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

The Black Hills and Badlands, a Western Adventure in South Dakota (7 day land journey)
August 15-21, 2021

  • Unpack once at the charming K Bar S Lodge, perfectly located in the secluded heart of the beautiful Black HIlls, with a view of the iconic Mount Rushmore.
  • Visit Mount Rushmore, where the faces of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln come to life in the granite rock.
  • Explore the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, an active dig site boasting the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world.
  • Experience a ride on the 1880 Steam Train, and admire what will become the world's largest sculpture when completed at the Crazy Horse Memorial begun in 1948.
  • Marvel at the deep canyons and rounded buttes of the Badlands while searching for bighorn sheep, bison and foxes roaming the grassy prairies.
  • Airfare from Houston, TX is included.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS.

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Grandeur of Iceland
August 21-29, 2021

  • Thrill to the stirring beauty of the Golden Circle, where bubbling mud pools, geysers and waterfalls dot the landscape.
  • Encounter Reykjavik, Iceland’s cultural capital, home to culinary ingenuity and colorful streetscapes.
  • Discover how Iceland harnesses its vast geothermal resources at a state-of-the-art geothermal plant.
  • Enjoy Saga Music, where Icelandic sagas are brought to life by a well-known musician and lyricist.
  • Watch for magnificent breaching whales and darling puffins during a whale watching tour.
  • Tour the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, host to mesmerizing landscapes, unique land formations and the extraordinary Snaefellsjokull glacier, followed by a visit to a charming village.
  • Experience Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Florence in the Serene Season (8 day land journey)
October 15-23, 2021

  • Experience the true essence of enchanting Florence during a quieter time of year.
  • Take more time to enjoy Michelangelo’s David and the centuries of priceless art in the Uffizi during this tranquil season.
  • Stroll through the city’s intimate streets and beautiful piazzas, a veritable outdoor museum of Renaissance glories.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, clad in white, pink and green marble and topped by Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome.
  • Revel in the medieval brilliance of Tuscan towns San Gimignano and Siena.
  • Sip Italy’s iconic wine in the romantic Chianti countryside.
  • Enjoy three UNESCO World Heritage sites. 
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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 Egypt, Treasures of the Nile (10 day land and cruise journey)
October 28-November 6, 2021

  • Imagine yourself transported back to the time of King Tut while you discover sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples on this adventure.
  • Spend 4 nights on a luxurious cruise down the Nile River, the longest river in the world, aboard the Movenpick MS Royal Lily riverboat and 4 nights in deluxe hotel accommodations in Cairo.
  • View the incomparable and glittering finds in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo as well as hieroglyphs in the tombs built for Ramses V and VI in the Valley of Kings, a living museum if there ever was one.
  • Experience all of the must-see wonders of Egypt including King Tut's tomb, Luxor, Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, Karnak, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Edfu, Aswan Space Market, and Aswan Dam.
  • This trip includes airfare from Houston, TX.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS.

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Holiday Markets Cruise (7 night river cruise, Rhine River Basel to Amsterdam)
November 27-December 5, 2021

  • This trip is extremely well priced!
  • Relax on deck as the river’s glorious 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 - what better way to get into the holiday spirit!
  • Delight in the quaint timbered houses and cobbled streets of Grande Île, the historic heart of Strasbourg.
  • Take a guided stroll within the center of one of Germany’s oldest cities on the Speyer Walk, and visit Heidelberg Castle and Town, taking in the scenic views and enjoy their holiday market.
  • Gaze upward in awe at the soaring spires of Cologne Cathedral.
  • Glide past elegant, gabled houses from the Dutch Golden Age on Amsterdam’s lovely canals and experience five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Israel, Land of Cultural Treasure (10 day land journey)
November 27 - December 6, 2021

  • Experience Israel's diverse religious heritage at historical sites steeped in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  • Tour cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa on the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Engage with local Druze family while enjoying lunch at their home.
  • Take a sensory journey in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda market.
  • Discover the stark beauty of the Dead Sea, a unique, natural phenomenon.
  • Join a local family for a traditional Shabbat Observance.
  • Experience six UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Three nights in Jordan elective available at an additional cost.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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French and Italian Rivieras (12 day land journey)
April 19-29, 2022

  • Spend 5 nights in Nice, France and 5 nights in Sestri Levante, Italy allowing you to experience the culture, glitter and history of two enchanting, iconic regions of Europe.
  • Sail on sea breezes, witnessing the pretty towns, rugged coastline and brilliant azure waters of the dramatic Cinque Terre.
  • Soak up the essence of glamorous Monte Carlo, swanky playground to the elite.
  • Wander along romantic cobbled lanes and pretty seafronts in Portofino and Santa Margherita on Italy's Ligurian coast.
  • Explore by boat and witness Corniglia and Vernazza from the water and savor lunch at a seaside trattoria.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Dutch Waterways (8 day river journey)
April 22-30, 2022

  • Glide along Amsterdam's lovely canals past elegant gabled houses of the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Unpack once and cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class MS Amadeus Queen.
  • Witness Holland's glorious tulip season as vibrant flowers burst into bloom.
  • Float under tiny wooden bridges in the enchanting village of Giethoorn.
  • Delight in Belgium's tastiest treats, beer and chocolates in Bruges.
  • Experience two UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the 17th-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht and the Historic Center of Bruges.
  • Explore the lasting impact of works by Golden Age artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. Details coming soon!

Coastal Gems of the Emerald Isle, featuring the Wild Atlantic Way (13 day land journey)
May 8-20, 2022

  • Witness the Wild Atlantic Way's sensational beauty at The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Take in the towering Slieve League sea cliffs and the otherwordly, hexagonal stones of Giant's Causeway.
  • Explore the colorful, medieval streets of Galway with your guide in this spirited university city.
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and Glenveagh Castle, two grand 19th-century castles.
  • Explore Northern Ireland's 17th-century walled city of Derry-Londonderry during a fascinating walking tour and authentic lunch.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Southwest National Parks (9 day domestic land journey)
May 25 - June 2, 2022

  • Discover the sunbaked natural structures and sacred lands of Monument Valley.
  • Explore the majestic Grand Canyon National Park including an optional helicopter flightseeing expedition over the canyon (additional fee).
  • Observe the monolithic hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Witness the towering red rock cliffs lining the Colorado River during a rafting excursion in Glen Canyon.
  • Behold the radiant colors and fluid-like patterns inside the walls of Antelope Canyon.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, Orbridge.

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Ultimate Alaska - Inside Passage and Amazing Denali Adventure (12 day cruise/land tour)
June 2-13, 2022

  • Enjoy a 7 night cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel plus a 4 night land tour exploring Denali as it is meant to be experienced.
  • Experience a full day of sightseeing in spectacular Denali - see more wildlife by venturing further into the park than most tours with opportunities to see Grizzlies, Caribou, Wolves, Eagles and more!
  • Marvel at the majestic beauty of Denali in a domed rail car with 360 degree views.
  • Cruise through the Inside Passage and into both the Hubbard Glacier and Dawes Glacier.
  • Ports of call include Icy Strait Point (bears, anyone?), Skagway (gold rush town), Juneau (whales), and Ketchikan (salmon, totem poles, and float planes).
  • Lots of complimentary extras are included such as unlimited soft drink and alcoholic beverage package, 2-night specialty dining package and gratuities for both packages.
  • Airfare from Houston, TX is included.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS.

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Canadian Maritimes, featuring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (10 day land journey)
July 23 - August 1, 2022

  • Delight in picture-perfect fishing villages, historic beaches and quiet coves along Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route.
  • Take in sensational ocean vistas on the Cabot Trail, one of Canada's most scenic roads that hugs Cape Breton Island's coastline.
  • Spot whales breaking in the Bay of Fundy out of St. Andrews, a favorite summer gathering spot for up to 12 different species of whales. Includes an authentic lobster boil!
  • Explore Nova Scotia's relationship with the sea, from wooden vessels and steamships to its ties to the Titanic disaster.
  • Spend the day exploring Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, and visit the real Green Gables which inspired the beloved tale.
  • 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 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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Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta
October 2022

  • This adventure includes private deluxe seating to view this event now featuring over 700 stunning balloons from countries all over the world.
  • View stunning Afterglow Fireworks Show which includes special shaped balloons all lit up for viewing.
  • Enjoy Santa Fe and the Turquoise Trail plus Santa Fe's thriving art scene.
  • Visit Albuquerque's Old Town and Los Alamos, the "birthplace of the atomic bomb".
  • Airfare from Houston, TX is included.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS. Details coming soon!

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