St. Olaf is the headquarters of your travel list – College of St. Olaf

St. Olaf is the headquarters of your travel bucket list

St. Olaf travelers walk in the Patagonia region of Argentina in 2022.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a beginner, most of us have a bucket list of places we want to see or experiences we want to have in our lifetime. College of St. Olaf has been helping college graduates, parents and friends achieve their travel goals for over 40 years.

In addition to offering study abroad and study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world to current students, St. Olaf also offers about 12 programs a year for alumni, families and friends.

THESE Alumni and Family Travel programs—led by current and retired faculty and hosted by campus leaders—allow Oles to explore and learn in new corners of the world.

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Here’s a taste of what St. Olaf can help you see, do and learn:

  • Follow in the footsteps of Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great and Saint Paul in Greece and Turkey! Experience the same places as these three influential figures of antiquity and study the legacy they left on Western civilization.
  • Discover famous Inca wonders, colonial cities and a rich cultural heritage on an expedition to Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and more in PERU.
  • Combine walks in spectacular locations with a wealth of fascinating history and archeology in The Northern Highlands of Scotland. Experience Scotland’s walking culture and a varied, rugged and sometimes overcast and moody landscape.
  • See, up close, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world Madagascar. See lemurs in their natural habitat, found only in Madagascar. Eat the local cake, koba. Walk among the baobab trees, known as the mother of the forest. And connect with locals who are doing positive things for their communities.
  • Surround the dazzling island of Ireland to explore literature, history and culture. Walk the streets of James Joyce’s Dublin. Stroll Sligo, where Yeats spent his childhood summers. Try Irish food and drink. And more!
  • Visit important biblical sites, engage in conversations with local scholars, and explore a variety of religious expressions that all challenge their claim to the small place on earth known as The Holy Land.
  • Walk around Mont Blancdipping your toes into France, Italy and Switzerland and discover what happens when you move around the world at a pace that lets you savor the details.
  • Hike the trails, visit the villages, sample the wines, meet the locals, taste the food, be amazed by the incredible views and experience some less visited places at 3 mph in Italy and Slovenia.
  • Walk, bike, and kayak your way through Northern Spainas you explore the history, culture, art, architecture and incredible local food and drink of the region.
  • Experience cultural and natural temples, from the towering Mayan pyramids, to the barrier reefs that stretch the length of Belize’s coast, second only in size and diversity to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit some of the most picturesque villages in Europe, feel the brilliant sunshine that attracted artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh to the region, enjoy a hands-on experience at a truffle and honey farm in the “breadbasket of France” and taste some of the best wines that the world has to offer in the region where grapes are grown.
  • Explore questions of purpose, meaning, and calling in your “third chapter” of life and more at the Spirit Center at Desert Retreat in Carefree, Arizona.
  • Experience the beauty of Europe and spring in the Mediterranean on a 10-night Oceania Cruises Riviera cruise.

These and more opportunities are just waiting for you. Check out all ours destinations and join us!

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