Alumni Association International Trips

Panama Canal Cruise, November 19-30, 2014


Stuart Case L'91 and his wife Lenore brought Flat Golden Bear on the Alumni Association Panama Canal cruise. For more information on our trips, contact Kristina Oleksak at 413-782-1557.

Apulia, Italy September 3-11, 2013


Is there a more beautiful coastline anywhere in the world? Alumni saw for themselves by spending seven nights in Polignano a Mare, Italy, at the first-class Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. On the Alumni Association trip they discovered picturesque Bari, capital of the Apulia region, and experienced Lecce, which is called the Florence of the South. The vacationers immersed themselves in medieval Trani, wandered the narrow, whitewashed streets in Ostun, and visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the conical limestone houses known as the Trulli, the historic Sassi and Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, and Frederick II’s mysterious Castel del Monte.

They also sampled regional wines on a winery tour, visited a family-owned and -operated olive mill to taste its product, and enjoyed an extensive meal program on this trip, including five lunches and four dinners, tea or coffee with all meals, and wine with dinner. Participants also sampled authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants, and tried local cuisine.

Stirling, Scotland, August 22-20, 2012


Alumni enjoyed the beauty of the Scottish countryside—from the wild Highlands to the lowland Trossachs—during the Alumni Association trip to Scotland in the summer of 2012.

Vacationers relaxed for seven nights at the first-class Stirling Hotel, saw the historic homeland of William Wallace, and visited some of Scotland’s noble castles: Stirling Castle, Scone Palace, and Edinburgh Castle. They also cruised the lovely Loch Katrine aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott, visited  St. Andrews—internationally famous and the birthplace of golf—and enjoyed such cultural performances as the Military Tattoo and Scottish dancing. The travel program included the Famous Grouse Experience whisky distillery tour, a visit to Loch Lomond and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, and a trip to the enchanting city of Edinburgh.

Spring, 2011 Trips: Holland/Belgium and Tuscany, Italy


The Western New England University Alumni Association offered two trips abroad in the spring of 2011. The first adventure was a river cruise through Holland and Belgium April 9-17. Because all the cabins had an outside view, alumni were able to enjoy the beauty, history and culture of these countries as they cruised the waterways and experienced the medieval architecture and unique ambience of Belgium with visits to beautiful Bruges and Antwerp.

The second trip, to Tuscany, Italy, included six nights in Cortona and two in Florence May 10-19. The travel itinerary included a cooking lesson, wine tasting, breathtaking Renaissance art, and visits to the charming towns of Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Pienza, and Montepulciano.

Provence, France, May 25-June 2, 2010


Several Western New England University alumni were part of a group of 22 people from six other colleges who enjoyed a breathtaking trip to Provence in the South of France. Read about the trip in a blog authored by Kathy Pappas G’98, director of alumni relations.

Follow their footsteps through the forested region of Le Luberon and its scenic mountain villages, along with the historic monuments of Arles. Warning: do not view the photos of their sumptuous meals and delicious desserts on an empty stomach.

Aix-en-Provence: its very name conjures images of idyllic days with dazzling light illuminating the verdant countryside’s sloping vineyards and lush olive groves. The wonderful scenery of the region enraptured Cezanne, Changall, and van Gogh. Writers have flocked here and extolled it as the Great Land of Inspiration for all that is French and Fabulous. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting, experience Provence through Pappas’ blog!

Ennis, Ireland, September 26-October 3, 2008


Pictured are (L-R) Sharon Tortola ’00, Michele Laffert ’89, Katherine LaFortune ’89/G’98, Christine Pollender ’99, and Bonnie Morrison. Have you ever enjoyed breakfast in a castle while being serenaded by a bagpipes player? Five Western New England University alumni did just that on the first day of the Alumni Association trip to Ireland on September 26, 2008. The group, which stayed in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, the capital of County Clare, visited such places as the historic Bunratty Castle and the beautiful Cliffs of Moher.

Needless to say, they also ventured into pubs with great live Irish music. Read about their voyage to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands, and the Burren National Park, one of Europe’s most mysterious geological regions. Michele Laffert ’89 authored a blog of the trip, which ended on October 3 and also included Martin Schoenemann ’74. Curious about the smallest church in Europe, or the Craggaunowen Project (a chronology of recreated Irish settlements)? Read the blog.