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.
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.
Discover Vietnam and Cambodia!
Travel dates: November 5 – 24, 2020
Registration now open!
Reserve your space on or before November 15 to receive an additional $100 per person cruise discount.
Take a morning tai chi class overlooking Ha Long Bay and ride a tuk tuk to a Cambodian feast.
Southeast Asia electrifies the senses with its breathtaking scenery, aromatic cuisine, bustling markets and serene temples. This unforgettable journey brings you up close with the region’s old-world charm, history and culture.
Starting at $2,499 per person
Customizable itineraries for land tours and river cruising.
Led by Mei-mei Zane ’84 Engel.
River cruise operated by AmaWaterways.
Vietnam land tours are limited to 28 travelers. River cruise and Cambodia land tour maximums dependent on space available.
Tour includes hotel/boat accommodations, regional airline flight between Hanoi and Siem Reap, museum and archaeological site entrance fees, cooking class, group activities, group transportation, meals as specified, fast track arrival service, suitcase storage in Hanoi, three-day Angkor Wat pass and gratuities for hotel bellmen and housekeeping.
Tour rate does not include AmaWaterways river cruise fare, international airfare, airport transfers, Cambodia or Vietnam entry visas, gratuities for local guides and bus drivers or travel insurance.
- Junior Suite Cabin on Ha Long Bay overnight cruise
General Booking Information
Land Tour Deposit
Receipt of your tour registration form and non-refundable tour deposit secures each space on this tour. Trip is confirmed with a minimum of 16 travelers. Please submit your tour deposit payable to HNL Travel Associates as soon as possible as space is limited.
· Vietnam and Cambodia Land Tour deposit (Option A or Option C): $1,000 per person
· Cambodia Land Tour Only deposit (Option B): $500 per person
Final land tour payment will be due July 15, 2020.
Land Tour Cancellation & Refunds
Cancellations must be received in writing and are subject to the following penalties:
· Deposits are non-refundable once paid
· Cancellation after July 15, 2020: No refund
A $400 per person cruise deposit payable to AmaWaterways is due within 7 days of cruise booking, refundable less a $200 administrative fee if canceled within 121+ days prior to sailing. Final cruise payment is due 90 days prior to sailing on August 18, 2020 after which cruise cancellation penalties will apply.
Itinerary is subject to modification due to weather, flight or activity schedules, or other circumstances beyond our control. Rest assured that any changes will be made with the best interest, comfort and general welfare of our group.
About the Travel Leaders
Mei-mei Zane ’84 Engel
Mei-mei Zane ’84 Engel led Punahou Alumni Travel Program’s trip to Turkey in 2019. An adept and adventurous travel leader, Mei-mei has built relationships with local vendors and villagers across the world to bring bespoke experiences to Punahou alumni not available elsewhere. She has led tours to Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Sicily, Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic and elsewhere since 2012.
AmaWaterways provides all-encompassing river cruise vacations on the most breathtaking waterways of Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. World-renowned for the unparalleled quality of its rapidly-growing fleet – which includes 23 custom-designed ships boasting impeccable itineraries, services and amenities – AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry, creating authentic and inspiring travel experiences.
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, retraced 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 highlighted the primary cultural sites and experiences in the region, as well as Peru’s world-renowned culinary scene. The highlight of the trip was 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!
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.