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Megan Clayton

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Travel with Knox! Join the Knox 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

Japan and South Korea

Image of Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan, on a lakeside and against a woodland and mountianous backdrop

April 13–25, 2025
Partnering with Gohagen Travel

Ethereal temples, jewel box pagodas, shogun castles, and breathtaking vistas epitomize the culture and natural beauty of Japan. This 13-day, 12-night land and sea voyage takes you to some of the most iconic sites along the Inland Sea of Japan and South Korea, featuring an 8-night, all-inclusive cruise on the deluxe expedition small ship Heritage Adventurer.

Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: ancient Kyoto’s breathtaking temples; the isolated settlement of Shirakawa-go and its distinctive farmhouses with steeply pitched roofs; the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, where you’ll talk with the family member of a Hiroshima survivor; the iconic “floating” Itsukushima Shinto Shrine; and the incredible historic and cultural feast of the Gyeongju Historic Areas in South Korea.

Along the way, immerse yourself in eye-popping landscapes and serene traditional gardens. Marvel at modern Japanese art and mesmerizing woodblock prints.

Emmy Award-winning international news correspondent Jim Laurie will join us as guest lecturer for the tour, speaking about his more than five decades of covering this remarkable region on what promises to be a journey to remember.

Your faculty host is Michael Schneider, provost and dean of Knox College and creator of Knox’s immersive Japan Term. A faculty member at Knox since 1992, he directed the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies; twice served as resident director for the ACM/GLCA Japan Study program in Tokyo; and chaired the history, Asian studies, and international studies programs. Michael is an expert in East Asian history with a focus on the international and intercultural relations of modern Japan. His research interests cover a diverse range of topics from Japanese colonial policy to liberal economic theory and the history of food.

View the trip itinerary.

To secure your spot, call Gohagan & Company at 800-922-3088 or visit

Early Booking Savings of $1,000 are available when you book by 9/10/24 and pay in full at time of booking. If you pay only your deposit by early booking date, you still save $500 per person.

Picturesque Provence

Image of Provence France with text "Travel with Knox, Discovering Provence, September 21-28, 2024"

September 21–28, 2024
Partnering with Winding Way Travel

This trip has reached capacity, but to be added to a wait list, please contact Megan Clayton at

Indulge your senses in the heart of the enchanting Provence region with our curated tour that promises an unforgettable blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Embark on a captivating journey through medieval villages, Roman ruins, and majestic chateaus that tell tales of a rich and vibrant past. Explore the charming streets of Avignon and immerse yourself in the artistic heritage of Arles, the inspiration behind Van Gogh's masterpieces. Savor the renowned wines of the Côtes du Rhône region, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Engage your palate in exclusive tastings of world-class wines, guided by passionate experts who unveil the secrets behind Provence's exceptional viticulture. Take your tastebuds on a gastronomic adventure as you sample the flavors of Provencal cuisine including hands on experience during a cooking class. View the trip itinerary.

Every moment of the tour is a postcard-worthy memory waiting to be created. Uncover the secrets of this captivating region with your expert guides and experience the timeless allure of Provence.

Your Knox host is Tom Bazan ’05, current Alumni Council chair and Springfield Knox Club leader. Tom will bring his knowledge and interest in French culture to this program. Read his biography.

Past Trips

Travel with Knox to the Great Lakes

Cruising the Great Lakes
September 25–October 2, 2023

Alumni and friends enjoyed a cruise around all five of the Great Lakes—Ontario, Erie, Superior, Huron, and Michigan—when the region’s foliage began to put on its breathtaking, vibrant show. The travelers visited some of North America’s most alluring towns, visionary cities, and magnificent coastal scenery. They had the opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the picturesque streets of quaint Mackinac Island to the iconic Grand Hotel. Cruise the protected waters near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada; transit the historic Soo Locks at Sault Sainte Marie and the Welland Canal near Niagara Falls; and experience Detroit’s fascinating cultural legacy at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The group included Brian Williams ’86 as the alumni host who brought his passion for arts, culture, travel, and history to this program.

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Alumni Travel Circumnavigation of IcelandCircumnavigation of Iceland
July 17–25, 2021
Partnered with Gohagan & Company

Alumni travelers enjoyed the "Land of Fire and Ice," one of the world's most enchanting and distinctive destinations, on a seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this stunning Nordic island nation. Travelers had opportunities to watch for orca, humpback whales, and rare migratory birds; and see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes. They crossed the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruised along the coast of Surtsey, one of Earth's youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and explored the majestic vista of a former lava lake and marveled at dramatic Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods."

Alumni Travel: Greek Isles

Ancient Greece Aegean Odyssey
November 7–15, 2019
Partnered with Gohagan & Company

Alumni and friends traveled with Professors Brenda and Stephen Fineberg for an unparalleled and comprehensive, nine-day tour of Athens, Greece, and the the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. They visited extraordinary Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop natural sandstone pinnacles, and walked through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus.

Travelers were able to hear first-hand from local residents about what it's like to live and work on the shores of the Aegean Sea, and had the opportunity for personal exploration of Athens before the cruise or Ancient Olympia upon return.


Alumni Travel: Coastal Iberia

The Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia
October 3–11, 2018
Partnered with Gohagan & Company
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Knox alumni and friends joined Emeritus President Teresa Amott and fellow travelers for a voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon. Along the way, enjoying stunning scenery and visiting 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, 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 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, a hub of modern culture and influential history.

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. 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 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." 


A Plaza in Cuba

March 14–21, 2016

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Knox alumni and friends traveled to Cuba and experienced its culture, interacted with its people, and gained insights into the life of writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for 20 years.

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