Flying Jayhawks Travel

Travel the world with other Jayhawks

What is Flying Jayhawks

The Flying Jayhawks Program offers all graduates, former students, families and friends the chance to travel among the camaraderie of fellow Jayhawks through discovery, adventure and education.

 

The program provides enrichment through the exploration of other cultures and lifestyles while strengthening loyalty, friendship, commitment and communication among a unique community drawn together by KU.

Featured Destinations

The Masters - 2025

Friday Badge Package, April 9-12: Stay in the historic city of Savannah and enjoy a round at the Club at Savannah Harbor, a creation by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. Journey to Augusta National on Friday for Cut Day and witness the thrilling competition of the world’s best golfers.

 

Championship Package, April 11-14: Indulge in a stay in Augusta and enjoy the final rounds of thrilling competition at Augusta National on Saturday and Sunday. This exclusive tour provides a top-tier experience.

2024 Destinations

Northern Delights
July 30 - Aug. 10
Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea
July 31 - Aug. 10
Scotland: Highlands & Islands
Aug. 1 - 12
Scotland - Stirling
Aug. 5 - 13
Iconic Destinations by Private Jet
Aug. 26 - Sept. 15
Provence - Featuring Art, Cuisine & Wine
Aug. 28 - Sept. 5
Canadian Rockies Explorer
Sept. 4 - 14
Normandy, 80th Anniversary of D-Day
Sept. 13 - 21
Autumnal Allure
Sept. 15 - 26
Romance of the Duoro River
Sept. 20 - Oct. 1
Northern Lights & the Wildlife of Northern Manitoba
Sept. 23 - 28
Provincial French Countryside
Sept. 23 - Oct. 7
Venice to Athens: Adriatic and the Dalmatian Coast
Sept. 25 - Oct. 3
West Coast Vines
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
Danube River: Vienna to Bucharest
Sept. 26 - Oct. 8
The Charm of the Almafi Coast
Oct. 2 - 10
Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Oct. 4 - 7
Grand Danube Passage
Oct. 6 - 20
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail
Oct. 8 - 14
Sunsets & Cypresses
Oct. 14 - 25
Apulia - Undiscovered Italy
Oct. 16 - 24
Singapore, Bali and the Indonesian Islands
Oct. 17 - Nov. 1
Cruising the Red Sea & Aegean Sea
Oct. 28 - Nov. 10

2025 Destinations

Antarctica
Jan. 18 - 29
Great Southern Lands of Australia & New Zealand
Feb. 10 - Feb. 25
Journey to Southern Africa
Feb. 16 - Mar. 3
Tahiti and French Polynesia
Feb. 21 - Mar. 3
Tanzania Safari
Mar. 1 - 12
Costa Rica's Natural Heritage
Mar. 1 - 11
Finland - Arctic Magnificence
Mar. 4 - 12
Hawaii 3 Island Adventure
Mar. 11 - 19
The Masters - Savannah or Augusta
April 9 - 12 & 11 - 14
Pearls of Dalmatia
April 10 - 24
Revelations of Japan
April 13 - 25
Dutch Waterways
April 23 - May 1
Village Life - Italian Lakes
April 26 - May 4
Istanbul & the Turquoise Coast
April 30 - May 10
European Coastal Cruise
May 3 - 12
Island Life - Greek Isles
May 9 - 17
Danube Delights with Prague
May 9 - 18
British & Emerald Isles
May 11 - 26
The Galapagos Islands
May 20 - 27
Cultural Capitals of Spain
May 20 -29
Southwest National Parks
May 28 - June 5
Enchanting Gems of Austria
May 28 - June 6
Coastal Gems of the Emerald Isle
June 1 - 13
Portrait of Italy
June 5 - 20
Great European Journey
June 10 - 20
Isles of the North
June 11 - 19
Grand Seine River & Normandy
June 12 - 20
Mediterranean Awakening
June 17 - 27
Easy Company: England to the Eagle’s Nest
June 23 - July 5
Kenya Safari
July 30 - Aug. 9
Icelandic Reaches
July 31 - Aug. 11
Celtic Classics
Aug. 15 - 25
Grand Danube Passage
Aug. 15 - 29
Toronto to Vancouver by Rail
Aug. 19 - 25
Around the World by Private Jet
Aug. 25 - Sept. 14
Mysteries of Peru
Sept. 3 - 11
Alpine Splendor
Sept. 4 - 17
Flavors of Sicily
Sept. 5 - 13
Tuscany & Emilia-Romagna
Sept. 9 - 18
South Korea & Japan
Sept. 23 - Oct. 9
France - Pleasures of Provence
Sept. 30 - Oct. 8
Casablanca to Lisbon
Oct. 14 -23
Cruise the Heart of Europe
Oct. 19 - Nov. 3
Patagonia and Chilean Fjords
Oct. 22 - Nov. 2
Antiquity to Anatolia
Oct. 29 - Nov. 9
Douro River
Nov. 7 - 15
Legends of the Nile
Nov. 11 - 22
Christmas Markets Along The Danube
Dec. 1 - 9

Ready To Travel

The Flying Jayhawks Program welcomes anyone interested in travel; graduates, former students, families and friends. You need not hold a KU degree to travel with the Flying Jayhawks, but you must be a member of the KU Alumni Association.

Jayhawk Stories
Driving with Jayhawks
Driving with Jayhawks: Flying Jayhawks

In the monthly Driving with Jayhawks series, we’re taking the best of KU on a ride through campus as we talk about their Jayhawk experience.

Jayhawk Stories
Flying Jayhawks
The Galapagos Islands: A Living Museum

Austin Johanning, g’21, assistant director of donor relations, hosted a Flying Jayhawks trip to the Galapagos Islands January 17-27.

Travel Providers

Travel Resources

Travel Insurance

You’ve dreamed of this trip for months or years — maybe even a lifetime — but life can be unpredictable. Travel Insurance Select offers three different levels of coverage so you can choose the right plan for your unique needs and budget.

Passport & Visa Information

Travel to most other countries requires that you have a valid passport, and often times a visa. Click here to find out how to obtain one.

Customs Information

Many of us love to shop when we are traveling abroad. The U.S. Bureau of Customs Web site will help you understand what you can and cannot bring back to the states.

Center for Disease Control

What to know before you go. From the Center for Disease Control home page, select travel health information by your destination countries.

Climate

Traveling to other countries generally results in a change in climate. Click here to find out what the weather is like for tens of thousands of places worldwide.

FAQS

The Flying Jayhawks Program offers all graduates, former students, families and friends the chance to travel among the camaraderie of fellow Jayhawks through discovery, adventure and education. The program provides enrichment through the exploration of other cultures and lifestyles while strengthening loyalty, friendship, commitment and communication among a unique community drawn together by KU.

The Flying Jayhawks Program offers all graduates, former students, families and friends the chance to travel among the camaraderie of fellow Jayhawks through discovery, adventure and education. The program provides enrichment through the exploration of other cultures and lifestyles while strengthening loyalty, friendship, commitment and communication among a unique community drawn together by KU.

The Flying Jayhawks Program offers tours to traditional as well as unique destinations. The KU Alumni Association works closely with expert tour operators based on established reputations, dependable financial, operational and administrative specifications, and a professional staff. Our intention is to offer KU alumni and friends only the finest tour values; thus, tour operators and trips are selected based on feedback we receive from our past travelers as well as current trends in the industry.

Dates, itineraries, program details, and costs (per person, double occupancy) are subject to change and revision. Please check each trip brochure for details. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned.

The number of Flying Jayhawks on a trip can range from six to 50, but is typically somewhere in between. Some travel programs also include groups from other colleges and universities.

Unless otherwise indicated, tours include pre-trip information, first-class cruise/river ships, trains, hotels (or best available in remote areas), transfers and luggage handling, services of experienced tour directors, local guides and academic lecturers; some meals and sightseeing, and a name badge. Specific included features are noted in individual tour brochures.

Airline class and hotel room upgrades, domestic air transportation, deviations from the published itinerary, passport and visa fees, pre and post-program extensions, optional excursions, airport, departure and/or port taxes, travel insurance, laundry and dry cleaning, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not specifically noted, and items of a strictly personal nature. Please refer to individual tour brochures for specific exclusions.

Should airfare be included in the total cost of the tour, you may remove this component. If you prefer to make your own air arrangements to the destination city, our tour operators will give you a land only price (discount). If you do choose to make your own air arrangements, you will be responsible for arranging your ground transportation from the airport to the hotel/ship when you arrive in the destination city.

Trip pricing is always based on two people sharing the cost of the hotel room or ship cabin. If you are traveling alone and do not wish to be matched with a roommate, you will incur an additional charge. Please note that the single supplement for a cruise is generally much higher than a land trip since a substantial portion of the total trip cost is the ship cabin. All programs offer only a limited number of single rooms.

To enjoy the alumni group travel experience, participants must be in good physical and mental health and be able to keep pace with the group. Any physical constraints must be reported at the time of registration. Participants who require extraordinary assistance must be accompanied by a helper who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the required assistance. Look for the “What to Expect” section in the tour brochures for more information on the rigors of individual tours. Most of the tours involve some element of walking, high altitudes, etc.

The right is retained by the tour operator to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of the tour who is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip.

The Flying Jayhawks Program accepts reservations by mail or fax, using the specific trip brochure’s reservation form. If using a credit card for the deposit, we also accept reservations by phone. It is perfectly acceptable to send in a deposit for a trip whose brochure has not been printed.

Most tour operators charge a nominal cancellation fee from the time of deposit to cover expenses incurred in processing a new reservation and mailing out preliminary trip information. As the departure date gets closer, the tour supplier has made more financial commitments to their vendors (airlines, hotel, and ground transportation) and accordingly, cancellation fees become more substantial. Our many travel operators have different policies governing cancellations, and thus we suggest that you discuss cancellation fees with them prior to making your trip deposit. Please also read the cancellation clauses on each brochure.

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that covers trip cancellation/interruption, and/or baggage loss or damage, emergency evacuation, and accidents incurred while traveling. We will send insurance information with each of our confirmation letters. Pay close attention to stipulations about insuring a pre-existing condition within 7-15 days of initial trip deposit payment. Options for insurance purchase include travel insurance through USI Travel Insurance Services, the preferred vendor of the KU Alumni Association.

You are free to make travel insurance arrangements with another insurance company of your choice.

You may choose to forego purchasing travel insurance coverage, but must sign a waiver stating that you are choosing this option

Contact Us for More Information

Austin Johanning
Assistant Director of Donor Relations

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