Alumni Travel

See the World with EAPS Faculty

Open to alumni and friends, the MIT Alumni Travel Program offers dozens of exciting trips each year to destinations all over the world led by MIT faculty. In just the last year EAPS professors led trips to Antarctica, Peru, the Galapagos, Iceland, Greece, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, and the Windward Islands. Below are some upcoming opportunities to join EAPS faculty and MIT alumni on some of their global adventures. If you have questions on any of our trips, listed below, please call 800-992-6749 or email and we'll send you trip information once it becomes available; trips and dates are subject to change.

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January 2017

Hawaii: World Class Observatories and Natural Wonders, January 14–22 **Limited Availability**

With MIT Professor of Planetary Sciences Richard P. Binzel
Enjoy private tours at the Mauna Kea Observatory Complex on the Big Island and Project Pan-STARRS at the summit of Haleakala on Maui. Witness tropical marine life on a whale-watching cruise and observe the ongoing forces that continue to shape the islands during a volcanologist-led excursion to Kilauea volcano.

Baja and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, January 21–28 **Wait List**

With MIT Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences Hilke E. Schlichting
Snorkel with sea lions, take leisurely hikes in an incredible forest of towering cacti and wind-sculpted sand dunes, and enjoy talks and informal discussions with experienced on-board naturalists. Cruise on board the nimble 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird and travel in true expedition style.

New Zealand by Sea (Wait List), January 29–February 11 **Wait List**

With MIT Professor Emeritus of Geology John B. Southard ’60
Tour lush green islands, from world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky. Land by Zodiac craft on Stewart Island to hear the strange “ding-dong” call of the bellbird; visit the Canterbury Museum’s Hall of Antarctic Discovery in Christchurch; and explore the heartland of Maori culture near Rotorua.

February 2017

Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage, February 18–March 1 **Wait List**

With MIT Professor Emeritus of Geology B. Clark Burchfiel
Explore pristine landscapes, unique microclimates, and exotic flora and fauna. Visit Poas Volcano, Ecosentro Danaus Biological Reserve, and participate in a night viewing of Arenal Volcano, a river float safari, and an exploration of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, including a hanging bridge sky walk.

Botswana, February 28–March 10

With MIT Professor of Earth Sciences Rob van der Hilst
Discover the magnificent landscapes and unique wildlife of Botswana, considered by many to be Africa’s ultimate safari destination. Set out each day in search of black-maned lion, elephant, buffalo, and cheetah. Spend time in the Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan National Park. Local rangers and your naturalist guide will provide educational insight throughout the program. Save $250 per person for reservations received by October 24!

April 2017

Insiders Japan, April 10–22 **Wait List**

With MIT Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry Frederick A. Frey
Explore the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto and travel off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Enjoy a country of rich traditions and dizzying modernity, delicate art and bustling commerce. Also gain an understanding of Japan’s natural history and the imposing Mt. Fuji, a dormant volcano with a perfectly ­symmetrical cone that rises to 12,388 feet.

June 2017

Circumnavigation of Iceland, June 1–22

With MIT Professor of Atmospheric Science Ron Prinn ScD ′71
Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir Center. View vast colonies of breeding seabirds and soak in the rugged landscape of Skálanes Nature Reserve. Meet the residents of colorful fishing villages and stroll archaeological sites. A comprehensive on-board lecture series adds to this rich experience.

Family Adventure: Alaska, June 24–July 1

With MIT Assistant Professor of Paleoclimate David McGee
Experience the wonders of Alaska with the entire family: hike under northernmost rainforest canopies, raft on a turquoise river, navigate a kayak in a protected lagoon near dazzling glacial ice, and spot abundant wildlife. Also, travel on board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour. Unplug and reconnect on this active learning family adventure.

August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse: Idaho, August 17–22 **Wait List**

With MIT Professor of Planetary Sciences Richard P. Binzel
From our base in Sun Valley Idaho, enjoy daily touring, lectures, and gatherings as we prepare for the moment of totality. For the eclipse, we’ll position ourselves in a region of Idaho that offers the lowest probability of cloud cover in an area designated for the MIT group. The length of totality for the area will be 2 minutes 17 seconds. More details available in June 2016.

November 2017

Patagonian Frontiers, November 4–20

With MIT Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Daniel J. Cziczo
Enjoy face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia on a small-ship cruise; and the stunningly dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three-night stay at the park. Along with visits to Buenos Aires and Santiago, discover the remarkable diversity of South America.

January 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia, January 2018

With MIT Professor Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Susan Solomon
Our voyage in 2018 includes the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Set foot on the Antarctic continent and witness incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs. View rock hopper and gentoo penguins on the Falklands, and king and macaroni penguins as well as elephant and fur seals of South Georgia. Enjoy wildlife viewing, naturalist-led excursions, and a comprehensive on-board lecture series.

Traveller's Tales

Department head Rob van der Hilst climbs up a lava tube. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

In Januari 2016, EAPS Head of Department Rob van der Hilst led a group of 20 MIT alumni on a “Geology in Motion” trip to Hawaii.  The trip took them to Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, the Big Island. Highlights of the tour included visits to Waimea Canyon and National Wildlife Refuge at Kilauea Point, both on Kauai, to the top of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, and to the Volcanoes National Park (with the active eruption of Kilauea) and the volcano Hualalai on Hawaii. 

Rob van der Hilst and fellow travelers in the Volcanoes National Park, where the plume of the Kilauea eruption and Mauna Loa shield volcano in the background on the right. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

Contemplating Climate Change at the Ends of the Earth - an interview with John Carlson about his January 2015 trip to Antarctica. Carlson's concerns about climate change prompted him to work with EAPS, in particular to support the Carlson Lecture, the Lorenz Center's annual public lecture series about climate change held each fall at the New England Aquarium. (Spectrum Magazine) more

Click on the above image to access this incredible photo journal from MIT alumni travel.

Learning from Antarctica Slice of MIT (January 2015 trip to Antarctica led by Susan Solomon)  MORE

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