Did you know Michelangelo originally turned down the job to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel because he thought of himself a sculptor rather than a painter? Luckily for us, Julius II finally talked him into it.
Alumni Travel Program
Punahou alumni value curiosity, conversation and critical thought, and strive to be lifelong learners. The new Punahou Alumni Travel Program extends these core values by providing an opportunity to gain global perspective and connect across cultures. With exciting destinations as their backdrop, alumni from all parts of the world can enjoy the company of old and new friends, and bond through shared experience.
Travel operators are carefully selected for their ability to provide context and creativity to each itinerary, ensuring a high-quality, unforgettable trip.
Peru: In the Footsteps of Hiram Bingham III
Travel dates: September 22 – 29, 2018
Mystical Peru has been the epitome of adventure travel since Machu Picchu was reintroduced to the world by Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Bingham attended Punahou from 1883 – 1892 and was the grandson of Hiram Bingham, one of the first Calvinist missionaries to step foot in the Hawaiian Islands. This custom expedition, specifically created for Punahou alumni and led by a bilingual guide, retraces Bingham’s steps from Cusco all the way to The Lost City of the Incas. Filled with rich cultural and historical heritage, stunning archaeological sites and endless views of the massive Andes, Peru never fails to exceed the expectation of every traveler.
The eight-day expedition highlights the primary cultural sites and experiences in the region, as well as Peru’s world-renowned culinary scene. The highlight of the trip is a ride aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham Train to the dramatic landscape of Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to a once-in-a-lifetime location!
$4,950 (double occupancy)
$5,900 (single occupancy)
Cost includes tour, attraction entry fees, hotel accommodations, most meals, ground transportation and gratuity. International airfare and round trip domestic airfare from Lima to Cusco is not included and needs to be purchased directly by guests.
A non-refundable $500 per person deposit plus a $30 credit card transaction fee is required to hold reservations. Registration deadline is June 22, 2018. Final payment is due by June 22, 2018.
The Italian Renaissance
Travel dates: November 2 – 11, 2018
Alumnus and art historian Dr. Sean Nelson ’99 leads travelers on our Italian excursion through Rome, Florence and Venice. In addition to art history lectures, Nelson, with his travel company Select Study Abroad, arranges after-hours access inside the Sistine Chapel, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Florence Duomo Terraces. You’ll tour the Colosseum, create your own authentic Italian cuisine at cooking class, watch live demonstrations of Venice’s famous glass art and have lunch in a Chianti region vineyard. Discover why the art and culture of early modern Italy marked the beginning of a truly connected world.
$5,200 (double occupancy)
$6,100 (single occupancy)
Cost includes tour, attraction entry fees, hotel accommodations, most meals, ground transportation and gratuity. International airfare is not included.
A non-refundable $500 deposit per person is required to hold reservation. Payment options include bank transfer, personal check or credit card. A 3% transaction fee will be charged for credit card payments. Registration deadline is May 1, 2018. Final payment is due by September 1, 2018.
Travel dates: November 3 – 12, 2017
The Italian Renaissance has held sway over the western imagination for centuries, forming the foundations of any humanities education. This exclusive experience for Punahou alumni in November 2017 was led by Dr. Sean Nelson ’99. The 10-day VIP trip through Rome, Florence and Venice offered travelers special-access visits to some of Italy’s most famous sites – Sistine Chapel, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Florence Duomo Terraces – in the quiet privacy of our alumni group.