I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
After two nights in Prague embark the Elbe Princesse for a cruise to Berlin. Marvel at the glittering treasures of the Green Vault and the incredible collection of Old Masters paintings at the Zwinger Museum in Dresden. Explore the village of Wittenberg and its Castle Church where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus school in Dessau, one of the most influential art & design programs of the 20th century. Stroll the fanciful gardens of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam and explore Cecilienhof Palace, where Truman, Churchill, and Stalin met in 1945 to redraw the map of Europe.
Enjoy a seven-night cruise along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. See Amsterdam’s iconic canals, stroll amid the brilliant tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and relish an extraordinary and rare exhibition of Vermeer’s paintings gathered from around the world at the Rijksmuseum. Take in Bruges’ wonderfully preserved Gothic gems and Antwerp’s impressive medieval old town. Explore Kampen, rich in Hanseatic history, and the laid-back seaside harbor town of Veere. Optional trip extensions in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
Begin your epic 22-day journey in Cairns. Ride the historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda. Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef and sail around Sydney Harbor. Explore New Zealand’s Mt. Cook National Park and the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound. Experience the Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner and performance. Optional post-tour extension in Auckland.
Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage. From Lake Mývatn to the incredible Vatnajökull National Park and Dettifoss – Iceland’s “Niagara,” witness numerous natural wonders. Marvel at unique waterfalls and embark on a dramatic bird-watching cruise. See famed Icelandic horses and encounter the stupendous Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Learn about geothermal power at Hellisheidi Power Plant and experience Thingvellir National Park. Conclude in sophisticated Reykjavik. Optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension in Reykjavik.
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.
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.
Journey to Titisee-Neustadt and explore the beauty of this municipality and the evocative Black Forest of Germany. During days structured around walks, take in the beauty of Lake Titisee; explore Freiburg and the romantic Ravenna Valley; and sample Black Forest Cake. In the Alsace region of France, we explore Colmar, enjoy the wine route, and hike through vineyards. Experience significant World War I and II sites, including the American WWII Memorial in Alsace. Learn about the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a proud symbol of democratic values, peace, and reconciliation.
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.