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We Are Carolina Alumni

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Dear Carolina alumni and friends,

This year, we're excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary of Tar Heel Travel. A lot has changed since our first tour departed in 1971, but the transformative nature of travel remains.

Since 1982, the GAA has partnered with AHI Travel to offer a wide variety of travel opportunities. Your well-being remains AHI's highest priority in today's travel landscape; thus, they've enhanced health, safety and sanitization practices with their international travel partners. As added reassurance, AHI is including partial insurance coverage for 2021-2022 travel programs at no additional cost. This AHI Travel Assurance package covers a variety of important travel- and health-related contingencies.

You also have peace of mind knowing that you'll be accompanied by a professional AHI Travel Director who has an intimate knowledge of the destination, along with a close eye on the current travel environment. Furthermore, you can plan with confidence based on the increased booking flexibility negotiated with AHI's travel partners and enjoy relaxed cancellation penalties.

You'll discover adventures that incorporate AHI's signature educational travel, such as our ever-popular Alumni Campus Abroad® programs and intimate Small Group trips. Other traveler favorites include immersive Art, Culture & People journeys and River Journeys along the world's storied waterways.

Plus, you'll find more opportunities than ever to customize your experience with a selection of included excursions, as well as elective activities and extensions. In addition, if you're traveling solo, you'll find an assortment of programs with a waived single supplement fee.

If you'd like to get in touch with us, Douglass Payne '04 and Catherine Nichols '89 can be reached toll-free at 877-962-3980. You're also encouraged to email us at

Like you, we hope for a "new normal" in the months ahead and recognize that many travel dreams have been put on hold. Know that travel safety and peace of mind remain the highest priorities for the GAA and AHI Travel.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard a Tar Heel Travel tour when you are again comfortable traveling.

Go Heels and travel the world,

Our Mission

The Tar Heel Travel program aims to connect alumni and friends with each other, with UNC and its faculty in alignment with its mission to engage, connect and inform alumni. We work with tour operators who expertly manage the travel arrangements and make available educational tours across the U.S. and around the world in order to offer lifelong learning opportunities. 

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