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Release: Oct. 7, 2002

Iowa Voyagers tours explore the Earth’s mysteries from Antarctica to Scandinavia

Whether you prefer yachts on turquoise waters or excursion boats in remote jungle rivers, the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Iowa Voyager trips have something for everyone.

Booking for the 2003 Iowa Voyagers tour season is now under way. Trips begin Jan. 11 with a Yachtsman’s Caribbean cruise, followed by one of this season’s highlights, an Amazon adventure Jan. 18-26. Amazon travelers will experience the rainforest’s rare plants and animals and visit the lost city of the Incas.

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 you’re looking for a quality, educational vacation then this is the program for you,” she said.

In 2002 Iowa Voyagers started a new Alumni Escapes series. In 2003 there are Escapes planned to Paris, London, Tuscany and Costa Rica. Another new adventure, the Classic Europe Tour for new graduates, runs from June 2-18 and is specially customized for recent graduates and current students.

Voyagers will also have the opportunity to visit Cuba, which has been closed to the United States traveler for 40 years. This cultural and historical exchange program takes place Feb. 21-27 and is approved and licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Travelers can check out new destinations offered such as Iceland, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. A moderately priced trip to South Africa has also been added to the menu. For travelers who wish to stay closer to home, there are 10 North American tours, including a Canadian Polar Bear Expedition being offered Oct. 17-23.

Through programs such as the Alumni Campus Abroad, Iowa Voyagers offers an excellent educational experience. Alumni Colleges set in Scotland, Switzerland, Sicily and other locations this season combine a mixture of educational programs and excursions. “The Alumni Campus Abroad trips are our most popular product. These are educational vacations where people can not only learn about the area, but also meet new people and visit unique places,” Baker said.

Started in 1961 with 43 travelers, the Iowa Voyagers program has grown to 650 participants and over 45 trips annually. In 2002 alone, 560 travelers have signed up for the program. Prices for Voyagers programs start at about $1,000 per person, but vary considerably 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. To obtain a complete list of over 40 destinations, see the Iowa Voyagers website at http://www.iowalum.com/voyagers/2003.html