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Alumni Travel


Carol Brown

Director, Alumni Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7770


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Live and learn! Join the Knox Alumni Travel Program as we explore varied and exciting destinations. A Knox professor or alumni expert will travel with each group and enrich your experience with insights on the culture, history, or landscape of your destination. Best of all, you'll enjoy your adventure in the company of like-minded alumni and friends. Let our staff and trusted travel partners do the planning. Your only decision is: where do I want to travel with Knox?

Current Trips

Sitka Bay, Sitka, AlaskaSoutheast Alaska's Forests, Fisheries, and Wildlife
May 5–12, 2018
Llimited to 10 travelers. $3,256 double occupancy ($3,816 single)
Join Knox alumni and friends for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime tour of Southeast Alaska that explores the nature and culture of this amazing region.​ ​Nicolaas Mink , president of Sitka Salmon Shares, will lead this 8-day/7-night tour​ ​that includes​ ​deluxe lodging in Sitka, Alaska, a coastal village on Baranof Island surrounded by the majestic 17-million acre Tongass National Forest.

Nic splits his time between Sitka and Illinois, running a business that started in 2011 after he and two Knox students returned from a fishing trip in Alaska. The trip brought up conversations on responsibility, fishing practices, and sustainable food systems and, thus, Sitka Salmon Shares was born.

Benefit from Nic's knowledge and love of the area as you ​go fishing on a commercial fishing vessel, ​journey into the wilderness surrounding Sitka ​on multiple day-long excursions ​with local guides and naturalists, and ​take advantage of multiple opportunities to ​enjoy the sights and sounds of this majestic Alaskan place.

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Space is limited to 10 travelers so make your reservation now! $400 per person, non-refundable deposit is due by January 31, 2018; full payment due by April 1, 2018. Register online at or call Alumni Relations at 309-341-7238.

Alumni Travel: Coastal Iberia

The Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
October 3 – 11, 2018
Partnering with Thomas P. Gohagen & Company

You are invited to join President Teresa Amott and fellow travelers for a voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship M.S.Le Lyrial. Begin your trip with an opening reception at Hotel Majestic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knox in Barcelona program.

The following afternoon, board the M.S. Le Lyrial and cruise up Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by small ship. Visit Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region; the regal city of Granada, Spain; view the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar; and call on the enchanting Balearic Island of Mallorca. Enjoy stunning scenery and visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites during daily port calls and included excursions.

View the full trip itinerary.

For questions and reservations, call Thomas P. Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088.

Past Trips

Florence: The City Experience with Professor Emeritus Robert Hellenga

April 28-May 4, 2017
Partnering with Knox College Alumni Travel to Florence, ItalyGo Ahead Tours
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Travelers settled in, unpacked and experienced Florence through the eyes of Margot from Professor Hellenga's ​​16 Pleasures. The group immersed themselves in the beauty of ​the city, the gateway to the greater Tuscany region. This hub of modern culture and influential history is lined with cobblestone streets and overflowing with masterpieces from some of the greatest minds in Renaissance art, and is the place to go for world-renowned food and wine​​.​ ​They discovered why ​Florence shines as the Tuscan capital.

Old Havana, Cuba

December 5-12, 2016
Partnering with Scott Schwar '70, Cuba Tours 4 U
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Professor William Hope shared his expertise on Cuban culture and music. He first traveled to Cuba in 1995 and has returned to the island 14 times over the past two decades to conduct ethnographic research. This exciting and educational trip offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover Cuba's rich culture and history. The group benefited from the expertise of tour guide Scott Schwar '70, who has led more than 25 groups to Cuba.

Knox alumni will tour the Southwest

June 18-26, 2016

Led by: Professors Michael Godsil '76 and Greg Gilbert, Department of Art and Art History
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Knox alumni and friends visited the Southwest desert with Professors Godsil '76 and Gilbert and experienced the picturesque landscape featured in the Knox Magazine story about Professor Godsil's advanced photography course, "The S.W. Desert Landscape Photography Workshop." Professor Gilbert presented two evening lectures on the history and culture of the ancient Puebloan peoples.


A Plaza in Cuba

March 14-21, 2016

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In March, members of the Knox College community traveled to Cuba to experience its culture, interact with its people, and gain insights into the life of writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for 20 years. Here's what alumni had to say about the trip:

"I am so thankful to have been a part of this group and will treasure the experience forever!!"

"I don't have anything put positives to say about this trip ... the destination and timing were fantastic and the people were a joy to be with."

"The Cuban guide was very friendly, forthright, and knowledgeable, and the coach services were first-rate. "

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