Welcome to a world of endless possibilities with Iowa Voyagers!
The Iowa Voyagers 2020 tour season offers 33 unique trips all over the world. Join fellow University of Iowa alumni and friends for education, discovery, and adventure in extraordinary places. Explore the far reaches of the earth in Antarctica, encounter Southern Africa’s abundant wildlife, and navigate the natural splendor of the Lands Down Under. Travel is easy with our top-notch tour operators handling all the arrangements.
Explore 2020 with the University of Iowa!
Voyagers 2020 Tour Guide Testimonial
Iowa Voyagers in the Swiss Alps
"Our trip was awesome! The coordination was flawless, the sights were spectacular, and everyone in our group was incredibly interesting and pleasant. Our trip leader was delightful and informative. I would recommend this trip to anyone, and we look forward to our next Iowa Voyagers vacation!"
- Tom P. & Carroll R., Alpine Splendors, 2019, Odysseys Unlimited
The Iowa Voyagers travel staff is happy to answer any questions, as well as receive comments, stories, and suggestions. Call us toll-free at (800) 648-6973 and ask to be connected to the Iowa Voyagers department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also contact us directly:
Director of Alumni Engagement, Regional Programs
University of Iowa Center for Advancement, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are answers to questions travelers frequently ask us. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact us and we'd be glad to assist.
DO I HAVE TO BE A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA GRADUATE TO TRAVEL WITH IOWA VOYAGERS?
You do not need to be a UI graduate. About 70 percent of Iowa Voyagers travelers are alumni, while the rest are friends, relatives, colleagues, or other travelers who enjoy the kind of high-quality educational programs we offer.
ARE THE TRIPS ESCORTED?
Yes, there is always a tour director from our travel companies who oversees the group and answers questions, troubleshoots, and guides our travelers throughout. A University of Iowa host may also escort the group, but a minimum number of participants (usually 15, 20, or 30) is required to secure this additional service.
ARE THERE ANY PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS?
To fully enjoy the travel experience, participants should be in good physical and mental health and be able to keep pace with the group. Extreme variations in altitude or temperature should be considered when traveling in certain parts of the world. Some excursions require walking on uneven terrain or climbing stairs. If you require extra assistance with ambulation, diet, or medical regimens, you must report this when you book your trip and be accompanied by someone who can and will provide all required care. Activity levels are indicated in each trip’s description.
WHAT ABOUT SINGLE TRAVELERS?
Iowa Voyagers offers a selection of “no single supplement” trips each year. Most other Voyagers trips charge extra for travelers who request single accommodations, with fees varying by trip type and availability—and availability is often limited.
WILL MY TRIP BE EXCLUSIVE TO IOWA VOYAGERS OR WILL IT BE SHARED WITH OTHER GROUPS?
Most Iowa Voyagers trips are shared departures, meaning other universities, schools, or affinity groups will join us as part of the larger group. This assures the trip will not be canceled due to low traveler numbers. There is always a tour director who oversees the larger group and attends to the needs of each individual sub-group, such as arranging a special party for the Iowa Voyagers. A few of our trips are exclusive to Iowa Voyagers. Please inquire about your particular trip when you book.
WHO MAKES THE FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS? CAN I MAKE MY OWN?
The tour operator managing your particular trip can book your air flights and often has air-inclusive prices listed in the trip brochure. When booking your trip, simply indicate your desired departure city on the reservation form. The tour operator will then be responsible for scheduling and booking your flights and transferring you to and from the airport with the group. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements, feel free to ask about “land-only” or “cruise-only” pricing. If you make your own air arrangements, you’ll be responsible for meeting the group at the ship or hotel. In some cases, you can purchase group transfers from the tour operator even though you’ve made your own air arrangements.
CAN I EARN AND/OR USE FREQUENT FLYER MILES?
To earn miles, you should submit your request post-trip directly with the air carrier. Many operators use specific airlines as the group carrier. If your frequent flyer program is with another airline and you want the tour operator to book your flights with your preferred carrier, the airfare quoted in the brochure may vary since you would be booked as “independent air” rather than “group air.”
To use miles for part or all of your flights or to upgrade using miles, you should choose the “land-only” or “cruise-only” options and book your flights directly with your preferred airline. Tour operators are not able to conduct frequent flyer mile usage transactions. Our group flights are economy class and generally not eligible for upgrade using miles.
HOW LONG HAS THE IOWA VOYAGERS BEEN IN OPERATION?
We’re one of the oldest alumni travel programs in the Big Ten. Iowa Voyagers has operated since 1961.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRIPS THAT INTEREST ME?
Fill out the brochure request form to receive detailed brochures on specific trips. Print brochures are usually available nine to 12 months before the departure date. We can also email you a brochure.
I’M READY TO BOOK MY TRIP. HOW DO I ACCOMPLISH THIS?
Iowa Voyagers works with 6 different tour companies to offer a unique selection of tours for our alumni and friends. You may secure your reservation right away by making a deposit payment for the trip, paid directly to the tour company. To pay your deposit by phone, please call the number listed on the tour brochure, to be connected with a customer service representative. If you prefer to pay by check, you may fill out the reservation form included in the tour brochure and mail it with your deposit to the address listed at the top of the form.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE IOWA VOYAGERS TRIPS?
WHERE DO I GET INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Upon receipt of your reservation and deposit payment, we send you a confirmation email that includes travel insurance information and instructions on how to apply. Our policy is provided by our long-time insurance partner, Travel Insurance Services