I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
Join archaeologist William Saturno in Chiapas and discover the rich cultural traditions and dazzling archeology and architecture of the Maya. Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Palenque. Marvel at more remote sites such as Yaxchilan and Tonina to see remarkably well-preserved murals. Chiapas is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and we venture to the heart of the Lacandón jungle, with scarlet macaws and howler monkeys. Enjoy San Cristobal de la Casas, a stunning colonial city nestled in mountainous central highlands.
Explore Earth's last frontier aboard M.S. L'Austral, 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.
This incredible 10-day voyage follows Charles Darwin’s revolutionary observations of this remarkable world. Experience the astounding biodiversity of the UNESCO-inscribed Galápagos archipelago, home to unique reptiles, birds, plants and aquatic life. Cruise aboard the Six-Star, all-Suite Silver Origin, designed specifically to navigate the remote archipelago of the Galápagos. Only here can you get up close to the spiny-backed iguanas and sea birds, and snorkel alongside playful seals. Quito Pre-Program Option or Post-Program Option to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
Experience Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, the necropolis at Saqqara, the enigmatic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Relax during a 4-night cruise on Lake Nasser. See the temples at Abu Simbel and sail down the Nile on a 3-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.
Experience Jerusalem, sacred to three major religions. Visit Yad Vashem, a living memorial to the Holocaust. Journey to Masada and float in the Dead Sea. Travel to the Palestinian Territories, into the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Ramallah. Visit a Druze village in the Golan Heights and explore cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Hear from incredible guest speakers throughout the trip.
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 Mekong River Delta and bustling Saigon. Optional extension to the temples of Angkor.
Visit Badwater Salt Flats (282 feet below sea level) and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of all 11,049 feet of Telescope Peak. Hike amid surreal sand dune landscapes and between the multi-hued walls of Golden Canyon; experience sunrise at Zabriskie Point; and visit Ubehebe Crater.
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.
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.