AESU AlumniWorldTravel

Top 10 Reasons to Travel with Your Alumni Association

For over 43 years, Alumni World Travel has been the most trusted name in travel, offered unique, exciting travel programs for college students and young professionals. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. Make new friends and share the memories. Join Alumni World Travel for the excitement and adventure of a lifetime.

 Compare Alumni Group Trip Traveling/Backpacking Alone or on Budget Trip


  • Travel with other college graduates who have your same interests
  • Network and bond with classmates and new alumni
  • Make new friends for a lifetime and share the memories
  • No going it alone
  • Backpacking is a lot of work
  • Can be unsafe
  • Lonely and frustrating doing it all yourself
  • Hostels and budget tours have mixed age groups


  • Superior tourist class hotels
  • Only two people per room with guaranteed private bath
  • Convenient locations
  • No hardships or uncertainties and no hassles
  • No single supplement if traveling alone. We arrange for you to share (see terms for specific tours).
  • Budget tours feature one or two star properties
  • No private bathroom
  • Budget tours require sleeping bags for bunk beds
  • Special stopovers have dorm rooms with six or more people
  • If hostel full – no place to sleep
  • Cabins and camping areas are located outside the cities

Best Value

  • AESU Alumni Travel has been arranging educational travel since 1977
  • Enjoy reliable, quality programs
  • Everything is arranged for you and costs at least 40% less than Eurail/hostel “Do-it-yourself” packages
  • Hotels, meals, guides, transportation and fun events are all included
  • Many hostels full in summer and you can’t pre book
  • Campsites and hostels are not always safe
  • You spend more as an individual. No group discount


  • US and European offices in daily contact with group
  • Qualified staff of experts means trouble-free travel
  • Tour Director with group for duration of program
  • Hotels specifically chosen for safety, location and quality
  • Talk with past participants about program
  • Don’t always know where you will stay in advance
  • Traveling alone or with small group unsafe
  • Share room with complete strangers
  • Inability to pre book at many European hostels


  • Modern deluxe air conditioned coach with professional driver
  • Door-to-door service
  • English Channel crossing by ship
  • Overnight ship from Italy to Greece
  • Easily get lost traveling on own
  • Sleeping in small cabins with six people.
  • Foreign language issues trying to get directions


  • Save your back—and your luggage
  • Your luggage goes with you on the bus
  • You have to lug around a heavy backpack while trying to find a hotel/hostel
  • No private bathroom
  • Hope hotel/hostel has safe place for your luggage while you go sightseeing


  • Eat Better
  • Breakfast Daily
  • More included multi-course dinners than other operators. More local cuisine
  • Special meals like French Bistro Dinner, Roman Banquet and Greek Beach BBQ
  • Waste a lot of time finding restaurants and don’t know if any good or how to budget
  • Budget tours – less meals and you help cook at campsite

Included Highlights

  • More fun events included in price. Examples: Biking in Holland, Rhine River Cruise, banquets in Rome, toga party in Greece, overnight desert safari in Dubai, whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, and so much more
  • Flexible, informal programming allows for free time to do your own thing
  • You pay extra for everything: meals, sightseeing, entrance fees, special events and excursions
  • Must research and budget for any special excursion

More Fun
Less Worry

  • Well planned itinerary from decades of research. Shows you most important sites and builds in plenty of FREE time
  • You get the best of Europe – no guess work
  • Informal, action-packed programming
  • Waste precious time just getting from place to place
  • Can’t relax when trying to organize everything and make yourself understood

Private Tour Directors

  • Experienced and professional Tour Director for the whole trip plus local expert guides in many cities showing you their city
  • Avoid tourist traps
  • Guides are multi-lingual
  • Worry about different languages
  • Don’t know the best places to go and end up in crowded tourist traps
  • Other companies have non-European guides