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

June 1, 2017 to June 9, 2017

Scottish Highlands, Islands and Norwegian Fjords

Sold Out: Wait List Sign Up Available

June 9, 2017 to June 23, 2017

Classic Germany

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

June 14, 2017 to June 21, 2017

The Galapagos Islands

Sold Out: Wait List Sign Up Available.

July 17, 2017 to July 28, 2017

A Portrait of Ireland

Sold Out: Wait list sign up available.

July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017

Portrait of Ireland II

August 3, 2017 to August 18, 2017

Baltic Ballads: London to Stockholm

Featuring Kontstantin V Kustanovich, professor of Russian, emeritus

August 16, 2017 to August 29, 2017

East Greenland: The Northern Lights

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

September 16, 2017 to September 24, 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 to September 22, 2017

Great Trains and Grand Canyons

Sold Out: Wait list sign up available.

September 30, 2017 to October 10, 2017

The Capitals and Coastlines of Canada and New England

October 6, 2017 to October 13, 2017

Return to Rome: The Eternal City

Featuring Tracy Barrett, senior lecturer in Italian, emerita

November 1, 2017 to November 11, 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

November 1, 2017 to November 13, 2017

Insider's Japan

December 6, 2017 to December 11, 2017

Holidays at Chateau Lake Louise

January 14, 2018 to January 24, 2018

Sophisticated Egypt: A Pharaonic Discovery

January 18, 2018 to February 1, 2018

The Pride of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, & Zimbabwe

February 6, 2018 to February 16, 2018

Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia

February 22, 2018 to March 2, 2018

Chocolate & Orchids: Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca

Featuring Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt, Professor of History

March 3, 2018 to March 10, 2018

Cuba: Revolution to Evolution

Featuring Frank Robinson, Assistant Professor of History, Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies

March 17, 2018 to March 26, 2018

Costa Rica: Preserving Paradise

April 17, 2018 to April 25, 2018


May 11, 2018 to May 23, 2018

In the Footsteps of St. James: El Camino de Santiago

Featuring Lori Catanzaro, Senior lecturer of Spanish & Portuguese

May 17, 2018 to May 25, 2018

Flavors of Sicily

Featuring William Caferro, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt, Professor of History

May 30, 2018 to June 8, 2018

The Lares Trek Adventure to Machu Picchu

Featuring Marshall Eakin, Professor of History, Faculty Director of Ingram Scholarship Program

June 12, 2018 to June 27, 2018

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

June 24, 2018 to July 2, 2018

The Alluring Aegean: Enchanting Greek Islands Aboard the Sea Cloud

Featuring Professor Betsey Robinson, Associate Professor of History of Art

July 9, 2018 to July 17, 2018

Circumnavigation of Iceland

July 23, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Polar Bears & Beluga Whales

July 27, 2018 to August 5, 2018

The Majestic Great Lakes

August 3, 2018 to August 10, 2018

Discover Southeast Alaska

August 13, 2018 to August 26, 2018

Journey Through Britain: England, Scotland, & Wales

August 27, 2018 to September 10, 2018

Pearls of Dalmatia: Dubrovnik & Hvar

August 27, 2018 to September 2, 2018

Toronto to Vancouver by Rail

September 8, 2018 to September 16, 2018

Town & Country Life: Languedoc

September 15, 2018 to September 26, 2018

Portrait of Portugal

September 30, 2018 to October 6, 2018

Hudson River Valley: Artistic Legacy & Splendid Estates

October 6, 2018 to October 17, 2018

Pearls of Italy

October 11, 2018 to October 25, 2018

Passage Along the Blue Danube: Vienna to Bucharest

November 2, 2018 to November 12, 2018

Medinas and Minarets of Morocco

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Featured Trip

Return to Rome: The Eternal City

No other city can outshine Rome, the Eternal City. No matter if you have visited Rome before, you will discover that eh further you go, the deeper it is. Surrounded by antiquity, on a leisurely walk you can encounter a thousand years of history as well as the latest fashion trends before stopping for a gelato or a frothy cappuccino. On this week in Rome, we’ll explore with Vanderbilt Alumni’s Study Leader the Borghese Gallery, Ara Pacis, Colosseum, Forum Romanum among other visits and open special venues such as the Vatican gardens and the American Academy in Rome. Outside of the city in Tivoli we’ll visit Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este as well as the ancient port city of Ostia. Our home in Rome will be the VOI Hotel Donna Camilla Savelli, a beautifully restored 17th century convent in the Trastevere District designed by Francesco Borromini with updated modern amenities, a lovely garden and a glorious rooftop patio with a stunning view of Rome. Join Vanderbilt on this exclusive educational program showcasing the glories of ancient Rome.

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 2017

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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