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!
November 29-December 18, 2016Compare
A Voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia Island on the Centennial of Shackleton's Epic Journey
Featuring Special Guests Conrad Anker, Tim Jarvis, Dr. Carl Safina, and a Photo Workshop with Frans Lanting
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 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!
March 1-15, 2016Compare
A Voyage on the Caledonian Sky Featuring award-winning Astronomer Dr. Alex Filippenko
To witness a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience—and combined with this unique cruise, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Our journey offers the best weather prospects on the Indonesian eclipse path and more than three minutes of totality, observed from the safety and comfort of a small expedition ship. The maneuverability of the 114-guest Caledonian Sky further enhances our prospects on Eclipse Day, the centerpiece of our fascinating voyage that brings us from Bali to Borneo. Fantastic experiences along the way include seeing both Komodo dragons and orangutans, snorkeling amid the astounding reefs of the Coral Triangle, and exploring the tropical islands of Sulawesi. Astronomer Alex Filippenko, PhD, one of UC Berkeley’s most popular professors, will join us to share his expert knowledge in a series of presentations and on eclipse day—this is his 11th eclipse with us!
March 4-15, 2016Compare
A Voyage from Australia to Borneo on Le Soleal
To witness a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience—and combined with this unique cruise, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Our journey offers the best weather prospects on the Indonesian eclipse path and more than three minutes of totality, observed from the safety and comfort of a sophisticated yet friendly yacht. The maneuverability of the 132-cabin Le Soleal further enhances our prospects on Eclipse Day, the centerpiece of our fascinating voyage that brings us from Darwin, Australia, to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Fantastic experiences along the way include snorkeling amid the astounding reefs of the Coral Triangle, exploring the rich culture of the islands, and a special opportunity to see orangutans. Astronomer Rick Fienberg, PhD, will join us to share his expert knowledge in a series of presentations and on eclipse day.