“Commonwealth Club tours offer a unique travel experience: in-depth exploration of destinations, invaluable background and on-site educational insights, direct personal participation in local events, and great companionship along the way.”
Heaven and Earth
Circle the globe on a 21-day journey, exploring the lands of the sky worshippers and witness a rare total solar eclipse in Australia. Explore legendary remnants of early civilizations in Tikal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, and Petra. Encounter the thriving traditional cultures and natural wonders of Australia, Indonesia, and India.
Join us as we explore humankind’s powerful connections with heaven and earth, on an extraordinary adventure. Marvel at the soaring 2,000-year-old temples of Tikal in Guatemala and peer over the jungle canopy just as ancient astronomers and shamans did. Travel by private train to the astonishing Machu Picchu in the cloud forests of Peru. Stand in awe of the mysterious moai statues as you explore Easter Island. Behold the wonders of Ayers Rock (Uluru) with an aboriginal guide, and immerse yourself in the underwater splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. Ascend the mist-shrouded devotional stupas of Indonesia’s enchanting Buddhist temple, Borobudur. Delve into 18th-century astronomy at a Maharaja’s observatory in “the Pink City” of Jaipur, India, and step through the narrow chasm called the Siq, to emerge at Petra, Jordan’s ancient “lost city” carved from rose-red sandstone cliffs by the enigmatic Nabataean people.
Explore these destinations with David Aguilar, Director of Public Affairs and Educational Programs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the American Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Astrophysics, Michael Shara, the current chair of Dartmouth’s Religion Department, Susan Ackerman, and San Diego Zoo’s director of the behavioral biology division, Matt Anderson.
$63,950 per person