Jaguar Journeys - Alumni Travel
“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain
The University of South Alabama National Alumni Association is proud to announce our 2018 and 2019 tours! Exclusive to our alumni and friends, these unique travel programs offer exciting opportunities to explore the globe in ways that connect you as a traveler to the people, places and cultures of your destination. From exotic locales in distant lands to in-depth journeys in more familiar destinations, you will find an expansive variety of programs and educational opportunities, along with first-class accommodations featuring exceptional service and cuisine, all at affordable prices. We invite you to explore your world as a Jaguar Journeys traveler.
Glacial Adventures of Alaska
Date: July 23-August 2, 2018
Price: From $3649 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Alaska, an unspoiled wonderland where breathtaking glaciers rise above silver-blue seas, spectacular wildlife abounds, and distant mountains fringe lush, virgin forests. Begin your luxury cruise in Seattle, the “Emerald City,” and sail through the scenic Inside Passage along Canada’s coast to Ketchikan. Explore the town’s rustic boardwalk, or perhaps explore the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Encounter an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture at Juneau, and view the incredible Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska. Visit Icy Strait Point’s restored cannery, delve into Skagway’s gold-rush heritage, and enjoy wildlife-spotting at Sitka. Before returning to Seattle, admire the lovely gardens and ornate Craigdarroch Castle at Victoria, British Columbia.
Date: October 3-14, 2018
Price: From $2999 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Riviera in Barcelona, Spain’s gem of art and architecture, and set off to the historic port city of Marseille. View masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, and Michelangelo’s David—in Florence, while even more remnants of Italy’s glorious past await you in Rome. Surround yourself with Greek Mythology in Sorrento; gaze upon the surprisingly modern architecture of Messina, famously rebuilt after a ruinous earthquake in 1908; and explore Valletta, Europe’s smallest capital city. As you cross into Greece, you’ll soon be lounging on the black sand beaches of Santorini and trekking through the medieval walled city of Rhodes before disembarking the Riviera in Athens, the Cradle of Western Civilization.
Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
Date: November 6-12, 2018
Price: From $3799 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. Travel in Iceland will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. At Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center, learn about life during and after the dramatic 2010 volcanic explosion. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.
Sparkling South Pacific
Date: January 21-31, 2019
Price: From $4,299 per personSettle into laid-back island life as you encounter the South Pacific’s pristine beaches and glistening lagoons aboard the luxurious Marina. Spend a day exploring Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and cascading waterfalls. Embark Marina and sail to verdant Moorea. Take in the colors of this paradise—the greens of the volcanically-formed cliffs, the blues of the still-watered lagoons, and the white pops of the small tiare flower. Fakarava, the following port, is home to many rare plant and animal species. Search for unique tropical birds before continuing to Rangiroa where marine life is abundant. Spend two days in Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world, and two days in Raiatea, an island dotted with vanilla plantations that spread the plant’s rich, sweet scent. Before ending the cruise back in Papeete, stop in relaxed Huahine. Minimally impacted by modern times, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the sunshine, pristine natural areas, and easy-going attitudes of the locals.
Date: March 26 — April 02, 2019
Price: From $2999 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)Savor a true taste of “Irish Splendor” when you spend the night in a stately castle. Relax by a roaring peat fire. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Tour rollicking Dublin and share a conversation with the locals at a pub featuring traditional Irish entertainers. Sip on the “Water of Life” at a whiskey distillery. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, one of Ireland’s most historic buildings. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Gaze upon the historic Rock of Cashel. Visit the famous Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods. Meet a local family and enjoy tea and scones at their farm. Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. From the breathtaking sights of Kerry to the historic Rock of Cashel, gaze across the countryside and culture of Ireland.
Memorials of World War II
Date: April 03 — April 12, 2019
Price: From $4599 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)An unforgettable journey of discovery and remembrance awaits you on a sojourn to Northern France on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. In Westminster, discover London’s connections to the war at Churchill’s underground War Rooms. Travel to Paris via the high-speed Eurostar Train, and drive through the French countryside en route to Caen Canal and Pegasus Bridge, captured by the heroic British 6th Airborne Division. Immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s D-Day Landing Beaches and visit the Normandy American Cemetery. Pay your respect to the fallen men of the Commonwealth land forces with no known graves at Bayeux Memorial, and visit the Museum of Surrender in Reims, where the German’s gave their unconditional surrender to end the war in Europe. Finish in Paris for the incomparable experience of dining inside the Eiffel Tower.
Baltic & Scandinavian Ballards
Date: June 13-24, 2019
Price: From $3899 per person, double occupancyView ancient churches in Tallinn, elaborate palaces in Saint Petersburg, innovative structures in Helsinki, and Art Nouveau architecture in Riga; stroll past stately buildings in Klaipe¯ da; wander the history-lined streets of Gdan´ sk; and be enchanted by Rostock in northern Germany or visit unforgettable cultural landmarks in Berlin.
Artists & Aristocrats
Date: October 29-November 6, 2019
Price: From $2299 per person, double occupancyTaste Livorno’s renowned fresh seafood, visit Monte Carlo’s famous extravagant casino, relax on Antibes’ natural-sand beaches, explore Marseille’s historic monuments, see Palma de Mallorca’s impressive gothic cathedral, and view Valencia’s unique mix of old and new architecture.
Date: November 1-10, 2019
Price: From $3,199 per person, double occupancy
Ancient castles and Roman ruins. Groves of lemon and almond trees. Quiet, whitewashed villages, and kind gentle people. Portugal is waiting for you.