WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 19, 1999
Iowa Voyagers program offers exciting travel destinations
IOWA CITY, Iowa Whether its exploring
the Amazon or hiking through the mountains of Yellowstone, University of Iowa
Alumni Associations Iowa Voyagers travel program has a wide variety
of vacation destinations, whether your interests are educational, family oriented
or adventure. With such exotic locations as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands,
the program has something for everyone and you dont have to be
an alum to join the fun.
Last year, more than 400 people took part in the Iowa
Voyagers program compared with the 43 people who traveled in the Alumni Associations
first annual trip in 1961. Iowa Voyagers will offer 30 trips in 2000.
"The Alumni Association offers the travel program
to give people access to high quality educational tours. Its another
link in the continuing lifelong learning process between the university and
its alumni and friends," said Diane Baker-Gruwell, the program director.
New to this years program is the Salzburg, Austria
trip to see "Passion Play," a performance that occurs only once
every ten years. Other new attractions include excursions to Vienna, Baja
and the Sea of Cortez, the "Great Ports of Europe" trip, and the
Voyage of the Vikings, among others.
Former Hawkeye football Coach Hayden Fry and his wife
Shirley will host the "Great Ports of Europe cruise June 8 to 20, 2000.
"Were just thrilled to have the Frys
accompany our travelers on this cruise. Theyve done so much for Iowa,
and they are wonderful people," said Baker-Gruwell. Ports of call for
the trip include Rome, Malaga and Cadiz in Spain, Casablanca, Lisbon, Bordeaux,
UI teaching staff accompany Voyagers travelers on
many of their trips. Travelers are able to benefit from the additional knowledge
faculty members can provide. For example, Professor David Nelson, the director
of the School of Music, will be hosting the Danube River cruise in August.
Dr. Christine Grant, director of womens athletics, hosts the July trip
Among the most popular vacations are the Alumni Campus
Abroad trips (ACA), which focus on one area and immerse the visitors in the
local culture, art, architecture and history. The in-depth focus gives travelers
the opportunity to become quite familiar with a specific region. ACA destinations
include Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Provence and Southern Italy.
For those more interested in family excursions, ACA
trips to Yellowstone and the Swiss Alps provide the perfect combination of
education and getaway. Both of these programs include activities designed
to appeal to all members of the family, from young children to grandparents.
Traditional favorites such as the Danube River cruise,
Alaskan wilderness and glacier expedition, African safari, the Baltic Sea
Cruise and the Lewis and Clark expedition also are offered for 2000.
The trips range anywhere from under $500 per person
for the Yellowstone vacation to $5,000 per person for the Crown Jewels of
the East and West. Tours begin Jan. 18, 2000 and continue through Oct. 20,
2000. You do not have to be a UI graduate to register for one of the Voyager
"Anyone interested in having a high-quality,
educational travel experience is welcome to join us," Baker-Gruwell said.
Iowa Voyagers will present its "Tour 2000"
preview show Friday, Oct. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Morse Board Room
on the fourth floor of the Levitt Center for University Advancement. Door
prizes will be given away along with presentations about the trips. Anyone
who places a deposit on a Voyagers trip at the show will receive a $100 per
person discount. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested
in traveling is encouraged to attend.
To learn more about these opportunities and others
provided by the UI Alumni Association, log onto http://www.iowalum.com/voyagers/
or contact Baker-Gruwell at (319) 335-3293.