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Dates

February 10 to 18, 2019

Starting Price

$4,995

Deposit per Person

$800

8 Days
Cruise
Gohagan & Co.
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Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

Join us for this incomparable nine-day journey through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal to the Costa Rican rainforest. Cruise for seven nights from Colón, Panama, to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN, which features the world’s first luxury underwater observatory and will launch in 2018. Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and visit the San Blas Islands, where indigenous Guna people have maintained their traditional lifestyle for centuries. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and call at rarely visited Isla Cébaco to discover the rich marine life in its vivid coral reefs. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge, and spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José, Costa Rica. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary. Extend your stay with the Dynamic Panama Pre-Program and Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes Post-Program Options.

Itinerary

Day 1

U.S./Panama City, Panama

Depart the U.S. for Panama City. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic transfer to Colón to embark LE
CHAMPLAIN. (D)

Day 2

San Blas Islands

Cruise to the sun-drenched San Blas Islands, located on the Caribbean side of Panama and an
extraordinary testament to Panama’s commitment to the indigenous Guna Indians, also known as the Kuna Indians, and their centuries-old language, customs and culture. Villagers live in typical thatched roof huts, barter or trade in fish and agricultural products and paddle dugout canoes, their main mode of transportation. Guna women continue to hand stitch traditional colorful molas (reverse appliqué panels) and wear winis, long strings of tiny beads wrapped around their forearms and legs in striking geometric patterns. This afternoon, enjoy an opportunity to snorkel or swim the clear turquoise waters of pristine Golfo de San Blas, populated with vibrant, untouched coral reefs and rich marine life. Attend the Captain’s Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Full Itinerary
Meet Your Trip Host

Mike Dubin

Mike Dubin is the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Michigan Law School.

Mike joined the University of Michigan in 2002 as the associate director of the major gifts program at the U-M College of Engineering. In 2007, he joined the School of Education as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and in 2015 moved to the Law School. A native of Ann Arbor, Mike graduated from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a business degree.

Mike has served on multiple non-profit boards and advisory committees including Greenhills School, The Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In addition, Mike has run eight marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, conquered the Grand Canyon “Rim to Rim” one day challenge, and hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, all while raising over $100,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation with his family in honor of his late father.

Mike worked in private industry for nine years prior to joining the University of Michigan, and co-founded a computer networking business that is still in operation.

Mike has significant travel experience hosting tours with the University of Michigan Alumni Association and is thrilled to be hosting this tour, along with his wife, Darla, who is a nurse with the University of Michigan Health System.

By participating in an Alumni Association of University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

Dates

February 10 to 18, 2019

Starting Price

$4,995

Deposit per Person

$800

8 Days
Cruise
Gohagan & Co.
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064