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Alumni Travel


Carol Brown

Director, Alumni Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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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

Alumni Travel: Inland Sea of JapanThe Inland Sea of Japan Featuring Kyoto
May 19 – 30, 2020
Partnering with Thomas P. Gohagen & Company
From approximately $5,995 USD plus air
Call 800-922-3088 for reservations

Join Professor Michael Schneider on this unique, custom-designed trip. Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea. Enjoy three nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise across the full length of the serene Inland Sea of Japan from Himeji, including historic ports of Japan such as Miyajima, Sakaiminato and Moji and Ulsan, South Korea.

On board the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship Le Soléal, featuring only 110 ocean-view suites and staterooms, enjoy this 280-mile stretch of scenic, tranquil ocean with port calls at captivating points of interest, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In the enchanting city of Kyoto, visit opulent temples and the Nij┼Ź Castle, an imperial gem. Walk through the imposing Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, tour the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe-inspiring Great Torii Gate and see the impressive Himeji Castle, the largest and best-preserved feudal structure from medieval Japan. In Gyeongju, South Korea, visit the Buddhist Bulguksa Temple and the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds.

For more information, view the trip itinerary.

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

Alumni Travel: Greek Isles

Ancient Greece Aegean Odyssey
November 7–15, 2019
Partnering with Thomas P. Gohagen & Company
From $4,495 per person plus air
Call 800-922-3088 for reservations

You are invited to join Professors Brenda and Stephen Fineberg for an unparalleled and comprehensive, nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world.

Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest five-star small ship Le Bougainville. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit extraordinary Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus.

You'll hear from local residents about what it's like to live and work on the shores of the Aegean Sea. You can also choose to extend your journey by exploring Athens before the cruise or Ancient Olympia upon your return.

The five-star Le Bougainville, a state-of-the-art small ship to be launched in 2019, combines revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for an unparalleled expedition cruising experience.

For more information, view the trip itinerary or travel brochure.

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

Past Trips

Alumni Travel: Coastal Iberia

The Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
October 3 – 11, 2018
Partnering with Thomas P. Gohagen & Company
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Knox alumni and friends joined 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. The trip began with an opening reception at Hotel Majestic with Professor Emeritus Jorge Prats to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knox in Barcelona program. Travelers cruised up Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River into the heart of beautiful Seville; visited Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region; the regal city of Granada, Spain; viewed the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar; and called on the enchanting Balearic Island of Mallorca. Along the way, travelers enjoyed stunning scenery and visited four UNESCO World Heritage sites during daily port calls and included excursions.


May 5–12, 2018
Partnering with NIc Mink, Sitka Salmon Shares
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Knox alumni and friends enjoyed an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime tour of Southeast Alaska exploring the nature and culture of this amazing region. Nicolaas Mink, president of Sitka Salmon Shares, was our tour guide, and travelers benefited from Nic's knowledge and love of the area. The group fished on a commercial fishing vessel, journeyed into the wilderness surrounding Sitka on multiple day-long excursions with local guides and naturalists, and had multiple opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of this majestic Alaskan place.

Florence: The City Experience with Professor Emeritus Robert Hellenga

April 28–May 4, 2017
Partnering with Go 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 but 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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