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!

 

Travel photography collage from Iceland

Iceland

Volcanoes, Fjords, and Spas in the Land of 'Fire and Ice'
August 2018 (Commitment and deposit due by April)
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Despite Iceland’s northern location, it is an unusually warm country, both in weather and in the hearts of its people. Active volcanoes provide natural spas throughout Iceland, glaciers and mountains dot the country providing many rivers flowing to the ocean, and the Gulf Stream warms the island. Discover this warmth for yourself in Iceland’s famous natural spas, on the trails of its mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes, and in the culture of its people. This trip is sure to leave an indelible impression, and fill your heart and soul with a type of Nordic happiness only Iceland can provide. 

 

Travel photography collage from Ecuador

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

Aboard the 36-passenger Coral I or 20-passenger Coral II
Natural Selection in the Enchanted Isles
June 2019
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For a cultural and wildlife adventure a little closer to home and your own time zone, journey to the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. Begin with 3 nights on the mainland discovering UNESCO World Heritage marvels in Quito, snow-capped mountains and fantastic shopping in Otavalo, and friendly people every step of the way. Then board your vessel for a 4-night cruise aboard the Coral I or II, to experience close encounters with animals found nowhere else on earth. Feel the wind in your hair as you motor in an open panga between the boat and the next island, where your hikes will be accompanied by knowledgeable guides eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this world treasure. 

 

Travel photography collage from Tanzania

Tanzania

A Treasure Trove of Wildlife and Culture
November 2019
Detailed Itinerary

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. 

 

Travel photography collage from Patagonia

Patagonia

Fire And Ice in a Most Diverse Land
Dates to Be Determined
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Discover the raw and rugged beauty of Patagonia, Argentina. Enjoy cultured Buenos Aires before exploring Patagonia, a vast land that has been shaped by wind and glacial movements. Highlights include colonies of elephant seals, migrating whales and guanacos, the relatives of camels, at Valdes Peninsula. See the largest warm weather penguins at Punta Tombo – Magellanic penguins, and dolphins at Rawson. Gaze in awe at the magnificent glaciers of glimmering ice at Los Glaciares National Park. From local estancias (sheep ranches) to comfortable hotels, this tour will delight and surprise you and you will bask in the warmth and hospitality of the locals. 

 

Travel photography collage from Thailand

Thailand

Treasures from the Land of Siam
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Bangkok’s soundtrack blends ancient melodies with techno-beats within a whirl of neon lights that glow in the thick Southeast Asian air.  Leave the city and the pace slackens, as you float languorously down rivers, trek through ancient forests, and explore the archaeological vestiges of Thailand’s past, still inextricably connected to its present. Travel to the high country and witness how formerly isolated tribes maintain their cultural heritage in the face of encroaching modernity. In a special post extension, visit the expansive ruins of the Angkor Archeological Park and navigate the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia.