2023 Inspired Expeditions

Adventure and exploration await you!

Join us on one of our Inspired Expeditions in 2023.


Southern Italy and Sicily with Apulia and the Amalfi Coast
April 18–May 2, 2023

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” of Italy, where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.

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Exploring Iceland
May 25–June 4, 2023

It’s a surprising, even astonishing land: one of the massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant birdlife and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.”

Making for a truly unique travel experience, UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor Terry Blackburn, a geologist specializing in determining the age of Earth materials will accompany the group.

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Pearls of Dalmatia with Dubrovnik and the Island of Hvar
September 2–16, 2023

Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture—and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

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Ancient Treasures of Egypt
October 3–14, 2023

Join us on a tour of Egypt, where monumental pyramids rise out of the desert and the River Nile weaves through the land, providing the country with its extraordinary history. Shifting sands and arid conditions have preserved thousands of years of a remarkable civilization in fascinating detail. Led by UC Santa Cruz Egyptologist and Associate Professor of History Elaine Sullivan, our trip begins with three nights in Cairo, exploring the Giza plateau, where the Great Pyramids and Sphinx have stood for thousands of years, and visiting the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum. Fly to Luxor for two nights, discovering the world’s largest open-air museum, before boarding your ship for a four-night cruise along the Nile to Aswan, stopping at isolated temples en route. Fly to Abu Simbel and marvel at its grandeur and architecture.

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For more information or reservations, please contact Nichole Silva (Stevenson ’95, politics) at Inspired Expeditions | 831.459.3689 | ietravel@ucsc.edu

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