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Travel Programs

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Taj Mahal.

Date of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

A Mountain Rail Extravaganza

All aboard for an exciting multi-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin

Date of event
Depart: Friday, June 5, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

A Curious Journey Through Wales

Though not a sovereign state, Wales can compete with Europe’s best in stunning landscapes, rich history, and picture-perfect villages. Christine van Blokland of PBS’sCurious Traveler” series offers an entertaining survey of its natural beauty, heritage and cuisine, and its decidedly curious language.

Date of event
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on Samarkand.

Date of event
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Mogao Grottos.

Date of event
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Potala Palace.

Date of event
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

A Carolina Fourth: Baseball, Barbeque, and Fireworks

Sign on for a 5-day tour that explores North Carolina’s minor-league baseball revival. Watch games featuring upcoming stars, hear stories from insiders, and enjoy the best of North Carolina barbecue.

Date of event
Depart: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 7:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

The Great American Road Trip

From classic chronicles of the settlement of the West to tales of the modern cross-country road trip, travel narratives have infused American history and popular culture. Allen Pietrobon of Trinity Washington University sets off on a literary journey that explores the nature and impact of these stories of adventure and self-discovery.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Travel Writing: A Roadmap and Practical Guide

Ready to combine your love of travel and of writing? In a daylong workshop, travel writer Michael Luongo offers the practical information you need to begin creating compelling travel articles that make readers want to know more about your favorite destinations and editors want to know more about you.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

A Berkshires Summer Sampler

The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Date of event
Depart: Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 6:30 a.m.
Return: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 9:30 p.m.

A Trio of Contemporary Museums: An Artful Weekend in New York

Treat yourself to an art-filled weekend escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in guided visits of three leading museums devoted to modern and contemporary art—the newly revamped MoMA, the Whitney, and the New Museum—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 10:30 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo

Buffalo was the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-making commissions, and his several works there have become vital parts of the city’s architectural and cultural history. Bill Keene leads a 4-day tour, highlighting significant structures by Wright and his contemporaries that make Buffalo a must-see destination for aficionados of architectural masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 9:30 p.m.

Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and the Making of a Conservationist

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 6 p.m.
Return: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - Mid-afternoon

Neighborhoods of Rome, Vienna, and Madrid

A stone’s throw from tourist-magnet landmarks are the places that offer travelers a true taste of life in Europe’s most appealing neighborhoods. Fred Plotkin offers a guide to the lesser-known churches, theaters, specialty shops, cafes, and unusual museums that make three major cities well worth a visit.  This session focuses on Rome.

Date of event
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.