Penn Alumni Travel’s Summer Scrapbook

As summer comes to an end Penn Alumni Travel and Education looks back on their recent adventures.

“Cruising the Adriatic” with Professor C. Brian Rose
May 8 – 26, 2017


Penn alumni and friends sailed the Dalmatian Coast with James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology C. Brian Rose. Professor Rose, an archaeologist, and classicist, explored ancient Greek and Roman sites with the group in Greece, Albania, and Croatia, including the well-preserved ancient Roman town in Butrint, Albania. On board the ship, alumni, and friends enjoyed his lectures about excavations in Turkey and his work educating the United States military about the protection and preservation of priceless cultural artifacts.

“What a wonderful lecturer. What an amiable fellow traveler. He was the best of some very excellent lecturers.”- Michael Horn, GAR’66

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“Celtic Lands” with Professor Jonathan Moreno and Special Lecturer D. David Eisenhower II
May 16
25, 2017


Penn alumni and friends explored the “Celtic Lands”-Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany-aboard the beautiful 200-passenger M.S. Le Boreal. The tour began in Scotland with visits to the Isles of Skye, Iona, and Mull. Penn alumni then spent time in Dublin, Ireland, and Wales before sailing to Normandy and the D-Day beaches. There, special lecturer and Director of Penn’s Institute for Public Service, D. David Eisenhower II, spoke to travelers about the historic WWII landing and his remembrances of his grandfather General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Penn Alumni Travel will further explore the Scottish Isles in 2018.

“We were very moved by David’s guidance at Normandy and especially at the American Cemetery and the laying of the wreath which included the many Veterans on board”- Carolyn Hoyler

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“Norwegian Splendor” with Professor Paul M. Cobb
June 22-July 7, 2017 

Penn alumni and friends traveled with Professor Paul. M. Cobb on a tour of Denmark and Norway. The group began in Copenhagen, Denmark before crossing the sea to Oslo, Norway. The group enjoyed cosmopolitan cities, charming small towns, and stunning Scandinavian landscapes. A highlight was time spent cruising the legendary Norwegian fjords.

“This was my first Penn Alumni Travel experience and it was an amazing experience! The group was terrific, just the right size, and the camaraderie was great. The travel, the tour guides, the hotels, and the visits were all first rate and done extremely well. I can’t wait to make another trip!”- Peter Gilligan, CE’78

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“Eastern Europe” with Professor Larry Silver
July 4-20, 2017 


Art History Professor Larry Silver joined Penn alumni and friends on a voyage across eastern Europe. The tour began in Warsaw, Poland before visiting Krakow and its famous Wieliczka Salt Mines. The group also enjoyed sight-seeing in Budapest and Bratislava and classical music performances in Vienna. The tour ended in enchanting Prague with tours of the Old Town and castle. Throughout the tour, Professor Silver lectured on local art and culture and treated several alumni to private tours of some of his favorite museums. Penn Alumni Travel will return to Eastern Europe on a Danube River cruise in fall 2018.

“There were a number of high points [and] a number of eye-openers (Auschwitz, of course, as well as the Gay Museum and the Jewish Museum in Berlin), … and above all, happily, the pleasure of finding the group overall so very congenial and so well-equipped to travel together.”- Ray Warman, L’73”

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“Glacier, Waterton, and Banff National Parks” with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams
July 8 – 16, 2017

Penn alumni and friends traveled through spectacular North American National Parks, including Glacier, Waterton, and Banff, with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams. In addition to the spectacular scenery and animal sightings, travelers were able to learn about Native American history and culture from Lucy, who studies their material culture and representation.

“Lucy was terrific – incredibly knowledgeable, personable, friendly and funny!”- Elaine Markezin, WG’77

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For more information about Penn Alumni Travel and their upcoming 2018 travel schedule, please click here.


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