Explorations Fall 2011-2012
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Explorations memory bank take your best shots ever invest in your www.expeditions.com l 2012 take a Photo exPedition new exPeditions in 2012 exPloring the russian arctic sea cloud inaugural turkey-greece itinerary TM Above: National Geographic Endeavour in Gal�pagos. � Sven-Olof Lindblad Cover photo: Antarctica reflection. � Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson Here's what's inside for you: Dear Traveler Breaking News � The Russian Arctic Solo Travelers Photography On Board 3 4 6 7 10 16 20 24 30 36 42 44 48 54 56 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 78 80 82 86 88 90 102 103 104 105 Gal�pagos Gal�pagos Polar Regions Antarctica -- South Georgia -- Falklands Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope Arctic Norway Russia's White Sea, Franz Josef Land & Arctic Svalbard The Americas Alaska -- British Columbia -- San Juan Islands Pacific Northwest: Columbia & Snake Rivers Baja California Costa Rica and Panama Machu Picchu & The Land of the Inca Upper Amazon -- Peru Europe & The Mediterranean Britain -- Ireland -- Scotland The Baltic Sea Europe's Western Coast Inaugural Voyage aboard Sea Cloud The Greek Isles Greece and the Dalmatian Coast Turkey & Greece Southeast Asia and The South Pacific Vietnam & Cambodia Papua New Guinea New Zealand Africa West Africa Bushtracks Expeditions - African Safaris Expedition Planning Info Expedition Fleet Deck Plans & Voyage Pricing Special Offers What You'll Find Online What's Included & Groups and Charters Reservation Information VIDEO PREVIEW HOW-TO! These colorful squares are your link to adventure. Called `image tags,' they enable your smartphone to play a video anywhere they appear. Check pages 7-90 for tags! 1. Go to http://gettag.mobi. 2. Download the free mobile app. 3. Using the app, snap or scan any tag and your browser will take you to a video. Enjoy; exploring by video is fun! As astonishing as NatioNal GeoGraphic magazine. As exhilarating as National Geographic Channel: A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition -- a complete experience in a thrilling geography. TM Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation will provide extraordinary travel experiences and disseminate geographic knowledge around the globe. 2 Dear Traveler, I'd like to talk to you about three things here. First, what is an expedition in the 21st century? Second, why would you go on one with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic? And third, why are expeditions a very good investment in life's evolution? An expedition in the 21st century has many parallels to those of past centuries and, of course, many differences. People explored then and people explore now -- in both eras with purpose. Then, it was most often to discover riches that could be exploited; now, we seek experiences that enrich our knowledge, our soul, our understanding of natural forces; Then, the goal often was to colonize; now, we seek to learn from places whether it be about nature or history or culture, and leave them unaffected by our visit; Then, a very few people set eyes on foreign lands; now, many people do and this leads me to my next point -- why choose to visit them with us? An expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is a modern take on travel-to-discover, rooted in 175 years of combined heritage. We're governed by principles, the first one being: Ensure that everything we do adds value to the guest experience. Creating experiences for guests to have and executing them well is incredibly hard work, and requires incredibly skilled and principled people. They exist in spades within Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, and working as partners benefits us both. It enables us to provide exclusive kinds of extraordinary experiences. unique shipboard Expedition Photography program was built together; Our joint Conservation Fund has done important work globally; Our itinerary development has become far more exciting as a consequence of access to National Our Geographic's roster of the world's great contemporary explorers. And, ultimately, expeditions are, I believe, the finest of travel investments. They are by no means inexpensive, but what they provide in terms of experience, knowledge and discovery will pay dividends in your memory bank forever. I know so many people who have told me over and over that these experiences have changed their lives in very meaningful ways. I hope you will elect to join us on an expedition one day soon. Sincerely, Sven-Olof Lindblad 3 Discovering Franz JoseF LanD E This journey to remote Arctic Russia began years earlier. A 2004 Lindblad Expeditions exploration aboard a Russian icebreaker opened our eyes to the unlimited potential of Franz Josef Land. Our goal for a future expedition was simple -- explore with our own ship, our own flexible itinerary and our own tools for exploration. It would be a monumental task. It was 1928 when the last foreign-flagged, non-scientific vessel had sailed among the Franz Josef Land archipelago, shortly after Lindberg flew 4 a historic `First' aboarD nationaL geographic expLorer arly on the mist-shrouded morning of August 3, 2011, National Geographic Explorer sailed north, on time for a mid-morning landfall at Franz Josef Land. It would be a historic day for our guests, staff and company -- no foreign-flagged non-scientific vessel has called here since 1928. across the Atlantic and the same year Leon Trotsky was exiled to Alma Ata. Our Russian colleagues and advocates made connections, called in favors and promoted Lindblad Expeditions' exemplary environmental credentials. Lindblad staff moved mountains of paperwork. Eventually, all the work paid off, and Russian authorities granted access to National Geographic Explorer. The permission itself, approved by Vladimir Putin, is a historic document that each guest aboard received as a memento of the voyage. Left: Explorer becomes the first foreign-flagged vessel to land at Franz Josef Land in 80 years. Above: Captain Leif Skog welcomes Russian authorities to the Explorer's bridge in Murmansk. Right: Bolshoj Solovetsky Island in Arctic Russia. Our first stop in Russia was Murmansk, the largest city above the Arctic Circle. Explorer then entered the White Sea and became the first expedition ship -- foreign or Russian -- to land at Morzohvets Island. Guests and Naturalists on the island were a curiosity to the handful of Russians working at this remote weather station outpost. On day two, Captain Leif Skog brought Explorer to the pier at Bolshoj Solovetsky Island. Early morning risers in the town could not believe their eyes, as few had ever seen a ship of this size in port. The crowning moment came August 3, 2011 -- the first landing by a foreign vessel at Franz Josef Land in 80 years. Decades ago guests who joined Lars-Eric Lindblad on pioneering expeditions to Gal�pagos, Antarctica, Easter Island and other destinations experienced this thrill. And on this day, our guests, staff and crew -- citizens of a mapped, webbed and GPS-ed planet -- opened Franz Josef Land to expedition travel and shared the thrill of pioneering discovery. That morning, as if welcoming us to one of the most remote, pristine ecosystems on the planet, a group of eight very rare bowhead whales appeared alongside the ship. Magical discoveries continued. The ship spotted polar bears. Having never seen anything like Explorer in their habitat, their curiosity was limitless. They approached and inspected this mysterious object. Once it became certain the ship was neither a threat nor a newfound easy prey, they returned to hunting the pack ice. A previously unknown and teeming ivory gull colony, thriving on a cliff side at Cambridge Sound, was another exhilarating discovery. Those on the inaugural Franz Josef Land expedition will always share a special bond. And for inspired travelers, the future here is as bright as the midnight sun. As Captain Skog noted in his post-expedition report, "It will take us many years to find out all the `secrets' of Franz Josef Land... During the passages among the islands we could see -- through our binoculars and spotting scopes -- many new potential landings we could explore in the future." See highlightS from Daily expeDition reportS & ViDeoS at www.expeDitionS.com/DiScoVerfJl 5 A SPECIAL NOTE FOR soLo traveLers If you've traveled with us, you know how uniquely welcoming the expedition community is aboard our ships. And if you haven't, rest assured that if you're traveling on your own, you'll feel completely at home. In addition, our sole occupancy rate (a reality of business for all travel companies) is one of the fairest in the industry. Our larger ships, including National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endeavour graciously accommodate those who prefer a cabin of their own with a number of sole occupancy cabins. And we also offer a "Share Guarantee." If you are a solo guest willing to share accommodations, our Expedition Specialists are happy to arrange to match you with another solo guest, so you can travel at the double occupancy rate. If you are willing, and we are unable to make shared arrangements for you, we will guarantee you the per-person double occupancy rate, not the higher solo rate. So there's no reason to remain behind just because a travel companion isn't available on your schedule -- you've got the incentive you need to join the adventure! 6 A SPECIAL NOTE FOR iPhone, point & shoot, digital SLR -- whatever your camera, all you have to do is remember to pack it, and you're halfway to taking your best photos ever. Our exclusive Expedition Photography program offers three components for photographers of every skill and interest level: peopLe with cameras 1. A Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor aboard every ship in the National Geographic fleet Our certified Photo Instructors are specially trained to help you better understand and use your camera model, and to provide advice and shooting tips to help you capture the moments at the heart of your expedition; 2. Photo Expeditions, designed by photographers for photographers Specific departures led by National Geographic Photographers and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructors, our Photo Expeditions position you alongside world-class shooters, in extraordinary field environments and give you the time, plus the tips and advice that will help you take your best shots ever. Look for this icon on itineraries to learn which departure dates are Photo Expeditions; 3. A National Geographic Photographer aboard every departure on National Geographic Explorer. Explorer is the world's ultimate expedition ship, voyaging from Antarctica to the Arctic and the geographies in-between each season. Travel aboard and you'll shoot alongside and learn from the photographers who've made National Geographic magazine a monthly must-see for image enthusiasts. Top: A guest photographs king penguins at sunrise on South Georgia. Above left: Guests with point-and-shoot cameras often go home with some of the best shots of the trip. Above right: Learn the details of your camera's icons, modes and buttons. Use your smartphone to watch our Photography video. See pg. 1 for details. 7 GALAPAGOs GALAPAGOS 360� Our approach to exploring Gal�pagos is different -- by many degrees -- from any other company. Travel with us and you will have the most complete experience possible, one that goes beyond the limits of a cruise or tour. You'll experience Gal�pagos panoramically: on a voyage linking island to island, awaking to fresh vistas and discoveries every day. You'll experience it intimately: landing each day on a new island, getting up close to the astounding wildlife. And you'll experience it holistically: the undersea will be as vital a part of your adventure as the land, the sky, the animals, the grassy highlands and the beaches. Exploring with us is genuinely immersive: whether you're literally underwater, in a kayak, or watching footage of a world beneath the ship on a plasma screen in our ship's Lounge. We travel uniquely equipped with a range of cool tools to provide a deep, rich, full 360� experience. And because Gal�pagos is always "in season," our two expedition ships voyage all year round -- to give you many options that meet your schedule, and your desires for a particular style of travel -- with kids aboard or without; our Expedition Specialists will find the perfect departure for you. See how our 360� approach works at expeditions.com/gala360. Left: Proximity to Gal�pagos tortoise offers great opportunity for photography. Above: Kids enjoy a playful moment with sea lion pup. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 9 GALAPAGOs GALAPAGOs GAlAPAGoS 10 DAyS/9 NIGHTS -- yEAR-RouND ExPEDITIoNS Departing weekly every Friday aboard National Geographic Endeavour and every Saturday aboard National Geographic Islander. Photo Expeditions: These departures are for passionate photographers with hands-on instruction from our Photo Expedition Team including photographers from National Geographic. 2012 Jan. 13, 20; May 4, 11: Nov. 9, 16 PrICEs frOm: $4,750 to $10,790 (See pages 94-95 for complete prices.) Travel with mark Thiessen on May 4 and May 11, 2012 departures. Swimming with sea lions is one of life's great delights. ExpEdition HigHligHts WALK AMONG ANIMALS THAT LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF HUMANS. ENJOY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH GIANT TORTOISES AND OTHER WILDLIFE. VISIT THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Use your smartphone to watch our Gal�pagos video. See pg. 1 for details. BARTOLOME: This is an enchanting W ithin hours of landing in Gal�pagos, you'll be experiencing an abundance of wildlife that includes blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and colonies of marine iguanas. You'll snorkel with curious sea lions, kayak or enjoy a swim with penguins. Our immersive, 360�approach ensures you have the most complete experience possible. DAY 1: U.S./GUAYAqUIL, ECUADOR DAY 2: GUAYAqUIL/GALAPAGOS/EMBARK This morning, fly to Gal�pagos and embark. During lunch, begin with a magnificent introduction to the wildlife. Exact routing among the islands is always subject to change, but our in-depth knowledge of this geography guarantees days steeped in joy and engaging activities. (B,L,D) DAYS 3 � 8 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, and we may have the chance to snorkel with Gal�pagos penguins. SANTIAGO: Encounter Gal�pagos Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Col�n. Here is a representative sample of islands we may visit during our expedition: (B,L,D) sea lions and fur seals as we hike along an indented shoreline, home to tidepool organisms, clusters of marine iguanas, brilliant Sally Lightfoot crabs and a large variety of shore birds. Kayak and snorkel 10 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Pacific Ocean Genovesa EQUATOr santiago Bartolom� seymour Baltra DAY 9: GALAPAGOS/DISEMBARK/ GUAYAqUIL along the spectacular cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. SANTA CRUZ: See the local culture Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. Late afternoon and evening are free to explore. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Col�n. (B) DAY 10: GUAYAqUIL/HOME fernandina santa Cruz santa fe Isabela floreana Routing is always subject to Gal�pagos National Park approval. Espa�ola and learn about the conservation efforts made by the scientists of the Charles Darwin research Station. Explore completely different highland ecosystems, where giant tortoises and various Darwin finch species forage among the greenery. ISABELA: After landing on a black Morning drive to the airport for flights home. (B) ExtEnd YoUR AdVEntURE � Machu Picchu & the land of the Inca sandy beach, enjoy hikes against the backdrop of the youngest Gal�pagos volcanoes as we look for colorful endemic land iguanas. Later, snorkel in deep water among sea turtles, or kayak and take Zodiac rides in search of flightless cormorants and Gal�pagos penguins. FERNANDINA: Discover the marine You may ask why you should connect a visit to Peru with an expedition to Gal�pagos? There are two compelling reasons: as impressive as Gal�pagos is for wildness, so is Peru for its history and archaeological sites; and second, our Peruvian journey begins in Lima, two hours by air from the end of our Gal�pagos expedition. So, if you have the time, you're almost there already. For the full itinerary, please see pages 54-55. � Exploring the upper Amazon Our new expedition to the Pacaya-Samiria reserve of Peru captures wildness at its best. Experience a region of incredible biodiversity. Meet the people who call the banks of the mighty Amazon home. Dine on sensational Peruvian cuisine. For the full itinerary, see pages 56-57. iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over young lava flows. Gal�pagos hawks, sea lion nurseries and many sea birds are found as we explore the island. FLOREANA: We may find flamingos, watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/galapagoSViDeo THE EXPEDITION TEAM DELIGHTS IN INTRODUCING TO YOU THE WILDLIFE OF GALAPAGOS. EXPEDITION LEADER: For her doctoral research, Lynn Fowler (right) spent more than a year living among giant tortoises on the rim of one of Isabela Island's volcanoes. EXPEDITION LEADER: Paula Tagle (left), grew up in Guayaquil and has a Master's degree in geology. Her interest in volcanoes brought her to Gal�pagos in 1992. She was bewitched by the wonders of the islands and became a Naturalist-guide. NATURALIST: Fernando Sanchez became a Naturalist in 2002. He is a PADI Open Water Diver and recently become a Lindblad ExpeditionsNational Geographic Certified Photo Instructor. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. pintail ducks and various shore birds on Floreana. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles, and try some deep-water snorkeling among tropical reef fish and young sea lions. ESPA�OLA: The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and colorful marine iguanas, Espa�ola is also a paradise for Darwin's finches vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ENDEAvOur 11 GALAPAGOs and blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll the island's beaches. GalapaGos GalapaGos + peru's land of the Inca 16 days/15 nIGhts Year-round, weekly departures following Gal�pagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Islander. PRICES FROM: $9,040 to $16,180 (See pages 94-95 for complete prices.) Travel with National Geographic writer, photographer and archaeologist peter Frost on our 2012 Peru's Land of the Inca departures. exploring the ruins at machu picchu. ExpEdition HigHligHts Walk and snorkel among the abundant and fearless Wildlife of galapagos. see daybreak over the ruins at machu picchu from the fabled sun gate. discover cusco's varied influences and visit the sacred valley of the inca. a s magnificent as the Gal�pagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from an historical and archaeological perspective. Take advantage of Peru's proximity to the Gal�pagos and journey from the islands to Lima, where expert guides join you for an exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Inca and the majesty of Machu Picchu and the winding colonial streets of Cusco. days 1-8: day 10: lima/cusco/sacred valley of the inca As per Gal�pagos itinerary on pages 10-11. day 9: galapagos/guayaquil/ lima, peru This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American camelidae are bred. Visit Pisac and walk through the local food market. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) day 11: sacred valley of the inca Depart Gal�pagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in the evening. Overnight at the conveniently located Costa del Sol Ramada hotel. (B,L) Peter Frost will join us as we visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a Plaza de Armas is the center of the historic section in Cusco. traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Calla�aupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. In the afternoon, choose from horseback riding, a spa treatment, a Paso horse demonstration and other activities. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU DAY 14: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuam�n Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B,L) DAY 15: CUSCO/LIMA return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) DAY 16: LIMA/U.S. (B) Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu. We'll have a guided introduction to the site and then stay overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 13: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO THE EXPEDITION TEAM LOOKS FORWARD TO REVEALING INCAN CULTURE TO YOU. LOCAL EXPERT: Ernesto Ore (left) shares his broad base of knowledge to create a memorable exploration of Peru's exquisite countryside and cuisine. And he'll describe his particular talent for incorporating modern life while holding on to ancient ideas and values. LOCAL EXPERT: A native Cusque�o, Harvey Martinez hopes one day to re-write the "Spanish history of the Incas" into the "Inca history of the Incas." LOCAL EXPERT: As a Peruvian Air Force helicopter crew member, Karina Terrazas traveled throughout the Andes and jungles of South America. Conversant in her native Quechua, she has deep pride in her country's history and people. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/GALAPEru 13 GALAPAGOs POLAr rEGIONs PolAR REGIoNS antarctica, arctic norway, arctic rUSSia 14 THE POLAR REGIONS The hauntingly beautiful Arctic to the north. The dashingly adventurous Antarctic to the south. And in between? The consummate crossing: our voyage from Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope. And common to all? The quality of life aboard National Geographic Explorer, the world's ultimate expedition ship. Anything but serene parkland, the ice is the last true wilderness. It takes knowledge and experience to explore it safely, and we have both in spades -- acquired through pioneering "citizen explorer" travel to Antarctica and 40+ subsequent years of experience there. We're one of the few expedition companies who knows Arctic Svalbard inside and out. (And if you don't know Svalbard, well, frankly you should -- it's the world's polar bear capital, and ground zero in the climate change debate.) And when it comes to sweeping oceanic voyages, we could say we've written the book, but actually acclaimed author, Simon Winchester, has: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. And to celebrate the fact he'll be traveling Cape to Cape with us, count on receiving a complimentary copy when you book. He will be happy to sign it for you on board. Left: Gentoo penguins, Antarctica; Top right: polar bear on the pack ice, Svalbard. Above: Guests celebrating a beautiful day aboard National Geographic Explorer. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 15 POLAr rEGIONs ANTArCTICA JouRNEy To ANTARcTIcA: THE WHITE coNTINENT 14 DAyS/11 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Dec 7, 17, 27 2013 Jan 6, 16, 26; Feb 5 PrICEs frOm: $11,740 to $21,990 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Explore with Author Ed Larson or Polar Scientist Kendrick Taylor. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs Guests enjoy an up-close encounter with a Weddell seal. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE ANTARCTICA ABOARD OUR ICE-STRENGTHENED SHIP . BENEFIT FROM OUR 40+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION. KAYAK PROTECTED WATERS AMONG ICEBERGS AND PENGUINS. Use your smartphone to watch our Antarctica video. See pg. 1 for details. DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/EMBARK SHIP o ur classic Antarctica itinerary delivers huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Ad�lie or chinstrap penguins, whales, abundant marine life, passage around towering blue icebergs, into the famed Lemaire Channel and more. DAYS 1-2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Fly overnight to Buenos Aires and check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel. This seductive city set along the rio de la Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. We have a guided overview, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Ad�lie penguins. The morning's LAN charter flight may offer some rare views of Patagonia en route to ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia's scenic Beagle Channel. Embark ship. (B,L,D) DAY 4: AT SEA Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage, with time to settle in to shipboard life and Sculpted iceberg. from Buenos Aires Ushuaia Drake Passage Port Lockroy Lemaire Channel Antarctic Circle Bellingshausen Sea Paulet Is. Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay ANTArCTIC PENINsULA Weddell Sea hear talks from our staff preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (B,L,D) DAYS 5-10: ANTARCTICA feet below the surface using our rOv. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B,L,D) DAYS 11-12: AT SEA DAYS 13-14: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ BUENOS AIRES/U.S. With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our six days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected -- perhaps watching a 40-ton humpback whale surface off the bow. One day, you may take a Zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, you'll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You'll learn how climate change affects the penguin populations and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our undersea Specialist may present video from that day's dive or rare images taken up to 1,000 Disembark in ushuaia with time to explore before our LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires. Fly on an overnight flight to the u.S. (B,L) Enjoy the ship's amenities: have a massage, work out in the gym, savor time in the library, or listen to talks. Celebrate your adventure at our farewell dinner. (B,L,D) optionAl ExtEnsions � Iguaz� falls, Post-voyage 3 Days. See page 22 for details. 4 Days. See page 23 for details. � Easter Island, Post-voyage antarctica planning materialS at www.expeDitionS.com/antarctica EXPLORE WITH THE BEST ICE TEAM ON EARTH. CAPTAIN: Ice Master Leif Skog (right) has navigated vessels in Antarctica nearly every season since 1979 on more than 110 Antarctic voyages. NATURALIST: Steve MacLean, former professor at the university of Alaska Fairbanks, explores ecosystems from the Arctic to the Antarctic. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: Lisa Trotter (left), author of Below Freezing and an Antarctic veteran, is the first person to receive dive certification in the Antarctic. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: David Doubilet, Mark Thiessen, Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson or Kim Heacox, author of Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ANTArCTICA_ITINErArY 17 ANTArCTICA ANTArCTICA, sOUTh GEOrGIA, fALKLANDs ANTARcTIcA, SouTH GEoRGIA AND THE fAlklANDS 24 DAyS/21 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrEs: 2011 Nov. 6 2012 Feb. 14, Nov. 7 2013 Feb 15. Departure in red is sold out. PrICEs frOm: $18,990 to $38,140 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Explore with Adventurer Peter hillary, who established a new overland route to the South Pole Feb. 14, 2012 & Feb. 15, 2013. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs King penguins, South Georgia. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE MASSIVE KING PENGUIN COLONIES ON SOUTH GEORGIA. 40+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ASSURES THE BEST EXPEDITION. EXPERIENCE KAYAKING THE ANTARCTIC ICESCAPES. Use your smartphone to watch our South Georgia video. See pg. 1 for details. DAYS 5-10: ANTARCTICA I f you have the time, optimize your Antarctica expedition with South Georgia and the Falklands; our travelers never regret it. This voyage has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, over 300,000 king penguins on a single beach in South Georgia and the Falkland's human history and amazing bird colonies. DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/EMBARK SHIP Board your LAN charter flight to ushuaia. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia's scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D) DAY 4: AT SEA DAYS 1-2: U.S./FLY TO BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA/OVERNIGHT CAESAR PARK HOTEL Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage -- a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history -- with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (B,L,D) With long hours of daylight supplied by the midnight sun, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We'll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the "White Continent," exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D) 18 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) from Buenos Aires fALKLAND IsLANDs Port stanley Ushuaia Drake Passage south Georgia Elephant Is. Paulet Is. Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay Lemaire Channel Weddell Sea Port Lockroy Antarctic Circle Bellingshausen Sea ANTArCTIC PENINsULA Guest making landfall. DAYS 11-12: ELEPHANT ISLAND/ AT SEA We pass legendary Elephant Island, an unforgettable part of the Shackleton story, where the crew of Endurance finally landed on April 24, 1916. From here, "the Boss" and five men set sail for one of the most incredible stories of survival at sea: 800 miles across the Southern Ocean in a 22' long wooden sailboat. As we follow in Shackleton's wake en route to South Georgia, our experts will regale us with his story. (B,L,D) DAYS 13-17: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND penguins and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic victorian-style town of Port Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones. (B,L,D) DAY 22: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAYS 23-24: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ BUENOS AIRES/U.S. optionAl ExtEnsions � Iguaz� falls, Post-voyage 3 Days. See page 22 for details. 4 Days. See page 23 for details. � Easter Island, Post-voyage SouTH GEoRGIA & THE fAlklANDS, PluS PENINSulA VAlD�S DEPArTUrE: Oct. 18, 2012 Journey to wildlife-rich South Georgia and the Falklands, home to vast colonies of king penguins. And explore Peninsula vald�s at the height of the breeding season for endangered southern right whales. Call for details. Disembark in ushuaia with time to explore before our LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires. Continue on an overnight flight to the u.S. (B,L) This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and we'll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you'll be surrounded by 300,000 king penguins! (B,L,D) DAYS 18-19: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAYS 20-21: FALKLAND ISLANDS watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/SoUthgeorgiaViDeo FROM THE ICE TO THE UNDERSEA, DISCOVER ANTARCTICA WITH AN EXPERIENCED POLAR EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: Tim Soper (right) has traveled to every continent and across every ocean, including the Arctic and Antarctic. NATURALIST: Polar veteran Ian Bullock has contributed to Antarctic research and science, camping on Petermann Island to monitor penguin breeding success. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Jay Dickman, Jim richardson or Michael Melford (left), who has produced over 30 stories for NG Traveler. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your departure. The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, blueeyed shags, nesting rockhopper vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ITINErArY_ANTArCTICA 19 ANTArCTICA, sOUTh GEOrGIA, fALKLANDs POLAr rEGIONs THE fAlklANDS new VIA SouTH GEoRGIA,To cAPE ToWN & TRISTAN DA cuNHA 23 DAyS/20 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrE: 2012 Mar. 5 PrICEs frOm: $11,690 to $20,790 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) CaPE HORn TO THE CaPE Of GOOD HOPE: Travel with simon Winchester, best-selling author of Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs BOOK BY DECEMBER 15 to receive a complimentary 2-day stay in Cape Town, plus receive complimentary airfare miami/Buenos Aires, Cape Town/New York. Please see page 102 or call for details. Panoramic view of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town, South Africa. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE TRISTAN DA CUNHA, THE WORLD'S MOST REMOTE INHABITED ISLAND. SEE A VAST COLONY OF 300,000 KING PENGUINS ON SOUTH GEORGIA. EXPERIENCE THE GREAT SEASIDE CITY OF CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. E xtraordinary and unusual, an expedition from Cape to Cape has been the challenge and dream of many explorers and sailors. Colorful milestones line our route from Cape Horn at the tip of South America to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa -- where we spend two days in lively Cape Town, one of the great seaside cities of the world, celebrated for its landmark flat-topped Table Mountain. Accessible only by sea, no place can compete with South Georgia when it comes to its abundance of wildlife: gentoo, macaroni, king and chinstrap penguins. People stop dead in their tracks when they see their first king penguin colony -- hundreds of thousands on a single beach. Plus soaring seabirds and frolicking fur seal pups and nesting wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan. Add the green tussock grass-covered landscapes of the Falklands, teeming with rockhopper and Magellanic penguins and blackbrowed albatross, and you have one Fur seal. 20 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) King penguins, South Georgia. Buenos Aires Tristan da Cunha Group AtlANtiC OCEAN sOUTh AfrICA Cape Town ArGENTINA falkland Islands south Georgia Ushuaia of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. "Welcome to the remotest Island" reads the sign on Tristan da Cunha, in many ways as rare a trophy as a photo from the summit of Everest. A far-flung outpost of Britain, it holds the record for the most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth: population 300 (only eight surnames exist here), with lobster fishing as the main industry. Fiercely proud, the islanders were evacuated to England in 1961, due to a volcanic eruption -- with most voting to return to Tristan. And it's spectacular, quite mountainous with a subtropical climate. Tristan is primarily known for its wildlife, including rare northern rockhopper penguins and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross. And we'll also explore nearby Inaccessible Island, a World Heritage Site, and Nightingale, both uninhabited wildlife havens with inspiring scenery. There's no question that there are incredible photo ops. Along with our all-star expedition team, you'll travel with a National Geographic Photographer for in-the-field tips. On days at sea you'll hear talks from our staff and special guest Simon Winchester, best-selling author of Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. And all along the way, our ace wildlife spotters will be on deck -- and our Zodiacs, kayaks and an undersea Specialist help us understand these remote lands. ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE MAR. 5: Depart u.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina MAR. 6: Buenos Aires/Overnight Caesar Park Hotel (L,D) MAR. 7: Fly to ushuaia, Argentina/ Embark Ship (B,L,D) MAR. 8: At Sea (B,L,D) MAR. 9: Falkland Islands (B,L,D) MAR. 10-11: At Sea (B,L,D) MAR. 12-14: South Georgia (B,L,D) MAR. 15-18: At Sea (B,L,D) MAR. 19-20: Tristan da Cunha/ Nightingale & Inaccessible Islands (B,L,D) MAR. 21-24: At Sea (B,L,D) MAR. 25: Disembark Cape Town, South Africa/Table Bay Hotel (B,L) MAR. 26-27: Cape Town/Fly Overnight to u.S./Home (B) optionAl ExtEnsions: � Iguaz� falls, Pre-voyage 3 Days. See page 22 for details. go to www.expeDitionS.com/ngexplorer to toUr the Ship EXPLORE REMOTE ISLANDS WITH AN EXPERT TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: With a degree in Ocean Sciences, Tim Soper has been to every continent and across every ocean. OCEANOGRAPHER: Dr. Jim Kelley (right), former President of the California Academy of Sciences, has researched most of the world's oceans. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENTIST: Polar veteran Stephanie Martin (left) will identify marine life. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of our experts. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/CAPE2CAPE 21 POLAr rEGIONs ANTArCTICA ExTENsIONs IGuAzu fAllS oPTIoNAl PoST-VoyAGE ExTENSIoN 3 DAyS/2 NIGHTS 2012/13 PrICEs*: $1,590 per person double occupancy; $2,150 per person sole occupancy. *To be added to the voyage cost. Airfares not included. Ask for details. The Iguaz� Falls extension can be taken after departures of "Antarctica," South Georgia, the Falklands & Peninsula Vald�s," and "Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands," or prior to "Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope." Adds two nights to the voyage. ExpEdition HigHligHts GET THRILLING VIEWS OF THE FALLS BY BOAT & ABOVE VIA CATWALK. GUIDED BY OUR NATURALISTS, SEARCH FOR WILDLIFE IN IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK. STAY AT THE ONLY HOTEL WITHIN IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK. T aller than Niagara, Iguaz� Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguaz� river. Situated in Iguaz� National Park in northeastern Argentina, this nature sanctuary is a uNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to its beautiful landscapes and subtropical forest, with 450 species of birds, including Iguaz� Falls. toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids and endangered jaguars. We view the Falls from several perspectives: via jetboat at river-level, and high above the rushing waters, immersed in mist, on Naturalist-led walks along a series of catwalk paths. The monumental Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo) is the culmination of our experience as the air fills with vapor and water thunders 350 feet down into a river canyon -- an incredible display of raw power. DAY 1: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/ DISEMBARK/BUENOS AIRES Disembark our ship in ushuaia and proceed to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires, where we transfer to the luxurious Caesar Park Hotel. This seductive city set along the rio de La Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Settle into your hotel, conveniently located in the fashionable recoleta district with its shops and galleries, and have dinner at your leisure. (B) DAY 2: IGUAZU FALLS & DEVIL'S THROAT views of the Falls, beginning with a Naturalist-led walk of the upper Circuit, offering panoramic views of the rushing waters. The catwalk takes us to the awe-inspiring Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), the most impressive falls in the park, where 14 cascades drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100-foot cloud of spray overhead. Watch for the rainbow! We take a catwalk that leads to river level, where we board small boats for a ride over water rapids. We'll then check-in to the Sheraton Hotel, the only hotel within Iguaz� National Park, where we've reserved rooms with stunning views of the Falls. This evening we soak up the views at a cocktail party on the veranda, followed by dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 3: IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK/ BUENOS AIRES/HOME After our short flight from Buenos Aires to Iguaz�, we take a 15-minute bus ride directly into the National Park. Today we have close-up Join us for a morning walk to Sendero Macuco, a forest trail where we hope to spot birdlife, especially toucans, and learn about the sub-tropical forest from our Naturalist. It will be a good opportunity to get some exercise, too. This afternoon, we'll fly back to Buenos Aires and connect to an overnight flight to the u.S. (B,L) 22 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) 4 DAyS/4 NIGHTS 2012/13 PrICEs: $2,890 per person double occupancy; $3,460 per person sole occupancy. To be added to the voyage cost. Chilean immigration fee, all airfares are not included. NOTE: Due to airline schedules, on select departures the extension spends an additional night in Buenos Aires. Additional costs will apply. Ask for details. The Easter Island extension can be taken after select departures of "Antarctica," "South Georgia, the Falklands & Peninsula Vald�s, plus Buenos Aires" and "Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands." Adds 4 days/4 nights to the voyage. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE THE 100-TON STONE STATUES & CEREMONIAL SITE SET ON A VOLCANIC CRATER. VISIT THE RESEARCH CENTER WITH ARCHAEOLOGIST EDMUNDO EDWARDS. SHARE IN POLYNESIAN TRADITIONS AT DINNER AT A PRIVATE HOME. f ollow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on Earth -- Easter Island. Home to silent sentinels of a long-lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean and almost 1,200 miles from its nearest island neighbor. Learn about the ancient rapa Nui culture that grew up in isolation. Where did these people come from and why did they carve more than 600 giant moai or stone statues? Learn from key Archaeologists Edmundo Edwards and Claudio Cristino who have worked on uncovering these great relics. Dawn on Easter Island. Giant moais (stone statues), Easter Island. DAY 1: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/SANTIAGO (VIA BUENOS AIRES) Today we disembark National Geographic Explorer in ushuaia and fly to Santiago, where we check in to our hotel. (B,L) DAY 2: SANTIAGO, CHILE Begin your exploration in Easter Island and check in to the fine Altiplanico Hotel, our base for the next three nights. (B,L,D) DAY 3-4: EASTER ISLAND of Orongo, sited magnificently at the very edge of a volcanic crater. Explore Ahu Te Pito Kura, Punapau red stone quarry and Ahu Akivi, one of the latest constructions on the island, with seven moai 14 feet tall. See rano raraku, where most of the stone statues were carved. visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial altar in Polynesia. (B,L,D) DAY 5: EASTER ISLAND/SANTIAGO visit the Tahai archaeological complex and museum to learn about the prehistory of the island, and the rano Kau ceremonial site We have the morning to continue our explorations of Easter Island before our flight to Santiago, connecting to home-bound flights. (B,L) DAY 6: ARRIVE U.S. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 23 ANTArCTICA ExTENsIONs EASTER ISlAND oPTIoNAl PoST-VoyAGE ExTENSIoN lAND of THE IcE BEARS: AN IN-DEPTH ExPloRATIoN of ARcTIc SVAlBARD 11 DAyS/9 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jun. 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul. 6 PrICEs frOm: $8,240 to $15,230 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Travel with Polar Captain Alfred mcLaren, Adventurer David Wright, or "National Geographic Weekend" host Boyd matson. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs ArCTIC A playful cub and mother on the pack ice of Norway's Svalbard Archipelago. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE WILD POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT -- ON THE SEA ICE. EXPERIENCE THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN. SEE WALRUS, REINDEER, ARCTIC FOXES AND SEALS. Use your smartphone to watch our Arctic Norway video. See pg. 1 for details. DAY 3: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN/EMBARK A High Arctic archipelago set between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowy peaks, massive ice sheets and the best place to observe polar bears in their natural habitat -- on the sea ice. DAY 1: U.S./OSLO, NORWAY Fly from Newark to Oslo on an overnight flight. DAY 2: OSLO Arrive this morning in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll amid the famed vigeland sculptures -- hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we visit the Polarship Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to explore Oslo on your own. Overnight at the Continental Hotel or similar. Depart Oslo on a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D) DAYS 4�9: EXPLORING SVALBARD Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, we let nature dictate our day-to-day movements here and this, by the way, is one of the great 24 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Zodiacs take explorers for a close-up view. attractions of this expedition. We remain flexible to maximize our opportunities to observe wildlife. With our fully stabilized, iceclass expedition ship, we are able to probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join our spotters on the Bridge, scanning the ice and islands for huge walrus, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, some of the largest whales on Earth -- and polar bears. A sighting brings everyone rushing in excitement to the ship's bow! Our expert staff gets you out daily. Depending on conditions, we may land on Edge�ya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. We often sail deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. We may venture to the base of stunning Monacobreen glacier, or get closeup views of the iconic creatures of the ice by Zodiac. Back aboard, view underwater video from our rOv taken 1,000 feet below the surface, or spend time on deck with a National Geographic Photographer getting tips in an inspiring landscape. Every day is different, every day an adventure. (B,L,D) DAY 10: LONGYEARBYEN/ DISEMBARK/OSLO Disembark in Longyearbyen and have time to explore on your own. Fly to Oslo and overnight at the radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 11: OSLO/HOME (B) spitsbergen �N 80 Nordaustlandet Edge�ya Longyearbyen sVALBArD Barents Sea � Norwegian fjords Pre-voyage optionAl ExtEnsions 4 Days. See page 32 for details. 4 Days. See page 33 for details. � Exploring Iceland Post-voyage Norway watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/Viewarctic WITH A KNACK FOR SPOTTING BEARS, YOUR EXPERT EXPEDITION TEAM WILL POINT OUT ARCTIC WILDLIFE. NATURALIST: Stephanie Martin (right) is a Marine Mammal Scientist who began her career studying humpback whales off the coast of Maine, and is currently collecting small whale skin samples using a crossbow. NATURALIST: Accomplished Arctic diver, David Cothran (left), loves to share the world beneath the sea. NATURALIST: Polar veteran Karen Copeland will share her passion for the natural world, especially birds and botany. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Kevin Schafer, David Doubilet or Kim Heacox. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/BEAr 25 ArCTIC F to/ rom Osl o new IMPRESSIoNS of NoRTHERN NoRWAy: ARcTIc SVAlBARD To THE NoRTHERN fJoRDS ArCTIC 13 DAyS/11 NIGHTS -- NATIoNAl GEoGRAPHIc ExPloRER DEPArTUrE: 2012 Jul. 13 PrICEs frOm: $9,990 to $18,960 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) The picturesque village of Reine, Lofoten Islands. ExpEdition HigHligHts HIKE, KAYAK & ZODIAC AMID THE CLASSIC NORWEGIAN FJORD LANDSCAPES. DISCOVER THE FAIRYTALE VILLAGES & JAGGED PEAKS OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS. SEARCH FOR SVALBARD'S ARCTIC WILDLIFE: WALRUS, REINDEER -- AND POLAR BEARS. T his exploration of Norway is two expeditions in one, starting in Arctic Svalbard, where the monochrome colors of snow, icebergs and polar bears are the norm, where to see other human beings aside from ourselves would surprise us, and where we can truly get a feel for the harsh conditions the early explorers experienced. Then we sail south to Nordland and a whole new world opens: a land of brilliant greens, warm temperatures, tiny hamlets clinging to steep fjord walls -- and most of all, jawdropping scenery at every turn. JUL. 13: U.S./FLY OVERNIGHT TO OSLO, NORWAY JUL. 14: OSLO/CONTINENTAL HOTEL Nansen and Amundsen. Check in to the Continental hotel (or similar). JUL. 15: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN/EMBARK This capital city is situated at the head of a 60-mile fjord. Today we stroll amid Oslo's famed vigeland sculptures -- hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Next, visit the Polarship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Depart Oslo on a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth, and embark our ship. (B,L,D) JUL. 16-19: EXPLORING ARCTIC SVALBARD Only 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is an archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice 26 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Nordaustlandet spitsbergen Edge�ya sVALBArD Longyearbyen Barents Sea Bear Island F r o m O sl o Troms� NOrWAY s to O Mother and two cubs roam the pack ice. Arctic Circle sheets. Our quest is for arctic wildlife: walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes -- and polar bears. venture to the foot of spectacular glaciers, walk on the tundra, and Zodiac and kayak among the icebergs. (B,L,D) JUL. 20: BEAR ISLAND find inspiration in the birch forests and tumbling waterfalls. (B,L,D) JUL. 23: LOFOTEN ISLANDS & TROLLFJORD Be on deck as our ship enters dramatic Trollfjord, one of Norway's most famous fjords. (B,L,D) JUL. 24: TROMSO/DISEMBARK/FLY TO OSLO/OVERNIGHT Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. (B,L,D) JUL. 21-22: EXPLORING NORDLAND The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea with a backdrop of jagged, granite mountain peaks. Explore the many islets, including reine, a tiny village of red houses on stilts perched above the sea, and venture to vaeroy for hikes, kayaking and a chance to see puffins. Disembark in Tromso, starting point of many polar expeditions. visit the Arctic Cathedral and the Polar Museum before our flight to Oslo. Overnight at the radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L) JUL. 25: OSLO/HOME (B) There's no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and on these days we explore places along the northern Norwegian mainland that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. National Geographic Explorer enters Tysfjord, where kilometer after kilometer of vertical walls surround us. We see Norway's national mountain, Stetind -- at 4,000 feet with a tall `horn' at the top, it was voted Norway's favorite. The unspoiled Hellemobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a hiking trail almost to the border. Zodiac and kayak along steep-walled fjords, and go to www.expeDitionS.com/ngexplorer to toUr the Ship TRAVEL WITH OUR DEDICATED POLAR TEAM & CATCH "POLAR FEVER." EXPEDITION LEADER: Bud Lehnhausen is a veteran of high-latitude exploration in both the Arctic and Antarctic. NATURALIST: Jason Kelley (right) will add an extra level of understanding to the Arctic's landscapes and wildlife. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with ralph Lee Hopkins (left) whose polar images were featured in the National Geographic companion book to the film Arctic Tale. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/NOrDLAND Lofoten Islands sWEDEN 27 ArCTIC lo NoRWAy'S fJoRDS & ARcTIc SVAlBARD 16 DAyS/14 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrEs: 2012 May 27; Aug 13* *Travels from Longyearbyen to Bergen. Call for reverse itinerary. PrICEs frOm: $11,740 to $21,430 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Travel with Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine on May 27, 2012. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs ArCTIC National Geographic Explorer, Trollfjord, Norway. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE NORWAY'S FAMOUS AND SELDOM-SEEN FJORDS. OBSERVE POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. HIKE AND KAYAK AMIDST THE ARCTIC ICE. Use your smartphone to watch our Arctic Norway video. See pg. 1 for details. DAYS 4-5: EXPLORING THE FJORDS OF NORWAY f rom the fabled fjords of Norway to the awesome wilderness of Svalbard, this expedition combines two distinct but intertwined regions. Traveling 1,800 miles north from Bergen, you'll meander along Norway's indented coast. Then delve into the Arctic, only 600 miles from the North Pole and the best place to see polar bears in their natural habitat -- on the sea ice. DAY 1: U.S./BERGEN, NORWAY (VIA COPENHAGEN) DAY 2: BERGEN, NORWAY/EMBARK Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands. Stroll Bryggen Wharf before embarkation. (L,D) DAY 3: NORDFJORD Travel through the spectacular Nordfjord and transfer for a ride via coach to see Olden valley's jagged mountains and turquoise lake. Hike through deep glaciallycarved valleys to Briksdal Glacier. (B,L,D) Explore a variety of landings among the mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords: Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle a kayak in a deep fjord surrounded by waterfalls, or Juvenile walrus. 28 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Our nimble ship noses up to a waterfall in Trollfjord. Nordaustlandet DAY 10: BEAR ISLAND spitsbergen Edge�ya sVALBArD Longyearbyen Barents Sea Bear Island Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. (B,L,D) DAYS 11-14: EXPLORING SVALBARD North Cape hike with our Naturalists. We've discovered a number of special places, including Melfjord, a narrow channel surrounded by steep granite cliffs. (B,L,D) DAY 6: LOFOTEN ISLANDS The focus of these days is to search for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes and polar bears living among the deep fjords, mountains, and massive ice sheets of Svalbard. Our flexible itinerary allows us to take best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Shore walks, Zodiac and kayaking adventures bring us up close to rugged landscapes and passing icebergs. (B,L,D) DAY 15: LONGYEARBYEN/ DISEMBARK/OSLO Troms� Lofoten Islands Arctic Circle Fjo rdlan ds Nordfjord NOrWAY sWEDEN Bergen Travel by Zodiac to view Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots (best on May departures). Go ashore at the fishing village of �. Later, cruise into dramatic Trollfjord, one of the most famous fjords in Norway. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TYSFJORDEN Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Board our charter flight to Oslo. Overnight at the SAS radisson Blu Hotel. (B,L) DAY 16: OSLO/HOME (B) Oslo optionAl ExtEnsions � Exploring Iceland Post-voyage 4 Days. See page 33 for details. This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Explore Hellemobotn and the area's numerous side channels by Zodiac, kayak or on foot. (B,L,D) DAY 8: TROMS� why explore the fJorDS? go to www.expeDitionS.com/fJorDS YOUR VETERAN EXPEDITION TEAM'S PASSION FOR ALL THINGS POLAR MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. EXPEDITION LEADER: Lindblad veteran Bud Lehnhausen (right), with years of polar experience, will share stories of his adventures with you. NATURALIST: Passionate about nature, Karen Copeland's interest in writing continues in the Daily Expedition reports (left). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with these world renowned photographers: Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson or Jim richardson. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. Troms� is the "Gateway to the Arctic" since so many arctic expeditions originated here. visit the Arctic Cathedral, whose unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs. And visit the Polar Museum, with excellent exhibits on arctic nature. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/NOrTHCAPE 29 ArCTIC DAY 9: AT SEA (B,L,D) rUssIAN ArCTIC new EPIc ARcTIc: RuSSIA'S WHITE SEA, fRANz JoSEf lAND & ARcTIc SVAlBARD 26 DAyS/24 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrE: 2012 Jul. 22 PrICEs frOm: $23,690 TO $44,930 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) In a historic first, National Geographic Explorer sails into the harbor of Solovetsky Island in the White Sea, Russia. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE THE REMOTE & RARELY ACCESSED FRANZ JOSEF LAND IN THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC. LEARN ABOUT RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CULTURE IN THE WHITE SEA & VISIT HISTORIC MURMANSK. EXPERIENCE THRILLING ENCOUNTERS WITH POLAR BEARS & WALRUS IN A WILD, UNPREDICTABLE SETTING. o n August 3, 2011, travelers aboard the National Geographic Explorer took part in making history. Their landing at Franz Josef Land in the russian Arctic was the first time a non-russian expedition vessel has called at this remote island archipelago since 1928. Spanning 3,500 nautical miles and both raw wilderness and isolated communities, this "Epic Arctic" will immerse you in a region only ever reached by a small handful of visitors. You'll begin in Troms�, the "Gateway to the Arctic" since so many arctic expeditions originated here. Beyond, our ship explores the indented, rugged coastline of the Norwegian county of Finnmark, cruising deep into glacially carved fjords. Go ashore to hike and observe Atlantic puffins. Then we cross the russian border into historic Murmansk. Approaching the harbor, you'll pass an almost surreal landscape of Cold War-era military ships. Continuing north, we sail for Franz Josef Land. This will be an intense Arctic experience -- unknown, enthralling and powerful -- and we'll employ our full arsenal of exploration tools for a complete perspective. Watch as the ship crunches through the ice in search of polar bears. Set out on foot into the tundra or kayak and Zodiac into scenic, mountain-rimmed bays, while our undersea Specialist will be among the first to film deep undersea using our rOv. This is an area 30 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) svalbard Nordaustlandet spitsbergen to O sl o franz Josef Land Bear Island North Cape Barents Sea murmansk Tromso NOrWAY sWEDEN fINLAND Leaping Polar Bear. of fresh discoveries still. Last season we discovered a new seabird colony -- and we had a russian expert on seabirds aboard to document it! As in the early days when Lindblad father and son were opening up new parts of the world, this area of the world demands flexibility, and rewards with unexpected activities and unpredictable wildlife sightings. Next, we explore the White Sea and the Solovetsky Islands. In the small village, you'll delve into russian culture and history. visit a massive 15th-century monastery used in the 1920s as a political prison and hike in taiga forests. We've built in time for expedition stops in this region and will keep an eye out for the many beluga whales that frequent the area. Finally, we reach Arctic Svalbard for a spectacular finale. Make landings nearby massive walrus, kayak near bergs and watch as the Captain maneuvers the ship to allow for a thrilling, hushed encounter with a polar bear. Only one departure is planned for what promises to be one of our most adventurous Arctic expeditions ever. Join us to experience the continual surprise, discovery and wonder of true exploration. ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE JUL. 22: u.S./Fly to Oslo, Norway JUL. 23: Oslo/Continental Hotel (or similar) JUL. 24: Fly to Troms�/ Embark Ship (B,L,D) JUL. 25: Finnmark (B,L,D) JUL. 26: Murmansk (B,L,D) JUL. 27-28: At Sea/Franz Josef Land (B,L,D) JUL. 29-AUG 2: Franz Josef Land (B,L,D) AUG. 3-4: Franz Josef Land/ At Sea (B,L,D) AUG. 5: Kanin Peninsula (B,L,D) AUG. 6-7: Solovetsky Islands (B,L,D) AUG. 8: Morzhovets (B,L,D) AUG. 9: Murmansk (B,L,D) AUG. 10: At Sea (B,L,D) AUG 11: Bear Island (B,L,D) AUG. 12-14: Exploring Svalbard (B,L,D) AUG. 15: Longyearbyen/Disembark/ Charter flight to Oslo/Overnight radisson Blu Airport Hotel (B,L) AUG. 16: Oslo/Home (B) See a thrilling Bear encoUnter at expeDitionS.com/Viewarctic YOUR VETERAN EXPEDITION TEAM IS SPECIALLY SELECTED FOR THEIR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE. EXPEDITION LEADER: Bud Lehnhausen (right) is among our most tenured Arctic staff and looks forward to returning to the russian Arctic. NATURALIST: Stephanie Martin (left) is a marine mammal scientist who loves sharing her knowledge of the natural world. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/EPICArCTIC Fr o m White Sea solovetsky Is. O slo rUssIA 31 rUssIAN ArCTIC ArCTIC ExTENsION THE HEART of NoRWAy'S fJoRDS oPTIoNAl PRE-VoyAGE ExTENSIoN 5 DAyS/5 NIGHTS 2012 PrICEs*: $3,790 double occupancy; $4,130 sole occupancy. *To be added to the voyage cost. Airfare not included. Ask for details. Adds 5 days/5 nights to the voyage. The "Norwegian fjords" extension can be taken before "Land of the Ice Bears," "Impressions of Northern Norway," "Epic Arctic" departures and after "Exploring the British & Irish Isles" departures. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE NORWAY'S FJORDLANDS, SCENIC WATERFALLS, MOUNTAIN PEAKS & TINY HAMLETS. DISCOVER BERGEN'S HISTORIC BRYGGEN WHARF -- A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. RIDE THE FL�M RAILWAY, NAMED A "MUST-DO" SCENIC RAIL JOURNEY BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER. T he rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord -- the longest and deepest fjord in Norway -- are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops. DAY 1: U.S./FLY TO BERGEN, NORWAY (VIA COPENHAGEN) DAY 2: BERGEN Arrive in the lovely Hansa city of Bergen, gateway to the Norwegian fjords. The powerful Hanseatic League once ruled the seas of Northern Europe. Check in to the radisson Blu royal, or similar. (D) DAY 3: BERGEN 2,838 feet to the town of Fl�m. See some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery: rivers that cut through deep ravines, tiny hamlets and impressive waterfalls. Next we take a spectacular fjord cruise across the dramatic fjords of Naeroy and both arms of the Sognefjord. Back on land, we motor through the Naeroydal valley via Stalheim Canyon with breathtaking views. Check into the Hotel ullensvang for two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 5: ULLENSVANG hike the trails, visit the Hardanger Folkmuseum, or simply enjoy the fjord views. (B,L,D) DAY 6: ULLENSVANG/OSLO Today's opening act is the Tvindefoss and voeringsfossen waterfalls and Lake Oppheim. Continue our scenic drive to Oslo, stopping en route for a visit to a wellpreserved Norwegian wooden stave church, built over 800 years ago. Arrive in Oslo and check into the Continental Hotel, or similar. (B,L) DAY 7: OSLO Set on the shores of Sorfjord, our hotel offers a day of relaxing activities. Kayak or canoe in the fjord, This morning is at leisure before meeting the main group. (B) visit the historic Bryggen Wharf and the Hanseatic Museum. venture into St. Mary's Church and the rebuilt Fantoft Stave Church, as well as composer Edvard Grieg's home. ride the funicular for an extraordinary view. (B,L) DAY 4 -- FL�M RAILWAY/SOGNEFJORD/ ULLENSVANG A must-do on any exploration of the fjordlands, a thrilling ride on the Fl�m railway connects the mountain plateau of Myrdal down Hotel Ullensvang, set on the Sorfjord. 32 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) 4 DAyS/4 NIGHTS 2012 PrICEs*: $3,550 double occupancy; $4,090 sole occupancy. *To be added to the voyage cost. Airfares not included. Ask for details. Adds 4 days/4 nights to the voyage. The "Iceland's Natural Wonders" extension can be taken after "Land of the Ice Bears" departures. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE ICELAND'S GLACIERS, WATERFALLS, HOT SPRINGS & BOILING MUD POOLS. STROLL THE OLD TOWN OF REYKJAVIK, THE WORLD'S NORTHERNMOST CAPITAL. SEE NATURE & HISTORY CONVERGE AT THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK. o nce you've seen the land of ice, it only makes sense to see its counterpart: the land of fire and ice -- Iceland. Explore Iceland's hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and massive icecaps and glaciers. DAY 1: OSLO, NORWAY/KEFLAVIK, ICELAND/AKUREYRI Gullfoss Falls. Fly to Iceland, arriving in Akureyri. Check in to the Edda Hotel (or similar) where dinner is served. (B,D) Blue Lagoon. DAY 2: AKUREYRI/LAKE MYVATN/ AKUREYRI DAY 4: GOLDEN CIRCLE: GULLFOSS AND GEYSIR/REYKJAVIK The geothermal waters at Lake M�vatn are a sanctuary for bird life. The lava field is dotted with natural sculptures. return to Akureyri. (B,L,D) DAY 3: AKUREYRI/REYKJAVIK Fly to reykjav�k, capital of Iceland, and transfer to the Centrum Hotel. This afternoon, we explore the city: Albingi Parliament House, Government House (a former prison, which was built in the 18th century), and the impressive Hallgr�mskirkja Church with its 240-foot-high tower are among our stops. (B,L) See Iceland's wild side: glacial waterfalls, rivers and hot springs. Gullfoss Falls thunders. Geysir Hot Springs steam. And at Thingvellir National Park we see nature and history converge: it's the open-air site of the ancient Parliament. (B,L,D) DAY 5: REYKJAVIK/KEFLAVIK/U.S. Morning is at leisure. Opt to spend your time at the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths. All guests transfer to the Blue Lagoon for lunch, continuing to Keflavik Airport for flights home. (B,L) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ArCTIC 33 ArCTIC ExTENsION IcElAND'S NATuRAl WoNDERS oPTIoNAl PoST-VoyAGE ExTENSIoN ThE AmErICAs alaSka, pacific northweSt, BaJa california, coSta rica, panama, 34 perUVian amazon THE AMERICAS Gray whales in the lagoons of Baja California. Howler monkeys perched in a rain forest bower. An Alaskan brown bear clutching a gasping salmon. Or the lush riverscape of the Amazonian blackwater lagoons. These images, readily seen in the pages of NatioNal GeoGraphic, are iconic, richly evocative. And if they were among the images you saw on one of our expeditions, chances are, you'd go home happy. But our expeditions take you even deeper, beyond the expected into a uniquely immersive experience of diverse American environments, using all the tools for exploration at our disposal -- hydrophones, underwater cameras, kayaks, Zodiacs, and the hearts and minds of our expert expedition staff. You'll see more, do more, know more and have more to remember. Travel with us for peak moments -- to see what you came to see and to find what you didn't know existed. To experience nature through the twin lenses of a planned itinerary and spontaneity -- to make the most of all the miraculous opportunities that happen. Left: Guests enjoy the stunning beachscape at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Top left: One of the grand totems that line the trail through Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska. Above: Gray whales, as curious of us as we are of them, often approach our Zodiacs in Baja California. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 35 ThE AmErICAs ExPloRING AlASkA'S coASTAl WIlDERNESS 8 DAyS/7 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & Sea lioN DEPArTUrEs: 2012 May 12*, 13*, 19, 20, 26*, 27*; Jun. 2, 3, 9*, 10*, 16, 17, 23*, 24*, 30; , 26 Jul. 1, 7*, 8*, 14, 15, 21*, 22*, 28, 29; Aug. 4*, 5*, 11, 12, 18*, 19*, 25 Photo Expedition. *These departures travel from Sitka to Juneau. PrICEs frOm: $5,990 to $10,190 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Travel with National Geographic Photographers flip Nicklin Aug. 25, michael melford Aug. 26, or Crittercam expert Birgit Buhleier June 9 or 16. ALAsKA BOOK BY DECEMBER 15 fOR COMPLIMEnTaRY ROunD-TRIP aIR from seattle on select may 2012 dates. Please see page 102 or call for details. Zodiacs get you close to the action. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE WHALES, BEARS, SEA OTTERS AND STELLER SEA LIONS. KAYAK AND ZODIAC AMONG ICEBERGS IN REMOTE WILDERNESS. LEARN ABOUT ALASKA'S INDIGENOUS TLINGIT PEOPLE FIRST-HAND. Use your smartphone to watch our Alaska video. See pg. 1 for details. both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a Zodiac cruise for an eye-level view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D) H ear whale blows erupt from calm waters, and the crushing booms as tons of ice calve from a glacier, falling hundreds of feet to explode into the ocean. You'll explore with the benefit of the best staff-to-guest ratio of any expedition team in Alaska -- five on board Naturalists ensure varied perspectives. Our special relationship with the Alaska Whale Foundation helps us understand whale behavior. Special permits to remote areas and decades of experience, plus a commitment to spontaneity and flexibility ensure you a fulfilling Alaska expedition. DAY 1: JUNEAU, ALASKA/EMBARK Fly from Seattle to Juneau and visit Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaska State Museum, for an introduction to Alaska's natural history and indigenous culture. After dinner, explore Juneau on your own. (D) DAY 2: TRACY ARM�FORD'S TERROR WILDERNESS voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, Bald eagle. 36 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Breaching humpback whale. Glacier Bay N.P. Point Adolphus Juneau Tracy Arm Admiralty Is. frederick sound Petersburg BrITIsh COLUmBIA sitka ALAsKA DAY 8: SITKA/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE DAY 3: PETERSBURG DAY 6: POINT ADOLPHUS/INIAN PASS Search for humpback whales as we head toward Le Conte Bay, a virtual sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. visit the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, a true Alaskan town. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. (B,L,D) DAY 4: FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT Hike, kayak and search for whales near Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area for humpback whales. Then, cruise to Inian Pass, where playful sea otters reside. (B,L,D) DAY 7: ALASKA'S ISLANDS, BAYS AND FJORDS visit onion-domed St. Michael's russian Orthodox Cathedral, discover the grand totems that line the trail through Sitka National Historical Park and meet eagles up close at the raptor rehabilitation Center. Fly to Seattle. (B) Explore Tongass National Forest Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska. With luck, we'll see whales breaching, tail-slapping and spy hopping. Often sea lions are hauled out ashore and bald eagles overhead. Later, hike or kayak for up close exploration. (B,L,D) DAY 5: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK Hike or cruise island coastlines among the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles. In the spring and early summer the landscape is often blanketed with colorful wildflowers. (B,L,D) optionAl ExtEnsion � Denali National Park Pre- or Post-voyage 7 Days. Please see page 40 for details. watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/alaSkaViDeo LEARN MORE FROM OUR 5-PERSON EXPEDITION TEAM. ONE NATURALIST FOR EVERY 12 GUESTS. EXPEDITION LEADER: veteran leader Jen Martin (right) makes sure everyone is immersed in the wonders of Alaska. NATURALIST: Doctor of Zoology Steve MacLean (left), has authored over fifty scientific papers on plants, birds, mammals and insects. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. In Glacier Bay, enormous glaciers flow from ice fields. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for brown bears along the shore and mountain goats climbing rocky cliffs. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/EXPLOrEALASKA 37 ALAsKA aLasKa, BRITIsH COLuMBIa & san Juan IsLanDs: a LanD Of naTuRaL sPLEnDOR 12 DAyS/11 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN DEPArTUrEs: 2012 May 1, 2; Sep. 1* , 2* Photo Expeditions. *These departures travel from Sitka to Seattle and include a stop in Juneau. PrICEs frOm: $7,690 to $13,180 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Travel with National Geographic Photographer flip Nicklin Sep. 1, or michael melford Sep. 2 ALAsKA BOOK BY DECEMBER 15 fOR COMPLIMEnTaRY OnE-WaY aIR from sitka to seattle on the may 1 & 2 departures. Please see page 102 or call for details. Guests explore Misty Fiords by Zodiac. ExpEdition HigHligHts KAYAK IN STILL WATERS AND HIKE REMOTE, FORESTED ISLANDS. WITNESS THE NATURAL BEHAVIOR OF ORCA AND HUMPBACK WHALES. EXPLORE ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE AND TAKE IN BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. A maze of fjords, rivers and glaciers, this mountainous coastline hosts some of the most spectacular scener y in North America. See iconic Alaska wildlife: whales, bears, eagles and sea lions. With one Naturalist for ever y twelve guests aboard our ships, gain a rich understanding of the wildlife, while kayaking and hiking in remote wilderness and cruising in Zodiacs for an eye-level view of sculpted icebergs. DAY 1: SEATTLE/EMBARK Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D) DAY 2: SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON performances and learn from the Kwakwaka'wakw people. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-5: INSIDE PASSAGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Search for orca whales among 170 forested islands. (B,L,D) DAY 3: ALERT BAY AND JOHNSTONE STRAIT, BRITISH COLUMBIA Head northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D) DAY 6: MISTY FIORDS, ALASKA At the community of Alert Bay, visit the u'Mista Cultural Center where we'll watch traditional First Nations Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs 38 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Glacier Bay N.P. Point Adolphus Juneau Tracy Arm Admiralty Is. frederick sound via special park permit, spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for brown bears and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share fascinating tales of their ancestry. (B,L,D) DAY 11: POINT ADOLPHUS AND CHICHAGOF ISLAND sitka ALAsKA misty fiords BrITIsh COLUmBIA Kayaking is an ideal platform for water-level photography. and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord's forested backwaters. (B,L,D) DAY 7: EXPLORING FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT Spend the morning looking for humpback whales among the waters off Point Adolphus and then cruise the coastline of Chichagof Island to find playful sea otters. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SITKA/DISEMBARK/HOME Pacific Ocean Johnstone strait Join Naturalists on deck to observe the antics of orca whales and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and visit the fishing village of Petersburg, known as "Alaska's Little Norway". (B,L,D) DAY 8: TRACY ARM�FORD'S TERROR WILDERNESS visit Saint Michael's russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire; walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where totem poles line trails; and meet eagles up close at the raptor rehabilitation Center. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B) Explore Tongass National Forest Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska. san Juan Islands seattle nEW in 2012 New this year, we've added a stop in Tracy Arm-Endicott Arm on this itinerary. A long-time guest favorite, these spectacular fjords offer unparalleled views of sculpted icebergs and waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D) DAY 9: JUNEAU EXPLORE OVER 1,000 PRISTINE COASTAL MILES WITH A VETERAN EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: An outdoor enthusiast and educator, Sue Perin brings tremendous knowledge and passion to each Alaska expedition. NATURALIST: Alaska resident Linda Nicklin (right) will interpret the natural and cultural history of the region with an insider's perspective. NATURALIST: David Stephens' work with the First Nations people gives us special entree into the community. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. visit the Alaska State Museum in Juneau for an excellent overview of Alaska's natural history and indigenous cultures. At Mendenhall Glacier observe the ice-carved valley up close. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/AKBC 39 ALAsKA DAY 10: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK DENAlI NATIoNAl PARk oPTIoNAl PRE- oR PoST-VoyAGE ExTENSIoN 7 DAyS/6 NIGHTS* 2012 PrICEs: $5,390 double occupancy, $7,790 single occupancy. *Depending on departure date, please add one day on your own between the end of extension and beginning of voyage or vice versa. A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. Note: Cancellation penalties apply. ALAsKA A photographer lines up a shot of Wonder Lake and Mount McKinley. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEARCH FOR CARIBOU, MOOSE, BEAR AND A VARIETY OF WILDLIFE. HIKE, CANOE, FISH AND BIKE AMID A SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE. EXPERIENCE THE FIRST CLASS, GOLDSTAR SERVICE ABOARD THE FAMED ALASKA RAILROAD. D enali National Park is a natural treasure crowned with Mt. McKinley and shrouded in wildlife sanctuary. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as our base camp deep in the heart of the park, you'll discover wonders few visitors get to experience. under the lodge's special access privileges, you'll travel in their private vehicles on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park road to explore prime hiking and wildlife viewing areas. venture into old-growth forest and hike along mountain streams in search of Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles and more. And in the evenings enjoy locally-sourced cuisine and presentations about the park's natural and cultural history. DAY 1: FAIRBANKS, ALASKA DAY 2: FAIRBANKS/DENALI NATIONAL PARK/NORTH FACE LODGE Arrive in Fairbanks, and settle into your river view cabin at Pike's Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D) In the morning visit the university of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning we depart on a wildlife drive to our temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. We'll travel in the lodge's private buses, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park road, in order to access 40 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Grizzly Bear sow with cub. is among guests' favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness backcountry of Denali National Park. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali's natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. rest well in lovely, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D) DAY 6: DENALI NATIONAL PARK/ ANCHORAGE ALAsKA fairbanks Denali National Park Anchorage Juneau YUKON TErrITOrY Alaska railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 7: ANCHORAGE/SITKA OR JUNEAU/HOME prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. We'll enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork river. In the evening, arrive at the North Face Lodge for an orientation and settle in for the night. (B,L,D) DAY 3-5: DENALI NATIONAL PARK/ NORTH FACE LODGE This morning we check out of the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back to the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Dall sheep. This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if your extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B) Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and north-country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali's rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice: hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/DENALI 41 ALAsKA U.s. PACIfIC NOrThWEsT new coluMBIA AND SNAkE RIVERS JouRNEy: HARVESTS, HISToRy & lANDScAPES Travel with National Geographic Photographer susan seubert on Sept. 14 and 20. 7 DAyS/6 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Sep. 14, 15, 20*, 21*, 26, 27; Oct. 3*, 9, 15*, 21, 27* *Note: These departures travel from Lewiston to Portland making all the same stops. PrICEs frOm: $3,990 to $6,990 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. ExpEdition HigHligHts LEARN THE HISTORIES OF LEWIS & CLARK AND NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES SUCH AS THE NEZ PERCE PEOPLE. TAKE ZODIAC CRUISES, WATERFALL HIKES AND KAYAK AMONG DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES. ENJOY A NEW MENU ON BOARD OF LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD, AND VISIT LOCAL PRODUCERS. E xperience the bounty of the Pacific Northwest on our new expedition. You'll follow the route of Lewis & Clark's historical journey through dramatic landscapes, historical high points and culinary treasures. Learn the history of the region: tumultuous geology, Native American culture and the Corps of Discovery. Hike to waterfalls, explore a 102-yearold working farm, and take in views of stunning Mt. Hood. visit a winery and enjoy a new onboard menu of seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced cuisine, including award-winning wines and craft brews. DAY 1: PORTLAND, OREGON/EMBARK Board our ship and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette river before reaching the Columbia river. (D) DAY 2: ASTORIA We begin our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, we walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. visit the Columbia river Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon you can choose to visit Cape Disappointment or to cruise by Zodiac and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife refuge, conditions permitting. (B,L,D) 42 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Palouse River WAshINGTON Columbia River Cascade Mountains maryhill John Day museum Dam OrEGON Snake River Clarkston IDAhO Clearwater River Lewiston Astoria Portland Willamette River Columbia Gorge hells Canyon hood river Bonneville Dam DAY 5: EXPLORING THE PALOUSE RIVER Along the route, sample wines from local vineyards. DAY 3: COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE/ HOOD RIVER The still water of the Palouse river is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterwards, sail up the Snake river, enjoying a barbecue on deck. (B,L,D) DAY 6: CLARKSTON Hells Canyon. Or you may opt to follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark along the Clearwater river, visiting several of their actual campsites. Led by our local Historian, we learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis & Clark. (B,L,D) DAY 7: LEWISTON, IDAHO/DISEMBARK This morning we begin our orientation to the Gorge. You'll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Beacon rock, Multnomah Falls and Crown Point. Hike among towering waterfalls. Continue on to Hood river, where we'll have a tour of the historic Gorge White House and farm, with its spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Enjoy lunch in the farm's dahlia garden before visiting a nearby winery for a tasting and tour. (B,L,D) DAY 4: THE DALLES/MARYHILL MUSEUM Transfer to Lewiston airport for connecting flights home. (B) At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake river into one of North America's most scenic spots, spectacular optionAl ExtEnsion � Portland, oregon Pre- or Post-Voyage 1 Day. Please call for details and rates. EXPLORE OVER 450 MILES OF CHANGING RIVERSCAPE WITH AN EXPERT EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: veteran leader Lee Fleischer (left) will use his vast experience on the Columbia to craft the perfect expedition. HISTORIAN: Chairman of the Department of History at The university of Montana in Missoula, Harry Fritz will share tales of past expeditions. NATURALIST: Former researcher for the united States Geological Survey, Jason Kelley (right) will explain the stories behind the landscape. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. visit the Columbia river Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region's natural history. Hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon we'll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of baskets woven by Native Americans, rodin sculptures and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D) SELECT THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/PACIFICNOrTHWEST 43 U.s. PACIfIC NOrThWEsT BAJA CALIfOrNIA BAJA cAlIfoRNIA AND THE SEA of coRTEz: AMoNG THE GREAT WHAlES 8 DAyS/7 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17 Departures in red are sold out. PrICEs frOm: $5,240 to $8,810 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Note: Some departures travel in reverse from La Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops. Travel with National Geographic Photographer flip Nicklin March 10 & 17. Guests aboard Zodiacs are often close enough to see, hear and even smell gray whales. ExpEdition HigHligHts GET AN UP-CLOSE VIEW OF GIGANTIC GRAY WHALES. SWIM, SNORKEL AND KAYAK IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ. EXPERIENCE PRISTINE BEAUTY AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. Use your smartphone to watch our Baja California video. See pg. 1 for details. DAYS 2-4: BAHIA MAGDALENA S eeing gray whales in their natural habitat is one of the great delights of this voyage. In Bah�a Magdalena, venture out in Zodiacs among these magnificent creatures. In the Sea of Cortez, you'll encounter whales, dolphins, sea lions, bluefooted boobies, huge cardon cacti, mangroves and sand dunes. The entire experience will be illuminated by an expert Expedition Team, including an undersea Specialist. Our staff are not only experts in this region, but also fun and personable. The intimate, informal nature of our expeditions means that you'll not only learn from them, but bond over meals or during conversation on deck. While Baja California may seem very close, you'll come away having seen an entirely different world of wilderness and wonder. DAY 1: LOS ANGELES/LA PAZ/ SAN CARLOS/EMBARK upon arrival in La Paz, transfer to San Carlos where we embark. (D) Navigate through an immense system of protected coves and channels, surrounded by a fringe of mangrove channels at one edge of a vast, windswept plain. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from our Zodiacs. Discover dense mangroves by kayak and watch for magnificent 44 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) mExICO NIA fOr ALI AC BAJ Sea of Cortez Isla santa Catalina Pacific Ocean san Carlos Bah�a magdalena Isla Esp�ritu santo La Paz Gorda Banks Los Cabos DAY 7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez. With the luxury of no specific plan, search for whales among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San Jos� or Isla Santa Catalina to walk among huge cacti and observe the diverse bird life. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and the beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D) gulls and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a campfire, s'mores, guitarplaying, and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D) DAY 8: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/HOME frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis and willets. (B,L,D) DAY 5: LOS CABOS AND GORDA BANKS Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and drive to the airport for flights home. (B) This morning cruise past Friars rocks at Land's End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jos� del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount, a gathering place for whales, especially humpbacks, as well as dolphins and other sea life. (B,L,D) DAY 6: LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/BaJaViDeo SEARCH FOR WHALES AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE WITH A PASSIONATE EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: veteran leader Jen Martin (left) brings rich experience and great passion to each Baja expedition. NATURALIST: Marine biologist Mike Greenfelder travels the world chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: A biochemist specialized in marine biology by training, Carlos J. Navarro (right), a native of Mexico, shares the wonders of the Sea of Cortez, his home for 23 years. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (which we'll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We have a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak or hike at Isla Esp�ritu Santo. Brown pelicans, vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/BAJAWHALES 45 BAJA CALIfOrNIA BAJA CALIfOrNIA JouRNEyS IN THE SEA of coRTEz 8 DAyS/7 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jan. 2; Dec. 15 hOLIDAY Dec. 22, 29 PrICEs frOm: $4,250 to $8,230 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Travel with Great Whale Conservancy Founder and YouTube-famous whale rescuer michael fishbach on Jan. 2. ExpEdition HigHligHts SPEND THE HOLIDAYS IN AN INSPIRING SETTING. KAYAK, SNORKEL AND SWIM IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ. HOP AMONG DIVERSE ISLANDS DOTTING THIS AZURE SEA. Use your smartphone to watch our Baja California video. See pg. 1 for details. W hat a great privilege it is to spend the holiday season in a place so rich with wildlife it is often referred to as "Mexico's Gal�pagos. " In true expedition style, experience the luxury of a flexible itinerary. Kayak, snorkel, bird watch, and take in the stunning landscapes. DAY 1: U.S./LOS CABOS OR LA PAZ, MEXICO/EMBARK LA PAZ Transfer from Los Cabos Airport or La Paz Airport to the ship at La Paz and embark. (D) DAYS 2-7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ cactuses and extraordinary bird and marine life. Kayak and swim the waters off Bah�a San Basilio. visit nesting seabirds on the island of Ildefonso. Spend time searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife amid the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. At Isla San Jos�, take a Zodiac cruise through the island's lush mangrove channels and discover nearby middens (ancient shell mounds) -- evidence of the region's Indian history. Isla Partida and Isla Esp�ritu Santo, with their dramatic cliff-lined coasts, are considered two of the most beautiful islands in Sea of Cortez mExICO Pacific Ocean the Sea of Cortez. Swim, snorkel with sea lions, hike, kayak and join a beach barbecue. (B,L,D) DAY 8: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/U.S. Fly from either La Paz or Los Cabos back to the u.S. (B) NIA fOr ALI AC BAJ Isla Ildefonso Isla santa Catalina Isla san Jos� Isla Esp�ritu santo La Paz Los Cabos Airport Throughout your voyage you will have a choice of activities -- from Zodiac cruising and snorkeling to kayaking and hiking. Explore Isla Santa Catalina with its giant Sea lions hauled out on a rocky outcrop. watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/BaJaViDeo OUR EXPERT EXPEDITION TEAM WILL MAKE THE SEA OF CORTEZ COME ALIVE. EXPEDITION LEADER: Sue Perin brings great knowledge and passion to the Baja experience. NATURALIST: veteran Naturalist and published author William Lopez-Forment (left) will share his research and expertise on the wildlife of Mexican islands. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: Naturalist and certified diver Alberto Montaudon (right) will provide fascinating views of undersea life. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. ODYssEY: san w BaJa CaLIfORnIa sEa Of CORTEzIGnaCIO ne LaGOOn anD THE 11 DAyS/10 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jan. 11 Photo Expedition. PrICEs frOm: $6,990 to $11,535 (See page 97 for complete prices.) ExpEdition HigHligHts AN IMMERSIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY OF NATURE, WILDLIFE AND HISTORY. OVERNIGHT AT SAN IGNACIO LAGOON NEARBY GRAY WHALES. SEE PAINTINGS AND PETROGLYPHS FROM ANCIENT CULTURES. S ee endemic wildlife, hike desert landscapes and discover the ancient cultures of Baja California on our new Photo Expedition. Overnight onshore near the gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, and find endless photo ops with a National Geographic Photographer who will help you get the shots of a lifetime. Fall under the spell of ancient petroglyphs and romantic missions. JAN. 11: U.S./LA PAZ/EMBARK JAN. 15-16: SANTA ROSALIA/LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO NIA fOr ALI AC BAJ Enjoy multiple opportunities to see gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio, a birthing lagoon of mothers and their calves. (B,L,D) JAN. 17: ISLA SAN MARCOS mExICO santa rosal�a Isla san marcos Isla santa Catalina Sea of Isla san Cortez Jos� Isla Esp�ritu santo La Paz Laguna san Ignacio san Basilio Loreto Pacific Ocean Hike a rugged arroyo, kayak, swim and snorkel. (B,L,D) JAN. 18: PAINTINGS & PETROGLYPHS Arrive in La Paz and transfer to the ship. (D) JAN. 12: LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO Join Enrique Hambleton, an authority on aboriginal rock art, to go in search of paintings and petroglyphs. (B,L,D) JAN. 19: LORETO/SAN JAVIER MISSION JAN. 20: ISLA SAN JOSE Take Zodiac cruises and kayaks into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. (B,L,D) JAN. 21: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/U.S. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters with curious sea lions. (B,L,D) JAN. 13: ISLA SANTA CATALINA Explore the historic Baja California Peninsula mission towns of San Javier and Loreto. (B,L,D) After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B) Search for marine life in the waters around Isla Danzante, a rich area for dolphins. Hike among giant cardon cacti. (B,L,D) JAN. 14: BAHIA SAN BASILIO/ISLA ILDEFONSO EXPLORE BAJA CALIFORNIA WITH US AND LEARN FROM AN EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: Sue Perin's (left) expertise in wildlife management and passion for teaching brings the wonders of Baja to life. NATURALIST: Sharon Grainger (right) will share her extensive experience working with the region's native cultures. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. Kayak, swim and snorkel in serene waters, then visit nesting seabirds. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/BAJAODYSSEY 47 BAJA CALIfOrNIA Travel with National Geographic Photographer susan seubert on this departure. CENTrAL AmErICA coSTA RIcA & THE PANAMA cANAl 8 DAyS/7 NIGHTS � NATIoNAl GEoGRAPHIc SEA lIoN DEPArTUrEs: 2011: Nov. 12*, 19, 26*; Dec. 3 , 10* , 27* 2012: Jan. 7, 14*, 21, 28*; , 18 , 25*; Mar. 3, 10*, 17, 31 Feb. 4, 11* Photo Expedition: These departures are for passionate photographers with hands-on instruction from our Photo Expedition Team. *These departures travel from San Jos� to Panama City. Departures in red are sold out. PrICEs frOm: $4,980 to $8,260 (See page 97 for complete prices.) BOOK BY DECEMBER 15 TO RECEIVE a COMPLIMEnTaRY 3-DaY MOnTEVERDE ExTEnsIOn or $500 Off THE COsT Of YOuR ExPEDITIOn on select 2012 departures. Please see page 102 or call for details. Hiking in Corcorvado National Park. ExpEdition HigHligHts HIKE AND SWIM IN A NATIONAL PROTECTED RAINFOREST. SNORKEL AT ISLA COIBA, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE. VISIT THE REMOTE OSA PENINSULA AT CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK. Use your smartphone to watch our Costa Rica & Panama video. See pg. 1 for details. rainforest study since 1923, and we are very proud to have special permission to visit the facilities at the Smithsonian Tropical research Institute. Meet some of the scientists and learn about their work before we reboard to continue our crossing. Often we have the opportunity to cross part of the Canal during the day, and another when it is dramatically lit at night. (B,L,D) DAY 3: GULF OF PANAMA ISLETS E xplore the coastal regions of Panama and Costa rica for an intriguing blend of nature -- plus a transit of the legendary Panama Canal. The wildlife of the region includes spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, coatimundis, sloths and over 300 species of birds, including toucans and macaws. across the narrowest width of the isthmus to the port of Col�n where we'll board National Geographic Sea Lion and begin our Panama Canal transit. Anchor in Gat�n Lake for a peaceful night. (D) DAY 2: BARRO COLORADO ISLAND/ PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT DAY 1: U.S./PANAMA CITY, PANAMA/ COLON/EMBARK/GATUN LAKE Depart the u.S. and arrive in Panama by midafternoon. Drive In the morning, we'll board Zodiacs for Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gat�n Lake. This island has been the primary Smithsonian center for tropical This archipelago of islands due 48 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) herradura manuel Antonio N.P. san Jos� COsTA rICA Caribbean Sea Col�n Panama City Panama Canal Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba PANAmA Gulf of Panama DAY 6: OSA PENINSULA Panama Canal. south of Panama City has a storied past -- pearls, conquistadors, buccaneers, and so much more. We'll explore waters via Zodiac or kayak, where dolphins and whales have been spotted. Observe roosting and nesting magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies on an otherwise empty stretch of white sand. (B,L,D) DAY 4: ISLA COIBA NATIONAL PARK We anchor off the remote Osa Peninsula at Corcovado National Park. Trek through the rainforest in search of three species of monkey in one day: howler, spider and squirrel. (B,L,D) DAY 7: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK one of the forest-lined, white-sand beaches. (B,L,D) DAY 8: HERRADURA/DISEMBARK/ SAN JOSE/U.S. Disembark in Herradura and drive to the airport for flights home. (B) ExtEnd YoUR AdVEntURE (from the Costa rica portion of your expedition) Isla Coiba, one of Panama's most remote national parks and a uNESCO World Heritage Site, offers some of the best reefs for snorkeling in the Eastern Pacific. Our staff will assist both novice and expert snorkelers alike, and you'll also observe a vibrant undersea world while swimming and kayaking. (B,L,D) DAY 5: GOLFO DULCE, COSTA RICA At Manuel Antonio, we enjoy the stunning beachscape where the rainforest meets the sea. Our Naturalists point out monkeys or birds as they zip through the forest. You'll find plenty of great spots for a final hike or refreshing swim on � Monteverde cloud forest 3 Days. Please see page 50. � Monteverde, Arenal Volcano & Sarapiqu�, Post-voyage 7 Days. Please see page 51. watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/coSta_ricaViDeo THE MOST EXPERIENCED STAFF IN COSTA RICA & PANAMA. EXPEDITION LEADER: Gustavo Abarca (right) began working as a naturalist guide in 1992, and has led nature programs for groups of all ages, as well as specialized programs for photographers, journalists and adventure travelers. NATURALIST & PHOTOGRAPHER: Willy Alfaro was born and raised in San Jos�, Costa rica. His interest in nature began when his dad bought him a natural history encyclopedia at age six. NATURALIST: Of Swiss origin, but born and raised in San Jos�, Margrit ulrich (left) fully embodies the pura vida philosophy of Costa ricans. Her passion ranges from birds to plants, from amphibians to reptiles, with a special love for bats, rocks and shells. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on board your selected departure. Today we make our first landfall at Costa rica. At Casa Orqu�deas, a privately-owned garden accessible only by boat and special invitation, we'll see a profusion of orchids while looking for tanagers, parrots and gaudy toucans. Explore Golfo Dulce, ideal for kayaking or swimming. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/WILD 49 CENTrAL AmErICA CENTrAL AmErICA coSTA RIcA To PANAMA + MoNTEVERDE clouD foREST 11 DAyS/10 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN DEPArTUrEs: 2011: Nov. 9, 23; Dec. 7 2012: Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 7 Departures in red are sold out. PrICEs frOm: $6,080 to $9,860 (See page 97 for complete prices.) ExpEdition HigHligHts WALK TRAILS WITH BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS, AND WATCH FOR THE RARE RESPLENDENT qUETZAL. ASCEND A SERIES OF SUSPENSION BRIDGES FOR A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE FOREST CANOPY. MONTEVERDE'S CLOUD FOREST IS SPRINKLED WITH MOSS, 300 SPECIES OF ORCHIDS AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. DAY 1: MIAMI/SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA Depart Miami mid-morning via American Airlines on a non-stop flight to San Jos�, Costa rica. Flying time is approximately three hours. upon arrival, a short drive brings us to the Doubletree Cariari. (D) DAYS 2 & 3: MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST monteverde herradura manuel Antonio N.P. san Jos� COsTA rICA Caribbean Sea Col�n Panama City Panama Canal Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba PANAmA Gulf of Panama A scenic drive of approximately five hours takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids. Led by local naturalists, walk trails rich with butterflies and abundant bird life. Ascend the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy. Learn about life in the early Monteverde community from Marvin rockwell, one of the original Quaker homesteaders. We spend each night at a charming, family-owned lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 4: MONTEVERDE/HERRADURA/ EMBARK visit a butterfly farm before transferring to Herradura to embark our ship. Days 4-11 then follow "Costa rica & the Panama Canal" itinerary on pages 48-49. (B,L,D) The elevated foot bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest offers stunning perspectives. 50 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) PANAMA To coSTA RIcA + MoNTEVERDE, ARENAl VolcANo & SARAPIquI 15 DAyS/14 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN DEPArTUrEs: 2011: Nov. 19; Dec. 3 2012: Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; Mar. 3, 17, 31. Departures in red are sold out. PrICEs frOm: $7,460 to $11,120 (See page 97 for complete prices.) ExpEdition HigHligHts CLOUD FORESTS, VOLCANOES AND THE SEA CREATE THE ULTIMATE EXPEDITION COMBINATION. SEARCH FOR MONKEYS, IGUANAS, ENDANGERED SCARLET MACAWS AND AMERICAN CROCODILES. GO WHITEWATER RAFTING OR RIVER FLOATING ON THE SARAPIqUI RIVER. DAYS 1-7: FOLLOW "COSTA RICA & THE PANAMA CANAL" ITINERARY ON PAGES 48-49. DAY 8: HERRADURA/MONTEVERDE Arenal Volcano sarapiqui monteverde san Jos� herradura manuel Antonio N.P. COsTA rICA Caribbean Sea Col�n Panama City Panama Canal Bird watch at Carara National Park and then see the Bat Jungle exhibit or hear from an early Quaker settler. Stay at a peaceful retreat with expansive grounds and picturesque views. (B,L,D) DAY 9: MONTEVERDE Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba PANAmA Darien Gulf of Panama DAY 11: ARENAL visit a butterfly farm and tour the Monteverde reserve. (B,L,D) DAY 10: MONTEVERDE/ARENAL visit a third-generation coffee farm, and then sail across Lake Arenal. Later, check into an elegant hotel with panoramic view of the smoldering Arenal volcano. (B,L,D) Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung through 3 kilometers of dense rainforest canopy, then relax in thermal pools heated by the volcano. (B,L,D) DAY 12: ARENAL/SARAPIqUI to explore immaculate primary tropical rainforest. Check in to Sue�o Azul, set in a private rainforest reserve. (B,L,D) DAY 13: SARAPIqUI Transfer to Sarapiqu�, stopping to visit La Selva Biological Station Float the Sarapiqu� river on a relaxing journey or opt for adventurous whitewater rafting. Later, ride horseback to secluded waterfalls or pamper yourself in the spa. (B,L,D) DAY 14: SARAPIqUI/SAN JOSE visit Sibu Chocolatier and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. After lunch, visit a fine San Jos� museum. The day ends with a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 15: SAN JOSE/U.S. (B) Smoldering Arenal Volcano provides a dramatic backdrop. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ArENAL 51 CENTrAL AmErICA CENTrAL AmErICA new MANy fAcES of PANAMA AND coSTA RIcA 11 DAyS/10 NIGHTS � NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN DEPArTUrE: 2011 Dec 17 PrICEs frOm: $7,820 to $12,930 (See page 97 for complete prices.) Ember� children at play. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAIL THROUGH HISTORY WHILE TRANSITING THE LEGENDARY PANAMA CANAL. JOURNEY UP THE MOGUE RIVER TO EXPLORE AN EMBERA VILLAGE. EXPLORE `BEST-KEPT SECRETS' -- ISLA COIBA, LAS PERLAS ISLANDS AND CASCO VIEJO. DAY 1: U.S./PANAMA CITY, PANAMA/ COLON/EMBARK/GATUN LAKE Depart the u.S. and arrive in Panama. Drive to Col�n where we board National Geographic Sea Lion and begin our Panama Canal transit. Anchor in Gat�n Lake for a peaceful night. (D) DAY 2: BARRO COLORADO ISLAND/ PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT since 1923. Meet scientists and learn about their work before we re-board to transit the Canal. Often we have the opportunity to cross part of the Canal during the day, and another when it is dramatically lit at night. (B,L,D) DAY 3: CASCO VIEJO canal engineers that Panama was earthquake-proof. visit the Canal Museum and the beautiful Gold Altar at the San Jos� Cathedral. (B,L,D) DAY 4: MOGUE visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument, the primary Smithsonian center for tropical rain forest study This uNESCO World Heritage Site is the historic center of Panama City. Discover the old Santo Domingo monastery and Flat Arch, which reportedly helped convince Today we find ourselves in an entirely distinct environment � the mouth of the Mogue river, a winding, mangrove-lined waterway that leads into Darien National Park. Board local boats and look for blue morpho butterflies on our way to the Ember� village of Mogue. Learn 52 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) about the culture and traditions of the Ember� people, famous for their handicrafts. Men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and women weave baskets made from palm fibers with dyes made from various plants. (B,L,D) DAY 5: LAS PERLAS san Jos� herradura manuel Antonio N.P. COsTA rICA Caribbean Sea Col�n Panama Canal Panama City Casco Viejo Darien Las Perlas mogue Granito de Oro Isla Coiba Gulf of Panama Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce PANAmA The "Pearl Islands" are famous for the 31-carat pearl La Peregrina discovered here in 1913. Composed of over 200 islands and islets surrounded by turquoise waters, Las Perlas is teeming with coral beds and a rich diversity of marine life. And in Las Perlas we have exclusive access to go ashore on the white sand beach of Isla Pacheca, home to a thriving pelican rookery. Snorkel, swim, or just relax. Search for dolphins and whales that frequent these warm Pacific waters during our afternoon at sea. (B,L,D) Incredible snorkeling awaits near Isla Coiba. Pacific Ocean sites relatively untouched by humans. The jungles are home to howler monkeys, scarlet macaws and 20 endemic bird species including the Coiba spinetail. (B,L,D) DAY 8: GOLFO DULCE, COSTA RICA in one day: howler, spider and squirrel. (B,L,D) DAY 10: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK Today we make our first landfall in Costa rica at Casa Orqu�deas, a privately-owned tropical garden accessible only by boat and special invitation. We'll see a profusion of orchids while looking for tanagers, parrots and gaudy toucans. Explore Golfo Dulce, ideal for kayaking or swimming. (B,L,D) DAY 9: OSA PENINSULA At Manuel Antonio, enjoy the stunning beachscape where the rainforest meets the sea. There are plenty of opportunities for a hike or refreshing swim on one of the forestlined, white-sand beaches. (B,L,D) DAY 11: HERRADURA/DISEMBARK/ SAN JOSE/U.S. Disembark in Herradura and drive to the airport for flights home. (B) optionAl ExtEnsion: We anchor off the remote Osa Peninsula at Corcovado National Park. Trek through the rainforest in search of three species of monkey � Monteverde, Arenal Volcano & Sarapiqu�, Post-voyage 7 Days. Please see page 51 for details. THE MOST EXPERIENCED STAFF IN COSTA RICA & PANAMA. NATURALIST: Cristian Moreno (right) is a Panamanian born in Chile. Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking. He is SCuBA-certified and enjoys exploring the reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama. NATURALIST: Isabel Salas vindas has studied and conducted research with the university of Costa rica, and she is one of the country's foremost experts on howler monkey behavior. As a naturalist she's shared her vast knowledge of tropical nature and local culture with travelers since 1997. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on board these departures. DAYS 6 & 7: ISLA COIBA NATIONAL PARK Isla Coiba, one of Panama's most remote national parks and a uNESCO World Heritage Site, offers some of the best reefs for snorkeling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. We've been visiting Coiba for decades, and you will relish spending two full days exploring vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/CENTrALAMErICA 53 CENTrAL AmErICA MAcHu PIccHu & THE lAND of THE INcA 8 DAyS/7 NIGHTS Year-round, weekly departures. PrICEs: 2012 $4,490 per person double occupancy; $5,390 per person sole occupancy. International and internal airfare not included. Call for sample rates. Spend time with National Geographic writer, photog� rapher and archaeologist Peter frost on our 2012 Peru's Land of the Inca departures. PErU Machu Picchu received much attention after the National Geographic Society focused their entire April 1913 issue on it. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE DAYBREAK OVER THE RUINS AT MACHU PICCHU FROM THE FABLED SUN GATE. DISCOVER CUSCO'S RICH HERITAGE AND VISIT THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA. EXPLORE THE MASSIVE INCA STONE FORTRESS OF OLLANTAYTAMBO. W e spend a week in Peru. Occasionally people ask, "why so long when the highlight is Machu Picchu?" The fact is that there is so much more in Peru, which you'll see when you read the itinerary. You'll spend your time in the company of expert guides exploring Peru's wonders -- ancient, colonial and contemporary. DAY 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU DAY 2: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, vicu�as and guanacos are bred. visit Pisac and walk through the local food market. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA by National Geographic grantee Nilda Calla�aupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. In the afternoon, choose from horseback riding or a spa treatment. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Depart the u.S. and arrive in Lima by late evening. Peter Frost will join us as we visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided introduction, then stay overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge. (B,L,D) 54 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) quechua mother and child. DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the quiet ruins. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 6: CUSCO experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) DAY 7: CUSCO/LIMA DAY 8: LIMA/U.S. (B) ExtEnd YoUR AdVEntURE: � This Peru journey can be Explore the Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuam�n Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. This evening, return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) combined with a voyage to the Gal�pagos Islands (page 10) or the Upper Amazon of Peru (page 56). THE EXPEDITION TEAM LOOKS FORWARD TO REVEALING INCAN CULTURE TO YOU. LOCAL EXPERT: Karina Terrazas (right) has traveled throughout the Andes and jungles of South America. Conversant in her native Quechua, she has deep pride in her country's history and people and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge about the ancient wonders of Peru, especially Machu Picchu. LOCAL EXPERT: A native Cusque�o, Harvey Martinez hopes one day to rewrite the "Spanish history of the Inca" into the "Inca history of the Inca." LOCAL EXPERT: Ernesto Ore (left) shares his broad base of knowledge to create a memorable exploration of Peru's exquisite countryside and cuisine. And he'll describe his particular talent for incorporating modern life while holding on to ancient ideas and values. Peru's markets are alive with color. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/PEru 55 PErU uPPER AMAzoN: ExPloRING PERu'S PAcAyA-SAMIRIA RESERVE 10 DAyS/9 NIGHTS -- delfiN ii Join National Geographic expert Kitty Coley on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2012 departures. AmAZON DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar. 17, 24, 31; Apr. 7, 21, 28; May 12, 19; Jul. 14, 21, 28; Sep. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29. Departures in red are sold out. PrICEs frOm: $5,590 to $6,590 (See page 98 for complete prices.) Yacare caiman. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE THE HEADWATERS OF THE MIGHTY AMAZON. SEE THE PACAYA-SAMIRIA RESERVE WITH EXPERT GUIDES. MEET RIBERE�OS WHO MAINTAIN ANCESTRAL TRADITIONS. Use your smartphone to watch our Amazon video. See pg. 1 for details. Nauta. We embark and the elegant Delfin II sets the stage: hardwood floors, rattan sofas, wooden-slat hammocks and a graceful, modern design. (B,L,D) DAYS 3-8: PERUVIAN AMAZON EXPLORATION o ur new exploration of the upper Amazon takes us through wild lands of unsurpassed beauty. Our Expedition Leader and experienced Naturalists will help you to see and learn more about the remarkable flora and fauna of the region. The chef on the Delfin II will present the finest Amazonian-Peruvian gourmet cuisine on the river. DAY 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU Depart the u.S. and arrive Lima by late evening. Overnight in Lima at the conveniently located Costa del Sol ramada. DAY 2: LIMA/IqUITOS/EMBARK After a morning tour of Lima, fly to Iquitos and drive to the ship in Couvier's toucan. This week we explore the hidden jewels surrounding the PacayaSamiria National Preserve. The reserve is bordered by two powerful rivers, the Mara��n and ucayali. The people who live along the rivers Discoveries by skiff will be made daily. PErU lima Iquitos From /to mara��n river Nauta Amazon river Ucayali river Pacaya-samiria reserve -- known as ribere�os -- are an integral part of the reserve. visiting them during the voyage helps us understand their importance in this remarkable region. Children will be everywhere, as fascinated with us as we are with them. Our focus will be on exploring the lagoons and "black-water" tributaries by skiff and kayak. These rivers and streams originate in the rainforest and are filled with the tannins from the forest washed out by the year-round rains of the tropics. We will follow rivers named the Yanayacu, Pucate, Pacaya, Dorado and Yanallpa into other even smaller channels. river levels dictate how far into the forest we can go, providing exciting opportunities for new experiences. Low river levels allow for several opportunities to take walks; while high river levels, when solid land is scarce to non-existent, are explored with skiffs that can nose their way into the most pristine corners of the reserve. One of our visits along the Mara��n river gives us access to terra firma, land that is never flooded even at the highest river levels. Here we see a different ecosystem from what exists in the flood forest or varzea region. No matter how high the river level, a long (or short) hike inland is possible for those adventurous enough to choose this option. Throughout the year, regardless of water levels, there will be an opportunity to swim in a beautiful lake in the reserve's interior. With luck, gray and pink river dolphins will be in the vicinity. All of our excursions have the potential for wildlife sightings, most of them by skiff. On our last afternoon, we visit a community where the women will display their handicrafts, many of which you might recognize from the decor on board. (B,L,D) DAY 9: NAUTA/DISEMBARK/ IqUITOS/LIMA center. Fly to Lima where you overnight at the Costa del Sol ramada. (B,L) DAY 10: LIMA/U.S. (B) ExtEnd YoUR AdVEntURE � Combine your Amazon expedition with a voyage to the Gal�pagos Islands (page 10) and Machu Picchu & Land of the Inca (page 54). Please call for details. extension to Paracas and the Nasca Lines, where you discover the giant geoglyphs of the ancient Nasca and see the marine life of the Paracas National Reserve. Please call for details. � Or join our new post-voyage After lunch return to Iquitos by bus. visit the manatee rehabilitation EXPLORE THE UPPER AMAZON WITH A SUPERB STAFF. EXPEDITION LEADER: Cindy Manning (left) has decades of experience in the world's rainforests. She will take great pride in revealing the wild, hidden corners of the Peruvian Amazon to Lindblad travelers. NATURALIST: A guide for 30 years, reninger Coquinche Arevalo has had the opportunity to participate in many training sessions with both Peruvian and North American professors. He has also worked with various scientific groups who have come to the Amazon, such as with the renowned botanist Alwyn Gentry and ornithologist Theodore Parker, which have immensely enriched his knowledge of the Amazon's natural history. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. P E 57 Lima vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/AMAZON AmAZON ExPloRING MAcHu PIccHu & THE uPPER AMAzoN of PERu 17 DAyS/16 NIGHTS -- delfiN ii DEPArTUrEs: 2011-12 On our Amazon departures, Exploring Machu Picchu is available as either a pre- or post-voyage extension. Please call for details. PrICEs frOm: $10,080 to $11,980 (See page 98 for complete prices.) Spend time with National Geographic writer, photographer and archaeologist Peter frost on our 2012 Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca departures. AmAZON Machu Picchu received much attention after the National Geographic Society focused their entire April 1913 issue on it. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPERIENCE THE ANCIENT WONDERS OF MACHU PICCHU & PERU'S WILD AMAZON. DISCOVER CUSCO, CAPITAL OF THE INCA EMPIRE AND THE VAST SACSAYHUAM�N FORTRESS. MEET THE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES WHO CALL THE STORIED BANKS OF THE AMAZON HOME. T his comprehensive land and sea exploration offers a wealth of experiences. Walk amid the ancient, colonial and contemporary treasures of Machu Picchu and the Land of the Inca. Then, board the elegant Delfin II to ply the waters of the PacayaSamiria reserve, seeing monkeys, sloths and a host of birds. This authentic journey also presents some of Peru's finest cuisine along the way. DAY 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU by late evening. Overnight at the conveniently located Costa del Sol ramada. DAY 2: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Depart u.S. and arrive in Lima This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, vicu�as and guanacos are bred. visit Pisac, the gateway to the Sacred valley, and walk through the local food market. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) Peter Frost will join us for a visit to the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Calla�aupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. In the afternoon, choose from horseback riding or a spa treatment. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) 58 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. Spend the night at the Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L) DAY 8: LIMA You are free to discover the sites of Lima on your own. In the evening, join your fellow Amazon explorers at the Costa del Sol ramada. (B) DAY 9: LIMA/IqUITOS/NAUTA/EMBARK Giant green lily pads of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. flood forest or varzea region. Every excursion has the potential for wildlife sightings, most of them by skiff, so always keep your camera at hand. On our last afternoon, we visit a community where the women will display their handicrafts, many of which you'll recognize from the decor on board. (B,L,D) DAY 16: NAUTA/DISEMBARK/IqUITOS/ LIMA Fly to Iquitos, and drive to the riverside village of Nauta to embark Delfin II at the edge of the PacayaSamiria reserve. (B,L,D) DAYS 10-15: PERUVIAN AMAZON EXPLORATION DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA/ MACHU PICCHU Disembark Delfin II after lunch and drive to Iquitos. visit the manatee rehabilitation center. Fly to Lima and overnight at the Costa del Sol ramada. (B,L) DAY 17: LIMA/U.S. Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided introduction, then stay overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the quiet ruins. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 6: CUSCO (See pages 58-59 for full upper Amazon itinerary.) Explore the massive Pacaya-Samiria National reserve and the confluence of rivers at the Amazon's headwaters. We'll discover the lagoons and blackwater tributaries by skiff. One of our visits along the Mara��n river gives us access to terra firma, land that is never flooded even at the highest river levels. Here we see a different ecosystem than what exists in the After breakfast, proceed to the airport in Lima for flights home. (B) Children of the reserve enjoying our Expedition Leader's video camera. Explore the Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuam�n Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) DAY 7: CUSCO/LIMA MEET INCAN CULTURE AND AMAZONIAN JUNGLE EXPERTS LOCAL GUIDE: Ernesto Ore (left) shares his broad base of knowledge of Machu Picchu to create a memorable exploration of Peru's ruins, exquisite countryside and cuisine. And he'll describe his particular talent for incorporating modern life while holding on to ancient ideas and values. LOCAL GUIDE: Juan Luis Ihuaraqui (right) was born in the Amazon jungle. His family moved to Iquitos so he could study English and tourism. He began working as a guide and translator at age 22; and has worked with biologists from the Smithsonian Institute, the university of Wisconsin and the San Diego Zoo. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/AMAZON 59 AmAZON EUrOPE AND ThE mEDITErrANEAN BritiSh & iriSh iSleS, the Baltic Sea, eUrope'S weStern coaSt, greece, Dalmatian 60 coaSt, tUrkey EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN Whether you seek a blend of culture and nature, like that offered by our British & Irish Isles and Dalmatian Coast expeditions; or an immersion in culture and history, like our European Odyssey and Historic Baltic expeditions; our expeditions provide powerful, life-enriching experiences. For 2012, we've expanded offerings in coastal Turkey and Greece -- aboard the historic sailing yacht, Sea Cloud, a ship which combines the experience of voyaging under sail as the ancients did, with all the safety and amenities of a modern yacht. No other company, despite the many options, can create the unique itineraries and avenues for exploration that we offer. You are accompanied by top-caliber Archaeologists, Naturalists and Historians. Their thoughtful, engaging presentations create a cohesive narrative for you, out of what might otherwise be merely a string of enjoyably connected days. In addition to a number and variety of highlights, we also offer our signature flexibility, which that allows us to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities that may arise. Guests who've taken these expeditions marvel -- at what they saw and did and learned -- and at the fact that despite a previous visit, seeing these places with us revealed undiscovered facets. And that, we say, is the point: our expedition travel style makes fresh discovery eternally possible. Left: National Geographic Explorer in lovely Dartmouth on the Devon coast. Top right: Clinging to the mountainside, the monastery of Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece endures. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 61 EUrOPE AND ThE mEDITErrANEAN BrITIsh & IrIsh IsLEs ExPloRING THE BRITISH AND IRISH ISlES 14 DAyS/12 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrE: 2012 May 15 PrICEs frOm: $10,380 to $18,960 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Travel with mary robinson, the first woman President of Ireland, for a unique perspective on the isles. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs Guest walking among Stones of Callanish. ExpEdition HigHligHts IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE, MUSIC & CUISINE. VISIT THE SCOTTISH OUTPOST OF ST. KILDA, A UNESCO SITE. EXPLORE THE PREHISTORIC VILLAGE OF SKARA BRAE IN ORKNEY. Use your smartphone to watch our British Isles video. See pg. 1 for details. Abbey Gardens, with a flourishing variety of subtropical plants. Watch for numerous birds, both passerines and waterfowl. (B,L,D) MAY 19: THE SKELLIGS AND DINGLE W e leave no Neolithic stone unturned as we trace the path of the vikings and Celts along the windswept shores of England, Ireland, and Scotland. From aboard National Geographic Explorer, venture out in Zodiacs and kayaks and on foot to explore this wild and beautiful landscape, scattered with ancient monuments, charming villages and wild isles. MAY 15: U.S./FLY OVERNIGHT TO LONDON, ENGLAND MAY 16: LONDON/PORTSMOUTH/ EMBARK Arrive in London and transfer to Portsmouth for embarkation aboard National Geographic Explorer. (L,D) MAY 17: DARTMOUTH PENINSULA, IRELAND Stroll along Dartmouth's quaint waterfront, observing many fine old buildings that recall its nautical past. (B,L,D) MAY 18: ISLES OF SCILLY, CORNWALL On the island of Tresco we visit the Navigate around Skellig Michael to view the curious beehive huts of a 6th-century Celtic Christian monastery. Watch for nesting seabirds at the rocky island of Little Skellig. Later, go ashore at the charming town of Dingle. (B,L,D) 62 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) shetland fair Isle Is. of Lewis. st. Kilda Atlantic Ocean hebrides staffa Is. Iona Orkney Inverewe sCOTLAND To Bergen Donegal Bay Aran Is. Dingle The skelligs IrELAND WALEs Dartmouth Isles of scilly ENGLAND London Portsmouth Shetland ponies. MAY 20: ARAN ISLANDS AND CLIFFS OF MOHER Cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher on the way to the Aran Islands and Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort perched on a 200-foot cliff overlooking the sea. (B,L,D) MAY 21: COUNTY DONEGAL, IRELAND landscape, where the Gulf Stream moderates temperatures and allows palm trees to grow. (B,L,D) MAY 25: ORKNEY ISLANDS MAY 27: SHETLAND ISLANDS Dock at the sheltered fishing harbor of Killybegs and drive to Gaelic-speaking Glencolumbkille. In the evening, enjoy world-class traditional Donegal fiddle and pipe music. (B,L,D) MAY 22: IONA AND STAFFA, INNER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND Witness the standing stones of the ring of Brodgar, the 5,000-yearold village of Skara Brae and the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the vikings. Explore the Nordic town of Kirkwall. (B,L,D) MAY 26: FAIR ISLE AND MOUSA Drive through scenic countryside, stopping to photograph Shetland ponies en route to the Jarlshof archaeological site. (B,L,D) MAY 28: BERGEN, NORWAY/ DISEMBARK/U.S. (B) optionAl ExtEnsions � Exploring Wales Explore Fair Isle, known for its woolen crafts, and visit the bird research center. Zodiac to the island of Mousa and examine an Iron Age broch (stone tower). (B,L,D) Pre-voyage 5 Days. Call for details. Post-voyage 4 Days. Call for details. � Norwegian fjords, Walk through the ancient nunnery to 12th-century Iona Abbey, where kings including Macbeth and Duncan lie buried. Explore Staffa Island and its famed great basalt columns and deep sea caves. (B,L,D) MAY 23: OUTER HEBRIDES: ST. KILDA AND CALLANISH watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/BritainViDeo GUIDED BY YOUR EXPEDITION TEAM, MAKE NEW DISCOVERIES IN FAMILIAR LANDS. HISTORIAN: Steve Blamires (right) is an authority on the Celtic and viking peoples. NATURALIST: Born and raised in England, richard White is an avid birder who will tirelessly point out the many species we see. NATURALIST: veteran Tom ritchie is a passionate advocate of the expedition experience and is always inspiring. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with Jim richardson (left), who shot the article "Celt Appeal" for National Geographic. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your departure. Navigate along the wild western coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. visit the remote uNESCO Site of St. Kilda. See the massive Neolithic Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis. (B,L,D) MAY 24: INVEREWE Inverewe is an astonishing garden vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/BrITISHISLES 63 BrITIsh & IrIsh IsLEs ThE BALTICs ExPloRING THE BAlTIc'S HISToRIc WATERWAyS 16 DAyS/14 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Aug. 29; Sep. 6* * Travels from St. Petersburg to Copenhagen. PrICEs frOm: $12,990 to $23,990 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Hear talks from mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa, former presidents of Russia and Poland, on both 2012 departures. GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs National Geographic Explorer is able to dock right in Stockholm's old town, Gamla Stan. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPERIENCE NINE COUNTRIES UNITED BY THE BALTIC SEA. SEE ST. PETERSBURG'S TREASURES AND THE HERMITAGE. EXPLORE UNESCO SITES L�BECK, RIGA, TALLINN & MORE. Use your smartphone to watch our Baltic video. See pg. 1 for details. lunch, explore the city on foot with a guided walk. (B,L,D) DAY 4: CHRISTIANS� & BORNHOLM ISLANDS, DENMARK T he great Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen and Stockholm and the treasures of St. Petersburg display only a fraction of this region's storied past. Delve deeper through dramatic water approaches, forays into character-filled villages and island stops for quiet walks. Wander around the artists' colony at Christians� or the medieval walled city of visby, or have a deck party in the tranquil Swedish Archipelago. Count on our Baltic expedition team for peak experiences. DAY 1: U.S./FLY OVERNIGHT TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARK DAY 2: COPENHAGEN/EMBARK Arrive in Copenhagen in time for lunch and a stop at the Little Mermaid statue. (L,D) DAY 3: L�BECK, GERMANY We have a splendid introduction to the Hanseatic and renaissance architecture of L�beck during a boat ride see daily life along the canals. After Land by Zodiac at tiny Christians� for a morning of reflection and photography. Continue to verdant Bornholm and see the ruins of ancient Hammershus Castle. (B,L,D) DAY 5: GD�NSK, POLAND Dock at the historic shipyards with its moving Solidarity Monument, 64 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) and stroll the red-brick inner city with its old merchant's houses and 15th-century Artus Court. By special arrangement, meet with former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. (B,L,D) DAY 6: KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA DENmArK Copenhagen �land stockholm fINLAND mariehamn Tallinn EsTONIA rUssIA st. Petersburg Visby sWEDEN riga Baltic Sea Christians� Bornholm L�beck GErmANY Gdansk POLAND Klaipeda LIThUANIA LATVIA Arrive in Klaipeda, the primary port with red-roofed 19th-century buildings. Travel to Palanga, visiting a lavish estate which houses the Amber Museum. (B,L,D) DAY 7: RIGA, LATVIA DAY 12: TALLINN, ESTONIA riga is recognized as having the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe. We explore the Old Town and 14th-century riga Castle. (B,L,D) DAY 8: VISBY, GOTLAND, SWEDEN Have a guided stroll through the medieval streets of the Old Town and Town Hall Square. Take in the view from Dome Hill of Tallinn's picturesque assortment of spires and gables. The evening is free to explore. (B,L,D) DAYS 13-15: ST. PETERSBURG/ DISEMBARK On Gotland Island, see the superb viking exhibits at the Fornsal Museum and explore the medieval church ruins that contribute to this walled city its character. (B,L,D) DAY 9: STOCKHOLM Hermitage Museum. Step into the grandiose Peter & Paul Fortress, the burial place of most modern tsars, and visit gold-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral. visit the opulent Catherine Palace in Pushkin. Explore the cascading fountains of the summer palace at Petrodvorets. And on one evening attend an optional musical performance. (Day 14: B,L; Days 13 & 15: B,L,D) DAY 16: ST. PETERSBURG/HOME (B) visit the famed vasa Museum with its restored 17th-century warship and stroll the cobbled streets of Old Town Gamla Stan. (B,L,D) DAY 10: SWEDISH ARCHIPELAGO After breakfast, disembark and check into the five-star Grand Hotel Europe. Experience Peter the Great's spectacular "window to the West" during the next three days. Admire the treasures of the optionAl ExtEnsion � Moscow. Pre- or Post-voyage 3 Days. Call for details. watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/BalticViDeo FOLLOW THE THREAD OF HISTORY THROUGH NINE COUNTRIES WITH YOUR EXPEDITION TEAM. HISTORIAN: David Barnes' deep knowledge brings Baltic history and culture to life (shown left). HISTORIAN: Tom Heffernan has studied religious literature and reform in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. He will interpret all that you see. NATURALIST: Karen Copeland shares her special interests in birds and botany. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Sisse Brimberg (right) & Cotton Coulson. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. We navigate through the enchanting islands of the archipelago to go ashore and soak up the Swedish landscape. (B,L,D) DAY 11: MARIEHAMN, �LAND ISLANDS, FINLAND Politically part of Finland, linguistically Swedish, and culturally autonomous, the �land islanders are proud inhabitants of a naturally beautiful archipelago that is also home to a wonderful maritime museum. We'll explore via foot and Zodiac. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/BALTICS 65 ThE BALTICs EuRoPEAN oDySSEy: A PASSAGE THRouGH cENTuRIES of culTuRE & HISToRy 17 DAyS/15 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrE: 2012 Sep. 20 PrICEs frOm: $13,850 to $25,410 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) Travel with culinary specialist Lisa Abend, Time magazine's correspondent in Spain. Lisa will join part of the voyage GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs EUrOPE A musical performance set in the elegant Hostal de los Reyes Cat�licos, Spain. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAVOR THE CULTURES OF SEVEN DISTINCT COUNTRIES. EXPLORE RARELY SEEN SITES ACCESSIBLE BY ZODIAC. VISIT HISTORIC D-DAY SITES WITH OUR HISTORIANS. Use your smartphone to watch our European Odyssey video. See pg. 1 for details. home to authors Heinrich and Thomas Mann. (B,L,D) DAY 4: TRANSIT THE KIEL CANAL (B,L,D) DAY 5: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS T his expedition through Europe is an active and insightful foray into culture and history. Explore seven countries, tracing the coast from Copenhagen and the Hanseatic town of L�beck to the lively Portuguese seaside city of Oporto. venture into medieval towns and fortresses, admire legendary art and architecture, savor local specialties, and explore via Zodiac, accessing remote places such as Ile d'Aix and Islas Cies. DAY 1: U.S./FLY OVERNIGHT TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (D) DAY 2: COPENHAGEN/EMBARK SHIP Explore Copenhagen and visit the famed Little Mermaid statue before embarkation. (L,D) DAY 3: L�BECK, GERMANY Explore Amsterdam's many canals, museums, and caf�s. (B,L,D) DAY 6: OOSTENDE, BELGIUM/BRUGES See the step-gabled merchants' houses, red-bricked warehouses and narrow alleys of L�beck, a World Heritage Site. Zodiac or have a guided walk to Buddenbrookhaus, From Oostende, drive to the medieval town of Bruges, a uNESCO Site. Board small boats to view the architecture from canal level. (B,L,D) 66 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) view the Bayeux Tapestry, detailing the invasion of England by William the Conqueror. (B,L,D) DAY 8: NORMANDY D-DAY BEACHES/ CHERBOURG Atlantic Ocean Oostende Bayeux Normandy st. malo La rochelle lle d'Aix santiago de Compostela Bilbao DENmArK Kiel Canal Amsterdam NEThErLANDs Bruges BELGIUm GErmANY Copenhagen L�beck Walk the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, visit Omaha Beach, site of the historic D-Day invasion, and the American Cemetery. visit Ste. Mere Eglise, where a u.S. paratrooper caught on the church spire. (B,L,D) DAY 9: ST. MALO AND MONT-ST.-MICHEL La Coru�a muros Islas Cies Oporto POr TUG AL frANCE st.-Jean-de-Luz Moor beneath the gateway to medieval St. Malo. Drive to the breathtaking 12th-century monastery of Mont-St.-Michel. return to St. Malo for stunning views and a walk around the ramparts. (B,L,D) DAY 10: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAY 11: ILE D'AIX AND LA ROCHELLE Lisbon sPAIN Mediterranean Sea swinging of the botafumeiro or incense burner. A musical performance is followed by a Galician lunch at Hostal de los reyes Cat�licos. (B,L,D) DAY 15: ISLAS CIES AND BAYONA architecture marked by the 12thcentury church of S�o Francisco. Sip port wine in one of the famed riverside porthouses. (B,L,D) DAY 17: LISBON/DISEMBARK/U.S. (B) Tiny and tranquil Ile d'Aix is famous as Napoleon's last place of residence on French soil before his exile. Wander along the vieux Port at La rochelle, where lively caf�s line the waterfront. (B,L,D) DAY 12: LA COTE BASqUE, FRANCE Stroll the paths of Islas Cies National Park or the white-sand beach. Later, explore the picturesque port of Bayona. (B,L,D) DAY 16: OPORTO, PORTUGAL Famous for its port wine, Oporto is a World Heritage Site with stately Port wine barrels, Oporto, Portugal. Zodiacs take us ashore at St.-Jean-de-Luz to visit Eglise St.-Jean-Baptiste, where Louis XIv married Maria Theresa of Spain. Stroll the harbor of this fishing village or the Grande Plage. (B,L,D) DAY 13: BILBAO, SPAIN watch a ViDeo preView at www.expeDitionS.com/eUropeViDeo GAIN A NEW, INSIGHTFUL VIEW OF EUROPE. EXPEDITION LEADER: Jennifer Martin (right) will share her love of exploring culturally and historically rich locales. HISTORIAN: David Barnes' deep knowledge brings European history and culture to life. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Catherine Karnow (left) is known for her vibrant and emotional style of photographing people. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. Explore Frank Gehry's futuristic Guggenheim Museum, with its distinctive titanium wave. (B,L,D) DAY 14: LA CORU�A/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA visit the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and witness the vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/EurOPEAN_ODYSSEY 67 EUrOPE DAY 7: BAYEUX, FRANCE mEDITErrANEAN INAuGuRAl VoyAGE To TuRkEy AND GREEcE A SPEcIAl INAuGuRAl VoyAGE ABoARD THE lEGENDARy 58-GuEST Sea cloud 16 DAyS/14 NIGHTS DEPArTUrE: 2012 April 23, 2012 PrICEs frOm: $13,980 to $33,080 (See page 99 for complete prices.) Join National Geographic Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees Gil Grosvenor and Lindblad Expeditions founder sven Lindblad on this voyage. Ancient Lycian rock tombs as they are seen along the Dalyan River, Turkey. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAIL ABOARD THE LEGENDARY SEA CLOud -- HERSELF A PART OF HISTORY. EXPLORE A MIX OF GREAT SITES OF ANTIqUITY AND OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK LOCALES. SAIL LEGENDARY COASTS AND VISIT LIVELY VILLAGES STEEPED IN TRADITION. J oin an exclusive community of 58 guests on this extraordinar y expedition along the Turkish coast and among Greece's legendar y islands. Explore storied sites of antiquity that will be included only on this inaugural voyage. APRIL 23: DEPART APRIL 25: SKYROS Whitewashed houses in the quintessential old town overlook the sea. Greek myth has it that Achilles, disguised as a girl, lived here for a time. (B,L,D) APRIL 26: DAY AT SEA: AEGEAN (B,L,D) APRIL 27: RHODES rhodes, see the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of rhodes, rebuilt for Italy's victor Emmanuel III. (B,L,D) APRIL 28: ANTALYA, TURKEY APRIL 24: ATHENS, GREECE/EMBARK Gather for lunch at the Electra Palace Hotel, then transfer to Piraeus; embark Sea Cloud. (L,D) Explore beautiful Lindos. Walk among Hellenistic ruins in the acropolis, and visit the 14th century Castle of the Knights of St John. In the town of Sail the rugged coast, punctuated by 9,000-foot peaks. Explore Aspendos, one of the ancient world's wealthiest cities. Then, see Perge for its impressive gates, stadium with sculptured friezes, colonnaded street and innovative fountain system. (B,L,D) 68 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) skyros Chios GrEECE Athens Ephesus Kusadasi TUrKEY Amorgos Bodrum Dalyan river fethiye Antalya Aegean Sea santor�ni Church bell on the island of Chios rhodes APRIL 29: ANTALYA Choose the steep walk to Termessos' evocative ruins, or explore the historic district and the outstanding Archeology Museum. This afternoon, Sea Cloud sails the Turkish coast. (B,L,D) APRIL 30: FETHIYE convey such a vivid sense of classical civilization. visit the Great Theater, which still holds 25,000 spectators, the restored Librar y of Celsus, and see mosaics and frescoes at a roman villa. (B,L,D) MAY 4: CHIOS, GREECE monaster y of Hozoviotissa. (B,L,D) MAY 6: SANTOR�NI You may either explore Xanthos, Lycia's greatest city; the uNESCO site Leto�n, the main shrine of Leto, Apollo and Artemis; or Telmessos for its tombs car ved into cliffs, before visiting the Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D) MAY 1: DALYAN RIVER/SAILING Sail to Chios and explore the medieval village of Mesta and the gorgeous black-and white-patterned town of Pyrgi. (B,L,D) MAY 5: AMORGOS Sail into the Santor�ni caldera, the center of the single volcano that erupted 3,600 years ago. Explore whitewashed Oia, and stroll the main town of Thira, perched high, with unrivaled views. (B,L,D) MAY 7: DAY AT SEA (B,L,D) MAY 8: PIRAEUS/U.S. visit Amorgos' beautifully preser ved island capital of Hora to explore on foot, and see the Transfer to Athens Airport for flights home. (B) Board local boats to voyage up the Dalyan river to see the facades of the remarkably imposing Lycian tombs carved into the massive cliff face some 2,300 years ago. (B,L,D) MAY 2: BODRUM/SAILING EXPLORE THE ANCIENT WORLD WITH AN EXPERT TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: Tom O'Brien (right) has both designed and led voyages in the Mediterranean for decades. His deep experience will ensure you'll discover these ancient lands in true expedition spirit. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARCHAEOLOGIST: Bob Hohlfelder has lectured widely on ancient civilizations. He's participated in 40 archaeological expeditions around the Mediterranean Basin, and his knowledge will greatly enhance your experience. NATURALIST: Jen Martin (left) will reveal how the natural history of a destination is relevant to its cultural and historical significance. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. In Bodrum we explore the 15thcentur y Castle of St. Peter, built by Crusader knights and now home to the Museum of under water Archaeology, which we visit by special arrangement. (B,L,D) MAY 3: EPHESUS/KUSADASI Arrive in Kusadasi and drive to Ephesus. Few archaeological sites vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/GrEECESAILSC 69 mEDITErrANEAN mEDITErrANEAN SAIlING THE GREEk ISlES ABoARD Sea cloud 9 DAyS/7 NIGHTS � Sea cloud DEPArTUrEs: 2012 May 7, 14; Sep. 27; Oct. 4 PrICEs frOm: $6,990 to $16,540 (See page 99 for complete prices.) Azure church domes mimic azure seas in Santor�ni. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAIL THE AEGEAN ABOARD THE LEGENDARY FOUR-MASTED SEA CLOud. VISIT UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS WHERE GREEK TRAVELERS DREAM OF GOING THEMSELVES. SEE DELOS & SANTOR�NI -- ONE HISTORIC EPICENTER, THE OTHER SPECTACULAR BEYOND DESCRIPTION. T he Cyclades are the essence of the Greek Isles. They surround the sacred sanctuary of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in the western world. These are the Greek islands of the imagination, where colorful fishing boats are reflected in azure waters; whitewashed villages cascade down scrabbled slopes; and the scents of rosemary and lavender fill the air. Many of the Cyclades remain virtually unknown to all but the Greeks and the discerning traveler. Your expedition is an organized mosaic of highlighted island jewels, profound historic substance, overlooked day-by-day living, the sensual delight of Mediterranean flavor, flora, color, sea and sails hoisted above the legendary Sea Cloud. This windjammer will inspire you. Her maritime character as a graceful private yacht will create an atmosphere of elegance while sailing Homer's "wine dark sea." It's the perfect way to experience the islands that the gods called home. DAY 1: FLY OVERNIGHT TO ATHENS, GREECE DAY 2: ATHENS/PIRAEUS/EMBARK We arrive in Athens, and make our way to our hospitality suite at the Electra Palace Hotel, located in the shadow of the Acropolis. After lunch in Athens, we'll travel to Piraeus, embark Sea Cloud and cast lines immediately, enjoying our first Grecian sunset at sea. (L,D) 70 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) skyros GrEECE Athens Tinos Delos N�xos DAY 6: AMORGOS/AT SEA Sea Cloud under sail. DAY 3: SKYROS/AT SEA This morning we explore mountainous Amorgos, where many residents still live traditionally, using donkeys for transport. The beautifully preserved capital of Hora offers great opportunities to explore on foot, and we'll visit the remarkable monastery of Hozoviotissa, suspended on a cliffside. This afternoon we sail, enjoying Sea Cloud's many amenities. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SANTOR�NI Amorgos Aegean Sea santor�ni DAY 8: EXPLORING THE AEGEAN/AT SEA This morning finds us on unspoiled Skyros. The old town's whitewashed houses extend improbably across a peak overlooking the sea. The narrow steps and alleys show us quintessential island architecture of the Aegean. We explore before returning to our ship, and in the afternoon sail the Aegean. (B,L,D) DAY 4: AT SEA/TINOS After a morning's sailing, we anchor at Tinos. Its green marble, venetian dovecotes and terraced hillsides have long made it a haven for artists. We drive to Pyrgos, where carved marble adorns the facades. returning to the main town, we stop at Panagia Evangelistria Church, a pilgrimage site, and spend the evening at the attractive waterfront. (B,L,D) DAY 5: DELOS/NAXOS Santor�ni is an island archipelago, once a single volcanic cone that erupted some 3,600 years ago. Be on deck as we sail into the caldera, the center of the volcano, and observe the cliffs. On shore, we drive through Santor�ni's windswept vineyards to the hugely picturesque town of Oia, before visiting the main town of Thira. Perched high on the cliff, Thira affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. Santor�ni is one of the most spectacular islands on earth. (B,L,D) Today we'll set the sails in the scenic Cycladic islands, watching the crew up in the rigging, trimming the sails. We'll hear presentations from our Historians and Naturalist, and experience the 5-star service and cuisine for which the Sea Cloud is famous. And we might go for a swim or make an impromptu stop at one of the less-visited islands. (B,L,D) DAY 9: PIRAEUS/DISEMBARK/ATHENS/ U.S. (B) optionAl ExtEnsions � Athens, Pre-voyage � crete, Post-voyage 2 Days. Please call for details. 3 Days. Please call for details. DISCOVER THE CYCLADIC ISLANDS WITH DEDICATED EXPERTS. EXPEDITION LEADER: Tom O'Brien (right) has spent several years leading these voyages and he will integrate all the distinct aspects of an expedition into your voyage. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: A native of Athens, Stella Galani (left) is a Greek scholar with an intimate understanding of the rich history and culture of her country. ARCHAEOLOGIST: Nautical Archaeologist robyn Woodward will reveal the maritime roots of these storied islands. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. At tiny Delos, the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, reason, and light, were said to have been born. We explore the Street of the Lions and the marble Temple of Apollo. This afternoon vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/GrEECESAILSC 71 mEDITErrANEAN we visit Naxos, a center of Cycladic art, taking a walking tour of Naxos Town and the old town, with narrow alleys and a medieval venetian castle. (B,L,D) mEDITErrANEAN uNDER SAIl: GREEcE To THE DAlMATIAN coAST 12 DAyS/10 NIGHTS � Sea cloud DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Sep. 7, 17* *This departure travels travel from Dubrovnik to Athens PrICEs frOm: $9,990 to $23,620 (See page 99 for complete prices.) Join Gil Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board Emeritus of the National Geographic Society, on the Sep. 7 departure. Gil has traveled these coasts for several National Geographic magazine assignments. Sea Cloud at sail. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAIL ABOARD THE LEGENDARY FOUR-MASTED SEA CLOud. TAKE IN ALBANIA'S ANCIENT CITY OF BUTRINT, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. EXPLORE STORIED REGIONS OF GREECE, ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO AND CROATIA. ailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud has to be one of the most exhilarating ways imaginable to explore the Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic Seas. These waters have been home to sailors for millennia, and we will follow in their path as we explore coasts with long and rich histories. We'll discover Olympia, Greece, and continue to the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, a historic region with a tranquil present. Croatia's coastal Dalmatians, seafaring Montenegrins, irrepressible Albanians and enduring Greeks all make this voyage an enjoyable expedition. The winds provide the ideal environment for sailing aboard Sea Cloud. Our ship is herself a part of contemporary history, and we'll sail these waters enthusiastically, as we take pleasure in her comforts, fine food and extraordinary ambiance. Statue from Olympia. S DAY 1: FLY OVERNIGHT TO ATHENS, GREECE DAY 2: ATHENS/PIRAEUS Arrive in Athens and make your way to the Electra Palace Hotel, board Sea Cloud in Piraeus and sail into the Aegean. (D) DAY 3: SAILING ABOARD SEA CLOud Everyone's sure to be on deck as Sea Cloud's sails are hoisted the old-fashioned way: by hand. DAY 4: KATAKOLON/OLYMPIA Explore the ancient site of Olympia, home of the Panhellenic Festival held here beginning in 776 BC. (B,L,D) DAY 5: CORFU Sail in the morning, then explore beautiful Korcula. visit the house believed to be Marco Polo's birthplace; enjoy free time at Korcula's caf�s and waterfront; see a private performance of the traditional Moreska sword dance. (B,L,D) DAY 11: HVAR/AT SEA CrOATIA hvar Korula c Dubrovnik mONTENEGrO Kotor ALBANIA Tiran� sarand� Butrint Corfu GrEECE Athens Olympia This morning at Corfu visit the Achilleion Palace, built in 1890, with splendid gardens and views of the Ionian Sea. (B,L,D) DAY 6: BUTRINT & SARAND�, ALBANIA In Hvar, one of the most attractive and lively of Croatia's historic towns, a walking tour shows us key sites. You may also hike up to the Citadel. Head southward for a final afternoon's sailing. (B,L,D) DAY 12: DUBROVNIK/DISEMBARK optionAl ExtEnsions visit the ancient city of Butrint, a World Heritage Site. Continue to Lekuris Castle for a spectacular view of Sarand� Harbor below. Depart Sarand� harbor and set sail for the afternoon. (B,L,D) DAY 7: KRUJE & TIRAN� � Athens, Pre- or Post-voyage 2 Days. Please call for details. Disembark for flights home, or to join the optional extension to Mostar and Split. (B) � Mostar, Trogir & Split Post- or Pre-voyage. 3 Days. Please call for details. From Durres, drive to Albania's ancient capital Kruje. under spectacular limestone mountains, visit the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museums, then meander through the medieval market. Drive to the capital of Tiran� for lunch and a walk through Skanderbeg Square. (B,L,D) DAY 8: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO The city of Dubrovnik and its rocky coast. Sail into the Gulf of Kotor. visit Perast, then take a boat to the islet of Gospa od Skrpjela. See medieval Kotor, and drive up the 27 serpentine switchbacks to the top of the fjord for an unrivaled view. (B,L,D) DAY 9: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA YOUR EXPEDITION TEAM WILL REVEAL THE INTRICACIES OF THESE MANY CULTURES. EXPEDITION LEADER: veteran Expedition Leader Tom O'Brien (right) has spent several years leading voyages along the Dalmatian Coast and knows how to perfectly integrate all aspect of an expedition into your voyage. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORIAN: Grace Fielder is a noted expert on the history, culture and languages of the Dalmatian Coast. She has even moonlighted as a lavender harvester on Hvar Island. ARCHAEOLOGIST: Travel with Nautical Archaeologist robyn Woodward, who will share with you her passion for the adventure, art and archaeology of this region. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. We anchor off Dubrovnik's city walls and land in the heart of Old Town. Stroll marble-paved streets and walk on the ramparts. There's a private performance of traditional klapa music. Opt for an after-dinner stroll through town. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/GrEECEDALMATIANSC 73 mEDITErrANEAN Sail around the Peloponnesian Peninsula. (B,L,D) DAY 10: KORCULA mEDITErrANEAN new TuRkEy AND GREEcE: A SAIlING oDySSEy 10 DAyS/8 NIGHTS � Sea cloud DEPArTUrEs: 2012 May 27, Jun. 4* *This departure travels from Athens to Istanbul. PrICEs frOm: $7,990 to $18,890 (See page 99 for complete prices.) Travel with National Geographic Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees Gil Grosvenor on the Jun. 4 departure. He'll share his insider's perspective throughout the expedition. The Grand Theater at the heart of Ephesus. ExpEdition HigHligHts SAIL THE ANCIENT SEAS ABOARD THE LEGENDARY FOUR-MASTED SEA CLOud. EXPLORE RUGGED COASTLINES AND LIVELY VILLAGES. DISCOVER GREAT CITIES AND ANTIqUITIES FROM THE DAWN OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. T his is a journey to the home of Western civilization, a chance to visit incomparable Ephesus, enjoy the beauty of the Turkish coast, Greece's Cycladic islands of Santorini, Fol�gandros and sacred Delos -- seeing some of the greatest works created by the ancients. the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet. After lunch a brief driving tour takes us to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. This afternoon is on your own. Then gather for dinner. (L,D) DAY 3: ISTANBUL/IZMIR/EPHESUS DAY 4: AT SEA/DIDYMA On deck, nimble sailors raise Sea Cloud's sails by hand. under full sail we head for Didyma to visit the Temple of Apollo and learn the site's meaning in the ancient world. (B,L,D) DAY 5: BODRUM DAY 1: FLY OVERNIGHT TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY DAY 2: ISTANBUL, TURKEY Arrive in Istanbul and check in to Today we board our flight to Izmir and drive to Ephesus, where we'll explore the Great Theater and the ruins of the Library, among other sites. Then, we drive the short distance to the port of Kusadasi and embark Sea Cloud. (B,L,D) In Bodrum we explore the 15thcentury Castle of St. Peter, built by Crusader knights and now home to the Museum of underwater Archaeology, which we visit by special arrangement. In the afternoon 74 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Istanbul Izmir GrEECE Athens Kusadasi Didyma Bodrum TUrKEY Izmir Delos TUrKEY Sea Cloud under sail. fol�gandros santor�ni we set the sails westbound across the Aegean. (B,L,D) DAY 6: AT SEA Today we'll set the sails and leave them up all day long, sailing among the Cycladic islands, watching the crew up in the rigging, trimming the sails. We'll hear presentations from our Historians and Naturalist, catch up on reading and experience the 5-star service and cuisine for which the Sea Cloud is famous. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SANTOR�NI, GREECE archaeological site, where we explore, among other places, the Street of the Lions and the marble Temple of Apollo. On our final afternoon we relax, unwind and set sail one last time, bound for Piraeus. (B,L,D) DAY 10: PIRAEUS/DISEMBARK/ ATHENS/U.S. (B) optionAl ExtEnsions Santor�ni is an island archipelago that was once a single volcanic cone that erupted some 3,600 years ago. Be on deck as we sail into the caldera and see the cliffs from the sea. Then drive through vineyards to picturesque Oia before visiting the town of Thira, with great views of the caldera. (B,L,D) DAY 8: FOL�GANDROS/AT SEA � Athens, Pre- or Post-voyage 2 Days. Please call for details. 2 Days. Please call for details. Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum � Istanbul, Pre- or Post-voyage EXPLORE THE INTRICACIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD WITH AN EXPERIENCED EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: Expedition Leader Tom O'Brien (right) has spent many years leading expeditions throughout the Mediterranean. ARCHAEOLOGIST: Travel with Nautical Archaeologist robyn Woodward (left) whose deep experience in Greece and Turkey will inform many aspects of your expedition. NATURALIST: Sharon Grainger has traveled the world with Lindblad and has spent the last several seasons sailing the Aegean. She will help you understand some of the natural wonders you'll see on this expedition. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. At Fol�gandros we head up to the stunning cliffside town of Hora. Fol�gandros is a quintessential "undiscovered" island, with tremendous charm and just a relative handful of visitors. This afternoon we explore the Cyclades. (B,L,D) DAY 9: DELOS/AT SEA Tiny Delos is a magnificent vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/TurKEYGrEECESC 75 mEDITErrANEAN sOUThEAsT AsIA AND ThE sOUTh PACIfIC V i e t n a m a n D c a m B o D i a , pa p U a n e w g U i n e a , n e w z e a l a n D 76 SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC Discover exotic cultures of far-off lands, explore a vibrant undersea realm among the world's most impressive coral reefs. Our expeditions in Asia and The Pacific do more than share the stunning nature and traditions of the regions -- they expose you to how the natural world shaped these cultures and immerse you in local communities. In 2012, we're thrilled to return to Papua New Guinea and Vietnam & Cambodia with new expeditions. Lindblad Expeditions pioneered travel here and has looked for an opportunity to return. The construction of a stately new riverboat Jahan in Vietnam and the outstanding expedition ship Oceanic Discoverer in Papua New Guinea, along with newly designed itineraries, means we're able to offer our expedition style of travel to unlock the rich experiences to be found in these stunning lands. In many of these places, the people continue to preserve their traditional ways. Get a real feeling for how people in these parts of the world live through meeting with village elders, shopping in exotic markets and sampling regional cuisine. Explore lands where memories of war are still fresh, but where you'll also find a vitality among the people, promising peace and development for the future. Walk among stunning ruins and monuments that share their stories of long lost cultures through centuries of time. We go everywhere in Southeast Asia and The South Pacific in impressive comfort and remarkable style. Travel aboard some of the finest ships to explore these regions. Experience a level of service previously unknown in some of these remote parts of the world. Left: Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Top right: Witu Islands, Papua New Guinea. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 77 sOUThEAsT AsIA AND ThE sOUTh PACIfIC VIETNAm AND CAmBODIA new VIETNAM AND cAMBoDIA: AloNG THE MEkoNG RIVER, INcluDING ANGkoR AND SAIGoN 14 DAyS/13 NIGHTS � JahaN DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Jan. 24; Feb. 1*; Mar. 6, 14* 2013 Jan. 8, 16*; Feb. 19, 27* Departures in red are sold out. *These departures sail from Saigon to Siem Reap. (Please call for reverse itinerary.) PrICEs frOm: $7,980 to $12,580 (See page 101 for complete prices.) Life along the Mekong River. ExpEdition HigHligHts SEE ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT TREASURES, ANGKOR WAT IN CAMBODIA. VISIT FLOATING VILLAGES, VIBRANT MARKETS AND ANCIENT TEMPLES. SAIL ABOARD THE NEW 48-GUEST JAHAN, WITH ACCOMMODATIONS OF A STANDARD NOT AVAILABLE HERE BEFORE. A journey through Cambodia and vietnam makes for a hugely interesting and varied experience. Our itinerary takes in so much: the sublime temples at Angkor, small communities along the river, and the vibrant cities of Phnom Penh and Saigon. These beautiful countries, which experienced so much war and dislocation, are now developing swiftly, their welcoming people working hard to secure a better future. DAY 1: DEPART Take connecting flights to Siem reap, Cambodia. DAY 2: SIEM REAP CAMBODIA , Arrive in the evening and check into La r�sidence d'Angkor. DAYS 3-4: ANGKOR/SIEM REAP faces. visit Ta Prohm temple, reclaimed by the jungle and framed by twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, and Banteay Srei, with exceptional carvings. And stop at a studio where local artisans preserve Khmer arts. (Day 3 B,L,D; Day 4 B,D) DAY 5: TONLE SAP/EMBARK JAHAN Watch the sun rise over extraordinary Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument. See Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple, known for its serene stone Take a morning drive to embark Jahan, then sail along the Tonle Sap river through a landscape of forest and floating homes. (B,L,D) 78 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Vietnam's colorful markets have abundant tropical fruits. visit a small community where villagers fashion floor mats -- a real slice of life in the Mekong Delta. See a floating market and visit a rice candy "factory." See a Chinese-style house built in 1838, and walk along local lanes. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 12: BEN TRE/MY THO/SAIGON CAmBODIA Kompong Chnang Kompong Cham Phnom Penh Chau Doc sadec/ Cai Be siem reap/ Angkor VIETNAm saigon (ho Chi minh City) my Tho/Ben Tre DAY 6: KOMPONG CHNANG visit a pottery village, and take local boats to see the floating houses and shops that line the riverbanks. Sail along the river. (B,L,D) DAY 7: WAT HANCHEY/KOMPONG CHAM Wat Hanchey has fine temples from several eras. At Kompong Cham, visit Wat Nokor, where an 11thcentury temple lies at the heart of a contemporary pagoda. (B,L,D) DAY 8: PHNOM PENH Disembark Jahan in My Tho, and take a boat to see villages around Ben Tre, visiting a fish farm before entering the palm-lined vam Xep canal. Stroll around the Quoi fruit orchard. Stop at the vinh Trang pagoda, transfer to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), vietnam's great commercial center, and check in to the Park Hyatt in the heart of the city. Dinner awaits in a fine restaurant. (B,L,D) DAY 13: SAIGON/DEPART the 1911 Opera House; the former city hall; Notre Dame Cathedral; and the General Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Tour the reunification Palace, headquarters of the South vietnamese Government during the war. This afternoon is free, and late evening we transfer to the airport for flights to the u.S. (B) DAY 14: ARRIVE U.S. visit the fantastic royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. Stroll through a local market, then travel to the Choeung Ek "killing fields" to visit the moving memorial and museum. Continue to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, children perform traditional dances for us. (B,L,D) DAY 9: SAILING THE MEKONG optionAl ExtEnsion On a guided walk of Saigon's historic landmarks, see a rich selection of colonial buildings: � Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay, Pre- or Post-voyage depending on departure date. 8 Days. Please call for details. THIS EXPEDITION TEAM ENSURES YOU WILL EXPLORE WITH EXPERIENCE. EXPEDITION LEADER: Tom O'Brien (right) has been developing and leading Lindblad expeditions for more than 20 years. His understanding of expedition-style travel will add enormous meaning to your voyage. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: Paula Swart (left) has published several books on the art and architecture of Asian cultures, and has enjoyed introducing visitors to Asian culture and history for more than 25 years. LOCAL EXPERTS: In addition to the four-member expedition team on board you'll be joined by local experts at Angkor and Saigon. These guides will provide information and perspective sure to deepen your understanding of local cultures. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. See spirited river life as we sail along the Mekong; enjoy Jahan's amenities; hear talks by our staff and watch our chefs prepare some signature dishes. (B,L,D) DAY 10: CHAU DOC, VIETNAM visit one of vietnam's most interesting markets, with astonishing tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. Continue to an island village with fish farms and to a Cham village to explore its unique culture. (B,L,D) vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/vIETNAMCAMBODIA 79 VIETNAm AND CAmBODIA DAY 11: SADEC/CAI BE PAPUA NEW GUINEA new ExPloRING PAPuA NEW GuINEA: culTuRES AND WIlDlIfE 16 DAyS/13 NIGHTS � oceaNic diScoverer DEPArTUrEs: 2012 Oct. 18, 29* 2013 Oct. 30; Nov. 10* *These departures travel from Port Moresby to Cairns. (Please call for reverse itinerary.) PrICEs frOm: $14,790 to $19,990 (See page 100 for complete prices.) Children in the Trobriand islands. ExpEdition HigHligHts MEET WITH EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRESERVED THEIR CULTURAL TRADITIONS. EXPLORE SOME OF THE WORLD'S FINEST CORAL REEFS. SEE REMARKABLE WILDLIFE IN PRISTINE SETTINGS. I f there's a more remarkable place on Earth than Papua New Guinea, it's hard to imagine what it might be. We'll visit rain forest, great rivers including the Sepik, and coral reefs. There will be chances to meet local residents and enjoy "singsings" (traditional celebrations of song and dance), and to go swimming and snorkeling on some of the world's best coral reefs. Certified divers will be even be able to take diving excursions in the company of a dive instructor. DAYS 1 & 2: DEPART AND EN ROUTE DAYS 3-4: CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA DAY 5: RABAUL, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Arrive in Cairns, check into the Shangri-La Hotel and spend the day at leisure. On Day 4, take the Kuranda Scenic railway to the town of Kuranda, known for its markets and galleries. return to Cairns, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own, with a chance to sample some of Cairns's fine restaurants. (Day 3 D; Day 4 B) Fly by private charter to rabaul, a town buried by the 1994 eruption of Mt. Tavurvur. See the remains of a Japanese ship hidden during WW II. Embark Oceanic Discoverer and sail past Tavurvur for a close-up look at its pyrotechnics. (B,L,D) DAY 6-7: GAROVE ISLAND (WITU ISLANDS)/ CROWN ISLAND The reef at Garove offers swimming, snorkeling and undersea views from our glass bottom boat. Colorfully 80 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) rabaul sepik river madang Cairns, AUsTrALIA PAPUA NEW GUINEA Tuam/Tami Islands Lababia/Kamiali Trobriand Islands Port moresby Tufi fergusson/ Dobu Islands Alotau rabaul Witu Islands Garove Island Crown Island DAY 8: THE SEPIK RIVER The communities along the Sepik are renowned for traditional dress and body decoration, for maintaining traditional ways, and for their art. Meet a local community and learn about their lives. We'll look to birdwatch along the channels. (B,L,D) DAY 9: MADANG visit lovely Haya village, take in a "singsing," and, if you like, walk the steep trails of the rain forest in search of wildlife. Explore the markets and shops of Madang on your own. (B,L,D) DAY 10-11: TUAM & TAMI ISLANDS/ LABABIA & KAMIALI and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs. A flotilla of canoes greets us as we approach tiny Dobu, where primary school children welcome us with traditional dance. The Trobriands are famous for their culture and their complex traditional exchange system. On Kitava Island, we'll visit a yam house, school and village. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner aboard ship. (B,L,D) DAY 15: DISEMBARK/PORT MORESBY Mt. Tavurvur remains highly active. the Parliament, and a nearby village built on stilts. (B,L,D) DAY 16: PORT MORESBY/USA Take flights home, or begin the extension to Ambua Lodge. (B) Tuam Island's friendly residents will guide us to their village, where we'll take in "singsings" and see handicrafts. Tami Island consists of coral atolls that offer outstanding snorkeling and glass bottom boat excursions. From Lababia the adventurous can tackle the David Suzuki Trail in search of cockatoos, parrots, hornbills and birds of paradise. There will also be opportunities to swim. (B,L,D) DAY 12-14: TUFI/FERGUSSON AND DOBU ISLANDS/TROBRIAND ISLANDS Disembark and fly from Alotau to Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby. Check into the Airways Hotel and explore the town, seeing the National Museum, optionAl ExtEnsion � Tari Highlands and Ambua lodge, Pre- or Post-voyage 4 Days. Please call for details. OUR EXPEDITION TEAM BRINGS EVERY FACET OF YOUR JOURNEY TO LIFE. EXPEDITION LEADER: With decades of Lindblad experience Bud Lehnhausen (right) knows exactly want is expected of a Lindblad expedition and knows precisely how to deliver the experience. NATURALIST & LOCAL EXPERT: Suzanne Noakes (left) will share her knowledge and perspective from 20+ years traveling, living and guiding in this region. She'll help you understand Papua New Guinea's human and cultural history. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: Accomplished diver David Cothran will share and interpret his videos and images of the marine life of Papua New Guinea. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. remote Tufi consists of a spectacular network of fjords flanked by towering basalt cliffs. Tufi offers snorkeling and glass bottom boat excursions, a visit to a village, and an excursion by ship to a waterfall. On Fergusson, at Dei Dei Hot Springs hear the mythical vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/PAPuANEWGuINEA 81 PAPUA NEW GUINEA dressed residents greet us in outrigger canoes. Tiny, volcanic Crown Island offers a walk up a trail to look for giant lizards, birdlife and butterflies. Explore the pristine nearby reefs. (B,L,D) NEW ZEALAND ExPloRING NEW zEAlAND'S NoRTH AND SouTH ISlANDS 17 DAyS/14 NIGHTS � oceaNic diScoverer DEPArTUrEs: 2011 Dec. 27 2012 Jan. 8*, 20 2013 Jan. 8*, 20 Departures in red are sold out. *These departures travel from Auckland to Milford Sound. (Please call for reverse itinerary.) PrICEs frOm: $12,590 to $18,240 (See page 100 for complete prices.) Stewart Island is the third largest island of New Zealand and a rugged, beautiful outpost of civilization. ExpEdition HigHligHts EXPLORE NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH, SOUTH AND STEWART ISLANDS. DISCOVER AN ACTIVE VOLCANO, MAORI CULTURE AND LOOK FOR WHALES. TAKE IN THE LANDSCAPES OF NEW ZEALAND'S RENOWNED FJORDS. DAYS 1 & 2: DEPART & EN ROUTE DAY 3: qUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND DAY 4: MILFORD SOUND/EMBARK OCEANIC dISCOVERER Use your smartphone to watch our New Zealand slideshow. See pg. 1 for details. justly famous for their stunning beauty, with sheer peaks, waterfalls, islands and great vistas. Dusky and Doubtful are on a par and offer great possibilities for exploring. (B,L,D) DAY 7: STEWART ISLAND Check in to the Crowne Plaza, walk through town and take the gondola for panoramic views. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner. (D) Drive, stopping at Lake Te Anau, to Milford Sound, the best known and most spectacular of the fjords. Embark and spend the afternoon exploring Milford, looking for dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the cascading Stirling Falls. (B,L,D) DAYS 5 & 6: DOUBTFUL & DUSKY SOUNDS New Zealand's fjords are Maori "whale rider" rooftop sculpture. Stewar t, the southernmost of New Zealand's major islands, has a population of just 380. Walk on ulva Island, with outstanding birdlife including the weka (a flightless rail), the kaka (a forest parrot), the confiding New Zealand robin and perhaps even a brown kiwi. In the afternoon, you can choose to explore Stewar t Island by road or take a walk with our naturalists. (B,L,D) DAY 8: DUNEDIN At Napier, known for its Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings, explore the town and its history. Then visit the world's largest gannet colony, with 5,000 pairs of birds, at Cape Kidnappers. (B,L,D) DAY 14: GISBORNE White Island Auckland North Island south Island Queenstown milford sound Doubtful sound NEW ZEALAND Wellington Gisborne Napier visit Dunedin, known for its lively Scottish heritage, exploring the compact town center. You can choose to look for fur seals, yellow eyed and little blue penguins and royal albatross, or (if available) you can take the railroad along the coast for splendid views. (B,L,D) DAY 9: AKAROA Kaikoura Akaroa visit the meeting houses of a Maori community, in the area where much of "Whale rider" was filmed, and meet its residents. Discover Eastwoodhill arboretum and visit a winery. (B,L,D) DAY 15: WHITE ISLAND Dunedin Dusky sound stewart Island in to the Crowne Plaza, and the afternoon is at leisure, then gather for a farewell dinner. (B,D) DAY 17: AUCKLAND/U.S. (B) Explore Akaroa, a town with many of its early houses beautifully preserved. Take an excursion boat in search of Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest and rarest, and choose to swim with the dolphins or just observe. (B,L,D) DAY 10: KAIKOURA Today, explore White Island on foot. It's a remarkably active volcano with steam vents, mud pots and a crater lake. Then see the ghostly remains of the sulfur mining operation. (B,L,D) DAY 16: AUCKLAND Note: This is an advance itinerary and is therefore subject to change based on weather conditions during your expedition. The continental shelf drops off rapidly just off Kaikoura, producing upwelling that creates ideal conditions for marine mammals. Go by local boat in search of sperm whales, blue whales, humpbacks, orcas and dolphins. visit a fur seal colony and walk along the clifftops of the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, with spectacular views. (B,L,D) DAY 11: WELLINGTON Disembark Oceanic Discoverer and tour Auckland, taking in the views from the renowned Sky Tower and seeing exhibits on Maori culture and natural history at the Auckland Museum. Check optionAl ExtEnsion � Aoraki Mt. cook, queenstown & christchurch, Pre- or Post-voyage depending on departure date. 4 Days. Please call for details. EXPLORE WITH A GUEST EXPERT AND A VETERAN EXPEDITION TEAM. EXPEDITION LEADER: Peter Carey (left) has studied the unique fauna of these islands for 25 years. His broad expertise will give you exceptional insight into New Zealand's natural history. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: Malcolm Campbell (right) will share his encyclopedic knowledge of his country's political history, flora and fauna, and indigenous Maori culture. NATURALIST AND LINDBLAD-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CERTIFIED PHOTO INSTRUCTOR: Mike Greenfelder will not only identify species, he'll help you photograph them as well. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure. vibrant Wellington is New Zealand's capital. Discover this country's diverse cultures at the Te Papa Museum. Then explore on your own or visit Zealandia, where elimination of predators has allowed native birds and plants to get reestablished. (B,L,D) DAY 12: AT SEA (B,L,D) SELECT THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/NEWZEALAND 83 NEW ZEALAND DAY 13: NAPIER AfrICA from cape town to marrakech By Sea, BotSwana, the kalahari, Victoria fallS namiBia By priVate air AFRICA The experiences we offer in this description-defying geography are as sweeping and diverse as the continent itself. We don't carve Africa into disparate destinations, flying into one place, losing sight of all others. We survey bold swaths of it, creating sweeping panoramas for you that bring the real breadth and wonder of Africa to vivid life -- by expedition ship and by private plane. Take the sea route with us and explore West Africa from Cape Town to Marrakech: an astonishing kaleidoscope of vibrant cultures; seventeen countries, each adapting in their own ways to modern times and developing nationhood. Languages, beliefs, dress and ways of life changing from place to place -- with abiding warmth, hospitality and joie de vivre the constants. That's the Africa you'll find aboard National Geographic Explorer, your conduit to an epic cultural journey -- and seventeen singular new stamps in your passport. Or choose to experience a wing safari. Flying in Africa brings exultation, revealing unforgettable vistas of the terrain and wildlife below, as you cruise at perfect viewing altitudes, swooping down to land exactly where you want to be, with all your time spared for viewing game and enjoying the supremely satisfying South Africa lifestyle of safari camps and intimate lodges. Our alliance with Bushtracks allows us to offer you an ideal experience of Africa -- active days on game drives in the cool of the morning, sunset "sundowners" in the bush on private concessions; dinner at lantern-lit tables and evenings by the campfire -- based on their expertise, taste and long tenure in the region. And to the sheer comfort of private plane travel, we add the knowledge and passion of Lindblad Expedition Leaders -- whom those who've traveled with us know and highly regard -- to ensure the success of your safari. It has been said that Africa is "necessary," and our offerings in Africa are guaranteed to fill the needs of travelers yearning for wildlife, culture or both. Left: Baobab trees at sunset. Above: Leopard (Panthera pardus), Botswana. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 85 AfrICA WEsT AfrICA new an ODYssEY fROM sOuTH afRICa TO MOROCCO 37 DAyS/35 NIGHTS -- NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer DEPArTUrE: 2012 March 23 2013 March 18 PrICEs frOm: $28,480 to $54,950 (See pages 92-93 for complete prices.) ExPloRING AfRIcA'S WEST coAST: Explore with Anthropologist Wade Davis and Author martin meredith (2012 voyage.) GO TO ExPEDITIONs.COm/LUmINArIEs Traditional batik fabrics. ExpEdition HigHligHts DEEPLY CULTURAL & STEEPED IN NATURE, THIS EPIC VOYAGE EXPLORES 17 DISTINCT & WELCOMING COUNTRIES. DISCOVER CITIES, TRANqUIL VILLAGES & VIBRANT CULTURES, EACH WITH ITS OWN MUSIC, ART & CUSTOMS. MEET LOCAL RESIDENTS & CULTURAL EXPERTS FOR AN INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE. W est Africa's many facets combine to make a whole even greater than the sum of its myriad parts. There is incredible diversity here, along with a richness of culture, both traditional and modern, that is inspiring. There is wildlife, and a great sweep of geography, from the maritime climate of South Africa; the deserts of Namibia; the tropics and savannas of much of the coast (with some volcanic landscapes added to the mix); and finally the desert of Western Sahara and the vibrant city of Marrakech, Morocco. National Geographic Explorer will embark on an epic voyage exploring seventeen countries. And we plan to make it extraordinary. There'll be abundant opportunities to see and learn about all that makes these destinations important, to discover their nature and history, and to have warm interactions with people who live and work here. We'll see how they are working to develop their countries, and meet with some of those who are helping in that effort. You'll have a dazzling array of sights and experiences. Explore national parks and wildlife centers. Take local boats on Lake Nokou� to the charming stilt village of Ganvi�. Meet with a chief in his native village. visit Gor�e Island, a World Heritage Site that was a hub for the slave trade. Paddle in pirogues up the Lob� river to visit a tiny encampment of Bagyeli "pygmy" people and much more. 86 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE MAR. 23: u.S./Fly overnight to Cape Town, South Africa MAR. 24: Cape Town/Hotel (D) MAR. 25: Cape Town/Embark (B,L,D) MAR. 26: At Sea (B,L,D) MAR. 27: L�deritz, Namibia (B,L,D) MAR. 28 & 29: Walvis Bay & Swakopmund (B,L,D) MAR. 30 & 31: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 1: Lobito & Benguela, Angola (B,L,D) APR. 2: Luanda (B,L,D) APR. 3: Pointe Noire, Congo (B,L,D) APR. 4: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 5: Libreville, Gabon (B,L,D) APR. 6: S�o Tom�, Sao Tome & Pr�ncipe (B,L,D) APR. 7: Pr�ncipe (B,L,D) APR. 8: Kribi, Cameroon (B,L,D) APR. 9: Limb� (B,L,D) APR. 10: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 11: Cotonou, Benin (B,L,D) APR. 12: Lom�, Togo (B,L,D) APR. 13: Accra, Ghana (B,L,D) APR. 14: Cape Coast, Ghana (B,L,D) APR. 15 & 16: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 17: Monrovia, Liberia (B,L,D) APR. 18: Freetown, Sierra Leone (B,L,D) APR. 19: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 20: Banjul, The Gambia (B,L,D) APR. 21: Dakar (B,L,D) APR. 22 & 23: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 24: Dakhla, Western Sahara (B,L,D) APR. 25: El Hierro, Canary Islands (B,L,D) APR. 26: At Sea (B,L,D) APR. 27: Disembark Agadir/ Marrakech, Morocco/Hotel (B,L,D) APR. 28: Marrakech/Home (B) El hierro, Canary Is. marrakech mOrOCCO Agadir WEsTErN sAhArA Dakhla Dakar Banjul sENEGAL ThE GAmBIA sIErrA LEONE TOGO GhANA freetown monrovia LIBErIA BENIN Cotonou Limb� CAmErOON Kribi Libreville GABON CONGO Takoradi Lom� Pr�ncipe Accra s�O TOm� & Pr�NCIPE s�o Tom� Pointe Noire Luanda Lobito ANGOLA NAmIBIA Walvis Bay L�deritz sOUTh AfrICA Cape Town OUR EXPERTS WILL REVEAL ALL FACETS OF WEST AFRICA. NATURALIST: Tom ritchie (right) has worked with expedition cruising almost since its inception by Lars Lindblad, specializing in the far reaches of the globe. HISTORIAN: David Barnes (left) will reveal West Africa's history, from ancient traditions to colonialism to contemporary politics. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for over 30 years. Expedition staff may vary. Check our web site for full bios of our experts. ExtEnd YoUR AdVEntURE: � Ask about an extended stay in Cape Town, or at a game reserve. vIEW THIS ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/WESTAFrICA 87 WEsT AfrICA AfrICA lINDBlAD ExPEDITIoNS AND BuSHTRAckS ExPEDITIoNS AfRIcA ADVENTuRES By PRIVATE AIR These safaris are operated by our partners at Bushtracks Expeditions, and led by some of Lindblad's most veteran leaders. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Bushtracks Expeditions at 1.800.995.8689 or visit www.lindbladbushtracks.com. Privately chartered aircraft take you over the Okavango Delta, Botswana. soUtHERn AfRicA Wing sAfARi WITH ToM RITcHIE. August 1-11 & October 3-13, 2012 $10,995 per person double occupancy ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE DAYS 1-2: victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. victoria Falls Hotel DAYS 3-5: Chobe National Park, Botswana. Muchenje Safari Lodge DAYS 6-7: Okavango Delta, Botswana. Camp Moremi DAYS 8-10: Mashatu Private Game reserve, Botswana. Mashatu Main Camp DAY 11: Depart Johannesburg AN OPTIONAL 4-DAY PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN IS AVAILABLE Leopard, Botswana. 88 PLEASE CALL BuSHTrACKS EXPEDITIONS AT 1.800.995.8689 dEsERt And dEltA sAfARi WITH RIcHARD WHITE. February 6-16 & February 19-29, 2012 $11,995 per person double occupancy ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE DAYS 1-3: Mashatu Private Game reserve, Botswana. Mashatu Main Camp DAYS 4-5: Central Kalahari Game reserve, Botswana. Kalahari Plains Camp DAYS 6-8: Okavango Delta, Botswana. Xigera Camp DAYS 9-10: victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. victoria Falls Hotel DAY 11: Depart Johannesburg AN OPTIONAL 4-DAY PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN IS AVAILABLE soUtHERn AfRicA: A fAmilY AdVEntURE WITH kAREN coPElAND. July 3-13, 2012 $9,995 per adult double occupancy, $8,595 per child (11 and under). ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE DAY 1: Johannesburg, South Africa. The Southern Sun Airport Hotel DAYS 2-4: Mashatu Private Game reserve, Botswana. Mashatu Main Camp DAYS 5-7: Okavango Delta, Botswana. Banoka Bush Camp DAYS 8-11: victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. royal Livingstone Hotel DAY 12: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa AN OPTIONAL, 7-DAY POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO CAPE TOWN & BUSHMAN'S KLOOF IS AVAILABLE A lion amidst the grasses of the Kalahari. nAmibiA pHoto sAfARi WITH JAck & RIkkI SWENSoN. August 6-16, 2012 $16,365 per person double occupancy ITINERARy AT-A-GlANcE DAY 1: Windhoek, Namibia. Olive Grove Guesthouse DAYS 2-3: Purros Conservancy. Okahirongo Elephant Lodge DAYS 4-5: Etosha National Park. Mushara Lodge DAYS 6-7: Etosha National Park and Ongava reserve. Ongava Lodge DAYS 8-10: Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert. Kulala Desert Lodge DAY 11: Depart Windhoek, Namibia AN OPTIONAL 4-DAY POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO MALA MALA IS AVAILABLE Family on safari. MAXIMIZE YOUR PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES LINK A SECOND PHOTO SAFARI WITH RIKKI & JACK SWENSON'S EXCLUSIVE BOTSWANA & SOUTH AFRICA PHOTO SAFARI, AUGUST 22-SEPTEMBER 1. cUstom sAfARis SoMETIMES THE BEST ITINERARy IS youR oWN. Independent travelers can live their own personal dream of Africa choosing dates, companions and crafting their own itinerary with our expert assistance. Please call for details. African sunset. LEArN MOrE AT WWW.LINDBLADBuSHTrACKS.COM 89 AfrICA THE WoRlD'S ulTIMATE ExPEDITIoN SHIP National Geographic explorer CAPACITY: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. rEGIsTrY: Bahamas. OVErALL LENGTh: 367 feet. National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the newest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, with an Ice-1A Super on the forward hull, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. PUBLIC ArEAs: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our "Open Bridge" provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Use your smartphone to watch our NG Explorer video. See pg. 1 for details. mEALs: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair. CABINs: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Some cabins have balconies. ExPEDITION EQUIPmENT: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow's Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, National Geographic Photographer, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet caf� and laundry. WELLNEss: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features a glass-enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna. CATEGOrY 2 sOLO: Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334 CATEGOrY 3 sOLO: Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208 CATEGOrY 3 TrIPLE: Main Deck with Window #341, 343 shArED ACCOmmODATIONs: Available in Categories 1 and 2. NOTE: Cabins #209, 211, 214, 216-218, 220, 222, 224, 226, 228, 303-306 -- These cabins have one queen-sized bed. All other double cabins have two lower single beds; some can convert to a queen-sized bed. Note: Sole occupancy cabins available in Categories 2 and 3. Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate. CATEGOrY 1: Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308 CATEGOrY 2: Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336 CATEGOrY 3: Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 CATEGOrY 4: Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228 CATEGOrY 5: Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224 CATEGOrY 6: Veranda Deck�Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 CATEGOrY 7: Upper Deck�Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 90 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) BALCONY BAL. BALCONY 219 221 230 228 226 215 222 213 BAL. BAL. BAL. 217 BAL. LOUNGE SAUNA 224 220 218 216 214 343-T 348 346 341-T 344 342 339 337 340 338 211 209 107 108 106-S 207 212 210 335 333-S 331-S 336 334-S UNDERSEA SPECIALIST WELLNESS DECK 105-S VERANDA DECK 205 203-S BRIDGE DECK UPPER DECK 103 104 208-S 332-S GLOBAL GALLERY OBSERVATION LOUNGE RECEPTION 202 323 321 319 DECK 324 322 320 317 318 LOCKERS ZODIAC BOARDING STAFF OFFICE DOCTOR'S OFFICE LIBRARY DECK GALLEY 315 313 316 BISTRO 314 311-S 309-S 312-S 310-S ELEVATOR RESTAURANT 101 102 307 308 BRIDGE CHART ROOM 305 303 301 306 304 302 ZB 204 325 326 B DECK 327 328 MUD ROOM 201 206 MAIN DECK 329-S 330-S INTERNET CAFE WC take a VirtUal ViDeo toUr of oUr neweSt Ship at www.expeDitionS.com/ngexplorer BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. LEXspa 350 ZB WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM IW FITNESS CENTER SUN DECK 91 + National Geographic explorer ITINErArY Antarctica � Page 16 YEAr Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated otherwise. CAT. 1 CAT. 2 CAT. 3 CAT. 4 CAT. 5 2012/13 $11,740 $12,390 $12,850 $13,760 $16,490 Antarctica, south Georgia & falklands � Page 18 Cape horn to the Cape of Good hope � Page 20 2011 2012/13 $18,990 $19,940 $20,170 $21,380 $21,190 $22,460 $22,120 $23,220 $26,850 $28,460 2012 $11,690 $12,380 $12,990 $13,590 $15,690 Land of the Ice Bears � Page 24 2012 $8,240 $8,790 $9,120 $9,670 $11,430 Impressions of Northern Norway: Arctic svalbard to the Northern fjords � Page 26 2012 $9,990 $10,970 $11,430 $11,990 $13,970 Norway's fjords & Arctic svalbard � Page 28 2012 $11,740 $12,390 $12,990 $ 13,990 $15,990 Epic Arctic: russia's White sea, franz Josef Land & Arctic svalbard � Page 30 2012 $23,690 $25,190 $26,450 $27,550 $33,540 British & Irish Isles � Page 62 2012 $10,380 $10,990 $11,390 $11,870 $14,170 The Baltic's historic Waterways � Page 64 2012 $12,990 $13,990 $14,690 $15,930 $17,990 European Odyssey � Page 66 2012 $13,850 $14,770 $15,490 $16,120 $19,230 2012 $28,480 $29,990 $29,990 $31,990 $31,190 $33,290 $33,950 $35,990 $38,780 $41,400 West Africa Odyssey � Page 86 2013 92 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Photos left to right: Our Chefs cook with fresh, local ingredients like this catch of the day; example of a suite with balcony; learn about navigation in the Chart Room; example of a Main Deck cabin with window; relaxing on deck; spacious solo cabins are available on all decks; standard bathrooms are stocked with amenities. CAT. 6 CAT. 7 CAT. 2 sOLO CAT. 3 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE $18,890 $21,990 $15,390 $15,940 $1,000 Includes one hotel night; immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,390; Business from $4,295. Charter Airfare: $690 (round-trip Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia). Includes one hotel night; immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,390; Business from $4,295. Charter Airfare: $690 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia). Include two hotels nights. Immigration/visa fees are not included. Sample Airfare: Miami/Buenos Aires, Cape Town/New York: Economy from $3,200; Business from $10,250. Charter Airfare: $295 (one-way Buenos Aires/Ushuaia). Includes two hotel nights. Sample Airfare: round-trip New York/Oslo: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440. Charter Airfare: $725 (round-trip Oslo/Longyearbyen). Includes two hotel nights. Sample Airfare: round-trip New York/Oslo: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440. Charter Airfare: $575 (Oslo/Longyearbyen, Troms�/Oslo). Includes one hotel night. Sample Airfare: New York/Bergen, Oslo/ New York, or vice versa: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440. Charter Airfare: $360 (Oslo/Longyearbyen, or vice versa). Includes two hotel nights. Russian visa fee not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip New York/Oslo: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440. Charter Airfare: $575 (Oslo/Troms�, Longyearbyen/Oslo). A variation of our cancellation policy applies to this voyage. Ask for details. Sample Airfare: New York/London, Bergen/New York: Economy from $995; Business from $5,235. Includes three hotel nights. Russian visa fee not included. Sample Airfare: New York/Copenhagen, St. Petersburg/New York, or vice versa: Economy from $1,050; Business from $4,300. Sample Airfare: New York/Copenhagen, Lisbon/New York: Economy from $1,250; Business from $3,980. Include two hotels nights. Immigration/visa fees are not included. Sample Airfare: New York/Cape Town, Marrakech/New York: Economy from $1,500; Business from $11,300. A variation of our cancellation policy applies to this voyage. Ask for details. $30,990 $32,850 $35,980 $38,140 $25,190 $26,720 $26,490 $27,990 $1,800 $1,800 $18,690 $20,790 $15,480 $16,290 $1,000 $13,330 $15,230 $10,980 $11,400 $1,000 $16,690 $18,960 $13,710 $14,290 $1,000 $18,650 $21,430 $15,490 $16,240 $1,000 $38,720 $44,930 $31,490 $32,990 $3,000 $16,360 $18,960 $13,730 $14,240 $1,000 $20,990 $23,990 $17,490 $18,360 $1,000 $22,220 $25,410 $18,460 $19,360 $1,000 $45,230 $47,950 $51,980 $54,950 $37,490 $39,960 $38,990 $41,460 $3,000 $3,000 WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 93 National Geographic endeavour CAPACITY: 96 guests in 56 outside cabins. rEGIsTrY: Bahamas. OVErALL LENGTh: 295 feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; Doctor's Office; Fitness Center; LEXspa; Global Gallery; Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, and presentations; sauna and small swimming pool; and Sun Deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain welcomes guests to the Bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy. mEALs: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere. Menu is international with Ecuadorian flair. CABINs: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPmENT: Kayaks, glass-bottom boat, snorkeling gear, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: Guest internet access, laundry service, SAUNA DOCTOR BRIDGE SUN DECK LIBRARY LEX floating massage platform and Wellness Program. Ship's Doctor spa and Video Chronicler are also on board. FITNESS CENTER Insets clockwise from top: National Geographic Endeavour; Category 4 cabin; Dining room. BRIDGE DECK OBSERVATION DECK POOL LOUNGE VERANDA DECK 126 124 122 120 118 116 114 112 110 108 106 104 102 DINING ROOM 129 UPPER DECK 224 222 220 218 216 214 212 210 208 206 Purser 127 117 SHOP 221 219 217 215 211 MAIN DECK 350 318 316 314 LEXsalon 209 205 203 201 Reception Internet 351 A DECK Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. 2012 GALAPAGOs: ABOArD NAtiONAl GEOGRAPhiC ENDEAVOUR � PAGE 10 Prime: Jan 6 -Mar 9; Apr 6 thru Jun 8, Aug 24 thru Dec 14 Peak: Mar 16 thru Mar 30, Jun 15 thru Aug 17 Holiday: Dec 21 and Dec 28 300 315 311 309 312 310 204 202 Zodiac Boarding CATEGOrY 1: Main Deck #202, 204, 221, 224 -- All cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a porthole. CATEGOrY 2: Upper Deck # 122, 125; Main Deck #201, 203, 206, 208, 210-212, 214-218, 220 -- Cabins have two lower single beds and a writing desk. Upper Deck Cabins feature large windows & Main Deck cabins have two portholes. CATEGOrY 3: Main Deck # 209; A Deck #300, 350, 351 -- These spacious cabins accommodate two or three people, all with two lower beds, a sitting chair, a writing desk and two portholes. Each has a separate sleeping and sitting area. CATEGOrY 4: Upper Deck #102, 104-112, 114-116, 118, 120, 121, 123 -- Conveniently located cabins feature two lower single beds and a writing desk. CATEGOrY 5: Upper Deck #117, 129 -- The finest accommodations on board. Suites have separate sleeping and sitting areas, a large view window and a convertible sofa to accommodate a third person. CATEGOrY 1 sOLO: Main Deck # 219, 222; A Deck #309-312, 314316, 318 CATEGOrY 2 sOLO: Upper Deck #124, 126, 127; Main Deck #205 NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 and have one lower single bed and one porthole. shArED ACCOmmODATIONs: We will make arrangements for shared accommodations at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2. Third person rates are available in designated cabins at one half the double occupancy rate. CAT. 4 CAT. 5 CAT. 1 sOLO CAT. 2 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE 125 123 121 115 111 109 107 105 CAT. 1 CAT. 2 CAT. 3 $4,750 $5,500 $6,000 CAT. 1 $5,500 $6,250 $6,750 CAT. 2 $6,000 $6,750 $7,250 CAT. 3 $6,500 $7,250 $7,750 CAT. 4 $8,250 $9,000 $9,500 CAT. 5 $5,950 $6,880 $7,510 CAT. 1 sOLO $6,880 $7,820 $8,450 CAT. 2 sOLO $500 $500 $500 ADVANCE PAYmENT 2012 GALAPAGOs + mAChU PICChU & ThE LAND Of ThE INCA � PAGE 12 Prime: Jan 6 -Mar 9; Apr 6 thru Jun 8, Aug 24 thru Dec 14 Peak: Mar 16 thru Mar 30, Jun 15 thru Aug 17 Holiday: Dec 21 and Dec 28 $9,040 $9,790 $10,290 $10,790 $12,540 $11,340 $12,270 $800 $800 $800 $9,790 $10,540 $11,040 $11,540 $13,290 $12,270 $13,210 $10,290 $11,040 $11,540 $12,040 $13,790 $12,900 $13,840 International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Gal�pagos voyages. Sample International Airfare: Round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $660; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfare: Guayaquil/ Gal�pagos: Adult from $450; Children (Under 12) from $225. Call for sample Peru airfare. 94 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) National Geographic Islander CapaCity: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. ReGistRy: Ecuador. oveRall lenGth: 164 feet. publiC aReas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with hammocks, chairs and tables; Doctor's Office; Fitness Center; Global Market; LEXspa; Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, and presentations; and Sky Deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain welcomes guests to the Bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy. Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, meals are informal. Menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. Cabins: All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities and climate controls. expedition equipMent: Kayaks, snorkeling gear, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, Zodiac landing craft. speCial FeatuRes: Internet access, laundry service, ship's Doctor, Wellness Specialist, and Video Chronicler. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features exercise equipment and outdoor stretching area. 404 insets clockwise from top: National Geographic Islander; category 2 cabin; the ship's lounge. 408 407 406 405 402 401 403 UPPER DECK FITNESS CENTER LIBRARY LOUNGE 305 303 301 INTERNET BRIDGE DECK LEXspa DINING ROOM 209 207 RECEPTION 210 208 206 204 202 BRIDGE 306 304 302 205 203 201 MAIN DECK CateGoRy 1: Main Deck # 201-206 -- Cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. CateGoRy 2: Main Deck #207-210; Bridge Deck #301-302 -- Centrally located cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. CateGoRy 3: Bridge Deck #303-306 -- Cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Cabins 305 & 306 can accommodate a third person. CateGoRy 4: Upper Deck #403-408 -- Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a lower double bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. There are large windows in the top half of the terrace doors. Note: The single beds in cabins 403 & 404 convert to double beds. CateGoRy 5: Upper Deck #401 and 402 -- These are the largest cabins on board. They feature wrap around windows and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed in terraces with seating. note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. shaRed aCCoMModations: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only. prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. 2012 GalapaGos: aboaRd NatioNal GeoGraphic islaNDer � paGe 10 prime: Jan 7-Mar 10; Apr 7 thru Jun 9, Aug 25 thru Dec 15 peak: Mar 17 thru Mar 31, Jun 16 thru Aug 18 holiday: Dec 22 and Dec 29 DOCTOR Cat. 1 Cat. 2 Cat. 3 Cat. 4 Cat. 5 Cat. 1 solo Cat. 2 solo advanCe payMent note $5,450 $5,950 $6,450 Cat. 1 $6,200 $6,700 $7,200 Cat. 2 $6,700 $7,200 $7,700 Cat. 3 $7,200 $7,700 $8,200 Cat. 4 $8,950 $9,450 $9,950 Cat. 5 $8,170 $9,290 $500 $500 $500 advanCe payMent $8,915 $10,040 $9,670 $10,790 Cat. 1 solo Cat. 2 solo 2012 GalapaGos + MaChu piCChu & the land oF the inCa � paGe 12 prime: Jan 7-Mar 10; Apr 7 thru Jun 9, Aug 25 thru Dec 15 peak: Mar 17 thru Mar 31, Jun 16 thru Aug 18 holiday: Dec 22 and Dec 29 $9,740 $10,490 $10,990 $11,490 $13,240 $13,560 $14,680 $10,240 $10,990 $11,490 $11,990 $13,740 $14,305 $15,430 $10,740 $11,490 $11,990 $12,490 $14,240 $15,060 $16,180 $800 $800 $800 International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Gal�pagos voyages. Sample International Airfare: Round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $660; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfare: Guayaquil/ Gal�pagos: Adult from $450; Children (Under 12) from $225. Call for sample peru airfare. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 95 National Geographic Sea Bird & National Geographic Sea lion CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. rEGIsTrY: United States. OVErALL LENGTh: 152 feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: Our twin sister ships feature a Library; Global Market; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our "Open Bridge" provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. mEALs: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair. CABINs: All face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPmENT: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Baja and Zodiac landing craft. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: Guest Internet access. A Video Chronicler on board all voyages. A ship's Doctor is on board in Baja and Costa Rica/Panama. An Undersea Specialist is on board in Baja. WELLNEss: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features exercise equipment, LEXspa and outdoor stretching area. Insets clockwise from top: Expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird can access hard to reach locations; we carry a fleet of kayaks on board. The ship's comfortable cabins are the perfect place to end a day of exploration. SUN DECK LEXspa 106 104 102 100 GYM EQUIPMENT BRIDGE DECK 219 216 217 214 215 211 212 210 209 207 205 203 201 208 206 204 202 200 OBSERVATION DECK UPPER DECK 305 303 301 DINING ROOM BAR LOUNGE 304 302 300 MAIN DECK 96 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) BRIDGE 105 103 101 CPTN. CATEGOrY 1: Main Deck #300-305 -- Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, a writing desk and a large view window. CATEGOrY 2: Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 -- These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window. CATEGOrY 3: Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 -- These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. shArED ACCOmmODATIONs: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only. Left to right: Cocktail hour recaps are informative & always social; the sun deck is a great place for a morning stretch with our Wellness Specialist; the cuisine on board is fresh, as sustainable as possible and accented with a regional flair. Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. ITINErArY Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness � Page 36 Alaska, British Columbia & san Juan Islands � Page 38 Columbia and snake rivers Journey: harvests, history & Landscapes � Page 42 Baja California and the sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales � Page 44 Journeys in the sea of Cortez � Page 46 Dec. 22 & 29 Journeys in the sea of Cortez holiday rates Baja California Odyssey: san Ignacio Lagoon and the sea of Cortez � Page 47 Costa rica & Panama � Page 48 monteverde + Costa rica to Panama � Page 50 Panama to Costa rica + monteverde, Arenal & sarapiqu� -- Page 51 many faces of Panama & Costa rica - page 52 YEAr CAT. 1 CAT. 2 CAT. 3 CAT. 1 sOLO CAT. 2 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE 2012 $5,990 $6,790 $7,890 $8,990 $10,190 $650 Sample Airfare: Seattle/Juneau/Sitka/Seattle or vice versa: Economy from $600; Business from $1,175. 2012 $7,690 $8,790 $9,890 $11,530 $13,180 $900 Sample Airfare: Seattle/Sitka: Economy from $300; Business from $585. 2012 $3,990 $4,680 $5,450 $5,990 $6,990 $450 We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. Please call for airfares from your departure city. Sample Airfare: Round-trip Los Angeles/La Paz/ Los Angeles: Economy from $700 Some departures travel in reverse from La Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops. Sample Airfare for Dec. 2011 & Jan. 2012: Round-trip Los Angeles/La Paz/Los Angeles: Economy from $700; Business from $1,759. 2012 $5,240 $5,970 $6,460 $7,990 $8,810 $550 2012 2012 $4,250 $4,680 $4,990 $5,490 $5,890 $6,480 $6,370 $6,990 $7,480 $8,230 $450 $450 2012 $6,990 $7,960 $8,580 $10,480 $11,535 $700 Includes one night in a rustic seaside cabin. Sample Airfare: Round-trip Los Angeles/La Paz or La Paz/Los Angeles: Economy from $585. Sample Airfare: Miami/Panama City, San Jos�/ Miami or vice versa: Economy from $500 Business from $1,500. 2011/ 2012 $4,980 $5,490 $6,580 $7,340 $8,260 $550 2011/ 2012 $6,080 $6,590 $7,680 $8,940 $9,860 $600 Sample Airfare: Miami/San Jos�, Panama City/ Miami: $500 Business from $1,500. 2011/ 2012 $ 7,460 $7,970 $9,060 $10,200 $11,120 $750 Sample Airfare: Miami/Panama City, San Jos�/ Miami: Economy from $500 Business from $1,500. Sample Airfare: Miami/Panama City, San Jos�/ Miami or vice versa: Economy from $600 Business from $1,500. 2011 $7,820 $8,620 $9,990 $11,730 $12,930 $750 WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 97 delfin ii CAPACITY: 28 guests in 14 outside suites. rEGIsTrY: Peru. OVErALL LENGTh: 120 feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: Outdoor areas include the well-designed, comfortable Top Deck, where sofas and chairs invite you to linger with a good book or a pair of binoculars. Enjoy drinks at the bar and unwind on cool, wooden-slat hammocks. The Top Deck is where the natural history staff will give their presentations with maps, and digital technology. There is a small reference Library and the Bridge, where you are welcome to meet the captain and officers. mEALs: The air-conditioned dining room's large windows provide panoramic views. A different visual presentation greets you at every meal, which are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Meals on Delfin II are to be savored. Often special dishes will include sustainable products of the rain forest and sauces made with exotic regional fruits. The chef prepares dishes equal to any five-star restaurant. sUITEs: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites on the Main and Upper Decks all offer exceptional vistas. Each spacious suite has a minimalist d�cor with a luxurious overtone. Enjoy complimentary organic sun block with insect repellent, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. ExPEDITION EQUIPmENT: 10-person skiffs -- with individual seat cushions and plenty of leg room. Fleet of kayaks. Rain ponchos are kept handy in the skiffs and distributed if needed. Rubber boots are provided before an excursion if deemed necessary. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: Guests may swim directly from the skiffs using the convenient swim ladder, weather permitting. sUITEs: UPPER & MAIN DECK #1-6; 11-14 -- Most suites have two twin beds which can convert to a king. Some suites can be connected for families traveling together. Each includes a large view window, a closet, easy chair and desk. Bathrooms include a large shower, separate toilet and sink area. mAsTEr sUITEs: UPPER & MAIN DECK #7, 8, 15, 16 -- The Master Suites feature all of the amenities listed above plus oversized windows which provide incredible 90 degree views. The Master Suites on the Main Deck feature two twin beds which can convert to a king and Upper Deck Master Suites have king beds only. sOLE OCCUPANCY & shArED ACCOmmODATIONs: Due to the limited number of cabins available, sole occupancy and shares are on a request basis only; please call for availability and rates. Prices are per person, double occupancy. Insets clockwise from top left: delfin II on the river; Soothing hardwoods give delfin II a wonderful glow; breezy hammocks are ideal for a nap; the Dining Room provides big views and outstanding cuisine; spacious Master Suites offer comfort and grand views. HAMMOCKS BAR LOUNGE TOP DECK 12 DINING ROOM 14 16 11 13 15 UPPER DECK 2 4 6 8 1 3 5 7 MAIN DECK ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE ITINErArY Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru's Pacaya-samiria reserve � Page 56 YEAr sUITE mAsTEr sUITE 2012 $5,590 $6,590 $500 International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Amazon voyages. Sample International Airfare: Round-trip Miami/Lima/ Miami: Economy from $525; Business from $3,000.Sample Internal Airfare: Lima/Iquitos/Lima: From $350. International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Machu Picchu/Amazon voyages. Sample International Airfare: Roundtrip Miami/Lima/Miami: Economy from $525; Business from $3,000. Sample Internal Airfare: Lima/Cusco/Lima and Lima/Iquitos/Lima: $700. Exploring machu Picchu & the Upper Amazon of Peru � Page 58 2012 $10,080 $11,980 $1,000 98 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Sea cloud CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins and two Owner's Suites. rEGIsTrY: Malta. OVErALL LENGTh 360 feet. Sea Cloud was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. She carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: The covered Lido Bar is a superb place to congregate and enjoy the outdoors. The open-air "Blue Lagoon" is a wonderful place to relax. The sumptuous Lounge is the venue for talks and presentations by our expedition staff. Guests are welcome on the "Open Bridge" to learn how Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed. mEALs: Served in single seatings, meals focus on local and Continental cuisine. Wines are included at lunch and dinner. Refreshments are always available. CABINs: Cabins have antique and period-style furniture. The Main Deck has the ship's original cabins, including the Owner's Suites originally occupied by E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post. Cabins on the Promenade and Captain's Decks have exquisite furnishings. 36 34 32 37 35 33 Insets clockwise from top: Sea Cloud under sail. Category 3 cabin and Category A one of the original cabins. CATEGOrY 1 sOLO: #16-17: Upper and lower single beds and a porthole. These cabins once housed the ship's officers. CATEGOrY 1: #28-29: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers. CATEGOrY 2: #18-25: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers. CATEGOrY 3: #32-37: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers. CATEGOrY 4: #30-31: Cabins have a queen-size bed, a forward-facing 31 CAPTAIN'S AND LIDO DECK LOUNGE 28 29 24 22 20 18 LOUNGE RESTAURANT 16 17 25 23 21 19 BRIDGE 30 PROMENADE DECK 10 9 8 6 4 2 window and showers. CATEGOrY B: Original and deluxe cabins, #3-10: Located on the Main 7 5 3 1 MAIN DECK Deck, these very large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. All have portholes. CATEGOrY A: Original owner's suites #1-2: These incomparable suites were occupied by Marjorie Merriweather Post (#1) and E.F. Hutton (#2). They have king-size beds and grand marble bathrooms with bathtubs. Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. ITINErArY Inaugural Voyage to Turkey and Greece � Page 68 sailing the Greek Isles � Page 70 Under sail from Greece to the Dalmatian Coast � Page 72 Turkey and Greece: A sailing Odyssey � Page 74 YEAr CAT. 1 CAT. 2 CAT. 3 CAT. 4 CAT. B CAT. A CAT. 1 sOLO CAT. 2 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE 2012 $13,980 $15,980 $19,560 $20,580 $25,720 $33,080 $20,960 $23,980 $1,600 Sample Airfare: Round-trip New York/Athens Economy from $900. Please call for sample Business fare. Sample Airfare: Round-trip New York/Athens: Economy from $900. Please call for sample Business fare. Sample Airfare: New York/Athens, Dubrovnik/New York or vice versa: Economy from $1,200. Please call for sample Business fare. Sample Airfare: New York/Istanbul, Athens/New York or vice versa: Economy from $1,200. Please call for sample Business fare. 2012 $6,990 $7,990 $9,780 $10,290 $12,860 $16,540 $10,480 $11,990 $800 2012 $9,990 $11,420 $13,950 $14,690 $18,340 $23,620 $14,990 $17,130 $900 2012 $7,990 $9,150 $11,170 $11,750 $14,690 $18,890 $11,980 $13,720 $1,100 WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 99 oceanic discoverer CAPACITY: 68 guests in 35 outside cabins. rEGIsTrY: Australia. OVErALL LENGTh: 207 feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: There is a lounge with well-stocked library, fullservice bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Sun Deck with chairs and a hot tub; and an outdoor area at the stern of the Bridge Deck with tables and chairs. The "Open Bridge" provides guests an opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. mEALs: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is typically a buffet. The menu features wholesome foods with local ingredients. CABINs: All face outside with windows (two portholes in C01-03), private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPmENT: Most excursions and landings are conveniently done aboard the "Xplorer," a covered expedition boat that accommodates all guests at once. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: There is Internet access aboard ship and laundry service, both at additional cost. Cabins and public spaces are attractively designed and furnished, with ample space for storage. In Papua New Guinea Oceanic Discoverer carries a glass bottom boat. CATEGOrY 1 sOLO: Promenade Deck #B01 This cabin features a Insets clockwise from top: Oceanic discoverer at Milford Sound; our excursions are conveniently done aboard the "Xplorer"; a typical cabin. HOT TUB SUN DECK A05 A03 LOUNGE A06 A04 A02 lower double bed, a writing desk and a window. CATEGOrY 1: Main Deck #C01-03 -- Conveniently positioned near the dining room & reception, these cabins feature lower beds, a writing desk, sofa and two portholes low enough to offer views. CATEGOrY 2: Main Deck #C04-09 -- Conveniently positioned near the dining room & reception, these cabins feature lower beds, a writing desk, large sofa and two windows. CATEGOrY 3: Promenade Deck #B03-22 -- These cabins feature BRIDGE DECK B21 B19 B17 B15 B13 B11 B09 B07 B05 B03 B01 B22 B20 B18 B16 B14 B12 B10 B08 B06 B04 PROMENADE DECK C09 C07 C05 C03 C01 XPLORER BOARDING DINING ROOM C08 C06 C04 C02 lower beds, a writing desk, sofa and a window. CATEGOrY 4: Bridge Deck #A02-06 -- These cabins feature lower beds, a writing desk, sofa and a window. MAIN DECK Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. ITINErArY Exploring the Cultures and Wildlife of Papua New Guinea � Page 80 Exploring New Zealand's North & south Islands � Page 82 YEAr CAT. 1 CAT. 2 CAT. 3 CAT. 4 CAT. 1 sOLO CAT. 2 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE 2012 2013 $14,790 $14,990 $15,690 $15,990 $13,580 $14,590 $16,790 $16,990 $14,580 $15,750 $17,990 $17,990 $15,630 $16,880 $17,690 $18,730 $15,530 $16,990 $18,590 $19,990 $16,790 $18,240 $1,800 $1,850 $1,390 $1,450 Please call for sample airfares Roundtrip U.S./Cairns, Australia & Port Moresby or Rabaul/USA. Internal airfare Cairns/ Rabaul and Alotau/Port Moresby $815 per person, subject to change. Sample Airfare: Los Angeles/ Queenstown, returning from Auckland or vice versa. Economy from $1,775. Please call for Business fare. 2011/ $12,590 2012 2013 $13,590 100 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) Jahan CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. rEGIsTrY: Vietnam. OVErALL LENGTh: 230 feet. PUBLIC ArEAs: The ship is fully air-conditioned. Outdoor areas include the Terrace Deck, with both covered and open-air spaces, a Jacuzzi and a bar. The Lounge, located on the Upper Deck, has a library, full service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations. Guests are welcome on the "Open Bridge" to meet the Captain and Officers and learn about navigation. mEALs: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. The menu is international, with a focus on the outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines. CABINs: 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 twin-bedded and queen-size bedded cabins. Each has private facilities and hair dryer, individual climate control, music entertainment system and a mini bar. A choice of pillows is provided on request. sPECIAL fEATUrEs: There is a Spa, offering a choice of massage treatments, and Fitness Room with steam bath and stationary bicycles. 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. CATEGOrY 1: Main Deck #103-112. Measuring 323 square feet, each has a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light. Cabins 103-104 have twin beds (which can be pushed together on request), and #105-112 have queen-size beds. CATEGOrY 2: Upper Deck #201-208. Measuring 323 square feet, each has a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light. Cabins 201-202 have twin beds (which can be pushed together on request), and #203-208 have queen-size beds. CATEGOrY 3: Main Deck #113-114 and Upper Deck #209- Insets: Top: the new river ship Jahan. Bottom: One of the ship's well-appointed cabins. RESTAURANT FUNNEL BAR SPA POOL APSARA SPA TERRACE DECK BOUTIQUE 210. Cabins 113-114 are 376 square feet in area, and Cabins 209-210 measure 344 square feet. Each has a queen-size bed and a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light. There is a television and private DVD player. Each balcony has two sun beds and a table. sUITEs: Upper Deck #211-212. These are the largest and finest accommodations on board, measuring 549 square feet. Each has a queen-size bed and a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light. There is a television and private DVD player. Cabin 211 has two sun beds and table, and Cabin 212 has a private Jacuzzi. Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. 201 LOBBY LOUNGE RECEPTION 203 205 204 206 207 209 208 210 211 212 BRIDGE 202 UPPER DECK 103 105 104 106 107 109 108 110 111 112 113 114 FITNESS ROOM MAIN DECK ITINErArY Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the mekong river � Page 78 YEAr CATEGOrY 1 CATEGOrY 2 CATEGOrY 3 sUITEs CATEGOrY 1 sOLO ADVANCE PAYmENT NOTE 2012 2013 $7,980 $8,380 $8,650 $8,990 $9,980 Cat 1 color $11,980 $10,490 $12,580 $11,970 2 color $850 Cat $12,570 $900 Cat 3 color Suite color Sample Airfare: U.S./Siem Reap, returning Saigon/U.S. Economy from $1,600. Please call for sample Business fare. WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM OBSERVATORY 101 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL OFFERS Book By DEcEMBER 15, 2011 to take advantage of special offers that appear on select expeditions in this catalog. These offers are available only on select departures, while they last. Offers valid on new bookings only. Not valid on extensions or airfares. May not be combined with other offers. Please call for details. coMPlIMENTARy AIRfARE is subject to availability at time of booking; based on round-trip economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad's group flights are not available at time of booking, we reserve the right to issue an air credit. Valid for new bookings only. Must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions, subject to availability at time of booking. May not be combined with other offers. Please call for details. BRINGING THE kIDS: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So, take $500 off the double occupancy rate for each person under 18. BAck-To-BAck SAVINGS: Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken aboard one of our expedition ships. (Excludes extensions and airfare.) BRINGING A GRouP: For your party of eight people or more, you will each receive 5% off the cost of your expedition. A deposit of 10% of the trip cost is required at the time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days prior to departure date. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Group cancellation policy differs from our regular cancellation schedule. Please refer to complete Terms and Conditions on our website for details. ouR PolIcy oN coMBINING offERS: Some offers may be combinable, up to two saving opportunities, except where noted otherwise. If you are interested in bringing a group on back-to-back expeditions, you will be able to take advantage of both savings opportunities. Call to learn more. 102 WE SHARE THE INFORMATION, YOU SHARE THE EXPERIENCE When planning your travel, it makes sense to do as much research as possible. To help you learn what you need to, we provide two exclusive kinds of information many travelers consider exceptionally useful: our Daily Expeditions Reports and our Webinars and Webinar archives, both located on our website expeditions.com. Here's what they offer you: DAILY ExPEDITION rEPOrTs (DERs) Every day each of our ships -- wherever they are in the world -- sends back a report of that WEBINArs AND WEBINAr ArChIVEs Hosted by day's events. Each report includes at least staff members -- an Expedition Leader, Naturalist or one photo of the day's discoveries, and often National Geographic Photographer -- our live, online a short video clip (Video Expedition Report). Webinars are highly visual, entertaining and very You can access the DERs for all our individual informative. They bring the expedition experience geographies and learn what it's like to be there into focus so you can really see what it will be like. -- weather, wildlife sightings, planned events, You can ask questions and get immediate answers. spontaneous happenings and more. It's not You'll find the schedule of upcoming webinars on copywriting or marketing, it's the literal truth our site. Want answers now? Check out the archives. of what a given day is like. Decide to book a They might not be live, but they have a real sense of trip and you can sign friends and family up to immediacy -- and give you the information you need receive Daily Expedition Reports to follow your and want. And to get your questions answered, simprogress -- they'll enjoy being part of it. ply call an Expedition Specialist at 800.397.3348. AN ExPEDITIoN IS INHERENTly SocIAl -- GREAT To BE PART of, fuN To SHARE The sharing starts the moment you board the ship -- with your expedition team, and your fellow guests. There's an esprit de corps that builds onboard and is unique to our expeditions, according to our repeat guests. If you signed your friends and family up to receive our Daily Expedition Reports, they'll be part of the expedition too -- following your progress online. And if you brought your camera along, you can do more than capture your experience: you can be a real advocate for the inspiring geographies we visit simply by sharing your photos, your video clips or your thoughts. After all, not many people get to go where you're going but anyone's day can be enhanced by finding some of the beauty and wildness you'll discover on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Lindblad Expeditions JOIn us OnLInE BLOG WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 103 INCLUSIVE PRICING We include just about everything you have the opportunity to do as part of your expedition aboard ship and ashore. The only things not included are those of a personal nature -- alcohol, internet usage, tips to the crew, wellness treatments and other specialized arrangements. aBOaRD sHIP All meals and non-alcoholic beverages Cappuccinos, lattes & complimentary refillable water bottle 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand hors d'oeuvres & snacks during Lounge recap sauna, with complimentary terry robes, towels (on some ships) fitness Center with towels, water fully stocked Library The guidance and company of our expedition staff asHORE meals on land, as indicated in itinerary sightseeing & entrance fees special access permits, park fees, port taxes Transfers to and from group flights The expertise of our expedition staff aCTIVITIEs All excursions Zodiac & kayak explorations snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins snorkel where relevant Lectures & presentations in the Lounge MAKE OUR SHIPS YOUR OWN � 00% ExCLusIVE CHaRTER 1 � RaVEL TOGETHER & saVE T Charter a ship in our Groups of friends, extended family, ALL Of OUr shIPs, WITh CAPACITIEs Of 28-148 book clubs and other special interest fleet for your event -- GUEsTs, CAN BE PrIVATELY ChArTErED: milestone birthdays and groups, girlfriend getaways, nature National Geographic Explorer 148 guests anniversaries, board clubs and more -- parties of eight National Geographic Endeavour 95 guests meetings and corporate people or more receive 5% per National Geographic sea Bird 62 guests retreats -- and enjoy person off the cost of the expedition. National Geographic sea Lion 62 guests a private expedition, See page 98 for discount details. National Geographic Islander 47 guests designed by expert And to learn more, call 1.800. Oceanic Discoverer 68 guests charter specialists, led ExPEDITION (1.800.397.3348) to sea Cloud 58 guests by an Expedition Leader speak with an Expedition specialist. Jahan 48 guests and team of Naturalists, Delfin II 28 guests Photographers and other Specialists in an intimate and exclusive setting. for more information on chartering a ship, please contact Karen Kuttner-Capato, Vice President of sales, at 1-800-783-6656 x1030, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.expeditions.com/charterinfo. Reservation information Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff. Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, voyage DVD, laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion. Airfare: For all programs, airfare is an additional cost unless otherwise indicated. Sample airfares are subject to change. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. There will be a $50 per person service fee if you elect for Lindblad Expeditions to handle your air arrangements. Note: Complete pre-journey information, including suggestions on what to bring and recommended reading, will be sent prior to departure. TERMS & CONDITIONS Reservations: To reserve your place, an advance payment for the program as outlined is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check. The per person amount due is noted on ships' pages within this brochure. Final Payment: For expeditions of eight nights or less, final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. For expeditions of nine nights or more, final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Travel Protection Plan: Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Ask about our comprehensive guest travel protection plan for a worry-free expedition. Smoking Policy: Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas. Responsibility and Other Terms & Conditions: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions' and the National Geographic Society's liability for loss of property, injury, illness or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship's ticket sent prior to departure, and are also available on our web site at www.expeditions.com/terms, or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions. Note: Itineraries and prices listed in this brochure are as of publication date, and are subject to change. Under normal conditions the total expedition cost is guaranteed at the time of booking. However, the price that you pay is determined far in advance of initial departure on the basis of then-existing projections of fuel and other costs. In the event that we determine that current costs create an unsustainable financial model, including but not limited to increases in the price of fuel, currency fluctuations affecting our costs, increases in government taxes or levies, or increased security costs, We reserve the right to pass on those costs to cover such unexpected costs. We will always provide a transparent accounting of the reason for such an increase. Photo Credits: Dana Allen, James P. Blair, Andoni Canela/Alamy, Ken Carlson, Alexandra C. Daley-Clark, Stewart Cohen, Sylvain Grandadam/Superstock, Ralph Hammelbacher, Peter Hanneberg, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Gerard Lacz/Alamy, Frans Lanting, Sven-Olof Lindblad, Michael Luppino, Richard Maack, Colin Monteath/Superstock, Flip Nicklin, Michael S. Nolan, Kevin Schafer, Shutterstock, Jack Swenson, Rikki Swenson, David Vargas, Steve Vidler/Superstock, Ariadne Van Zandbergen/Alamy. Editors: Linda Getter, Christine Bastoni. Design: Bennett Goldberg. Lindblad Expeditions, as an Active Member of the United States Tour Operators Association ("USTOA"), is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Lindblad Expeditions customers in the unlikely event of Lindblad Expeditions bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, NY, NY 10016, or by e-mail to email@example.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. We are proud to be a Founding Member of Adventure Collection -- a family of the world's most trusted and experienced active travel companies. Each member company of Adventure Collection is dedicated to enriching the lives of its guests and to giving back to the areas in which it travels. For more information visit www.AdventureCollection.com. cAnceLLAtion poLicY For Expeditions 8 Nights or Less Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start 90 or more days 89�60 days 59�30 days 29�0 days For Expeditions 9 Nights or More Per Person Cancellation Fee Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start 120 or more days $150* 119�90 days Advance payment cost 89�60 days 25% of trip cost 59�30 days 50% of trip cost 29�0 days No refund This policy applies to expeditions. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan. Cancellation policy may differ for extensions. Please call for details. *You will be issued a $150 Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate. Note: A variation of this policy applies to a party of eight people or more, some longer voyages, and certain holiday dates. Please ask for details. Lindblad Expeditions and the Eye are the trademarks of Lindblad Expeditions. All rights reserved. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and the Yellow Border are the trademarks of the National Geographic Society. All rights reserved. Per Person Cancellation Fee $150* Advance payment cost 50% of trip cost No refund For Reservations: Contact your travel agent or Lindblad Expeditions Reservation Hours: Monday � Friday 9am � 8pm ET Saturday & Sunday 10am � 5pm ET 1.800.expedition (1.800.397.3348) Lindblad Expeditions, Inc., 96 Morton Street, New York, NY 10014 Phone: 212.261.9000 � Fax: 212.265.3770 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For additional information and online reservations, visit us on the Web: www.expeditions.com WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM 105 TM PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PaiD LINDBLAD ExPEDITIONS 96 Morton Street New York, NY 10014 account Number: Expedition Code: C Printed on 20% recycled content paper with soy-based inks. 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