Alumni Travel

Blugolds Travel Together

What could be better than exploring the world or rediscovering a favorite destination in the company of fellow Blugolds? From Alaska to the Mediterranean, Iceland to Italy, Bordeaux to the South Pacific and seasonal tours throughout the U.S., the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association has partnered with GOnext, Inc., Collette, and Premier World Discovery to provide exceptional travel opportunities to Blugolds around the world.

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April 7-15, 2019

Distinguished Lecture Series - Gain new insights and discover fascinating perspectives on the places you’ll explore from an engaging group of distinguished guest lecturers. The vast range of topics presented will enrich your travel experience and provide you with a deeper understanding of America’s rich history and cultural heritage. 7 nights aboard the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, with meals included. Sail along the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans and glimpse the tumultuous and haunting history of the south—an anguish that gave life to the heartfelt chords of blues, jazz, and rock and roll. The lower Mississippi delta region, considered the birthplace of the blues, compels music connoisseurs and fans alike to pay homage to the history and legends that shaped American music.

GoNext Travel or 1-800-842-9023.

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April 29-May 9, 2019

The Danube River has shaped not only the beautiful European landscape, but also the histories of the diverse regions it flows through.

Stretching for hundreds of miles, the river links countries, cultures, people, and age-old traditions. From fairy-tale landscapes dotted with castles to grand hilltop cities and charming rural villages, a treasure lies beyond each horizon.

Spend two days exploring Prague before embarking on a Go Next-chartered all-inclusive, credit card-free luxury river cruise aboard the state-of-the-art Scenic Amber. Travel to Nuremberg, a city brimming with history, museums, and stunning architecture that dates back to the year 1040. Visit Regensburg, a town with two millennia of history that blends modern influence while remaining true to tradition. Stroll through the narrow streets and alleys of its old town, enjoying the intricate balance of old and new. Passau will cast a spell with its thriving promenade, culinary delights, and the hauntingly beautiful sounds of the St. Stephens Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Vienna is a city that blooms with beauty, romance, and nostalgia—flourishing for centuries at the heart of various art movements. Celebrate your exceptionally orchestrated Danube journey with a memorable finale tour of Budapest.

Enjoy all these ports and more as we travel with a meticulously planned itinerary, unforgettable shore excursions, all onboard drinks—beer, wine, and premium spirits—and dining included. There is no better way to experience the Danube River region and immerse yourself in the history and culture that lines its banks.

GoNext Travel or 1-800-842-9023.

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July 2-9, 2019

In 2014, Music Celebrations International organized the Paris Choral Festival to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and Liberation of France with a mass choir performance in La Madeleine.

To continue this celebration of the centuries-old Franco-American friendship, and to commemorate another milestone anniversary, Music Celebrations International is pleased to announce the Paris Choral Festival taking place July 2-9, 2019 (75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France) under the artistic directions of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff.

Prior to the finale performance, choirs will journey to nearby Normandy for an Independence Day choral remembrance and wreath-laying at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial — site of the June 6th, 1944 Allied Invasion.

The festival will feature works by Dan Forrest, Fauré, and more to honor the occasion, culminating in a grand musical commemoration for the heroes that fought for freedom during the world’s greatest invasion.

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July 22-August 4, 2019

The majesty of Northern Europe awaits you as you embark on Marina in Norway’s sophisticated capital of Oslo. Travel to Skagen, where the Baltic and the North Sea meet and see the stark beauty of the north, its crisp blue sky, golden sand beaches, and picturesque white windmills. Visit the town of Haugesund, once the royal seat of the Vikings, now a cozy coastal city set against the backdrop of lofty mountains and the wild sea. Continue to the tiny village of Flåm, located in the innermost point of Sognefjord, the world’s second longest and deepest fjord. Hellesylt offers a brief yet peaceful respite. Geiranger a small valley, known for such stunning sights as the Seven Sisters Waterfall, bursts with natural beauty. Ålesund exudes a colorful ambience with its ornate Art Nouveau architecture. Stop in the charming cod-fishing town of Kristiansund, the gateway to the region’s island villages. Tour Bodø, a beautiful fishing village, known for its diverse art community, and the lure of the poetic midnight sun. Discover Harstad, a gem in the heart of Norway, with its rich Norwegian culture, striking mountain vistas and rainbow colored wooden houses. Before disembarking in London, sail to Bergen, a town surrounded by sapphire waters, verdant hillsides, and snow-capped mountains.

GoNext Travel or 1-800-842-9023.

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August 22-September 2, 2019

Sail to incredible destinations in Italy, Greece, Croatia, and Turkey aboard the luxurious Sirena. Embark in Civitavecchia and head to Sorrento, a city that delights visitors with its cobblestone streets, seaside promenade, and vibrant southern Italian culture. See stunning Capri, known the world over for its rugged, cavernous coastline, and famous Blue Grotto. Continue to Taormina and witness unrivaled panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. Then, journey to Corfu, Greece and linger in the lush landscape of olive groves, wildflowers, white-sand beaches, and emerald mountains. Travel to Gythion once the port of ancient Sparta, it is now blessed with an array of pretty pastel-colored houses, colorful fishing boats, and Neoclassical buildings. Rest in Mykonos, known as Little Venice and home to iconic windmills dotting the verdant seaside. Browse the colorful market of Kusadasi, a jumping-off point to explore the archaeological wonders of Ephesus, one of the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman cities. Next, continue to Dubrovnik, an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian Coast. Its pedestrian-only Old Town holds an abundance of delightful sites, from historic churches and ancient sculptures to chic shops, attractive gardens, and quaint cafés. Finally, sail to Venice, and stroll through the winding narrow alleyways to find hidden piazzas, romantic trattorias, and charming old shops.

GoNext Travel or 1-800-842-9023.

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September 10-27, 2019

Sail the northern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean on this cruise to Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and New England. Start with an overnight stay in Reykjavík, blending ancient maritime history and Nordic tradition with a modern edge. Marvel at the ruggedly beautiful fjords of Ísafjörður before sailing the Prince Christian Sound, a channel dotted with icebergs and surrounded by towering glacier-carved mountains. Experience the rustic charm of Qaqortoq with its colorful and quaint wooden homes. Sail up the coast to Paamiut, a fishing village rich with Inuit heritage. Before cruising across the Labrador Sea and the Strait of Belle Isle, spend time in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital with an extensive fjord system home to many whales. Once in Canada, see landmarks from the 1700s in Sydney, experience the small-town feel of big-city Halifax, and witness the Reversing Falls in Saint John. Before ending your cruise in New York, visit Bar Harbor, boasting some of the Eastern Seaboard’s most stunning vistas, and Boston, once dubbed New England’s “Athens of America.”

GoNext Travel or 1-800-842-9023.

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