Take a trip around the world in just eight nights with the Travel Lecture Series

In Jules Verne’s 1873 classic, Phileas Fogg takes on a wager to travel around the world in 80 days. You can now experience the world in just eight nights by subscribing to Washington University’s Travel Lecture Series during the 2003-2004 season.

Each month, the series, sponsored by Alumni & Development Programs, presents a different film by an acclaimed international travel expert. From the magic of Malaysia to the fabled city of Shangri-La, let St. Louis’ oldest and best-known travel lecture series take you on a world tour no tourist could ever see alone. Here’s a preview of the wonderful travelogues available on each first Friday evening of the month:

Norway: From the Land of the Vikings (event was held on Oct. 3)

Magic of Malaysia

On Nov. 7, Hal McClure, editor of Travelogue Magazine, takes viewers on a journey through the many mysteries of Malaysia, from the modern skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, through the tea fields, and on to the rainforests lush in vegetation.

Tanzania Safari

Bob DeLoss leads this tour of Tanzania on Dec. 5, beginning in the country’s economic capital, then traveling onward to Zanzibar, once known as “spice island.” Ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro, then explore the diverse wildlife of the Serengeti desert.

America: From Sea to Shining Sea

Journey cross-country on Jan. 2, beginning with Niagara Falls, then to the historic lighthouses on the Eastern Seaboard. Trek southward into the swampy Everglades, hop on the steam train past the Grand Canyon, and wrap up the tour with a grand finale in Napa Valley.

In Search of Shangri-la

On Feb. 6, travel film producer Buddy Hatton explores Yunnan Province, only recently opened to outsiders. It is an ancient place of myths and legends where the 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain “hold up the sky.”

Ireland: Celtic Myths and Splendors

Walk through heathered gardens March 5 on this wild green island. Discover the rich traditions of Ireland on a journey through prehistoric tombs and the Celtic High King’s Hill of Tara. Continue northward into Belfast and other towns, but don’t resist the urge to tap your feet to an Irish jig on the way.

Four Corners USA: A Southwest Adventure

On April 2, travel adventurer James R. Tompkins leads a tour through the Southwest, exploring the region’s unique scenery and history. From the beauty of Utah’s Bryce Canyon to New Mexico’s Spanish roots, viewers explore a vast expanse without leaving their chairs.

The New Zealand Experience

On May 7, New Zealand’s film ambassador, Grant Foster, takes viewers on a national country-wide adventure. Begin by cruising the northern islands, then travel to Auckland, the city of sails. Visit the Maori Cultural Center before continuing onto Queenstown, known as the country’s adventure capital.

To find out more information on the Travel Lecture Series, including subscription cost and show times, contact Alumni and Development Programs, 314-935-5212.