Gaucho Getaways eNewsletter
Fall 2013
Dear UCSB Alumni and Friends,
Have you ever really contemplated why you travel? What is the most rewarding part of travel? I came across a website the other day called “100 Reasons To Travel Inspired By Bloggers From Across The Globe”. Two of my favorites are #65: Travel changes your life and #56 Travel allows you to see the world from a different perspective. With Gaucho Getaways itineraries, you’ll definitely explore destinations, whether visited for your first or tenth time, from a new and unique perspective, creating life-long friendships along the way. Besides the trips highlighted in this newsletter, check out our entire 2014 Gaucho Getaways.
Please join us in 2014 for one or more of our Gaucho Getaways and experience the world with UCSB!
Susan Goodale
Susan Goodale, Programs Director
UCSB Alumni Association

In the Wake of the Vikings In the Wake of the Vikings
May 21-29, 2014

Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only to small ships, and visit three UNESCO World heritage sites. Excursions include the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on the Isle of Skye; the ancient Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis; the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands.

Southwest National Parks Southwest National Parks
May 30-June 9, 2014

Learn fascinating geological, natural, and cultural secrets of these larger-than-life preserves – including Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. Enjoy a Navajo cookout, 4-wheel drive tour of Monument Valley, and wine tasting in Moab. Most of all, take in breathtaking views of a lifetime.

Black Sea OdysseyAboard the MV Aegean Odysseys Black Sea Odyssey
Aboard the MV Aegean Odysseys
September 14-25, 2013

Your odyssey illuminates a region with history spanning from the birth of civilization through the dramatic end of the Cold War. Epic tales resonate within the ancient walls of Turkey’s Byzantine churches and exquisite Ottoman mosques. Visit Livadia Palace where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin determined Europe’s fate, and enter Balaklava’s former secret Soviet submarine base and traverse the Crimean War battlefields.

Exploring Iceland Exploring Iceland
August 23-September 2, 2014

Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland. Tour the dramatic Snaefellsnes peninsula and travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn with its mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters. See Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara,”. Visit Thingvellir National Park, and Vik. Conclude with a stay in Reykjavik.

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Gaucho Getaways
UCSB Alumni Association
Santa Barbara, CA
tel: (805) 893-4611
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Southeast Alaska 
Aboard the 66 Passenger Admiralty Dream Southeast Alaska
Aboard the 66 Passenger Admiralty Dream
August 23-30, 2014

Enjoy the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With no ports of call, your ship goes where nature calls. Witness wildlife up close from kayaks and skiffs. With skilled naturalists, and discussions by park rangers and native people, encounter Alaska’s abundant wildlife, fjords, and ice-blue glaciers.
Portugal's River of Wine by Kayak & Local Inn Portugal's River of Wine by Kayak & Local Inn
September 20-29, 2014

Paddle the mellow and historic Douro River by day, hike/stroll into the hills and vineyards for fabulous views and then wine and dine at classic vineyard estates by night. Share warm personal connections with our hosts, gain insight from our guide and local experts, and enjoy an inside encounter with contemporary rural life in Portugal. "A sua saude" - to your health! Limited to 12 guests.
Travel Insurance – Priceless for Peace of Mind
Travel insurance is highly recommended for your travels. Be prepared for the unexpected and ensure you insure your trip so you can enjoy peace of mind while exploring the world.