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Alumni & Friends Travel

Explore the World with Georgia Southwestern

Experience the joy of travel with Georgia Southwestern, providing GSW Alumni and friends the opportunity to experience multiple destinations around the world while making life-long friendships.

All trips are posted online here. GSW promotes 2-3 group trips per year and the website is updated with the reservation and information link as soon as dates are booked.

Benefits of Traveling with GSW

Traveling with GSW Alumni provides additional opportunities for guests such as:

  • Memorable Experiences - Travelers have the opportunity to explore new destinations with current and new friends. The tours vary by destination and length, but all include itineraries that detail the history of the area, introduce new local cuisine, and offer breathtaking views.
  • Build Lasting Relationships - GSW travelers are able to make connections and meaningful relationships with fellow Hurricane alumni, family, and friends while creating lasting memories.
  • Save Time and Money - Travelers are able to save valuable time on trips by having pre-planned itineraries that detail the history and uniqueness of the area, introduce new local cuisine and offer breathtaking views, while allowing travelers time to explore on their own. Traveling as a group takes the stress out of planning and also allows guests to receive better rates, group discounts and more.



Do I have to be an alumnus of Georgia Southwestern to participate in these travel opportunities?

No, the trips are for GSW Alumni & Friends and are open to anyone wishing to see the world. If you aren’t a friend now, you will be after traveling with us!

Who leads the tours?

A GSW representative travels with you to ensure you are comfortable and have the information you need. Also, each trip is assigned an incredibly knowledgeable Tour Manager, giving you the benefit of a highly trained expert (many of them have been with us for over 20 years) right by your side every step of the way.

Why does GSW use Collette as its travel partner?

Collette is a family owned company that has been in business for over 100 years and has an excellent reputation. The inclusive tours provide you more value for your money and more of what makes travel special. Additionally, Collette is very generous with its commission, a large percentage of which is donated to GSW to support student scholarships.

What is included in the price?

Most all of our trips include round trip airfare, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, accommodations, excursions/tours included in package, transportation and a number of meals (# varies with each trip). There are optional excursions/tours associated with each destination that can be purchased at the discretion of traveler. All information and daily itineraries are included in each trip link.

Transportation is provided from Georgia Southwestern to the airport on the day of departure at no extra cost. Guests are encouraged to budget for additional meals, optional add-ons, tips, and souvenirs.

If I live out of state, do I have to fly out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport?

Travel can be coordinated out of any Gateway airport, of which most major airports are included.

If I want to travel, but the trip I want isn’t one being offered through GSW, is there another option?

Anyone wishing to participate in group travel can select any tour through Collette World Connect. If interested, call 800-437-0235 and mention GSW promotions code U001.AX1.910 and Group (Georgia Southwestern State University).

Upcoming Trips

Alumni Trip to Portugal

Sunny Portugal

March 30 – April 8, 2024 Portugal: Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve From the Portuguese Riviera to the sunny cliffs of the Algarve, venture along Portugal’s stunning shoreline. Visit the charms of Lisbon and encounter picturesque resort towns, winding cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenades, and quaint villages of perfection. Ancient castles and Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and welcoming locals – Portugal is waiting for you. Cost: $3,599pp (double) Pricing for 9 nights includes air fare, fees, hotels, ground transportation, tours, and 13 meals.
Image of Denali National Park

Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise

June 26 – July 07, 2024 Alaska & Vancouver, British Columbus Traverse the Pacific coast by land and sea on a breathtaking journey that takes you from Alaska to Vancouver. Cruise the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Enjoy local dishes, ride a luxury domed railcar, and soak in views of the incredible landscapes from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms. Travel deep into Denali National Park for the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Cost $5,779pp (double). Price also includes round-trip airfare, cruise, taxes & fees, transfers, port charges, and 26 meals.
Irish Splendor, Cliffs of Moher

Irish Splendor

October 24 – 31, 2024 Ireland Begin your trip by exploring the historical city of Dublin and enjoying cocktails in a crypt. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Spend the night in a stately castle and relax by a roaring peat fire. Save $400 per person if booked before April 24, 2024 (Double: $3,049 – Single: $3,549 – Triple: $3,019) Price includes Round Trip Air, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, Accommodations, Tours, all Breakfasts & 3 Dinners. Complimentary transportation to and from Atlanta Hartsfield Int’l Airport from GSW campus.
image of Santorini, Greece

Greece Island Hopper

April 25 – May 5, 2025 Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Akrotiri, & Santorini Discover a place where age-old legends and monuments intertwine with warm sunshine and island-style living. Tour Athens with a local guide. Explore the Acropolis, home to the famous Parthenon and the city’s best lookout. Enjoy three days at leisure on the island of Mykonos, an Aegean paradise of sandy beaches and bustling energy. Uncover the past at the excavation site of Akrotiri. Make the most of a free day on the picture-perfect island of Santorini. From to the ruins of Athens to the bright rooftops of Mykonos and Santorini – embrace the country at its best.

We took our first trip with GSW Alumni to Ireland and then to Tuscany. We have had so much fun experiencing the different cultures, sights, food and wine. But most precious and dear to our hearts are the forever friends we have made!

Pam and Rusty Autry Americus, Georgia