Global Connections

Amazing discoveries to bring us closer to nature and each other

Travel with a small group of like-minded people to destinations that perfectly combine luxury and adventure, leaving you with a better understanding of this amazing world in which we live.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  - African Proverb 

The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. Join us on one of our upcoming adventures!

Tanzania

Travel photography collage from Tanzania

A Treasure Trove of Wildlife and Culture
November 1-11, 2019
THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT


Please contact Cindy Todd, cgt@tnaqua.org, if you would like to be added to our waiting list or receive advance information about future trips to Africa.

In Tanzania the Maasai have shared the endless plains of the Serengeti with endemic lion and elephant for eons. Journey into the dawn of time as you pass the stoic red-robed Maasai boy herding his cattle and descend 2,000 feet by Land Rover beneath the cloud cover into Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden.’ The amazing wildlife you see crossing the diverse terrain is only enhanced by a visit to Oldupai Gorge, where Mary Leakey discovered one of the earliest fossils of humankind. Home to both humans and beast since the beginning of time, the magic of the Serengeti continues to thrill. Afterwards, wash off the dust of the wilderness in the crystal clear waters of Mafia Island as you explore the reef and the sugar sand beaches on an optional post-extension. 

Cuba

view of Cuba

February 22-29, 2020

Cuba is home to a truly distinct national identity influenced by Spanish, African and American cultures.  Beyond its cultural legacy, Cuba has a wealth of natural resources, including its distinctive limestone hills known as mogotes, unspoiled coral reefs, miles of beaches, and two UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites.  Immerse yourself in the history, culture and architecture of Old Havana by visiting important landmarks and monuments.  Explore magical, underground limestone caves and other geological wonders in Cueva del Indio.  Get an up-close look at marine life as you snorkel Cuba’s pristine coral reefs. Visit the former house of Ernest Hemingway, then top it all off with dinner and salsa dance lessons before the Buena Vista Social Club show. This 8-day, small-group trip includes expert naturalist guides, accommodations, meals, activities and entrance fees. 

$2,965 plus airfare from Atlanta estimated at $550

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Madagascar

dancing sifaka by Nomis Simon
Photo Credit: Nomis Simon

July 11-27, 2020

Journey to the “eighth continent” for a chance to discover the endemic plants and wildlife of one of the world’s most unique biodiversity hotspots – Madagascar!  From lemurs and chameleons to rare birds and tortoises, the incredible diversity of Madagascar’s native species inhabit a range of ecosystems across varied and stunning landscapes. Visit a botanical park where nine different species of lemur can be observed roaming freely.  Take guided hikes in Isalo National Park, famous for its canyons, waterfalls and sandstone formations.  Hike in Ranomafana National Park and learn about flora, fauna and research efforts at Centre ValBio, a leading field research facility run by renowned primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright. This 14-day, small-group trip includes deluxe accommodations, internal airfare, sightseeing and activities, an expert guide and an extensive meal program.

$5,875 plus international air
Post-extension safari details coming soon

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Costa Rica

Great Green Macaw by Eric Kilby
Photo credit: Eric Kilby

August 15-23, 2020
THIS TRIP NOW HAS A WAITLIST

With 12 climatic zones, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth!  Experience various ecosystems and the animals that inhabit them, from lush rainforest to cloud forest and coastal flood plaines.  Help researchers gather data on nesting sea turtles while patrolling the Caribbean coast.  Hike around the base of Arenal National Park and relax in the geothermal hot springs.  Experience the beautiful, extensive network of waterways and the diverse marine life that resides in Tortuguero National Park.  Walk across the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a unique view of the forest canopy and visit one of the most important sites in the world for tropical rainforests.  This 9-day, small-group trip includes local expert guide naturalists, meals, accommodations, in-country transportation and activities.

$2,745 plus airfare from Atlanta estimated at $795

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