West Point AOG Travel
Join fellow alumni, family, and friends, and even rival academies for wonderful adventures in the 2013 WPAOG Alumni Travel Program. For more information contact Leslie Rose at the WPAOG Alumni Travel Program office: 845-446-1582, Travel@wpaog.org.
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2013 Trip Descriptions
Jewels of Antiquity, May 28 - June 10, from $4,795, AHI
Cruise the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian, Mediterranean and Adriatic seas during this 14-night voyage from Cannes to Venice aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey, a boutique ship that offers an informal cruising experience and access to remote inlets, quiet harbors and magnificent islands. Set sail along the beautiful French Riviera to explore Cannes, the sparkling jewel of the Cote d'Azur, and vibrant Provence. Cruise Italy's shores and experience the art of Florence and palpable history of Rome. Drive along the scenic Bay of Naples to the ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum and roam the timeless majesty of Taormina. Sail sparkling waters to the ancient Greek colony of Butrint; the narrow stepped streets of Corfu; Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic; Split's lavish Palace of Diocletian; and the walled town of Zadar. End your journey with an overnight in Venice. This unique adventure includes excursions, lecture series by noted scholars, an extensive meal plan, and gratuities for onboard staff, guides and drivers.
Undiscovered Apulia, June 4-12, 9 days, from $2,495, plus air, With Joint Academy Travel, AHI
Delight in the age-old atmosphere and fresh flavors of southern Italy's Apulia region. From breathtaking Polignano a Mare, travel along the Puglian coast on this exclusive small group journey. Discover postcard views from the Via Venezia in the ancient Greek port of Bari. See unusual dwellings at the Sassi cave houses and the conical limestone Trulli and visit the mysterious Castel del Monte. Immerse yourself in medieval Trani at the water's edge, see Lecce's lace-like, baroque architecture and wander narrow streets in whitewashed Ostuni. Savor the region's wines on a winery tour and visit a family-run olive farm to meet the owners and sample the product. Enjoy other regional specialities and visits to three UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout this program that includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.
European Mosaic, June 5-13, from $2,199, Go Next
Sample some of Europe's rich past and exciting present as you cruise to distinctive ports in Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises Nautica. Leave Rome behind and cruise north on the coastal route to the port of Livorno and the glorious cities of Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower, and Florence, where Renaissance masterpieces await. Sail in Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and its stunning French Riviera locale on the winding Grand Corniche. Continue to colorful Marseille, a Provencal gateway for visits to the towns of Aix, renowned for its lovely fountains, and Avignon, a medieval refuge for 14th-century popes. Visit Barcelona, a city known worldwide for its enduring cultural influence and the distinctive architecture of Antoni Gaudi. This European mosaic becomes even more colorful in Cartagena, Spain, with spectacular ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins, Baroque ramparts, Art Nouveau facades and comtemporary maritime attractions.
Ancient Kingdoms of China, June 13-28, from 3,995 (airfare separate), Gohagan
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Julie Nixon Eisenhower to discuss China and her late father's pivotal role in bringing Communist China out of isolation. This comprehensive, 15-day journey includes a seven-night exclusively chartered Grand Cruise along the fabled Yangtze River, sailing all the way from Shanghai upstream to Chongqing. And, spend two nights in Shanghai, one night in Xi'an and three nights in Beijing, in Five-Star hotels. Highlights include five UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Three Gorges Dam; seldom-visited Nanjing, Huangshan and Wuhan; mystical Old and spectacular new Shanghai; Xi'an's Terra Cotta Warriors; Beijing's Forbidden City; and the Great Wall. Guilin/Hong Kong Post-Program option.
Baltic Treasures (Copenhagen to Stockholm), July 4-15, from $3,999 (airfare included), Go Next
Discover treasures old and new on the sparkling Baltic Sea aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant Marina. Depart Copenhagen and cruise to Germany, Poland, Estonia, Russia and Finland, stopping first in the charming German port of Warnermunde. Meander its seaside promenage or make the short drive to Berlin for a powerful glimpse of recent history. Witness the rich spectacle of Gdansk, Poland, where medieval charm combines with a rebel spirit that gave birth to the famed Solidarity movement. In Estonia, stop at Tallinn and meander its spendidly preserved medieval Old Town. Cruise to Russia and spend three glorious days taking in St. Petersburg's breathtaking sites, the gorgeous onion-domed cathedrals and fabled palaces, to name a few. Or head south to Moscow for a memorable day visiting famed sights like Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Towers. Get a splash of modern art and architecture in the Finnish capital of Helsinki before ending your journey with a day in Stockholm, Sweden's lovely capital -- another treasure of the Baltic.
Cruising Alaska's Glaciers, Aug 1-8, from $4,299, Gohagan
Vancouver Pre Cruise Option; Denali National Park and Fairbanks Post Cruise Option
Join this magnificent seven-night cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, through the pristine waters of the Inside Passage, to Seward, Alaska, aboard the Six-Star, all-suite M.V. Silver Shadow, providing an unmatched small ship experience. Free Air* from 43 gateway cities. Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per couple. A host of complimentary features aboard ship are included: all onboard gratuities and port taxes, personal butler service, beverages throughout the cruise and fitness classes. See towering mountains and untouched coastlines and watch for whales, harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and eagles in their natural habitat. Cruise up close to the Sawyer and Hubbard glaciers. Call at the historic towns of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka, where you will step back into the gold rush era and discover the living heritage of the Tlingit people. A Pre-Cruise Option to Vancouver and a five-night Post-Cruise Option to Fairbanks and the heart of the great Denali National Park are offered.
*Free Air and Low Air Add-Ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.
British Isles and Norwegian Fjords, August 14-27, from $4,999, Go Next
Explore the legacies of legendary kings, queens and Vikings aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant Nautica as you cruise to England, Scotland, Norway, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Depart England and head for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, one of Europe's loveliest cities crowned by the cliffs and medieval ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Stop in Invergordon and visit the Scottish Highlands with its ancient hillside castles and ruggedly beautiful landscapes. In the Shetland Islands, see the little ponies native to these islands or take in the intriguing Jarlshof prehistoric site. Then cross into Scandinavia for a stop in Alesund, a delightful Norwegian town full of Art Nouveau style. Next is Geiranger for a picture-postcard view of stunning Geirangerfjord, "the most beautiful fjord in the world." See Norway's oldest Viking port at Hellesylt, a small village nestled in a picturesque forest setting surrounded by dramatic cliffs and pristine lakes. Sail to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and see its Victorian architecture, and take in Dublin, where the 18th century meets cosmopolitan flair. Explore the Irish town of Cork -- a friendly rival to Ireland's capital, Dublin -- before cruising to Portland on England's dramatic Jurassic Coast. Here you will find one of Henry VIII's best-preserved coastal fortresses, Portland Castle, before returning to the port of Dover at the conclusion of your cruise.
England's Lake District, August 15-23, from $2,995, AHI
Explore the unparalleled beauty of England's Lake District on this flexible walking journey designed for all ages. From Bowness-on-Windermere, where you will stay 10 nights at the deluxe MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa, discover the fells, valleys, scenic passes and charming villages that have inspired philosophers, writers and poets. Enjoy a reading and afternoon tea at William Wordsworth's family home, and visit Hilltop Farm, home of Beatrix Potter. Choose to hike rolling hills overlooking Lake Windermere or explore the local culture. In Cumbria, follow Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See Castlerigg Stone Circle, Hardknott Roman Fort ruins, Lanercost Priory and other incredible landmarks throughout this program that also includes an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.
Symphony on the Blue Danube: A Classical Music Cruise, September 8-20, from $3,895, Gohagan
Visit six countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive and comprehensive, carefully crafted, 13-day journey showcasing the musical heritage of the European Masters. Explore the medieval gems of Prague and Krakow and embark on a five-night river cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Elegant. Enjoy panoramic views of the countryside along the river from the spacious public areas or the privacy of your Stateroom or Suite, most featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with a French Balcony. Experience the exciting centers of music in some of Europe's greatest cities and explore the cultural centers of the former Habsburg Empire that inspired the musical genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Enjoy a program of classical music-themed performances and tours. Guided excursions include Bratislava's medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, the storybook village of Durnstein and magnificent Melk Abbey. A Warsaw Pre-Program Option and Budapest Post-Program Option are offered.
Canada and New England (Montreal to New York), September 24 - October 6, from $4,299, Go Next
Give your fall a reslendent splash of color as you sail the adored East Coast of North America aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises Regatta. The breathtaking beauty of nature is on full display as you depart from Montreal for Quebec City, where the gorgeous Chateau Frontenac highlights the French ambiance of Old Quebec. Cruise the stunningly scenic waterways of the St. Lawrence to the forested town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, surrounded by ponds, coves and the Bay of Islands. Continue to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a charming seaside town known as the "Birthplace of Confederation." Sail past Nova Scotia's lush coastal foliage as you visit historic Sydney, with its vibrant waterfront, and the larger port of Halifax, a city renowned for its maritime heritage. Take in the picturesque harbor town of Saint John, New Brunswick, before sailing south to the coastal beauty of New England and the charming Maine resort of Bar Harbor. Discover breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay from the towns of Rockland and Camden. Then visit Newport, Rhode Island, where Victorian, Colonial, and Federal style homes hint at its past filled with mansions and yachts. This cruise concludes in New York City, an exciting counterpoint to some of North America's most colorful and captivating ports on the East Coast. Pre Cruise Program Montreal; Post Cruise Program New York City.
Southwest National Parks, September 28 - October 8, from $2,995, Orbridge
Call Guest Services at 866.639.0079 for more information.
Discover a spectacular array of natural wonders and incredible scenery in the beautiful national parks of the U.S. Southwest in a private deluxe motor coach. Visit Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. Included in your fare are admission tickets to the parks, as well as a cruise on Lake Powell, a Navajo cookout, a 4-wheel drive tour of Monument Valley, and a wine tasting in Moab.
Enjoy ten nights in first class accommodations including Las Vegas' Treasure Island, Grand Canyon Lodges, Lake Powell Resort, Monument Valley Goulding's Lodge, Moab Red Cliffs Lodge,Best West ern Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, and the Best Western Zion Park Inn.
Cuban Discovery, October 4-11, from $4,299, Go Next
Cuba's turbulent economic and political past and vibrant, culturally-rich present unfold on this rare, enriching journey developed for the West Point Association of Graduates Alumni Travel program. The exclusive opportunity to explore Cuba is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., which has been issued a People-to-People license by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that authorizes registered travelers of this educational exchange program to visit Cuba. During your visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara, you will meet with diverse locals, from dancers and teachers to visual artists and entrepreneurs, to uncover the fascinating history and realities of this intriguing nation.
Mediterranean Inspiration, October 18-29, from $3,299, Go Next
Discover true inspiration from the elegant decks of Marina, one of Oceania Cruises' newer mid-sized vessels, as you sail the Mediterranean to ports in Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. Depart from Rome and delve into Italy's picturesque west coast, a combination of world-class beauty and world-renowned works of art. In Florence, Brunelleshci's extraordinary Duomo stands magnificently over the city just as Michelangelo's David stands over the world of sculpture, as it has since the early 1500s. Explore the magical cobblestone streets of Sorrento, or travel to Capri, an island so beautiful it served as a vacation getaway for ancient Romans. Discover the harbors and hillside towns of Amalfi and Positano, each a vertical showcase of colorful, centuries-old architecture. next is Sicily's ancient town of Taormina, a blend of ancient Greek and Roman ruins and vibrant modern shops popular with authors and artists. Sail to the gorgeous Greek island of Corfu, stroll the painstakingly preserved streets of medieval Kotor, and enter the ancient walls, turrets and towers that encircle Dubrovnik, Croatia's red-tiled gem. Cap off your inspirational journey with a full day in Venice, the magical city of canals and bridges.
*free air and low air add-ons have limited availability and are not guaranteed.