Napa Valley College
Educational Trips and Tours
The Trips and Tours program is temporarily on hiatus due to Covid-19 and the related pandemic. We look forward to meeting your travel and educational needs in the near future.
Enjoy the descriptions of our past trips below. We will be adventuring again!
Do you have a spirit of adventure and the desire to make new friends? You are invited to an upcoming seminar to learn more about traveling with Napa Valley College on exciting and affordable group trips. Napa Valley College has provided thousands of participants with the opportunity to enjoy enriching and life-changing journeys home and abroad for 40 years. The college does the planning and execution of details so participants can comfortably and safely be escorted to destinations of interest. No need to hesitate...the included unique cancellation waiver allows you to cancel at ANY time, for ANY reason until the day before departure.
Trip price includes: Many meals; Round-trip airfare and Airport transportation; Air taxes and fee surcharges; Hotel transfers; 4-star hotel accommodations; Motor coach transportation throughout; Admission to all attractions mentioned as "included"; Porterage of your suitcase; Professional tour director; trip cancellation and medical insurance.
Colors of Morocco
*January 30 – February 9, 2020
Get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Dine at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film “Casablanca.” Spend time in the capital city of Rabat. Explore Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world, on a walking tour in the Medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still walk the ancient market. Make your way through the Sahara Desert by jeep before boarding a camel for your ride to your nomad camp. Travel the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. In Marrakech, get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality during lunch and tea with a local family. End with dinner in a palace. Enchanting Morocco will dazzle you with its deep history, unique atmosphere and welcoming people. *Our 2nd departure - The first departure is full!
March 23 – April 1, 2020
Embark on an incredible journey through the Andean oasis of Colombia and begin a love affair with the vibrancy, spirit, and passion of this emerald of the Caribbean coast. Visit Bogotá – Colombia’s beating heart. Fly over mystic valleys and stand at the foot of the Andes in Colombia’s verdant coffee region, where wax palms tower overhead and the secrets to perfect Colombian coffee are revealed. On a journey of discovery, tour the murals of Medellín’s Comuna 13 with a neighborhood resident. Adventure to the Cocora Valley with 4x4 “Willys” to hike or explore on horseback. Line the aisles of a sensory buffet at Paloquemao market, and indulge in the romance and history of sultry Cartagena. When you experience Colombia, you discover earthly treasures swept across stunning Caribbean landscapes that enliven the spirit – and sense of adventure – around every turn.
Discover Washington, D.C.
April 9 – 14, 2020
The epic story of American democracy comes to life in America’s capital city. View the extraordinary monuments throughout the National Mall that commemorate the heroes who have shaped America’s past, including the World War II Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Wander Mt. Vernon’s beautiful plantation grounds, and tour the beloved home of George Washington. Uncover the gems of the Smithsonian Institution as you explore some of its world-renowned museum collections. Tour Washington National Cathedral and admire the architecture of this magnificent building that took 83 years to complete. On a guided tour, learn about Ford’s Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Join us for this extraordinary exploration of America’s history and culture in Washington, D.C. It’s time to immerse yourself in the epic story of America.
April 29 – May 6, 2020
A journey through Canyon Country brings you into a colorful world of stunning southwestern vistas and the unique topography of three national parks: Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Delve into the region’s Native American history during a chat with a local tribe member. Take time to shop in Sedona’s marketplace and travel through Kaibab National Forest. Spend a night on the South Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Luxuriate at the Lake Powell Resort for two nights. Personalize your Arizona travel by choosing to either take in the stark beauty of Monument Valley on a narrated ride or take a cruise through the canyons for a different perspective on the spectacular scenery. Then it’s off to the neon-lit spectacle of Las Vegas.
June 12 - 20, 2020
Discover the many charms of the Canadian province of Quebec. This tour introduces you to natural and historic wonders while staying in some of its most luxurious hotels. You'll spend two nights each in European style grandeur at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and at the regal Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region. Decide how you want to tour Montreal: by foot or by coach. Discover the tradition of maple syrup making at a local sugar shack. Tour Quebec City's old and new treasures. Embark on a whale-watching expedition with a naturalist guide. Ferry to a 19th century mill that lies on an island in the St. Lawrence River. Visit the magnificent Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré and behold the spectacular Montmorency Falls. Your French Canadian adventure awaits.
August 7 - 16, 2020
Enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal. Explore the entire rim of the Sete Cidades Caldera. Spend 2 nights in a lava stone house overlooking the Atlantic. Indulge in a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal, which is cooked by the heat of the volcanic earth. Admire an exclusive viewpoint of Furnas Lake during lunch at the Terra Nostra Tea House. Sample local dairy goods at a family-owned cheese shop. Descend into Algar do Carvao, an ancient lava tube known as the "Cavern of Coal," with an expert guide. From thermal pools and lush craters to local farms and volcanic cuisine, delve into the culture of Portuguese island life.
Spotlight on Santa Fe
September 13 - 18, 2020
Discover why Santa Fe embraces "The City Different" moniker on this Southwestern getaway. Kick off your journey with a locally guided walking tour through the Santa Fe Plaza, the historic heart of the city where you'll stop at some of the city's landmark sites like the Santa Fe Indian Market, Palace of the Governors, and Loretto Chapel. Try your hand at making tamales at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Uncover the sculpted canyons and cliff dwellings once inhabited by the Pueblo Indians at Bandelier National Monument. Santa Fe's flourishing art scene, and Native American roots.
Autumn in Vermont
October 2 – 8, 2020
From winding roads in deep valleys and idyllic country homesteads, to a visual symphony of vibrant autumn leaves, there's no better place to experience a slice of classic New England life than in Vermont. Overnight in Boston, one of America's oldest cities, before heading north to Vermont – a microcosm of New England at its finest. Quaint villages, old fashioned steeples, local boutiques and country farms adorned with historic barns are the quintessential staples of the "Green Mountain State," providing a nostalgic yet welcoming environment.
From the Outback to the Glaciers
Explore the diverse wonders of the lands Down Under. An adventure that includes a "Dreamtime tour" in the rugged Outback introduces you to the Aboriginal life and culture of Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. Delve into the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House and a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a choice of a harbor cruise pass or visits to Sydney Tower Eye and Aquarium. Explore the snow-capped peaks, vistas, gorges and waterfalls of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Cruise Milford Sound. Settle in for a 3-night stay in Queenstown. Enjoy sweeping views from the Sky Line restaurant. Experience the Franz Josef Glacier and the Mt. Cook region. Discover the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown.