In the evenings, bundle up and venture out under the stars to observe the northern lights.

Trip Tags
Europe
Land Program
September
Flavors of Tuscany
September 11-19, 2025
From $5,995
Orbridge

Join our small group for an unforgettable journey to Italy's enchanting Tuscany region—the bucolic, rolling countryside that provides endless inspiration for artisans, chefs, and vintners alike.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Spring
Europe
No Single Supplement
September
Romance of the Douro River
September 23-October 4, 2025
From $4,995
AHI

Discover the treasures of Portugal on this handcrafted 10-night program, featuring three nights in Lisbon and a seven-night cruise through the Douro River Valley.

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Land Program
October
Africa
Treasures of Egypt
October 4-19, 2025
From $6,597
Odysseys Unlimited

From the riches of Cairo and the Pyramids to the fertile Nile valley, and from the rescued temples of Abu Simbel to ancient Alexandria on the Mediterranean, Egypt overflows with treasures that our small group encounters on this unique and well-paced journey through antiquity.

Traveling Owls

The Rice Alumni Traveling Owls program serves as a catalyst for lifelong learning and strengthens bonds between Rice University alumni and friends. With a commitment to education, engagement, exploration and excellence, the Traveling Owls program is designed to create exciting intellectual itineraries unlike any other travel opportunities, while sustaining enthusiasm for knowledge and building relationships among fellow Owls.