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February
Africa
Rice Exclusive
Airfare Included
Moroccan Discovery
Feb. 13-26, 2024
$5,779
Odysseys Unlimited

Feat. Alejandro Chaoul ’06, Glasscock School for Continuing Studies faculty member

This land of dramatic contrasts invites visitors to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. On this 14-day small group tour, limited to 24 travelers, you open your eyes, and heart, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
Airfare Included
February
March
Australia
Dazzling Oceania - Australia & New Zealand
Feb. 24 - Mar 10, 2024
$7,599
Go Next

From striking glaciers to sparkling beaches, find adventure in the great Down Under on this 15-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. Embark in Auckland and watch for dolphins, whales, and blue penguins as you make way for the Bay of Islands.

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February
March
Asia
Land Program
Airfare Included
Rice Exclusive
Fishing Boats
Feb. 26-Mar. 11, 2024
$4,497
Odysseys Unlimited

Waitlist Only

Encounter Vietnam's breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 15-day journey. Joining a small group limited to 24 travelers, see the country's many highlights and spend two days in the beautiful, remote Mekong Delta.

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No Single Supplement
Cruise Program
April
May
Europe
Landing Page
Dutch Waterways
April 29 - May 7, 2024
$3,395
AHI Travel

Embark on a carefree, seven-night cruise along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium brimming with centuries of history and Old-World splendor!

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Cruise Program
Europe
Spring
May
European Coastal Civilizations
May 2 - 11, 2024
$6,295
Gohagan & Co.

Feat. guest speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II

Explore the storied legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France, and England and commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on this 8-night cruise itinerary.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Summer
North America
May
 Southwest National Parks
May 8-16, 2024
$4,995
Orbridge

Join fellow travelers on a journey to the exceptional national parks and monuments of the Southwest. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views from the park's rim. Admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon's narrow sandstone walls.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
Airfare Included
Europe
Ottomans & Oracles
May 11 - 21, 2024
$4,999
Go Next

Explore the history, charm, and majestic waters of the Aegean Sea on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Vista. Spend a day in Istanbul and meander the grand spice markets.

Trip Tags
May
Europe
Land Program
Airfare Included
Rice Exclusive
Landing Page
Paradores and Pousadas
May 13-27, 2024
$5,374
Odysseys Unlimited

Set out on a distinctive small group journey, limited to 24 travelers, through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain's paradores and Portugal's pousadas: medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces, each reflecting the spirit of its region.

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Land Program
Rice Exclusive
Featured
Europe
A Musical Interlude in Paris
May 14-20, 2024
$6,495
ISDI

Waitlist Only

Feat. Matthew Loden, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music

The Traveling Owls and the Shepherd School of Music are delighted to invite Rice alumni and friends on an enchanting journey through the City of Lights' rich musical heritage.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
No Single Supplement
Europe
Summer
May
June
Cruise Ship
May 29-June 6, 2024
$4,495
Orbridge

Awaken your senses as you explore the French countryside, sailing the picturesque Rhône and Saône Rivers.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Europe
Summer
No Single Supplement
May
June
Flavors of Northern Italy
May 31-June 8, 2024; or Sept. 6-14, 2024
$4,995
Orbridge

Join our small group in one of our trips during May or September for a nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy, a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes and the wonderful Italians who conjure them with time-honored techniques.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Rice Exclusive
Europe
June
Airfare Included
Featured
Stunning Scotland
June 1-12, 2024
$6,496
Odysseys Unlimited

Feat. Reception hosted by President Reginald DesRoches

"My heart's in the Highlands," said Robert Burns as will you, while traveling from city to country, mainland to island, on this sweet 12-day journey. From loch to glen, encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans in a small group limited to 24 travelers.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
Airfare Included
July
August
Europe
Danube Delights with Prague
July 24 - Aug. 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.

Trip Tags
Train Program
July
North America
August
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail
July 30-Aug. 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.

Trip Tags
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.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
Summer
North America
August
Discover Southeast Alaska
Aug. 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.

Trip Tags
Land Program
September
Europe
A Jeffersonian View of Northern Italy
Sept. 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.

Trip Tags
Landing Page
Airfare Included
September
Europe
Rice Exclusive
Arches
Sept. 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.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Cruise Program
Airfare Included
September
North America
Lobster
Sept. 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.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Europe
September
October
Airfare Included
Rice Exclusive
Ancient Empires: Amalfi Coast with Sicily and Malta
Sept. 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.

Trip Tags
Land Program
Fall
Africa
October
November
Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley
Oct. 26-Nov. 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.

Trip Tags
Land Program
October
November
North America
Dog sled
Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2024
$7,995
Orbridge

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.

Trip Tags
Cruise Program
Winter
December
Antarctica
Whale tail
Dec. 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.

Trip Tags
No Single Supplement
Cruise Program
December
Europe
Holiday Markets Cruise ~ The Festive Rhine River
Dec. 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.

Trip Tags
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.

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.