In the company of Study Leader D. Graham Burnett '93, Princeton Professor of History, discover a side of the Sea of Cortez that you would otherwise miss. On this educational adventure for all ages, Professor Burnett will illuminate how science, politics and simple human wonder have converged to transform our relationship with the mightiest of marine mammals, the whale, as we explore a living sea teeming with wildlife. In Bahía Magdalena, we'll enjoy the rare privilege of witnessing the magnificent gray whale in its natural habitat. We'll search for dolphins, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, cormorants and the quirky frigatebirds as we travel in true expedition style aboard the newly renovated, 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. Her nimble design allows us access to the shallow lagoons where whales give birth, and a fleet of expedition landing craft lets us take shore on desert islands unmarred by tourist infrastructure and designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our National Geographic naturalist will lead us on hikes through forests of towering cacti and sculpted sand dunes, where we will see a variety of desert flora and fauna, and our certified photo instructor will make sure you return home with some of the best shots of your life. We'll also have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard among sea lions on this active voyage through a truly brilliant setting.

About the Study Leader

D. Graham Burnett '93, Princeton Professor of History, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.

Trip Details

  • Dates: March 10-17, 2018
  • Cost: starting at $6,590 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Lindblad Expeditions

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Brochures are not yet available for this program. You may make a fully refundable pre-registration deposit to hold a space. Please fill out the pre-registration form [PDF] or contact Princeton Journeys at (609) 258-8686 or