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2012 Upcoming Trips

International Explorations: Living Abroad in Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador
from Dec 27, 2011 to Jan 26, 2012

This one-month trip to Ecuador is a new concept in travel: an authentic, extended introduction to living abroad. This first-of-its-kind opportunity features the old-world beauty of Cuenca, Ecuador. One of South America’s most alluring and captivating colonial cities, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been named by International Living Magazine as “The World’s Top Retirement Haven.”

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Experiences of a Lifetime by Private Jet

Egypt; Rwanda; South Africa; The Maldives; Thailand; Bhutan; India; Jordan
from Feb 21, 2012 to Mar 14, 2012

Experience eight of the world’s most exciting and remote destinations in Africa, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and the Middle East. Stay in some of the world’s finest properties in unique settings such as an over-water bungalow in the Maldives and camping under the stars at the Royal Tented Camp at Manvaar in the Great Thar Desert.

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Tahiti & French Polynesia

Papeete; Raiatea; Taha’a; Bora Bora; Moorea
from Feb 23, 2012 to Mar 04, 2012

Spend nine nights in Tahiti and French Polynesia, including seven nights aboard the five-star M.S. Paul Gauguin, for an unmatched small ship experience amid the islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora, and Moorea. This splendid opportunity offers air included from Los Angeles* and a whole host of complimentary features aboard ship. Throughout the cruise, an onboard naturalist will provide a variety of talks and demonstrations about the islands’ history and cultural heritage.

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Samba Rhythms

Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Ilha Grande, Parati, Sao Paulo (Santos), Porto Belo, Brazil; Punta del Este, Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina
from Feb 25, 2012 to Mar 09, 2012

Travel where pulsating rhythms, natural beauty and colorful traditions thrive along South America’s east coast while cruising on the elegant Oceania Cruises Insignia, a haven of superb accommodations, exceptional service, and the finest cuisine at sea.

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Caribbean Pearls

Miami; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Gustavia, St. Barts; Roseau, Dominica; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
from Mar 07, 2012 to Mar 19, 2012

Discover tropical landscapes and colorful architecture while cruising the turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard the luxurious Marina. Depart Miami for Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, where vivid coral reefs and historical sites abound, then on to Gustavia on St. Barts, an upscale resort town of enchanting beauty. Sail the warm Caribbean waters to Dominica, a lush island with unspoiled rainforests and natural splendor.

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Treasures of Antiquity

Athens, Piraeus, Nauplia, Monemvasia, Heraklion, Rethymnon, Greece; Syracuse, Valletta, Italy; Malta; Trapani, Palermo, Italy
from Mar 18, 2012 to Apr 01, 2012

Witness the vestiges of ancient and powerful civilizations while cruising from Athens to the Eternal City of Rome aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. Built to sail in the coastal waters of the Mediterranean Sea, this boutique ship visits ports that are not available on seafaring itineraries of larger vessels. Visit beautiful and historic sites in the Greek Isles, Sicily and Malta. Included excursions allow for the discovery of ports of call with an expert guide.

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Cruise the Iberian Peninsula & Canary Islands: From Lisbon to Barcelona

Lisbon; Funchal, Portugal; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Casablanca, Cadiz, Malaga, Barcelona, Spain
from Mar 28, 2012 to Apr 08, 2012

Board the six-star Crystal Symphony for an exciting trip to exotic ports of call. Set sail from Lisbon, celebrated for its unique combination of tradition and modern flair, for the beautiful Madeiran capital of Funchal, set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains. Explore the tree-lined boulevards, squares, and lush parks of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the vibrant diversity of Casablanca. Visit Cádiz, the oldest inhabited city in the western world, and Málaga, the jewel of Andalucía’s Costa del Sol, before arriving in Barcelona, the cultural heartland of Spain.

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The Masters

Augusta, Ga.
from Apr 04, 2012 to Apr 07, 2012

Come experience golf’s most historic event, The Masters Tournament. The Masters is all about tradition, with a history dating back to 1934. From the green jacket to “Amen Corner,” everything is special about golf’s greatest event.

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Treasures of Southern Africa

Cape Town, Robben Island, Cape Peninsula, Johannesburg, Soweto, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park
from Apr 05, 2012 to Apr 19, 2012

A land of rich biological diversity and fascinating culture, the wonders of South Africa exceed the imagination. Experience historic cities, scenic highlights and exciting game drives during this program that encompasses the best of this storied country.

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Waterways of Holland & Belgium: Featuring Floriade 2012

Amsterdam; Nijmegen (Floriade), The Netherlands; Antwerp; Ghent (Bruges), Belgium; Willemstad; Dordrecht (Kinderdijk); Utrecht (Keukenhof Gardens); Aalsmeer/Amsterdam; The Netherlands
from Apr 10, 2012 to Apr 18, 2012

Join us in Holland and Belgium for nine days, cruising for seven nights aboard a state-of-the-art AMA Waterways vessel during the best time of year! A special highlight is Floriade 2012: Living Nature, the world’s largest horticultural festival, held only once every 10 years, showcasing unique international flora and never-before-seen green architecture.

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Classic China & The Yangtze

Beijing; Xian; Yangtze River Cruise; Shanghai, China
from Apr 24, 2012 to May 07, 2012

This journey begins in 2,000-year-old Beijing, China’s modern-day capital. Experience its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and, of course, the Great Wall. A tour highlight is a special inside look at communal life along Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs, fast disappearing as the city rushes to modernize.

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Alumni Campus Abroad: Apulia, Italy

Apulia; Bari; Lecce; Trani; Ostuni, Italy
from Apr 24, 2012 to May 02, 2012

Kissed by the Adriatic sun, southern Italy’s Apulia region is a land of olive trees, impressive Norman castles, and charming hilltop towns overlooking aquamarine seas. Settle into Polignano a Mare, a town with a decisively Greek feel and a spectacular coastal setting. Walk along narrow cobblestone streets to see its Old Town and other highlights.

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The Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs/ Louisville; Lexington, Ky.
from May 03, 2012 to May 06, 2012

Be there for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby and all its great tradition. Recognized as one of the “top 10 events to experience in a lifetime,” the Kentucky Derby is the leading stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses.

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Classic Europe Graduation Tour

London; Paris; Rome; Optional Greece extension
from May 12, 2012 to May 21, 2012

There’s no better graduation gift than a lifetime of memories provided by the centuries–old tradition of the “Grand Tour” of Europe, with visits to London, Paris, and Rome with an option to extend your trip to Greece.

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Historic Reflections

Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Santorini; Argostoli (Cephalonia), Greece; Messina (Sicily); Sorrento/ Capri; Rome (Civitavecchia); Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Provence (Marseille), France; Barcelona, Spain
from May 13, 2012 to May 24, 2012

History comes to life on this extraordinary voyage that reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. Uncover cultural and historical treasures while sailing the shores of Greece, Turkey, Italy, and France aboard a vessel that offers one of the best cruising experiences at sea aboard the Nautica.

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Alumni Campus Abroad: Chianti & The Italian Riviera

Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa; Castellina; Florence; Siena; Lucca: Carrara: Sestri Levante; Santa Margherita; Portofino: Cinque Terre, Italy
from May 14, 2012 to May 23, 2012

From the silvery olive groves of Tuscany to the turquoise seas of the Italian Riviera, Italy is a country that always delights. Embrace the best of these two storied regions on a unique travel program that allows exploration from the bases in Chianti and Sestri Levante. Travel the Chianti Road and discover the charm of Tuscan hill towns San Gimignano and Castellina. Embrace the glory of Florence.

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Alumni Campus Abroad: Cruise the Rhone River

Avignon; Arles; Viviers; Lyon; Perouges; Beaune, France
from May 19, 2012 to May 27, 2012

Discover the treasures of magical Provence — a land of colorful sunflowers and fields of lavender, lush vineyards and charming towns, as you cruise along the storied Rhône River. Admire the magnificent Palace of the Popes in Avignon. Marvel at the remarkable Pont du Gard aqueduct and the Roman amphitheater in Arles. Immerse yourself in the viticulture of Châteauneuf du Pape, and meander along the picturesque streets of Viviers. See the regal Basilica atop Fourviere Hill in Lyon and explore the historic old quarter. Continue to the walled city of Pérouges, the elegant castle and peaceful gardens at Cormartin, and the stately abbey at Tournus. Sail to Beaune, famous for the dazzling works of art housed in its Hôtel-Dieu, before concluding in Lyon. Join us for a special program that combines the best of Provence with the finest in river cruising accommodations, creating an experience you will always remember.

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Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki; Stockholm; optional Bergen, Norway extension
from Jun 05, 2012 to Jun 17, 2012

Featuring Guest Speakers Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa. Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg. Cruise for 10 nights under the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Le Boreal, launched in 2010. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching speeches by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa.

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Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage

Vancouver, British Columbia; Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Seward Alaska
from Jun 21, 2012 to Jun 28, 2012

Join this magnificent seven-night cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, through the pristine waters of the Inside Passage to Seward, Alaska, aboard the six-star, all-suite M.V. Silver Shadow—an intimate, 382-passenger ship in the premier Silversea fleet (voted the “World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line” in 2010 by Travel + Leisure and the Robb Report Reader’s Choice for “Favorite Cruise Line” in 2009.

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Insider's Perspective on Berlin

Berlin, Germany
from Jun 30, 2012 to Jul 07, 2012

Once separated into East and West, today Berlin is a marvel to behold. Explore Berlin’s cultural heritage, from palaces to parks, cathedrals to museums. See the symbolic Brandenburg Gate, the Pariser Platz, and the modern-style Federal Chancellery. Travel along the fashionable Unter den Linden and Kurfürstendamm boulevards. Visit the Reichstag for an insider’s look at Germany’s Parliament, and view classical antiquities at the Pergamon Museum.

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