The World Is Closer Than You Think

The Council of University of California Retirement Associations Travel Program benefits the CUCRA treasury, and member Associations. CUCRA's travel maven, Rosemary Norling, has arranged several new tours for 2017. Below please find upcoming programs for 2017. When conferring with Collette staff, retirees should be certain to indictate their UC afilliation.


No better way to start 2017 than by exploring "Iceland's Magical Northern Lights." This 7-day tour, commencing February 12, 2017, provides you the opportunity of discovering Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice, at its best. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis - one of nature's most dazzling light displays, also known as the "Northern Lights." The tour starts in Reykjavik and later in the day you will take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. As the tour progresses, you will travel the Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Your journey will also take you to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vik, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, Skogar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajökull Glacier, and Blue Lagoon. If you book now, you will save $200 and the cost for double occupancy will be $3,249.For bookings made after August 12, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates. For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #739210 and/or visit this tour's website: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/739210.

If you're Irish or not, you'll feel lucky to spend 13 days enjoying the "Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland" from May 15 - 27, 2017.  You'll start off in Dublin where, among other explorations, you will experience a fun-filled evening of Irish entertainment, then on to Kilkenny, a visit to Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher and Galway.  Not too many tours offer the opportunity of visiting Northern Ireland.  There you will spend time visiting Enniskillen, Donegal Town, Derry, Inishowen Peninsula, Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast and Kingscourt; there you will have the opportunity of staying overnight in Cabra Castle (formerly known as Cormey Castle).  By the end of the tour (Irish or not) you'll be able to give the toast "Here's health" or "Seo do shláinte." Book now and save $200 and the cost for double occupancy will be $4,149 per person.  For bookings made after November 16, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates. For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #738512 and/or visit this tour's website: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/738512

Southern Charm featuring Charleston, Savannah & Jekyll Island adventure.
April 02 — April 08, 2017 • 7 Day
A little closer to home, experience true southern hospitality and "Southern Charm." This 7-day tour opens in beautiful antebellum Charleston, which has survived the Civil War, major fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. While there you will be visiting Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, Boone Hall, one of America's oldest working plantations as well as other interesting sites. Other highlights on this tour are visiting Savannah, Factors Walk, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and St. Augustine. Book now and save $50 and the cost for double occupancy will be $2,849. For bookings made after October 3, 2016, call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 for rates. For more information, contact Collette and refer to booking #739217 and/or visit this tour's website: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/739217.

Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries
This fascinating 10-day tour, which commences October 7, 2017, is one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Highlights of this tour include Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas, local Andean cultures. Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Uros floating islands, Larco Museum and much more.If you book now, you will save $200 and pay only $4,649 per person, double occupancy. You can extend your vacation by adding 4 days 3-night Peruvian Amazon tour. You would fly from Lima to the Puerto Maldonado airport where you meet your naturalist guide,board a canoe and transfer up the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion Lodge. You will spend time exploring the Peruvian Amazon Basin, Lake Sandoval, Tambopata National Reserve and the hidden rainforest. The added cost for this extension is $1,049 per person,double occupancy. The tour rates include round trip air from Los Angeles Intl. Airport, air taxes, fees/surcharges and hotel transfers. Additional gateways are available; please contact Collette for details. For bookings made after April 7, 2017 call for rates. For more information, contact Collette at 1-800- 581-8942 and refer to booking #738502. Be sure to discuss how you can upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare. For important reservation information, visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/738502.

These tours are not just for UC Retirees; feel free to invite your family and friends to join you. Tour cost includes round trip air from Los Angeles International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers. Additional gateways are available, please contact Collette for details.

Cancellation waiver and insurance is not included.