Upcoming Trips

Mongolian Adventure

August 6-21, 2014

With Geography Professor Holly Barcus

Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan from the sands of the Gobi Desert to the grasslands of the steppe. Staying in traditional ger camps, experience the unrivaled hospitality of the Mongolian people as you explore the unspoiled geography of its wide open spaces. Begin in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, and the 19th-century Gandan Monastery. From there, fly to the Gobi Desert, the largest desert in Asia. Travel through the desert like nomads and explore scenic Eagle Valley, Khongoryn Els, home of the “singing” sand dunes, and the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag. Embark on a camel ride out to the 2,600-foot high sand dunes and walk on the soft sand. From the desert, travel into the wide-open steppe. Stop at the sacred mountain and nature preserve of Khongno Khan, set in a beautiful landscape of forest, steppe, desert and river. Discover Khustai Nuruu National Park and freshwater Lake Khuvsgal, the second largest lake in the world and one of Mongolia's premier attractions. Enjoy ample opportunity throughout the tour to take part in outdoor activities as well as meet the local people and experience their generous hospitality.
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Reykjavik International Film Festival

September 29-October 3, 2014

Travel to Iceland for the Reykjavik International Film Festival with Star Tribune film critic Colin Colvert '74. The group will see and discuss recent films, tour the spectacular country, and gather with local Macalester alumni. Contact Neely Crane-Smith '06 at for more information.
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Past Trips

January 2014
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Alumni go birding in Sri Lanka

September 2013
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Alumni travel to Bhutan