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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 13, 2003

Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers Offers New Travel Options For 2004

Whether you enjoy an adventure to Antarctica, a leisurely river cruise, a covered-wagon trek, a whale watch, a study vacation on Oxford University's campus in England, a Swiss Alps hike with your family, or a luxurious Caribbean cruise, the University of Iowa Alumni Association's 2004 Iowa Voyagers travel program offers something for everyone.

Reservations for the 2004 season are currently under way for more than 50 Iowa Voyagers trips of varying type, length and price.

With special attention focused on affordable travel, this year's itinerary includes selected trips costing about $2,000 or less per person, including airfare. Travelers can choose from the Swiss Winter Ski Escape, Alumni Golf School, London Getaway, Rome Escape, California's Wine and Cuisine, Italian Lakes and Switzerland, and Wonders of Scandinavia. These trips serve a growing need for affordable alumni travel, said UI Alumni Travel Director Diane Baker.

Families can also enjoy Iowa Voyagers trips scheduled for next summer. A four-day covered wagon trek in Wyoming's Tetons is new for 2004. For parents, kids and grandparents, the Swiss Alps for Families trip offers hikes, picnics, alpine cable car rides, visits to cheese factories, and more, all in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland.

Another new feature this year is a group of trips targeted and priced for students and young alumni, ages 18 to 35. One of these trips, "LIVE! in London: Rock Concert," features tickets to a major rock star concert, a major theatre performance, pub visits, cultural activities and more. Other trips for students and young alumni include Classic Europe Graduation trip and Greek Isles Getaway.

Other travel destinations new to the 2004 Iowa Voyagers season include the Wonders of New Zealand, Tchaikovsky's Russia, Hawaiian Islands Luxury, Celtic Lands and Legends, California Wine and Cuisine Cruise, Orinoco River Expedition and several more.

Perennial favorites such as England, Ireland, France, Italy, Danube River, Alaska, Panama Canal, China, Greece, Scandinavia and the Amazon River are also on the schedule this year.

Baker said she is excited about the 2004 travel season. "Travel is definitely beginning to rebound and people are showing more interest. We've experienced an increase in phone calls and bookings in the last several weeks and are even selling out a few trips. Nearly 70 people will travel to Ireland with us in September."

Started in 1961 with 43 travelers, the Iowa Voyagers program has grown to 650 participants and more than 50 trips annually.

For more information, to request a catalog or make advance reservations, contact Diane Baker at 319-335-3293, 800-IOWALUM (800-469-2586), or

To obtain a complete list of more than 50 destinations, see the Iowa Voyagers website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, Diane Baker, Alumni Association, 319-335-3294, Writer: Christina Preiss