Traveling Cowboys

Whether by land or sea, travel with the OSU Alumni Association in the company of fellow alumni and friends. We have partnered with trusted travel agencies to offer wonderful destinations and provide a comfortable experience for our travelers.

Our travel program is open to all OSU alumni and friends, regardless of membership status. Enjoy a worry-free experience as our staff and travel partners take care of all the arrangements so you can explore and relax. We hope you will take advantage of one or more of the wonderful travel opportunities in the coming year. While visiting exotic, historical or educational destinations, you will have the added value of traveling with other Cowboys and reconnecting to your alma mater in an exciting way!

If you have never traveled with us before, we invite you to give the Traveling Cowboys a try and be a part of this exclusive group. Our tours are open to everyone, so invite your family or friends on these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When you travel with the Traveling Cowboys a portion of your tour price will come back to the OSU Alumni Association helping to fund scholarships, campus events and other OSU activities.

Our tours are designed to promote educational and cultural experiences for our alumni and friends. Please be aware that in this ever-changing travel climate, all prices, itineraries, dates and departures are subject to change.

Let the OSU Alumni Association make your next journey one to remember! All you need to decide is: Where do you want to travel with OSU?

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Palms in Paradise

April 24 - May 10, 2017
Explore Key West’s maritime museums; admire the horse-drawn carriages and leafy plazas of Cartagena, one of South America’s most picturesque cities; journey through the Panama Canal, a must-see engineering marvel; experience the laid-back atmosphere of Puntarenas, San Juan del Sur, and Puerto Quetzal; and take in the rugged cliffs and sandy beaches at Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco.

Passage of Lewis & Clark - SOLD OUT!
May 7-15, 2017 SOLD OUT!
Trace the fabled path of Lewis & Clark on this epic voyage that highlights the natural grandeur of the Pacific Northwest. From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the area on this Columbia and Snake River cruise aboard the Elegant American Empress, a modern vessel with all the lavish features of a 19th-century riverboat. Begin with a stay in Spokane, Washington, and then embark on your voyage in Clarkston, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Explore Sacajawea State Park, delve into the pioneer history of The Dalles, visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, and discover Astoria’s small-town gems.
Mediterranean Masterpiece
May 10-21, 2017
Experience an inspiring Mediterranean odyssey, where each port of call is a striking masterpiece. From ancient cities soaked in color and culture to cobbled squares framed by elegant cathedrals, encounter extraordinary sights in Italy, France, Monaco, and Spain. From the comfort of Oceania Cruises’ Marina, set sail for Livorno, a gateway to Florence, Pisa, and the soul-stirring Tuscan countryside. Then journey to Sardinia’s Emerald Coast to discover the beauty of Olbia or Porto Cervo. Stop at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, an island of lush forests and scenic gorges. Behold breathtaking panoramas along Italy’s Cinque Terre, and savor the glamour of Monte Carlo and Antibes. Explore Marseille’s vibrant markets, and marvel at Palma’s Gothic cathedral before your adventure concludes in Barcelona. Join us on this 10-night cruise which includes FREE airfare, FREE pre-paid gratuities and unlimited FREE internet plus your choice of 4 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $400 shipboard credit. *Early booking deadline is extended to Nov. 10, 2016!*
Southern Culture & the Civil War - SOLD OUT!
June 3-12, 2017 SOLD OUT!
Immerse yourself in glorious Southern culture and the compelling Civil War history that shaped our nation on this outstanding Mississippi River cruise. Begin with a stay in Memphis, then board the graceful American Queen, the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, and cruise to Greenville. Browse the intriguing museums of Vicksburg, or step back in time at the renowned Vicksburg National Military Park. Take in Natchez's palatial mansions and stunning gardens, and admire the Georgian style Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge, before concluding your journey in New Orleans. FREE 2-night pre-cruise program if booked by Nov. 16, 2016 plus $800 early booking savings!
Great Journey through Europe - SOLD OUT!
June 15-25 2017 SOLD OUT!
This extraordinary 11-day "Grand Tour" of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake & mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. Journey through Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands, cruising the most scenic sections of the Rhine River. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt; ride aboard three legendary railways - the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Lucerne to Zermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value!
Oxford and the Cotswolds
July 14-22, 2017
Enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to travel in a small group to historic Oxford and through the picturesque Cotswolds, discovering the true character of England’s town and country life. Spend one night in Windsor and three nights each in the charming Cotswolds and the landmark Macdonald Randolph Hotel in the heart of Oxford. Enjoy an exclusive meeting with Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, cousin to Sir Winston Churchill, in their family's stunning Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site; uncover the history behind Victorian Highclere Castle, also known as “Downton Abbey” and visit the village of Bampton featured in PBS Masterpiece's award winning series; visit William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon; and hear about contemporary life from the locals during the exclusive Town & Country Life Forum®. *Save $300/person if booked by February 8, 2017.
Glacial Adventures of Alaska
July 28 - August 7, 2017
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Alaska, with its sparkling glaciers and pristine forests, on this adventure aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Regatta. From Seattle, journey north to the picturesque Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Skagway, and Sitka, marvel at the magnificent Hubbard Glacier, and explore lovely Victoria, British Columbia. Join us on this 10-night cruise which includes FREE airfare, FREE internet plus your choice of 4 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $400 shipboard credit.
Scotland feat. the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
August 23 - 31, 2017
The history and beauty of Scotland is legendary. Stay in historic Stirling, and visit Stirling Castle and the site of the historic Battle of Bannockburn. Travel to St. Andrews, and visit the Castle, Cathedral and the Old Course. Explore Edinburgh, its Castle, the Royal Mile and Old Town before attending a stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit the Glenturret distillery for a tour and as they say in Scotland, a "wee dram" of Scotch whiskey. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.
Normandy, France
Sept. 4-12, 2017 | Solo traveler friendly! Single supplement waived.
On June 1944, despite mounting challenges, a heroic formation of Allied troops achieved the largest coordinated military invasion in world history on the beaches of Normandy, triggering the beginning of the end of World War ll. Walk through history on this exclusive journey through Normandy. Visit Omaha Beach and the sobering cemeteries, memorials and landmarks of the Allied victory. In Bayeux, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered history of the Battle of Hastings. Journey to Mont-Saint-Michel, the breathtaking fortress monastery guarded by the ebb and flow of the tide, and taste Calvados, the local cider brandy, and other renowned food and drink of the region. Local guides and speakers provide insight during excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program features engaging excursions, and educational program and extensive meal plan plus wine with dinner.
Portrait of Ireland
September 4-15 2017
Discover Irish history and culture as you visit Dublin, Belfast, coastal Donegal and verdant County Mayo. In Dublin visit treasured sites and stroll along its bustling streets. Explore Donegal in Ireland's remote northwest corner and the rugged landscape of County Mayo. Discover the history of Belfast and learn about the Troubles, the struggle between Catholics and Protestants in the city. Take a scenic drive along the pristine Antrim Coast and the Giants Causeway and taste Irish whiskey at Old Bushmills Distillery. Delight in medieval architecture, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality. Local guides will provide fascinating narrative during excursions and interactive talks. Your exclusive small-group experience is limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience and features deluxe and first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
Mediterranean Radiance
October 7-17 2017
From glorious cathedrals to sparkling seascapes and sun-kissed beaches, encounter the Mediterranean’s radiant beauty on this odyssey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Depart Rome for Livorno, a jumping-off point to admire the magnificent architecture of legendary Florence, Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. Take in Portofino’s Genoese-built castle, experience French Riviera glamour at St-Tropez, and laze on splendid beaches at Palamós, located on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava. Witness Gaudí’s imaginative masterpieces in Barcelona, see Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, and stroll along Mahón's lovely waterfront. Before your journey concludes in Monte Carlo, browse Marseille’s lively markets, or explore the fairy-tale landscapes and hilltop towns of Provence. Join us on this 9 night luxury cruise which includes FREE airfare and unlimited FREE internet plus your choice of 3 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $300 shipboard credit!
Medieval Masterpiece
November 5-14 2017
Incredible medieval monuments and spellbinding scenery intertwine on this Mediterranean luxury cruise aboard Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ elegant masterpiece. Begin your adventure in Venice, a fairy-tale city laced with canals and bridges, and set sail for Zadar, a lovely Croatian city featuring marble streets framed by Romanesque structures. Experience Montenegro’s crown jewel, Kotor, admire Corfu’s lush scenery, and marvel at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Cruise to Sicily’s second-largest city, vibrant Catania, graced with a glorious 18th-century cathedral. Before capping off your voyage in Rome, the “Eternal City,” explore the artistic treasures and culinary delights of Naples.
Music City Christmas Nashville Riverboat Cruise
December 3-10, 2017
Spend your holiday immersing yourself in the deep musical roots of Nashville! Prices start at $2,799 pp. including 1 night stay at The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.
Legends of the Nile
January 23 - February 3, 2018
Experience Egypt’s wonders on a nine-night, small-group journey, featuring a deluxe Nile cruise and luxurious accommodations in Cairo and Luxor. Visit the Great Pyramid in Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum and more. Fly to see Luxor and Abu Simbel’s temples and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Enjoy the expert services of a licensed Egyptologist and a Travel Director throughout.
Sparkling South Pacific Cruise
February 3-13, 2018
Embark on your cruise in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and shimmering waterfalls. Continue to Mooréa, with its verdant mountains, then to the gorgeous island of Fakarava, home to extremely rare birds. Marine life is abundant in Rangiroa’s expansive lagoon and in Bora-Bora’s sparkling turquoise waters. Raiatea is dotted with vanilla plantations and is rich with fascinating history and mythology, while serene Huahine, the last stop before your return to Papeete, has beautiful white-sand beaches.
Radiant Rhythms Cruise (Brazil)
March 20 - April 2, 2018
Traveling from Argentina to Uruguay and then to Brazil, take in the radiant rhythms of the southeastern coastline of South America. Visit natural, historical, and cultural attractions in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Rio Grande, Porto Belo, Sᾶo Paulo, Paraty, Ilha Grande, Buzios, and Rio de Janeiro.
Gateway to Sunshine Cruise (Panama Canal)
April 6-22, 2018
The sunny scenery of Central America awaits you on this luxurious cruise from Los Angeles to Miami by way of the magnificent Panama Canal. You’ll see astounding volcanoes, awe-inspiring rainforests, exotic wildlife, and more as you take in the diverse cultures of Central America.
Dutch Waterways Riverboat Cruise
April 18-26, 2018
Cruise for seven nights in Holland and Flanders aboard an exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus small river ship when the picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive River Life Forum®. Tour the Kröller-Müller Museum. Visit Amsterdam, Bruges, Hoorn, Maastricht, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens. Amsterdam Pre-Cruise Option and The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Post-Cruise Option.
European Serenade Cruise
May 16-25, 2018
Let the picturesque Amalfi Coast enchant you; embrace the youthful culture of Catania; see nature and history join together in Argostoli; wander the ancient walled city of Kotor; explore the magnificence of Diocletian’s Palace in Split; see the birthplace of Hippocrates in Kos; and lose yourself in the romance and mystery of Venice.
Classic Europe (Graduation Trip)
May 17-28, 2018
Details TBA.
Gems of the Danube River Cruise
May 14-24, 2018
On this luxury cruise along the Danube river, you’ll have the opportunity to not only marvel at magnificent scenery, but also sample beer at one of the world’s oldest breweries in Regensburg, explore powerful WWII history in Nuremberg, experience a private concert featuring the works of Strauss and Mozart in the grand splendor of the iconic Palais Liechtenstein, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.
National Parks & Lodges of the Old West
June 21-30, 2018
Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature's beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Tracing the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, see and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cook-out, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, see otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks. Join us and experience the best of the West!
Nordic Magnificence

June 24 - July 4, 2018
Join us on a remarkable journey to explore the natural beauty and heritage of Denmark and Norway. Explore Copenhagen. Marvel at royal castles and stroll through the Old Town. Cruise overnight to Oslo. Learn of Norway’s Viking past and admire the country’s majestic scenery. Travel on the picturesque Bergen railway, and cruise on the magnificent Songefjord.

Vistas & Glaciers Alaska Big 12 Cruise
July 13-23, 2018
Stand in awe of massive glaciers and all-enveloping scenery as you cruise up the Alaskan coast. Explore Alaska’s breathtaking natural beauty, unique native culture, abundant wildlife, and more on this 10 day trip starting and ending in Seattle.
Breathtaking Bordeaux River Cruise
July 16-24, 2018
On this luxury cruise around the Bordeaux region, you’ll have the opportunity to not only taste some of the world’s greatest wines, but also explore the underground catacombs in Saint-Émilion, tour the Château de Roquetaillade in Cadillac, and much more in our unforgettable, all-inclusive Enrich experiences.
Isle of Enchantment
June 7-18, 2018
Experience the depth and breadth of culture in the United Kingdom and beyond as you cruise through the British Isles. Explore cosmopolitan capitals from Edinburgh to Dublin; immerse yourself in the medieval history of Newcastle and Douglas and the pristine countryside of Wales; and let loose in vibrant cultural centers from Glasgow to Liverpool.
Polar Bears & Beluga Whales (Canada)
August 8-14, 2018
Head north and discover the beauty and wildness of Churchill, Manitoba. Known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World," this small town on the banks of the Hudson Bay is famous for these majestic animals, who spend summer and fall on the local shores before returning to the pack ice when it forms in early winter. In summer they share the area with more than 60,000 beluga whales and a wide variety of other wildlife. Come and see this annual exhibition that can only be found here in the Canadian north, and meet the local people who call it home. Pioneering spirits and welcoming smiles are waiting for you.  
Majestic Great Lakes Cruise
August 14-23, 2018
Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you cruise all five Great Lakes aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Take in fascinating onboard lectures by maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse as you traverse the region’s stunning geography and immerse yourself in its pioneer spirit.
Italian Lakes
September 8-16, 2018
Experience the true essence of life in northern Italy’s fabled Lake District for one full week, with charming accommodations in the Palace Hotel in the heart of Como. Enjoy private lake cruises on Como, Maggiore and Orta and excursions to Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, the Borromean Islands and Milan. Verona/Venice Post-Program Option.
The Wonders of Peru feat. an Amazon Cruise
September 30 - October 11
Immerse yourself in Peru’s wonders. See Lima’s highlights, then experience a three-night, intimate Amazon cruise. Enjoy wildlife-watching and a rain forest hike. In the Andes, explore ethereal Machu Picchu with a guide. This ten-night journey features free economy airfare, round-trip between Miami, Florida, and Lima; expert local guides; a Travel Director; and generous meals with wine at dinner. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.
Autumn Inspiration Cruise (Canada)
September 13-23, 2018
Experience the explosive colors of autumn as you sail up North America’s immense and beautiful Atlantic coast aboard the Insignia. Delve into America’s revolutionary history in Boston and Newport, admire the natural grandeur of the Gulf of Lawrence and Sept-Îles, and discover old-world European charm in Québec and Montréal.
Ancient Vignette's Cruise
October 3-14, 2018
Classical cultures come to life as you explore the art and history of Southern Europe. From the Renaissance art of Florence and Rome to the ancient walled cities of Valletta and Rhodes, you’ll explore it all aboard the luxurious Riviera.
Blues to Country: America's Music
November 4-12, 2018
Discover America’s musical roots on this week-long riverboating experience. Dance to the blues in Memphis; hear haunting Civil War hymns in Dover; walk in the shadows of jazz greats in Paducah; and learn why Nashville is the Country Music Capital of the World.
Holiday Markets
November 27 - December 5
Delight in Germany’s merry Christkindlmarkts on a seven-night, first-class cruise along the Rhine and Main Rivers. See Cologne’s cathedral, sail the Rhine Gorge, and admire medieval Miltenberg and Rothenburg. Visit Koblenz, Würzburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg. Enjoy a choice of excursions in several ports, lectures, and ample meals. For solo travelers, the single supplement is waived.