Travel

  • Travel the World!

    Sponsored by the HAA and the HMSC

Harvard Alumni Travels and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture have formed a partnership to offer superior trips with expert planning, custom-designed itineraries, and Harvard lecturers. Journey in the spirit of expeditions-gone-by, with small groups of like-minded travelers. Travel with us and discover the world. You can find additional travel resources at the HAA.

Call (617) 495-2463 or email hmsctravel@hmsc.harvard.edu to learn more.

October 14 – November 1, 2016

Silk Road in Central Asia and Iran

Africa ExhibitThis focused survey of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran ranges from the Persian-Turkic Silk Road oases of Samarkand and Bukhara to the ruins of Darius I’s Persepolis.

January 22 - 27, 2017

Kingdom of the Monarchs

Africa ExhibitEvery year, nearly 300 million of these wondrous creatures spread their brilliant orange-and-black wings and set flight on a remarkable journey 2,500 miles from Canada and the Northeastern United States to their ancestral wintering grounds in the spectacular Transvolcanic Range in Michoacan, Mexico.

April 18 - 25, 2017

Science & Cooking in Barcelona

cooksIn addition to exploring Barcelona’s cultural and historical gems, socialize with special guests and local hosts including iconoclasts and trailblazers from the worlds of science, gastrobotany, and cooking.

May 8 - 22, 2017

Japan & China: Ancient & Modern Connections

GeishaExplore the venerable histories, teachings, and artistic achievements of these two distinct yet deeply connected cultures. Touch upon food, religion, daily life, architecture, commerce, science, territorial disputes, and war—leading up to today’s major economic powers competing and cooperating in the world market.

May 31 - June 13, 2017

Uganda Safari & Gorilla Trekking

GorillaCome explore Uganda, one of East Africa’s most diversified safari destinations, offering numerous opportunities to experience primate viewing such as tracking wild mountain gorillas and chimpanzees through the rain forest.

July 3 - 11, 2017

Family Galápagos Islands aboard La Pinta

tortoiseThis tour provides an in-depth educational opportunity to better understand the history, culture, and natural beauty of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

July 25 - August 5, 2017

Discover Greenland

GreenlandExperience the stunning Arctic landscape of East Greenland, one of the most isolated places on Earth, from a new luxury expedition camp near the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. Explore by boat, kayak, and on foot.

September 9 - 20, 2017

Inside Iran: An In-Depth Exploration

IranUncover the extraordinary cultural heritage of Iran, a land dotted with monuments and other carved reminders of several ancient civilizations leading up to the Persian Empire. Beyond unraveling Iran’s rich history, participants will also discuss what lies ahead for this pivotal nation.

October 15 -26, 2017

Earth & Sky: Astronomy in Chile

ChileOn this unique itinerary, experience the country’s spectacular night skies, its world-class observatories, its vineyards, its ancient cultures, and its richly diverse and legendary landscapes.

November 4 - 18, 2017

Ultimate Tanzania Safari: Exploring the Cradle of Humankind

chimpOn this exceptional journey, you will follow the evolution of humankind, step by step, from apes to early hominid to modern man, while observing some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife.

October 16 – 22, 2016

Polar Bears & the Wildlife of Churchill, Canada

Africa ExhibitThe tundra surrounding Churchill becomes a stopover for more than 1,000 bears on their annual migration. From the safety of tundra vehicles, we can view these majestic creatures within close range. 

February 5 17, 2017

Tanzania Safari: The Great Migration

ElephantsThis classic Tanzania wildlife safari coincides with the annual wildebeest migration. Venture into the Serengeti for world-class wildlife viewing, residing in camps handpicked for optimal access to the migratory herds.

April 30 - May 13, 2017

Wings over Australia: A Private Air Expedition

Africa ExhibitExperience the dramatic landscapes of Australia from an incredible perspective, aboard a private high-wing aircraft. Traveling by private air is the perfect way to experience the far-flung destinations of Tasmania, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy, Uluru, and Arnhem Land.

May 26 - June 4, 2017

Georgia: A Weeklong Seminar in Tbilisi & Georgia's Winegrowing Region

chimpOn this focused tour, local experts provide overviews of the country’s challenging history and political development, its layers of architectural style, and its impressive contributions to the fields of archaeology, art, music, literature, and faith.

June 25 - July 3, 2017

Family Ireland: An Archaeological & Historical Journey

Family Ireland DigMuch of Ireland’s extensive ancient history is buried beneath the land and the excitement of uncovering these treasures is an experience like no other. During this unique tour, we will literally uncover some of Ireland’s best kept secrets.

July 6-20, 2017

Wild Alaska on Silver Discoverer

Wild Alaska

This itinerary is rich with the marine and wildlife habitats of the North Pacific—spectacular bays, towering coastal mountains, and remote islands. Take full advantage of the long days of mid-summer to trace pristine shores, and step ashore on both Russian and American lands.

July 11 - 22, 2017

Tuva & Lake Baikal

IranJourney off the beaten path into South Siberia and the remote Republic of Tuva. Discover ancient archaeological sites, visit Siberian families in their homes, and explore Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world.

August 19 - 26, 2017

Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons & the Total Solar Eclipse

EclipseSee the total solar eclipse in the wide open skies of the wild west. A true western experience awaits you starting in Jackson Hole, where you will stay at a ranch and partake in various outdoor activities.

October 4 - 21, 2017

Discover Ethiopia

LalibelaExperience Ethiopia's striking natural beauty and rich history, from Addis Ababa to the majestic Blue Nile to the breathtaking Simien Mountains.

November 6 - 12 2017

Puebla & Oaxaca

IranExplore the cultural legacies of the region’s indigenous and colonial populations and experience the robust revival of the popular arts by talented young artists. Scholars, artists, artisans, and gallery owners discuss the creative phenomena that has brought about a renaissance in these well preserved colonial cities.

December 26, 2017 - January 3, 2018

Family Costa Rica

Family Costa RicaDiverse landscapes and an amazing array of wildlife species, this family adventure is enriched by interactive learning activities for children and excursions all ages will enjoy.