Exceptional natural history expeditions,
& deluxe tours
On July 2, 2019, a Total Solar Eclipse will cross the Pacific, just
east of the Gambier Islands (part of French Polynesia) and
continue over the Pacific to La Serena, Chile, and across the Andes.
In 2019, we offer you two outstanding opportunities to see this
Total Eclipse,one by air east of Tahiti, near the Gambier Islands,
and the other on land near La Serena. Both are truly unique and
For the Tahiti program, we will enjoy the delights of Tahiti and
Moorea, and then take charter flights to the Gambier Islands.We
will be hosted by the Polynesian villagers, including a festival of
music, food, and dancing, with flights July 2nd to and along the
Eclipse path! (Like we did for the Iceland Eclipse in 2015, which
was enormously successful!)
In Chile, we will stay at a Hacienda, and a second fine lodge,
and will see Fray Jorge National Park, the renowned Elqui Valley,
and Cerro Tololo astronomical observatory.
We will all participate in an Eclipse presentation we are giving
the community of Ovalle, including hundreds of pairs of eclipse
glasses for the children. The next day, we will see the Total Eclipse
as it passes over Chile.
We invite you to join one of these wonderful
Space is limited on both programs, so please contact us right
away for reservations!
Traveler Testimonial Aegean 2016 Expedition
"Margaret, this has been a beyond-fabulous trip. All of us, even including the littlest ones, had an amazing time. I will write with more detail after returning but for now I will just say that for all of us the trip far exceeded the high anticipations we started out with. Everything was terrific."
We invite you
to review our many trips for plant enthusiasts on this
special Betchart botanical web site. Please let us know if you would
like to schedule a trip for your non-profit organization.
Cougar strolling outside the fence around Betchart home/office/vineyard property on Montebello Ridge,
May 30, 2018 we had our 8th cougar stroll past our wildlife camera
since Dec 16th, 2017! At 8:38 in the morning no less!
us... In the coming year on excellent expedition
voyages and journeys of discovery. You will travel with members of AAAS,
Sigma Xi, ACS, the Planetary Society, and friends of Betchart Expeditions
Inc. to outstanding locations worldwide. Travel with groups of like-minded
travelers and stimulating scientific experts who share a love of learning,
discovery, and adventure. We invite members and non-members to participate!
and Friends... Many of our expeditions provide wonderful opportunities
for families and friends to enjoy adventures together. Each expedition
offers a variety of experiences with much to appeal to a wide range of
interests. Along with our experts and local guides your family and friends
will have an exciting, educational, once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Betchart Expeditions goes solar!
Sunrise over the solar panels 12/18/17
Betchart Expedition/TIGHAR IN SEARCH OF AMELIA EARHART Trip to Nikumaroro 2015. A video summary of the experiences of those passengers on the 2015 trip to Nikumaroro by Betchart Expeditions and TIGHAR. TIGHAR is working to confirm the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed on Nikumaroro in 1937 and perished on the island.
our Web site: SolarEclipseTrips.com
Our trips for eclipse and astronomy enthusiasts are designed to travel to prime viewing areas that provide the best opportunities to meet scientists and to view the aurora borealis, meteor showers, or eclipses with clear skies. We invite guest experts to provide you with detailed information,
handouts, briefings, and solar glasses (when
recommended). You will also see and
enjoy the surrounding cultures, archaeological or historical wonders,
natural history, and scenic landscapes of the area with like-minded individuals who
enjoy seeing the aurora, meteor showers, or eclipses as much as you do!
news! Betchart Past Travelers now have a place where they can
share their expedition experiences and pictures.
organize University Study Abroad trips for teachers or students
in China. If your university might be interested, please let us
know. We also organize private family trips to Costa Rica, to
the Galapagos Islands (on 20- or 40-passenger yachts, or on cruise
ships), or on Safari in Africa, or in India.
can organize scientific conferences in Galapagos, Easter Island,
Costa Rica, and other places which combine your normal meeting
agenda with an excellent educational travel experience. Please