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. For the most up-to-date information, visit the MIT Alumni Association travel page:

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May 2019

The Pride of South Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
May 9-23, 2019

With MIT Professor and EAPS Department Head Rob van der Hilst
Travel the breadth of southern Africa, where history is rich, culture is diverse and “Big Five” game viewing is extraordinary.

June 2019

Arctic Expedition under the Midnight Sun
June 21-July 1, 2019

With MIT Professor Ronald G. Prinn
Voyage through the otherworldly Arctic Circle on a seven-night cruise aboard the five-star L’Austral. Visit during the region’s most enchanting season, when the sun never sets.

Total Solar Eclipse: Chile (Waitlist)
June 28-July 10, 2019

With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
On July 2, 2019, northern Chile will be our location to view the total eclipse of the sun for two minutes and 25 seconds of totality. Accompanied by MIT Professor Richard Binzel, witness the eclipse and experience Chile’s world-class observatories and its richly diverse, legendary landscape. Visit the seaside city of La Serena, Las Campanas Observatory, Paranal Observatory, and explore the spectacular Atacama Desert.

July 2019

Exploring Iceland
July 23-August 2, 2019

With MIT Professor and EAPS Department Head Rob van der Hilst
Discover Iceland’s remarkable natural history and rich cultural heritage while traversing an astonishing land.

August 2019

Family Adventure in the Galápagos
August 2-11, 2019

With MIT Professor Andrew Babbin
Join fellow MIT families for an exploration of the Galápagos, where life-altering encounters with animals—curious or sublimely indifferent to human presence—happen like nowhere else on earth.

Ancient Greece
August 22-September 4, 2019

With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
Unearth the ancient world’s grandeur on this journey combining Greece’s premier archaeological sites with the beauty of the Aegean and her isles.

November 2019

Patagonia: W Trek in Torres de Paine
November 1-9, 2019

With MIT Professor Daniel J. Cciczo
Located in the far south of Chile, Torres del Paine National Park is the ultimate Patagonian experience. Its towering peaks, sprawling glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes are a paradise for any adventurer or nature lover.

December 2019

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
December 7-20, 2019

With MIT Professor Leigh Royden
Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. Every facet is thrilling and heart-achingly stunning. Its vastness and the ice in all its myriad forms are both humbling and uplifting.

Browse the 2019 Explorer Catalog
Programs and dates subject to change - updated 11/27/2018

Travelers' Tales

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

In January 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

For further information on giving opportunities or creating a named fund to benefit the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, please contact:

Angela Ellis
Senior Development Officer
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT
617 253 5796

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