Dates

May 6 to 18, 2020

Starting Price

$7,695 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

TBD

13 Days
Cruise
Gohagan & Co.
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Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

Join us for a comprehensive, 11-night journey across a rich tapestry of history and culture, from the beautiful Red Sea to the azure Aegean, exploring the treasures of Jordan, Egypt and Greece. Spend two nights in Amman, and one night in “rose-red” Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Cruise for eight nights from Aqaba, Jordan to Athens, Greece aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE BOUGAINVILLE, launching in 2019 and featuring the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge. Mid-cruise, an overnight excursion is included in awe-inspiring Luxor, site of ancient Thebes and the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses IV. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Great Pyramids of Giza and opt to overnight in pharaonic Cairo or stay aboard ship to transit through the historic Suez Canal. Tour Egypt’s Mediterranean port of Alexandria, including its brilliant New Library, before cruising to the quintessential Greek island of Santorini. Six-night Israel Pre-Program Option and the two- night Athens and Delphi Post-Program Option.

Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart the U.S. or Canada

Depart the U.S. for Amman. Upon arrival, check into the five-star, centrally located Fairmont Amman.

Day 2

Amman

In vibrant Amman, visit the beautiful, blue-domed King Abdullah Mosque, built in 1989. Proceed to Amman’s hilltop Citadel to explore the ruins of the Temple of Hercules and gain spectacular views of the city’s skyline. See the three-tiered Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest in the Middle East. Explore the Jordan Museum, where the Neolithic plaster statues of ‘Ain Ghazal are preserved. Attend the Welcome Reception in the hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure. (B,R)

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

Ben van der Pluijm

Ben van der Pluijm is BR Clark Collegiate Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. He completed degrees at the Universities of Leiden and Utrecht in the Netherlands, and at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He joined the faculty at U-M in 1985.

His research areas are structural geology, dealing with deformation of Earth’s crust from microscope to mountain belt, and societal resilience, dealing with Earth-Human interactions. Educational and outreach activities include professional and public lectures on geology, geohazards and global change. His research and professional activities are taking him around the world.

Professor van der Pluijm has served in many university roles, including the President’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Initiative and as Senior Counselor to the Provost. At the National Science Foundation he guided a $230M initiative on sustainability and societal challenges. He has served on multiple (inter)national agency panels and editorial boards; currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of the science journal Earth’s Future. He has (co-)authored >200 peer-reviewed publications, edited and authored several books, and is working on the college text “Earth Interactions”. His public outreach activities include lectures and writings on geology, geohazards, and societal resilience.

Professor van der Pluijm is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and recipient of several awards, including the University Award for Service and Leadership. He is married to Elisabeth (Lies) Quint, UM Professor of OB/GYN, who shares his enthusiasm for travel, culture and discovery. They have participated in multiple UM-alumni trips.

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Dates

May 6 to 18, 2020

Starting Price

$7,695 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

TBD

13 Days
Cruise
Gohagan & Co.
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064