Alumni Travel Program
Butler University is pleased to provide great vacation opportunities through our Alumni Travel Program. Our partnerships with Go Next and AHI allows Butler to offer vacation packages at special rates to alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Check back often for more opportunities!
2018-19 Travel Packages
Tuscany, Cortona, Italy
Join us for an enriching discovery of Tuscany, a region cherished the world over for its breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent Renaissance art, superb cuisine, delectable wines and rich cultural heritage. Tuscany’s historic hilltop towns are living postcards,
where ancient ramparts encircle colorful piazzas, elegant Etruscan fountains, stately palazzos, and bustling cafés. From the warmth of your hosts at your Tuscan hotel to carefully planned daily excursions, you’ll experience Cortona like a local and be immersed in a true Tuscan experience. Marvel at verdant countryside and the rolling knolls of the Val d’Orcia. Discover Montepulciano’s ancient streets, and explore Siena’s storied cobblestones and piazzas. Encounter the secrets of Renaissance Florence, and taste the flavors of Tuscany from farm to table. This journey is sure to delight and captivate all of your senses! Discover more about this trip.
Southern Grandeur– AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY*
April 7 – 15, 2019
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. Before embarking on the American Queen, spend the night in Memphis, a vibrant city with a rich musical heritage, and home to Sun Studio and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Then voyage to Vicksburg, the site of a dramatic siege that became a critical turning point to end the chasm of a once divided country. Now a vibrant center of Southern hospitality, Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new, displaying its heritage with tremendous pride. Next travel to Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi, graced with stunning gardens and palatial mansions, and then to Baton Rouge. This capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol. Continue to St. Francisville, a town with unique shops and historic homes to discover. Before disembarking in New Orleans, journey to Nottoway and explore the impressive halls of the largest plantation house in the South. Learn more about this trip.
Normandy ~ Deauville: 75th Anniversary of D-Day
April 12 – 20, 2019
Discover the essence of Normandy as well as its pivotal role in history on a seven-night, small-group journey. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, the medieval monastery that seemingly rises from the sea. Taste Normandy’s contributions to French cuisine, and sip Calvados, the region’s celebrated cider brandy, in an apple orchard. And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting Omaha and Utah beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other sites associated with this crucial World War II battle, plus gain insights during engaging lectures. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Deauville and an extensive meal plan, featuring wine with dinner, on this small-group program. There is no supplement for solo travelers. Discover more about this trip.
July 11 – 19, 2019
Treat yourself to vistas of unspoiled lakes and mountains during this eight-night journey through the Canadian Rockies. Stay in Kananaskis, Jasper and Banff, and discover the awe-inspiring scenery and unique culture of this rugged area. Pet the pups at a sled dog training facility. Feast your eyes on the scenery along the Athabasca River during a guided rafting excursion. Gaze at the planets above Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve. Board a specially designed vehicle to explore a glacier, and take a delightful gondola ride on Lake Louise! This small-group journey features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. Discover more about this trip.
Baltic & Scandinavian Bliss– OCEANIA CRUISES*
August 13 – 24, 2019
Embark the luxurious Marina in London, Britain’s timeless capital filled with history and pageantry. Sail to Oslo, the capital of Norway, and take in its stunning natural beauty and urban atmosphere. Visit Copenhagen, Denmark’s relaxed and unhurried capital, and explore the delightful former fishing village of Warnemünde, or travel inland to Berlin, Germany’s culture-rich capital. Visit Visby, former Viking site, a walled town known for its narrow cobblestone streets, and its beautiful dichotomy of roses and ruins. Sail to Tallinn where red-roofed homes line cobblestone streets and ancient churches are ornamented by powerful spires. Spend two days admiring the splendors of St. Petersburg, a glittering metropolis crisscrossed by canals and dotted with elaborate palaces. Before our final stop in Stockholm, head ashore in Helsinki, where imaginative architecture mingles with leafy parks and elegant gardens.. Learn more about this trip.
Artists & Aristocrats– OCEANIA CRUISES*
October 29 – November 6, 2019
Take in the legacy of the great patrons, popes, and painters of the Mediterranean on this weeklong voyage. Depart from Civitavecchia and sail to Livorno, a jumping-off point for adventures in the monument-rich cities of Florence and Pisa and the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Monte Carlo, the next stop, is an extravagant city surrounded by the renowned destinations of Nice, Èze, and Cannes—all connected by the famous Grand Corniche—while Antibes, the following port, boasts the best natural sand beaches on the French Riviera. Continue to Marseille, France’s oldest city and gateway to the picturesque landscapes and medieval towns of Provence, and Palma de Mallorca, a town with impressive architecture and historic monuments. Finally, before ending your cruise in Barcelona, stop in Valencia, famed for its unique mix of Baroque cathedrals, futuristic architecture, and lush parks. Learn more here.
Greece: Athens & Poros
November 7 – 15, 2019
Experience life on the Greek island of Poros, Stroll by the sparkling sea, where octopus hang to dry outside waterfront tavernas and locals pass the time at the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop. From Poros, ideally located for exploring ancient Greece sites, discover the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and the ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra and Nafplio, Greece’s first capital. A visit to the Acropolis in Athens and an Athens city tour rounds out your journey. Enjoy first-class accommodations during two nights in Athens and five nights on Poros. The extensive meal plan features wine with dinner. Discover more about this trip.
Science, Food, and Fun – A Trip for Butler Alumni, Employees, and Their Friends and Families
June 7 – 16, 2020
Alumni, employees, and their friends and family are invited to participate in a 10-day study tour involving travel to France and Germany. Because it is a study tour, all participants will be mailed assigned readings to complete prior to the trip. Chemistry faculty from Butler University will lead the group in a morning seminar in Paris where the process and science of making beer, wine, cheese, and chocolate will be reviewed and discussed (at a level appropriate for both scientists and non-scientists). Following the science primer, the group will visit breweries, wineries, cheese production sites, and chocolatiers to gain a better understanding and appreciation of these specialized food products. Significant events have been planned during these programmed visits such as workshops, tours, and tastings where our group will have significant interactions with experts who can comment on culture, history, and science. Food and culture will also be highlighted by our local guides. Learn more by downloding the PDF or visiting the College Study Tours website.
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