Exceptional natural history expeditions,
safaris & deluxe tours

View amazing animals in Tanzania - Origin of the African Violet

African Violet - Tanzania Safari
September 15-27, 2023


From the coast to Crater Lake
National Park & Mt. Hood

August 25 - September 1, 2023

Wildflowers, Wildlife & Spectacular Landscapes For Friends and Members of Pacific Horticulture
June 29-July 9, 2023

Cruise the wild side of Iceland on the
National Geographic Resolution

Wild Iceland Escape
July 15-20, 2023

Iceland © Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic.  Used with permission
Ring of Fire Eclipse in Chaco Canyon

New Mexico Annular Eclipse Expedition
October 10-17, 2023


Cruise the Upper Amazon on the 
National Geographic Delphin II

Upper Amazon
September 2-11, 2023
Bookkeeper Ellen with Zippy & Monty!

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.

 Plant Enthusiasts

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.


Expeditions by Location
  Australia & New Zealand
  Central & South America
  Europe, Russia & the Arctic
  North America



Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
17050 Montebello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014-5435

Tel:  (800) 252-4910
       (408) 252-4910
Fax: (408) 252-1444



Cougar strolling outside the fence around Betchart home/office/vineyard property on Montebello Ridge, Cupertino: Top: 12/21/17; Bottom: 2/22/2018
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!

Dive into Adventure with our new Spring Fling flier
with details on our Spring & Summer 2023 Expeditions:

Alaska to Antarctica, Polynesia to the Galapagos:
see the world from the comfort of National Geographic's fleet!
See flier for SPECIAL DEALS!


Join us for Exciting New Trips in 2023!

Ancient Polynesia: May 24 - June 3, 2023
Discover Eternal Japan: June 1 - 15, 2023
Wild Alaska Escape - 2 dates: 
June 2 - 7 or Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2023
Wild Iceland: June 13 - 22 + West Greenland: June 21 - 29, 2023
Pacific Horticulture Botanical Alaska: June 29 - July 9, 2023
Wild Iceland Escape:  July 15 - 20, 2023
Norway - Coastal Bergen to Kirkenes July 19 - 30, 2023
Discover Oregon: 
August 25 - September 1, 2023
African Violets - Tanzania Safari: September 15 - 27, 2023 
Columbia & Snake Rivers: October 8 - 15, 2023
New Mexico - Chaco Canyon - Annular Eclipse: October 10 - 17, 2023
Patagonia: October 30 - November 10, 2023
Egypt: November 4 - 16, 2023
Antarctica: November 27 - December 10, 2023
or November 21 - December 12, 2023
or  December 5 - 18, 2023
Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand & Australia:
December 30, 2023 - January 10, 2024
Galapagos: December 1 - 10, 2023 & January 26 - February 4, 2024
Baja: February 5 - 10, 2024

Check out the Calendar for details and brochures
Phone for more information:  (408) 252-4910 or (800) 252-4910


Join 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!

Heritage of the Romans & Nabateans in the Levant
Including Petra, With Leadership by expert Dr. Barbara A. Porter
April 21-May 5, 2023
Optional Extension to Hegra in Saudi Arabia to May 10

Nabateans - Petra
©Ellen Layendecker 2023

For the safety of all of our travelers and staff, we ask that all participants be vaccinated and have a booster. Some of our vendors and destinations require valid vaccinations. 
Everyone must follow Covid protocols during the trips.  

If you have questions, please contact: betchartterri@gmail.com or phone (800) 252-4910.

Families 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 went solar in 2017.  To date, the panels have produced
369 MWh of electricity!  This is the equivalent of 285 tons of carbon dioxide, or 4,321 trees planted. 
 Sunrise over the solar panels 12/18/17

Solar Panels

Red Line

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.

SEE VIDEO Amelia Earhart


The leader for our South Dakota/Black Hills expeditions has been elected to the South Dakota Senate (District 10)!  Not only that, she was elected as Minority Whip in the Senate and has been assigned to the Transportation, Local Government and Ag/Natural Resources committees.

Betchart Expeditions sends congratulations!!

California: Do not sell my information

Total Solar Eclipse in historic
El Fuerte and Mazatlan

April 1 - 9, 2024


Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II 
December 1-10, 2023
Optional Peru Pre-Trip  • November 25 - December 1, 2023
January 26 - February 4, 2024
Optional Peru Pre-Trip  • January 20-26, 2024
Book by April 30, 2023 for free round-trip airfare
  - see brochure for details. 


Visit Luxor, Dendara, Abydos & Karnak
DISCOVER EGYPT - Dendara & Abydos
November 4 - 15, 2023

Join us on our worldwide expeditions in 2023!

Calendar 2023
3 Expeditions to Antarctica!
November 27- December 10, 2023
on the National Geographic Explorer
FREE Round-trip Air - Book by April 30, 2023

November 21 - December 12, 2023
including South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
on the Oceanwide  Plancius

December 5-18, 2023

touring the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands
on the Oceanwide  

The Galapagos of the
Southern Ocean

December 30, 2023 - January 10, 2024

For Botanical Enthusiasts: 2023
Sikkim & Darjeeling - Himalayas
Botanical Alaska
Private Trips for Families & Friends
Grand Tetons
Let us organize a
memorable private
trip for you!

Traveler's Corner
Exciting news! Betchart Past Travelers now have a place where they can share their expedition experiences and pictures.

Currently under Construction


University Study Abroad Trips
& Private Trips

We 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.

Scientific Conferences
We 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

Space Art Travel Bureau
Many of our travelers enjoy the posters by our Astronomy guide Dr. Tyler Nordgren. To see his artwork for the National Parks Dark Sky Project, and other very diverse work, please visit:

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