Travel Programs

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

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.

June 13 - 22, 2016

Glacier National Park to Lake Louise

In recent years, the W&L Traveller has visited several of America's national parks. In such places, where wildlife roam freely and the great mountains rise into snow, where rivers thunder into rapids and the eagle soars, you can find breathing space and glimpse the mythic grandeur of our national heritage.

July 27 - August 2, 2016

Iceland By Land and Sea

We invite you to join us in our inaugural exploration of Iceland, the land of fire and ice. In this compact, uniquely immersive land and sea adventure, we'll visit Reykjavík, the world's northernmost capital, and the geologic wonders of the Iceland's renowned Golden Circle for two days. We'll then venture more deeply into the wild over three days aboard the world's finest expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer, in an exploration of Iceland's rugged western coast.

August 13-21, 2016

Passage of Lewis and Clark: The Columbia and Snake Rivers

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on their iconic journey of discovery some 200 years ago, they had no idea of the unparalleled natural bounty and beauty that awaited them. We know now what they found and, in their brief notes, what it must have felt like to behold the pristine glory of the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to join us in a rediscovery of that history and the marvels that unfolded as the Corps of Discovery arrived at the headwaters of the Columbia River.

September 8 - 17, 2016

South Africa: The World in One Country

South Africa remains one of the most popular destinations for American travelers seeking to explore the world's second-largest continent. The appeal is understandable, for the traditional South African itinerary combines the wildlife of Kruger National Park and the Zambezi River, the charm and beauty of the Cape of Good Hope and the Winelands region, and the immense variety of South Africa's cultural and political history.

September 21 - October 8, 2016

Wildlife Expedition to Madagascar

For the true adventurer, Madagascar offers a natural history and cultural expedition to landscapes, communities, and ecosystems unlike anywhere on earth. We have long anticipated an opportunity to visit the world's fourth-largest island. We're pleased that the right package and the right expertise have at last come together.

September 23-30, 2016

A Seven-Day Getaway to Edinburgh

The latest of our popular Getaway destinations, Edinburgh is bound to appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our other getaways, our program in Edinburgh is remarkably generous for the price. This package includes six nights at the historic and chic George Hotel. Close to Edinburgh Castle, the four-star hotel is especially convenient for walking tours and independent excursions.

September 29 - October 7, 2016

Flavors of Sicily

On the manicured slopes below the ancient hill town of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily sits the San Domenico Palace Hotel, a venerable 15th-century monastery converted respectfully into a fine five-star hotel. Surrounded by mature gardens and overlooking the glittering Bay of Naxos, the hotel is ideally located on a quiet street just below Corso Umberto, Taormina's pedestrian shopping street. The San Domenico makes us even more eager to share with you the latest of our popular Flavors programs.

January 11 - 19, 2017

The Galapagos Islands

The moment you set foot on this rare earth, you'll discover that freedom and fearlessness are a way of life on the Galapagos Islands. Whether strolling the islands' pristine beaches, scanning the cliffs for the magnificent waved albatross, chatting with a friendly sea lion, or snorkeling with sea turtles, you'll find that the gentle freedom of the Galapagos is contagious. Here, indeed, is the peaceable kingdom.

February 4 - 11, 2017

The Stars of Western Cuba

Through a relaxation in U.S. State Department travel restrictions, it is now possible for Americans to visit one of the most intriguing destinations in our hemisphere, Cuba. Although several companies are now offering visits to Cuba, almost all of their itineraries are confined to Havana. Our voyage includes much of western Cuba as well as Havana. A nation is invariably greater than its capital.

March 28 - April 12, 2017

Vietnam and the Mekong River

To the seasoned traveler, any recollection of Vietnam and Cambodia evokes images of ancient imperial dynasties, magnificent Buddhist and Hindu temples, and lush landscapes checkered with a patchwork of rice fields. Indeed, Southeast Asia is a region of great natural beauty, extraordinary culture, and a deep history of which most Americans are unaware. In this deluxe 16-day exploration of Vietnam and Cambodia, we'll have ample opportunity to savor the many fascinations of the region and to understand those places and traditions that recent history has often obscured.

April 4 - 10, 2017

Six-Day Getaway to Munich

The 2017 choice for our popular Getaway destinations, Munich will also appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our getaway to Edinburgh, the package for Munich is remarkably generous for the price. This tour includes five nights at the well-reviewed Eden Hotel Wolff. Close to major transportation, this first-class hotel is conveniently located for walking tours and independent excursions.

April 2 - 10, 2017

Bordeaux River Cruise

On previous river programs, we've sailed on three of France's fabled rivers. To these we now add the Dordogne, the Gironde, and the Garonne. We're pleased to present a nine-day journey through France's Bordeaux region and the valleys of the Médoc, Libourne, and the Entre-deux-Mers. This river cruise will take you into the heart of some of the most breathtaking scenery in France.

April 21-29 (waitlist only) and May 1-9, 2017

Tuscany and the Rise of the Renaissance

Every year, it seems, we must return to Italy. By now, our affections have earned the active support of W&L's esteemed Italian Renaissance art historian George Bent, who will guide this special art and architectural tour of Siena, Arezzo, Pienza, the wine region of Chianti, and, as our post-tour option, Florence.

June 14 - 24, 2017

Great Journey through Europe

A repeat of a popular trip three years ago, this generous four-nation river and land journey evokes the Grand Tour of Europe popular with American and English travelers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Our itinerary combines historic and cultural visits with grand scenery in the nations of the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Among our destinations will be the UNESCO-designated section of the Rhine River, three of Europe's legendary railways, and four additional UNESCO world heritage sites.