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 to the Qatar, Oman and United Arab Emirates. Visit Doha’s Education City, the Al Jazeera Headquarters and the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. Explore the ancient oasis town of Nizwa and the Oman National Museum in Muscat.Explore Dubai and ride to the top of world’s tallest building, the Burj Al Khalifa. See Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with a capacity of 40,000 worshippers.
Discover Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and luxurious camps - from the vast Kalahari Desert to the fertile Okavango Delta. Enjoy wildlife viewing in the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Venture out in 4X4 vehicles in search of black-maned lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, and the rare African wild dog. Optional post-tour extension to Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls.
Experience Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, the necropolis at Saqqara, the enigmatic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Relax during a 3-night cruise on Lake Nasser. See the temples at Abu Simbel and sail down the Nile on a 4-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and Karnak. Optional 5-day/4-night Jordan post-tour extension.
Explore the spectacular Maya ceremonial centers of Mexico's Yucatan—Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum and Coba—and more remote sites such as Labna, Sayil and Mayapan with an expert educational team. Learn about Mayan art, architecture and mathematical and astronomical systems. Visit Merida’s Sunday market and discover the rich natural world of the Maya at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
Explore old Havana’s history and architecture. Meet with farmers and enjoy a private flamenco performance by some of Cuba’s best dancers. Discuss U.S./Cuban foreign policy during lectures with local experts. Learn about Cuban music and visit private art collections. In the Viñales Valley, take in views of the dramatic landscapes and limestone mogotes.
Explore Earth’s last frontier aboard m.s. Le Boreal one of the finest vessels in Antarctica featuring private balconies in 95% of the ocean-view staterooms. Experience fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Join an expedition team of world-class naturalists and board sturdy Zodiac craft for excursions. Enjoy two nights in Buenos Aires. Optional extension to Iguazú Falls.
Visit dynamic Queenstown for two nights then board the 57-cabin Caledonian Sky. Enjoy up-close access to the towering granite cliffs and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds and remote Stewart Island. Experience Rotorua’s spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic crater lakes. Spend time with Maori elders for a welcome ceremony and traditional hangi lunch. Observe some of the world’s rarest birdlife on Ulva Island. Walk the beginning of the Queen Charlotte Track.
Discover Vietnam’s captivating beauty and enduring traditions on this 17-day journey. Experience the French-accented capital Hanoi; cruise through scenic Ha Long Bay; visit Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum; explore the colorful village of Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue. Explore the the Mekong River Delta and bustling Saigon. Optional extension to the temples of Angkor.