Join alumni and friends on an exciting travel adventure to one of these fascinating destinations.
The NIU Alumni Association will guide travelers along the way, provide pre-trip assistance, send informational packets and offer an enjoyable, worry-free travel experience.
All prices are per person based on double occupancy; a limited number of single supplements are available. Touring itineraries are subject to change.
For more information, call the NIU Office of Alumni Relations at (815) 753-1512 or email [email protected].
March 7 to 15, 2014
Discover dazzling palaces, ancient monasteries, Roman ruins, seaside villages, colorful markets, mouth-watering cuisine, and traditional Fado as we tour sunny Portugal. We’ll see the 16th-century Roman aqueduct in the medieval walled city of Evora, visit a family-operated vineyard and cork factory, learn about the production of the famed azulejo tiles, and experience the delight of the famous Caves Croft wines from the Douro Valley. We will overnight in Nazare, Evora, and Lisbon.
Holland Tulips River Cruise (Limited Availability)
April 24 to May 2, 2014
Cost: Haydn Deck $3,989; Strauss Deck $4,459; Mozart Deck $4,689
This river cruise takes you through picturesque Holland and Belgium during tulip time. We’ll include a city tour of Amsterdam, discover St. Baafs Cathedral in medieval Ghent, explore Antwerp, visit the windmills at Kinderdijk, and tour the famous and brilliantly colorful Keukenhof Gardens in Utrecht. Enjoy the comfort of European river cruising with all overnights onboard the luxurious MS Amadeus Elegant.
Pacific Northwest Grandeur
June 19 to 28, 2014
Surround yourself with stunning mountains, ancient forests, rugged beaches, dense rainforest, and resident wildlife on our Pacific Northwest adventure. In Seattle, we’ll take in the panoramic vistas from the Space Needle, enjoy colorful Pike Place Market, and ride the gondola to the top of Crystal Mountain. The Victoria Clipper ferry will take us through Puget Sound to Victoria, where an old-fashioned, seaside-town atmosphere and Butchart Gardens await. Along the Oregon coast, we’ll visit Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark’s winter encampment of 1805, and cruise along the Columbia River.
- Classical Greece: Discover the iconic landmarks, archeological sites, scenic vistas, museums, and easy-going ambiance of Greece in a land tour that takes you to exotic places such as the Sacred Way in ancient Delphi, the Meteora Monasteries north of Kalambaka, and the Acropolis of Athens, the cradle of civilization. We’ll also do a little island-hopping to a couple of our favorites in the Greek Isles.
- Romantic Rome: With its historical magnificence, mighty ruins, superb art, and amazing Italian cuisine, Rome has attracted the world’s people for centuries. We’ll visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and the Roman Forum; take a day trip to Pompeii; and take time to relax at one of the many luxurious cafes.