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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December 2017

Arctic Explorer: Northern Lights, Northern Culture, December 28, 2017 - January 9, 2018

With MIT Professor of Earth Sciences Rob van der Hilst
Travel on the Golden Eagle private train as it heads north from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, through the taiga until the trees thin and lose their stature. Then, once squarely within the Aurora Borealis Zone near the Barents Sea, travel by coach and chase the Northern Lights through the tundra. Also, visit the Snow Hotel, take a sleigh ride in old Suzdal, embark on a dogsled ride, and visit the open-air museum at Kizhi Island.

January 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia, January 4-25, 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.

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 13-20, 2018

With MIT Assistant Professor Andrew Babbin CE ′14, PhD ′14
Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica and transit the Panama Canal aboard the new 100-guest National Geographic Quest. See the intricate locks of the Panama Canal up close and visit the Smithsonian Research Station on Barro Colorado Island in the Canal Zone. Venture into the forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks. Explore a jungle shoreline by kayak, snorkel a vibrant undersea garden, cruise along mangroves aboard expedition landing craft, and if you choose, ride horseback through the rain forest. The region is home to iconic wildlife—brilliant macaws, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, and vibrantly colored butterflies.

May 2018

Africa's Wildlife, May 27-June 9, 2018

With MIT Visiting Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences Hilke E. Schlichting
This comprehensive tour includes time in Johannesburg, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, and Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its large population of elephants. Then travel by privately chartered plane to Zambia for unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park.

June 2018

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness, June 17-24, 2018

With MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel ’76 PhD’78
Explore massive glaciers, kayak scenic coastlines, and see iconic wildlife amid the secluded coves and towering forests of Alaska. Travel aboard the National Geographic Quest and actively explore a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Look for brown bear, humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles, and sure-footed mountain goats on steep cliffs. Kayak amid glacial ice, hike an old growth forest, and learn about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage from an onboard interpreter. The expedition team includes expert naturalists, an undersea specialist who reveals the seldom-seen wildlife beneath the water, and a certified photo instructor.

September 2018

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland, September 5–13, 2018

With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
Discover the true natures of fiery Iceland and icy Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. During this week-long trip, soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths and explore the bustling urban capital of Reykjavík. By air, see Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80 percent of the country. Then cruise along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the resilient inhabitants. All along the way, take opportunities to view the legendary Northern Lights.

Programs and dates subject to change - updated 9/30/2017

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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