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Special Events

Imagine discussing wildlife conservation issues with world-renowned experts in African game reserves, joining the world’s top Egyptologists for special access to the treasures of the Pharaohs, or watching an eclipse in an impossibly remote corner of the world with top astronomers—these are just a few of the unique experiences offered by Wilderness Travel Special Events, our annual symposiums with guest experts in combination with specially themed journeys. It’s a unique way of getting an expert’s view, and you can only find it with Wilderness Travel. Past guests have included Jane Goodall, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mary Leakey, wildlife biologist George Schaller, mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker, and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. See what we’ve got coming up this year!

Legendary Explorers

November 29-December 18, 2016

A Voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia Island on the Centennial of Shackleton's Epic Journey

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This is a voyage as extraordinary as Antarctica itself! We’ll commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary open-boat journey across the Southern Ocean and witness Antarctica’s astounding beauty with a team of renowned Guest Speakers, all Antarctic veterans and leading experts in their fields. This exclusive Wilderness Travel voyage offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most celebrated names in adventure, science, and photography—the new explorers of our time.

Conrad Anker, who has summited Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson as well as Mt. Everest, Tim Jarvis, a polar adventurer and climate scientist who reenacted Shackleton’s incredible journey to South Georgia Island, Dr. Carl Safina, noted conservationist and author, and Frans Lanting, the greatest nature photographer of our time, will enliven our Antarctic experience with presentations and join us on shore excursions throughout the journey.

As we journey from the Falklands to breathtaking South Georgia Island and onward to the teeming wildlife colonies of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Guest Speakers will share tales of their extensive Antarctic adventures. We’ll also hear the compelling stories of other explorers, including Scott and Amundsen, and of Shackleton’s famous expedition, with its lessons of leadership and courage. Our itinerary will be enhanced with visits to evocative sites of Shackleton’s daring rescue journey, possibly including South Georgia’s King Haakon Bay, where he came ashore in 1916 at the end of his harrowing open-boat voyage, Grytviken, where he is buried, and Elephant Island, where the crew of the Endurance was stranded. We’ll be traveling in comfort aboard the all-suite 114-guest Hebridean Sky, built with an ice-strengthened hull and carrying a fleet of Zodiacs for our exciting forays ashore. This is an utterly unique Antarctic journey, and quite likely to fill up fast. Call soon to reserve your space!


Alaskan Dreams

July 22-29, 2017

A Voyage Through The Glacial Wilderness of Southeast Alaska
Featuring Renowned Nature Writers Barry Lopez and Richard Nelson

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Southeast Alaska’s stunning fjords and mountain-ringed waterways, including glorious Glacier Bay, are among the world’s grandest landscapes, a wonderland of ice-blue glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and deep forests sheltering plentiful wildlife. In 2015, we offered a Special Event that explored the legendary landscape of Alaska’s Inside Passage with Special Guests Barry Lopez, one of the premier nature writers of our time, and Richard Nelson, cultural anthropologist and award-winning author. It was a resounding success, and due to popular demand, we are pleased to offer a new Special Event in July 2017, and are delighted that Barry Lopez and Richard Nelson will return once again as our incomparable Special Guests.

Navigating remote fjords and quiet inlets aboard the intimate 74-guest Wilderness Explorer, our journey brings us from Sitka to Juneau through some of Alaska’s most scenic waterways, and includes explorations at Chichagof Island, home to a vast bear population, and magnificent Glacier Bay, where 11 tidewater glaciers spill to the sea.

We’ll spend active days hiking, whale watching, sea kayaking, exploring by skiff, and even paddle boarding. At day’s end, we enjoy the welcoming comfort of our boat and unforgettable evening presentations by Barry Lopez and Richard Nelson, whose thoughtful insights on mankind’s relationship with the natural world will bring even greater depth to our journey. This is the perfect way to experience one of the most extraordinary settings in the world, and a rare chance to enjoy the company and perspectives of our two distinguished experts in informal settings on board the ship and on our excursions. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!