Miami Explorers travel program

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See the world with the Miami Explorers, the official travel program of the Miami University Alumni Association.


Upcoming Trips


August 23, 2017 to September 6, 2017
Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River. Encounter Prague with visits to Prague Castle and the Old Jewish Quarter.


August 25, 2017 to September 2, 2017
On this mesmerizing journey aboard the 361-foot Avalon Tranquility II, cruise the ancient trade route along the scenic shores of Germany and France, dotted with wonderful small villages and fascinating historic towns.


September 16, 2017 to September 29, 2017
On your 14-day journey discover four distinct nations with their thriving capitals and their provincial outskirts. Arrive in Vilnius, a UNESCO world heritage site, to visit one of Europe’s oldest “Old Towns”, taking a tour to see its attractive Baroque buildings as well as the fascinating KGB Museum.


September 20, 2017 to September 30, 2017
Experience the glorious autumn foliage along North America’s East Coast aboard Oceania Cruises’ regal Insignia. Savor stunning landscapes and visit historic sites in Canada and New England, stopping in Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, Saguenay, Quebec City, and Montreal.


October 4, 2017 to October 17, 2017


Comprehensive in scope yet briefer in duration than many China tours, this relaxed, well-paced journey begins in the 2000-year-old capital of Beijing.


October 22, 2017 to October 30, 2017


Experience picture-perfect towns set against beautiful autumn scenery on this river cruise aboard the American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world. From Chattanooga to Nashville, take in breathtaking vistas and historic sites in Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.


November 5, 2017 to November 14, 2017


Incredible medieval monuments and spellbinding scenery intertwine on this Mediterranean voyage aboard Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ elegant masterpiece. From magical Venice to legendary Rome, discover cities and landscapes with interludes in Italy.


December 6, 2017 to December 11, 2017
Tucked away in the most breathtaking corner of the Canadian Rockies is legendary Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.


January 23, 2018 to February 3, 2018
Experience Egypt’s wonders on a nine-night, small-group journey, featuring a deluxe Nile cruise and luxurious accommodations in Cairo and Luxor. 


February 17, 2018 to February 28, 2018



April 19, 2018 to April 27, 2018
Explore enchanting Barcelona on a seven-night, small-group adventure. Marvel at Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, and visit the impressive Picasso Museum. 


April 29, 2018 to May 7, 2018
Relax into the heat, history, and hospitality of the Southern Mississippi on this week-long riverboating experience aboard the stately American Queen. From Civil War battlefields to hoppin’ blues bars, Southern culture is on full display as you cruise north from New Orleans to Memphis.


May 6, 2018 to May 22, 2018
Discover the wonders of Central American culture and more on this luxury cruise from Miami to San Francisco aboard the Regatta. Explore Mayan temples, admire astounding marine life, and traverse the Panama Canal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. 


May 8, 2018 to May 18, 2018
Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this seven-night cruise across full length of the historic Inland Sea and during two nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered Five-Star M.S. L’AUSTRAL, visit captivating port calls featuring five UNESCO World Heritage sites. 


May 8, 2018 to May 23, 2018


May 14, 2018 to May 24, 2018
On this luxury cruise along the Danube river, you’ll have the opportunity to not only marvel at magnificent scenery, but also sample beer at one of the world’s oldest breweries in Regensburg, explore powerful WWII history in Nuremberg, experience a private concert featuring the works of Strauss and Mozart in the grand splendor of the iconic Palais Liechtenstein, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.


May 14, 2018 to May 23, 2018
Join us on a 10-day journey through a spectacular series of natural wonders in the American Southwest. 


June 11, 2018 to June 19, 2018
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, with seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. STAR BREEZE. Enjoy specially arranged presentations by former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa and by noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev. Visit Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Bornholm. 


June 17, 2018 to June 28, 2018
Experience the wonders of Gaelic culture as you sail through Ireland and the British Isles. Discover Ireland’s cosmopolitan heart in Dublin and Belfast, delve into its rich history from Waterford to Galway, and explore the natural bounty of Glengarriff and Holyhead.


June 19, 2018 to July 4, 2018
As the Midnight Sun turns night into day, Scandinavia shines.  From the cosmopolitan capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo to Norway’s magnificent fjord country, your small group of no more than 24 guests encounters Scandinavia at its best.


June 20, 2018 to June 28, 2018
Discover the majesty of Switzerland on a journey that will take you to see lush alpine meadows, charming towns and iconic mountain peaks. Stay in pretty Interlaken and travel by train and cable car high into the Swiss Alps. Enjoy opportunities to stretch your legs on hikes. Marvel at incredible scenery and explore the highlights of Lucerne and Interlaken.


July 16, 2018 to July 24, 2018
On this luxury cruise around the Bordeaux region, you’ll have the opportunity to not only taste some of the world’s greatest wines, but also explore the underground catacombs in Saint-Émilion, tour the Château de Roquetaillade in Cadillac, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.


July 25, 2018 to August 2, 2018
Discover Iceland on this seven-night circumnavigation aboard the Five-Star, small ship M.V. STAR PRIDE. See ancient Viking ruins and glittering glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. Cross the Arctic Circle and cruise along Surtsey.


August 15, 2018 to August 24, 2018
Explore Russia’s grandeur on an eight-night, small-group experience that reveals Moscow’s imperial riches, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Metro stations and other treasures. Travel by high-speed train to St. Petersburg to visit the State Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, Mariinsky Theater and more. Enjoy first-class hotels, enriching lectures, extensive meals and wine with dinner. 


August 16, 2018 to August 27, 2018
Sail the stunning islands of the Inside Passage; sample fresh-caught salmon in Ketchikan; admire Russian heritage in Sitka; strike gold in Skagway; stand in awe of the Hubbard Glacier; immerse yourself in native Tlingit culture in Hoonah; explore contemporary Alaska in the capital city of Juneau; behold ancient petroglyphs in Wrangell; and celebrate British heritage in Victoria.


August 18, 2018 to August 29, 2018
Wander the fairy-tale city of Tallinn; cross the grand canals of St. Petersburg; let your imagination run wild in Helsinki; lounge on Smiltyne beach in Klaipeda; explore the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga; and take in culture-rich Berlin.


September 5, 2018 to September 16, 2018
Discover Southwest England during a 10-night journey featuring stays in Bath, Falmouth, Exeter and London. Visit ancient Roman baths, sprawling estates and charming fishing villages. Experience history at the Bedruthan Steps, Salisbury Cathedral, St. Michael’s Mount and Heartlands, a renovated mining landscape. This small-group program concludes with a stay in vibrant London.


September 16, 2018 to September 24, 2018
History comes to life in Astoria, one of the oldest cities west of the Rockies; see the former end of the Oregon Trail in The Dalles; delve into the fascinating Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum; hike through one of Lewis and Clark’s campsites in Sacajawea State Park; and wander Spokane, the urban heart of the Pacific Northwest wine region.


September 17, 2018 to October 1, 2018
This 15-day comprehensive small group tour of Germany, the old and the new, draws you into the allure of this classic land with a cruise on the legendary Rhine, vistas of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps, and exploration of culturally rich Munich and international Berlin.  


September 20, 2018 to September 28, 2018
We invite you to join this intimate, small-group adventure to meet friendly Sicilian guides, chefs, and vintners for a grand discovery of the true Sicily. 


September 23, 2018 to October 4, 2018
Explore ancient cities, alluring beaches, and culture straight from the Old World as you set sail across the Mediterranean Sea aboard the luxurious Marina. Bask in the glamour of the French and Italian Rivieras, explore the lives of legendary artists from Dalí to Picasso, and marvel at the architecture of some of Spain’s most historic port cities.


October 4, 2018 to October 19, 2018
From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and unique accommodations.  


October 8, 2018 to October 14, 2018
Discover the majestic beauty of Canada on a nostalgic rail journey that brings back the golden age of train travel.


October 13, 2018 to October 24, 2018
Step back into the medieval ruins of Gythion; stop in Katakonos and visit Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games; stand in awe of Mount Etna in Taormina; Explore Valletta, Europe’s smallest capital; visit historic Heraklion on the island of Crete; soak up the rays in Rhodes; lounge on the black sand beaches of Santorini; and hear the thunder of 300-plus church bells on the island of Patmos.


October 14, 2018 to October 25, 2018
From the Tierra del Fuego to Glacier Alley, experience the diversity of Patagonia on this unique, 12-day land and sea journey. Cruise aboard the expedition ship M.V. VENTUS AUSTRALIS, designed specifically for the Chilean fjords, Beagle Channel and Strait of Magellan. Tour Santiago. 


November 1, 2018 to November 9, 2018
Take in the beautiful botanical bounty of Portofino; lounge on the white sand beaches of Sardinia; sample Bandol’s superb rosé wine; delve into France’s naval history in Toulon; feel like a celebrity in Saint-Tropez; and revel in the height of opulence in Monte Carlo.


November 2, 2018 to November 11, 2018
Experience the land Down Under with Miami University Alumni Association on a 10-day adventure that includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Sydney’s iconic landmarks, and exploring the wildlife and rainforest of Daintree National Park.


December 4, 2018 to December 12, 2018
Delight in Germany’s merry Christkindlmarkts on a seven-night, first-class cruise along the Rhine and Main Rivers. See Cologne’s cathedral, sail the Rhine Gorge, and admire medieval Miltenberg and Rothenburg. Visit Koblenz, Würzburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg. Enjoy a choice of excursions in several ports, lectures, and ample meals. 



From the desk of the Director of Travel Programs

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Miami Explorers, the Miami University Alumni Association travel program, offers an opportunity for camaraderie while providing you with an educational, rewarding, and unforgettable experience.  Our goal is to offer enriching travel experiences to enhance your lifelong education, while strengthening your connection with Miami.

Some trip departures are exclusive to Miami Explorers, and some are shared with similar organizations. Space is limited on most departures, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. 

We do limited mailings for our programs, but want to be sure everyone interested in a specific trip receives the detailed information. So, please take a few minutes to indicate the trips you are interested in and the brochures will be mailed to you when they are available.

I look forward to helping you plan your adventures.


Kathryn Myles '89, MGS '91
Director of Travel Programs



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From Japan to Australia to the Nile, classic Europe and even destinations in our own backyard, our 2018 Miami Explorers travel schedule includes 30 trips that visit almost every corner of the world. These adventures and many more await in 2018, courtesy of the Miami University Alumni Association travel program – Miami Explorers.

From Japan to Australia to the Nile, classic Europe and even destinations in our own backyard, our 2018 Miami Explorers travel schedule includes 30 trips that visit almost every corner of the world. These adventures and many more await in 2018, courtesy of Miami Explorers!

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For more information about Miami Explorers, contact Kathryn Myles at 513-529-1443 or toll free 866-MUALUMS (682-5867) or by e-mail at

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