Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
The Anteater Travel Program offers all graduates, former students, families and friends the opportunity to travel among the camaraderie of fellow Anteaters through discovery, adventure and education. The program provides enrichment through the exploration of other cultures and lifestyles while strengthening loyalty, friendship, commitment and communication among a unique community drawn together by UC Irvine.

Eligibility and Membership

Anteater Travel welcomes anyone interested in travel; graduates, former students, families and friends. You need not hold a UC Irvine degree to travel with us, but at least one member of each traveling party must be a member of the UCI Alumni Association. All non-member parties will be assessed $50 more than the published price.

Trips

The Anteater Travel program offers tours to traditional as well as unique destinations. The UCI Alumni Association works closely with expert tour operators based on established reputations, dependable financial, operational and administrative specifications, and a professional staff. Our intention is to offer UCI alumni and friends only the finest tour values; thus, tour operators and trips are selected based on feedback we receive from our past travelers as well as current trends in the industry.

Dates, itineraries, program details and costs (per person, double occupancy) are subject to change and revision. Please check each trip brochure for details. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned.

Number of Passengers

The number of Anteaters on a trip can range from six to 50, but is typically somewhere in between. Some travel programs also include groups from other colleges and universities.

Included Features

Unless otherwise indicated, tours include pre-trip information, first-class cruise/river ships, trains, hotels (or best available in remote areas), transfers and luggage handling, services of experienced tour directors, local guides, some meals and sightseeing and a name badge. Specific included features are noted in individual tour brochures.

Not Included

Airline class and hotel room upgrades, domestic air transportation, deviations from the published itinerary, passport and visa fees, pre and post-program extensions, optional excursions, airport, departure and/or port taxes, travel insurance, laundry and dry cleaning, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not specifically noted, and items of a strictly personal nature. Please refer to individual tour brochures for specific exclusions.

Airline Accommodations

Should airfare be included in the total cost of the tour, you may remove this component. If you prefer to make your own air arrangements to the destination city, our tour operators will give you a land only price. If you do choose to make your own air arrangements, you will be responsible for arranging your ground transportation from the airport to the hotel/ship when you arrive in the destination city.

Single Travelers

Trip pricing is always based on two people sharing the cost of the hotel room or ship cabin. If you are traveling alone and do not wish to be matched with a roommate, you will incur an additional charge. Please note that the single supplement for a cruise is generally much higher than a land trip since a substantial portion of the total trip cost is the ship cabin. All programs offer only a limited number of single rooms.

Children

Occasionally, we do offer trips that are designed especially for families. However, most of the UC Irvine trips are best suited for adults, especially trips on small expedition vessels or those with long side-trips that include lectures. Small children may be bored on many of our trips as well, since there would most likely be no activities or playtime facilities available for children. If you are interested in taking your children on one of our trips, please contact the travel company to find out if a particular trip is appropriate for children.

Mobility and Fitness to Travel

To enjoy the alumni group travel experience, participants must be in good physical and mental health and be able to keep pace with the group. Any physical constraints must be reported at the time of registration. Participants who require extraordinary assistance must be accompanied by a helper who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the required assistance. Look for the “What to Expect” section in the tour brochures for more information on the rigors of individual tours. Most of the tours involve some element of walking, high altitudes, etc. 

The right is retained by the tour operator to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of the tour who is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip.

Reservations

The Anteater Travel program accepts reservations by mail or FAX, using the specific trip brochure’s reservation form. If using a credit card for the deposit, we also accept reservations by phone. It is perfectly acceptable to send in a deposit for a trip whose brochure has not been printed.

We recommend making reservations as early as possible. If a trip is going to sell out, it will generally do so within the first 30-60 days of the information becoming available. However, it is impossible to predict which trips will sell out. The longer you wait, the greater the chances that a trip will be full when you send in your registration.

Cancellations

Most tour operators charge a nominal cancellation fee from the time of deposit to cover expenses incurred in processing a new reservation and mailing out preliminary trip information. As the departure date gets closer, the tour supplier has made more financial commitments to their vendors (airlines, hotel, and ground transportation) and accordingly, cancellation fees become more substantial. Our many travel operators have different policies governing cancellations, and thus we suggest that you discuss cancellation fees with them prior to making your trip deposit. Please also read the cancellation clauses on each brochure.

Travel/Cancellation Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that covers trip cancellation/interruption, and/or baggage loss or damage, emergency evacuation, and accidents incurred while traveling. We will send insurance information with each of our confirmation letters. Pay close attention to stipulations about insuring a pre-existing condition within 7-15 days of initial trip deposit payment. Some options for insurance purchase include

  1. Purchase travel insurance through USI Travel Insurance Services, the preferred vendor of the UCI Alumni Association.
  2. You are free to make travel insurance arrangements with another insurance company of your choice.
  3. You may choose to forego purchasing travel insurance coverage, but must sign a waiver stating that you are choosing this option

Mailing list

UC Irvine travel brochures are generally mailed to individuals who have made recent inquiries regarding our travel program, or who have taken a trip with us in the past three years. Travel brochures are also sent to alumni within specific graduation years based on selection criteria provided by our vendors. If you prefer not to receive our brochures or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at alumni@uci.edu or (949) 824-2586.

Contact the Anteater Travel Program

Simply call the UCI Alumni Association's main number, (949) 824-2586. You also can reach us by e-mail at alumni@uci.edu.