Alumni Excursions

Alumni Excursions - Current Offerings

Global Immersion – India and Nepal

Location: India and Nepal
When: May 6-20, 2017

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The Business of Wine – Napa Valley, CA

Location: Napa Valley, CA
When: June 8-11, 2017

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Global Immersion – India and Nepal – May 6-20, 2017

Did you ever wish you could visit the Taj Mahal or see Mount Everest?  Experience the excitement of an international case competition or visit Kathmandu?  Sleep in a real maharaja palace or ride an elephant?  Then our 2017 South Asia Immersion to India and Nepal is your ticket.  For two weeks in May (i.e., May 6-20, 2017), we will travel to the far side of the world to learn and to experience some of the most interesting sights and sounds on earth. For the first time, we are able to offer (on a limited basis) this travel experience to alumni of the School of Business. You are invited to join Professor of Practice and Executive Director, Center of Retail Innovation, Roger Beahm and 18 Wake Forest School of Business students from the Working Professional MBA Programs of Winston Salem and Charlotte on this excursion.

Our 2017 South Asia educational experience will include – in addition to incredible India – our first-ever 3-night immersion into Nepal.  This year’s two-week stay in South Asia will include visits with global corporations, national businesses, and cottage industries in India’s “golden triangle” of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi.  We will take in UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the abandoned city of Fatepur Sikri, the Qutab Minar in Delhi, and the tomb of Humayun.  We will visit the largest mosque in India (Jama Masjid) and visit forts where great Mughal emperors including Akbar the Great and Shah Jahan once lived.  And perhaps most exciting of all will be our visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, as well as our special mountain flight from Kathmandu, over the Himalayas in a low-flying aircraft for a view of Mount Everest.

Our 2017 immersion will begin with a departure from the U.S. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to Delhi, India, arriving on Sunday, May 7.  During the first 4 days in Delhi we will visit businesses, enjoy Indian cuisine, and participate with students and faculty at the Birla Institute of Management Technology in our second annual Wake Forest — BIMTECH global case competition.

We will then fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, from where we will journey to Bhaktapur (perhaps the least changed city in the Kathmandu Valley), and bring our spirit of pro humanitate to Camp Hope, a “tent city” in Jorpati serving as temporary home to victims of the April 25, 2015 earthquake.   It will be during our stay in Kathmandu that we board a special fixed-wing, 26-seat aircraft for a one-hour excursion to the roof of the world to view Mount Everest and other spectacular peaks.

Upon our return to India on May 14 we will visit businesses and cottage industries in Jaipur and Agra.  And of course, while in Agra we will experience one of the great wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.

This year’s South Asia Immersion Course is your opportunity to journey to the land of elephants, maharajas and the Himalayas.  Join us as a learner-traveler in May.  It will be a very special part of your Wake Forest education … one you will remember for a lifetime!

Watch a brief video of Roger Beahm discussing the 2017 India and Nepal Global Immersion here. 

Cost & Conditions

The tour cost, based on accommodations on twin sharing basis and local transportation using air-conditioned deluxe coach inclusive of all taxes, is US$ 3,830 per person.

There is a single room supplement of US$ 900 per single.

The tour price does not include international flights to and from the US or visas to India and Nepal. (A complete breakdown of all costs included and not included will be sent to those expressing interest in the trip.)  Travel insurance is highly suggested.

Because space is very limited, please let us know by January 30 if you are interested in accompanying us on this immersion experience.  At that time, additional information will be sent and instructions for registration can be given.  To secure a reservation, there will be a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 required. 

To express your interest or if you want additional information, please contact Rusty Smithey at or 336.758.5110



The Business of Wine – June 8–11, 2017

Grape to Glass: Examining Wine Business Models in Napa Valley

Summer 2017 School of Business Alumni Excursion to Napa Valley

The Napa River Inn is a boutique hotel situated among the bustling renaissance of Downtown Napa’s Riverfront District. The waterfront location within the Historic Napa Mill provides easy access to this unique neighborhood. The inn received the Downtown Napa’s highest Michelin rating and is also listed as a Forbes Four Star hotel.

Join hosts Dean Charles Iacovou, Professor Ajay Patel, their spouses as we tour Napa Valley with discerning winery guide Ian Taplin, professor of sociology and international studies at Wake Forest and professor of business strategy in the wine MBA program at Bordeaux Business School.

Taplin is author of The Modern American Wine Industry: Market Formation and Growth in North Carolina. He has also researched and written numerous articles on the wine industry in Napa Valley. Taplin will travel with the group throughout the trip.

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodations for three nights
  • Four private wine tastings/tours (Silver Oaks, Tres Sabores, Jarvis, Palmaz) tailored for our group
  • Welcome Reception
  • Three breakfasts
  • Two lunches and dinners
  • Ground transportation on June 9 and 10
  • On-site coordinator

Itinerary (subject to change):

Thursday, June 8

  • Arrive at the Napa River Inn
  • Welcome Reception

Friday, June 9

  • Breakfast
  • Silver Oaks – tasting
  • Tres Sabores – tasting and lunch
  • Independent Exploration
  • Allegria – dinner

Saturday, June 10

  • Breakfast
  • Jarvis – tasting
  • Hurley’s – lunch
  • Palmaz – tasting
  • Independent Exploration
  • Celadon – dinner

Sunday, June 11

  • Breakfast and departure


  • Double occupancy, per person: $1,980
  • Single occupancy, per person: $2,550
    Note: Airfare and airport transfers are not included


For more information, contact Rusty Smithey
by email
or by phone 336.758.5110


Fill out the registration form below:

Mailing/Shipping Address:

Airfares and transfers from/to the airport on arrival or departure days are not included in the package.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 must be received by January 2, 2017 to secure your reservation. This is a small group tour and reservations are limited.

Any balance of payment must be received on or before March 31, 2017 to confirm your reservation.