The Travel Program offers a variety of opportunities to explore cultural and natural history throughout the world. We have compiled this preview of 1997-1998 trips to allow you to plan your travel well in advance. For more information please call Alfred Alcorn, (617) 495-2463 or send your e-mail inquiry to


  Trips for 1997          Trips for 1998




Trips for 1997

April 14-29, 1997
Remote Kalahari and the Okavango Delta

Johannesburg, Gabarone, Maun, Okavango River camp, Tsodillo Hills, Delta Mobile Camp, Jack's Camp on the Makgadikgadi Pan, Xai Xai Safari Camp, Drotsky's Caves, Shinde Camp, Khwai River Lodge, known for its huge elephant population. Will involve Alec Campbell, Tim Longden, Michael Main. $6,890. Led by Judy Perkins. Two spaces available.


April 19-29, 1997
Snorkeling Safari in Fiji

An expedition to some of the best snorkeling in the world. Fly to Yasawa Islands, Fiji and board a small motor yacht to explore the many protected lagoons on the islands. Head north on the island chain to Nanuya Lailai to explore the off-shore reefs, which feature excellent hard-coral "bommies," large coral heads rising from deep water to within a few feet of the surface. Final five nights at Mokusigas Island Resort, the base for exploring the rich coral life in the area. $3,990 (includes air).


June 4-14, 1997
Spirit Wolves and Cannibal Birds:
First Peoples' Cultures, Art, and Ceremony on the Pacific Northwest Coast

Starting in Victoria, British Columbia, this expedition goes by land and sea to visit the First Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. As guests of the Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka'wakw, we will learn of their material culture, artistic traditions, music and dance, potlatching and feasting and their inextricable bond to the resources of the lush coastal rainforests, rich intertidal zones, and open ocean. $2,950. Led by Peter Macnair and Jay Stewart.


June 8-24, 1997

June in Mongolia should find the wildflowers at their best, the birds in full plumage and the weather good for visiting the ancient monasteries. Our group will sleep sometimes in gers (nomadic people's felt tents) and do some walking in different landscapes from high mountains to the Gobi Desert. Includes Ulannbaatar, Hustain, Yol Valley National Park, Gobi, Flaming Cliffs, Gobi, Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Lake Hovsgol. $7,980 (includes air). Led by John Constable and Giles Constable.


June 12-24, 1997
A Different Ireland: Birds, Bogs and Wildflowers

Dublin, County Wicklow, Wexford, Cork. An exploration of the boglands and natural history of Ireland, including visits with writers and a stay with the Knight of Glin (Desmond Guiness). $3,995. Led by Alfie and Sally Alcorn. Two spaces remaining.


June 8-15, 1997
Alaska Sea, Land & Air

Juneau, Skagway, (fly to Glacier Bay National Park); embark Sea Bird; Point Adolphus and Althorp Rocks; Glacier Bay by ship; general exploration of bays and fjords; Sitka. From $2,090. Led by Mike and Andrea Rex. Waiting list.


June 15-25, 1997
Walking Tour of Northern Finland

Helsinki, Rovianemi, with a stop at the Aktium to introduce Lapland's flora and fauna; Salla (Reindeer reserve), Kainuu, the largest municipal park in Finland; Kuusamo, on Russian border. $2695. Led by Donald Pfister.


June 26-July 10, 1997
The Mighty Yenisei River

Arrive in St. Petersburg and tour the majestic Peter & Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum. Board the ship in Krasnoyarsk. Visits include Yenisseysk, a 19th century gold-rush town; the Cossack town of Vorogovo; Sumarokovo, including the Russian taiga, a great forest of evergreens, larch, birch and aspen; and Vereshangino. Cross the Arctic Circle after stopping in Turuchansk, Igarka. We will finish with the Gulf of Yenisei, Ust Port, Dudinka, and Moscow, with visits to the Kremlin, Armory Museum, Red Square, Lenin Mausoleum, and St Basil's Cathedral. $4,990. Led by Karel and Hetty Liem.


July 23-August 2, 1997
To the Land of Ice Bears: An Exploration of Spitsbergen

Oslo; Longyearbyen, embark Caledonian Star; cruise Spitsbergen's fjords and venture to the foot of massive glaciers in search of walrus, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes and polar bears; explore the shore by foot and enjoy the birdlife and wildflowers of the Arctic summer. From $3,549. Led by Jim and Sue McCarthy.


August 16-30, 1997
In the Realm of the Siberian Tiger

A trail-breaking journey to the Russian Far East to the biological preserves where the last of the Siberian tigers are still surviving. We will make an extended visit the Sikhote-Alin, a 1,300 square mile Biosphere Reserve and primary research of the US-Russian Siberian Tiger Project. Itinerary also includes the Transiberian train from Vladivostok to Spask and a visit to Lake Khanka where more than 100 Manchurian Cranes nest. $3,990 (includes air).


September 12-October 4, 1997
Silk Road

By private trains, the China Orient Express and the Nostalgic Istanbul Orient Express starting in Beijing. Cable car to Mu Tian Yu section of Great Wall, Zhoukoudian (Peking Man), Xi'an; Mingsha Dune to Crescent Lake (by camel back), Mogao Caves near Dunhuang, Ming Fort at Jiayuguan, market in Turfan, Samarkand and Bukhara. Led by Maris Gillette and Ross Terrill.


October 19-November 2, 1997
Polynesia Under Sail

A sail aboard the four-masted Wind Song among the Marquesas and Tuamotus Island chains. In the Marquesas, stops will include Nuka Hiva, the setting for Herman Melville's Typee, and Hiva Oa, where Gauguin lived and painted. The visits to the Tuamotus, mostly atolls with pellucid lagoons, will include some of the best snorkeling in the world. From $6,590. Led by Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan.


October 29-November 10, 1997
Ethiopia and Kenya

Addis Ababa; lecture and visit to the National Museum; tour to Melka Kunture; Bahir Dar and Lake Tana, surrounded by lovely gardens and home to numerous birds; excursion to source of Blue Nile; Ura Kedane Mehret monastary; Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia; Simien Mountain National Park with baboon and other wildlife viewing; Axum, Queen of Sheba Palace and tomb; Lalibela; Nairobi; Lewa Downs Ranch; Samburu National Reserve; Kalama Hill Camp; trip to Koobi Fora archaeological site on Lake Turkana; Nairobi. $7,290.Led by Steve Austad and Alfred Alcorn.


October 27-December 2, 1997
Remote Islands of the South Atlantic

Belem, Brazil; Fernando de Noronha; Ascension Island, call at St. Helena Island, the volcanic island where Napoleon lived in exile until his death, cross Tropic of Capricorn, Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island, Gough Island, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Port Stanley. A positioning trip, 35 days, 34 nights, much time at sea. From $3,995. Led by Judy Perkins.


December 2-17, 1997
Uganda Primate Safari

New York, London, Entebbe, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, dominated by the Rwenzori Mountains, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Sanctuary, including day hike tracking gorillas, Lake Mburo National Park, Entebbe, London, New York.


December 19, 1997-January 1, 1998
Family Antarctica

A very affordable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula and islands aboard the Marine Discovery, a comfortable expedition ship with "quad" cabins. Prices for adults start at $3,990 and include air from Miami.


December 1997-January 1998
African Family Safari

(This is a repeat of a highly successful trip held in December, 1996.) A traditional camping and lodge safari to the high points of Northern Tanzania &emdash; Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorngoro Crater, Olmoti Crater and Gibb's Farm. Differential pricing for children and adults. Led by Marion Wingfield in the MCNH Education Program and John Barry a paleoanthropologist in the Peabody.



Trips for 1998

January 7-14, 1998
Copper Canyon & the Sea of Cortez

Tuscon, La Paz, embark Sea Lion; Isla Santa Catalina; Isla Los Islotes, Isla Espiritu Santo, general exploration of Sea of Cortez, La Paz disembarkation, drive to El Fuerte, board train for Copper Canyon; Chihuahua. Led by Ani Patel.


January 14-February 7, 1998
Africa and the Indian Ocean by Private Jet

In comfort and with remarkable convenience, this flying tour of Africa aboard a Boeing 757 is a unique way of exploring this vast continent's cultural and wildlife treasures. Starting in London, the tour takes in Carthage and Dougga, Tunisia; Luxor in Egypt; Mahe Island in the Seychelles; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Chobe National Park, Botswana; and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. In South Africa there will be visits to Pretoria and Cape Town, with an overnight ride on the Blue Train. There will be a visit to Etosha National Park in Namibia. Before finishing up in Marrakech, Morocco, the tour will visit Mopti, Timbuktu, Djenne, and Dogon Country in Mali. $26,900. Led by Irv DeVore.


February 1998
East Africa Safari

Nairobi, Samburu, spend the evening at the Ark, with its unique treehouse setting and excellent night game viewing; Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha.


February 5-12, 1998
Galapagos Islands

Quito, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands including Islas Lobos, Tower, Bartolome, Santiago, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Floreana Hood, San Cristobal, Guayaquil. Optional Pre-Cruise Extension to Cotopaxi and La Selva.


March 6-20, 1998
The Culture and Natural History of Morocco

While best known for its culture, Morocco is surprisingly rich in wildlife and natural beauty. As well as Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech, this expedition will take in the nature preserve at Midelt, the desert at Erg Chebbi, the Dades Gorge in the High Atlas Mountains, and the Draa Valley.


March 18-25, 1998
Journey on the Wild Side: Costa Rica and Panama

San Jose, Braulio Carrillo National Park/Rain Forest Aerial Tram; Caldera, embark Polaris; Manuel Antonio National Park/Refugio Curu, a privately-owned wildlife sanctuary; Marenco Biological Reserve, on the Osa Peninsula; Isla Coiba National Park, Panama; Canal Transit; Colon. Led by Leeanne Tennant and Afonso Alonso.


April 1998
Turkey: Wildflowers, Yalis and Classical Ruins

Starting in Istanbul, this excursion by coach and Goulette, a small private yacht, takes us along the Mediterrean Sea near Antalya. Trip will stress wildflowers, botany, and yalis (private gardens), as well as ancient cultural sites. Led by John and Sylvia Constable.


April 1998
The Parks of Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia

This tour highlights four distinctive eco-systems starting with the Namib Desert. After a stay near the Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib Naukluft National Park, the expedition moves on to the Okavango Delta and Shinde Camp, located at the southern end of the Moremi Game Reserve. There will be a couple of days at Jack's Camp in the Kalahari Desert before flying to the Zambezi and Chifungulu Tented Camp. Led by Farish and Eleanor Jenkins.


July 1998
Across Africa by Rovos Rail: Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town

Starting in Dar, the Rovos Rail train will make its way southwest into Zambia, southeast into Zimbabwe, and finally, South Africa. Along the way it will stop at Lusaka, Vic Falls, Bulawayo, Kruger, Maputo, and other points of interest for excursions from the train into park areas.


August 1-8, 1998
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

A return to an old favorite. Includes Point Adolphus, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines, the bays and fjords of the southeast islands, Le Conte Bay, and Tracy Arm. Aboard the Sea Bird. Led by Dana Campbell and Jeff Jensen.


July 14-21, 1998
Impressions of a Swedish Summer

A week-long exploration among the myriad islands, skerries, and islets of the Stockholm Archipelago, home to seabirds and abundant marine life. Lodging will be in small inns and there will be four days aboard the 49-passenger Swedish Islander. $2,290.

July 1998
The Kimberley of Western Australia

Darwin to Broome aboard the Coral Princess, with explorations of King George River and Falls by Zodiac; Port Warrender and Mitchell Falls by helicopter; Bigge Island and Careening Bay; Prince Regent Nature Reserve with an excursion up to the King Cascade; the Buccaneer Archipelago, noted for its massive tidal conditions; Lacepede Islands; Broome. Led by Judy Perkins.


August 1998
The Nature and Culture of Papua New Guinea

Los Angeles; Sydney; Cairns,excursion on the reef in a catamaran; Port Moresby; Madang, a picturesque town on the Bismarck Sea, the Christensen Research Center, a field station dedicated to the study of this area's diverse ecosystem; visit villages and attend a traditional ceremonial rite, the "Sing-Sing"; Septik River and the Julyik River basin; board the Melanesian Discoverer to explore the river, its tributaries, and its rich biodiversity; Chambri Lakes; Southern Highlands and Tari; Ambura Lodge; visit a Huli Clan village; Port Moresby; Los Angeles; Sydney. Led by Steve Austad.


August 1998
Namibia from the Air

Johannesburg; Windhoek; depart for Swakopmund, driving through the Namib Naukluft desert park; full day excursion to Sanwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance for migratory birds; charter flight along the Skeleton Coast, flying over the Cape Cross seal colony; Camp Omuranga; charter flight to Huab Lodge situated in the western Damaraland; Ongava Game Reserve on the border of Etosha National Park; Sosusveli and Karos Lodge in the Namib Naukluft Park; Fish River Canyon; Cape Town. Led by Paul Hoffman.


August 3-17, 1998
Circumnavigation of Baffin Island

Aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov; Toronto, Resolute, Dundas Harbor, Cape May, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Cape Dyer on Cumberland Peninsula, Pangnirtung, Edgell Island, Akpatok Island, Cape Dorset, Hudson Strait, Foxe Basin, Fury & Hecla Strait, Fort Ross, Bellot Strait, Somerset and Beechey Islands, Resolute. Led by Jim and Sue McCarthy.


August/September 1998

An exploration of the Zambezi River that starts in Victoria Falls with game drives out of Tongabezi. Tongabezi will be followed by a mobile safari through Kafue National Park. The trip concludes with several days at the Chifungulu Tented Camp on the Lower Zambezi. Led by Judy Perkins.


September 18-October 10, 1998
Silk Road

By private trains, the Orient China Express and the Nostalgic Istanbul Orient Express starting in Beijing. Cable car to Mu Tian Yu section of Great Wall, Zhoukoudian (Peking Man), Xi'an; Mingsha Dune to Crescent Lake (by camel back), Mogao Caves near Dunhuang, Ming Fort at Jiayuguan, market in Turfan, Samarkand and Bukhara.



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