Cardinal Adventures

Whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime, a return to a favorite vacation spot, or simply looking for your next adventure, the Lamar University Cardinal Adventures Travel Program is a great place to start your journey.

  • Alumni Travel to France in 2011
  • Alumni Travel to Holland in 2012
  • Alumni travel to Ireland 2016
  • Alumni travel to Swiss Alps 2015
  • Alumni travel to Swiss Alps in 2015
  • Alumni cruised the Panama Canal

Upcoming Trips

Canadian Rockies (8 day land journey)
August 16 - 24, 2018

  • Experience the vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks - the most magical sights of Banff National Park, Jasper's Dark Sky Preserve and planetarium, the breathtaking Columbia Icefield and floating on the Athabasca River.
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch, and learn about Canadian ranching from modern-day cowboys and enjoy a talk from a retired member of the Mounties.
  • View Lake Louise's indigo waters beneath snowcapped mountains.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Amalfi Coast (8 day land journey)
September 11 - 19, 2018

  • Experience the southern coast of Italy and seven nights in Vietri sul Mare, allowing for a more thorough exploration of the area.
  • Peek into the lives cut short at Pompeii and Herculaneum by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Explore four UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Archaeological Sites of Paestum and Pompeii and the Historic Center of Naples.
  • Cruise the Amalfi Coast, where colorful homes cling to the rugged hills along the shore.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Ultimate Hawaii Cruise Tour (7 night cruise plus 2 day land journey)
January 17-27, 2019

  • Experience the natural beauty that is Hawaii in the most relaxing way possible - no inter-island flights requiring wasted time in TSA lines or airports.
  • Airfare from Houston is included on this cruise aboard Norwegian's Pride of America- the only ship that can sail the Hawaiian Islands without sailing from and departing to a foreign port.
  • NO RISK - deposit is fully refundable up to September 10, 2018! 
  • Begin your tour on Oahu with two nights on the beach of Waikiki where you'll find your luxuries hotel right on the sandy shores, the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
  • Honor the memory of the fallen at Pearl Harbor and Lear more about the war that would forever change a generation.
  • Discover all four of the major Hawaiian Islands featuring 2 full days and an overnight in Maui, both Hilo and Kona on the Big Island and 2 days and another overnight in Kauai. (Overnights allow for extended time exploring these beautiful islands.)
  • Marvel at each sun-drenched island as they unfold their treasures - rain-forests, plantations, grottos and volcanoes are all apart of the beauty of Hawaii.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's new travel partner, TRIPS.

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Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise (9 day ocean journey)
March 7-16, 2019

  • Unpack once and cruise for seven nights aboard a first-class coastal cruise ship in American Cruise Lines.
  • Prior to cruising, begin this journey with two nights in historic Charleston with a guided walking tour and plenty of free time to explore.
  • Traverse the Intracoastal Waterway exploring Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, St. Simons Island/Jekyll Island and Amelia Island.
  • Available excursions include leisurely walking tours, carriage rides and trolley tours of historic sites, antebellum homes and former plantations.
  • Along the way, experience glorious sunsets over the quite marshes and serene bays of this magnificent waterway in the Old South.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Normandy ∼ Honfleur: 75th Anniversary of D-Day (8 day land journey)
May 25 - June 2, 2019

  • Experience seven nights in Honfleur, France at the first-class Mecure Honfleur Hotel.
  • Contemplate the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing forces as you walk along the beaches of Normandy. Immerse yourself in this historical and emotional destination with two full days along the Calvados coastline including Utah Beach (first landing of the American troops), the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise (where U.S. paratroopers landed), Omaha Beach, and Pointe du Hoc (100-foot cliffs scaled by U.S. Rangers).
  • Marvel at the stunning Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rising majestically over the tidal waters.
  • Delight in the wonderful local color and delicious cuisine along Honfleur's picturesque harbor.
  • Optional three day extension in Paris available staying at the Mercure Paris Opera Louvre Hotel.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. 

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Greece: Athens & Poros (8 day land journey)
May 30 - June 7, 2019

  • Visit the Acropolis and witness magnificent views of Athens.
  • Imagine ancient Greek plays being performed in the fourth-century-B.C. theater in Epidaurus. 
  • Explore the charming, car-free island of Hydra.
  • Recap the myth of King Agamemnon, who is said to have lived in Mycenae.
  • Discover Greek wine at a tasting at a Peloponnese winery.
  • Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience five nights at the first-class New Aegli Hotel wonderfully situated high above the beach overlooking scenic Askeli Bay and two nights at the deluxe NJV Athens Plaza Hotel located directly on Constitution Square in the center of Athens.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Edinburgh Art, Culture and People (8 day land journey)
July 15 - 23, 2019

  • Walk in the footsteps of royalty on the Royal Yacht Britannia and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Witness the spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Decode the secrets of the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, featured in the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code."
  • Marvel at the majestic Edinburgh Castle.
  • Explore the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience seven nights in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Principal Edinburgh George Street, a first-class hotel.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Passion Play (10 day land journey)
August 17 - 27, 2020

  • Watch the amazing performance of the decennial Passion Play in Oberammergau.
  • Glide across the pristine Bodensee, Europe's third-largest lake, from Friedrichshafen to Lindau.
  • Feast your eyes on stunning Alpine peaks and verdant valleys.
  • Indulge in the local culinary traditions during a fondue lunch, a beer garden and much more!
  • Experience two UNESCO World Heritage sites and walk in the footsteps of Mozart in the delightful town of Salzburg and enjoy a performance of his works.
  • Experience three nights in Oberstaufen, Germany at the deluxe Lindner Parkhotel and Spa; one night in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the first-class Hotel Zugspitze; three nights in Salzburg, Austria at the first-class Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg; and two nights in Munich, Germany at the deluxe Hotel Bayerischer Hof.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Testimonials

“The combination of touring a beautiful and historic part of Europe; first class / well planned / well executed tour programs; and a group of awesome, friendly, fun-loving Lamar Alums made this a fantastic trip for us. We definitely hope to go on some more of these Alumni trips in the future. The trip was A+ all the way.”
 Susan (Terry) '64 and Bob '64 McLendon, Richardson, TX


"Lamar's first Alumni trip abroad could not have been better! AHI was terrific to work with and we all loved our Campus Director, Enrique Trave', who met us at the Paris airport and was with us the entire trip. Our tour guides were terrific, especially William Jordan at the Normandy beaches, who has written books on D-Day! It was an educational and fun-filled trip....and a great group of travelers. We look forward to many more trips abroad with alumni and friends!" 
Camille Mouton, Former Vice President for University Advancement


"AHI was an excellent choice for Lamar's first alumni educational tour, and we are interested in being included in the future. I think, everything considered, we couldn't have had a better experience." 
Sue and John '56 Morrison , Lees Summit, MO


"The trip was perfectly splendid from start to finish—accommodations, food, scheduling—all went flawlessly, and we enjoyed every minute of it. I also want particularly to commend our Campus Director, Enrique Trave'—I lack the words to describe just how capable he was in every way."
Ellen (Walker) Rienstra '62, Beaumont, TX


"We are thankful to Lamar University for initiating these educational Alumni Travel Programs. The use of AHI Travel was an excellent choice and of course, we can't say enough about our AHI Campus Director. The planned itinerary certainly took us to many significant places and was a nice balance between historical, cultural and fun!!" 
— Marilyn and Charlie '56 Radaz , Lompoc, CA


"We really had a fantastic trip and enjoyed the group so much - I would not have imagined that traveling with a group would have turned out so well! A large part of the success of the trip was due to Lamar University and our Campus Director Enrique!" 
Charlette (Prothro) '88 and Randy Sandell, Spring, TX


"What a wonderful trip. We loved it!"
Michael Ann (Agee) ' 64 and Grady '64 Crawford, Baton Rouge, LA