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Travel Programs

Alumni Journeys with Furman University
presented by DirectTravel

Furman University offers unique opportunities for alumni to join together for experiential travel around the globe. Join new friends and old as you discover the culture and history of exciting destinations as revealed by local guides and trained historians. The university works closely with a team of travel advisors to curate a special collection of journeys for the Furman family.

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Alumni Journeys in 2019

Upcoming Trips 2019

Prague in the snow, lit up at night

Prague in May

Join fellow Paladins and friends on a 10-day travel experience to Prague. The trip offers everything from site-seeing to amazing food and wine. Experience the rich history, culture and landscapes of Prague through walking tours, castle tours, museums, brewery tours and much more!

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Scotland in July (Sold Out)

Join fellow Paladins and friends on an extraordinary 10-day travel experience to Scotland with special hosts, Natalie The ’03 (associate professor of Health Sciences) and Matt Davidson ’04 (Head Coach Men’s Golf).

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Italy in October

Join fellow Paladins and friends on an extraordinary 14-day travel experience to Italy. The trip offers everything from site-seeing to amazing food and wine. Explore the following cities in Italy: Rome, Florence, Emilia Romagna region and Bologna.

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Harry Potter in December

Come follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter. We will take a multi-country adventure to discover the roots and modern incarnations of the “Boy who Lived” and who continues to be a cultural force across the globe.

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Alumni Journeys Travel Advisors

Lynn Hayes, CTC, DS, MCC

864-336-2147 / lhayes@dt.com
During my 32 years in the travel industry I have both owned and managed travel agencies in Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina; earned the endorsement of Certified Travel Counselor; and have served as chairman of The Association of Retail Travel Agents for five years (I am currently serving as secretary). Travel Agent Magazine recognized me as one of the “most influential women in travel” for three years.

Being in the travel industry has given me with the wonderful opportunity to travel around the world. I’ve visited 117 countries, including exotic places such as the Amazon Rainforest, Easter Island, Malaysia,

China, Fiji, and exciting countries like Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. I have taken over 50 cruises including river cruises on the Amazon headwaters in Peru, the lower Amazon in Brazil and the Seine and Saone in France. I specialize in all aspects of independent luxury travel.

Direct Travel Vacations is among the top one percent of travel agencies in North America. With an average 20 years’ experience, our travel advisors possess an impressive repertoire of world knowledge and many are specialists for specific regions and countries around the world.

Carol Hammond

864-336-2145 / chammond@dt.com
I smile when I think of traveling the world! I have spent 28 years of my life arranging the trips my clients desire, in the fashion they desire and within the budget they have designated. The incredible experiences my guests share upon their return make my job rewarding beyond compare. I enjoy listening to visions of what you anticipate and will use my expertise to put that trip into motion so it becomes a reality. Whether it be a trip for relaxation, exploration, cultural exchange, family time or an indulgence – it is all possible!

My own travels around the world have gifted me with the knowledge to compliment your vision as I know the possibilities that lie ahead. As we all have experienced, each destination has its own challenges, which makes the value of a well-traveled agent even more important. A few of my favorites are Machu Picchu, Switzerland, China, River Cruising and some of the remote resorts of the Caribbean……I smile as a reminisce!

Direct Travel Vacations is among the top one percent of travel agencies in North America. With an average 20 years’ experience, our travel advisors possess an impressive repertoire of world knowledge and many are specialists for specific regions and countries around the world.