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Alumni Travel Program

Explore the world with the RISD Alumni Travel Program

Experience history and cultural diversity across the globe with the Alumni Travel Program. Our trips are small groups of 24 people or less, led by expert guides with local knowledge that brings you off the beaten path to make your own discoveries. See the world with fellow creatives, RISD alumni and travel companions.

Mark your calendar for our upcoming trips*

RISD Spring B’Reykjavik: A Nordic Design Immersion

April 30–May 7, 2023

International designers. Fascinating talks. Glaciers. Volcanoes. It’s a dazzling landscape of people, ideas, and panoramas, and the only thing missing is you. Join your fellow RISD alumni from across the country to attend Reykjavik’s fourteenth-annual design festival, DesignMarch. From fashion to furniture and architecture to food design, the festival turns the world’s most northerly capital into one big venue showcasing the best of the local design scene alongside lectures by internationally acclaimed designers and the foremost local design thinkers with a focus on inspiration and innovation.

Register today | Downloadable brochure | Learn more at our info session!

Legendary Turkey: From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast

May 30–June 13, 2023
From $4,492 per person

Istanbul by Hussein Himmati via unsplash
With its ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and dramatic Turquoise Coast, Turkey offers an unparalleled small group travel experience.

  • Spend four nights in magnificent Istanbul, where highlights include the Hagia Sofia and a private Bosphorus cruise.
  • Experience haunting Gallipoli, then ferry across the Dardanelles to storied Troy.
  • Discover Pergamum, one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sites, tour magnificently preserved classical Ephesus, and visit rustic Sirince.
  • Tour the acclaimed Archaeological Museum in Antalya, then encounter Perge’s outstanding Grecian ruins.
  • Take a distinctive “Blue Voyage” day cruise along the exquisite Turquoise Coast aboard a privately chartered yacht.


Spain: Andalucia in a Parador

June 1–9, 2023
Starting from $2,995/per person
Real Alcazar

Experience the spirit and romance of southern Spain on this exceptional journey and make memories to last a lifetime.

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Untamed Alaska

July 11–21, 2023
Starting from $6,897 / person

Alaska by Sandra Seitamaa via unsplash

Join RISD alumni and friends on an exclusive 11-day small group journey that reveals America’s “Last Frontier,” taking us into the heart of some of Alaska’s beautiful and wild country, as well as to its engaging cities.

Set out by deluxe railcar to encounter Denali National Park’s stunning wilderness during a three-night stay. Revel in mountain views, hike through the tundra, and visit an Iditarod sled dog kennel. A breathtaking prop plane flight brings us deep into remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, America’s largest national park, where we take a singular excursion to walk on Root Glacier and explore the once-booming copper mining town of Kennicott. Tour Anchorage’s historic downtown, then visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to bears, moose, elk, lynx, and more. In picturesque Seward, embark on a cruise to explore rugged Kenai Fjords National Park. Our adventure concludes back in Anchorage with a dynamic Native Games demonstration and time for independent exploration.

Space is limited to 24 guests, and we expect this tour to fill quickly. Your deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. Reserve risk-free today!


Italy’s Magnificent Lake District

NEW DATES! July 18-26, 2023 
Double Occupancy starting at $4095/pp

Experience northern Italy’s unforgettable lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror the green hills and craggy slopes of the Alpine foothills. Indulge in seven nights in Stresa by Lake Maggiore and spend your days cruising blue lakes and exploring islands, lakeside towns and Milan. Learn the secrets of northern Italian cuisine during a cooking lesson, and witness Leonardo’s extraordinary “The Last Supper.” This small-group program features an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner, and exclusive lectures to enhance your journey.

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Southern African Odyssey

October 26–November 12, 2023

Sandwich Harbour Namibia by Sergi Ferrete
More information coming soon!

Travel Insurance

The RISD Alumni Travel Program highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance for your upcoming trip. Our trusted partner, Meyer and Associates, provides travel insurance options to meet your needs and budget, including:

  • Trip cancellations or interruptions
  • Trip delays or missed connections
  • Medical expenses, including emergency medical evacuation
  • Cancel or interrupt for any reason
  • Pre-existing condition waivers

For additional information visit Meyer and Associates on the web or call 866-679-7836.

*dates are subject to change, minimum traveler enrollment must be met for trips to run

Image credits: Istanbul by Hussein Himmati via unsplash. Alaska by Sandra Seitamaa via unsplash. Sandwich Harbour, Namibia by Sergi Ferrete