Travel

There is a lot of world out there to see, are you coming?

We invite you to discover your MAC Adventure by joining fellow alumni and friends as we embark on an irresistible line-up of once-in-a-lifetime trips to some amazing destinations. We work with reputable travel partners, each known for their deluxe group travel programs, to select quality, exciting, adventurous trips, with unique educational components built in. There is something for everyone. Let us help you discover your next MAC Adventure!

For further information on any of our trips, or to be added to our travel mailing list, please contact:
Jessica Lounsbury
Alumni Officer, Local Programs
McMaster University
[email protected]
905.525.9140 ex.24882

Upcoming Trips

For all trip listings click here.

August 23, 2017 to September 5, 2017 

Canada's Northwest Passage


The August 23 - September 5 date is SOLD OUT.  Below is another similar cruise that has been added.

Canadian Arctic Expedition Cruise

August 13 – 23, 2017.   

Celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial Canada's Arctic!  Alumni from universities across Canada have responded enthusiastically to our Canada’s Northwest Passage expedition in August, 2017, which is now sold out. Enthusiastically, we have now added a second voyage to Canada’s High Arctic. On this expedition cruise you will experience the starkly beautiful and pristine landscapes and seascapes of the Arctic summer and its abundant wildlife and follow in the footsteps of Franklin as we sail through the crux of the Northwest Passage

 

September 5, 2017 to September 19, 2017 

Atlantic Treasures


Follow a passage of ancient mariners and discover the seductive islands of the North Atlantic and exotic ports of Morocco. Join the Six-Star Crystal Symphony in Lisbon and sail on a westerly course to Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitoria in the Azores. Absorb the unique charm of Madeira before continuing to Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Arrecife in the Canary Islands. Sink your toes into the alabaster beaches of Agadir, Morocco and delight in Casablanca’s colorful bazaars. For 20 consecutive years, Travel + Leisure magazine has awarded Crystal Cruises the esteemed rank of “Worlds Best” cruise line. Experience the world’s best cruise value with two-for-one pricing, open bar service, all meals, shipboard gratuities, and Welcome and Farewell gatherings. Enjoy gala entertainment nightly, deluxe staterooms, shuttles to each port town, and the services of an engaging Travel Director. With a remarkable itinerary on an exceptional ship this voyage offers a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

CLICK HERE for webinar on the Atlantic Treasures trip


 

September 16, 2017 to September 24, 2017 

Village Life in Languedoc


$600USD per couple Early Booking Bonus extended!

Experience the “Real South of France” for nine days in the unspoiled Languedoc-Roussillon region of traditional French villages, Cathar fortresses, olive groves and vineyards. Stay in the 16th-century CHÂTEAU DES DUCS DE JOYEUSE. Visit La Cité de Carcassonne and cruise the Canal du Midi, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Exclusive VILLAGE FORUM® with local residents. 

 

September 18, 2017 to September 29, 2017 

Portrait of Ireland


Journey across the captivating emerald Isle through Dublin, Belfast, Donegal and County Galway. Begin in Dublin with visits to Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grafton Street. Enjoy excursions to Bend of the Boyne, the archaeological wonder of Newgrange and St. Patrick’s burial place. Learn about the tumultuous history of The Troubles during a locally guided tour in Belfast, and experience the Titanic interpretation center. Gape at dramatic basalt columns along Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and experience the historic and effervescent atmosphere of Derry. Enjoy soul-stirring vistas at Glenveagh National Park, mountain-dotted Sligo and the fiercely beautiful region of Connemara. Along the way, delight in medieval architecture, delicious cuisine and opportunities to make your own discoveries during ample free time. Local guides and experts will provide fascinating narrative during excursions and interactive talks.

CLICK HERE for webinar on the Portrait of Ireland trip


 

September 18, 2017 to October 3, 2017 

Grand Danube Passage with Prague


For our solo travelers, there is no single supplement. 

Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River. Encounter Prague with visits to Prague Castle and the Old Jewish Quarter. Travel to Passau and step into St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit Melk and Dürnstein before sailing through the Wachau Valley toward the Austrian capital of Vienna. Be captivated by the history and allure of Bratislava and Budapest. Wander through Kalemegdan Citadel and ornate Orthodox churches in Belgrade. Sail through the thrilling Iron Gate Gorge and tour Drobeta’s Museum of the Iron Gate Region. Visit Vidin’s Baba Vida fortress before seeing the fascinating highlights of Sofia. Expert guides and lecturers provide compelling narrative that frames the diverse art, culture and heritage of this famed region. 

CLICK HERE for a webinar on the Grand Danube Passage with Prague trip.


 

October 14, 2017 to October 22, 2017 

Apulia


For solo travelers, there is no single supplement. 

Journey to Apulia and explore this fascinating, less-explored corner of Italy. Settle in the town of Polignano a Mare perched above the sparkling Adriatic. Begin your journey of discovery during an excursion to the vibrant seaport of Bari and its Basilica of St. Nicholas. Gaze at Lecce’s baroque architecture and Ostuni’s trove of ancient walls and white edifices. On a scenic excursion to Trani, visit historic highlights and a family olive mill. Explore the unusual Trulli of Alberobello, and wander through Locorotondo’s tranquil streets. Visit the Sassi di Matera, an extensive cave-dwelling district where troglodyte settlements once lived. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. 

CLICK HERE for a webinar on the Apulia trip


 

October 17, 2017 to October 29, 2017 

Pearls of Southeast Asia


$2,000USD per couple Early Booking Discount extended!

This exclusive nine-night cruise from Hong Kong to Saigon aboard the Five-Star, small ship M.S. L’AUSTRAL showcases the fascinating treasures of Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hué and Hôi An. Round-trip economy-class air from Los Angeles is included.* 
*Air included from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.

 

November 17, 2017 to November 29, 2017 

South India


Lush tropical landscapes, neat colourful villages, world-renowned temple complexes, gorgeous heritage accommodation, and a subtle, distinctive cuisine are highlights of this tour. Gentler, more relaxing, more authentic – the south is the perfect introduction to the wonders of India. A multitude of varied experiences from the Life of Pi’s Indian Cote d’Azur in Pondicherry to the thriving technicolour temples in the power centre of Madurai, the extravagant courtyard mansions of Chettinad, and the fragrant spice gardens and tea plantations of Periyar. Cooking demonstrations, privately hosted lunches, and presentations on temple architecture, early Indian painting, Ayurveda practice, and the continuity of cultural practices. Views are extraordinarily rich, full of colour and life. Optional extension to the palm-fringed Backwaters of Kerala.

 

November 27, 2017 to December 5, 2017 

Holiday Markets


For solo travelers, there is no single supplement. 

The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to get away and relax on an unhurried cruise through the heart of Europe that showcases delightful holiday traditions. Enjoy the start of the festive season as towns along the Rhine prepare for the holidays and open their charming Christkindlmarkts. Explore Cologne and Koblenz and sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge. Visit towns like Miltenberg, Würzburg and Rothenburg adorned in their holiday best. Make a stop in colorful Bamberg, known for its medieval and baroque buildings, and journey to Nuremberg to visit its historic sites and Christkindlmarkt. Spend three nights in Munich and make your own plans to explore its outstanding art museums, churches and parks.

CLICK HERE for a webinar on the Holiday Markets trip

 

January 16, 2018 to January 31, 2018 

Journey to Southern Africa


Travel to southern Africa on an adventure that will exceed all expectations and reveal stunning contrasts, fascinating tribal cultures and cities firmly established in the modern age. From Cape Town, visit Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and beyond to the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Thrill to sighting big game with naturalist guides from Thornybush Nature Reserve. Visit Soweto Township to meet young people engaged in a local youth center. Travel through South Africa and Zimbabwe aboard the vintage Rovos Rail luxury train. Marvel at the power of Victoria Falls and feel its spray. Track local wildlife and explore the rich ecosystems of Chobe and Hwange national parks. Travel with a small group of 28 travelers, enjoy deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal program.

 

February 2, 2018 to February 13, 2018 

Food & Wine: Chile and Argentina


Starting in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago, set out for Buenos Aires by way of South America’s breathtaking Patagonia region. Take it all in as you venture through Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, marveling at glittering mountain lakes, craggy peaks, and icy glaciers along the way. Then, cap off your trek in Argentina’s lively capital, the city where tango was born.


 

February 25, 2018 to March 7, 2018 



Sparkling South Pacific


Embark on your cruise in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and shimmering waterfalls. Continue to Mooréa, with its verdant mountains, then to the gorgeous island of Fakarava, home to extremely rare birds. Marine life is abundant in Rangiroa’s expansive lagoon and in Bora-Bora’s sparkling turquoise waters. Raiatea is dotted with vanilla plantations and is rich with fascinating history and mythology; while serene Huahine, the last stop before your return to Papeete, has beautiful white-sand beaches.

 


Click here to download the 2017 Travel Brochure


Or contact our partners directly:

Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
1-800-922-3088
[email protected] 
 Alumni Holidays International
1-800-323-7373
[email protected]
GoNext
1-800-842-9023
[email protected] 

Worldwide Quest
1-800-387-1483
[email protected]