EcoTravel Overnight Trips
Young Family Foundation Grant Helps EcoTravel Provide Binoculars and Field Guides to Students in Cuba
EcoTravel Director Andy Griswold delivered a suitcase full of binoculars and field guides for young birders during a recent EcoTravel visit to Cuba, thanks to a gift from the William C. Young Family Foundation. Read about it here.
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
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 or email for more detail. Call for details.
Panama’s Canopy Tower and Lodge
Year Round Departures. Six to 21 Days!
For many years, this tiny country roughly the size of South Carolina was known only for the “Engineering Wonder of the World” that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Panama Canal. More and more people, however, are starting to discover the vast natural and cultural wonders that Panama offers, including Caribbean coral reefs, Pacific mangrove wetlands, dry tropical forests, wet rainforests, and mountain cloud forests. These tropical ecosystems harbor an incredible diversity of colorful flowers and plants and a wide array of wild animals like sloths, anteaters, monkeys, and more. There are about 960 different species of birds—far more than the total number of species found in the U.S. and Canada combined! Panama presents excellent opportunities to see wildlife and learn about the importance of tropical environments. Six day packages start at $1,299. The 21-day package starts at $4,619. Call for details on these packages and others, and for exact departure dates. Not to be missed! Call for details.
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Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel has a great selection of tours that visit many exciting spots close to home and around the globe. All of 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 will earn commissions which support Connecticut Audubon Society’s education programs. It costs you nothing extra and helps us immensely.
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Overnight International Tour Listing
Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
February 6 – 15, 2020 Ten Days! FULL! Call for other dates!
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 forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins within arm’s reach. Ecuadorian Highland and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call or email for more detail. Leader: Miley Bull. Year round departures available.
Grand Safari: Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia
February 20 – March 5, 2020 15 Days! Two spots left!
This wonderful itinerary offers some of the best birding in southern Africa. Cover most of central Namibia and discover endemic and near-endemic birds. Explore the Riverine Forest and Miombo Woodland as well as visit mighty Victoria Falls. Cross over into the Caprivi Strip of Namibia in search of the Okavango Delta specialties, including the magnificent Pel’s Fishing-Owl. We’ll spend a couple of days in Etosha National Park enjoying the great bird and game viewing that this preserve offers. Travel along the western escarpment before concluding the adventure along the coast. Leader: Nick Bonomo. Fee: $6,598. With member discount: $5,898.
Wild Costa Rica
February 24 – 8 March 2020 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. Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: $6,798. With member discount: $5,998.
Vietnam: Birds, Culture, and Landscapes
February/March 2020 14 Days! Call now!
Home to over 850 species of birds and over 300 species of mammals, including some of the world’s rarest primates, and stretching a thousand miles down the east coast of Southeast Asia, Vietnam encompasses an amazing array habitats and biodiversity. From spectacular Halong Bay, to rhododendron covered peaks rising above 9,000 feet, to lush rainforests and the mighty Mekong River Delta, this ancient land offers a unique cultural and ecotourism experience. Beginning in Hanoi and traveling from North to South, with visits to Cut Phuong, Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Bach-Ma, and Cat Tien National Parks, as well as the ancient Imperial City of Hue, our tour will conclude in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Extension to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Leader: Rob Taylor. Call for details.
Italy: Bird Migration and Culture
May 12 – 23, 2020 12 Days!
Explore the stunning landscapes and historical locations that have stood the tests of time as we explore the famous Tuscany region while traveling from Florence to Rome. Discover dense forests, gaze over vast meadows, and relax in the presence of waterfalls and icy lakes as we visit national parks and UNESCO biodiversity hotspots. While exploring the many unique Mediterranean habitats, keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife, flora, and of course, birds! Time will be spent both enjoying nature and exploring the local towns with their extensive history, some even dating back to the Etruscans. Birds may include Great Spotted Cuckoo, White-throated Dipper, and Firecrest. Leader: Chris Nevins. Fee: $5,598. With member discount: $4,898.
Cornwall, England: Hiking Tour of the Coast
May 14 – 24, 2020 11 Days!
Immerse yourself in maritime heath-lands, tropical 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. Our native naturalist/guide knows 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. With member discount: $2,198.
Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
June 8 – 18, 2020 11 Days!
Travelers visiting Iceland today follow in the steps of the mighty Vikings who first discovered the island in the ninth century. Whether you delight in vast untouched and 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 enjoying up-close encounters with whales. The freedom to roam the wilds as you please, to explore, and to have fun—these are the keys to the Iceland experience. Call for pricing and a detailed itinerary. Leader: Andy Griswold.
Ireland: Birds and Birdies
July 7 – 17, 2020 11 Days!
Join birder (and 10-handicapper), Andy Griswold to combine your two passions, birds and golf. Enjoy nine nights of accommodation with a full Irish breakfast each morning. Sightsee around Lakes of Killarney, birdwatch along the Dingle Peninsula, visit the Great Blasket Islands, and take in five rounds of links golf at a selection of the world’s finest courses. Meet one of the greenskeepers to hear about how they balance course maintenance with nature. Relax with luxury chauffeur-driven transport throughout while staying at great lodgings. Fee: $6,598. With member discount: $5,898.
Norway’s Western Rivers, Fjords, and Islands
July 10 – 21, 2020 12 Days!
Similar in size to California, but with only 5 million people, Norway has plenty of open space to explore. Its unique fjords, mountains, and picturesque villages give this outdoor adventure paradise a unique character. Norway’s latitude, with part of the country located north of the Arctic circle, creates pronounced seasonal differences. Hike the Scandinavian landscapes, experience the Midnight Sun, visit the world-famous fjords at Aurland, and explore charming fishing villages. A cultural must see is the city of Oslo with its many museums, rich history, and numerous ways to experience Norway off the beaten path. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: $5,598. With member discount: $4,998.
Ireland: Hiking Wicklow Way
July 22 – 29, 2020 Eight Days!
The 80-mile-long Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail and, owing to its proximity to Dublin, has remained one of the most popular walking routes in Ireland. It was the brainchild of Dublin hillwalker J.B. Malone and opened in 1981. 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. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests, and farmland. The trail passes many examples of historical human habitation, the most famous being the early Christian monastic settlement established by Saint Kevin in the beautiful Glendalough Valley. Here you will see Round Tower, almost 1,000 years old and built by the monks of the Glendalough Monastery. The trail is a pleasure to walk, well signposted, with rougher sections of the track graded to prevent erosion. The central section goes through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Stay at wonderful bed-and-breakfast lodgings. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: $2,998. With member discount: $2,598.
Nova Scotia from Fundy to Cape Breton
August 13 – 21, 2020 Nine Days!
From the spectacular tides of the Bay of Fundy to the rolling farmland to the heath-lands of Cape Breton, there is no better highlights tour! The tremendous number of shorebirds at this time of year is legendary, known for their incredible aerial ballet. Nights are at Canada’s government-owned four-star lodges. Cape Breton delights travelers with its high cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic and its quaint fishing villages. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $4,698. With member discount: $3,998.
Hiking Through Spain
September 2 – 12, 2020 11 Days
Northeast Spain packs a powerful punch in terms of diversity of landscapes and habitats. The summits of the Pyrenees reach over 3,000 meters and are distinctly alpine. The Pre-Pyrenees show sun-bathed cliffs and towering crags overlooking the Ebro River valley. Following the course of the River Ebro will take you to the nature-rich Ebro Delta. Apart from travelling between the best natural sites, we’ll be incorporating walks on a daily basis to savor the countryside at a more intimate level with two or three short walks per day, or one longer one. We’ll take time to sample some of the other delights, with visits to a winery, an extra virgin olive oil museum, visits to clifftop villages and castles, and a guided walk to see some of the vast Roman heritage. Optional extension in the city of Barcelona to take in some of the modernist wonders of architect Gaudí and a walk down the Ramblas. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: 4,698. With member discount: 3,998.
February 6 – 19, 2021 14 Days!
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. Travelers are accompanied by popular leader Miley Bull and local guides. Fee: 6,798. With member discount: 5,998. Kilimanjaro Trek extension available. See below.
Trek to the Top of Kilimanjaro
February 17 – 28, 2021 12 Days!
Many people list Kilimanjaro as a lifetime dream adventure. This itinerary allows you the time to see all of Kilimanjaro’s main areas and offers the best chance of successfully making it to the roof of Africa! If you are looking for a great adventure and a life time experience that does not compromise safety or ethics, then this trek is for you. This climb via the unspoiled Lemosho route will take you into true wilderness. The flora and fauna are richer here than on more heavily trodden routes. The trek is supported with the best mountain tents and most important, well-trained professional mountain guides and a doctor. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: 5,698. With member discount: 4,998.
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Overnight Domestic Tour Listing
Arkansas’s Rice Fields and Bayous
January 12– 19, 2020 Eight Days!
Join our eleventh 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! Fee: $2,395. With member discount: $1,998. Leaders: Andy Griswold and Jim Denham.
February 7 – 9, 2020 Three Days!
The town of Montauk, on the far eastern tip of Long Island, is one of the best winter birding spots. The open ocean and the harbor provide opportunities to see many winter waterfowl not so commonly found in Connecticut. Eiders, all three scoter species, gulls, alcids, grebes, loons, and other winter specialties are among the many birds one can expect. Enjoy the quiet of an off-season resort town and the fresh air of winter beaches. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $898. With member discount: $698.
Florida’s Everglades, Keys, and Dry Tortugas
March 19 – 26, 2020 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, federally threatened Florida Scrub-Jay, and Sooty Tern. Witness first-hand how special a place the Everglades truly is! Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $4,198. With member discount: $3,698.
Nebraska’s Crane Migration
March 22 – 27, 2020 Six Days!
Nearly half a million Sandhill Cranes descend upon 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 federally endangered Whooping Crane. Witness one of North America’s greatest wildlife spectacles! Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: $2,695. With member discount: $2,295.
Nantucket: Seasons in Transition
April 7 – 10, 2020 Four Days!
The birding starts the minute we board the ferry and gets better as we leave the mainland behind. Revel in the peace and quiet of an off-season resort, the inescapable sense of history, and the abundance of open space. Expect sea ducks, rare gulls, and spectacular Snowy Owls as we search the desolate beaches by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take time to relax in the delightful teahouses and pubs in the heart of the historic town. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the experience of the island in early spring. We’ll be staying in a private house in the village of Siasconset. Leaders: Andy Griswold and island native Rich Newman. Fee: $1,598. With member discount: $1,298. No single supplements!
Colorado’s Grouse and Prairie Chickens
April 14 – 24, 2020 11 Days!
Our tour is designed to allow time for birding the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and the marvelous leks of Colorado’s grasslands, emphasizing the western birds you seldom or never see on the East Coast. The tour provides the best opportunity to find each of the many target bird species, including Greater Sage-Grouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Three-toed Woodpecker, rosy-finches, and more. Each day is a total natural history experience! Leaders: Phil Rusch and second driver TBD. Fee: $5,485. With Member Discount: $4,885.
Migration Chase: Delmarva Peninsula
April 15 – 19, 2020 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 portion of MARyland (including the renowned “Eastern Shore” of Chesapeake Bay), 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. With Member Discount: $1,298.
Texas: Coast, Valley, and Hills
April 27 – May 6, 2020 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. Jay and Andy are known for their expert knowledge of Texas birds. Fee: $3,898. With member discount: $3,498.
Warbler Extravaganza: Magee to Pelee
May 12 – 21, 2020 10 Days!
Magee Marsh, on the south shore of Lake Erie, is a prime stopover for North American warblers. Every spring thousands of birders and photographers flock to this location to witness the spectacle of large songbird concentrations preparing to migrate across the Great Lake. Point Pelee National Park, situated on Lake Erie’s north shore, is one of the most important migration highways in North America. It’s located within the true deciduous forest region commonly called Carolinian Forest, in Canada found only on a narrow belt along Lake Erie’s north shore, featuring plants and animals that are rare or absent elsewhere in Canada. The Point is perfectly situated as a migrant trap and in springtime can boast as many as 260 species, with a single-day high of 170! Trip via our luxury van from Connecticut. This is a perfect trip for birders of all levels! Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: $3,498. With member discount: $3,098. The tour is limited to seven participants.
Mount Auburn: Warbler Mecca
May 15 – 17, 2020 Three Days!
This is absolutely 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. Fee: $865. With member discount: $665. Migration at its best in a setting that is unrivaled! Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Hunt for the Elusive Spruce Grouse
May 18 – 21, 2020 Four Days!
Enjoy 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 the 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 should also include other hard-to-find species like Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $1,198. With member discount: $998.
June 4 –7, 2020 Four Days!
The Connecticut Lakes region is the pristine area at the northern tip of New Hampshire offering unlimited, unspoiled wilderness. This is the center of the North Country’s moose habitat where the Connecticut River is born. Birds may include Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Mourning Warbler, and Boreal Chickadee. Stay at a peaceful lakeside lodge and hike to the headwaters, straddling the river where it begins its journey south. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: $1,198. With member discount: $998.
Maine’s Whales and Puffins
July 9 – 13, 2020 Five Days!
Maine is one of the most beautiful states on the East Coast. With its rocky shores, dense forests, and access to the ocean, it gives nature lovers a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. This trip allows participants to experience much of what Maine has to offer, with a puffin cruise, whale watch, forest walks, ocean strolls, and amazing views. Explore the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, one of the most picturesque parks and home to Cadillac Mountain, where watching sunrise and sunset is unequalled. Revel in the scenic beauty of historic towns and hidden coves. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: $1,798. With member discount $1,498.
Southeastern Arizona Desert Bloom
July 22 – 30, 2020 Nine Days!
Late July welcomes the summer rains and is prime time for finding hummingbirds. As many as 15 species, including White-eared, Violet-crowned, Berylline, and Plain-capped Starthroat have been found on past trips. This is also the time for Mexican rarities, such as Aztec Thrush. These are but a few of the many species we’ll search out as we journey through this lovely, varied landscape, which draws birders from all over the world. Leaders: Jay Hand and Andy Griswold. Fee: $3,298. With member discount: $2,898.
Monhegan Island: Migration Hotspot
September 19 – 22, 2020 Four Days!
Join leader Jim Sherwonit on a relaxing tour of Monhegan Island at the peak of migration. Off the coast of Maine, Monhegan serves as a stopover point for birds caught out over open water. With no roads and no cars on the island, participants stroll along the many trails while searching for what arrived overnight and enjoying eye-level looks at many species of the warblers, tanagers, and flycatchers. In the fall, nature and beauty are at their apex on Monhegan. Stay at a lovely island inn and don’t miss the blueberry pie! Fee: $1,198. With member discount: $998.
Block Island Weekend Escape
October 2 – 4, 2020 Three Days!
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! Leaders: Andy Griswold and Matt Bell. Fee: $898. With member discount: $698.
October 8 – 11, 2020 Four Days!
Without a doubt one of the top ten birding spots in the country, Cape May is where every fall hundreds of thousands of migrating birds funnel into the southern tip of New Jersey and 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. Something for everyone! Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: $1,298. With member discount: $998.
Southern Utah’s National Parks
October 11 – 18, 2020 Eight Days!
Witness first hand some of the amazing panoramas and breathtaking backdrops that you have always imagined. Visit the top national parks of the West, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches, to name a few. Zion holds some of the most rewarding adventures in all of Utah (if not the country), and Bryce is home to the world’s largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock). Explore and enjoy the birds, plants, and animals that call this region home. October is a great time to visit Utah after the summer crowds and heat. Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: $3,725. With member discount $3,225. Optional Great Basin Extension.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
October 18 – 25, 2020 Eight Days!
Located six miles off the Coast, Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s sea islands known as the “Golden Isles.” This barrier island is connected by causeways through extensive salt marshes, channels, and winding rivers. The coastal islands are characterized by moss-draped live oaks, pines, and sandy beaches. The state mandates that no more than 35 percent of the island will ever be developed, an action that preserves much of the natural habitat of a true barrier island: its ecology, geologic history, and importance as an ecosystem. There’s an abundant year-round bird population on Jekyll, which, as part of the Atlantic flyway, is host to many other species during spring and fall migration. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: $2,498. With member discount: $1,998.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 5 – 10, 2020 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: $2,198. With member discount: $1,798.
Sea Turtles and Cape Cod Exploration
December 4 – 6, 2020 Three Days!
In December, Cape Cod is a fabulous place to visit and 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 the cold water and end up stranded along the beaches. Participants learn about these fragile marine reptiles at Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Sanctuary. We’ll 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. Expect the rare and unusual. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: $898. With member discount: $698.
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