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Trip Two: January 26–30, 2018 

Optional G.o.T. Extension: January 23–26, 2018


Trip Leader: Glenn Starkman, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Director, Institute for the Science of Origins; Director, Center for Educational Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics


‌Escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to world-class spas, magnificent malls to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. Travelers will explore the culture of Reykjavik, the Great Geysir, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and icecaps. The combination of remarkable natural features with art museums, theaters, an opera house, and a symphony orchestra offers a rejuvenating experience for all tastes and interests.


For more information, contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or


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May 22–June 4, 2017


Trip Leaders: Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins and Michael Ryan, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Join legendary dinosaur paleontologist  Michael Ryan, Curator of vertebrate paleontology at CMNH, and CWRU’s Director of Evolutionary Biology, Patricia Princehouse for 2 weeks of dinosaur hunting in the Gobi Desert! A variety of cultural experiences enrich the journey, including desert nomads, monks and monasteries, traditional music and dance. Unparalleled stargazing, stunning landscapes, wildlife trekking in multiple eco-zones, rock art, and the last major territory where the primitive Takhi or Przewalski horses run free.

This expedition to Mongolia focuses on the conceptual foundations of paleontology and specifics of the evolutionary history of the Nemegt Basin in the Gobi Desert, and offers a practical introduction to field work using Cretaceous period (~145-65 million years ago) sediments to train participants in field research methods. Participants analyze the literature on Cretaceous dinosaur paleobiology and apply this knowledge doing fieldwork in the Gobi while learning paleontological techniques. Also includes basic grounding in traditional and modern cultures of the Gobi and discussions of the intercultural skills needed to successfully carry out research in international settings. The course is led by vertebrate paleontologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and CWRU faculty.


STUDENTS:   $3500
Regular rate: $3800
Supplement for single accommodation: $650
CWRU college credit available for students of CWRU or other universities.
Email Patricia Princehouse for details at 
Fee includes all room, board, and transportation within Mongolia.
Participants are responsible for travel to and from Mongolia, books and materials, laptop or iPad, and incidentals.

Please consult us prior to finalizing purchase of your airline tickets to make sure no schedule details have changed. Additional nights in Ulaanbaatar prior to or after the expedition and additional customizing is possible just ask us and we’ll do our best to help you do exactly what you want!

To see a more detailed itinerary, go to 


For more information, contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or


Download Brochure: Mongolia Travel Brochure


February 17–25, 2017


Few experiences can match one of the world’s most dramatic voyages, a cruise from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic through one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the ingenious Panama Canal. We invite you to join CWRU alumni, family and friends for this voyage of a lifetime featuring a narrated daytime passage through the historic Panama Canal and to the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama during the best time of year. We will visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites along with Panama’s ancient San Blas Islands where the Guna Indians live much as they did centuries ago. Experience one of our planet’s most pristine ecosystems in the rainforests, islands, and archipelagos of Panama’s and Costa Rica’s protected national parks. Enjoy a specially arranged, exclusive visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center with a Smithsonian guide for an up-close look at the terrestrial and marine conditions that sustain the stunning diversity of life here.

Our journey features the privately chartered, Five Star M.V. Star Pride, renovated and relaunched in 2014 and just refurbished in 2016. The small ship features 106 suites, allowing the boat to dock in small ports.


For more information or to register, please contact Michelle Miller at or 216.368.8745.


Optional Costa Rica Pre-Program Option

Day 1:              Depart the US/Arrive San José, Costa Rica

Day 2:              San José/Puerto Caldera/Embark M.V. Star Pride

Day 3:              Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 4:              Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Day 5:              Isla Coiba, Panama

Day 6:              Panama City

Day 7:              Panama City/Panama Canal Transit/Colón

Day 8:              San Blas Islands

Day 9:              Colón/Disembark Ship/Agua Clara Visitor Center/Panama City/Return to the US


Optional Panama Post-Program Option

San José, Costa Rica

In the heart of the fertile Valle Central, San José, Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city, possesses an eclectic mix of museums, landscaped parks, lively cafes and art galleries in an interesting fusion of architectural styles including Spanish Colonial, Moorish and Modernist.

Its National Theater is a regal Baroque edifice modeled on Milan’s La Scala, with marble staircases, gilded statues and red velvet carpeting, while the National Museum exhibits impressive pre-Columbian Central American artifacts, stonework, gold jewelry and statuettes.


Manuel Antonio National Park

Experience an unparalleled diversity of wildlife in this lush tropical paradise, a captivating combination of rainforests, beaches and coral reefs, home to more than 100 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds and various reptiles and amphibians. During a guided morning walk through this “Living Eden”, expert naturalists will help you spot colorful toucans, screeching howler monkeys, camouflaged iguanas, squirrel monkeys and rare and endangered species such as the scarlet macaw and quetzal, all of which are protected by law in this natural haven.


Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Unlike traditional nature reserves, Curú Wildlife Refuge is a unique blend of sustainable agriculture, forest management and wildlife protection, encompassing five distinctive untouched habitats – including mangrove swamps and both dry and moist forests – making it the ideal place to see the intricacies of co-dependent ecosystems. Enjoy a guided walk in the morning, the best time of the day to observe an abundance of wildlife including spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, whit-tail deer, iguanas and more than 230 species of birds, including the scarlet macaw.


Coiba National Park, Panama

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection has emerges as a rich laboratory for studying coral, mammals and plants.  In addition to 69 species of fish, humpback, sperm and Cuvier’s beaked whales and orca are know to migrate through the marine park’s perimeter.

Isla Cobia, the largest island in Central America, is a host of terrestrial wonders – untouched rainforest, rugged headlands, pristine white-sand beaches and mangrove thickets – the perfect environment for the evolution of new and endemic subspecies and for the preservation and protection of endangered species. Enjoy opportunities to snorkel and swim in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí or enjoy a guided nature walk though this tranquil and pristine, lesser-traveled paradise.


Panama City

Central America’s most attractive capital city was founded in 1519 by Spanish explorers and rebuilt in the late 17th century.  In the UNESCO World Heritage designated “old quarter” of Casco Antiguo, discover a charming neighborhood with cobblestone streets, a stunning 16th century cathedral and many historic architectural edifices that remain intact.

At the end of the scenic Amador Causeway, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s fascinating Punta Culebra Nature Center is an open-air museum focused on marine science and conservation.  Here, accompanied by Director Matthew Larsen, enjoy a specially arranged, Smithsonian staff-guided visit and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean side of the Panama Canal.

The new Biodiversity Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry of Guggenheim fame, showcases the ecological significance of Panama’s exotic flora and fauna.


San Blas Islands

Located on the Caribbean side of Panama, the sun-drenched San Blas Islands are an extraordinary testament to Panama’s commitment to the indigenous Guna Indians, also known as the Kuna, and their centuries-old language, customs and culture. Villagers life 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 applique panels) and wear winis long strings of tiny beads wrapped around their forearms and legs in striking geometric patterns.  The clear turquoise waters of pristine Golfo de San Blas, populated with vibrant, untouched coral reefs and rich marine life, offer splendid opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.


Panama Canal Expansion Agua Clara Visitor Center

A multibillion dollar feat to boost the Panama Canal’s capacity broke ground in 2007.  At the hilltop Agua Clara Visitor Center outside Colón, enjoy panoramic views of the new, longer and wider locks and the impressive Gatún Lake, the 166-square-mile artificial body of water created a century ago to feed the canal.


Pre-Program Option: Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes

Experience a medley of Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, where a 9000-foot-tall volcano cradles a steamy, emerald green lagoon deep within a mile wide crater and misty cloud forests shelter a dazzling array of flora and fauna.  Explore the distinctive layers of the lush Arenal rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges.  Enjoy a soothing soak in secluded geothermal hot springs.  Tour historic San José, an organic chocolate workshop and an award-winning coffee estate.  Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located Hotel Royal Corin and one night in the hacienda style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San José.


Post-Program Option: Dynamic Panama – The Renaissance of a City

The perfect complement to Panama’s man-made wonder and the “crossroads of the Americas” is an exploration of old and new Panama.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Panama Viejo to see the ruins of the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the American continents and enjoy an architectural tour featuring modern Panama City.

Cruise on the Gatún River through the rainforest to encounter Panama’s indigenous Embera people.  Sample cerviche, a delicious traditional Latin American fresh seafood dish.  Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.


Included Features

San José, Costa Rica

  • One night in the hacienda-style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, San José
  • American Breakfast
  • Tour of San José, including the National theater and National Museum with lunch
  • Scenic transfer from San José to Puerto Caldera

On board the exclusively chartered, all-suite small ship M.V. Star Pride

  • Seven-night cruise from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Colón, Panama, featuring a daytime Panama Canal transit and ports of call at Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú Wildlife Refuge , Costa Rica; and Isla Coiba, Panama and the San Blas Islands, Panama.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell receptions.
  • All meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner – featuring international cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complimentary house wine is served with dinner; all nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise
  • Expert onboard naturalist guides to lead small group excursions
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers and naturalists on included excursions and transfers and to hotel and ship personal are included


Cruise Pricing: per person, based on double occupancy

Suite Category

Suite Description

Early Booking Price

Regular Price


One picture window, Deck 4, forward, (limited availability)




One picture window, Deck 4, forward, (limited availability)




One picture window, Deck 4, midhsip




One picture window, Deck 5 forward, (limited availability), and midship




One picture window, Deck 6 forward, (limited availability), and midship




French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 5 midship




French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 6 midship



Classic Suite II

Large suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, two obstructed-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 6 midship, limited availability



Classic Suite I

Larger suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 5 forward, limited availability



Owner’s Suite

Larger suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows additional powder room and a larger living/dining room. Deck 5 forward, limited availability



Single Category 5

One picture window, Deck 4, midhsip



Single Category 4

One picture window, Deck 5 forward, (limited availability), and midship



Single Category 2


French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 5 midship




JUNE 23-JULY 8, 2016


A 15-Day River Journey with AHI Travel

For more information, contact Michelle Miller at or 216.368.8745.

Registration Details >

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  • Unpack once and enjoy 14 nights aboard the aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver.
  • Personalize your cruise with a choice of included excursions in select ports of call.
  • Enjoy stops in some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities, including Amsterdam, Netherlands; Nuremberg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary.
  • Cruise through some of the most historic and beautiful stretches of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, including the Wachau and Middle Rhine valleys, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other UNESCO sites featured on this program are Würzburg Residenz and the cities of Bamberg and Regensburg in Germany; and Melk Abbey and the historic center of Vienna in Austria.
  • Sail through the Main-Danube Canal, an idea dating from the eighth century and completed in the early 1990s.

JUNE 10-17, 2016

This trip is a rare opportunity to tour Berlin with faculty experts in both European art and German history. Enjoy a week-long journey gathering insights and awareness into a city with a dynamic history of art and culture. Explore a variety of museums and locations, experience a German concert, and enjoy cuisine unique to the area and much more.


Trip Leaders: Kenneth LedfordAssociate Professor of History and Law, CWRU, and  Catherine ScallenChair of the Department of Art and Art History, and Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor of the Humanities, CWRU


Estimated Fees (airfare not included):

  • Single Occupancy: $3999
  • Double Occupancy: $3499


  • Winters Hotel (Gendarmenmarkt)

Included Meals:

  • Breakfast: Daily
  • Lunches: Five
  • Dinners: Two

Deposit and Cancellation Terms:

  • Deposit Amount: $2,000
  • Final Payment Due Date: January 30, 2016
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before February 11, 2016: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between February 12 - April 7, 2016: $2,500 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after April 8, 2016: no refund


For more information or to register please contact Michelle Miller at 216.368.8745 or


Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Friday, June 10
Morning: Arrival and transfer independently to hotel for check-in
Afternoon: Welcome & group lunch, bus tour
Evening: Welcome dinner

Day 2: Saturday, June 11
Morning: Faculty-led morning discussion, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Humboldtbox/Stadtschloss, Nikolaikirche
Evening: Free

Day 3: Sunday, June 12 
Morning: Day trip to Postsdam, stop at Bridge of Spies, Sanssouci Park
Afternoon: Group lunch at Jagdschloss Grunewald, Brucke Museum, Return to Berlin
Evening: Free

Day 4: Monday, June 13 
Morning: Gendarmenmarkt/Museum Island: Neues Pergamon
Afternoon: Group lunch, Jewish Museum, Topography of Terror
Evening: Free 

Day 5: Tuesday, June 14 
Morning: Germaldegalerie
Afternoon: Lunch on own, Hamburger Bahnhof
Evening: Classical Concert or Opera (TBD)

Day 6: Wednesday, June 15 
Morning: Guest lecture, Museum Island: Altes
Afternoon: Group lunch, Optional trip: German-Russian Museum and Soviet War Memorial
Evening: Free

Day 7: Thursday, June 16 
Morning: Guest Lecture, Bus to Berggruen Museum
Afternoon: River Cruise, free afternoon w/optional tours
Evening: Tour of Reichstag, Farewell Dinner at Kafer Berlin

Day 8: Friday, June 17 
Morning: Hotel Check-out


MARCH 6-15, 2016


Trip Leader: Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor of Classics, CWRU


The fees include the following:

  • Professor Sternberg’s expertise on the history and culture of ancient Athens, while touring sites and during possible lecture sessions

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure, if the participants arrive on a group flight

  • Orientation to the program at the Athens Centre, and walking orientations to the Mets area and to central Athens

  • Folders of materials for each participant, with maps, program schedules, information on the sites to be visited, and other relevant information about Greece

  • Entry to all sites and museums

  • Introduction to modern Greek class

  • Transport on field trips outside Athens by private coach

  • Athens Centre representative to accompany the group on field trips outside Athens

  • Use of the Athens Centre library of Greek studies

  • All taxes and charges

  • Welcome and Farewell dinners

  • Athens Centre bi-lingual staff available to participants and professors on weekdays, from 8:30am-8:30pm, as well as emergency assistance on a 24 hour basis as needed

  • Travel Medical Insurance and other travel services through CWRU


Double Occupancy $2349 (airfare not included)
Single Occupancy $2869 (airfare not included)

Spaces are limited - $1250 deposit required to reserve a spot on the trip
5% discount available for groups of 5 or more

Meals: Welcome and farewell dinners upon arrival and before departure will be provided at traditional tavernas near the Athens Centre. In the neighborhood around the Athens Centre there are many tavernas, cafes, gyro shops and bakeries where participants can have other meals.

Professor Sternberg will recommend specific readings for travelers to complete either in advance or en route to maximize the educational travel experience

Walking and moderate climbing required during the trip

Accommodations: 3-star hotel in central Athens – The Phillipos

For complete details contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or

Final Payment Due Date: January 15, 2016

  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before January 29, 2016: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between January 30 – February 12, 2016: $1,750 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after February 13, 2016: no refund

Itinerary Outline:

Sunday, March 6

  • Arrive in Athens, transit to hotel
  • Walking orientation to the central Athens area around the hotel
  • Welcome dinner at a traditional nearby taverna

Monday, March 7

  • Orientation at the Athens Centre
  • Introduction to Modern Greek language
  • Visit to the Acropolis

Tuesday, March 8

  • Visit to Acropolis Museum
  • Visit to the Agora, Agora Museum

Wednesday, March 9

  • Full day visit to Delphi: site, museum, weaving workshop in Arachova

 Thursday, March 10

  • Visit to the Benaki Museum
  • Half day visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  • Olive oil tasting at the Athens Centre in the evening

Friday, March 11

  • Visit to the National Archaeological Museum
  • Visit to the Gastronomy museum in Monasteraki: tour of central markets and the herb and spice markets
  • Visit to the museum and hands-on creation of Greek koularakia (cookies) or something similar

Saturday, March 12

  • Half day visit to Rhamnous, Marathon

Sunday, March 13

  • Full day visit to the Argolis: Mycenae, Nauplion, Epidaurus

Monday, March 14

  • Free day to explore Athens:  Plaka, Monasteraki (the flea market area), and other places of interest

Tuesday, March 15

  • Departure for the U.S.


JANUARY 6-9, 2016

January 5 (optional CWRU pre-conference program)

Las Vegas, NV


CWRU is offering a special travel package to alumni, friends and community partners. Package includes:

• Full Conference access
• Special January 5 pre-conference program on the 100gig Collaborative and presentation by Lev Gonick, Chief Executive Officer, OneCommunity, Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development, City of Cleveland and Bob Sopko, LaunchPad Director, CWRU
• Reception with Case School of Engineering (CSE) faculty and alumni
• Breakfast with Jeffrey Duerk, PhD, Dean, Case School of Engineering
• Networking with global innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs
• Guided tour(s) of exhibition space with CWRU Distinguished Alumni and CES veterans Bill Wichert and Matt Crowley, Tech Visionaries and Tech Junkies
• Meet CWRU Student Exhibitors
• Accommodations at The Luxor Hotel & Casino, some meals and entertainment options
• Limousine transportation to program events

Rooms are blocked from 1/5-1/8. If you need additional lodging before those dates, check with the Luxor for availability.

Registrations and lodging requests on the CWRU room block are due by Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.

Reserve your room today at



Double Occupancy - $2,649

Single Occupancy - $3,063

CWRU pre-conference program - additional $450



Why attend CES® 2016?

• CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
• CES is where business gets done: on the show floor, in and around our conference program, in impromptu connections and in planned meetings and special events.
• Innovation and innovative companies abound at CES.
• CES stands for innovators and the promise and power of technology.
• CES is platform for all innovators, big or small, who come to CES to take their business to the next level.


What to expect at CES® 2016:

• More than 150,000 attendees
• More than two million net square feet of exhibit space
• 150 countries
• More than 45,000 international attendees
• More than 3,600 exhibiting companies
• More than 6,000 media
• More than 3,000 financial professionals
• More than 375 exhibiting startups
• 20 product categories
• More than 20 Marketplaces
• 220 conference sessions and 800 speakers


For more information, contact Monica Dumitriu at or call the Lifelong Learning office at 216.368.2090.

AUGUST 8 - AUGUST 17, 2015

Donald RosenbergWith Donald Rosenberg
Former Music & Dance Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 
and Editor of EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America

Enjoy the Edinburgh International Festival* and The BBC Proms** in London during a 10-day journey through the UK with Donald Rosenberg. The itinerary will include tickets for specific performances during the daytime and evenings at both festivals, with free time available for viewing other performances on your own or independent sightseeing.  The London component will include performances at the Globe Theatre as well as the Proms. 

*Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.  Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues, and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

**The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Founded in 1895, each season currently consists of more than 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the United Kingdom on the last night, and associated educational and children's events.‌

Estimated Fees (airfare not included):

  • Double Occupancy: $7195
  • Single Occupancy: $8990
  • Scotland Only (double): $4695
  • Scotland Only (single): $5790
  • London Only (double): $4395
  • London Only (single): $5090


  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (4 star)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, London (4 star)

Included Meals:

  • Breakfast: Daily
  • Lunches: Three
  • Dinners: Three

Deposit and Cancellation Terms:

  • Deposit Amount: $2,000
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before May 1, 2015: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between May 2 - June 25, 2015: $2,500 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after June 26, 2015: no refund



Saturday, August 8 -
Depart the United States on independent overnight flights to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sunday, August 9 -
Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer independently to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. The afternoon is free to relax. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Monday, August 10 -
Guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, followed by a walking tour of Edinburgh’s old town, including St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace’s Royal collection, and lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival music performance.

Tuesday, August 11 -
Drive to Roslin and visit the Rosslyn Chapel and take a guided tour of the nearby 15th-century Rosln Castle. Return to Edinburgh for a private visit with lunch at Jupiter Artland, a contemporary art park and gallery. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival theater performance.

Wednesday, August 12 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival opera performance.

Thursday, August 13 -
Travel by train from Edinburgh to London and check into the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt. Take a guided walking tour of the theater district that stood in Elizabeth times, including a visit to re-created Globe Theatre. Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a theater performance at Globe Theater.

Friday, August 14 -
Take a walking tour of sites where Shakespeare once lived and wrote, including the Middle Temple Hall. Enjoy lunch at a historic tavern in central London. Afternoon excursion to Hampton Court Palace. This evening attend a BBC Proms Concert.

Saturday, August 15 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. The BBC Proms concert for this day will feature hometown orchestra Apollo’s Fire.

Sunday, August 16 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. In the evening, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Monday, August 17 -
Check out of the hotel. Independent departures.

MAY 13 - MAY 19, 2015


Glenn Starkman, Ph.D.with Glenn Starkman, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Center for 
Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics,and Director of The Institute for the Science of Origins, CWRU

Patricia Princehouse, Ph.D.and Patricia Princehouse, Director of Outreach for The Institute for the Science of Origins, 
and Director of the Program in Evolutionary Biology, CWRU

This trip includes ground transportation, most meals, and access to parks, wildlife areas, observatories, etc. More specifically, 7 days, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners including tax and all tips. The only things you’ll pay additional are a quick supper of your choice on the go on Friday evening, and your own lunch on Beach Day. And of course any supplemental activities you’d like to add to your beach day, such as swimming with dolphins or manta rays, helicopter rides over lava fields and waterfalls, boating, kayaking, snorkeling or paddleboarding. 

Aloha! Join a special group of scientists and like-minded fellow travelers for this amazing opportunity to travel the islands of Hawaii from a unique Origins Science perspective and experience all they have to offer with a depth of understanding usually reserved for professional scientists.  Enjoy the spectacular waters and mountains of Maui, the lush natural beauty of Molokai, and the stunning volcanic landscapes of the Big Island. Experience science up close and personal with special behind-the-scenes access at the telescopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island and Pan-STARRS Haleakala on Maui. Star-gazing from the roof of our hotel on Maui and strolling along crystal blue waters on white sand beaches. Anticipate mild to moderate physical activity with plenty of opportunities to relax on Hawaii’s world-famous beaches or more demanding sports for those so inclined, such as kayaking, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins! Hike Volcanoes National Park with an expert geologist and dine by the glow of the famous Haleamaumau Crater’s fire pit.  Experience the unique ecology of Hawaii’s  flora and fauna. Appreciate the diversity of Hawaiian cultural traditions illuminated by anthropological and archeological contextualization, including fascinating petroglyphs dating back thousands of years! Our goal is not just to see but to understand. –all the while enjoying luxury accommodations on glorious beaches and excellent, fresh, Pacific rim cuisine! 

Estimated Fees (airfare not included): $4995


  • Hotel Moloka’I, Molokai Island
  • Royal Lahaina, Maui Island
  • Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Big Island
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island

Included Meals:

  • Breakfast: Six
  • Lunches: Five
  • Dinners: Five

Deposit and Cancellation Terms:

  • Deposit amount: $2,000
  • Final Payment Due Date: January 22, 2015
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before February 2, 2015: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between February 3 - March 27, 2015: $2,500 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after March 28, 2015: no refund 

Download Hawaii Trip Brochure



Wednesday, May 13 -
Travelers fly to Maui independently. We ask that you arrive before Noon. We can meet you at the airport and bring you to the hotel or direct to the optional Whale Watch boat, which will depart from Lahaina Harbor at 2:15 sharp as long as whales have been spotted in the area that morning. If you need to arrive in the afternoon or evening you can arrange for a limo that can take you anytime. It costs around $30. Let us know your arrival plans well in advance so we can help you choose the best option.

Thursday, May 14 -
We will spend the entire day touring Haleakala National Park with a local naturalist and visiting Pan-STARRS for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the telescope facility.

Friday, May 15 -
Today you will choose between 2 options. You may rise at 6 to catch the ferry to Molokai, or take a Beach Day. Relax on beautiful Kaanapali Beach, participate in the myriad resort activities or rent a car and explore the island at your own pace, perhaps visiting the Maui Ocean Center, a three-acre underwater tropical reef aquarium and marine science center. Or a drive to beautiful Maluaka beach, also known as Turtle Town because most days there will be endangered green sea turtles on the beach and you can swim alongside these gentle giants if so inclined. And there are plenty of more active sports available such as snorkeling and surfing at all levels.

Saturday, May 16 -
We will travel overland to Volcanoes National Park in our private vehicle Along the way we will learn about traditional Hawaiian lifestyles at the superb Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Then we drive along the Kona coast, stopping to observe exotic wildlife along the way.

Sunday, May 17 -
Kick back on the beach at the Mauna Lani or start early with a slew of cool activities ranging from a swim with wild dolphins off the coast ($140) to snorkeling and kayaking to a helicopter ride over the inner regions of the Big Island with its lakes and fields of flowing lava interspersed with tropical jungle with huge cascading waterfalls ($440).

Monday, May 18 -
We will take four-wheel-drive vehicles to the summit of Mauna Kea for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Observatory Complex with research scientists. We will watch the sunset from the summit, then descend to where the air has a bit more oxygen and stargaze through private telescopes after dark accompanied by an astronomer.

Tuesday, May 19 -
The final day of the trip allows time to organize and pack in the morning then drop the bags with the concierge desk and assemble for lunch.In the afternoon we will hike with a cultural expert to ancient terraced fish pools built by the earliest Hawaiians and still in use today. We will spend the late afternoon grazing at a terrific culinary festival before driving to the airport to catch overnight flights home.