2024 Inspired Expeditions

It’s time to get out there!

Join us on one of our Inspired Expeditions! We have some amazing destinations in 2024.



Botswana and Namibia—Desert Sunrise, Delta Dawn, Chobe Midday with Paul Koch
March 1–13, 2024

Adventure is wrapped in luxury in Botswana, where you wing your way from camp to camp on small planes. First stop, the Kalahari Desert and the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where a glowing, white expanse of natural salt deposits creates glittering mirages that seem to reach out into the horizon endlessly. Nearby the Nxai Pans are home to an array of animal and plant life, including the giant “upside down” baobab trees that make the African skyline so spectacular. Then back on the plane for the most spectacular view over the Okavango Delta. A wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms, and wide, grassy floodplains, the delta is home to a magnificent array of iconic birds and animals, from lion and elephant to the “spirit of the delta,” Pel’s fishing owl. End your adventure in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, across from Chobe National Park, where your activities will be boating to see the abundant wildlife, visiting native villages, and discovering the wildlife of Chobe.

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Portrait of Italy from the Amalfi Coast to Venice
April 2–17, 2024

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.

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Galapagos Northern Islands with Roxanne Beltran and Patrick Robinson
June 8–15, 2024

Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers.

The Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph the remarkable species here up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.

Roxanne Beltran (Stevenson ’13, marine biology) is an assistant professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz. Patrick Robinson (Rachel Carson ’03, marine biology; Ph.D. ’09, ecology and evolutionary biology)  is the director of Año Nuevo Reserve at UC Santa Cruz.

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Enchanting Ireland—A Tour of the Emerald Isle
August 18–30, 2024

It’s a beautiful, magical land, where the gentle green landscape dazzles and the people delight; where warmth and hospitality are national traits and poets are national heroes. From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland’s many charms—both old and new—to our small band of travelers.


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Moroccan Discovery from the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
November 19–December 2, 2024

This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.

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For more information or reservations, please contact Nichole Silva (Stevenson ’95, politics) at Inspired Expeditions | 831.459.3689 | ietravel@ucsc.edu

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