Marquette Explorers | Alumni and Friends Travel Program


Follow in Père Marquette's footsteps

Be an explorer! In the spirit of Father Jacques Marquette, famed Jesuit explorer and Marquette University's namesake, we invite you to take full advantage of your alma mater's exciting travel program. Explore unique and interesting areas of the world with old classmates and friends; learn about other people and cultures; or simply relax in beautiful surroundings. View our current trip offerings below and visit our travel partner’s website directly for further information and to book your trip! 

Travel Partners
The Marquette University Alumni Association is dedicated to bringing you an extraordinary travel experience. That’s why we work with trusted travel partners who share our commitment to making your next adventure hassle-free and unforgettable. Our trips are coordinated by highly regarded tour operators that work with many other major university alumni associations around the country.

To learn more about our travel partners and to book a trip, please visit the links below.

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Be sure to book as soon as possible! Because we often share a departure with other university alumni groups, a limited amount of space on each tour is available for our group. The best cabins and rooms book up quickly, usually only a month or two after the trip is announced. Special pricing and other incentives are also sometimes available for booking early. To avoid disappointment, we recommend making your deposit to hold your reservation as soon as you know you'd like to join us on a trip.

Want to stay informed regarding upcoming alumni trips? Join our mailing list by filling out this form and you will receive both e-mails and trip brochures mailed to you regarding upcoming offerings.

For more information about the Marquette Explorers Alumni & Friends Travel Program, contact Jennilee Schlinksy at or (414) 288-7661.



2024 and 2025 Trips



 Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna  

June 11 - 20, 2024

Incredible heritage and culinary history are yours to enjoy on this eight-night escape to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany regions! During stays in Parma and Cortona, uncover the alluring spirit of these celebrated destinations. Witness Bologna’s porticoes and Parma’s lauded cathedral, and visit charming villages and beautiful farms. Along the way, savor culinary favorites, including balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese and prosciutto, sip locally made wines and learn to cook typical regional dishes. This small-group journey features first-class hotels and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner. Download the flyer.

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Normandy - France  

July 5 - 13, 2024

Immerse yourself in Normandy’s remarkable history and enchanting beauty on this seven-night, first-class journey based in the lovely seaside resort town of Deauville. Explore Omaha and Utah Beach and other renowned D-Day sites during the 80th anniversary year of this crucial operation. Take in stunning Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a 10th-century castle and taste Calvados, Normandy’s celebrated apple brandy, on an estate. No single supplement!  

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Alaskan Heritage & Wildlife  

July 28 - August 4, 2024

Discover Alaska’s beauty, unique culture and abundant wildlife on a seven-night journey featuring stays in Anchorage and Denali National Park! Encounter storied history in museums, visit friendly communities and search for remarkable wildlife in a world-class national park! Plus, visit a working kennel and a reindeer farm, and soak up ubiquitous Alaskan landscapes via train and boat journeys. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and a generous meal plan!  

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Northern Delights  

July 31 - August 10, 2024

Join us on a spectacular 10-night cruise through Norway and Denmark aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena. From Hamburg to Oslo, this voyage is filled with iconic landscapes that inspired Viking legends and fairytales alike. Discover majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, stunning glaciers, imposing mountains, and idyllic islands and lighthouses.

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August 5 - 13, 2024

Discover Scotland’s stirring scenery and vibrant history on a seven-night, first-class stay in charming Stirling. Take in the pristine splendor of The Trossachs National Park and commanding views from the ramparts of Stirling and Edinburgh Castles. Stroll along Edinburgh’s celebrated Royal Mile and attend an unforgettable performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Sample Scottish whisky, cruise Loch Lomond, see golf’s home in St Andrews and more! This small-group experience features expert guides and lecturers.

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Celtic Kaleidoscope  

August 14 - 24, 2024

Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the green coasts of Ireland and Scotland on a 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica.

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In The Path Of Cartier  

September 25 - October 6, 2024

Get a taste of Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney as you try a sampling of local brews in downtown pubs. See the famous Reversing Falls in Saint John, participate in a fudge-making class in Sydney, and enjoy a performance at the Théâtre Palais Municipal in Saguenay. In Quebec City, delight in high tea at the iconic Château Frontenac.

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Classic Greece & Turkey  

October 20 - 30, 2024

Embark on a 10-night voyage from Athens to Rome aboard Oceania Cruises’ Vista and delve into a captivating journey through the depths of history and culture.

Begin your journey in Athens and set sail for Gythion. Explore this charming coastal town, where you can savor fresh seafood by the cool blue waters. Bask in the Mediterranean sun at a beach in Argostoli and stroll the lovely old Venetian quarter in Corfu. Step into a real-life medieval fairy tale in Dubrovnik and hike to the towering fortress in Kotor for unforgettable panoramic views. In Valletta, see the celebrated St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Sip handcrafted Italian wine and marvel at the Duomo di Messina, constructed in 1120. Before concluding your journey in Rome, walk through the ancient ruins of Herculaneum, a city near Salerno that has been preserved by a volcanic eruption of the 1st century.

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March 30 - April 14, 2025

Discover the incredible wildlife and wonders of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe! From colorful Cape Town to Victoria Falls, historic Soweto to Robben Island, every moment of this 12-night journey will inspire! See exotic animals in famous safari destinations: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park. Plus, enjoy three nights aboard the opulent Rovos Rail! This unmatched program includes a Rovos Rail journey, two flights within South Africa and an extensive meal plan!

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Tulips and the Rhine  

April 3 - 10, 2025

Cruise the charming canals in Amsterdam. Admire the twin-spired Gothic Cathedral in Cologne. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Rhine Promenade in Koblenz and take some time to relax in a cafe or beer garden. Explore the Palace Gardens at Heidelberg Castle, one of Germany’s most famous landmarks overlooking the city or Visit Strasbourg’s wine cellars and half-timbered homes in “La Petite France.”

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Gems of Austria  

April 23 - May , 2025

Italy’s Amalfi Coast will dazzle you with its unending splendors. Enjoy seven nights in Vietri sul mare and explore seaside villages, including Amalfi and Positano! Unravel history in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, visit a rural farm and experience vibrant Naples. Plus, tuck into delicious local dishes and engage with the region’s welcoming locals. Your Italian daydreams come to life on this handcrafted, small-group journey. This program features a first-class hotel and an extensive meal plan. 

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The Charm of the Amalfi Coast  

June 25 - July 3, 2025

Italy’s Amalfi Coast will dazzle you with its unending splendors. Enjoy seven nights in Vietri sul mare and explore seaside villages, including Amalfi and Positano! Unravel history in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, visit a rural farm and experience vibrant Naples. Plus, tuck into delicious local dishes and engage with the region’s welcoming locals. Your Italian daydreams come to life on this handcrafted, small-group journey. This program features a first-class hotel and an extensive meal plan. 

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Frontier Adventures  

August 8 - 18, 2025

Join us on a voyage through the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier. See one of the largest collections of unrestored totem poles in Ketchikan. Have an onsite goldsmith custom design something just for you in Skagway. Spot Icy Strait Point's spouting whales and kick back while the magnificent Alaskan scenery glides by.

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Switzerland's Alpine Majesty  

September 3 - 12, 2025

Embrace dreamy Switzerland on an eight-night journey for active travelers! Discover the local culture during stays in Interlaken and Nyon, and enjoy excursions to Kandersteg, Montreux, the French Alps and beyond! Indulge in decadent cuisine, local chocolates, unforgettable mountain vistas, a folkloric performance and rides on cogwheels, trains and cable cars. Sip wine at a Lavaux vineyard, sample fresh cheese and stroll along footpaths carved through inspiring scenery! This active, small-group adventure is a breath of fresh air!

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September 23 - October 1, 2025

Aix-en-Provence beckons for this small-group, seven-night journey to southeastern France! Unpack once and enjoy first-class accommodations as you venture out from Aix on enriching excursions. From an inside look at Paul Cézanne’s atelier to a tour of the iconic Papal Palace in Avignon and visits to picturesque Provençal villages, each day unveils authentic French experiences. Plus, participate in unique cultural rituals such as truffle hunting and wine tastings! Includes first-class hotels and a generous meal plan.

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October 29 - November 8, 2025

Escape to Naples to see Pompeii, the ruins of a preserved ancient Roman city once buried under the ashes of nearby Mt. Vesuvius. Sip handcrafted wine in Palermo. Let Provence's captivating landscapes and lavender fields' aroma sweep you away. Take in Mahon’s natural harbor and explore Spain’s quaint and charming villages.

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