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  • Saturday, January 06, 2024 6:00 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    I will be your UC escort on this fabulous trip! September 10-20, 2024. Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views aboard railways and lake cruises while enjoying cultural experiences in charming villages.Cruise through Lago Maggiore and visit one of the beautiful Borromean Islands. Stroll the lakeside boulevards of St. Moritz. Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways. $250 discount per person if you book before 3-11-2024.

    HighlightsZurich, Glacier Express Train, Zermatt, Lake Maggiore, Borromeo Palace, Choice on Tour: Villa Taranto or Pallanza Art Museum, Island Dinner, Bernina Express Train, St. Moritz, Lucerne, Mount Pilatus

    Sep 11, 2024: Zurich, Switzerland - Tour Begins

    Welcome to Switzerland’s largest city – Zurich. Enjoy some free time exploring its charming Old Town or one of its many museums on your own. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.

    Sep 12, 2024: Zurich - Andermatt - Zermatt

    Say “good morning” to Zurich with a walking tour of the city. A local guide will teach you the city’s history and make a few sweet stops along the way. Learn the history behind the chocolate shops and taste some delicacies for yourself. Treat your taste buds to even more flavors of Zurich with free time for lunch on your own. After that, it’s all aboard! You’re off to Andermatt to experience the world-renowned Glacier Express train. Natural backdrops of the Swiss Alps, thick forests, gurgling streams, and deep valleys bring this mountain dream to life. Complete your day in the unique, car-less village of Zermatt.

    Sep 13, 2024: Zermatt

    Start your morning with a Tour Manager-led walk to get familiar with the quaint mountain village of Zermatt. With free time for the rest of the day, let your curiosity get the best of you while uncovering history in the Matterhorn Museum. Perhaps your adventurous side will bring you on the Gornergrat Railway to experience elevated views of the Matterhorn.

    Sep 14, 2024: Zermatt - Lake Maggiore, Italy

    Take on the day as you depart Zermatt and head towards Italy. Enjoy scenic mountain views on a drive through the Simplon Pass, used for centuries as a main trading route between northern Italy and Switzerland. Learn how Napoleon used the Simplon Pass to cross the Alps into Italy and gain control of Milan and Venice. Continue to a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters set against the backdrop of the Alps, known as Lake Maggiore. Take time this afternoon to stroll the cobbled streets of Stresa. Long-favored by European aristocracy because of its blend of elegance, Stresa has inspired artists and writers since the late 1800s. Step inside a local wine shop where the family teaches you all about some of Italy’s local specialties and invites you to try some. As the day draws to a close, settle in for a 3-night stay at your hotel.

    Sep 15, 2024: Lake Maggiore

    The entire day is yours. You might want to soak up the sun along the waterfront, relax in an outdoor café, or head out on the waves by boat. Perhaps you’ll take an optional tour to picture-perfect Lake Orta – a hidden gem surrounded by romantic villages and filled with quaint islands. As the evening approaches, board a private boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori. On the island, toast to your Italian experiences during dinner at a local restaurant.

    Sep 16, 2024: Lake Maggiore

    Today, explore the twin towns of Verbania and Pallanza where it’s your choice! In Verbania, wander through the enchanted gardens of Villa Taranto. Among the dreamy landscapes and captivating reflections are mysterious flowers from the farthest corners of the world -OR- visit Pallanza and tour the Troubetzkoy statuary collection housed in the town’s museum, Museo del Paesaggio. This afternoon, set sail to Isola Bella – known as the “beautiful island.” With an expert guide beside you, journey into the Borromeo Palace – a lakeside Baroque beauty adorned with an exotic garden.

    Sep 17, 2024: Lake Maggiore - St. Moritz, Switzerland

    Experience sweeping coastal views on your drive along the picturesque shores of Lake Como during your full morning bus transfer to Tirano. Spend the afternoon traveling along one of the world’s most scenic railways. Take a journey through the Bernina Express en route to St. Moritz, Switzerland. Witness the striking landscapes of the Italian and Swiss Alps throughout your voyage – including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Make your final stop in St. Moritz and enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or stroll the lakeside boulevard.

    Sep 18, 2024: St. Moritz - Lucerne

    Slow and steady wins the race today. Enjoy a leisurely start in St. Moritz before heading to Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Follow the ancient pathways of the city on a walking tour through an Altstadt (Old Town), passing through the covered 14th-century Chapel Bridge. Along the way, see the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison. Pause at the renowned Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate heroic soldiers. The evening is yours to relax or explore.

    Sep 19, 2024: Lucerne

    Today, enjoy the splendor of pure nature while gliding over a clear landscape in panoramic gondolas and spectacular cable cars. Ascend Pilatus on a unique excursion along the steepest railway in the world. From the top, soak in the magnificent Alpine views from 7,000 ft. above sea level. Enjoy leisure time at the summit, where you can stroll the walkway for new vantage points. Venture back down the mountain by panoramic gondola for another bird’s eye view. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner featuring Swiss specialties.

    Sep 20, 2024: Lucerne - Tour Ends

  • Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:00 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    TRIP ALERT! There are still a few spaces left on Memorials of World War II (, August 19-28, 2024. The early booking bonus ($300 discount per person) ends December 20London & Paris WWII-Focused City Tours, Portsmouth, The D-Day Story Museum, English Channel Crossing by ferry, Juno Beach, Caen Peace Memorial Museum, Arromanche-les-Baines, Longues-sur-Mer, Apple Cider Farm Visit, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Utah Beach, Giverny Gardens, Seine River Dinner Cruise. 

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023 9:00 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    Memorials of World War II ( still has a few spaces left. August 19-28, 2024. London & Paris WWII-Focused City Tours, Portsmouth, The D-Day Story Museum, English Channel Crossing, Juno Beach, Caen Peace Memorial Museum, Arromanche-les-Baines, Longues-sur-Mer, Apple Cider Farm Visit, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Utah Beach, Giverny Gardens, Seine River Dinner Cruise.

    Retrace the D-Day preparation efforts at The D-Day Story Museum, dedicated to Operation Overlord.

    Navigate the path of the D-Day Landings as you cross the English Channel by ferry.

    There is a discount of $300 per person if you book before 12/20/23

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:00 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    Just returned from Greece via LAX. There were about 75 people going through customs. Luckily I have Global Entry - 8 scanners, no one in line. Took about a minute to let the scanner take my picture, then a customs official called my name and I was free to go. Global Entry cost me $100 for five years and includes domestic Pre Check. I've used it many times and it's terrific. Sign up at 

  • Thursday, September 07, 2023 7:00 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    So many of our 2024 trips are filling up! If you see a trip you like, jump right in and make a deposit. Our Collette trips often fill before the deadline for guaranteed and/or discounted pricing. Before that deadline, you can cancel without ANY penalty and get all your monies back (even the travel insurance). The refund of travel insurance is an exclusive Collette benefit. Booking early also gets you the flights/seats you want and the chance to upgrade on those long flights!

    We have limited seats on the following 2024 trips - see links below:

    • Croatia and Its Islands, June, only 3 yacht cabins left
    • Memorials of World War II, August, discount until 12-20-2023
    • Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains, September, discount until 3-22-2024
    • Kingdoms of Southeast Asia, November, deadline 4-8-2024 

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023 1:30 PM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    Thank you to all UC retirees, friends and families who have made our trips so popular. Some of our 2024 trips are already almost half full. Here's a short list of escorts on the 2024 trips - maybe someone you know?

    • Costa Rica in January, escort Dolores Dyer, UCLA.
    • Australia/New Zealand in March, escort Frank Trueba, UC Santa Cruz.
    • Morocco in April, escort Sue Barnes, UCLA and UC Davis.
    • Croatia in June, escort Sandra Norbert, UC San Francisco.
    • Memorials of WWII in August, escort Vicky Leow, UC San Francisco.
    • Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains in September, escort Dolores Dyer or Sandra Norberg.
    • Kingdoms of Southeast Asia in November, escort Dolores Dyer or Sandra Norberg.
  • Monday, July 17, 2023 11:00 AM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    April 2024: Turkey's Magical Hideaways is a small group adventure with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). Highlights of this 18-day trip include Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Fethiye, 4-Night Turquoise Coast private gulet cruise, Marmaris, Kusadasi and more. There are 17 guided tours and cultural experiences, such as a day in the life of a Cappadocian village and a craft demo at a rug-weaving cooperative. For more information see: UC Retirees Travel. Or read the flyer

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023 10:30 AM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    A huge giant thank you to all the UC Retirees, friends and family that have made UC Travel such a success. When you participate in UC Retirees Travel trips, you help to support CUCRA (Council of University of California Retirees Associations), a systemwide consortium of volunteer representatives from all of the UC retiree associations. CUCRA represents retiree interests and advocates for retiree benefits in regular meetings with UC leadership.

    Our  trips have been so popular we sometimes have had to plan two trips to the same location because of overwhelming popularity.  We want to accommodate every single one of you! It is  a chance to meet up with old friends and meet new ones. Please if you see a a trip you would like to go on (CUCRA Travel) , sign up right away.  If you register before final payment is due you can confirm your space with just a deposit and optional travel insurance. We don’t want to disappoint any of our retirees friends or family by having them go on a waiting list. Our trips have become so popular that many  months prior to a trip you may be on a waiting list. You all have made UC Travel a fun group  to join and we are getting more travelers all the time.  We have gotten great feedback on all of our adventures.  Please book early and be part of the UC Travel adventures

    Your UC Travel Group 

     Dolores Dyer.

  • Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:00 AM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    Travel Zoom at 1 pm Friday, June 16Register now. Hear about 2024 trips and maybe 2025. If this meeting weren't on Zoom, it would be Standing Room Only! All aboard. 

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023 11:53 AM | Anne Pautler (Administrator)

    Did you miss the March 17 meeting? Did you attend, but need to refresh your memory? The March 17 Travel group meeting is now on YouTube, see it here. 

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