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SOUTH AMERICA
44 Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde
EURASIA
45 Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion
72 Trans-Siberian Rail Expedition
National Parks
12Galápagos
14 Wild Galápagos Escape
O N S A FA R I : TA N Z A N I A’ S G R E AT M I G R AT I O N
National Parks
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15 Wild Galápagos and Peru Escape
16 Peru: Land of the Inca
19 Upper Amazon
20 Patagonia Hiking Adventure
22 Exploring Patagonia
NORTH AMERICA
27 Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
28 Reefs and Ruins: Belize to Tikal, Guatemala
29 Mysteries of the Maya
EUROPE
36 Wild Alaska Escape
37 Treasures of the Inside Passage:
Alaska and British Columbia
39 Glacier National Park
40 Canadian Rockies by Rail and Trail
41 Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage
42 Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Along the Mekong River
50 Ireland: Tales and Treasures of the Emerald Isle
52 Norway’s Trains and Fjords
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Mongolia: Land of the Nomad
55 Gems of the Danube River Cruise
80 China: Imperial Treasures and Natural Wonders
56 Dutch Sights and Belgian Delights River Cruise
58 Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast
59 Sailing the Greek Isles
61 Greece: Wonders of an Ancient Empire
83 Japan: Winter Festivals and Snow Monkeys
MIDDLE EAST
88 The Holy Land: Past, Present, and Future
64 D-Day’s 75th Anniversary: London to the
Normandy Beaches
AFRICA
65Human Origins: Southwest France and
Northern Spain
70Italy: Renaissance Cities and Tuscan Life
82 Inside Japan
86India’s Fabled Rajasthan by Rail
57 Beautiful Bordeaux River Cruise
68 Swiss Trains and the Italian Lake District
77 Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds
Highest Himalaya
54 Rhine Highlights River Cruise
66 Southern Spain and Morocco Expedition
76 Borneo Wildlife Adventure
78 Tibet and Nepal: Expedition to the
53 Unforgettable Douro River Cruise
57 Jewels of Europe by River
34 Alaska's Inside Passage
75 Vietnam and Cambodia:
49 Scotland’s Highlands and Islands
32 Cuba: Discovering Its People and Culture
33 Alaska: Denali to Kenai Fjords
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Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Adventure
48 Iceland: Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Whales
55 Danube Christmas Markets by River
Among the Great Whales
73 Irrawaddy River Cruise
46 A Circumnavigation of Iceland
30 Baja California and the Sea of Cortez:
43 Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone
ASIA
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90 Morocco: Legendary Cities and the Sahara
92 Kenya: Up Close with Elephants, Rhinos,
and Big Cats
94 On Safari: Tanzania’s Great Migration
Front Cover: Adapted to live in trees, koalas are marsupials—not bears—that survive on eucalyptus leaves and little else.
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J O U R N E Y T O A N TA R C T I C A
A C I R C U M N AV I G AT I O N O F I C E L A N D
98 The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda
PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITIONS
F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N S
100 Southern Africa Safari by Private Air
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Galápagos
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Galápagos
Upper Amazon
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Peru Family Expedition
A U S T R A L I A & T H E PAC I F I C
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38 Epic Alaska: Misty Fiords to the Lynn Canal
26 Costa Rica Family Expedition
43 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Expedition
33 Alaska: Denali to Kenai Fjords Family Expedition
70 Italy Photography Expedition
35 Alaska's Inside Passage
77 Bhutan Photography Expedition
42 Yellowstone and Grand Teton Family Expedition
78 Tibet and Nepal Photography Expedition
43 Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone Family Expedition
79 Mongolia Photography Expedition
45 Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion
99 Madagascar Wildlife Expedition
102 Wonders of Australia and New Zealand
105 New Zealand: South Island Adventure
106 French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
107 Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific
83 Inside Japan Photography Expedition
National Parks Family Expedition
83 Japan: Winter Festivals and Snow Monkey
47 Iceland Family Expedition
108 Journey to Antarctica
87 India by Rail Photography Expedition
62 Greece Family Expedition
110 South Georgia and the Falklands
90 Morocco Photography Expedition
63 France Family Expedition
111 Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands
95 Tanzania Photo Safari
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112 Land of the Polar Bears
P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N S
84 Japan Family Expedition
POLAR REGIONS
Photography Expedition
113 Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard
113 Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland's East Coast
114 Across the Bering Sea: From
Katmai to Kamchatka
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115 Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai,
and Kodiak
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Peru Private Expedition
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Patagonia Private Expedition
24 Ecuador Private Expedition
25 Costa Rica Private Expedition
60 Greek Isles Private Expedition
P R I VAT E J E T T R I P S
116 Around the World by Private Jet
118 Africa by Private Jet
120 Asia by Private Jet
85 Japan Private Expedition
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Ireland Family Expedition
NEW
Italy Family Expedition
96 Tanzania Family Expedition
RESOURCES AND MORE
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Discover the National Geographic Difference
10 All the Ways to Travel With National Geographic
122 Deck Plans
131 Terms and Conditions
Morocco Private Expedition
97 Tanzania Private Expedition
132 Expeditions Calendar
103 Australia Private Expedition
104 New Zealand Private Expedition
National Geographic is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird, with three birding expeditions: Wings Over Costa Rica, Peru: Birds
of the Andes and Amazon, and Ecuador Avian Private Expedition. View the itineraries on our website.
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Over the past 130 years, we’ve sent our scientists, storytellers, and
adventurers across continents and into remote cultures, down to
the oceans’ depths and up the highest mountains, in an effort to
better understand our planet. National Geographic Expeditions
grew from this legacy as a way to invite others to explore—to
encounter the wonders of the world up close, in depth, right at
the source, and to be transformed by the experience.
When you travel with us, you gain access to people and places.
You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and guides, and by
local experts we meet along the way. And you give back. Simply by
taking a trip with National Geographic, you support the work
of our explorers and researchers.
That is the National Geographic difference.
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ACCESS
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CLOSER THAN YOU'VE EVER IMAGINED
National Geographic opens doors around the globe. Our relationships with scientists, storytellers, museums, and
active research sites allow us special access to places and people, including our own grantees, whose field sites we
visit wherever we can. Traveling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of work that’s helping
illuminate and protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures, from research on elephants in Kenya, to efforts to
conserve China's flora and fauna.
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KNOWLEDGE
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EXPLORE WITH OUR EXPERTS
You deepen your understanding of the world when you travel with National Geographic—whether you’re
climbing into ice tunnels with a glaciologist in Iceland or encountering Maya ruins with an archaeologist.
From the scientists, photographers, and explorers who lead our trips to the local guides and experts we
meet in the field, you’ll be surrounded by people who are steeped in knowledge and insights about the
places we go. And they’re passionate about sharing that knowledge with you.
We’d like to introduce you to a few of the experts who travel with us. You can find many more on our website.
Bertie Gregory
WILDLIFE FILMMAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Bertie Gregory’s images have earned him recognition since very early in his career. He
has been named a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Outdoor Photographer of
the Year, and Zenith Scientific Exploration Society Explorer. After graduating from the
University of Bristol, he began assisting legendary big cat photographer Steve Winter
on assignment for National Geographic. He has since shot television shows for Nat
Geo WILD, as well as for BBC's Planet Earth. Bertie's first solo assignment for National
Geographic became Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, wild_life. Bertie is currently
working on a new National Geographic digital series based in South Georgia.
South Georgia and the Falklands: October 23, 2019 (see page 110)
Cristina Mittermeier
P H O T O G R A P H E R , C O N S E R VAT I O N I S T, A N D M A R I N E B I O LO G I S T
Cristina Mittermeier has dedicated her life to creating images that help us understand
the urgent need to protect wild places. Specializing in conservation issues surrounding
the ocean and indigenous cultures, she has worked in more than 100 countries on every
continent in the world. Cristina is an assignment photographer for National Geographic
magazine, and was acknowledged as one of National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers
of the Year along with her partner Paul Nicklen. She is the co-founder of her own
conservation society, SeaLegacy, as well as the founder and former president of the
International League of Conservation Photographers.
French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard: April 18, 2019 (see page 106)
Carroll Dunham
A N T H R O P O LO G I S T, A U T H O R , A N D F I L M M A K E R
Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for more than 25 years. Author of four
books, she has explored the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She
has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC.
Carroll serves on the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which preserves sacred
pilgrimage sites and traditions, and has a keen interest in environmental conservation
issues regarding sacred spaces in South Asia. Carroll and her family have spent the
last ten summers living with nomads in central Mongolia.
Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds: March 11, 2019 (see page 77)
Mongolia: Land of the Nomad: August 4, 2019 (see page 79)
India’s Fabled Rajasthan by Rail: February 25, 2019 (see page 86)
Around the World by Private Jet: October 31, 2019 (see page 116)
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What inspired you to devote your career to
Kenya’s wildlife?
My first year of high school, I joined a student
club that hosted Gabriel Ngale, who works for
the Wildlife Club of Kenya. He gave an interesting
talk and handed out wildlife magazines. By
the time I finished reading my copy, I knew
that conservation would be the foundation
for my career. I did my bachelor’s degree in
environmental science and got my master’s in
animal ecology, with a focus on birds of prey in
and around Nairobi.
Could you describe the National Geographic–
funded research you’re doing on African
crowned eagles?
Here in Kenya, African crowned eagles are
threatened, and I want to do something to secure
the future of this bird. Some people working in
paleontology are looking at whether crowned
eagles may have helped drive the evolution of
humans. I’m looking at what they’re eating in
the cities, how they chew, and what gets left
behind after they feed. I’m hoping to compare
this evidence to paleontological findings and help
support some theories that stem from what we see
in the fossil record.
H E A R F R O M O U R E X P E R T,
WA S H I N G T O N WA C H I R A
Born and raised in Kenya, National Geographic Explorer
Washington Wachira is a wildlife biologist and conservationist who
specializes in urban birds of prey. Washington has received funding
from National Geographic for his research on the species ecology
of the African crowned eagle—work aimed at improving forest
management in and around Nairobi. He will be leading the July,
September, and October 2019 departures of our new expedition
Kenya: Up Close with Elephants, Rhinos, and Big Cats. Read the full interview on our website.
You’re also an award-winning photographer.
How do you use photography to support
your work in conservation?
I’ve started using photography to tell the stories of
my field research. There are so many interesting
processes in nature that scientists don’t know
about because they don’t have access to visual
data. I document as much as I can so that I can
share information with my colleagues. I also use
photos to help change attitudes. Photography is
one of the most effective mediums for inspiring
people to care. If people can see a species, they are
more likely to worry about it—and to take care of it.
What do you think people will gain from
traveling on our new Kenya expedition?
To truly understand Kenya, you have to see how it
looks from the ground. Kenya has been the subject
of so many documentaries—you’ve no doubt been
there via the films you’ve watched. The habitats
are so interesting, the wildlife so diverse. To me,
everyone should see it for themselves firsthand.
Come and you will leave here a changed person,
having learned so much about the intricacies of
the environment here.
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GIVE BACK
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W H E N Y O U T R AV E L W I T H U S , Y O U M A K E A D I F F E R E N C E
Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around
the world. From research on a rat species that can sniff out land mines to a project that uses old cell phones to
track illegal loggers, National Geographic’s explorers are changing how we see and interact with our world—and
D R A M AT I C R E D U C T I O N I N E L E P H A N T A N D R H I N O P OAC H I N G I N K E N YA
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paula Kahumbu, founder of WildlifeDirect, helped launch the Hands Off Our Elephants
campaign in 2013 to mobilize her fellow Kenyans to protect elephants. Thanks in part to her efforts, Kenya now has stronger antipoaching laws, hundreds of new wildlife rangers, and community-backed conservation plans—and elephant and rhino poaching
is down more than 80%.
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helping protect it for future generations. You become part of that effort when you travel with us.
Take a look below at a few of the projects we’ve helped support. To learn more about how your
purchase has purpose, visit www.natgeo.com/info.
GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH ON
ENORMOUS MONUMENT DISCOVERED
BIOFLUORESCENT MARINE LIFE
IN ANCIENT PETRA
Marine biologist David Gruber, a National Geographic Emerging
Explorer, studies bioluminescent creatures of the deep—corals,
rays, sea turtles, and even sharks that glow in the dark. His work
has led to the use of these creatures’ fluorescent proteins in
medical research, and he has developed robotic mechanisms that
mimic fingers to examine delicate deep-sea species.
Using satellite imagery, space archaeologist and National
Geographic Emerging Explorer Sarah Parcak has been able to
locate ancient sites still hidden beneath the landscape. Her
recent finds include a massive ceremonial platform at the heart
of Petra that’s about twice as large as an Olympic swimming pool
and may pre-date the 2,000-year-old city’s more famous sites.
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GA L Á PAG O S
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Sail aboard the National Geographic
Endeavour II or National Geographic
Islander using our fleet of kayaks,
paddleboards, and Zodiacs for
up-close exploration.
• Join our naturalists on interpretive
island walks and snorkeling excursions
to learn about Galápagos wildlife, and
witness incredible interactions between
animals in their natural habitat.
• Meet endangered Galápagos giant
tortoises at a National Geographic–
supported captive-breeding program,
and then observe these creatures
in the wild.
I T I N E R A RY
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1 0 DAY S
we begin our discovery of the islands and their
diverse wildlife. National Geographic
Endeavour II or National Geographic
Islander through Day 8 | Meals: B/L/D
the Lindblad–National Geographic Fund. Travel
into the highlands to observe and photograph
these tortoises in the wild.
DAYS 3–8 I EXPLORING THE
GALÁPAGOS
Our expeditions travel between Baltra and San
Cristóbal and include Santa Cruz and a selection
of the other islands listed below. All ship itineraries
are regulated by the Galápagos National Park.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Explore the largest island in the group, home to
abundant sea turtles, the only species of flightless cormorant in the world, and the only penguin
species that inhabits the Equator. Cruise by
Zodiac, hike against a backdrop of giant shield
volcanoes, and snorkel in the cool waters that
often draw whales and dolphins to the area.
I ISLA BARTOLOMÉ
I I SLA FLOREANA
Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone for a
stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding beaches. You may also have the opportunity to
swim with Galápagos penguins.
Hike to a turtle-nesting beach and a lagoon that
is home to flamingos and other bird species. At
Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions; then visit
Post Office Bay, founded by whalers in the 18th century. If you see a letter addressed to someone who
lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.
DAY 1 I GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
I ISLA SANTIAGO
Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to our hotel
upon arrival. Hotel Hilton Colón (National
Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del
Parque (National Geographic Islander)
Follow a path along tide pools and caverns in
search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea
lions, shorebirds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
DAY 2 I GUAYAQUIL/GALÁPAGOS
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, then
tour the neighboring captive-breeding program
for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises, run by
the Galápagos National Park and supported by
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and
board our expedition ship, equipped for comfort
as well as in-depth exploration. After lunch,
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Above: Strutting blue-footed boobies flaunt their azure appendages in hopes of luring a mate.
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I ISLA ISABELA
I ISLA FERNANDINA
Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza
as we hike over hardened lava flows. Galápagos
hawks, sea lion nurseries, and rare flightless
cormorants can be found while exploring this
island. Snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and
the occasional marine iguana.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018 and 2019: Expeditions depart Fridays on the
National Geographic Endeavour II and Saturdays on
the National Geographic Islander. See the calendar
on page 132 for departure dates.
Family Departures: All Galápagos departures are
family friendly. See the box below for details.
P H O T O A N D V I D E O D E PA R T U R E S
Select departures are designated as photography
and video expeditions. You’ll learn tips and
techniques from renowned National Geographic
experts as you capture up-close encounters with
unique species. Visit our website for details and
for featured photographers or experts.
COST
Underwater rays of sun light up a green sea turtle off Isla Isabela.
ENDEAVOUR II
Category 1
I ISLA ESPAÑOLA
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds,
boobies, and waved albatrosses in this birder’s
paradise. Walk among vivid green-and-red marine
iguanas and unique lava lizards, and observe sea
lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.
N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C
G LO B A L E X P LO R E R S P RO G R A M
DAY 9 I GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to
Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel Hilton Colón (National Geographic
Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National
Geographic Islander) | Meals: B
DAY 10 I GUAYAQUIL
Depart Guayaquil for your flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a six-day pre-trip extension that includes
colonial Quito and a stay at Mashpi Lodge, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World
located in Ecuador’s Chocó rain forest. Or combine
this Galápagos voyage with our Peru: Land of the Inca
expedition (see page 16) for an extraordinary 16-day
journey. Visit our website or call for details.
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds vital studies on the endangered Galápagos penguin and the
seasonal migration patterns of
Galápagos tortoises.
Kids will hone their observation skills and
learn to capture and share their experiences
through photographs, videos, maps, drawings,
and more. With a range of activities to choose
from—in the field and on board—our flexible
program encourages young travelers to
explore their own interests, whether it’s
marine biology or photography.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer Thomas
P. Peschak will join the November 29
and December 6, 2019 departures.
Read his bio and find more experts
on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
2019:*
$6,960
$7,190
Category 2
$8,100
$8,450
Category 3
$8,990
$9,450
Category 4
$9,970
$10,590
Suite A
$11,950
$12,690
Suite B
$12,890
$13,690
Suite C
$13,660
$14,490
Category 2 Solo
$10,130
$10,690
Category 3 Solo
$11,240
$11,880
ISLANDER
Young travelers on our Galápagos expeditions
can participate in our National Geographic
Global Explorers program. Developed with
National Geographic Education, this hands-on
program teaches kids how to explore like
scientists and tell the stories of the archipelago’s
legendary wildlife. Our certified field instructors
are trained to optimize the myriad learning
opportunities found in the Galápagos.
2018:
2018:
2019:*
Category 1
$7,330
$7,550
Category 2
$8,290
$8,650
Category 3
$9,170
$9,590
Category 4
$9,750
$10,150
Category 5
$11,860
$12,350
*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019
departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our
website for updated 2019 pricing after that date.
See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the
National Geographic Endeavour II and National
Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are per person,
double occupancy, except those marked solo, which
are based on single occupancy. For holiday pricing
aboard both ships and single-cabin pricing on the
Islander, please visit our website. Airfare to/from
Guayaquil and within Ecuador is not included in the
expedition cost. Airfare between Guayaquil and
the Galápagos is $520 per adult and $260 per child
under age 12 (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity:
National Geographic Islander: 48
National Geographic Endeavour II: 96
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare between Miami and
the Galápagos on select 2018 departures. Visit our
website or call for details.
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W I L D GA L Á PAG O S E S C A P E
NEW
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Experience the diverse wonders of the Galápagos during a compact,
weeklong trip aboard the National Geographic Islander.
• Take interpretive island walks with our naturalists, and witness
incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat.
• Snorkel and kayak in waters rich with shimmering fish, sea turtles,
penguins, and playful sea lions.
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for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the
surrounding beaches. You may also have the
opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
I ISLA RÁBIDA
Land on a red-sand beach and snorkel the rocky
shores. Spot migratory flamingos feeding in a
lagoon and brown pelicans nesting along the coast.
DAY 1 I GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
Fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, transfer to our
boutique hotel, set amid lush gardens.
Hotel del Parque
DAY 2 I GUAYAQUIL/GALÁPAGOS
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands. Meet
our naturalist staff for an introduction to the
islands and their diverse wildlife; then board our
ship. National Geographic Islander for the
remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 3—6 I EXPLORING GALÁPAGOS
Our expedition begins and ends in Baltra. Each
day we’ll have the opportunity to go on nature
walks with local naturalists, swim, snorkel, or
explore by kayak or Zodiac. Listed below are
some of the islands we plan to visit during our
expedition. Meals: B/L/D Daily
I ISLA BARTOLOMÉ
DAT E S
2018:
Nov. 24–30
I ISLA ISABELA
2019:
Explore the largest island in the group, home to
marine iguanas, abundant sea turtles, the only
species of flightless cormorant in the world, and
the only penguin species that inhabits the Equator.
Cruise by Zodiac, hike against a backdrop of giant
shield volcanoes, and snorkel in the cool waters that
often draw whales and dolphins to the area.
Apr. 27–May 3
May 2–8
May 11–17
Nov. 29–Dec. 5
May 16–22
Aug. 31–Sept. 6
Sept. 5–11
COST
Sept. 14–20
Sept. 19–25
Oct. 31–Nov. 6
2018:
2019:*
Category 1
$5,450
$5,630
Category 2
$6,140
$6,420
Category 3
$6,770
$7,090
I ISLA FLOREANA
Category 4
$7,180
$7,490
Hike to a turtle nesting beach and a lagoon that
is home to flamingos. At Champion Islet, snorkel
among sea lions; then visit Post Office Bay,
founded by whalers in the 18th century. If you see
a letter addressed to someone who lives near you,
the tradition is to deliver it by hand.
Category 5
$8,690
$9,060
I ISLA SANTA CRUZ
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in the
town of Puerto Ayora, and tour the neighboring
captive breeding program for endangered
Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos
National Park Service and supported by the
Lindblad–National Geographic Fund. In the
highlands, observe and photograph giant tortoises
in the wild.
DAY 7 I GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to
Guayaquil. Enjoy day rooms at the Hotel del
Parque before flying home. Meals: B
Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone
Above: With the National Geographic Islander on the horizon, a sea lion mother looks after her pup.
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Light or Moderate
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*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019
departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our
website for updated 2019 pricing after that date. See
the description, photo, and deck plan for the National
Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are per person,
double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, please visit
our website. Airfare to/from Guayaquil is not included in
the expedition cost. ithin Ecuador is not included in the
expedition cost. Airfare between Guayaquil and the
Galápagos is $520 per person (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 48
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. Marine conservationist and National
Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Sylvia Earle will join both November
2018 departures. Read her bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip airfare between Guayaquil and
the Galapagos. Visit our website or call for details.
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W I L D GA L Á PAG O S A N D
P E R U E S C A P E NEW
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Explore the cultural highlights of Peru and spend five days in the
Galápagos aboard the National Geographic Islander on this compact trip.
• Discover the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and explore the timeless ruins
of Machu Picchu.
• Meet endangered Galápagos giant tortoises at a National Geographic–
supported captive breeding program, and then observe these creatures
in the wild.
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DAY 4 I GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
Return to Cusco and fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s
largest city. Transfer to our boutique hotel,
surrounded by gardens. Hotel del Parque
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands. Meet
our naturalist staff for an introduction to the
islands and their diverse wildlife; then board our
ship. National Geographic Islander for the
remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU
Land at the Lima airport and transfer to our
hotel nearby. Lima Airport Holiday Inn
DAY 2 I CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY
Fly to Cusco and enjoy lunch overlooking the
elegant Plaza de Armas. Travel through the
Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley
of the Inca, to our base for the next two nights.
Attend a demonstration of Andean weaving by
Nilda Callañaupa, a National Geographic grantee.
Tambo del Inka | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I MACHU PICCHU
Explore the stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
before boarding the train to Machu Picchu, introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in a 1913
issue of National Geographic magazine. Spend
this afternoon exploring the spectacular ruins, lingering after most visitors have left. This evening,
take the train back to the Sacred Valley.
Tambo del Inka | Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 1–9
May 4–12
May 18–26
Sept. 7–15
Sept. 21–29
Nov. 2–10
COST
2018:
2019:*
Category 1
$6,250
$6,470
DAYS 6—8 I EXPLORING GALÁPAGOS
Category 2
$6,800
$7,100
The Galápagos portion of our expedition begins
and ends in Baltra and includes stops at Santa
Cruz and a selection of other islands. Each day we
will have the opportunity to join our naturalists
on interpretive walks to learn about endemic
wildlife, as well as swim, snorkel, or explore by
kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible
interactions between animals in their natural
habitat. We may snorkel with penguins off Isla
Bartolomé, swim in a secluded cove on Santa Fe,
sail across the Equator to Isla Genovesa’s flooded
caldera, and meander among wild giant tortoises
in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Category 3
$7,300
$7,630
Category 4
$7,630
$7,950
Category 5
$8,840
$9,210
DAY 9 I GALÁPAGOS /GUAYAQUIL
After breakfast, disembark in Baltra and fly to
Guayaquil. Relax in day rooms at the Hotel del
Parque before flying home. Meals: B
Above: Sunlight vies with moody clouds over the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.
*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019
departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our
website for updated 2019 pricing after that date.
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are
per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing,
please visit our website. Airfare to Lima and return
from Guayaquil, and within South America, is not
included in the expedition cost. Airfare within South
America is $935 per person (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 48
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. Biologist
Lynn Fowler will join several
departures of this expedition in
the Galápagos. To see these dates
and read her bio, please visit our
website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip airfare between Guayaquil and
the Galapagos. Visit our website or call for details.
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PERU: LAND OF THE INCA
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Watch day break over Machu Picchu, and learn about
National Geographic–funded excavations that helped uncover
the site.
• Join archaeologist Peter Frost for an insider’s perspective on his
archaeological expeditions in Peru.*
• Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean weaving
techniques by a National Geographic grantee.
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8 DAY S
helped preserve and revive traditional Inca
textiles. Hotel Sol y Luna | Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
DAY 4 I MACHU PICCHU
A morning train ride brings us to Machu Picchu.
Take a guided walk in the sanctuary, and then
check in to our lodge overlooking the Andes—
the only accommodation adjacent to Machu
Picchu. This afternoon, return to the site to
explore with a guide or head off to see the Inca
Bridge. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
DAYS 1 AND 2 I LIMA, PERU/CUSCO/
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA
Arrive in Lima and overnight at our airport hotel.
The next day, fly to Cusco and drive to Moray, an
intriguing Inca site believed to be an agricultural
laboratory. After a private lunch near the site,
stop at a colorful local market and then check in
to our hotel. Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport
Hotel; Sol y Luna | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D
Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, and set off
on an early hike to the Sun Gate, if you choose.
Enjoy time to explore on your own. After lunch,
board the train back to the Sacred Valley,
continuing by coach to Cusco. Our home here
is a converted 16th-century monastery.
Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I CUSCO
During a full day of exploration in Cusco, see the
15th-century Sacsayhuaman fortress and the
Coricancha, the "golden temple" of the Inca, built
at the symbolic center of their empire.
Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 3 I SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA
DAY 7 I LIMA
Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites
and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley with
National Geographic grantee Peter Frost,* who
has been exploring the Andes for 35 years. Peter
joins us for a talk at our hotel and accompanies
our visit to Ollantaytambo. Visit a family-owned
hacienda for lunch, and witness a presentation
of traditional horsemanship. Later, meet National
Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, who has
After our flight back to Lima, visit the renowned
Larco Museum. Gather for a farewell lunch at
Casa Aliaga, a lovely colonial home. Belmond
Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 8 I LIMA
Transfer to the Lima airport for the return flight
home. Meals: B
*On departures that coincide with Peter’s assignments, one of his colleagues will join us.
Above: Perched on a secluded mountaintop in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s
most celebrated archaeological sites.
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Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018 and 2019: Expeditions depart every week on
either Saturday or Sunday. See the calendar on page
132 for specific departure dates.
COST
2018:
2019:
$5,690
$5,890
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,380. On the December 22 and 30, 2018
and December 22 and 28, 2019 departures, there is an
additional holiday surcharge of $730 per person. Airfare
to/from Lima and within Peru is not included in the
expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between
Lima and Cusco is $435 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. Peruvian native and conservationist
Ernesto Ore will join several departures
of this expedition. To see these dates
and read his bio, please visit our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily
activities may include city walking tours, easy or moderate hikes, and transfers of two to four hours. We will be
traveling at high elevations while in Cusco (11,200 ft), the
Sacred Valley (9,200 ft), and at Machu Picchu (8,000 ft).
Maximum group size: 24
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip international airfare between Miami and South
America on select departures when you combine this
Peru expedition with our Galápagos voyage (see
pages 12–13). Visit our website or call for details.
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P E R U P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu, exploring with your own private guide.
• Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the
World: Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the
Sacred Valley, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
• Take part in a chicha-brewing lesson, an architectural tour of a Cusco
colonial manor, and a private visit to a spectacled bear rehabilitation
center.
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9 DAY S
DAYS 6 AND 7 I MACHU PICCHU
Travel by train to Machu Picchu, or disembark
early for an optional trek on the Inca Trail with
a private guide. Settle into Inkaterra Machu
Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a haven of orchids and birds
nestled in the cloud forest. Rise early for a full day
of exploring Machu Picchu with a private guide.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Meals: B/D Daily
DAYS 8 AND 9 I CUSCO/LIMA
Visit the lodge’s spectacled bear rehabilitation
program before traveling back to Cusco. Fly to
Lima, and tour the historic center and the Larco
Museum before your flight home. Inkaterra
La Casona | Meals: B Daily
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
DAYS 1 AND 2 I CUSCO, PERU
Fly to Cusco and settle into Inkaterra La Casona.
Enjoy an exclusive architecture walk through
this restored 16th-century manor, and take a
private tour of the city. Inkaterra La Casona
Meals: Day 2: B
Extend your trip with a stay at Inkaterra Hacienda
Concepción, another National Geographic Unique
Lodge of the World, located in the Amazon rain forest. Visit our website for details.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition that is offered year-round,
so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.
COST
2018:
2019:
6+ people
$4,695
$4,895
4 people
$4,895
$5,195
2 people
$5,795
$5,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and
subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Cusco and
return from Lima is not included in the expedition
cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Daily activities may include city walking tours, easy
or moderate hikes, and transfers of two to four hours.
We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco
(11,200 ft), the Sacred Valley (9,200 ft), and at Machu
Picchu (8,000 ft).
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I SACRED VALLEY
OF THE INCA
Jounrey into the Sacred Valley, stopping in
Awanacancha to learn about llamas and alpacas.
Stroll Pisac's famous market, then continue to
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba—set on a hillside
with extraordinary mountain views. Still the
gardens and enjoy an exclusive brewing lesson
in the Chicha House. At the Center of Traditional
Textiles of Cusco, attend a private Andean weaving
demonstration. See the remains of Inca agriculture
systems at Chinchero and Moray, visit the stacked
salt mines of Maras, explore Ollantaytambo, and
spend a day in the village of Patacancha. Inkaterra
Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: B/L Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Spend every night of your trip at a Unique
Lodge: Inkaterra La Casona, a historic mansion in
Cusco’s old town; Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
(pictured above), a colonial-style estate in the
Sacred Valley of the Inca; and Inkaterra Machu
Picchu Pueblo Hotel, whose casitas are tucked
in the jungle just below the iconic Inca site. At
each lodge, you’ll enjoy an experience arranged
exclusively for our guests.
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P E R U F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Spend an entire day at Machu Picchu exploring the mysterious ruins
and hiking the surrounding slopes in search of stunning views.
• Join National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa for a hands-on
demonstration of traditional Peruvian weaving techniques.
• Alongside a local chef, enjoy a pachamanca, a traditional Andean
meal baked in the earth.
I T I N E R A RY
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7 DAY S
DAYS 4 AND 5 I SACRED VALLEY/
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHU PICCHU
Join a chef and local farmers for a pachamanca,
a traditional meal cooked in the ground. Explore
Ollantaytambo, built atop an old Inca town; then
hop on the train for a breathtaking ride toward
Machu Picchu. Spend the next day discovering
the mysteries of Machu Picchu, the “lost” city of
the Inca. One of the most amazing archaeological
sites in the world, it was rediscovered by Hiram
Bingham in 1911 and excavated with funding from
National Geographic. Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Pueblo Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I SACRED VALLEY/CUSCO
DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU
Welcome to the land of the Inca! Enjoy a free
evening before our adventure begins.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel
DAYS 2 AND 3 I CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY
Meet the group and fly to Cusco. Explore
Sacsayhuaman, a fortress made with 100-ton
stones. After lunch and a walk in the market town
of Pisac, explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Our
welcome dinner features delicious Peruvian cuisine.
The next day, at the Center for Traditional Textiles,
delve into the ancient art of Andean weaving
with master weaver and National Geographic
grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Learn to dye wool,
spin yarn, and set up a loom. Later, hike among
salt terraces in Maras or enjoy a llama trek.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Ride back up the valley to Cusco. On the way,
young explorers will meet local children to play
soccer, participate in an art project, and practice
their Spanish. Gather for a farewell dinner in the
Museum of Pre-Columbian Art tonight. Hotel
Libertador Palacio del Inka | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I CUSCO/LIMA
Explore enchanting Cusco this morning before
returning to Lima to connect with your flight home.
Meals: B/L
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 22–28
Dec. 27, 2018–
Jan. 2, 2019
June 22–28
July 13–19
Aug. 3–9
Dec. 21–27
Dec. 26, 2019–
Jan. 1, 2020
COST
Adults
$4,695
Children (ages 7–17)
$4,495
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,000. On the December departures,
there is an additional holiday surcharge of $550 per
person. Airfare to/from Lima and within Peru is not
included in the expedition cost. The group flights
within Peru are $500 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Meet local children and work together on a creative
art project, sharing phrases in Spanish, Quechua, and
English. Then head outside for a fun game of soccer.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Daily activities may include city walking tours, easy
hikes, and coach transfers of two to four hours. We
will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco
(11,200 ft), the Sacred Valley (9,200 ft) and at Machu
Picchu (8,000 ft). Guests will handle their own small
luggage on the train to/from Machu Picchu.
Maximum group size: 25
Stay in charming casitas at Inkaterra Machu
Picchu Pueblo Hotel, nestled in the cloud forest
just below the iconic Inca site.
Above: Budding photographers train their cameras on the mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.
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• Explore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
with our team of naturalists, and encounter rare pink dolphins, sloths,
howler monkeys, giant lily pads, and an astounding variety of birdlife.
• Learn from a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor,
who travels with us aboard the elegant Delfin II riverboat.
• Meet the ribereños (indigenous people) and learn about the projects
supported by the Lindblad-National Geographic fund.
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1 0 DAY S
Set out into this wilderness on daily excursions by
skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits,
hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys,
including noisy howlers, shaggy-tailed monk
saki monkeys, and saddleback tamarins. Watch
for an incredible variety of birds. In the waterways,
look for massive paiche fish, rare pink dolphins,
and piranhas.
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the
reserve’s interior, and go on a bird-watching hike.
Slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls,
searching for caimans, fishing bats, and other
nocturnal creatures.
DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer
to our hotel. Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
Airport Hotel
DAY 2 I IQUITOS/NAUTA
This morning, fly from Lima to Iquitos and continue
overland to Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle
into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner.
Delfin II through Day 8 | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 3–8 I PACAYA-SAMIRIA
NATIONAL RESERVE
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya-Samiria
National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle
stretching more than five million acres and
harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating
flora and fauna. Two powerful rivers, the
Marañón and the Ucayali, converge here at the
headwaters of the mighty Amazon.
Above: A scarlet macaw perches amid foliage.
Pay a visit to communities on the reserve’s edge
and get to know the ribereños—those who live
on the riverbanks—and their age-old traditions.
Learn how they make jewelry and other
handicrafts, and find out how local subsistence
farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn
income. We’ll also learn about the inspiring
work of Minga Peru, a nonprofit that has helped
improve the health and livelihoods of the people
of the Amazon with the support of the Lindblad–
National Geographic Fund. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 9 I NAUTA/IQUITOS/LIMA
After breakfast, disembark in Nauta, and return
to Iquitos overland for the flight to Lima.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel
Meals: B/L
DAY 10 I LIMA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your
flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Combine this Upper Amazon voyage with our
Galápagos voyage (see pages 12–13) or our Peru:
Land of the Inca expedition (see page 16), or join
all three. See the special offer at right, and visit
our website or call for details.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2 0 1 8 and 2 0 1 9 :
Expeditions depart on Saturdays throughout the year.
See the calendar on page 132 for departure dates.
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
Several departures of this expedition are designated
as photography expeditions. See the calendar on page
132 for departure dates and visit our website for
details and the National Geographic photographer
leading each departure.
COST
2018:
2019:
Suite
$6,990
$7,190
Master Suite
$8,260
$8,590
See the Delfin II description, photo, and deck
plan on page 130. Prices are per person, double
occupancy. Due to limited availability, single cabins
are offered on a request basis only; please call for
availability and rates. Airfare to/from Lima and within
Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The
round-trip group flight between Lima and Iquitos is
$440 per person (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 28
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer
Krista Rossow will join the January
19 and 26, 2019 departures.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
Save 10% on the expedition cost when you combine
this voyage with our Galápagos voyage or our Peru:
Land of the Inca expedition. Plus, book by October
31, 2018 and receive free round-trip airfare between
Miami and South America when combining select
departures with our Galápagos voyage. Visit our
website or call for details.
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PATAG O N I A H I K I N G A DV E N T U R E
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Trek to the base of Torres del Paine’s sheer granite walls, and
surround yourself with twisting peaks in the French Valley.
• Experience up close the power and magnificence of Grey and Perito
Moreno Glaciers, two of the most impressive glaciers in the world.
• Follow trails to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre
and the Fitz Roy massif.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I PASO LOS CUERNOS/
TORRES DEL PAINE
Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north
shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking beneath the
soaring Cuernos del Paine massif. Continue to our
hotel at the base of the Torres mountains. Rise
early the next morning for an all-day hike to the
Torres del Paine. Our path cuts through beech
forests and up to barren slopes to a most magnificent
viewpoint of the iconic granite towers.
Hotel Las Torres or Estancia Cerro Guido
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 7—10 I EL CHALTÉN, ARGENTINA/
LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK
DAYS 1 AND 2 I PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE/
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
Arrive in Punta Arenas. The next day, travel to
Torres del Paine National Park for a short hike before
settling into our hotel on the shores of Lago de Grey.
Hotel Cabo de Hornos; Hotel Lago Grey
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I GREY GLACIER
FRENCH VALLEY
Cruise across Lago de Grey to the foot of Grey
Glacier. Trace the lakeshore on foot, taking in
views of the glacier and the dramatic Paine massif. The next day hike in the magnificent French
Valley, a natural basin ringed by the black slate
“horns” of the Cuernos del Paine. Walk beneath
the glacier-covered slopes of Cerro Paine, the
highest summit in the range. Tonight we stay in
cabins tucked into the mountain slopes beside
a beautiful waterfall. Refugio Paine Grande;
Cabañas en los Cuernos | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Cross the Argentine border en route to the town of
El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park. Spend
three days exploring the park on a variety of hikes
into the interior. Climb to pristine glacial lakes at
the base of the park's most iconic sites: Monte Fitz
Roy and Cerro Torre. Discover the Piedra del Fraile,
overlooking the dramatic north face of Fitz Roy.
Hotel Destino Sur | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11, 12, AND 13 I EL CALAFATE/
PERITO MORENO GLACIER
Travel across the steppe to El Calafate, stopping
along the way for a hike in La Leona Petrified
Forest. The next day, visit Perito Moreno, an active
glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino.
Watch the glacier calve great chunks of ice into the
lake; then explore the area's picturesque trails on a
short hike. On our final day, transfer to the airport
for your flight home. Hotel Mirador del Lago
Days 11 and 12: B/L/D Daily; Day 13: B
Above: A hiker watches as the setting sun paints peaks with dazzling colors.
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Trip Type:
Active
Activity Level:
Strenuous
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Oct. 20–Nov. 1
Nov. 3–15
Nov. 17–29
Dec. 1–13
Dec. 8–20
Jan. 5–17
Jan. 12–24
Feb. 16–28
Mar. 2–14
COST
$6,895
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,000. Airfare to Punta Arenas and return
from El Calafate is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied
by local guides, will lead this trip.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
We will be hiking 3–10 hours per day (5–16 miles) on
moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging
from 200 feet to a maximum of 3,000 feet. We will
stay 11 nights in hotels and small mountain inns and
one night in a traditional refugio. Note that there are
shared bathrooms on two nights while we are trekking
in a remote part of the region.
Maximum group size: 16
Hikers take flight in front of Perito Moreno Glacier
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Join a private guide for a hike beneath the iconic Fitz Roy massif
in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.
• Stay at the stunning Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique
Lodge of the World at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park.
• Accompanied by a gaucho, ride horseback through an ancient forest
to a lookout point with a panoramic view of the Paine massif.
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DAYS 6–10 I TORRES DEL PAINE
NATIONAL PARK, CHILE
Drive to Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a National
Geographic Unique Lodge of the World overlooking Lake Sarmiento at the edge of Torres del
Paine National Park. Take an architecture tour
of this award-winning structure, an experience
reserved exclusively for National Geographic
travelers. Spend the next three days exploring
the park’s stunning wonders in a variety of ways,
including hiking, walking, and horseback-riding.
On your final morning, transfer to Punta Arenas
and connect with your flight home.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Meals: Days 6–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
DAY 1 I BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Arrive in Buenos Aires and spend the day at
leisure, or go on an optional private city tour.
Mio Buenos Aires
DAYS 2 AND 3 I EL CHALTÉN/
MONTE FITZ ROY
Extend your stay to Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge set in the Atacama
Desert, and discover the otherwordly landscapes of
geysers, salt pans, and volcanoes. Visit our website for
details.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
Fly to El Calafate in the southern Andes and
take a scenic drive to El Chaltén, situated at the
northern edge of Los Glaciares National Park. The
following day, join a private guide for a trek to the
Laguna de los Tres, a turquoise lake framed by
the jagged peaks of Monte Fitz Roy.
Hosteria Senderos | Meals: B/L Daily
DAYS 4 AND 5 I EL CALAFATE/PERITO
MORENO GLACIER
Return to El Calafate to explore on your own. The
next day, witness the calving of the Perito Moreno
Glacier from nearby walkways, then join a boat
cruise on the lake for a different perspective.
Posada los Alamos | Meals: B/L Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition, so you may select any
dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is
offered October through March.
COST
October 2018–March 2019:
6+ people
$7,995
4 people
$8,795
2 people
$9,295
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject
to availability. Single-traveler prices are available
upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to
certain travel dates. Airfare to Buenos Aires and
return from Punta Arenas and within Argentina is
not included in the expedition cost. The flight from
Buenos Aires to El Calafate is $425 per person
(subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health, physically fit, and
comfortable walking or standing for extended periods
of time. On many days, there will be different hiking
options ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes of
five to eight hours with steep, rocky sections. Several
days have long drives. Weather can be extremely
unpredictable, with dramatic changes in temperature
and precipitation.
During four nights at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa,
explore the spectacular Torres del Paine National
Park with top guides, enjoy excellent cuisine and
a world-class spa, and learn about the lodge’s
cutting-edge design on a private behind-thescenes tour.
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E X P LO R I N G PATAG O N I A
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Get expert insights as you explore
Patagonia by land and sea, gliding past
pristine fjords and vast glaciers on a
four-day cruise, then heading inland to
discover granite spires, sapphire lakes,
and hidden waterfalls.
• Set out on an interpretive walk across
Magdalena Island, home to a colony of
more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins.
• Settle into the stunning Tierra Patagonia
Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic
Unique Lodge of the World overlooking
the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine
National Park.
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DAY 2 I BUENOS AIRES
Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the Paris of South
America. On a city tour, see the remarkable
Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón.
Continue to the historic presidential palace,
La Casa Rosada, and the cathedral in Plaza de
Mayo. After lunch, explore the cobblestoned
lanes of San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’
quarter of La Boca.
The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B/L
DAY 3 I USHUAIA/TIERRA DEL FUEGO
NATIONAL PARK
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the
world, and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Embark our ship and sail toward the famed
Beagle Channel. M.V. Stella Australis or
M.V. Ventus Australis | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the capital
of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart
of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, and
explore the nearby galleries, museums, and
cafés. Enjoy a tango performance, followed by
our welcome dinner tonight.
The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: D
DAY 4 I CAPE HORN, CHILE/
WULAIA BAY
DAYS 5 AND 6 I MAGDALENA CHANNEL/
AGOSTINI SOUND
Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to legendary
Cape Horn for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore
Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during
his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of
three walks to experience the spectacular beauty
of the Magellanic forest. M.V. Stella Australis
or M.V. Ventus Australis | Meals: B/L/D
As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot
penguins, dolphins, albatross, and other
seabirds. After entering the Pia Fjord, board
Zodiacs and head out on a shore excursion on
Pia Glacier. Continue along the Beagle Channel
to the Garibaldi Glacier. Take a challenging hike
through the Magellanic forest if you choose.
Above: The twisted “horns” of Cuernos del Paine jut skyward in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Nov. 7–18
Jan. 10–21
Feb. 19–Mar. 2
Dec. 29, 2018–
Jan. 9, 2019*
Jan. 22–Feb.2*
Mar. 3–14*
Feb. 3–14
*These departures are aboard the M.V. Stella
Australis. All other departures are aboard the M.V.
Ventus Australis.
COST
Tango dancers strike a pose in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
The next day, cruise through majestic Agostini
Sound, and disembark for a closer look at Águila
Glacier. During an easy walk, take in spectacular
views of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off
by black mountains, and learn about the geologic
forces that shaped this dramatic land.
M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 7 I MAGDALENA ISLAND/
PUNTA ARENAS/TORRES DEL PAINE
Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island,
home to a colony of more than 100,000
Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta
Arenas and continue across the southern
Pampas, looking for herds of guanacos as well
as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and
black-necked swans. Settle into our spectacular
hotel—a member of the National Geographic
Unique Lodges of the World collection.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa | Meals:
B/L/D
DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I TORRES DEL PAINE
NATIONAL PARK
During the next three days, tailor your exploration to your interests, choosing among a variety
of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the
park. Discover Lago de Grey and its incredibly
blue sculpted ice; hike through beech forests
along the shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at
rock paintings left by the indigenous Aonikenk
people, some of the earliest inhabitants of the
region. Photograph wildlife near the northern
limits of the park; or relax at the hotel, taking
advantage of its wonderful amenities. Enjoy
evening lectures, and cap off your stay in the
park with a festive barbecue in the company of
local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional
Patagonian cowboy culture. Tierra Patagonia
Hotel & Spa | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I PUNTA ARENAS/SANTIAGO,
CHILE
Today, drive to the Punta Arenas airport for the
flight to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago this evening
and check in to our hotel. The Singular Santiago
Meals: B/L
DAY 12 I SANTIAGO, CHILE
Spend a full day exploring Santiago. On a walking
tour of the city center, see the elegant Plaza de Armas,
the Palacio de la Moneda, and the 18th-century
Metropolitan Cathedral. View the impressive
collection at Santiago’s Chilean Museum of
Pre-Columbian Art, and enjoy a farewell celebration
at a Chilean winery. This evening, transfer to the
airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a five-day post-trip extension to Easter Island
from $3,050 per person. Or extend your trip to Chile’s
Atacama Desert with a stay at Tierra Atacama Hotel
& Spa, another member of the National Geographic
Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our
website or call for details.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
Category A
$11,795
Category AA
$12,995
Category AAA
$14,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy. Please
visit our website for single-room pricing. Airfare to
Buenos Aires and return from Santiago, and airfare
within Argentina and Chile, are not included in the
expedition cost. The group flights within Argentina
and Chile are $1,200 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany this
trip. National Geographic Explorer
and high-altitude archaeologist
Constanza Ceruti will join the
November 2018 and both February
2019 departures. Read her bio and
find more experts on our website.
ABOUT THE
M .V. S T E L L A AU S T R A L I S/
M .V. V E N T U S AU S T R A L I S
The M.V. Ventus Australis (built in 2017) and M.V.
Stella Australis (built in 2010) are sister ships
designed specifically to cruise the spectacular
Patagonian waterways. Each ship has 100 outsidefacing cabins that feature a large window, an en
suite bathroom, a satellite phone, and individual
temperature controls. Cabins are available on three
levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA
on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth
level. Facilities include an open deck, three lounges,
a library, a game room, and a single-seating dining
room. See photos and deck plans on our website.
All cabins in our allotment are the same size.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
On this trip you’ll spend four nights at
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, celebrated for its
award-winning architecture, which blends in with
the landscape while offering stunning views of the
peaks of Torres del Paine from every room. Explore
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time
as well as getting in and out of Zodiacs for shore
excursions during our cruise. Activities include city
walking tours, one- to two-mile nature walks, and
some vehicle-based sightseeing excursions, as well
as optional horseback rides and longer hikes across
challenging terrain.
Maximum group size: 25
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E C U A D O R P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Sail among the isles of the Galápagos archipelago by yacht,
disembarking for close encounters with sea lions, blue-footed
boobies, Galápagos penguins, and much more.
• Stay at two spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of
the World: Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel and Mashpi Lodge.
• Ride an aerial bike through the treetops of the Chocó rain forest,
and let bioluminescent flora guide you on a jungle night walk.
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1 1 DAY S
DAYS 6 AND 7 I GALÁPAGOS/QUITO
Return to the airport on Isla Baltra and fly to
Quito. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the colonial
center. The next day, tour Quito’s Old Town.
Casa Gangotena | Meals: Day 6: B; Day 7: B/L
DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I MASHPI RESERVE
Travel to the archeological site of Tulipe, then
continue to Mashpi Lodge, deep in the Chocó
cloud forest, a biodiversity hotspot. Take a
guided night walk through the jungle and an
exclusive tour of the lodge's research station.
Then survey the canopy from the observation
tower, and ride an aerial bicycle through the
treetops. Mashpi Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I MASHPI RESERVE/QUITO
DAY 1 I QUITO, ECUADOR
Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel.
Wyndham Hotel Quito
DAY 2 I GALÁPAGOS
Fly to Isla Baltra, then take the ferry to Isla
Santa Cruz and tour the giant tortoise reserve.
Later, transfer to Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel,
located just steps from the shore. Finch Bay
Galápagos Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
Enjoy a bird-watching walk or hike to a waterfall.
Later, visit the Equatorial Monument at the
“middle of the world.” Transfer to the airport in
Quito and catch your flight home. Meals: B/L
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition that is offered yearround, so you may select any dates that are
convenient for you.
COST
4+ people
$7,695
2 people
$7,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject
to availability. Single-traveler prices are available
upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to
certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Quito and within
Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. The
round-trip flight between Quito and the Galápagos
is $600 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout
the trip, and you will meet other local experts as
described in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods
of time. Daily activities may include walking
tours and easy hikes, with options for kayaking,
snorkeling, and more challenging hikes on muddy
terrain. Excursions can last up to eight hours in the
Galápagos; and the drive to Mashpi Lodge is about
four hours. We will be at high elevation while in
Quito (9,350 feet).
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I GALÁPAGOS
Sail among these diverse islands aboard the
lodge’s yacht, searching for blue-footed boobies,
land iguanas, sea lions, and much more. On Isla
Santa Cruz, go swimming and snorkeling, and
visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Enjoy
a private cooking class. Finch Bay Galápagos
Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Spend four days exploring the Galápagos archipelago from your base at Finch Bay Galápagos
Hotel on the isle of Santa Cruz. Then immerse
yourself in the Ecuadorian Chocó cloud forest
at Mashpi Lodge (pictured above), and join a
biologist for a tour of the lodge research station—
an exclusive experience for National Geographic
guests.
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Above: A pair of sea lions frolic in the waters off the Galápagos Islands.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Trek into the jungle with a private guide to meet with a family of
Cabécar Indians, Costa Rica’s largest and most isolated indigenous tribe.
• Stay at Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios Lodge, both National
Geographic Unique Lodges of the World tucked deep within
pristine Costa Rican rain forests.
• Explore the unsurpassed biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula with
naturalist guides.
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The following day, take a guided canopy walk and
see La Fortuna Waterfall. Lost Iguana Resort
& Spa Meals: Day 4: B; Day 5: B/L
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private
DAYS 6–9 I OSA PENINSULA
DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Fly to the Osa Peninsula and settle into Lapa Rios
Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of
the World. Explore the unmatched biodiversity of
the peninsula's rain forests, beaches, and costal
waters on a variety of naturalist-led group
excursions. Hike through primary and secondary forest, take a tour of the lodge’s innovative
sustainability program, or rise with the sun to
spot some of the area’s 300-plus bird species.
National Geographic travelers are invited to join a
naturalist on a private waterfall hike and lunch in
the forest canopy. On the final day, drive to Puerto
Jiménez and fly to San José to catch your flight
home. Lapa Rios Lodge | Meals: Day 6: B/D;
Days 7 and 8: B/L/D Daily; Day 9: B
Arrive in San José and enjoy an evening at
leisure. Hotel Grano de Oro
DAYS 2 AND 3 I PACUARE RIVER
Travel to Pacuare Lodge, a National Geographic
Unique Lodge of the World accessible only via the
Pacuare River. Go white-water rafting through
black-rock canyons, or arrive at the lodge by road
and hanging gondola. The next morning, join a
birding walk. Then opt to go zip-lining or hike
through the jungle to meet with the son of a traditional Cabécar shaman, an experience arranged
exclusively for National Geographic travelers.
Pacuare Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4 AND 5 I PACUARE RIVER/
ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy one last rafting excursion, or travel directly
to the northern highlands for an evening at
leisure at your lodge, located in 120 acres of preserved rain forest with a view of Arenal Volcano.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition that is offered year-round,
so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.
COST
2018:
2019:
4+ people
from $4,495
from $4,695
2 people
from $4,795
from $4,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject
to availability. Single-traveler prices are available
upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain
travel dates. Airfare to/from San José and within
Costa Rica is not included in the expedition cost.
The round-trip flight between San José and Puerto
Jiménez is $360 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Daily activities may include easy hikes with options
for more challenging hikes, white-water rafting, and
kayaking. While tourism is steadily growing, Costa
Rica’s infrastructure is still developing. Roads can be
rugged and dusty, and internal flight schedules can
be unpredictable.
Raft into the jungle to Pacuare Lodge and spend
two nights in a stunning thatched bungalow.
Explore with top guides, and enjoy an exclusive
visit with members of an isolated indigenous
culture. At the tip of the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios
Lodge (pictured above) offers access to pristine
rain forest and remote beaches. During a threenight stay, you’ll be treated to a private waterfall hike.
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• See Costa Rica’s wild cats at a rescue center established to help
orphaned and wounded animals, including jaguars and ocelots.
• Go floating and zip-lining through tropical forests, surrounded
by an astonishing variety of wildlife.
• Kids have the opportunity to visit a local school and play a
game of soccer with the students.
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DAY 4 I GUANACASTE
Travel to Guanacaste Province, full of fast rivers,
volcanic scenery, and deep canyons. Float on the
Corobici River through the tropical dry forest,
keeping your eyes peeled for otters, crocodiles,
and monkeys. See wild cats up close at Las Pumas
Rescue Center, home to jaguars, pumas, ocelots,
and jaguarundis. Our home for the next three
nights is hidden away on a river nestled deep in a
protected forest. Río Perdido lodge
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I RÍO PERDIDO
DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
¡Bienvenidos! Your tropical adventure begins.
Meet fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Intercontinental San José | Meals: D
DAY 2 I SAN JOSÉ/MONTEVERDE
Explore San José, including the National Theatre
of Costa Rica. Then head to the cloud forests of
Monteverde. Go on a twilight forest walk as
nocturnal creatures awaken. El Establo or
Hotel Fonda Vela | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I MONTEVERDE
Hike with a local expert through the Monteverde
Cloud Forest Reserve. Spot some of the 500-plus
species of orchids, and look for wildlife such as
howler monkeys, tapirs, sloths, snakes, frogs, and
colorful birds and butterflies. Visit the hanging
bridges or opt to ride a zip-line through the forest
canopy. Have dinner tonight in a tree house.
El Establo or Hotel Fonda Vela
Meals: B/L/D
Spend the day on an excursion in and around the
canyons of Río Blanco—a wild, arid landscape of
hot springs and age-old rock formations. Go on an
aerial adventure amid the forest canopy: clamber
on canyon platforms, walk across hanging bridges, zip-line across the rushing river, and swing
and hike through the treetops and canyons. After
lunch, opt for a scenic hike with opportunities to
swim in the river and soak in thermal pools.
Río Perdido lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I COLONIA LIBERTAD
Start the day at a sustainability-focused ranch,
wander through an organic garden, and take a
tractor-pulled cart ride among macadamia
orchards, tropical flowers, and groves of cacao
trees. Learn how cacao beans are transformed
into finished chocolate. Spend the afternoon at
Colonia Libertad, a farming community that
maintains a traditional lifestyle closely connected to
nature. Kids meet children from the local school
to play soccer, and forge new friendships. Gather
for a farewell dinner tonight. Río Perdido Lodge
Meals: B/L/D
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 22–28
Dec. 27, 2018–
Jan. 2, 2019
Mar. 16–22
Mar. 23–29
June 22–28
July 6–12
Aug. 3–9
Dec. 21–27
Dec. 26, 2019–
Jan. 1, 2020
COST
2018:
Adults
$3,995
$4,195
Children (ages 7–17)
$3,795
$3,995
2019:
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $800 in 2018 and $950 in 2019. On the
December departures, there is an additional holiday
surcharge of $300 per person in 2018 and $400 per
person in 2019. Airfare to San José and return from
Liberia is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
In the village of Colonia Libertad, kids will get to know
“tico” children during a visit to a local school. They’ll
play soccer and have the opportunity to practice their
Spanish skills.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time and walking
three to five miles over uneven terrain. Jungle trails
are well marked but often muddy and slippery.
Guests should expect some longer travel days with
drives of two to four hours over bumpy roads (with
multiple stops).
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 7 I LIBERIA
Transfer to the airport in Liberia for your flight
home this morning. Meals: B
Above: A young traveler discovers a colorful new friend in a keel-billed toucan.
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• Aboard the National Geographic Quest, transit the Panama Canal
over two days.
• Cruise into Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce to visit Casa Orquídeas,
a flowering tropical paradise reachable only by boat.
• Snorkel the pristine reef surrounding Isla Coiba, one of Panama’s
most remote national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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and orchids, and reachable only by boat. Later,
explore the placid bay. Meals: B/L/D Daily
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
DAY 5 I COIBA NATIONAL PARK,
PANAMA
At Isla Coiba, observe a vibrant undersea world
while swimming, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I GULF OF PANAMA ISLETS/
PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT
Today, explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama.
Set sail for the Panama Canal this afternoon. We’ll
most likely begin our crossing at night, when the
canal is dramatically lit. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I GATÚN LAKE/PANAMA
CANAL TRANSIT
DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/
PUERTO CALDERA
Upon arrival in San José, transfer to Puerto Caldera
and embark our ship. National Geographic
Quest for the entire voyage | Meals: D
DAY 2 I OSA PENINSULA
Anchor off the Osa Peninsula. In Corcovado
National Park, swim in waterfall pools, take an
optional horseback ride on the beach, or trek
through the rain forest for a chance to see four
species of monkeys. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I GOLFO DULCE
Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce. Venture
ashore at Playa Blanca. Then head inland to visit
remote indigenous communities and experience
daily life on the Osa Peninsula. Hike in mature
rain forest or kayak in the Golfo Dulce. The following day, visit Casa Orquídeas, a tropical paradise of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias,
Above: A sloth hangs loose in the jungles of Costa Rica.
Board a Zodiac to visit Barro Colorado Nature
Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement.
Scientists have worked at the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado
Island since 1923. It is also the site of a National
Geographic–supported wildlife project. Join local
guides for a walk through the forests or take a
boat ride to the mouth of the Chagres River. This
evening, continue through the complex lock
system of the canal. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I COLÓN/PANAMA CITY
After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer
to the airport in Panama City for your flight home.
Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a two-day pre- or post-trip extension in Panama
City from $450 per person; a three-day pre-trip
extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve from
$1,800 per person; or a seven-day post-trip extension
to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano,
and Tortuguero from $4,420 per person on select
departures. Visit our website or call for details.
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 8–15
Dec. 15–22*
Dec. 22–29
Dec. 29, 2018–
Jan. 5, 2019*
Jan. 5–12
Jan. 12–19*
Jan. 19–26
Jan. 26–Feb. 2*
Feb. 2–9
Dec. 6–13
Dec. 13–20*
Dec. 20–27
Dec. 27, 2019–
Jan. 3, 2020*
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
COST
Category 1
$5,990
Category 2
$6,590
Category 3
$6,990
Category 4
$7,790
Category 5
$8,690
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are
per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin,
add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,300 in Category 2.
Airfare to San José and return from Panama City, or
vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 100
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic photographer
Kike Calvo will join the December 8 and
15, 2018 departures. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by October, 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare between Miami and
San José/Panama City on select departures, or instead
choose a complimentary two-day extension in Panama
City. Visit our website or call for details.
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B E L I Z E TO T I K A L , G U AT E M A L A
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Set out from the National Geographic Quest to kayak amid
palm-fringed islands, and step ashore to view a colony of rare
red-footed boobies.
• Spot rainbow-colored fish, turtles, and rays while snorkeling or
diving the corals of the Belize Barrier Reef.
• Venture into the jungles of Guatemala with local experts to discover
Tikal’s spectacular temples and pyramids.
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DAY 4 I GLOVER REEF, BELIZE/
SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE
Enjoy snorkeling and optional diving opportunities
at one of the many cayes in the South Water Caye
Marine Reserve. Skim atop the crystalline
waters by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I LIGHTHOUSE REEF AND HALF
MOON CAYE NATURAL MONUMENT
Sail north to Lighthouse Reef and go snorkeling,
diving, or kayaking. Visit Half Moon Caye, a pristine nature reserve of littoral forest and beaches,
and view a nesting population of red-footed
boobies. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I BELIZE CITY, BELIZE
Arrive in Belize City and embark our ship.
National Geographic Quest through Day 5
Meals: D
DAY 2 I LAUGHING BIRD CAYE
NATIONAL PARK OR SAPODILLA CAYES
MARINE RESERVE
Trace the southern edge of the Belize Barrier Reef,
anchoring along the shores of Laughing Bird Caye
National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve.
Snorkel, kayak, or try stand-up paddleboarding.
For certified scuba divers, dive opportunities
abound (at an additional cost). Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I QUIRIGUÁ AND RÍO DULCE,
GUATEMALA
Anchor off the coast of Guatemala and travel
inland to the ancient Maya city of Quiriguá.
Have lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal, then
take a local boat through the limestone canyon of
Río Dulce. Meals: B/L/D
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Feb. 28–Mar. 8
Feb. 13–21
Mar. 15–23
Mar. 5–13
Feb. 18–26
Mar. 20–28
Mar. 10–18
Feb. 23–Mar. 3
Please note: This itinerary may follow alternate
routing. Visit our website for details.
COST
Category 1
$5,760
Category 2
$6,180
DAY 6 I BELIZE CITY/FLORES,
GUATEMALA/TIKAL
Category 3
$6,600
Category 4
$7,030
Disembark in Belize City and fly to Flores,
Guatemala. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy
walks with our naturalists or a short boat cruise
on Lake Petén Itzá. Camino Real Tikal Hotel
Meals: B/L/D
Category 5
$8,180
DAY 7 I TIKAL
Explore Tikal’s architectural treasures, encountering
ancient Maya art and hieroglyphs that illuminate
the history and spiritual significance of the site.
Camino Real Tikal Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I YAXHÁ AND TOPOXTE
Visit Yaxhá, a former Maya ceremonial center
overlooking Yaxhá Lake. If you wish, climb a temple
for a panoramic view. Enjoy a lunch of
Guatemalan specialties, followed by a visit to a
local handicraft market. Camino Real Tikal
Hotel Meals: B/L/D
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are per
person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,880
in Category 1 and $3,090 in Category 2. Airfare to Belize
City and return from Guatemala City, and within Belize
and Guatemala, is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 100
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Guatemala is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We
expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue
to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the
itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic archaeologist
Richard Hansen will join the February 23
departure. Read his bio and find more
experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
DAY 9 I FLORES/GUATEMALA CITY
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Meals: B
Add a one-day post-trip extension to Antigua,
Guatemala from $350 per person. Or combine
your Belize to Tikal expedition with our nine-day
Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean expedition.
Visit our website or call for details.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Explore some of the most influential cities of the Maya world,
including Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Palenque, and Tikal.
• Witness the ongoing National Geographic–sponsored excavations
of Bonampak’s wall murals, depicting vivid scenes of Maya warfare.
• Enjoy a private sunrise tour of Chichén Itzá before it opens to
the public, and gain expert insight on the ruins from National
Geographic Explorer Guillermo de Anda, who joins us at the site.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I BONAMPAK/
PALENQUE
Journey to the remote ruins of Bonampak, home
to stunning frescoes that were unearthed in the
1940s and featured in National Geographic
magazine in February 1995. The next day, venture
into the ancient city of Palenque, where archaeologists have found rare Maya texts. After a free
afternoon, return to the ruins for a specially
arranged after hours visit. Villa Mercedes
Palenque | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 7 AND 8 I PALENQUE/LA VENTA/
MÉRIDA/UXMAL
Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to our hotel.
Westin Camino Real
Visit the Palenque archaeological museum, and
explore La Venta, known for colossal stone
sculptures of Olmec heads. Then, fly to Mérida.
Spend the following day at Uxmal, and examine the
ornate carvings on the Pyramid of the Magician.
Afterward, cool off with a refreshing dip in a
nearby cenote. Hacienda Temozon Sur
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 2 AND 3 I GUATEMALA CITY/
FLORES/TIKAL
DAYS 9 AND 10 I IZAMAL/
CHICHÉN ITZÁ
DAY 1 I GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
Tour Guatemala City’s historic district, then fly to
Flores and enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.
Encounter Tikal, one of the largest cities in the
Classic Maya world. Decipher carvings and
hieroglyphs with our expert. Camino Real
Tikal | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 4 I YAXCHILÁN, MEXICO/
FRONTERA COROZAL
Travel to Bethel, Mexico and cruise the
Usumacinta River to Yaxchilán. Discover the
site’s jungle-shrouded ruins, then continue by
boat to our hotel in Frontera Corozal.
Hotel Escudo Jaguar | Meals: B/L/D
In the colonial town of Izamal, explore the
impressive Franciscan monastery and Kinich
Kakmó pyramid. Rise early to visit Chichén Itzá
before it opens to the public, and hear from
National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Guillermo de Anda about the ruins. The Lodge
at Chichén Itzá | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I EK BALAM/CANCÚN
Visit the ancient ruins of Ek Balam, then continue
to the Cancún airport and catch your flight home.
Meals: B/L
Above: Towering over the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, the Temple of Kukulkan is a testament to
the Maya’s impressive astronomical skills.
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Nov. 8–18
Dec. 27, 2018–
Jan. 6, 2019
Jan. 17–27
Feb. 21–Mar. 3
COST
$ 7,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,500. Airfare to Guatemala City and return
from Cancún, and within Guatemala and Mexico, is not
included in the expedition cost. The group flights
within Guatemala and Mexico are $425 per person
(subject to change).
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Guatemala is currently in effect (travel.state.gov).
We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will
continue to closely monitor events in the region and
will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Archaeologist and National
Geographic grantee William
Saturno will join the December
2018 and February 2019 departures.
Read his bio and find more experts
on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
For the one-night stay in remote Frontera Corozal,
accommodations are basic, with thatched-roof
cabins featuring en suite bathrooms and ceiling fans
but no air-conditioning. Transportation includes
travel by small motorized boat on Day 4, and several
two- to- four hour drives on partially unpaved roads.
Maximum group size: 25
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C O RT E Z : A M O N G T H E G R E AT W H A L E S
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Voyage aboard the new National
Geographic Venture to Laguna San
Ignacio to observe gray whales and
their calves with our naturalists.
• Glimpse the marine world through
underwater video footage, and listen in
on the haunting songs of whales.
• Explore diverse landscapes with our
naturalists, discovering sand dunes, a
cactus forest, and deserted islands;
and go snorkeling amid sea lions, king
angelfish, and brilliant blue damselfish.
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DAY 3 I BAHÍA MAGDALENA
Go ashore on Isla Magdalena, a vast sandy
wilderness surrounded by mangrove channels
and the protected waters of Bahía Magdalena.
Explore the island’s ever-shifting dunes during a
walk to one of the most pristine beaches on the
Pacific coast. On the mud flats, spot migrating
birds at rest, including frigatebirds, pelicans,
cormorants, terns, and great blue herons.
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4 AND 5 I LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO
DAYS 1 AND 2 I SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO,
MEXICO/LA PAZ
Arrive in San José del Cabo, then transfer to La
Paz and enjoy time to relax at our waterfront
resort. The next day, travel overland to the fishing
community of San Carlos, where we’ll board our
ship. CostaBaja Resort & Spa; National
Geographic Venture for the remainder of
the trip | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaíno is one of the
main breeding and calving areas for California
gray whales, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage
site. Every year, gray whales migrate here from
the Arctic waters of Alaska; it is one of the longest
known migrations of mammals and one of
nature’s greatest spectacles. In this vast water
nursery, observe these enormous yet gentle
animals at water level from our Zodiacs. Our
extensive experience navigating these waters,
as well as the ship’s exploration tools, maximize
the likelihood of up-close encounters with gray
whales and their calves. Meals: B/L/D Daily
Above: A gray whale spy-hops just feet from passengers on a well-positioned Zodiac.
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A young California sea lion leads snorkelers through the
waters off Los Islotes.
DAY 6 I AT SEA
As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the
Baja Peninsula, spend time on deck seeking out
some of the many marine creatures that inhabit
these waters, including the blue whale—the
largest animal on Earth. Attend talks given by
our naturalists, and learn wildlife-photography
tips from our photo instructor.
Meals: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Jan. 12–21*
Jan. 19–28
Jan. 28–Feb. 6*
Feb. 4–13
Feb. 13–22*
Feb. 20–Mar. 1
Mar. 1–10*
Mar. 8–17
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
COST
Category 1
Sunset sets fire to the sky over the Sea of Cortez.
DAY 7 I GORDA BANKS AND
LOS CABOS
This morning, we cruise past Friars Rock at
Land’s End and dock at San José del Cabo to
explore its historic town center. The afternoon is
spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna,
gathering places for whales, dolphins, and other
sea life. Humpbacks are often active here at this
time of year, and we may witness them tail-lobbing,
flipper-slapping, and breaching. Our onboard
marine biologists and naturalists will be available
to interpret the behaviors of these majestic animals.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA
ESPÍRITU SANTO
In the waters off Los Islotes, we’ll have the
opportunity to snorkel and swim among curious
sea lions. After lunch, examine the intriguing
geological layers of Espíritu Santo from the water
during a kayaking excursion, and go ashore to see
compacted volcanic ash blanketed by solidified
lava flows. Enjoy time to go beachcombing, or
opt for a walk along rocky cliffs to spot brown
pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, and boobies.
Cap off the day with a beach barbecue, gather
around a bonfire to share stories from the day’s
adventures, and take in a stunning display of
stars. Meals: B/L/D
$7,530
Category 2
$8,330
Category 3
$8,900
Category 4
$9,930
Category 5
$10,960
See the National Geographic Venture description,
photo, and deck plan on page 126. Prices are per person,
double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,760 in
Category 1 and $4,160 in Category 2. Airfare to/from
San José del Cabo is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 100
DAY 9 I EXPLORING THE
SEA OF CORTEZ
EXPEDITION TEA M
Today we enjoy the luxury of having no specific
plan. You may spend time on the lookout for
whales, as well as bottlenose and common
dolphins; or explore some of the many uninhabited islands in the Sea of Cortez, such as Isla San
Francisco or Isla San José, known for its sweeping
beaches and arroyos. Birdlife may be plentiful,
and the nutrient-rich sea is home to an incredible
variety of fish, including angelfish, surgeonfish,
butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful
parrotfish. Meals: B/L/D
A diverse team of experts
including an expedition leader, a
photo instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic Explorer and marine
biologist Greg Marshall will join the
January 19 and 28 departures.
Read his bio on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
DAY 10 I LA PAZ
Disembark in La Paz after breakfast, and drive to
the airport for your flight home. Meals: B
OT H E R B A JA E X P E D I T I O N S
Journey to Baja California in the spring on our
eight-day Whales and Wildness: Spring in the Sea
of Cortez voyage. This is the best season to spot
multiple whale species in the Sea of Cortez. Seek
out these majestic creatures from onboard the
National Geographic Venture and at water level
from nimble Zodiacs.
Long-beaked dolphins splash through the swells
in the Sea of Cortez.
Or discover untamed Baja California on our 16-day
Baja California: A Remarkable Journey aboard the
National Geographic Venture. Explore wild isles on
foot, and board kayaks or Zodiacs for up-close
encounters with epic wildlife in the Sea of Cortez.
Visit our website for details.
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CUBA : DISCOVERING ITS
P E O P L E A N D C U LT U R E
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Connect with the extraordinary people and lively culture of Cuba
through experiences made possible by the relationships we’ve
developed over almost ten years of licensed expeditions to the island.
• Talk with local artists on a tour of one of Havana’s top contemporary
art spaces, and soak up Afro-Cuban rhythms during a dance performance.
• Gain insights on the future of Cuba during a specially arranged
discussion with a Cuban economist and sociologist.
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8 DAY S
DAY 4 I TRINIDAD/CIENFUEGOS
Travel to Trinidad, and explore Cuba’s best preserved
colonial city with a restoration expert. Meet residents
who have transformed their historic homes into
guesthouses. One such man is Julio Muñoz, a
union representative for the self-employed, whose
family appeared in National Geographic magazine.
Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L
DAY 5 I CIENFUEGOS
Near Cienfuegos, explore Cuba’s oldest botanical
garden with a botany expert. Enjoy a choral
performance and discussion with a world-renowned
a cappella group, the Choir of Cienfuegos. Then
hear from a local athlete about the role that sports
play in Cuban culture. This evening, get to know
residents of a typical neighborhood in Cienfuegos.
Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 1 AND 2 I MIAMI, FLORIDA/
HAVANA, CUBA
Depart Miami for Havana; meet members of an
Afro-Cuban dance troupe; and enjoy a private
performance. The next day, learn about the
preservation of historic architecture from a local
expert, and set out into Old Havana to see
centuries-old gems. Visit with Cuban professionals,
engaging in a specially arranged discussion on
various current events. Hotel Parque Central
Meals: Day 1: L/D; Day 2: B/L
DAY 3 I CIENFUEGOS
Discuss Cuban agriculture with a local farmer at
an urban organic farm. Continue to the port city
of Cienfuegos and take a walking tour, stopping to
talk to self-employed workers about the burgeoning private economy here. At the Benny Moré
Art School, watch students perform, view their
artwork, and hear the stories of these talented
youth. Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I BAY OF PIGS/HAVANA
Head to the historic Bay of Pigs and step foot on
the Playa Girón, one of two landing sites for the
1961 U.S.–backed invasion. A park ranger visits us
here from the nearby Ciénaga de Zapata National
Park to tell us about wildlife conservation efforts.
Later, meet with a museum expert at Finca Vigía,
the former home of Ernest Hemingway.
Hotel Parque Central | Meals: B/L
DAYS 7 AND 8 I HAVANA/MIAMI,
FLORIDA
Learn about Cuba’s rich art history on a guided
tour of the National Museum of Fine Arts in
Havana. Delve into Havana’s contemporary art
scene this afternoon by meeting with local artists
at one of the city’s top art spaces. After dinner,
attend a traditional Cuban music performance.
Fly home via Miami the following day.
Hotel Parque Central | Meals: Day 7:
B/L/D; Day 8: B
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Nov. 4–11
Dec. 2–9
Dec. 27, 2018–
Jan. 3, 2019
Jan. 13–20*
Mar. 3–10
May 19–26
*This date is designated as a special music departure.
Visit our website for details.
COST
$6,495
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,600. On the December 27, 2018 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500
per person. Airfare is not included in the expedition
cost. The round-trip group flights between Miami
and Havana are $450 per person. A $100 per-person
airfare supplement applies to the December 27, 2018
departure. Group-flight cost includes air ticket, taxes
and fees, and required Cuban health insurance, as
well as expedited check-in service, one checked bag,
and a Cuban visa processed on your behalf.
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Cuba is currently in effect (travel.state.gov).
We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will
continue to closely monitor events in the country,
and will alter the itinerary if necessary.
This trip is permitted through the people-to-people general license category authorized by the Department
of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
The itinerary was designed to provide an in-depth
cultural experience with numerous opportunities
for meaningful interaction with Cubans. Information
about travel restrictions in Cuba will be provided in
your pre-departure materials.
Maximum group size: 25
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Travel writer Christopher
P. Baker will join several departures
of this expedition. To see these
dates, read his bio, and find more
experts, please visit our website.
NORTH AMERICA
A L A S K A : D E N A L I T O K E N A I FJ O R D S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Hear tales of the Iditarod from trail veteran Mary Shields, and
interact with sled dogs at her log home outside Fairbanks.
• Watch for humpbacks, orcas, and tidewater glaciers on a wilderness
cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park.
• Ride to Denali aboard the scenic Denali Star, and learn about the
park’s dynamic ecosystem from a National Geographic expert.
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8 DAY S
DAY 5 I DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND
PRESERVE/ANCHORAGE
Go on an early morning drive to spot wildlife
when they are most active. Board a private bus for
the stunning journey south to Anchorage, taking
in views of glacier-capped peaks and the Susitna
River watershed along the way. Stop for lunch
before arriving in Anchorage this evening.
Hotel Captain Cook | Meals: B/L
DAYS 6 AND 7 I GIRDWOOD/KENAI
FJORDS NATIONAL PARK/SEWARD
DAYS 1 AND 2 I FAIRBANKS, ALASKA/
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
Arrive in Fairbanks and meet Iditarod veteran
Mary Shields and her sled dogs. The next day,
step aboard the celebrated Denali Star train and
travel to Denali National Park and Preserve. Drive
into the heart of the park in search of moose,
caribou, gray wolves, grizzlies, and Dall sheep.
Springhill Suites Fairbanks; Denali
Backcountry Lodge | Meals: Day 1: D;
Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I DENALI NATIONAL
PARK AND PRESERVE
In Denali’s magnificent interior, set out on guided
hikes or walks each day. Meander in wildflowerstrewn meadows, or hike to a ridgeline summit
for commanding views. Weather permitting, opt
for a flight-seeing trip around Denali, or choose to
go fishing, gold-panning, or mountain biking at
the lodge. Denali Backcountry Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Take the tram to the top of Alyeska Mountain for
a panoramic view, and enjoy up-close animal
encounters at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation
Center. Drive along the scenic Seward Highway to
the coastal town of Seward. The next day, embark
on a day cruise through Kenai Fjords National
Park. Watch for humpback whales and orcas,
playful sea otters and seals; glide past towering
tidewater glaciers; and listen for the telltale boom
of glacial calving. Celebrate your Alaska adventure with a farewell dinner on the Seward harbor.
Seward Windsong Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
Daily
DAY 8 I KENAI PENINSULA/ANCHORAGE
On our final morning, set out on one last hike to
the impressive Exit Glacier. Return to Anchorage
and connect with your flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Extend your trip in Alaska with a stay at Winterlake
Lodge or Tutka Bay Lodge, both members of the
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
collection. Visit our website or call for details.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 5–12
June 12–19
July 10–17
Aug. 28–Sept. 4
Sept. 4–11
COST
$ 6 ,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,200. Airfare to Fairbanks and return from
Anchorage, and the optional flightseeing trip around
Denali, are not included in the expedition cost.
FA M I LY D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as family
expeditions. Visit our website for details and
featured experts.
Dates:
2019: June 19–26
July 17–24
Aug. 14–21
Cost: from $6,595 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Naturalist and environmental scientist Carl Tobin will join
all June and July departures, as
well as the August family departure. Read his bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
This expedition is designed to accommodate guests
at different activity levels, with easy or moderate
hikes ranging from one to five miles or more. The
itinerary includes several long drives as well as
travel by boat and train.
Maximum group size: 25
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A L A S K A ' S I N S I D E PA S SAG E
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Aboard the nimble National Geographic
Quest, National Geographic Venture, or
National Geographic Sea Lion get up close
to icebergs, calving glaciers, and wildlife,
exploring with our fleet of kayaks and
expedition landing craft.
• Our undersea specialist reveals Alaska’s
seldom seen marine life, and the ship’s
hydrophone transmits communication
among whales.
• Hear a Tlingit cultural interpreter share the
oral lore of Alaska’s indigenous populations.
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8 DAY S
DAY 2 I TRACY ARM–FORDS TERROR
WILDERNESS
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring
Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close, and
take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an
unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye
out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I PETERSBURG
DAY 1 I JUNEAU, ALASKA
Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet our naturalists
and visit the newly constructed Alaska State
Museum, home to an impressive collection of
natural history and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau, and settle into your cabin before
dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your
own. National Geographic Quest, National
Geographic Venture, or National Geographic
Sea Lion for the entire voyage | Meals: D
Search for humpback whales as we head toward
the small Alaska town of Petersburg on Mitkof
Island, founded more than 100 years ago by
Norwegian anglers. Explore Southeast
Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and
carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for
optional flightseeing (weather permitting) or
bike riding. Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this
evening. Meals: B/L/D
recent discoveries about the region’s marine
mammal population. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I EXPLORING FREDERICK SOUND
AND CHATHAM STRAIT
DAY 5 I ICY STRAIT AND THE
INIAN ISLANDS
Watch for whales and hike forest trails or kayak
in the tiny coves of this area. Meet members of
the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is
supported by a grant from the Lindblad–National
Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their
Cruise among the Inian Islands, home to an
abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby
islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in
the rich waters off Icy Strait. Conditions permitting,
we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on
the whales’ communication. Meals: B/L/D
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019: From May through August, expeditions
depart every week. See the calendar on page 132
for specific departure dates. Certain departures
follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.
*Departures on the National Geographic Sea Lion
will not stop at Glacier Bay National Park and
Preserve. Visit our website for details.
All Alaska’s Inside Passage departures are
family friendly. See the box below for details.
COST
A kayaker paddles past waterfalls in Southeast Alaska.
DAY 6 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
AND PRESERVE*
By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National
Park and Preserve today. See glaciers that end
abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them
calving—when tons of ice crash into the sea.
Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown
bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller
sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters.
A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the
local lore. We will also be joined by a National
Park Service ranger. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I EXPLORING ALASKA’S
ISLANDS, BAYS, AND FJORDS
Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an
isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools
and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or
see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking
an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are
very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go
kayaking, always watching for marine and
terrestrial life. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I SITKA/SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast
Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the
onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox
Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an
up-close view of species normally seen at a
distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon
flight to Seattle. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a seven-day extension to Denali National Park
and Preserve, including a stay at the North Face
Lodge, from $6,190 per person. Visit our website
or call for details.
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Young travelers on our Alaska’s Inside Passage
expeditions can participate in the National
Geographic Global Explorers program. Developed
with National Geographic Education, this hands-on,
interactive program teaches kids how to explore
like scientists and offers all kinds of fun activities—
like learning about glaciers by making ice cream
sundaes, or using glacial ice to paint watercolors.
Our certified field educators are trained to optimize
the myriad learning opportunities found in Alaska.
Kids will hone their observation skills and learn to
capture and share their experiences through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, and more. With
a range of activities to choose from—in the field and
on board—our flexible program encourages young
travelers to explore their own interests, whether it’s
marine biology or photography.
QUEST/VENTURE
SEA LION
Category 1
$6,890
$5,990
Category 2
$7,620
$6,890
Category 3
$8,100
$7,990
Category 4
$8,990
N/A
Category 5
$9,990
N/A
See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the
National Geographic Quest/Venture and National
Geographic Sea Lion on page 126. Prices are per
person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the
Quest/Venture, add $4,440 in Category 1 and $3,810
in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Sea Lion, add
$3,000 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2. Airfare
to/from Seattle and between Seattle and Alaska is not
included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity:
National Geographic Quest/Venture: 100
National Geographic Sea Lion: 62
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic Traveler photographer
Susan Seubert will join on the
August 10 and 17 departures. Read
her bio and find more experts on
our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on
the May 18 and 25 departures aboard the National
Geographic Sea Lion, and the May 25 departure
aboard the National Geographic Quest. Visit our
website or call for details.
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WILD ALASKA ESCAPE
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Bird, enter narrow
channels and small ports that are inaccessible to large ships.
• Learn from a team of naturalists during hikes and bike rides through
ancient forests and kayaking excursions in the Alaska wilderness.
• Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers
from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
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6 DAY S
DAY 3 I ICY STRAIT AND
THE INIAN ISLANDS
Spend today searching for wildlife in the waters
of the Icy Strait. Ride an expedition landing craft
among the Inian Islands or kayak into the outer
waters of Glacier Bay. Step on shore for hikes in
the temperate rain forest. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I HAINES
Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,”
Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula
between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike
one of the many world-class trails in the area,
enjoy a flight-seeing tour, or cycle along the edge
of a glacial fjord. Or set off on a rafting excursion,
keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and
moose as we float through the spectacular Alaska
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I SITKA, ALASKA
Arrive in Sitka and enjoy a walk in Sitka National
Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem
poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska
Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s
birds of prey. National Geographic Sea Bird
for the entire voyage | Meals: L/D
DAY 2 I EXPLORING BARANOF OR
CHICHAGOF ISLAND
Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or
Chichagof Island, both of which are part of the
ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island
harbors one of the highest concentrations of bears
in the world, and both islands are home to diverse
wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged
coastlines. In the afternoon, go hiking through
the temperate rain forest, listening for the calls of
bald eagles from the tops of towering spruce and
hemlock trees. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I TRACY ARM–FORDS
TERROR WILDERNESS
Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of
the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise
through this glacially carved landscape, then set
out to explore by expedition landing craft. View
the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up
close—and possibly witness the dramatic sight
of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into
the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a
kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate
your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I JUNEAU/SEATTLE
Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport
for your flight to Seattle. Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 25–30
May 30–June 4*
June 4–9
June 9–14*
July 4–9
July 9–14*
July 14–19
July 19–24*
Aug. 13–18
Aug. 18–23*
Aug. 23–28
Aug. 28–Sept. 2*
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
COST
Category 1
$4,290
Category 2
$4,990
Category 3
$5,990
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Sea Bird on page 126. Prices
are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin,
add $2,150 in Category 1 and $2,500 in Category 2.
Airfare to Sitka and return from Juneau, or vice
versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 62
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic photographer
Jonathan Kingston will join the August
23 and 28 departures. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the
May 25 and 30 departures.
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ALASKA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Travel aboard the nimble National Geographic Quest or National
Geographic Venture, each designed to navigate narrow Alaska inlets
and passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships.
• By special permission, spend a full day discovering the calving ice
fields and wildlife-rich waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
• Meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community—First Nations
people of British Columbia—and enjoy a traditional performance.
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1 4 DAY S
DAYS 8 AND 9 I MISTY FIORDS, ALASKA/
PETERSBURG
Cruise beneath the cliffs of Misty Fiords National
Monument Wilderness. Set out by Zodiac or kayak
into forested backwaters framed by snowcapped
peaks. Search for humpback whales as we navigate
to the fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 10 I TRACY ARM—FORDS TERROR
WILDERNESS
Enter Tracy or Endicott Arm—spectacular fjords
where waterfalls cascade from glacially carved
walls. Board Zodiacs to maneuver among icebergs
and get close-up views of a glacier.
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I SEATTLE,
WASHINGTON/SAN JUAN ISLANDS/
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship. Discover
the San Juan Islands on hikes and kayaking
excursions, and seek out orcas in the surrounding
waters. Explore the charming city of Victoria,
and enjoy a private reception at the Robert
Bateman Centre this evening.
National Geographic Quest or National
Geographic Venture for the entire voyage
Meals: Day 1: D; Days 2 and 3: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4–7 I GULF ISLANDS/ALERT BAY/
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S INSIDE PASSAGE
Paddle a kayak among the scenic Gulf Islands,
discover pristine islets, and spot harbor seals and
seabirds as we make our way north along the
Inside Passage. In Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural
Centre to meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw
community and watch a traditional First Nations
performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
AND PRESERVE
By special permission, enjoy an entire day to
explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
A Huna Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us on
board to give a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s
indigenous people. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 12 AND 13 I INIAN ISLANDS AND
ICY STRAIT/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF
ISLAND
Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, and
search for whales in the Icy Strait. The next day,
set out by foot or kayak to explore either Baranof
or Chichagof Island—both part of the Tongass
National Forest. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 14 I SITKA
Disembark in Sitka and visit St. Michael’s Russian
Orthodox Cathedral, Sitka National Historical
Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to
the airport for your flight home. Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 6–19
May 12–25†
Aug. 31–Sept. 13*†
Sept. 8–21*
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
† These departures are aboard the National
Geographic Quest. All other departures are aboard
the National Geographic Venture.
COST
Category 1
$9,990
Category 2
$10,640
Category 3
$11,190
Category 4
$11,990
Category 5
$12,890
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Quest/Venture on page 126.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
cabin, add $5,000 in Category 1 and $5,320 in Category 2.
Airfare to Seattle and return from Sitka, or vice versa,
is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum Ship Capacity: 100
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer and marine
biologist Flip Nicklin will join the
May 12 departure. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the
May 6 and 12 departures.
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EPIC ALASKA:
M I S T Y F I O R D S T O T H E LY N N C A N A L
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, travel through Alaska’s
coastal waterways, capturing the breadth and beauty of its forests,
fjords, and glaciers alongside a National Geographic photographer.
• Spend a day sailing the coastal waters of Tongass National Forest,
and enjoy a full day at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
• Raft through the remote Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve—home to
one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the world.
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optional flight-seeing tour (weather permitting).
Meals: B/L/D Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
DAY 5 I TRACY ARM–FORDS TERROR
WILDERNESS
Navigate the iceberg-strewn waters of Tracy Arm
or Endicott Arm, where waterfalls cascade down
granite cliffs. Capture images of the majestic
South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier. Meals: B/L/D
DAT E S
DAYS 6 AND 7 I HAINES/LYNN CANAL
*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the
reverse order.
Explore Haines on a hike, a bike ride along a glacial
lake, or a rafting excursion through the Alaska
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. At the ancient Tlingit
village of Klukwan, photograph a traditional dance
performance. Hike or kayak at the northern limit
of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 1 I KETCHIKAN, ALASKA
Arrive in the coastal city of Ketchikan. View
the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit
totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center before
embarking our ship. National Geographic
Sea Bird for the entire voyage | Meals: D
DAY 2 I MISTY FIORDS NATIONAL
MONUMENT
Wake amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty
Fiords National Monument. Set out by expedition
landing craft and kayak into this spectacular
wilderness. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I TONGASS NATIONAL
FOREST/PETERSBURG
Hike beneath towering trees in the Tongass
National Forest. Then cruise through scenic
channels in search of humpback whales. Visit
the quaint town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island.
Discover the island’s unique muskeg ecosystem,
and explore by bicycle or take aerial shots on an
DAY 8 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
AND PRESERVE
In Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, get up
close to blue icebergs and watch for ice calving off
the glacier. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals,
and puffins along the coast; and learn local lore
from a native Tlingit interpreter and National Park
Service ranger. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 9 AND 10 I ICY STRAIT/INIAN
ISLANDS/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF
ISLAND
Cruise amid the Inian islands, home to Steller
sea lions; search for whales off Icy Strait; and
venture to the shores of Baranof or Chichagof
Island. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I SITKA/SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Disembark in Sitka and visit Saint Michael’s
Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Alaska
Raptor Center before transferring to the airport
for your flight to Seattle. Meals: B
Above: Travelers in an expedition landing craft frame an iceberg at close range.
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Light or Moderate
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2019:
June 14–24*
June 24–July 4
July 24–Aug. 3*
Aug. 3–13
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
All departures of this expedition are designated as
photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and
techniques while capturing Alaska’s Inside Passage
alongside a National Geographic photographer.
Visit our website for details.
COST
Category 1
$8,990
Category 2
$10,490
Category 3
$11,890
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Sea Bird on page 126. Prices are
per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add
$4,500 in Category 1 and $5,250 in Category 2. Airfare
to Ketchikan and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not
included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 62
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists, will
accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer
Katie Orlinsky will join the July 24
departure. Read her bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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• Join a naturalist and search for bears, moose, bighorn sheep, and
mountain goats in Glacier National Park.
• Ascend the Going-to-the-Sun Road with local guides, and go rafting
on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
• Stay in historic lodges, and cross over the border to spend a day amid
the stunning mountains of Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park.
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DAY 4 I GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD/
MANY GLACIER VALLEY
Today we are joined by local guides for the
unforgettable journey over the Going-to-the-Sun
Road—a 50-mile engineering marvel that crosses
the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. We’ll stop
for some truly breathtaking hikes before arriving
in Many Glacier Valley, home to abundant wildlife
and some of the park’s last visible glaciers. Settle
into our historic lodge situated on Swiftcurrent Lake.
Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I MANY GLACIER VALLEY
DAY 1 I KALISPELL, MONTANA/
WHITEFISH
Arrive in Kalispell and transfer to our hotel in
Whitefish. Grouse Mountain Lodge
DAY 2 I BIG MOUNTAIN/
LAKE MCDONALD
Head to Big Mountain—as locals call Whitefish
Mountain Resort—for a ride to the scenic summit.
Set off on a hike overlooking Flathead Valley.
Enter the west side of Glacier National Park, and
check in to our lodge, a National Historic Landmark.
Lake McDonald Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I LAKE MCDONALD VALLEY
Hike the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake,
or opt to tackle the longer Lincoln Creek Trail.
Paddle down the Middle Fork of the Flathead
River on a scenic afternoon float trip.
Lake McDonald Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
Cruise across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes
aboard classic wooden boats. Experience Many
Glacier Valley, choosing between a short hike or
a more stenuous trek to a glacier. Keep an eye out
for bald eagles, moose, and bears.
Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I WATERTON LAKES/
NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
Set out on a daylong excursion to Canada’s
Waterton Lakes National Park, which,
together with Glacier, became the world’s first
International Peace Park in 1932. It was later
designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take
a boat ride on Upper Waterton Lake, explore the
area on foot, and enjoy high tea at the legendary
Prince of Wales Hotel.
Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
July 6–12
Aug. 3–9
Aug. 17–23
Sept. 7–13
COST
$ 4 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,255. Airfare to/from Kalispell is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geologist, naturalist, and
avid birder Kitty Coley will join
the August 17 departure. Read her
bio and find more experts on our
website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This expedition is designed to accommodate guests
at different activity levels. Choose hiking options
ranging from easy 1–2 mile walks to moderate 4–6
mile hikes.
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 7 I MANY GLACIER VALLEY/
KALISPELL
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Kalispell
and connect with your flight home. Meals: B
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CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAIL AND TRAIL
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Take in panoramic views of Canada's magnificent Rockies from the
glass-domed, GoldLeaf-service cars of the Rocky Mountaineer train.
• Settle into some of the most iconic hotels of the Canadian Rockies,
including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Fairmont Jasper
Park Lodge.
• Learn about the geology of the powerful Athabasca Glacier on a
trekking excursion with an expert guide.
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by Pyramid Creek Falls and over the Continental
Divide at Yellowhead Pass. Our train journey
culminates as we glide by Mount Robson, the
tallest summit in the Canadian Rockies. This
evening, arrive in Jasper National Park. Fairmont
Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4 AND 5 I JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Travel through the park to Maligne Lake, watching for moose, elk, and caribou. On a scenic boat
cruise, skim across the lake’s turquoise water. The
next day, soar into the mountains via the Jasper
SkyTram, reaching a lookout point over 7, 000 feet
above sea level. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/L/D
DAY 6 I ATHABASCA GLACIER/
LAKE LOUISE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Arrive in Vancouver and set off on an afternoon
excursion. Explore Stanley Park, and walk the
Seawall for incredible views of the skyline. This
evening, gather for a welcome reception and dinner. Wedgewood Hotel and Spa | Meals: D
Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway toward
Banff National Park, stopping at the Athabasca
Glacier to trek on the ice or enjoy a snowcoach
ride across the glacier. Late this afternoon, arrive
at our historic hotel. Fairmont Chateau
Lake Louise | Meals: B/L
DAY 2 I ROCKY MOUNTAINEER/
KAMLOOPS
DAY 7 I BANFF NATIONAL PARK/
YOHO NATIONAL PARK
DAY 1 I VANCOUVER, CANADA
This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer, settling
into one of its two-level, glass-domed coaches. As
you ride the rails, enjoy breathtaking views of the
Canadian Rockies. Disembark at Kamloops.
Hotel 540 or Sandman Signature
Kamloops Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 3 I ROCKY MOUNTAINEER/
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
The Rocky Mountaineer brings us farther north
today, entering the Canadian Rockies. We’ll ride
Delve into the spectacular landscapes surrounding
Lake Louise on a series of hikes. Stop for a picnic
lunch, then take in a view of the Spiral Tunnels of
the Canadian Pacific Railway, an engineering feat
dating back to 1909. At the Yoho National Park
Visitor Centre, browse interactive exhibitions.
Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner. Fairmont
Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B/L/D
Trip Type:
Train
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
July 8–15
Aug. 12–19
Sept. 2–9
Sept. 23–30
COST
$ 1 0 ,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $3,310. Airfare to Vancouver and return
from Calgary is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geologist and naturalist
Kirt Kempter will join the September
23 departure. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Most walks cover short distances on good trails and
walkways. One 2-hour walk on a glacier is done at a
slow pace. Two days are spent traveling by train for
up to 10–12 hours.
Maximum group size: 25
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Extend your trip in British Columbia with a stay
at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort or Nimmo Bay
Wilderness Resort, both members of the National
Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.
Visit our website or call for details.
DAY 8 I CALGARY
Transfer to the Calgary airport to catch your flight
home. Meals: B
Above: National Geographic photographer Susan Seubert captured this shot of the Rocky Mountaineer while
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Aboard the National Geographic Quest, retrace the path of Lewis
and Clark’s trailblazing expedition through the Pacific Northwest.
• Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge,
and explore the coast by kayak or Zodiac.
• Board a jet boat for a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Snake
River and into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.
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long Columbia River Gorge. Get oriented at
Bonneville Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. Hike
within sight of one of the gorge’s myriad waterfalls and continue on to Hood River, making a
stop at a local brewery. Meals: B/L/D
Learn about the region’s natural history at the
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Hike or bike
among the cliffs and cascades along Highway
30, one of the original coast-to-coast U.S.
highways. At the Maryhill Museum of Art,
browse an eclectic collection of Native American
baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets. Cap
off the day with a vineyard tour and wine tasting.
Meals: B/L/D
After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of
the Willamette River through downtown Portland.
National Geographic Quest for the entire
voyage | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 2 I ASTORIA
Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River. Walk
through reconstructed Fort Clatsop, where
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered
down for the winter of 1805–1806, and visit the
Columbia River Maritime Museum. Weather
permitting, choose to hike with a historian at
Cape Disappointment (where the river meets the
Pacific Ocean) or explore the Lewis and Clark
Wildlife Refuge by kayak or Zodiac. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND
HOOD RIVER
As we sail east on the Columbia River, deepening
canyons signify the beginning of the 100-mile-
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
DAY 4 I THE DALLES
DAY 1 I PORTLAND, OREGON
I N F O R M AT I O N
2018:
Sept. 17–23
Sept. 23–29*
Sept. 29–Oct. 5
Oct. 5–11*
Oct. 11–17
Oct. 17–23*
Sept. 21–27*
Sept. 27–Oct. 3
Oct. 3–9*
Oct. 9–15
Oct. 15–21*
2019:
Apr. 25–May 1
May 1–7*
Sept. 15–21
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
COST
2018:
2019:
DAY 5 I PALOUSE RIVER
Category 1
$4,890
$4,940
This tributary of the Snake River empties out
from a narrow canyon, with calm waters ideal
for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Take in the
iconic view of Palouse Falls. Later, sail up the
Snake River, sampling local specialties along
the way. Meals: B/L/D
Category 2
$5,690
$5,750
Category 3
$6,650
$6,720
Category 4
$7,390
$7,460
Category 5
$8,190
$8,270
DAY 6 I CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
At the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater
Rivers, opt for a jet boat ride over rapids and
past abandoned homesteads and gold mines to
Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I LEWISTON, IDAHO OR
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
Disembark in Clarkston and transfer to
Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for
your flight home. Meals: B/L/D
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a one-day Portland, Oregon city tour and/or a
Willamette Valley wine tour from $100 per person.
Visit our website or call for details.
Above: The Vista House observatory sits high above Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.
See the description, photo, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are
per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add
$2,450 in Category 1 and $2,850 in Category 2 in 2018,
and $2,470 in Category 1 and $2,880 in Category 2 in
2019. Airfare to Portland and return from Lewiston or
Spokane, or vice versa, is not included in the
expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 100
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic photographer
Michael Hanson will join the April 25 and
May 1, 2019 departures. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
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on select departures. Visit our website or call for
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• From brilliant mineral pools to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone
and Grand Teton National Parks with an expert, on the lookout for
grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves.
• Meet a renowned wildlife photographer at his home studio.
• Learn about the origins of modern conversation at the historic
Murie Ranch, and raft the Snake River beneath the Teton Peaks.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I GRAND CANYON OF
THE YELLOWSTONE/GEYSER BASINS
At the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take a
short walk to view towering waterfalls set against
a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley,
look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps a grizzly.
Continue to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the
park’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful. Greet
the next day with the clockwork eruption of Old
Faithful. Then explore this stunning geothermal
landscape with our expert, encountering steaming
fumaroles, mud pots, and gem-colored mineral
pools. Old Faithful Inn or Old Faithful
Snow Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I GRAND TETON
NATIONAL PARK/JACKSON
DAYS 1 AND 2 I BOZEMAN, MONTANA/
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYOMING
Arrive in Bozeman. The next morning, take a
scenic drive to Mammoth Hot Springs, just
inside Yellowstone National Park. Stroll along
travertine terraces sculpted by the hot springs,
then attend a welcome dinner. Hilton Garden
Inn Bozeman; Best Western Gardiner
Meals: Day 2: B/L/D
DAY 3 I LAMAR VALLEY
Rise early for a safari in the Lamar Valley and
search for bison, bears, elk, and the elusive gray
wolf, reintroduced here in 1995. Meet with a
renowned wildlife photographer after lunch, and
enjoy hikes and more wildlife sightings later
this afternoon.
Best Western Gardiner | Meals: B/L/D
Journey south to the saw-toothed Teton Range.
After a picnic lunch, visit the historic Murie Ranch,
then check in to our hotel, located within Grand
Teton National Park. The next morning, enjoy a
float trip on the Snake River. Explore downtown
Jackson and visit the National Museum of Wildlife
Art before a farewell dinner this evening.
Jackson Lake Lodge | Meals: Day 6: B/L;
Day 7: B/L/D
DAY 8 I JACKSON
Ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak this
morning before transferring to the airport for your
return flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Extend your trip with a stay at The Ranch at
Rock Creek or Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana,
or The Bentwood Inn in Wyoming—all members
of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the
World collection. Visit our website or call for details.
Above: Named for its brilliant spectrum of colors, Grand Prismatic Spring glows against the ethereal
landscape of Yellowstone National Park.
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 18–25
June 1–8
Aug. 17–24
Sept. 7–14
Sept. 21–28
COST
$ 4 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,655. Airfare to Bozeman and return
from Jackson is not included in the expedition cost.
FA M I LY D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as
family expeditions. Visit our website for details
and featured experts.
Dates: 2019: June 22–29
July 6–13
July 20–27
Cost: from $4,795 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Author and biologist
Jeremy Schmidt will join the
August 17 departure. Read his
bio and find more experts on our
website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This expedition is designed to accommodate guests
at different activity levels. Choose hiking options
ranging from easy 2–4 mile walks to moderate hikes
of 5 miles or more. This itinerary includes several long
drives, ranging between 4–6 hours, with multiple
stops.
Maximum group size: 25
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Learn about a National Geographic–supported study on the
reintroduction of wolves to the park, and seek out these elusive
creatures on a safari in the sweeping Lamar Valley.
• Meet a renowned wildlife photographer, and hear about his career
shooting for National Geographic.
• Explore the remote reaches of Yellowstone in heated snow
coaches, and see famous sites like Old Faithful without the crowds.
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DAY 1 I BOZEMAN, MONTANA/
GARDINER
Travel from Bozeman to our hotel just outside
Yellowstone National Park. Gather this evening
for a welcome reception and dinner.
Best Western Plus by Mammoth Hot
Springs | Meals: D
DAY 2 I MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS,
WYOMING/LAMAR VALLEY
Head to the open, rolling meadows and wide
vistas of the Lamar Valley, where gray wolves
were first reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995.
Using a spotting scope, search among herds of
elk and bison for coyotes, eagles, and the elusive
wolf. After lunch, we meet a renowned wildlife
photographer in his home studio where he shares
his experiences shooting for National Geographic.
Continue to Mammoth Hot Springs, and stroll
the steaming, travertine terraces outlined in pure
white snow. Best Western Plus by Mammoth
Hot Springs | Meals: B/L/D
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DAYS 3 AND 4 I GRAND CANYON
OF THE YELLOWSTONE/OLD FAITHFUL
DAT E S
Travel by private snow coach to the Grand
Canyon of the Yellowstone. Walk to the rim
of the spectacular gorge to see its thundering
waterfall and the ice arch that forms from the
spray. Then continue to Old Faithful to explore a
dramatic landscape of erupting geysers, frozen
waterfalls, and gem-colored mineral pools.
Keep an eye out for wildlife—bison, encrusted
in ice, often stand in the pools for warmth. After
dark, step outside to admire the incredible
canopy of stars in one of the world’s best
constellation-viewing spots. Old Faithful
Snow Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 5 I YELLOWSTONE/BIG SKY,
MONTANA
This morning, wander amid the bubbling mud
pots and fumaroles of the Upper Geyser Basin.
After visiting the whimsical Fountain Paint Pot,
leave the park via the West Yellowstone gate.
Travel to Big Sky, Montana and settle into a log
cabin lodge. Celebrate your winter adventure in
Yellowstone at a farewell dinner.
Rainbow Ranch or Lone Mountain Ranch
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I BOZEMAN
Return to Bozeman for your flight home.
Meals: B
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
2018:
Dec. 25–30
Dec. 31, 2018–Jan. 5, 2019
2019:
Jan. 20–25
Feb. 3–8
Feb. 17–22
COST
$4,695
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $900. Airfare to/from Bozeman is not
included in the expedition cost.
PHOTO AND FAMILY DEPARTURES
The following departures are designated as
photography expeditions or family expeditions.
Visit our website for details and featured National
Geographic photographers or experts.
Photo Departures:
Dec. 22–27, 2018
Jan 13–18, 2019
Jan. 25–30, 2019
Feb. 19–24, 2019
Cost: from $4,295 per person
Family Departure: Dec. 27, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019
Cost: from $4,295 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geologist, naturalist, and
avid birder Kitty Coley will join the
February 3 and 17, 2019 departures.
Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
This itinerary includes several long drives, ranging
between 4–6 hours, with multiple stops.
Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)
Above: Insulated by thick skin, fur, and layers of fat, a bison wades through an icy stream.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Hike and picnic among the intriguing rock landscapes of Arches and
Canyonlands National Parks alongside a National Geographic expert.
• Float down the Colorado River as it cuts through eastern Utah’s
crimson canyons and towers, and arrive at our riverside lodge by raft.
• Set off on a 4×4 tour of rugged Monument Valley with
Navajo guides, and sit down together over a traditional lunch.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I CANYONLANDS
NATIONAL PARK/MONUMENT VALLEY
Visit Newspaper Rock State Historical
Monument, where a stunning concentration
of more than 650 ancient petroglyphs adorn a
sandstone rock face. Continue on to the Needles
District in the southeast corner of Canyonlands,
and hike among colorfully striped sandstone
spires. Enjoy a picnic, then retreat for the night
to the historic town of Bluff. The next day, get
immersed in one of the most iconic landscapes
of the American West—Monument Valley. Join
native guides on a jeep tour of the valley floor,
hear the Navajo perspective on the area’s history,
and enjoy a traditional Navajo lunch.
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DAY 1 I GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO
Arrive in Grand Junction and transfer to our hotel.
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction
DAYS 2 AND 3 I MOAB, UTAH/ARCHES
NATIONAL PARK
Take the scenic route to Moab on a leisurely raft
trip down the Colorado River into Utah’s canyon
country. Picnic along the riverbanks, then continue
by raft to our lodge, set among rust-hued cliffs.
Rise early the following morning and explore
Arches National Park. Go on a series of short hikes
to discover some of its 2,000 sandstone arches,
and sit down to a picnic with a gorgeous natural
backdrop. Visit Dead Horse Point State Park, a
promontory high above a picturesque gooseneck
in the Colorado River. Red Cliffs Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK,
COLORADO/DURANGO
Set off on a breathtaking drive through Canyons
of the Ancients National Monument, and arrive
at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mesa
Verde National Park—a complex network of
ancient Ancestral Puebloan dwellings. Discover
the remarkable culture that built these villages
and imposing cliff dwellings, and view the
famous Cliff Palace—constructed out of natural
sandstone, wooden beams, and mortar. This
afternoon, continue to the historic railroad town
of Durango, and cap off your adventure with a
farewell dinner. Strater Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Oct. 7–13
Oct. 21–27
Oct. 28–Nov. 3
Apr. 21–27
May 5–11
May 12–18
COST
$ 4 ,495
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $950. Airfare to Grand Junction and return
from Durango is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geologist and educator
Steve Kluge will join the October 7,
2018 and both May 2019 departures.
Read his bio and find more experts
on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This expedition is designed to accommodate guests
at different activity levels, with easy or moderate
hikes ranging from one to four miles on well-marked
trails with uneven terrain and sometimes slippery
rock. Activities include multiple hikes, a raft trip
on the Colorado River, and a 4×4 excursion in
Monument Valley.
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 7 I DURANGO
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Discover the wonders of three national parks—Grand Canyon, Zion,
and Bryce Canyon—alongside a National Geographic expert.
• Set out on an interpretive stargazing excursion along the North Rim
of the Grand Canyon.
• Hear an expert describe the geologic events that shaped the region,
then delve into Zion’s magnificent sandstone slot canyons and Bryce
Canyon’s surreal maze of red spires.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I ZION NATIONAL PARK,
UTAH
Journey along the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway
to Zion National Park. Enjoy a short hike,
then check in to our hotel. Join our expert this
evening for a discussion of the geologic events
that shaped the Grand Staircase. The next day,
choose between climbing Scout Lookout or
hiking the famed Narrows slot canyon.
Flanigan’s Inn or Desert Pearl Inn
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL
PARK
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ST. GEORGE, UTAH/
GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
Arrive in St. George. The next morning, travel
into canyon country, stopping at Pipe Spring
National Monument. Settle into our historic
lodge at the Grand Canyon, and enjoy a guided
stargazing excursion along the North Rim.
Best Western Plus Abbey Inn; Grand
Canyon Lodge North Rim | Meals: Day 1:
D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAY 3 I NORTH RIM OF THE
GRAND CANYON
Explore the canyon’s rim, peering into the multihued chasm carved by the Colorado River over
millions of years. Choose from a variety of hikes
for all levels, and learn about the park’s unique
ecosystems while enjoying sweeping views at
every turn. Return to the lodge, and capture
the canyon’s dazzling colors at sunset. Grand
Canyon Lodge North Rim | Meals: B/L/D
Travel to Bryce Canyon, and stop for breathtaking views at Fairyland Point, then stroll along
the Rim Trail. Settle into our lodge near the rim
of the canyon. Tonight, join a park ranger for a
telescope viewing of the starlit sky.
Bryce Canyon Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL
PARK
Spend the day exploring Bryce Canyon’s famous
hoodoos—whimsical rock formations that have
been eroded into surreal spires. Hike into the
heart of the park, and learn about the geology
behind this sculpted stone landscape. Take in a
sunset over the canyon.
Bryce Canyon Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I KOLOB CANYONS/ST. GEORGE
Wind through Red Canyon to Cedar Breaks
National Monument, a jaw-dropping natural
amphitheater. Continue on to Kolob Canyons, a
lesser known area of Zion National Park, before
returning to St. George for your flight home.
Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 25–June 1
June 15–22
Aug. 24–31
Sept. 7–14
Oct. 5–12
COST
$ 4 ,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,275. Airfare to/from St. George is not
included in the expedition cost.
FA M I LY D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designed as family
expeditions. Visit our website for details and
featured experts.
Dates: 2019: June 29–July 6 July 13–20 July 27–Aug. 3
Cost: from $4,595 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Author and biologist
Jeremy Schmidt will join the June
15 departure. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This expedition is designed to accommodate guests
at different activity levels. Choose hiking options
ranging from easy two- to- four mile walks to moderate
hikes of four miles or more.
Maximum group size: 25
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A C I R C U M N AV I G AT I O N O F I C E L A N D
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer gives us
unparalleled access to Iceland’s most remote landscapes, including
offshore islands near the Arctic Circle.
• Alongside a National Geographic photographer, capture images of
gushing geysers, cascading waterfalls, and seabirds in flight.
• Explore Iceland’s coastal geology by Zodiac or kayak, and cruise the
Jökulsárlón ice lagoon by small boat.
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DAY 6 I SIGLUFJÖRÐUR/AKUREYRI
At Siglufjörður, visit the Herring Museum for a
living-history reenactment and a tasting. In
picturesque Akureyri, stroll past period houses or
visit the botanical garden. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I LAKE MÝVATN/HÚSAVÍK
Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active
area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at
Hverarönd, visit the explosion crater at Viti, and
continue to Goðafoss waterfall. Meet the ship in
Húsavík and sail north. Take Zodiacs ashore to the
island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I EXPLORING
NORTHEAST ICELAND/DJÚPIVOGUR
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./REYKJAVÍK,
ICELAND
Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a tour of the
old town. Learn about Norse culture at the
National Museum. Later, embark our ship.
National Geographic Explorer for the
entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D
DAY 3 I FLATEY ISLAND/LÁTRABJARG
Cruise north to Flatey Island, a trading post for
many centuries. Navigate Iceland’s wild western
frontier, sailing past the Látrabjarg cliffs, home to
a huge population of razorbills. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4 AND 5 I EXPLORING
NORTHWESTERN ICELAND/ ÍSAFJÖRÐUR
Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the
Westfjörds region. Hike to a remote waterfall, or
take a cruise in a Zodiac. Anchor at Vigur Island,
where we’ll visit an eider farm. Spend the next
morning in beautiful and remote Ísafjarðardjúp,
hiking, exploring by Zodiac, and watching for
nesting seabirds. Meals: B/L/D Daily
Today is left open to explore with our naturalists
on foot or by Zodiac. Weather conditions
permitting, set out by kayak. Dock in Djúpivogur
to explore the Vatnajökull ice cap. Take in the
shimmering blue ice on a boat ride through the
Jökulsárlón lagoon. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 10 I WESTMAN ISLANDS
Cruise by the Westman Islands. Catch sight of the
UNESCO World Heritage site of Surtsey, a new
island formed by a series of volcanic eruptions in
the 1960s. Land on Heimaey to visit the island’s
crater. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 11 I REYKJAVÍK/U.S.
Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon
or visit a geothermal plant and horse farm before
your flight home. Meals: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a three-day post-trip extension heli-hiking on
glaciers in Iceland from $7,990 per person, or a one-day
pre-trip extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle from
$1,290 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
July 15–25
July 24–Aug. 3
Aug. 2–12
Aug. 11–21
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$10,990
Category 2
$12,360
Category 3
$12,850
Category 4
$14,690
Category 5
$15,990
Category 6
$19,150
Category 7
$22,200
Category A Solo
$15,450
Category B Solo
$16,070
See the description, photos, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123.
Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those
marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.
International airfare to/from Reykjavík is not included
in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 148
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany
this trip. Conservation photographer
and National Geographic Explorer
Jenny Adler will join both August
departures. Read her bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Spot puffins and other seabirds in the Westfjords, go spelunking in a
massive cave system, and take a thrilling walk behind a waterfall.
• Set out on horseback and find out what makes Iceland's horses a
unique and cherished breed.
• Hear riveting tales of elves, ghosts, and sea monsters from Iceland’s
rich folklore as you hike beneath a glacier-topped volcano.
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the Westfjörds Heritage Museum. Cruise to the
island of Vigur, and taste traditional treats at
a 19th-century farmstead before returning to
Ísafjörður. Hotel Horn | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I ARNARFJÖRÐUR/
PATREKSFJÖRÐUR
Travel to Hrafnseyri, birthplace of one of
Iceland’s national heroes, Jón Sigurðsson.
Hike to the top of stunning waterfalls, and
slip behind the water at Göngufoss falls.
Continue to Patreksfjörður, and meet with
the Blakkur Rescue Squad to learn about their
invaluable work in this rugged land. Fosshotel
Westfjörds or Hotel West Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 5 AND 6 I LÁTRABJARG CLIFFS/
STYKKISHÓLMUR
DAY 1 I REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Arrive in Iceland and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.
Check in to our hotel, and go on an afternoon
walking tour, including a visit to the Reykjavík
City Museum. Meet local children for an afternoon
of fun activities. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík
Marina | Meals: B/D
Visit the Látrabjarg cliffs to spot resident seabirds,
then ferry to Stykkishólmur. Enjoy a private tour
of the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum. Explore the
coast via fishing boat, and dine on sushi straight
from the sea. Or, visit a dairy farm to learn how
Icelandic yogurt is made. Hotel Egilsen
Meals: Day 5: B/L/D; Day 6: B/L
DAY 2 I GOLDEN CIRCLE
DAY 7 I SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL
PARK/REYKJAVÍK
Travel to Thingvellir National Park, birthplace
of the Althing, the world’s oldest legislative
assembly. Continue to Geysir, where water shoots
90 feet into the air. At Gullfoss, or “golden falls,”
take a ridge-top hike to witness the force of its
cascades. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina
Meals: B/L
Head into Snæfellsjökull National Park and listen
to local folktales as we hike the ArnarstapiHellnar Trail, with views of lava formations. Go
spelunking in a lava-formed cave system to find
a secret cavern deep within the Earth. Later,
return to Reykjavík for a farewell dinner.
Hilton Reykjavík Nordica | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I WESTFJÖRDS PENINSULA
DAY 8 I REYKJAVÍK
Fly to the Westfjörds Peninsula, and discover a
pristine landscape of fjords and fishing villages.
Take a guided walk through Ísafjörður and visit
Saddle up for a ride on an Icelandic horse, or relax
in Hveragerði, where a bubbling geothermal site
is located in the center of town. Transfer to the
airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
June 22–29
July 6–13
July 27–Aug. 3
Aug. 3–10
COST
Adults
$8,495
Children (ages 7–17)
$8,295
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,300. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and
within Iceland is not included in the expedition cost.
The group flight from Reykjavík to the Westfjörds is
$350 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Kids will meet up with Icelandic children in the
capital of Reykjavík. They’ll play kubb, an old Viking
game, and a friendly soccer match before they get
to know each other better over ice cream treats.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails.
Maximum group size: 21
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ICELAND: VOLCANOE S,
GLACIERS, AND WHALE S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Meet with a marine biologist and National Geographic grantee at a
research center in Húsavík before a whale-watching excursion.
• Venture into the ice tunnels of Langjökull glacier with an expert guide,
and encounter intriguing volcanic landscapes, from gurgling mud
pots to curious lava towers.
• Stay at Hotel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the
World where local art, cuisine, and Nordic design converge.
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DAY 5 I HÚSAFELL/SIGLUFJÖRDUR
Head north, visiting a waterfall and the rock
fortress of Borgarvirki. See an Icelandic horse-riding
demonstration, then explore traditional turf farmhouses at Skagafjörður Heritage Museum. Spend
the night in Siglufjörður. Siglo Hotel Meals:
B/L/D
DAYS 6 AND 7 I HRÍSEY/MÝVATN
Look for birdlife on the isle of Hrísey and visit
spectacular Goðafoss waterfall on the way to
Mývatn. The next day, soak in hot springs, venture
into Grjótagjá cave, and see the geothermal activity
of Námaskarð and the lava towers of Dimmuborgir. Hotel Laxa Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 8 I MÝVATN/AKUREYRI
DAYS 1 AND 2 I REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/
GOLDEN CIRCLE
Arrive in Reykjavík and head into an indoor ice
cave at the new Perlan Museum. Gather for a
welcome dinner tonight. The next day, explore
the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, the
geothermal hotbed at Geysir; and the magnificent
falls of Gullfoss. Icelandair Marina Hotel or
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAYS 3 AND 4 I HÚSAFELL/
LANGJÖKULL/SNÆFELLSNES
Stop at hot springs and waterfalls on the way to
Hotel Húsafell. Venture into the ice tunnels of
Langjökull. Spend the next day on the Snæfellsnes
Peninsula: see Kirkjufell peak, stroll the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur, and descend into an
8,000-year-old lava tube. Visit the Volcano Museum, founded by a National Geographic grantee.
Hotel Húsafell | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Visit a geothermal power plant and explore Viti
Crater and Ásbyrgi Canyon. See Dettifoss, Europe’s
most powerful waterfall, and continue to Akureyri.
Hotel KEA | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I HÚSAVÍK/AKUREYRI
In Húsavík, meet National Geographic grantee
and marine biologist Charla Basran to learn about
her studies on cetaceans before embarking on a
thrilling whale-watching cruise. Enjoy free time in
Akureyri before our farewell dinner. Hotel KEA
Meals: B/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Aug. 29–Sept. 7
Sept. 12–21
Sept. 22–Oct. 1
June 14–23
July 5–14
July 26–Aug. 4
COST
Aug. 23–Sept. 1
Sept. 7–16
2018:
2019:
$9,995
$10,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $3,000. Airfare to/from Reykjavík
and within Iceland is not included in the expedition
cost. The group flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík is
are $260 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany this
trip. National Geographic Explorer
M Jackson will join both September 2018
departures as well as the July 26, August
and September 2019 departures. Read
her bio and find more experts on our
website.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
DAY 10 I REYKJAVÍK
Fly to Reykjavík’s domestic airport and stop for a
swim in the Blue Lagoon on the way to Keflavík for
your flight home. Meals: B/L
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up
to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain,
narrow paths, and stairs without handrails.
Spend two nights at Hotel Húsafell, a welcoming
Nordic gem set amid the rolling highlands between
the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Langjökull glacier.
Maximum Group Size: 25
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Navigate a variety of waterways aboard the Lord of the Glens, the
only ship able to navigate the narrow locks of the Caledonian Canal,
the inland lakes, and the waters surrounding the Hebridean isles.
• See Scotland’s stunning landscapes close up while kayaking across
famous Loch Ness and hiking the Isle of Skye.
• Our team of experts offer in-depth perspectives on Scottish history
and culture during visits to ancient castles and churches.
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DAY 5 I LOCH LINNHE/OBAN
Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase—
a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to
the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a
whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I ISLE OF MULL/IONA/TOBERMORY
Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides.
Venture into Duart Castle, and take a ferry to the
island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins, and
stroll through the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to
charming Tobermory. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I EIGG OR ISLE OF RUM/INVERIE
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./INVERNESS,
SCOTLAND
After an overnight flight, arrive in Inverness and
board our ship. Lord of the Glens for the
entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: D
DAY 3 I CULLODEN/LOCH NESS
Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were
defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones
of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian
Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its
legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a
kayaking or hiking excursion. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I LAGGAN LOCKS/BANAVIE/
GLENFINNAN
Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort
Augustus. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie,
at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain.
Drive to Glenfinnan and enjoy an afternoon walk.
Return to the ship, where we’ll welcome local
musicians for an evening of music. Meals: B/L/D
Sail to the isle of Eigg, and get a sense of daily
life in this tiny island community. Search for
marine mammals and seabirds or visit the Isle
of Rum, home to lavish Kinloch Castle. Cruise
to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the
most remote pub in the British Isles.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I ISLE OF SKYE
Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the
Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan
Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or
explore Eilean Donan Castle. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I KYLE OF LOCHALSH/
INVERNESS/U.S.
Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh, and transfer to
the airport for your return flight home. Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 1–9*
June 8–16
July 20–28
July 27–Aug. 4*
Aug. 3–11
Aug. 10–18*
Aug. 17–25
Aug. 24–Sept. 1
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$7,990
Category 2
$9,100
See the Lord of the Glens description, photo, and
deck plan on page 128. Prices are per person, double
occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,000 in Category 1
and $4,550 in Category 2. International airfare to/from
Inverness is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum Ship Capacity: 48
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer Jim
Richardson will join the August 3
departure. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a two-day extension in Edinburgh from $2,440
per person. The extensions on the July 27 and all
August departures include the Military Tattoo, while
the other extensions include a special evening
celebrating Scottish music and culture. Visit our
website or call for details.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Travel on the Lord of the Glens and receive
complimentary Wi-Fi. We will also cover your bar
tab on board and all tips for the crew.
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OF THE EMERALD ISLE
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Wake up amid the regal splendor of Ashford Castle and take an
exclusive tour of this medieval retreat with the on-site historian.
• Visit ancient sacred sites known as holy wells with a medieval
historian who worked on a National Geographic–sponsored project
to preserve them.
• Join an archaeologist at the Irish National Museum in Dublin to
examine prehistoric artifacts and fascinating “bog bodies.”
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DAY 6 I CLIFFS OF MOHER/
THE BURREN NATIONAL PARK
Stroll the Cliffs of Moher, then visit The Burren
National Park. Later, learn about conservation
efforts that led won the Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Geopark a 2016 National Geographic World Legacy
Award. Gregan’s Castle Hotel | Meals: B/D
DAYS 7 AND 8 I COUNTY MAYO/
CONNEMARA
Meet the chocolatiers at Hazel Mountain Chocolate
factory before settling into majestic Ashford Castle.
Experience traditional farm life during a private
tour of the Dan O’Hara Homestead, and stop for a
sheepherding demonstration. Ashford Castle
Meals: Day 7: B/D; Day 8: B/L/D
DAYS 9 AND 10 I COUNTY MAYO/DUBLIN
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I DUBLIN, IRELAND/
KILKENNY
Arrive in Dublin. Meet an archaeology expert
for a tour of the National Museum of Ireland;
visit Sweny’s Pharmacy, featured in Ulysses; and
examine the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Drive
to Kilkenny and explore its Castle before lunch at
a historic inn. Sip a pint at the Smithwick’s
Experience and climb St. Canice’s Cathedral.
The Dylan Hotel; Pembroke Kilkenny
Meals: Day 1: D; Days 2 and 3: B/L
Return to Dublin for a private tasting with a whiskey
expert, followed by a farewell dinner. Depart the
next day. The Dylan Hotel | Meals: Day 9: B/D;
Day 10: B
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
Activity Level:
Light /Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 28–
Oct. 7
Apr. 19–28
May 31–June 9
June 21–30
COST
Aug. 30–Sept. 8
Sept. 27–Oct. 6
$ 7, 6 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,600. Airfare to/from Dublin is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Archaeologist and National
Geographic grantee Killian Driscoll
will join the September 2018, and
April and August 2019 departures.
Read his bio and find more experts
on our website.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of
time. Activities include city walking tours; visits to
ancient castles and abbeys; and nature walks over
uneven terrain, with options for hiking in Killarney
National Park or kayaking, biking, or horseback
riding while at Ashford Castle.
Maximum group size: 25
Revel in the regal splendor of historic Ashford
Castle. Ride horseback or learn falconry in the
surrounding woodlands, and sample wines with
the sommelier in a secret passageway.
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W H AT T O E X P E C T
DAYS 4 AND 5 I CASHEL/BLARNEY/
DINGLE PENINSULA/KILLARNEY
Climb the ramparts of the Rock of Cashel, then
kiss the legendary stone at Blarney Castle. In
Ballyvourney, hear from a medievalist about his
work on a National Geographic–sponsored project
to preserve Ireland’s holy wells. Discover the ancient
sites of the Dingle Peninsula and explore Killarney
National Park. Killarney Park Hotel Meals:
Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L
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• Hike and cycle in some of Ireland’s most scenic places, including the
jaw-dropping Gap of Dunloe and the countryside outside Kilkenny.
• Witness sheepdogs orchestrate their herds at a farm in the Wicklow
Mountains, and roll up your sleeves to bake traditional Irish dishes in
the Aran Islands.
• High step to the beat of festive music while trying out Irish dancing
with local schoolchildren.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I BLARNEY CASTLE/
KILLARNEY
Enjoy a scenic drive to medieval Blarney Castle,
and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to acquire
the “gift of gab.” Continue to historic Killarney,
where our Kid to Kid Connection brings us
together with schoolchildren for an afternoon of
Irish music and dancing. Discover the spectacularly narrow Gap of Dunloe by foot or horsedrawn cart, and glide across the placid lakes of
Killarney on a wooden boat. Randles Hotel
Killarney | Meals: Day 5: B/L/D; Day 6: B/L
DAYS 7 AND 8 I ARAN ISLANDS/
COUNTY CLARE
DAYS 1 AND 2 I DUBLIN
Fáilte go hÉireann—Welcome to Ireland! Arrive
in Dublin and get introduced to the spooky side
of the city on a ghost tour. The next day, kayak
on the River Liffey, or head to the Docklands to
visit the Irish Emigration Museum—an interactive
experience that celebrates the Irish diaspora.
Camden Court Hotel | Meals: Day 1: D;
Day 2: B
DAYS 3 AND 4 I GLENDALOUGH/
KILKENNY
Travel south to the Wicklow Mountains, and meet
with a local farmer for a sheep-herding demonstration. Visit Glendalough, a monastic hideaway
founded by the sixth-century hermit St. Kevin,
and hike to the lakes that give this valley its name.
Hop on a bike and wheel around the bucolic
countryside; then tour 13th-century Kilkenny
Castle, or join a hands-on craft workshop.
Lyrath Estate Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Set sail for the rugged Aran Islands, where Gaelic
traditions thrive and the Irish language is still
spoken. On Inis Oírr, join a local chef at home to
learn how to make Irish dishes. Catch a ferry back
to the mainland, passing beneath the towering
Cliffs of Moher along the way. Check into Dromoland Castle, whose thousand-year lineage goes
back to Ireland’s high king Brian Boru. Spend a
day exploring this medieval estate on hikes, bike
rides, and falconry walks.
Dromoland Castle | Meals: Day 7: B/L/D;
Day 8: B/D
DAY 9 I SHANNON
Transfer to the Shannon Airport for your flight
home. Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
June 29–July 7
July 20–28
Aug. 3–11
COST
Adults
$6,595
Children (ages 7–17)
$6,395
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,350. Airfare to Dublin and return from
Shannon is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Meet new Irish friends at the Killarney School of Music.
Kids will participate in traditional Irish dance, and
perhaps show off some moves of their own.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails. This itinerary
includes several long drives, ranging from four to six
hours, with multiple stops, as well as travel by ferry to
the Aran Islands.
Maximum group size: 25
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N O R WAY ' S T R A I N S A N D FJ O R D S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Travel aboard the famous Flåm Railway, named by National
Geographic Traveler as one of the top ten train journeys in Europe.
• Discover two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Bergen’s old wharf and the
west Norwegian fjords, including Nærøyfjorden and Geirangerfjorden.
• Hear about adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s history-making seafaring
expeditions from a close family connection.
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next day, glimpse life in the quaint mountain
village of Undredal, and board a boat for a cruise
across two spectacular fjords: Aurlandsfjorden and
Nærøyfjorden. Fretheim Hotel | Meals: Day 3:
B/L/D; Day 4: B/L
DAYS 5 AND 6 I GEIRANGER/
GEIRANGERFJORDEN/TROLLSTIGEN
DAYS 1 AND 2 I OSLO, NORWAY
Travel to Geiranger, stopping en route at the
Norwegian Glacier Museum and the Geiranger
Skywalk, with breathtaking views of the
Geirangerfjorden and the Blåbreen glacier. Rise
early the following morning for a special visit to
the Norwegian Fjord Centre before it opens to
the public. Set out by ferry for an unforgettable
cruise on Geirangerfjorden, lined with sheer rock
walls and punctuated by waterfalls. Disembark at
Hellesylt for a drive along Trollstigen—the Troll’s
Footpath. Hotel Union | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Arrive in Oslo. Head to the Holmenkollen Ski
Jump and visit the Ski Museum. The next day,
stroll Vigeland Park and examine three of the
world’s best-preserved Viking longships at the
Viking Ship Museum. At the Kon-Tiki Museum,
enjoy a specially arranged meeting with a family
member or biographer of Thor Heyerdahl and
learn about the family’s scientific seafaring
adventures, chronicled in the pages of
National Geographic magazine. Grand Hotel Oslo
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAYS 7 AND 8 I RAUMA RAILWAY
TRONDHEIM
DAYS 3 AND 4 I FLÅM/UNDREDAL
DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I BERGEN
Catch a train to Myrdal, then climb aboard
for a ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway.
Upon arrival in the fjord village of Flåm, travel
to Aurland village to visit a shoe factory. View
Aurlandsfjorden from the Stegastein’s viewing
platform, perched 2,000 feet above the fjord. The
Fly to Bergen and discover the city’s maritime
history at Bryggen, the old wharf. Delve deeper
into Bergen on a half-day city tour. Visit the former
home of celebrated Norwegian composer Edvard
Grieg, and step into the rebuilt Fantoft Stave
Church. Gather for a farewell dinner, and fly home
the following morning. Hotel Havnekontoret
Meals: Day 9: B/L; Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B
Transfer to Åndalsnes and take a trip on the scenic
Rauma Railway. Cross the historic Kylling Bridge,
and marvel at the 3,300-foot Trollveggen, Europe’s
tallest vertical rock face. In Dombås, switch trains
for the ride to Trondheim. The next day, visit the
Nidaros Cathedral, and enjoy lunch in Bakklandet,
a colorful neighborhood of traditional wooden
houses. Britannia Hotel | Meals: Day 7: B/L;
Day 8: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Train
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 12–22
June 26–July 6
July 10–20
July 24–Aug. 3
Aug. 7–17
Aug. 21–31
COST
$ 9,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room add $1,995. Airfare to Oslo and return from
Bergen and within Norway is not included in the
expedition cost. The group flight from Trondheim
to Bergen is $250 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geographer, geologist, and
conservationist David Scott Silverberg
will join the June 26 and both July
departures. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time
and capable of boarding trains, boats, and buses
using stairs that may be steep.
Maximum group size: 25
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• See the fascinating engravings of Foz Côa—widely considered the
world’s most important open-air Paleolithic rock art site.
• Explore the wetlands at the edge of Porto on a morning walk,
looking for birdlife and meeting fisherman as they pull in their catch.
• Attend onboard photo talks led by a National Geographic
photographer, and practice landscape shots amid the sinuous
vineyards that flank the Douro.
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Tarouca, tour the elegant town of Lamego, or visit
Mateus Palace. Enjoy a day to relax on board as
we sail toward Spain. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I SALAMANCA, SPAIN/
CÔA VALLEY, PORTUGAL
Cross into Spain and take in the Renaissance
splendor of Salamanca on a guided city tour.
Enjoy lunch in town with live entertainment from
flamenco dancers. The next day, learn about the
Paleolithic rock art of Foz Côa at the Côa Museum,
then visit the archaeological site to view these
fascinating carvings. Alternatively, opt to canoe
the Sabor River, or visit the Casa Painova estate
to taste their almond and olive products. Tonight,
local musicians perform traditional Portuguese
songs on board. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 1 AND 2 I PORTO, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Porto and embark the Scenic Azure. The
next day, take a walking tour of Porto’s historic
old town, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s
old stock exchange. Later, begin your cruise along
the Douro. Scenic Azure for the entire voyage
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAY 8 I PROVESENDE
Drive to Provesende, perched high above the
river. Get to know the residents of this quaint
village, and visit Quinta da Roêda estate for a
special port tasting among the vines.
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I PORTO
Delve into history at the Palace of the Dukes of
Bragança in Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal’s
first king; or sip sparkling whites at the Quinta da
Aveleda winery. Glide into the Douro Valley this
afternoon and visit the Douro Museum in Peso da
Régua. Meals: B/L/D
Sail back to Porto in time for a private concert.
The next day, cruise to the Douro Estuary, and set
out on a walking tour to a nature reserve harboring an array of birds. Alternatively, opt to visit
Porto’s oldest canning factory, or enjoy a tasting
in a city port cellar. Transfer to the airport on our
final morning. Meals: Days 9 and 10: B/L/D
Daily; Day 11: B
DAYS 4 AND 5 I DOURO VALLEY
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Choose from among several excursions as we
continue our exploration of the Douro Valley.
Wander the ruins of Mosteiro de São João de
Add a three-day pre-trip extension to Lisbon
from $895 per person, or a three-day post-trip
extension to Madrid from $1,695 per person.
Visit our website or call for details.
DAY 3 I GUIMARÃES/DOURO VALLEY
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
River Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 25–June 24
Sept. 23–Oct. 3
COST
Standard Suite
from $7,545
Balcony Suite
from $9,140
Junior Balcony Suite
from $10,140
Royal Balcony Suite
from $11,940
See the Scenic Azure description, photo, and deck plan
on page 129. Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates,
and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare
to/from Porto is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
photographer will accompany this
trip, and we will meet local guides
along the way. Historian Franklin
Knight (pictured left) and travel
photographer Krista Rossow will
join the May departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class
river ship featuring fine dining and butler service.
Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range
of activity levels, from short walking tours to options
for extended hiking and biking.
Maximum ship capacity: 96
SPECIAL OFFER
Book any departure by December 31, 2018 and
receive round-trip economy airfare between the
U.S. and Europe for $395 per person. Visit our
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Traveling in the company of a National Geographic photographer,
capture diverse architectural treasures, from the picturesque canals
of Amsterdam to Strasbourg’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town.
• Visit the Gothic cathedral of Cologne, and go hiking in the forest that
inspired the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
• Enjoy guided visits to the remarkable Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
and the Neanderthal Museum in Mettman, Germany.
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preserved primate fossil in the world, was
discovered in 1983. Later, enjoy a private concert
at a baroque palace. Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
River Cruise
DAY 4 I RÜDESHEIM
In Rüdesheim, board the Winzerexpress mini-train
for a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Cabinet
museum. Alternatively, hike through picturesque
vineyards. Continue to the Upper Middle Rhine
Valley—a 40-mile stretch of river that has been
designated a World Heritage site. Meals: B/L/D
Arrive in either Zürich or Basel, Switzerland and
transfer to our ship. This evening, set sail.
Scenic Crystal or Opal for the entire voyage
Meals: D
DAY 2 I STRASBOURG, FRANCE
In Strasbourg, explore La Petite France district
and the Old Town, named a World Heritage site
for its rich architecture. Alternatively, journey to
Mittelbergheim and sample some of the wines for
which the Alsace region is known. Or go hiking in
Germany’s Black Forest region. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Stroll through Heidelberg’s Old Town and visit
its Renaissance castle. Or take a funicular up the
hill, then hike back to town. Alternatively, explore
the World Heritage site of Grube Messel, which
was featured in a National Geographic magazine
article. It was here that “Ida,” the most perfectly
2018:
2019:
Sept. 26–Oct. 3
June 12–19
COST
Standard Suite
from $4,195
Balcony Suite
from $5,195
Spend the day exploring the ancient Roman city
of Koblenz, or venture to Cochem and discover
this fairy-tale city on a guided tour. Alternatively,
you may visit a winery or go biking. Meals: B/L/D
Junior Balcony Suite
from $5,695
Royal Balcony Suite
from $6,545
Ride Germany’s oldest cog railway and discover
Schloss Drachenburg, or Dragon Castle, which
overlooks the Rhine Valley. Alternatively, stroll
through Cologne’s historic quarter or visit the
Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS/
VOLENDAM/EDAM
Cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, go biking, or
visit the renowned Rijksmuseum. Or discover the
fishing village of Volendam. Then head to Edam
and sample some of the round cheese for which the
village is famous. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I AMSTERDAM
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your
flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
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$2,000 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
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DAT E S
DAY 5 I KOBLENZ/COCHEM
DAY 6 I COLOGNE/METTMANN
DAY 1 I ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND/
BASEL/RHINE RIVER
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
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photos, and deck plans on our website. Prices are per
person, double occupancy. For additional cabin
categories, single-supplement rates, and exact
pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare to
Zürich or Basel and return from Amsterdam is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
photographer will accompany this
trip, and we will meet local guides
along the way. National Geographic
author Teresa Fisher (pictured left)
and award-winning photographer
Bob Krist will join the June 2019
departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class
river ship featuring fine dining and butler service.
Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range
of activity levels, from short walking tours to options
for extended hiking and biking.
Maximum ship capacity: 169
SPECIAL OFFER
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• Join a National Geographic expert to explore five UNESCO World
Heritage sites, including Austria’s Wachau Valley, the Bavarian town
of Regensburg, and the medieval Czech gem of Český Krumlov.
• Tour Vienna’s renowned Museum of Natural History, and get an inside look
at its meteorite exhibition, co-curated by a National Geographic grantee.
• Get hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer,
and capture iconic cityscapes from Budapest to Salzburg.
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at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey. Or take
a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube
from Melk to Dürnstein or hiking to the hilltop
ruins of a medieval castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery for a guided tour, followed by a tasting
of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and
Rieslings. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 6 AND 7 I SALZBURG OR ČESKÝ
KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC/
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
DAYS 1 AND 2 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Arrive in Budapest, embark the Scenic Amber,
and enjoy a welcome dinner on board. The next
day, climb Castle Hill to visit the Royal Palace and
Matthias Church. Alternatively, explore Budapest
through the lens of its Jewish history, hike the Buda
Hills, or venture to the charming riverfront town
of Szentendre. Scenic Amber for the entire
voyage | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Cruise to Vienna, arriving for a private evening
concert in the Palais Liechtenstein. The
following day, choose among several excursions:
stay in Vienna to visit Schönbrunn Palace or the
Belvedere Museum; or take a guided tour of the
Museum of Natural History for an inside look at
its meteorite exhibition, co-curated by National
Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière. Alternatively,
travel to Bratislava. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 5 I MELK, AUSTRIA
Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock
Stroll the storybook streets of Salzburg's Old
Town, and visit Schloss Mirabell. Or venture to
the historic salt mines outside Salzburg. Alternatively,
tour Český Krumlov—a labyrinth of cobblestoned
streets with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance
houses. The next day, see Regensburg’s splendid
Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and
the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate.
Alternatively, tour the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery,
or visit Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s
oldest monastic brewery. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 8 I NUREMBERG
Arrive in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport to
catch your flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
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DANUBE CHRISTMAS MARKETS BY RIVER
8 DAYS I DEC. 2–9, 2018; DEC. 9-16, 2019
Venture to Europe during the most enchanting
season of the year. Cruise the Danube to visit
magical towns from Nuremberg to Vienna,
and witness the customs that are unique to
each port of call. Take in choral music and the
spice-scented air while browsing stalls. Explore
charming towns like Regensburg and Melk, and
see the halls of grand castles decked with tinsel
and garlands. Visit our website for details.
Above: A spectacular beacon on the banks of the Danube, Budapest's neo-Gothic Parliament emits a golden glow at dusk.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
River Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Oct. 11–18
Aug. 1–8
COST
Standard Suite
from $4,195
Balcony Suite
from $5,195
Junior Balcony Suite
from $5,670
Royal Balcony Suite
from $6,795
See the Scenic Amber description, photo, and deck
plan on our website. Prices are per person, double
occupancy. For additional cabin categories, singlesupplement rates, and exact pricing, please call or
visit our website. Airfare to Budapest and return from
Nuremberg is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
photographer will accompany this
trip, and we will meet local guides
along the way. National Geographic
photographer Krista Rossow (pictured
left) and author Teresa Fisher will
join the August 2019 departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class
river ship featuring fine dining and butler service.
Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range
of activity levels, from short walking tours to options
for extended hiking and biking.
Maximum ship capacity: 169
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip
economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for
$395 per person on the 2018 departure, and $495 per
person in 2019. Visit our website or call for details.
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RIVER CRUISE
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Immerse yourself in a sea of colorful blooms at Holland’s Keukenhof
Gardens, and discover the 18th-century windmills of Kinderdijk.
• Learn valuable tips and techniques from a National Geographic
photographer as you capture the highlights of charming towns
from Veere to Volendam.
• Meander the cobblestoned streets of the World Heritage–listed
historic center of Brugge, Belgium with a National Geographic expert.
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DAY 4 I ANTWERP, BELGIUM/BRUGGE
Dock at Antwerp and continue to Brugge, known
for its Gothic architecture and picturesque market
squares linked by cobbled streets and canals.
Alternatively, stay in Antwerp and explore this
stylish city. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS
In Arnhem, visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein,’
dedicated to the World War II Battle of Arnhem.
Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air
Museum, or go biking in nearby Hoge Veluwe
National Park and hear about the local ecology
from a park ranger. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I VOLENDAM/EDAM/HOORN
DAY 1 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Arrive in Amsterdam and board our ship.
Scenic Opal for the entire voyage | Meals: D
DAY 2 I ROTTERDAM/DELFT
Discover the busy port city of Rotterdam, or
visit a pottery factory and museum in Delft.
Alternatively, explore the World Heritage site of
Kinderdijk-Elshout, where 19 windmills were
built around 1740 to drain the polders—the
marshy lowlands that were reclaimed through
the use of dikes. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I VEERE
Cruise into Holland’s Zeeland Province. Set out
on a private tour of a portion of the “delta works,”
dams and barriers built as part of an elaborate
engineering project begun in the mid-20th
century to prevent flooding in the region. Or
explore the charming village of Veere on foot or
by bicycle. Meals: B/L/D
Explore the fishing village of Volendam. Then
head to Edam and sample the round cheese for
which the city is famed. Alternatively, discover
Hoorn on foot with a guide or by bike. If you wish,
you may also opt to go biking to a nearby tulip
farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production
process, or visit a paprika farm. This evening, join
local residents for a special dinner, enjoying
traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights
into life in the Netherlands. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 7 AND 8 I AMSTERDAM
Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances
at Amsterdam’s legendary Keukenhof Gardens,
where more than seven million blossoms display
their bright hues. Disembark our ship the next
day, and transfer to the airport for your flight
home. Meals: Day 7: B/L/D; Day 8: B
Above: Traditional Dutch windmills overlook a scenic canal in Holland.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
River Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Apr. 17–24
Apr. 24–May 1
COST
Standard Suite
from $3,995
Balcony Suite
from $4,995
Junior Balcony Suite
from $5,470
Royal Balcony Suite
from $6,595
See the Scenic Opal description, photo, and deck plan on
our website. Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates,
and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare
to/from Amsterdam is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
photographer will accompany this
trip, and we will meet local guides
along the way. Prolific National
Geographic magazine photographer
Sisse Brimberg (pictured left) and
geographer and Dutch native Jan
Nijman will join the April 24
departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class
river ship featuring fine dining and butler service.
Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range
of activity levels, from short walking tours to options
for extended hiking and biking.
Maximum ship capacity: 169
SPECIAL OFFER
Book any departure by December 31, 2018 and
receive round-trip economy airfare between the
U.S. and Europe for $495 per person. Visit our
website or call for details.
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JEWELS OF EUROPE BY RIVER
BEAUTIFUL BORDEAUX RIVER CRUISE
Experience the cultural treasures and enchanting landscapes of five
European countries as we cruise along some of the continent’s most
scenic rivers: the Danube, Main, and Rhine. On board the elegant Scenic
Ruby or Scenic Opal, glide from stately cities to medieval towns, and
explore castle-crowned river valleys blanketed in grapevines. Encounter
relics of Europe’s greatest empires—from the Romans and Austro-Hungarians
to the Dutch—and delve into World War II history in fascinating cities
like Nuremberg, Salzburg, and Budapest. Along the way, savor the
continent’s culinary delights and rich musical heritage.
DAYS 1 AND 2 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Discover the diverse treasures of the most famous wine region in the world
as we ply the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers through the rolling hills of
southwest France. Venture into ancient towns and villages where halftimbered houses and medieval churches meet Renaissance gems, and enjoy
a warm welcome at some of the most prestigious wine estates in Bordeaux.
Set out on walks and bike rides to explore a gentle countryside that—like
its wines—begs to be savored, and sample award-winning vintages from
world-class appellations like Saint-Émilion, Médoc, and Sauternes. Along
the way, soak up the insights of a National Geographic expert and
National Geographic photographer on excursions and onboard talks.
DAYS 3 AND 4 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA
DAYS 1 AND 2 I BORDEAUX, FRANCE/LIBOURNE
DAYS 5 AND 6 I MELK/SALZBURG
DAYS 3 AND 4 I LIBOURNE/PAUILLAC
DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I REGENSBURG, GERMANY/NUREMBERG/BAMBERG
DAYS 5 AND 6 I PAUILLAC/CADILLAC
DAYS 10 AND 11 I WÜRZBURG/ON THE MAIN RIVER
DAYS 7 AND 8 I BORDEAUX/ARCACHON/BOURG
DAYS 12 AND 13 I RÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN/COLOGNE
DAYS 9 AND 10 I BOURG OR COGNAC/BLAYE
DAYS 14 AND 15 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
DAY 11 I BORDEAUX
D AT E S
D AT E S
2 0 1 8 : Sept. 24–Oct. 8
C O S T:
2 0 1 9 : May 29–June 12
F R O M $ 7, 9 6 5 *
EXPEDITION TEAM
A National Geographic expert and photographer will
accompany each departure of this trip, and we will meet
local guides along the way. Author Mark Baker has
written more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and
Central Europe.
Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan
Seubert has photographed more than 30 feature stories
for National Geographic Traveler. Mark and Susan will
join the September 2018 departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury
Cruises & Tours.
SPECIAL OFFER
2 0 1 8 : Sept. 15–25
C O S T:
2 0 1 9 : May 25–June 4
FROM $6,695*
EXPEDITION TEAM
A National Geographic expert and photographer will
accompany each departure of this trip, and we will
meet local guides along the way. Award-winning travel
writer Don George has written many articles on France,
including one for National Geographic Traveler magazine
about how living in France after college changed his life.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Bob Krist has shot
several stories for National Geographic magazine and
over 30 for National Geographic Traveler. Don and Bob
will join the May 2019 departure.
This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury
Cruises & Tours.
Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for $295 per person on any 2018 departure, and $395 per person in 2019.
Visit our website or call for details.
*Prices are per person, double occupancy, and do not include airfare.
Above, left to right: The Scenic Ruby passes under Budapest's stately Chain Bridge; a pair of cyclists glide along the historic streets of Bordeaux.
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UNDER SAIL:
G R E E C E TO T H E DA L M AT I A N C OA S T
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Sail aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, an elegant four-masted tall ship
built by E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post.
• Venture to four fascinating countries with our team of experts, who
offer insight into history and culture.
• Explore numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Olympia,
Greece and the seldom visited archaeological ruins of Butrint—an
ancient Albanian city.
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DAY 6 I SARANDË AND BUTRINT, ALBANIA
Cut off from the world for 50 years by its
Stalinist dictator, Albania is a little-known place of
gorgeous mountain landscapes and stunning coasts.
Dock in Sarandë and discover the ancient city of
Butrint, another World Heritage site. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I KRUJË
Drop anchor in Durrës and drive to the medieval
citadel of Krujë. Wander through the market to
the Ethnographic Museum. Visit the museum devoted to Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, and
enjoy an Albanian folkloric show. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I PERAST AND KOTOR,
MONTENEGRO
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/
PIRAEUS
Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving
the next morning. Visit the New Acropolis Museum,
then transfer to Piraeus and set sail aboard our
elegant tall ship. Sea Cloud for the entire voyage
Meals: Day 2: L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I AT SEA/OLYMPIA
Round the southern coast of the Peloponnes
peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Dock in
Katákolo and travel to ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary
ruins of this World Heritage site, and see the
Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological Museum.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 5 I ITHÁKI
Discover gemlike villages along the coast of Itháki.
View the sites that some claim link the island
to Homer’s Ithaca, and swim in a secluded bay.
Meals: B/L/D
Sail into Montenegro. Stop in Perast before taking
a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our
Lady of the Rocks. This tiny islet was created by
anglers dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore
medieval Kotor this afternoon. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best preserved
medieval towns in the world. Spend the day
exploring the Old City, and enjoy a performance of
traditional Croatian klapa music. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 10, 11, AND 12 I KORČULA/HVAR/
DUBROVNIK/U.S.
Anchor at the island port of Korčula and see the
house believed to be Marco Polo’s birthplace.
Explore Hvar the next day, taking a tour inside the
delightful walled city. Disembark the following
morning and transfer to the airport for your return
flight home. Meals: Days 10 and 11: B/L/D Daily;
Day 12:B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a two-day extension in Athens from $1,460 per person
and/or a three-day extension in Mostar, Trogir, and Split
from $2,290 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
Above: Medieval battlements encircle the terra-cotta roofs of Dubrovnik.
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
May 31–June 11
Aug. 20–31
Aug. 30–Sept. 10*
*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$12,940
Category 2
$14,640
Category 3
$17,700
Category 4
$18,630
Original Deluxe B
$20,270
Original Deluxe A
$21,930
Owner's Suite
$24,720
See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on
page 130. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For
a single cabin, add $6,470 in Category 1. International
airfare to Athens and return from Dubrovnik, or vice
versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 58
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany
this trip. Historian and linguist
Grace Fielder will join the August 20
departure. Read her bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFER
Travel on the Sea Cloud and we will cover your bar
tab on board and all tips for the crew.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Spend a day in beautiful Santorini, and see the extraordinary site of
Akrotiri, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C.
• Take to the seas aboard the Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted tall ship
built by E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post.
• Delve into Greek culture and history with our team of experts during
onboard presentations and guided tours.
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9 DAY S
DAY 5 I DELOS
Delos is the mythological birthplace of the ancient
Greek twin gods Artemis and Apollo. Discover the
island’s ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions
and the Temple of Apollo. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I AMORGÓS
Step ashore on the isle of Amorgós. Visit the
main village, perched in the mountains, and see
its beautiful domed churches and windmills.
Explore the dazzling white monastery of
Panagia Hozoviotissa, clinging to a cliff face
above the sea. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I SANTORINI
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/
PIRAEUS
Arrive in Athens after an overnight flight and
visit the New Acropolis Museum. Travel to
Piraeus and settle into your cabin. Sea Cloud
for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D
Incomparable Santorini is an island archipelago
formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted
in the second millennium B.C., burying the
island’s Minoan culture in ash. Sail into the
caldera, and drive to the beautiful town of Oia,
which affords unrivaled views of the volcanic
island. After lunch, visit the archaeological site of
Akrotiri. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I SÍFNOS/AT SEA
Enjoy a glorious day of sailing among the idyllic
isles of the Cyclades. Relax on deck, and attend
presentations by our experts on the area’s history
and ecology. Meals: B/L/D
Drop anchor at Sífnos, a rugged island featuring
a harbor lined with waterfront tavernas and a
beautiful upper chora (village). This afternoon,
find a spot on deck to watch the crew hoist the
Sea Cloud’s sails by hand as we return to Piraeus.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I TINOS
DAY 9 I PIRAEUS/ATHENS/U.S.
Dotted with green marble quarries and villages
steeped in Venetian history, Tinos has long been
a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque
village of Pyrgos, and visit the church of Panagia
Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come
every year to pray at one of Greece’s holiest
shrines. Meals: B/L/D
Disembark this morning and transfer to the
airport for your return flight. Meals: B
DAY 3 I AT SEA
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a two-day extension in Athens from $1,460 per
person and/or a three-day extension in Crete from
$2,400 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Sept. 9–17
Sept. 16–24
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S.,
plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$9,680
Category 2
$10,890
Category 3
$13,000
Category 4
$13,770
Original Deluxe B
$15,290
Original Deluxe A
$16,270
Owner's Suite
$18,620
See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan
on page 130. Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For a single cabin, add $4,370 in Category 1.
International airfare to/from Athens is not included in
the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 58
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. Producer,
writer, and director Chad Cohen
will join the September 16
departure. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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Above: The famed Santorini sunset casts a peachy glow on the whitewashed town of Oia.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Explore ancient Athenian ruins and Cape Soúnio’s Temple of
Poseidon with private guides.
• Stay in stunning cave dwellings at Kapari Natural Resort, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched
high above Santorini’s caldera.
• Alongside a private guide, visit the Palace of Knossos, the
ancient capital of Minoan Crete.
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enjoy a day at leisure, or take part in an optional
private cooking class. Then travel to Pláka and
take a traditional fishing vessel to Spinalonga for a
private tour of this tiny isle. A fortified stronghold
of the Venetians and later of the Ottomans, the
island served as a leper colony well into the 20th
century. St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
Meals: B Daily
DAYS 6—9 I SANTORINI
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS, GREECE/
CAPE SOÚNION
Arrive in Athens and take a private city tour,
including stops at the Temple of Zeus and the
Panathenaic Stadium. Climb to the Acropolis
complex to discover the legendary Parthenon, then
spend the rest of the day at the New Acropolis
Museum, home to nearly 4,000 ancient works.
After a morning at leisure, take a private excursion
to Cape Soúnio—home to the Temple of Poseidon—
and explore these ancient seaside ruins with your
guide. Electra Palace Hotel Athens
Meals: Day 2: B
Board a ferry to Santorini and settle into Kapari
Natural Resort—a National Geographic Unique
Lodge of the World perched high atop the island’s
volcanic ridgeline—and enjoy an exclusive outing
to a local farm. The next day, trace the clifftop of
Santorini on a guided tour. See one of Greece’s oldest
lighthouses in Akrotiri, wander a labyrinth of
narrow corridors and tunnels in Pyrgos, and savor
lunch with a view in enchanting Oia. On your final
day in Santorini, join a sailing excursion on the
Aegean, stopping to swim and snorkel. Dine on deck
as you watch one of the island’s famous sunsets.
Kapari Natural Resort | Meals: Days 6 and 9: B;
Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition, so you may select any
dates that are convenient for you. This expedition
is offered May through October.
COST
6+ people
$6,795
4 people
$6,995
2 people
$7,595
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are
subject to availability. Single traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Athens
and return from Santorini and within Greece is not
included in the expedition cost. The flight from
Athens to Crete is $200 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
Travelers should be comfortable walking or standing for
extended periods of time, often on uneven surfaces,
cobblestones, and up steep inclines. Daily activities
may include city walking tours, visits to sites, or easy
hikes, with options for more physical activities such
as waterskiing, canoeing, and windsurfing.
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I CRETE
Fly to Crete and set out with a private guide
to discover the Palace of Knossos. Next, take a
private walking tour through the coastal capital of
Heraklion, stopping at the Archaeological Museum
to admire the world’s most impressive collection
of Minoan art. Continue to your seaside resort and
At Kapari Natural Resort on Santorini, settle into an
age-old cave dwelling built into the cliffs. During
your three-night stay, experience fine Cycladic
cuisine and hospitality with extraordinary views.
Above: A windmill tops a whitewashed village on the cliffs of Santorini.
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G R E EC E : WO N D E R S O F A N A N C I E N T E M P I R E
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• This expedition was inspired by the National Geographic Television
series The Greeks, a July 2016 National Geographic magazine
photo-essay, and the 2016 National Geographic Museum exhibition
The "Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great."
• In Athens, meet with a local expert to discuss the political and
economic landscape of contemporary Greece.
• Enjoy a festive dinner at a local family home.
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DAY 5 I OLYMPIA
Discover the mountain villages of Arcadia on our
way to Olympia. Explore this evocative collection of
ancient temples, altars, and a stadium, and visit the
archaeological museum. Olympion Asty Hotel
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 6 AND 7 I DELPHI
Visit an olive oil press and enjoy a tasting. Depart
the Peloponnese for mainland Greece and arrive
at the sanctuary of Delphi. Walk the sacred way to
the Temple of Apollo and explore Delphi’s awe-inspiring ruins. Enjoy a weaving demonstration
in Aráhova, and stop in at the 11th-century
monastery of Hosios Loukas. Amalia Hotel
Delphi | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS, GREECE
Arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel. Gather
for a welcome reception and dinner on the hotel's
rooftop. Begin the following day at the New Acropolis
Museum, then visit the Acropolis and explore the
ancient Agora. Electra Palace Athens
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAY 3 I ATHENS/NÁFPLIO
Visit the National Archaeological Museum. Travel
south to see the Temple of Apollo and the Roman
Forum. Continue to Náfplio and cap off the day
with a walking tour. Amalia Hotel Nauplia
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I MYCENAE/EPIDAURUS/NÁFPLIO
At Mycenae, discover an ancient grave circle, the
royal palace, and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Later,
enjoy a wine tasting of local varietals, and stop at
the theater of Epidaurus. Amalia Hotel Nauplia
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I KALAMBÁKA/METEORA/
ATHENS
Journey to the mountain pass of Thermopylae and
continue to Kalambáka, our base for exploring the
extraordinary monasteries of Meteora. Venture
into chapels and courtyards adorned with beautiful
frescoes. In the evening return to Athens and meet
with a local expert to discuss the political and
economic landscape of contemporary Greece.
Dellas Boutique Hotel; Electra Palace
Athens | Meals: Day 8: B/D; Day 9: B/L
DAYS 10 AND 11 I AEGINA/ATHENS
Travel to Piraeus, stopping to view a mural by the
Greek visual artist iNO, whose work was featured in
the National Geographic series The Greeks. Take a
ferry to Aegina island. Return to Athens, and gather
in the home of a local family for a festive farewell
dinner. Depart for the airport the next day. Electra
Palace Athens Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day
11: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 23–Oct. 3*
Oct. 14–24*
May 1–11
Sept. 25–Oct. 5
June 5–15
Oct. 16–26
Sept. 11–21
*These departures follow a slightly modified itinerary.
Visit our website for details and pricing.
COST
$6,695
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,295. Airfare to/from Athens is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany this
trip. Archaeologist and National
Geographic explorer William Saturno
will join both 2018 departures. Read
his bio and find more experts on
our website.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Extend your trip to the island of Santorini with a stay
at Kapari Natural Resort, a member of the National
Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.
Visit our website or call for details.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails.
Maximum Group Size: 25
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Above: Perched atop a sandstone pinnacle, the Roussanou Monastery of Meteora appears to float among the clouds.
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G R E E C E F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Delve into the history, mythology, and masterpieces of ancient
Greece as we explore amazing Athens, the legendary sites of
Mycenae and Delphi, and the whitewashed villages of Santorini.
• Experience Greek culture through hands-on activities with dancers,
chefs, and more.
• Participate in Olympic-themed activities in Athens, and make new
Greek friends during a sailing adventure in Santorini.
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to relax before our Greek cooking and dance lessons
this evening. Europa Hotel Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Family
DAYS 5 AND 6 I NÁFPLIO
Travel to the seaport town of Náfplio and venture
down its narrow lanes lined with medieval
architecture. Later, visit the hilltop fortress-castle
called Palamidi. The next day, discover Mycenae
with a local archaeologist. Walk through the
magnificent Lions Gate, and learn about a
civilization once thought to be mythical. Later,
head to the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus,
a World Heritage site, and take in its theater’s
impressive proportions and acoustics.
Amphytrion Hotel | Meals: Day 5: B/D;
Day 6: B/L
DAY 7 I NÁFPLIO/ATHENS/SANTORINI
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS
Transfer to our hotel and join a guided storytelling
walk before gathering for a welcome dinner. The
next day, tour the Acropolis and visit the New
Acropolis Museum. Athens Hilton Hotel
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAY 3 I DELPHI
Travel to Delphi on Mount Parnassos and
explore the sanctuary ruins, including the fabled
Castalian Spring and the Temple of Apollo.
Discover a treasure trove of ancient artifacts at
the Archaeological Museum.
Amalia Delphi Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 4 I OLYMPIA
Drive across the Rion-Antirion Bridge to explore
the ruins of Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage
site and the original site of the Olympic Games,
and participate in Olympic-themed activities.
Check in to our hotel and enjoy lunch and time
En route to Athens, stop to view the Corinth
Canal. Then fly to Santorini. Explore Fira,
famous for its whitewashed houses and
blue-domed churches built into the cliffsides.
Santorini Palace Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 8 I SANTORINI
Visit a pottery studio to learn how to make
ceramics by hand. Continue to the beach to meet
up with island kids and set sail on the waters of
the caldera in a catamaran.
Santorini Palace Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I SANTORINI
Learn about ongoing archaeological work at
Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement that
was buried by ash. This evening, gather for
a farewell dinner. Santorini Palace Hotel
Meals: B/D
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
June 15–24
July 6–15
July 27–Aug. 5
COST
Adults
$6,995
Children (ages 7–17)
$6,795
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $1,500. Airfare to/from Athens and
within Greece is not included in the expedition cost.
The round-trip group flight between Athens and
Santorini is $500 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Meet up with local children and their families in
Santorini for a sailing adventure. Enjoy the day with
your new friends, playing games on the beach and
swimming in the warm waters of the Aegean.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Many excursions will take place in historic buildings,
temples, and outdoor archaeological sites where walking
surfaces are uneven. Transfers by private coach are
between two and three hours. Accommodations are
family friendly and many have pools.
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 10 I SANTORINI/ATHENS
Fly to Athens and connect with your flight home.
Meals: B
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F R A N C E F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Glide down the Seine in a glass-enclosed boat, getting a unique
perspective on Paris while enjoying a delicious dinner.
• Meet a professional chef at a local bakery, and learn how to make
traditional French pastries.
• Stroll amid lavender fields on a visit to a family farm in Provence, and
kayak under the soaring arches of the breathtaking Pont du Gard.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I AIX-EN-PROVENCE/
AVIGNON
Take the high-speed train to Aix-en-Provence,
a charming Provençal town founded by the
Romans around A.D. 123. After lunch, explore
the city center with a guide. This afternoon,
team up with new French friends and design
your own delicious pastry with the guidance of
the boulanger of a local bakery. The next day,
drive to a family-run lavender farm and join the
owners for a guided tour of the distillery, where
we get a close-up look at how perfumes and oils
are drawn from these vivid purple flowers. Then
head into the fragrant fields to collect sprigs for
your own lavender sachet keepsake. Later, tour
Avignon’s spectacular Papal Palace.
Hotel Le Cloitre Saint Louis
Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/L/D
DAYS 1 AND 2 I PARIS, FRANCE
Enjoy a special welcome cruise along the river
Seine in a glass-enclosed boat. The next day, delve
into the medieval heart of Paris with a guide,
stepping into Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame
cathedral. Then visit the Louvre Museum on a
tour designed for families, or explore the city on
your own. Parc Saint Séverin | Meals: Day 1:
D; Day 2: B/L
DAY 3 I PARIS
Enjoy a private tour of the Eiffel Tower this morning,
then ride up this iconic monument for views over
the city. After lunch, learn about masterpieces by
Monet, Degas, Cézanne, and more during a guided
tour of the Musée d'Orsay. Take advantage of the
free afternoon and evening to soak up the sights
and flavors of Paris on your own.
Parc Saint Séverin | Meals: B/L
DAY 6 I LANGUEDOC/NÎMES/
AVIGNON
Travel into the Languedoc region and explore one
of the most magnificent ancient sites in southern
France: the Roman aqueduct known as the Pont
du Gard. Walk atop this architectural wonder, then
kayak the calm waters beneath it. Explore nearby
Nîmes, home to the Maison Carrée—one of
world’s best preserved Roman temples. Celebrate
our aventure française during a farewell dinner in
Avignon tonight. Hotel Le Cloitre Saint Louis
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I MARSEILLE
Transfer to the airport in Marseille to catch your
flight home. Meals: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 16–22
June 23–29
July 28–Aug. 3
COST
Adults
$5,995
Children (ages 7–17)
$5,795
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,000. Airfare to Paris and return from
Marseille is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Meet new French friends at a cooking school for a
hands-on lesson with a professional chef. Work together
to make delicious French specialties, then design
and bake your very own pastry. In our chef hats and
aprons, we'll get to know our new French friends and
learn the words for your favorite foods in French.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails. Sightseeing
in cities and smaller villages involves walking on
crowded streets with uneven footing.
Maximum group size: 25
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LO N D O N TO T H E N O R M A N DY B E AC H E S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, pay your respects to fallen heroes
during a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American
Cemetery and Memorial.
• Walk along Omaha beach with a local historian, and learn about the
historic beach landings and air invasion by the Allied forces.
• Get a behind-the-scenes look at Normandy’s artillery batteries, and
stand inside the German gun pits on Pointe du Hoc.
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and Gold Beach, then continue to the German
artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Hotel
d’Argouges or La Ferme de la Rançonniere
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE/SAINTEMARIE-DU-MONT/UTAH BEACH
DAYS 1 AND 2 I LONDON, ENGLAND
Arrive in London and visit the Churchill War Rooms,
where we will enjoy a welcome reception and
dinner. Explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast,
now part of the Imperial War Museum, and visit
Norfolk House, where much of the planning for
D-Day took place. Kensington Hotel
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B
DAY 3 I PORTSMOUTH
At Bletchley Park, discover the story behind the
Enigma code breakers. Travel to Portsmouth
to explore the D-Day Museum. Take a tour of
Southwick House, former headquarters of the
Allied commanders. Langstone Hotel
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I NORMANDY, FRANCE
Cross the English Channel by ferry and visit the
Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum. Trace the
footsteps of thousands of soldiers at Juno Beach
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
Explore the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where
paratroopers dropped from the sky in a hail of
gunfire on the night of June 5. Visit a memorial
established in memory of the 506th Parachute
Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne
Division—known as E or Easy Company—then
venture into the field where Easy Company
Commander Thomas Meehan and his crew
perished. Explore Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and
Utah Beach. Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la
Ranconniere | Meals: B/L/D
2019:
DAYS 6 AND 7 I D-DAY ANNIVERSARY/
POINTE DU HOC/COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1895 on the June 2 departures, and $1595
on the May, June 18, and September departures.
Airfare to London and return from Paris are not
included in the expedition cost.
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, attend a
commemoration ceremony at the Normandy
American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking
Omaha Beach. The next day, explore the dramatic
Pointe du Hoc and wander along Omaha Beach.
Trace the history of the Vierville Draw and see
remnants of German fortifications along the
Atlantic Wall. Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la
Ranconniere Meals: Day 6: B/L/D; Day 7:
B/L
DAYS 8 AND 9 I BAYEUX/PARIS
Visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux and see
the Bayeux Tapestry before driving to Paris this
afternoon. The following day, transfer to Paris'
Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
Hôtel Edouard 7 or Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré
Meals: Day 8: B/L/D; Day 9: B
Above: Remnants of the Mulberry Harbour known as Port Winston, built to transport supplies to Allied
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May 21–28
June 2–10*
June 18–25
Sept. 3–10
Sept. 17–24
*There are two June 2 departures, which coincide with
the anniversary of D-Day on June 6. The itinerary shown
describes the June 2 departures, which are one day
longer than the other departures in order to include
special remembrance ceremonies on Day 6.
COST
June 2*
$7,995
May, June 18, and September
$6,995
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert
and expedition leader will
accompany this trip. Historian and
archivist Timothy Mulligan will
join the June 18 and September 17
departures. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to
battlegrounds and museums, and strolls along bluffs
and beaches.
Maximum group size: 25
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F R A N C E A N D N O RT H E R N S PA I N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Alongside National Geographic grantee Dr. Ana Cristina Pinto-Llona,
take a guided tour of Atapuerca, where Europe’s oldest known hominin
fossils were unearthed.
• Meet a local expert on the famed Lascaux cave on a specially
arranged visit to the newly opened International Center for Cave Art.
• Discover Castel-Merle’s complex of prehistoric stone shelters, and
savor a “prehistoric” meal made with ingredients used by Neanderthals.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I SAINT ÉMILION, FRANCE/
MONTIGNAC/VÉZÈRE VALLEY
Cross into France en route to medieval Saint-Émilion,
where we’ll tour the Monolithic Church and its
catacombs. From our base camp in Montignac,
set out with Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, an
expert on Paleolithic art, for a guided tour of the
National Museum of Prehistory. See the sculpted
frieze of horses and bison carved into a cliff shelter
at Cap Blanc, examine the polychrome paintings of
Font-de-Gaume, and hear a talk given by our host.
Hostellerie La Roseraie | Meals: B/D Daily
DAYS 7 AND 8 I PECH MERLE/LASCAUX IV/
CASTEL-MERLE
DAY 1 I MADRID, SPAIN
Arrive in Madrid and take a walking tour of the
city. Gran Melia Fenix Hotel | Meals: D
DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I CANTABRIA CAVES/
SAN SEBASTIÁN
Journey to the Cantabria region and meet archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Ana
Cristina Pinto-Llona for an examination of the
Atapuerca archaeological site, where the oldest
known hominin fossil remains in Europe have
been unearthed. Explore the Museum of Human
Evolution in nearby Burgos, and see some of the
oldest artistic representations in human history
on a visit to the caves at Puente Viesgo. Explore
Las Monedas Cave and Hornos de la Peña, then
visit the Altamira Museum. Enjoy an evening at
leisure in San Sebastián. Parador de Gil Blas;
Silken Amara Plaza | Meals: Days 2 and 3:
B/L/D Daily; Day 4: B
Venture to Pech Merle, an enormous cave system
filled with prehistoric art and artifacts dating
back 25,000 years. See rare representations of
human figures, engraved animals, and a mammoth
drawn using the contours of the rock. Later, stroll
the charming streets of medieval Saint-Cirq
Lapopie and Sarlat-la-Canéda. Meet a local expert
for a specially arranged visit to the International
Center for Cave Art, which houses Lascaux IV—
the world’s most comprehensive re-creation of
Lascaux and its famous paintings. Join archaeologist Isabelle Castanet at Castel-Merle, a complex
of prehistoric stone shelters, then gather for a
“prehistoric” meal made with ingredients once
used by Neanderthals.Hostellerie La Roseraie
| Meals: Day 7: B/D; Day 8: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 8–16*
Sept. 22–30*
Oct. 6–14*
Apr. 18–27
May 15–24
June 5–14
Sept. 11–20
Oct. 2–11
Oct. 9–18
*These departures are one day shorter and follow
a slightly modified itinerary. Visit our website for
details and pricing.
COST
$ 7, 4 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,280. Airfare to Madrid and return from
Bordeaux is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Archaeologist Magen
O'Farrell will join the April, June,
and October 9, 2019 departures.
Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time, and
navigating terrain that is at times uneven or not well lit.
Some caves require crouching. Travelers can choose not
to participate in some cave visits if they wish.
Maximum group size: 25
DAYS 9 AND 10 I VÉZÈRE VALLEY/
BORDEAUX
Explore Rouffignac Cave, known as the “cave of a
hundred mammoths.” Continue to Bordeaux for
a city tour and our farewell dinner. Fly home the
next morning. Hotel de Normandie
Meals: Day 9: B/L/D; Day 10: B
Above: At the Altamira Museum in northern Spain, visitors get an up-close view of the breathtaking images
found at the Cave of Altamira.
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MOROCCO EXPEDITION
NEW
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Alongside a National Geographic expert,
explore eight World Heritage sites
including the medieval city of Toledo,
Seville’s Gothic cathedral and Alcázar,
and the enchanting medina of Fez.
• Enjoy an insider’s visit to an art
restoration studio in Seville, and attend
a traditional dinner and Sufi musical
performance in Fez.
• Sample local culinary specialties, from
savory tapas to spice-scented tagines,
and delve into Moroccan cuisine during
a hands-on cooking class.
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DAY 2 I TOLEDO/MADRID
Drive south to medieval Toledo. Set out on a
tour of this World Heritage city brimming with
churches, synagogues, mosques, and plazas.
Venture inside the Gothic cathedral to see paintings
by Goya and Caravaggio, and view El Greco's
famed Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Gran Meliá
Palacio de los Duques | Meals: B/L
DAYS 3 AND 4 I CÓRDOBA/GRANADA
DAY 1 I MADRID, SPAIN
Upon arrival in Madrid, transfer to our hotel, then
set out on a tour of the city. Explore the grand
Plaza de Oriente and stroll through the 17th-century
Plaza Mayor. Visit the world-renowned Museo del
Prado, which houses works by masters including
Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya. Gran Meliá
Palacio de los Duques | Meals: D
In Córdoba, visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba,
or Mezquita, and the Jewish quarter. Later, journey
to Granada and experience the Alhambra palace—
a marvel of intricate stuccowork, archways, and
courtyards. Visit the Nasrid palaces around the
Court of the Lions and walk through the
Generalife gardens. In the evening, stroll through
the old Moorish quarter, the Albayzín.
Hotel Alhambra Palace | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 5 I RONDA/ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA/
SEVILLE
Walk along Ronda’s picturesque alleys and see
Spain’s oldest bullring. Time permitting, take a
quick detour to Zahara de la Sierra, a beautiful
hilltop village. Arrive in Seville this afternoon.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
Meals: B/L
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Bright flowerpots are set off by the blue-drenched alleys
of Chefchaouene.
DAY 6 I SEVILLE
Today, explore the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, and the
medieval Jewish quarter. Visit one of the largest
Gothic cathedrals in the world and see the tomb
of Christopher Columbus within. Hospes Las
Casas del Rey de Baeza | Meals: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 17–30
Apr. 7–20
Sept. 22–Oct. 5
Oct. 20–Nov. 2
COST
$ 9, 6 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,985. Airfare to Madrid and return from
Casablanca is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Geographer Alexander
Murphy will join the September
22 departure. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
The 16th-century Alcázar fortress dominates the skyline of Toledo.
DAY 7 I SEVILLE
At the studio of two of Seville’s most renowned
art restorers, learn about the techniques used to
repair age-old art pieces. This evening, delve into
the world of flamenco with local gypsy musicians
and witness this soulful dance in an intimate
setting. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
Meals: B/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I TARIFA/TANGIER,
MOROCCO/CHEFCHAOUENE
Travel to the town of Tarifa on the southernmost
coast of Spain and board an early afternoon ferry
to Tangier. Spend the next day exploring Tangier’s medina, Mendoubia Gardens, and the Jewish
quarter. Continue to Chefchaouene.
Grand Hotel Villa de France; Lina Ryad & Spa
Meals: Day 8: B/L/D; Day 9: B/D
DAY 10 I CHEFCHAOUENE
Nestled amid the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouene
was founded in 1471. Visit the remains of the original
fortress, or kasbah, and explore the old town,
where the buildings are painted striking shades
of blue. Later, take a hands-on cooking class,
followed by an all-female Andalusian musical
performance. Lina Ryad & Spa | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 11 I MEKNÈS AND VOLUBILIS/FEZ
the Roman ruins at Volubilis, which date back to
the third century B.C. Afterwards, transfer to Fez.
Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 12 I FEZ
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up
to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain,
narrow paths, and stairs without handrails.
Maximum group size: 25
Spend a day exploring the highlights of Fez. Begin
in the Fez el-Jdid, the “new city,” then venture into
the labyrinthine alleyways of Fès el-bali, the old
walled city. Discover the 14th-century Bou Inania
Madrasa, an Islamic theological college known for
its stunning architecture; the Nejjarine Fountain;
and the ornate Bab Boujloud gate. This evening,
enjoy a private dinner and Sufi musical performance
at a family home.
Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 13 AND 14 I RABAT/CASABLANCA
Drive to Casablanca, stopping en route to explore
Rabat. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque.
Enjoy a farewell dinner. The following morning,
transfer to the airport for your flight home. Sofitel
Casablanca Tour Blanche | Meals: Day 13:
B/D; Day 14: B
A flamenco dancer extends her fan in the Spanish streets.
Journey south to Fez, stopping along the way to
visit two World Heritage sites: Meknès and
Volubilis. In Meknès, visit historic gems including
the new and old Jewish quarters, and continue to
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I TA L I A N L A K E D I S T R I C T
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Journey aboard two of Switzerland’s
most iconic trains and one railway—the
Glacier Express, the Bernina Express,
and the Gornergrat Bahn—with a
National Geographic expert.
• Meet an Italian chef for a cooking
lesson in picturesque Varenna, and try
your hand at preparing some of the
Lombardy region’s rich specialties.
• During a special visit to the Matterhorn
Museum, hear a local mountaineer
and an Alpine historian recount stories
of the earliest attempts to conquer
Switzerland’s most iconic peak.
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DAY 1 I ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND/
ZERMATT
Arrive in Zürich this morning and board a train
to the charming Alpine village of Zermatt,
off-limits to cars. Check in to our hotel and
gather for a welcome dinner tonight.
Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: D
DAY 2 I ZERMATT/ZMUTT VALLEY
DAY 4 I GLACIER EXPRESS/ST. MORITZ
Start the day with a walk through the village
of Zermatt. This afternoon, ride the gondola up
to Schwarzsee or Furi for a walk through the
spectacular Zmutt Valley. Later, return to
Zermatt by gondola. Ambitious hikers can also
hike to Zmutt, a hamlet of weathered chalets,
and continue to Zermatt on foot. Alternatively,
take a gondola to Glacier Paradise for a fascinating
walk through the inside of a glacier.
Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: B
Take your first-class seat on the world-famous
Glacier Express and set off on a breathtaking
journey across three high-mountain passes, over
291 bridges, and through 91 tunnels. Enjoy the
elegant atmosphere of the train as we soak up
magnificent vistas of skyscraping, glacier-glazed
peaks on our way to the Upper Engadin Valley.
Disembark in St. Moritz and settle into our hotel
for the evening.
Crystal Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I ZERMATT/GORNER GLACIER
DAY 5 I ST. MORITZ
Climb aboard the Gornergrat Bahn cogwheel
railway, the highest in Europe, and ascend to
a summit far above Zermatt to experience one
of the best viewpoints in the Alps. Admire a
gorgeous vista that includes Monte Rosa, the
Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. Hike down
past Alpine lakes to Riffelberg, where we will
catch the train back to Zermatt. Pay a visit to the
Matterhorn Museum, where a local mountaineer
and Alpine historian will recount stories of early
attempts to conquer the Matterhorn and other
climbing adventures.
Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: B/D
Set out on a walking tour of St. Moritz to learn
local lore and history. Later this morning, visit
the Segantini Museum, dedicated to the Alpine
artist Giovanni Segantini. After lunch on your
own, take the rest of the afternoon to
independently explore the Alpine landscapes.
Go for a leisurely stroll along the pristine waters
of Lake St. Mortiz, or opt to take a short cable
car ride up to Piz Naire to admire breath-taking
views of the valley below. Alternatively, take a
funicular to the top of Muottas Muragl, another
mountain offering incredible scenic vistas.
Crystal Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B
Above: The Glacier Express rounds the curve of the Landwasser Viaduct, some 200 feet above the valley floor.
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Trip Type:
Train
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 9–18
June 16–25
June 23–July 2
July 7–16
July 21–30
Aug. 4–13
Aug. 18–27
Sept. 1–10
Sept. 15–24
COST
$ 7,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,895. Airfare to Zürich and return from
Milan is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Pastel-hued villages and fishing skiffs line the shores of Lake Como.
DAY 6 I BERNINA PASS/POSCHIAVO
DAY 8 I LAKE COMO
Today, board the legendary Bernina Express and
travel along the highest mountain railway in the
Alps to the heart of Italian-speaking Switzerland.
Take in extraordinary views of the Morteratsch
Glacier from the train’s panoramic windows as
we climb to the highest point at Ospizio Bernina,
7,578 feet above sea level. Descend to the town of
Poschiavo, where we meet a local guide for a tour
of its charming historic center. Return to St. Moritz
via the Bernina Express later this afternoon. Crystal
Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B/D
Spend the day exploring the treasures of Lake
Como. Board a private ferry for a picturesque ride
across the lake to Varenna. Behold a panorama
of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates,
fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring
mountains. Learn secrets of Italian cooking
during a lesson with a local chef, followed by a
lunch of the dishes you’ve made, washed down
with local wine. Visit the grand gardens of Villa
Monastero, first founded in the 12th century as a
Cistercian monastery. Villa Flori | Meals: B/L
DAY 7 I ST. MORITZ/CERNOBBIO, ITALY
DAY 9 I LAKE COMO
A spectacular drive through Alpine valleys
brings us into the Italian Lake District today.
The countryside is dotted with villas in hues of
terra-cotta, pink, ochre, and gold, and strewn
with tropical vegetation and lush gardens. Our
destination is the lovely village of Cernobbio,
perched on the western shore of the vast and
beautiful Lake Como. Settle into a historic
19th-century villa overlooking Lake Como.
Villa Flori | Meals: B/L
Soak in the beauty of Lake Como’s lakeside
towns. Discover Como’s historic center, its sunny
piazzas, and the Como Cathedral on a private
tour. Explore the delightful town of Bellagio at
your leisure. Later, relax on the hotel’s terrace,
taking in the view before we gather to celebrate
our journey with a farewell dinner in the home of
a local family. Villa Flori | Meals: B/D
A National Geographic expert
and expedition leader will
accompany this trip. Writer and
broadcaster Tim Jepson will join
the July 7 and 21 departures.
Read his bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up
to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain,
narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. We will
be traveling at elevations ranging from 5,000 to
10,000 feet throughout the trip.
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 10 I MILAN
After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s Malpensa
Airport for your flight home. Meals: B
The dramatic Matterhorn dwarfs the landscape near Zermatt.
A guest captures the mountain views from inside the
Glacier Express in a photo by traveler James F.
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I TA LY: R E N A I S S A N C E C I T I E S
AND TUSCAN LIFE
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Marvel at the works of Italian masters during after-hours visits to the
Vatican museums and Venice’s Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and tour
Florence’s iconic Uffizi Gallery with an art historian.
• Explore the Roman Forum and the ruins underneath the Colosseum in
the company of a renowned archaeologist.
• Stay three nights in the Tuscan countryside at a family-owned and -operated
13th-century castello, and get to know members of the family.
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DAYS 5, 6, AND 7 I TUSCAN
COUNTRYSIDE/SIENA
Travel into the Chianti region and stop at the
renowned Badia a Coltibuono winery for lunch
and a tasting, then head to the medieval hamlet
of Gargonza. Settle into the 13th-century castello
of the Guicciardini family, and opt to join the chef
for a cooking lesson. Soak up the medieval flavor
of Siena on a walking tour, and hike the scenic
landscapes near Gargonza. Castello di Gargonza
Days 5 and 7: B/L/D Daily; Day 6: B/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I ROME/VATICAN CITY
DAYS 1 AND 2 I VENICE, ITALY
Arrive in Venice and transfer by motorboat to our
hotel overlooking the Grand Canal. On a guided
walk, see Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace,
the Sansovino library, and the Rialto Bridge. Meet
a local artisan to learn the science of traditional
gondola construction, and access the private
collections of Scuola Grande di San Rocco during
an after hours visit. Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAYS 3 AND 4 I FLORENCE
Board a train to Florence, and take a walking tour
of its historic center. Stroll the medieval town and
Piazza della Signoria, and see the Duomo and Ponte
Vecchio. Encounter Michelangelo’s “David” at the
Accademia, then dine in the home of a Florentine
family. The following day, journey to Pisa and
Lucca and bike along the ancient city walls, or
join an art historian at the famed Uffizi Gallery.
Gallery Hotel Art | Meals: Day 3: B/L/D;
Day 4: B
Continue to Rome. Venture into the Colosseum,
stroll the Roman Forum, and enjoy a specially
arranged visit inside the Chiesa di San Lorenzo
in Miranda. Here, meet archaeologist Dr. Valerie
Higgins, an expert in Roman archaeology who
recently appeared in the popular National
Geographic documentary series The Story of God.
The next day, take in the grandeur of Vatican City
with an early morning visit to its museums and
the Sistine Chapel before they open to the public,
then visit St. Peter’s Square and its basilica. Take
a walking tour that includes the Trevi Fountain, the
Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Toast our Italian
sojourn at a farewell dinner. Meals: Day 8: B/L;
Day 9: B/D
DAY 10 I ROME
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 3–12
Oct. 15–24
May 24–June 2
June 14–23
Sept. 27–Oct. 6
Oct. 18–27
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as photography
expeditions. They are limited to 16 travelers, and will be
accompanied by a National Geographic photographer.
Visit our website for details and featured photographers.
Dates: 2018: Sept. 17–26
2019: Apr. 12–21
Sept. 6–15
Cost: from $7,495 per person
COST
2018:
2019:
$6,995
$7,495
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $1,750 in 2018 and $1,950 in 2019.
Airfare to Venice and return from Rome is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Writer and broadcaster
Tim Jepson will join the October
2018, as well as the September 27
and October 2019 departures. Read
his bio and find more experts on our
website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Activities include city walking tours and motor coach
transfers between two and five hours. Travelers
should be comfortable navigating uneven terrain,
narrow paths, and cobblestoned streets.
Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)
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I TA LY F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Kids will have a chance to make new Italian friends during a
treasure hunt in Venice.
• Try your hand at making pasta at a family-run farm; and sample
gelato, focaccia, and other local delicacies.
• Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the Colosseum, and
visit a mask-making workshop in Venice.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I SIENA/FLORENCE
Explore Siena’s Piazza del Campo and 13thcentury Duomo, then hear a poet recount colorful
tales of the past in hilltop Chiusdino. Once in
Florence, gaze up at the iconic Duomo, watch
a reenactment of Medici court life at Palazzo
Vecchio, and view Michelangelo’s “David” at the
Accademia. Palazzo Castri 1874
Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/D
In Pisa, climb the leaning tower that has made
the city famous, and take in amazing views
from the top. Continue to Levanto, located on
the Ligurian coast.
Park Hotel Argento | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I CINQUE TERRE
Benvenuti in Italia! Check in to our hotel and
enjoy a snack at a local café. Later, gather for a
welcome dinner.
Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: D
DAY 2 I ROME
Glimpse ancient Roman life at the Colosseum,
the Roman Forum, and the Stadium of Domitian.
After searching for ingredients in medieval
Trastevere, head to a pizza-making party.
Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I ROME
Join an art historian on a tour of the Trevi
Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon. Visit St.
Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, and
peer up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: B/L
Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 22–July 1
July 6–15
July 27–Aug. 5
COST
DAY 6 I PISA/LEVANTO
DAY 1 I ROME, ITALY
I N F O R M AT I O N
Take a short train ride to Riomaggiore, one of
the villages of the Cinque Terre. Visit Manarola,
then cruise to Vernazza. In Monterosso al Mare,
savor gelato and focaccia.
Park Hotel Argento | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I EMILIA ROMAGNA/VENICE
Make pasta at a family farm near Parma.
In Venice, enjoy a private visit to Scala Contarini
del Bovolo with its spiral staircase and unique
architecture. Venice Palazzo Giovanelli
Meals: B/L
DAYS 9 AND 10 I VENICE
Team up with new Italian friends for a city treasure
hunt. Try mask-making at an artisan studio, and
enjoy a gondola ride. Enjoy a farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home the
next day. Venice Palazzo GiovanelliMeals:
Day 9: B/L/D; Day 10: B
Adults
$6,995
Children (ages 7–17)
$6,795
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $1,550. Airfare to Rome and return
from Venice is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
On this family expedition, kids will meet local children
in Venice, where the city’s narrow lanes, canals, and
bridges provide a backdrop for a fun treasure hunt
through the city. Families will team up with their new
friends and follow clues in Italian and English—learning
about local legends, famous artists, and other historic
highlights of the city.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time and navigating
uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without
handrails. Some sites, such as St. Peter’s Basilica, have
a modest dress code. While Italian hotel rooms tend
to be on the smaller side, all lodgings are comfortable
and conveniently located near each day’s activities.
Maximum group size: 25
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
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DAYS 7 AND 8 I ULAN UDE, RUSSIA/
LAKE BAIKAL
Stop in Ulan Ude to watch a choral performance
by the Old Believers, descended from 17th-century
religious exiles. Trace the shores of Lake Baikal and
stop for lunch before joining a local family for tea in
Listvyanka. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I IRKUTSK/
ON TRAIN/NOVOSIBIRSK
Visit Irkutsk’s historic sights, and see Russian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Hear
a bell-ringing performance, then enjoy a private
concert at the Decembrist House Museum. After a
day on board, stop in Novosibirsk to see the opera
house and Lenin Square. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 12 AND 13 I YEKATERINBURG/
KAZAN
DAYS 1 AND 2 I VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
Arrive in Vladivostok. On a city tour, see Our Lady
Grieving Orthodox Church, the Pacific Navy War
Memorial, and the steamboat Krasny Vympel. Take
in skyline views from the Eagle’s Nest observation
platform, and stroll historic Vladivostok Naval
Cemetery. Board our luxury train and set off on
our rail journey. Hotel Hyundai;Golden Eagle
Trans-Siberian Express through Day 13
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3—6 I KHABAROVSK/ON TRAIN/
ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA
Explore the Natural History Museum in
Khabarovsk. Enjoy two days on board en route
to Ulaanbaatar. Here, visit the National Museum,
then head to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for a
Mongolian horseback-riding demonstration and
a visit to a traditional ger. Enjoy a Mongolian
throat-singing performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily
Arrive in Yekaterinburg and visit the site of the infamous Romanov execution. The next day, explore
Kazan, touring the city’s Kremlin, the Qol Sharif
Mosque, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Enjoy a
student concert at the Kazan Conservatory before
taking a private cruise around the walls of the city’s
Kremlin. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 14 AND 15 I MOSCOW
Disembark in Moscow for a city tour and a guided
nighttime stroll through Red Square. Discover the
legendary Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Armory
Museum, and the Conquerors of Space monument.
Delve into the history of space exploration at the
Memorial Museum of Astronautics, and enjoy a
specially arranged talk by a Russian cosmonaut.
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow | Meals: B/L/D
Daily
Trip Type:
Train
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
Aug. 4–19
Aug. 31–Sept. 15
COST
Silver Class
$20,995
Gold Class
$24,495
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
cabin, add $8,495 in Silver Class and $10,995 in Gold
Class. Airfare to Vladivostok and return from Moscow
is not included in the expedition cost.
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We
expect to operate this trip as planned, but will
continue to closely monitor events in the region
and will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Historian George Munro
has lived and studied in the former
Soviet Union and travels to Russia
regularly to pursue his research. He
will join both departures. Read his
bio on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time, and walking
over uneven terrain, narrow paths, and cobblestone
streets. Daily activities include city walking tours,
visits to sites, and motor coach transfers between
two and five hours.
Maximum group size: 32
DAY 16 I MOSCOW
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B
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from $2,995 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
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ASIA
I R R AWA D DY R I V E R C R U I S E
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Meet a representative from the Irrawaddy Community Conservation
Project to learn about efforts to protect the Irrawaddy dolphin.
• Travel among the temples of the Bagan plain with a local archaeologist
to hear about restoration efforts after the 2016 earthquake.
• Visit the Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary, where a breeding program
overseen by National Geographic grantee Kalyar Platt aims to protect
the critically endangered Burmese star tortoise.
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dating back to the 14th century. The next day,
visit artisan workshops in Yandabo. Continue to
Bagan, and enjoy a talk by the director of Bagan’s
Archaeological Department. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I BAGAN
After an optional morning hot-air balloon
ride, choose from a variety of options. Visit the
Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about a
Burmese star tortoise breeding program overseen
by a National Geographic grantee. Alternatively,
venture to Mount Popa. Later, join an archaeologist on a horse-cart tour of the Bagan temples.
Enjoy a string puppet show tonight. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I BAGAN/SALAY
DAY 1 I MANDALAY, MYANMAR
(BURMA)/IRRAWADDY RIVER
Arrive in Mandalay and board our ship.
Scenic Aura for the entire voyage | Meals: D
DAY 2 I HSITHE/MINGUN
Begin the day at the Irrawaddy Community
Conservation Project in Hsithe, learning about
local efforts to protect the Irrawaddy dolphin.
Spot birdlife in Singu, and visit Mingun Pagoda
and beautiful Hsinbyume Pagoda. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I SAGAING/AMARAPURA
In the former capital of Sagaing, meet novice
monks, and make a traditional donation at a
nunnery. Cruise to Amarapura and float beneath
U Bein Bridge at sunset. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4 AND 5 I MYINMU/MONYWA/
YANDABO/BAGAN
Venture into sandstone grottoes in Monywa and
view spectacular mural paintings and statues
Trip Type:
River Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 23, 2018–
Jan. 2, 2019
Feb. 1–11
COST
Balcony Suite
from $6,595
Deluxe Balcony Suite
from $7,415
Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite
from $9,895
Royal Panorama Balcony Suite
Rise early for an almsgiving with monks. Visit
Ananda Temple and see lacquerware artisans at
work. Cruise to Salay and encounter a 20-foot golden
Buddha. This afternoon, sit down to a traditional
Burmese tea in a colonial villa. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I MAGWE/MINHLA/
PATHO
Sail to Magwe and tour the town, taking in the
view from a hilltop pagoda. The next day, explore
the 13th-century Minhla Fort and go on a walking
tour in the village of Patho. Then gather to witness a
traditional dance performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 10 AND 11 I PYAY/YANGON
Arrive in Pyay and explore the ancient stupas
and temples of Sri Ksetra, Myanmar’s first World
Heritage–listed site. Disembark the next day and
drive to Yangon. Continue to the airport for your
flight home. Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a one-day pre-trip extension in Mandalay from
$600 per person, or a two-day post-trip extension in
Yangon from $1,200 per person. Visit our website or
call for details.
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from $10,695
See the Scenic Aura description, photo, and deck plan
on page 129. Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For additional cabin categories, single-supplement
rates, and exact pricing, please call or visit our website.
Airfare to Mandalay and return from Yangon is not
included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert will
accompany this trip, and we will
meet local guides along the way.
Art historian Paula Swart will join
the December 2018 departure.
Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class
river ship featuring fine dining and butler service.
Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range
of activity levels, from short walking tours to options
for extended hiking and biking.
Maximum ship capacity: 44
SPECIAL OFFER
Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip
economy airfare between the U.S. and Myanmar
(Burma) for $295 per person on the 2018 departure,
and $395 per person in 2019.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Spend the night onboard a traditional style wooden junk boat in
stunning Ha Long Bay, and set out in kayaks to explore secluded
lagoons and beaches.
• Join a Laotian family at their home in Luang Prabang for a Buddhist
Baci ceremony, followed by a dinner of local specialties.
• See Angkor's spectacular temples by bicycle, and enjoy a picnic
lunch among the ruins.
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DAYS 6 AND 7 I HA LONG BAY
Drive to Ha Long Bay where our private,
traditional-style junk awaits. Set sail into waters
punctuated by fantastic karst formations. Venture
out in kayaks to discover remote lagoons, sandy
beaches, and the remains of a floating village.
Indochina Sails Junk | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I LUANG PRABANG,
LAOS
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I HO CHI MINH CITY,
VIETNAM/HUE
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Take a walking tour past the city's famous sites, including the
old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace, and
Chinatown. Then fly to Hue, former capital of the
Nguyen dynasty. Bike along the Perfume River,
and explore the Imperial City and citadel.
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon;
La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D; Day 3: B/L
DAYS 4 AND 5 I HANOI
Fly to Hanoi and explore the captivating Old
Quarter by rickshaw. If you wish, attend an evening performance of traditional water puppetry.
The next morning, trace the life of Ho Chi Minh
at his mausoleum and his stilt house. Visit the
Temple of Literature—Vietnam’s first university.
InterContinental Westlake Hanoi Meals:
Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L
Return to Hanoi and fly to the UNESCO World
Heritage site of Luang Prabang. Visit some of
the city's many shrines, and join a local family
for dinner and a Buddhist Baci ceremony. Spend
a day exploring the Laotian countryside and
visiting hilltribe communities. Travel to the
village of Ban Nong Heo and join a local guide for
a hike, passing through forests and plantations.
Continue to Ban Thapene where we'll take an
interpretive walk through the village and visit the
butterfly garden.
Kiridara Hotel | Meals: Days 8 and 9:
B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B/L
DAYS 11, 12, AND 13 I LUANG PRABANG/
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Witness a Buddhist almsgiving and visit Wat
Xieng Thong, harboring Buddhist and royal
artifacts. Fly to Siem Reap and begin your exploration of the Angkor Archaeological Park with a
bike ride around the Roluos temples. Later, visit
the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery and the Great
City of Angkor Thom. On our final day, watch the
sun rise over Angkor Wat and explore the Preak
Khan Temple before transferring to the airport for
your flight home. Shinta Mani Shack resort
Meals: Days 11 and 12: B/L/D Daily; Day 13:
B/L
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Trip Type:
Active
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
Oct. 19–31
Nov. 2–14
Nov. 16–28
Dec. 7–19
2019:
Jan. 4–16
Jan. 18–30
Feb. 15–27
Mar. 1–13
Mar. 15–27
Oct. 18–30
COST
Nov. 1–13
Nov. 15–27
Dec. 6–18
2018:
2019:
$6,595
$6,795
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $1,200 in 2018 and $1,300 in 2019.
Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Siem
Reap and airfare within Southeast Asia are not
included in the expedition cost. The group flights
within Southeast Asia are $725 (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied
by local guides, will lead this trip.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking for extended periods of time over uneven
terrain in villages and at temple sites. In Ha Long Bay, we
will paddle two to four hours per day (two to six miles).
On cycling excursions, we will bike one to two hours
per day (four to eight miles). We will stay ten nights
in comfortable hotels and two nights in a traditional
wooden junk (sailboat).
Maximum Group Size: 16
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• Join our team of experts on a seven-night cruise along the Mekong
aboard the elegant Jahan riverboat.
• Ride local boats among the floating houses of Kampong Chhnang,
and ride an oxcart through the paddies surrounding the village of
Kampong Tralach.
• Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, and spend two full days exploring
the spectacular Angkor complex with our experts.
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The next day, see an eighth-century temple at
Wat Hanchey, and meet the friendly residents of
Angkor Ban on a village stroll.
Jahan through Day 12 | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 8 I KAMPONG CHHNANG/
KAMPONG TRALACH
Anchor at Kampong Chhnang and visit a village
known for traditional pottery. Glimpse a unique
way of life in the floating villages of Tonle Sap,
and in Kampong Tralach, ride oxcarts to a
welcoming community. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 9 AND 10 I PHNOM PENH/
THE MEKONG
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I U.S./SIEM REAP,
CAMBODIA
Depart for Siem Reap, crossing the international
date line and “losing” a day. Upon arrival on Day 3, settle
into our riverside hotel. La Résidence d’Angkor
DAYS 4 AND 5 I ANGKOR
Rise early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a
12th-century Khmer temple. Explore Ta Prohm
and Banteay Srei, and pay a visit to Les Artisans
d’Angkor, a traditional arts school. Ride a tuk-tuk,
or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor
Thom to see Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the
Elephants. This evening, enjoy a private dinner
and traditional Cambodian music and dance
performance at one of Angkor’s temples.
La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: Day 4:
B/L/D; Day 5: B/D
DAYS 6 AND 7 I KAMPONG CHAM
Travel to the Mekong River, and embark the Jahan
to catch the sunset on deck before a welcome dinner.
During a full day in Phnom Penh, ride a cyclo to
the Royal Palace. Browse Khmer sculpture at the
National Museum, and learn about the Khmer
Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Tonight, witness an Aspara dance performance.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11 AND 12 I TAN CHAU OR CHAU
DOC, VIETNAM/CAI BE
Meander through the colorful markets of Tan Chau
or Chau Doc and Cai Be, and visit nearby floating
villages and river communities to learn about local
enterprises. In the evening, gather for a gala dinner
aboard the Jahan. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 13, 14, AND 15 I MY THO/
HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)/U.S.
Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang
Pagoda before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Explore the city’s historic sites, including the
Reunification Palace, seat of the South Vietnamese
government during the Vietnam War. Have a
private dinner at the former residence of U.S.
Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Transfer to
the airport for your return flight, arriving home the
same day. Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: Day
13: B/L/D; Days 14 and 15: B
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Jan. 14–28
Jan. 22–Feb. 5*
Feb. 11–25
Feb. 19–Mar. 5*
Feb. 25–Mar. 11
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive any time on of Day 3.
COST
Category 1
$11,190
Category 2
$12,030
Category 3
$14,130
Category 4
$16,910
See the description, photo, and deck plan for
the Jahan on page 128. Prices are per person,
double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $5,600.
International airfare to Siem Reap and return from
Ho Chi Minh City, or vice versa, is not included in
the expedition cost.
Maximum Ship Capacity: 48
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts,
including an expedition leader, a
photo instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. Art
historian Paula Swart will join
the January 14 departure. Read
her bio on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge
of the World set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, and glide
along jungle waterways in an electric boat.
• Observe orangutans and Malayan sun bears up close at conservation
centers in Sepilok.
• Spend three days in the primary rain forests of Danum Valley
Conservation Area, observing dazzling flora and fauna on hikes.
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primate species, three cat species, and some 220
species of birds. Hike to a bubbling mud volcano,
which attracts many different animals, and learn
about Sumatran rhino conservation efforts during
a meeting with the executive director of the Borneo
Rhino Alliance.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge; Tabin Wildlife
Resort | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I DANUM VALLEY
CONSERVATION AREA
DAYS 1 AND 2 I SANDAKAN, MALAYSIA/
SEPILOK
Arrive in Sandakan on Malaysian Borneo’s eastern
coast. Head to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve
and join scientists at an orangutan rehabilitation
center to observe the primates and learn about
on-site projects. Continue to the reserve's Rainforest
Discovery Centre for an afternoon of jungle trekking, and take an evening canopy walk amid the
treetops. Sepilok Nature Resort | Meals:
Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3—6 I KINABATANGAN RIVER/
TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bornean Sun
Bear Conservation Centre before continuing to Sukau
Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique
Lodge of the World located on the Kinabatangan
River. From here we set out on a variety of day and
night hikes and river safaris, looking for orangutans,
proboscis monkeys, and much more. Next, journey
into the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to nine
Travel to the valley of the Danum River, known
for its 169 square miles of virtually undisturbed
primary rain forest. Spend three days exploring the
many nature trails. Keep an eye out for rare species,
including the reclusive clouded leopard, Bornean
gibbon, and maroon langur. Birdlife here is incredibly
diverse, with some 275 recorded species. Watch
a dazzling sunrise over the valley from atop an
observation tower. Hike to a nearby waterfall, go
on a canopy walk in the treetops surrounding our
lodge, and venture out on night safaris. Borneo
Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Trip Type:
Active
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 11–21
Apr. 1–11
Sept. 16–26
Oct. 7–17
COST
Oct. 21–31
$ 7, 8 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,500. Airfare to Sandakan and return from
Kota Kinabalu is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied
by local guides, will lead this trip.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
DAYS 10 AND 11 I DANUM VALLEY
CONSERVATION AREA/KOTA KINABALU
Set out on a final wildlife walk through the forest.
Then travel to Lahad Datu, where we catch a flight
to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a farewell dinner, and depart for home the following day. Hyatt Regency
Kinabalu | Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Settle into Sukau Rainforest Lodge for two nights
on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Cruise
jungle waterways in search of rare orangutans,
pygmy elephants, and proboscis monkeys
and walk the elevated boardwalks that weave
through the tropical landscapes of the property.
This is primarily a wildlife viewing trip. We will hike one
to two hours per day (one to two miles) on uneven
trails over moderate grades at low elevations in hot
and humid conditions. We stay one night in a
comfortable hotel, seven nights in lodges, and two
nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge.
Maximum group size: 16
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B H U TA N : K I N G D O M I N T H E C LO U D S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Hike to Bhutan's most famous pilgrimage site, Taktsang Lhakhang
(Tiger's Nest Temple), and participate in an intimate butter lamp
ceremony with the monks of Gangtey Goemba.
• Get a personal perspective on contemporary Bhutan while mingling with
community leaders and government dignitaries at a special banquet.
• Stay at the spectacular Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National Geographic Unique
Lodge that exemplifies the artistry of Bhutanese architecture.
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annual Crane Festival.* Then set off on a half-day
hike, and visit with a village family along the way.
Dewachen Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
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Trip Type:
Land
DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I THIMPHU/PARO
Travel to Thimphu via the scenic Dochu La pass.
Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Bhutan
during a banquet with local dignitaries and
professionals. Spend the next morning exploring
the country’s modern side in Thimphu. Visit the
National Textile Museum, then return to Paro
and settle back into our hotel. The next day, hike
to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan:
Taktsang Lhakhang, or the Tiger’s Nest Temple.
Enjoy a festive farewell dinner. Taj Tashi Hotel;
Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 10 AND 11 I BANGKOK, THAILAND
DAYS 1 AND 2 I BANGKOK, THAILAND/
PARO, BHUTAN
Spend a night in Bangkok, then fly to Bhutan’s
Paro Valley and visit Ta Dzong, a 17th-century
fortress. Explore our stunning hotel—a National
Geographic Unique Lodge of the World—before
a welcome dinner. Novotel Suvarnabhumi
Hotel; Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: Day 2:
B/L/D
Fly home via Bangkok. Novotel Suvarnabhumi
Hotel | Meals: Days 10 and 11: B Daily
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
After a special Buddhist blessing ceremony, journey
to Punakha and visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple.
Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten,
then explore the Punakha Dzong. RKPO
Green Resort | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Travel to Phobjikha, one of the largest wintering
sites for the endangered black-necked crane. Visit
the Gangtey Goemba temple complex during the
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 11–21
Oct. 1–11
Nov. 6–16*
*The itinerary shown describes the November 2018
departure, which include the Crane Festival. Each
departure follows a similar itinerary to the one shown
but includes a different festival or celebration.
Visit our website for detailed itineraries.
P H OTO D E PA RT U R E S
The following departures are designated as
photography expeditions, led by National Geographic
photographers and are limited to 16 travelers. Visit
our website for details and featured photographers.
Dates: 2019: Feb. 12–22
Oct 18–28
Cost: from $7,895 per person
COST
$7, 395
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,795. Airfare to/from Bangkok and
between Bangkok and Paro are not included in
the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight
between Bangkok and Paro is $900 per person
(subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Anthropologist, author, and
filmmaker Carroll Dunham will join
the March departure. Read her bio
and find more experts on our website.
DAYS 3 AND 4 I PUNAKHA
DAYS 5 AND 6 I PHOBJIKHA
Activity Level:
Moderate
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Spend three nights at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World
that was intricately built, painted, and carved
by Bhutanese artisans. As a National Geographic
guest, you’ll get a special invitation to participate
in Mahayana Buddhist rituals with local monk.
Travelers should be in good health, comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time,
and traveling at high elevations (up to 8,000 feet
above sea level).
Maximum group size: 24 (16 on photo departures)
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T I B E T A N D N E PA L : E X P E D I T I O N
T O T H E H I G H E S T H I M A L AYA
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Mountaineer Peter Hillary, son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary,
joins select departures, sharing insight gained from his climbing
expeditions in the Himalaya.
• Venture to the seldom visited Tibetan side of Mount Everest, and
gaze up at its soaring crags from the storied North Face Base Camp.
• Participate in a private butter lamp ceremony at Rongbuk
Monastery, thought to be the highest monastery in the world.
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DAYS 7 AND 8 I GYANGZÊ/SHIGATSE
After visiting the temples of Pelkor Chode, travel
to Shigatse. Explore Tashilunpo Monastery and,
if you wish, hike up to the Chak La pass.
Tashi Choe Ta | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 9 AND 10 I XÊGAR
Weather permitting, catch a glimpse of Mount
Everest on the way to Xêgar, and take in majestic
vistas of the peak from the 17,000-foot Pang La
pass. Venture into Rongbuk Monastery on the
way to the North Face Base Camp.
Qomolangma Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11 AND 12 I SHIGATSE/LHASA
DAY 1 I BEIJING, CHINA
Arrive in Beijing this morning and check in to our
hotel. Four Seasons Beijing
DAY 2 I LHASA, TIBET
Take a scenic flight to the holy city of Lhasa
and gather for a welcome dinner tonight.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I LHASA
Listen for chanting monks at Drepung Monastery
and explore the myriad halls and chambers of the
magnificent Potala Palace. Visit Ganden Monastery
and the Jokhang—Tibet’s holiest temple—and
wander through the Barkhor market.
Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I GYANGZÊ
Drive over two spectacular mountain passes to
Gyangzê, stopping to view a magnificent hanging
glacier up close. Gyangzê Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
Drive to Shigatse, stopping in small villages and
taking in rugged landscapes along the way.
Continue the drive to Lhasa the following day.
Enjoy a final evening in Tibet, with dinner overlooking the floodlit Potala Palace (weather
permitting). Tashi Choe Ta; Shangri-La Lhasa
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 13, 14, AND 15 I KATHMANDU,
NEPAL
Fly to Nepal this morning. Walk through the
heart of Kathmandu, and visit the 2,500-year-old
shrine at Swayambhunath. The next day, explore
the ancient temples and palaces of Bhaktapur, the
enormous Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath, and the
Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The following
day, depart for your flight home. Hotel Yak &
Yeti | Meals: Days 13 and 14: B/L/D Daily;
Day 15: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a four-day post-trip extension to Angkor Wat in
Cambodia from $2,195 per person. Visit our website
or call for details.
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Apr. 20–May 4
Sept. 28–Oct. 12
Oct. 15–29
Please note: Access to Everest Base Camp is regulated
by the Chinese government. We expect to operate
this trip as planned but may need to alter the itinerary
if access becomes restricted.
COST
$ 8 ,94 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,985. Airfare to Beijing and return from
Kathmandu and within Asia is not included in the
expedition cost. The group flights within Asia
are $965 per person (subject to change).
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E
The following departure is designated as a
photography expedition, led by a National
Geographic photographer and limited to 16
travelers. Visit our website for details and for
the featured photographer.
Date: 2019: Nov. 3–17
Cost: from $9,325 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Mountaineer Peter Hillary
will join the April, September, and
October departures. Read his bio
and find more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
We spend eleven nights at high elevations—up to
14,268 feet—and travel as high as 17,200 feet by
motor vehicle, often on bumpy and dusty roads.
Maximum group size: 30 (16 on photo departure)
Above: Perched on a hilltop in the Lhasa Valley, the immense Potala Palace was built as the winter
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MONGOLIA: LAND OF THE NOMAD
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Experience the events of Naadam, a traditional sporting festival
celebrated across Mongolia, and get up-close views of its wrestling,
archery, and horse-racing competitions.
• Spend four nights in a traditional ger at Three Camel Lodge, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in the Gobi.
• Meet a senior government official in Ulaanbaatar for an inside
perspective on Mongolia’s political and economic climate.
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days discovering the wildlife and landscapes of
the desert. Travel to Eagle Valley and hike across
this lush chasm that cuts through the foothills of
the Altay Mountains. Then visit the local natural
history museum. At Havtsgait Valley, hike to a
hilltop site of ancient rock drawings. Witness the
events of Naadam, Mongolia’s famous cultural
sporting event where colorfully clad locals compete in archery, wrestling, and horseback racing.
Drive to the Khongoryn Els, a 60-mile stretch of
rippling sand dunes, and ride a camel at sunset.
Listen to the low hum of the “singing sands,” then
visit the camp of a camel-herding family. Look for
fossils at Tugregiin Shiree, where paleontologists
discovered the famous “fighting dinosaurs,” and hike
along the Flaming Cliffs. Three Camel Lodge;
Gobi Erdene Ger Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11 AND 12 I ULAANBAATAR
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ULAANBAATAR,
MONGOLIA
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to our hotel.
The next day, visit Gandan Monastery and the
National Museum. Gather for a welcome dinner.
Tuushin Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I ULAANBAATAR/
GÜN-GALUUT NATURE RESERVE
Meet a senior government official for an
introduction to Mongolia’s current political and
economic climate. Then drive to our traditional
ger camp in Gün-Galuut, a nature reserve near
the Khentii Mountains. Explore the area on hikes
or an optional horseback ride, and visit with a
nomadic family. Later, see a 131-foot-tall Genghis
Khan statue and visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts
Museum. Ger Camp; Tuushin Hotel
Meals: Days 3 and 4: B/L/D Daily; Day 5: B/L
DAYS 6–10 I GOBI DESERT
Fly to the mystical Gobi desert and spend several
Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Winter
Palace of the Bogd Khan. Enjoy traditional
Mongolian khoomi, or throat singing. Transfer to
the airport for your flight home. Tuushin Hotel
Meals: Day 11: B/L/D; Day 12: B
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 9–20
Aug. 4–15
$ 7,9 9 5
COST
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,995. Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar and
within Mongolia is not included in the expedition
cost. The group flights within Mongolia are $350
per person (subject to chanage).
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as a
photography expeditions, led by National
Geographic photographers and limited to 16
travelers. Visit our website for details and for the
featured photographers.
Dates: 2019: July 3–14
Aug. 25–Sept. 5
Cost: from $9,325 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Anthropologist and
writer Carroll Dunham will join
the August 4 departure. Read her
bio and find more experts on our
website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Your home in the Gobi is a traditional ger at
Three Camel Lodge. Spend your days exploring
the wild geology of the desert, learning the
culture of its nomads, or join the chef for a
cooking class and take a night walk with an
astronomy expert.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Travel to Mongolia requires flexibility and a sense of
adventure. Roads can be rough, and disruptions to
the country’s infrastructures can result in changes to
our itinerary.
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A N D N AT U R A L WO N D E R S
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Spend a day interacting with giant pandas
at a research center outside Chengdu,
helping caretakers feed and care for the
animals and learning about efforts to
protect them.
• Meet National Geographic grantees
across China, and learn about the latest
research related to the environment,
wildlife conservation, and geology.
• Cruise two of China’s most legendary
waterways, gliding through the Three
Gorges of the Yangtze River and the karst
landscapes of the Li River.
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before heading to a traditional hutong neighborhood for a rickshaw tour. Stroll the vast and
historic Tiananmen Square, and then navigate the
900-some buildings and temples of the Forbidden
City. Visit with Friends of Nature, China’s oldest
environmental organization, and meet with
National Geographic grant recipient Boju Zhang
to hear about his latest efforts to conserve air and
water quality in the capital city. Tonight, feast on
Peking duck with your fellow travelers.
The St. Regis Beijing | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I GREAT WALL/BEIJING
DAY 1 I BEIJING, CHINA
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to our hotel in the
heart of the capital. Enjoy the remainder of the
day at leisure. The St. Regis Beijing
DAY 2 I BEIJING, CHINA
Delve into imperial Beijing at the Temple of Heaven,
a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by
gardens. Try tai chi with a master practitioner
Step back in time at the less visited Simatai section of the Great Wall, which retains the fortification’s original character. Glimpse old China in
Gubei Water Town, where centuries-old houses
line quartzite streets and waterways.
The St. Regis Beijing | Meals: B/L
DAYS 4 AND 5 I XI’AN
Ride first-class on the high-speed train to Xi’an,
once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and
the capital of China. On a special behind-thescenes visit to the Institute of Archaeology—
normally closed to the public—learn about the
latest excavations and see the terra-cotta warriors
up close. After breakfast the next day, view the
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Young pandas play at a breeding center in Sichuan.
legendary terra-cotta army, composed of thousands
of soldiers, chariots, and horses that were buried
around 210 B.C. at the tomb of China’s first emperor,
Qin Shi Huang. Later, walk or ride a bike atop the
massive city wall. During free time, browse the
maze of markets and sites in the Muslim Quarter.
Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square
Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5:B/L
DAY 6 I YICHANG/YANGTZE RIVER
Fly to Yichang and set out on an afternoon city
tour. Board our luxurious riverboat for a
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
Apr. 2–17
Apr. 23–May 8
May 14–29
Sept. 3–18
Sept. 24–Oct. 9
Oct. 1–16
Oct. 29–Nov. 13
COST
Sunlight infuses the view of a restored section of the Great Wall.
four-night voyage on the Yangtze through the
breathtaking Three Gorges region.
Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I YANGTZE RIVER
On daily excursions, visit the world's largest
engineering project at the Three Gorges Dam;
venture into narrow tributaries by local sampan
boat, taking in gorgeous scenery; and visit Fuling
and the 816 Underground Project, the world's
largest artificial military cave. Back on the ship,
learn about traditional healing and local crafts,
enjoy morning tai chi, and gaze at the dramatic
gorges. Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 10 AND 11 I CHONGQING/
CHENGDU
Disembark in Chongqing and travel to Chengdu.
Along the way, visit the Dazu Grottoes, a UNESCO
World Heritage site where centuries-old rock
carvings depict Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist
themes as well as scenes of ordinary life during
the Tang Dynasty. Enjoy dinner in Chengdu tonight,
savoring hot pot, a Sichuan favorite. Spend
the next day at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda
Base overseen by the China Conservation and
Research Center for the Giant Panda. We’ll have
the chance to prepare meals and feed the pandas,
help clean the enclosures, and hear about conser-
The thousands of terra-cotta warriors at the first emperor's
tomb each bear distinct features.
vation efforts. Return to Chengdu for dinner. The
St. Regis Chengdu Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 12 AND 13 I GUILIN AND YANGSHUO
Fly to Guilin and descend into the Reed Flute
Cave, a subterranean spectacle of stalactites and
stone pillars. Continue on to meet Dr. Zhang Hai
at the Karst Institute to learn about a National
Geographic–funded project that creates 3-D
surveys and models of China’s caves, and go for
a short walk through the scenic forest around
the Institute. The following day, embark on a
cruise down the Li River. Glide beneath limestone pinnacles and terraced rice fields that have
inspired Chinese artists for generations, and stop
to browse antique and craft markets. Return to
Guilin for an evening on your own. Shangri-La
Hotel Guilin | Meals: Day 12: B/L/D;
Day 13: B/L
$ 7,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,400. Airfare to Beijing and return from
Shanghai and within China is not included in the
expedition cost. The group flights within China are
$560 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Professor of Chinese
cultural history Elvira Masson
will join the May and October 1
departures. Read her bio and
find more experts on our website.
A B O U T T H E YA N G Z I E X P LO R E R
DAYS 14, 15, AND 16 I SHANGHAI
Fly to bustling Shanghai and settle into our hotel.
Begin the next day meandering among the
pavilions, ponds, and zigzag bridges of Yu
Garden, Shanghai’s celebrated classical Chinese
garden, dating to 1559. Peruse an intriguing range
of antiques and goods at the Old Bazaar. Over
lunch, meet with conservationist and wildlife
photographer Jing Li, a National Geographic
grantee working to conserve critically endangered
birds in the greater Shanghai area. After lunch,
zoom up to the observation deck of China’s tallest
building, Shanghai Tower, for a superlative view
of the skyline. Stroll neon-lit Nanjing Road and
the historic Bund waterfront. Tonight, toast your
Chinese adventure at a local restaurant. The
following day, transfer to the airport for your
return flight. Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals:
Day 14: B/L; Day 15: B/L/D; Day 16: B
The Yangzi Explorer, our home for the three-day
Yangtze voyage, is one of the few five-star ships
on the Yangtze. The ship has a capacity of 124 passengers and features spacious cabins with private
bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
that open to private balconies. There are a limited
number of suites available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Amenities include a panoramic-view
restaurant, a bar, a theater, two lounges, a library,
a fitness center, a business center with Internet
access, a clinic, a sundeck, a salon, and a spa.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking up to two miles a day, navigating uneven
terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails.
We will travel by motor coach, train, airplane, and boat.
Maxiumum group size: 25
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• This expedition was inspired by
travel writer Don George’s article
“Japan’s Past Perfect,” published in
the January/February 2012 issue of
National Geographic Traveler.
• By special permission, enjoy a visit to
Kyoto’s Saihoji temple and stroll its
otherworldly gardens, carpeted in
more than 120 species of moss.
• Immerse yourself in Shikoku’s timeless
Iya Valley, dotted with thatched
cottages, shrines, and vine bridges.
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UNESCO. Stroll the elegant Zen rock garden at
Ryoanji and the iconic Kinkakuji, or “golden
pavilion.” Enjoy a specially arranged visit to Saihoji,
also known as Kokedera, or the moss temple, for
the more than 120 species of moss that carpet its
beautiful gardens. At tonight’s welcome dinner,
meet a former geisha to learn about the geisha
lifestyle, and enjoy a short performance.
Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I KYOTO
DAY 1 I OSAKA, JAPAN/KYOTO
Arrive in Osaka at any time. Transfer to Kyoto
and check in to our hotel.
Kyoto Hotel Okura
DAY 2 I KYOTO
Kyoto served as an imperial capital for more
than a thousand years, and many of the wooden
temples and gardens from that era have been
collectively designated a World Heritage site by
Wander through Arashiyama’s atmospheric bamboo grove. Continue to Nijo Castle, built in 1603
and designated a national treasure. Explore the
castle’s Ninomaru Palace, known for its beautiful wall paintings and its “nightingale” floors,
designed to squeak when stepped upon to warn
of intruders. This afternoon, visit an artisanal
ceramics workshop. Kyoto Hotel Okura
Meals: B/L
DAY 4 I MOUNT KOYA
Travel to Mount Koya, headquarters of the
Shingon Buddhist sect. Meet a temple priest and
wander through the evocative Okuno-in cemetery, where the tombs of more than 200,000
samurai warriors and other dignitaries fill a grove
of age-old cedar trees. Venture into Kongobuji,
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the chief temple of the Mount Koya Monastery,
and see work by artists of the Kano school of
painting. Settle into our simple lodgings and enjoy
a traditional Buddhist vegetarian dinner. Eko-In
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I MOUNT KOYA/IYA VALLEY
After attending an optional morning prayer
ceremony, descend to the shores of the Inland
Sea and ferry across to Shikoku, the smallest
of Japan’s main islands. In Tokushima, see
costumes and floats from the city’s 400-year-old
dance festival at the Awa Odori Kaikan museum.
Our home for the next two nights in the Iya
Valley is a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn,
where inviting, on-site hot spring baths offer a
chance to relax and rejuvenate.
Hotel Hikyonoyu | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I IYA VALLEY
Travel along the steep slopes of the Iya ravine
to a 300-year-old thatched farmhouse, home to
the Chiiori Trust, a unique project that seeks to
preserve age-old rural traditions in the valley.
Continue to the Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi, twin
suspension bridges made of intertwined vines,
and hear the legends of their creation. Witness
timeless scenes of village life in Ochiai, a
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JA PA N : W I N T E R F E S T I VA L S A N D S N OW MO N K E YS
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Trip Type:
Land
Photo Departures: Feb. 3–13 | Feb. 24–Mar. 6
Travel to Japan during the heart of winter when
snow-blanked landscapes set the stage for an
incredible wildlife spectacle. Explore Tokyo, and
then fly to the wild island of Hokkaido to witness
the splendid courtship displays of the endangered
red-crowned crane. Search for red foxes and sika
deer in Akan National Park, and learn about the
traditions of the indigenous Ainu people. Marvel
at snow- and ice-sculpted masterpieces at either
the Sounkyo Hyobaku (Ice Waterfall) Festival or the
Sapporo Snow Festival. Conclude the journey amid
the hot springs of Kanbayashi Onsen, enjoying
up-close encounters with Japan’s famous snow
monkeys. Visit our website for itinerary details.
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 20–30*
Mar. 14–24
May 8–18
Sept. 19–29
Oct. 3–13
*The September 2018 departure follows a slightly
modified itinerary. Visit our website for details
and pricing.
COST
$ 9,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,995. Airfare to/from Osaka is not
included in the expedition cost.
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
community of traditional dwellings, some of
which date from the Edo period (circa 1600–1870).
Hotel Hikyonoyu | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I SHIKOKU/NAOSHIMA
Travel north to Zentsuji, revered as the birthplace of the Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi and one
of the important stops along Shikoku’s 750-mile
and 88-temple pilgrimage route. In Takamatsu,
stroll through the tranquil gardens of 17th-century
Ritsurin Park. A ferry then brings us to the small
island of Naoshima, which has recently emerged
as a mecca of contemporary art and architecture. Get a new perspective on nature through
inventive art installations at the Benesse House
Museum this afternoon, and stay in the adjacent
hotel, designed by acclaimed architect Tadao
Ando. Benesse House | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I NAOSHIMA
Wander past the works of Claude Monet and
James Turrell at the innovative Chichu Art
Museum, built underground but designed to
capture natural light and shadow. Also visit
homes that are part of the Art House Project,
which has transformed some of the island’s
older structures into imaginative works of art.
Benesse House | Meals: B/L/D
The following departures are designated as a
photography expeditions, led by National
Geographic photographers and limited to 16
travelers. Visit our website for details and for
the featured photographers.
Dates: 2019: Mar. 28–Apr. 7
Oct. 31–Nov. 10
Cost: from $10,795 per person
DAY 9 I HIROSHIMA
Ferry back to Honshu and take the high-speed
train to Hiroshima. Pay a visit to Hiroshima’s
Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Memorial
Museum, which documents the atomic explosion that ravaged the city. Go on an optional
guided visit to Shukkei-en garden, or explore
this thriving modern metropolis—a testament to
Japanese resilience—on your own.
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or Sheraton
Grand Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 10 I MIYAJIMA/HIROSHIMA
Set off by ferry for a full-day excursion on
Itsukushima Island, popularly called Miyajima.
Venture into the 12th-century Itsukushima
Shinto Shrine, a World Heritage site built over
the water, where a vermilion torii (wooden gateway) appears to float at high tide. Participate in
a traditional tea ceremony, then take advantage
of free time to go on a hike, visit temples, and
stroll through the picturesque town. Gather for a
farewell dinner back in Hiroshima this evening.
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or Sheraton
Grand Hotel Hiroshima | Meals: B/D
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Travel writer and editorat-large for National Geographic
Traveler magazine Don George will
join the September 2018 and 2019
departures. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
The Eko-in and Hotel Hikyonoyu are traditional
Japanese accommodations featuring futons set atop
tatami mats on the floor. The Eko-in is a typical temple
inn, with simple rooms, rice-paper sliding doors, and
traditional Japanese-style shared bathrooms.
Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)
DAY 11 I OSAKA
Take the high-speed train back to Osaka and
transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a four-day extension to Tokyo from $3,290 per
person. Visit our website or call for details.
Beautifully patterned obis flow from the traditional
kimonos of two geisha.
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• Explore the fabled geisha neighborhoods of Kyoto by bicycle or on
foot, and meet local children during a taiko drumming lesson.
• Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and handicrafts, and don a
kimono to take part in an authentic tea ceremony.
• Stay at a traditional ryokan in Takayama, and visit Hida Folk Village to
learn about life in the Japanese countryside.
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DAYS 4 AND 5 I TAKAYAMA
Board one of Japan’s iconic bullet trains for the
ride to the 17th-century town of Takayama. The
next day, explore Takayama’s lively market, and
meander through the narrow Edo-style streets
of the historic district. Later, travel to Hida Folk
Village, an open-air museum featuring traditional
farmhouses and buildings from the region.
Watch demonstrations of Japanese handicrafts,
and make your own sarubobo, or monkey baby—
Takayama’s mascot. Sit down to a traditional
kaiseki dinner at our ryokan. Honjin Hiranoya
Bekkan | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I KYOTO/NARA
DAY 1 I TOKYO, JAPAN
Arrive in Tokyo and gather for a welcome dinner.
Hotel New Otani | Meals: D
DAY 2 I TOKYO
Begin the day by exploring Meiji Jingu, a shrine
dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. In
Asakusa, explore the seventh-century Sensoji—
the city’s oldest temple. Then make new Japanese
friends during a taiko drumming lesson.
Hotel New Otani | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I FUJI-HAKONE-IZU NATIONAL
PARK/TOKYO
Situated in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park,
Hakone is renowned for its views of nearby
Mount Fuji. Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum
and walk among the 120 masterpieces of modern
and contemporary sculpture. Return to Tokyo
for dinner this evening.
Hotel New Otani | Meals: B/L
Ride the bullet train to Kyoto. Explore the temples
of the Higashiyama district, then enjoy a festive
evening of karaoke. Spend the next day discovering
ancient Nara. Visit the Todai-ji temple, the world’s
largest wooden building; and Kasuga Taisha,
Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Wander amid the
gardens of Nara Park, home to herds of freely
roaming deer. Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Meals: Day 6: B/L/D; Day 7: B/L
DAY 8 I KYOTO
Explore Kyoto by bicycle or on a guided walk and
visit two of its geisha districts. Visit the Imperial
Palace Park and its gardens where nobles once
strolled. Don a kimono for a Japanese tea
ceremony, then take part in a calligraphy lesson
with a local master. Enjoy some leisure time in
the city, followed by a farewell dinner.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I KYOTO/OSAKA
After breakfast, transfer to the Osaka airport for
your flight home. Meals: B
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Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 24–Apr. 1
June 23–July 1
July 6–14
Aug. 4–12
COST
Adults
$7,495
Children (ages 7–17)
$7,295
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $2,350. There is an additional $200
per person fee on the March departure due to the
Cherry Blossom festival. Airfare to Tokyo and return
from Osaka is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Make new friends during a taiko drumming lesson in
Tokyo. Discover the ancient roots of taiko in Japanese
religion and folklore, and watch a lively demonstration
by expert percussionists. Then pick up a pair of bachi
(drumsticks) to try your hand at drumming.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Many excursions will take place in historic buildings,
temples, and gardens, where walking surfaces are
uneven. All accommodations are modern, comfortable,
and family friendly.
Maximum group size: 25
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• Pick out fresh tuna and wasabi and learn to roll sushi like a master
chef at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market; then eat your way through Osaka
on a gastronomy tour.
• Bike around old Kyoto and learn about Zen Buddhism while taking
part in an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony.
• Take in the soaring sumit of Mt. Fuji on a private tour of FujiHakone-Izu National Park.
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wonderland of hot springs, lakes, volcanic
islands, and soaring peaks. On a private tour of
Hakone, ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake,
cruise Lake Ashinoko on a replica pirate ship,
and visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and its
sculpture garden. Aura Tachibana
Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/D
DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I KYOTO/NARA
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I TOKYO, JAPAN/NIKKO
Arrive in Tokyo. The following day, join your
guide for a private tour of the old city. Enjoy
an afternoon to explore at leisure; or for an
additional cost, wield a samurai sword during a
private lesson with a Japanese fight performer.
Spend a full day on a private excursion to Nikko
National Park in the sacred hills north of Tokyo.
Visit Buddhist and Shinto shrines nestled in oldgrowth forest, and stop to see Yutaki Falls.
Park Hotel | Meals: Days 2 and 3: B
DAYS 4 AND 5 I TOKYO/FUJIHAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK
Visit Tsukiji, the world’s largest and busiest fish
market, and head to its on-site cooking classroom to learn how to roll and prepare sushi.
Then transfer to your Japanese inn, or ryokan,
in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park—a vast natural
Hop on a bullet train for the ride to Kyoto, which
served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than
a thousand years. Join a private guide at Heian
Jingu, a Shinto shrine, and participate in an
exclusive Japanese tea ceremony at Korin-in
temple. The next day, discover Kyoto by bicycle,
visiting highlights such as the Nishi Honganji
Temple; Nijo Castle; Kinkaku-ji, famously called
the “golden pavilion;” and the otherworldly
bamboo groves of Arashiyama. Spend a day with
a private guide exploring nearby Nara, which
reigned as Japan’s capital in the eighth century.
Hotel Granvia | Meals: Days 6 and 8: B Daily;
Day 7: B/L
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Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition that is offered year-round,
so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.
COST
6+ people
from $6,995
4 people
from $8,995
2 people
from $10,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and
subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Tokyo and
return from Osaka is not included in the expedition
cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
DAYS 9 AND 10 I OSAKA
Transfer to Osaka, one of Japan’s culinary
capitals. Visit the tiered Osaka castle, then eat
your way down Dontonbori Street on a guided
gastronomy tour. Stroll stone-paved Hozenji
Alley, lined with traditional shops and restaurants, before returning to your hotel in the
evening. Fly home the following day.
Swissotel Nankai | Meals: B Daily
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. For two nights
we stay in a traditional ryokan with futons atop tatami
mats on the floor with private bathrooms. On Day 7,
we have a biking tour of Kyoto that is approximately
12 miles with multiple stops. Please speak with your
reservation specialist to change this to a driving tour
if you wish (at additional cost).
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DIFFERENCE
• Travel for five nights aboard the Palace
on Wheels, a train that evokes the
splendor of the maharajas and travels to
places not easily accessible by road.
• In the company of a National Geographic
expert, explore six UNESCO World
Heritage sites, including Fatehpur Sikri
and the hill forts of Rajasthan.
• Experience the exquisite Taj Mahal
at both sunrise and sunset, and
photograph this iconic wonder under
changing light.
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served as the capital of Muslim India between
the 13th and 19th centuries. Explore Humayun’s
Tomb, a milestone in the history of Mughal
architecture; and Gandhi Smriti, a museum
honoring Mahatma Gandhi. This evening, gather
for a special welcome reception and dinner.
Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I JAIPUR
Travel from Delhi to Jaipur in Rajasthan. Known
as the “pink city” for its rose-colored buildings,
Jaipur is protected by high fortifications and
multiple gates. This afternoon is free to explore
the city on your own. If you wish, join an excursion
to a traditional fruit and flower market, or relax
and enjoy the beautiful gardens at our hotel.
Jai Mahal Palace | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I DELHI, INDIA
Arrive in Delhi at any time and check in to our
hotel. Taj Mahal Hotel
DAY 2 I DELHI
Set out on a tour of New Delhi, the capital of
India, established by the British in 1911. Then
delve into Old Delhi, a patchwork of eight different cities built by a succession of rulers, which
DAY 4 I JAIPUR
This morning, visit Hawa Mahal, or the Palace
of Winds, a stunning sandstone building with
delicate latticework and honeycomb windows.
Continue to the Amber Fort and explore its
exquisite palaces, temples, gardens, and pavilions. After lunch, take a guided tour of the City
Palace, a vast complex with a museum housing
rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armory. Visit
the 18th-century royal observatory known as the
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The soft folds of a bright sari frame the face of a
Rajasthani woman.
Jantar Mantar, and examine a variety of precise
astronomical tools. This evening, settle into your
cabin on board the Palace on Wheels.
Palace on Wheels through Day 8
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL
PARK/CHITTAURGARH
Set out on a game drive in Ranthambore National
Park in search of hyenas, jackals, and foxes, as
well as elusive tigers. After lunch back on the
train, arrive in the city of Chittaurgarh. Trace a
turbulent history of siege, valor, and sacrifice at
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Chittaurgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India.
Later this afternoon, meet villagers on a walk
within the hilltop fortified walls, and stop for tea
at sunset. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I UDAIPUR
Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is most
celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces, which
appear to emerge from the waters of Lake Pichola.
Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards
within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake’s edge. This
palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends
medieval, European, and Chinese architecture
and is richly decorated with inlaid mirrorwork,
mosaics, and frescoes. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I JAISALMER
Today the train carries us into the heart of the
Thar Desert to magical Jaisalmer. Rising above
the city, the imposing turrets and bastions of
the golden sandstone fort conceal a lively town
within. Discover the havelis, once the mansions
of wealthy merchants, decorated with elaborate
facades. Later, ride a camel across the sand dunes
of the Thar Desert and stop for a traditional tea.
Enjoy dinner off the train this evening while
watching a performance by traditional folk dancers.
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I JODHPUR
Today is the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri,
when devotees observe a day of fasting, sing
hymns, and perform ritual worship in praise of
Lord Shiva. After an early breakfast, disembark
the train in Jodhpur and visit a temple to witness
the religious fervor of Hindus celebrating this
festival.* Jodhpur’s blue-hued old city lies at the
foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort, perched
on a rocky outcrop some 120 meters high. Visit
the 15th-century fort and learn about its colorful
history. Enjoy lunch in Jodhpur before returning
to the Palace on Wheels for the final leg of our rail
journey. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK/
AGRA
Disembark the train in Bharatpur and head into
the wetlands of Keoladeo National Park, a renowned bird sanctuary. Search for egrets, flamingos,
and many other wildlife species. Then stop at a
hotel near the park for a cooking demonstration
and lunch. Take a guided walk around Bharatpur
village before heading to Fatehpur Sikri, the
capital of the Mughal Empire from 1569 to 1585,
where elegant carved sandstone palaces remain
incredibly well preserved. Continue to Agra this
evening. ITC Mughal | Meals: B/L/D
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Trip Type:
Train
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E
2019:
Feb. 4–14
Feb. 25–Mar. 7*
*The itinerary shown describes the February 2019
departure, which includes the Maha Shivaratri festival.
Each departure follows a similar itinerary to the one
shown but includes a different festival or celebration.
Visit our website for detailed itineraries.
COST
$ 1 2 ,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $3,850. Airfare to/from Delhi is not
included in the expedition cost.
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
DAY 10 I AGRA
Rise early this morning to see the Taj Mahal’s
marble sparkle in the dawn light. Constructed by
Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite
wife, the Taj Mahal is often described as the
most extravagant monument ever built for love.
After lunch, explore Agra Fort’s courtyards,
mosques, and private chambers. Stop in at a
marble inlay workshop to see how the intricate
stonework of the Taj Mahal was created. This
evening, visit the iconic site once again at sunset
before gathering for a festive farewell dinner.
ITC Mughal | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 11 I AGRA/DELHI
After breakfast, pay a visit to a local orphanage
if you wish. Then drive to Delhi and relax in dayrooms at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Later, transfer to
the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L/D
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a five-day post-trip extension to Khajuraho and
Varanasi from $3,450 per person. Visit our website or
call for details.
The following departures are designated as photography expeditions and are limited to 16 travelers.
You’ll learn tips and techniques while documenting
this enchanting land on photo shoots in rural villages,
at the Taj Mahal, and amid evocative dunes. Visit our
website for details and for the featured National
Geographic photographers leading each.
Date: 2018: Oct. 15–25
2019: Mar. 18-28
Cost: from $13,190 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Anthropologist, author, and
filmmaker Carroll Dunham will join
the February 25, 2019 departure.
Read her bio and find more experts
on our website.
A B O U T T H E PA L AC E O N W H E E L S
The Palace on Wheels (pictured left) is a train built in
the royal style of the maharajas. The train has 14 fully
air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each with three twinbed cabins, a mini-pantry, and a lounge. Each cabin
has an en suite bathroom with a toilet, a sink, and a
shower. Two restaurant cars serve continental, Indian,
Rajasthani, and Chinese cuisine, and the bar offers a
great place to wind down at the end of the day. Visit
our website for additional photos of the train.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for expend periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; climbing stairs without handrails,
and navigating crowded streets with uneven footing.
This expedition is not suitable for anyone with limited
mobility.
Maximum group size: 24 (16 on photo departures)
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T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Hear a unique dual narrative provided by
our Israeli and Palestinian guides, trained
in peace-building by National Geographic
Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah.
• Explore Caesarea Maritima with geoarchaeologist and National Geographic
Emerging Explorer Beverly Goodman.
• Meet with an environmentalist from
Friends of the Earth Middle East, whose
efforts to foster Arab-Jewish cooperation
through environmental stewardship were
featured in the April 2010 issue of National
Geographic magazine.
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Meet an imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque who
will explain the importance of this holy site to
Muslims. Then visit the Western Wall, touch the
ancient stones, and meet with a rabbi to learn
about the significance of this sacred place. A
local pastor then joins us at the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre, home to six Christian sects
and, according to tradition, the tomb of Jesus.
In the afternoon, ascend to the top of the Mount
of Olives, and take in a panoramic view of the
domes, spires, and golden stones of Jerusalem’s
Old City.
American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I JERUSALEM
DAY 1 I TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/JERUSALEM
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem.
Relax at the hotel before our reception and
welcome dinner tonight.
American Colony Hotel | Meals: D
DAY 2 I JERUSALEM
Begin the day on the Temple Mount, capped
by the shining cupola of the Dome of the Rock.
Just outside the Old City walls lies the City of David,
thought to be the original capital established by
King David some 3,000 years ago. Venture into
the archaeological site and meet with its Israeli
administrators; later, speak with residents of the
nearby Palestinian neighborhood who oppose
the excavations. Get an insider’s perspective on
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with an Israeli
politician; then travel to Ramallah, where we are
granted rare access to the offices of the Palestinian
Authority to hear from a high-ranking politician.
American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L
Traced by his shadow, a Hasidic Jew prays at the
Western Wall.
DAY 4 I JERUSALEM
Today, trace the turbulent history of the birth
of the state of Israel. At Yad Vashem, Israel’s
moving memorial to the Holocaust, meet with
a Holocaust survivor for a personal glimpse
into one of history’s darkest moments. Then
travel to Ein Kerem, where Christian tradition
says John the Baptist was born. An Israeli and
a Palestinian guide will each tell their divergent
narrative of the village’s role in Israel’s 1948
Above: Two of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land, the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, shimmer as evening descends on Old Jerusalem.
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MIDDLE EAST
enjoying time on your own to float in the Dead
Sea, wander through the hotel’s botanical
garden, or enjoy an optional spa treatment.
Ein Gedi Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
I N F O R M AT I O N
DAY 7 I THE JORDAN RIVER VALLEY/
TIBERIAS
DAT E S
Soar up the flank of Masada in a gondola and
explore King Herod’s 2,000-year-old mountaintop
refuge. Then follow the Jordan Valley north to
the Roman city of Bet She’an to see its remarkably well preserved amphitheater, baths, and
column-lined streets. Along the way, stop to dip
your feet in the Jordan River, where Christian
pilgrims come to be baptized.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I GALILEE
The seaside settlement of Caesarea Maritima was
rebuilt by King Herod in the first century B.C.
War of Independence. Enjoy time to explore
Jerusalem on your own. Tonight, gather for a
discussion with Israeli and Palestinian peace
activists from the Bereaved Families Forum.
American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/D
DAY 5 I BETHLEHEM AND THE
WEST BANK
Travel to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to
hear the viewpoints of Israeli settlers. Continue
to Bethlehem and visit Manger Square. Then, at
the Church of the Nativity, descend into the cave
revered by many as the birthplace of Jesus. Walk
through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and
learn how murals and graffiti have been used
to depict the refugees’ struggles. Our final stop
is Herodion, a volcano-shaped hill and fortress
built by Herod the Great. Over dinner, take in a
musical performance by a group of Israeli and
Palestinian musicians.
American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 6 I JERUSALEM/JERICHO/
DEAD SEA
This morning, meet with an environmentalist
from Friends of the Earth Middle East, whose
efforts to foster Arab-Jewish cooperation
through environmental stewardship were
featured in the special April 2010 “Water” issue
of National Geographic magazine. View the Dead
Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, and then drive
down through the Judean Desert to Jericho to
visit the archaeological site of Tel Jericho. This
afternoon, continue to our hotel, located in the
Ein Gedi kibbutz on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Learn about the kibbutz movement before
Visit Caesarea Philippi, a center of worship from
the Hellenic age to the early Christian era. Explore
the area as you wish this afternoon: follow a
scenic trail to the Banias waterfall, or enjoy a
short hike through Tel Dan National Park to the
ancient city of Dan. Take a boat ride across the
Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum, where
Jesus lived and preached and where many Apostles,
including Peter, made their home.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I NAZARETH/JAFFA/TEL AVIV
Hear the perspective of an Israeli Arab Christian
on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the
Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest
churches in the Middle East. On an excursion to
the mountaintop village of Beit Jann, discover
the secretive traditions of the Druze people,
and enjoy lunch with a Druze family in their
home. Travel toward the Mediterranean coast
this afternoon, and explore picturesque Jaffa,
a strategic port town dating back to the Bronze
Age. The bustling city of Tel Aviv is our home for
tonight. Enjoy dinner here on your own.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: B/L
Trip Type:
Land
2018:
2019:
Oct. 20–30
Nov. 3–13
Nov. 10–20
Dec. 29, 2018–
Jan. 8, 2019
Mar. 16–26
Apr. 6–16
May 11–21
Sept. 14–24
Oct. 26–Nov. 5
COST
Activity Level:
Light
Nov. 9–19
Dec. 28, 2019–
Jan. 7, 2020
$ 6 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,395. Airfare to/from Tel Aviv is not
included in the expedition cost.
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Israel and the West Bank is currently in effect
(travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as
planned, but we will continue to closely monitor events
in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Educator and National
Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah
will join the November 10, 2018 and
May 2019 departures. Read his bio
on our website.
Author Yuval Ben-Ami writes
for the Hebrew edition of National
Geographic magazine and has
published two travel books about
Israel. Yuval will join the remaining
departures. Read his bio on our
website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up
to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain,
narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Days are
full on this expedition: we have scheduled numerous
activities with both Israelis and Palestinians in an
effort to provide a comprehensive understanding of
the region's complex narrative.
Maximum group size: 25
DAYS 10 AND 11 I CAESAREA MARITIMA/
TEL AVIV
Follow the coast north to Caesarea Maritima,
Herod’s harbor city, and visit the ruins with
geo-archaeologist and National Geographic
Emerging Explorer Beverly Goodman. Then
enjoy a free afternoon in Tel Aviv before gathering
for a farewell reception and dinner. After breakfast
the next morning, transfer to the airport for your
flight home. Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: Day
10: B/D; Day 11: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a four-day extension to Petra, Jordan from
$2,495 per person. Visit our website or call for
details.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Alongside a National Geographic expert, explore five UNESCO
World Heritage sites including the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the
ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou.
• Delve into Berber culture during a stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, a National
Geographic Unique Lodge built on a hilltop in the High Atlas Mountains.
• Ride a camel across the Saharan dunes at sunset, and enjoy a special
dinner and Sufi musical performance in a traditional home in Fez.
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the village and visit family homes and markets,
and set off on a variety of hiking trails.
Kasbah du Toubkal | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I AÏT BEN HADDOU/
OUARZAZATE/BOUMALNE DADES
Cross the Tichka Pass en route to Aït Ben Haddou.
Pay a visit to the adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou.
Continue to Ouarzazate for the night, then follow
the fabled Road of 1,000 Kasbahs to Boumalne
Dades, where we'll take a walk in Dades Gorge.
Ksar Ighnda; Xaluca Dades | Meals: B/L/D
Daily
DAY 8 I ERFOUD/RISSANI/MERZOUGA
DAY 1 I CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Arrive in Casablanca. Stroll through the city’s
Habous district and the mechouar and gather for
a welcome dinner. Kenzi Tower Hotel
Meals: L/D
DAYS 2 AND 3 I MARRAKECH
Drive to Marrakech. See the Koutoubia Mosque,
the Saadian Tombs, and visit Bahia Palace. Enjoy a
dinner accompanied by traditional music. The next
day, visit Majorelle Garden and the Berber Museum.
Explore the medina, lined with market stalls and
craftspeople; and soak up the colorful chaos of
Djemma el Fna. Es Saadi Marrakech Resort;
Meals: Day 2: B/L/D ; Day 3: B/L
Visit the souk in Rissani on the way to Erfound,
then ride a camel into the Saharan dunes at sunset.
Settle into our comfortable Berber tented camp for
an evening of stargazing and an astronomy talk.
Bivouac Tented Berber Camp | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 9–12 I MERZOUGA/FEZ/
VOLUBILIS AND MEKNÈS
Travel north to Fez. Visit the Royal Palace and
Fes el-Jdid, and venture into the labyrinthine old
city to discover timeless souks and the exquisite
14th-century Bou Inania Madrasa. Spend a final
day exploring Fez on your own, or take an optional excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis
and Meknès. Gather for a farewell dinner with Sufi
musical entertainment, and depart the next day.
Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: Day 9: B/L/D;
Day 10: B/L; Day 11: B/D; Day 12: B
DAYS 2 AND 3 I HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Head for the mountains and settle into the Kasbah
du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge
of the World built atop a medieval casbah. Explore
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Oct. 6–17*
Mar. 16–27
Apr. 13–24
Oct. 5–16
Oct. 23–Nov. 6
*This departure follows a slightly modified itinerary.
Visit our website for details.
COST
$ 7,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,200. Airfare to Casablanca and return
from Fez is not included in the expedition cost.
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as
photography expeditions, led by National
Geographic photographers and are limited to 16
travelers. Visit our website for details and for the
featured photographers.
Dates: 2018: Sept. 29-Oct. 10*
2019: Mar. 30–Apr. 10
Sept. 28–Oct. 9
Cost: from $8,595 per person
May 11–22
Oct. 12–23
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Archaeologist Chloé
Chapel will join the Octover 2018
and October 5, 2019 departures.
Read her bio and find more experts
on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails. Travelers will need
to ascend a steep hill to reach Kasbah du Toubkal.
Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)
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M O R O C C O P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites with a private guide, from the
medina of Marrakech to the historic city of Meknès.
• Stay in the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge
of the World built from the ruins of a medieval Kasbah in the High
Atlas Mountains; and sip mint tea in the home of a local Berber family.
• On a private tour, discover Fez's ancient maze of colorful markets
and mosques.
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village walk with a local staff member, followed by
a traditional mint tea in his or her home. The next
day, explore the surrounding slopes on a range
of hikes, walks, and donkey rides. Meet a Berber
family in the village, then settle into the lodge's
traditional restarant to savor local specialties.
Kasbah du Toubkal | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 6 I AÏT BEN HADDOU
Visit Kasbah Telouet, a deserted fortification on
an age-old caravan route between Marrakech and
the Sahara. Continue to the ancient village of Aït
Ben Haddou and explore its enchanting lanes and
adobe buildings at your leisure.
Ksar Ighnda Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 7 AND 8 I MARRAKECH
DAYS 1 AND 2 I CASABLANCA/FEZ
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to Fez. The next
day, take a private tour of the old walled city, a
World Heritage site. Then explore the plazas and
palaces of Fez el-Jdid, or “new Fez.” Admire the
opulent entrance to the Royal Palace, and take a
stroll atop the old town walls.
Riad Maison Bleue | Day 2: B/D
DAY 3 I MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/RABAT
Join a private guide to discover two World Heritage
sites: the medieval walled city of Meknès, and
the partially excavated Roman ruins of Volubilis.
Continue to Rabat to see the oceanfront Kasbah of
Ouadaya and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V.
Villa Mandarine | Meals: B/L
DAYS 4 AND 5 I HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Journey into the High Atlas Mountains to the
Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic
Unique Lodge of the World. National Geographic
guests have an exclusive invitation to enjoy a
Drive to ledgendary Marrakech, and venture into
souks off the beaten path; then immerse yourself
in the magic of Djemaa el Fna, the city's lively main
square. The next day, take a private city tour, beginning at Koutoubia Mosque’s iconic minaret tower.
Stroll the lavish colonnades of the Bahia Palace,
and see the Saadian Tombs, the final resting place
for the Saadian royal family. Pass through Bab
Agnaou Gate, and end your day at the Majorelle
Gardens, a collection of exotic plants set against
a colorful art deco villa. Villa des Orangers |
Meals: Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition, so you may select any
dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is
offered year-round, except in July and August.
COST
6+ people
$4,595
4 people
$4,895
2 people
$5,595
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject
to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon
request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain
travel dates. Airfare to Casablanca and return from
Marrakech is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
DAY 9 I MARRAKECH
Transfer to the Marrakech airport and catch your
flight home. Meals: B
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
standing for extended periods of time; walking up to
two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow
paths, and stairs without handrails. Travelers will need
to ascend a steep hill to reach Kasbah du Toubkal. The
longest transfer on this trip is approximately six hours.
Immerse yourself in Berber culture during a stay
at Kasbah du Toubkal, perched amid the peaks of
the High Atlas Mountains. Join a local resident for
a tour of the village or a guided mountain hike.
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Photo Departure:
Mar. 21-31
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Sept. 13-23
2018:
Nov. 6-16
• On a trip inspired by National
Geographic–sponsored efforts to save
Kenya's iconic wildlife, meet grantees
working throughout the country to
protect elephants, rhinos, and big cats.
Travelers capture a tail slap on camera during a thrilling close encounter with a humpback whale.
• Set out on safari in three wildlife
conservancies known for their high
concentrations of African megafauna:
Amboseli National Park, Lewa Wildlife
Conservancy, and Masai Mara
National Reserve.
• In Nairobi, interact with orphaned
elephants at the renowned David
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
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Kilimanjaro. These landscapes provide a habitat
for hundreds of elephants, making the park one of
the best places in Africa to spot these majestic
pachyderms. Enjoy a safari en route to our
sustainable safari lodge, set within view of Mount
Kilimanjaro—the world’s highest freestanding
peak. After lunch and time to settle into your
tent, set out on an afternoon safari on the lookout
for cheetahs, lions, zebras, and other creatures
scattered across the endless savanna.
Tortilis Camp | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
DAY 1 I NAIROBI, KENYA
Arrive at the airport in Nairobi, where our staff
will be on hand to facilitate your transfer to the
hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Tamarind Tree Hotel
DAYS 2 I AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Fly to Amboseli National Park, a conservancy of
far-reaching grass and marshlands irrigated by
underground runoff streams from Mount
Go on safari in Amboseli and learn about elephant
behavior while seeking out resident herds. As
we travel across the grasslands, keep an eye out
for the savanna’s smaller creatures, including
some of the more than 400 bird species that have
been identified here—from superb starlings to
grey crowned cranes. Spend an afternoon at the
Amboseli Elephant Research Project, home to the
longest running study of wild elephants in the
world. Its director, Cynthia Moss, has received
support from the National Geographic Society
for her work. Meet with project researchers to
hear about their time in the field observing herd
dynamics and collecting biological samples.
Tortilis Camp | Meals: B/L/D
Above: The pointed lips of the black rhino are one of main differentiating features between this species
and the white rhino.
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DAY 4 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, 62,000 acres of
golden savanna dotted with iconic umbrella thorn
trees on the northern flanks of Mount Kenya.
Considered a model in the conservation field, this
healthy wildlife habitat is home to a number of
rare species, including the reticulated giraffe, the
dazzling Grevy’s zebra, and African wild dogs.
Lewa and the neighboring Borana Conservancy
also harbor roughly 15 percent of Kenya’s entire
rhino population. Settle into your tented camp;
then set out on safari to track these and countless
other creatures, and cap off your day by sipping
sundowners on the savanna.
Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 5 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
If you wish, rise at daybreak for a birding walk,
spotting avian species flitting and fluttering amid
the grasses. Lewa is home to more than 350 bird
species, including beauties like the lilac-breasted
roller, Hartlaub’s turaco, and the variable sunbird.
Or see Lewa from a different perspective on a
thrilling bushwalk. Tread in the tracks of lions,
rhinos, and leopards; spot tiny members of the
ecosystem; and learn to identify local flora. Later,
meet with members of Lewa’s award-winning
security team, whose effective patrolling of the
reserve has ensured that not a single rhino has
been poached in the past three years (to date).
Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D
AFRICA
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 24–Apr. 2
July 7–16
Aug. 19–28
Sept. 16–25
Oct. 15–24
COST
$ 1 0 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $3,900. Airfare to/from Nairobi and within
Kenya is not included in the expedition cost. The
group flights within Kenya are $1,320 per person
(subject to change).
Please note: We are currently monitoring travel alerts
for Nairobi, Kenya. We expect to operate this trip as
planned, but will continue to closely monitor events
in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A playful young elephant nudges his caretaker at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
DAY 6 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
DAY 9 I MASAI MARA
After breakfast, choose an excursion: Venture
into the Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve and traverse
hanging bridges strung through the canopy for a
chance to spot black-and-white colobus monkeys
swinging among the trees; then take a refreshing
swim beneath a waterfall. Or delve into Samburu
culture during a village visit, and see how traditional
dwellings are constructed. This evening, enjoy
another safari, followed by a festive dinner in the
bush. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D
This morning we meet with researchers from the
Anne K. Taylor Fund, an organization that works
with local Maasai communities to conserve area
wildlife by reducing human-animal conflict with
support from National Geographic's Big Cats
Initiative. Learn about ongoing projects, like the
effort to fortify bomas to prevent predators from
attacking livestock, resulting in revenge poaching.
Later, set off on one last safari, then toast our
adventure during a farewell dinner under a starlit sky.
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 7 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY/
MASAI MARA
Take a final safari through Lewa en route to the
airstrip, then fly to the legendary Masai Mara
National Reserve. Settle into our stunning safari
camp, located on the edge of the Soit Ololol (or
Oloololo) Escarpment in a private concession that
shares an unfenced border with Masai Mara—but
is free of the reserve’s crowds. After lunch, enjoy
an open-vehicle wildlife drive. andBeyond
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I MASAI MARA
At first light, head out on safari to track the
animals that traversed the area during the night.
View plains game such as Thomson's and Grant's
gazelles, topi and eland antelopes—as well as their
stealthy predators—at one of their most active
times of the day. This area is reputed to have one
of the highest concentrations of predators in all of
Africa. Glimpse large pods of hippos submerged
up to their nostrils in the Mara River and crocodiles
sunbathing on the shore. Then set out on an
evening safari along the shores of the Mara River.
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Meals: B/L/D
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Naturalist, photographer,
and National Geographic Explorer
Washington Wachira will join the
July, September, and October
departures. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities
include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on
dusty, bumpy roads.
Maximum group size: 25
DAY 10 I NAIROBI
Return to Nairobi to meet National Geographic
grantee Washington Wachira and learn how he
trains emerging conservationists through his
Youth Conservation Awareness Programme.
Visit the Giraffe Centre, where the endangered
Rothschild’s giraffe is bred in captivity before
being released into the wild. Continue to the
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, featured in the
September 2011 issue of National Geographic
magazine. The organization is the world’s most
successful rescue and rehabilitation program for
orphaned elephants. Enjoy the opportunity to
shadow the center's caretakers and get up close
to the elephants during their afternoon feeding.
Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B/L
A lilac-breasted roller finds a perch among brambles.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a six-day post-trip extension to track gorillas in
Rwanda from $7,395 a person. Visit our website or call
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T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Meet Louise Leakey or Fidelis Masao
for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge,
where Homo habilis was discovered
on a National Geographic–sponsored
expedition.
• A Maasai chief invites us to witness
a traditional ceremony and learn
firsthand about his culture.
• Settle into a stunning canvas suite at
Sayari Camp, a National Geographic
Unique Lodge of the World (July
through October departures only).
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tree-climbing lions. Set out on our first safari to
discover East Africa’s legendary wildlife amid
the stunning Rift Valley landscape.
Plantation Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 3 I LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL
PARK
On a morning game drive, observe the wildlife
that congregates on the shores of Lake Manyara.
Enjoy a guided walk around the lodge’s grounds
and gardens before hiking to a nearby coffee plantation. Plantation Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I NGORONGORO CRATER
DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport this
evening and transfer to our hotel.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
DAY 2 I LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL
PARK
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous
for its elephants, hippos, giraffes, flamingos, and
After breakfast, travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands,
where we will meet with Maasai community
members. Far from the tourist circuit, enjoy a rare
opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing,
witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this
fascinating culture from the village chief and his
wives. After lunch, descend 2,000 feet to the floor
of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes
shelter almost 25,000 animals. Observe the interactions between predator and prey; spot colorful
birdlife, from malachite sunbirds to marabou
storks; and track elephants, rare black rhinos,
cheetahs, and more.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
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A lioness picks a precarious spot to rest in a photo by
traveler @zwemmer1.
DAY 5 I NGORONGORO CRATER
Return to the crater floor for breakfast and a
morning safari. Enjoy an afternoon to relax
and watch the sun set over the crater from the
lodge. Tonight, National Geographic Explorerin-Residence Louise Leakey or Dr. Fidelis
Masao, co-director of the Olduvai Landscape
Paleoarchaeology Project, joins us for dinner and
a discussion about the groundbreaking paleontological finds in the region.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
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I N F O R M AT I O N
M I G R AT I O N S E A S O N I N T H E S E R E N G E T I
In order to provide travelers with the best
opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration, the Serengeti portion of the itinerary differs
by season. The itinerary shown describes the
December through March departures, on which
we will travel to the southern Serengeti, where the
wildebeests migrate to calve.
On the July through October departures, we’ll
set out on Day 6 for the central Serengeti for one
night before flying on Day 7 to the luxury tented
Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge
of the World located in the northern Serengeti.
During our two-night stay here, we hope to witness
the dramatic river crossing of the wildebeest
migration.
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2018:
Dec. 30, 2018–Jan 7, 2019
2019:
Jan. 21–29
Feb. 18–26
July 8–16*
July 22–30*
Aug. 5–13*
Sept. 2–10*
Oct. 7–15*
Dec. 9–17
Dec. 30, 2019–
Jan. 7, 2020
*The July through October departures follow a
slightly modified itinerary to provide travelers with
the best opportunity to witness the wildebeest
migration. See the box at left.
COST
DAY 6 I OLDUVAI GORGE/SERENGETI
NATIONAL PARK
Drive to the Olduvai Gorge, where, on a National
Geographic–sponsored expedition in 1960, Louis
and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis, one
of the earliest members of the human genus.
This morning, Louise (the Leakeys’ granddaughter)
or Dr. Masao will discuss the family’s legacy and
ongoing work at Olduvai Gorge. Then take a
private tour of the site, or accompany Dr. Masao
on a walk through the area where much of
his life’s research has been conducted. This
afternoon, drive to our lodge in the southern
Serengeti, looking for lions, giraffes, and leopards
along the way. Lake Masek Tented Camp
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 7 AND 8 I SERENGETI NATIONAL
plains game from above. Meet with a local lion
researcher to learn about work being done to
protect the lions of the Serengeti. On our last
evening, gather for a farewell cocktail reception
and dinner. Lake Masek Tented Camp
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 9 I SERENGETI/ARUSHA
After a final early-morning safari, fly back to
Arusha. Relax at our hotel before connecting
with your flight home.
Rivertrees Country Inn | Meals: B/L/D
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Add a six-day post-trip extension to track gorillas in
Rwanda from $7,395 a person, or a four-day post-trip
safari in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park from $3,295
per person. Visit our website or call for details.
$9,195
July–October
$9,995
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,700. On the December departures,
there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per
person. The optional hot-air balloon ride on Day 7 is
$600 per person. Airfare to/from Arusha and within
Tanzania is not included in the expedition cost. The
group flights within Tanzania are an additional $450
to $775 per person (subject to change), depending
on the departure date.
P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S
The following departures are designated as
Tanzania Photo Safaris and are limited to 16 travelers.
Visit our website for details and for the featured
National Geographic photographers leading each.
Date: 2018: Sept. 19–27*
2019: Mar. 4–12
Aug. 12–20*
Sept. 8–16*
Cost: from $9,695 per person
EXPEDITION TEA M
PARK
Embark on an off-track safari in the Ndutu area
in search of lion prides, giraffes, and bountiful
herds of wildebeests, elephants, and zebras. On
morning and afternoon game drives, witness
magnificent birds, hippos, packs of hyenas, and
pairs of jackals lurking around the surrounding
marshlands and lakes. You may also choose to
take an optional hot-air balloon ride to view the
December–March
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds research, conservation, and
exploration, including investigations
into early human origins in the
Laetoli area of Tanzania.
A National Geographic expert
and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Conservationist and
National Geographic Explorer
Laly Lichtenfeld will join the
January and February 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities
include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on
dusty, bumpy roads.
Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)
Stay at the picturesque Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, on the July through
October departures.
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TA N Z A N I A F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Experience the thrill of a wildlife safari during five days in the
Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, and discover lions, leopards,
elephants, zebras, and colorful birds.
• Get immersed in Maasai culture on visits with warriors, artisans, and
schoolchildren, and explore a traditional Maasai boma.
• Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis remains
were discovered on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition.
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DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I SERENGETI
NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy three days on safari in the legendary
Serengeti, observing a mind-boggling array of
animals. Float over the savanna on an optional
early-morning hot-air balloon ride, or spot wildlife
on a dawn game drive. Visit a Maasai women’s
collaborative, learn the game of bao, try
Tanzanian cuisine, and identify animal prints
with trackers. Serengeti Nyumba Camp
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Karibu! Arrive at Kilimanjaro International
Airport in Tanzania and transfer to our hotel in
Arusha. Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
DAYS 2 AND 3 I EASTERN SERENGETI
Take a short flight to the eastern Serengeti and
continue to a private nature refuge nicknamed
Giraffic Park. Explore on foot or by safari vehicle,
and meet young Maasai warriors. Cap off the day
with a thrilling nighttime safari. The next morning,
take a bush walk with a wildlife expert and
visit a Maasai village school. Kids will meet the
schoolchildren and participate in a variety of fun
activities. Venture into a typical boma settlement,
and “jump” into a traditional Maasai dance. If you
wish, hike into the wilderness with our rangers for
a night of authentic bush camping under the stars.
Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp
Meals: B/L/D Daily
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Trip Type:
Family
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 22–30
Dec. 27 2018–
Jan. 4, 2019
Mar. 17–25
June 23–July 1
July 6–14
July 28–Aug. 5
COST
Dec. 22–30
Dec. 27, 2019–
Jan. 4, 2020
2018:
2019:
DAY 7 I NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS
Adults
$6,850
$7,395
Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge, where Louis
and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis
remains on a National Geographic–sponsored
expedition. Then settle into a coffee estate on the
outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Relax on
the veranda, visit the farm animals, or ride a bike
to the nearby village.
Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B/L/D
Children (ages 7–17)
$6,650
$7,195
DAY 8 I NGORONGORO CRATER
EXPEDITION TEA M
Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor and spend a
full day on safari surrounded by some 25,000 wild
animals. Later, gather around a fire to hear tembo
(elephant) folktales before our farewell dinner.
Enjoy a rare chance to spot nocturnal bush babies
tonight. Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 9 I NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS/
ARUSHA
Today, meet an Iraqw storyteller and his artisan
wife at their home, visit an art center, and
browse local handicrafts. Travel to Arusha and
relax in dayrooms before heading to the airport
for your flight home.
Mount Meru Hotel | Meals: B/L
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $800 in 2018 and $900 in 2019. On the
December departures, there is an additional holiday
surcharge of $300 per person in 2018 and $400 per
person in 2019. The optional bush camp accommodations
on Day 3 are $300 per person. Airfare to/from Arusha
and within Tanzania is not included in the expedition
cost. The group flight from Arusha to the Serengeti is
$300 per person in 2018 and $500 per person in 2019
(subject to change).
A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young
explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied
by local guides.
KID
to
KID CONNECTION
Spend time in a Maasai village during our adventure,
and meet children at a local school. Learn phrases in
Swahili and Maa, the language of the Maasai; play a
game of soccer; and teach our new friends some
traditional American games.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities
include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on
dusty, bumpy roads.
Maximum group size: 24
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TA N Z A N I A P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Pay a visit to Noloholo Environmental Center,* the brainchild of National
Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld, and learn about the center’s
conservation projects, run in partnership with the local Maasai.
• Stay at the elegant Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge
of the World, and spot wildlife from your private veranda.
• Picnic on the floor of the massive Ngorongoro Crater and seek out
resident zebras, flamingos, lions, and more.
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by some 25,000 animals. The next day, descend
into the crater for a picnic breakfast, then
embark on a safari. Ngorongoro Serena Safari
Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and
transfer to our hotel in Arusha.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
DAYS 2 AND 3 I TARANGIRE
NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Tarangire National Park, and head out
on safari to spot giraffes, elephants, leopards,
cheetahs, and more. Stop in at the Noloholo
Environmental Center, directed by National
Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld. Hear
about the center’s conservation programs,
and visit a field project.*
Oliver’s Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4 AND 5 I NGORONGORO
CRATER
Travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a
UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 12 miles
in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest
nonflooded caldera in the world and is inhabited
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light
DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I SERENGETI
NATIONAL PARK
DAT E S
Fly to the Serengeti and check in to Sayari
Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of
the World located near the Mara River. Go on
safari, and take an optional hot-air balloon ride.
National Geographic travelers are invited to a
bush breakfast, followed by a private game drive.
Sayari Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily
This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates
that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered
year-round except in April and May.
DAY 9 I ARUSHA
DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA
I N F O R M AT I O N
Fly to Arusha and relax in dayrooms at your hotel
before catching your flight home this evening.
Rivertrees Country Inn | Meals: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Extend your trip with a stay at Rubondo Island Camp, a
National Geographic Unique Lodge located on an island
in Lake Victoria. Visit our website or call for details.
COST
4+ people
from $8,795
2 people
from $9,295
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and
subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Arusha
and within Tanzania is not included in the expedition
cost. The flight from the Serengeti to Arusha is $640
per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout
the trip, and you will meet other local experts as
described in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities
include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on
dusty, bumpy roads. We do our best to minimize
long drives, but please note that the day of the
Noloholo visit includes up to seven hours of driving.
*The visit to Noloholo Environmental Center is
offered from June to September. Travelers in other
months will travel directly to Ngorongoro.
Spend three nights in a stunning tented suite at
Sayari Camp near the Mara River (see page 95).
In the Ngorongoro Crater, upgrade to the
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (pictured above),
an elegant lodge perched on the crater’s rim.
Please call for upgrade pricing.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Join a National Geographic–funded primatologist on treks in search
of chimpanzees, gorillas, and endangered golden monkeys.
• Watch the antics of chimpanzees up close at a sanctuary established
in association with the Jane Goodall Institute.
• Meet with scientists at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke
Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation projects, and
get an in-depth perspective on Fossey's 18-year-long study.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I KIBALE NATIONAL PARK/
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees.
Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park,
and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and
Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 7 AND 8 I BWINDI IMPENETRABLE
NATIONAL PARK
Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,
home to roughly half the world’s remaining
mountain gorillas. Head into the forest to sit
among these gentle giants, observing one of the
planet’s most endangered creatures up close.
Bwindi Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ENTEBBE, UGANDA/
NGAMBA ISLAND
Arrive in Entebbe this evening and transfer to our
hotel. The next day, visit the Chimpanzee
Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in
association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a
habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees.
Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Meals: Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3 AND 4 I KIBALE NATIONAL
PARK
Travel to Kibale National Park and check in to our
lodge. Meet with a local researcher and search for
chimpanzees; black-and-white colobus, red-tailed,
and blue monkeys; and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.
Explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 9 AND 10 I VOLCANOES
NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
Cross into Rwanda and settle into your private
villa overlooking volcanoes and lakes. Meet
experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke
Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation
efforts. Spend the next day tracking mountain
gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, where
National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey
conducted research on gorillas for 18 years.
Enjoy a traditional dance performance this
evening. Virunga Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I VOLCANOES NATIONAL
PARK/KIGALI
This morning, search for endangered golden
monkeys in the park. After lunch, transfer to the
airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Extend your trip to Kenya with a stay at Mara Plains
Camp or ol Donyo Lodge, both members of the
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
collection. Visit our website or call for details.
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Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 1–11
Feb. 12–22
June 25–July 5
July 16–26
Aug. 20–30
COST
Sept. 3–13
Dec. 29, 2019–
Jan. 8, 2020
$ 1 3 ,7 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $3,500. All primate-tracking permits are
included in the expedition cost. Airfare to Entebbe
and return from Kigali and within Uganda is not
included in the expedition cost. The group flight
from Entebbe to Kasese is $330 per person (subject
to change).
Please note: US Department of State travel advisories
for Rwanda and Uganda are currently in effect
(travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as
planned, but will continue to closely monitor events
in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Tara Stoinski, president,
CEO, and chief scientific officer of
the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, will
join the February 2019 departure.
Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
While tracking primates, guests will trek through
thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet
for up to eight hours. This trip is not suitable for
those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or
circulatory disorder, or a disability that limits
mobility. Participants must be at least 15 years old.
Maximum group size: 16
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Encounter fascinating endemic species with a wildlife biologist,
including the wailing indri lemur, the dancing sifaka, and tiny chameleons.
• Visit the field station of primatologist and National Geographic
grantee Patricia Wright, one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs.
• Explore the iconic baobab trees of Tsimanampetsotsa National Park,
where National Geographic has funded research on an extinct
gorilla-sized lemur species.
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for more than ten species of lemurs, as well as
tenrecs and mongooses. Visit the Centre ValBio,
founded by Pat, and hear about the latest studies
that she and her team are conducting. Plumeria
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Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 8 AND 9 I ISALO NATIONAL PARK
Head west toward Isalo National Park, stopping
en route at paper-making and weaving workshops. Spend the next day hiking Isalo’s dramatic
landscape of sandstone canyons and unusual
rock formations dotted with gem-colored natural
pools, and catch the sunset at the sandstone
“window of Isalo.” Isalo Rock Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I ANTANANARIVO,
MADAGASCAR/ANDASIBE-MANTADIA
NATIONAL PARK
Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to Vakona
Private Park, where we’ll look for orchids,
lemurs, and birds amid the lush lianas and ferns.
Spend a day hiking in Andasibe-Mantadia
National Park. Keep your eye out for some of
the 14 lemur species that live here; and enjoy a
guided night stroll, spotting brightly colored
chameleons, frogs, and lizards. Le Louvre
Hôtel & Spa; Vakona Forest Lodge
Meals: Days 2 and 3: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4–7 I ANALAMAZAOTRA/
RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
In Analamazaotra Reserve, track the indri, the
largest lemur species. Then spend two full days
exploring Ranomafana National Park. In 1986,
National Geographic grantee and primatologist
Patricia Wright discovered a new lemur species
here—the golden bamboo lemur. On hikes, look
DAYS 10 AND 11 I TOLIARA/ANAKAO/
TSIMANAMPETSOTSA NATIONAL PARK
Travel to the coastal town of Toliara and board a
boat bound for our oceanfront lodge in Anakao.
Take a day to explore Tsimanampetsotsa
National Park, where National Geographic has
funded research on giant lemurs. Wander among
Dr. Seuss-like baobab trees; explore the grottos
where blind fish swim; and spot some of the
park’s 100-plus bird species, including greater
and dwarf flamingos and the Madagascar plover.
Anakao Ocean Lodge and Spa
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 12 AND 13 I TOLIARA/
ANTANANARIVO
Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. The next day,
visit the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga—a UNESCO
World Heritage site. Later, transfer to the airport
for your flight home. Relais des Plateaux
Meals: Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Moderate/Strenuous
DAT E S
2019:
July 1–13
Aug. 5–17
Sept. 2–14
Sept. 16–28
Oct. 7–19
COST
$ 6 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $2,000. Airfare to/from Antananarivo
and within Madagascar is not included in the
expedition cost. The group flight from Toliara to
Antananarivo is $325 per person (subject to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert
and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Biologist, author,
and National Geographic Explorer
Mireya Mayor will join the August
departure. Read her bio and find
more experts on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should by physically fit and prepared
for a fast-paced expedition with early mornings
to optimize wildlife viewing and hikes at times
through dense vegetation or over steep terrain.
Because tourism infrastructure in Madagascar is still
developing, there will be several long driving days.
Accommodations are best available, ranging from a
luxury eco-lodge to a rustic, yet comfortable hotel
in Antsirabe.
Maximum group size: 16
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Extend your trip in Madagascar to Tsara Komba, a
member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges
of the World collection. Visit our website or call
for details.
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T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Enjoy exclusive safaris far from the
crowds as we soar among game
reserves in our own charter aircraft.
• A National Geographic expert
provides insight on ecosystems like
the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.
• Visit the Motloutse Ruins with an
archaeologist, and examine pottery
shards and trading beads that date
back thousands of years.
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and take your first game drive before our welcome
dinner tonight. MalaMala Main Camp or Sabi
Sabi Bush Lodge | Meals: D
DAY 2 I MALAMALA GAME RESERVE
Set off on an early-morning safari in open
vehicles, and observe wildlife at one of its most
active times with naturalist guides. Enjoy time to
relax and take advantage of the camp’s amenities
before lunch. During our late-afternoon game
drive, stop for sundowners in the bush. Continue
exploring as night falls, searching for nocturnal
predators on the prowl. Gather for dinner around
a large campfire in a reed-enclosed boma.
MalaMala Main Camp or Sabi Sabi
Bush Lodge | Meals: B/L/D
DAY 1 I JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH
AFRICA/MALAMALA GAME RESERVE
Arrive in Johannesburg and board our aircraft
for a scenic flight to MalaMala Game Reserve, a
private reserve in greater Kruger National Park.
The distinctive habitat of the Lowveld region is
full of big game, including lions, leopards, and
white rhinos. Settle into our luxury safari lodge,
situated on the leafy banks of the Sand River,
DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I MASHATU GAME
RESERVE, BOTSWANA
Our private aircraft flies us directly to Mashatu
Game Reserve, an enormous private reserve
located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana
that comprises a diverse wilderness of savanna,
riverine forests, marshlands, open plains, and
sandstone outcrops. Take morning and evening
game drives accompanied by expert guides, and
choose two of the following activities: go on a
bush walk, join a photographer in a hide to capture
close-ups of wildlife (select departures), take a
Above: A leopard and her cub remain vigilant at rest.
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A bright carmine bee-eater stands in contrast to the
stark stripes of its perch.
game drive, or mountain bike along elephant
trails. Visit the Motloutse Ruins, a significant
archaeological site, in the company of South
African archaeologist Grant Hall.
Mashatu Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I MOREMI GAME
RESERVE, OKAVANGO DELTA
Our next flight takes us soaring over the magnificent wetlands of the Okavango Delta to a tented
camp in Moremi Game Reserve. Spend two days
discovering this untamed habitat by land and
water. Explore by open safari vehicle, and take a
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Sept. 11–20
Dec. 27, 2018Jan. 5, 2019
May 28–June 6
July 22–31
Aug. 23–Sept. 1
COST
Sept. 7–16
Dec. 27, 2019–
Jan. 5, 2020
2018:
2019:
$16,995
$18,695
Prices are person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $3,750. All flights within Africa are included
in the expedition cost. Transportation within Africa
is by DC-3 (minimum of 16 guests). Airfare to/from
Johannesburg is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Natural light shows abound at Victoria Falls.
trip to Gadikwe Island by flat-bottom boat to see
hippos and breeding colonies of herons, egrets,
pelicans, storks, and cormorants.
Camp Xakanaxa | Meals: B/L/D Daily
this afternoon, venturing into the mists along
suspended walkways. This evening, enjoy a
festive farewell dinner. Royal Livingstone Hotel
Meals: Day 8: B/L; Day 9: B/D
DAYS 8 AND 9 I CHOBE NATIONAL
PARK/LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA
DAY 10 I JOHANNESBURG,
SOUTH AFRICA
Board our aircraft for a flight to Chobe National
Park, known for its many elephant families. On a
wildlife river cruise, watch for elephants frolicking
at the water’s edge and using their trunks like snorkels
as they swim. Then fly along the Chobe and
Zambezi Rivers to Livingstone, and check in to the
luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, just steps from
Victoria Falls. Design your morning according to
your interests: visit a local village or the Livingstone
Museum, or head into the Maramba market.
Take a canoe safari, or experience the falls from a
thrilling perspective on an optional flight-seeing
excursion. Explore the falls with a local guide
Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your
return flight home. Meals: B
A National Geographic expert and
expedition leader will accompany
this trip. Conservationist and National
Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes
will join the May 2019 departure.
Read his bio and find more experts
on our website.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities
include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on
dusty and bumpy roads.
Maximum group size: 22
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a four-day pre- or post- trip extension in Cape
Town from $3,150 per person. Or extend your trip to
South Africa’s Kalahari with a stay at Tswalu Kalahari, a
member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of
the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds the Big Cats Initiative, which
supports field research, conservation
projects, and education programs
to halt the decline of lions, cheetahs,
and other big cats.
T H E U LT I M AT E SA FA R I E X P E R I E N C E
On board our private DC-3, enjoy first-class service as
we’re whisked from one game reserve to the next.
We fly at a low altitude, allowing for rare aerial views
of spectacular landscapes and wildlife. On several
days, you can tailor the trip to your interests and
choose from a variety of activities—including walking
safaris, excursions by boat or mountain bike, and a
wildlife photo shoot with a professional photographer
(select departures).
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WO N D E R S O F AU ST RA L I A A N D N E W Z E A L A N D
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Meet with Dr. Adam Barnett, a National Geographic grantee who will
discuss his latest research on sharks; then spot Australia’s diverse marine
life while snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.
• Encounter the unusual wildlife of Kangaroo Island during a stay at
Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.
• Spend time with Maori elders on a reservation in Murupara, and enjoy
music and storytelling over a traditional hangi lunch.
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farm, hike and ride a jet boat through the glacial
river valleys of Mount Aspiring National Park, and
take an interpretive medicinal plant walk along
Lake Wakatipu. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Meals: Day 7: B/L; Days 8 and 9: B/L/D
DAYS 10 AND 11 I SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Fly to Sydney, and tour its historic Rocks district;
then take a sunset dinner cruise across Sydney
Harbour. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden, and go
behind the scenes at Sydney Opera House.
InterContinental Sydney | Meals: Day 10:
B/D; Day 11: B
DAYS 12, 13, AND 14 I KANGAROO
ISLAND/ADELAIDE
DAYS 1 AND 2 I AUCKLAND, NEW
ZEALAND/TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND
Arrive in Auckland and visit Tiritiri Matangi
Island, where we’ll learn about conservation efforts
while seeking out endangered species. Stamford
Plaza Auckland | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L
DAYS 3–6 I WAITOMO CAVES/
ROTORUA/MILFORD SOUND
Descend into a glowworm-lit cave system in
Waitomo; then travel to Matamata for a private
tour of the “Shire” film set from The Lord of the
Rings movie trilogy. Delve into Maori culture at the
Ngati Manawa tribal lands, and take a private tour
of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave. Fly to
Queenstown, and spend a day exploring magnificent Milford Sound. Princes Gate Boutique
Hotel; Distinction Te Anau Hotel | Meals:
Days 3 and 6: B/L/D Daily; Days 4 and 5: B/L
DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I QUEENSTOWN/
MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working sheep
Journey to Kangaroo Island—known as Australia’s
Galapagos— and settle into Southern Ocean
Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of
the World. Choose from a variety of naturalist-led
activities designed to immerse you in this wonderland of endemic species and unusual geology.
Fly to Adelaide. Southern Ocean Lodge;
Stamford Plaza Adelaide | Meals: Day 12:
B/D; Day 13: B/L/D; Day 14: B/L
DAYS 15, 16, AND 17 I GREAT BARRIER
REEF/DAINTREE RAINFOREST
Travel to Cairns and check in to our National
Geographic Unique Lodge. Visit James Cook
University to meet National Geographic grantee
and renowned shark researcher Dr. Adam Barnett.
Spend a day discovering some of the 2,000 species
that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Join an
indigenous guide for an interpretive walk through
the Daintree Rainforest. Thala Beach Natural
Reserve Lodge | Meals: Day 15: B; Day 16:
B/L; Day 17: B/L/D
DAY 18 I PORT DOUGLAS/CAIRNS
Fly home from Cairns. Meals: B
Above: A koala in its habitual perch, a eucalyptus tree, spends most of its time napping and eating.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Land
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Dec. 2–19
Jan. 13–30
Feb. 17–Mar. 6
COST
$ 1 6 ,9 9 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room,
add $5,300. Airfare to Auckland and return from Cairns,
and within Australia and New Zealand, is not included in
the expedition cost. The group flights within Australia and
New Zealand are $1,485 per person (subject to change).
Maximum group size: 25
EXPEDITION TEA M
A National Geographic expert
and expedition leader will
accompany this trip. Author and
editor Kennedy Warne will join the
December 2018 departure. Read his
bio and find more experts on our
website.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
Spend two nights at Southern Ocean Lodge
(pictured above), perched atop a cliff on
Kangaroo Island and stay three nights at
Thala Beach National Reserve Lodge on the
Great Barrier Reef.
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A U S T R A L I A P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of
the World: Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, and Southern Ocean Lodge.
• Sip sundowners alongside grazing kangaroos and wallabies on
Kangaroo Island, known as Australia’s Galápagos.
• Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater world of sea turtles
and schooling fish while snorkeling, diving, or paddling a glassbottom kayak.
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enjoy an exclusive introduction to outback cuisine.
Shangri-La Hotel; Longitude 131° | Meals:
Day 6: B; Days 7 and 8: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 9–13 I KANGAROO ISLAND/
SYDNEY
Fly to Kangaroo Island and check in to Southern
Ocean Lodge, another National Geographic
Unique Lodge. Walk coastal trails, visit Seal Bay,
discover unique geology, and enjoy a private dinner
in the wine cellar. Return to Sydney for a final
night. Southern Ocean Lodge; Shangri-La
Sydney | Meals: Day 9: B/D; Days 10 and 11:
B/L/D Daily; Days 12 and 13: B Daily
OPTIONAL EXTENSION
DAYS 1–5 I SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/
LIZARD ISLAND
Land in Sydney, explore the city with a
private guide, and cruise the harbor. Fly to Lizard
Island, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of
the World set on the Great Barrier Reef. Explore
the reef by snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and
glass-bottom kayak; and enjoy a private
sunset cruise. Shangri-La Sydney;
Lizard Island | Meals: Day 2: B/L;
Day 3: B/D; Days 4 and 5: B/L/D Daily
Extend your trip in Australia with a stay at Capella
Lodge, another member of the National Geographic
Unique Lodges of the World collection, located on idyllic
Lord Howe Island. Visit our website or call for details.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD
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Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
This is a private expedition that is offered year-round,
so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.
COST
April 2018–March 2019
4+ people
$12,595
2 people
$13,595
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are
subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Sydney
and within Australia is not included in the expedition
cost. Airfare within Australia is $1,800–$2,500 per
person, depending on the departure date (subject
to change).
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Daily activities may include walking tours or easy hikes
with options for more challenging hikes, kayaking,
snorkeling, and biking at the lodges.
DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I CAIRNS/ULURU
Spend one night in Cairns before flying to the
outback in the morning. Settle into Longitude
131°, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that offers
spectacular views of Uluru. In Uluru–Kata Tjuta
National Park, circumnavigate Uluru, examining
ancient rock paintings, and walk between soaring
rock domes. National Geographic guests will
Stay in three National Geographic Unique
Lodges of the World: discover marine life at
Lizard Island, a protected island at the edge of
the Great Barrier Reef; get an intimate perspective of Uluru from your luxurious outback tent at
Longitude 131˚ (pictured above); then encounter
the wildlife of Kangaroo Island with naturalists
from Southern Ocean Lodge.
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Cruise the dramatic fjords of the South Island, including stunning
Milford Sound; and float through the Te Anau caves, lit by thousands
of tiny glowworms.
• Go behind the scenes at a kiwi hatchery and learn how conservationists
prepare these endangered birds for reintroduction to the wild.
• Taste award-winning olive oil, pluck oysters straight from the sea, and
sip wines at coastal vineyards on Waiheke Island.
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DAYS 5 AND 6 I ROTORUA/DUNEDIN/
OTAGO PENINSULA
Travel to Rotorua and meet conservationists
during an insider's tour of the kiwi hatchery at
Rainbow Springs nature park. Continue to the
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, which brings
ancient Maori culture to life with traditional
songs, stories, and legends. Fly to Dunedin on the
South Island, and enjoy a scenic drive along the
Otago Peninsula that includes stops at Larnach
Castle, the Royal Albatross Centre, and the Maori
settlement of Otakou Marae.
Hotel St. Clair | Meals: Day 5: B/L; Day 6: B
DAYS 7 AND 8 I TE ANAU/
MILFORD SOUND
DAYS 1 AND 2 I AUCKLAND, NEW
ZEALAND/ WAIHEKE ISLAND
Land in Auckland and enjoy an afternoon at
leisure. The next day, board a ferry to Waiheke
Island, where you’ll join a private guide for a food
and wine tour, including lunch at a vineyard.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor | Meals:
Day 2: B/L
DAYS 3 AND 4 I MATAMATA/TAUPO
TONGRIRO NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Matamata for a behind-the-scenes tour
of the bucolic “ Shire” film set used in The Lord of
the Rings movie trilogy. Continue to the Orakei
Korako Geothermal Park and Cave for an interpretive geology walk. The next morning, tour the
National Trout Centre in Turangi, where you can
feed wild trout. In Taupo, join a high-speed jet
boat excursion along the Waikato River to Huka
Falls. Hilton Lake Taupo | Meals: Day 3:
B/L; Day 4: B
Take a private tour of a working sheep farm, and
spend time with the owners. Then transfer to
Te Anau, and join a cruise through the glittering
Te Anau glowworm caves. Spend the next day
exploring the world-famous Milford Sound. Enjoy
a boat cruise through the fjords, then visit the
floating Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater
Observatory. Distinction Te Anau Hotel
Meals: B/L Daily
DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I QUEENSTOWN
Enjoy lunch with wine pairings at a vineyard
on Lake Hayes, at the base of the snowcapped
Southern Alps. Settle into your hotel in Queenstown, and spend the next morning on a guided
interpretive nature walk, discovering the area’s
native birds and distinctive flora. Fly home from
Queenstown. Hotel St. Moritz | Meals:
Day 9: B, L; Days 10 and 11: B Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private
Activity Level:
Light
DAT E S
This is a private expedition, so you may select any
dates that are convenient for you. This expedition
is offered October through April.
COST
6+ people
$6,995
4 people
$7,995
2 people
$9,495
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and
subject to availability. Single traveler prices are
available upon request. A holiday surcharge may
apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Auckland
and return from Queenstown, and within New
Zealand, is not included in the expedition cost.
The flight within New Zealand is $300 per person.
EXPEDITION TEA M
Top local guides will accompany you throughout the
trip, and you will meet other local experts as described
in the itinerary.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable
walking or standing for extended periods of time.
The HukaFalls Jet Boat Tour includes sharp turns at
high speeds, and the glowworm cave visit requires
crouching at times.
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NEW ZEALAND:
S O U T H I S L A N D A DV E N T U R E
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Paddle a sea kayak among dolphins, fur seals, and little blue
penguins on the coast of Abel Tasman National Park.
• Hike the Southern Alps and explore the Franz Josef Glacier area by
foot or on an optional helicopter ride, weather permitting.
• Stargaze and watch for wildlife on an overnight cruise on glorious
Milford Sound.
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Gorge. Overnight in Punakaiki, and then hike
along the Pororari River into Paparoa National
Park. Return to Punakaiki for a visit to the
Pancake Rocks, then continue to Hokitika for a
free afternoon. Punakaiki Resort; Beachfront
Hotel Hokitika | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6 AND 7 I OKARITO/FRANZ
JOSEF GLACIER
Hit the trail in Okarito, taking in a panorama of
soaring, icy peaks. Continue into Westland Tai
Poutini National Park, part of southwest New
Zealand's World Heritage area. The next day,
explore Franz Josef area by foot. Weather permitting, book an optional flightseeing helicopter ride
for views of the glacier (at an additional cost).
Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: Day 6:
B/L; Day 7: B/D
DAY 1 I NELSON, NEW ZEALAND
Arrive in Nelson, and enjoy time at leisure before
our welcome dinner tonight.
Rutherford Hotel Nelson | Meals: D
DAYS 2 AND 3 I ABEL TASMAN
NATIONAL PARK
Travel to Abel Tasman National Park and hike the
scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track. Spend the next
day exploring Tonga Island Marine Reserve by
sea kayak. Paddle into inlets and coves, keeping
an eye out for dolphins, fur seals, and little blue
penguins. From our take-out point on the beach
at Onetahuti, hike the Coast Track back to our
lodge. Awaroa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4 AND 5 I BULLER RIVER/
PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK
Continue to Murchison and set out on an exhilarating white-water rafting trip through the Buller
DAYS 8 AND 9 I SOUTHERN ALPS/WANAKA
Travel into the Southern Alps, crossing the Main
Divide on our way to Wanaka. The next day,
hike the Diamond lake and Rocky Mountain
tracks, and take in stunning alpine views of Lake
Wanaka. Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 10, 11, AND 12 I MILFORD
SOUND/QUEENSTOWN
Journey into Fiordland National Park and set sail
on the magnificent Milford Sound, cruising the
full length with a nature guide. Spend the night
on board and transfer to Queenstown the next
day for a final free day in the adventure capital of
the world before catching your flight home.
Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer;
Scenic Suites Queenstown | Meals: Days 10
and 11: B/L/D Daily; Day 12: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Active
Activity Level:
Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
2019:
Nov. 5–16
Nov. 19–30*
Dec. 3–14
Dec. 21, 2018–
Jan. 1, 2019*
Jan. 7–18
Jan. 21–Feb. 1*
Feb. 4–15
Feb. 18–Mar. 1*
Mar. 4–15
Mar. 18–29*
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
COST
$8,295
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $1,500. On the December 21 departure,
there is an additional holiday surcharge of $200
per person. Airfare to Nelson and return from
Queenstown is not included in the expedition cost.
EXPEDITION TEA M
One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied
by local guides, will lead this trip.
W H AT T O E X P E C T
On this multi-sport adventure, hikes range from
one to six hours (one to six miles) on good trails
with moderate elevation gain. When kayaking, we
will paddle stable, two-person kayaks for four to
five hours (four to five miles). We stay ten nights in
comfortable eco-lodges and hotels, and one night
on a traditional sailing boat in Milford Sound.
Maximum group size: 16
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B E YO N D T H E P O S TC A R D
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Sail aboard the nimble National Geographic Orion through the narrow
Tiputa Pass into the lagoon at Rangiroa, one of the largest atolls in the world.
• Go ashore at the seldom visited isle of Huahine, former residence of
Tahitian royalty and home to the highest density of ancient marae
(meeting grounds) in French Polynesia.
• Take in spectacular views over Bora-Bora from one of its emerald crags,
and then snorkel or dive from a private motu—an islet on the outer reef.
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DAY 5 I HUAHINE
Former home to Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains
the highest density of ancient marae in French
Polynesia. Visit these sites with archaeologists, and
then bike into the lush interior of the island. Explore
the verdant shoreline by kayak, paddleboard, or
Zodiac, and finish the day with a swim in the
island’s crystal-clear lagoon. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 6 AND 7 I TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./PAPEETE, TAHITI
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti.
Upon arrival, check in to dayrooms, and briefly
tour Papeete before embarking our ship.
National Geographic Orion for the entire
voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D
DAY 3 I BORA-BORA, SOCIETY ISLANDS
Jutting out from an aquamarine lagoon ringed
with tiny islets, Bora-Bora’s angular volcanic crags
are a spectacular sight. Explore the island by 4x4,
and then snorkel, dive, kayak, or paddleboard from
one of the islets on the outer reef. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I RAIATEA/TAHAA
Encircled by a single reef and sharing a common
lagoon, Raiatea and Tahaa offer plenty to explore.
Spend the morning at the recently named UNESCO
World Heritage site, Marae Taputapuatea—the
starting point for Polynesian seafarers heading
for Easter Island, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
On Tahaa, visit a family-run vanilla plantation.
Meals: B/L/D
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Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80
islands and atolls in the so-called “dangerous
archipelago.” In the waters surrounding Fakarava,
snorkel protected reefs, or ride the current into
the lagoon on a drift dive. Navigate the limestone
grottoes of Makatea, or search for endemic fruit
doves and myriad seabirds. Then snorkel and dive
among colorful fish on the nearby reef.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Apr. 18–27*
May 9–18
May 16–25*
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in
the reverse order.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to
arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$7,960
Category 2
$9,690
Category 3
$11,370
Category 4
$12,390
Category 5
$14,990
DAY 8 I RANGIROA
Category 6
$17,420
The atoll of Rangiroa is known for some of the
best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia.
Our ship anchors near the village of Tiputa, where
local musicians greet us. Spend time with villagers,
and then kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive in the
lagoon—home to manta rays, dolphins, and sea
turtles. Meals: B/L/D
Category 1 Solo
$11,940
Category 3 Solo
$17,050
DAYS 9 AND 10 I PAPEETE/U.S.
Disembark and fly to Papeete to connect with
your overnight flight home. Meals: Day 9: B/L
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier will join the
April departure. Read her bio on our
website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
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See the National Geographic Orion description,
photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are
per person, double occupancy, except those marked
solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare
to/from Papeete and within French Polynesia is not
included in the expedition cost. The group flight
between Rangiroa and Papeete is $290 per person
(subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 102
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles
and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on board
and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific
voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion and
save 10% on each expedition.
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• Aboard the National Geographic Orion, trace the legend of the ill-fated
H.M.S. Bounty to seldom visited Pitcairn Island, where descendants of
its mutineers still live today.
• Join archaeologists on Easter Island to delve into an intriguing lost
culture and examine ancient burial sites and towering moai.
• Dive or snorkel the pristine reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO
Biosphere Reserve, and explore the unusual geology of Henderson Island.
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wonders. Continue to Pitcairn Island, where
about 50 descendants of the 18th-century H.M.S.
Bounty mutineers still live. Meet residents
and hear a few words of their unusual Pitkern
dialect. National Geographic Orion through
Day 19 | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11 AND 12 I AT SEA/MANGAREVA,
FRENCH POLYNESIA
Spend a day at sea before arriving at Mangareva,
the largest of the Gambier Islands and famous for
its black pearls. Venture underwater to snorkel
or dive, and meet islanders to learn about their
culture. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 13–18 I AT SEA/TUAMOTU
ARCHIPELAGO
DAYS 1–5 I U.S./SANTIAGO, CHILE/
EASTER ISLAND
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago.
This evening, meet fellow travelers and staff for
a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly
to Easter Island, where we will spend two nights.
Explore volcanic calderas and join archaeologists
to examine the island’s colossal moai statues.
The Ritz Carlton, Santiago; Hanga Roa
Eco-Resort | Meals: Day 2: B; Days 3, 4,
and 5: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 6–10 I AT SEA/PITCAIRN
ISLANDS
On the two-day journey west from Easter Island,
listen to informative talks by our experts. Once
at Ducie Island, watch for frigatebirds and boobies,
and snorkel or dive among spectacular reefs.
Continue to pristine Henderson Island, an
uplifted atoll and UNESCO World Heritage site.
On hikes and Zodiac excursions, discover the
island’s four endemic bird species and natural
Our exploration of the “dangerous archipelago”
begins in Pukarua, where traditional dancers will
greet us. Navigate reefs and islets during a day at
sea, then explore an uninhabited atoll. In Fakarava,
one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and
part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, learn about
the island’s pearl industry. Snorkel the protected
reefs, or ride the current into the lagoon on a
world-famous drift dive. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 19 AND 20 I PAPEETE/U.S.
Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, and take a tour of the
island before transferring to the airport for your
overnight flight home. Meals: Day 19: B/L
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Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Mar. 25–Apr. 13
Oct. 9–27*
*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the
reverse order, and spends one less day in Santiago.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
Category 1
$18,590
Category 2
$21,990
Category 3
$26,250
Category 4
$28,450
Category 5
$33,970
Category 6
$39,300
Category 1 Solo
$27,890
Category 3 Solo
$39,390
See the National Geographic Orion description, photos,
and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person,
double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are
based on single occupancy. Airfare to Santiago and return
from Papeete, and between Santiago and Easter Island,
or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. The
group flight between Santiago and Easter Island is $950
per person (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 102
SPECIAL OFFERS
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany this
trip. National Geographic photographer
Stephen Alvarez will join the March 25
departure. Read his bio and find more
experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles to
Santiago and return from Papeete, or vice versa. We
will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for
the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages
aboard the National Geographic Orion and save 10%
on each expedition.
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J O U R N E Y TO A N TA RC T I C A
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• The state-of-the-art National
Geographic Explorer and National
Geographic Orion are each equipped
with top exploration tools, including
a remotely operated vehicle that
captures footage of the ocean floor.
• Learn from a team of biologists,
geologists, and undersea specialists
who offer insights and in-depth
presentations throughout trip.
• Get up close to icebergs, wildlife,
and hard-to-reach places by using
our fleets of kayaks and Zodiacs.
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DAY 3 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the
world, and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of
the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship.
National Geographic Explorer or National
Geographic Orion for the entire voyage
Meals: B/L/D
DAY 4 I AT SEA/DRAKE PASSAGE
While crossing the legendary Drake Passage,
watch for whales and seabirds that glide alongside the ship. Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 5–10 I EXPLORING ANTARCTICA
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES,
ARGENTINA OR SANTIAGO, CHILE
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires
(National Geographic Explorer departures) or
Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures).
Settle into our hotel before heading out on an
afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome
reception. Alvear Art Hotel (Buenos Aires) or
Mandarin Oriental (Santiago) | Meals: Day 2: L
With long daylight hours at this time of year, we
make the most of our days, keeping a flexible
schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—
veering off course to watch killer whales perform
off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac
cruise. We anticipate opportunities to hike,
explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close
encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will
be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing
ice, and may include some of the locations indicated
on the map shown here. One day, we may take
Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close
range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals
and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breath-
Above: Wings aloft, an Adélie penguin catches air over the Antarctic ice.
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The National Geographic Explorer attracts a cast of
curious penguins.
taking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid
glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery
in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we
might experience the thrill of the ship crunching
through the pack ice or slipping between the
soaring rock walls of the Lemaire Channel.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018/2019 Season:
Nov. 25–Dec. 8*
Nov. 26–Dec. 9
Dec. 5–18*
Dec. 6–19
Dec. 15–28†*
Dec. 16–29†
Dec. 25, 2018–
Jan. 7, 2019*†
Dec. 26, 2018–
Jan. 8, 2019†
Jan. 4–17*
Jan. 5–18
Jan. 14–27*
Jan. 15–28
Jan. 24–Feb. 6*
Jan. 25–Feb. 7
Feb. 3–16*
Feb. 4–17
2019/2020 Season:
Nov. 27–Dec. 10
Dec. 7–20
Dec. 9–22*
Dec. 17–30†
Dec. 19, 2019–
Jan. 1, 2020*†
DAYS 11 AND 12 I AT SEA
Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast
disappears from view. Round the southernmost
tip of South America, and see the meeting of the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your
voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds research assessing the
effect of global warming on
female leopard seals as well as
exploratory climbing expeditions
in Antarctica.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists, will
accompany this trip. Wildlife
photographer and ornithologist
Tim Laman will join the December
26, 2018 departure. Read his bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
†Visit our website for special holiday pricing on these
departures.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
E X P LO R E R
ORION
Category 1
$13,890
$14,170
Category 2
$14,940
$15,230
Category 3
$15,280
$16,960
Category 4
$16,550
$20,500
Category 5
$19,990
$23,440
Category 6
$22,800
$27,290
Category 7
$26,600
Category A Solo
$18,680
$21,250
Category B Solo
$19,220
$25,440
2018/2019 Season:
N/A
See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for
the National Geographic Explorer and National
Geographic Orion on pages 122–125. Prices are per
person, double occupancy, except those marked solo,
which are based on single occupancy. Please visit our
website for 2019/2020 season pricing. International
airfare to/from Buenos Aires or Santiago and to/
from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost.
The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $890–$1,240 per
person depending on the departure date (subject
to change).
DAYS 13 AND 14 I USHUAIA,
ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES OR
SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S.
Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos
Aires (National Geographic Explorer departures)
or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures)
by private charter and connect with your overnight
flight home. Meals: Day 13: B/L
Maximum ship capacity:
National Geographic Explorer: 148
National Geographic Orion: 102
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
round-trip international airfare between Miami and
Buenos Aires or Santiago on the November 25 and 26,
and December 5 and 6, 2018 departures. We will also
cover your bar tab and tips for the crew on all departures.
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
For voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer,
add an extension in Buenos Aires or to Iguazú Falls
or Easter Island. For voyages aboard the National
Geographic Orion, add an extension in Santiago or to
Easter Island. Visit our website or call for details.
Jan. 16–29
Jan. 26–Feb. 8
Jan. 28–Feb. 10*
Feb. 5–18
Feb. 7–20*
*These departures are aboard the National Geographic
Orion. All other departures are aboard the National
Geographic Explorer.
Hikers trek up a snowy rise in Neko Harbor, Antarctica.
As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine
bays of the peninsula, our team of experts
will bring depth and insight to the experience,
explaining the behaviors and interactions of
different species, the geological and climatic
forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of
a glacier, and how to make beautiful photographs
of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists
capture images from the deep—revealing the
hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our
expedition leader is always on the lookout for the
best way to experience everything Antarctica has
to offer. Meals: B/L/D Daily
Dec. 27, 2019–
Jan. 9, 2020†
Dec. 29, 2019–
Jan. 11, 2020*†
Jan. 6–19
Jan. 8–21*
Guests enjoy an up-close encounter with a
crabeater seal.
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S O U T H G E O RG I A A N D T H E FA L K L A N D S
T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Encounter the natural splendor of South Georgia aboard the
National Geographic Explorer, and capture images of landscapes
and wildlife with the help of a National Geographic photographer.
• Join our naturalists for an interpretive walk among tens of thousands
of stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia.
• Glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and
view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses.
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Explore these enchanting islands before two
days at sea. Meals: B/L/D Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
DAYS 9–15 I SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
Arrive in South Georgia, renowned for its beauty
and wildlife—and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final
resting place. Look out for young Antarctic fur
seals, elephant seals, and nesting albatrosses as
we explore the island. Hike through breathtaking
landscapes, and cruise into a remote bay where
thousands of king penguins await.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES,
ARGENTINA
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires
and set out on a guided city tour. Alvear Art
Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Day 2: L
DAYS 3 AND 4 I USHUAIA/AT SEA
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the
world. Enjoy lunch during a scenic catamaran
cruise on the Beagle Channel. Later, embark the
ship and begin our voyage across the South Atlantic.
National Geographic Explorer for the
remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 5–8 I FALKLAND ISLANDS/AT SEA
Each island in the Falklands is distinctive in
its beauty. The archipelago boasts the largest
albatross colony in the world; thousands of
irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic
penguins; as well as fur and elephant seals.
DAT E S
2018/2019 Season:
2019/2020 Season:
Oct. 22–Nov. 9
Mar. 6–24
Oct. 23–Nov. 10
Mar. 6–24
Please Note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
2018/19:
2019/20:
DAYS 16 AND 17 I AT SEA/
FALKLAND ISLANDS
Category 1
$16,990
$17,840
Category 2
$18,130
$18,990
After time at sea, we return once more to the
stunning shores of the Falklands. Wander
through the remote town of Stanley, visit an
Anglican Cathedral decorated with an archway
constructed of blue whale jawbones, and raise a
glass with locals at a pub. Meals: B/L/D Daily
Category 3
$19,130
$19,990
Category 4
$20,350
$21,350
Category 5
$24,580
$25,800
Category 6
$28,350
$29,770
Category 7
$32,880
$34,520
Category A Solo
$22,660
$23,740
Category B Solo
$23,910
$24,990
DAY 18 AND 19 I STANLEY, FALKLANDS/
SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S.
After breakfast, disembark in Stanley and
transfer to the airport. Take a charter flight to
Santiago, and then catch your overnight flight
home. Meals: Days 18: B/L
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts,
including an expedition leader, a
photo instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer Bertie
Gregory will join the October 23, 2019
departure. Read his bio and find more
experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
Above: King penguins soak up the first rays of the rising sun in South Georgia.
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Light or Moderate
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See the description, photos, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123.
Prices are per person, double occupancy, except
those marked solo, which are based on single
occupancy. International airfare to Buenos Aires and
return from Santiago, and to Ushuaia and from the
Falklands, is not included in the expedition cost. The
group flights are $960–$1,240 per person depending
on the departure date (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 148
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary
international round-trip airfare from Miami to Buenos
Aires, and return from Santiago, plus free round-trip
charter airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and from
the Falklands to Santiago, on all departures. We will
also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.
POLAR REGIONS
A N TA R C T I C A , S O U T H G E O R G I A ,
A N D T H E FA L K L A N D S
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Set out from the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic
Orion in a Zodiac or kayak to get up close to the exquisite icescapes of
the Antarctic Peninsula.
• With our team of experts, trace the riveting story of Sir Ernest
Shackleton’s fateful expedition on South Georgia.
• Get hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer
as you frame seabirds, elephant seals, whales, and penguins.
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each day to hike, kayak, and experience close
encounters with wildlife. See pages 108–109 for
more details. Meals: B/L/D Daily
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
DAYS 11 –17 I AT SEA/SOUTH GEORGIA
Arrive in South Georgia and visit Sir Ernest
Shackleton’s final resting place. Glide in Zodiacs
and go on hikes amid dramatic landscapes, on
the lookout for elephant seals and macaroni
penguins. Cruise into a remote bay where tens
of thousands of king penguins crowd the shore.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 18–22 I AT SEA/FALKLANDS
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES,
ARGENTINA OR SANTIAGO, CHILE
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires or
Santiago.* Settle into our hotel before heading
out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather
tonight for a welcome reception. Alvear Art
Hotel (Buenos Aires) or Mandarin Oriental
(Santiago) | Meals: Day 2: L
DAY 3 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Fly to Ushuaia and enjoy lunch on a catamaran
cruise of the Beagle Channel. Then board our ship.
National Geographic Explorer or National
Geographic Orion for the entire voyage
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4–10 I AT SEA/EXPLORING
ANTARCTICA
Settle into life aboard the ship as we cross the
Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for seabirds
and whales. Our schedule in Antarctica is
flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We anticipate making several landings
After two days at sea, arrive in the Falklands to hike
and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic
penguins, albatrosses, and more. In Stanley, visit
the cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum
and National Trust before a final day at sea.
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 23 AND 24 I USHUAIA,
ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES OR
SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S.
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires
or Santiago,* and connect with your overnight
flight home. Meals: Day 23: B/L
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts,
including an expedition leader, a
photo instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer Annie
Griffiths will join the February 14, 2019
departure. Read her bio and find more
experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Book by October 31, 2018 receive complimentary
international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires
or Santiago on all November 2018 and 2019 departures.
We also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.
Above: Forming a sea of black and white, king penguins cluster on the beaches of South Georgia.
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2018/2019 Season:
2019/2020 Season:
Nov. 5–28*
Nov. 7–30††
Nov. 6–29††
Feb. 15–Mar. 9
Feb. 13–Mar. 8*
Feb. 17–Mar. 11*
Feb. 14–Mar. 9
*These departures are aboard the National Geographic
Orion and begin and end in Santiago. All other departures
are aboard the National Geographic Explorer and
begin and end in Buenos Aires.
††On these departures, guests spend an additional day
in South Georgia and fly directly from Santiago to Port
Stanley. Visit our website for the detailed itinerary.
Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
E X P LO R E R
ORION
2018/2019 Season:
Category 1
$23,990
$24,620
Category 2
$25,740
$26,380
Category 3
$26,950
$28,450
Category 4
$28,220
$35,660
Category 5
$34,750
$41,150
Category 6
$39,990
$47,720
Category 7
$46,450
N/A
Category A Solo
$32,180
$36,930
Category B Solo
$33,690
$42,670
See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the
National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic
Orion on pages 122–125. Prices are per person, double
occupancy, except those marked solo, which are
based on single occupancy. Please visit our website for
2019/2020 season pricing. International airfare to/from
Buenos Aires or Santiago and to/from Ushuaia or the
Falklands is not included in the expedition cost. The
group flights are $890–$1,240 per person depending
on the departure date (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity:
National Geographic Explorer: 148
National Geographic Orion: 102
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LAND OF THE POLAR BEARS
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• The National Geographic Explorer is an
ice-class vessel that allows us to probe
the floes in search of wildlife, including
walruses, seals, and the majestic polar
bear—the very symbol of the Arctic.
• Discover unusual Arctic flora and
tidewater glaciers on walks with
naturalists, and spot huge walruses,
bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes,
and reindeer.
• Learn tips and techniques on wildlife
and landscape photography from the
National Geographic photographer who
accompanies the trip.
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that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s
and early 1900s. This evening, join your fellow
travelers for welcome cocktails and dinner.
Clarion Hotel The Hub | Meals: Day 2: B/D
DAY 3 I LONGYEARBYEN
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight to
Longyearbyen, enjoying views of the southern
fjords en route. On arrival, visit the Svalbard
Museum, then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view
the permanent art and cultural collections, as well
as studios of local artists. Embark our ship, your
base for the next six days. National Geographic
Explorer through Day 9 | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 4–9 I EXPLORING SVALBARD
DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./OSLO, NORWAY
Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon
arrival, check in to our hotel. On an afternoon
tour of this charming city, stroll among the famed
Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human
figures set in a terraced parkland. Visit the Fram
Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and
dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels
This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery,
and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory
by design. In a region ruled not by humans but
by polar bears, we let nature guide our course.
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the
summer sun never sets. With our fully stabilized
ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe
the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day
itinerary remains flexible, depending on local
ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks
take us closer to experience the region’s geologic
features and the wildlife that flourishes during
the summer months.
Above: A polar bear meets its reflection in Svalbard.
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Guests explore Svalbard via kayak.
POLAR REGIONS
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 2–12
June 9–19
June 16–26
June 23–July 3
Please Note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan
to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
COST
A massive iceberg glows blue beyond a passing Zodiac.
With our National Geographic photographer,
photo instructor, and seasoned naturalists,
venture by Zodiac to the foot of vast tidewater
glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and
explore fjords that split the coastline. Hike
through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra;
and search the edge of the pack ice for polar
bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes.
Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet
to observe majestic polar bears in their natural
environment. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 10 I LONGYEARBYEN/OSLO
Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, meet a local guide
and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the
nearby Advent Valley for a taste of local Arctic
culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection
of buildings, including an authentic gamme, a
traditional round building with an open fire in
the center; and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the
Sami people. Enjoy refreshments before meeting
some the friendly sled dogs that reside at camp.
Fly back to Oslo this afternoon. Radisson Blu
Airport Hotel | Meals: B/L
DAY 11 I OSLO/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your
flight home. Meals: B
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
Add a five-day pre-trip extension to the breathtaking
fjords of Norway from $4,590 per person or a four-day
post-trip extension to Iceland that includes Reykjavík,
the Golden Circle, Akureyri, and Lake Mývatn from
$4,910 per person. Visit our website or call for details.
Category 1
$10,740
Category 2
$11,480
Category 3
$11,980
Category 4
$12,690
Category 5
$16,100
Category 6
$17,600
Category 7
$20,100
Category A Solo
$14,350
Category B Solo
$14,970
See the description, photos, and deck plan for the
National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123. Prices
are per person, double occupancy, except those marked
solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from
Oslo and within Norway is not included in the expedition
cost. The group flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
are $800 per person (subject to change).
Maximum ship capacity: 148
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo
instructor, and local naturalists,
will accompany this trip. National
Geographic photographer Nick
Cobbing will join the June 2 and 9
departures. Read his bio and find
more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
MO R E WAYS TO D I S C OV E R SVA L B A R D
Trace Norway’s fjord-carved coast, exploring on
foot, by kayak, or by Zodiac; then head north to
seek out Arctic wildlife on our 17-day Norway’s
Fjords and Arctic Svalbard expedition.
Date: May 20–June 5, 2019
Or, explore three quintessential northern
destinations on a 17-day voyage to Svalbard,
Iceland, and Greenland’s East Coast. Encounter
big ice, myriad birdlife, stunning landscapes, and
authentic Arctic culture.
Date: June 30–July 16, 2019
An Arctic fox pup begins to grow its winter coat.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Travel on the National Geographic Explorer and we will
cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
Visit our website for details and pricing.
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• From the decks of the National Geographic Orion, see smoking
volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire, and watch for walruses,
orcas, and Steller sea lions.
• By special permission, visit the Aleutian Islands of Kiska and Attu, where
rusty World War II relics tell a story of Japanese and Allied combat.
• Sail along the little-known coast of the Russian Far East, and delve into
Koryak reindeer-herding culture during a visit to a traditional village.
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permission, disembark on the uninhabited isles
of Kiska and Attu, both occupied by Japanese
forces during World War II. See rusty war relics,
shipwrecks, and craters left by Allied bombs.
These islands are also home to large seabird
colonies. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11–14 I PETROPAVLOVSKKAMCHATSKIY, RUSSIA/ZHUPANOVA
RIVER/COMMANDER ISLANDS
DAY 1 I ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/SEWARD
Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward to
embark our ship. National Geographic Orion
for the entire voyage | Meals: D
DAYS 2 AND 3 I KATMAI NATIONAL
PARK AND PRESERVE
Explore the shores of Katmai National Park
and Preserve, home to one of the world’s
largest concentrations of brown bears. Watch
bears digging on the beaches for clams, and
board a kayak or Zodiac to discover
wildlife-rich inlets. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 4–10 I AT SEA/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
After a day at sea, anchor off the island of
Unalaska, an important fishing port for crabs
and salmon. Spend several days discovering the
Aleutian Islands, a superchain of volcanic isles.
Cruise past smoking cones along the Ring of
Fire, and seek out marine life, including northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. By special
Sail to the town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. Board Zodiacs
and cruise the Zhupanova River in search of
massive Steller’s sea eagles and spotted seals.
Continue to the Commander Islands—a designated
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As we sail the
archipelago, watch for Russian sea otters and
a variety of whale species. Go ashore at Bering
Island to visit the gravesite of Danish explorer
Vitus Bering, and seek out arctic foxes as well as
horned and tufted puffins. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 15–19 I COASTAL KAMCHATKA
AND CHUKOTKA
Sail up the seldom visited Bering Sea coasts
of Kamchatka and Chukotka. Explore ashore
between secluded bays surrounded by volcanic
mountains and tundra flora. Photograph brown
bears fishing, Pacific walruses feeding, and
seals in onshore rookeries. Learn about the local
Koryak reindeer-herding culture during a village
visit. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 20, 21, AND 22 I PROVIDENIYA/
BERING STRAIT/NOME/ANCHORAGE
In Provideniya, “the gateway to the Arctic,” visit
the local museum and witness a traditional Yupik
dance performance. Cross the legendary Bering
Strait en route to Nome. Disembark and fly to
Anchorage, where you’ll catch your flight home.
Meals: Days 20 and 21: B/L/D Daily; Day 22: B
Above: Sunset darkens the volcanic cones of Kamchatka, Russia.
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I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
June 18–July 9
July 21–Aug. 11
COST
Category 1
$25,850
Category 2
$27,700
Category 3
$29,870
Category 4
$37,440
Category 5
$43,200
Category 6
$49,990
Category 1 Solo
$38,780
Category 3 Solo
$44,790
See the National Geographic Orion description, photos,
and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person,
double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are
based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Anchorage
and from Nome to Anchorage is not included in the
expedition cost.
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov).
We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will
continue to closely monitor events in the region and
will alter the itinerary if necessary.
Maximum ship capacity: 102
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including an
expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany
this trip. National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen will join the
June 18 departure. Read her bio and
find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Travel on the National Geographic Orion and we will
cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
POLAR REGIONS
BERING SEA WILDERNESS:
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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E
• Sail the legendary Bering Sea aboard the National Geographic Orion, and
disembark on remote islands to discover tiny indigenous communities.
• By special permission, get up close to the millions of seabirds and fur
seals that inhabit Alaska’s Pribilof Islands.
• Step foot in Russia’s seldom seen Far East, and glimpse the local
indigenous culture during a traditional Yupik dance performance.
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DAYS 7–10 I UNALASKA/SHUMAGIN
ISLANDS/KATMAI NATIONAL PARK
AND PRESERVE
Cruise into Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska.
Continue to the Baby Islands, where we’ll watch
for wildlife on deck and aboard Zodiacs. Discover
the scattered remains of a petrified forest of
sequoia trees on Unga Island. Explore Katmai
National Park and Preserve, known for its robust
brown bear population. Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I KODIAK ISLAND
DAYS 1 AND 2 I ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/
NOME/BERING STRAIT
Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome to embark
the National Geographic Orion. Cross the Bering
Strait en route to Provideniya, known as "the
gateway to the Arctic." Conditions permitting,
stop at Little Diomede Island, located in the strait
and home to a tiny Inupiat community. National
Geographic Orion for the entire voyage
Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D
DAYS 3–6 I PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA/
PRIBILOF ISLANDS, ALASKA
Disembark in Provideniya and witness a traditional
Yupik dance performance. By special permission,
spend the next several days exploring Alaska’s
Pribilof Islands. Go ashore on St. Paul, home to
a huge colony of northern fur seals. See the cliffs
of St. George from below, exploring on Zodiacs.
Crowded with millions of birds, these outcrops are
home to some of the largest seabird colonies in
the Northern Hemisphere. Meals: B/L/D Daily
The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak has
a unique cultural heritage that blends Russian,
indigenous Alutiiq, and traditional Alaskan
influences. Join our undersea specialist to learn
about the many marine species that can be found
among the fishing boats in the inner harbor. Then
take a photo walk or browse the Alutiiq Museum.
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 12 AND 13 I KENAI PENINSULA/
SEWARD/ANCHORAGE
Spend our last full day cruising the waters of
Kenai Fjords National Park. Take in views of the
Harding Icefield—the source of nearly 40 glaciers—
and search for wildlife along rocky coastal cliffs.
Arrive in Seward the following morning, and drive
to Anchorage to connect with your flight home.
Meals: Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Expedition Cruise
Activity Level:
Light or Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
July 9–21
Sept. 4–16
COST
Category 1
$16,230
Category 2
$17,440
Category 3
$19,430
Category 4
$23,480
Category 5
$26,850
Category 6
$31,250
Category 1 Solo
$24,340
Category 3 Solo
$29,140
See the National Geographic Orion description,
photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices
are per person, double occupancy, except those
marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.
Airfare to/from Anchorage and from Anchorage to
Nome is not included in the expedition cost.
Maximum ship capacity: 102
Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory
for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov).
We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will
continue to closely monitor events in the region and
will alter the itinerary if necessary.
EXPEDITION TEA M
A diverse team of experts, including
an expedition leader, a photo instructor,
and local naturalists, will accompany
this trip. National Geographic
photographer Corey Arnold will join
the September departure. Read his bio
and find more experts on our website.
This trip is operated in partnership with
Lindblad Expeditions.
SPECIAL OFFERS
Travel on the National Geographic Orion and we will
cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
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A R O U N D T H E W O R L D B Y P R I VAT E J E T
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Alongside a team of National
Geographic experts, explore 12
UNESCO World Heritage sites.
• Attend a demonstration of traditional
Andean weaving techniques by
National Geographic grantee Nilda
Callañaupa in Cusco, and then travel to
Machu Picchu by privately chartered train.
• Meet with National Geographic
Explorers-in-Residence Meave or Louise
Leakey in Tanzania, and get a firsthand
account of the family’s groundbreaking
fossil discoveries.
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DATE LINE
2 4 DAY S
Depart for Samoa and lose a day crossing the
international date line. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 8 I APIA, SAMOA
Trace the coast on a scenic drive, passing
through charming seaside villages. Enjoy a
traditional Polynesian feast and a fia fia, a
colorful performance of Samoan dance and song.
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 9 AND 10 I GREAT BARRIER REEF
OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA
DAY 1 I WASHINGTON, D.C.*
We begin this extraordinary adventure with a
welcome reception at National Geographic
headquarters, followed by dinner at our hotel.
The Hay-Adams | Meals: D
DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I CUSCO/ MACHU
PICCHU, PERU
Arrive by private jet in Lima, Peru, then travel to
Cusco by local flight. Explore Machu Picchu, an
ancient citadel abandoned by the Inca and rediscovered in 1911. Excavated by Hiram Bingham
with funding from National Geographic, it is
one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites.
Continue to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and the
Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas or Belmond
Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 5 AND 6 I EASTER ISLAND, CHILE †
Travel 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile to
Easter Island, an open-air museum of ancient
stone villages, sanctuaries, and giant statues
called moai. Explore the island’s treasures with
resident archaeologists Edmundo Edwards,
Patricia Vargas Cassanova, and Claudio Cristino.
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Meals: B/L/D Daily
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Explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest known
coral reef in the world and home to a rich variety
of marine life. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming
in this legendary marine ecosystem. Or discover
the natural wonders of the Daintree Rainforest with
an Aboriginal guide. Pullman Port Douglas Sea
Temple Resort & Spa | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 11 AND 12 I ANGKOR, CAMBODIA
Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to Angkor. Survey
Angkor Wat’s massive temple complex, and
encounter the royal city of Angkor Thom and
the extraordinary Bayon Temple. Raffles Grand
Hotel D'Angkor | Meals: B/L/D Daily
P R I VAT E J E T
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private Jet
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Dec. 28, 2019–
Jan. 20, 2020*†
Mar. 24–Apr. 16*†
Oct. 3–26
Oct. 31–Nov. 23
*These departures follow the itinerary shown but begin
and end in Orlando, Florida, with accommodations on
Day 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
The architectural splendor of India’s Taj Mahal is mirrored in a reflecting pool.
DAY 13 I KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Travel to Kathmandu, and visit the medieval city
of Bhaktapur, once a royal capital whose stunning
pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate
today. Stay overnight before flying to Tibet.
Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 14 AND 15 I LHASA, TIBET OR
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL
Depart by local flight to Lhasa. Visit the
Jokhang Temple, the region’s oldest and most
revered temple, and explore colorful Tibetan
markets. The next day, venture into the fabled
Potala Palace and the nearly 600-year-old Sera
Monastery. Alternatively, you may choose to
stay in Nepal and visit Chitwan National Park,
one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves. St. Regis
Lhasa Resort or Taj Meghauli Serai Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
†These departures will spend four nights in Peru and
one night in Eastern Island. Visit our website for details.
buildings carved into red sandstone cliffs was
founded more than 2,000 years ago. Gather for a
lively Bedouin dinner this evening. Mövenpick
Resort Petra | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 22 AND 23 I MARRAKECH,
MOROCCO
Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to our hotel.
The next day, see the Koutoubia Mosque and visit
Bahia Palace. Wander through the medina and
the open-air market of Djemaa el Fna, or take a
stroll in the stunning Majorelle Garden. Tonight,
toast our extraordinary adventure at a festive
farewell banquet with traditional entertainment.
La Mamounia | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 24 I MARRAKECH/
WASHINGTON, D.C.*
Fly by private jet to Washington, D.C. and
connect with your flight home. Meals: B/L
DAYS 16 AND 17 I AGRA, INDIA
Return to Kathmandu by local flight and
continue on our private jet to Agra. See the
majestic Taj Mahal, one of the world’s greatest
monuments to love. The Oberoi Amarvilas
Meals: B/L/D Daily
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
COST
March and October
$86,945
December
$89,945
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $8,695 on the March and October
departures and $8,995 on the December departure.
Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other
conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in
the expedition cost. Airfare to/from Washington,
D.C. or Orlando is not included.
Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit
for this trip. See our website for specific terms and
conditions.
Maximum group size: 75
EXPEDITION TEA M
A team of National Geographic
experts will accompany this trip.
Biologist and filmmaker Tierney Thys
(pictured), National Geographic
photographer Jay Dickman, and art
historian Jack Daulton will join the
October 3, 2019 departure. Read
their bios and find more experts
on our website.
F LY BY P R I VAT E J E T
DAYS 18 AND 19 I TANZANIA
Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport and choose from two
options: go deep into Serengeti National Park
to witness the greatest concentration of plains
game in Africa, or descend into the Ngorongoro
Crater and observe the permanent population
of about 25,000 animals in the largest
unbroken caldera in the world. National
Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Meave
Leakey or Louise Leakey joins us to discuss the
family’s historic fossil finds. Four Seasons
Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 20 AND 21 I PETRA, JORDAN
Experience Petra, the lost city of the Nabataeans.
Hidden in Jordan’s deep canyons south of the
Dead Sea, this remarkable city of elaborate
Right on the rim of the Earth’s largest intact
caldera, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is
a crossroads of African architecture and old world
elegance, perched high above one of the greatest
wildlife habitats in the world. Go on game drives
and view the crater from a variety of angles.
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds research, conservation, and
exploration, including a study on
the response of the Great Barrier
Reef to environmental stress.
Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited
for this extraordinary expedition. Its long-range
capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports
afford us unmatched flexibility. We set our own
schedules, flying direct and avoiding layovers,
which gives us the freedom to make the most of
our adventures on land. Instead of the standard 239
seats, the jet’s interior has been customized and
refitted to accommodate just 75 guests in two-by-two,
VIP-style leather seating. (On the December 2019
departure, we will travel on a specially outfitted
Boeing 757 that has been configured for only 70
guests.) Visit our website for more information and
photos of the jet.
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T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Discover the ancient canyons of the
Namib Desert, the lush floodplains of
the Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and the
wildlife-rich grasslands of the Serengeti.
• In South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind,
enjoy rare private access to the Rising
Star fossil site where National Geographic
Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger
unearthed Homo naledi, one of the
most significant paleoanthropological
discoveries in recent history.
• Encounter rare wildlife, from the lemurs
of Madagascar to the mountain gorillas
that inhabit Rwanda’s volcanic slopes.
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Serengeti to witness Africa's greatest concentration
of plains game; or descend into the Ngorongoro
Crater and observe the permanent population of
about 25,000 animals in one of the world's largest
unbroken calderas. National Geographic
Explorers-in-Residence Meave Leakey or Louise
Leakey will join us to discuss the family's historic
fossil finds. Arusha Coffee Lodge;
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 5, 6, AND 7 I THE UNIQUE
WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR
DAY 1 I LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon and meet experts, staff, and
fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Pestana Pousada de Lisboa | Meals: D
DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I SERENGETI PLAIN
OR NGORONGORO CRATER,TANZANIA
Following an overnight stay in Arusha, choose
from two options: venture deep into the
Thanks to its isolation from the African mainland,
more than 80 percent of species in Madagascar are
endemic. After a visit to the capital of Antananarivo,
set out to explore Andasibe-Mantadia National
Park, home to the largest species of lemur, the
endangered indri. During morning and nighttime
walks, discover even more life among the thick
undergrowth. Alternatively, take a local flight to
the unspoiled Anjajavy Peninsula.* Observe the
antics of the Coquerel's sifaka lemur, and choose
from a variety of water activities.
Relais des Plateaux; Andasibe Hotel,
Anjajavy L'Hotel, or Isalo Rock Lodge
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Above: Cheetahs pause on a rocky pedestal for views over the savanna.
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DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I CAPE TOWN,
THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, AND THE
CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain
(weather permitting), and hike along wooden
walkways to encounter the mountain ablaze with
endemic flowers and plants. Then set out on
an excursion by helicopter to the Cape of Good
Hope, examining the rare flora and fauna of this
vast nature reserve. The next day, opt for a tour
of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent
18 of his 27 years in prison, followed by a visit to
Cape Town's District Six Museum. Or choose to
visit the famed Cape Winelands, meeting with
local winemakers and sampling award-winning
vintages. One&Only, Cape Town
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAY 11 I JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
AND THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
From Johannesburg, travel by road to the Rising
Star cave in the Cradle of Humankind, which is
part of a larger UNESCO World Heritage Site. In
2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Lee Berger and his team discovered more than
1,550 fossil elements buried within the cave.
The excavation and analysis of Homo naledi, as
this new species of human ancestor has been
P R I VAT E J E T
(water level dependent), coming face-to-face with
the magnificent creatures that call this area home.
Set out on a morning game drive or water safari
to spot elephants, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs,
hyenas, and endangered wild dogs, as well as all
manner of birdlife. Later, head back into the
wilderness on a nighttime safari. Duba Plains
Camp, Little Mombo Camp, Mombo Camp,
Vumbura Plains Camp, or Zarafa Camp
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 15, 16, AND 17 I KIGALI AND
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
A Maasai woman displays a traditional crimson shuka
topped by an elaborate beaded collar.
named, was supported by National Geographic
and featured in the October 2015 National
Geographic magazine cover story. Learn about the
significance of these finds, as well as Lee's 2008
discovery of Australopithecus sediba, a species
of ape-like creatures that may have been a direct
ancestor of modern humans. Later this afternoon,
fly to Namibia. Meals: B/L/D
DAY 12 I SWAKOPMUND, WALVIS BAY,
AND THE NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA
From Swakopmund, take a flightseeing tour over
Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Then choose from
several options. Journey through the ancient canyons
of the Moon Valley in the Namib Desert and
see the famous Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare and
curious plant that is several hundred years old.
With luck, we may see animals that gather along
the linear oases of desert riverbeds that crisscross
the Namib. Or, travel in 4x4s through the stark
landscape to search for the fascinating creatures
that live here—fish moths, white lady spiders,
web-footed geckos, sand diving lizards, sidewinders,
and more. Cruise the avian paradise of the Walvis
Bay lagoon to see flamingos, penguins, and pelicans.
Look to the water as well for bottlenose and
Heaviside’s dolphins and Cape fur seals, which
are known to cavort around boats. Strand Hotel
Swakopmund | Meals: B/L/D
DAYS 13 AND 14 I OKAVANGO DELTA,
BOTSWANA
The Okavango Delta is a breathtaking wetland
oasis in the midst of an arid landscape. Choose to
explore by open safari vehicle or by mokoro canoe
Our private jet takes us to Rwanda, a land of
rolling green hills; majestic volcanoes; and lush,
grassy lowlands. The bamboo forests of the
Virunga volcanic mountain range are home to
roughly half of the approximately 880 mountain
gorillas left in the wild. Upon arrival in the capital
of Kigali, travel overland to Volcanoes National Park,
where the late Dian Fossey famously studied these
majestic animals with support from National
Geographic. Hike through bamboo forests for a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe gorilla
families up close in their natural habitat. In Kigali,
visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a tribute to
those who perished in the genocide of 1994. Hear
survivors’ stories and learn how the country is
reconciling its turbulent past with a bright future
through unity and peace. Amakoro Songa
Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel,
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or Virunga
Lodge; Kigali Marriott Hotel
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 18 AND 19 I LISBON, PORTUGAL
Return to Lisbon where we celebrate our journey
with a farewell dinner. The next morning, transfer
to the airport to connect with your commercial
flight home. Pestana Pousada de Lisboa
Meals: Day 18: B/L/D; Day 19: B
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds the Big Cats Initiative, which
supports field research, conservation
projects, and education programs
to halt the decline of lions, cheetahs,
and other big cats.
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private Jet
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2018:
Dec. 27, 2018–Jan. 14, 2019*
2018:
Aug. 26–Sept. 13
*The December 2018 departure will visit Isalo
National Park instead of the Anjayjavy Peninsula
on Days 6 and 7. Visit our website for details.
COST
2018
$89,945
2019
$94,945
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $8,945 in 2018 and $9,495 in 2019.
Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other
conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in
the expedition cost. Airfare to/from Lisbon is not
included in the expedition cost.
Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit
for this trip. See our website for specific terms and
conditions.
Maximum group size: 49
EXPEDITION TEA M
A team of National Geographic
experts will accompany this trip.
Conservationist and National
Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes
has dedicated his life to preserving
Africa’s wilderness areas and the
species that depend on them.
Conservationist and wildlife
biologist Luke Dollar manages
the Society’s Big Cats Initiative,
which has funded more than 65
field-based programs worldwide,
nearly two dozen of which are in
southern Africa.
Photographer, filmmaker, and
author Sandesh Kadur uses images,
both still and video, to expose
the need for conservation and
encourage protection of the world’s
biodiversity. His documentary
films have appeared worldwide on
National Geographic, the BBC, and
the Discovery Channel.
These experts will join the December 2018 departure.
Read their bios and find more experts on our website.
F LY BY P R I VAT E J E T
Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited
for this extraordinary expedition. Its long-range
capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports
afford us unmatched flexibility. We set our own
schedules, flying direct and avoiding layovers, which
allows us the freedom to make the most of our
adventures on land. Instead of the standard 239
seats, the jet’s interior has been customized and
refitted to accommodate just 49 passengers in
two-by-two, Italian-leather flatbed seats. Visit our
website for more information and photos of the jet.
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A S I A B Y P R I VAT E J E T
T H E N AT I O N A L
GEOGRAPHIC
DIFFERENCE
• Join a team of National Geographic
experts on a journey from the Himalayan
city of Bhaktapur to lush Laotian jungles,
the hilltop monasteries of Bhutan, and
beyond.
• See the leg-rowing fishermen of
Myanmar’s Inle Lake, and learn about silk
weaving on a visit to one of the lake’s
stilted villages.
• Wander the opulent palaces and
manicured gardens of Udaipur, and then
admire these marble monuments during
a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola.
I T I N E R A RY
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1 5 DAY S
DAY 1 I DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
We begin our journey in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city
with a futuristic skyline that stands in contrast to the
vast Arabian Desert that surrounds it. Meet experts,
staff, and fellow travelers at a welcome reception and
dinner. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray | Meals: D
DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I KATHMANDU,
NEPAL/PARO AND THIMPHU, BHUTAN
Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visit
the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a former royal
capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and
squares still captivate today. The next morning,
take a local flight to Bhutan, the last remaining
Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya. Arrive in
Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop
Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated
fortresses, or dzongs. Venture into the great Paro
Dzong, one of the oldest in the country and still
home to a large monastic community. At the
Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer
ceremony. Then enjoy lunch accompanied by
traditional dancing. In Thimphu, visit the National
Memorial Chorten, the Royal Textile Academy
and Museum, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery,
part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather
permitting, you may choose to set out on a
vigorous hike to Taktsang Lhakhang, also known
as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched more than
10,000 feet above sea level. Dwarika’s Hotel;
Zhiwa Ling Hotel or COMO Uma Paro
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 5 AND 6 I HO CHI MINH CITY,
VIETNAM
Continue to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam’s
pulsating urban hub. This afternoon, visit the
Reunification Palace, left unchanged since the fall
of Saigon in 1975. Explore the building’s ornate
Above: Luang Prabang’s Wat Xieng Thong, built in the 1500s, is adorned with elaborate carvings and mosaics.
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reception rooms, presidential living quarters, and
the underground compound of fortified communication rooms linked by a series of tunnels. See
the grand 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral,
where faithful Vietnamese Catholics still flock to
see its statue of the Virgin Mary. Directly across
the street sits the ornate Central Post Office,
designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century.
In the heart of the city, discover the Ho Chi Minh
Municipal Theatre, a bastion of the arts and a
shining example of French colonial architecture.
Cap off your explorations with an exciting ride
through bustling streets in a traditional cyclo.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 7 AND 8 I LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
Travel to Luang Prabang, a stunning city nestled
in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of
the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Due to its historical
significance, as well as its intricate Buddhist
temples and French colonial architecture, UNESCO
has designated the entire town a World Heritage
site. Explore the Royal Palace and its fascinating
museum housing the golden Phra Bang Buddha
statue, for which the town is named. Visit the
area’s most revered temples, including Wat Xieng
Thong, layered with gold leaf and featuring an
elaborate mosaic depicting the fabled Tree of Life.
Then browse the central market, where members
P R I VAT E J E T
DAYS 12 AND 13 I UDAIPUR AND
LAKE PICHOLA, INDIA
A vendor husks corn on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
of the local hill tribes offer their wares. In the
afternoon, cruise the Mekong River to the cave
temples of Pak Ou, home to thousands of Buddha
figures. Before departing Laos, you may witness
the ancient tradition of almsgiving. Leaving their
temples to the sound of drums, saffron-robed
monks walk single file through the city to receive
food that they will eat that day. Belmond La
Résidence Phou Vao or Amantaka Resort
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I BAGAN AND INLE
LAKE, MYANMAR (BURMA)
Once a key part of the historic overland trade
route between India and China, Myanmar is
home to mist-shrouded lakes, Buddhist temples,
and rural villages that remain largely unspoiled
by the modern world. Upon arrival in Yangon,
take a private local flight to the ancient capital of
Bagan. On this vast plain east of the Irrawaddy
River, devotees built more than 10,000 Buddhist
temples, stupas, and monasteries in the centuries
before Kublai Khan conquered the region. Visit
the Ananda Temple, considered the complex’s
holiest site. Then fly to remote Inle Lake to discover
the traditions of the Intha people. Explore Nga
Phe Kyaung Monastery, set on stilts and teak
planks in the lake, and learn about silk weaving
from the craftswomen at Inn Paw Khone village.
The next day, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and
in the evening, enjoy a private poolside dinner with
traditional entertainment and dishes inspired by
local cuisine. Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort,
Bagan; Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle
Meals: B/L/D Daily
Board our private jet and fly to the Indian state of
Rajasthan, the “land of kings,” where aristocratic
Rajputs channeled their wealth from overland
trade into sumptuous palaces and majestic
gardens. Land in Udaipur, known as the “city of
lakes,” and admire the grand palaces that appear
to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Venture
into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within
the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and
granite perched on the lake’s edge. This palace
complex blends Rajasthani, Mughal, European,
and Chinese architecture, and is richly decorated
with inlaid mirror work, mosaics, and frescoes.
Later, wind your way through Udaipur’s old town
and its bustling bazaars, and visit the local folk
art museum, which boasts an impressive
collection of traditional toys, musical instruments,
puppets, and other regional curiosities. On our
final evening in Udaipur, celebrate our journey
with a festive farewell dinner overlooking the
city’s shimmering palaces. Oberoi Udaivilas
Meals: B/L/D Daily
DAYS 14 AND 15 I DUBAI, UNITED
ARAB EMIRATES
Return to Dubai for your final night of the
journey. Enjoy an evening on Dubai’s iconic
Palm Jumeirah with stunning views of the city’s
impressive skyline. Following breakfast the next
morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your
commercial flight home. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Meals: Day 14: B/L/D; Day 15: B
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD
I N F O R M AT I O N
Trip Type:
Private Jet
Activity Level:
Light/Moderate
DAT E S
2019:
Feb. 12–26
COST
$ 6 4 ,94 5
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single
room, add $6,495. Transportation by private Boeing
757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the
itinerary, is included in the expedition cost. Airfare
to/from Dubai is not included in the expedition cost.
Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit
for this trip. See our website for specific terms and
conditions.
Maximum group size: 72
EXPEDITION TEA M
A team of National Geographic
experts will accompany this trip.
Geographer Jan Nijman chaired the
Society’s Global Exploration Fund
in Europe. He has traveled the globe
in support of National Geographic–
funded projects in research,
conservation, and exploration.
Art historian Jack Daulton is a
popular lecturer on the cultural
history of non-Western civilizations. His research has focused on
the art and architecture of Asia
and Africa as well as the study of
Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in
photojournalism for more than 40
years, covering topics as diverse
as the war in El Salvador, the
Olympics, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Read our experts full bios on our website.
F LY BY P R I VAT E J E T
Spend two nights at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National
Geographic Unique Lodge of the World that was
intricately built, painted, and carved by Bhutanese
artisans. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll
receive a special invitation to participate in
Mahayana Buddhist rituals with a local monk.
Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited
for this extraordinary expedition. Its long-range
capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports
afford us unmatched flexibility. We set our own
schedules, flying direct and avoiding layovers,
which gives us the freedom to make the most of
our adventures on land. Instead of the standard
239 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized
and refitted to accommodate just 72 guests in
two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. Visit our
website for more information and photos of the jet.
YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
The National Geographic Society
funds research, conservation, and
exploration, including an analysis
of Bhutan's tiger populations and
photo-documentation of clouded
leopards in northeastern India.
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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC E XPLORER
The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-theart, fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship with
a reinforced forward hull that enables it to navigate
polar environments while providing exceptional
comfort. Our open bridge provides guests an
opportunity to meet our officers and learn about
navigation.
CAPACITY: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins
REGISTRY: Bahamas
OVERALL LENGTH: 367 feet
PUBLIC AREAS : A bistro bar, a chart room, a gift
shop, a library, a restaurant, a lounge with a bar and
audiovisual facilities, an observation lounge, and a
mudroom. Wi-Fi is available in select areas.
MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned
tables. All dining venues on board offer regionally
inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.
CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or
portholes, en suite bathrooms, climate controls, a
flat-screen TV, Ethernet, and USB ports. Some have
balconies.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, double kayaks,
a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a hydrophone,
a splash cam, an underwater video camera, a
crow’s-nest remote-controlled camera, and a video
microscope
SPECIAL FEATURES: An undersea specialist, a
National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography instructor, a video chronicler, a full-time doctor,
an elevator, an Internet café, a fitness center, a spa
treatment room, a sauna, and laundry service. A
National Geographic photographer accompanies
every departure. Onboard Wi-Fi can be purchased
upon embarkation.
WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness
specialist and features a fitness center with a panoramic view of the sea, an outdoor stretching area, a
spa treatment room, and a sauna.
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Above: The fitness center offers sweeping views; guests can follow the ship’s course in the chart room; the dining
room is inviting and informal.
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Clockwise from above: Category 5 cabins all include a balcony; a Category 6 suite; a Category 4 double
cabin; a standard bathroom
ELEVATOR
LIBRARY
OBSERVATION LOUNGE
BRIDGE
BRIDGE DECK
WELLNESS DECK
CHART
ROOM
FITNESS
CENTER
LOUNGE
107
105-S
103
101
DECK
LEXspa
SAUNA
SUN DECK
108
106-S
104
102
DECK
VERANDA DECK
RESTAURANT
BISTRO
RECEPTION
BAL.
BAL.
230
228
BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL.
226
224
222
220
218
216
214
212
210
208-S
206
204
202
GALLEY
219 221
GLOBAL
GALLERY
BALCONY BAL. BALCONY
215
213
211
209
217
207
205
203-S
201
BAL. BAL.
C A B I N C AT E G O RY G U I D E
Category 1
Category 2
Category 3
Category 4
UPPER DECK
339
337
Category 6
341-T
343-T
333-S
335
331-S
329-S
327
325
323
321
319
317
315
313
311-S
309-S
307
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305
Category 5
Category 7
350
346
348
344
342
340
338
WC
IW
STAFF OFF
ZODIAC BOARD
ZB
INTERNET
CAFE
DOCTOR’S
OFFICE
MUD ROOM
Category B Solo
UNDERSEA
SPECIALIST
ZB
LOCKERS
336
334-S
332-S
328
330-S
326
324
322
320
+
318
316
314
312-S
310-S
308
306
304
302
MAIN DECK
Category A Solo
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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC ORION
The National Geographic Orion is a state-of-the-art
ship in the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet.
Fully stabilized, it is spacious and modern, with a
variety of public rooms that offer a panoramic view
of the passing landscape. Guests are welcome on
the open bridge to meet the captain and officers and
learn about navigation. The National Geographic
Orion is friendly and informal, fostering a welcoming
atmosphere where like-minded guests share in
exceptional experiences and enrichment.
CAPACITY: 102 guests in 53 outside cabins
REGISTRY: Bahamas
OVERALL LENGTH: 338 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor café, a lounge with a bar
and audiovisual facilities, a restaurant, a sundeck
with a hot tub, a reception desk, an observation
lounge and library, a global gallery, and a marina
platform.
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned
tables. Exceptional cuisine features flavors of the
regions we visit.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft,
a fleet of 24 double kayaks, a hydrophone,
underwater video cameras, a video microscope,
a crow’s-nest camera, and a remotely operated
vehicle (ROV). For South Pacific voyages, there
is snorkel gear for all guests, 10 stand-up
paddleboards, scuba gear for 24 guests*, a glassbottom Zodiac, and a splash cam.
SPECIAL FEATURES: An undersea specialist, a
National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography
instructor, a video chronicler, a full-time doctor,
an elevator, a fitness center, a spa treatment room,
a sauna, and laundry service. Wi-Fi is available in
cabins and public spaces. A National Geographic
photographer accompanies every departure. Two
dive masters accompany the South Pacific voyages.
WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness
specialist and features a fitness center with Life
Fitness equipment, a spa treatment room, and a
sauna.
CABINS: All cabins offer ocean views, private facilities, climate controls, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, USB ports, and a flat-screen TV. Some have
balconies.
*Diving is available on all South Pacific itineraries at an additional cost. Scuba divers must be certified by an
internationally recognized dive association prior to the voyage, and certification cards and logbooks must
be shown on board. Divers must have logged 25 dives in total and made a dive within the 12 months preceding the voyage. If you have not made an open-water dive within the past year, please contact us about a dive
refresher course in Tahiti prior to your voyage.
Above: The dining room serves locally inspired cuisine;
the observation lounge features charts and a library for
guest use.
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Clockwise from above: A Category 6 owner’s suite with French balcony; a Category 6 bathroom; a Category
3 cabin; the ship’s main lounge and bar
FITNESS CENTER/
LEXSPA TREATMENT
ROOM
WHIRLPOOL
HOT TUB
OBSERVATION LOUNGE
& LIBRARY
SUNDECK
SAUNA
507
510
511
503
505
506
508
501
504
502
BRIDGE
411
415
417
419
412
416
418
407
408
414
405
406
409
403
404
410
401
GLOBAL GALLERY
402
LOUNGE
RECEPTION ELEVATOR
UPPER DECK
C A B I N C AT E G O RY G U I D E
Category 1
Category 2
323
Category 3
317
319
321
311
315
RESTAURANT
301
303
305
307
309
MARINA PLATFORM
512
ELEVATOR
BRIDGE DECK
OUTDOOR CAFE
509
515
ELEVATOR
OBSERVATION DECK
Category 4
ELEVATOR
DOCTOR’S
OFFICE
MAIN DECK
322
320
316
318
312
314
302
304
306
308
310
Category 5
Category 6
Category 1 Solo
Category 3 Solo
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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC
SE A B IRD/SE A LION
NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC
Q UEST/ VENTURE
The state-of-the-art National Geographic Quest and National Geographic
Venture are the latest additions to the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. The
twin sister ships are specially designed for our expeditions and built in the U.S.
CAPACITY: 100 guests in 50 outside cabins
REGISTRY: United States
Our nimble sister ships the National Geographic Sea Bird and National
Geographic Sea Lion have been recently restyled and refreshed. A fleet of kayaks
and expedition landing craft provides easy access to places of interest, and
plenty of public spaces allow guests to relax in comfort after a day of exploring.
Our captain and officers welcome guests to the open bridge.
CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins
OVERALL LENGTH: 238 feet
REGISTRY: United States
PUBLIC AREAS: Each ship features a partially covered observation deck with
chairs, tables, and an outdoor bar; a fitness center; a lounge with full-service
bar and audiovisual facilities; a spa; a mudroom for storage of expedition gear;
a global gallery; public restrooms on all decks; and an elevator. The open bridge
provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captains and learn
about navigation.
MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. Breakfast and lunch are
wide-selection buffets with chef action stations, while dinners are primarily served plated.
CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes and offer Wi-Fi access,
private facilities, and climate controls. Category 4 cabins have balconies and
sliding glass doors. Connecting cabins are also available in Categories 1, 2, and 3.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: A fleet of eight Zodiacs, 24 kayaks, snorkeling gear,
a hydrophone, an underwater video camera, a video microscope, stand-up paddleboards, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and a splash cam
SPECIAL FEATURES: Exercise equipment, a spa, and an elevator. A National
Geographic–Lindblad-certified photo instructor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, and a wellness specialist are also on board.
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106
104
107
105
103
ELEVATOR
OVERALL LENGTH: 152 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: A library, a gift shop, a lounge with full-service bar and
audio-visual facilities, an observation deck, a partially covered sundeck with
chairs and tables, and an outdoor stretching area
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu features
locally inspired fare.
CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities, reading lights,
and individual climate controls.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: A bow camera; a hydrophone; kayaks; snorkeling
gear; expedition landing craft; a splash cam; stand-up paddleboards; an underwater video camera; a video microscope; and, in Baja, wet suits
SPECIAL FEATURES: Wi-Fi access, exercise equipment, a spa, a wellness
specialist, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photo instructor, and a
video chronicler. A doctor is on board in Baja and Costa Rica/Panama, and an
undersea specialist is on board in Baja and Alaska.
WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise
equipment, a spa, and an outdoor stretching area.
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SUNDECK
BRIDGE
W.C.
SUNDECK
OBSERVATION DECK
LEXspa
VIEWING
PLATFORM
GLOBAL
GALLERY
103
101
CPTN.
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104
102
100
GYM EQUIPMENT
BRIDGE DECK
SPA
ELEVATOR
GYM
105
BRIDGE
101
DINING ROOM
LOUNGE
W.C.
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217
215 211
209 207 205 203 201
216
214
212 210
208 206 204 202 200
OBSERVATION
DECK
LOUNGE DECK
UPPER DECK
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226
224
222 220
218
216
214
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227
225
223
221
219
217
215
ELEVATOR
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210
208
206 204
202
211
209
207 205 203
201
305 303 301
W.C.
DINING ROOM
MUD ROOM
Note: See
our website for additional decks not shown above.
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W.C.
311
309 307 305 303 301
MAIN DECK
ELEVATOR
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LOUNGE
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UPPER DECK
BAR
NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC
ENDE AVOUR II
NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC
I SL ANDER
The state-of-the-art National Geographic Endeavour II is one of the latest additions Designed for just 48 guests, the intimate National Geographic Islander offers comto the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. Our Ecuadorian captain and officers fortable public spaces and a variety of exploration tools. Our Ecuadorian captain
welcome guests to the open bridge.
and officers welcome guests to the open bridge.
CAPACITY: 96 guests in 52 outside cabins
CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins
REGISTRY: Ecuador
REGISTRY: Ecuador
OVERALL LENGTH: 236 feet
OVERALL LENGTH: 164 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: Forward lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presenta-
PUBLIC AREAS: An open-air observation deck and a second covered outside deck
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu is international
with an Ecuadorian flair.
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu is international
tions and gatherings, a restaurant, a large library with Mac® kiosks, an open-air
observation deck, and an area for underwater gear
CABINS : All face outside and feature large windows, Wi-Fi access, private facilities,
with hammocks, tables, and chairs; a lounge and bar accommodating all guests
for presentations and gatherings; a dining room; a library; Mac® kiosks; and Wi-Fi
access
with an Ecuadorian flair.
and climate controls. Beds can be configured as two twins or as a single queen.
Seven sets of cabins feature a connecting door and can be booked together for
families.
CABINS: All have a window with an outside view and feature private facilities,
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, kayaks and stand-up
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards,
SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindbladcertified photo instructor, a video chronicler, National Geographic Global
Explorers program for kids and teens, snorkel instruction, laundry service, and a global gallery
SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified
photo instructor, a video chronicler, National Geographic Global Explorers program
for kids and teens, snorkel instruction, Wi-Fi access, laundry service, and a global gallery
WELLNESS: A spa, exercise classes, and a wellness specialist
WELLNESS: A spa, exercise classes, and a wellness specialist
snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, a video microscope, and an
underwater video camera
BAR
paddleboards, snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, a video
microscope, and an underwater video camera
ample storage, and climate controls. The bed can be configured as two twins or as a
single queen.
SUN DECK
OBSERVATION DECK
GYM & SPA
415
413
411
BRIDGE
LIBRARY
422
GLOBAL
GALLERY
420
418
416
414
406
407
405
404
402
403
401
412
UPPER DECK
FITNESS
CENTER
EXPEDITION GEAR
321
319
317
315
313
311
BAR
WC
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318
320
316
304
305
303
LOUNGE
301
INTERNET
314
217
215
213
218
216
214
211
209 207 205 203
201
DINING ROOM
209 207
228 226 224 222
206 204 202
LEXspa
210 208
219
205 203 201
DOCTOR
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Designed in the style of colonial cruise liners of old, the elegant RV Jahan is
one of the fi rst modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. The ship’s
cabins are beautifully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows and private
balconies. The restaurant features Western and regional cuisine served in single
seatings with unassigned tables. CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins
The MV Lord of the Glens is the only deluxe passenger vessel able to navigate
both the Caledonian Canal and the open sea. With teak decks, hardwoodfi nished interiors, and fi ne fabrics, this motorized yacht offers a stylish and
relaxing ambience.
REGISTRY: Vietnam
REGISTRY: Great Britain
OVERALL LENGTH: 230 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: Outdoor areas include the Terrace Deck, with both covered and
CAPACITY: 48 guests in 26 outside cabinss
OVERALL LENGTH: 150 feet
open-air spaces, a small swimming pool, and a full-service bar. The lounge,
located on the Upper Deck, has a library and facilities for films, slide shows,
and presentations. The ship is fully air-conditioned.
PUBLIC AREAS: The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs
aboard ship. There is a bar, and space to read books from the well-stocked library.
MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. The menu features
atmosphere and easy mingling, meals focus on healthy cuisine including fresh
Scottish poultry, trout, and other options.
CABINS: Every cabin is exceptionally spacious and comfortable. All face
outside, and all have glass doors and private balconies for enjoying the scenery
along the Mekong River and its tributaries. There is a mix of cabins with twin
and queen-size beds. Each has private facilities and a hair dryer, individual
climate control, a music entertainment system, and a mini-bar. A choice of
pillows is provided on request.
CABINS: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable, and amply sized, with outside views.
regional fare.
SPECIAL FEATURES: There is a spa that offers a choice of massage treatments,
and a fitness room with a steam bath and a treadmill, a stationary bicycle, and
an elliptical trainer. The boutique has a fine selection of local artwork and textiles. Morning tai chi classes are offered on the Terrace Deck. DVD and iPod®
players are available on request.
MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal
Most cabins have picture windows (three have two large portholes high in the
cabin). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled
air-conditioning and heating, a television, a music system, a hair dryer, a
telephone, a safety deposit box, bathrobes, and toiletries.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Bicycles are available. There is complimentary Internet
access at a computer in the reception area. The Lord of the Glens is the only
ship of its kind able to both navigate the locks of the Caledonian Canal and
sail among the islands of the Inner Hebrides. She offers us the unique ability to
explore both the Highlands and the fabled Scottish isles.
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Launched in 2016 and custom built to sail Portugal’s sinuous Douro River, the
Scenic Azure joins luxury with cutting-edge technology. The ship is equipped
with a range of state-of-the-art amenities and a variety of casual and upscale
dining options, and a one-to-two staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level
of service.
Launched in 2016, the Scenic Aura was designed in the style and luxury of a
five-star hotel. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and a variety
of casual and upscale dining options, and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensures
the highest level of service. Each outward-facing cabin features a private balcony
that can be converted into a glass-enclosed sun lounge for all-weather sightseeing.
CAPACITY: 96 guests in 48 outward-facing suites
CAPACITY: 44 guests in 22 balcony suites
REGISTRY: Portugal
REGISTRY: Myanmar
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The Delfin II is an intimate riverboat with luxurious suites that offer expansive
Amazon views. Skiffs and kayaks allow guests to venture down narrow jungle
waterways on day and night excursions.
CAPACITY: 28 guests in 14 outside suites
REGISTRY: Peru
OVERALL LENGTH: 120 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: An enclosed air-conditioned lounge and lecture room; an observation deck with sofas, chairs, and a bar; a reference library; and an open bridge
where guests are welcome to meet the captain and officers
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu features
local cuisine made from sustainable ingredients.
SUITES: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites feature large windows and private
facilities. Four are master suites with 90-degree panoramic windows, and four
suites can be interconnected to accommodate families.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Ten-person skiffs with individual seat cushions and
plenty of leg room, a fleet of kayaks, rain ponchos, and rubber boots
SPECIAL FEATURES: A National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography
instructor and wellness specialist will be on board all departures.
The Sea Cloud, a four-masted square-rigger, was built in 1931 by Wall Street
businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Cabins
and common areas are beautifully appointed with antiques and period-style
furniture. The Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet.
They are raised by hand by a spirited crew, and guests have the chance to learn
about their design and function during the voyage. Guests are welcome on the
open bridge to learn how the Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed. While the ship is
elegant, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual. A National Geographic–
Lindblad-certified photography instructor will be on board on all departures.
CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins, including two owner’s suites
REGISTRY: Malta
OVERALL LENGTH: 360 feet
PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor lido bar, two sundecks, a first-class restaurant, an
elegant bar and lounge, and Wi-Fi access in the lounge and on the Lido deck
MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu emphasizes regional fare.
CABINS: The ship features 30 outside staterooms and cabins equipped with
windows or portholes, private facilities, individual climate controls, and a hair
dryer. The two owner’s suites, once the quarters of Hutton and Post, have sitting
areas, fireplaces, and walk-in closets—and were designed by Ms. Post herself.
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Marc Cappelletti (126L); Ken Carlson (35B); Adrian Cerda (31B);
Marvin del Cid (28); Stewart Cohen (122T, 122CR); David Cothran
(124); Paul Cowan (59); Jennifer Davidson (13B); Jasper Doest
(83T); Stephen Emerson (49); Laura Farrell (105); Tim Greenleaf
(10BC); Ralph Lee Hopkins (3R, 31T, 31CR, 108T, 109T, 109B,
112T, penguin cover); Joshua Howard (110BR); Jonathan Irish
(87B); Scott Kish (10BL, 96); Sven-Olaf Lindblad (127R); Lizard
Island Resort (103T); Richard Maack (130L); Jeff Mauritzen (35T);
Joe McDonald (113BL); Carlos J. Navarro (37); Flip Nicklin (111);
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John Peter (128R); Marco Ricca (123, 124B, 125); Joel Santos (20T);
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Ocean Lodge (11BR); Susan Seubert (38, 40); Tom Soucek (34T);
Keren Su (19); Monica and Michael Sweet (106); Rikki Swenson
(126R); Gareth Tate (20B); David Vargas (14, 36, 127L, 128L, 130R);
Maureen Wambui (7); Craig Wilson (124C); Art Wolfe (115)
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# OF DAYS
TRIP TYPE
PAGE
2018
DEPA RTU RE
DAT E S
OCT.
NOV.
DEC.
17
8, 15, 22
2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S
JAN.
FEB.
MAR.
APR.
MAY
JUNE
25
1, 8, 29
JULY
AUG.
SEPT.
OCT.
19, 26
4, 11, 18,
25
5, 14, 19
31
7, 21
2
SOUTH AMERICA
ISLANDER
GALÁPAGOS
12 EC 10
19, 26
ENDEAVOUR II
14 EC
7
15 EC
9
PERU: LAND OF THE INCA
16
8
UPPER AMAZON
19 EC 10
13
PATAGONA HIKING ADVENTURE
20
A
13
20
EXPLORING PATAGONIA
22
L
12
COSTA RICA AND THE PANAMA CANAL*
27 EC
8
REEFS AND RUINS: BELIZE TO TIKAL, GUATEMALA
28 EC
9
MYSTERIES OF THE MAYA
29
11
BAJA CALIFORNIA AND THE SEA OF CORTEZ:
AMONG THE GREAT WHALES
30 EC 10
CUBA: DISCOVERING ITS PEOPLE AND CULTURE
32
L
8
ALASKA: DENALI TO KENAI FJORDS
33
L
8
WILD GALÁPAGOS ESCAPE
NEW
WILD GALÁPAGOS AND PERU ESCAPE
NEW
L
2, 9, 16,
7, 14, 21
23, 30
5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 2, 9, 16,
6, 13, 20
26
23
23, 30
4, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15,
22
25
1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 3, 10, 17, 7, 14, 21, 5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16,
22, 29
26
24, 31
28
26
23, 30
24, 29
27
1
7, 27
3, 10, 24 22, 30
8, 15, 29
6, 13, 20,
3, 10, 17
27
2, 11,16
31
4, 18
5, 12,
20, 26
3, 9, 17,
23
3, 9, 17, 6, 14, 20,
23, 31
28
5, 12, 19,
2, 16, 23 2, 9, 16
26
3, 17
1, 8
5, 12
16
7
29
10, 22
3, 19
8, 15, 22,
29
5, 12, 19,
26
2
27
4, 18
1, 9, 15, 7, 13, 21, 4, 10, 18,
23, 29
27
24
4, 11, 18 8, 15, 22
5, 19, 26
10, 24
26
2
NORTH AMERICA
L
13, 18, 5, 10, 15,
23, 28
20
8
27
4
2, 27
17
21
12, 19,
28
4, 13,
20
13
1, 8
3
19
5, 12
QUEST/VENTURE
ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE
34 EC
WILD ALASKA ESCAPE
36 EC
6
TREASURES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE: ALASKA AND
BRITISH COLUMBIA
37 EC 14
18, 25
1, 8, 15,
22, 29
25, 30
4, 9
4, 9, 14,
19
6, 12
39
L
7
6
40
T
8
8, 29
41 EC
7
42
L
8
WINTER WILDLIFE IN YELLOWSTONE
43
L
6
ARCHES, CANYONLANDS, AND MESA VERDE
NATIONAL PARKS
44
L
7
GRAND CANYON, BRYCE CANYON, AND ZION
NATIONAL PARKS
45
L
8
5, 11, 17
25
20
3, 17
8
7
2, 23
1
15, 21, 27 3, 9, 15
18
25, 31
13, 18,
23, 28
31
CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAIL AND TRAIL
YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS
4
6, 13,
3, 10, 17
20, 27
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
COLUMBIA AND SNAKE RIVERS VOYAGE
28
19, 26
8
SEA LION
10
2, 9, 16,
7, 14, 21 4, 11, 18
23
1
17
7, 21
15
24
7
3, 17
7, 21, 28
21
5, 12
25
EUROPE
A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND
46 EC
11
ICELAND: VOLCANOES, GLACIERS, AND WHALES
48
L
10
14
5, 26
9, 23, 29 7, 12, 22
SCOTLAND'S HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS
49 EC
9
1, 8
20, 27
3, 10, 17,
24
IRELAND: TALES AND TREASURES OF THE EMERALD ISLE
50
L
10
NORWAY'S TRAINS AND FJORDS
52
T
11
UNFORGETTABLE DOURO RIVER CRUISE
53 RC
A = ACTIVE
|
EC = EXPEDITION CRUISE
|
F= FAMILY
|
15, 24
19
21
30
12, 26
11
J = PRIVATE JET
31
10, 24
25
|
L = LAND
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PH = PHOTO
|
PR = PRIVATE
|
RC = RIVER CRUISE
2, 11
27
7, 21
23
|
T = TRAIN
5
# OF DAYS
TRIP TYPE
PAGE
2018
DEPA RTU RE
DAT E S
OCT.
NOV.
2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S
DEC.
JAN.
FEB.
MAR.
APR.
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG.
SEPT.
OCT.
EUROPE (CONTINUED)
RHINE HIGHLIGHTS RIVER CRUISE
54 RC
8
GEMS OF THE DANUBE RIVER CRUISE
55 RC
8
DANUBE CHRISTMAS MARKETS BY RIVER*
55 RC
8
DUTCH SIGHTS AND BELGIAN DELIGHTS RIVER CRUISE
56 RC
8
JEWELS OF EUROPE BY RIVER
57 RC 15
29
BEAUTIFUL BORDEAUX RIVER CRUISE
57 RC
11
25
UNDER SAIL: GREECE TO THE DALMATIAN COAST
58 EC 12
31
SAILING THE GREEK ISLES
59 EC
9
GREECE: WONDERS OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE
61
L
11
D-DAY'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY: LONDON TO THE
NORMANDY BEACHES
64
L
9
HUMAN ORIGINS: SOUTHWEST FRANCE AND
NORTHERN SPAIN
65
L
10
66
L
14
SWISS TRAINS AND THE ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT
68
T
10
ITALY: RENAISSANCE CITIES AND TUSCAN LIFE
70
L
10
72
T
16
SOUTHERN SPAIN AND MOROCCO EXPEDITION
NEW
12
11
1
2
17, 24
20, 30
9, 16
14
6
18
17
1
5
25
21
2, 18
3, 17
15
5
11
2, 9
22
20
7
9, 16, 23
15
24
7, 21
4, 18
14
16
1, 15
27
18
EURASIA
TRANS-SIBERIAN RAIL EXPEDITION
4, 31
ASIA
73 RC
11
VIETNAM, LAOS, AND CAMBODIA ADVENTURE*
74
13
VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA: ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER
75 EC 15
BORNEO WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
76
A
11
11
BHUTAN: KINGDOM IN THE CLOUDS*
77
L
11
11
TIBET & NEPAL: EXPEDITION TO THE HIGHEST HIMALAYA
78
L
15
MONGOLIA: LAND OF THE NOMAD
79
L
12
CHINA: IMPERIAL TREASURES AND NATURAL WONDERS
80
L
16
INSIDE JAPAN
82
L
11
JAPAN: WINTER FESTIVALS AND SNOW MONKEYS
83
L
11
2, 22
INDIA'S FABLED RAJASTHAN BY RAIL
86
T
11
25
88
L
11
20
MOROCCO: LEGENDARY CITIES AND THE SAHARA
90
L
12
6
KENYA: UP CLOSE WITH ELEPHANTS, RHINOS,
AND BIG CATS N E W
92
L
10
ON SAFARI: TANZANIA'S GREAT MIGRATION*
94
L
9
THE GREAT APES OF UGANDA AND RWANDA*
98
L
11
MADAGASCAR WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
99
L
13
100 L
10
IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISE
A
23
19
2, 16
7
1
4, 18
15
1, 15
18
14, 22 11, 19, 25
1
16
7, 21
20
28
15
14
3, 24
1, 29
8
19
3
11
14
26
1
9
2, 23
14
4
MIDDLE EAST
THE HOLY LAND: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE*
3, 10
29
16
6
16
13
AFRICA
SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI BY PRIVATE AIR*
5, 23
24
7
30
21
7
18
8, 22
12
27
19
25
28
16
15
2
7
16
20
3
1
5
2, 16
22
23
7
7
*Departure dates beyond October 2019 are listed on the itinerary pages for these trips.
† While these itineraries do not have designated family departures, there are activities for children ages 7 to 17 on all departures.
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DEPA RTU RE
DAT E S
OCT.
NOV.
2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S
DEC.
JAN.
FEB.
2
13
17
3, 21
7, 21
4, 18
MAR.
APR.
MAY
18
9, 16
JUNE
JULY
AUG.
SEPT.
OCT.
AU S T R A L I A & T H E PAC I F I C
WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
102 L
18
NEW ZEALAND: SOUTH ISLAND ADVENTURE
105 A
12
FRENCH POLYNESIA: BEYOND THE POSTCARD
106 EC 10
EASTER ISLAND TO TAHITI: TALES OF THE PACIFIC
107 EC 20
5, 19
4, 18
25
9
6
23
POLAR REGIONS
JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA*
108 EC 14
SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE FALKLANDS*
110 EC 19
ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA, AND THE FALKLANDS*
111 EC 24
LAND OF THE POLAR BEARS
112 EC
11
NORWAY'S FJORDS AND ARCTIC SVALBARD
113 EC
17
SVALBARD, ICELAND, AND GREENLAND'S EAST COAST
113 EC
17
BERING SEA WILDERNESS: PRIBILOFS, KATMAI,
AND KODIAK N E W
115 EC
13
ACROSS THE BERING SEA: FROM KATMAI TO
KAMCHATKA N E W
114 EC 22
25, 26
5, 6, 15,
16, 25,
26
4, 5, 14,
15, 24,
25
3, 4
22
5, 6
13, 14
2, 9, 16,
23
20
30
9
18
4
21
P R I VAT E J E T
AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET
116
J
24
AFRICA BY PRIVATE JET
118
J
19
ASIA BY PRIVATE JET
120 J
15
24
3, 31
27
12
PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITIONS
GALÁPAGOS
13 PH 10
UPPER AMAZON
19 PH 10
EPIC ALASKA: MISTY FIORDS TO THE LYNN CANAL
38 PH
11
WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
43 PH
6
ITALY PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
70 PH 10
BHUTAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
77 PH
17
8, 15, 22
5, 12, 19
2, 9, 16, 2, 9, 16,
6, 13, 20
23
23
19, 26
9, 16
25
1, 8, 15,
6, 13, 20 3, 10, 17
22
14, 24
22
13, 25
24
3
19
12
11
6
2
18
TIBET AND NEPAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION*
78 PH 15
MONGOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
79 PH 12
INSIDE JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
83 PH
11
JAPAN: WINTER FESTIVALS AND SNOW MONKEYS
PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
83 PH
11
INDIA BY RAIL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
87 PH
11
MOROCCO PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION
90 PH 12
30
TANZANIA PHOTO SAFARI
95 PH
4
3
25
28
31
3, 24
15
18
9
11
28
19
16
BIRDING EXPEDITIONS
WINGS OVER COSTA RICA
WEB
L
11
PERU: BIRDS OF THE ANDES AND AMAZON
WEB
L
12
ECUADOR AVIAN PRIVATE EXPEDITION
WEB PR
10
9, 30
12
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PAGE
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DEPA RTU RE
DAT E S
OCT.
NOV.
2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S
DEC.
JAN.
FEB.
MAR.
APR.
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG.
SEPT.
OCT.
P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N S
PERU PRIVATE EXPEDITION
17 PR
9
PATAGONIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION
21 PR 10
ECUADOR PRIVATE EXPEDITION
24 PR
11
COSTA RICA PRIVATE EXPEDITION
25 PR
9
GREEK ISLES PRIVATE EXPEDITION
60 PR
9
JAPAN PRIVATE EXPEDITION
85 PR 10
MOROCCO PRIVATE EXPEDITION
91 PR
9
TANZANIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION
97 PR
9
AUSTRALIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION
103 PR 13
NEW ZEALAND PRIVATE EXPEDITION
104 PR
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17
ISLANDER
GALÁPAGOS †
13
EC 10
19, 26
ENDEAVOUR II
8, 15, 22
2, 9, 16,
7, 14, 21
23, 30
PERU FAMILY EXPEDITION*
18
F
7
22, 27
COSTA RICA FAMILY EXPEDITION*
26
F
7
22, 27
ALASKA: DENALI TO KENAI FJORDS FAMILY EXPEDITION
33
F
8
ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE†
5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 2, 9, 16,
6, 13, 20
26
23
23, 30
4, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15,
25
22
16, 23
SEA LION
36 EC
TREASURES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE: ALASKA AND
BRITISH COLUMBIA†
37 EC 14
YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON FAMILY EXPEDITION
42
F
8
WINTER WILDLIFE IN YELLOWSTONE FAMILY EXPEDITION*
43
F
6
GRAND CANYON, BRYCE CANYON, AND ZION
NATIONAL PARKS FAMILY EXPEDITION
45
F
ICELAND FAMILY EXPEDITION
47
6
22
13
3
22
6
3
19
17
14
19, 26
2, 9, 16,
7, 14, 21 4, 11, 18
23
18, 25
1, 8, 15,
22, 29
25, 30
4, 9
8
WILD ALASKA ESCAPE †
1, 8, 22, 6, 13, 20,
3, 10, 17
29
27
1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 3, 10, 17, 7, 14, 21, 5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16,
22, 29
26
24, 31
28
26
23, 30
QUEST/VENTURE
35 EC
25
4, 9, 14,
19
6, 12
13, 18,
23, 28
31
6, 20
8
29
13, 27
F
8
22
6, 27
3
51
F
9
29
20
3
GREECE FAMILY EXPEDITION
62
F
10
15
6, 27
FRANCE FAMILY EXPEDITION
63
F
7
16, 23
28
ITALY FAMILY EXPEDITION
71
F
10
JAPAN FAMILY EXPEDITION
84
F
9
TANZANIA FAMILY EXPEDITION*
96
F
9
A = ACTIVE
|
NEW
EC = EXPEDITION CRUISE
|
F= FAMILY
|
J = PRIVATE JET
22, 27
|
L = LAND
|
PH = PHOTO
|
22
6, 27
24
23
6
17
23
6, 28
PR = PRIVATE
|
RC = RIVER CRUISE
|
4, 11, 18
25
6, 13,
3, 10, 17
20, 27
22
IRELAND FAMILY EXPEDITION
19, 26
8
4
T = TRAIN
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† While these itineraries do not have designated family departures, there are activities for children ages 7 to 17 on all departures.
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