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

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 M.S. 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.

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French and Italian Rivieras (12 day land journey)
May 3-13, 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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Coastal Gems of the Emerald Isle, featuring the Wild Atlantic Way (12 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 otherworldly, 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 (Sold Out)

  • 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, Inc.

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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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Montana-Big Sky Country featuring Glacier National Park and Flathead Valley (6 night land journey)
July 24-30, 2022

  • See the real treasures of this beautiful state in the sweeping vistas, pristine streams and awe-inspiring mountain peaks that provided so much inspiration to Lewis and Clark along their journeys.
  • History comes alive when you visit the Hutterite Colony for an exclusive TRIPS experience with these gracious settlers.
  • Ride to the peak of Glacier National Park on the spectacular Going to the Sun Road.
  • Raft or float the crystal clear waters of the Middle Fork of Flathead River in this once in a lifetime experience.
  • 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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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

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

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

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

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

  • This trip is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. More information and pricing coming soon!

 

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