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.

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


 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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

 

October 14, 2017 to October 22, 2017 

Apulia


For solo travelers, there is no single supplement. LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

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 3, 2018 to February 11, 2018 

Panama Canal and Costa Rica


Join for this spectacular nine-day journey through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal to the Costa Rican rain forest. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star, all-suite M.V.STAR BREEZE. Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal. Visit Panama’s San Blas Islands and tour Panama City. Call at rarely-visited Cebaco Island. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s National Parks and wildlife refuges and pristine waters home to diverse marine life. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel inSan José. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders. Dynamic Panama Pre-Program and Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes Post-Program Options.


 

February 12, 2018 to February 20, 2018 

Galapagos Islands


This incredible nine-day journey features a four-night cruise in the Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, aboard the first-class small ship SANTA CRUZ II. This exploration vessel is equipped for the complete Galápagos experience, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit four islands where the unique wildlife accepts up-close human interaction like nowhere else on Earth. In Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations. Ecuadorian rainforest eco lodge Pre-Tour Option. Six-night Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Post-Tour Option.

 

February 20, 2018 to March 7, 2018 

Maori Myths & Magical Landscapes

Cruise Coastal NEW ZEALAND


Unpack once and set sail for 13 nights from Auckland, New Zealand, to Sydney, Australia, aboard the deluxe Azamara Journey. Begin in Auckland and sail New Zealand’s beautiful coastline to Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin and other interesting ports on the north and south islands. In Wellington, enjoy an exclusive AzAmazing evening featuring Maori song and dance. Sail the pristine fiordlands of the Milford Sound, and traverse the legendary South Pacific to Australia. Optional experiences, such as wine tasting, a bird-watching excursion, a journey to Middle Earth, or a penguin encounter, are specially designed to immerse you in the sights, sounds and tastes of each port. Your adventure includes a special AzAmazing Evening, all meals and gratuities for the ship’s cabin and restaurant staff. 

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.

 

April 12, 2018 to April 20, 2018 

Barcelona

 Cosmopolitan Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the sparkling jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, imbued with a creative spirit that has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more. Settle in and explore this enchanting seaside city with a small group of fellow travelers on an exhilarating seven-night adventure. Discover the historic Barri Gòtic neighborhood, and marvel at the whimsical masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familía basilica and Casa Batlló. During a hands-on cooking class, roll up your sleeves and prepare delectable Catalán cuisine. Explore the serene, ninth-century monastery of Montserrat, and sample the Penedès region’s renowned sparkling cava wine. Tour the El Born district, the center of medieval Barcelona, and admire the Picasso Museum’s impressive collection, including many of the artist’s earliest works. 

May 9, 2018 to May 24, 2018 

Cruise the Heart of Europe

 No single supplement for solo travellers!

Coursing through the heartland of Europe, the continent’s great rivers made expansion in art, culture and trade possible. On this one-of-a-kind journey through five countries, explore the charming canals of Amsterdam and navigate the fabled Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Discover historic cities such as Cologne with its celebrated Cathedral and Würzburg, renowned for its baroque and rococo architecture. Visit the walled city of Nuremberg and the stunning imperial capitals of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Explore charming river towns, and marvel at the beauty of the Middle Rhine and Wachau valleys. Personalize your experience with a choice of included shore excursions that include eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Local speakers lead engaging talks that showcase local history and culture. This expertly crafted journey includes first-class cruise accommodations and all meals including wine with lunch and dinner.

 

May 10, 2018 to May 18, 2018 

Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords

Join us for a comprehensive seven-night journey to Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship M.S.LE BORÉAL. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship. Highlights include two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys—The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands and the Flåm Railway through Norway’s fjordlands. Enjoy a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and a tour of Bryggen in Bergen. Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Norway/Copenhagen Post-Cruise Options. 

May 29, 2018 to June 6, 2018 

Amalfi Coast

No single supplement for solo travellers!

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base of Vietri sul Mare and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins. Tour Naples and view treasures at the city’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Peek into the lives cut short at Herculaneum and Pompeii by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Invigorate your senses while exploring lemon-scented Sorrento and marvel at the colorful gardens and Arabesque architecture of Villa Rufolo.

 

June 9, 2018 to June 20, 2018 

Romance of the Douro River


No single supplement for solo travellers!

Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery. Now it is time for the world to rediscover Portugal’s stunning beauty, rich tradition and warm people. Spend three nights in Lisbon and walk in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers before launching a five-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Your journey concludes with two nights in vibrant Porto. Visit Lisbon’s Hieronymite Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Discover pretty Coimbra and the esteemed university in Óbidos. Explore Douro Valley wine country, which produces rich port wine. On several days, enjoy a choice of excursions that allow you to sample port, explore historic cities and delve into the local culture. Expert lecturers enhance your experience with scholarly and cultural insight.

 

June 9, 2018 to June 18, 2018 

Provence & The French Riviera Walking Tour

Slow your pace and breathe in the fresh air. On this walking tour, retrace the footsteps of painters and pilgrims who have long been inspired by France’s natural splendour. From the fields of fragrant lavender to the cliffs of Cape Ferrat, discover a Provence that delights all the senses.
 

June 27, 2018 to July 6, 2018 

Iceland: The Golden Circle & Ring Road

Some of Earth’s most astounding and extreme landscapes can be found in Iceland, where every corner of the country offers something new. Learn about fascinating maritime history and taste traditional fare as you journey from the culturally rich capital to the most remote parts of the coast. Glacier-fed waterfalls, boiling mud pools, moss-covered cliffs—see it all on this whirlwind journey through “The Land of Fire and Ice.” 

July 1, 2018 to July 11, 2018 

Nordic Magnificence

Delve into the vibrant Viking heritage and the rich cultures of Denmark and Norway on this nine-night journey with stays in Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen, plus a one-night cruise. In Copenhagen, visit the Old Town and Rosenborg Castle. See the city’s landmarks during an afternoon canal cruise. On an overnight cruise to Oslo, take in dramatic views of the Norwegian coast. In Oslo, see ancient Viking ships and explore the Vikings’ seafaring lifestyle. Next, enjoy the spectacular scenery on Europe’s highest-altitude train line to the historic town of Bergen. Discover Bergen’s charm and history. Take a ride on one of the world’s steepest train rides from the top of a mountain through the most scenic region of Norway to the shores the majestic Songefjord. 

August 8, 2018 to August 16, 2018 

Scotland

The history and beauty of Scotland are immortalized in poetry and legend. Settle in historic Stirling, gateway to the Highlands. Walk in the footsteps of Scottish royalty at Stirling Castle. Admire the beauty of Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine in the Trossachs. In St Andrews, visit the castle, cathedral and the famed Old Course. See the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on the way to Edinburgh, where you’ll attend a stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This concert by military bands from throughout Britain takes place on the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. In Perth, visit Scone Palace, site of Scottish coronations. Tour the Glenturret distillery in Crieff for a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky. Local guides and speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. 

October 2, 2018 to October 10, 2018 

Tuscany

Tuscany’s rolling knolls and fertile valleys have attracted artists, writers and travellers for centuries. Discover this remarkable landscape for yourself during a seven-night journey featuring hilltop villages, famed architecture and bountiful vineyards. Unpack once and settle in to your Tuscan villa in Cortona, a village steeped in Etruscan and Roman history. Delight your senses as you savor robust wines, nutty cheeses and Tuscan vistas in the Val d’Orcia. Visit Montepulciano, brimming with beautiful Renaissance palaces and churches, and marvel at Siena’s Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Discover the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Then immerse yourself in Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Along the way, local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures.

 

October 16, 2018 to October 31, 2018 

Romance of the Mekong

Free economy air is included from select gateways!

Once known as French Indochina, Vietnam and Cambodia showcase centuries of history and a fusion of French and Asian cultures. Explore Saigon, formally known as Ho Chi Minh City, with visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. In Siem Reap, discover the wonders of ancient Angkor. Explore with expert guides who will bring these archaeological sites to life. Spend seven nights cruising the Mekong River aboard the luxurious, all-suite Mekong Navigator. Visit riverside towns as well as Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh. Visit the city’s Royal Palace, and learn about Cambodia’s troubled past at the Choueng Ek Memorial at the killing fields. Speakers will offer fascinating presentations and talks during the journey. While cruising, enjoy river-view accommodations, all meals, wine with dinner, and complimentary local spirits and beer. Settle into deluxe hotel accommodations in Saigon and Siem Reap.

 

October 30, 2018 to November 10, 2018 

Patagonia's Glaciers & Chilean Fjords

From the legendary Tierra del Fuego to magnificent Glacier Alley, experience the extremes and contrasts of Patagonia on this unique, 12-day land and sea journey through the virtually untouched landscapes of southern Chile. Cruise for four nights aboard the expedition ship M.V. VENTUS AUSTRALIS, designed specifically for the Chilean fjords, the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan. See unique wildlife and iconic mountains in Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations, visit an award-winning winery near Santiago and walk the 19th-century Plaza de Armas in Punta Arenas. Easter Island Pre-Program and Buenos Aires/Iguazú Falls Post-Program Options are offered 

November 25, 2018 to December 6, 2018 

Turin Chocolate Festival & Northern Italy

On this tour, you’ll experience that eating isn’t just a part of the daily grind in Italy—it’s an art form. Begin your tour in Turin, home of the CioccolaTÒ chocolate festival and then expand your palate with the unique flavours of Northern Italy. Stand beside the masters in their kitchens, farms and wineries and learn the ins, outs and flavours of the region’s delights. You will cook fresh pasta alongside an Italian chef in Bologna, learn the secrets of Parmigiano Reggiano, experience Italy’s greatest gastronomic treasure in the Emilia-Romagna region, visit a balsamic vinegar villa in Modena, walk alongside the sunny Riviera shores, and witness the backdrop of Romeo & Juliet coming to life in Verona. From truffles in the Langhe and world-renowned wine in Barolo to Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma and fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna, prepare to indulge in the best Northern Italy has to offer.
 


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