Alumni Territory Orange Bowl Tour and Tailgate

It’s official! Michigan will take on Florida State on Dec. 30 in the Orange Bowl. From game tickets to tailgates, the Alumni Association has you covered. Join us and your fellow Wolverines on the beach in sunny Florida on the Official University of Michigan Orange Bowl Tour and Tailgate.

Tour Options

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind Michigan experience and the camaraderie that comes with it. From the airport to the hotel to the tailgate and game, we have every detail taken care of so you can focus on cheering on our Wolverines.

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Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 – Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

  • Round-trip charter air service from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Round-trip deluxe motor coach transfers from the airport to your hotel
  • Luggage handling and porterage at the airport and at the hotel
  • Three nights’ deluxe accommodations
  • Welcome reception
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • University of Michigan Orange Bowl Pep Rally (tentative)
  • Complete game-day package:
    • Escorted deluxe motor coach transfer to and from the pre-game party and game
    • Game ticket
    • Fun-filled pre-game tailgate party
  • Optional tours, outings, and excursions
  • Custom Alumni Association souvenir package
  • Document packet, official bowl tour name badge, and lanyard
  • Alumni Association hosts and escorts
  • Dedicated alumni information and hospitality desk at the hotels

Prices (per person)

  • Single – $3,479
  • Double – $2,949
  • Triple – $2,769
  • Quad – $2,679
  • Child (2-17) – $1,779

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 – Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

  • Three nights’ deluxe accommodations
  • Welcome reception
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • University of Michigan Orange Bowl Pep Rally (tentative)
  • Complete game-day package:
    • Escorted deluxe motor coach transfer to and from the pre-game party and game
    • Game ticket
    • Fun-filled pre-game tailgate party
  • Optional tours, outings, and excursions
  • Custom Alumni Association souvenir package
  • Document packet, official bowl tour name badge, and lanyard
  • Alumni Association hosts and escorts
  • Dedicated alumni information and hospitality desk at the hotels

Prices (per person)

  • Single – $2,579
  • Double – $2,049
  • Triple – $1,869
  • Quad – $1,779
  • Child (2-17) – $879

Everglades Excursion

Date: Dec. 29 (morning)
Price: $109 per person

You will experience the true flavor of all South Florida has to offer in one action-packed day!

Start Your Day with an Airboat Tour

No trip to Everglades Holiday Park would be complete without an airboat ride into the surrounding wetlands. The first leg of your airboat excursion into the Everglades takes you close to nature’s ancestral dinosaur, the Florida alligator. You’ll see for yourself where the gator makes its home and why it’s so important to protect these areas. An experienced guide will point out some of the region’s unique features, including wild birds, snakes, and other flora and fauna that are not found anywhere else in the country.

Witness the Impossible and the Incredible at their Gator Shows

While the South Florida Everglades are justifiably famous for a number of things, it’s their gators that are the main attraction for most visitors. At Everglades Holiday Park, visitors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these creatures both in their natural habitat and up close in gator shows. As a working park and rescue operation, they believe the best way to raise awareness about the importance of conserving natural wetlands is by allowing guests unprecedented access to some of its best-known inhabitants.

Thanks to the team from Animal Planet’s hit show Gator Boys, Everglades Holiday Park is known as one of the best attractions in the state. They’re the only alligator theme park in Florida to make and USA Today’s list of top attractions in the area.

Rental Cars

Due to our remote airport arrival location and because round-trip transfers are included in all air packages, you are unable to pick up rental cars at the airport. If you are interested in renting a car, below are the discount numbers for Hertz and National, offering substantial savings for Bowl Tour Participants.

  • Hertz – Reserve online or call 800-544-0058 using the Discount Number 03HP0019.
  • National – Reserve online or call 800-227-7368 using the Discount Number XZBZ030.

Conlin transparentIn partnership with Conlin Athletic Tours

Conlin Athletic Tours has one important goal: to be the best there is in athletic tours, offering the exceptional quality reflective of your high standards. The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is proud to partner with Conlin Athletic Tours as the exclusive University of Michigan Alumni Bowl Tour Operator.

For more information or to book your tour via phone, please call Conlin Athletic Tours at 877.513.2320.

Choosing the Official Tour

What are the benefits of joining a tour?

Joining a tour conducted by a professional tour operator offers convenience, reputation and peace-of-mind, so the focus can be on enjoying yourself and cheering on your team. Since 1964, Conlin Athletic Tours has taken over 100,000 fans to almost every bowl game. That means we know all the best airlines, hotels, event sites, and activities to make your tour experience the most enjoyable and memorable possible.

Why should I join the Official Tour?

In joining the Official Tour, you can be assured of a quality travel experience with a tour operator that has been researched and endorsed by the University and the Alumni Association. This means a worry-free experience for all travelers knowing that every aspect of the tour is being carried out by a professional and experienced tour operator.

Isn't it less expensive to go on my own?

People often assume that organized tours are more expensive; this is not always true. Tours offer an inclusive program with multiple features, such as transfers, the official tailgate party, souvenirs, receptions, gratuities, taxes, staffing, and quality organization of all tour aspects. Organized transfers alone, between events, make your investment worthwhile. No need to search for parking in remote areas or having to depend upon public transportation. Inclusive tours offer a great buy due to large group discount pricing. And, don’t forget the fun and memories that go along with sharing your tour experience with other alumni and loyal fans!

What makes your tour better than other less expensive tours?

One of the primary reasons we were selected as the Official Tour Operator is our dedication to providing travelers with the best tour experience for the money. We work with vendors year-round to maintain relationships that make the difference between receiving the best price and quality for our travelers and simply reserving whatever hotels and flights are available. Upon close comparison, you will find that our tours offer more of the inclusions that are important and desirable to our travelers, including staying at the team hotel, welcome reception, souvenir, New Year’s Eve party (if appropriate), pre-game tailgate, transfers, all taxes, and gratuities, as well as interesting optional tours.

It's my first time on a tour; what should I expect?

For many travelers, a professionally escorted tour is the best way to experience a unique and exciting event such as a bowl game. A properly planned tour will provide the details, assurances, and framework necessary to allow the tour participant to maximize enjoyment of the overall experience. With the right combination of included items and free time, most people find a tour to be the best way to attend a game. However, tours are not for everyone. Although we care about each individual participant, we also care for the group as a whole. If your schedule deems it necessary to deviate from the group, then you may want to consider traveling independently.

General Tour Questions

What is included in the tour price?

All items listed under the Tour Options section of the tour are included in the tour price. Optional tours, transportation between your home and the airport, and any items of a personal nature, such as in-room charges and laundry, are not included in the tour. Conlin Athletic Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels of similar quality and other included features when necessary.

What is a Land-Only Tour?

A Land-Only Tour begins upon arrival at the tour hotel. Because tour participants live all over the world, and many wish to use frequent flyer miles or cash-in rewards, departing from the university’s home airport is not convenient for everyone. Land-Only participants take care of their own transportation to the tour city and hotel. Upon check-in at the hotel, they are officially on the tour, along with the Air/Land Tour participants. Subsequently, on departure day, Land-Only participants are again responsible to arrange for return transportation home. Conlin Athletic Tours can arrange airline reservations for Land-Only participants upon request.

What defines a "child" traveler?

Participants ages 2-17 are defined as “children.” Children must share a room with at least one adult. Two adults rooming with two children would pay the double rate for the adults and the child’s price for the children. One adult sharing with one or more children would pay the single adult rate and the child’s price for the children.

What defines an "infant"?

Any child under 2 years of age is defined as an “infant.” There is no charge for infants on the tour. Under these terms, they cannot occupy a seat on the plane, or any other form of conveyance—they must be held on the lap of an adult. A game ticket is required for a child of any age.

Can I make special requests?

We will make every attempt to accommodate special requests; however, please understand, they cannot be guaranteed.

What if I want two beds in my room?

Every effort will be made to accommodate room-type requests; however, they cannot be guaranteed. Hotels have a limited number of double-bedded rooms.

How are charter flight times selected?

Flight times will vary from early morning to late evening departures. Because of circumstances beyond our control and the number of chartered aircraft utilized, some departure times may be inconvenient; however, every effort will be made to provide the best scheduling possible.

Can you guarantee my requested hotel?

Again, we work very hard to accommodate any specific hotel request; however, we reserve the right to substitute similar-type properties if the situation warrants. Just a reminder: all of our hotels are Official Tour Hotels and are the best tour hotels available.

Can I earn reward points at the tour hotel?

Point programs vary throughout the hotel industry. It is best to research your program for complete information.

Can I earn frequent flyer points for the charter flight?

Unfortunately, you cannot. While we often use the same aircraft of major carriers, charter flights are considered separate from regular scheduled flights.

When is hotel check-in?

Check-in time usually begins at 3 p.m.

What if I want to check in early or check out late?

This can be requested, but not guaranteed.

Why are my game seats always in the end zone?

This is one of the most common questions on the tour. Corporate sponsors and television companies are in possession of the majority of the “good” tickets. Conlin Athletic Tours receives game tickets from the university’s athletic department.

What's the best way to purchase my game tickets?

If not included in the tour, game tickets may be secured directly through the university’s athletic department.


Cancellations in writing received on or before Dec. 8, 2016 are refundable in full, less a $200.00 per person administrative fee. Cancellations received after Dec. 8 are non-refundable unless a qualified replacement can be found, in which case a full refund will be made, less a $200.00 per person administrative fee. Refunds will be made within 14 days of receipt of your notice of cancellation.


Air charter seats and hotel rooms are limited to our contracted capacity. Applications will be processed on a priority-based first-come, first-served basis to the capacity of our available space. Payment in full must accompany this application. All payments received by Conlin Athletic Tours for travel services on this charter program are protected in part by an escrow account as required by the Department of Transportation.


Due to world conditions, the U.S. government is utilizing charter aircraft for troop holiday travel, somewhat limiting the availability for bowl tours. It is possible that some return charter flights will be overnight. You will receive your charter times via email the week of Dec. 19, 2016. Conlin Travel, Inc. reserves the right to substitute equipment. Carrier liability with respect to luggage may vary. Checked baggage is limited to two pieces per passenger not to exceed 62″ and 55″ respectively in overall length, width, and height. The total weight of all suitcases may not exceed 50 pounds. In accordance with their filed tariffs, all airlines and any agents are governed by regulations issued by the Department of Transportation and will act in accordance with these regulations with respect to any circumstance (e.g., flight delays). In the event that tour participation does not warrant a charter aircraft, all efforts will be made to accommodate full tour participants on scheduled air. If you prefer to make your own scheduled air arrangements, then you may switch to the Land-Only Tour and receive a refund for the difference. If neither of the aforementioned options is suitable or available at the tour air price for you, then you may receive a full refund.


Include everything on the corresponding Air/Land Tour except air transportation and airport transfers.


While every effort has been made to honor your hotel preference, it cannot be guaranteed. The tour company has the right to substitute hotels when necessary and add or delete hotels as needed.


Under 2 years old. There is no charge for infants on the tour; however, a game ticket is required for a child of any age.

CHILDREN (Ages 2-17)

Children must share a room with parent(s) and do not count in room count total. Two adults rooming with two children would pay the double rate for the adults and the children’s price for the children. An adult must accompany children. One adult sharing with one or more children would pay single adult rate and children’s price for the children.


Triples and Quads refer to how many adults are in the room and not to how many beds are in the room or size of the room. Most Triples and Quads have two double beds. Some involve the use of cots or couches with pull-out beds.


Persons with physical disabilities requiring wheelchairs or special assistance must notify Conlin Travel, Inc. as to the nature of the disability at the time of booking. Persons requiring extraordinary assistance must be accompanied by someone who can and will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance.


Travel insurance is strongly recommended, as it covers trip cancellation, travel accident, medical, and baggage insurance. For complete information, please visit Alumni Travel Protect or call 1.800.753.1000 (Option 6) and identify yourself as a traveler with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.


University of Michigan, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, and Conlin Travel, Inc. act only as agents for the various owners or contractors providing means of transportation or other services and all tickets and coupons are issued subject to any and all terms and conditions under which such means of transportation or other services are offered or provided. University of Michigan, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, and Conlin Travel, Inc. have no responsibility in whole or in part for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage, weather, strikes, acts of God, circumstances beyond our control, force majeure, war, acts of terrorism, quarantine, criminal activity, expense, accident, sickness, injury, or death to person or property, or mechanical defect, failure, or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodation, restaurant, transportation, or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment beyond our control, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. University of Michigan, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, and Conlin Travel, Inc. are not responsible for personal injury or property damage arising out of the act of negligence of any direct carrier, hotel, or travel service or other person rendering any of the services being offered in connection with the tour. If due to weather, flight schedules, or other uncontrollable factors such as suspended air service due to circumstances beyond our control, you are required to spend any additional nights, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers, and meal costs. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour due to these causes or voluntary cancellations. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The issuance or acceptance of such tickets and coupons shall be deemed to be consent to the future conditions that they shall not become liable or responsible in any way in connection with such means of transportation or any other services, for any loss, injury, or damage to or in respect to person or property, howsoever caused or arising. Conlin Travel, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw the tour, to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time, or to make changes in the published itinerary whenever in their sole judgment conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour. The airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances. The Passage Contract, in use by the company concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the company and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers.


If we make major changes prior to departure, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund. The following are major changes: 1) a change in the departure or return date, unless the change results from a flight delay experienced by the air carrier, or an overnight return flight. 2) a change in the origin or destination city, unless the change affects only the order in which cities named in a tour package are visited; and 3) a price increase of more than 10 percent occurring 10 or more days before departure. In no event can we increase your price less than 10 days before departure. If a major change must be made in the program, we will notify you within 7 days after first learning of the change, but in any event, at least 10 days prior to the scheduled departure. If, less than 10 days before scheduled departure, we become aware that a major change must be made, we will notify you as soon as possible. Within 7 days after receiving notification of a major change, but in no event later than departure, you may cancel your reservation and you will receive a full refund within 14 days after canceling. If a major change occurs after the departure of the flight which you are unwilling to accept, we will refund, within 14 days after your scheduled return date, that portion or your payment which applies to the services not accepted. If we must cancel the charter, we will notify you in writing within 7 days of the cancellation, but in no event later than 10 days before the scheduled departure date. We have no right to cancel the charter less than 10 days before departure, except for circumstances that make it physically impossible to perform the charter trip. If that occurs, we will make a full refund to you within 14 days after cancellation.

The rights and remedies made available under this contract are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer refunds under this contract with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by a passenger waives any additional remedies.

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Conlin Travel/Southwest Airlines has been granted PC-15-236.

In order to purchase tours you must be an Alumni Association member. If you are not currently a member, you will be offered the opportunity to join while registering for the tour.

For more information or to book your tour via phone, please call Conlin Athletic Tours at 877.513.2320.

Orange Bowl Game-day Packages

Game-day packages are designed for members of the Alumni Association who live in Florida. Game-day packages include:

  • Orange Bowl game ticket
  • Official University of Michigan Orange Bowl Tailgate ticket

Tailgate Info

This year’s event will include tons of spirited entertainment, appearances by numerous University officials, games, and a host of fun for Wolverines, family, and fans of all ages.

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
  • Location: Hard Rock Stadium
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET

Tailgate Features

  • Buffet meal
  • Hosted bar (beer and wine)
  • DJ
  • Photo booth & face-painting
  • Giveaways
  • Tailgate games
  • Remarks from University President Mark S. Schlissel and others
  • Appearance by the Michigan Marching Band and Cheer Team
  • And more…

*Subject to change

Ticket Info

  • Adult Member Game-day Package: $225
  • U-M Student/Minor Game-day Package: $200

Please note the prices above include a $25 processing and handling fee. Tailgate tickets are only available when purchasing a game-day package, which includes both a game and tailgate ticket.

If you are not a member but would like to join to purchase a game-day package, please call our Alumni Relations Team at 800.847.4764.

Representatives will be available until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday and during regular business hours Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

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