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
  • LU Alumni and Friends Traveled to Egypt
  • LU Alumni and Friends Traveled to Egypt
  • LU Alumni and Friends Traveled to Egypt
  • LU Alumni and Friends Traveled to Egypt
  • LU Alumni and Friends Traveled to Egypt

Upcoming Trips

Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Passion Play (10 day land journey)
August 29 - September 8, 2022 

  • 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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Fabulous Fall Foliage of Vermont (6 night land journey)
October 3-9, 2022

  • Experience the enchantment of Mother Nature's kaleidoscope of colors during the Fall Foliage season in Vermont's Green Mountains.
  • Be entranced by the sights and sounds of the Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the Von Trapps of "Sound of Music" fame, while learning about their true story.
  • View picturesque covered bridges in Bennington and visit Norman Rockwell's Vermont home and art studio.
  • Explore the scenic shores of Lake Champlain on a narrated morning cruise before visiting the magnificent Morgan Horse Farm, Vermont's state animal.
  • Enjoy the culinary masterpieces of Vermont - apple cider and maple sugar, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, smoked meats and cheeses, honey and more.
  • This trip includes roundtrip airfare from Houston (other gateways available).
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS, Inc.

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Wolves and Wildlife of Yellowstone (7 day land journey - All about wildlife with fun photography skill enhancement included)
February 18-24, 2023

  • Experience a safari aboard a customized vehicle with expert naturalists and learn about the animals, environment and history that makes Yellowstone one of our most visited national parks.
  • Be thrilled as you spot bison, elk, bighorn sheep and, of course, the park's wolves in their natural habitats.
  • See the hushed and magical landscapes of steaming geysers and ice covered trees, as the beauty of this park is more untouched by the outside world than at any other time of year.
  • Enjoy this small group expedition including time with an award-winning wildlife photographer adding tips and assistance to your personal photographs.
  • Take a private sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge to view many majestic creatures.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, Orbridge.

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Florence in the Serene Season (9 day journey)
March 17-25, 2023

  • Experience the true essence of enchanting Florence during a quieter time of year.
  • Stroll through the city's intimate streets, a veritable outdoor museum of Renaissance glories.
  • Marvel at breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, topped by Brunelleschi's magnificent dome.
  • Take more time to enjoy Michelangelo's David and the priceless art in the Uffizi.
  • Revel in the medieval brilliance of San Gimignano and Siena.
  • Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Stay 7 nights in Florence, Italy, at the deluxe Sina Villa Medici.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast River Cruise (12 day cruise)
August 8-19, 2023

  • Fall under the spell of the Dalmation Coast where glistening waters, timeless beauty and alluring islands await.
  • Bask in unrivaled relaxation during a glorious seven-night Adriatic cruise.
  • Stroll through the unique landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Stand amid the magnificent Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace in Split.
  • Stay for 3 nights in Zagreb, Croatia, at the deluxe Esplanade Zagreb Hotel and cruise for 7 nights aboard the deluxe MV Infinity.
  • Experience four UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. 

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Cotswolds Escape (8 day land journey)
August 17-25, 2023

  • Delight in Cotswolds lovely villages, Shakespeare's historic home, beautiful Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Winston Churchill) and more on this unforgettable journey!
  • Soak up inimitable Cotswolds charm as you encounter rural England's unspoiled countryside, distinctive honey-colored cottages, and handsome villages.
  • Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • This adventure is offered by LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Galapagos Islands (7 night journey with pre and post tours of the Rainforest and Machu Picchu available)
October 24-31, 2023

  • This adventure is offered by LU's travel partner, Orbridge. More information and pricing coming soon!

Holiday Markets Cruise - The Festive Rhine River (7 night cruise)
December 10-18, 2023

  • Relax on deck as the river's glorius scenery unfolds around you, vistas of clifftop castles, medieval villages, and forested hills.
  • Be immersed in the joyful spirit of the holiday markets amid festive music, fragrant aromas and colorful pageantry.
  • Enjoy an exclusive musical treat in Heidelberg's romantic old town.
  • Delight in the quaint timbered houses and cobbled streets of Grande Île, the historic heart of Strasburg.
  • Unpack once and cruise for 7 nights aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class MS Amadeus Imperial.
  • Experience four UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • This trip is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. 

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We are also considering additional opportunities to travel to Kenya, Cape Cod and perhaps another visit to Egypt soon, so come back and visit this page again often.

 

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 LU Alumni 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