Alumni & Friends Travel Program

We’ve done all the planning; all you have to do is say yes to a great Wingate Alumni and Friends trip!

2019: Cruise from Charleston, SC to Nassau, Bahamas

In August 2019, we invite you to join us on a four-day cruise from Charleston, SC to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. You will have the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with other Wingate alumni while taking advantage of all the Carnival Sunshine has to offer! Enjoy live entertainment and abundant dining options while on board, and spend your day in Nassau making friends with dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays before lounging around on the beach.

Details

Dates

Our Carnival cruise will depart from Charleston, SC on Thursday, August 1, 2019 and return Monday, August 5, 2019.

Cost

The cost for this year’s trip is $1,000 per person based on double occupancy.*

The trip cost includes:

Ocean view cabin, including all port taxes
Pre-paid gratuities 
Upgraded steakhouse dinner (as a group)
Group shore excursion: Animal Lover's Adventure and Beach Day 


*If you wish to have a single room or upgrade your cabin to include a balcony, please email Brittany Bumgarner or call her at 704-233-8303 for pricing supplements.

Itinerary

August 1: Depart Charleston, SC at 6 p.m.

August 2: Fun day at sea (Get to know the Carnival Sunshine here)

August 3: Nassau, Bahamas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Group excursion: Animal Lover's Adventure and Beach Day

August 4: Fun day at sea

August 5: Arrive in Charleston, SC at 8 a.m.

For more information, or if you have questions about this amazing opportunity to connect with other alumni and friends of the University, please email Brittany Bumgarner.

Payments and Deadlines

August 1, 2018: $150 deposit per person due
October 1, 2018: $250 per person due
December 1, 2018: $250 per person due
February 1, 2019: $250 per person due
April 1, 2019: Remaining balance due

To make your first deposit and subsequent payments, please use our secure online form

PAY YOUR DEPOSIT

You may also mail your first deposit and subsequent payments via check, made payable to Wingate University with "Alumni and Friends Cruise" in the memo line, to:

Brittany Bumgarner
Office of Alumni Relations
P.O. Box 159
Wingate, NC 28174

2019: The Colorado Rockies featuring National Parks and Historic Trains

In May 2019, join us as we hit the highlights of Denver, Colorado including Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Mesa Verde National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. You'll spend two nights in Durango, a fun-filled cowboy town where you can relive the excitement of the Old West and also journey on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad through stunning scenery in the Colorado Rockies.

Details

Dates

Our Colorado Rockies trip begins on Friday, May 24, 2019 and concludes on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Cost

  • Double

    $3,429pp

  • Single

    $4,429pp

  • Triple

    $3,379pp

* For bookings made after 11/24/2018 call for rates.

* Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Charlotte Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

* Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $275 per person.

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from CLT.

Itinerary

May 24: Denver, Colorado - Tour Begins

Adventure awaits as we explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included Meals: Dinner

 

May 25: Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver

Today we travel through Boulder, a scenic university town known for its iconic landmark, the striking, reddish-brown foothills known as the Flatirons. We’ll stop in Estes Park, a mountain resort town and home of the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Our adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park starts on the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved, continuous highway in North America. It’s a drive that should be on everybody’s bucket list. At Rainbow Curve you’ll marvel at the majestic mountains that stand in contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

May 26: Denver - Colorado National Monument - Grand Junction

The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your traveling companion as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West – Colorado National Monument. Continue along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favorite local hangout in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies and all manner of free spirits.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

May 27: Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Grand Junction

Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up is Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the mighty Colorado River. We top off the day at the Island in the Sky mesa resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

May 28: Grand Junction - Silverton - Durango

Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it's “all aboard” the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but you will soon realize it is the view that is its most precious asset.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

May 29: Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango

An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park, home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Today, it’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park making several photo stops including views of the famous Spruce Tree House, one of Mesa Verde’s best preserved cliff dwellings; and Cliff Palace, the largest in the park -OR- if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs. This evening, experience an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy cuisine and entertainment.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

May 30: Durango - Colorado Springs

Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

May 31: Colorado Springs - Canon City - Colorado Springs

Depart for Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Get ready for a memorable train ride that follows the tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring 1000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s grandest canyon. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in the view of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in the backdrop of majestic Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Jun 01: Colorado Springs - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Payments and Deadlines

August 1, 2018: $500 deposit per person due
October 1, 2018: $1,000 per person due
January 1, 2019: $1,000 per person due
March 25, 2019: Remaining balance due

To make your first deposit and subsequent payments, please use our secure online form

Pay your deposit

You may also mail your first deposit and subsequent payments via check, made payable to Wingate University with "Alumni and Friends Colorado Rockies" in the memo line, to:

Brittany Bumgarner
Office of Alumni Relations
P.O. Box 159
Wingate, NC 28174