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Where We’ve Been: July/August 2014

Group leaders let us know where they’ve been recently.


Texarkana Chamber of Commerce

Texarkana, Arkansas/Texas

Trip: Ireland

Tour Operator: Chamber Explorations

Date: October 2013

Forty-five members and guests of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce traveled to Ireland last fall to see some of the most scenic and famous parts of the country. The nine-day tour took them to see castles, cathedrals and cliffs, among other attractions.

“A few of the highlights of the trip included: A night’s stay in the Fitzpatrick Castle, Wicklow National Park, Glendalough Monastic Site, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a tour of Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery.”

— Mike Bledsoe, vice president of chamber operations


Rutgers Alumni Travel Program

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Trip: Treasures of South Africa

Tour Operator: Alumni Holidays International

Date: January 2014

Alumni travelers and their guests from Rutgers University spent nearly two weeks on a luxury trip to South Africa. In addition to seeing the “big five” game animals on safari at Kruger National Park, the group learned some of the nation’s history and visited Nelson Mandela’s prison cell at Robben Island.

“We also visited Kliptown Youth Center in Soweto and enjoying a lunch of traditional African cuisine. And we enjoyed incredible scenery and classic luxury during a train journey aboard the Rovos Rail.”

— Kristy Omelianuk, assistant director for alumni services