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Release: Oct. 7, 2002
Iowa Voyagers tours explore the Earths mysteries from Antarctica
you prefer yachts on turquoise waters or excursion boats in remote jungle
rivers, the University of Iowa Alumni Associations Iowa Voyager trips
have something for everyone.
Booking for the 2003 Iowa Voyagers tour season is now under way. Trips begin
Jan. 11 with a Yachtsmans Caribbean cruise, followed by one of this
seasons highlights, an Amazon adventure Jan. 18-26. Amazon travelers
will experience the rainforests rare plants and animals and visit the
lost city of the Incas.
UI Alumni Travel Director Diane Baker recommends Iowa Voyagers for anyone
who likes to travel; its open to anyone, not just UI alumni. If
youre looking for a quality, educational vacation then this is the program
for you, she said.
In 2002 Iowa Voyagers started a new Alumni Escapes series. In 2003 there
are Escapes planned to Paris, London, Tuscany and Costa Rica. Another new
adventure, the Classic Europe Tour for new graduates, runs from June 2-18
and is specially customized for recent graduates and current students.
Voyagers will also have the opportunity to visit Cuba, which has been closed
to the United States traveler for 40 years. This cultural and historical exchange
program takes place Feb. 21-27 and is approved and licensed by the U.S. Department
of the Treasury.
Travelers can check out new destinations offered such as Iceland, Tibet,
and Southeast Asia. A moderately priced trip to South Africa has also been
added to the menu. For travelers who wish to stay closer to home, there are
10 North American tours, including a Canadian Polar Bear Expedition being
offered Oct. 17-23.
Through programs such as the Alumni Campus Abroad, Iowa Voyagers offers
an excellent educational experience. Alumni Colleges set in Scotland, Switzerland,
Sicily and other locations this season combine a mixture of educational programs
and excursions. The Alumni Campus Abroad trips are our most popular
product. These are educational vacations where people can not only learn about
the area, but also meet new people and visit unique places, Baker said.
Started in 1961 with 43 travelers, the Iowa Voyagers program has grown to
650 participants and over 45 trips annually. In 2002 alone, 560 travelers
have signed up for the program. Prices for Voyagers programs start at about
$1,000 per person, but vary considerably from trip to trip. For more information
about Iowa Voyagers or to learn about an advance registration program, contact
Diane Baker at (319) 335-3294, (800) IOWALUM (469-2586), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain a complete list of over 40 destinations, see the Iowa Voyagers website