Our chamber views our Global Familiarization Trips as a way to assist in our transition to a global economy. For the most part, our destinations are important U.S. trading partners that people may not feel comfortable traveling to on their own. The vendors we select to provide these trips have expertise in designing itineraries that appeal to chamber members.
President Dwight Eisenhower considered global travel to be the passport to world peace. “I have long believed that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals,” he said. Our program is directed toward helping Americans understand the culture, customs, and history of other countries as one step toward bringing the people of the world closer together.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Global Familiarization program is on hold. We will offer trips again in the future, when it is safe to travel internationally. Thank you for your patience - we can't wait to travel with you again!

  • South Africa

    November 8-17, 2017 - SOLD OUT

    November 29-December 8, 2017 - SOLD OUT

    South Africa is...

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  • Ireland

    October 19-26, 2016

    Through the Chamber’s membership in the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives (ICCE) organization,...

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  • Egypt

    November 9-17, 2016

    Explore the land of the Pharaohs and its ancient civilizations with the Mason...

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  • Peru

    March 30 - April 6, 2016

    Join the Mason City Chamber of Commerce on our...

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  • Cuba

    November 10-16, 2015

    It’s the opportunity of a lifetime! Make plans now to travel with...

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  • Australia – New Zealand

    April 14-28, 2015

    Journey down-under to Australia and explore the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, and...

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  • China

    March 7-15, 2015

    Take a 9-day memorable journey to China and experience their centuries-old customs...

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