Brandeis Travelers

Sydney, Australia
Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre

Travel the world with Brandeis  

Explore distant lands, experience other cultures and gain unique perspectives by traveling with Brandeis faculty experts and fellow alumni and friends. Whether sharing a meal, visiting a well-known landmark or exploring an off-the-beaten-path hidden treasure with a local guide, Brandeis travelers enjoy a uniquely "Brandeisian" experience: stimulating conversation, renowned faculty leaders and an in-depth look at a destination's rich history, traditions and culture. Make your next excursion the trip of a lifetime.

Upcoming Trips 


Italian Riviera & Chianti

Oct. 22-31, 2017

Tour Operator: AHI, Alumni Holidays International

$3645 per person (based on double occupancy), + VAT + airfare. View the package details.

View the itinerary and the brochure.

Faculty Leader: Joseph M. Wardwell

The Italian Riviera and Chianti, two of Italy’s most beloved regions, harmonize to offer a captivating blend of Mediterranean vistas and rolling countryside as well as fine wines and superb cuisine. From Sestri Levante, explore the Italian Riviera, including Portofino, Camogli and the seaside towns of the renowned Cinque Terre. Then, travel to Chianti in the heart of Tuscany and stay in the historic town of Radda. Sample Chianti wine produced from the local vineyards. See the highlights of Florence, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. Visit Siena, Florence’s powerful medieval rival. Explore the hill towns of Castellina and San Gimignano and visit the enchanting Colle di Val d’Elsa.

For more information, please contact AHI at 800.323.7373 and reference the Brandeis departure.


Paradores & Pousadas

Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal

Nov. 6-20, 2017

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

$3595 per person (based on double occupancy) *air inclusive from Boston or New York. *Taxes and fees are additional at $683 for a total of $4,278 from Boston or New York. Singles are an additional $995 (limited availablity).

Faculty Leader: Charles McClendon

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Journey to the Iberian Peninsula, to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas and explore medieval monasteries, historic fortresses and stately palaces, each reflecting the spirit of the region.  Fall under the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past—and the pull of its vibrant, contemporary life. Begin your 15-day journey in Lisbon touring the capital’s highlights, including the Belem Tower, and take an excursion to the National Palace of Queluz. Travel through picturesque Alentejo, a region of olive groves and vineyards, to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas. The town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure-trove of Portuguese, Roman and Moorish heritage. Travel to Merida on the Spanish border to see its outstanding Roman ruins.

In Spain’s Andalucia region, discover the beauty and romance of Seville, the inspiration for Carmen and Don Giovanni. Visit the renowned Catédral, the world’s largest Gothic building. Tour the Old Quarter, built around the magnificent Mezquita mosque, and other highlights in Cordoba. Spend two nights in charming Ronda and then travel to Granada, the former Moorish stronghold set dramatically in the Sierra Nevada. Tour its renowned fortress, the Alhambra and Generalife gardens. A visit to medieval Toledo is a tour highlight en route to Madrid. End your journey in Spain’s urbane capital and visit the imposing 18th-century Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and vast Plaza Mayor.

For more information, please contact Odysseys Unlimited at 888.370.6765 and reference the Nov. 2017 Brandeis departure.

Sydney Operal House

Exploring Australia and New Zealand

Jan. 3-24, 2018

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Faculty Leader: Dan Perlman

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From $8,984 per person (based on double occupancy), total price air and land inclusive from Los Angeles, CA (includes airline taxes and fees of $389). Land-only package starts at $7,895 per person. based on double occupancy. Single accommodations are an additional $1,995 (limited availability). Please see the brochure for complete details

Discover the allure of the “Land Down Under” with Brandeis Travelers on a journey of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand. From the Great Barrier Reef, to the storied Outback, to the historic Sydney Opera House, to the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound, experience the natural splendor and cultural diversity of these fascinating countries on a 22-day tour.

Our exclusive tour will be led by Dan Perlman, professor of biology and environmental studies at Brandeis. Professor Perlman will share his knowledge of ecology, evolution, animal behavior and conservation biology as we explore the region’s remarkable ecosystems and unique wildlife.

For more information, please contact Odysseys Unlimited at 888.370.6765 and reference the Brandeis departure.


Weekend Getaway to Iceland 

Feb. 15-19, 2018

Tour Operator: Discover Europe

Faculty Leader: Dave Roberts

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$2,180 per person, including airfare from Boston or New York, based on double occupancy, single supplement $290. Prices are available from other departure cities. 

Accommodations are available at The Raddison Blu Saga, Reykjavik. 

Join Brandeis Travelers as we explore the wonders of authentic Iceland on a custom-crafted weekend getaway to the Land of Fire and Ice. From steamy hot springs to breathtaking scenery, Iceland is the perfect destination to explore, relax and unwind. Iceland is a land of contrasts. Enormous glaciers frozen around active volcanoes. Geothermal hot springs are blanketed with quiet snowfall. Rich history contrasts with modern comforts and culture. Perhaps the greatest draw is the Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights - as this is the best time of year to attempt to see them.

To reserve your space or for a program brochure and registration materials, contact Discover Europe at (866) 563-7077 or

Stockholm Harbor

Changing Tides of History: Cruising The Baltic Sea

June 11-19, 2018

Tour Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company

Faculty Leader: Irina Dubinina

Acclaimed Guest Speakers: Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland, and Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev

Ship: Star Breeze

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Pricing from $6,495 based on double-occupancy, plus air and taxes if booked by Nov. 17 (EBD). Cabin category and occupancy info available upon request. Prices for all departures are subject to change. Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable five-country, seven-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland, and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the Star Breeze, from Stockholm to Copenhagen, with an excursion included in every port. Enjoy two days exploring UNESCO World Heritage-designated St. Petersburg, including specially arranged extended hours at the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and Peter the Great’s Petrodvorets. Revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland, and explore the picturesque Danish island of Bornholm. Splendors of Stockholm pre-cruise and Wonders of Norway post-cruise options.

For additional information or to indicate early interest, please contact Gohagan and Company at 800-922-3088 and reference the Brandeis University departure.  Brochures will be available in September.


Please contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at to be added to our mailing list for upcoming departures.  Brochures will be posted online and mailed as soon as they are available.

Travel Insurance 

Meyer and Associates

Brandeis Alumni Travel Program works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for our Brandeis travelers. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip with TripAssure Travel Insurance Services (TripAssure) and Travel Insured International (TII). Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements.  

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For more information, please call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801, or enroll online.  

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis Faculty

Travel Insurance

L. Kranc

“With the Brandeis Alumni Travel program, we experience a country, rather than simply visiting it. Our fellow travelers are engaged, adventurous and well-informed.” 

Lisa Kranc '75, Brandeis traveler and University Trustee

Prof. Singh
Prof. Harleen Singh, India, 2015

Many tours are led by world-class Brandeis faculty who, in concert with local guides and experts, enrich the journey with lectures and interactive discussions. Traveling with Brandeis faculty offers a dynamic experience, one with endless possibilities for exploration, learning and connection.

Travel Insurance

Meyer and Associates

For trip insurance call: 800-635-7801


Brandeis Travel Program Contact:

Alyson Saykin,  Director of Special Programs

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