Travel with Cougars on Tour!
Whether by land or sea, our Cougars on Tour trips are designed to promote educational and cultural experiences for our alumni and friends. As a seasoned traveler or joining us on a trip for the very first time, we invite you to explore the globe with Cougars on Tour.
Our tours are open to anyone so if you have family or friends you enjoy traveling with, please feel free to invite them to join you on these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When you travel with Cougars on Tour a portion of your tour price will come back to the UH Alumni Association, helping our organization fund scholarships, events and programs. We hope you will take advantage of one or more of the wonderful travel opportunities in the coming year.
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SOLD OUT! Treasures of Southern India | February 8 – 18, 2020
From $6,000 per person, double occupancy
President Khator and Dr. Suresh Khator will join us as hosts on this epic journey! During the ten-day and nine-night excursion (including one night onboard a private houseboat), we will visit some of the most beautiful and important sites in Southern India and will experience the gorgeous Indian culture firsthand. This trip has been planned and customized by President Khator to provide travelers a true cultural experience, visiting breathtaking sites along the southern region of India. In addition to the ten-day itinerary, travelers have the option of extending travels (three additional days) to the Taj Mahal – the most identifiable image in all of India.
Great Trains & Grand Canyons | March 8 – 13, 2020
$2,945 per person, double occupancy – AIR INCLUDED!
This travel experience features a combination of American West highlight with the scenery of Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona. Visit the Native American history at the Montezuma Castle National Monument, experience the Old West nostalgia of two train rides, and 5 nights at a beautiful resort in Sedona, Arizona.
Legends to Lagoons| March 15 – 25, 2020
From $4,299 per person, double occupancy – AIR INCLUDED!
Laid-back island life awaits you in the South Pacific on this spectacular cruise aboard the luxurious Regatta. Discover Papeete’s pristine beaches and lagoons, take in the vivid colors of Moorea, and search for rare birds in Fakarava. See the world’s tallest waterfall in Nuku Hiva and abundant marine life in Rangiroa. Spend two days in Bora Bora before ending back in Papeete, spending time on the calm shores of Raiatea.
Experience The Masters Golf Tournament | April 8-11, 2020
From $6,069 per person, double occupancy
Since its inception in 1934, The Masters Golf Tournament has been synonymous with excellence and has stood as the most coveted
Championship in golf. Every April, the world’s best golfers compete for the famous Green Jacket at Augusta National Golf Club. This
spectacular event is known as “The Masters”, an event where legacy, competition, challenge, charm and prestige combine for one
of the most celebrated weekends in sports. Join Sports & Entertainment Travel for an unparalleled opportunity to experience this
tournament first hand.
Cloisters of Culture| April 28 – May 9, 2020
From $3,399 per person, double occupancy – AIR INCLUDED!
Experience the beauty and culture of the western Mediterranean aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Riviera. Visit Barcelona, the sun-kissed capitol of Spain, and wander the countryside of Provence. See the site of the famed Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, visit the beach clubs of Saint-Tropez, and take in the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence. Visit Pisa and the captivating Tuscan countryside, experience the old-world beauty of Valleta, explore the Duomo, and walk the cobblestone streets in Sorrento before ending your journey in Rome.
NEW! Kentucky Derby | April 29 – May 3, 2020
From $3,119 per person, double occupancy
Join the Houston Alumni Association and Cougars on Tour in the hills of Kentucky in celebration of the 2020 Kentucky Derby! Packages include Lexington hotel accommodations, tour welcome event, tickets to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, horse farm and bourbon tours, and more!
SOLD OUT! Swiss Alps & The Italian Lakes| May 27 – June 5, 2020
$3,695 per person, double occupancy
Spend four nights in St. Moritz, the mountain resort town loved by royals, celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and journey by train to the colorful Swiss town of Zuoz. Board the Bernina Express and gaze at dramatic vistas as you ride from snowy peaks to temperate Tirano in hours! Pass little Swiss villages on a drive to Tremezzo, sitting on the shores of Lake Como. Cruise to the quaint villages of Bellagio and Como, and see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan. Stroll through palace gardens in the Borromean Islands and learn cooking secrets at a family-owned restaurant.
Egypt: Valley of the Kings for Young Alumni| May 31 – June 7, 2020
From $1,998 per person, double occupancy
Hop on a luxury Nile cruise and visit the city of Edfu; discover the pharaonic temples in the Valley of the Kings, then see timeless treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Translate ancient stories told in the beautiful hieroglyphics that line the walls of ancient tombs and part-take in a traditional Galabiyah party. Travel with young alumni and friends of peer institutions, ages 20-35.
Portugal Adventure for Young Alumni | June 20 – 28, 2020
From $1,795 per person, double occupancy
Encounter Portuguese traditions in Porto’s beautiful historic old town and cross the bridge into Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of the famous port wine. Go biking in the Douro Valley wine country and discover lush river valley vineyards that lie beneath the hilltop castles. Meander up one of Lisbon’s lofty hills to the Alfama neighborhood or take famous Tram 28 to discover the capital city’s tiny neighborhoods with baroque streets and dazzling statues. Venture south to the famed Algarve with its stunning coastline views for some beach time and watersports. Travel with young alumni and friends of peer institutions, ages 20-35.
Circumnavigation of Iceland | June 28 – July 6, 2020
From $6,795 per person, double occupancy – Includes Air!
Discover the ethereal “Land of Fire and Ice” on this specially designed cruise aboard the newest Five‑Star expedition ship, Le Bellot, launching in 2020, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms. Look for orca, humpback whales and rare migratory birds; see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes; and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the majestic and rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.”
The Great Journey through Europe | July 18 – 28, 2020
From $3,995 per person, double occupancy
This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe Amadeus Silver III. Journey through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, cruising the Rhine River. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway; and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.
NEW! Ryder Cup with Steve Elkington | September 24 – 28, 2020
From $3,919 per person, double occupancy
The Ryder Cup was established in 1927 and features teams of the top players from Europe and the United States. Every two years, the Ryder Cup is played and rotates between home courses in Europe and the United States. This year’s tournament will be at the world-famous Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin. Join Cougars on Tour and UH alumnus and host, Steve Elkington, for a 5-day Ryder Cup tour, including Ryder Cup admission for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Elkington is a three-time National Champion at UH, in addition to a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 PGA Championship and two Players Championships in 1991 and 1997.
NEW! Ancient Greece | October 8 – 16, 2020
From $4,695 per person, double occupancy
An unparalleled nine-day Aegean odyssey round trip from Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Visit serene Meteora, and visit historic, mythological Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, and stunning Santorini, Mycenae and Epidaurus—islands steeped in myth and history. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum.
NEW! Albuquerque Balloon Festival | October 9 – 14, 2020
From $2,925 per person, double occupancy – AIR INCLUDED!
Travel with us to the Land of Enchantment to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, history and architecture. Enjoy 3 nights in Santa Fe, renowned for its beauty, Pueblo-style architecture & museums. Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Taos Pueblo, Old Town Albuquerque, and the incredible Albuquerque Balloon Festival! Witness the Mass Ascension, which includes over 500 balloons taking to the sky. Also experience the balloons up close and illuminated on solid ground during the Balloon Glow.
NEW! Rivieras and Islands of France, Italy & Spain | October 10 – 18, 2020
From $4,995 per person, double occupancy
Cruise for seven nights from Barcelona to Rome aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier. This unique itinerary immerses you in the history, art and culture of the sun-drenched French and Italian Rivieras and islands. Visit up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne’s medieval fortifications and the picture-perfect cliffside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Explore Corsica’s fortified town of Bonifacio. Visit either Florence or Pisa. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions in Monaco, Marseille and Nice
NEW! Paris: Art, Culture & People | October 17 – 25, 2020
From $3,495 per person, double occupancy
Immerse yourself in rousing, romantic Paris on this seven-night adventure through the City of Light. Cruise the Seine to take in the highlights of Parisian architecture, and explore Le Marais, finding trendy boutiques and bars nestled on narrow medieval streets. Learn about artistic treasures at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, and visit the opulent Palais Garnier Opera House. Sample the city’s artisan-made foods on a gastronomic walking tour, and find out how African-American culture influenced Jazz Age Paris as you explore Montmartre. Then, travel to Dijon via high-speed rail to tour the ancient capital of Burgundy and enjoy lunch at a historic mansion.
NEW! Vietnam & Cambodia for Young Alumni | October 17 – 25, 2020
From $1,598 per person, double occupancy
Be enchanted by the lush beauty of Cambodia and the teeming excitement of bustling Phnom Penh. See the sights by tuk-tuk in Siem Reap and go deep into the jungle as we explore the mysterious 12th-century Angkor Wat. Peer into Vietnam’s imperial past and descend into the Vietcong’s Cu Chi tunnels. Indulge in the delicious cuisine, culture and heritage of these fascinating Indochinese countries. Travel with young alumni and friends of peer institutions, ages 20 – 35.
NEW! Holiday Markets Cruise – The Festive Rhine River | December 11 – 19, 2020
From $2,395 per person, double occupancy
Feel the magic of the holidays in France, Germany and Switzerland on a seven-night Rhine River cruise. Celebrate centuries-old traditions and shop festive markets overflowing with handmade decorations, toys, jewelry and other treasures. Delight in the sounds of carolers and bells and the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pine in the air. Sip warm spicy Glühwein on the ship. Visit a hillside castle and enjoy a musical performance in Heidelberg. Admire Cologne’s spectacular Gothic cathedral, the red sandstone landmarks of bustling Freiburg, and the pastel-colored houses of charming Breisach. Personalize your cruise with a variety of included excursion choices in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg, such as a wine tasting, art tour or culinary experience. Aboard your first-class ship, revel in the beauty of the Rhine Gorge.
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