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50 1967-2017

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As astonishing as the photos in National Geographic. And an exhilarating life adventure: A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition— a complete experience in a thrilling geography.

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DEAR TRAVELLER, 2017 will be another momentous year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father’s opening up of the Galápagos Islands to expedition travel. I vividly remember joining him and his illustrious expedition team (see who was with him on pages 4-5) back in 1967 to explore these remarkable islands. It was all so new, so fresh, so full of wonder. Over the years I’ve had a multitude of opportunities and reasons to return, and I’ve discovered that it never gets old: each time in Galápagos is new, fresh and full of wonder. And, when you receive this, I will be there yet again, hosting managers from UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage sites worldwide—of which Galápagos is one. This will be a four-day, in-the-field seminar about global programs directed at protection and enhancement of the vital ocean. There are many, many people in the world who look at Galápagos as an icon, the embodiment of a well-balanced, well-protected environment; a place that over the past 50 years has provided so much joy to so many people. It’s not perfect, nowhere really is, but when I look back over the years, I am powerfully impressed at how well the stewards, and fans, of these islands have maintained their integrity. Of course, there are many other wondrous places in our world to explore, from the high Arctic to the Antarctic, and all manner of places in between. We’ve added six new expeditions to our 2017 roster, which you’ll learn more about on pages 6-7. In 2017 we will also add two new ships to our fleet—the National Geographic Endeavour II, which will replace her predecessor in Galápagos in January; and the brand-new National Geographic Quest, now under construction in the Seattle area. NG Quest will begin her new life next summer with an exciting inaugural expedition. (See pages 64-65 for details). There’s a lot to contemplate in these pages. I hope you find them stimulating and that you will choose to join us somewhere on this extraordinary planet of ours. All the best,

Sven-Olof Lindblad Cover: Galápagos sea lion at sunset © Jonathan Aguas. This page: Guests exploring by Zodiac in Antarctica © Michael S. Nolan.


Misty Fiords National Monument, Alaska.

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HERE’S WHAT’S INSIDE FOR YOU: Dear Traveller

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Denali NEW

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Celebrating our 50th in Galápagos

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New Destinations, New Experiences Ahead

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Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvest, History & Landscapes

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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

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POLAR REGIONS & THE NORTHLANDS Antarctica 10

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

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Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California

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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

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South Georgia and the Falklands

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Land of the Ice Bears

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Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

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Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

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Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast

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Costa Rica to Panama Plus Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland NEW 22

Panama to Coast Rica Plus Monteverde, Arenal Volcano And Tortuguero

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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Exploring Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean

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Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World NEW

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Sailing the Caribbean

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Cuba by Land and Sea

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Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords NEW 26 Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands

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Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

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Hot Springs & Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland NEW 32 The Canadian Maritimes

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THE AMERICAS Galápagos 40 Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca

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Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca

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Upper Amazon

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Upper Amazon + Galápagos

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Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca

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Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island

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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres Del Paine to Cape Horn

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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

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Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

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EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country

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Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

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Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides

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Wild and Windswept: Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales

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Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea NEW 100 England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation NEW 102 Sailing the Greek Isles

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Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast

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Scotland’s Highlands & Islands

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Wild Alaska Escape NEW 60

Vietnam & Cambodia

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Expedition Planning Info 2016-17 Expedition Calendar

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Expedition Fleet Deck Plans & Voyage Pricing

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Explore expeditions.com

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Big Picture Alaska NEW

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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia NEW

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Special Offers

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Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands NEW

Inclusive Pricing & Groups and Charters

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Reservation Information

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CELEBRATING OUR 5OTH IN In 1967 Lars-Eric Lindblad filled a couple of suitcases with Chilean pesos, headed to Valparaiso, chartered the Navarino, a ship he described as “no frills, but comfortable,” then cruised to Lima to embark his guests—for the first citizen explorer expedition to Galápagos, offered by his pioneering company, Lindblad Travel.

Lars-Eric Lindblad.

They were accompanied by a “Who’s Who” staff, including: Roland Clement of the National Audubon Society; Guy Mountfort, an early Director of the World Wildlife Fund; Sir Peter Scott, Renaissance man and naturalist; and Dr. Roger Tory Peterson, renowned ornithologist. All experienced the wonders of Galápagos together. Describing a Zodiac landing in his autobiography Passport To Anywhere, Lars-Eric reminisces: “In seconds, a mockingbird was sitting on his hat, and another on his camera lens. A Galápagos hawk lighted on a branch… The sea lions will literally play with you in the water...” He concludes his chronicle of the inaugural expedition with this: “There were so many fascinating things that I immediately began planning 14-day cruises for the future.” And that is what we are honouring as we prepare to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in Galápagos in 2017—a commitment to a sustainable, meaningful and impactful Galápagos guest experience, imagined by LarsEric Lindblad in 1967, and dramatically advanced by Sven Lindblad ever since—worldwide.

Clockwise: Snorkelling with a sea lion, family celebrating 50th anniversary, Galápagos giant tortoise. 4

Everything that matters to us as a company was established then: environmentally important and


GALÁPAGOS: STILL IN LOVE sensitive destinations; a focus on wildlife; ships as base camps; the most knowledgeable and insightful staff; Zodiacs—plus snorkel gear, kayaks, and soon, paddleboards—for up-close explorations; in-depth itineraries that optimise your experience; and most importantly, the sense of a meaningful, personal connection to the place. Lars-Eric knew instinctively that tourism would be the key to conservation in Galápagos, and he supported both the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park Service from the very beginning. He funded a two-year study by Dr. Michael Harris that was the first modern survey of birds, and among the seminal studies of the impact of tourism on Galápagos. And he not only provided financial backing for Juan Black and José Villa, the first Galápagos National Park Service officials, he even paid their salaries. In 1997 Sven Lindblad deepened his commitment to Galápagos by basing a ship there year-round, and playing a sustained role in conservation. In 2008, he established the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund as an evolution of those efforts. Guests aboard our ships in Galápagos have donated US$7.4 million to support conservation, education, research, and community development throughout the archipelago. We have a deep connection to Galápagos, and we connect you—and that unique sense of connection transforms your experience. Fifty years in, our love affair with Galápagos continues, rekindled by our rewarding search into our own archives, and Galápagos conservation history—it’s fascinating stuff. We look forward to sharing our upcoming 50th celebration, new developments, and our passion for Galápagos with you.

Clockwise: Frigate bird courtship display, Zodiac at sunset, Sven Lindblad with his son Eric.

INTERESTED IN CONSERVATION? LEARN ABOUT OUR EFFORTS AT EXPEDITIONS.COM/CONSERVATION ENJOY READING? PASSPORT TO ANYWHERE IS FUN! DOWNLOAD A COMPLIMENTARY E-COPY AT EXPEDITIONS.COM/PASSPORT

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NEW DESTINATIONS, NEW EXPERIENCES AHEAD TREASURES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE: ALASKA & BRITISH COLUMBIA Join National Geographic Quest’s inaugural voyage! Make Lindblad history as our newest ship embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of the seldom-seen wild isles along the coast of British Columbia, and strikes deep into Alaska’s iconic National Parks and forests. National Geographic Quest Inaugural | Pg. 64

BIG PICTURE ALASKA Blow out your wildlife portfolio on this wide-ranging Photo Expedition! Over eleven days focus on national parks, dramatic fjords, and dozens of out-of-the-way photogenic islands that teem with wildness—places we’ve discovered over our 30+ years exploring Alaska. National Geographic Sea Bird | Pg. 62

WILD ALASKA ESCAPE Bike! Kayak! Hike! Raft! See bears, whales, and huge Steller sea lions. In the compact timeframe of just five days, explore Alaska’s wildlife-rich channels by ship. And enjoy a slice of the active local lifestyle in Haines, the state’s adventure capital. National Geographic Sea Bird | Pg. 60

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EXPLORING BRITISH COLUMBIA & THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS Fall under the spell of the Pacific Northwest on a weeklong journey. Kayak and hike the wildlife-rich coasts of Desolation Sound and the Gulf Island. Enjoy the stellar comforts of our newest ship, as she heads deep into British Columbia’s scenic fjords. Enjoy cuisine that mirrors the region, and discover charming towns and First Nations heritage sites. National Geographic Quest | Pg. 66

HOT SPRINGS AND ICEBERGS: ICELAND TO WEST GREENLAND Go by land, sea, and air to discover the thrilling nature of two geologically extraordinary countries! Start by exploring the cuisine and music of metropolitan Reykjavík, soak in Iceland’s thermal baths, or even horseback ride. Travel to Greenland via charter air, and enjoy a stunning flight-see of the massive ice cap. In Greenland, embark our ship to trace the ragged edge of the ice cap through fjords to archaeological sites while spotting whales along the way. National Geographic Explorer | Pg. 32

BELIZE TO TIKAL: REEFS, RIVERS & RUINS OF THE MAYA WORLD Discover mysterious ruins of the fascinating Maya, swathed in tropical rain forest; and snorkel or dive thriving reefs on this unique land-and-sea expedition! You’ll see some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef from the new National Geographic Quest— the most luxurious ‘live aboard’ in the world. National Geographic Quest | Pg. 84

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THE EARTH While both the Arctic and Antarctic share a similar panorama of white landscapes etched in ice, they are each unique, as different as a tusked walrus from an emperor penguin. In the north, the Arctic is a vast ice-covered ocean surrounded by land. Conversely, at the southern end of the globe, Antarctica is a landmass surrounded by ocean. Within each region, life could not have evolved more distinctly. Polar bears and migratory mammals like caribou roam the Arctic. Penguins, fur seals, and albatross populate the shores of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, respectively. And while the Arctic and Antarctic are, indeed, polar opposites, they are also perfect complements. So whether you start at the top or bottom, north or south, get ready to embark on the adventure of your life.

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JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA: THE WHITE CONTINENT 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION PRICES FROM: $16,700 to $35,430 (See pages 116-117 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices; see pages 120-121 for National Geographic Orion prices.)

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ravelling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous icebergs by Zodiac, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant marine life.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists during Lindblad’s 50th anniversary year in Antarctica. ▶▶ View magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and huge glaciers that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape. ▶▶ Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of seals. ▶▶ Kayak in protected waters, paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby. ▶▶ On shore observe thousands of penguins, including gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap.

Diving gentoo penguin.

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DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Arrive in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel (or similar) before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (L) DAY 2: FLY TO USHUAIA/EMBARK Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D) DAY 3: AT SEA/DRAKE PASSAGE While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D) DAYS 4–9: EXPLORING ANTARCTICA With long hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible so that we can take advantage of the unexpected— watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on

an extra landing. We anticipate making Zodiac landings each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching our powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands of Adélie and chinstrap penguins. You’ll learn how climate change affects the penguin populations, and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, our undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 300 metres below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more. (B,L,D) DAYS 10 AND 11: AT SEA Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D) DAY 12: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your onward flight. (B,L)

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Ushuaia Drake Passage

Port Lockroy Lemaire Channel Antarctic Circle

Brown Bluff Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay Weddell Sea

Bellingshausen Sea

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES (Explorer): 2016 Nov. 28; Dec. 8, 18†, 28† 2017 Jan. 7, 17, 27; Feb. 6; Nov. 27; Dec. 7, 17†, 27†; 2018 Jan. 6, 16, 26; Feb. 5 DATES (Orion): 2016 Dec. 17†, 27† 2017 Jan 6, 16; Dec. 18†, 28†; 2018 Jan. 7, 17 Orion departures route via Santiago instead of Buenos Aires. Visit our website. †For holiday rates, see page 116 (Explorer); and page 120 (Orion).

SPECIAL OFFER: Book select departures by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a $1,000 special savings offer. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. See page 135 or call for details. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Prior to your voyage, add two days in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or two days in Santiago (Orion). Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island (both ships), or three days post-voyage at Iguazú Falls (Explorer only). Call for details, or see page 36. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Author James Balog, Jan. 27, 2017; adventurers Tim Jarvis, Jan. 7 & 17, 2017; Peter Hillary Nov. 28, and Dec. 8, 2016; Mike Libecki, Dec. 18 & 28, 2016; scientist Ken Taylor, Feb. 6, 2017.

Kayakers amid gentoo penguins.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Explorer: Kip Evans Nov. 28 and Dec. 8, 2016; Krista Rossow Jan. 7 & 17, 2017. Orion: Macduff Everton Dec. 17 & 27, 2016.

LEARN MORE AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ANTARCTICA_ITINERARY

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ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA, AND THE FALKLANDS 22 DAYS/21 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION PRICES FROM: $28,880 to $57,350 (See pages 116-117 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices; see pages 120-121 for National Geographic Orion prices.)

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his voyage has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, the vast king penguin colonies of South Georgia, and the Falklands’ amazing bird colonies. Travelling aboard one of our ice-class expedition ships National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, spend five days discovering the Antarctic Peninsula. Stroll through lively crowds of penguins in stunning South Georgia, and hike the shores of the Falkland Islands. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty as you venture into some of the planet’s most unspoiled landscapes.

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Our experienced expedition leader and team of naturalists are your conduit to an YEARS extraordinary experience. EXPERIENCE And the National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board, ours exclusively, are key to capturing the incredible wildlife. Our video chronicler will record the entire voyage. The undersea specialist will reveal the deep, while our wellness specialist helps you feel the ‘tonic of wildness’. There’s a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10. And a Global Perspectives guest speaker adds relevant insight (Explorer only).

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Trace the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful journey to South Georgia and toast at his gravesite. ▶▶ See three distinct regions, and benefit from our 50 years of experience here. ▶▶ Glide in a kayak or explore in a Zodiac past massive icebergs. ▶▶ Observe tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach.

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Guests enjoy a thrilling humpback whale encounter on a Zodiac ride.


DAY 2: FLY TO USHUAIA/EMBARK Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D) DAY 3: AT SEA Settle in to shipboard life as we sail to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-9: ANTARCTICA With long hours of daylight, 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) DAYS 10 AND 11: AT SEA (B,L,D)

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DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Arrive in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel (or similar) before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (L)

ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS

FALKLAND ISLANDS

Port Stanley

Ushuaia Drake Passage

Port Lockroy Antarctic Circle Bellingshausen Sea

DAY 21: AT SEA On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 22: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your onward flight. (B,L)

South Georgia

Brown Bluff Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay Lemaire Channel

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Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones. (B,L,D)

DAYS 12-16: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND 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. At a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

Weddell Sea

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES (Explorer): 2016 Nov. 8* 2017 Feb. 16; Nov. 7* 2018 Feb. 15 DATES (Orion): 2016 Nov. 27* 2017 Jan 26; Feb. 15; Nov.8*, 28* 2018 Jan. 27; Feb. 16 *These voyages travel in reverse. Note: Orion departures route via Santiago instead of Buenos Aires. Visit our website.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book select departures by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a $1,000 special savings offer. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. See page 135 or call for details. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Prior to your voyage, add two days in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or two days in Santiago (Orion). Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island (both ships), or three days post-voyage at Iguazú Falls (Explorer only). Visit our website or see page 36. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Travel with adventurer Peter Hillary (right) Nov. 8, 2016, or scientist Ken Taylor, Feb. 16, 2017.

DAYS 17 AND 18: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAYS 19 AND 20: FALKLAND ISLANDS The Falklands boast the largest blackbrowed albatross colony in the world, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic town of Port Stanley and visit the evocative

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National Geographic Explorer.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Explorer: Tim Laman Nov. 8, 2016. Orion: Jeff Mauritzen Nov. 27, 2016; Susan Seubert Feb. 15, 2017.

LEARN MORE AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/ITINERARY_ANTARCTICA

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SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE FALKLANDS 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $19,910 to $41,100 (See pages 116-117 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices.)

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teeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. Here on South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Hike in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fated Imperial Trans-Antarctica Expedition aboard Endurance. ▶▶ See stately king penguins—literally tens of thousands on a single beach in South Georgia. ▶▶ Observe magnificent albatross in the Falklands, and see Magellanic penguins peeking from their burrows. ▶▶ Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore the isolated bays by Zodiac. ▶▶ Compare camera settings side-by-side with a National Geographic photographer. King penguins as far as the eye can see, South Georgia.

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DAY 2: FLY TO USHUAIA/EMBARK Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking. (B,L,D)

DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Arrive in Buenos Aires. Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. (L)

SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS

To/from Buenos Aires

FALKLAND ISLANDS

Port Stanley

To/from Santiago Ushuaia South Georgia Drake Passage

DAY 3: AT SEA IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for petrels, penguins and albatross. (B,L,D) DAY 4: FALKLAND ISLANDS Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with whitesand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens Blue-eyed shags, Falkland Islands.

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Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Sailing along the coast, we plan to make stops every day including Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. And, on a single beach, you will see thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D) DAYS 12 AND 13: AT SEA With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge. Or spend the day enjoying the ship's spa, fitness centre, library, and observation deck. (B,L,D)

of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. (B,L,D) DAYS 5 AND 6: AT SEA During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. A lookout is kept to identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross. (B,L,D) DAYS 7-11: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND Explore the spectacular coastline of South

DAY 14: FALKLAND ISLANDS Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a few at a local pub, and stroll this remote town. (B,L,D)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: (Explorer) 2017 Mar. 8; Oct. 24 2018 Mar. 7

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a $1,000 special savings offer, and free roundtrip charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. See page 135 or call for details. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Prior to your voyage, add two days in Buenos Aires (Explorer). Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island, or three days post-voyage at Iguazú Falls. Visit our website or see page 36.

DAY 15: AT SEA One last chance to catch up on your reading in the library and send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Flanking our expert staff are guest speakers whose unique backgrounds and relevant insights add layers of interest. Learn more at expeditions.com/experts

DAY 16: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires and connect with your onward flight. (B,L)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER A National Geographic photographer travels on every Explorer departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

VIEW THIS ITINERARY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/SOUTHGEORGIA_ITINERARY

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LAND OF THE ICE BEARS: AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF ARCTIC SVALBARD 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $12,780 to $23,610 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

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high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, massive sheets of ice, and magnificent polar bears. Travel under the midnight sun aboard National Geographic Explorer, and experience nature in its purest form.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Search for the very symbol of the Arctic—polar bears—and observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, on the sea ice. ▶▶ Take naturalist-led walks, and cruise among beautiful icebergs in a Zodiac or a kayak. ▶▶ Experience the legendary midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer, when the sun never sets. ▶▶ Watch for walruses, bearded and ringed seals, Arctic foxes, and reindeer.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Frances A. Ulmer The Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission and a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. She has served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage and was the mayor of Juneau for 18 years. She is aboard May 30, 2017. Dr. Joe McConnell An environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. He studies ancient air trapped in ice to map human climate impact. He is aboard Jun. 20, 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

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DAY 1: OSLO, NORWAY Upon arrival in Oslo, check into the Thon Hotel Bristol (or similar). Explore this charming city, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures— hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

icebergs, and explore fjords that split the coastline. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra; and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN/ EMBARK Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days. (B,L,D) DAYS 3–8: EXPLORING SVALBARD This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. With our fully stabilised ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to experience the region’s geologic features and the wildlife that flourishes during the summer months. With our National Geographic photographer and a seasoned naturalist staff, venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 May 30; Jun. 6, 13, 20

A reindeer lopes along the tundra. DAY 9: LONGYEARBYEN/ DISEMBARK/OSLO In Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard, disembark and enjoy time to explore. Founded by an American coal executive in 1906, this is one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 10: OSLO The expedition concludes after breakfast. (B)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a five-day pre-voyage extension to Norway’s Fjords, or a four-day post-voyage extension to Iceland’s Natural Wonders. See page 37 or our website for details.

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on any of these voyages and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Join Massimo Bassano Jun. 6 & 13, 2017. Massimo has photographed for National Geographic Traveler magazine and taught numerous photography workshops. Travel with Pulitzer Prizewinning photographer Jay Dickman, May 30, 2017 and climbing legend Tommy Heinrich Jun. 20, 2017. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

Kayakers off Svalbard’s pristine coast.

Walrus close-up.

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NORWAY’S FJORDS AND ARCTIC SVALBARD 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $23,310 to $42,930 (See pages 120-121 for complete pricing)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our EXPEDITION generous total staff-toguest ratio of 1:1.5 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

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eander along Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the Hanseatic town of Bergen, north of the North Cape to the ice and wildlife of the Svalbard Archipelago, only 965 kilometres from the North Pole. Visit tiny fishing hamlets, kayak narrow inlets between towering peaks, and hike wildflower-strewn islands. Then search for the polar bears of Svalbard and other Arctic wildlife.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Follow the bucket-list-worthy fjord-carved coast and see its small islets and island communities. ▶▶ Explore the High Arctic of Svalbard, and watch for polar bears, walruses, reindeers, whales and rich birdlife. ▶▶ Actively explore: hike, walk, Zodiac-cruise and kayak amid stunning fjord scenery and soaring icebergs. ▶▶ Enjoy superlative photo ops and on-board photo assistance.

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NORWAY AND ARCTIC SVALBARD

DAY 3: BERGEN, NORWAY Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands. Stroll historic Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and ride the funicular for an extraordinary view. (B,L,D) DAY 4: NORDFJORD Today we enter the ‘gateway to the glaciers’, Nordfjord where we are transported via coach along Loen Valley’s jagged mountains and turquoise-coloured lake. Hike groomed trails to Briksdal Glacier. (B,L,D) DAYS 5 AND 6: EXPLORING THE FJORDS OF NORWAY Amid the rugged, mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords we explore a variety of landings: Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle a kayak in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls, or hike with our naturalists. Over the years, we’ve discovered special places, including Melfjord, a narrow channel surrounded by high granite cliffs. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: EXPLORING NORTHERN NORWAY A day of exploration for hiking, kayaking or using Zodiacs amid stunning scenery. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: TROMSØ Tromsø is known as the ’gateway to the Arctic’ because so many Arctic expeditions originated

Edgeøya SVALBARD

DAY 11: BEAR ISLAND Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. (B,L,D) DAYS 12-16: EXPLORING SVALBARD Arctic Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive ice sheets. Our focus is the search for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes and polar bears. Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural habitat. With our stabilised, ice-class ship, a flexible itinerary, and years of experience here, we are able to venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline. (B,L,D)

Longyearbyen Barents Sea

Bear Island North Cape (exploring)

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Lofoten Islands

Arctic Circle

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DAY 7: LOFOTEN ISLANDS The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea, backed with jagged peaks. By Zodiac, view Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Go ashore at the island of Værøy, and be on deck as we cruise into dramatic Trollfjord, one of Norway’s most famous fjords. (B,L,D) DAY 8: TYSFJORDEN Enter the long Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to rocky shores. Explore the u-shaped valley of Hellemobotn by Zodiac, kayak or on foot. (B,L,D)

Nordaustlandet Spitsbergen

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DAY 2: AT SEA Settle into shipboard life enjoying presentations or scan for birdlife on the bridge. Late afternoon, we Zodiac cruise along the shore of southern Norway. (B,L,D)

here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs. (B,L,D)

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DAY 1: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Arrive in Copenhagen and board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail in the late afternoon. (D)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 May 15, 30* *This voyage travels in reverse from Longyearbyen to Copenhagen. Visit our website for day-to-day details. Polar bear. DAY 17: LONGYEARBYEN/OSLO Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum before boarding our charter flight to Oslo. Check-in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 18: OSLO The expedition concludes after breakfast. (B)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Susan Seubert on the May 30, 2017 departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on any of these voyages and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

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SVALBARD, ICELAND & GREENLAND’S EAST COAST 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $18,690 to $34,100 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

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xplore three iconic and stunningly beautiful Arctic regions: the Svalbard Archipelago of Norway, and the countries of Iceland and Greenland. Go aboard the world’s ultimate expedition ship, and rely on the planet’s best ice team as you probe the ice edge to search for wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. This is an authentic expedition aboard National Geographic Explorer, a ship perfectly suited to the ever-changing ice. Like the brave sailors of the golden age of exploration who set out with no set itinerary—seeking adventure, knowledge, and the unknown—we are completely dependent on ice, wildlife, and weather conditions, allowing nature to guide us to her wonderful surprises.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore Arctic Svalbard, one of the best places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural habitat, on the sea ice. ▶▶ Navigate the arctic wilderness of the Greenland Sea to Iceland’s wild western coast, with expert naturalists and a fully equipped expedition ship— making multiple stops en route completely dependent on ice, wildlife, and weather conditions. ▶▶ Watch for huge walrus, whales, and reindeer, and spot rich birdlife. ▶▶ Glide between ice floes, exploring via ship, Zodiac, and kayak.

A walrus flicks his huge tusks.

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Joe MacInnis Physician, journalist, diver and explorer, he is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole. He has researched and written extensively about leadership in dangerous environments. He is aboard in 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.


JUN. 27: OSLO, NORWAY Upon arrival in Oslo, check into the Thon Hotel Bristol (or similar) and explore this charming city. Stroll amid Oslo’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

JUN. 29-JUL. 11: EXPLORING SVALBARD, GREENLAND & ICELAND Our itinerary, in keeping with the nature of an expedition, will be a thoughtfully considered framework based on our experience in this dynamic Arctic region. We’ll take advantage of our ‘human resources’—our experienced captain, expedition leader and naturalists—as well as our technological resources. Armed with the latest satellite imagery, we’ll chart where the ice is impenetrable, and where there are leads guiding us to exciting discoveries. We have an ice-strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, plus agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allowing us to make forays among the ice. The undersea specialist will deploy the ROV, bringing back imagery few, if any, have ever Polar bear and cub.

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vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2017 Jun. 27

SPECIAL OFFERS: Svalbard’s wonders are a prelude to discoveries on unknown shores, following the ice’s edge. Our quest is to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as our captain navigates between icebergs that drift from the calving glaciers. And if the ice yields, we’ll aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, awakening from winter’s icy grip. If the ice is unrelenting, we’ll explore a bit further south, where there are spectacular fjords generally ice-free at this time of year. And if the ice is completely unrelenting, we will head to Iceland. Our journey ends on the west coast of Iceland: Ísafjördur, a picture postcard of Icelandic life; the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills; and Flatey Island, a former trading post. (B,L,D daily)

seen. And with unforgettable days in the ice, and two professional photographers on board, you’ll get your best photos ever. Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, massive ice sheets, and one of the best places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural habitat. Venture to the foot of

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JUN. 28: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN/ EMBARK Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

Nordaustlandet Spitsbergen

From Oslo

SVALBARD, ICELAND, GREENLAND

JUL. 12: REYKJAVÍK/DISEMBARK We’ll see Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, for a guided overview of the old town, visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, and have lunch prior to your onward flight. (B,L)

Book by December 31, 2016 to receive complimentary charter airfare (one-way Oslo/Longyearbyen). Also we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a five-day pre-voyage extension to the Norwegian Fjords, a four-day post-voyage to Iceland, or a one-day post-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See page 37 or our website for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with photography and climbing legend Tommy Heinrich on this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

Zodiacs amongst grounded icebergs, Scoresbysund, Greenland.

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NORDIC PASSAGES: SHETLANDS, ORKNEY, FAROES, AND ICELAND 13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $17,110 to $35,590 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our EXPEDITION generous total staff-toguest ratio of 1:1.5 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

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ail beneath the midnight sun, over seas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Viking by blood—see the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their tiny villages with turf-roofed homes. On Scotland’s outlying isles you’ll discover a 5,000-year-old village and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. And in the west, on a near circumnavigation of Iceland, see this geologically roiling land just as the Vikings must have, from thundering waterfalls and boiling springs, to islands so young the earth still steams.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ See Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull ice cap, third largest in the world, a seldom-seen sight to behold that is the focus of so much media attention. ▶▶ Sail under the towering bird cliffs of Noss that teem with murres and kittiwakes, and visit a colony of thousands of charismatic puffins in the Faroes. ▶▶ Discover a land of living geology: from boiling mud pools to spectacular waterfalls to the world’s youngest island. ▶▶ Meet welcoming locals—modern day Vikings—who make their lives in the spectacularly remote and beautiful lands.

Mykines, Faroe Islands.

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NORWAY, SCOTLAND, THE FAROES, ICELAND

DAY 1: BERGEN, NORWAY/EMBARK Arrive in Bergen and explore its Hanseatic League history. Embark NG Orion. (L,D) DAY 2: AT SEA/ORKNEY, SCOTLAND See the Ring of Brodgar and stone-slab village of Skara Brae—5,000 years old! Visit the red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, built by the Vikings in 1137. (B,L,D)

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Húsavík Lake Mývatn

Latrabjarg Flatey Is.

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DAY 3: SHETLAND Sail past the raucous bird cliffs of Noss to see murres and kittiwakes. See Shetland ponies and the 4,000-year-old Jarlshof archaeological site. Weather permitting, see an Iron Age broch (fortified stone tower) on Mousa Island. (B,L,D)

Orkney SCOTLAND

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jun. 23; Aug. 14* *This departure travels from Reykjavík to Bergen.

DAY 4: VESTMANNA, FAROE ISLANDS, DENMARK Sail between the towering coasts of Streymoy and Vágar to Vestmanna. Explore northern Streymoy, with its historic settlements and Viking graves. (B,L,D) DAY 5: TÓRSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS Explore this tiny capital where wooden boats bob in the harbour, and mingle with the modern-day Vikings. Visit the natural history museum, 12th-century St. Olav’s Church, and the Kirkjubøur archaeological site. (B,L,D) DAY 6: MYKINES, FAROE ISLANDS Photograph the puffin colony of Mykines, and continue to the tiny lighthouse, tethered down with steel cords. Stroll the tiny village with its turf-roofed houses and turf-roofed church. (B,L,D) DAY 7: DJÚPIVOGUR Explore Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull ice cap, third largest in the world. For a closer look at the ice, we take a boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with large, sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D) DAY 8: AT SEA/GRIMSEY ISLAND Visit Grimsey, which lies on the Arctic Circle. Celebrate being officially in the Arctic among the island’s nesting Arctic terns and puffins. (B,L,D) DAY 9: HÚSAVÍK AND LAKE MÝVATN Search for whales near Húsavík. Explore geologically active Mývatn. See the bubbling mud pools at Hverarönd, the Krafla geothermal

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with Erika Larsen in June and Diane Cook and Len Jenshel in August. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

Shetland Pony, Shetland Islands area, the explosion crater at Viti, and the massive Goðafoss waterfall. (B,L,D) DAY 10: ÍSAFJÖRDUR Hike Ísafjördur and visit an eiderdown farm to see how the feathers are collected. Gain an insight into life on this isolated peninsula. (B,L,D) DAY 11: EXPLORE THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND Sail past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills. Stroll the charming hamlet of Flatey Island, a trading post that’s evolved for centuries. (B,L,D)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a one-day pre- or post-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle, or a five-day preor post-voyage extension to Norway’s Fjords. See page 37 or our website for details.

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on any of these voyages and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

DAY 12: ISLANDS OF SURTSEY & HEIMAEY, WESTMAN ISLANDS Explore the Westman Islands, formed by undersea volcanoes 5,000-10,000 years ago. Sail past Surtsey, which rose above the waves in 1963. Visit Heimaey, which nearly had its harbour closed by lava in 1973 and where the earth is still hot. (B,L,D) DAY 13: REYKJAVÍK Complete a near circumnavigation of Iceland. Visit Reykjavík’s old town and Blue Lagoon. (B,L)

Guests on snowmobiles, Vatnajökull ice cap

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A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

SPECIAL MUSIC EXPERIENCES

PRICES FROM: $11,410 to $23,730 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Each departure will travel with a special on-board musicologist, who has arranged EXPEDITION entertaining performances, on and off-ship, by leading Icelandic musicians.

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xperience an enchanting land of geological extremes on a circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes and one of the world’s youngest islands, walk on lava fields and ice sheets, and feel the power of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jökulsárlón, and spend a day on the Arctic Circle spotting rich birdlife. Kayak into fjords and serene bays, and go hiking on magnificent and remote stretches of the coast. Cap off the adventure with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.

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Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore Europe’s second largest ice cap, Vatnajökull, by snowmobile or super jeep. ▶▶ Sail into dramatic fjords; see a volcanic island that formed in 1963; marvel at the thundering Goðafoss Waterfall and the bubbling mud pools at Mývatn. ▶▶ Experience traditional Icelandic life from the herring industry to eiderdown production. ▶▶ Spot birdlife on the shores of Iceland and its surrounding isles.

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Guests take in the power and beauty of Goðafoss Waterfall.


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DAY 1: REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/EMBARK Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral with its 64 metre tower, and visit the National Museum, home to Viking treasures and artefacts, and unusual whalebone carvings. Embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D) DAY 2: EXPLORE THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND Explore Iceland’s western frontier, sailing past Flatey Island, a charming hamlet, and perhaps take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. Continue to Látrabjarg cliffs at the westernmost point of Iceland, home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting where men tied to ropes lowered themselves onto the ledges. (B,L,D) DAY 3: ÍSAFJÖRDUR Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjördur is renowned for its eiderdown production. It is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking and spotting eider ducks. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: EXPLORING NORTHEAST ICELAND Today explore Iceland’s rugged east coast. Join naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise and a view of the stacks at the end of the peninsula. (B,L,D) DAY 7: DJÚPIVOGUR Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap by snowmobile or super jeep. Via small boat, get up close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Photo lovers may set off together with the National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D) DAY 8: ISLANDS OF HEIMAEY & SURTSEY, WESTMAN ISLANDS In 1963, the world witnessed, on film, the birth of its newest island, Surtsey—a UNESCO World Heritage site—which we see as we cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbour. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava. (B,L,D) DAY 9: REYKJAVÍK/DISEMBARK Today we disembark in Reykjavík and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your onward flight. (B,L)

Ísafjördur

Langanes Peninsula

Grímsey Siglufjordur

Latrabjarg Flatey Is.

Húsavík

Akureyri

Lake Mývatn

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Djúpivogur

Reykjavík Atlantic Ocean Surtsey Island

Heimaey Island

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jul. 5, 13, 21, 29; Aug. 6 OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a one-day pre-voyage extension to see Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See page 37, or visit our website. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Jason Edwards on July 5 and 13, Karen Kasmauski on July 21 and 29 and Todd Gipstein Aug. 6. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on any of these voyages and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

Maritime Museum, Siglufjördur, Iceland. DAY 4: SIGLUFJÖRDUR AND AKUREYRI At Siglufjördur, once the centre of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry, visit the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. At picturesque Akureyri explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D) DAY 5: LAKE MÝVATN AND HÚSAVÍK Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd, and at the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. Continue to an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey on the Arctic Circle and celebrate being officially in the Arctic. (B,L,D)

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

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ICELAND & GREENLAND: VIKING LEGENDS AND WILD FJORDS 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

MINIK ROSING

PRICES FROM: $19,240 to $35,600 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

Originally from Nuuk, he is a professor of geology at the University of Copenhagen and the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He has led more than 20 geologic field expeditions across Greenland and lends a key voice to understanding the regions we visit. He is aboard in 2017.

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ollow the route of Erik the Red from Iceland’s beautiful western coast across the Denmark Strait to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of eastern Greenland. Trace the coast northwards to seek out the big ice—from towering tidewater glaciers to huge icebergs calved from Greenland’s ice sheet—and venture into magnificent fjords to search for polar bears, whales, and other wildlife. Continue our epic journey around Greenland’s southern tip and encounter the vestiges of Viking settlements from the 15th century. In brightly painted coastal villages from Flatey Island to Nuuk, learn about everyday life on the Arctic Circle.

Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Search for polar bears on the sea ice as we explore eastern Greenland, and glide in a Zodiac or kayak amid a wonderland of glistening glaciers and icebergs. ▶▶ Spot razorbills among the towering cliffs of Látrabjarg, on Iceland’s western coast, and watch for blue whales as we cross the Denmark Strait. ▶▶ Trace the saga of Erik the Red at his former homestead, and explore ancient Norse culture among remarkable ruins on Greenland’s southwestern shores.

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JUL. 12: REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/EMBARK Arrive in Reykjavík. Visit Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral in the old town and delve into Viking history at the National Museum before embarking. (L,D) JUL. 13: THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier. Arrive at Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks in the village and Zodiac explorations. Then sail past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. (B,L,D)

King Oscar Fjord GREENLAND (KALAALLIT NUNAAT) Scoresbysund

Davis Strait

Kangerlussuaq

LE ARCTIC CIRC Flatey Is. Nuuk

Zodiac among grounded icebergs. JUL. 15 AND 16: KING OSCAR FJORD Ice permitting, we explore north over the next two days using our tools for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs, deploying our ROV and setting out on foot to hike. Our ace spotters will help us search for polar bears. If ice conditions are unrelenting, we will explore further south, where there are spectacular fjords that are generally ice-free at this time of year. (B,L,D)

ICELAND Reykjavík

Skjoldungen Fjord Atlantic Ocean Brattahlid

Qaqortoq

JUL. 14: SCORESBYSUND, GREENLAND We cross the Denmark Strait and arrive at the mouth of Scoresbysund (one of the planet’s most remote fjord systems) in the afternoon. This area is marked by mountains that rise straight out of the sea, glistening tidewater glaciers and is also a major area to capture the ice calving off from the east side of the Greenland ice cap and, depending on ice conditions, we’ll explore the area by hiking and Zodiac while keeping an eye out for whales and other marine life. (B,L,D)

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surface of Greenland. Explore the ice floes by Zodiac, kayak or enjoy a variety of hikes. (B,L,D) JUL. 20: PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND & NANORTALIK Prins Christian Sund is a fjord on the southern coast of Greenland. Surrounded by mountain pinnacles and glaciers, the decks are perfect for viewing this landscape. Anchor off Nanortalik, Greenland’s most southerly town. Go ashore to the picturesque town. (B,L,D) JUL. 21: HVALSEY RUINS (QAQORTUKULOOQ) & QAQORTOQ Qaqortukulooq was settled by one of Erik the Red’s cousins in 986 A.D. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the most extensive Norse site in Greenland. Continue to Qaqortoq. Inhabited since Norse times, the Scandinavian influence is still apparent in the colourful wooden buildings and town museum, displaying Greenlandic kayaks, hunting equipment, art, and crafts. (B,L,D)

JUL. 17 AND 18: AT SEA Head south to follow in the wake of Erik the Red and Brendan the Navigator. Watch for whales and birdlife. (B,L,D)

JUL. 22: BRATTAHLID/ERIKSFJORD Eriksfjord is the area that Erik the Red chose for his farm when he settled here in 982 A.D. You’ll explore Brattahlid, site of the first Christian church in the western hemisphere, built by Erik’s wife, Tjodhilde. This region was also the starting point of the first voyages to North America by his son, Leif Eriksson, 500 years before Columbus. (B,L,D)

JUL. 19: SKJOLDUNGEN FJORD The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice body in the world, roughly 80% of the

JUL. 23: NUUK Nuuk is the world’s smallest capital city with 15,000 inhabitants. Visit the National Museum

with its famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq mummies, found near Uummannaq and the subject of a National Geographic cover story. (B,L,D) JUL. 24: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST Today is for exploration. Take a Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor. (B,L,D) JUL. 25: KANGERLUSSUAQ/ DISEMBARK/REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Disembark in Kangerlussuaq. After a tour of the city, fly by charter to Reykjavík and check in to the Natura Hotel or the Hilton Nordica. (B,L,D) JUL. 26: REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula. Transfer to Keflavík for your onward flight. (B,L)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2017 Jul. 12

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 to receive complimentary charter airfare (Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavík). Also we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a three-day pre-voyage extension Iceland’s Wonders, or a one-day pre-voyage extension to see Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See page 37 or our website for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER MacDuff Everton is aboard in 2017. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

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EPIC 80ºN: EXPLORING GREENLAND, BAFFIN & ELLESMERE ISLANDS 23 DAYS/22 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $32,490 TO $62,050 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

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dventure and the unexpected star on this epic voyage to vast and wild shores. Our recent extraordinary experiences aboard Explorer at remote Ellesmere Island made us excited to return. We’ll explore familiar and new parts of Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound, then make our way up the beautiful coast of Ellesmere Island, which reaches farther north than any other land, except for Greenland, and we allow time to go as far north as the ice allows. We then trace the rarely explored coast of northwest Greenland, going places we’ve never been—where tidewater glaciers of extreme beauty dominate.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Experience unbridled 21st-century exploration, as we venture deep into the far reaches of the ice to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike the tundra. ▶▶ Encounter hardy Inuit communities, and learn the legacy of the ancient Thule and Dorset at remote archaeological sites, some marvellously preserved. ▶▶ Observe polar bears, musk oxen, and perhaps elusive narwhals.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Eva Aariak Premier Eva Qamaniq Aariak is the second Premier of Nunavut. She is returning to Explorer for the second year, and her background as Languages Commissioner in Nunavut provides connection and great insight into the local language and culture. She is aboard in 2017. Patricia Sutherland She has explored the Aboriginal occupations of Arctic Canada, the art of the Dorset Palaeo-Eskimos, and the archaeology of 19th-century British Arctic exploration over more than three decades of archaeological research and fieldwork. She is aboard in 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

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AUG. 6: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST & SISIMIUT/AT SEA Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers much of the country. We search for humpback and minke whales, and at Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. (B,L,D) AUG. 7-9: BAFFIN ISLAND Over these days we stretch our legs on hiking trails at Qikiqtarjuaq, our first stop on Baffin Island. Weather depending, stops may include Coronation Fiord where 1,500 metre cliffs soar near the Coronation Glacier; Niaqurnak Point, a former Inuit camp where walruses haul out; and Isabella Bay, a marine habitat ideal for bowhead whales. (B,L,D) AUG. 10-12: THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC We search for ringed seals, Arctic foxes, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. Perhaps even see the elusive narwhal, known for the long, spiralling tooth that projects up to three metres. Possible stops to explore Beechey Island and the remains of the Franklin expedition’s winter quarters and Lancaster Sound for polar bears on ice. (B,L,D)

AUG. 16 AND 17: FARTHER NORTH Explore to 80ºN and hopefully beyond, if the ice allows. Our experienced captain and expedition team as well as our technological resources chart where the ice is penetrable. (B,L,D)

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AUG. 14 AND 15: ELLESMERE ISLAND Depending on ice and weather, head north up the beautiful and remote east coast of Ellesmere Island, where Explorer first ventured in 2014. Cruise along scenic Smith Bay bordered by steep mountains and tumbling glacial ice. Search for polar bears from the ship or hike and kayak in picturesque surroundings. Explore Skraeling Island, an archaeological find that shows the Norse once traded with the native Inuit here at Ellesmere. We recently discovered unexpectedly the remains of a Thule encampment. (B,L,D)

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AUG. 13: DEVON ISLAND At the entrance to the Northwest Passage, we encounter Devon Island’s Dundas Harbour, full of well-preserved Thule remains as well as the most recent artefacts of an RCMP station. At Philpots Island we hike the tundra and search for wildlife, and perhaps musk oxen. (B,L,D)

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AUG. 4: KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND/ REYKJAVÍK Arrive in Keflavík. Transfer to Reykjavík and take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters. After lunch, check-in to our hotel. (L,D)

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AUG. 23: ILULISSAT Sail into Disko Bay to explore the UNESCO site of Ilulissat Icefjord. Cruise among towering icebergs or visit the archaeological Inuit site of Sermermiut. (B,L,D) AUG. 24: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST Our final day in the scenic fjords. Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. (B,L,D) AUG. 25: KANGERLUSSUAQ/ DISEMBARK/REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, and after a tour of the city, fly by charter to Reykjavík for stunning views over the Greenland ice cap. Check in to the Natura Hotel or similar. (B,L,D) AUG. 26: REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula. Transfer to Keflavík for onward flights. (B,L)

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AUG. 18-21: NORTHWEST GREENLAND The remote coast of Northwest Greenland is terra incognita with a history of expeditions: Peary, Hall and more. Explorer will be in true expedition mode as we search this vast uninhabited region for prolific wildlife. Walk on land where humans have never set foot. Encounter glaciers and fjords. Visit the small community of Etah to learn about the people of the Far North. (B,L,D) AUG. 22: QILAKITSOQ Today we are back in familiar waters, stopping at Qilakitsoq, where a collection of mummies dating back to 1475 was discovered in 1972 and featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. (B,L,D)

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SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a three-day post-voyage extension to Iceland, or a one-day post-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See page 37. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski joins this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

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EXPLORING GREENLAND AND THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC 14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $17,490 to $33,750 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

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enture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam, walruses loll, and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. Aboard National Geographic Explorer, trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the mouth of Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, watch for a wide variety of whales—from minke and bowhead whales to the rare narwhal. Get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the wild islands that dot Canada’s northern shores.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO site. ▶▶ Discover the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian High Arctic. ▶▶ Observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and, with luck, narwhals in their natural habitat.

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER DR. ROBERT BINDSCHADLER Dr. Bindschadler’s career spanned more than 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is aboard in 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.


JUL. 24: KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND/ REYKJAVÍK Arrive in Keflavík. Transfer to Reykjavík and take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters. After lunch, check-in to our hotel. (L,D)

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JUL. 25: REYKJAVÍK/KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND/EMBARK Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D) JUL. 26: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST & SISIMIUT Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. (B,L,D) JUL. 27: DISKO BAY & ILULISSAT Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D) JUL. 28: AT SEA IN BAFFIN BAY (B,L,D) JUL. 29-AUG. 1: EXPLORING THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC Carved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago. European explorers like William Baffin first ventured here in the 15th century to search for the Northwest Passage. The sound has been a favourite Inuit hunting and fishing location

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Bowhead whale. for hundreds of years. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, Arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an Arctic whale known for the long, spiralling tooth that projects up to three metres from its upper jaw. (B,L,D) AUG. 2-4: EASTERN BAFFIN ISLAND Using our years of experience in judging ice conditions, we make the most of the eastern Baffin shores. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and Arctic foxes, or follow our botanist to learn more about the hardy Arctic plants. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of walrus and other icons of the Canadian North. (B,L,D) AUG. 5 AND 6: KANGERLUSSUAQ/ DISEMBARK/REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík and overnight in our fine hotel. The next day transfer to the airport in Keflavík for onward flights. (Aug. 5: B,L,D; Aug. 6: B,L)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a one-day pre-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See page 37.

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iscover the true natures of fiery Iceland and icy Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just eight days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, feel the spray of its thunderous falls, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 160 kilometres and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants. And it’s all timed to see the legendary Northern Lights and their cascades of colour.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice from the warmth of the Blue Lagoon’s outdoor thermal baths to kayaking amid shimmering glacial ice. ▶▶ See the towering ice edge of Greenland up close and sail among massive icebergs. ▶▶ Actively explore: hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise. ▶▶ Enjoy an exclusive, private dinner on Viðey Island accompanied by acclaimed local musicians. ▶▶ Take in opportunities to view the Northern Lights in both Iceland and Greenland.

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER ALEQA HAMMOND Former prime minister of Greenland, she is the first female to hold the position. She has extensive tourism experience and was the commissioner of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. She is aboard in 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition. Blue Lagoon.


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DAY 1: KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND/REYKJAVÍK Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Choose an excursion to swim in the thermal baths of the Blue Lagoon or learn about the hot springs and volcanic activity at the Geothermal Power Plant and experience an Icelandic horse show at the Eldhestar Farm and Riding Centre. (L)

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DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK Today you may choose from several active options. Go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Or take a full day’s excursion around the Golden Circle. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance await. (B,L,D)

extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D) DAY 6: EXPLORING GREENLAND’S WEST COAST Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. (B,L,D) DAY 7: KANGERLUSSUAQ/ DISEMBARK/REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland ice cap to Reykjavík and settle in to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Northern lights aboard NG Explorer. DAY 3: REYKJAVÍK/KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND/EMBARK Choose a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík in the morning followed by a chartered flight to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland ice cap. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn first-hand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to Keflavík for your onward flight. (B,L)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2017 Aug. 23, 27 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on these departures. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

SPECIAL OFFER: Book now to receive complimentary charter airfare between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq (a $1,450 value). Also, travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. Call for details.

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DAY 4: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST & SISIMIUT Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum, wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings, and learn from locals the tradition of creating Greenlandic national clothing. (B,L,D) DAY 5: DISKO BAY & ILULISSAT Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an

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THE CANADIAN MARITIMES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $10,210 to $19,090 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

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his expedition circumnavigates Newfoundland and visits the islands of Cape Breton, St.-Pierre (France) and Îles de la Madeleine. We’ll sail through The Narrows of St. John’s, Newfoundland—along rugged coastline, the isles of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Special highlights include hiking on the nature trails of Gros Morne National Park, known for its unique geological features; learning the saga of the Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows; and exploring the life of Alexander Graham Bell, National Geographic’s second president, at the Bell Museum at Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, where he had his summer home.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Robert Siegel Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, reporting on stories all over the globe. He is aboard the Sep. 14, 2017 departure. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Combine Canada’s magnificent scenery and historic places—at a wonderful time of year. ▶▶ Discover coastal villages and small islands, like Cape Breton. ▶▶ Explore two UNESCO sites: Gros Morne National Park and the 11th-century Viking village at L’Anse aux Meadows. ▶▶ Discover the dunes, sandstone cliffs, and Acadian culture of the Îles de la Madeleine.

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DAY 5: GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK Graced by cliffs, fjords, and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its spectacular geology. Go on a variety of walks with our naturalists along waterfalls, marine inlets, and forested trails. Learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock that illustrates the phenomenon of plate tectonics. (B,L,D) DAY 6: L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS In the World Heritage site of L’Anse aux Meadows, walk among 11th-century Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived. (B,L,D) DAY 7:  EXPLORING EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland’s east coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores and, back aboard, you’ll gain insights from our experts into the island's people and wildlife. (B,L,D)

Explore Gros Morne National Park,Newfoundland, a UNESCO World Heritage site. DAY 3: LOUISBOURG & BADDECK, CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA Today we visit the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th-century fort where the British and French fought. Later, we visit the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell built his summer home, now the centre-piece of a beautiful park and museum. Explore the life of Bell and enjoy a guided tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to view historic artefacts not otherwise available to the public. (B,L,D) DAY 4: ÎLES DE LA MADELEINE, QUEBEC A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to miles of dunes, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. Local experts will guide us across this landscape of caves and sea arches, stopping along the way in colourful fishing villages as we learn about Acadian culture.

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DAY 8: ST. JOHN’S/DISEMBARK Sail through The Narrows in the early morning as our ship approaches St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colourful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward flights. (B)

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DAY 1: ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, CANADA/EMBARK Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Settle into National Geographic Explorer and take to the sea. (D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Sep. 7, 14 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Jim Richardson Sep. 7 and Alison Wright Sep. 14. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by December 31, 2016 and receive a $600 special savings offer. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. Also, travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. Call for details. Fishing village outside St. John’s.

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

ADD BUENOS AIRES PRE-VOYAGE/2 DAYS/2 NIGHTS 2016/17*: $2,360 per person, double occupancy. 2017/18*: $2,360 per person, double occupancy.

Explore vibrant Buenos Aires on a curated two-day extension that showcases the beguiling personality of one of the world’s greatest cities. Add it before Explorer voyages only of Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; South Georgia & the Falklands.

ADD SANTIAGO CITY, WINE & CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS PRE-VOYAGE/2 DAYS/2 NIGHTS 2016/17*: $2,360 per person, double occupancy. 2017/18*: $2,490 per person, double occupancy.

Get a taste for Santiago’s world famous cuisine at premier restaurants and venture into wine country for private tours and tastings at Chile’s top wineries. Available for Orion voyages only on Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; South Georgia & the Falklands. Also available on Rounding the Cape; Best of Chilean Patagonia; Patagonia: Chilean Fjords.

ADD IGUAZÚ FALLS

ADD EASTER ISLAND

POST-VOYAGE/3 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

POST-VOYAGE/4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

2016/17*: $3,490 per person, double occupancy. 2017/18*: $3,490 per person, double occupancy.

2016/17*†: $5,240 per person, double occupancy. 2017/18*: $5,490 per person, double occupancy.

Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls’ monumental Devil’s Throat thunders 106 metres down into a river canyon—an incredible display of raw power. Stay at the only hotel within Iguazú National Park. The extension can be taken after Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; South Georgia & the Falklands; Rounding the Cape.

Visit one of the most mysterious places on Earth— Easter Island, home to more than 600 giant moai or stone statues carved by the ancient Rapa Nui. Add it after select departures of Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; Rounding the Cape; Best of Chilean Patagonia; Patagonia: Chilean Fjords. †Note: Due to airline schedules, on select departures the extension spends an additional night in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion); additional cost applies.

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2017*: $1,150 per person, double occupancy.

2017*: $4,910 per person, double occupancy.

Enjoy the surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided experience along the famed Golden Circle with its boiling pools and geysers. Add it before Circumnavigating Iceland; Viking Legends; and Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic, or after Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland; and Epic 80. Add before or after Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland.

Once 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 glaciers. Add it after Land of the Ice Bears, Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, and Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland.

ADD NORWAY’S FJORDS

ADD SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS & LOWLANDS

PRE- OR POST-VOYAGE/5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS 2017*: From $5,490 per person, double occupancy.

The rich landscapes of southern Norway are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops. The Norwegian Fjords extension can be taken before Land of the Ice Bears and Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland or after England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation. Add before or after Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland.

PRE-VOYAGE/5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS 2017*: See website or call for details.

Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and explore the distinct Scottish culture of the highlands and lowlands with visits to castles, distilleries and charming local towns. Add it before England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation. *On all extensions airfare is not included.

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After returning from Brazil in 1503, Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci wrote a letter declaring that he had found a continent “full of animals and more populous than our Europe, or Asia, or Africa, and more temperate and pleasant than any other region known to us.” He was, of course, describing the Americas, which he christened “the New World.” What we know today as the Western Hemisphere is comprised of two continents linked, from Alaska in North America to the very tip of South America at Tierra del Fuego, by a nearly continuous mountain range called the American Cordillera. In between is a diversity of climates and ecosystems, an unparalleled variety of wild creatures, and an equally extraordinary history of indigenous cultures. From the rich flora and fauna in the Galápagos and Amazon Basin, to the silvered totem poles of the Haida people in the Pacific Northwest, and from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, to the citadel of Incan society at Machu Picchu—there is no limit to the wealth of wonders waiting to be discovered.

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GALÁPAGOS 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR/ENDEAVOUR II* AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER PRICES FROM: $8,700 to $18,170 (See pages 122-125 for complete prices.)

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t’s different in Galápagos, “a little world within itself,” as Darwin described it, where magical encounters with animals—curious, or sublimely indifferent to our presence—happen like nowhere else on earth. Each island is different. The undersea offers you a remarkable experience. And when you explore with us you experience it all, in a different, more in-depth way than any other company can offer.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions. ▶▶ Walk among colonies of wildlife and birds unfazed by your presence. ▶▶ Observe Galápagos giant tortoises in the wild. ▶▶ Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat, Zodiac, or stand-up paddleboard.

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We’re celebrating 50 years of exploring Galápagos. We’ve introduced generations of YEARS travellers to its magic and EXPERIENCE mystery. We’re committed to Galápagos; and have raised millions, along with our guests, for its conservation. And we’re fully invested, too; we operate two ships based there year round. An expedition leader, our team of naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, undersea specialist, wellness specialist and video chronicler all contribute to your experience of the wonders of Galápagos. Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.

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DAY 1: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR On arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colón. DAY 2: GUAYAQUIL/GALÁPAGOS/ EMBARK This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board National Geographic Endeavour/ Endeavour II* or National Geographic Islander. After lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife. (B,L,D)

peer into an under­water world in a glassbottom boat while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana mockingbird. Those interested can visit Post Office Bay, founded by whalers in the 18th century—if you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.

ISLA SANTIAGO Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, shore birds and Sally Lightfoot crabs. ISLA SANTA CRUZ Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station; learn about the science done here and visit the neighbouring captive breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises, by their partners in conservation, the Galápagos National Park Service. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage, to observe and photograph these tortoises in the wild. ISLA ISABELA Explore the largest island in the group, home to enormous marine iguanas, abundant sea turtles, the only species of flightless cormorant in the world, and the only penguin species that inhabits the equator. Cruise by Zodiac and hike against the backdrop of giant shield volcanoes, and snorkel in the cool, rich waters that often draw whales and dolphins to the area. ISLA FLOREANA At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or

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DAYS 3–8: EXPLORING THE GALÁPAGOS Listed below is a sample of the islands we may visit during our expedition.** (B,L,D) ISLA BARTOLOMÉ Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding golden sand beaches. After the hike, immerse yourself among schools of multicoloured reef fish. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.

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DATES: 2016 & 2017: Expeditions depart Fridays on the National Geographic Endeavour/Endeavour II* and Saturdays on the National Geographic Islander.

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Up-close encounter with a tortoise. ISLA FERNANDINA Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galápagos hawks, sea lion nurseries and the rare Galápagos flightless cormorant will be found as we explore this island. ISLA ESPAÑOLA See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, boobies, and, seasonally, waved albatross on this birder’s paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas and unique lava lizards, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach. DAY 9: GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL/ DISEMBARK After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure at the Hotel Hilton Colón. (B) DAY 10: GUAYAQUIL Depart Guayaquil this morning, after breakfast. (B) **Please note: All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations. Our expeditions, which sail between Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Baltra include Isla Santa Cruz and a hand-picked selection of these and other visitor sites.

• Book now and receive a $500 special savings offer plus a complimentary flight between Guayaquil and Galapagos on all weekly departures between January 6 March 31, 2017 on National Geographic Endeavour II. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and preand post-extensions. • Book by December 31, 2016 and receive a $500 special savings offer plus a complimentary flight between Guayaquil and Galapagos on select departures throughout 2017. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE Combine your Galapagos expedition with a voyage to Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca, page 44, or the Upper Amazon, page 46. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Learn from a team of six photographers on a 17-day Epic Photo Expedition on Dec. 2, 2016. Or join a 10-day Photo Expedition with Jonathan Kingston on Feb. 3 and 10, 2017, or Massimo Bassano on Apr. 21 and 28, 2017. *This year is the last chance to sail aboard the beloved National Geographic Endeavour. Call for details on special offers in 2016. National Geographic Endeavour will be replaced by National Geographic Endeavour II in January 2017. Visit expeditions.com/galaships for the NG Endeavour deck plan, or see pages 120-123 for the NG Endeavour II and NG Islander deck plans.

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GALÁPAGOS + MACHU PICCHU & PERU’S LAND OF THE INCA 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR/ EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE ENDEAVOUR II AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER This expedition has been PRICES FROM: $15,810 to $27,450 (See pages 122-125 for complete prices.)

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s magnificent as the Galápagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from a cultural and archaeological perspective. Take advantage of Peru’s proximity to the Galápagos and journey from the islands to Lima. Then expert guides join you for an exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, the majesty of Machu Picchu and the winding colonial streets of Cusco.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Walk and snorkel among the abundant and fearless wildlife of Galápagos. ▶▶ 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.

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developed with the insight and depth we’ve obtained EXPEDITION from decades in the region, and the quality of our veteran Galápagos staff extends into our Machu Picchu & Peru program. Your Peruvian expedition team will be of the same calibre as those on our ships—a team of local experts with in-depth knowledge of Peru’s rich Inca heritage, unique cuisine, and distinct geography.

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Ancestral traditions of Peru come to life through music.


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DAYS 1-8: AS PER GALÁPAGOS ITINERARY ON PAGES 40-41. DAY 9: GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL/ LIMA, PERU Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in the evening. Overnight at the comfortable and conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 10: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA This morning, fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a visually stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Dine on Peruvian cuisine for lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a colourful, typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel, a Relaix & Chateau property. (B,L,D) DAY 11: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA After breakfast, learn about Peru’s history from National Geographic expert Peter Frost. Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit Casa Orihuela for lunch—a working, family-owned hacienda, then see the family’s private museum filled with colonial

artwork and enjoy a demonstration of Peruvian Paso horses accompanied by Marinera dancers and live music. Watch a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, watch a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s different structures with your guide—ceremonial, religious, astronomical, and agricultural. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge set next to the archaeological site. (B,L,D) DAY 13: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, we’ll stop at Plaza San Cristobal for photos, offering sweeping views of the colonial part of Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 14: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the

vast Sacsay­huaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Cusco at your leisure this afternoon. Relax, shop, or visit one of the many churches and museums. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) DAY 15: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. After lunch, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L) DAY 16: LIMA The expedition concludes after breakfast. (B)

Blue-footed boobies

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: Year-round, weekly departures following Galápagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour/Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander. EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE Take advantage of your proximity—extend this Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca journey with the Upper Amazon expedition (page 46). See our website for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT Gain insights from National Geographic historian Peter Frost or a colleague on our Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca departures.

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Machu Picchu.

Book now and receive a $650 special savings offer plus complimentary flights within Ecuador and Peru on all departures between January 6 - March 31, 2017 on National Geographic Endeavour II. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions.

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MACHU PICCHU & PERU’S LAND OF THE INCA 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: 2016: $6,870 per person double occupancy; $9,490 sole occupancy; 2016 HOLIDAY: Dec. 18 & 24: $7,740 per person double occupancy; $9,490 sole occupancy 2017: $7,110 per person double occupancy; $8,840 sole occupancy; 2017 HOLIDAY: Dec. 23 & 31: $8,030 per person double occupancy; $9,750 sole occupancy

For the 30 years we’ve been exploring here, we’ve highlighted how Inca EXPEDITION cultural heritage influences contemporary life in Peru. This expedition has been developed with the insight and depth we’ve obtained from decades in the region. You can be assured that the exhaustive attention to detail that goes into all our ship-based expeditions has gone into planning this exhilarating land journey. Your Peruvian expedition team will be of the same calibre as those on our ships. And your accommodations have been carefully chosen for their location, ambiance, and comfort.

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achu Picchu is a life-list must. Offering an ideal mix of history, traditional cuisine and stunning archaeological sites on your wild adventure. You’ll experience colourful contemporary Lima, historic Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca—and your adventure culminates with an early arrival at Machu Picchu to watch as day breaks over the legendary mountaintop ruins.

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. ▶▶ Stroll colourful markets, explore early cathedrals and hear local musicians.

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DAY 1: LIMA, PERU Arrive in Lima and stay overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Hike to the Sun Gate this morning, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. Explore Machu Picchu on your own or with your guide. After a train and bus ride, visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, we’ll stop for photos at Plaza San Cristobal, which offers sweeping views of colonial Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 6: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon is at leisure to discover the city. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Textiles at the market.

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca departs weekly, year-round.

A slice of life in Cusco. DAY 2: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L) DAY 8: LIMA The expedition concludes after breakfast. (B)

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE Take advantage of your proximity—extend this Peru journey with a Galápagos expedition, page 40 or combine it with the Upper Amazon expedition, page 46 or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT Gain insights from National Geographic historian Peter Frost or a colleague on our departures.

Peruvian Paso horses and riders in formation.

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch is at Casa Orihuela, a working, family-owned hacienda, then visit the family’s private museum. See a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration, with Marinera dancers and live music. Attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, see a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s extraordinary structures with your guide. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge set next to the archaeological site. (B,L,D)

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UPPER AMAZON 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD DELFIN II

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $8,360 to $10,860 (See page 131 for complete prices.)

We have conducted numerous Amazon expeditions in our history, and launched our first voyage aboard the EXPERIENCE beautiful, 28-guest Delfin II in August 2010. In order to provide expedition leadership in this pristine region, we tapped our tenured expedition leaders to lead our Amazon voyages, providing our guests with the same in-depth interpretation they find on our other expeditions. Our veteran team is highly knowledgeable about this region, and trained to illuminate all the discoveries you’ll make.

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oyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rainforest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff or kayak, spotting various types of bird species, as well as caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon River basin.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore the lakes of the flooded forest of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with a team of experienced naturalists. ▶▶ Spot legendary wildlife of the Amazon, including pink and gray dolphins, monk saki monkeys, piranhas, and scarlet macaws. ▶▶ Get acquainted with native ribereños on a visit to a community at the river’s edge. ▶▶ Gaze at the wilderness from the comfort of the Delfin II, and enjoy delicious, local meals prepared by our onboard chef. ▶▶ Learn from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board. Two common squirrel monkeys in rainforest canopy.

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parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for signs of the massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.

DAY 2: LIMA/IQUITOS/NAUTA/EMBARK Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. (B,L,D)

Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then look for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.

DAYS 3–8: PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Spend this week exploring the PacayaSamiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle—stretching more than five million acres, and harbouring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters. The Pacaya-Samiria rivers are known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by the glassy water. Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably coloured saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to

28-guest Delfin II on the River of Mirrors.

Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños, those who live on the riverbanks, and their age-old traditions. Enjoy watching them make jewellery and other local handicrafts. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle. (B,L,D) DAY 9: NAUTA/IQUITOS/LIMA Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a late-afternoon flight to Lima. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 10: LIMA After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flights. (B)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Nov. 5, 19, 26; 2017 Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr. 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; Jun. 10, 17, 24; Jul. 1; Aug. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE Make the most of your time in the region by combining your Upper Amazon expedition with a voyage to the Galápagos (page 40) and/or Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca (page 44).

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and be our guest for a complimentary two-day Taste of Lima post-extension to discover the culinary and cultural delights of Lima, with the fashionable Belmond Miraflores Park as your base for two nights. OR choose instead to take advantage of a $500 voyage credit. Offers apply to select 2017 departures. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Improve your photo skills with Jonathan Irish on the March 18 and March 25, 2017 Photo Expeditions. Jonathan launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, and specialises in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. He has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUEST SPEAKER Learn from geologist, naturalist, and avid birder Kitty Coley on the Oct. 21 or Oct. 28, 2017 departures.

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UPPER AMAZON + GALÁPAGOS 20 DAYS/19 NIGHTS DEPARTURE: Combine a Galápagos expedition with Upper Amazon on a number of our 2016 & 2017 departures. Please call for details. (See page 131 for pricing information.)

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Walk and snorkel among the abundant, iconic Galápagos wildlife that is unfazed by your presence. ▶▶ Hike pristine islands, kayak their peaceful shorelines, and explore the Galápagos undersea. ▶▶ In the Amazon, discover an entirely different kind of biodiversity—macaws, monkeys, sloths, and more, plus meet the ribereños—inhabitants of the jungle we explore. DAYS 1-8: AS PER GALÁPAGOS ITINERARY ON PAGES 40-41. DAY 9: GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL/ LIMA, PERU Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in the evening. Overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 10: LIMA/IQUITOS/NAUTA/ EMBARK Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. (B,L,D) DAYS 11-18: PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Spend this week exploring the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle— one of the largest in South America—stretching

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more than five million acres, and harbouring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, two powerful rivers that converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters. The Pacaya-Samiria rivers are known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by the glassy water. Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on terra firma. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably coloured saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest. Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then look for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.

A monk saki monkey, perched high in a tree. Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños, those who live on the riverbanks, and their age-old traditions. Enjoy watching them make jewellery and other handicrafts. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle. (B,L,D) DAY 19: NAUTA/IQUITOS/LIMA Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a lateafternoon flight to Lima, and overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 20: LIMA After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE This Upper Amazon + Galápagos expedition can also be combined with the Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca program (page 44). Call for details.


PERU, UPPER AMAZON, GALÁPAGOS

UPPER AMAZON + MACHU PICCHU & PERU’S LAND OF THE INCA 17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS PRICES FROM: $15,230 to $20,610 (See ship page 131 for complete prices.)

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ See daybreak over the magnificent ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate. ▶▶ Discover Cusco, capital of the Inca empire, and the vast Sacsayhuaman Fortress. ▶▶ Balance your archaeological and cultural expedition with a wildlife and nature expedition into the green heart of the Amazon jungle. DAYS 1-9: AS PER AMAZON ITINERARY ON PAGES 46-47. DAY 10: IQUITOS/LIMA, PERU Fly from Iquitos to Lima. Overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 11: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch is at Casa Orihuela, a working, family-owned hacienda, then visit the

Machu Picchu’s terraced fields.

family’s private museum. See a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration, with Marinera dancers and live music. Attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, see a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 13: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s extraordinary structures with your guide. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge set next to the archaeological site. (B,L,D) DAY 14: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Hike to the Sun Gate this morning, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. Explore Machu Picchu on your own or with your guide. After a train and bus ride, visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, we’ll stop for photos at Plaza San Cristobal, which offers sweeping views of colonial Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D) DAY 15: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon is at leisure to discover the city. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Traditional textiles abound. DAY 16: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L) DAY 17: LIMA The expedition concludes after breakfast. (B)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 & 2017: On our Amazon departures, Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca is available as either a pre- or post-voyage extension. Please call for details. EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE & SAVE Combine your Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca expedition with a voyage to the Galápagos. See page 40 or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT Gain insights from National Geographic historian Peter Frost or a colleague on our Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca departures.

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ROUNDING THE CAPE: CHILEAN PATAGONIA AND ARGENTINA’S STATEN ISLAND 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $23,740 to $44,380 (See pages 116-117 for complete prices.)

Our experienced expedition leader and team of naturalists are your conduit to an EXPEDITION extraordinary experience. And the National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board, ours exclusively, are key to capturing the incredible wildlife. Our video chronicler will record the entire voyage. The undersea specialist will reveal the deep, while our wellness specialist helps you feel the ‘tonic of wilderness’. There’s a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 and a Global Perspectives guest speaker adds relevant insight.

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enture deep into Chile’s glorious fjords past incandescent icebergs and massive glaciers. From the ‘land of fire’, Tierra del Fuego, to the jagged spires of Torres del Paine National Park, have a comprehensive Patagonia experience at close range aboard National Geographic Explorer. Plus enjoy the unprecedented opportunity to visit Argentina’s Staten Island—Explorer is one of the only ships ever permitted to visit this unique wild habitat since its recent designation by Argentina as a provincial reserve. And we also enjoy special access to its rockhopper penguin rookeries.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ See Patagonia’s signature Torres del Paine National Park, with our naturalists. ▶▶ Beginning at the gateway to Patagonia, Puerto Montt, explore the Chilean fjords by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. ▶▶ Venture through wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public, including Yendegaia and Karukinka Natural Parks in Tierra del Fuego. ▶▶ By special permission, be one of the few people ever to explore Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), located at the extreme end of South America. ▶▶ Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and take in the view of Cape Horn.

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OCT. 8: SANTIAGO, CHILE Arrive in Santiago, and check in to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Andes form an inspiring backdrop to our guided overview. (L)

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OCT. 9: PUERTO MONTT/EMBARK Fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D) OCT. 10: CASTRO (CHILOÉ ISLAND) See Chiloé’s attractive palafitos, colourful fishermen’s houses precariously built on stilts along the water’s edge. Explore the island. (B,L,D)

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Puerto Montt Chiloé Pumalín NP

OCT. 11: PUMALÍN NATIONAL PARK Pumalín’s 750,000 acres in Chilean Patagonia are protected as one of the last remaining areas of the unusual alerce forest, consisting of huge trees similar in size to California redwoods. Walk the park trails to see them up close. (B,L,D) OCT. 12-16: THE INLAND PASSAGE & THE CHILEAN FJORDS A vast area of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, thousands of islands, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls, the archipelago is virtually untouched by man. We make good use of our Zodiacs, kayaks and undersea technology. One highlight is the Pio XI Glacier, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica. Be on deck to look for condors as our ship transits the White Narrows. (B,L,D) OCT. 17: PUERTO NATALES/TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discover spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colourful lagoons. (B,L,D)

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Hiking inYendegaia. OCT. 18 AND 19: EXPLORING TIERRA DEL FUEGO/KARUKINKA NATURAL PARK Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals. (B,L,D)

Colourful palafitos, Chiloé Island.

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OCT. 20: THE CHILEAN FJORDS, 500 0 BEAGLE CHANNEL & YENDEGAIA 0 500 1000 Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel to Yendegaia, a newly established park on Tierra del Fuego. (B,L,D)

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day day pre-voyage Santiago extension, or three-day post-voyage at Iguazú Falls, or choose a post-voyage extension to Easter Island. See page 36 for details.

OCT. 21: CAPE HORN Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D) OCT. 22-24: ISLA DE LOS ESTADOS (STATEN ISLAND), ARGENTINA By special permission, Explorer will be one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot colonies of southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento ‘lighthouse at the end of the world’, which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, along with the ruins of a penal colony. (B,L,D) OCT. 25: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ BUENOS AIRES Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect to your onward flight. (B,L)

Exploring a massive glacier by Zodiac.

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BEST OF CHILEAN PATAGONIA: FROM TORRES DEL PAINE TO CAPE HORN INCLUDES ARGENTINA’S STATEN ISLAND

13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $17,430 to $28,280 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Our experienced expedition leader and team of naturalists are your conduit to an EXPEDITION extraordinary experience. And the National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board, ours exclusively, are key to capturing the incredible wildlife. Our video chronicler will record the entire voyage. The undersea specialist will reveal the deep, while our wellness specialist helps you feel the ‘tonic of wildness’. There’s a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10.

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n this expedition, you’ll savour the grandeur of Torres del Paine’s sunrises and sunsets, its iconic landscapes, and profusion of wildlife. Then explore fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas aboard National Geographic Orion. Venturing out on Zodiac forays, kayaking the pristine fjords, or hiking virgin trails, you’ll breathe the rarified air of a near-mythic region. Enjoy special access to Argentina’s Isla de los Estados (Staten Island)—a seldom-seen island covered in wind-sculpted flora and teeming with South American fur seals and Magellanic penguins. Discover the vast parklands of Yendegaia and Karukinka. And check viewing legendary Cape Horn on your bucket list, as well.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Discover over several days the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s jewel. Stay at the National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Tierra Patagonia Hotel. ▶▶ Explore wild, windswept Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), which has been off limits to travellers since 1923. ▶▶ Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and see storied Cape Horn. ▶▶ Venture through wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public, including Yendegaia and Karukinka Natural Parks in Tierra del Fuego. ▶▶ Zodiac cruise and kayak through the breathtaking Chilean fjords.

Torres del Paine National Park.

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OCT. 28: SANTIAGO, CHILE Arrive in Santiago, Chile. Check in to the Grand Hyatt Hotel before exploring the Plaza de Armas, the main square and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying the vibrant city. (L) OCT. 29: PUERTO NATALES Fly to Puerto Natales, one of Patagonia’s southern gateways, and check in to the Hotel Singular. Have an afternoon tour of the town and dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D) OCT. 30-NOV. 1: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Drive to this UNESCO Biosphere reserve and spend three days at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel, discovering one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests, grasslands, rivers, and colourful lagoons. Choose among a variety of possibilities, including walks and hikes, horseback riding, sailing among icebergs to the foot of the immense Grey Glacier, visiting the Salto Grande waterfall, and seeing the towers of the central massif from the Blue Lagoon. Look out for guanacos, gray foxes, rheas and Andean condors. (B,L,D)

NOV. 4: EXPLORING TIERRA DEL FUEGO/KARUKINKA NATURAL PARK Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals. (B,L,D)

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day Santiago pre-extension or choose a post-voyage extension to Easter Island. See page 36 for details.

Photographing from the ship. NOV. 5: THE BEAGLE CHANNEL & YENDEGAIA Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel to Yendegaia, a newly established park on Tierra del Fuego. (B,L,D)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Jonathan Irish has photographed on all seven continents and his work has been featured in National Geographic and The New York Times. He joins this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo.

NOV. 6: CAPE HORN Visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D) Rhea pair. NOV. 2: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK/PUERTO NATALES/EMBARK We have a final morning to explore Torres del Paine. We then drive to Puerto Natales, where we embark National Geographic Orion. (B,L,D) NOV. 3: KIRKE NARROWS & EXPLORING CHILEAN FJORDS Explore the spectacular glaciated landscape with a variety of possibilities: Estero las Montañas, with a chance to go for an adventurous walk to a lake through beautiful muskeg and forest and Bahía Ainsworth in Seno Almirantazgo, where we may go out by Zodiac and kayak and look for elephant seals. (B,L,D)

NOV. 7 AND 8: ISLA DE LOS ESTADOS (STATEN ISLAND), ARGENTINA Discover extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot colonies of southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento ‘lighthouse at the end of the world’, which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, along with the ruins of a penal colony. (B,L,D) NOV. 9: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ SANTIAGO Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your onward flight.  (B,L)

Tierra Patagonia hotel.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $11,900 to $20,900 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Our experienced expedition leader and team of naturalists are your conduit to an EXPEDITION extraordinary experience. And the National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board, ours exclusively, are key to capturing the incredible wildlife. Our video chronicler will record the entire voyage. The undersea specialist will reveal the deep, while our wellness specialist helps you feel the ‘tonic of wildness’. There’s a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10.

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his carefully curated expedition offers the peak experiences of Patagonia and its surrounding environs in a compact timeframe. Discover the fjords, glaciers, and vistas that make Chilean Patagonia one of the most lauded nature destinations on Earth. Exposing you to the ‘best of’ highlights, like the stunning Beagle Channel, massive glaciers and snowcapped peaks, this perfectlypaced voyage also brings you into the natural splendours of natural parks Yendegaia and Karukinka. Cap off your expedition by exploring Argentina’s rugged, seldom-seen Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), a land that has been largely off limits to travellers since 1923.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Venture through wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public, including Yendegaia and Karukinka Natural Parks in Tierra del Fuego. ▶▶ See massive glaciers, dramatic fjords, and soaring snow-covered peaks, and spot wildlife including condors and elephant seals. ▶▶ Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and take in the view of Cape Horn. ▶▶ Be one of the few people ever to explore Isla de los Estados (Staten Island).

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NOV. 1: SANTIAGO, CHILE Arrive in Santiago, Chile. Check in to the Grand Hyatt Hotel before having an afternoon guided overview of the city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying the vibrant city. (L)

We’ll see massive southern elephant seals. NOV. 2: PUERTO NATALES/EMBARK Fly to Puerto Natales, one of Patagonia’s southern gateways, where we embark National Geographic Orion. (B,L,D)

NOV. 6: CAPE HORN Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D) NOV. 7 AND 8: ISLA DE LOS ESTADOS (STATEN ISLAND), ARGENTINA By special permission, Orion will be one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot colonies of southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals, and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento ‘lighthouse at the end of the world’, which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, along with the ruins of a penal colony. (B,L,D) NOV. 9: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ SANTIAGO Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your onward flight. (B,L) Kayaking in Patagonia.

NOV. 3: KIRKE NARROWS & EXPLORING THE CHILEAN FJORDS Explore the spectacular glaciated landscape with a variety of possibilities: Estero las Montañas, with a chance to go for an adventurous walk to a lake through beautiful muskeg and forest and Bahía Ainsworth in Seno Almirantazgo, where we may go out by Zodiac and kayak and look for elephant seals. (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2017 Nov. 1 OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day Santiago pre-extension or choose a post-voyage extension to Easter Island. See page 36 for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Jonathan Irish has photographed on all seven continents and his work has been featured in National Geographic and The New York Times. He joins this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo.

NOV. 4: EXPLORING TIERRA DEL FUEGO/KARUKINKA NATURAL PARK Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals. (B,L,D) NOV. 5: THE BEAGLE CHANNEL & YENDEGAIA Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel to Yendegaia, a newly established park on Tierra del Fuego. (B,L,D)

Tierra del Fuego.

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EXPLORING ALASKA’S COASTAL WILDERNESS 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST PRICES FROM: $7,370 to $13,250 (See pages 127 & 129 for complete prices.)

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xperience the remarkable beauty of Southeast Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Quest into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak amid glacial ice, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Kayak into protected coves and look for sea otters, seabirds, and harbour seals. ▶▶ Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride an expedition landing craft into coves to look for brown bears. ▶▶ Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the local whale population, and get a first-hand perspective on Alaska's indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural interpreter. ▶▶ Discover Alaska’s seldom-seen, vibrant marine life revealed by our undersea specialist.

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Our unparalleled 6-person expedition team aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or 10-person EXPERIENCE team aboard the National Geographic Quest is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader, 3 or 4 naturalists (depending on the ship), a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler all contribute to your understanding of Alaska’s wonders. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition. Killer whales break the surface at sunset.


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DAY 1: SEATTLE/JUNEAU/EMBARK Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet your naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artefacts, and explore downtown Juneau. Settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. (D)

DAY 5: ICY STRAIT AND THE INIAN ISLANDS Explore among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for marine mammals in the rich waters of Icy Strait and choose the perfect spot around Chichagof Island to hike and kayak. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: TRACY ARM­—FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS 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 cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbour seals, porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK By special permit, we explore Glacier Bay, a not-to-be-missed gem of Alaska. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and possibly observe them ‘calving’ —tons of ice crashing into the sea—accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Wildness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; harbour seals, Steller sea lions and puffins live in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. We will also be joined by a National Park Service Ranger. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SOUTHEAST ALASKA’S ISLANDS, BAYS AND FJORDS Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, or hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Exploring Tracy Arm fjord. DAY 3: PETERSBURG Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the ‘muskeg’, with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding and an optional floatplane excursion. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D) DAY 4: FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT With luck, we’ll see whales breaching, tailslapping or feeding. We’ll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Later, hike or kayak for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: SITKA/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

Glacier Bay N.P. Icy Strait Juneau Tracy Arm Sitka ALASKA

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 May 14*, 21, 27*, 28*; Jun. 4, 8*, 11*, 18, 25*; Jul. 2, 9*, 16, 23*; Aug. 13, 27 (Sea Lion) 2017 Jul. 8*, 15, 22*, 29; Aug. 5*, 12, 19*, 26 (Quest) *Indicates itineraries in the reverse order, from Sitka to Juneau. OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a seven-day pre- or post- voyage extension to Denali National Park from the North Face Lodge or Talkeetna & Denali National Park Adventure. Select dates available. Visit our website or see page 69 for details.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May and June 2017 departures. 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. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Alaska resident and legendary marine mammal photographer Flip Nicklin on the Jul. 8, 2017 departure aboard the National Geographic Quest. Plus NG photographer Tino Soriano on the Aug. 27, 2017 departure on National Geographic Sea Lion.

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A REMARKABLE JOURNEY TO ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA & HAIDA GWAII 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $13,630 to $24,830 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

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oin a unique expedition in Alaska’s Inside Passage and British Columbia including Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) off the coast of British Columbia. We are the only company with ships carrying more than 22 guests permitted to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage site in over two decades. Here, you’ll see the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and meet with local artisans in a region rich with history seldom-seen.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore glacially-carved fjords, Glacier Bay National Park, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. ▶▶ Kayak spectacular bays, see waterfalls cascading from glacially-carved walls, and hike old-growth forest where paw prints outnumber foot prints. ▶▶ Explore ancestral Haida villages, see ancient totem poles, take part in a traditional dance performance, and much more. ▶▶ Be amongst endemic species in Haida Gwaii, considered the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ for its wildlife-rich intertidal zone.

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ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA & HAIDA GWAII

DAY 1: SEATTLE/EMBARK Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark. (D) DAY 2: GULF ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA Search for orca whales and sail north past forested islands. (B,L,D)

Sea otter. DAY 3: JOHNSTONE STRAIT AND ALERT BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA Visit the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-5: INSIDE PASSAGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Head northward along the coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the remote bays and inlets. (B,L,D) DAYS 6-8: HAIDA GWAII With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. A Haida cultural interpreter will join us, first visiting the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet local artisans. Explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage site. By special permit, see the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K’una (Skedans). Take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands where endemic species thrive. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: MISTY FIORDS, ALASKA Cruise past glacially carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiords’ forested backwaters. (B,L,D) DAY 10: FREDERICK SOUND AND PETERSBURG Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback 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.’ Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D) DAY 11: TRACY ARM-FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS 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 cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D) DAY 12: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK Spend the entire day among enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. A National Park Service Ranger will join us as well. (B,L,D) DAY 13: ICY STRAIT AND THE INIAN ISLANDS Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication. (B,L,D) DAY 14: SOUTHEAST ALASKA’S ISLANDS, BAYS AND FJORDS Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of Southeast Alaska. (B,L,D) DAY 15: SITKA/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE See the picturesque city of Sitka on Baranof Island and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle. (B)

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ALASKA Misty Fiords HAIDA GWAII

Old Massett Skidegate

BRITISH COLUMBIA

SGang Gwaay (Ninstints)

Alert Bay Pacific Ocean

Gulf Islands

Seattle

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Apr. 30 ; May 13 ; Sep. 3* , 4 * *These departures travel in the reverse order, from Sitka to Seattle, making all the same stops. Photo Expedition NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Alaska resident and marine mammal photographer Flip Nicklin on the Sep. 4, 2017 departure. National Geographic photographer Tino Soriano will join the Sep. 3, 2017 departure.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive complimentary one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on select April and May departures.

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WILD ALASKA ESCAPE 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $5,370 to $9,370 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled 6-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader, three EXPERIENCE naturalists, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, all contribute to your understanding of Alaska’s wonders. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert.

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xplore wild Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village— all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays. ▶▶ Explore Haines, the ‘adventure capital of Alaska’, via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot.

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▶▶ Zip around incredible icebergs and to the face of a glacier in Tracy or Endicott Arm. Explore by bike in Haines.

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DAY 1: SITKA/EMBARK Arrive in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Stretch your legs by walking the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird. (L,D)

or cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord. Or you may also choose to raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options. (B,L,D) DAY 5: TRACY ARM—FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard our nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into one of our kayaks to paddle along fjord walls that soar straight from the sea, as you spot curious harbour seals trailing your wake. Cap off your adventurous voyage with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 6: JUNEAU/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for your onward flights. (B)

Haines Lynn Canal Chichagof Island

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Juneau Tracy Arm

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jun. 3; Jul. 6, 11*, 16, 21*; Aug. 15, 20*, 25, 30* *Indicates itineraries in the reverse order, from Juneau to Sitka. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with National Geographic author and expert, Andrew Howley on the May 27, 2017 departure and get a taste of his enthusiasm for expedition travel. Or, choose to join professional outdoor adventurer and travel photographer, Jonathan Irish (right) on the Jul. 11 & 16, 2017 voyages.

Hiking in Cascade Creek. DAY 2: EXPLORING BARANOF/ CHICHAGOF ISLANDS Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof Island’s countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees as you paddle through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rain forest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. (B,L,D) DAY 3: LYNN CANAL At the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal offers ample opportunity for active exploration. Spend today hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snow-capped peaks where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea. Tonight we’ll call into the small town of Haines for an Alaskan evening as the locals do. (B,L,D) DAY 4: HAINES Haines is known as the ‘adventure capital of Alaska’ for a very good reason. Many, in fact. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world class hikes,

Rafting down the Chilkat River.

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BIG PICTURE ALASKA 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $11,240 to $19,680 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled 6-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader, three EXPERIENCE naturalists, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, all contribute to your understanding of Alaska’s wonders. A National Geographic photographer will also join these voyages.

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ail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird on this immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition through Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of our Lindblad-National Geographic photo expedition team.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world.

+ 30 YEARS

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▶▶ Explore Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fiords National Monument, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. ▶▶ Kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage.

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ALASKA

DAY 1: KETCHIKAN/EMBARK Arrive in Ketchikan and view the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)

DAY 7: LYNN CANAL Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: MISTY FIORDS Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbour seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter and National Park ranger share the legends and natural history of the area. (B,L,D) DAY 9: ICY STRAIT/INIAN ISLANDS See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)

Bald eagle. DAY 3: BEHM CANAL/CLARENCE STRAIT Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through steep-walled fiords in search of photogenic wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: EXPLORING BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLANDS Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 11: SITKA/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for onward flights. (B)

Haines Glacier Bay N.P. Inian Islands Icy Strait

Lynn Canal

Tracy Arm Sitka

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Misty Fiords

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jun. 16* , 26 ; Jul. 26* ; Aug. 5 All dates are Photo Expeditions *Itinerary travels Sitka to Ketchikan making all the same stops TRAVEL WITH EXPEDITION PHOTO DIRECTOR Travel with founder and director of the Expedition Photography program, Ralph Lee Hopkins on the Jul. 26 & Aug. 5, 2017 voyages. EXPLORE TONGASS NATIONAL PARK Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

DAY 4: THOMAS BAY/PETERSBURG Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or optional flightseeing. (B,L,D) DAY 5: TRACY ARM—FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in our expedition landing craft for unparalleled photo opportunities. (B,L,D) DAY 6: HAINES Explore Alaska’s ‘adventure capital’ on a world class hike or a bike ride to the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B, L, D)

Photographers, Chichagof Island.

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TREASURES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE: ALASKA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA 13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $11,740 to $18,550 (See page 129 for complete prices.)

oin the inaugural voyage of the newest ship in the LindbladNational Geographic fleet on an in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia and Alaska. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to explore the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska. Plus, discover the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay.

Our unparalleled 10-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader, four EXPERIENCE naturalists, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, all contribute to your understanding of Alaska’s wonders. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

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+ 30 YEARS

▶▶ Explore the wild and sublimely tranquil San Juan and Gulf Islands. ▶▶ Observe a moving First Nations performance at the U’Mista Cultural Center. ▶▶ By special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park.

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Mother bear and cub, Southeast Alaska.


ALASKA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

DAY 1: SEATTLE/EMBARK Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D) DAY 2: SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for killer whales. (B,L,D) DAY 3: GULF ISLANDS Sail into British Columbia to kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines. (B,L,D) DAY 4: ALERT BAY AND JOHNSTONE STRAIT, BRITISH COLUMBIA Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)

a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the ‘muskeg’, with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast. (B,L,D) DAY 9: TRACY ARM-FORD’S TERROR WILDERNESS 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)

Glacier Bay N.P. Inian Islands

Icy Strait

Sitka

Tracy Arm Admiralty Is. Frederick Sound

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

DAY 10: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK Via special park permit, spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. A native Tlingit interpreter and National Park ranger joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Alert Bay

DAY 11: INIAN ISLANDS/ICY STRAIT Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D) DAY 12: EXPLORING BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof or Baranof Island, kayak, hike and enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D) First Nations performance in Alert Bay. DAYS 5-6: INSIDE PASSAGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Head northward along the pristine coastline in search of whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak among the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: SITKA/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE 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 onward flights. (B)

Pacific Ocean

Gulf Islands San Juan Islands Seattle

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jun. 26; Sep. 2* *This departure travels in the reverse order, from Sitka to Seattle, making all the same stops. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Alaska resident and legendary marine mammal photographer, Flip Nicklin on the Jun. 26, 2017 inaugural departure aboard the National Geographic Quest.

Exploring the calved icebergs.

DAY 7: MISTY FIORDS, ALASKA Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiords forested backwaters. (B,L,D) DAY 8: PETERSBURG Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along

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EXPLORING BRITISH COLUMBIA & THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $6,240 to $10,680 (See page 129 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled 10-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader, four EXPERIENCE naturalists, a LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, all contribute to your understanding of the Pacific Northwest wonders. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert.

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iscover the powerful wilderness and warm charm of the Pacific Northwest aboard the new 100-guest National Geographic Quest—built from the keel up to explore places like the Strait of Georgia’s rich archipelago where wildlife lingers and larger ships cannot go—all in grand style and comfort. Venture to the spectacular San Juan Islands and sail through channels of British Columbia that teem with sea life, plus visit charming towns and First Nations heritage sites. This one-way voyage between Seattle and Vancouver allows ample time to strike deep into Alert Bay and linger in the verdant, photogenic fjords of British Columbia.

+ 30 YEARS

Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Kayak, hike, and expedition landing craft cruise the wildlife-rich coasts of Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands. ▶▶ Learn the histories of First Nations people through their art and powerful dance performances. ▶▶ Search for killer whales where they’re most reliably found in the Northern Hemisphere. ▶▶ Enjoy a private reception at the acclaimed natural history artist Robert Bateman’s museum.

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Kayaking in the San Juan Islands.


BRITISH COLUMBIA & THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS

DAY 1: SEATTLE/EMBARK Arrive in Seattle and transfer to National Geographic Quest to begin your expedition. DAY 2: EXPLORING THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS Today we’ll visit the more remote of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in northern Washington State perfect for kayaking, exploring by Zodiac, and hiking. Search for seals, sea lions, river otters, bald eagles, and killer whales. (B,L,D)

Victoria, British Columbia.

DAY 3: FRIDAY HARBOR Explore Friday Harbor, a picturesque town on San Juan Island. Visit the Whale Museum, with its fascinating collection of artefacts, artwork, and whale skeletons. Stop in at small shops and galleries. Later, we’ll search for killer whales on our way to British Columbia. (B,L,D) DAY 4: VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailormade options to explore based on your interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, eat like a local on a culinary walk through Old Town or peruse the collections at local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings. (B,L,D) DAY 5: EXPLORING THE GULF ISLANDS Wake this morning among the Gulf Islands, a rich archipelago in the Strait of Georgia, and a yachter’s paradise. We’ll take our pick of perfect spots to kayak, hike, and search for wildlife. (B,L,D)

Alert Bay

Johnstone Strait Desolation Sound

Vancouver Island

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Gulf Islands Pacific Ocean

Victoria

Vancouver San Juan Islands

Seattle

DAY 6: JOHNSTONE STRAIT/ ALERT BAY Sail through Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for killer whales in the northern hemisphere. In the afternoon, we’ll land in Alert Bay and make our way to the U’Mista Cultural Centre, home to a stunning collection of potlatch masks created by the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. We’ll then walk or ride to the Big House, just a short distance away where the Tsasala Cultural Group puts on a dance and the performers explain the story of the dance movements. (B,L,D) DAY 7: DESOLATION SOUND Desolation Sound, on the north end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, is a mecca for kayakers and small yachts. It’s easy to understand why, with its calm, sheltered waters and outstanding natural beauty. By kayak there are many isolated bays to poke into and islets that beckon for exploration. On land there are meadows and forest trails for hiking. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 8: VANCOUVER/DISEMBARK Vancouver is British Columbia’s largest city and the major port for all of western Canada. It lies in a stunning setting, surrounded almost completely by water, with snowcapped mountains rising vertically from its very backyard. After breakfast, disembark the ship for onward flights. (B)

EXPEDITION DETAILS Killer whale.

DATES: 2017 Sep 14, 21*, 28; Oct. 5* *Travels Vancouver to Seattle making all the same stops.

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Canoe on Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

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ADD AN INLAND ADVENTURE— 2 WAYS TO EXPLORE DENALI Discover the wildness at the heart of Alaska by adding an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition. Choose from two ways to explore this grand National Park—both capped with rail rides on the historic Alaska Railroad through scenic countryside that is otherwise inaccessible.

NEW! TALKEETNA & DENALI NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE PRE- OR POST-VOYAGE EXTENSION

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Cost Per Person: $7,110 Double; $9,610 Single Occupancy

Kantishna Roadhouse.

Discover the small-town charm of Talkeetna, a jumping off point for mountaineers today and gold prospectors of yesteryear. Venture into the Kantishna Valley of Denali National Park via restricted-access roads where grizzlies, moose, caribou, wolves, marmots, beavers, and eagles are prevalent. On daily guided hikes, with the Kantishna Roadhouse as our basecamp, you can choose from multiple adventures from highly active and adventurous to slower paces more accommodating to families or multigenerational groups. Participate in dog sled and gold-panning demonstrations, or strike out on your own to fly fish and mountain bike using equipment we provide.

Fly fishing.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK FROM THE NORTH FACE LODGE PRE- OR POST-VOYAGE EXTENSION

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7 DAYS North Face Lodge.

Cost Per Person: $7,740 Double; $10,740 Single Occupancy Begin and end your days at the idyllic North Face Lodge, located 143 kilometres into the heart of the Park. With unparalleled access to prime hiking and wildlife viewing, the lodge is a quiet retreat, accessible only to guests and staff. Dine on delicIous, locally sourced cuisine, and enjoy nightly presentations that tell the story of Denali’s natural and cultural history. Explore via private vehicles, or if you prefer a more personal exploration, you can hike a trail near the lodge, canoe on Wonder Lake, bike, or even spend an afternoon fishing.

Guided hike.

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COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS JOURNEY: HARVESTS, HISTORY & LANDSCAPES 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $6,120 to $10,680 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

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he Corps of Discovery expedition, led by Lewis and Clark from 1804 to 1806, was a dramatic episode in American history. Conceived by Jefferson as more than a geographic exploration, it studied native cultures, collected specimens, and, through maps, put form to what was terra incognita. Retrace Lewis & Clark’s rich history of exploration. Visit campsites of the Corps of Discovery and learn about their relationships with the Native American tribes. Plus see diverse landscapes, travel through a series of eight locks, and enjoy locally and sustainably sourced cuisine, including award-winning wines and craft brews.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE Our 4-person expedition team is your link to the past and present of the region. An expedition leader, historian, EXPERIENCE geologist and naturalist/ Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

+ 20 YEARS

Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, stopping at some of their campsites and learning about the Nez Perce people they encountered. ▶▶ Explore the history, geology, and cuisine of the Columbia & Snake rivers region aboard an intimate, 62-guest expedition ship.

Mirrored reflection of the cliffs and lighthouse at Cape Disappointment.

▶▶ Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable food on board, from providers along the way, so it’s literally as fresh as can be.

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DAY 1: PORTLAND, OREGON/ EMBARK Board our ship and cruise the centre 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 explore more of Lewis and Clark history with several options to choose from. (B,L,D) DAY 3: COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE/ HOOD RIVER This morning we begin our orientation to the Gorge. You’ll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam, Beacon Rock, and Multnomah Falls. Continue through the Gorge to Hood River, where we’ll enjoy fresh fruit and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard. (B,L,D) DAY 4: THE DALLES/MARYHILL MUSEUM Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, Guests exploring via expedition landing craft after exiting the McNary Lock.

Palouse River WASHINGTON Snake River Astoria Portland

Columbia Gorge Bonneville Dam

Maryhill John Day Museum Dam

Hood River

Willamette River

extensive collection of Native American baskets, and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D) DAY 5: EXPLORING THE PALOUSE RIVER The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off cruising on our expedition landing craft and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into the pool below. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D) DAY 6: CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 720 kilometres from the sea. Travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. (B,L,D) DAY 7: CLARKSTON/DISEMBARK Transfer to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for onward flights. (B)

IDAHO Clearwater River Clarkston

Lewiston

Hells Canyon

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Oct. 1, 7*, 8*, 31; 2017 Sep. 19 , 20, 25*, 26*; Oct. 1 , 2, 7* , 8*, 13 Photo Expeditions *These departures travel from Clarkston, Washington to Portland, Oregon.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a $500 special savings offer on the Oct. 13 2017 departure. Valid on new bookings only and subject to availability. Please call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Join National Geographic photographer Becky Hale on the Sep. 19, 2017 departure and National Geographic photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen (pictured right) on the Oct. 1 & 7, 2017 departures. PRE- AND POST- OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Portland City Tour: Half-day guided exploration of the city’s must-see highlights, neighbourhoods and lush parks. Pre- and Post-Extensions can be combined with an overnight in Portland. Willamette Valley Wine Tour: Combine the Portland City Tour with a visit to a few of the region’s most acclaimed boutique wineries. Pre- and Post- Extensions can be combined with an overnight in Portland. Please call for details. Willamette Valley.

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BAJA CALIFORNIA AND THE SEA OF CORTEZ: AMONG THE GREAT WHALES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $8,240 to $14,240 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

eeing gray whales in their natural habitat is one of the great delights of this voyage. In Bahía Magdalena, venture out in expedition landing craft among these magnificent creatures. In the Sea of Cortez, search for a variety of whales, plus dolphins, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, cormorants and magnificent frigatebirds. You’ll also snorkel among sea lions, join naturalists on hikes amid barrel cacti and sculpted sand dunes, and see a variety of desert flora and fauna.

Our expert 6-person expedition team will illuminate the wonders of the Sea of Cortez from every possible angle. EXPERIENCE Your expedition leader, undersea specialist, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and naturalists, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, are dedicated to ensuring an incredible voyage. Certain departures feature a National Geographic photographer.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

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+ 35 YEARS

▶▶ Get an up-close view of gigantic gray whale mothers and their calves in the breeding grounds of Bahía Magdalena. ▶▶ Go snorkelling amid sea lions, brilliant blue damselfish, and schools of king angelfish. ▶▶ Kayak clear blue waters on the lookout for a variety of bird species including magnificent frigatebirds. ▶▶ Explore diverse landscapes, including sand dunes, a cactus forest and deserted islands.

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California gray whale calf photographed half above and half below the water.


DAY 1: LA PAZ/SAN CARLOS/EMBARK Upon arrival in La Paz, transfer to San Carlos where we embark. (D)

DAY 8: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to the airport for onward flights. (B) Inquisitive California sea lions. DAYS 2-4: BAHÍA MAGDALENA 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 expedition landing craft. Watch for magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis and willets. (B,L,D)

iPhone photographer.

MEXICO Sea of Cortez

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DAY 7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Today is a day with the luxury of no specific plan. You may spend time on the lookout for whales, bottlenose and common dolphin, or explore some of the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San Francisco or Isla San Jose, known for its sweeping beaches and arroyos. Birdlife may be plentiful, and the nutrient-rich sea is home to an overwhelming variety of fish: king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D)

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BAJA CALIFORNIA

Pacific Ocean

San Carlos Bahía Magdalena

Isla Santa Catalina Isla Espíritu Santo La Paz

Los Cabos

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jan. 14*, 21, 28*; Feb. 4, 11*, 18, 25*; Mar. 4, 11* *These departures travel in reverse from La Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT Greg Marshall is a scientist, inventor, and filmmaker who has dedicated the last 25 years to studying, exploring, and documenting life in the oceans. He is the inventor if Crittercam, a research tool to record data from an animal’s perspective. Join Greg on the Jan. 14 voyage.

DAY 5: LOS CABOS AND GORDA BANKS This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, we will visit the historic town centre of San José del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins and other sea life. (B,L,D) DAY 6: LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO 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, paddleboard, or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a bonfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)

After a beach barbecue, guests gather around a bonfire.

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WHALES & WILDNESS: SPRING IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $7,740 to $13,490 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

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atch whales and dolphins from the deck of one of our intimate, 62-guest expedition ships and at water level from nimble expedition landing craft. Spring in the Sea of Cortez is the best time to see large pods of dolphins and various species of whales—blue, sperm, pilot, fin and Bryde’s—all in the same week. Hike uninhabited beaches and desert landscapes. Observe myriad seabirds. Kayak in pristine waters, snorkel among reef fish and enjoy the serenity of a sunset beach barbecue under a starry sky. This unique journey is designed with a flexible itinerary, with our staff choosing sites based on conditions and to maximise wildlife sightings, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Search for pods of dolphins and various species of whales: blue, fin, sperm, humpback, pilot or Bryde’s. ▶▶ Kayak, swim and snorkel with sea lions in pristine waters, and hike diverse desert landscapes. ▶▶ Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and a steel church designed by Gustave Eiffel.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE Our expert 6-person expedition team will illuminate the wonders of Baja & the Sea of Cortez from every possible EXPERIENCE angle. Your expedition leader, undersea specialist, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and naturalists, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, are dedicated to ensuring an incredible voyage. A National Geographic photographer is on board and at your service.

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Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition. California sea lions basking in the sun.


DAY 1: LOS CABOS, MEXICO/ EMBARK LA PAZ Fly into Los Cabos and transfer to La Paz to embark our ship and set sail on the Sea of Cortez. (D) DAYS 2-7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Our routing is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximise opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will most likely include the islands and activities listed below, although the order may vary. (B,L,D) ISLAS SAN ESTEBAN & SAN PEDRO MÁRTIR: Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla—a harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Mártir, a 300-metre-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds are all found here. ISLA SAN MARCOS: At Isla San Marcos there is a beautiful cove for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking. In the afternoon we are again in rich whale waters, near the mouth of Bahía Concepción where we stand a good chance of sighting several species of whales, particularly fin or sperm. ISLA SAN JOSE: As one of the largest islands in the Sea of

Cortez, Isla San Jose offers many possibilities for exploration. Hike an ‘enchanted’ arroyo, visit an abandoned salt works or take expedition landing craft cruises deep into mangrove channels. ISLA SANTA CATALINA: This morning we’ll search for whales in the waters south of Isla Carmen, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often bottlenose and common dolphins. In the afternoon we visit Isla Santa Catalina, famous for its giant barrel cactus and lovely cardon cactus forest. The protected bay of our anchorage is also an excellent site for snorkelling. With a full afternoon here, there is time for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. LOS ISLOTES & ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO: At Los Islotes, snorkellers have one of life’s great opportunities—swimming with graceful and curious sea lions. With a deeply indented shoreline and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Isla Espíritu Santo is perhaps the most beautiful island in the Sea of Cortez. We have a leisurely afternoon for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and in the evening, a beach barbeque under the desert sky. DAY 8: DISEMBARK/LA PAZ, MEXICO/ LOS CABOS Disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for onward flights. (B)

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SPECIAL OFFER: Book 2017 departures before Dec. 31, 2016 and we will honour the 2016 prices. Subject to availability. Please call for details.

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WILD ISLANDS & TREASURES OF BAJA CALIFORNIA 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,490 to $13,120 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

iscover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage site.

Our expert 6-person expedition team will illuminate the wonders of the Sea of Cortez from EXPERIENCE every possible angle. Your expedition leader, undersea specialist, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and naturalists, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, are dedicated to ensuring an incredible voyage. Certain departures feature a National Geographic photographer.

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⊲ Grab your camera and stroll along the bustling waterfront malecón to the cathedral on the main plaza in Bahía de La Paz. ⊲ Search for humpback whales, active off the southern coast of the peninsula. ⊲ Snorkel at Cabo Pulmo, a vibrant reef and model for ocean conservation. ⊲ Kayak, swim, and hike the pristine desert islands of the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hikers exploring shoreline, Punta Colorado, Isla San Jose.

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DAY 6: ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO Explore the island’s beautifully indented bays by expedition landing craft, kayaks, or snorkelling. Go beachcombing or opt for a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies. (B,L,D) DAY 7: CABO PULMO/GORDA BANKS/ LAND’S END Learn the inspiring story of Cabo Pulmo National Park conservation, and snorkel the reef among red fan corals and large schools of fish. Meet some of the people responsible for protecting Cabo Pulmo and learn how it has become a model for ocean conservation around the world. Search for humpback whales before taking in sunset at Lands End. (B,L,D) DAY 8: SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO/LOS CABOS/ DISEMBARK Disembark this morning in San José del Cabo and transfer to Los Cabos airport for onward flights. (B)

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DAY 2: ISLA SAN JOSE/ISLA SAN FRANCISCO Explore two gems of the Sea of Cortez. UNESCO World Heritage site islands, Islas San José and San Francisco offer abundant opportunities to snorkel, kayak, beachcomb, or hike. (B,L,D)

possibly entering the water to swim alongside them if conditions permit. Later, grab your camera and stroll along the bustling waterfront malecón to the cathedral on the main plaza. This afternoon we return to the islands, with a later afternoon beach landing. (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Dec. 17, 24*, 31 2017 Jan. 7* PHOTO EXPEDITION *Voyage operates in reverse, making all the same stops. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Susan Seubert is an award-winning travel and editorial photographer, she has shot more than 20 features for National Geographic Traveler. Shoot with Susan on the January 7th, 2017 departure.

Kayaking at Isla Espíritu Santo. DAY 3: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Today we will let mother nature be our guide and explore further in the Sea of Cortez. Search for marine mammals, known to inhabit the region north of Isla San José. (B,L,D) DAY 4: LOS ISLOTES/ISLA PARTIDA Snorkelling with playful and curious sea lions a highlight. Tuck into a shallow, emerald green anchorage, where we can snorkel once more or hike the island’s beautiful arroyo. (B,L,D) DAY 5: BAHÍA DE LA PAZ Today we’ll venture out in search of the largest fish on the planet. Each winter, whale sharks are attracted to the nutrient rich waters of Bahía de La Paz. We’ll take local boats out on the bay to watch these graceful giants,

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COSTA RICA AND THE PANAMA CANAL 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,990 to $13,860 (See page 127 for complete prices.)

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a handpicked team EXPEDITION of four local naturalists including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Each naturalist is deeply knowledgeable about Costa Rica and Panama and dedicated to sharing their passion for the region with you. Other key members of the expedition team include a wellness specialist, and a video chronicler. National Geographic experts are on select departures.

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mmerse yourself in natural wonders along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Panama on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Venture into the forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks; search for monkeys, frogs, sloths and brightly coloured birds; and take an optional horseback ride on a pristine beach. Cap off your voyage with a crossing of the legendary Panama Canal.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Discover hidden pools and waterfalls deep within the rain forest of the Osa Peninsula. ▶▶ Explore the tiny islands of the Gulf of Panama and snorkel off Isla Coiba. ▶▶ Enjoy special access to the protected forests of Barro Colorado Island.

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▶▶ Examine the fascinating lock system that made the Panama Canal one of the greatest engineering achievements of its era.

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DAY 1: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/ HERRADURA/EMBARK Upon arrival in San José, transfer by land to Herradura and embark our ship National Geographic Sea Lion. (D) DAY 2: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK Spend the morning in Manuel Antonio National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where thick forests fringe white-sand beaches. Watch for three-toed sloths lazing among the branches, and spot monkeys and vividly coloured birds. This afternoon follow the Pacific coastline south and stop for a refreshing swim or a hike. (B,L,D) DAY 3: OSA PENINSULA Anchor off the Osa Peninsula to see some of the most pristine lowland rainforest on the Pacific coast. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools, optional horseback riding along the coast, or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see four species of monkeys— howler, spider, capuchin, and squirrel. (B,L,D)

Paddleboarding. DAY 4: GOLFO DULCE Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. Visit Casa Orquídeas, a tropical paradise of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, and orchids, closed to the general public and reached by boat only. Keep your eye out for tanagers, parrots, and toucans. Later, explore the placid bay, ideal for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, expedition landing craft rides and swimming. (B,L,D) DAY 5: COIBA NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA The first stop in Panama this morning is at the remote Isla Coiba, one of the many islands of Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once a penal colony, the island has long been protected and accessible by special permit only. Among its many endemic species are

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the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey, as well as four varieties of sea turtle. Discover rich marine life while snorkelling, go kayaking or hiking, try stand up paddleboarding, or simply relax on the beach. (B,L,D) DAY 6: GULF OF PANAMA ISLETS/ PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT Today, explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama by expedition landing craft or kayak. Here we might spot frigatebirds, brown pelicans, neotropical cormorants, and brown boobies. Set sail for the Panama Canal this afternoon. Stretching more than 80 kilometres, the canal was a colossal engineering feat completed in 1914. It is still traversed by some 14,000 ships every year. As cargo ships tend to pass through the canal during the day, we’ll most likely begin our crossing at night, when the canal is dramatically lit. (B,L,D) DAY 7: GATÚN LAKE/PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT Board our expedition landing craft to visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement. Scientists have worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island since 1923, researching its 120 mammals and diverse tree species. It is also the site of a National Geographic-supported project that tracks tagged animals using automated radio signals and wireless technology. Join local guides for a walk through the forests. This evening, continue through the complex lock system of the canal. (B,L,D) DAY 8: COLÓN/DISEMBARK/ PANAMA CITY After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your onward flights. (B)

Gulf of Panama

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Nov. 26; Dec. 3* , 10, 17*, 24, 31* 2017 Jan. 7, 14* , 21, 28*; Feb. 4, 11* , 18, 25*; Mar. 4, 11* Photo Expeditions. *These departures travel from Panama City to San José.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a $560 special savings offer on selected 2016 & 2017 departures PLUS a free night and sightseeing in Panama City. PRE-AND-POST PANAMA CITY EXTENSION Extend your stay and explore Panama City. Enjoy a private dinner at the Miraflores Locks, a city tour, a visit to the Frank Gehry-designed Bio Museum and more! Call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join award-winning photographer Kike Calvo on the Dec. 3, 2016 & Jan. 14, 2017 departures; National Geographic naturalist and photographer, Jeff Mauritzen will join the Feb. 11, 2017 departure.

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COSTA RICA TO PANAMA PLUS MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $10,180 to $16,340 (See page 125 for complete prices.) DATES: 2016 Nov. 23; Dec. 7, 21 2017 Jan. 4, 18; Feb. 1, 15; Mar. 1

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here is an aura about Monteverde’s cloud forest—the mist drifting past silhouettes of majestic trees, the cool quiet and the haunting music of a bird called ‘Solitare’. The cloud forest is a secretive place, revealing its magic to the trained eye of our naturalists, who will help you observe all facets of this marvellous habitat. On our Costa Rica expeditions, you will have a ground-level experience by walking the forest trail and then head up into the canopy to take a Skywalk—a series of suspension bridges—for a bird’s-eye view. Add Monteverde prior to your National Geographic Sea Lion sailing for an in-depth perspective.

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: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Arrive in San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, a short drive brings us to the Doubletree Cariari Hotel. (D) DAYS 2 AND 3: MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST A scenic drive 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. Walk trails rich with butterflies and bird life. Ascend the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, for a bird’s-eye view of the rain forest canopy. Learn about life in the early Monteverde community from one of the original Quaker homesteaders. Spend each night at a charming, familyowned lodge. (B,L,D) Three-toed sloths.

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Guests explore on the Skywalk in Monteverde.

DAY 4: MONTEVERDE/HERRADURA/ EMBARK Visit a butterfly farm before transferring to Herradura to embark our ship. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-11 FOLLOW “COSTA RICA & THE PANAMA CANAL” ITINERARY ON PAGES 78-79. (Days 4-10: B,L,D; Day 11: B)


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PANAMA TO COSTA RICA PLUS MONTEVERDE, ARENAL VOLCANO & TORTUGUERO 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $13,350 to $19,980 (See page 127 for complete prices.) DATES: 2016 Dec. 3, 17, 31; 2017 Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25; Mar. 11

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loud forests, volcanoes, and the sea: the ultimate allure of a Panama and Costa Rica expedition. This journey offers an amazing variety of experiences, including an in-depth transit of the Panama Canal; and time on land in Monteverde Cloud Forest and at Arenal Volcano. Explore the area aboard the versatile expedition ship National Geographic Sea Lion, go kayaking, use expedition landing craft, or try snorkelling and paddleboarding. On this Central American expedition you get to explore the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Costa Rica for our most in-depth experience among the region’s iconic wildlife and varied landscapes.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Cloud forests, volcanoes and the sea create the ultimate expedition combination. ▶▶ Search for monkeys, iguanas, endangered scarlet macaws, and American crocodiles. ▶▶ Venture up Tortuguero’s narrow, rainforest-lined canals to search for monkeys, caiman, rare birds, and more on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. DAYS 1-7 FOLLOW “COSTA RICA & THE PANAMA CANAL” ITINERARY IN REVERSE (PAGES 78-79). NOTE: DAYS 8-15 CAN BE TAKEN AS A STANDALONE EXPEDITION. SEE PAGES 82-83.

DAY 8: HERRADURA/MONTEVERDE Disembark the ship and transfer to the Tárcoles River to bird watch 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)

Arenal Volcano. DAY 9: MONTEVERDE Visit a butterfly farm and tour the Monteverde reserve. (B,L,D) DAY 10: MONTEVERDE/ARENAL Get a new perspective on the region as you sail across Lake Arenal. Later, check into an elegant hotel and relax in thermal pools heated by Arenal Volcano. (B,L,D) DAY 11: ARENAL Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges, strung through three kilometres of dense rain forest canopy, then experience the traditional sugarmaking process. (B,L,D) DAY 12: ARENAL/TORTUGUERO Take a charter flight to Tortuguero, a spectacular lowland forest on Costa Rica’s northeast coast. Check into a rustic lodge at the water’s edge; tour the wildlife-rich canals of Tortuguero National Park in small guided boats and spot monkeys, caiman and myriad bird species. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. (B,L,D) DAY 13: TORTUGUERO Set out by boat or kayak to explore more of Tortuguero National Park’s canals. Enjoy the lodge’s pool and optional spa before visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn of the area’s history. Stroll through the car-less village before dinner in town. (B,L,D) DAY 14: TORTUGUERO/SAN JOSÉ Visit Sibú Chocolatier and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. After lunch, drive to your hotel. The day ends with a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Kayaking in the canals of Tortuguero National Park.

DAY 15: SAN JOSÉ Transfer to San José airport for your onward flights. (B)

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LAND-ONLY EXCURSION

EXPLORING COSTA RICA: CLOUD FOREST TO THE CARIBBEAN 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS PRICES 2016/17: $5,740 per person double occupancy and $6,360 sole occupancy.

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iscover the breadth of biodiversity of wild Costa Rica on a land-based expedition through forests, mountains, and the verdant Caribbean coast. Experience the varied landscapes, from a mist-shrouded forest, to an active volcano and the low-lying Caribbean canals—each biosphere with its unique wildlife.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Experience the mist-shrouded cloud forest on a naturalist-led hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. ▶▶ Walk suspension bridges in the shadow of active Arenal Volcano, and then relax in springs warmed by volcanic activity. ▶▶ Visit the remote, car-free town of Tortuguero and venture into the rainforest via green-canopied canals. ▶▶ See a great variety of landscapes, wildlife, and biodiversity on a land-only expedition.

View of the smouldering Arenal Volcano.

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DAY 1: SAN JOSÉ Fly to the international airport in San José, Costa Rica and transfer to your hotel. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D) DAY 2: SAN JOSÉ/TÁRCOLES RIVER/ MONTEVERDE Search for American Crocodiles on the Tárcoles River before venturing to the nearby Bat Jungle exhibit or hearing from an early Quaker settler of Monteverde. We’ll check into a family-owned retreat with expansive lawns and picturesque views of the cloud forest. (B,L,D)

canopy. In the evening, relax in thermal pools naturally heated by the volcano. (B,L,D) Caribbean Sea

DAY 6: ARENAL/TORTUGUERO Take a charter flight to Tortuguero, a spectacular lowland forest on Costa Rica’s northeast coast. Check into a rustic lodge at the water’s edge and enjoy the lodge’s pool and optional spa before visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn of the area’s history. Stroll through the car-less village before dinner in town. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TORTUGUERO Tour the wildlife-rich canals of Tortuguero National Park in small guided boats to spot monkeys, caiman and myriad bird species. After lunch, set out by boat or kayak to explore more of the Park’s canals. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. (B,L,D)

Arenal Monteverde Tárcoles River

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Dec. 9, 23; 2017 Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3, 17

DAY 8: TORTUGUERO/SAN JOSÉ En route to San José we’ll stop to visit Sibú Chocolatier, maker of some of the world’s finest organic chocolate. Here we’ll learn the Aztec & Mayan history of the cacao plant and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. The day ends with a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Capuchin monkeys.

DAY 9: SAN JOSÉ Transfer to the San José airport for onward flights. (B)

Collared aracari.

DAY 3: MONTEVERDE Begin the day at a butterfly farm where we’ll have the opportunity to see dozens of local species in a short time. After lunch, we’ll tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and search for monkeys, hummingbirds and possibly the rare resplendent quetzal among other species. (B,L,D) DAY 4: MONTEVERDE/ARENAL We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Lake Arenal and cross in small boats for a fresh perspective on the volcano. Dine at a restaurant on the lake’s far side before checking into an elegant hotel surrounded by gardens and pastures with grazing animals. Every room offers a panoramic view of the smouldering Arenal Volcano. (B,L,D) DAY 5: ARENAL VOLCANO Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung more than three kilometres through the rainforest

Guests walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges.

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BELIZE TO TIKAL: REEFS, RIVERS & RUINS OF THE MAYA WORLD 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $6,870 to $11,050 (See page 129 for complete prices.)

mbark on a unique land-and-sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins overgrown with tropical rainforest and incredible, seldom-seen reefs. Snorkel among some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef with the new 100-guest National Geographic Quest as your base for exploration. Then venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal to explore the stories and archaeological sites of these stone temples swathed in rainforest and teeming with wildlife.

Our unparalleled 10-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An EXPEDITION expedition leader, four naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist and video chronicler, all contribute to your understanding of the Maya world. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert.

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▶▶ Explore a partially excavated Maya temple situated on a tiny island in the middle of a lake where only the sounds of jungle wildlife and tropical birds float through the air. ▶▶ Snorkel on the second largest barrier reef in the world. ▶▶ Walk the ancient city of Tikal over a full day-and-a-half with expert guides who share the secrets of the site.

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DAY 2: LAUGHING BIRD CAYE NATIONAL PARK OR SAPODILLA CAYES MARINE RESERVE, BELIZE Snorkel, kayak, or stand up paddleboard the crystalline waters of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Discover the dazzling undersea of the Belize Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity, while

Hawksbill Turtle.

snorkelling or, if certified, scuba diving. (B,L,D) DAY 3: QUIRIGUÁ & RIO DULCE, GUATEMALA See the highly detailed stonework of the Mayan ruins of Quiriquá, sculpted to glorify Maya kings. Lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal then take local boats through the beautiful limestone canyon of the Rio Dulce. (B,L,D) DAY 4: GLOVER’S REEF/SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE Explore the turquoise seas and protected reefs of Glover’s Reef and South Water Caye Marine Reserves by snorkelling or, if certified, diving, then explore the shoreline and reef top by kayak or stand up paddleboard. If conditions permit, we may stop at a remote field station to learn about reef research. (B,L,D) DAY 5: LIGHTHOUSE REEF & HALF MOON CAYE NATURAL MONUMENT Snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand up paddleboard inside the fringing reef that surrounds Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches, and is known

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DAY 1: BELIZE CITY, BELIZE/EMBARK Arrive in Belize. Embark National Geographic Quest. (D)

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Laughing Bird Caye NP

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for its high diversity of corals and fishes. Walk through the endangered and fragile littoral forest at Half Moon Caye, to view the nesting population of red-footed boobies from observation platforms. (B,L,D) DAY 6: BELIZE CITY/DISEMBARK/ FLORES, GUATEMALA/TIKAL Take a charter flight and fly to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation, which we’ll explore over two days. Check into the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TIKAL, GUATEMALA Delve deeper into Maya history and architecture over three nights with local experts in Tikal while enjoying a stay at the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. Explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 46 metres from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D) DAY 8: YAXHA & TOPOXTE, GUATEMALA Visit Yaxha, the third largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. Hike nearby trails or explore the lesser-visited ruins at Topoxte, secluded on an island in the lake. (B,L,D) DAY 9: FLORES/GUATEMALA CITY Transfer to the airport for onward flights. (B)

Lighthouse Atoll, Half Moon Caye.

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2018 Feb. 8, 13, 18, 23, 28; Mar. 5, 10

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SAILING THE CARIBBEAN 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD SEA CLOUD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $10,800 to $21,250 (See page 130 for complete prices.)

Lindblad Expeditions first sailed aboard Sea Cloud in the 1980s, and over the years has developed unparalEXPERIENCE leled expertise in operating expedition-style journeys aboard this superlative vessel. In addition to an expedition leader, you’ll be joined by a naturalist/Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a historian who will tell you about the Caribbean’s cultures, and local guides on each island.

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et sail aboard the magnificent four-masted barque Sea Cloud, and explore the lush islands and vibrant cultures of the Lesser Antilles. Hike in the mountainous rainforests of Dominica, see an active volcanic crater in Saint Lucia, and explore the idyllic Grenadines. Amid a spectacular tropical backdrop, enjoy opportunities to swim and snorkel at coral reefs and sandy beaches, and discover the hidden corners of the Caribbean Sea.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Sail the sparkling Caribbean Sea aboard the historic square-rigger Sea Cloud.

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▶▶ Snorkel at lively coral reefs, swim in pristine tropical waters, and explore remote cays and beaches. ▶▶ Explore 18th-century forts, colonial outposts, and an intriguing mix of cultures with our expedition staff. ▶▶ Experience an array of natural wonders, including volcanoes and rainforests showcasing island birds and wildlife.

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DAY 1: ANTIGUA/EMBARK Arrive in Antigua, and embark Sea Cloud in the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean. (D)

swim along palm-backed beaches, or visit a sea turtle sanctuary to learn about local conservation. In the afternoon, set sail across St. Vincent Channel. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: AT SEA Begin the morning on deck, where sailors climb the lines to raise the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand. Enjoy a full day skimming across the Caribbean. Relax with a book, photograph the ship’s exquisite details, and attend talks by our experts on the natural history of the islands we will soon explore. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: ST. LUCIA/UNDER SAIL Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called Les Pitons. Explore their active crater and volcanic origins, then take a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens—a gallery of tropical blooms and colour, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the rush of Diamond Falls. We return to Sea Cloud to spend the afternoon sailing. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud’s 32,000 square feet of sails, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways anywhere to learn about the art and science of sailing. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: DOMINICA Spend the day exploring Dominica, known as ‘the nature island’ for its spectacular beauty and many protected reserves. Hike through enchanting rainforest. Join our historian in exploring the ruins of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison, and learn about Dominica’s turbulent colonial history. Go swimming or snorkelling before casting off for a sunset seen from the sea. (B,L,D) DAY 4: UNDER SAIL/EXPLORING THE GRENADINES Spend the morning aboard Sea Cloud under sail, exploring the idyllic Grenadine Islands, with their quintessential tropical cays. We’ll have options to snorkel among myriad colourful fish, or enjoy the sheltered whitesand beaches of the area. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: ÎLES DES SAINTES Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are highly colourful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a downwind sail, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: BEQUIA/UNDER SAIL Anchor at tiny Bequia, and explore the charming waterfront. Go snorkelling at a nearby reef,

DAY 8: ANTIGUA/DISEMBARK Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Petit Piton, Soufrière, St. Lucia.

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

Crew climbs Sea Cloud’s rigging. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jeff Mauritzen has photographed in nearly 50 countries. His work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. Join him on the Feb. 27 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE

Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360-degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail

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CUBA BY LAND & SEA: CULTURAL HERITAGE & NATURAL WONDERS 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD PANORAMA II

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $11,880 to $17,810 (See page 132 for complete prices.)

Cuba cultural expert Christopher P. Baker has authored a book about Cuba as part of the National Geographic Traveler guidebook series. (Dec. 14, 2016; Feb. 8 & Mar. 22, 2017). Travel with NG experts on three inaugural voyages: archaeologist Fabio Amador, shown right (Dec. 7, 2016); NG photographer Bob Krist (Dec. 14, 2016 & Feb. 22, 2017).

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EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Experience extraordinary people-to-people visits in Havana with friendly Cubans making a difference in their fields. ▶▶ Explore Havana over three days, staying at the famed Hotel Nacional—a former haunt of Hemingway, Sinatra, athletes, entertainers, and world leaders—and then embark the yacht Panorama II for seven days. ▶▶ Explore the stunning Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Park* —a crown jewel of the Caribbean, with some of the finest coral reefs in the world. ▶▶ Visit the Bay of Pigs; explore well-preserved colonial Trinidad and Cienfuegos; and experience the music and cuisine for which the country is rightfully famed.

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DAY 1: HAVANA, CUBA Arrive in Havana and transfer to the Hotel Nacional, a Havana landmark, where we stay for three nights. On a walking visit, meander through historic squares, interacting with merchants and local residents, and learn about ongoing efforts to preserve Old Havana. Later, drive along the Malecón, the waterfront esplanade where Cubans come to stroll and socialise. (L,D) DAYS 2 AND 3: HAVANA Get acquainted with Havana through your choice of people-to-people excursions: visit an auto workshop where inventive mechanics repair classic American cars, wander through Ernest Hemingway’s estate at Finca Vigía, or get a Cuban perspective on Castro’s revolution at the Museum of the Revolution. Visit a cigar factory, or learn about environmental education projects at the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez. Enjoy meals in some of Havana’s best paladares, and hear the signature rhythms of Cuba at an evening performance. (B,L,D) DAY 4: HAVANA/CIENFUEGOS/EMBARK After another chance to meet with residents of Havana, drive to Cienfuegos and embark Panorama II. (B,L,D) DAY 5: BAY OF PIGS This morning we drive from Cienfuegos to the Bay of Pigs, an ecologically important area that became known worldwide when the 1961 U.S.-backed invasion by Cuban exiles was rapidly and thoroughly defeated by the Cuban revolutionary government, whose forces were led by Fidel Castro. We’ll visit the museum that recounts the history of the battle, with photographs and artefacts that include a Cuban fighter plane and vessels. We’ll meet with people who will tell us about what transpired and its meaning to Cubans. The bay lies along the Zapata Peninsula and the Zapata Swamp National Park, and we’ll have a chance to explore the area in search of its renowned birdlife, famously including the world’s smallest bird, the endemic bee hummingbird, along with the endemic Cuban trogon (Cuba’s national bird), La Sagra’s flycatcher, Cuban green woodpecker and more. We will meet with experts who will tell us about the vitally important role the area

plays in the area’s natural history. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Cienfuegos and our ship. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: CAYO LARGO On beautiful Cayo Largo, we have a peopleto-people visit with island doctors and nurses at a local clinic to discuss Cuba’s medical system. Then meet with researchers at a sea turtle breeding centre. You’ll have a chance to swim and snorkel, or go diving (at an additional cost) in the company of environmental guides, scientists, or a Cuban dive expert. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TRINIDAD A UNESCO World Heritage site, Trinidad is a meticulously preserved colonial city, perhaps Cuba’s most beautiful. Walk the cobblestone streets, visiting museums and meeting entrepreneurs and artists. After lunch, get to know this charming town and its residents. (B,L,D) DAYS 8 AND 9: JARDINES DE LA REINA NATIONAL PARK* Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) is a marine protected area covering more than 2,200 square kilometres. Its reefs are some of the most robust in the Caribbean and home to large species such as lemon, hammerhead, and silky sharks as well as goliath groupers. Discover this unique marine habitat alongside ecologists and researchers, who are working to preserve the ‘Gardens’. Go snorkelling or opt to scuba dive (at an additional cost) to encounter a great diversity of corals, fish, and other creatures. Stop on the islands to take walks with naturalists,

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looking for ospreys, frigatebirds, spoonbills, pelicans, and more. (B,L,D) DAY 10: CIENFUEGOS Sail into Cienfuegos, a World Heritage site filled with elegant French-inspired architecture. Head into the town centre on foot, seeing palaces, schools, churches, and residential houses. At the Graphic Arts Workshop, get to know local artists. Then meet up with musicians and singers for a musical performance. (B,L,D) DAY 11: DISEMBARK/CIENFUEGOS Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport in either Cienfuegos or Santa Clara for your onward flights. (B)

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OUR EUROPE ADVANTAGE:

50 YEARS OF EXPEDITION Since 1967 when Lars-Eric Lindblad brought the first citizen explorers to Antarctica, once the exclusive province of explorers and scientists, our mission has been to ensure you authentically discover and experience destinations with all your senses, while benefiting from onboard experts to fully appreciate the wonders you find there. Europe has long been the province of big cruise and river ships, whitegloved waiters, and tour guides shepherding tourists to and from the same sightseeing spots. Why then should you choose us, an expedition company, to voyage to Europe? Three reasons: authenticity, exclusivity, meaning.

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EXPERIENCE Where a cruise caters to people within the confines of the ship, we put the focus on what lies outside the ship—on the region, its history and people—to ensure you’ll experience the most meaningful Europe possible. And although we specialise in ‘off the beaten track’ explorations, certain itinerary highlights are must-see for all European travellers—of great historical significance or intrinsic interest—so we will find ourselves in the company of others when we visit them. But our voyages are designed to balance these inevitably touristic but vital experiences with exclusive opportunities offering a more personal, and privileged, perspective. In all cases, and everywhere we travel, the knowledge and guidance of our staff, and the quality of the reflection in our daily cocktail hour Recaps, will add the layers of insight and meaning to the day’s adventures that guests have relied on Lindblad Expeditions to provide for 50 years.

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CULTURE AND CUISINE FROM OPORTO TO BASQUE COUNTRY 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,990 to $20,760 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

race the coast of Portugal and northern Spain on a voyage that celebrates the myriad cultures of Iberia and France’s Côte Basque. Discover the importance of Portugal’s Douro River, explore the stunning landscapes of Galicia, and immerse yourself in the unique traditions of the Basques—both French and Spanish. Along the way, encounter the UNESCO World Heritage sites of medieval Oporto, the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, and the Tower of Hercules, the only well-preserved, working Roman lighthouse remaining in the world.

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▶▶ Experience Basque country from two angles: French markets and villages and Spanish Basque music and cuisine. ▶▶ Discover Galicia, collecting mussels with local fishermen, listening to traditional music, and visiting a splendid Galician estate. ▶▶ Discover architectural masterpieces—from the Roman Tower of Hercules to the soaring metal waves of architect Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. ▶▶ Sample world-renowned port wines at a port house in Oporto.

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SEP. 30: BORDEAUX, FRANCE/EMBARK Arrive in Bordeaux and head out for a winery lunch before embarking National Geographic Orion. After lunch, take time to settle into life on board before we set sail for Bayonne. (L,D) OCT. 1: BAYONNE Walk through the picturesque old port town of Bayonne, known for its rich chocolate industry. Chocolate lovers may attend a demonstration at an authentic French chocolate house. On an excursion to the former imperial retreat of Biarritz, hike along the coast to the Rock of the Virgin, once used by Napoleon III as an anchoring point. Return to the ship for a free evening ashore in Bayonne. (B,L,D) OCT. 2: SAINT JEAN-DE-LUZ, FRANCE/ SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN Explore both the French and Spanish Basque cultures today. Choose a market excursion in the village of Saint Jean-de-Luz to get an introduction to French Basque culture and cuisine, or journey to the French Basque countryside for a wine and tapas tasting. In Spain’s Basque capital of San Sebastián, discover the connection to the Celts and hear the bouncing rhythms of a trikitixa, a traditional accordion. Cap off the day with a special Basque dinner and a private performance by famous Basque musician Kepa Junkera at a traditional cider house in San Sebastián. (B,L,D) Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

OCT. 3: BILBAO Arrive in Bilbao early this morning. Explore the titanium curves of the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, learn how it has transformed the city, and have a guided tour of the interior

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in small groups. Afterwards, wander through Bilbao’s old quarter, or take part in a tapas cooking demonstration. (B,L,D) OCT. 4: A CORUÑA Cruise into A Coruña, passing the impressive Tower of Hercules after lunch. Pay a visit to the tower, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, visit the local market, and learn about the architectural phenomenon that earned the town the nickname ‘The Glass City’. Take a late afternoon stroll or a bicycle ride around the area’s picturesque coastline before we set sail. (B,L,D) OCT. 5: VILLAGARCIA DE AROUSA Anchor in Villagarcía de Arousa and take a day trip to the Galician countryside, where you’ll visit a winery, watch fishermen as they collect mussels, and enjoy the verdant Galician landscapes from the river. Alternatively, travel to Santiago de Compostela, and visit the cathedral that has welcomed millions of pilgrims over the centuries. Enjoy a typical Galician musical performance and a tapas lunch at the adjacent Hostal dos Reis Católicos. (B,L,D)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Sep. 30 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Todd Gipstein is an award-winning producer, photographer and photo instructor who has worked with National Geographic for three decades. Join him on this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay--effortlessly. Arrive in Bordeaux and rest up at the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel before embarking. Or savour a night in Lisbon at a centrally located hotel before travelling home or onward.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a one-time special savings offer of $1,000. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability. Plus, we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. Tapas, San Sebastián.

OCT. 6: OPORTO, PORTUGAL Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Oporto in the early morning. The birthplace of port wine, Oporto straddles a gorge on the Douro River, linked by numerous bridges and filled with medieval architecture. See the famous azulejo tiles of the region and take in the views from the iron masterpiece Ponte Dom Luis. Learn the secrets of port-making during a tasting at a riverside port house. (B,L,D) OCT. 7: LISBON/DISEMBARK (B)

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SCANDINAVIA BY SEA: DENMARK, SWEDEN, AND NORWAY 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,990 to $20,760 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Our expert expedition team is your link to the past and present of the region. An EXPEDITION expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a LindbladNational Geographic photo instructor, an onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

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et sail aboard National Geographic Orion to experience the natural beauty and delightful cultures of Europe’s Nordic nations. Discover remote and spectacular scenery, from Norway’s fjord-laced western coast to Sweden’s enchanting Weather Islands and the picturesque fishing village of Skagen in Denmark. Stroll past brightly-coloured fishing huts clinging to rocky outcrops, kayak and Zodiac cruise amid tiny islets and vast fjords, and explore vibrant cities where contemporary life gracefully mingles with centuries of history.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Step back in time while exploring centuries-old fishing villages and historic wooden churches, contrasted with vibrant Scandinavian capitals. ▶▶ Glide along the waters of Norway’s magnificent, mountain-framed Hardangerfjorden, and explore Oslo’s famed Vigeland Park. ▶▶ Discover the artistic traditions of Skagen, Denmark, and kayak in the sheltered coves of Sweden’s Weather Islands.

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DENMARK, SWEDEN, NORWAY

JUN. 16: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK/ EMBARK Arrive in Copenhagen and board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail during dinner en route to Skagen. (L,D) JUN. 17: SKAGEN, DENMARK Dotted with yellow and red clapboard houses, Skagen is perched along windswept dunes at the northern tip of Denmark. Delve into the history of the Skagen Painters, who were drawn by the magnificent landscapes and remarkable light. Discover rich bird-life with our naturalists. The afternoon is relaxing and you can bike along the peninsula’s white beaches. Cap off the day with a taste of the famous ‘Skagen Slid’, a special herring dish that can only be enjoyed with a cold Danish beer. (B,L,D) JUN. 18: WEATHER ISLANDS, SWEDEN Journey across the Skagerrak Strait to the Väderöarna, or Weather Islands. These rugged islets, skerries, and picture-perfect villages boast some of the most stunning scenery in Scandinavia. Set out by kayak or Zodiac to encounter seal colonies and an array of seabirds. (B,L,D) JUN. 19: OSLO, NORWAY Cruise up the epic Oslofjorden to Norway’s cosmopolitan capital. Visit the Fram Museum to learn about the early Norwegian polar expeditions, and hear a talk from Thor Heyerdahl Jr., the son of the Norwegian explorer. Take a private, backstage tour

of Oslo’s new Opera House, learn to cook Norwegian style at the Mathallen Gourmet Food Market, or discover the 200 life-size human statues at Frogner Park with our National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D)

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JUN. 20: RISØR Anchor outside Risor, a well-preserved historic town on Norway’s heritage list, known for its old wooden buildings and rich cultural traditions. Walk the town with a local guide, take out a kayak or join a unique excursion to the nearby ‘potholes’ or small lagoons. A relaxing outdoor seafood lunch awaits on Stangholmen, with a Norwegian folk music performance. (B,L,D) JUN. 21: HIDRA This morning we arrive on the shores of Flekkefjorden. Go for a morning hike on Hidra or travel overland for a village tour of Flekkefjord. There are also kayaking and zodiac opportunities in the harbour of Kirkehamn. This afternoon over coffee, one of the locals on Hidra shares his thoughts on Norwegian island living. (B,L,D)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen on this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Copenhagen and rest up at the Phoenix Copenhagen before embarking. Or savour a night in Bergen at the Radisson Blu Royal before travelling home or onward.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a one-time special savings offer of $1,000. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability. Plus, we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

JUN. 22: HARDANGERFJORDEN Deep in the Hardangerfjorden—the fourth longest fjord in the world—cruise beneath staggering cliffs, snow-dusted mountains, and rolling valleys dotted with tiny settlements. Head out with our naturalists and the staff of the Osa basecamp. Visit a local cider farm, or explore the stunning landscape via foot, bike and Zodiac. (B,L,D) Skagen, Denmark.

JUN. 23: BERGEN/DISEMBARK (B)

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NORWAY AND SCOTLAND: FJORDLANDS AND THE INNER HEBRIDES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,990 to $20,760 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a team of naturalists EXPEDITION and historians; each deeply knowledgeable and dedicated to sharing their passion of the region with you. Other key members of the expedition team include a National Geographic photographer, a LindbladNational Geographic photo instructor, an onboard concierge, a musicologist, plus a wellness specialist—for a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12.

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ail through the heart of fjord country to the vibrant cultural centre of Dublin. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its stave church and traditional Nordic culture. Encounter the stunning landscapes, ancient ruins, and rich bird life of Scotland’s extraordinary islands. Trace the Viking trail from Shetland to Orkney, then discover the heritage of the Inner Hebrides.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Hike to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head, and explore Fingal’s Cave via Zodiac. ▶▶ Discover archaeological treasures: Viking longhouses in the Shetlands, Stone Age megaliths in Orkney, and the sacred Christian sites of Iona. ▶▶ Kayak the calm waters of Norway’s Sognefjorden and venture into hidden inlets by Zodiac.

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AUG. 26: BERGEN, NORWAY/EMBARK Arrive in Bergen and enjoy lunch on board National Geographic Orion before we set sail. (L,D) AUG. 27: SOGNEFJORDEN Cruise deep into the sublime Sognefjorden, the third longest fjord in the world, and launch kayaks and Zodiacs to explore its mirror-like waterways. In picturesque Undredal, hike up the mountain for an amazing fjord view, see the town’s 12th-century stave church and sample its famous goat cheese. (B,L,D)

Fingal’s Cave. AUG. 28: ISLE OF NOSS AND LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND Sail to Scotland’s Shetland Islands, a rugged archipelago of about 100 islands and islets. Glide past the cliffs of Noss to view nesting seabirds before arriving in Shetland. Explore Lerwick, a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle, and see the countryside dotted with Shetland ponies. Then examine Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses at the extraordinary prehistoric settlements of Jarlshof and nearby Old Scatness—UNESCO candidates which are part of ‘The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland’. Later, take in an abundance of puffins, guillemots, and razorbills as we walk to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head. (B,L,D) AUG. 29: FAIR ISLE At tiny and remote Fair Isle, go birdwatching with an expert from the bird rescue station, and spot some of the roughly 250 species of flowering plants that grow here. Browse local handicrafts, including the world renowned Fair Isle knitwear. (B,L,D)

AUG. 30: ORKNEY The Vikings once held a strategic foothold in Orkney, and their Norse heritage is apparent in enduring legends and traditions. Explore Stone Age sites: the megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. Step inside medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. For experienced scuba divers, we have planned a fantastic dive in Scapa Flow (an added cost). (B,L,D) AUG. 31: ISLE OF LEWIS, OUTER HEBRIDES Along the wild, western coast of Scotland lies the Isle of Lewis, steeped in history and legend. Marvel at the massive neolithic Standing Stones of Callanish, which rival Stonehenge in the majesty of their setting. (B,L,D) SEP. 1: IONA AND STAFFA, INNER HEBRIDES The isle of Iona was the site of Scotland’s first Christian settlement. Venture into an ancient nunnery and a 13th-century abbey. Explore St. Oran’s Chapel and its royal burial grounds, where Celtic high crosses mark the graves of generations of Scottish kings. Then anchor off Staffa, famed for its geometric basalt columns and deep-sea caves. A special treat will be a Zodiac ride to the awe-inspiring Fingal’s Cave for a close-up look at the place that inspired Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Hebrides Overture.’ (B,L,D) SEP. 2: DUBLIN, IRELAND/DISEMBARK Arrive in Dublin and disembark after breakfast. (B)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2017 Aug. 26 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with National Geographic photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel on this voyage. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Bergen and rest up at the centrally located Radisson Blu Royal before embarking. Or savour a night in Dublin at The Westin Dublin before travelling home or onward.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a one-time special savings offer of $1,000. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability. Plus, we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

Sognefjorden.

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WILD AND WINDSWEPT: EXPLORING THE COASTS OF ENGLAND AND WALES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,990 to $20,760 (See pages 120-121 for complete prices.)

he windswept shores of England and Wales showcase stunning and rugged landscapes scattered with picture-postcard villages and world-class gardens. Journey aboard National Geographic Orion from the nearly forgotten isles of the English Channel and the Celtic Sea, to Portsmouth—once one of the world’s most important seaports. In the seaside towns of Dartmouth and Fishguard, experience maritime culture.

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SEP. 2: DUBLIN, IRELAND/EMBARK Arrive in Dublin and embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D) SEP. 3: LLANDUDNO, WALES Dock in Llandudno and spend the day exploring the splendour and charm of northern Wales. Stroll the town’s boardwalk, discover an ages-old castle, or join a naturalist on a wildlife hike. (B,L,D) SEP. 4: SKOMER ISLAND/FISHGUARD Beautiful Skomer Island overflows with wildlife. Hop on a Zodiac to spot whales, dolphins, seals, and nesting seabirds. This afternoon stretch your legs along the scenic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Or discover the prehistoric archaeology of Pembrokeshire, the area that yielded the stones for Stonehenge. Opt to take a guided walk around the lovely little town of St. David’s Cathedral. (B,L,D) Puffin.

SEP. 5: ISLES OF SCILLY/TRESCO, ENGLAND According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a lost land said to have vanished into the Atlantic. Join a naturalist in spotting the flora and fauna of these mythical islands. Or stroll the village of Tresco and meander the world-class Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a surprising variety of tropical plants flourishes. (B,L,D) SEP. 6: DARTMOUTH Enjoy breakfast on deck as our vessel navigates the River Dart en route to Dartmouth, a colourful town that cascades across a steep riverside hill. In small groups, discover the

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Dartmouth Castle. guardrooms, battlements, and winding passages of the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle. Explore Dartmouth’s lively lanes on your own. Or, if you’re a mystery book fan, don’t miss a visit to Greenway House for a look at Agatha Christie’s house and gardens. (B,L,D) SEP. 7: ALDERNEY/SARK, CHANNEL ISLANDS Anchor off the coast of Alderney and walk around the island with a naturalist to discover local wildlife. Or head off on your own by bike. Weather permitting, you may kayak in search of seabirds: puffins, gannets, and lesser black-backed gulls. After lunch, we sail to nearby Sark. Take in the colourful sights and intoxicating scents of La Seigneurie Gardens, or traverse La Coupée—an isthmus joining Great Sark and Little Sark, for incredible views over the island. (B,L,D)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Susan Seubert on this voyage. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Dublin and rest up at The Westin Dublin Or savour a night in London at The Royal Horseguards before travelling home or onward.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a one-time special savings offer of $1,000. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability. Plus, we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. Tresco Abbey Gardens.

SEP. 8: PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND Delve into Great Britain’s nautical history at the perfectly preserved historic HMS Victory. Wander the city’s atmospheric waterfront, and stop for a pint at a traditional pub. Visit the Titchfield Haven birding reserve to see migratory land and water birds. (B,L,D) SEP. 9: LONDON/DISEMBARK As you sail up the River Thames, take in views of the city’s iconic landmarks before disembarking in the city centre. (B)

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $18,550 to $38,560 (See page 120-121 for complete prices.)

Our expert expedition team is your link to the past and present of the region. An EXPEDITION expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a LindbladNational Geographic photo instructor, an onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

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xplore eight countries united by the Baltic Sea, discover their intertwined histories, and encounter fascinating cultures. Delve deeper through dramatic water approaches, forays into character-filled villages and island stops for quiet walks. Wander along the medieval walled city of Visby, explore dazzling St. Petersburg over two days, and dine on local specialties to private musical performances. Enjoy ample choices and avenues for exploration in each of the cities. And explore from a privileged vantage point—going by ship allows us to sail routes of the old Hanseatic League, in the paths of early traders and nobles, and it lets us enter the cities as they were meant to be—by sea.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in St. Petersburg; medieval Visby, Riga, and Tallinn; and the wild Curonian Spit barrier peninsula. ▶▶ Discover the tiny islands along the Finnish and Swedish coasts by Zodiac or on nature walks. ▶▶ View one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Hermitage Museum; explore St. Petersburg’s imperial treasures over two days, including the palace of Catherine the First. ▶▶ Take a rooftop walk above the streets of Stockholm’s old town for a unique perspective.

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Visit our website to read staff bios for this voyage. View of Tallinn, Estonia.


CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE BALTIC SEA

DAY 1: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Arrive in Denmark’s capital and board National Geographic Orion. Cruise the charming canals of this old maritime city. (L,D)

defensive tower. See the famous spires and gables from Dome Hill. Learn of the Singing Revolution and see where it began. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: BORNHOLM Stop at the small fishing port of Gudhjem on Bornholm Island. Hike up to the cliff-top ruins of Hammershus fortress or explore the island’s round churches and white sandy beaches. (B,L,D)

DAYS 9 AND 10: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA Discover this dazzling gem over two days, including the renowned art collection of the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the opulent royal palace and parks of Catherine the Great at Pushkin. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: GDAŃSK, POLAND See Gdańsk’s art and architecture, including the Gothic-Renaissance Town Hall and National Museum. Visit the Westerplatte peninsula, where WWII began. See the European Solidarity Centre; enjoy an authentic Polish lunch. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: HELSINKI REGION, FINLAND Discover Finland’s intricate coastline with numerous bays, inlets, and islands rich with natural history and ripe for exploration by kayak and Zodiac. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: KLAIPĖDA, LITHUANIA Explore the Curonian Spit, a wild barrier peninsula and UNESCO site. Hear the Hill of Witches folktales; visit the Ventė Cape Ornithological Station. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: STOCKHOLM ARCHIPELAGO, SWEDEN Cruise the Stockholm archipelago on your way from the Helsinki Region to Sweden’s beautiful capital. Keep your camera handy through the scenic archipelago to arrive in Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands. (B,L,D)

Visby, Gotland.

DAY 13: STOCKHOLM See the royal Vasa warship and stroll the streets of the Old Town—or go above them on a unique rooftop walk. We stay docked overnight so you can enjoy this magical Scandinavian city. (B,L,D) DAY 14: STOCKHOLM/DISEMBARK (B)

FINLAND St Petersburg Helsinki Region Stockholm

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Copenhagen Klaipeda DENMARK Bornholm Gdańsk

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Apr 19; May 2* *This voyage travels in reverse. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with photojournalist, Jim Richardson on these departures. Jim spent two years photographing the Celtic realm for the March 2006 National Geographic magazine article, “Celt Appeal”. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a one-time special savings offer of $1,000. Valid on new bookings only, subject to availability. Plus, we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

Central market, Riga, Latvia. DAY 5: VISBY, GOTLAND, SWEDEN Enjoy a walking tour of the Viking city of Visby, wandering through it’s cobblestoned streets to the edge of the city’s stone walls. End at the Gotland Museum, where you’ll learn of the island’s fascinating history. Alternatively, opt to bike across the Gotland countryside with a local guide. (B,L,D) DAYS 6 AND 7: RIGA, LATVIA Tour Riga’s wooden houses, art nouveau architecture, cafés, and the Central Market. A private concert and dinner awaits. (B,L,D) DAY 8: TALLINN, ESTONIA Stroll medieval streets to a 15th-century

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mbark on a holistic circumnavigation that encompasses England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Discover the wild, rugged, seldom-seen islands of the west, as well as refined Edinburgh, historic Portsmouth and Lindisfarne, and dramatic Iona and Skellig Michael. Walk through Stone Age village ruins 5,000-yearsold, examine the history of WWII up close, Zodiac cruise beneath the towering Cliffs of Moher, and hoist a pint or two with spirited natives in cosy pubs throughout the land. You’ll explore ancient sites in moody landscapes to learn about culture and history in lands that have been continuously inhabited since Stone Age times.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Trace a maritime thread around the isles, exploring the wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive in local languages and customs. ▶▶ Sail around magical Skellig Michael, which is crowned with a seventh-century beehive monastery. ▶▶ See the stunning 12th-century Iona abbey, and Zodiac into Fingal’s Cave in Scotland. ▶▶ Explore wild, windswept outer isles; search for whales, dolphins, and seals; and see vast, important seabird nesting sites.

A view toward Lindisfarne castle, Holy Island.

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Tim Severin An explorer and author who has retraced the routes of migration from Jason and the Argonauts to the descendants of Genghis Khan. He has written about Norse culture in VIKING, Odinn’s Child. He is aboard in 2017. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.


ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND & WALES

APR. 30: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND/ EMBARK Arrive in Edinburgh. Tour Scotland’s vibrant capital and embark Explorer. (D) MAY 1: LINDISFARNE, HOLY ISLAND, ENGLAND Visit the Celtic monastic site where the Lindisfarne Gospels were copied and illuminated. See the Lindisfarne Priory, and a nature reserve for marine birds. (B,L,D) MAY 2: IPSWICH Explore 7th-century burial mounds at Sutton Hoo with a local scholar. (B,L,D)

View of the HMS Victory. MAY 3: PORTSMOUTH Wander the waterfront of England’s great maritime port where D-Day was launched. See HMS Victory and the Tudor warship Mary Rose. (B,L,D) MAY 4: FOWEY/EDEN PROJECT Stroll the medieval streets of Fowey before visiting the Eden Project, a botanical garden with vast biomes. Or visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, left derelict after WWI and recently restored. (B,L,D) MAY 5: ISLES OF SCILLY See Tresco Abbey Garden’s flourishing subtropical plants. (B,L,D) MAY 6: SKOMER ISLAND, WALES/ FISHGUARD Hike the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path along cliffs and pristine beaches. Or, discover the archaeology of the area, which yielded the stones for Stonehenge. (B,L,D) MAY 7: COBH, IRELAND See historic Cobh, the point from where many Irish fled the potato famine and emigrated to America. Visit the interesting heritage museum. (B,L,D) MAY 8: THE SKELLIGS AND DINGLE PENINSULA Sail by Skellig Michael, a centre of Celtic Christianity, where the beehive huts and

7th-century monastery still stand. Explore ancient sites on the Dingle Peninsula and its colourful town. (B,L,D) MAY 9: CLIFFS OF MOHER & ARAN ISLANDS/CONNEMARA Visit the Aran Islands, known for their Gaelic identity. Hike to Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort perched on a cliff’s edge. Sail under the Cliffs of Moher. (B,L,D) MAY 10: CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY This starkly beautiful region is idyllic Ireland. Explore the archaeology of the region with a local scholar or hike white sand beaches with naturalists. (B,L,D)

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Iona Donegal Bay

Ipswich/ Sutton Aran Is. Connemara Hoo IRELAND Dingle WALES Cobh ENGLAND The Fishguard Skelligs Skomer Island Isles of Scilly

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MAY 11: COUNTY DONEGAL Explore Killybegs, a wild, windswept peninsula and Gaelic-speaking area. Visit Stone Age and early Christian sites. See the Slieve League cliffs, the highest in Europe. (B,L,D)

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MAY 12: IONA AND STAFFA, INNER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND Visit 12th-century Iona Abbey. Explore Staffa Island, famed for its geometric basalt columns, and Zodiac into dramatic Fingal’s Cave. (B,L,D)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Explore Scotland with a new five-day pre-extension or a five-day post-extension to Norway’s Fjords. See page 37 for details.

MAY 13: STORNOWAY, THE ISLE OF LEWIS, OUTER HEBRIDES See the massive Neolithic Standing Stones of Callanish, which rival Stonehenge in their majesty. Explore the Isle of Lewis, where Scottish Gaelic is still spoken. (B,L,D)

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Jeff Mauritzen has photographed vivid landscapes and dramatic situations in nearly 50 countries. Join him in 2017. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

MAY 14: ORKNEY Explore the Stone Age megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. Step into the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral. (B,L,D) MAY 15: FAIR ISLE AND MOUSA On Fair Isle, known for its woollen crafts, visit an aviary station. On uninhabited Mousa, see an Iron Age broch (tower). (B,L,D) MAY 16: SHETLAND Explore the ruins at Jarlshof, a 4,000-year-old near-continuous settlement. (B,L,D) MAY 17: BERGEN, NORWAY/ DISEMBARK (B)

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland.

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SAILING THE GREEK ISLES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD SEA CLOUD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $11,860 to $22,810 (See page 130 for complete prices.)

prinkled across the Aegean Sea and steeped in ancient mythology, the Cyclades are some of the most spectacular of Greece’s many isles. Here, fishing boats cast colourful reflections in azure waters, whitewashed villages cascade down lavender-dusted slopes, and craggy headlands are punctuated by ancient ruins. Under the billowing sails of the exquisite four-masted tall ship Sea Cloud, voyage to sun-drenched Santoríni, the mystical isle of Delos, wild Amorgós, some of the small, less-explored islands, and more.

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▶▶ Discover the magnificent ruins in the ancient sanctuary of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. ▶▶ Visit the gorgeous village of Oía and the astonishing archaeological site of Akrotiri on beautiful Santoríni. ▶▶ Soak up the lively culture, mythology, and Venetian legacy of age-old villages. ▶▶ Explore the Cyclades under full sail aboard the historic squarerigger Sea Cloud.

A cobalt dome sets off the bright whitewash of a hilltop church in Santoríni.

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DAY 1: ATHENS, GREECE/PIRAEUS/ EMBARK Arrive in Athens. Explore the new Acropolis Museum, transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin on the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and take in our first Greek sunset at sea. (L,D) DAY 2: AT SEA Enjoy a glorious day of sailing among the evocative isles of the Cyclades. Follow along with the sail plan as the crew climb the rigging and trim the sails, and attend presentations by our team of experts on the area’s history and mythology. In the late afternoon, we may have a chance for an impromptu stop and a swim. (B,L,D) DAY 3: TINOS Drop anchor at beautiful Tinos, dotted with villages steeped in Venetian history. The island’s Venetian-era dovecotes, terraced hillsides, and green marble quarries have long made this a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, adorned with carved marble facades, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at Greece’s holiest shrine. (B,L,D) DAY 4: DELOS/EXPLORING The tiny archaeological gem of Delos is the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, music, and light. Spend the morning discovering the island’s incredible ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the exquisite Temple of Apollo. This afternoon, Flowers at Santoríni.

we’ll look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area. (B,L,D) DAY 5: AMORGÓS Drop anchor at Amorgós, the easternmost isle of the Cyclades. Visit the main city, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviótissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. Later, return to the Sea Cloud and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beneath its splendid sails. (B,L,D) Setting the sails.

GREECE Athens Tinos Delos Sífnos Amorgós Aegean Sea

Santoríni

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jul. 1, 8, 15; Aug. 24; Sep. 20 Note: To take advantage of optimum sailing opportunities, the order and choice of some smaller islands may change during the course of this expedition.

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

DAY 6: SANTORÍNI Incomparable Santoríni is an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B.C., burying the island’s Minoan culture in ash. Sail into the caldera, and drive through windswept vineyards to the beautiful town of Oía which affords unrivalled views of the caldera below. After lunch, see the Archaeology Museum and the excavations at Akrotiri. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SÍFNOS/AT SEA Distinguished for its ceramic chimneys and its Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbour village and a beautiful upper chora (village), waterfront tavernas and convenient beaches. It’s a great island for walkers or loungers alike. This afternoon, find a spot on deck to watch as the Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted up their impressive masts by hand as we set sail for Piraeus. (B,L,D) DAY 8: PIRAEUS/DISEMBARK Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day pre-trip extension to Athens or a three-day post-trip extension to Crete. Visit our website or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Sisse Brimberg has photo­ graphed more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. Join her on the Jul. 15 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE

Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360-degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail

Sea Cloud’s elegant restaurant.

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UNDER SAIL: GREECE TO THE DALMATIAN COAST 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD SEA CLOUD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $15,860 to $30,290 (See page 130 for complete prices.)

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rom the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar, immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe’s most spectacular places on board the legendary four-masted Sea Cloud. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, legendary Ithaca (Itháki), and incomparable Dubrovnik.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Ply the waters of the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic Seas aboard the magnificent Sea Cloud. ▶▶ Step back in history at five UNESCO World Heritage sites including the ancient ruins of Olympia, Greece, and Albania’s historic city of Butrint. ▶▶ Explore Montenegro’s Gulf of Kotor to Our Lady of the Rocks, a tiny islet created over centuries by local fishermen. ▶▶ Spend a day among the marble-paved lanes and ramparts of Dubrovnik.

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GREECE & DALMATIAN COAST

DAY 1: ATHENS, GREECE/PIRAEUS/ EMBARK Arrive in Athens. Explore the new Acropolis Museum, transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. (L,D) DAY 2: AT SEA UNDER SAIL Round the southern coast of the Peloponnesus peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Watch the crew hoist Sea Cloud’s many sails by hand. Relax with a book on deck, photograph our yacht, and attend talks by our expedition team. (B,L,D)

city of Butrint, a UNESCO site, and return to Sarandë along the Ksamil peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Corfu. Set sail in the afternoon. (B,L,D) DAY 6: KRUJE Drive to the ancient capital of Kruje, and visit the medieval market and Ethnographic Museum. Also visit the Skanderbeg Museum, dedicated to Albania’s national hero. Take in a stirring folkloric performance. (B,L,D) DAY 7: PERAST AND KOTOR, MONTENEGRO Sail into Montenegro via the magnificent Gulf of Kotor. Stop at the historic town of Perast before taking a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. Steeped in lore, the tiny islet was created by fishermen dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore medieval Kotor this afternoon, or drive up 25 serpentine switchbacks to the top of the fjord. (B,L,D) DAY 8: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA Known as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world. Spend the day exploring the marvellous old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a private performance of traditional Croatian klapa music. (B,L,D)

Sea Cloud under full sail. DAY 3: OLYMPIA Dock in Katákolon and travel to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site, the Olympic Stadium, and the superb Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: SAILING/KORČULA Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Visit the town’s sites, and see the house believed by some to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. Later, take some time to enjoy the waterfront. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: ITHACA/SAILING Sail this morning to Ithaca (Itháki), home to Odysseus. The island remains somewhat isolated and retains the sense of adventure associated with Homer’s hero. Visit gems of Ionian villages and explore sites that link to the era described in the epic poems. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: HVAR/SAILING At the height of Venetian rule, Hvar was the region’s most prosperous centre. Take a walk along the marbled waterfront and the grand central square. Visit the arsenal and Croatia’s oldest active theatre, and if you choose, hike up to the dramatically located citadel. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: SARANDË AND BUTRINT, ALBANIA Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is now feeling its way into the 21st century. Explore the ancient

DAY 11: DUBROVNIK/DISEMBARK Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

CROATIA Hvar MONTEKor˘cula NEGRO Dubrovnik Kotor Kruje ALBANIA Sarandë Butrint GREECE Ithaca (Itháki)

Athens

Olympia Mediterranean Sea

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 May 25; Jun. 4*; Aug. 31; Sep. 10* *These departures travel from Dubrovnik to Athens.

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day pre- or post-voyage extension to Athens or a three-day pre- or post-voyage extension to Mostar, Trogir & Split. Visit our website or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORIAN Grace Fielder is an expert on the history and cultures along the Dalmatian coast. She has studied the local lore, music, and cuisine of this region, and has even moonlighted as a lavender harvester on the island of Hvar. Grace will join the May 25 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE

Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360-degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail

The quarterdeck’s restful “Blue Lagoon”.

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SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD LORD OF THE GLENS PRICES FROM: $9,460 to $16,200 (See our website for complete prices.)

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n a voyage through Scotland’s famed lochs and inland waterways aboard Lord of the Glens, experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and churches. Trace Scotland’s compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Cruise Loch Ness; descend through the intricate lock system of Neptune’s Staircase; and explore serene hills and harbour villages on the picturesque islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg, and Skye.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Stroll across the battlefield at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was dramatically defeated. ▶▶ Hike through stunning scenery on the Isle of Skye, and learn about the tiny communities on the remote islands of Eigg or Rum. ▶▶ Kayak on Loch Ness, and wander through the charming seaside town of Tobermory. ▶▶ Discover Scotland from the prehistoric Clava Cairns to contemporary communities where traditions live on.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE 2017 will mark Lindblad’s fourteenth summer aboard Lord of the Glens, and we’ve EXPEDITION been exploring Scotland since the 1980s. On this journey, our expedition staff will include a historian, a naturalist/Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an expert on Scotland’s cultures—and skilled, witty local guides as well. This expedition has been noted by National Geographic Traveler magazine as a ‘trip of a lifetime.’

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Highland cattle at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull.


SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

DAY 1: INVERNESS, SCOTLAND/ EMBARK Arrive in Inverness. Board Lord of the Glens and settle into your cabin. Gather for a reception and dinner on board tonight, and a performance by junior Scottish dancers. (D) DAY 2: CULLODEN/CLAVA CAIRNS/ LOCH NESS Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones and passage tombs of Clava Cairns. This afternoon, set sail on the Caledonian Canal and enter Loch Ness, where we’ll learn about the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor at Fort Augustus and set out on a kayak excursion or a hike. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: LOCH LINNHE/OBAN Today descend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, and continue through Loch Linnhe to the town of Oban, set on a picturesque bay on the Firth of Lorn. There is time to explore this lively town on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Folly, a monument on a hill overlooking the town and bay that was inspired by the Roman Colosseum. (B,L,D) DAY 5: SOUND OF MULL/IONA/DUART CASTLE/TOBERMORY Sail to the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides. Drive across Mull, then cross to Iona by ferry to explore this picturesque island. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church. Stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where Scottish kings including Macbeth are buried. On Mull, visit Duart Castle, home to Clan Maclean. Continue on to the picturesque town of Tobermory. (B,L,D) DAY 6: TOBERMORY/ISLE OF EIGG OR ISLE OF RUM/INVERIE Explore colourful Tobermory, then sail north to either Eigg, Rum or even Canna, depending on conditions. The islands have populations of fewer than one hundred souls, and teem with wildlife. Look for marine animals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, basking sharks, harbour porpoises and a colony of Manx shearwaters. Then sail to the tiny village of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the Old Forge, the most remote pub in the British Isles. (B,L,D)

Caledonian Canal. DAY 3: LAGGAN LOCKS/BANAVIE/ GLENFINNAN Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, and sail across picturesque Lochs Oich and Lochy. From the town of Banavie, drive to Glenfinnan, a lovely village nestled within the mountains, and enjoy an afternoon walk. This evening, welcome local musicians on board for an enjoyable performance. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: ISLE OF SKYE Continue north to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, who once ruled the west coast of Scotland, and walk through the woodlands of Armadale. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting), or explore Eilean Donan Castle and the quaint village of Plockton. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jun. 19, 26*; Jul. 17, 24*, 31; Aug. 7*, 14, 21* *These departures travel from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness.

SPECIAL OFFER: Travel aboard Lord of the Glens on any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with Jim Richardson on the August 14, 2017 departure. Jim spent two years photographing the Celtic realm for the March 2006 National Geographic magazine article, “Celt Appeal.” OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day pre- or post-voyage extension in Edinburgh. Visit our website or call for details. A young bagpiper turns out to greet our ship.

DAY 8: KYLE OF LOCHALSH/ INVERNESS/DISEMBARK Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive through the highlands to Inverness. Then transfer to the airport for your onward flights. (B)

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ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER, INCLUDING ANGKOR AND SAIGON 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS—ABOARD JAHAN PRICES FROM: $13,730 to $20,720 (See page 133 for complete prices.)

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hrow wide the curtains of your intimate and exquisitely appointed cabin, slide open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors of your private balcony, and breathe the warm air as a sepiacoloured sun rises over the majestic Mekong River. Life aboard the luxurious Jahan, the finest ship on the river, is a rich and rewarding experience. With three decks, a full-service outdoor bar, and a plunge pool, she offers a variety of enjoyable vantage points from which to relax and witness a kaleidoscope of river life—small boats carrying coconuts, jackfruit, rice and rose apples; fishermen casting wide nets in the pre-dawn light; water buffalo lapping along the shores—on this ancient waterway between Cambodia and Vietnam. Onboard amenities include canopied spaces, a library, spa, fitness centre, numerous cool

nooks and crannies for reading or repose, and a gracious dining room to enjoy in casual comfort. French chef Emmanuel Delhoume has orchestrated a menu that blends world-class Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine with Western options to satisfy all tastes. From the grandeur of Angkor Wat and the ruins of Angkor Thom, through the Mekong’s welter of villages, floating shops and markets, and Delta farming communities, to the vibrant capitals of Phnom Penh and Saigon, our superb special guest speaker, cultural experts and naturalists will provide meaningful observations and insight. You will gain a deeper understanding of two remarkable countries and their diverse cultures, and experience a cohesive and rewarding journey into the heart and soul of a way of life that has lasted more than 1,000 years.


Angkor Thom.

Ta Prohm temple at Angkor.

A vendor prepares produce at a local market.

LED BY A DIVERSE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE TEAM PHILIP CAPUTO is a novelist and journalist who has written 15 books. His acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, A Rumor of War, has sold two million copies since its publication in 1977, and is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war. He will join the Feb. 23 departure. David Brotherson is an archaeologist and member of the Greater Angkor Project, an archaeology research program. He has conducted fieldwork and excavations at numerous sites across Angkor. Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. She has travelled extensively throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Staff will vary by departure. See our website for details.

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2017 Jan. 18, 26*; Feb 1, 15, 23* *These departures travel from Saigon to Siem Reap. OPTIONAL EXTENSION Eight-day extension in Vietnam: From Hoi An to Halong Bay. Visit our website. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE DAY 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia DAY 2: Angkor/Siem Reap DAY 3: Angkor/Siem Reap DAY 4: Kampong Cham/Embark Jahan DAY 5: Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach/Angkor Ban DAY 6: Kampong Tralach/Kampong Chhnang DAY 7: Phnom Penh DAY 8: Sailing the Mekong DAY 9: Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Vietnam DAY 10: Sadec/Cai Be DAY 11: My Tho/Disembark/Saigon DAY 12: Saigon

SEE A VIRTUAL TOUR, WITH 360-DEGREE PHOTOGRAPHS, OF JAHAN’S EXQUISITE CABINS AND PUBLIC SPACES AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/JAHANTOUR

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2016/17 EXPEDITION CALENDAR POLAR REGIONS & THE NORTHLANDS Antarctica Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands South Georgia and the Falklands Land of the Ice Bears Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland A Circumnavigation of Iceland Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland The Canadian Maritimes THE AMERICAS - SOUTH & NORTH Galápagos Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru's Land of the Inca Machu Picchu & Peru's Land of the Inca Upper Amazon Upper Amazon + Galápagos Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru's Land of the Inca Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres Del Paine to Cape Horn Patagonia: Chilean Fjords And Argentina’s Staten Island Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Wild Alaska Escape Big Picture Alaska Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands Denali Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvest, History & Landscapes Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Costa Rica to Panama Plus Monteverde Cloud Forest Panama to Coast Rica Plus Monteverde, Arenal Volcano And Tortuguero Exploring Costa Rica: From Cloud Forest to the Caribbean Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World Sailing the Caribbean Cuba by Land & Sea: Cultural Heritage & Natural Wonders EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides Wild and Windswept: Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation Sailing the Greek Isles Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Scotland’s Highlands & Islands SOUTHEAST ASIA Vietnam & Cambodia

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE EXPEDITION SHIP CAPACITY: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 112 metres. National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the flagship of the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilised, iceclass vessel, with an ice-reinforced 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; mudroom 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.

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. Equipped with Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections and USB ports or mobile devices. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, aerial remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkelling gear. SPECIAL FEATURES: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, LEX/NG-certified photo instructor and video chronicler, internet café and laundry. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features a glass-enclosed fitness centre, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and sauna.

CATEGORY 1: Main Deck with one or two portholes #301-308

CATEGORY A SOLO: Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334 CATEGORY B 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. SOLE OCCUPANCY: Cabins available in Categories A and B. 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. Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate. Cabins #341, 343, 101, 102, 215, 219 and 230 can accommodate a third person.

CATEGORY 2: Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336 CATEGORY 3: Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337340, 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

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TAKE A VIRTUAL VIDEO TOUR OF OUR NEWEST SHIP AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/NGEXPLORER


Browsing the library.

Dining is completely casual with no assigned seating.

Fitness centre with sweeping views.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated otherwise.

ITINERARY

YEAR

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

2016/17

$16,700

$17,950

$18,490

$19,900

$23,940

2017/18

$17,200

$18,490

$19,040

$20,490

$24,650

2016/17

$18,040

$19,380

$19,960

$21,490

$25,850

2017/18

$18,580

$19,960

$20,560

$22,110

$26,610

2016/17

$28,880

$30,940

$32,390

$33,910

$41,610

2017/18

$29,740

$31,860

$33,360

$34,930

$42,860

Oct. 2016/17

$19,910

$21,240

$22,410

$23,740

$28,740

Mar. 2017/18

$21,240

$22,660

$23,910

$25,440

$30,720

Land of the Ice Bears – Page 16

2017

$12,780

$13,600

$14,150

$14,990

$17,690

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast – Page 20

2017

$18,690

$19,730

$20,660

$22,250

$25,440

Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords - Page 26

2017

$19,240

$20,540

$21,400

$22,650

$26,710

Epic 80°N: Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands – Page 28

2017

$32,490

$34,990

$36,210

$38,740

$46,840

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic – Page 30

2017

$17,490

$18,740

$19,500

$20,940

$25,250

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland – Page 32

2017

$8,740

$9,490

$9,840

$10,680

$12,610

The Canadian Maritimes – Page 34

2017

$10,210

$10,800

$11,200

$11,900

$14,030

Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island – Page 50

2017

$23,740

$25,520

$26,560

$28,150

$33,290

England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation – Page 102

2017

$22,970

$24,110

$25,190

$26,240

$31,240

Journey to Antarctica – Page 10

Journey to Antarctica: Holiday departures – Page 10

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands – Page 12

South Georgia and the Falklands – Page 14

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Standard bathroom.

Spacious solo cabin.

Main deck cabin with window.

BEGINNING APRIL 2017, BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS ARE INCLUDED ON ALL EXPLORER VOYAGES. CAT. 6

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CAT. B SOLO

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$27,350

$31,850

$22,440

$23,110

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,100 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$28,180

$32,800

$23,110

$23,800

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,100 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$29,540

$34,400

$24,230

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Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,100 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$3,000

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,100 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$2,500

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,100 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$30,430

$35,420

$24,950

$25,700

$48,030

$55,690

$38,660

$40,490

$49,460

$57,350

$39,830

$41,700

$33,220

$38,540

$26,550

$28,010

$35,440

$41,100

$28,330

$29,890

$20,660

$23,610

$17,000

$17,690

$1,500

Includes two hotel nights. Charter Airfare: $910 (roundtrip Oslo/Longyearbyen).

$29,690

$34,100

$24,650

$25,830

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Charter Airfare: $450 (Oslo/Longyearbyen).

$31,130

$35,600

$25,680

$26,750

$2,500

Includes one hotel night in Reykjavík. Charter airfare: $910 (Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík).

$53,390

$62,050

$43,740

$45,260

$3,000

Includes two hotel nights in Reykjavík. Round trip charter airfare: $1,810 (Reykjavík/ Kangerlussuaq).

$29,110

$33,750

$23,420

$24,380

$1,500

Includes two hotel nights in Reykjavik. Round trip charter airfare: $1,810 (Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq).

$15,140

$17,440

$11,860

$12,300

$750

Includes three hotel nights in Reykjavík. Round trip charter airfare: $1,810 (Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq).

$16,380

$19,090

$13,500

$14,000

$1,000

$38,740

$44,380

$31,900

$33,200

$2,500

$36,440

$41,910

$30,140

$31,490

$2,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,010 (Santiago/Puerto Montt, Ushuaia/Buenos Aires).

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION CAPACITY: 102 guests in 53 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 103 metres. The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion is the newest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. A fully stabilised, ice-class vessel with an ice reinforced hull, National Geographic Orion is at home navigating polar ice as well as small harbours in Europe.

CABINS: All cabins feature ocean views, private facilities, climate controls, internet access for your own laptop, and a flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player. Some cabins have French balconies. Equipped with Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections and USB ports or mobile devices. Single cabins in Category 1 and Category 3 include #301, 322, 323, and 512.

PUBLIC AREAS: Outdoor café, lounge with bar, restaurant, sundeck, reception desk, observation lounge and library, global gallery, marina platform, and mudroom. Our ‘open bridge’ allows guests to meet our captain and officers and learn about navigation.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft, a fleet of 24 double kayaks and a crow’s nest camera. For the Europe voyages (except for Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland/ Greenland), we will carry 25 bicycles. For the Polar voyages, we will carry a hydrophone, underwater video cameras, and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

MEALS: All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. The cuisine is international with local flair, featuring tastes of the regions we explore.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Laundry, a full-time doctor, National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus for the Polar voyages, there is an undersea specialist and video chronicler. WELLNESS: A wellness specialist, fitness centre, LEXspa treatment room and sauna are on board.

Above: Observation lounge and library; award-winning chef Serge Dansereau creates menus that reflect the region’s flavors.

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CATEGORY 1: Main Deck with oval window #316, 318, 319-321

CATEGORY 6: Bridge Deck—Owner’s suite with French balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510

CATEGORY 2: Main Deck with oval window #302-312, 314, 315, 317

*Cabin 509 has two windows in lieu of a French balcony.

CATEGORY 3: Upper Deck—Suite with window #401-412, 414-419

CATEGORY 1 SOLO: Main Deck with oval window or two portholes #301, 322, 323 CATEGORY 3 SOLO: Bridge Deck—Suite with two windows #512

CATEGORY 4: Bridge Deck—Deluxe suite with window #511, 515

NOTE: Sole occupancy cabins available in Categories 1 and 3. Shared accommodations available in Categories 1 and 2.

CATEGORY 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with French balcony #501, 503-506, 508

NOTE: Third person rates available at one-half the double occupancy rate in designated triple occupancy cabins.

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Category 1 & 2 cabin.

Main lounge.

Bathroom.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated otherwise.

ITINERARY

YEAR

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

2016/17

$16,700

$17,950

$19,900

$23,740

2017/18

$17,200

$18,490

$20,490

$24,650

2016/17

$18,040

$19,380

$21,490

$25,640

2017/18

$18,580

$19,960

$22,110

$26,610

2016/17

$28,880

$30,940

$33,910

$41,610

2017/18

$29,740

$31,860

$34,930

$42,860

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard – Page 18

2017

$23,310

$24,740

$27,990

$32,000

Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland – Page 22

2017

$17,110

$19,840

$23,550

$25,690

A Circumnavigation of Iceland – Page 24

2017

$11,410

$13,220

$15,700

$17,130

Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres Del Paine to Cape Horn – Page 52

2017

$17,430

$18,250

$19,510

$21,930

Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island– Page 54

2017

$11,900

$12,010

$13,280

$15,690

Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country – Page 92

2017

$9,990

$11,580

$13,740

$14,990

Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden and Norway – Page 94

2017

$9,990

$11,580

$13,740

$14,990

Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides – Page 96

2017

$9,990

$11,580

$13,740

$14,990

Wild and Windswept: Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales – Page 98

2017

$9,990

$11,580

$13,740

$14,990

Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea – Page 100

2017

$18,550

$21,490

$25,510

$27,840

Journey to Antarctica – Page 10

Journey to Antarctica – Holiday departures – Page 10

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands – Page 12

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Category 5 French balcony suite.

Dining Room.

Category 1 solo cabin.

STARTING APRIL 2017, BAR TAB & CREW TIPS INCLUDED ON ALL ORION VOYAGES. CAT. 5

$27,350

CAT. 6

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 3 SOLO

$31,850

$24,990

$29,850

$28,180

$32,800

$25,800

$30,740

$29,540

$34,400

$27,060

$32,240

$30,420

$35,430

$27,860

$33,160

$48,030

$55,690

$43,310

$50,860

DEPOSIT

NOTE

$1,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Charter Airfare from $1,240 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

$1,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Charter Airfare from $1,240 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

$3,000

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Charter Airfare from $1,240 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

Includes one hotel night .Charter Airfare $610 (one-way Oslo/Longyearbyen or vice versa)

$49,460

$57,350

$44,610

$52,390

$37,360

$42,930

$34,970

$41,990

$2,500

$30,690

$35,590

$25,690

$35,340

$1,500

$20,460

$23,730

$17,130

$23,560

$1,000

$24,550

$27,140

$25,150

$28,280

$1,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago, one hotel night in Puerto Natales and three hotel nights in Torres del Paine. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,070 (Santiago/Puerto Natales, Ushuaia/Santiago).

$18,310

$20,900

$16,790

$19,910

$1,000

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Charter airfare from $1,070 (Santiago/Puerto Natales, Ushuaia/Santiago).

$17,900

$20,760

$14,990

$20,610

$1,000

$17,900

$20,760

$14,990

$20,610

$1,000

$17,900

$20,760

$14,990

$20,610

$1,000

$17,900

$20,760

$14,990

$20,610

$1,000

$33,240

$38,560

$27,840

$38,280

$1,500

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR II OUR LATEST SHIP IN GALÁPAGOS, OFFERING EXPEDITION AMENITIES FOR 96 GUESTS CAPACITY: 96 guests in 52 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Ecuador. OVERALL LENGTH: 73 metres. PUBLIC AREAS: New forward lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings, restaurant, large library with Mac kiosks, open-air observation deck, underwater gear area and dual Zodiac boarding platform, and open bridge, where guests can meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. Ship refitted for Galápagos in 2016. MEALS: Served in a single, unassigned seating in a sociable, informal atmosphere with Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All face outside with large windows, and feature twin beds that convert to a queen. With private facilities and climate control, nightstands, desk, and storage. Seven sets of cabins with a connecting door. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Nine Zodiacs, including one with a glass-bottom, kayaks and paddleboards, snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, video microscope and underwater video camera. SPECIAL FEATURES: Shipboard doctor, LEX-NG certified photo instructor, video chronicler, program for kids, snorkel instruction. Wi-Fi access, laundry service, Global Gallery. WELLNESS: New LEXSpa and fitness centre, exercise classes, and wellness specialist.

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Clockwise from top: National Geographic Endeavour II will feature 52 cabins accommodating 96 guests; the new lounge’s panoramic windows ensure stunning Galápagos views; artist rendering of a typical category 3 cabin.


CATEGORY1:1:Upper UpperDeck, Deck,Forward Forward#201, #201,202 202 CATEGORY CATEGORY2:2:Upper UpperDeck Deck#211, #211,213-219, 213-219,221, 221,222, 222,224-229 224-229 CATEGORY CATEGORY3:3:Lounge LoungeDeck Deck#311, #311,313-319, 313-319,321, 321,322, 322,324, 324,326, 326, CATEGORY 328, 330 328, 330 CATEGORY4:4:Bridge BridgeDeck Deck#409, #409,411-414, 411-414,416, 416,418 418 CATEGORY

OBSERVATION DECK GYM & SPA

SUITEA:A:Lounge LoungeDeck, Deck,Mid-Ship Mid-Ship#320—with #320—withtwo twowindows, windows, SUITE larger bath, arm chair. Connecting door to #322. larger bath, arm chair. Connecting door to #322. SUITEB:B:Bridge BridgeDeck, Deck,Mid-Ship Mid-Ship#420, #420,422—with 422—withtwo twofloor-tofloor-toSUITE ceiling windows, larger bath, convertible sofa for a third person. ceiling windows, larger bath, convertible sofa for a third person. SUITEC:C:Bridge BridgeDeck, Deck,Mid-Ship Mid-Ship#415—with #415—withtwo twolarge largewindows, windows, SUITE larger bath, separate sitting area with convertible sofa third larger bath, separate sitting area with convertible sofa forfora athird person and arm chairs, largest cabin on ship. person and arm chairs, largest cabin on ship.

413

411

409 BRIDGE

422

GLOBAL GALLERY

420

418

416

414

412

317

315

313

311

318

316

314

BRIDGE DECK EXPEDITION GEAR 327 325

321

319

BAR WC

CATEGORY2 2SOLO: SOLO:Upper UpperDeck Deck#203-209—with #203-209—witha aqueen queenbed. bed. CATEGORY CATEGORY3 3SOLO: SOLO:Lounge LoungeDeck Deck#325, #325,327—with 327—with aa queen CATEGORY queenbed. bed.

330 328 326 324 322

320

LOUNGE

LOUNGE DECK

NOTE:AllAllcabins cabinsfeature featurethe theoption optionofoftwo twotwins twinsorora aqueen queenbed, bed, NOTE: plus large window(s), desk, chair, and closet. plus large window(s), desk, chair, and closet. CONNECTINGCABINS: CABINS:#226/228, #226/228,227/229, 227/229,315/317, 315/317,316/318, 316/318, CONNECTING 320/322, 411/413, 416/418 320/322, 411/413, 416/418 TRIPLEOCCUPANCY: OCCUPANCY:#224, #224,225, 225,326, 326,328 328with withfold folddown downthird third TRIPLE bed, Suites B and C with convertible sofa bed. Third person rates bed, Suites B and C with convertible sofa bed. Third person rates are one-half per person double occupancy rate. are one-half per person double occupancy rate.

415

LIBRARY

DOCTOR’S OFFICE 229 227 225

221

219

228 226 224 222

UPPER DECK

217

215

213

218

216

214

211

209 207 205 203

201

208 206 204 202

RECEPTION DESK

ZODIAC BOARDING

SHAREDACCOMMODATIONS: ACCOMMODATIONS:Shares Sharescan canbebearranged arrangedatatthe the SHARED double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2. double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2.

GALLEY

RESTAURANT

WC

WC

MAIN DECK

I indicates adjoining cabins

*The new National Geographic Endeavour II sails in January 2017, replacing the National Geographic Endeavour on the same itineraries. Call or visit expeditions.com/GalaShips *This yearlast is the last chance sail aboard the beloved National Geographic Endeavour. for the chance to traveltoaboard the Endeavour in 2016 (limited availability). Prices Call for details on special offers in 2016. Visit expeditions.com/galaships for the NG Endeavour deck plan. start at $6,590 per person, double occupancy in 2016.

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. Prices are per person, double occupancy in Australian dollars unless indicated as solo.

ITINERARY ITINERARY

CAT. 1 CAT. 1

CAT. 2 CAT. 2

CAT. 3 CAT. 3

CAT. 4 CAT. 4

SUITE A SUITE B SUITE C SUITE A SUITE B SUITE C

CAT. 2 CAT. 2 SOLO SOLO

CAT. 3 CAT. 3 SOLO SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT DEPOSIT

2017 GALÁPAGOS: ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR II—PAGE 16 2017 Galápagos: Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II–Page 40 $6,960 $7,940 $8,740 $9,590 $11,440 $12,280 $12,980 $9,930 $10,930 Jan. 6 - Dec. 15 $8,700 $9,930 $10,930 $11,990 $14,300 $15,350 $16,230 $12,420 $13,670 Jan. 6 - Dec. 15 $7,780 $8,880 $9,780 $10,720 $12,810 $13,760 $14,530 $11,120 $12,240 Holiday: Dec. 22, 29 $9,730 $11,100 $12,230 $13,400 $16,020 $17,200 $18,170 $13,900 $15,300 Holiday: Dec. 22, 29 2017 GALÁPAGOS + MACHU PICCHU & THE LAND OF THE INCA—PAGE 18 2017 Galápagos + Machu Picchu & The Land of the Inca–Page 42 $12,650 $13,630 $14,430 $15,280 $17,130 $17,970 $18,670 $17,000 $18,000 Jan. 6 - Dec. 8 $15,810 $17,040 $18,040 $19,100 $21,410 $22,460 $23,340 $21,250 $22,500 Jan. 6 - Dec. 8 $13,380 $14,360 $15,160 $16,010 $17,860 $18,700 $19,400 $17,730 $18,730 Dec. 15 $16,730 $17,950 $18,950 $20,010 $22,330 $23,380 $24,250 $22,160 $23,410 Dec. 15 $14,200 $15,300 $16,200 $17,140 $19,230 $20,180 $20,950 $18,920 $20,040 Holiday: Dec. 29 $17,750 $19,130 $20,250 $21,430 $24,040 $25,230 $26,190 $23,650 $25,050 Holiday: Dec. 22, 29 2017 EPIC GALÁPAGOS PHOTO EXPEDITION ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR II 2017 Epic Galápagos Photo Expedition Aboard National Geographic Endeavour Il Nov. 24 Nov. 24

$750 $750 $1,000 $1,000

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

$13,920 $15,880 $17,480 $19,180 $22,880 $24,560 $25,960 $19,860 $21,860 $1,500 $17,400 $19,850 $21,850 $23,980 $28,600 $30,700 $32,450 $24,890 $27,330 $1,500

NOTE NOTE

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for International andall Galápagos voyages. internal Ecuador Sample International tickets must be issued Airfares: round-trip separately for all Miami/Guayaquil: Galápagos voyages. Economy from $500; Sample Internal Business from $800. Airfares: Guayaquil/ Sample Internal Galápagos: Adult from Airfares: Guayaquil/ $650 Children (Under 12)Galápagos: from $325.Adult Call from for $520 Children (Under sample Peru airfare. 12) from $260. Call for sample Peru airfare.

Please call for Galápagos + Upper Amazon pricing, including the 10% back-to-back savings.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER YACHT-SCALED AND TRIM, OFFERING EXPEDITION AMENITIES FOR JUST 48 GUESTS CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Ecuador. OVERALL LENGTH: 50 metres. PUBLIC AREAS: Open-air observation deck, second covered outside deck with hammocks, tables and chairs. Lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings, dining room, library, Mac kiosks and Internet. The captain and officers welcome guests to visit the open bridge. MEALS: Served in a single, unassigned seating in a sociable, informal atmosphere with an Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All have a window with an outside view, private facilities, ample storage and climate controls. Bed can be configured as two twins or as a single queen. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a fleet of kayaks and paddleboards, snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, video microscope and underwater video camera. SPECIAL FEATURES: Shipboard doctor, LEX-NG certified photo instructor, video chronicler, snorkel instruction. Wi-Fi access, laundry service, Global Gallery. WELLNESS: New LEXSpa and fitness centre, exercise classes, and wellness specialist.

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Insets clockwise from top: Our hospitality staff is at your service and an integral part of your expedition; Category 4 cabin; Category 5 cabin.


CATEGORY 1: Main Deck, Forward #201-206 CATEGORY 2: Main Deck #207-210 CATEGORY 3: Bridge Deck #303-306. Cabins 305 and 306 can accommodate a third person. CATEGORY 4: Upper Deck #403-408—with outside, glassed-in terraces with windowed door and seating.

408

406

407

405

404

402 401

403

UPPER DECK LIBRARY

FITNESS CENTRE

306

304

305

303

302 BRIDGE

CATEGORY 5: Upper Deck, #401 and 402—forward facing with additional seating, desk, wrap-around windows, glassed-in terrace with seating. Largest cabins aboard.

LOUNGE

NOTE: All cabins offer two twin beds that can be converted to a queen. Sole occupancy in categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates for cabins 305 and 306 are one-half per person double occupancy rate.

301

INTERNET

DINING ROOM 209 207

206 204 202

205 203 201

LEXspa

210 208

DOCTOR

SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.

RECEPTION

BRIDGE DECK

MAIN DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated as solo.

ITINERARY

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

DEPOSIT

$13,100

$14,790

$750

NOTE

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$8,740

$9,860

$10,970

$11,610

$14,110

Holiday: Dec. 17, 24

$9,990

$11,240

$12,220

$12,970

$15,560 $14,990 $16,860

$1,000

2016 GALÁPAGOS + MACHU PICCHU & THE LAND OF THE INCA PAGE 42 Jan. 3 - Dec. 3

$15,600

$16,730

$17,840

$18,480 $20,980

$23,400

$1,500

Dec. 10

$16,480

$17,600

$18,710

$19,350 $21,850 $22,590 $24,280

$1,500

Holiday: Dec. 24

$17,730

$18,980 $19,960

$20,710 $23,300 $24,480 $26,350

$1,500

$21,710

2017 GALÁPAGOS: ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER PAGE 40 Dec. 31, 2016 - Dec. 16, 2017

$9,160

$10,360

$11,460

$12,190

$14,830

$13,740

$15,550

$750

Holiday: Dec. 23, 30

$10,490

$11,800

$12,840

$13,620

$16,340

$15,740

$17,700

$1,000

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample Internal Airfares: Guayaquil/ Galápagos: Adult from $650 Children (Under 12) from $325. Call for sample Peru airfare.

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$16,280

$17,480

$18,580 $19,300 $21,940 $22,580 $24,390

$1,500

Dec. 9

$17,190

$18,390

$19,490 $20,210 $22,850 $23,490 $25,300

$1,500

Holiday: Dec. 23

$18,510

$19,830 $20,860 $21,650 $24,360 $25,490 $27,450

$1,500

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. REGISTRY: United States. OVERALL LENGTH: 46 metres. PUBLIC AREAS: Our twin sister ships feature a library; global market; lounge with fullservice 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 emphasise local fare. CABINS: All face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkelling gear, fleet of paddleboards, splash-cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Baja and expedition landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest Internet access. A video chronicler is 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 and Alaska. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment, LEXspa and outdoor stretching area.

LEXspa

105

103

101

CPTN.

106

104

102

100

CATEGORY 1: Main Deck #300-305—Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, and a large view window.

BRIDGE

SUNDECK

CATEGORY 2: Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215—These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window.

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

MAIN DECK

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Insets clockwise from top: Expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird can access hard to reach locations; twin beds can be pushed together to form a double bed in Category 3 cabins on the Upper Deck; a comfortable Category 2 cabin freshly redesigned.

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.


THE PRIVILEGE OF WILDNESS IN COMFORT AND STYLE Our twin ships have been transformed: the lounge, bar and dining room have been handsomely renovated. And every cabin category has been refreshed with warm cherry veneer, our signature bed linens, sleekly framed photos and more. Now, each ship sets new standards for expedition hospitality and comfort. Left to right: Our newly refurbished lounge; ceviche salad. Dining room aboard National Geographic Sea Lion.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated as solo.

ITINERARY

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

DEPOSIT

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness (Sea Lion) – Page 56

2017

$7,370

$8,440

$9,670

$11,050

$12,660

$750

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii – Page 58

2017

$13,630

$15,570

$18,170

$20,440

$24,830

$1,500

Wild Alaska Escape – Page 60

2017

$5,370

$6,240

$7,490

$8,050

$9,370

$750

Big Picture Alaska – Page 62

2017

$11,240

$13,120

$14,870

$16,870

$19,680

$1,000

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among The Great Whales – Page 72

2017

$8,240

$9,490

$10,740

$12,370

$14,240

$1,000

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez – Page 74

2017

$7,740

$8,990

$9,990

$11,620

$13,490

$750

Costa Rica & Panama – Page 78

2016/17

$7,990

$9,110

$10,360

$11,990

$13,860

$750

Monteverde + Costa Rica to Panama – Page 80

2016/17

$10,180

$11,300

$12,550

$14,460

$16,340

$1,000

Panama to Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal & Tortuguero – Page 81

2016/17

$13,350

$14,480

$15,730

$18,100

$19,980

$1,500

2016

$5,940

$6,940

$8,070

$8,860

$10,410

2017

$6,120

$7,120

$8,320

$9,180

$10,680

2016/17

$7,490

$8,740

$9,990

$11,240

$13,120

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes – Page 70 Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California – Page 76

$750

$750

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST CAPACITY: 100 Guests in 50 cabins. REGISTRY: United States. OVERALL LENGTH: 72 metres. The National Geographic Quest will be the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. Designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage, National Geographic Quest is able to explore the same remote locations we’ve sought out for decades while setting a new standard in comfort and style. PUBLIC AREAS: Global gallery; fitness centre; LEXspa; lounge with full service bar and facilities for films and presentations; observation deck; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, and a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. 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 dinner is served family-style. Menu emphasises local fare. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Category 4 cabins have balconies. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac, a fleet of 24 kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, video microscope, paddleboards, snorkelling gear for all guests (where applicable). SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, elevator, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a video chronicler and undersea specialist. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill, exercycles, handweights and resistance bands. Treatments in the LEXspa are available by appointment.

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Insets clockwise from top: (Artist’s renderings): The lounge, with 270º views, is the hub of the expedition community; a spacious and open sun deck will provide unparalleled views.


Left to right: (Artist’s renderings) Category 5 cabin is our most spacious. Category 4 cabin with lower single beds converted to a Queen and a private balcony. Select cabins connect via an inside doorway.

CATEGORY 1: Main Deck #301-306 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. CATEGORY 2: Main Deck #307-315 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. CATEGORY 3: Upper Deck #201-206 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two large view windows. CATEGORY 4: Upper Deck #207-229 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. CATEGORY 5 (SUITE): Observation Deck #101-108 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in Category 5 cabins at one half the double occupancy rate. Connecting Cabins via internal doorway access: Main Deck: #312-314, #311-315, #306-308, #305-307 Upper Deck: #224-226, #225-227

108

106

104

107

105

103

102

SUNDECK

BRIDGE W.C.

101

OBSERVATION DECK VIEWING PLATFORM

GLOBAL GALLERY SPA GYM DINING ROOM

LOUNGE W.C.

LOUNGE DECK 228

226

224

222 220

218

216

214

229

227

225

223

221

219

217

215

212

210

208

206 204

202

211

209

207 205 203

201

W.C.

UPPER DECK MUD ROOM

308 306 304 302

314

312

310

315

311

309 307 305 303 301

W.C.

MAIN DECK

TREATMENT ROOM

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated as solo. CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5 SUITE

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

DEPOSIT

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness – Page 56

$8,240

$9,120

$9,740

$10,870

$11,990

$12,490

$13,250

$750

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia – Page 64

$11,740

$12,490

$13,240

$14,370

$15,500

$17,490

$18,550

$1,000

Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands – Page 66

$6,240

$7,120

$7,740

$8,740

$9,740

$9,370

$10,680

$750

Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World – Page 84

$6,870

$7,370

$7,870

$8,740

$9,740

$10,300

$11,050

$750

ITINERARY

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SEA CLOUD CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins including two Owner’s Suites. REGISTRY: Malta. OVERALL LENGTH: 110 metres. Built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 sq. ft. 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. There is a sumptuous lounge and 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: The Main Deck cabins have antique and period-style furniture. These are 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 offer modern, stylish, comfortable furniture. 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 3: #32-37: Cabins have two single beds (which can be pushed together to make a queen-size bed, with one side against the wall), a window and showers.

Insets clockwise from top: Sea Cloud under full sail; Original/Deluxe Category A cabin; Owner’s Suite which is one of the original cabins.

CATEGORY 4: #30-31: Cabins have a queen-size bed, a forward-facing window and showers. ORIGINAL/DELUXE CATEGORY B: Original and deluxe cabins, #5, 6, 9, 10: Located on the Main Deck, these large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types, decorative motifs, bathrooms with tub or shower. All have portholes. ORIGINAL/DELUXE CATEGORY A: Original/deluxe cabins, #3, 4, 7, 8: Located on the Main Deck, these very large cabins, originally occupied by guests of the owner, have a mix of bed types, decorative motifs, bathrooms with bathtubs. All have portholes. OWNER’S SUITES: 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.

36 34 32

30

37 35 33

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BRIDGE

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$16,200

$1,000

$18,740

$19,940

$22,810

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$1,000

$24,840

$26,880

$30,290

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$12,350

$14,960

$15,610

$17,490

Sailing the Greek Isles – Page 104

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$13,350

$15,940

$16,880

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$15,860

$17,940

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Insets clockwise from top left: Delfin II on the river; the dining room provides big views and outstanding cuisine; spacious master suites offer comfort and panoramic views.

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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 and Upper Deck feature two twin beds which can convert to a king.

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Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve – Page 46

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2016/ 2017

Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca – Page 49 Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca Holiday: Dec. 18 & 24, 2017 Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca Holiday: Dec. 23

NOTE

International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Amazon voyages. Sample Internal Airfare: Lima/Iquitos/Lima: From $540.

Back-to-back expeditions combining Galápagos + Upper Amazon are available on a number of 2016 & 2017 dates. Please call for specific dates & rates.

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$16,650

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$1,500

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$1,500

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PANORAMA II CAPACITY: 44 guests in 22 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Greece. OVERALL LENGTH: 50 metres. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is fully air-conditioned. Outdoor areas include two sun decks and two bars. There is a library area and the lounge has a 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. Weather permitting, some meals are served al fresco on the Upper Deck. The menu is international, with a focus on local specialties. CABINS: All have lower beds and face outside, with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities, individual climate controls, television, internal telephone, safe, and mini-fridge. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Snorkelling equipment is available.

UPPER DECK

AL FRESCO AREA

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BRIDGE

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SPECIAL FEATURES: Guests may swim directly from the yacht’s stern swim platform, weather permitting. Satellite Internet access is available on board.

DINING ROOM

Clockwise from top: Panorama II, a two-masted sailing yacht accommodating just 44 guests; the comfortable lounge is the hub of social activities and presentations; the aft area at the Upper Deck provides generous semi-covered or sun-exposed areas where guests can enjoy meals al fresco, with wonderful views.

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CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

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DEPOSIT

2016/17

$11,880

$12,750

$13,750

$14,380

$17,810

$1,000


JAHAN CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Vietnam. OVERALL LENGTH: 70 metres. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is fully air-conditioned. Outdoor areas include the Terrace Deck, with both covered and open-air spaces, a small swimming pool, and a full service bar. The lounge, located on the Upper Deck, has a library and facilities for films, slide shows, and presentations. Guests are welcome on the ‘open bridge’ to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. CABINS: Every cabin is exceptionally spacious and comfortable. All face outside, and all have glass doors and private balconies for enjoying the scenery along the Mekong River and its tributaries. There is a mix of twin-bedded and queen-size bedded cabins. Each has private facilities and hair dryer, individual climate control, 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 treadmill, stationary bicycle, and elliptical trainer. The boutique has a fine selection of local artwork and textiles. Morning Tai Chi classes are offered on the Terrace Deck. DVD and iPod players are available on request. CATEGORY 1: Main Deck #103-112. Each of these large cabins 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.

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SUITES: Upper Deck #211-212. These are the largest and finest accommodations on board. Each has a queen-size bed, a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light, a television, a DVD player, and a private Jacuzzi.

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LOBBY LOUNGE RECEPTION

UPPER DECK

FITNESS ROOM

CATEGORY 2: Upper Deck #201-208. Each of these large cabins 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.

OBSERVATORY

Insets clockwise from top: The new river ship Jahan; Category 2 cabin; Category 3 cabin.

MAIN DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Australian dollars unless indicated as solo.

ITINERARY

YEAR

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

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$13,730

$14,740

CAT. 3

Cat 1 color $17,310

SUITES

Cat 2 color $20,720

CAT. 1 SOLO

Cat 3 color $20,590

DEPOSIT

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BRINGING THE KIDS: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So, take $500 off for each child under the age of 18. COMBINING OFFERS: Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings!

Helping you capture life

Top photography gear and knowledgeable advice. Stellar shipping and customer service. These reasons are why Lindblad Expeditions formed a unique partnership with Ted’s Cameras – Australia’s prominent and renowned camera retailer. Book with us, and in addition to regionspecific gear recommendations, you’ll also receive exclusive guest discounts on camera gear and accessories. Call an expedition specialist for more details.

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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—internet usage, wellness treatments, alcohol*, tips to the crew* and other specialised arrangements (*unless noted otherwise on the itinerary pages.) ABOARD SHIP  All meals and non-alcoholic beverages  Cappuccinos, lattes & complimentary refillable water bottle  24-hour coffee, tea & soft drinks on demand  Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during lounge recap  Sauna  Fitness centre  Fully stocked library  The guidance and company of our expedition staff

ASHORE  Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary  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  Lectures & presentations in the lounge

* All departures aboard Sea Cloud, and all departures starting April 2017 aboard NG Explorer and NG Orion include alcoholic beverages and tips to the ship’s crew.

MAKE OUR SHIPS YOUR OWN TRAVEL TOGETHER & SAVE

Groups of friends, extended family, book clubs and other special interest groups, girlfriend getaways, nature clubs and more—parties of eight people or more receive 5% per person off the cost of the expedition. See discount details on page 133. 100% EXCLUSIVE CHARTER

Charter a ship for a private expedition designed and led by a veteran expedition leader, and accompanied by a team of naturalists, photographers, and other specialists. For more information, please contact, Sonia Orrego, Groups Sales Manager on 1300 369 751 or groups@adventureworld.com.au or visit www.expeditions.com/charterinfo

All of our ships, with capacities of 28-148 guests, can be privately chartered: National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Endeavour II National Geographic Sea Bird National Geographic Sea Lion National Geographic Quest National Geographic Islander National Geographic Orion Sea Cloud Jahan Delfin II Lord of the Glens

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Photo Credits: Jonathan Aguas, Steve Allen/Alamy, Gonzalo Azumendi/agefotostock, Alistair Baird/Alamy, Gregory Basco, Steffen Binke/Alamy, Jose R. Calvo, Earl Carter, Angelo Cavalli/SuperStock, Robert Cicchetti/Shutterstock, Alexandra Daley-Clark, Ralph A. Clevenger, Stewart Cohen, David Cothran, Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson, Guido Cozzi, Jennifer Davidson, Andy Dean, Stuart Dee, Danita Delimont/Alamy, Michael DeYoung, David Dixon/Getty, Chad Ehlers, F. J. Fdez/Getty, Raga Bill Gozansky/Alamy, Mike Greenfelder, Lothar Greiner, Eric Guth, Bartosz Hadyniak, Patrice Halley, Ralph Hammelbacher, Pernilla Hed/agefotostock, Bill Heinsohn/Getty, Rolf Hicker/Alamy, George Holton, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Peter Jackson/Alamy, Bob Krist, Ivan Kuzmin/Alamy, Frans Lanting, John Warburton-Lee/Alamy, Joakim Leroy/Superstock, Y.Levy/Alamy, Sven-Olof Lindblad, Jeff Litton, Luis Louro/Alamy, Michael Luppino, Richard Maack, Jeff Mauritzen, Michael Melford, Carlos J. Navarro, John Michaels/Alamy, Yoann Morin/Shutterstock, Paul Nicklen, Flip Nicklin, Michael S. Nolan, Rob O’Neil, Stefanie Payne, Otto Plantema, Nikos Psathoyiannakis, Harald von Radebrecht/Alamy, Alex Ramsay/Alamy, Wayne Ranney, Philippe Renault/Pictures Canada, Marco Ricca, Jim Richardson, Tom Ritchie, Kelvin Rumsby/Alamy, Vipula Samarakoon/Alamy, Kevin Schafer, Christian Schoissingeyer/ Shutterstock, Gerhard Zwerger-Schon/Superstock, Riley Shiery/Alamy, Jose Luis Stephens/Alamy, Jack Swenson, Mark Thiessen, David Vargas, Dirk Weyer, Steve Zmak, Jim Zuckerman/Alamy

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RESERVATION INFO Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and non-alcoholic 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 snorkelling 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.  Note:  All departures aboard Sea Cloud, and all departures starting April 2017 aboard NG Explorer and NG Orion include alcoholic beverages and tips to the ship’s crew. Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, internet access, voyage DVD (where available) and laundry.  Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.  Note:  All departures aboard Sea Cloud, and all departures starting April 2017 aboard NG Explorer and NG Orion include alcoholic beverages and tips to the ship’s crew. 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 for a $50 per person service fee. TERMS & CONDITIONS Reservations: To reserve your place, a deposit is required at the time of reservation. The per person deposit amount varies by program, and is outlined in our brochures, as well as on our website. Holiday departure dates and certain longer voyages may carry additional deposit requirements due to high demand for these voyages. Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Direct Debit or Australian Dollar cheque. Receipt of your initial payment indicates your acceptance of our complete Terms and Conditions. We require written notice at the time of reservation for any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention. Once your reservation is confirmed, we urge you to use your personalised online account for important information to help you prepare for your voyage. Managing your documents online will facilitate fast and accurate communication, and allow you to provide us with pertinent details we require, in order to complete your reservation. Your online account gives you access to your Expedition Guide, which includes valuable information specific to your voyage. You can also use your online account to make easy payments, view recommended flights and reading material, packing list, and so much more. Final Payment: For expeditions aboard all ships with the exception of Explorer and Orion, final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. For expeditions aboard Explorer and Orion, payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Payment schedules may vary for Holiday departures and certain longer voyages, due to high demand for these voyages. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation if payment has not been received by final payment due date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you take advantage of our Travel Insurance. This plan offers comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance and evacuation during your travels. Travel Insurance premiums are nonrefundable once plan is purchased. 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 website 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 valid 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 published price is determined far in advance of initial departure on the basis of then-existing projections of fuel and other costs. In the event we determine that current costs create an unsustainable financial model, including but not limited to increases in the price of fuel, currency fluctuations, increases in government taxes or levies, or increased security costs, we reserve the right to pass on these costs to you, to cover such unexpected increases. We will always provide a transparent accounting of the reason for such an increase in costs.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR EXPEDITIONS ON ALL SHIPS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ORION & EXPLORER

Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start 120 or more days 119–90 days 89–60 days 59–45 days 44–0 days

Per Person Cancellation Fee $350* Loss of deposit 25% of total fare 50% of total fare No refund

FOR EXPEDITIONS ABOARD ORION & EXPLORER

Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start 180 or more days 179–120 days 119–90 days 89–60 days 59–0 days

Per Person Cancellation Fee $750* Loss of deposit 25% of total fare 50% of total fare No Refund

*$350 or $750 will be refunded in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate. Cancellations must be received in writing. This cancellation policy applies to expeditions, extensions (with the exception of Denali), as well as all other additional services. The effective date of a cancellation will be the date on which your cancellation notice is received. Any revisions you make within the cancellation penalty period, such as departure date or choice of voyage, are subject to cancellation fees. Note: Airline cancellation policies vary by carrier, as well as the type of fare used to issue your ticket. Cancellation policy for certain longer voyages and Holiday departures may vary due to high demand for these voyages. Our group cancellation and Denali cancellation policies are listed in the Terms and Conditions section of our website, or you may call us for details. We stress the importance of purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself from fees in the event you need to cancel your reservation.

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. ©2016 Lindblad Expeditions 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.

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SELECTED HONOURS & AWARDS » Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award—Top Small Ship Cruise Lines, 2015, 2014

» Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Expedition Cruise Line, 2015

» The Tourism Cares Travel

Philanthropy Awards: Legacy in Travel Philanthropy, 2015

» World Travel Awards: World’s

Leading Green Cruise Line, 2015

» Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Poll—

Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World, 2014

» Condé Nast Traveler World Savers “Doing it All” Award, 2013

» Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award—Top 25 Cruise Lines, 2013

» Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” Award

for Small-Ship Cruise Lines, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

» Travel + Leisure “World’s Best for

Families” Award for Small-Ship Cruise Lines, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

» Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List”, 2013,

» Cruise Critic Editor’s Pick Awards “Best

» Virtuoso “Sustainable Tourism Leadership-

» Climate Champion Award to Sven Lindblad by Clean Air-Cool Planet, 2009

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Supplier” Award, 2013

for Adventure,” 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

» Tourism for Tomorrow “Global Tourism Business Award,” 2007

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