Educational Travel

A Journey through the History and Culture of Japan

January 16-31, 2019

Shinto shrine

A journey through Japan from explorations of the world’s largest metropolis to the elaborate rituals of the Way of Tea. Ride the famous Shinkansen Bullet train taking you from samurai castles to Buddhist temples. Discover not only the well known cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki but experience some of the hidden jewels of rural Japan. Join in with experiences such as soba buckwheat noodle making and woodblock printing. Walk along the ancient Nakasendo highway through charming post-towns and savour the many types of delicious Japanese cuisine the country has to offer.

Program Fee: $6,950.00, based on double occupancy; single occupancy supplement $600.

All in-country costs are covered including, hotels, lectures, entrance fees, three meals a day, tipping, and ground transportation. Your transportation costs to and from Japan are not included. When you are ready to make your airline reservations please note that the tour begins in Tokyo and concludes in Fukuoka, so you will want to arrange your flights accordingly.

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An Eagle, Yukon River, and Coal Creek Adventure

June 26-30, 2018

Coal Creek dredge

Take a step back in time and discover the lure of the gold rush era. Travel by plane to Eagle, Alaska, a small town on the banks of the Yukon River. Spend the night at the Riverside Hotel while discovering the history that abounds there, including the relics of Fort Egbert. The next day, take a five-hour boat ride down the mighty Yukon River to Slaven’s Cabin, and then travel via all-terrain vehicle to Coal Creek Camp. The next two days are spent enjoying the human and natural history of the area including a huge dredge that once pulled thousands of ounces of gold from the surrounding streams. This program is made possible by a partnership between the National Park Service and UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning. This four-day adventure includes transportation, meals, housing, and instruction. The camp is complete with shared bunkhouses, a central wash-house, and a dining hall where our own chef will prepare hot meals.

Program Fee: $1,100.00, which includes charter flights into Eagle and out of Coal Creek, food, instruction, and all activities within the program.

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Grand Tulip Tour - The Best of Holland

March 23-April 6, 2019

This tour is SOLD OUT. Please call 907-474-7021 to add your name to the waitlist.

Tulip fields

Small as the country by the North Sea may be, it has a dazzling number of historical, cultural and engineering sights. From the Dutch masters of painting to sober medieval and ornate renaissance architecture. From well kept museums to gardens with millions of brightly colored flowers. Exceptional water works both centuries old and practically brand new. And, to pique your gustatory senses, a tremendous variety of cheeses and chocolate.

These are just a few of the many exciting and interesting things the country has to offer. Come with us and see the very best of them, enhanced by fascinating lectures and guided tours executed by local experts. Bikes will be on board and will be available for organized tours.

You’ll discover the Netherlands in an unusual way via its most typical element: the water. Rivers, canals, ditches and lakes abound, and you’ll sail many of them on the lovely Fiep. This comfortable barge will be both your main mode of transportation and your group’s hotel for the entire fortnight. The Grand Tulip tour gives you a wonderful insight into the heart and soul of the people that founded New York.

Program Fee: $4,500.00, based on double occupancy; No single supplement option available.

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Around South Africa in 16 Days

September 16-October 1, 2018 ** One Spot Left! **
Optional add-on October 1-5, 2018

October 21-November 5, 2018 ** SOLD OUT ** Call 907-474-7021 to add your name to the waitlist.
Optional add-on November 5-9, 2018

Blyde River Canyon

Join us for the journey of a lifetime as we explore South Africa's vast cultural heritage and political history. We will visit some of South Africa's most interesting places and greatest treasures as we travel through the land of Nelson Mandela and the Rainbow Nation. You may also choose to extend your trip by four days to witness Victoria Falls and the wildlife in Zambia, where in addition to viewing the awe inspiring falls, we will cruise down the Zambezi River and explore Chobe National Park in Botswana. This educational opportunity promises to be an adventure packed with diversity, wildlife, and culture.

Program Fee for 16-day trip only: $4,500.00, based on double occupancy; single supplement $700.00
Program Fee including optional add-on: $6,000.00, based on double occupancy; single supplement $905.00

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Washington, DC - Museums, Cherry Blossoms, and More

April 11-18, 2018 ** Waitlist Only **

Cherry trees in bloom

Spend a week in Washington DC visiting museums at the height of Cherry Blossom time. Guided visits include the National Archives, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian, and the Newseum. Watch the Cherry Blossom Parade, cruise down the Potomac to Mt. Vernon, see the city on a hop on-hop off bus, and attend the opening night of Snow Child at Arena Stage. All of this and more are part of this program. Participants will be staying at Catholic University, which has a metro stop on campus, and a metro pass for the week is included in this program.

Program Fee: $2,000.00, which includes room (double occupancy with bath shared with another room), three meals a day, all entrance fees, educational programs, and transportation to various venues. Transfers from the airport, airfare to DC, laundry, liquor, and luxuries (souvenirs) are NOT included.

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Beautiful and Historic Germany

April 8-24, 2018


Explore the best that Germany has to offer. Discover Germany´s most known cities, including all the famous sights and places. Embrace the natural beauty of Germany´s landscapes and discover the history and culture first-hand. This program is designed for active individuals who can easily walk three miles a day.

Course Fee: $4,900.00 per person based on double occupancy; single occupancy supplement $750. All in-country costs are covered including, hotels, lectures, entrance fees, three meals a day, tipping, and ground transportation. Your transportation costs to and from Germany are not included.

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Rafting the Grandeur of the Grand Canyon

April 10-22, 2018

This tour is SOLD OUT. Please call Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning at 907-474-7021 to get on the waiting list.

Relish every moment of the 188-mile span of the Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry to Whitmore wash as you float along a the river's pace.  You have 12 days to take in the views, get acquainted with some of the world’s best rapids, hike through slot canyons, and take a dip in waterfalls and pristine swimming destinations. Enjoy the company of your guides as they instruct you in Grand Canyon raft trip safety, history and lore, and cook hearty meals at the end of each day. There is nothing better than spending an evening in the Canyon only to fall asleep on a starlit beach. This is how the Grand Canyon National Park was meant to be seen!

Day 6 of Grand Canyon float

Program Fee: $4,800.00 per person based on double occupancy. We have only 23 spaces, so reserve your place now with a $500 deposit. This fee does not include transportation to or from Las Vegas.

Important note: Travel insurance is always recommended. It protects the passenger’s financial investment, as well as any unexpected medical needs during travel. University of Alaska Fairbanks does not sell travel insurance policies, but there are several ways to purchase coverage. Some credit card companies insure trips that are paid for with their card. Another option is to check with a local travel agency. We advise that you look in to coverage within 15 days of making the deposit, as some vendors require the coverage to be purchased within that time period to receive the most benefit.

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