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Where We’ve Been: September 2016

Find out what adventures other travel planners have recently experienced in the September edition of Where We’ve Been.

Damascus Community Bank

Damascus, Maryland

Trip: Panama Canal Cruise

Tour Operator: Islands in the Sun Cruises and Tours

Date: March 2016

The Damascus Community Bank’s Prime Time Club explored the Caribbean for 12 days aboard a Panama Canal cruise. The group members toured ports in Aruba, Columbia, Grand Cayman and Panama.

“This was an amazing trip to experience the operations of the Panama Canal locks. Entering at sea level, our ship was lifted 85 feet through three separate locks before entering Gatun Lake. A few of our travelers rode the train in Panama, a few opted to take a small boat through the canal on the Pacific side, and another group stayed on board so they could see the locks up close. I am always happy to share their excitement.”

— Ruth B. Johnson, Prime Time Club Director


University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Trip: Egypt and the Eternal Nile

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Date: February 2016

For 15 days, the Travelin’ With the Tide alumni members immersed themselves in Egypt’s wonders without the large crowds. The tour included stops in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, the Nile River and Lake Nasser.

“Our trip to Egypt was truly incredible. Our group was able to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences nearly alone in many of the monuments and temples. The opportunity to witness such spectacular history without a crowd was magical. We also had the opportunity to visit with local families and artisans, eat delectable regional cuisine and see stunning papyrus paintings. The entire group took a hot-air-balloon ride over the Valley of the Nobles in Luxor. We look forward to returning to Egypt in 2017.”

— Ashley Olive, Alumni Events & Tour Coordinator