January 13 - 26, 2019
New Zealand by Sea
With its tidy English gardens and untamed wilderness, white-suited lawn bowlers and tattooed Maori elders, austere glacial fiords and boiling volcanic mud pots, New Zealand is a nation of striking contrasts. Settled by wandering Polynesians in the 13th century, discovered by the Dutch in 1642, then colonized by the British in the late 19th century, New Zealand remains a world sufficient unto itself. Isolated from other land masses by the swells of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, New Zealand views its closest neighbors in Australia as foreigners separated by a common language. It seems well aware that, as a destination, it is on everyone's bucket list. With that in mind, it seems content to leave things as they are.
January 12 - 20, 2019
Happily, it is still possible for Americans to visit one of the most intriguing destinations in our hemisphere, Cuba. Although several companies are now offering visits, almost all of their itineraries are confined to Havana. Our visit includes a circumnavigation of the island as well as a call in Havana. A nation is invariably greater than its capital, and as a nation Cuba has many sides.
January 19 - 27, 2019
We invite you to join us on an eye-opening adventure, one specially designed to illuminate the fascinating past, present, and future of a Caribbean nation that has been off-limits to most Americans for over half a century.
March 18 - 25, 2019
Seven-Day Getaway to Portugal
Portugal's remoteness from the capitals of Europe and its close relationship to the sea have contributed to her unique cultural traditions. Visitors will discover a land blessed with a lush fertile countryside, antique villages, fairy-tale castles, fine wine, magnificent palaces, elegant gardens-qualities that have helped to make Portugal Travel and Leisure's destination of the year for 2017. Yet, despite these distinctions, Portugal remains one of the least-known nations in Europe. Through such great explorers as Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco de Gama, Portugal inspired and led the European discovery of the world. Her Golden Age lasted well over 100 years. But then, like a Sleeping Beauty, she receded from the world stage, enclosed and apart.
June 6 - 13, 2019 (Second Departure)
The Glory of Rome
Our delight in the Italian banquet, in Italy's abundant cultural and historical riches, has long been enhanced by the active support of W&L's faculty. Our new departure for Rome in June of 2019 will be led by popular W&L classics professor Caleb Dance. Together with Jordan Cook, of International Seminar Designs, Caleb will help us explore and understand the many glories of Rome.
June 2 - 11, 2019
The Lares Trek Adventure: Hiking in Peru
Many alumni who enjoyed the W&L Outing Club as students have inquired about more active adventures though our travel program. We're excited to introduce a new kind of adventure through the W&L Traveller that will offer a more physically invigorating though nonetheless comfortably accommodated travel experience each year. Leading the trip will be James Dick, director of the Outing Club for the past 16 years. Our inaugural program will be a journey to Peru, with an itinerary that combines visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu with five days of lodge-to-lodge hiking in the Andes. This tour embraces the rich history, living culture, and the magnificent Andean landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With expert local guides, we'll explore majestic archaeological sites while hiking remote and uncrowded trails abounding in natural beauty. We'll also pause to visit small Andean communities to discover local traditions of weaving and agrarian customs firmly rooted here since Incan times.
June 4 - 14, 2019
Celtic Lands and D-Day Landings
For thousands of years before the arrival of Christianity, the Celts inhabited the rugged margins of northwestern Europe. From their remote homelands in Brittany, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, they exerted a powerful influence on the history of pre-Roman Europe and left behind extraordinary cultural, artistic, and architectural legacies. Today, the Celts are generally regarded as the indigenous people of the British Isles, the original ironworkers and stonecutters, and their works are esteemed as the earliest evidence of a civilized society in these lands. Much of Celtic lore relates to the sea and the islands they were able to settle and protect.