Travel Programs

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.

The Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs works alongside several travel partners to provide the best travel experience possible for our alumni and friends. Your safety is most important to us.

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.

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

  • florence-trip-lamar-university.jpgExperience 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.

Nordic Marvels and Mysteries Above the Arctic Circle (13 night cruise/tour of Greenland, Iceland & Norway)
August 2-16, 2023

  • nordicmarvels-trip-lamar-university.jpgThis unique cruise on the Norwegian Star features ten rare and stunning ports in Greenland, Iceland, and Norway, as well as Scotland's Shetland Islands, and includes many extras such as free beverages, gratuities, and more.
  • You will cruise through many of the world's most jaw-dropping landscapes including deep blue fjords, flowing waterfalls, and sharp snow-capped mountains, stopping for you to visit remote villages where Vikings once lived.
  • Optional shore excursions are available to suit all activity levels in this outdoor enthusiast's paradise at every stop, or you may choose to stroll through enchanting towns on your own exploring the history and beauty that each has to offer.
  • Enjoy a grand finale post-cruise night and day in delightful Reykjavik with opportunities to tour the legendary Golden Circle of Iceland or the Blue Lagoon's azure-colored water and steam.
  • This cruise tour includes airfare from Houston, TX, and is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS, Inc. Other airports are also available.

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

  • Fall under the spell of the Dalmatian 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. 

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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Quintessential Cape Cod (Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and more - 7 day land tour)
September 8-14, 2023

  • capecod-trip-lamar-university.jpgEnjoy several slow and relaxed afternoons on your own in various charming seaside towns-exploring galleries filled with work by local artists, walking down cobblestone streets full of history and savoring fried clams and lobster in seaside cafes.
  • Experience a boat tour around Hyannis Harbor with the finest views of the Kennedy Compound and the surrounding beauty of this part of the Cape.
  • Travel through majestic sand dunes among gently swaying beach grass on a guided 4-wheel drive tour. You'll see and hear stories about the dune shacks where famous artists and writers were inspired, capped off by a traditional classic lobster clambake on the dunes.
  • Nantucket lighthouses, pristine beaches, and historic meeting houses are on the agenda along with the yacht-filled harbor of National Geographic's "Best Island in the World".
  • See the famous Gingerbread Houses of Martha's Vineyard, marvel at Mansion Row, the place to live during the gilded age of the 1800's, and tour The Breakers - the grandest of Newport's summer cottages.
  • This adventure includes airfare from Houston, TX, and is offered through LU's travel partner, TRIPS, Inc. Other airports are also available.

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

  • Soak up the unique culture and art of Quito, Ecuador during a one-day tour of the city including a memorable lunch of Ecuadorian specialties, a guided walking tour, and market shopping.
  • Enjoy four nights aboard the 40-guest capacity vessel the Isabella II, and marvel at the world's 2nd largest marine reserve with an expert expedition leader.
  • Snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, or observe them through a glass bottom boat.
  • Explore the dramatic and historic Charles Darwin Research Station, most noted for the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding program.
  • Interact with other remarkable wildlife up close and through the eyes of the past and your expedition leader.
  • This adventure is offered by LU's travel partner, Orbridge. 

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is no additional single supplement on this trip.
  • This trip is offered through LU's travel partner, AHI. 

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 Check Back Often

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

Contact Laurie Ritchel, Travel Programs Coordinator, for more information or to answer any questions you may have about our program. 409-880-8922 voicemail, 409-790-4307 cell.

What People are Saying

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, Texas

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, Texas

What a wonderful trip. We loved it!

Michael Ann (Agee) ' 64 and Grady '64 Crawford

Baton Rouge, LA

Life Long Learning

The Mission of Lamar University encourages life-long learning in a multicultural world. One of the ways in which Lamar University seeks to fulfill that mission is through the establishment of an educationally-based travel program for alumni and friends of the university. For full information about future trips offered through the Lamar University Travel Program, please visit this site regularly.


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