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EcoTravel Overnight Trips

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Amazing Amazon Cruises
Year-round Departures.    
Seven Days!
Our most popular cruise explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of Amazonia. On an eight-cabin expedition vessel, travelers venture far up some of the least inhabited rivers in the Amazon Basin for a full seven days and explore areas rarely visited, seeking out the mysterious life in the heart of the Amazon. This is the most thorough, detailed, and sophisticated trip offered in the entire Amazon and comes with rave reviews from past participants. Guides are accomplished local naturalists. This is a trip of a lifetime, easy for seniors and families! Fee starts at $3,795 per person. Extensions are available to Iguacu Falls, Machu Picchu, Pantanal, Galapagos, and Ecuadorian Highlands. Call for details.

Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
Year-round Departures.
Galapagos, a remote archipelago where life goes on much as it has for millions of years, is the world’s greatest living laboratory for study and observation of nature. Here the animals have no fear of humans, and you can be at one with nature as nowhere else on Earth. Over centuries, animal and plant life reached the islands and gradually evolved into new life forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins in arm’s reach. Cabins available from $4,700 per person. Ecuadorian Highland, Machu Picchu, and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call for details.

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel has a great selection of overnight tours that visit many exciting spots, both close to home and around the globe. All our tours promise to be special adventures, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful animals and habitats in the world. The Connecticut Audubon Society strives to be at the forefront of environmental education, and our EcoTravel program plays a strong part in that goal. If our dates or tours do not meet your needs, we can provide you with the itineraries of other natural history travel companies. If you choose one of their programs and sign-up through us, we’ll earn commissions which support Connecticut Audubon Society’s education programs. It costs you nothing extra and helps us immensely.

Overnight International Tours


Extraordinary Ethiopia
January 14 – 30, 2022     17 Days!

Venture off the beaten path and explore one of Africa’s most fascinating and least visited destinations. Medieval castles, churches hewn out of solid rock, ancient temples, and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (more than any other African country)! Ethiopia is the perfect destination for travelers of all ages. At the crossroad of ancient trade routes and one of the world’s oldest nations, amazingly Ethiopia was never colonized. Unique cultures, natural beauty, intriguing history, and wonderful people are some of the many reasons to visit. As Graham Hancock declares in African Ark, “In terms of the sheer variety of fascinating destinations, no other place in Africa compares to Ethiopia.”
Leader: Lucretia Bingham.
Fee: $5,598. Members: $4,898.

Uganda’s Birds and Primates
January 18 – 31, 2022     14 Days!

The East African country of Uganda is not only about seeing chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat. Over the last 25 years Uganda has become one of Africa’s best birding destinations, offering excellent infrastructure, fantastic birding, friendly locals, photogenic scenery, a pleasant climate, excellent coffee, and very special wildlife viewing. Their national anthem starts, “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty.” It truly is an incredibly scenic place of amazing habitat diversity, touting an incredible 1,020 species of birds—about half of the total number found in Africa! We’ll not only visit most of the best birding hotspots in the country; we’ll have the option to go on three boat cruises (and one canoe ride!) and see many other wonderful species, both fauna and flora. The optional Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla trekking experiences are both truly “once in a lifetime” opportunities not to be missed. Experience the “Pearl of Africa!”
Leader: Nick Bonomo.
Fee: $9,498. Members: $7,998.


Tanzania Safari
February 6 – 19, 2022     14 Days! SOLD OUT!
February 20 – March 5, 2022     14 Days! SECOND DEPARTURE!

Visit this stunning landscape to view the animals of the Serengeti! Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other predators abound. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, described as the eighth wonder of the world, Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley, and Oldupai Gorge, where the Leakeys made their famous archeological discoveries of early hominids. Witness the migration of thousands of wildebeest and hundreds of different bird species! Travelers are accompanied by popular leader Miley Bull and local guides.
Fee: $7,198. Members: $6,398.
Call for details on the Kilimanjaro Trek Extension.


Wild Costa Rica
March 19 – April 1, 2022     14 Days!

With a greater biodiversity than the continental United States and Canada combined, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its birdwatching opportunities. Visit some of the best-known birding locations in search of enigmatic species such as Resplendent Quetzal and Scarlet Macaw, as well as less-visited destinations that hold breathtaking beauty and rare species. Enjoy multiple river cruises and stand in the shadows of volcanos, in the depths of the rainforest, and high in the clouds as we search for nearly 400 species of birds!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.

Western Cuba and the Smallest Bird in the World
March 29 – April 6, 2022     Nine Days!

This is another of our exclusive, licensed bird surveys in Cuba, this time with a focus on Western Cuba and its importance as a wintering stopover for migratory birds: the beautiful Vanales Valley; the Zapata Peninsula; Guanahacabibes National Park; and two of the country’s most diverse and dramatic ranges, the Sierra de la Rosario and Sierra de los Organos. Western Cuba is home to the island’s largest concentration of the Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird. On the Zapata Peninsula, we focus on finding the elusive Zapata Rail. A great trip for those with less time and for those who have already done the central island trip.
Leader: TBD.
Call for pricing.

East of the Andes: Ecuador’s Amazon
March 30 – April 10, 2022     12 Days!

With its equatorial latitude and several distinct climates, Ecuador offers an amazing variety of birdlife: over 1,600 species, about 20 percent of the world’s numbers—more diversity in less space than any other country in the world. The Ecuadorian Amazon is mainly tropical rainforest elevated 1,300 feet above sea level. While its borders contain a mere slice of the Amazon, the rainforest is diverse, with quiet blackwater lagoons, raging chocolatey rivers, dense tree canopies, and flooded forests. As a general rule, the farther you travel from civilization and roads, the more wildlife you’ll see. The tour crosses the Andes and reaches remote areas of pristine Amazonian habitat.
Leader: TBD.
Fee: $5,798. Members: $4,998.
Optional pre- or post-trip extension to the Galapagos Islands!


Machu Picchu: Peru’s Archeological Sites
April 22 – May 4, 2022     13 Days!

Follow the footsteps of the Incas and explorer Hiram Bingham! Your leader is Lucretia Bingham, a Connecticut native, outstanding travel writer, and granddaughter of Hiram. Visit one of the world’s deepest canyons and search for Andean Condor. Hike to ruins and relax in some of the finest hot springs imaginable. Visit Lake Titicaca for a boat trip. Take a classic railway journey across the high plains to explore Cusco, the former Inca capital, full of culture and history. Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. This unique tour uses great lodging for a one-of-a-kind memorable adventure.
Fee: $8,198. Members: $6,998.


Cornwall, England: Hiking Tour of the Coast
May 12 – 22, 2022     11 Days!

Immerse yourself in maritime heathlands, lush valleys, moors, history, and legends. Connect with nature along coastal paths, beaches, and lanes bordered by carpets of brilliant pastel spring flowers or summer heathers in fields stitched together with hedgerows. Enjoy the quiet, the clean air, and the fresh scents as we explore this land of Daphne De Maurier, Doc Martin, and Poldark on daily hikes near the cliffs and in the countryside. Revel in the flora and fauna, geology, significant historic sites, folklore, birds and wildlife, back roads, country tea houses, local gossip, and scenic villages off the beaten track.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,798. Members: $2,198.

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
May 30 – June 9, 2022     11 Days!

Travelers visiting Iceland today follow in the steps of the mighty Vikings who first visited the island in the 9th century. Whether you delight in vast uninhabited expanses of landscape or walking around town making friends, you’ll feel free in Iceland and enter a whole new realm of experience. You’ll discover original nature as you’ve never seen it before while visiting thousands of cliff-nesting birds and exploring the culture, history, geology, and more.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $6,798. Members: $5,998.


Ireland: Hiking Wicklow Way
July 20 – 27, 2022     Eight Days!

The 80-mile-long Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail and the brainchild of Dublin hillwalker J.B. Malone. Containing many miles of wonderfully unspoiled mountain trails, Wicklow Way offers a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas, including mountains, upland lakes, glacial valleys, mountain streams, forests, and farmland. The trail passes many famous sites, including the Christian monastic settlement established by Saint Kevin in beautiful Glendalough Valley. See Round Tower, almost 1,000 years old. The trail is a pleasure to walk, with rougher sections graded to prevent erosion. The central section goes through Wicklow Mountains National Park. Stay at wonderful B&B lodgings.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $3,098. Members: $2,698.

Scotland: The Wild Highlands
July 2022     Nine Days!

This fabulous tour of the Scottish Highlands is a great mix of daily explorations through stunning hills, glens, forests, and coasts as you encounter eagles, pine martens, otters, deer, crossbills, badgers, porpoises, and much more. Scotland is #1 in Europe for up-close wildlife watching, and this part of the country offers an unusual and curious variety. Under the guidance of a qualified local naturalist you’ll learn the wonders of the wild Highlands and discover a land of colorful history and outstanding beauty.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and local guides.
Call for details.

Borneo Pre-Trip Natural History and Culture of Sarawak and Sabah
July 31 – August 12, 2022     13 Days!

Borneo, the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia, is divided among three countries: Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. Visit the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, making up about 26 percent of the island’s landmass. Borneo contains some of the world’s most wildlife-rich and oldest equatorial rainforests, incredible landscapes, and rich indigenous culture. The rainforest, at around 140 million years old, is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean Orangutan and an important refuge for around 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of terrestrial mammals, 420 species of resident birds (around 650 species in total), and 440 species of freshwater fish. In 2007, the “Heart of Borneo” conservation agreement, initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature, was signed by the governments of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia with the aim of protecting over 160,000 square miles of “Asia’s last great rainforest.” By 2010 (three years afterwards), a total of 123 new species were recorded in the region.
Leader: Rob Taylor and local specialists.
Fee: $8,998. Members: $7,998.


Northern Australia
August 13 – 27, 2022     15 Days!

Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. It’s home to more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world and fewer than half of which have been described scientifically. Over 800 bird species and almost 400 species of mammals occur here. On this tour, visit some of the most iconic areas of this vast country. Begin in the Wet Tropics area of Queensland, and then travel to the Atherton Tablelands. Of the 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics, 327 can be found here in addition to some amazing mammals, including Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. Travel via the dry savannah to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world (estimated at 180 million years old). This area meets the sea and another World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a day on the reef exploring this coral wonderland and visiting a coral cay where seabirds nest. Travel to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. This enormous biodiverse nature reserve is home to 2,000 plant species, almost 300 bird species, huge Saltwater Crocodiles, and ancient Aboriginal rock paintings.
Leader: Rob Taylor and local specialists.
Fee: $9,998. Members: $8,998.


Southern Spain’s Raptor Migration
September 1 – 11, 2022     11 Days!

Southern Spain is one of the best places in the world to witness migration, especially for raptors. With only 9 miles separating Spain from Morocco at the narrowest point, the Strait of Gibraltar, birds gather and await favorable winds to carry them across each spring and fall. On days of peak migration, over 9,000 birds of nearly 30 different species can be found drifting on the winds. September is the best month to visit, as migration is in full swing and many of the species are present in large numbers. Dominated by a Mediterranean climate, Andalucia is the most biodiverse region in Spain, and helps to make Spain the most biodiverse country in all of Europe. A birding adventure here is sure to delight everyone!
Leader: Nick Bonomo.
Fee: $6,598. Members: $5,998.
This trip is limited to a maximum for 4 travelers, so sign up fast!

Overnight Domestic Tours


Block Island Weekend Escape
October 1 – 3, 2021     Three Days!     Three Spots Remain!

Revel in the wilds of Block Island, Rhode Island, after summer tourists have left the beaches and town. Often a magnet for wayward birds, “Block” will delight travelers with its island architecture, wild flowers, and natural beauty. This is our most popular weekend trip and timed for the fall migration!
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Matt Bell.
Fee: $898. Members: $698.

Cape May Migration
October 7 – 10, 2021     Four Days!

Without a doubt one of the top ten birding spots in the country is Cape May, where every fall hundreds of thousands of migrating birds funnel into the southern tip of New Jersey. Birdwatchers come from all over the world to enjoy not only the diversity of hawks, shorebirds, and warblers, but also the scenic beaches, meadows, and lively historic town. There’s something for everyone!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $1,298. Members: $998.


Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 4 – 9, 2021     Six Days!

Explore the peaks of Tennessee’s breathtakingly beautiful Appalachian Mountains featuring spectacular waterfalls and endless vistas. Follow wooded trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to over 200 bird species. Immerse yourself in autumn colors as you hike through high-country meadowlands along the Appalachian Trail. Participants should be fit enough for all-day exploration and hiking over hilly terrain. The Great Smoky Mountains are perhaps the most imposing set of peaks in the East, showcasing large tracts of rugged wilderness and old-growth forest of astounding biodiversity. The “smoky” name stems from the range’s ever-present mists. Leave the planning and driving to us as you enjoy this guided group hiking experience with great accommodations and delicious food.
Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,398. Members: $1,998.


Sea Turtles and Cape Cod Exploration
December 3 – 5, 2021     Three Days!

In December, Cape Cod is a fabulous place to explore when tourists are few and the region takes on a more relaxed feel. Unfortunately, at this time of year Kemp’s Ridley, Green, and Loggerhead sea turtles are often stunned by cold water and end up stranded along the beaches. Participants learn about these fragile marine reptiles at Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Sanctuary. Scour the beaches of Cape Cod Bay for turtles, take part in numerous nature-related activities, and be magically absorbed into the wildness of grass-topped dunes, empty beaches, and ceaseless crashing waves.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $998. Members: $798.


Arkansas’s Rice Fields and Bayous
January 9 – 16, 2022     Eight Days!

Join our twelfth exciting expedition into a mature southern woodland that once hosted the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and perhaps still does! Enjoy the private lodge while experiencing the history and tales of the elusive “Grail Bird.” This tour is by special arrangement in an area that is not open to the public. Henslow’s Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and clouds of waterfowl in the heart of America’s rice belt and “Duck Capital of the World!”
Leaders: Andy Griswold and Jim Denham.
Fee: $2,995. Members: $2,598.

New Mexico in Winter
January 15 – 23, 2022     Nine Days!

The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is home to a multitude of winter bird spectacles. Near the center of the state, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge hosts thousands of Snow and Ross’s geese, along with an equal number of Sandhill Crane. On the outskirts of Albuquerque, a different spectacle takes place. High in the mountains, three species of rosy-finch regularly descend on feeding stations as they search for food in the snow-covered landscape. Find some of the year-round southwestern bird specialties as well, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,898.

Winter Owl Blitz
January 31 – February 5, 2022     Six Days!

Birds in the winter months can be scarce, but take this opportunity for a short trip into the northern boreal forests in search of mystical and rarely seen species, including the world’s largest owl: Great Gray. Many of the species vary their destinations from year to year based on food availability. Locations may include the famed Sax-Zim Bog near Duluth, Minnesota; the roads of old Quebec City and the surrounding forests; or the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It will be cold, but the birds are second to none! Other species may include Snowy and Northern Hawk owls, Hoary and Common redpolls, and Red and White-winged crossbills.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,298. Members: $2,698.


Montauk Escape
February 4 – 6, 2022     Three Days!

Montauk, on the far eastern tip of Long Island, is one of the best winter birding spots. The open ocean and harbors provide opportunities to see many winter waterfowl not so commonly found in Connecticut. Eiders, three scoter species, gulls, alcids, grebes, loons, Snowy Owl, and other winter specialties are among the many birds one expects. Enjoy the quiet of an off-season resort town and the fresh air of winter beaches.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $898. Members: $698.

Nantucket: Seasons in Transition
February 22 – 25, 2022     Four Days!

Birding starts the minute we board the ferry and gets better as we leave the mainland behind. Revel in the peace of an off-season resort, the inescapable sense of history, and the abundance of open space. Expect sea ducks, rare gulls, and the spectacular Snowy Owl as we search the desolate beaches by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Relax in the delightful teahouses and pubs in the heart of the historic town and at our private house in the village of Siasconset.
Leaders: Andy Griswold and island native Rich Newman.
Fee: $1,698. Members: $1,398.


Nebraska’s Crane Migration
March 20 – 26, 2022     Seven Days!

Nearly half a million Sandhill Cranes descend on the broad valley of the Platte River, and by March approximately 80 percent of the world’s Lesser Sandhill Cranes crowd a 150-mile stretch of the river in the largest gathering of cranes anywhere in the world! We may even find a few of their rare and elegant cousins, the endangered Whooping Crane. Witness one of North America’s greatest wildlife spectacles!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $2,998. Members: $2,598.


Florida’s Everglades, Keys, and Dry Tortugas
April 2 – 9, 2022     Eight Days!

One of North America’s “Top-Ten Birding Spots,” South Florida hosts a large number of unusual birds and other wildlife that are found nowhere else. Visit unique and sensitive habitats, including such well-known places as Big Cypress, Loxahatchee, Shark Valley, Anhinga Trail, Key West, and the famed Dry Tortugas. Bird species include the federally endangered Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Masked Booby, Brown Noddy, Florida Scrub-Jay, and Sooty Tern. Spend a day looking for the Miami exotics that are American Birding Association countable. Witness first-hand how special a place the Everglades truly is!
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $4,198. Members: $3,698.

Migration Chase: Delmarva Peninsula
April 18 – 22, 2022     Five Days!

Venture to the Delmarva Peninsula, the piece of mainland sandwiched between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean that comprises all of DELaware, the Eastern Shore of MARyland, and a disconnected sliver of VirginiA. After visiting key natural and historic areas, you will come away with a good feel for the land, its regional culture, and wild inhabitants. Explore varied habitats in search of birds as you scour the beaches, visit the vast marshland, and enjoy the first glimpses of spring. Enjoy first-hand Chesapeake foods, traditions, history, birds, and scenery. Destinations include Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $1,598. Members: $1,298.

Texas: Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 26 – May 5, 2022     10 Days!

Join the guide team of Jay Hand and Andy Griswold for a grand adventure in “The #l Bird State.” Three-quarters of all birds occurring in the continental United States have been recorded in Texas, where on this ten-day trip you can see over 250 species, including Green Kingfisher, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Tropical Parula, Golden-cheeked Warbler, and more. The scenery is fabulous, featuring vast open spaces unlike anything in the East. Visit famed High Island, Bolivar Flats, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, King Ranch, Sabal Palm, Santa Ana, Bentsen, and the Edward’s Plateau.
Fee: $4,198. Members: $3,798.


Warbler Extravaganza: Magee to Pelee     Filling a Second Van Now!
May 10 – 19, 2022     10 Days!

This ultimate adventure circumnavigates Lake Erie at the peak of migration. Protected areas along the shoreline provide stopover habitat for migrants on their way to boreal breeding grounds. Explore Presque Isle, Tawas Point, world-famous Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and Point Pelee National Park. Over 30 warbler species can be expected, along with multiple species of vireo, flycatcher, swallow, thrush, and more. A final night near Niagara Falls allows for reminiscing over the new friendships and memories made. Trip via our luxury van from Connecticut. This is a perfect trip for birders of all levels!
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $3,498. Members: $3,098.

Mount Auburn: Warbler Mecca
May 13 – 15, 2022     Three Days!

This is the best place on the East Coast to see and hear large numbers of migrant warblers during the peak of spring migration! Birds are often at eye level, offering excellent views and photographic opportunities. Mt. Auburn, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as a “garden cemetery,” a concept since copied by many communities across the country. The stupendous variety and scale of the trees alone is not to be missed, providing an oasis that birds find irresistible. Migration at its best in a setting that is unrivaled!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $865. Members: $665.

Hunt for the Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 24 – 27, 2022     Four Days!

Make an escape to clear mountain waters, lakes abundant with native trout, and the brightest star-filled nights you’ve ever seen—all in the beautiful woods of Maine. Visit places where Frederick Church painted landscapes of Mount Katahdin. Get away and roam among the moose, carnivorous pitcher plants and sundew, orchids, and birds unique to this northern habitat. The big target is Spruce Grouse but will also include other hard-to-find species like Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $1,298. Members: $1,098.


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