Travel Bears

Missouri State alumni and friends are invited to travel the world and all its wonders. The Travel Bears program offers destinations to enjoy global trips in the company of fellow Bears.

If you have questions, email Greg Fansler or call 417-836-5654.

2024 Travel Destinations

Booking details will be available in early 2023. Email the Missouri State Alumni Association office to be the first to receive details about these upcoming trips.


March 10-25, 2024

Join an exceptional adventure that reveals the raw beauty, wildlife and unparalleled wonders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. From vibrant Cape Town, follow a compelling route to Robben Island, majestic Victoria Falls and fascinating towns that hold powerful history lessons. Traverse untamed landscapes on a bespoke train journey steeped in elegant refinement aboard Rovos Rail. And, with expert guides leading the way, discover the density and diversity of exotic animals in southern Africa’s most incredible safari destinations.

Masters Flag
April 10-13, 2024

The 88th Masters Tournament began in 1934, and it is the only one of the four major championships in men's professional golf that is played in the same location each year. Make plans now to join Missouri State Bears and friends as we travel to Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.


April 22-30, 2024

Embark on a seven-night cruise brimming with centuries of history and Old-World splendor along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium! Delight in Amsterdam’s lively canals and stroll amid the glorious tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. Revel in the wonderfully preserved Gothic gems of Bruges and the impressive medieval old town in Antwerp. Other ports of call introduce you to Kampen, a historic Hanseatic city, and Veere, a laid-back harbor town. Plus, enjoy a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences in several ports. Savor the ever-changing panoramas and relaxing comforts that make river cruising so enticing!

May 11-21, 2024

Explore the history, charm, and majestic waters of the Aegean Sea for 10-nights aboard Oceania Cruises’ Vista. Spend a day in Istanbul and meander the grand spice markets. Walk along the ruins of Greek and Roman excavations. Take in the fascinating Minoan and Byzantine villages surrounded by charming irrigating windmills and indulge in authentic Italian pizza in Sorrento.

MAY 24-27, 2024

Thirty-three drivers. 200 laps. 500 miles. One bottle of cold milk. The only thing missing from this magical Indianapolis 500 mix is you. Make plans to join other Missouri State alumni and friends as we travel to another incredible edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Berlin skyline
July 16-26, 2024

From England to Denmark and everywhere in between, this trip will lead you through secret tunnels, into towers and turrets, and behind the scenes of some of the world’s most fascinating towns. Relish the vibrant urban feel in Gothenburg and explore one of the most important naval bases of both World Wars in Kiel. Take in historic buildings, modern architecture, and vibrant culture in Berlin. 

October 3-13, 2024

Sip specialty Menorcan wine as you embark in the Spanish paradise of Barcelona. Glide down the famous Grand Corniche and try your hand at the Monte Carlo Casino. Savor the flavor of Italy in Naples—let the margherita pizza, and perfected Italian wines wow your palate.

Oct. 10-Nov. 2

Thrill to the eternal allure of Egypt! Guided by an expert, licensed Egyptologist who accompanies you on all excursions, marvel at the magnificence of ancient Egypt from Giza’s pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx to Abu Simbel’s colossal statues. Delve into Cairo, where Tutankhamen’s treasures gleam in the antiquities-filled Grand Egyptian Museum. Explore royal tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and resplendent temples in Luxor and Karnak. Cruise along the mighty Nile past fertile valleys and the desert beyond. It’s an unforgettable adventure brimming with extraordinary moments!