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Release: Aug. 28, 2001

Iowa Voyagers 2002 tour season includes Great Lakes, Cuba and beyond

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Whether it's making a trip to see penguins in Antarctica, or staying close to home for a Great Lakes cruise, the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Iowa Voyager trips have something for everyone.

Booking for the 2002 Iowa Voyagers tour season is now under way. Trips begin Jan. 12 and Jan. 18 with two Caribbean cruises, followed by an Antarctic adventure Jan. 24 to Feb. 6. One of the highlights of this season is a rare opportunity to visit Cuba Feb. 22- 28, a cultural and historical exchange program licensed with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Another highlight of the Iowa Voyagers program is a cooking tour of Italy's Umbria region, May 11-18. The local cooks not only prepare their great food, but also share their recipes and techniques you can take home to your kitchen.

Travelers can stay closer to home and take a Great Lakes Cruise July 6-13 or follow the path of Lewis and Clark on a Pacific Northwest boat tour May 20-26. For a complete list of destinations, see the Iowa Voyagers website at http://www.iowalum.com/voyagers/2002.html

UI Alumni Travel Director Diane Baker recommends Iowa Voyagers for anyone who likes to travel; it's open to anyone, not just UI alumni. "If it's a quality and educational vacation with people of like minds you're seeking, then this is the program for you," she said.

Through programs such as the Alumni College Abroad, Iowa Voyagers offers an excellent educational experience. Alumni Colleges set in Norway, Spain, Ireland, France, and Tuscany this season combine a mixture of educational programs and excursions. "The Alumni College Abroad is an educational vacation where people can not only learn about the area, but can meet new people and visit some great places," Baker said.

Started in 1961 with 43 travelers, the Iowa Voyagers program has grown to 650 participants and 30 trips annually. In 2001 alone, 650 travelers have signed up for the program. In the early years, only one or two trips were offered, but as travel became more popular, the offerings expanded. In 2002, Iowa Voyagers will start a Young Alumni Abroad travel program, with tours planned to Switzerland, Dublin, Amsterdam and the Austrian Alps.

Prices for Iowa Voyagers programs start at about $1,000 per person, but prices vary from trip to trip. For more information about Iowa Voyagers or to learn about an advance registration program, contact Diane Baker at (319) 335-3294, (800) IOWALUM (469-2586), or email diane-baker@uiowa.edu.