Past Trips

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May 13-19, 2015

Trip Leader: 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 and Patricia Princehouse, Director of Outreach for The Institute for the Science of Origins, and Director

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With Donald Rosenberg Former Music & Dance Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Editor of EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America
August 8-17, 2015

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.  Th

Trip Leader:
Bill Wichert & Matt Crowley

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:

Trip Leader:
Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor of Classics, CWRU
March 6-15, 2016

The fees include the following:

Trip Leader:
Kenneth Ledford & Catherine Scallen
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.

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June 23 - July 8, 2016

A 15-Day River Journey with AHI Travel

For more information, contact Michelle Miller at or 216.368.8745.

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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.

Trip Leader:
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
May 22–June 4, 2017

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.

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
January 19–23, 2018


Trip Two: January 26–30, 2018 

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

Trip Leader:
Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins
March 5-16, 2018

Go on a Tanzanian safari during the Great Migration (Arusha ∙ Tarangire ∙ Lake Manyara ∙ Ngorongoro Crater ∙ Serengeti)

Trip Leader:
Dr. Darin Croft, Professor in the Department of Anatomy
February 16–24, 2019

Join us for this phenomenal natural history voyage aboard this ideal small expedition river vessel, uniquely designed to cruise the remote tributaries of the Amazon into areas few other visitors have ever been.

Trip Leader:
Patricia Princehouse, Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Origins major Associate Director, Institute for the Science of Origins, CWRU
March 08-17, 2019

Travel to Nairobi and Kenya with CWRU's Institute for the Science of Origins. Embark on game drives in Nairobi National Park, visit the Kenyan Museum of Natural History for a behind-the-scenes tour, participate in scientific activities -- including looking for fossils -- in Turkana, and more!

Trip Leader:
Patricia Princehouse & Glenn Starkman
June 04-16, 2019

Join Case Western Reserve University's Institute for the Science of Origins and Siegal Lifelong Learning to explore southwest France and Geneva, Switzerland. Enjoy historic and cultural sites, the nature and landscape, the food and wine, and a tour of CERN, known for the Hadron Collider - the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

Trip Leader:
Dwight David Eisenhower II and Allen Packwood, Curator of the Churchill Archives; Faculty Host: Susanne Vees-Gulani, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature
June 04–14, 2019

We invite you to join us on this memorable eight-night cruise from Portsmouth, England, to Glasgow, Scotland, featuring port calls at Caen for the Normandy beaches Utah and Omaha and the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Trip Leader:
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, CWRU
June 06-16, 2019

This is a uniquely crafted program, providing you with the opportunity to recreate a large part of the traditional 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century "Grand Tour." Travel through four countries and the western heart of the Continent on this carefully planned, exclusive itinerary.

Trip Leader:
Steven A. Hauck, II, Professor Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, CWRU
August 19-27, 2019

Join CWRU as we journey through Iceland: the north, south, and west of the island, enjoying the long evening twilight of the northern summer and visit a wondrous variety of small settlements, good-size towns and amazing natural landscapes.

Trip Leader:
James B. Godfrey, specialist in Chinese History and Art History; Lifelong Learning Lecturer at CWRU; former Senior Vice President and Director of Chinese Art at Sotheby’s and Curator of Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art
October 12–26, 2019

Join CWRU on the exceptional, custom-designed and comprehensive journey encompassing the breadth of China from the Himalayan “Rooftop of the World” with three nights in Tibet's spectacular and seldom-visited city of Lhasa, through the dramatic gorges of the Yangtze River and to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai.

Trip Leader:
David Fleshler, Vice Provost of International Affairs, CWRU
January 28–February 10, 2020

Everything wears an aspect of unreality,” Ernest Shackleton wrote. “Icebergs hang upside down in the sky; the land appears as layers of silvery or golden cloud.

Trip Leader:
Katie O'Malley Alumni Center Coordinator, CWRU
February 10–19, 2020

This is a small group adventure for people aged between 21-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences. 

Trip Leader:
Marc Buchner, Associate Dean of Academics, CWRU School of Engineering
April 18–24, 2020

Join CWRU on our 6-day Getaway to Budapest. With round-trip international airfare included, a welcome reception and dinner, full breakfasts daily, two lunches, and a farewell dinner, this six-day getaway is an excellent travel bargain.

Trip Leader:
Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor of Classics, CWRU
May 10-23, 2020

Join CWRU on an exciting trip to Greece where you'll enjoy the historical sites and ruins as well as leisurely relaxing on the beautiful beaches.

Trip Leader:
Patricia Princehouse & Glenn Starkman
June 02-14, 2020

Join Case Western Reserve University's Institute for the Science of Origins and Siegal Lifelong Learning to explore southwest France and Geneva, Switzerland in 2020.

Trip Leader:
Kurt Koenigsberger, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor, English
July 12-21, 2020

From ancient castles and historic Dublin to less-traveled roads and charming villages, this adventure brings together the best of the Emerald Isle.

Trip Leader:
Denise Caterinacci, Senior Instructor of Italian
October 03-11, 2020

Travel with CWRU to northern Italy’s fabled Lake District. Its extraordinary landscape of glacial waters, Alpine peaks and ancient towns painted in ocher and terra cotta hues, combined with its rich history, make it a fabulous destination.

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October 4–11, 2020

This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, during the best time of year.

Trip Leader:
Peter Knox, Eric and Jane Nord Family Professor and Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU
October 14–20, 2020

Join CWRU on our 6-day Getaway to majestic Florence.

Trip Leader:
Jacqueline Nanfito, Associate Professor, Spanish
December 27, 2020-January 4, 2021

Join CWRU and escape the cold of the winter on this 9-day friends-and-family tour of Costa Rica.

Trip Leader:
Damaris Punales-Alpizar, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, CWRU
April 8 – 17, 2021