Travel with photographer John Weiss, UD professor of art. Fly into Amsterdam and depart for Nairobi the next day. Travel to Lea Downs, a private, 40,000-acre conservancy, home to a myriad of plains animals, providing excellent photographic opportunities. Spend the next two days on a special journey by camel. Enjoy two full days of game viewing on the Samburu/Buffalo Springs Game Reserve situated on either side of the Uaso Nyiro River. Here, herds of elephants come to drink and bird life at Samburu occurs in bewildering abundance. Spend one evening photographing a traditional Samburu dance group. Travel north to Maralal-a small, active village with a colorful market that is a gathering place for Samburu and Turkana peoples-and spend the night at the spectacular Maralal Safari Lodge. Continue into the Great Rift Valley, an immense geological fault that stretches from Jordan to southern Africa, and spend three days on an exciting journey to Maasai Mara, one of Africa's best game reserves. Limited to 15 participants.
Explore the 18th-century England of Jane Austen with Lord Addison Tours, on a trip sponsored jointly by the UD Alumni Association and the Historical Society of Delaware. The tour begins with a dinner party at a London hotel. See the Georgian row homes of South Kensington to Tower Bridge, Bloomsbury to the River Thames. End your second day with an early pub supper and theatre in London's renowned West End. Leave London and visit Austen's home in the village of Chawton. Her house, St. Nicholas Church, the thatched-cottage gardens and the manor where her brother was squire all give a glimpse into the author's life. Visit Stourhead and Mompesson House, which was filmed as Mrs. Jennings' London home in Sense and Sensibility. Tour Dorset and Dorchester and then overnight in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, the principal setting of Persuasion and the film version of The French Lieutenant's Woman. Not to be missed is a visit to Bath, the social gathering spot of 18th-century England. Our route leads to picturesque Lacock Abbey and into the Thames Valley for a pub lunch before arriving back in London, with its broad sweep of parks, museums, shopping and theatres.
Take advantage of a wonderful cruise/tour that goes hand-in-hand with the forthcoming "Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia" exhibit in Wilmington, Del. In August, visit the great Russian exhibit from the Hermitage Museum to pique your interest in Russia and its treasures. In September, take Swiss Air to Moscow, using a Swiss-operated ship as your hotel for the entire tour. All food on the ship is brought from Finland, with European chefs preparing the cuisine. On board the Kirov, special guest lectures will be held for our group. After three days in Moscow, cruise to St. Petersburg for three nights. Sights include the ballet, the Kremlin, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Gardens, Monplaisir Castle and the Russian Museum.
Stay in a typical village located in the Swiss Alps where you can meet and mingle with friendly Swiss people and make daily excursions into flower-filled Alpine meadows, view snow-capped glaciers, shop in unique stores, visit century-old homes and enjoy seminars, including an evening lecture on "Swiss Architecture and Cultural Influences." Visit the famous Swiss National Outdoor Museum, a painstakingly restored living museum with crafts and demonstrations from days past. Almost 70 buildings from every canton in Switzerland are here. Ride a cable car to Lake Brienz and visit a local woodcarving museum and violin-maker's shop. Travel by train across the Brunig Pass to the picturesque medieval city of Lucerne. Enjoy an "Ask the People," wide-open question-and-answer forum with a panel of Swiss locals from varied walks of life. The following day, a 100-year-old steam engine will push our private red railway car to the summit of Rothorn, offering significant photographic opportunities. All meals are included in this tour.
Travel from Philadelphia to the Inn on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, with dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Visit Longue Vue home and garden, tour the city and dine at the Chart House Restaurant, followed by the Dixieland Jazz Show and the Chris Owens Show on Bourbon Street. A steamboat ride on the Mississippi River will be followed by dinner at the Bon Ton Creole Restaurant and entertainment at the Top of the Mart Lounge and the Pete Fountain Show. Local guides and a professional tour manager will be available throughout.
All Alumni Association tours are open to the public and include transportation to and from the Philadelphia Airport from either Newark or Wilmington campus locations. Contact the Office of Alumni and University Relations for brochures at (302) 831-2341 or via e-mail at Alumnet@mvs.udel.edu