Special Travel Opportunities

The Osher Institute at the University of Richmond has developed a series of domestic and international travel opportunities for Osher members. Details are listed below.

Osher travel opportunities require all travelers to be Osher members, including spouses and guests. Memberships may be purchased for as little as $75/year. If you have questions regarding this requirement or general questions, please email OSHERtravel@gmail.com.

Questions regarding trip details should be forwarded to the travel provider listed in the trip details below.

2024 Travel Opportunities

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  • October 15-23: Culinary Journey through Tuscany

    Tuscan landscape with glass of wine and fruit in foregroundPremier World Discovery welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to a 9-day Culinary Journey through Tuscany, featuring 7 nights in the Chianti region.

    Dates: October 15-23, 2024

    Rates

    • Total cost per person, double occupancy, with booking discount: $4,575
    • Total cost per person, double occupancy, no booking discount: $4,675
    • Single occupancy supplement: Add $700

    Rates are per person and subject to change.

    Highlights

    • 7 Night Stay at single hotel in Chianti
    • Truffle Demonstration & Tasting at a Tuscan Estate
    • Florence Walking Tour
    • Academy Gallery & the Statue of David
    • Pasta Making Cooking Class
    • Winery Tour & Tasting
    • Pecorino Cheese Tasting
    • Music & Wine Experience with a local Sommelier at a Farmhouse in Montalcino
    • Sienna Walking Tour
    • Dinner at Tuscan Farmhouse & Winery
    • San Gimignano
    • Gelato Tasting
    • Lunch at a local Farmhouse famous for Saffron
    • Lake Trasimeno Boat Excursion
    • Island Maggiore with Lunch & Wine
    • Full Day at Leisure to Relax or Explore on Your Own

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip airfare from RIC
    • Nights First Class Hotel
    • 17 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners
    • Professional Tour Director
    • Motorcoach Transportation
    • Admissions per Itinerary
    • Comprehensive Sightseeing
    • Baggage Handling at the Hotel
    • Hotel Transfers
  • November 6-14: Colorful Costa Rica

    California seacoast cliffsPremier World Discovery welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to a 9-day trip to Colorful Costa Rica.

    Dates: November 6-14, 2024

    Rates

    • Discounted cost per person, double occupancy: $3,499
    • Regular cost per person, double occupancy: $3,599
    • Additional per person for single occupancy: +$725

    Rates are per person and subject to change.

    Highlights

    • San Jose
    • Poas Volcano National Park
    • Coffee Plantation Visit
    • Arenal Volcano National Park
    • Sarchi Artisan Village
    • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    • Selvatura Park & Hanging Bridges
    • Butterfly Garden & Hummingbird Gallery
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Carara National Park
    • Orchid Garden Tour
    • Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip Air from RIC
    • Int’l Air Departure Taxes, Fuel & Fees
    • 14 Meals: 8 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
    • Professional Naturalist Tour Director
    • Motorcoach Transportation
    • Hotel Transfers
    • Admissions per Itinerary
    • Comprehensive Sightseeing
    • Baggage Handling at Hotels
  • December 12-16: New York City

    Rockefeller Center Christmas treeCollette welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to a 5-day tour of New York City during the holidays.

    Dates: December 12-16, 2024

    Rates

    • Cost per person, double occupancy: $3,299
    • Cost per person, single occupancy: $4,099
    • Cost per person, triple occupancy: $3,269

    Rates are per person and subject to change. Does not include cancellation waiver and insurance of $199 per person.

    Highlights

    • Greenwich Village
    • Wall Street
    • Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • 9/11 Memorial
    • 9/11 Museum
    • Broadway Show

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip airfare from RIC
    • Air taxes & fees/surcharges
    • Hotel transfers
    • Hotel accommodations
    • 5 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Admissions per itinerary

2025 Travel Opportunities

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  • February 1-10: Northern Lights of Finland

    Lighted huts in the snowCollette welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to an 8-day trip to the Northern Lights of Ireland

    Dates: February 3-10, 2025

    Rates

    • Cost per person, double occupancy: $5,849
    • Cost per person, single occupancy: $6,799
    • Cost per person, triple occupancy: $5,799

    Rates are per person and subject to change. Does not include cancellation waiver and insurance of $449 per person.

    Highlights

    • Helsinki
    • Senate Square
    • Helsinki Cathedral
    • Lapland Region
    • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
    • Finnish Sauna
    • Meet & Greet with Santa
    • Reindeer Safari
    • Northern Lights Searches
    • Husky Safari
    • Glass Igloo Accommodation

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip airfare from RIC
    • Inter-flights from Helsinki
    • Air taxes & fees/surcharges
    • Hotel transfers
    • Accommodations
    • 11 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • April 20 - May 5: Flavors of Portugal and Spain

    Boat sailing on a lakeCollette welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to a 16-day trip to Portugal and Spain.

    Dates: April 20–May 5, 2025

    Rates

    • Cost per person, double occupancy: $6,599
    • Cost per person, single occupancy: $8,099

    Rates are per person and subject to change. Does not include cancellation waiver and insurance of $449 per person.

    Highlights

    • Lisbon
    • Tagus River Cruise
    • Tomar
    • Porto
    • Port Wine Tastings
    • Braga
    • Douro River Valley
    • Douro River Cruise
    • Salamanca
    • La Rioja
    • Pamplona
    • Bullfighter’s Home Experience
    • San Sebastian
    • Choice on Tour: Zumaia and Getaria Villages or Coastal Saint James Way Hike
    • Bilbao
    • Guggenheim Museum
    • Pintxos Tapas Pub Crawl

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip airfare from RIC
    • Air taxes & fees/surcharges
    • Hotel transfers
    • Hotel accommodations
    • 22 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Admissions per itinerary
  • October 6-13: Discover California Dreamin’

    California seacoast cliffsCollette welcomes the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond to an 8-day trip to Discover California Dreamin’: Monterey, Yosemite and Napa.

    Dates: October 6-13, 2025

    Rates

    • Cost per person, double occupancy: $3,999
    • Cost per person, single occupancy: $4,799
    • Cost per person, triple occupancy: $3,949

    Rates are per person and subject to change. Does not include cancellation waiver and insurance of $379 per person.

    Highlights

    • Monterey
    • Scenic 17-Mile Drive
    • Yosemite National Park
    • Sacramento
    • Choice on Tour: California State Railroad Museum or Crocker Art Museum
    • Lake Tahoe Scenic Cruise
    • Napa Valley Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting
    • San Francisco

    Inclusions

    • Roundtrip airfare from RIC
    • Air taxes & fees/surcharges
    • Hotel transfers
    • Hotel accommodations
    • 12 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Admissions per itinerary
  • October TBA: Croatia & Its Islands

    Trip details will be posted once finalized.

  • Dates TBA: Canadian Rockies Train Trip

    Trip details will be posted once finalized.

Insurance Policy

The University of Richmond purchases an international travel insurance policy that provides benefits to Osher members who travel on University-sponsored programs. The policy is underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company, with assistance services provided by ACE’s travel assistance partner, AXA. For more details, review the complete Summary of Benefits.

The following are major features of the international insurance.

Benefit Amount
Medical Expense Benefit for covered accident or sickness Up to $100,000
Medical Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains 100% of covered expenses
Security Evacuation Up to $100,000
Trip Cancellation due to disabling injury, sickness or death Up to $5,000
Personal Liability $100,000
Travel Assistance Services Available 24 hours per day

This summary above is provided for quick reference and does not take the place of or alter the policy’s conditions, exclusions and other terms.

Upon enrolling in an international program, you will be provided a Summary of Benefits document that further details the policy’s benefits, coverage, definitions, terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations.

For questions regarding coverage, please contact Keesha Trim, Director of Risk Management and Insurance.