Triton Travels

In 2016 Eckerd College launched Triton Travels, a travel program with educational, cultural and social components specifically for alumni and friends. These travel opportunities are designed to sustain your enthusiasm for lifelong learning and connect you to other members of the Eckerd community!

Some trips are hosted by an Eckerd faculty or staff member while others offer excursions led by national guides. Join fellow Eckerd alumni and friends for once-in-a-lifetime adventures to the top destinations in the world!

Upcoming Trips

Christmas Market Rhine River Cruise

  • December 11–19, 2020
  • 9 days
  • Starts at $2,395 (if booked by April 21, 2020)
    Pricing includes land only. Round trip airfare is available for purchase through AHI Travel.

Join fellow Eckerd alumni to feel the magic of the holidays in France, Germany and Switzerland on a seven-night Rhine River cruise. Celebrate centuries-old traditions and shop festive markets overflowing with handmade decorations, toys, jewelry and other treasures. Delight in the sounds of carolers and bells and the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pine in the air. Sip warm spicy Glühwein on the ship. Visit a hillside castle and enjoy a musical performance in Heidelberg.  Admire Cologne’s spectacular Gothic cathedral, the red sandstone landmarks of bustling Freiburg, and the pastel-colored houses of charming Breisach.

Personalize your cruise with a variety of included excursion choices in Basel, Breisach, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg, such as a wine tasting, art tour or culinary experience. Aboard your first-class ship, revel in the beauty of the Rhine Gorge. This heartwarming journey includes a generous meal plan, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There is no supplement for solo travelers in limited availability.

Contact Marie Lawrie at lawriema@eckerd.edu for additional information on this trip.

 

St. Petersburg to St. Petersburg (& Moscow)

  • Led by Bill Parsons, Professor Emeritus of History and Russian Studies
  • April 15-24, 2021
  • 10 days
  • $3,269 double occupancy (if booked by September 1, 2020)
    Pricing includes land only. Round trip airfare is available for purchase through ACIS.
  • Additional Information

Travel from your Saint Petersburg to the Saint Petersburg of the north with Eckerd College alumni and friends and enjoy all that the fascinating land of Russia has to offer! On our program, we’ll start in Moscow beneath the tall towers and walls of the ancient Kremlin fortress, seeing the Armory Museum, Lenin’s Tomb, and St. Basil’s Church in the Soviet and contemporary capital of Russia. Then travel by high-speed train to the imperial capital of Saint Petersburg, where the “Venice of the North” will stun you with its picturesque canals, enormous and ornate Orthodox churches, and perfectly preserved imperial architecture. You’ll get to see the world-famous art collection of the Hermitage, tour the imposing Sts. Peter and Paul Fortress, and enjoy one of Saint Petersburg’s legendary ballet performances before returning home with unique experiences you’ll not soon forget.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Marie Lawrie, director of alumni engagement, at lawrie@eckerd.edu or 727.864.8404.

Past Trips

Ecuador Journey: The Galápagos Islands

January 6-15, 2020
Led by Beth Forys, professor of environmental studies

18 Eckerd friends will experience one of the most geologically and biologically diverse regions in the world, including four days exploring the Galápagos Islands by land and sea from aboard a luxury yacht. Participants must be in excellent physical condition, as you will hike through mountainous and varied terrain. Contact Kyla Smith ’19 at smithkl@eckerd.edu for additional information on this trip.

Greece featuring Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

October 8-16, 2019

Led by Emeritus Vice President, Dean of Faculty and Professor Lloyd Chapin

Step “outside the box” and into history to explore a place where the cultural foundations for much of the modern world were laid. Spend three nights in Athens and visit the city where liberal arts education, the theater, philosophy, scientific inquiry, and, perhaps most significantly, democracy came fully to life. Visit the Agora, the Acropolis, and its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Travel by high speed ferries across the Aegean Sea to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini where you can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle during your stays. Friendly islanders are eager to welcome you to their picture-perfect paradise of whitewashed houses, seafront promenades and flower-filled lanes lined with quaint cafes and shops.

British Isles: Castles, Countryside and Capitals

September 13-24, 2018
Led by Emeritus Vice President, Dean of Faculty and Professor Lloyd Chapin
Discover the history and charms of the British Isles as you visit Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. See historic royal castles, the beauty of England’s Lake District and Ireland’s countryside–you’ll experience it all on this journey through these four magnificent countries. Offered by Mayflower Tours. Contact Marie Lawrie at lawriema@eckerd.edu for additional information on this trip.

Alumni Service Trip with Plenitud

January 18-21 2019
Plenitud at Tres Amigos Farm is an educational center that researches, implements, demonstrates, and teaches the skills of sustainable living and the practices of permaculture design and farming to individuals and communities throughout Puerto Rico and beyond. Striving to improve human relationships with the environment, the center functions as a demonstration farm and an example of healthy group living. Eckerd College students take a service trip here at least once a year to learn about the sustainable living practices and help with the farm. Eckerd alumni and friends will travel here to continue the work our students have done. Contact Marie Lawrie at lawriema@eckerd.edu for additional information on this trip.

Havana, Cuba: Alumni and Parent Trip

January 19-21, 2019
Led by Kelly Kirschner, Vice President and Dean, Division of Executive & Continuing Education, Eckerd College and April Speck-Ewer, Director of Major Gifts
Explore the cultural and political intricacies of Cuba that are captivating the interest of Eckerd students and faculty. The itinerary will highlight the sorts of curated, people-to-people trips scholarship support is affording Eckerd students. It also will provide the experience of a one of a kind exploration of Havana, including accommodations at a private home, visits to famous sites, Cuban coffee, classic cars, and conversations with artists and intellectuals as well as dinner with Eckerd students and faculty studying in Cuba. Contact Marie Lawrie at lawriema@eckerd.edu for additional information on this trip.