Travel Programs

January 27 - February 8, 2015

Antarctica: Voyage to the Seventh Continent

There is nothing quite like a blue-and-white day in Antarctica: the pristine blue of the sky, the white of the snow-swept mountains, the blue of the sea, the brilliant white of the icebergs, the blue of the oxygen trapped within them, and the white of the Adélie penguins' breast plumage as they swim along beside your zodiac. Along with a great range of amazements, Antarctica is a visual feast.

February 21 - March 3, 2015

Botswana: The Animal Kingdom's Water Wilderness

Among frequent travelers to sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana is widely and wisely admired. In this, our second safari to Botswana, we'll again discover why. On an itinerary that takes us to the fertile Okavango Delta, we'll come to know the immense variety and grandeur of her landscapes, the magnificence of her wildlife, and the remarkable comfort of her hospitality.

April 25-May 3, 2015

Flavors of Provence

The extraordinary popularity of our Flavors of Northern Italy program this year compels us to offer another installment. Overlooking the ancient hill village of Bonnieux in the region of Provence, Domaine de Capelongue, a beautifully restored farmhouse manor, emerges from fields of lavender, gardens, and old stone walls. Near the chef 's garden is the kitchen of Michelin-rated chef Edouard Loubet, our host for this exceptional vacation in southern France.

April 18-26, 2015 (waitlist only); June 13-21, 2015 (waitlist only)

Leonardo's Milan and the Villas of Lake Como

Every year, it seems, we must return to Northern Italy. By now, our affections have earned the active support of W&L's esteemed Italian Renaissance art historian and Leonardo expert George Bent, who will guide this special art and architectural tour of Milan and Lake Como.

May 22 - June 3, 2015

The Danube by River Ship

For the last 12 years of the W&L Traveller, river cruising has been our most popular travel option. For our 2015 river journey, we're pleased to return to the Danube River. Cruising through the center of Europe on her most celebrated river, we'll visit the quaint river towns and old world capitals that have made a Danube River cruise such an appealing destination for travelers. As a special enhancement, this itinerary will begin with three days in Prague, the Czech Republic capital that boasts Europe's most impressive display of historic architecture.

July 31 - August 7, 2015

Southeast Islands of Alaska

Alaska has been a favorite destination of the W&L Traveller for many years. "To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world." So wrote John Muir 100 years ago while exploring the Alaska coast. Muir offered his testimonial well before Alaska became our 49th state. Today, Alaska is the grandest expression of America the Beautiful, and the Southeast Islands its most accessible wilderness.

August 23 - September 5, 2015

A Mediterranean Odyssey

Over the past 30 years, the W&L Traveller has offered several versions of the classic voyage to Greece and Turkey, exploring the iconic destinations and legendary treasures of the Aegean in the company of select guides and esteemed faculty. And yet, never before have we been able to combine such a splendid introduction to the classical world with the comfort and elegance of a small cruise ship and at such an extraordinary value!

October 28 - November 3, 2015

A Six-Day Getaway to Paris

The latest of our Six-Day Getaways, Paris is bound to appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our other getaways, our program in Paris is remarkably generous for the price. This getaway includes five nights at the chic, four-star Astor St. Honore. Located in heart of Paris, the hotel will be especially convenient for walking tours and independent excursions.

November 7-17, 2015

Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

For those who have longed to visit East Africa but cannot find the time or sufficient funds, the W&L Traveller's latest trip to Tanzania may represent an irresistible opportunity. Indeed, this is a bargain that we're delighted to make available: We've matched our 2012 Tanzania safari price and included round-trip air from Washington, D.C.!

December 26 - January 4, 2016

A Family Holiday in Peru

Here is a holiday gift for your loved ones that will last a lifetime. Indeed, a family trip to a faraway place is never forgotten, for it is the gift of a better understanding of the world.

January 17-23, 2016

The Wolves of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has been described as the Serengeti of North America. Here, on the rolling plateaus and spectacular alpine highlands of America's first national park, you'll find roaming herds of bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and moose. At the margins, eyes bright and ears up, are the wolves, ever vigilant. Indeed, Yellowstone is considered the best wolf-watching habitat in the country, and winter brings them all into high relief.

January 29 - February 17, 2016

India and the Ganges

Perhaps no country on earth has inspired in her visitors more hauntingly vivid memories than India. The Jewel in the Crown for the British Empire, India today has retained her many facets: her beauty, her poverty, her astounding wealth, her spirituality, her squalor, her glory, her golden light. It is not so widely known that India also possesses one of the world's oldest civilizations.

January 30 - February 21, 2016 (waitlist only)

Exploring Australia and New Zealand

Few destinations inspire as much affectionate esteem as Australia and New Zealand. As a people, Australians are adventurous, friendly, and genuinely fond of Americans, while their neighbors across the Tasman Sea are unfailingly polite and duly proud of the beauty and unique cultural heritage of their island nation. And everyone speaks English, or a quaint version thereof. It's been five years since W&L's last comprehensive trip to the lands down under. We think you'll agree that it's time to return.

March 5-12, 2016

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

With its extraordinary biodiversity, inviting climate, and sophisticated hospitality, Costa Rica is the destination of choice for most Americans wishing to visit Central America. We invite you to join us as we explore the coastal rainforests and national parks of Costa Rica and then the Panama Canal aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. In this week-long immersion in wildness, we'll experience a rich tableau of natural wonders in both Costa Rica and Panama, as well as one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history.

March 29 - April 6, 2016

Paris to Normandy - Seine River Cruise

The W&L Traveller is pleased to return to the Landing Beaches of Normandy and pay tribute to those who helped assure the Allied victory in World War II. The visit will be the climax of a lovely roundtrip cruise on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy aboard the finest river vessel on the Seine, the Scenic Diamond.

April 14-22, 2016 (waitlist only)

Italy's Amalfi Coast

To the inveterate Italian visitor, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's hidden gems. The spectacular coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsula south of Naples offers by itself a visual feast. Here you'll find, nestled within the precipitous cliffs facing the Mediterranean, such lovely towns as Positano and Amalfi, as well as Sorrento, our base for an eightday exploration of this region.

May 26 - June 9, 2016

Pousadas and Paradores: Portugal to Spain

While very much a part of the New Europe, Spain and Portugal have retained many of the cultural traditions that have made them unique among European nations. Indeed, the lands beyond the Pyrenees are a place apart, a peninsula more Iberian than European. Over the two weeks of our travels from Lisbon to Madrid, much of the colorful character of these nations will come to life, even as we enjoy the charming amenities of their historic accommodations, the pousadas and paradores of Portugal and Spain.

June 19-29, 2016

A Summer Sojourn in Scandinavia

To be in Scandinavia during the summer solstice is a truly magical experience. The lingering glow of the longest days of summer lends a special aura to landscapes and seascapes alike. Washington and Lee has tailored this journey from the Baltic Sea to the fjords of Norway—surely one of the loveliest cruise itineraries in the world—to take full advantage of these memorable days.