I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
Journey from majestic Glacier National Park, to the mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, and world-famous Banff National Park. Visit Lake Louise and Athabasca Glacier. See Jasper National Park’s Maligne Canyon and cruise cerulean Maligne Lake. Ride the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s 8,000-foot peak. Stay in unique mountain lodges.
The Republic of Georgia is known for having an 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition, one of the world’s few alphabets, the earliest hominid bones ever unearthed in Europe, and a modern government open to western investment. Experience layers of architectural history, and hear from local experts about Georgia’s contributions to the fields of archaeology, art, music, literature, and faith. Learn about the complex relationship between Georgia and Russia. Indulge in a sumptuous Georgian Table with organic wines while listening to traditional polyphonic singing.
Join distinguished scholars, Karen Armstrong and John Prevas, on this remarkable journey that takes in Istanbul, the Greek islands, coastal Turkey, and Cyprus, and ends in Athens. Experience Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara, the storied ruins of Troy and Chios' 11th-century Byzantine monastery of Nea Moni. Marvel at stunning Ephesus, one of the world’s great archeological sites. On Patmos see the cave where St. John received visions of the Apocalypse, and in Rhodes wander in one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Call at the ancient Lycian capital of Xanthos and the Hellenistic complexes at Perge and Aspendos before disembarking in Cyprus and flying to Athens for two nights.
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 Milwaukee and Toronto.
Absorb Croatia’s remarkable history and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline on this captivating 15-day journey. Travel from Zagreb to Ljubljana to charming Opatija and on to beloved Dubrovnik. Enjoy the fascinating history and Mediterranean atmosphere of the alluring Istrian Peninsula. Optional 4-day/3-night extension to the Balkan gem of Montenegro.
Discover the incredible wildlife and wonders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. From colorful Cape Town to Victoria Falls, historic Soweto to Robben Island, every moment of this 12-night journey will inspire. Experience famous safari destinations: Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park and Kapama Private Game Reserve. Plus, enjoy three nights aboard the opulent Rovos Rail.
Cruise from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the captivating Black Sea. Explore seven countries over nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered Amadeus Star, followed by two nights in Romania’s elegant capital of Bucharest. Cruise through the Iron Gates and discover the eastern Danube River Valley. Visit the ancient land of Bulgaria, the young territories of Serbia and eastern Croatia, Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains), and the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated castles, palaces, and squares of Budapest. Optional Vienna Pre‑Program and/or Transylvania Post‑Program extensions.
Walk across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge and through the doors of Little Rock High School. Meet with 16th Street Baptist Church bomb survivor Carolyn McKinstry, Bloody Sunday foot soldier Annie Pearl Avery, and many others. Experience the Memorial for Peace and Social Justice in Montgomery and meet with staff at the Equal Justice Initiative.
Explore the crossroads of the Mediterranean on this stellar 12-day small group journey. Begin with Palermo’s impressive architecture and world-class street food. Discover medieval Erice, Trapani’s salt pans, and stunning Monreale Cathedral. Marvel at Agrigento’s remarkable Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale’s magnificent mosaics. In Syracuse, explore Neapolis’ Archaeological Park and take a Sicilian cooking class. After a Mount Etna excursion, enjoy lunch at a private farm. The final destination is delightful Taormina.
Experience Tokyo’s ancient Shinto Meiji Shrine and modern Ginza district. Visit Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and spend the night at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. Explore Takayama’s ancient streets and Kanazawa’s famed Kenrokuen Gardens. Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and embark on a cycling tour through the grounds of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. Optional Hiroshima post-tour extension.