I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
Experience six countries on an 8-night Baltic Sea cruise aboard the 5-star Le Champlain from Copenhagen, Denmark to Stockholm, Sweden. Enjoy a specially arranged presentation by the former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa. Visit Island of Bornholm, Gdańsk, Tallinn, Riga, Helsinki, and Visby. Norway Pre-Program and Stockholm Post-Program Options.
Science and art enthusiasts will delight in this unique journey to Switzerland, which showcases Albert Einstein, exceptional Swiss museums, and a visit to the Supercollider campus at CERN which houses the world’s most advanced scientific equipment. Experience a behind-the-scenes meeting with scientists who work on a detector on the Large Hadron Collider. Take guided tours of Kunsthaus Art Museum's modern art collection, and in Bern, visit Einsteinhaus, where Einstein lived. Savor delicious Swiss wines and food, including a traditional raclette fondue lunch in the medieval town of Gruyères.
Explore legendary sites in Greece and Turkey aboard the 34-guest yacht, Callisto, with lecturer and award-winning author and historian Andrew O'Shaughnessy who will trace the line from ancient Greece and Rome to America, exploring how the democratic ideals of classical philosophers shaped the American Constitution.
Based in Taormina, experience Sicily’s intriguing cultural heritage, including Agrigento’s remarkable “Valley of the Temples.” After a Mt. Etna excursion, enjoy lunch at a family-run farm. Tour Matera’s ancient cave dwellings and Alberobello’s medieval white-washed houses. Discover Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Highlights of a four-night Sorrento stay include evocative Pompeii, a Neapolitan cooking lesson, an Isle of Capri excursion, and a breathtaking Amalfi Coast drive. Explore Rome independently with an optional 4-day/3-night extension.
Walk some of the most attractive segments of the pilgrimage route of Spain's Camino de Santiago. Explore Burgos and Leon. Visit a wine cellar in Rioja and stop at the Shrine of San Juan de Ortega. Hike to stunning views of Galician landscapes. Conclude at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the finest example of both Romanesque and Baroque art in Spain.
Journey to the Dakotas and Colorado to learn about the Sioux, Hidatsa, Mandan, Lakota, Dakota, Ute, Navajo and Apache Nations. Admire majestic landscapes including Badlands National Park. Meet with community and tribal leaders, artists and activists. Experience Standing Rock and Pine Ridge Reservations and the site of the Massacre of Wounded Knee.
Cruise the five Great Lakes from Milwaukee to Toronto, visiting islands and towns rich in history and natural splendor. Delight in the Victorian character of Mackinac Island; visit Sault Ste. Marie, known to Native Americans as the “Gathering Place”; and witness the thunderous power of Niagara Falls. Optional extensions to Chicago and Toronto.
From Singapore’s vibrant city life to Bangkok’s incredible landmarks and Angkor’s ancient temples, savor the best of Southeast Asia on this 9-night adventure. Visit Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Then explore Cambodia's iconic temples of Angkor, including Angor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm. Learn to prepare savory dishes and enjoy meeting locals during guest lectures. Extend your time on an optional pre-trip extension to Bali.
Encounter a mélange of culture, religion, art and architecture. Tour Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek and learn about nomadic life in the village of Burana. ExploreRussian-accented Almaty in Kazakhstan. In Uzbekistan discover Khiva, a UNESCO site; watch silk weavers and visit an art studio in Bukhara; experience Samarkand's treasures; and see the world's oldest Quaran in Tashkent.
Travel to the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech: View the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis; wander the alleys of Fez; visit a Berber village; take a sunset camel ride at the edge of the Sahara; and view the spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains. Discover Marrakech's medina and Djemaa el Fna Square. Conclude in Casablanca.