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

Montana Big Sky Country Featuring Glacier National Park (7 day land journey)
September 2-8, 2020

  • Find out why Lewis and Clark described Montana as "scenes of visionary enchantment" as you explore the sweeping vistas, pristine streams and awe-inspiring mountain peaks of Glacier National Park and the beautiful Flathead Valley.
  • Experience a scenic cruise through the Gates of the Mountains.
  • Visit Lonesome Dove Ranch and the tour the Conrad Mansion, the most beautifully preserved pre-1900 mansion in Montana.
  • Marvel at the majesty of Great Falls.
  • This trip includes airfare from Houston, TX.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS.

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Nordic Magnificence~Denmark and Norway (10 day land journey)
August 23-September 2, 2020

  • Marvel at Norway's incomparable natural beauty while aboard the Flam Railway, one of Europe's most scenic railways, and cruise along the Aurlandsfjord.
  • Discover Scandinavia's cosmopolitan capitals, Copenhagen and Oslo.
  • Wake up to an unrivaled view of the lush, forest-lined Oslo Fjord after an overnight ferry trip about the first-class DFDS Seaways Ferry.
  • Glide past architectural treasurers on the pretty canals of Copenhagen.
  • Explore beguiling Bergen and its historic wharf, Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Spend 3 nights in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 nights in Oslo, Norway, and 3 nights in Bergen.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Columbia & Snake River Voyage (8 day land and cruise journey)
September 25-October 3, 2020

  • Explore the route of the intrepid Lewis and Clark expedition while cruising through the glorious Pacific Northwest.
  • Uncover details about the Manhattan Project, the Ice Age floods and more at The Reach Museum.
  • Admire the stunning, lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge as you relax on deck.
  • Enjoy the amenities and luxurious state rooms on the first-class paddlewheel American Pride, where almost every room provides views from either a private balcony or picture window for 7 nights and spend one night in Portland, Oregon at the first-class Red Lion Hotel on the River-Jantzen Beach.
  • Behold the spectacular natural beauty of towering Multnomah Falls.
  • Take in the incredible views of Mount St. Helens and learn about the lasting impact of its powerful eruption.
  • This adventure is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI.

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Barcelona~Art, Culture & People (8 day land journey)
October 3-11, 2020

  • Experience seven nights in Barcelona, Spain, at the first-class Renaissance Barcelona Hotel.
  • Stroll through this vibrant seaside city along leafy boulevards filled with architectural treasures.
  • Admire a remarkable collection of Pablo Picasso's artwork from his formative years.
  • Delve into the intriguing heritage of Catalonia, one of Spain's most independent-minded regions.
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Catalán dishes during a special hands-on cooking lesson.
  • Explore Montserrat, a ninth-century monastery tucked into a mountainside.
  • Marvel at the incredibly inventive details of Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces, named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • 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)
June 3-12, 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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Israel, Land of Cultural Treasures (9 day land journey)
February 13-22, 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 a local Druze family while enjoying lunch in 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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Florence in the Serene Season (8 day land journey)
February 19-27, 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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Dutch Waterways (8 day river journey)
April 5-13, 2021

  • 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.

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Grandeur of Iceland
July 12-20, 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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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 Ile, 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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Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Passion Play (10 day land journey)
Rescheduled for August 2022 (Sold Out)

  • 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