Sagehen Travel Program

For more than 25 years, Pomona College has assembled some of the most amazing vacation tours imaginable for the Sagehen alumni and family community. An extension of the College’s educational mission and part of the Lifelong Learning Program, each trip is accompanied by Pomona faculty members to deepen your appreciation of the destination and offer rich intellectual insight.

For more information on Sagehen Travel Program trips, please email Alumni and Family Engagement.

Upcoming Tours

April 15–22, 2023: Andalucía – The Iberian Legacy of Islam

John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics Ken Wolf and Peter Watson from Duende Travel Ltd. will lead a group of Pomona affiliates (alumni, parents, family members and friends) on a curated tour with a vibrant itinerary and deep insights into the culture and history of the Andalucía region. Many of you may recall that in the Spring of 2020, a booked journey to this region had to be canceled very last minute, due to the pandemic. We are so pleased that we can now offer a version of that trip next Spring.

This is a limited-sized tour that is sure to book quickly and is first-come-first-served. We encourage you to reach out in the immediate term to our tour operator, Karen Goodrich of Travelstore who is managing all tour bookings and arrangements. For more information and to make reservations, please email Karen Goodrich at Travelstore VIP or call (949) 930-9288. View more details about the Andalucía trip.

SOLD OUT — August 4–15, 2022: Medieval Ireland—Christianity at the Edge of the World

With the travel program assistance of Peter Watson from Duende Travel Ltd., John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics Ken Wolf will lead a walking tour across Ireland, surveying beautiful landscapes while searching for traces of an Ireland previous to the Catholic missions that transformed the land and culture.

Past Tours

September/October 2019: The Path to Rome

John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics Ken Wolf led a walking tour in Italy, traversing the ancient pilgrimage routes to Rome through the beautiful natural landscapes of Tuscany and Lazio.

June 2019: Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Islander

W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis Char Miller PZ ’75, PO P’03 led a trip to the Galápagos Islands with Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions where alumni and families saw Galápagos as Darwin did—aboard an intimate expedition ship.

May/June 2018: A Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago

Pomona alumni and friends embarked on one of the great journeys of the world, the Camino de Santiago, done in the way it was meant to be traveled: on foot.

June 2017: Burgundy: The Cradle of the Crusades

Led by John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics Ken Wolf, guest enjoyed a walking tour of Burgundy. Burgundy, the east-central region of France so well known for its food and wine, was also an incubator for two of the most distinctive features of the European Middle Ages: monasticism and crusade. This trip provided the perfect context for exploring “holy violence” in the Middle Ages and its implications for the twenty-first century.

May 2016: Angles to Angels: A Short Historical Walk from the Irish Sea to the North Sea

Led by Ken Wolf, a five-time Wig Distinguished Professor award winner, coordinator of the Late Antique-Medieval Studies Program and professor of history and classics at Pomona, this trip explored the fascinating chapter of early medieval English history along the dramatic backdrop of Western Scotland, the Hebrides, the Borders, and Yorkshire.

December 2015: Hawaiian Seascapes

Rick Hazlett, coordinator of the Environmental Analysis Program and professor of geology at Pomona College, led participants on a unique cruise through the beautiful central Hawaiian Islands. Stops included Lanai and Molokai, the Maui channel, the Big Island, and Hawaii’s active volcanoes. Along the way, Professor Hazlett shared his extensive background in Hawaiian culture, history, and nature. The journey also offered snorkeling, marine life search in the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, kayaking, and more.