UW Alumni Tours
Resources & FAQs
- Oanada.com offers currency exchange rates and a currency converter.
General Travel Information
- CIA World Factbook provides country maps, profiles, history and more, fully preparing you for your adventure.
- The Time Now is a fun place to learn interesting facts about your destination. How many people live there? How is the country governed? Study up!
- Learn which of the 15 different electrical outlet plugs you’ll be using during your trip so that your can bring the correct adapters.
- International Etiquette answers those pesky questions about the p’s and q’s of local customs and conduct for your upcoming trip.
- Visa & Passport Service: G3visas, owned and operated by UW alum Christopher Davis, has five locations nationwide and is a leader in providing visas, passports and document authentications for all types of travel.
- UW Rome Center – Apartment for Rent: Located in the heart of the historic city, UW affiliates can rent this spacious, furnished penthouse apartment in Rome.
- Travel insurance is worth considering, especially for international trips. The UW Alumni Association offers travel insurance for alumni and friends through USI Travel Insurance Services.
Medical and Immunizations
Official Travel Information
- U.S. Department of State provides information for citizens traveling abroad, including travel warnings about various countries and passport and visa information.
- U.S. Passports & International Travel has passport application and renewal forms in addition to health and safety information for international travelers.
- Transportation Security Administration contains the most up-to-date information about what is allowed in your carry-on luggage and current screening procedures.
- The Weather Channel offers hourly, 5 day and 10 day forecasts for any longitude and latitude.
Why does the UWAA have a travel program?
Our primary goal is to keep alumni connected to the UW and to provide enriching ways to educate alumni. No one stops learning once they leave school—the world is one big classroom and what better way to learn about it than by traveling!
Why travel with UW alumni and friends?
We’ve done all the homework so you won’t have to! Group travel lets you relax knowing someone has found the best places to stay, dine and visit.
Plus past travelers often remark that a highlight of their trip is the camaraderie they feel with fellow travelers, and how friendships formed continue long after they’ve returned home.
I’m not a UW alum; can I go on a tour?
Certainly! And bring your friends and family, too! Every UW tour is open to all UW alumni, their families and friends of the University of Washington.
Because the UWAA is partly funded through membership and the travel program is part of our member benefits, we do ask that one traveler per reservation join the UWAA for the year of travel.
Who are the tour operators?
UW Alumni Tours works with the most professional and experienced tour operators selected based on their destination expertise, professionalism and reputation.
By working with a variety of operators, we are able to offer tours for different travel tastes. All operators are dedicated to educational travel in the pursuit of life-long learning. Learn more.
What makes UW Alumni Tours different?
Our travel team is available to help you decide if a tour is right for you and to assist you in working with the tour operators. Many tours are accompanied by either UW hosts or UW faculty lecturers, who help you get the most out of your travel experience.
How are flights arranged?
For most tours, travelers make their own air arrangements, have a tour operator book an individual air schedule or take advantage of group air arrangements. Because air options vary from trip to trip and operator to operator, it’s best to refer to an individual tour for specific air options available.
Are prices and itineraries on the web site final?
We often have tour information on our site up to 18 months before a trip takes place. Therefore itineraries, program details and costs may change. Our Web site is updated as details become available.
Prices noted on tour pages are based on double occupancy and additional costs for single travelers are noted by the “single supplement.”
Are single rooms available?
A limited number of single spaces (at an additional cost) are available on a first-come basis and vary from one program to another. You may let us know if you are a single traveler that would be interested in sharing a room. If possible, we’ll put you in touch with other single travelers.
Note: Oceania Cruise Line rarely offers special single pricing, so a traveler desiring a single room pays the double occupancy rate.
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
Tour participants are subject to the cancellation policies governing the particular trip in which they are enrolled. Cancellation policies are outlined on a tour’s brochure. Travel insurance is available through a variety of sources and is recommended.
Are we required to sign any forms?
Yes, all travelers are required to sign a UWAA release of liability and waiver form. Signing this form indicates that you’ve read all of the tour materials and fully understand the physical requirements of the tour.
Are there physical requirements?
All travelers must be in good mental and physical health, able to get on and off motor coaches on their own, and be able to keep up with the pace of the group. Participants who require special assistance must be accompanied by someone who can and will provide it.
How do I enroll in a tour?
To enroll, you can call our office and provide the necessary information over the phone. (Call 206-685-9276 or 800-289-2586.) You can also download tour reservation forms from some brochures and either email (email@example.com) or fax (206-616-3863) in the completed form with a deposit.
Some tours have online reservation forms, links to which we’ve provided on the site.
How do I receive a brochure for a specific tour?
Not all brochures are automatically mailed to everyone. To ensure that you receive a specific brochure, please send us a request by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Brochures are generally available seven to nine months in advance of a tour’s departure. Links to many brochures are available on the tours’ sites.
How do I sign up for the Tours e-news?
We publish a quarterly travel e-newsletter announcing new tours and special events. Sign up to receive it by phone, email or by using the Travel e-news form throughout the site.
How do I contact UW Alumni Tours?
We love to hear from past, present and potential travelers and friends. Here are the various ways you can contact us.
UW Alumni Tours
University of Washington Alumni Association
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-685-9276 or 800-289-2586
E-mail address: email@example.com