Alumni Travel Programme 2011 launches

The University’s Alumni Travel Programme has unveiled a trio of world class destinations for its debut year, including an exclusive Birmingham alumni-only trip to the Middle East to discover its archaeology and history.

Three limited-place tour packages are being offered to University of Birmingham alumni and their friends and families between September and December this year, featuring fortnight-long excursions to Turkey, Morocco and the Galapagos Islands.

Highlights of this year’s itinerary include an exclusively-created tour of classical Turkey, accompanied by the University's Dr Gillian Shepherd, lecturer in classical archaeology. The two week-long September trip delves into the country’s Byzantine past and also features excursions to Troy, Assos, Smyrna, Pergamum and an Aegean cruise.

The 2011 autumn travel programme, organised by global travel firm Temple World, aims to promote some of the world’s most historically and culturally significant destinations to University alumni.

Morocco’s 6,000-year-old history of archaeology, art and architecture is explored in the country’s Imperial Cities tour, which is being run in conjunction with Oxford University. Professor James Allan, lecturer in Islamic Art and Archaeology at Oxford University, will lead excursions to Fes, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech.

The final tour, hosted by Oxford University ornithologist Dr Ben Sheldon, takes in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. The trip also includes a visit to colonial Quito and a seven-night cruise through the Galapagos territories.

Claire O’Sullivan, Acting Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham, explained: ‘We are pleased to offer these exciting and educational tours for alumni in 2011 and hope that the travel programme will grow to include many more in years to come.
‘The travel programme is a great way to share your connection to the University with fellow alumni and Birmingham academics.’

Full details of the costs, dates and itinerary for each trip is available through Temple World’s alumni travel programme website.