Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | March 19, 2014

Register now for the Discussion

The book club discussion will take place on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30pm at the Huff House on the Rice campus.  At the event, Dr. Brinkley will lead a discussion about the book and facilitate a Q & A session.  Following this, we will host a casual wine and cheese reception for readers to connect with one another and continue discussions with old and new friends.

CLICK HERE to register for the event.

The discussion on April 24 will also streamed live online.  To access the live stream, please go to the Book Club webpage.  The link will be posted the day of the discussion.

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | November 7, 2012

Cuba Update & Special Offers!


We have secured our necessary permits to offer our trip to Cuba!  And, because of an overwhelming outpouring of interest in this trip, we have added a second departure!  There will be a trip from February 23-March 3, 2013 and another from March 23-30, 2013.  Both of these trips will be led by Rice University Shepherd School of Music professor Dr. Art Gottshalk.

If you are interested in one of these trips, contact Elizabeth Kester at Academic Arrangements Abroad at 800-221-1944 or via email at  There is limited available on both of these trips and reservations will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

ALASKAN FRONTIERS – FREE Airfare & 2-for-1

If you book by November 15, 2012 on our Alaskan Frontiers cruise, you will be able to take advantage of special 2-for-1 cruise fares with free airfare from Houston (or select other cities) to Seattle, WA where your journey will begin.  Learn more by visiting, calling 713-348-5094, or emailing


If you reserve your space on the Amalfi Coast or Southern Africa trips before November 20, 2012, you will receive savings up to $1000 per couple.  To learn more about these trips, visit and use the promotion code SAVE1120 when you book online.

For nearly 30 years, Rice alumni and friends have enjoyed educational travel experiences sponsored by the Association of Rice Alumni.  I hope that you consider traveling with the Rice Alumni Travel program soon and find these updates valuable. 

Dr. Steven Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow
Join Dr. Steven Lewis on an unforgettable journey of Classical China and the Wonders of Tibet.  The trip is October 19-30, 2012 and there are only a few openings remaining.  If you are interested in this trip, call 713-348-5094 or email for more information.

Dr. John Boles – Charleston and Savannah May 2013

Dr. John Boles is hosting a trip to historical Charleston and Savannah in May 2013.  The deadline to sign up for this exclusive Rice trip is November 1, 2012.  For more information, call 713-348-5094 or email  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to sign up – there are only 20 spots remaining!

Sensational South America – January 2013
Deadline Approaching to Register

Enjoy a 10-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires beginning at only $2,099 aboard the elegant Azamara Quest cruise ship. With many included extras and benefits, this trip is sure to be one to remember.  Click here to learn more or call 713-348-5094 or email

New Itineraries Added for 2013!
Kentucky Derby & Around the World
Since you received the Passport to Adventure catalog showcasing our 2013 trips, two more trips have been added!  Join Dr. Linda Neagley on a trip to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2-5, 2013.  Learn more about the trip by clicking here and call 713-348-5094 or email to register today! 

In addition, we will be offering an Around the World by private jet trip in October 2013.  More information about this trip will be available in October 2012. 

Cuba – February 2013
Updated Information about License to Offer Trip

There has been an overwhelming positive response to our planned Cuba trip in February 2013 featuring Shepherd School of Music professor Dr. Arthur Gottschalk.  We are still awaiting on information from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the governmental agency responsible for processing requests for educational travel to Cuba. 

We continually monitor our status and as soon as we are granted approval to begin accepting reservations for this trip, those who have indicated interest in this trip will be the first to learn about next steps.  If you are interested in this trip and want to be one of first to know more, be sure to request more information by clicking here to ensure you are on the priority list.

Request Your Brochures Today
Learn about the tours offered in 2013
Brochures for specific trips will only be sent to select individuals and those that request them.  If after reviewing our catalog or website you find trips that are of particular interest to you, please complete the brochure request form or fax/mail the form found at the back of the catalog and the brochures will be sent to you as they become available.

Please contact me at 713-348-5094 or if you have any questions about the Rice Alumni Travel program.  Be sure to check out our online photo albums, videos, and blogs.  I look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you on a future Rice Alumni tour!

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | August 10, 2012

Lewis & Clark Trip recap

In late July, a group of over two dozen Rice alumni and friends accompanied famed professor and faculty lecturer Dr. John Boles to a trip to Idaho and Montana to retrace the steps Lewis and Clark took to discover the west.  Complete with canoe trips, horseback riding, and accommodations in authentic lodges (and tents!), the group learned about the expedition and its impact on the formation of the country.

This was Dr. Boles’ 4th time leading this trip and although this trip had to deal with some never before experienced weather (excessive wind and some rain), Dr. Boles reported that travelers enjoyed the experience and as always, treasured the opportunity to travel with the alumni and friends.

The next trip that will be leaving is the Provincial French Countryside trip led by art historian and assistant professor Dr. Linda Neagley.  This trip, August 29-September 12, will trace the majesty and beauty of the French countryside.

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | July 6, 2012

2013 Travel Program now available!

The 2013 Rice Alumni Travel program is now available for your enjoyment!  

In 2013, we bring you 13 trips that span the globe.  Ranging from opportunities here in the United States to the tip of Southern Africa and elsewhere, the destinations and itineraries have been carefully selected to ensure that alums and friends alike have unforgettable experiences.  The complete travel program for 2013 can be found at:  There, you can learn about each of the trips and download the complete catalog.

Additionally, a special thanks to the 100+ alumni and friends who attended Rose Sundin’s retirement reception and the 2013 Destination Debut at the end of June.  It was a wonderful evening and a great way to celebrate all that Rose has done for the Office of Alumni Affairs.

As always, feel free to contact Dan Stypa at 713-348-5094 or if you have any questions.  

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | May 18, 2012

2013 Destination Debut & Rose Sundin’s Retirement Reception

2013 Destination Debut & Rose Sundin's Retirement Reception

Join us on June 26 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Brochstein Pavilion for your first look at the 2013 Rice Alumni Travel program, as well as bid a fond farewell to Rose Sundin who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to Rice University.

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | May 18, 2012

2013 Destination Debut & Rose Sundin’s retirement reception

On June 26, we will be debuting the exciting trips being offered in 2013! 

You are welcomed to join us at the “2013 Destination Debut” on Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Brochstein Pavilion on Rice’s campus.  At this event, there will be a casual reception as you meet with tour operators and receive the 2013 travel catalog before it hits mailboxes.

Also, we will bid a fond farewell to Rose Sundin at this event who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to Rice. 

Please email your plans to attend to Dan Stypa, the new Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, at

See you there! 

Posted by: Rice Alumni Travel | March 30, 2012

Welcome to Rice Alumni Travel!

Welcome to the Rice Alumni Travel blog!  This live blog will serve as a tool for travel participants to have their experiences shared with the world.  We look forward to building a relationship with you and having you participate in the Rice Alumni Travel program!