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Travel Program

The Hamilton Travel programs involve small groups, and all contain an educational component. Some are hosted by a Hamilton faculty member while others offer shore excursions led by national guides. Trips are open to all members of the Hamilton family -- alumni, parents, and friends. They are organized in concert with other NESCAC colleges, creating a comfortable group with shared backgrounds. We hope to see you and your family on one of our upcoming trips!

Chuck Dowd '66 proposed to Dr. Susan Maturlo on the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Chuck Dowd '66 and Dr. Susan Maturlo met and fell in love on Hamilton's Cuban Discovery!

Travel with Hamilton:
A Life-Changing Adventure

A Hamilton Travel Program offering to Cuba in March 2015 truly proved to be "life-changing" for Chuck Dowd '66. A widower after a happy 48-year marriage to Barbara (Cazenovia '65), Chuck signed up for Cuban Discovery, hosted by Professor Carl Rubino, to fulfill a bucket list yen to visit Cuba. Hamiltonians didn’t fill the trip following the e-mail and brochure announcements, so it was opened up to alumni from DePauw, Drexel and Connecticut College. In Miami during the orientation session the day before departure, Chuck met another widow "single," Dr. Susan Maturlo, a grad of Drexel University Medical and a practicing endocrinologist in Salt Lake City. With Professor Rubino as an unofficial chaperone, they hung out together on the tours and lectures and finally had a "date night" toward the end of the trip.

Staying in touch with home and away visits between Salt Lake City and Lake Tahoe following the trip, they decided that it wasn't just the rum and music of Cuba. A Drexel University-sponsored trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy ensued in June, where Chuck proposed marriage on June 9 overlooking Salerno Bay. The sequel to the story is that Chuck and Sue are to be married in a small family ceremony on October 24 in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, where they will reside, with Sue transferring her practice there and Chuck continuing Board of Director assignments. They will be attending Hamilton’s 1812 Leadership Circle Weekend in New York City in December and Chuck’s 50th Reunion on the Hill next June.

Moral of the story: Travel with Hamilton!



Upcoming Trips

Bora Bora Atolls & Islands of French Polynesia

Ten-Night Luxury Cruise Aboard Oceania's Marina

March 25 - April 4, 2016

French Polynesia evokes images of vivid beauty: towering emerald mountain peaks, sparkling neon-blue lagoons and silky white-sand beaches. Experience one of the world’s most exotic destinations as Oceania Cruises’ graceful Marina takes you to the dreamy islands of the South Pacific. Begin with a stay in Papeete, Tahiti’s lively capital, before sailing to Moorea, touted by Frommer’s as the most beautiful island in the world. Snorkel Raroia’s crystalline lagoon, relax on the flawless beaches of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy the island splendors of Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Be enchanted by the coral gardens and gorgeous beaches of Bora Bora, a vision of paradise with dramatic volcanic peaks and a postcard-perfect lagoon. Savor the vanilla-scented air on Raiatea—known as the “Sacred Island”—renowned for its pineapple and vanilla plantations, archaeological sites and black-pearl farms. Before returning to lovely Papeete, admire stunning scenery on the “Garden Island,” Huahine, an idyllic setting of secluded coves and lush, untamed forests. More...

Sultans and Palaces

Seven-Night Luxury Cruise Aboard Oceania's Riviera

May 4 - 12, 2016

From rugged headlands crowned by ancient ruins to sun-kissed islands graced with whitewashed architecture and shimmering olive groves, discover awe-inspiring scenery on the shores of the Aegean. Depart Istanbul and set sail for northern Greece, where Kavala beckons with a lovely, palm-fringed waterfront and medieval castle. Experience the photogenic charms of Mykonos, with its bougainvillea-lined streets and 16th-century windmills, and explore Rhodes' powdery beaches and medieval treasures. Browse the colorful market at Kusadasi, a jumping-off point to explore the archaeological wonders of Ephesus, Miletus, and Didyma. Then head ashore at Patmos, known as the “Holy Island,” to admire the Monastery of St. John, a beautiful combination of courtyards, chapels, and frescoes. Before your voyage concludes in Athens, take in the quaint clifftop villages on Santorini, the breathtaking result of a massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. More ...

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Aboard the M/Y Coral I or II

October 29 - November 7, 2016

Ecuador may be one of South America’s smallest countries, but lying between its borders on the Pacific Ocean at the equator and the countries Columbia and Peru, is an extreme amount of biodiversity that includes coastal plains, Andean central highlands, tropical Amazonian rainforest lowlands and the Galapagos Islands. Part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533, now over 13 million people – the majority Roman Catholics – reside in landscapes dotted with incredible environmental treasures, including the snow-capped Andes Mountains, the massive Amazon River Basin, Cotopaxi – the highest active volcano in the world, and the uniquely beautiful Galapagos Islands situated just 600 miles off the Ecuadorian Coast. More...

Recent Trips

Pearls of the Mediterranean
Seven-Night Luxury Cruise Aboard Riviera

June 15-23, 2015

Encounter the Mediterranean’s awe-inspiring beauty, from the enchanting towns of Italy and the surreal cityscapes of Barcelona to the sunlit countryside of Provence and the golden beaches of the French Riviera. Begin in Rome, and then set sail on your seven-night luxury cruise, first stopping in Amalfi, a photogenic town with pearl-white buildings edging sparkling blue seas. Cruise to Sardinia, where Cagliari beckons with Roman ruins, Byzantine churches and lovely gardens. Continue to the island of Mallorca and take in Palma’s majestic Gothic cathedral, or venture north to Valldemossa, an idyllic mountain village dotted with quaint stone houses. Explore Barcelona, an energetic cultural hub renowned for its wonderfully preserved Gothic Quarter, and visit France’s oldest city, Marseille, a gateway to the picturesque hilltop towns of Provence. In Antibes, admire the Picasso collection at the 16th-century Château Grimaldi, or relax on the sandy beaches of Juan-les-Pins, before concluding your voyage in Monte Carlo. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore remarkable European cities and landscapes along with members of the Hamilton family. More...

Cuban Discovery: A People-to-People Educational Exchange

March 14-22, 2015

Cuba's turbulent economic and political past and culturally rich present unfold in this captivating journey. This exclusive opportunity to explore Cuba is organized and operated by Go Next Inc., which holds a People to People license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control; the license authorizes registered travelers to visit Cuba through this educational exchange program. Uncover the beauty, paradoxes, and remarkable intrigue of Cuba–a country where 1950s-era automobiles roll along cobbled streets past beautifully preserved Spanish colonial buildings. During your visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus and Santa Clara, you will meet with local dancers and teachers, visual artists and entrepreneurs, to discover the fascinating past and present of this distinct Caribbean nation. Led by Carl A. Rubino, Winslow Professor of Classics. More...