The Vanderbilt Travel Program

From seasoned Vanderbilt alumni travelers to those who have never taken a Vanderbilt trip before, the Vanderbilt Travel Program trips are designed to fit any lifestyle, educational travel interest and budget. Each trip pairs unique educational opportunities with the exceptional destinations for which Vanderbilt travel is known.

The Vanderbilt Travel Program strives to engage Vanderbilt alumni, parents and friends of all ages, keeping them connected with each other and the mission of Vanderbilt. Each carefully designed trip offers unparalleled educational opportunities, many with Vanderbilt professors, for an exclusive "beyond the classroom" experience. 

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Upcoming trips

March 03, 2017

Cuba: Revolution to Evolution

Sold Out: Wait List Sign Up Available

Featuring Professor Rebecca VanDiver, assistant professor of history of art

March 04, 2017

Paris: City of Lights

Featuring Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art

March 26, 2017

Australia: The Land Down Under

April 02, 2017

Bordeaux River Cruise

April 14, 2017

WWI History Cruise

June 01, 2017

Scottish Highlands, Islands and Norwegian Fjords

Sold Out: Wait List Sign Up Available

June 09, 2017

Classic Germany

Featuring Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts

June 14, 2017

The Galapagos Islands

Featuring Alistair Sponsel, assistant professor of history. Limited space remaining.

July 17, 2017

A Portrait of Ireland

Featuring Roger Moore, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, principal senior lecturer in English

August 03, 2017

Baltic Ballads: London to Stockholm

Featuring Kontstantin V Kustanovich, professor of Russian, emeritus

August 16, 2017

East Greenland: The Northern Lights

Featuring Professor Molly Miller, professor of earth and environmental sciences, emerita

September 16, 2017

Flavors of Spain

Featuring Francille Bergquist, professor of Spanish, emerita, and former associate dean of the College of Arts and Science

September 17, 2017

Great Trains and Grand Canyons

September 30, 2017

The Capitals and Coastlines of Canada and New England

October 06, 2017

Return to Rome: The Eternal City

Featuring Tracy Barrett, senior lecturer in Italian, emerita

October 28, 2017

Insider's Japan

November 01, 2017

The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chile

Featuring Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion, and Culture and Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies

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Featured Trip

East Greenland: The Northern Lights

Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the best displays of the northern lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormilt and its inhabitants offer you a rare connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land, just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

Why Travel With VU?

"Wonderful! A great experience. Life long goal to see D-Day beaches. First time traveling with a tour group. Superb!"
Ted Baker–Coastal France 2016

"The very best trip I’ve ever had! The guide was very knowledgeable, thorough, available and attentive to every detail. All arrangements for our hike up to Machu Pichhu were taken care of—the highlight of my trip!"
Katy Towers–Machu Picchu and the Desert Kingdoms of Peru 2016

"Lovely experience—our second with Vanderbilt and we will certainly look for trips to make again!"
Caroline Chester–Rhine River Cruise 2016

"We were blessed and impressed. Thankful for the opportunity and grateful for all the efforts and finishing touches that Vanderbilt accounted for."
Nancy Palmer-Gift–Scotland: Highlands and Islands 2016

"The trip moved at a wonderful pace and consisted of great timing in avoiding the crowds. Sherrie and I will be basking in our pleasant memories of this trip for many months to come."
Barry Fox–Italian Riviera 2016

Best of Travel 2016

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Contact the Travel Office

Cary Allyn
Director, Vanderbilt Travel Program
Tel: (615) 322-3673
Fax: (615) 343-5730

Hellen Willett
Program Assistant, Vanderbilt Travel Program
Tel: (615) 322-8919
Fax: (615) 343-5730