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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Journey to South Africa - SOLD OUT!

April 4-19, 2017 SOLD OUT!
Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers on an adventure like no other. From Cape Town, see historic Robben Island, and then travel on to track big game at the Thornybush Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Next, fly to Johannesburg to visit the historic township of Soweto, former home of Nelson Mandela. Board a Rovos Rail train in Pretoria for the fascinating journey through Botswana and Zimbabwe. Visit the thundering Victoria Falls before traveling on to Chobe National Park. Expert local guides and safari naturalists will bring your experience to life with included “off-road” game drives, excursions and fascinating talks. Your small-group experience includes deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

Outrageous Outback - SOLD OUT!

April 7-23, 2017 SOLD OUT!
Discover rugged outback scenery, cosmopolitan cities, and whimsical wildlife on this odyssey aboard this exotic Oceania cruise. Relax on golden beaches and take in all that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

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.