• Academic Arrangements Abroad

    Academic Arrangements Abroad is The Royal Oak Foundation’s luxury travel partner, offering privileged access to extraordinary places in more than 50 countries.

    If you’re looking for value-added travel, AAA‘s rich resources of museum curators, professors and diplomats combine provide knowledgable insights and special access to dramatic destinations.

    Please review the selection of upcoming Arrangements Abroad excursions, configured specifically with Royal Oak Foundation participant interests in mind.

    Royal Oak Foundation 2014 Trips

    main square in Old Havana

    A GRAND VISION 450 YEARS OF CUBAN ART & ARCHITECTURE

    FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 1, 2014
    Spend a week immersed in the fascinating history and warm hospitality of this delightful island nation. Begin in Havana with a walking tour of Old Havana’s main squares, lined with Baroque and neoclassical buildings. Tour the National Museum of Fine Arts with a curator and visit the private garden of the Swiss Ambassador by special invitation. On an overnight excursion to the north coast, explore the Afro-Cuban heritage of Matanzas, where a private musical performance has been arranged. Discover Ediciones Vigía, a unique publisher of handmade books, and the 19th-century Pharmacy Museum, and in nearby Varadero, enjoy lunch at Xanadu, a 1920s mansion built by the French-American millionaire, Irenee Dupont de Nemours. To view the full brochure, click here. PROGRAM RATE $4,995

    Old City in Porto, Portugal

    ENCHANTING DOURO RIVER PORTO TO VEGA DE TERRÓN ABOARD AMAVIDA

    MAY 5 – 14, 2014
    Tour manor houses and sample local varietals as you wend your way through Portugal’s Douro River Valley aboard the luxury AmaVida. Begin in ancient Porto, to see the Old City and the 21st-century Rem Koolhaas masterpiece, Casa da Música. Explore the history of the Douro wine region on an after-hours visit to the Douro Museum in Régua, and admire the splendid manor house of Mateus (famously depicted on wine labels) in Vila Real. Visit the fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo before disembarking in Vega de Terrón, Spain. Conclude in Salamanca with a tour of its major landmarks. Optional Lisbon prelude and Madrid postlude. To view the full brochure, click here. CRUISE RATES FROM $4,995

     

    lighthouse near the North Sea

    VIKING ODYSSEY COPENHAGEN TO REYKJAVIK ABOARD SEA EXPLORER

    MAY 23 – JUNE 4, 2014
    Sail in the wake of the Viking explorers to sophisticated Scandinavian cities, Neolithic sites and Norse settlements. Spend two days in Copenhagen and call in Gothenburg, Sweden, before sailing to Oslo to see City Hall (where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded) and Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl’s famous raft. Tour Bergen’s 14th-century wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit Edvard Grieg’s villa for a private performance. Cross the North Sea to relive millennia of human history on the Shetland Islands and explore the Neolithic and Norse sites of the Orkney and Faroe islands. Conclude in Reykjavik after enjoying the lava-strewn beauty of Iceland’s Westman Islands. Optional Copenhagen prelude and Reykjavik postlude. To view the full brochure, click here. CRUISE RATES FROM $9,790

     

    Palatine Chapel in Sicily

    SICILY BY SEA
    ART TREASURES & ANCIENT TEMPLES
    ABOARD SEA CLOUD II

    OCTOBER 10 – 18, 2014
    Circumnavigate Sicily on a cruise that National Geographic Traveler named one of its “Tours of a Lifetime.” Embark in Catania and sail through the volcanic Aeolian Islands to Palermo. Marvel at the Palatine Chapel’s glittering mosaics before driving to Monreale to tour its magnificent Norman cathedral. Discover splendid Greek ruins in Segesta and Agrigento, and in Pozzallo, admire the artful mosaics of the fourth-century Villa del Tellaro. In Syracuse, explore the well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters of the Archaeological Zone, and visit the baroque palazzo of Baron Beneventano for a tour and refreshments before disembarking in Valletta, Malta. Optional Catania prelude. Renowned author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson will join this tour. To view the full brochure, click here. CRUISE RATES FROM $5,995