Upcoming Trips

Check below for up-to-date descriptions and details. At any point, feel free to email Jim Booth with inquiries!

2014 Trips

Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle Rhine Valley

August 12-27, 2014

Since 2008, we have offered at least one river cruise.  This year’s opportunity to enjoy this most leisurely, yet educational, travel experience will feature a Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam cruise along the scenic Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We’ve picked the best time of year to experience the culture and cuisine of five countries aboard the newly refurbished ms River Navigator.  One of Vantage Travel’s most popular river cruises, this trip sold out in record time last year. 

This will truly be one of the most scenic and comprehensive tours you will take.  Highlights include fabulous river views along the heart of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys, 14 sightseeing tours, cultural connections including wine tastings, lectures, and local entertainment on board, and visits to 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites.  In addition, a pre trip to Lucerne, Switzerland with its breathtaking alpine views and/or a post trip to historic Bruges, Belgium are available extensions to this remarkable river cruise.

Contact Kim Burris in the Alumni Office at kburris@willamette.edu or 503-375-5304 for more information or to reserve your space now. You may also contact Vantage directly at 800-994-6321 for Cheryl (ext. 7147) or Patrick (ext. 7011) who are there just for group customer service.

  • Cost begins at $3,699, not including air or port charges of $252. Air from New York is $1,549 and from Portland is $1,849 (includes all taxes and transfers).  $100 discount per person if deposit by July 31, 2013.  10% pre-payment discount if paid before August 12, 2013!
  • Deposit: $500 per person (can pay by credit card directly to Vantage Deluxe World Travel)
  • Activity level: light to moderate
  • Group size: 30 (total of 134 for ship)
  • Trip host: Jim Booth ‘64

2015 Trips

The Best of India and a Ganges River Cruise

Taj MahalJanuary 10-28, 2015

What better way to start the 2015 travel year than with a spectacular trip to India! We have never offered this tour, but could not pass up this itinerary. Vantage Deluxe World Travel has put together a marvelous tour that will hit all the country's significant locales while providing travelers with seven nights aboard the brand-new, all-suite RV Ganges Voyager. Vantage is the only American cruise operator to offer such an itinerary. This comprehensive journey will be your opportunity to marvel at bustling Delhi, fortified Jaipur, Ranthambore’s tiger-filled national park, and Agra’s unparalleled Taj Mahal. In addition, if you really want to maximize your trip to this part of the world, a 5-day pre trip to Delhi and Kathmandu, Nepal and a 5-day post trip to Varanasi, India are available.

Vantage is not only known for its itineraries and cultural connections, but also for its incredible value. The base price includes 34 sightseeing tours and Cultural Connections, including 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cost for this trip starts at $4,599 (includes $100 early booking discount) plus air (which you can purchase with your miles or money, or buy from Vantage). An additional discount (6% by March 10; 5% by April 10;etc) can be obtained by pre-payment. You simply won't find a better value to see this part of the world, so take advantage of this rare opportunity today!

Contact Jim Booth at 503-910-3192 or jbooth@willamette.edu for more information or to make a deposit. You may also contact Vantage directly to speak with Cheryl (617-878-6119 or csheehan@vantagetravel.com) or Patrick (617-878-6108 or pdempsey@vantagetravel.com).

  • Cost begins at $4,599 (includes early booking discount if deposit by June 30, 2014)
  • Deposit: $500 per person (can pay by check or credit card directly to Vantage Travel)
  • Final payment due: October 10, 2014
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Group size: 25
  • Trip host: Jim Booth ‘64

Portugal & The Douro River Wine Country

May 16-27, 2015

Douro

We are finally offering an opportunity to visit Portugal! This river cruise will provide the best in comfort, while we visit historic Lisbon and the spectacular Douro River wine country. Meaning ‘River of Gold’ and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro will provide a path along graceful terraced vineyards as we glide upriver to Salamanca, Spain, another of 5 UNESCO Sites we will visit on this trip.  

Included highlights will feature 9 sightseeing tours plus Cultural Connections, 26 meals (wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner), free wi-fi, and the intimate, outside staterooms of the four-star ms Douro Spirit. In addition, our tour operator, Vantage Deluxe World Travel, offers a pre-trip to Madeira, Portugal and/or a post-trip to Barcelona, Spain. This is the prime time to visit Portugal, so we expect this trip to sell out. Contact Jim Booth at 503-910-3192 or jbooth@willamette.edu to secure your spot, or deposit directly with Cheryl (617-878-6119) or Patrick (617-878-6109) at Vantage.

  • Cost begins at $3,299 per person, not including air or port charges of $147. Air from NY is $1,649 and Portland $1,999 (includes all taxes and transfers). 10% discount for pre-payment before May 15, 2014; lower % thereafter.
  • Deposit: $500 per person (can pay by credit card directly to Vantage Travel).
  • Final payment due:  February 16, 2015
  • Activity level: Light to moderate
  • Group size: 24
  • Trip host: Jim Booth ‘64

Japan - 50th Anniversary of the TIU-WU Sister University Exchange Relationship

October 2015

Celebrate 50 years of shared history between Tokyo International University and Willamette with fellow WU alumni! In addition to touring some of Japan's most popular and renowned landmarks and destinations, we will visit Salem, Oregon's sister city, Kawagoe. There we will gather with alumni from the American Studies Program for a reunion celebration, and participate in the lively and spirited Kawagoe Festival as honored guests.

More details and an event schedule will be announced when the plans for this trip are finalized. Check back here for updates, because you won't want to miss this once in a lifetime trip!

Additional 2015 trips are currently being planned. Stay Tuned!