Do you need to be a Bryn Mawr alumna/us to participate?
No! Beyond Bryn Mawr alumnae/i, we welcome all parents, spouses, family members, and friends of the Bryn Mawr community. We hope you’ll join us!
How does Bryn Mawr select and operate these trips?
Bryn Mawr works in close collaboration with a variety of tour operators that specialize in academic and affinity group travel. Most of our tour operators are our long-standing partners who also work with the fellow seven sisters and our peer institutions. Many months of planning and consideration go into creating our annual program, which covers a variety of regional and cultural interests. Once we decide on our destinations, our expert tour operators are responsible for all aspects of the itinerary, travel arrangements, payment transactions, and more.
How many people will travel with our group?
We offer both exclusive and co-sponsored programs throughout the year. On our exclusive departures, meaning the trip is only offered to Bryn Mawr, our group size typically ranges between 12-24 travelers. On our co-sponsored departures, which are often river- or ocean-based departures, we can travel with upwards of 200 travelers. On these co-sponsored departures, we work to ensure camaraderie and connection between our Bryn Mawr travelers through group dinners, private gatherings, or lectures.
How do I register for a trip?
Reservations, deposits, and all subsequent payments are made directly through the tour operators. Reservation forms and deposit instructions are found in each trip brochure. Additionally, most tour operators will take your reservation by phone. Details about each trip can be found here.
Will someone from the College travel with us?
Once a minimum number of travelers are registered, we will engage a faculty, staff, or guest host to accompany the trip.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Most tour operators have a strict cancellation policy. We ask that you pay careful attention to the terms and conditions outlined on the trip brochure before submitting your reservation and deposit since these are the purview of the tour operator rather than the College. Penalties for canceling often increase as the departure date approaches, and you can lose 100% of your prepaid trip costs should you cancel closer to the departure date. For this reason, we share information about trip cancellation insurance with our travelers as they sign on to a trip.