Travel With Knowledge


Who we are and why we travel 


Mike's creative travel skills are complimented by his experiences as a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer for his work on the Olympics and as a producer on the University of Notre Dame's award-winning "Fighting For" institutional ads. Mike has traveled the world for decades, telling stories, collecting memories and sharing experiences with others.

 Up close and personal trips

Our founder and trip leader

Innovative Immersions® is led by Mike Cloonan, an intrepid traveler who has studied all over the world and who brings a creative flair to our tours.  Mike holds degrees in international relations from Princeton University and the London School of Economics and law and business degrees from the University of Notre Dame and was a Rotary International Scholar at Sydney University.

Mike organized and led tours to China, Istanbul and Oxford for Notre Dame's Executive MBA Program and took business executives to Vietnam, Ecuador and England.  Building upon this expertise and passion, Mike founded Innovative Immersions® to share his love for travel with diverse groups.  

Innovative Immersions® organized and led former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan's return to Vietnam, visiting the locations where he had been captured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War.  This emotional return was covered by US and international media and the group continued on to Cambodia to tour Angkor Wat.

We also organized and led a tour of East Africa for Notre Dame's Ford Family Program visiting Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania including visits to the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

In addition to Asia and Africa, Innovative Immersions® is experienced in South American travel leading groups to the Amazon, Galapagos and Machu Picchu.  Wherever your travel interests take you, we can guide you there in style.


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