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An Exciting Experiential Adventure


June 9-14, 2024 | from $3995 + air

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Journey into the scenic wilds of America’s most northern state through Alaska’s rugged forests and wildlife. Your destination: the magnificent six-million-acre Denali National Park and Reserve.

Familiarize yourself with the park, walking its trails with a guide, and choose from optional excursions to personalize your adventure.

Keep binoculars close at hand: this dazzling and vast wilderness is home to Dall sheep, eagles, wolves, migrating caribou, and grizzly bears—and catching sight of them is a thrill not soon forgotten.

A final highlight of this adventure includes an afternoon traveling aboard the historic Alaska Railroad with superior viewing from your upgraded glass-dome seat.

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Reserve today online, by calling 866-639-0079, or by contacting program host Britt Yates Jones ’84 at 325-670-1377 / travel@xx-toy.com.

PLAN WITH CONFIDENCE! Reservations made 121+ days prior to the departure date may be cancelled within 30 days from the reservation date for a full refund. 

Everything a River Cruise Adventure Should Be


12-day, 10-night “Grand Tour” of Europe featuring an incredible combination of river, rail, lake, and mountain travel from Amsterdam to Zermatt.

July 10-21, 2024 | from approximately $4,295 plus air

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Journey through the Netherlands, Germany,  France, and Switzerland, cruising the Moselle and Rhine rivers on this 10-night itinerary, which includes a 6‑night river cruise and 4 nights in the Swiss Alps—featuring the Matterhorn and Mount Pilatus. Ride aboard 3 legendary railways—the Gornegrat Bahn for views of the Matterhorn; the Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt; and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Also enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enhance your “Grand Tour” with the Amsterdam Pre-Program Option. We are proud to partner with professional alumni travel company Gohagan to bring you this experience.

12 Day Itinerary

1   Depart home city

2   Amsterdam, the Netherlands/ Embark Amadeus Queen

3   Cologne, Germany

4   Cochem

5   Koblenz/Rüdesheim

6   Mannheim for Heidelberg

7   Strasbourg, France

8   Basel, Switzerland/Disembark Amadeus Queen/Bern/Lucerne

9   Lucerne

10  Lucerne/Zermatt

11   Zermatt

12   Zermatt/Geneva/Return to home city

Itinerary Highlights

  • Retrace the “Grand Tour,” a traditional European holiday taken by aristocratic young ladies and gentlemen of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries.
  • Explore Cologne’s Old Town and see the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kölner Dom.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of charming Cochem with a visit to the Imperial Reichsburg castle.
  • Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Middle Rhine Valley to see Lorelei Rock.
  • Travel from Mannheim to Heidelberg, a highlight of the historical “Grand Tours.”
  • Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated La Petite France in Strasbourg.
  • Tour Switzerland’s capital city of Bern, including its beautifully preserved, UNESCO-inscribed Old Town.
  • Reach Mount Pilatus’ 7,000‑foot summit by panoramic gondola for a 360-degree vista.


  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if you made your air arrangements through
    Gohagan & Company. (If you made your own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included.)
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Hospitality desk.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.

Amadeus Queen Exclusively Chartered Deluxe River Boat

  • 84 spacious river-view suites and staterooms.
  • Deluxe amenities of a luxury hotel.
  • Complimentary house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner.

The Legendary Railways of the Swiss Alps

  • The Gornergrat Bahn is Switzerland’s oldest electrified cog railway where—in the span of 5 miles—you will climb nearly 5,000 feet from Zermatt to lofty Gornergrat.
  • Lucerne’s Pilatus Railway offers breathtaking views of Swiss farms and forests along its 3-mile route from the summit of Mount Pilatus to the shores of Lake Lucerne.
  • The Glacier Express is an engineering marvel that penetrates the mountain barrier separating the cantons of Valais and Uri.

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Amsterdam Pre-Program Option Lined with iconic canals and stately 16th- and 17thcentury merchant houses, Amsterdam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the quintessential conclusion to your “grand tour” of Europe. Take a full‑day excursion to quaint Edam and historic Hoorn. Enjoy accommodations for 2 nights in an ideally located luxury hotel. Click here for Pre-Program Details.

The Pre-Program Option is available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

A Vibrant Encounter with Magnificent Nature 


Boston-Nova Scotia-Quebec-Montreal
September 25 – October 6, 2024

11 nights aboard Nautica | Oceania Cruises

Starting price $4,799 | includes roundtrip airfare and a stateroom choice of 6 free shore excursions or $600 shipboard credit.

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Immerse yourself in wild and natural wonders on this 11-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica.

Embark in Boston and set sail for Portland, Maine. Explore the charm of Portland as you meander through its lively downtown area or enjoy the lovely waterfront and parks.

Cruise to Saint John where you can catch a glimpse of Reversing Falls—a mesmerizing tidal phenomenon. Get a taste of Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney with local fare.

Old Quebec is a historic neighborhood of Quebec City, the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Bask in the natural beauty of Havre Saint Pierre and the astonishing rock formations of the Mingan Archipelago.

Continue your journey through wild wonders in Sept-Iles and hike to the lookout point of Grand Basque Island before visiting Baie Comeau.

In Saguenay, indulge your flair for the French—enjoy a flamboyant performance at the Théâtre Palais Municipal depicting the founding of the area.

Before completing your tour in Montréal, stop in Quebec City for high tea at the iconic Château Frontenac.

Montreal Post-Program Tour Don’t just wave at your port city from the deck—extend your trip with an overnight land stay and city exploration. Spend more time with your feet on the ground and immerse yourself in local culture with engaging tours led by an expert travel guide.

PLAN WITH CONFIDENCE! Cancellations made 121+ days before departure may be made for $150pp. Contact trip Britt Jones at (325) 670-1377 | travel@xx-toy.com, or call our tour operator Go Next Travel at (800) 842-9023.

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Relaxing and Immersive Exploration


November 4-14, 2024

11-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica.

Great starting price of $3,099 | includes roundtrip airfare and a stateroom choice of 6 free shore excursions or $600 shipboard credit.

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Take in art, architecture, history, and romance inspired by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment periods on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Begin in timeless Rome and set sail along the sunny Mediterranean.

Escape to Naples to see Pompeii, a preserved ancient Roman city once buried under the ashes of nearby Mt. Vesuvius.

French Riviera city street

Cruise the terracotta cliff-lined waters of the Amalfi Coast and visit Valletta to see the celebrated St. John’s Co-Cathedral.

Take in Italian Renaissance masterpieces in Florence and Pisa.

Experience the culture and history of Genoa as you meander the twisting caruggi (narrow streets) before relaxing amidst the stunning views and sophisticated architecture of Nice.

Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of Provence as the aroma of lavender fields and breathtaking views of the coastlines and mountainous areas sweep you away.

Before journey’s end in beautiful Barcelona, pop into Palma de Mallorca’s plentiful art galleries and admire the fascinating exhibits on display.

Rome Pre-Cruise Tour | Barcelona Post-Cruise Tour Don’t just wave at your port city from the deck—extend your trip with an overnight land stay and city exploration. Spend more time with your feet on the ground and immerse yourself in local culture with engaging tours led by an expert travel guide. Click HERE for the optional pre-cruise extension to ROME.  HERE is info about the post-cruise extension to BARCELONA.

PLAN WITH CONFIDENCE! Cancellations made 121+ days before departure may be made for $150pp. Contact trip Britt Jones at (325) 670-1377 | travel@xx-toy.com, or call our tour operator Go Next Travel at (800) 842-9023.
 Contact Britt Jones at (325) 670-1377 | travel@xx-toy.com, or call our tour operator Go Next Travel at (800) 842-9023.

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View of Florence at sunset with the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the Arno River

Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world located in Rome, Italy.


An Exciting Experiential Adventure


March 9 – March 21, 2025 | Open to only 28 guests so book soon!

14 days incl. 4 nights cruising the Nile River aboard a Dahabiya | from $6995 plus flight (Air services available)

Join us for a historical and cultural immersion into Egypt’s ancient treasures and timeless wonders.

From iconic landmarks to architectural marvels that have captivated the world for millennia, this land of pharaohs and pyramids is undeniably a crucial part of human history. Among the countless highlights—you’ll embark upon a private dahabiya sailing the tranquil Nile River, gaining rare access to ruins and temples during less occupied times.

On land, stay at five-star hotels, each a sanctuary of comfort and luxury. This unhurried journey reveals Egypt’s monumental historical events, staggering technological achievements, and compelling human stories.

This marvelous travel experience is limited to 28 guests, so book soon!

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Dahabayi on the Nile River


– Stand in awe before the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx, each an ancient marvel illustrating the enduring legacy of an incredible civilization.

– Delve deep into the annals of history at the Grand Egyptian Museum, where treasures from Egypt’s rich past come to life.

– Witness the grandeur of the Karnak Temple Complex—one of the largest religious buildings in the world, which includes contributions from approximately 30 pharaohs over thousands of years.

– Mid-journey, embark upon your private dahabiya—a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel—for four relaxing days and nights along the Nile River.

– Be captivated by the intricate carvings inside the unique temple of Kom Ombo.

– Visit Elephantine Island—the only ongoing excavation site open to tourists—to view its sacred temples and traditional Nubian villages.

– During an optional excursion (additional fee), visit the temples of Abu Simbel carved into a massive rock cliff, which were relocated and perfectly reconstructed after building the High Dam in the early 1960s.

Activity Level: Moderate

What’s Included

  • 7 nights luxury hotel accommodations
  • 4 nights accommodations aboard a stately dahabiya
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • All excursions listed on the 13-day itinerary including admission to sites and venues
  • Excursion transportation
  • Internal airfare from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
  • Gratuities to hotels, drivers, dahabiya staff, porters, and guides
  • Group airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested time

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Day 1: En Route from U.S.

Sunday, March 9, 2025

Day 2: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt
Monday, March 10, 2025
Settle into your luxurious accommodations with time to refresh and unwind—the remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Cairo itself is bustling with vibrant energy, as locals move about their daily lives. The city is an intriguing mix of modern skyscrapers juxtaposed with ancient mosques and bustling bazaars.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House

Day 3: Cairo | Giza
Tuesday, March 11, 2025
Awake to extraordinary views of pyramids and palm trees situated against Cairo’s expansive horizon.

Following breakfast view the iconic Great Pyramid—the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—and the Great Sphinx, impressively carved from a single mass of limestone atop the Giza Plateau. These monumental structures embody enigmatic technological and architectural sophistication of an ancient era. Standing before these marvels for the first time is awe-inspiring.

Step over to the Grand Egyptian Museum, a newly opened complex described as the largest archaeological museum in the world and host to more than 100,000 artifacts. Peruse the extensive exhibits of royal tombs, portraits, and pre-historic relics, and view King Tut’s entire treasure collection.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cairo
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
After breakfast visit the Egyptian village of Sakkara, home to one of the world’s oldest step pyramids—dating back over 4,600 years. Walking through the vast Sakkara necropolis, you’ll encounter rows of mastabas (burial tombs), each telling the story of individuals from Egypt’s distant past. Hieroglyphs and reliefs adorn the walls, illustrating the deep spiritual significance this place held for the ancient Egyptians.

Ascend to the top of Mokattam Hill to reach the Citadel of Cairo for a relaxing lunch overlooking the city. Then visit some of Cairo’s ancient Coptic churches to learn more about this minority ethnoreligious group.

Stroll through Khan El-Khalili, one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East. Founded in the 14th century, this lively open-air market (or souk) is a labyrinth of vendors selling colorful fresh spices, traditional foods and fabrics, and baubles and trinkets.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House (B,L)

Day 5: Cairo | Flight to Luxor
Thursday, March 13, 2025
After a boxed breakfast. check out of the hotel and transfer to Cairo International Airport for the group flight to Luxor.

Luxor exudes an air of reverence, as two historical sites of worship reside within its boundaries. Guided touring brings you into the grandeur of each.

Over 2,000 years old, the sprawling Karnak Temple Complex was a principal religious center in the New Kingdom. Spanning 200 acres across the city’s east bank, the site features massive statues, towering obelisks, intricate hieroglyphics, and the Avenue of Sphinxes.

Tonight explore the magnificent Luxor Temple and enjoy its illuminated beauty. Located in the center of the city, the impressive temple was buried for centuries before its full excavation was completed in 1960.

Dinner this evening is at leisure. Choose from various dining options at the hotel, including two on-site restaurants or a unique barbecue experience in the gardens, featuring a buffet and traditional meat kebabs served at your table.
Overnight: Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor (B,L)

Day 6: Luxor | Esna – Embarkation | Nile River
Friday, March 14, 2025
Following breakfast venture to the hallowed grounds of the Valley of the Kings, an ancient burial site of many influential Egyptian pharaohs and other prominent figures. The structural intricacy and ingenious architecture involved in designing the elaborately decorated tombs is astonishing. The multi-room, and often multi-level, chambers are adorned with carvings, inscriptions, and artwork. It’s no surprise archeologists continue to make new discoveries at this UNESCO World Heritage Site after nearly two centuries of excavations.

Admire the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, a multi-story structure built to honor one of the few female pharaohs of the New Kingdom. This grand temple, framed by massive limestone cliffs, is notable for its precise architectural features.

A short drive to Esna brings you to your sailing vessel and home-away-from-home on the Nile River for the following four days and nights.

During embarkation, settle into your stateroom and get acquainted with the welcoming common areas on your private dahabiya—a traditional Egyptian sailing boat, featuring wooden decks, billowing sails, and comfortable furnishings. Gather for a delicious lunch, and take advantage of leisure time to lounge on the sun deck as you watch the serene landscape pass by. The gentle lapping of the Nile’s waters against the boat creates a soothing soundtrack for your journey.

As night falls the air on the dahabiya takes on a magical quality. The clear Egyptian skies are a canvas for countless stars, and the river is peaceful. Relax on deck, stargazing and recounting highlights of the week’s adventures.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 7: Edfu | Nile
Saturday, March 15, 2025
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before joining your Egyptologist for a guided tour to El Kab—a less often visited site—where the air is sedate and contemplative. El Kab is one of upper Egypt’s oldest settlements, now a famous necropolis with ancient tombs of nobles and army generals. It’s a place where you can connect with the quieter, more introspective side of Egypt’s history. The rock-cut chapels and cliffside inscriptions tell stories of a civilization that was deeply rooted in spiritual beliefs.

Continue to Edfu for a guided tour of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus—the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt. Horus, the principal god of resurrection, is depicted in his role as avenger of his father, Osiris, who was murdered by his brother, Seth. Although construction of this temple was finished only a few decades before the rise of Antony and Cleopatra, its design reflects traditional pharaonic architecture.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to rejuvenate aboard the dahabiya. The elegantly appointed, modern staterooms are a tranquil oasis after full days of exploration. Feel a soft breeze waft through the open windows, bringing in the scent of the river and the surrounding greenery. You’ll find yourself sinking into plush bedding, savoring the restful ambiance.

This evening dine on a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties presented alongside a performance featuring local music and dancing.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 8: Edfu | Nile | Kom Ombo
Sunday, March 16, 2025
Sailing up the river, visit Gebel el-Silsila, an ancient quarry where pharaohs excavated sandstone and limestone blocks to build their temples and monuments. As you explore, notice the chisel marks left behind by artisans who toiled here thousands of years ago. This area also contains numerous tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

Return to the dahabiya to unwind during an afternoon of sailing. Join a discussion with one of the Egyptologists, kick back on a plush lounger with a refreshing drink, or simply gaze at the ever-changing scenery passing by. The sense of serenity is unmatched as you sail at a leisurely pace, allowing you to fully admire and appreciate the beauty of the Nile.

This evening gather with the group for a special barbecue dinner on a nearby island.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 9: Kom Ombo | Nile
Monday, March 17, 2025
Today set out for the fascinating temple of Kom Ombo, a rare double temple dedicated to two ancient gods: Sobek, the crocodile-headed deity, and Horus, the falcon-headed god. Inside, well-preserved reliefs and hieroglyphs cover the walls. Captive crocodiles were once kept within the temple, and mummified crocodiles can be seen in the sanctuary today. The temple’s location on the banks of the Nile adds to its allure, creating a sense of connection between the sacred structure and the life-giving waters of the river.

Return to the dahabiya for a final night of sailing, and partake in a special gala dinner on board.
Overnight: Dahabiya (B,L,D)

Day 10: Nile – Disembarkation | Aswan
Tuesday, March 18, 2025
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the Aswan High Dam for a look at contemporary Egyptian construction on a monumental scale. The dam sits 364-feet high with a volume of 57,940,000 cubic yards. The annual flooding of the Nile can now be controlled as the dam collects floodwaters, which can be released manually to maximize benefits for farmland, river flowage, and electric power.

Today there are no crocodiles north of the Aswan High Dam, but in ancient times, a robust population lived in the Nile’s waters. Ancient Egyptians believed that by worshipping Sobek they were protecting themselves from these predators.

Take a motorboat ride to the island of Agilkia, site of the temples of Philae. The most famous temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was constructed in the 6th century BCE. The site also features the last known inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, dated to 394 CE.

Enjoy time at the hotel to refresh before setting out for Aswan’s famous market, Sharia as-Souq. Discover endless displays of aromatic flowers and spices, hand-crafted perfumes, colorful carpets, and other Egyptian and African goods.
Overnight: Sofitel Legend Cataract (B,L)

Day 11: Aswan
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Elephantine Island to explore its UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites. Today, it is the only ongoing excavation site open to tourists.

The remainder of today is at leisure. Take advantage of the luxurious amenities at the hotel, including the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Nile River and al fresco dining at The Terrace with inspiring views of Temple of Khnum and Elephantine Island.
Overnight: Sofitel Legend Cataract (B,D)

Day 12: Aswan | Optional Abu Simbel Excursion | Flight to Cairo
Thursday, March 20, 2025
Following breakfast guests joining the optional excursion will check out of the hotel and transfer to Aswan International Airport for the short flight to Abu Simbel. There, tour the impressive temples before flying to Aswan to rejoin the group for the flight to Cairo. (This optional excursion can be purchased in advance from our Guest Services team. We recommend reserving early, as space is limited.)

Other guests will enjoy a morning at leisure before transfering to Aswan International Airport for the afternoon flight to Cairo.

To commemorate your remarkable experiences in Egypt, gather with fellow travelers one last time this evening for a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Le Méridien Cairo Airport (B,L,D)

Day 13: Cairo | Depart for U.S.
Friday, March 21, 2025
Use the skybridge conveniently connecting the hotel to Terminal 3 of Cairo International Airport for flights home. (B)

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A Relaxing and Immersive Springtime Journey



April 8 – April 16, 2025

9 Days | 8 Nights from $3595* plus flight (air services available)
SAVE! For best price, book by 7/126/24 – details below
Lowered Single Supplements! (limited availability)**

Behold the many beautiful sights —and the striking works of art they inspired—along the Dutch waterways.

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This 9-day, 8-night trip aboard the deluxe river boat Viva Enjoy includes visits to four UNESCO World Heritage sites—among them the windmills of Kinderdijk and beautiful canals of Amsterdam.

Admire the second-largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s art in the world. Watch hardworking craftspeople create the renowned “Delft Blue” porcelain.

And the flowers are amazing! Visit Keukenhof, known as the “Garden of Europe” —a breathtaking tapestry of color and fragrance when its more than 1,000 floral varieties reach full bloom in April and May.


  • Day 1   Depart home city
  • Day 2   Amsterdam, Netherlands/Embark Viva Enjoy
  • Day 3   Nijmegen/Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Day 4   Kinderdijk/Willemstad for Delta Works or Veere
  • Day 5   Ghent, Belgium/Bruges
  • Day 6   Antwerp
  • Day 7   Rotterdam, Netherlands for Delft/Keukenhof Gardens
  • Day 8   Hoorn
  • Day 9   Amsterdam/Disembark ship/Return to home city

Cathedral of Our Lady facade, Antwerp, Belgium


  • Exclusive cruise through the canals and rivers of the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Created in our tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and included excursions throughout your program.
  • Specially arranged excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to one of the world’s largest van Gogh collections.
  • Four UNESCO World Heritage sites: 17th-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht; Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout; Historic Center of Bruges; and Belfries of Belgium.
  • Amsterdam Pre-Extension Option and The Hague Post‑Extension Option.

Program Features

  • Seven-night, round-trip cruise from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Elegantly appointed, deluxe suites and staterooms.
  • Deluxe motor coach transfers during the Cruise Program.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All beverages throughout the cruise.
  • All meals — 2 receptions, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  • Admire the world’s second-largest collection of van Gogh paintings and drawings at the Kröller-Müller Museum, which also has paintings by Picasso, Renoir and other esteemed artists.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through Nijmegen, the Netherlands’ oldest city, to see highlights such as the Barbarossa ruins and the Latin School.
  • Discover the beautiful town of Ghent and visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral.
  • Take a walking tour of Antwerp, the largest city in Belgium.
  • See Delft’s signature blue-and-white porcelain being made during a visit to a workshop.
  • Marvel at the colorful tulips at Keukenhof Gardens.
  • Visit Hoorn, a vital medieval port. During a walk along the harbor, see the Hoofdtoren, a 16th-century tower built to help defend the city.
  • Make cultural connections with local residents during the Village Life Forum.

Display with Delft blue products; plates and miniature houses

Traveler’s Choice

  • Elevate your experience with a selection of included excursions. Join the excursion of your choice in the following location:
  • Willemstad: Delta Works tour or tour of Veere.

UNESCO | Visit these World Heritage sites:

  • Amsterdam’s picturesque canal district aboard a privately chartered cruise.
  • Kinderdijk’s array of 19 historic windmills built in the mid-1700s.
  • Historic Bruges.
  • The belfries of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, noteworthy examples of civil architecture.

The Rijksmuseum is a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.

Always Included

  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your room and on excursions.
  • Hospitality desk.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Complimentary audio headset during guided excursions.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for passengers who book their air through Gohagan & Company.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.


*Early Booking Savings of $1000 per person when you pay in full at time of booking and book by 7/16/24
*If you book by 7/16/24 and pay only your deposit, you still save $500 per person!
*Single Supplement has been dropped to 125% of the double occupancy pricing (limited cabins available)

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Relax and Interact with Vibrant Mediterranean Sites


June 17 – June 27, 2025

10 nights aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica | Barcelona to Monte Carlo
From $4199 including flight

Discover the hidden gems of the Mediterranean on this 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica.

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Begin in beautiful Barcelona and set sail along the sunny Mediterranean. In Castellon, sample traditional Valencian dishes such as paella or fresh seafood.

Sunbathe on one of Ibiza’s beautiful beaches and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Take in Mahon’s natural harbor and explore Spain’s quaint and charming villages. Admire the streetscape Sete has to offer while grabbing lunch by the canal.

Panorama of Peniscola in Castellon, Spain – Travel landscape

In Saint-Raphael, admire the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, a neo-Gothic church with impressive stained glass windows. Take in the baroque beauty of the Immaculate Conception Chapel in Bastia.

In the eternal city of Rome, immerse yourself in history and visit iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Before your final stop in vibrant Monte Carlo, take a drive through the dreamy Tuscan countryside, taste an array of Italian beverages in Livorno, and stand in awe of the colorful scenery in Portofino.

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View of the Pantheon, Rome, Italy, in the early morning


Set sail along the sunny Mediterranean, where palms line silky sands, Gothic cathedrals shadow buzzing shopping districts, and the best wines in the world complement authentic fare, from tapas to truffles. Immerse yourself in history and visit Rome’s iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Wander the Tuscan hills and sip world-class beverages in Livorno.


The possibilities are endless:

  • Take in Italy’s Renaissance art
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of Rome
  • Taste an array of Tuscan wines
  • Indulge your romantic side as you drink café au lait in France
  • And more!

Colorful building in Mahon Minorca

Featuring Simply More™ Including:* Free Roundtrip Airfare, Airport Transfers, Gourmet Specialty Dining, Wi-Fi, and Shore Excursion Credit per stateroom.

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An Exciting Experiential Adventure


August 1 – August 8, 2025 | aboard the Chicagof Dream 

8 days | from $5695 plus flight (air services available)

Enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel during this expedition cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Alongside expert naturalists and knowledgeable on-board crew, navigate narrow channels and waterways inaccessible by larger vessels. While exploring some of nature’s more secluded landscapes, encounter Alaska’s abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions.

This marvelous travel experience is limited to 76 guests, so book soon!

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Program Highlights

– Dive into the rich history and diverse cultures of Alaska, from the captivating exhibits of the Alaska State Museum in Juneau to engaging encounters in the charming town of Petersburg.

– Experience nature’s grandeur as you witness glaciers calving, whales breaching and sea otters playing.

– Discover Glacier Bay National Park, an icy sanctuary of untouched landscapes and dynamic wildlife.

– Uncover Petersburg’s fishing heritage amidst the lush scenery of historical Petersburg Creek Trail.

– Trace the footsteps of explorers through numerous guided hikes and skiff excursions.

Activity Level: Moderate

What’s Included

  • 7 nights aboard the Chichagof Dream
  • All onboard hand-crafted meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners—including a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner, and complimentary wine and beer at dinner
  • An onboard lecture program and educational guidance of two naturalists plus an Orbridge Expedition Leader
  • Guided kayaking, hiking, walking, skiff excursions and wildlife viewing where humpback whales, orcas, brown bears, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, arctic terns, bald eagles and other populations are frequently spotted
  • All port fees and entry fees to parks, preserves, museums, attractions and special excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, airport transfer drivers, and drivers/guides on included land excursions
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

Full Itinerary

The following itinerary and daily activities (including skiff rides, kayaking and hiking) are subject to change based on weather, wildlife viewing, and navigation conditions.

Day 1: Arrive in Juneau, AK – Embarkation
Arrive in Juneau from your home city or from Anchorage if you joined the optional Denali National Park pre-tour.

For those arriving by the suggested time, visit the Alaska State Museum to view artifacts and art objects that tell the tale of Alaska’s history, including extensive ethnographic exhibits of the cultures of Alaska’s native people.

Take a short bus ride to the port to board the Chichagof Dream. As embarkation begins, unpack and become familiar with your stateroom and the ship’s welcoming public spaces.

Gather for your first dinner on board taking the opportunity to become acquainted with your Expedition Leader, ship crew and fellow travel companions.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (D)

Day 2: Icy Strait
As the Chichagof Dream glides through Icy Strait, enjoy prime viewing on deck while spotting for wildlife including orcas, Steller sea lions, seals, porpoises and magnificent humpback whales.

For those seeking additional activities, perhaps join a skiff ride or hiking excursion on land. The crew will lead skiff rides and land excursions, offering deeper insight on the surrounding flora and fauna and the area’s geography.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park
Today explore awe-inspiring Glacier Bay National Park where colossal glaciers meet rugged mountains and a temperate rainforest. Here scientists have found exposed rock that’s believed to be more than 200 million years old. Discover the park’s ecological richness and learn about the geological forces that shaped this icy wonderland.

Continuing to Bartlett Cove, visit the park lodge and visitor center or participate in a guided forest walk. Watch for puffins, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats, bears and eagles, and enjoy Alaska’s spectacular scenery.

Back on board enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and convivial conversation in the lounge before another specially crafted dinner featuring Alaskan cuisine.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tracy Arm Fjord
Tracy Arm Fjord unveils a dramatic spectacle of towering mountains and massive glaciers. Witness the incredible sight of glaciers calving as gigantic ice chunks break off and crash into the water.

Watch for harbor seals that often nap on nearby ice floes and mountain goats defying gravity perched on narrow mountain ledges.

This afternoon, conditions permitting, set off on a skiff ride to further explore the area’s bays and coves.

This leisure time is also an opportunity to take advantage of the ship’s open wheelhouse policy. Visit the captain and officers on the bridge, view the charted course, hear ship-to-ship communications, and listen to stories from experienced Alaskan mariners.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5: Petersburg | Frederick Sound
This morning step ashore in Petersburg, a charming village founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. At the Sons of Norway Hall, watch customary Norwegian dances and taste traditional homemade pastries and cookies.

After lunch on board or in town, take a skiff ride across Wrangell Narrows for a beautiful hike on the Petersburg Creek Trail leading you to historical points where you’ll uncover the town’s fishing heritage and its significance in shaping Alaskan culture.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6: Eastern Baranof Island | Hidden Falls
After breakfast experience a rare tour of Hidden Falls Hatchery and learn about the release of Chinook, coho, and chum salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has played in Alaska for centuries.

Before dinner, perhaps experience the Chichagof Dream’s Himalayan salt cave, theorized by some to provide holistic properties via halotherapy. From the Greek “halos,” which means “salt”—this spa treatment uses dry aerosol micro-particles of salt or minerals inside of an arid space to simulate the microclimate of salt mines.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 7: Lake Eva
Spend the morning cruising to Lake Eva for a final day of outdoor activities, conditions permitting. Join a skiff tour or explore the shoreline during a hike.

During the final evening on board, gather together for a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner to celebrate your adventures touring this remarkable Alaskan wilderness.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sitka – Disembarkation | Depart Sitka
After breakfast disembark the Chichagof Dream. Guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. If you reserved an additional night in Sitka, take a complimentary shuttle to your accommodations. (B)

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(Itinerary subject to change.)


An Awe-Inspiring Encounter with Nature


with Reykjavik & Akureyri | November 8 – November 16, 2025

9 Days | 8 Nights from $4195* plus flight
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Experience the otherworldly beauty of the Northern Lights on this unique, nine-day land journey specially timed for optimal viewing of the aurora borealis.

See Iceland’s “Big Three” wonders, known as the Golden Circle — the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park; the two-tiered “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss; and Strokkur, an active geyser that erupts every few minutes. From cosmopolitan Reykjavík to the harbor town of Siglufjördur and beyond, immerse yourself in the rustic splendor of this “land of fire and ice” with guided evening excursions to chase the natural phenomenon that lights up the sky.

Play hide and seek around the dark towering lava formations of Dimmuborgir and step back in time at the Herring Era Museum, just miles from the Arctic Circle. Accommodations are at the elegant Hótel Borg in Reykjavík and the Icelandic-style Hótel Kea — located in the heart of Akureyri, the gateway to north Iceland.

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  • Day 1   Depart home city
  • Day 2   Reykjavík
  • Day 3   Reykjavík
  • Day 4   Golden Circle
  • Day 5   Akureyri
  • Day 6   Goðafoss/Lake Mývatn/Námaskarð/Dimmuborgir
  • Day 7   Akureyri/Siglufjörður
  • Day 8   Akureyri/Hraunfossar/Reykjavík
  • Day 9   Reykjavík/Return to home city

Famous Gulfoss waterfall on the Golden Circle at western side Iceland near Reykjavik


  • Exclusive journey to encounter incredible Iceland, featuring the magical spectacle of the Northern Lights, dancing across the sky.
  • Created in our tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Included excursions throughout your program.
  • Specially arranged visits to experience the otherworldly beauty of the naturally occurring aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights.
  • One UNESCO World Heritage site — Þingvellir National Park.

Program Features

  • Three nights in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Hotel Borg.
  • Three nights in the Akureyri at the Kea Hotel.
  • One night in Reykjavík at the Hotel Borg.
  • Elegantly appointed, first class accommodations.
  • Deluxe motor coach transfers during the Land Program.
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary nonpremium liquor, house wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise and minibar service; complimentary house wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages at meals during the land portion of the program.
  • 2 receptions, 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  • Discover Iceland’s first permanent settlement in Reykjavík, which is today the most northern national capital city in the world.
  • Enjoy surreal views of lava fields surrounding the thermal waters in the Blue Lagoon.
  • Typical icelandic horses near Akureyri, Iceland

    Explore the wondrous Golden Circle, including the two-tiered “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss;
    and Strokkur, an active geyser.

  • Travel to Hauganes, a small fishing village on the western coast of Eyjafjörður Bay, for an excursion that includes the opportunity to take a relaxing soak in the thermal baths.
  • Savor northern Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes, including Námaskarð and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir; Godafoss, waterfall; the lava formations of Dimmuborgir and lovely Lake Mývatn.
  • Admire Siglufjörður, one of Iceland’s most dramatically sited towns, and visit its Herring Era Museum, which recreates the history of fish salting and oil processing during the early 20th century.
  • Witness the wonders of the spectacular “lava waterfalls” at Hraunfossar in Borgarfjordur.
  • Join four guided excursions to chase the enthralling Northern Lights at the optimum time of year.

Winter at Siglufjörður, North Iceland

UNESCO | Visit these World Heritage site:

  • Þingvellir National Park, a rift valley bordered by Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Always Included

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for passengers who book their air through
    Gohagan & Company.
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your room and on excursions.
  • Hospitality desk.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Complimentary audio headset during guided excursions.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by
    Gohagan & Company.


  • Hotel Borg
  • Kea Hotel

Price Savings!

*Early Booking Savings of $1000 per person when you pay in full at time of booking and book by 1/25/25
*If you book by 1/25/25 and pay only your deposit, you still save $500 per person!

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Northern Lights bursting above an Arctic rocky landscape

A Charming Old World Start to your Christmas Season


November 28 – December 6, 2025

9 days aboard the Amadeus Silver III | from $3195 plus flight (air services available)
No supplement for solo travelers!

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Revel in the magic of the holidays in Germany and France on a seven-night Rhine River cruise! Celebrate yuletide traditions in festive, cozy markets aglow with twinkling lights and good cheer and overflowing with handmade treasures. Savor the uplifting sounds of carolers and bells and the scent of fresh pine and roasted chestnuts in the air.

Visit Heidelberg’s castle and enjoy a special musical performance in the romantic old town. You’ll also admire Cologne’s spectacular cathedral and stroll through Freiburg, a vibrant university city.

In the ports of Breisach, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim and Düsseldorf, choose excursions that fit your interests, such as culinary tours or cultural experiences.

Aboard your exclusively chartered, first-class ship, take in the scenic beauty of the Rhine Gorge and sip warm, spicy Glühwein. This heartwarming journey includes an ample meal plan.


– Relish the glorious riverside scenery, vistas of clifftop castles, medieval villages and forested hills.
– Be immersed in the joyful spirit of the holiday markets amid festive music, fragrant aromas, and colorful pageantry.
– Enjoy an exclusive musical treat in Heidelberg’s romantic old town.
– Delight in the charming timbered houses and cobblestone streets of Grande Île, the historic heart of Strasbourg.
– Gaze upward in awe at the soaring spires of Cologne Cathedral.
– Experience four UNESCO World Heritage sites.


  • Day 1 Depart gateway city
  • Day 2 Arrive in Zürich and transfer to the ship in Basel
  • Day 3 Breisach | Freiburg
  • Day 4 Strasbourg
  • Day 5 Mannheim | Heidelberg
  • Day 6 Rüdesheim | Rhine Gorge
  • Day 7 Cologne
  • Day 8 Düsseldorf
  • Day 9 Disembark ship | Transfer to airport* and depart for gateway city

A World of Discovery

In Heidelberg, attend an exclusive event at the elegant Palais Prinz Carl, featuring the stirring sounds of a professional trio who will perform an entertaining mix of holiday
songs, arias and contemporary pieces.

Holiday Markets. Relish the warm holiday cheer as you explore festive wooden villages brightly trimmed with fresh pine boughs, red ribbons and twinkling lights
that spring up in town squares across Europe during Advent.

Freiburg. Delight in a guided stroll through the historic center of this vibrant university city. See the 13th-century cathedral, the bright-red, turreted Merchants’ Hall and
other landmarks. Then visit the colorful Christkindlmarkt, where marzipan and chestnuts are popular holiday treats.

Heidelberg Castle and Town. Visit the red-walled, hillside castle, noted for its giant 18th-century wine cask, and take in scenic views of the Neckar River valley and town
below. Then walk through Heidelberg’s charming old town with your guide and savor traditional German dishes for lunch.

Rhine Gorge. Sail amid the Rhine’s most stunning scenery in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a 40-mile, curving stretch lined with more than 40 castles and fortress ruins.

Glühwein Party. Sample this tantalizing, hot, spiced holiday drink on the ship. Cologne. On a guided old town walk, gaze up at the cathedral’s impressive façade and
admire the decorative details inside. Enjoy free time at the holiday market outside.

Optional Pre-Cruise experience – 2 nights in Interlaken

Optional Post-Cruise experience – 3 nights in Berlin


– German Holiday Traditions
– Castles and Legends of the Rhine

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1. Strasbourg, Grande-Île, France
2. Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
3. Cologne Cathedral, Germany
4. Aachen Cathedral, Germany

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Your One-of-a-Kind Journey

  • Enrichment by expert speakers enhances your insight into the region.
  • Engaging excursions and PYJ (Personalize Your Journey) | showcase the local culture, heritage and history.
  • AHI Connects | Local immersion.
  • Electives and free time to pursue your individual interests.
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions to mingle with fellow travelers.
  • AHI Sustainability Promise | Striving to make a positive impact wherever we travel.
  • A personal VOX headset to hear your English-speaking guide clearly.
  • Tipping of guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel mementos

Included Features

Accommodations {with baggage handling} – Unpack once and cruise for 7 nights aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class MS Amadeus Silver III.
Extensive Meal Program – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; soft drinks, tea or coffee with all meals.

*Flights and transfers provided for AHI FlexAir participants.

Let us arrange your flights!
AHI FlexAir | Our personalized air program features transfers, assistance and flexibility.

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Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.


Explore the World with HSU’s Traveling Range Riders

Journey to some of the most historic and scenic locations on earth with HSU’s Traveling Range Riders. Explore famous sites and little-known gems. Revel in enriching cultural experiences.

Leave the planning to us and more fully enjoy your travel adventure. The Traveling Range Riders program is dedicated to giving travelers enriching cultural experiences to enhance lifelong education.

Our trips, which offer an exciting blend of destinations both abroad and in the U.S., are led by experienced guides and, whenever possible, an HSU host. We partner with trusted tour operators who understand what adult travelers enjoy and desire. Our tours are open to everyone, so invite your friends and family to come along, too!

For upcoming trip information, continue reading, call or email Program Director Britt Jones ’84 (brittj@xx-toy.com 325-670-1377), click here to request a brochure about any (or all) upcoming trip, or click here to be added to our mailing list.

“In summer of 2022, I joined the HSU Traveling Range Riders for Cruising the Danube and the Oberammergau Passion Play. It was such a delightful experience in every way that I went in 2023 with HSU to Ireland and am cruising the Mediterranean in 2024. To share HSU connections while making wonderful memories is something not to be missed.” Sherry Barsch ’64

“We have been on two Traveling Range Rider trips… we are impressed with the quality of accommodations and activities… there are always so many scheduled activities and sights to see as well as plenty of time to explore on your own. Guides are always knowledgeable and helpful. It is so fun traveling with old friends and making new ones along the way!!”  -Teresa Bunch Garrett ’82 & Tony Garrett ’82

“Traveling to the Netherlands was my first trip with inspiring HSU alumni which became a very positive one.  I did get to know great alumni I had not met or with whom I had not  even attended classes at our university.  I wouldn’t hesitate to go on a future trip.  I do hope to select another one soon.” -Ernestine Meyer ’64

“Really enjoyed the new experiences and spending time with new friends.”

The trip was well planned, and Britt was a kind, patient, and inspirational shepherd. -Jananne & Les McLaughlin (HSU friends)

The entire trip was awesome, and I think the best I’ve ever participated in. – Barbara Ringwald (HSU friend)

“It’s like we were family; everyone was having a good time and laughing together.”

“Exceeded my expectations,” recalls one recent HSU traveler. “As someone who has always been responsible for trip planning, it was a relief to have someone else lead the charge.”

“We had the time of our lives getting to explore the beauty and history of the Greek Islands and Turkey with like-minded travelers. One of the highlights of the trip was running into a young HSU alumni couple celebrating their honeymoon in Santorini! The purple and gold shouts loudly all around the world!  We had such a great time that …we signed up to travel again with HSU to Ireland in June!” Leigh Weathersbee Evans ’76 & Richard Evans ’76

“I wanted to see the Passion Play in Europe that is produced every 10 years, and I wanted to cruise the Danube. When HSU offered a trip to Oberammergau, the trip seemed perfect! I felt I could trust that the arrangements would be reasonable and more importantly I would be safe, and the people I would travel with would be amicable. My hopes were spot-on. I had a fabulous time filled with the wonder of centuries-old architecture, snow covered mountains, museums with ancient artifacts, horrific remnants of WW2, the company of those who still wanted to learn, and scrumptious European cuisine. I am proud to be a part of the Traveling Range Riders and look forward to again experiencing other parts of the world with those associated with HSU, my alma mater.” Mahalo, Debbie Tom Keith ’72

“What a wonderful adventure I had exploring the Galápagos Islands with the HSU Traveling Range Riders in March, 2022! I would not trade one moment of our exciting day trips visiting unique, beautiful islands with jaw-dropping scenery, and getting ‘up-close & personal’ with amazing animals from giant Tortugas to blue-footed boobies! Every detail was taken care of by our wonderful crew; the meticulous pre-planning resulted in an effortless travel experience. I will definitely travel again with this wonderful program!” – Gail Beam Carpenter ’71

FAQs & Resources

Questions or brochure requests can be sent directly to Britt Jones at brittj@xx-toy.com or by calling 325-670-1377.
Click HERE to request a brochure about any (or all) upcoming trip.  |  Click here to be added to our mailing list.

Leave the planning to us and fully enjoy the journey. The Traveling Range Riders program is dedicated to giving travelers enriching cultural experiences to enhance lifelong education while strengthening their connection with each other and Hardin-Simmons University.

With HSU, you’ll have the opportunity to explore regions in every corner of the world. Our itineraries offer an exciting blend of exotic destinations and traditional locales and are led by experienced guides and, whenever possible, an HSU host. We work with the most respected travel vendors in the industry to bring you high-quality opportunities to broaden your travel and intellectual horizons.

While the HSU connection is an important component of our program, our trips are open to all travel enthusiasts – alumni, family members, and friends alike – who want to take part in educational travel opportunities, ensuring a richer, more diverse experience for all!

The opportunity to travel with the Traveling Range Riders and the HSU Alumni Association is open to all HSU alumni and friends.

A minimum number of participants is required to secure the services of an HSU host. We make every effort to send a host from HSU on as many departures as possible as we know this greatly enhances the travelers’ experience and makes the trip unique. If this is important to you in making your decision to travel with our program, please call us to confirm our faculty/staff hosted tours and for more information.

Brochures or other available information may be requested from the HSU Traveling Range Riders office (travel@xx-toy.com, 325-670-1377). You can also request information through our form: Traveling Range Riders Information Request (wufoo.com)

Brochures for each trip will be mailed by the tour operator approximately 6-9 months prior to departure. However, each tour operator makes their own decision about how many brochures to mail, so not everyone in our travel pool receives every brochure. In most cases, there is no need to wait for a brochure to reserve space on a tour. Many tours fill quickly, and we encourage you to call the tour operator to help you make your decision.

For upcoming trip information, call or email Program Director Britt Jones ’84 (brittj@xx-toy.com 325-670-1377), click here to request a brochure about any (or all) upcoming trip, or click here to be added to our mailing list.

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Travel Insurance Coverage

Hardin-Simmons highly recommends each traveler consider travel insurance. Our tour operators have relationships with certain insurance providers, which they will share with travelers, and an internet search will reveal other possible providers.

Avoiding Jet Lag

There is no singular cure for jet lag. Before departure, get ample rest, as being well-rested when you depart will allow you to better ward off jet lag symptoms. During your flight(s), be certain to drink plenty of water to counteract the dehydrating effects of air travel.

The goal is to adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible, so follow this simple rule of thumb: if you are arriving in the morning, sleep on the plane so you will have energy for the day; if you are arriving in the evening, stay awake during the flight so you can sleep soundly at your destination.

Britt’s favorite app for helping avoid jet lag: Timeshifter® | Apps for Jet Lag & Shift Work

Keep your data safe while traveling!

Planning a trip this summer? Here are solid hints for keeping your data safe while enjoying your time away. http://bit.ly/3MR4aYs
Credit: Pieter ArntzMalware Intelligence Researcher

Solid Travel Tips from the New York Times

Americans will need a Travel Authorization to visit Europe starting in mid-2025.

The rules of travel to most European countries have changed. Starting in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries are required to have a travel authorization to enter 30 European countries for a short stay. ETIAS travel authorization is linked to a traveler’s passport. It is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new ETIAS travel authorization. With a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays – normally for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, it does not guarantee entry. When you arrive, a border guard will ask to see your passport and other documents and verify that you meet the entry conditions.

Real ID – Are You Ready

On May 7, 2025, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities.  More Information.

U.S. Dept of State

Information for Travelers

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol

Know Before You Go Video
Information for Returning Travelers
Travel Tips Ensure Smooth CBP Processing Experience

TSA Pre-Check vs Global ID 

Global Entry vs TSA Pre-Check – what are the differences?

When Your Flight is Delayed or Cancelled…
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s newly expanded customer service dashboard shows what each airline offers for delays or cancellations. Airlines must adhere to their commitments. DOT will hold them accountable if they fail to do so. Airline Customer Service Dashboard | US Department of Transportation

Passport Services

Catalog of Past Traveling Range Riders Adventures

Find our past HSU Traveling Range Riders experiences at this link.

As current offerings change, our archive and galleries are a great way to know what you may see again in the future!

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