Travel with JU
Dolphin Travel Program
Reconnect with Jacksonville University through like-minded alumni, parents, friends and guest faculty members who will accompany travelers on many of our trips.
Relax, learn, and enjoy as travel experts handle all the in-country details and local guides arrange behind-the-scenes tours.
For more information please contact us at email@example.com or 904.256.7201.
River Life: Along the Waterways of Holland and Belgium
April 26 - May 4, 2017
We invite you to join fellow JU alumni, family and friends to come celebrate the beauty of Holland and Belgium in springtime, the best season for this comprehensive itinerary aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe and cruise the canals of this delightful polder land. Discover the true essence of river life in the Low Countries with an included excursion in every port and see firsthand this sublime region’s breathtaking tulip fields in full bloom. Our expert-guided tours explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites—Belgium’s well-preserved, medieval jewel of Bruges and Amsterdam’s distinctive 16th- and 17th-century house-lined canals—the medieval mercantile town of Antwerp, ancient Maastricht, scenic Nijmegen, the quaint village of Giethoorn, the “Golden Age” trading town of Hoorn and the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Discover the rich history and artistic legacy of the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum and enjoy enriching lectures and the exclusive RIVER LIFE FORUM®, which features local residents’ perspectives and provides an insider’s view of modern life and cultural heritage in Holland.
Explore the Galapagos Islands
June 21 - July 1, 2017
Curious and unafraid wildlife, unique geological features, specially adapted endemic flora, and a fascinating history of human habitation characterize the Galápagos Islands. Cruise comfortably aboard the M/C Tip Top II for an up-close experience of this renowned archipelago. As you hike, swim, snorkel, and explore by panga boat, you'll encounter amazing natural landscapes and learn about conservation efforts, history, and evolution. Plus, enjoy visits to Quito and Guayaquil on Ecuador's mainland.
Cuba with Dr. Quinton White
July 9-16, 2017
Over the course of centuries, Cuba has been shaped by a blend of indigenous, European, and African influences. On this 8-day program, you'll examine different aspects of the country’s cultural heritage, from the 19th century sugar trade and its lasting impact, to the incorporation of various religious identities, to more recent history, like the 1959 revolution and Bay of Pigs invasion. Interact with Cuban people as you meet with modern day artists, take part in a community project with conservationists, and visit a school. Plus, explore natural areas like Zapata National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ramsar wetland — and go snorkeling to experience Cuba’s marine biodiversity.
Discover Alaska by Small Ship
August 18-25, 2017
We invite you to join alumni, family and friends this summer as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 66-passenger Admiralty Dream. This program features the comforts and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the expert guidance of two naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leaders. We will have access to the breathtaking byways of the Inside Passage and encounter its magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions — while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s ancient cultures.
The Rhine River by ship: 9 days of medieval marvels
August 25-September 2, 2017
On this mesmerizing journey, cruise ancient trade routes along the scenic shores of Germany and France, dotted with wonderful small villages and fascinating historic towns like Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne, and Amsterdam. Join us as we sail south along the Rhine to some of Europe's most romantic destinations. Begin in cultural Amsterdam, look skyward at the Kölner Dom in Cologne, and embrace enchanting Rüdesheim; then on to Heidelberg and its castle, the French countryside, and the legendary Black Forest.
Southern France Treasures of Cathar Country: Adventures in the Languedoc
October 13-22, 2017
We invite JU alumni, parents and friends to join us in the fall of 2017 on a wonderful journey to a fascinating part of Europe that is too often neglected by modern tourists. Tucked between the Massif Central and the mountains of the Pyrenees this corner of southwest France has long been known for it’s independence from the rest of the country. Many of the people who live here, however, consider them- selves neither French nor Spanish.
London: A City Experience
November 4-10, 2017
London was once considered the capital of the world—and it shows. It has a history that stretches back 2,000 years, and a culture as rooted in the local pub as it is in world-class museums. Get acquainted with this city at your own pace, whether that means strolling through Kensington Gardens, entering Westminster Abbey, or seeing Big Ben up close. Optional excursions include Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, a Day in Oxford, and a Tower of London River Cruise.
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Venice, Florence and Rome
March 7-15, 2018
We’ve picked three iconic cities at the pulse of Italy’s vibrant culture, both past and present. Venice brings romance to the forefront, with sprawling Baroque palaces and meandering, gondola-dotted canals. The Renaissance is tangible in Florence, where the presence of the world’s greatest artists can still be felt. And in Rome, history is ever-present, from the crumbling Colosseum to the Forum. The people, the food, the way of life—experience what Italy is all about as you make your way from one city to the next.
Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
Greece: From Sacred Sites to Seashores
May 11-19, 2018
We invite you to join us on this journey through classical Greece. We will visit the beautiful seaside town of Nafplion and the Delphi, the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of the oracle that was consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. We will journey to the ancient city of Corinth, perched on the isthmus of the Peloponnese, Corinth rivaled Athens and Thebes in wealth. We will end our trip in the majestic city of Athens with the Parthenon and all its glory. This is a spectacular program that takes you to all the highlights of Classical Greece!
Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu
August 16-26, 2018
Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the country’s main draw is the chance to uncover the very sites where the ancient Inca once thrived. Ascend into the Andes and explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.
Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails, at high altitudes.
Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
Barcelona, Mallorca, Valencia, Granada, Gibraltar, Andalusia, Seville, Lisbon
October 3-11, 2018
Cruise the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish mariners aboard the Five-Star small ship M.S. Le Lyrial launched in 2015 on this comprehensive itinerary to the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula—not often visited by Americans—during the best time of year!
Paris: The City Experience
November 3-9, 2018
Whether for romance, history, or artistic inspiration, Paris is the destination for experiences you'll never forget. Unpack once, then explore soaring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, stroll through charming Montmartre, browse some of the world's richest collections of art, or take a seat at a sidewalk cafe.
Contact us for more information on any of the above trips at 904.256.7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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