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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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Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation will provide extraordinary travel experiences and disseminate geographic knowledge around the globe.


Dear Traveler, In 1966 my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, led the first-ever, citizen-explorer expedition to Antarctica, inventing the category of expedition travel. At that time it was almost as extraordinary as a lunar launch, and people from all over the world watched in anticipation to see the outcome. Three years later he launched the 92-guest Lindblad Explorer, the first-ever, purpose-built expedition ship. In 2016 we will honor his vision and his courage in myriad ways. Anyone who finds value in the concept of exploration owes him a debt of gratitude. He opened up the world and countless opportunities for so many, and helped us all experience and, perhaps, think of our world differently. Now, as we approach this 50th anniversary, there is a very different world to engage with. While the great geographic pioneering era is in the past, the opportunities, as a result of greater knowledge, vastly improved safety, and technology, provide—at least from my perspective—even more exciting possibilities. And what perhaps is at the forefront of these possibilities is the capability each one of us now has to share our experiences with a whole host of others through the multitude of communication devices and platforms available to all of us. My father brought the first citizen-explorers to Antarctica; we now bring citizen-reporters around the globe to experience and tell stories—from the nearly 50 different expeditions contained in these pages. I hope you will choose to join us, and on behalf of our expedition teams, I look forward to sharing the adventure with you.

All the best,

Sven-Olof Lindblad P.S. As this goes to press, due to overwhelming demand, we have added two more departures of our itinerary, Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, a remarkable combination of the Norwegian coast and the wildlife and ice of the Svalbard Archipelago. See pages 68-69 for details. Cover: King penguin, Falkland Islands. This page: Polar bear on pack ice, Svalbard Archipelago. © Ralph Lee Hopkins

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Heading back to the ship from lovely St. Jean-de-Luz, France.


Here’s what’s inside for you: Dear Traveler 2016 Expedition Calendar Transforming Communities with Smart Seafood WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Antarctica Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands South Georgia and the Falklands Land of the Ice Bears Alaska Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Upper Amazon Galápagos Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island Patagonia from Torres Del Paine to Cape Horn NEW Exploring Chilean Patagonia NEW

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TOP 10 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE EUROPE WITH LINDBLAD-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia NEW Mediterranean Isles: Sardinia, Corsica, and Menorca NEW Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country NEW Bordeaux to London: The French Atlantic Coast NEW Wild and Windswept: Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales NEW Hidden Ireland: Loughs and Isles off The Beaten Path NEW The North Sea: Copenhagen to London NEW Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway NEW Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides NEW Baltic Archipelagos: The Islands of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland NEW Best of the Baltic: Cities and Islands from Tallinn to Copenhagen NEW

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DREAMBOAT: THE SHIP WITH A SOUL Sailing the Greek Isles Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Sailing the Caribbean

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THE NORTHLANDS Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast A Circumnavigation of Iceland Iceland by Land & Sea NEW Along The Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands The Canadian Maritimes

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NATURAL HISTORY + HUMAN HISTORY Alaska, British Columbia + Haida Gwaii 84 Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca 86 Upper Amazon & Galápagos 88 Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca 89 Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca 90 Costa Rica to Panama Plus Monteverde Cloud Forest 92 Panama to Costa Rica Plus Monteverde, Arenal Volcano & Tortuguero 93 94 Exploring Costa Rica: From Cloud Forest to the Caribbean NEW Pacific Northwest: Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey 96 98 Epic 108º: An Atlantic Odyssey NEW Exploring the British and Irish Isles 100 Scotland’s Highlands and Islands 100 Vietnam and Cambodia 101 EXTENSIONS Antarctica, the Arctic, Patagonia and more Denali National Park

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Note: In this catalog you will see (B,L,D) on itinerary pages. These letters indicate each day’s meals included in the cost of the expedition: B Breakfast; L Lunch; D Dinner.

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE 10 14 Antarctica 12 24 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands 14 19 South Georgia and the Falklands 16 11 Land of the Ice Bears 18 8 Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness 20 8 Baja California and the Sea Of Cortez: Among the Great Whales 22 10 Upper Amazon 24 10 Galápagos 26 8 Costa Rica and the Panama Canal 28 20 Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island 30 15 Patagonian Treasures: From Torres Del Paine to Cape Horn 32 11 Exploring Chilean Patagonia: Peaks, Glaciers, and Fjords TOP 10 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE EUROPE WITH LINDBLAD-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 36 8 Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia 38 8 Mediterranean Isles: Sardinia, Corsica, and Menorca 40 8 Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country 42 8 Bordeaux to London: The French Atlantic Coast 44 8 Wild and Windswept: Exploring the Coasts Of England and Wales 46 8 Hidden Ireland: Loughs and Isles Off The Beaten Path 48 8 The North Sea: Copenhagen to London 50 8 Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway 52 8 Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides 54 8 Baltic Archipelagos: The Islands of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland 56 8 Best of the Baltic: Cities and Islands From Tallinn to Copenhagen DREAMBOAT: THE SHIP WITH A SOUL 60 9 Sailing the Greek Isles 62 12 Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast 64 8 Sailing the Caribbean THE NORTHLANDS 68 17 Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard 70 17 Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast 72 11 A Circumnavigation of Iceland 74 7 Iceland by Land & Sea: From Reykjavík to the Wild West 76 12 Along The Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland 78 24 Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands

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TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES WITH SMART SEAFOOD The palm-framed beaches of the islands we explore along the coast of Costa Rica are the picture of paradise. But years ago a closer look at some of these communities would have revealed that the fabric of marine life had begun to fray. Many remote villages depend on fishing. Illegal fishing and overfishing had reduced fish stocks, and a lack of alternative industries meant vulnerable local communities faced extreme poverty in the long term. Fortunately, MarViva—a regional non-profit organization that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources in the Eastern Tropical Pacific—is working toward a better future. And Lindblad Expeditions is proud to be part of the solution. For nearly a decade, National Geographic Sea Lion has supported and created a demand for fish sourced responsibly. We work closely with MarViva, who works directly with local community-based artisanal fishing groups and corporate buyer partners to shift towards more sustainable seafood sourcing and standards. MarViva encourages best practices including, among others, the use of selective fishing gear (i.e. replacing J-hooks and small gillnets to eliminate harmful bycatch). They also recommend artisanal fishing suppliers who comply with sustainable practices, so we can purchase their seafood at prices higher than they would fetch on traditional markets.

Artisanal line fisherman.

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Through this technique and economic incentive, the fishermen are motivated to protect the ocean’s health, while improving their working conditions and communities.

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Artisanal fishermen aboard NG Sea Lion.

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Golden snapper.

Last year, our relationship with MarViva expanded when they became a grantee of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund— designed to support conservation, research, education, and community development projects in the regions we explore. The grant allowed MarViva to continue to liaise with and endorse local artisanal fishermen and distributers to foster responsible seafood value chains. Fishing methods taught by MarViva can only strengthen the overall quality of sea life. Fish stocks in regions that employ best practices will improve. Local communities are better off, as is the ocean’s health. And our guests have enjoyed witnessing thriving undersea life—and tasting a lot of delicious seafood. FACT: On our Costa Rica & Panama expeditions aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, we purchase more than 3,000 lbs of seafood every season that our guests can feel doubly good about enjoying. See www.expeditions.com/ceviche for the recipe for our signature ceviche (pictured at left).

In addition to working with MarViva, we’re proud to be a business partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. This certification ensures that seafood served aboard every ship in our fleet is harvested in environmentally responsible ways.

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE We think of certain regions on the planet as ‘international capitals’ of the natural world—each as much a must-see as Paris, London, Rome, New York, or any other famous dots on the map of human civilization. We know the regions on the following pages the way sophisticated travelers know the back streets, cathedrals and museums of the world’s great cities. To us and to many of our repeat guests, they’re like the ‘holy lands’ of wildness. And we return to them, especially when we need Squirrel monkey, Costa Rica. their inspiration, solace and restorative powers, the way pilgrims revisit the Camino de Santiago or dozens of other sacred spots. The Dalai Lama has said, “Our wild animals are a symbol of freedom. Without them something is missing from even the most beautiful landscape.” Antarctica, Alaska, the Amazon, the Arctic, Baja, Costa Rica, Galápagos and Patagonia provide inexhaustible riches of wild creatures and the landscapes they inhabit. And our knowledge of these places and their creatures allows us to take you deeper into where few can go, and see more of what few can see. Come with us to observe Nature: pure, unhabituated, and sublimely indifferent. And experience genuine discovery: the act of being there and seeing with your own eyes.

Gray whale, Baja California.

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Courtship display, wandering albatross, South Georgia.

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JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA: THE WHITE CONTINENT 14 DAYS/11 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION PRICES FROM: $12,970 to $27,520 (See pages 110-111 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices; see pages 114-115 for National Geographic Orion prices.)

Traveling 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 ice formations 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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Our unparalleled team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous expedition staffto-guest ratio of 1:10 means EXPERIENCE more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders. And a Global Perspectives guest speaker adds relevant insight. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.


DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Depart on an overnight flight to 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 Ritz-Carlton Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (Day 2: L) DAY 3: 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 4: AT SEA/DRAKE PASSAGE While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D) DAYS 5–10: 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 1,000 feet 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 11 AND 12: 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) DAYS 13 AND 14: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION)/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home. (Day 13: B,L)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES (Explorer): 2015 Nov. 27; Dec. 7, 17†; 2016 Feb. 5; Nov. 27; Dec. 7, 17†, 27†; 2017 Jan. 6, 16, 26; Feb. 5 DATES (Orion): 2016 Dec. 16†, 26†; 2017 Jan. 5, 15 Note: Orion departures route via Santiago instead of Buenos Aires. Visit our website. † For holiday rates, see pages 110-111 (Explorer); and pages 114-115 (Orion).

SPECIAL OFFER: Book select departures by Nov. 30, 2015 for free round-trip economy group airfare Miami/Buenos Aires or Santiago; ask about other U.S. gateways. Upgrade to business class for $2,400 on select dates (space available). See page 127 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. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Author Alasdair McGregor Nov. 27, 2015; scientist Andrew Clarke, Dec. 7, 2015; adventurers John Evans, Dec. 17, 2015; Peter Hillary, Jan. 16, Feb. 5, Nov. 27 and Dec. 7, 2016; Mike Libecki, Dec. 17 & 27, 2016.

Kayakers amid gentoo penguins.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Explorer: Susan Seubert Nov. 27 & Dec. 7, 2015, Kip Evans Nov. 27 and Dec. 7, 2016; Krista Rossow Jan. 6 & 16, 2017 and Sisse Brimberg Jan. 26 and Feb. 5, 2017. Orion: Jeff Mauritzen Dec. 6, 2015, Rich Reid Jan. 5 & 15, 2017.

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ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA, AND THE FALKLANDS 24 DAYS/21 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION PRICES FROM: $22,430 to $44,550 (See pages 110-111 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices; see pages 114-115 for National Geographic Orion prices.)

This voyage has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, the vast king penguin colonies of South Georgia, and the Falkland’s amazing bird colonies. Traveling 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 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.

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 Zodiac or a kayak past massive icebergs. ▶▶ Observe tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach. South Georgia’s spectacular landscape.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION) Depart on an overnight flight to 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 Ritz-Carlton Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (Day 2: L)

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DAY 3: 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 4: 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 5-10: 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 11 AND 12: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAYS 13-17: 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. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D) DAYS 18 AND 19: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAYS 20 AND 21: FALKLAND ISLANDS The Falklands boast the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic

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Victorian-style town of Port Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones. (B,L,D) DAY 22: 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) DAYS 23 AND 24: DISEMBARK USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION)/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home. (Day 23: B,L)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES (Explorer): 2015 Nov. 7*; 2016 Nov. 7*; 2017 Feb. 15 DATES (Orion): 2016 Nov. 6*, 26*; 2017 Jan. 25; Feb. 14 *These voyages travel in reverse. Note: Orion departures route via Santiago instead of Buenos Aires. Visit our website.

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National Geographic Explorer.

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 pages 104-105. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Travel with author Alasdair McGregor (right) Nov. 7, 2015, or scientist Ken Taylor, Feb. 15, 2017. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Explorer: Tim Laman, Nov. 7, 2016; Orion: Annie Griffith, Nov. 6, 2016, Jeff Mauritzen Nov. 26, 2016, Susan Seubert Feb. 14, 2017.

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SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE FALKLANDS 50 YEARS

19 DAYS/16 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $16,530 to $31,920 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Steeped 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 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.

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Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 EXPERIENCE means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders. Visit our website to read staff and guest speaker bios for this expedition.

King penguins returning from foraging at sea.


MAR. 6 AND 7: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check into the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its BeauxArts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. (Mar. 7: L) MAR. 8: BUENOS AIRES/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) MAR. 9: AT SEA IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare us for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross. (B,L,D)

Elephant seal.

MAR. 10 AND 11: 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 of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a few at a local pub, and stroll this remote Victorian town. (B,L,D) MAR. 12 AND 13: 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)

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MAR. 14-18: SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND Explore the spectacular coastline of South 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) MAR. 19 AND 20: AT SEA With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge. Or spend the day enjoying the ship's spa, fitness center, library, and observation deck. (B,L,D) MAR. 21: FALKLAND ISLANDS Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views. (B,L,D) MAR. 22: 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) MAR. 23 AND 24: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/ DISEMBARK/BUENOS AIRES/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your flight home, arriving the next day. (Mar. 23: B,L)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Mar. 6

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a four-day post-voyage extension on Easter Island, or a two-day pre-voyage stay in Buenos Aires. Visit our website or see pages 104-105. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Explore with oceanographer Don Walsh and polar scientist Robert Bindschadler. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with Susan Seubert. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

Say “South Georgia,” ask people to freeassociate and most will respond, “Shackleton.” He arrived at South Georgia after the most famous navigational feat in history—the 800mile open ocean crossing in the 22-foot James Caird. At the end of the two-year ordeal all 28 men survived.

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LAND OF THE ICE BEARS: AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF ARCTIC SVALBARD 11 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,830 to $18,160 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Ace spotters, our veteran expedition leader and 8 naturalists are your best assurance of seeing polar EXPERIENCE bears in their native habitat, on the ice. Our undersea specialist will reveal the deep, and the National Geographic photographer and LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor aboard will see to it that you get your shots, while the video chronicler creates a lasting record of your voyage. A Global Perspectives guest speaker also enhances your experience.

A 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.

A mother polar bear with her two cubs.

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+ 30 YEARS

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


DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./OSLO, NORWAY Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, 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.

the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the coastline. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra; and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. (B,L,D)

Edgeøya Longyearbyen SVALBARD Barents Sea

DAY 3: 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)

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DAYS 4–9: 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 stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to experience the region’s geologic features and the wildlife that flourishes during the summer months. With our National Geographic photographer and a seasoned naturalist staff, venture to

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Jun. 4, 11, 18

A reindeer lopes along the tundra.

DAY 10: 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 Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 11: OSLO/FLY TO U.S. (B)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a five-day pre-voyage extension to Norway’s Fjords, or a four-day post-voyage extension to Iceland. See pages 104-105. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKERS Travel with the former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Brundtland (right), Jun. 4, 2016; author Fen Montaigne, Jun. 11, 2016; or ecologist Andrew Clarke Jun. 18, 2016. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with award-winning nature photographer and filmmaker Rich Reid, Jun. 11 & 18, 2016. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

Guests observe walrus.

Kayakers off Svalbard’s pristine coast.

For other Arctic itineraries, see pages 68-79. For available extensions, see pages 104-105.

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EXPLORING ALASKA’S COASTAL WILDERNESS 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $6,490 to $11,240 (See page 121 for complete prices.)

Experience the remarkable beauty of Southeast Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion, 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 harbor 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 firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural interpreter. ▶▶ Discover Alaska’s seldom-seen, vibrant marine life revealed by our undersea specialist.

A humpback whale breaches near the ship.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE 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. Certain departures will feature a National Geographic photographer or expert.

+ 30 YEARS

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


ALASKA

DAY 1: JUNEAU, ALASKA/EMBARK Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet your naturalists and visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley. Settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. (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 harbor seals, porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D) 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)

Petersburg.

DAY 4: FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT With luck, we’ll see whales breaching, tail-slapping and 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 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 whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait and choose the perfect spot around Chichagof Island to hike and kayak. (B,L,D)

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

Frederick Sound Petersburg BRITISH COLUMBIA

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016: May 14*, 15*, 21, 22, 28*, 29*; Jun. 4, 5, 11*, 12* , 19 , 25*, 26*; Jul. 2, 3, 9*, 10*, 16, 23*, 24*, 30, 31; Aug. 6*, 7*, 13, 14, 20*, 21*, 27 , 28 Alaska’s still waters are perfect for kayaking.

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 observe them “calving”—tons of ice crashing into the sea—accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Wildness abounds— cliff-side mountain goats and brown bears on the shore; harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins live in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legends 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, 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) 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)

*Indicates itineraries in the reverse order, from Sitka to Juneau. Photo Expedition NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Join National Geographic Society photographer Michael Melford on Jun. 12 and 19; Alaska resident and legendary marine mammal photographer Flip Nicklin on Aug. 27; filmmaker and adventure photographer Rich Reid on the Aug. 28 departure.

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼

Book by Nov. 30, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May and Jun. 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. For our exclusive Alaska and Haida Gwaii itinerary, see page 84. For our Denali extension, see page 106. Killer whales.

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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: $6,390 to $11,090 (See page 121 for complete prices.)

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Our expert 6-person expedition team will illuminate the wonders of 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. Certain departures feature a National Geographic photographer.

▶▶ Get an up-close view of gigantic gray whale mothers and their calves in the breeding grounds of Bahía Magdalena.

Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.

Seeing 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.

▶▶ Go snorkeling 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.

Gray whales often approach our expedition landing craft, as curious about us as we are about them.

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DAY 1: LOS ANGELES/LA PAZ/SAN CARLOS/ EMBARK Upon arrival in La Paz, transfer to San Carlos where we embark. (D) DAYS 2-4: BAHÍA MAGDALENA Navigate through an immense system of protected coves, 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) 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 center 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 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 campfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)

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Gorda Banks

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Jan. 16*, 30*; Feb. 6, 13*, 20, 27*; Mar. 5, 12* *These departures travel in reverse from La Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops.

Common dolphins.

DAY 7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Search for whales among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San José or Isla Santa Catalina to walk among huge cacti and observe the diverse bird life. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and the beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D) DAY 8: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/HOME Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and drive to the airport for flights home. (B)

Early morning on the Baja California Peninsula.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT Travel with Birgit Buehleier, a National Geographic filmmaker, producer and scientist who has played an integral role in the evolution of National Geographic’s Crittercam, a video camera system that has provided fascinating insights into the daily lives of hundreds of species. Through her work with Crittercam, she has sidled up to seals, sea lions and whales. Join Birgit on the Jan. 16, 2016 departure.

After a beach barbecue, guests gather around a bonfire.

For other Baja itineraries, see page 101.

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UPPER AMAZON 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD DELFIN II

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $6,690 to $7,830 (See page 124 for complete prices.)

We have conducted numerous Amazon expeditions in our history, and launched our first EXPEDITION voyage aboard the 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.

Voyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rain forest 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.

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Blue & yellow macaw in flight.


AMAZON

DAY 2: LIMA/IQUITOS/NAUTA 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 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 harboring 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 colored 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 signs of the massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas. 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. 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 jewelry 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)

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DAY 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Marañón River

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Amazon River

Ucayali River Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 13, 27; Mar. 5, 19, 26; Apr. 2, 9, 16; May 14, 21; Jul. 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, 27; Sep. 3, 10, 17; Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec. 3 EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE Make the most of your time in the region by combining your Upper Amazon expedition with a voyage to the Galápagos and/or Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca. See pages 88-89.

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/U.S. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B) Giant water lily.

Lima

Delfin II on the River of Mirrors.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUEST SPEAKER Conservation biologist and wildlife ecologist Taylor Edwards is a reptile and amphibian aficionado. At home in rain forests, his research has taken him around the world. Taylor will join a diverse group of naturalists on our Aug. 27 and Sep. 3, 2016 departures.

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GALÁPAGOS 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER PRICES FROM: $6,290 to $13,490 (See pages 117 & 119 for complete prices.)

It’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. ▶▶ Cruise to pristine islands, and walk among colonies of wildlife and birds unfazed by your presence. ▶▶ Observe rare giant tortoises in the wild. ▶▶ Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat, or Zodiac.

Galápagos giant tortoise.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE In the nearly 50 years we’ve been exploring Galápagos, we’ve introduced generations of travelers EXPERIENCE to its magic and mystery. We’re committed to Galápagos; and have raised millions, along with our guests, for its conservation. And we’re fully invested, too; the only U.S. company that owns and operates 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.

+ 40 YEARS

Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.


GALÁPAGOS

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

ISLA FLOREANA At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or peer into an under­water world in a glass-bottom 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.

Routing is always subject to Galápagos National Park approval.

Fernandina

Pacific Ocean Genovesa

Santiago Bartolomé Seymour Baltra

Santa Cruz Santa Fe San Cristóbal

Isabela Floreana

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 multicolored reef fish. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins. 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 neighboring 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.

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2015 & 2016: Expeditions depart every Friday on the National Geographic Endeavour and every Saturday on the National Geographic Islander.

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼ Swimming sea lion.

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 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 After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure at the Hotel Hilton Colón. (B) DAY 10: GUAYAQUIL/U.S. Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day. (B) * Please note: Itineraries are subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz, Isla San Cristóbal, and a selection of the other stops listed on these pages.

Book by Nov. 30, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip air from Miami to Galápagos on select departures (up to $1,250 per guest value) aboard National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Islander. Please call for details.

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE Combine your Galápagos expedition with a voyage to Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca, page 90 or the Upper Amazon, page 88. Or make the most of your time in the region by combining all three expeditions. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with National Geographic photographers Jeff Mauritzen on the Feb. 19 & 26, 2016 departures, and Macduff Everton on the Jun. 3 and 10, 2016 departures aboard National Geographic Endeavour. EPIC GALÁPAGOS PHOTO EXPEDITION Focus on photography over two weeks of exploring every major island with a dream team of three top National Geographic photographers and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, Dec. 2-18, 2016. Plus, test the latest high-end photo gear from B&H Photo Video. Visit expeditions.com/EpicPhoto for details.

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

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $6,190 to $10,490 (See page 121 for complete prices.)

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a handpicked team of four EXPEDITION 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.

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

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Keel-billed Toucan

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COSTA RICA & PANAMA

DAY 1: U.S./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 colored 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 rain forest on the Pacific coast. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools, optional horseback riding on the beach, or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see four species of monkeys—howler, spider, capuchin, and squirrel. (B,L,D) 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, expedition landing craft rides and swimming. (B,L,D) Father and son paddle boarding.

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

Herradura Manuel Antonio N.P.

San José COSTA RICA

Caribbean Sea

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Barro Colorado Is. Osa Peninsula

Panama Canal Panama City

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species are the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey, as well as four varieties of sea turtle. Discover rich marine life while snorkeling, go kayaking or hiking, or 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 50 miles, 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 Geographicsupported 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/PANAMA CITY/U.S. After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home. (B)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2015 Nov. 28; Dec. 5*, 12 , 19*, 26 2016 Jan. 2*, 9 , 16*, 23, 30*; Feb. 6, 13* , 20, 27*; Mar. 5, 12* Photo Expeditions *These departures travel from Panama City to San José.

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Panama Pre- or Post-Extension Book by Nov. 30, 2015 and receive an extra night and day in Panama City on select 2015/16 departures. See the Panama Canal Expansion Project Observation Center, tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Casco Viejo, and explore the Frank Gehry-designed Museum of Biodiversity. Plus, enjoy a private dinner at the newly-opened Atlantic & Pacific Co. restaurant in the Miraflores Locks center. Also, book the Nov. 28 or Dec. 12. 2015 departures and receive a $500 air credit. Call for details.

NEW ACTIVITY! National Geographic Sea Lion will now have stand-up paddle boarding available, creating a new way to explore Costa Rica & Panama. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with Kike Calvo (right) on Dec. 12, 2015; Jeff Mauritzen Jan. 9, 2016; Susan Seubert Feb. 13, 2016; Michael Melford Mar. 12, 2016. For additional Costa Rica itineraries see pages 92-93.

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ROUNDING THE CAPE: CHILEAN PATAGONIA AND ARGENTINA’S STATEN ISLAND 20 DAYS/17 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $18,990 to $35,500 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders.

Venture 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—National Geographic 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 exclusive access to its rockhopper penguin rookeries.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ See Patagonia’s signature Torres del Paine National Park, with our naturalists. ▶▶ 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 AND 9: U.S./SANTIAGO, CHILE Fly overnight to Santiago, and check in to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Andes form an inspiring backdrop to our guided overview. (Oct. 9: L) OCT. 10: PUERTO MONTT/EMBARK Fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D) OCT. 11: CASTRO (CHILOÉ ISLAND) See Chiloé’s attractive palafitos, colorful fishermen’s houses precariously built on stilts along the water’s edge. (B,L,D) OCT. 12: 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. 17: PUERTO NATALES/TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere. Discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lagoons. (B,L,D) OCT. 18-20: 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)

OCT. 13-16: 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 Kirke Narrows. (B,L,D)

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OCT. 21: THE CHILEAN FJORDS, BEAGLE CHANNEL & YENDEGAIA Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We 0 500 cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at 0 500 1000 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)

OCT. 23-25: 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. 26 AND 27: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/ BUENOS AIRES/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect to your overnight flight home. (Oct. 26: B,L)

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OCT. 22: CAPE HORN Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D)

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PRICES FROM: $13,940 to $21,710 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders.

Optimize your Chilean Patagonia experience with this unique land and sea expedition. Spend three days at the superb Tierra Patagonia Hotel to savor 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 Explorer. 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 exclusive access to the vast parklands of Yendegaia and Karukinka. And check viewing legendary Cape Horn on your life list, as well.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Discover over several days the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s jewel. Stay at the superb Tierra Patagonia Hotel. ▶▶ Explore Buenos Aires (on the Oct. 24 departure) or Santiago (on the Oct. 27 departure). ▶▶ 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.

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DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA/EMBARK Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, via private charter. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D) DAY 4: CAPE HORN Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D) DAY 5: YENDEGAIA A former private reserve and newly established national park covering 95,000 acres of Tierra del Fuego, Yendegaia has beech forests, mountains and wild rivers to explore. (B,L,D) DAY 6: SENO PARRY Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the fjords, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TIERRA DEL FUEGO, CHILE: 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)

DAYS 8 AND 9: EXPLORING 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. We may stop for close-up views of the Bernal glacier, which ends in a beautiful freshwater lagoon. Be on deck as our ship transits the White Narrows. (B,L,D) 0 0

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its BeauxArts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. (Day 2: L)

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DAYS 10-12: DISEMBARK PUERTO NATALES/ TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Disembark the ship in Puerto Natales, and drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Spend three days discovering one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests, grasslands, rivers, and colorful 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 powerful 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. Stay at the outstanding Tierra Patagonia Hotel. (B,L,D)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add three days pre- or post-voyage at Iguazú Falls (depending on direction) or choose a post-voyage extension to Easter Island. See pages 104-105. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Melford is an expert in all aspects of digital photography with several National Geographic covers to his credit. Join him on both departures.

DAY 13: TORRES DEL PAINE/PUERTO NATALES Drive to Puerto Natales, stopping at the renowned Milodón Cave, where remains of an extinct giant sloth were found, and spend the night at the Remota. (B,L,D)

A guanaco and her baby.

DAYS 14 AND 15: PUNTA ARENAS/ SANTIAGO/U.S. Drive to Punta Arenas. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home. (Day 14: B,L)

Pio XI Glacier.

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PRICES FROM: $8,950 to $16,720 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders.

In the compact timeframe of a week away from the office, you can experience the peerless fjords, glaciers and panoramic 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 more, this perfectly-paced expedition also brings you into the seldom-seen natural splendors of natural parks Yendegaia and Karukinka. Cap off your expedition with the sight of legendary Cape Horn for a hard-to-top-this photo op.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore Buenos Aires (on the Oct. 24 departure) or Santiago (on the Oct. 31 departure). ▶▶ Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and take in the view of 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. ▶▶ See massive glaciers, dramatic fjords, and soaring snow-covered peaks, and spot wildlife including condors and elephant seals.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its BeauxArts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. (Day 2: L)

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DAY 4: CAPE HORN Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D) DAY 5: YENDEGAIA A former private reserve and newly established national park covering 95,000 acres of Tierra del Fuego, Yendegaia has beech forests, mountains and wild rivers to explore. (B,L,D) DAY 6: SENO PARRY Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the fjords, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TIERRA DEL FUEGO, CHILE: KARUKINKA NATURAL PARK Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add three days pre- or post-voyage at Iguazú Falls (depending on direction) or choose a post-voyage extension to Easter Island. See pages 104-105. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Melford is an expert in all aspects of digital photography with several National Geographic covers to his credit. Join him on both departures.

DAYS 10 AND 11: DISEMBARK PUERTO NATALES/PUNTA ARENAS/SANTIAGO/U.S. Disembark the ship in Puerto Natales and drive to Punta Arenas. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home. (Day 10: B,L)

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EUROPE: TOP 10 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE IT 1 4 The 102-guest National Geographic Orion is easily the smallest luxury ship navigating Europe’s picturesque coastlines and waterways, for an intimate, personal engagement with every destination. Thrill to arrival as we enter historic cities and towns the time-honored way—through the front door: the sea.

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Expert itinerary development and curation Our European field team, which includes members who live, or have lived, in various European cities, spent weeks in the field to devise our itineraries, and to orchestrate the singular, exclusive, thoroughly engaging activities and events that will make your National Geographic Orion experience uniquely memorable.

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Small groups and personal transport Our itineraries, focused on choice, preserve small guest groups. No ungainly herding to and through thronged tourist sites. We’ve arranged for vans, jeeps, and other appealinglyscaled options to avoid that “If it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium” feeling.

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An all five senses approach to travel Lindblad-National Geographic’s commitment to sustainably produced food and sea food means that you will have uniquely satisfying opportunities to savor interactions and food on all 11 of our Europe itineraries—including small-scale farmers, exceptional boutique vintners, olive growers, distillers of the world’s finest ports, chocolatiers, and oyster harvesters. Taste a goat cheese one can only have in Norway’s fjordlands, or a local grilled Sardinia sausage with Sardinian wine—exclusively prepared for us in a private farm kitchen that has been featured in top shelter magazines.

An onboard concierge In keeping with the spirit of curation, our concierge will assist with a wide variety of daily event choices to suit your individual interests, including active, cultural, or more sedentary options, independent exploration, special arrangements, off-ship dining, and more.

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PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12 means more choice in activities, more diverse personalities and more interests to which you can gravitate. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, LindbladNational Geographic photo instructor, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

Follow in the wake of Roman conquerors, Phoenician traders, and Moorish kings on a voyage to the sun-dappled shores of Portugal and Spain. Discover the whitewashed villages of the Algarve and Andalusia, explore mountain trails and medieval fortresses, and photograph the iconic Rock of Gibraltar en route to charming Mediterranean towns. Encounter wonders from the Roman ruins of Cartagena to the Gothic Cathedrals of Seville to the avant-garde architecture of Valencia. And savor the rich flavors of Iberian cuisine and musical traditions.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Encounter an array of architectural marvels, from the whitewashed towns of the Algarve to the Moorish palaces of Granada. ▶▶ Go hiking in the Sierra Nevada, explore the spectacular karst landscapes of Málaga, and learn how cork oak is harvested in the Algarve. ▶▶ Spot herons, egrets, and ibis amid the pristine wetlands of Albufera Natural Park. ▶▶ Sample paella, tapas, and sherry; and experience a fiery flamenco performance in Seville and soulful fado singing in Lisbon.

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DAY 1: LISBON, PORTUGAL/EMBARK Arrive in Lisbon and embark National Geographic Orion. Take in splendid views of Portugal’s capital as we set sail. Tonight we have a performance of authentic fado music. (L,D) DAY 2: PORTIMÃO/ALGARVE Portimão is our gateway to the Algarve, known for its whitewashed villages and remnants of Moorish culture. Travel into the Portuguese countryside by jeep, returning by way of small river boat. In Silves, home to a fortified sandstone castle built by the Moors, learn about the tradition of harvesting cork oak; stroll the cobblestoned streets of Alte; or explore the sea caves of the Algarvian coast by small boat. (B,L,D) Sea cave along the Algarvian coast, Portugal.

DAY 3: CÁDIZ, SPAIN/SEVILLE From Cádiz, travel to the graceful Andalusian capital of Seville to see one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and the famed Alcázar palace, where the king and queen of Spain greeted Columbus. Or, opt to visit a traditional sherry bodega, which houses a private Spanish art collection with works by Goya, Velazquez and Zurbaran. This evening attend a private performance at the intimate Museo del Baile Flamenco. (B,L,D) DAY 4: GIBRALTAR, U.K./MÁLAGA, SPAIN Pass the British colony of Gibraltar, and enter the Mediterranean Sea on our way to Málaga, the birthplace of Picasso. Explore the city’s artistic treasures; cycle along the new bike path through the natural paradise surrounding Málaga; or go hiking in Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve adorned with huge limestone formations dating back 150 million years. At a local restaurant, gather for a dinner of classic Andalusian cuisine. (B,L,D) DAY 5: MÁLAGA/GRANADA Take the full day to see enchanting Granada,

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set high in the Sierra Nevada, exploring the magnificent Moorish 13th-century Alhambra Palace and gardens. For a deeply cultural experience, travel into the Andalusian countryside for a special lunch prepared by local women in their homes. Or, follow Mr. Henderson’s Railway to the neighboring city of Ronda, famous for deep El Tajo gorge. (B,L,D) DAY 6: MAZARRÓN ESCARPMENT/ CARTAGENA With our naturalists, look for whales and dolphins along the submerged Mazarrón Escarpment en route to Cartagena—where Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors all left their mark. Walk amid the city’s medieval fortress, or glide along the streets on an electric Segway scooter—for a modern way to see this ancient city! Walk to the lookout at Parque Torres and view the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, side-by-side with a modern-day one. (B,L,D) DAY 7: VALENCIA In sunny Valencia, old-world cafés mingle with Gothic cathedrals and futurist architecture. Visit the City of Arts and Sciences, an otherworldly cultural complex. Or explore the rich birdlife of Albufera Natural Park. Or hop aboard private fishermen’s boats along the canals of Albufera Lake, where they cultivate rice and harvest shellfish for paella and learn how it’s made. Enjoy a lunch of traditional paella—Valencia’s signature dish. (B,L,D) DAY 8: BARCELONA/DISEMBARK (B)

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Apr. 24, May 15* *This voyage travels in reverse. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano (right) on April 24 or award-winning photographer Kike Calvo on May 15. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo. OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Lisbon and rest up at the Sofitel Liberdade before embarking. Or savor a night in Barcelona at the Majestic Hotel & Spa before traveling home or onward. Visit our website or call for details.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 certified photo instructor, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

Scattered across the western Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, and Corsica harbor their own distinctive cultures and unique natural wonders. Explore gorgeous rugged coastlines, villages tucked into seaside slopes, and some of the most pristine waters in the Mediterranean. On board National Geographic Orion, discover the gem-like island of Menorca and the vibrant culture of Sardinia. Encounter Corsica’s breathtaking landscapes by foot and by boat, and cap off the voyage in Provence, France.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Wander among prehistoric monuments on Menorca and venture into Neptune’s Grotto in Sardinia. ▶▶ Explore by Zodiac the coral-colored cliffs and jagged calanques of Corsica’s Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. ▶▶ Hear the haunting melodies of Corsican singing and enjoy a Corsican dinner in Bonifacio. ▶▶ Get up close to spectacular shorelines by Zodiac—from Sardinia’s Capo Caccia cliffs to Bonifacio’s cliff-top city.

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DAY 1: BARCELONA, SPAIN/EMBARK Arrive in Barcelona and embark National Geographic Orion. After lunch on board, we set out to experience this vibrant city. (L,D) DAY 2: CIUDADELA, MENORCA Cross the Balearic Sea, cruising along the ridge of Mallorca’s Serra Tramuntana before reaching the island of Menorca. Stroll the charming city of Ciudadela, hike along a path that hugs the coast, or find a secluded beach and go for a swim. Enjoy a sunset dinner on deck while anchored in the lovely harbor overlooking the old quarter. (B,L,D) Cycling through Menorca.

DAY 3: CIUDADELA AND MAHÓN, MENORCA The Vandals, the Moors, and the British Empire have ruled over this stunning little island, and prehistoric civilizations left intriguing rock mounds and megalithic monuments that date back some 4,000 years. Explore this history today while traveling overland to Mahón to discover the Bronze Age village of Torralba d’en Salord and see the characteristic T-shaped stone talayot monuments. Meet the Orion at the port in Mahón. (B,L,D) DAY 4: AT SEA/ALGHERO, SARDINIA A morning at sea brings us to Sardinia,

where we soak up the character of Italy’s second-largest island. Explore Neptune’s Grotto by small boat and look out from the cliffs of Capo Caccia. Opt to meet the owner of a small, private Sardinian family estate and vineyard with lovely gardens to sample the wines and Sardinian specialties. After dinner aboard ship perhaps go ashore to explore Alghero on your own. (B,L,D)

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Alghero Sardinia

DAY 5: BONIFACIO, CORSICA Witness our spectacular entrance into Bonifacio’s natural harbor at sunrise. Venture into an impressive 12th-century citadel and walk along medieval streets lined with art galleries, shops, and cafés. Later, hike to the Pertusato Lighthouse, explore by Zodiac, or simply relax on a beach. A special Corsican evening ashore awaits you with an a cappella polyphonic singing performance in Bonifacio arranged by our musicologist. (B,L,D) DAY 6: GULF OF PORTO, CORSICA Wake up in the exquisite Gulf of Porto, part of the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ride Zodiacs amid the pink cliffs, caves, and turquoise waters of this marine wilderness—an area that National Geographic’s Pristine Seas team set out to assess in 2010 with NG Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and Pierre-Yves Cousteau. The diversity and richness of life beneath the surface are breathtaking. Encounter the deep rocky folds along the shore known as calanques, and enjoy lunch on the picturesque beach. (B,L,D) DAY 7: TOULON, FRANCE From Toulon, Zodiacs take us into Provence to get immersed in the flavors and charms of this celebrated region. Pay a visit to a family-run organic chicken farm with olive trees, flower fields, a 19th-century Provencal farmhouse, and a winery. The town’s mayor will greet us and afterwards, the chef will prepare tastings combining all of the fresh farm products. (B,L,D)

Mediterranean Sea

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: May 1, 8* *This voyage travels in reverse. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano on May 1 or award-winning photographer Kike Calvo (right) on May 8. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Barcelona and rest up at the Majestic Hotel & Spa before embarking. Or savor a night in Monaco at the Fairmont Monte Carlo before traveling home or onward.

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Neptune’s Grotto, Sardinia.

DAY 8: MONACO/DISEMBARK (B)

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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, LindbladNational Geographic photo instructor, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist for a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12.

Trace 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 wellpreserved, 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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DAY 1: LISBON, PORTUGAL/EMBARK Arrive in Lisbon, and embark National Geographic Orion. After lunch, relax on the ship or explore on shore. Then be on deck as we navigate the Tagus River at sunset, drinks in hand. (L,D) DAY 2: OPORTO Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Oporto in the late morning. The birthplace of port wine, Oporto straddles a gorge on the Douro River, linked by numerous bridges and filled with medieval architecture. Today we explore with a range of transport modes: vintage tram or auto, tuk-tuk, or on foot. See the region’s famous azulejo tiles, take in the views from the iron masterpiece Ponte Dom Luis, and learn the secrets of port-making during a tasting at a riverside port house. (B,L,D) DAY 3: VILLAGARCÍA DE AROUSA, SPAIN Anchor in Villagarcía de Arousa and take a day trip to Santiago de Compostela. Visit a historic mansion; join fishermen as they collect mussels and other shellfish; and listen to the melodies of a gaita, a Galician bagpipe. In the heart of Santiago de Compostela, visit the cathedral that has welcomed millions of pilgrims over the centuries and enjoy lunch and a musical performance at the adjacent Hostal dos Reis Católicos. (B,L,D) DAY 4: A CORUÑA Cruise into A Coruña, passing the Tower of Hercules in the morning light. Pay a visit to the tower, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, and learn about the architectural phenomenon that earned the town the nickname “The Glass City.” Take a stroll or a bicycle ride around the area’s picturesque coastal villages. (B,L,D) DAY 5: BILBAO Arrive in Bilbao after lunch. Explore the titanium curves of the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, wander through Bilbao’s old quarter, or take part in a tapas cooking class. After dinner on the ship, enjoy a free evening to experience the city at night. (B,L,D)

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: May 22; Sep. 18* *This voyage travels in reverse.

DAY 6: SAINT JEAN-DE-LUZ, FRANCE/ SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN Explore both the French and Spanish Basque cultures today. At a market excursion in the village of Saint Jean-de-Luz, get an introduction to French Basque culture and cuisine, followed by a 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) DAY 7: BAYONNE, FRANCE Walk through the picturesque old port town of Bayonne, known for its rich chocolate industry. Chocolate lovers may attend a demonstration at a small, private French chocolate house. On an excursion to the former imperial retreat of Biarritz, stroll along the coast to the Rock of the Virgin, once used by Napoleon III as an anchoring point.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Gianluca Colla has photographed around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa’s deserts. Travel with him on these departures. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Lisbon and rest up at the Sofitel Liberdade before embarking. Or savor a night in Bordeaux at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa before traveling home or onward.

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Tapas, San Sebastián.

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Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12 means more choice in activities, more diverse personalities and more interests to which you can gravitate. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructor, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

Explore the stunning landscapes and out of the way anchorages of Brittany and Normandy: picturesque Île d’Aix, La Rochelle and the Crozon Peninsula with its ancient standing stones. Revisit history from Napoleon to the D-Day beaches. The art and architectural wonders you’ll see span centuries, from the stunning 12th-century monastery at Mont-Saint-Michel to the famed Bayeux Tapestries, and the half-timbered harbor town of Honfleur, a favorite of Monet, Courbet, and Boudin.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Stroll through fishing villages and ports from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo, and see magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel, set high atop a rocky outcrop. ▶▶ Explore Brittany’s Crozon Peninsula, home to mysterious, ancient standing stones, a UNESCO World Heritage site. ▶▶ Walk Normandy’s World War II beaches with a historian, tracing the D-Day invasion. ▶▶ Sample wonderful wines and regional cuisines throughout from cheeses and seafood to cider and cognac.

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DAY 1: BORDEAUX, FRANCE/EMBARK Arrive in Bordeaux and embark National Geographic Orion in the elegant and ornate city center. After lunch ashore, explore the cafés and shops along the thriving waterfront, before setting sail this evening. (L,D)

ship’s chef, who will shuck and season these delicacies for a sampling on board. This evening we’ve planned an authentic French dining experience ashore. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: CROZON PENINSULA Today we explore Brittany’s Crozon Peninsula. Join a naturalist-led hike on the Camaret sur Mer Peninsula, passing the 17th-century fortified Vauban Tower with its moat and drawbridge, a UNESCO site. Or have a guided walk of medieval Locronan, officially one of “the most beautiful villages in France,” with its Renaissance buildings and church. Take time to discover its many craft workshops on your own. (B,L,D) DAY 5: SAINT-MALO/MONT-SAINT-MICHEL Wake up in Saint-Malo, and take a walking tour of this fortified city surrounded by ramparts dating from the 12th century. Or, head east on an excursion to the iconic abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site poised dramatically on a rocky tidal island. Alternatively, we’ve arranged for an exclusive visit to a privateer’s mansion followed by a tasting of the cider for which the region is known. Or for an authentic ‘foodie’ experience, join us at a local oyster farm to gather oysters for the

London Cherbourg Camaretsur-Mer

DAY 2: ÎLE D’AIX/LA ROCHELLE Step ashore at Île d’Aix, Napoleon’s last stop on French soil before his final exile. Visit the Napoleon Museum and seaside La Rochelle guarded by medieval ramparts. Alternatively, visit Château La Péraudière to learn how cognac is made. Return to the ship for an exquisite French meal. (B,L,D) DAY 3: BELLE-ÎLE-EN-MER Wake up to magnificent views of BelleÎle-en-Mer, known for its rugged cliffs and charming port. Explore highlights such as the Bangor lighthouse, the rocks at Port Coton favored by Monet, the Vauban citadel (one of 12 Vauban fortifications recognized by UNESCO), and the fishing town of Le Palais. You’ll have free time to explore Belle-Île on your own, too. (B,L,D)

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Bayeux Tapestry.

DAY 6: CHERBOURG/THE NORMANDY BEACHES Retrace the events of D-Day on Normandy’s beaches with a local historian. Walk in the footsteps of the Allied troops at Omaha Beach, and pay your respects at the American Cemetery. Then travel through countryside known for Calvados to visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, or choose to cycle through northern France, stopping at relevant WWII sites. (B,L,D)

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: May 29; Sep. 11* *This voyage travels in reverse. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Gianluca Colla has photographed around the world. Learn photo tips from him on these voyages. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Bordeaux and rest up at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa before embarking. Or savor a night in London at the Royal Horseguards before traveling home or onward.

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DAY 7: HONFLEUR Take Zodiacs in to the charming harbor town of Honfleur, a favorite of artists such as Monet, Courbet, and Boudin. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Vieux Bassin (the old port), and visit the Eugenè Boudin Museum and Église Sainte-Catherine. Or, see for yourself what inspired many of the Impressionists with a hike to the arched limestone cliffs of Etretat. (B,L,D) DAY 8: LONDON, ENGLAND/DISEMBARK (B)

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PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 active onboard concierge, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

The 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 Portsmouth—once one of the world’s most important seaports—to the nearly forgotten isles of the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. Explore remote regions by kayak and Zodiac, immersing yourself in a world of marine animals and migratory seabirds. In the seaside towns of Dartmouth and Fishguard, experience maritime culture.

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EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Discover the exceptional Tresco Abbey Gardens, where subtropical plants thrive, and explore Wales’ Snowdonia National Park. ▶▶ Visit the historic dockyards at Portsmouth and see the HMS Victory warship that played a role in the American and French revolutions. ▶▶ Enter the fascinating D-Day map room at Southwick House, the Allied headquarters during WWII. ▶▶ Kayak along Alderney Island as you seek out puffins and other nesting migratory birds.

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DAY 1: LONDON, ENGLAND/EMBARK Arrive in London, and embark National Geographic Orion, docked on the Thames, near Tower Bridge. As we set sail, take in views of the city’s iconic landmarks and hear from a maritime expert on the importance of Portsmouth as a seaport. (L,D)

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)

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DAY 2: PORTSMOUTH Our first anchorage is England’s maritime capital. 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. Opt to venture through the English countryside to Southwick House, the Allied headquarters, and enter the fascinating D-Day map room. Or, learn more about Portsmouth’s famous son, Charles Dickens, guided by one of his direct descendants. (B,L,D) DAY 3: ALDERNEY/SARK, CHANNEL ISLANDS Dock at Alderney and take a walking tour of the island to learn about its role in World War II under German occupation. 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 colorful sights and intoxicating scents of La Seigneurie Gardens, or explore the blooming headland of the Gouliot Caves. (B,L,D) DAY 4: DARTMOUTH Enjoy breakfast on deck as our vessel navigates the River Dart en route to Dartmouth, a colorful town that cascades across a steep riverside hill. In small groups, discover the guardrooms, battlements, and winding passages of the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle. Explore Dartmouth’s lively lanes on your own, opt to visit a winery and vineyard to sample the wines (yes, English wines!) and local cheeses. Or, if you’re a mystery book fan, don’t miss a visit to Greenway House for a curator-led look at Agatha Christie’s house and gardens. (B,L,D) DAY 5: ISLES OF SCILLY/TRESCO According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a

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Portsmouth

Alderney Sark

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Jun. 5

Dartmouth Castle.

DAY 6: SKOMER ISLAND, WALES/ 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. Or take a guided walk around the lovely little town of St. David’s Cathedral before dinner and a musical performance ashore in Fishguard. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SNOWDONIA/ANGELSEY ISLAND Dock at Holyhead and take a scenic drive to Snowdonia National Park. There are river gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys to explore. Or visit Wales’ famed Bodnant Gardens, backed by the Snowdonia mountain range. Continue to Angelsey, a recognized GeoPark, to hike or cycle past intriguing rock formations. Tonight enjoy a festive musical celebration. (B,L,D)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with photojournalist, Jim Richardson on this departure. Jim spent two years photographing the Celtic realm for the March 2006 National Geographic magazine article, “Celt Appeal”. Learn more at expeditions. com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in London and rest up at the Royal Horseguards before embarking. Or savor a night in Dublin at The Westin Dublin before traveling home or onward.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens.

DAY 8: DUBLIN, IRELAND/DISEMBARK (B)

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PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 active onboard concierge, plus a wellness specialist—for a generous expedition staffto-guest ratio of 1:12.

Along Ireland’s coast, historic treasures and a vibrant culture intermingle against a natural landscape that is endlessly magnificent. As we circumnavigate this legendary isle, encounter breathtaking cliffs topped with ancient ruins, rugged islands peppered with puffins, and fishing villages where Irish traditions hold strong. Get immersed in the Gaeltacht in Dingle and the Aran Islands. Then venture to lesser-known sites in County Sligo and County Donegal, and explore the fascinating shores of Northern Ireland.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Experience Gaelic culture on the Aran Islands and Donegal. Meet city leaders in Derry, Northern Ireland. ▶▶ Skirt Skellig Michael in a Zodiac or climb to the top, where monks built their monastery in the sixth century. Meet National Geographic grantee Michelle Cronin to learn about her research in the Skelligs. ▶▶ Delve into the fascinating geology and mythology behind Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO site.

Giant’s Causeway.

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DAY 1: DUBLIN, IRELAND/EMBARK Arrive in Dublin, Ireland and embark National Geographic Orion. After lunch, explore the Kilmainham Gaol (jail) for great insight into Irish history during the centennial year of the Easter Rising. Sail south from Dublin. (L,D) DAY 2: BALLYCOTTON/KINSALE Set out for tiny Ballycotton in County Cork for a walk around a working farm. Continue to picturesque Kinsale, where the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 marked the collapse of Gaelic power in Ireland. Have a guided walk before free time to wander the quaint streets, galleries and shops. Tonight we are joined by National Geographic grantee Michelle Cronin, who has studied puffins and gannets in the Skelligs and ‘wrestled’ seals in the Blasket Islands. (B,L,D)

The view from Skellig Michael, Ireland.

DAY 3: SKELLIG MICHAEL/DINGLE Hilltop monastic ruins from the sixth century perch high atop a rocky peak in the Skellig Islands. Circle Skellig Michael in a Zodiac, if weather permits, or hike to the top to view the beehive-shaped stone huts. Explore delightful Dingle, a traditional Irish-speaking town. Enjoy a walking tour, explore the archaeology of the area, visit a local distillery, drop in on artists and craftspeople in their homes, or breathe in the salt air and beachcomb with a seaweed forager! (B,L,D) DAY 4: ARAN ISLANDS/CLIFFS OF MOHER Wake up in the Aran Islands, a hub of Gaelic

language and culture. See the mystical ring fort of Dun Aengus, and pop in to the 18th-century stone Kilmurvey House for scones. Sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher, and conditions permitting, get a spectacular perspective in a Zodiac. Gather for an authentic Irish dinner and a performance of traditional music ashore. (B,L,D) DAY 5: CONNEMARA A tranquil day is planned to discover the starkly beautiful region of Connemara. Hike with our naturalists, cycle on the quiet backroads, launch a kayak or even try your hand at fly fishing. A late dinner is timed with sunset. (B,L,D) DAY 6: DONEGAL Dock at the fishing harbor of Killybegs. Join a coastal walk and learn about rural life in this traditional Gaelic-speaking area. See and photograph the Slieve League cliffs, the highest in Europe, or visit nearby Stone Age and early Christian sites. Hit the streets of the lively town of Donegal for independent exploration. Or join a cycling tour of the Glencolmcille region to the colorful village of Ardara, with stops at the homes of traditional hand-knitters and tweed weavers. (B,L,D) DAY 7: NORTHERN IRELAND Enter Northern Ireland today. Fresh from being crowned the U.K. City of Culture 2013, Derry’s city leaders will meet with us. Follow with a walking tour along the city walls for a fascinating insight into The Troubles of Northern Ireland, the peaceful present and hopes for a bright future. Discover County Antrim: visit a clifftop Gaelic castle, see the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge stretching between high seaside bluffs, call at Bushmills, the oldest distillery in the world, or explore the incredible hexagonal basalt columns at Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO site. (B,L,D) DAY 8: DUBLIN/DISEMBARK (B)

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Connemara Inishmore Cliffs of Moher Dingle IRELAND Skellig Isles

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Ballycotton

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Jun. 12, 19 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with photojournalist, Jim Richardson (right) on June 12 or award-winning photographer, Bob Krist on June 19. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Dublin and rest up at The Westin Dublin before embarking. Or savor a night in Dublin before traveling home or onward.

Pub, Dingle.

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PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12 means more choice in activities, more diverse personalities and more interests to which you can gravitate. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructor, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

Voyage from Copenhagen to London along the inland waterways of the North Sea, exploring glorious medieval and Renaissance cities with a modern pulse. Wander down cobbled lanes lined by enchanting canals in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany as you learn about their history, religion, culture and art. In the historical town centers of Amsterdam, Brussels, Brugge, and Lübeck, experience the contrast between old-world charm and the multicultural vibrancy of present-day Europe.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Get an insider’s perspective on historical centers in Brugge, Amsterdam, and Lübeck—all UNESCO World Heritage sites. ▶▶ Zodiac cruise through the canals of Harlingen by special permission, and learn about the Friesland culture. ▶▶ Work alongside local culinary artisans to make Belgian chocolates in Brugge and sculpt marzipan in Lübeck. ▶▶ Cycle along storybook landscapes in Flanders.

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DAY 1: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK/EMBARK Arrive in Copenhagen and embark National Geographic Orion. Enjoy a guided walking tour this afternoon before we set sail. (L,D) DAY 2: LÜBECK Today we dock at Lübeck, an enchanting city that once served as the medieval capital of the Hanseatic League. Take a walking tour of the old town with its important Hanseatic and Renaissance-era architecture, including the Holsten Gate and St. Mary’s Church. Join a pastry chef in a marzipan-modeling workshop. After lunch, explore Lübeck on your own, perhaps paddle a kayak. (B,L,D) DAY 3: KIEL CANAL, GERMANY Enjoy breakfast on deck as we navigate the Kiel Canal, a 61-mile waterway connecting the North Sea with the Baltic. Take in the beautiful views of the Schleswig-Holstein region from the ship. Unwind, head to the spa, browse the library, and hear talks from our staff. (B,L,D) DAY 4: HARLINGEN Dock in Harlingen, a picturesque seaside city in the Friesland region. By special permission, cruise the canals in Zodiacs past 16th- and 18th-century buildings, stopping to visit the Hannemahuis Museum and a Dutch tile workshop. Sailing enthusiasts may learn the ropes (literally) and ‘race’ with local sailors (if weather permits). Or visit a shipyard that is reconstructing a 17thcentury Dutch sailing ship. (B,L,D) DAY 5: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS/ HAARLEM With its gabled roofs, squares cluttered with bicycles, and canal lined streets, Amsterdam is bursting with unique character. Learn about the city’s architecture, art, and history on a guided overview via canal and on foot. Alternatively, head to Haarlem, home to the Teylers Museum and St. Bavo’s Church. Or take a guided bike ride through the Vecht region along winding canals. Enjoy an exclusive dinner at the historic 17th-century Dutch West Indies House, where the decision was made to build the fort ‘Nieuw Amsterdam’ on the island of Manhattan. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: ANTWERP AND BRUSSELS Arrive in Antwerp just after lunch and travel overland to Brussels. Uncover the many layers of the city’s history, visiting the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Grand Place, and the remains of the medieval palace on Coudenberg Hill. After dinner there’s still time for independent exploration in Antwerp before we sail for Brugge. (B,L,D)

EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Sep. 4 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join Sisse Brimberg on this departure. Sisse has photographed more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. Learn more at expeditions.com/ photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay - effortlessly. Arrive in Copenhagen and rest up at the Phoenix Copenhagen Hotel before embarking. Or savor a night in London at the Royal Horseguards before traveling home or onward.

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DAY 7: OOSTENDE, BELGIUM/BRUGGE Anchor in Oostende and transfer to Brugge, known for its Gothic architecture and picturesque market squares linked by cobbled streets and serene canals. Explore the old town with an expert before sampling Belgian fare at a local restaurant. This afternoon discover Brugge on your own, try your hand at making chocolate, or bike with a guide through the scenic Flemish countryside. (B,L,D) DAY 8: LONDON, ENGLAND/DISEMBARK (B)

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PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

Set 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-colored 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.

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DAY 1: BERGEN, NORWAY/EMBARK Arrive in Bergen and enjoy lunch aboard National Geographic Orion. (L, D) DAY 2: 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 to explore on a variety of Zodiac, kayak, and hiking excursions. (B,L,D)

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. Dock at Grebbestad where you can bike or we will drive you to the evocative Bronze Age rock carvings in Tanum, a UNESCO site. Savor the long hours of daylight with a traditional Swedish dinner ashore. (B,L,D) Swedish tapas.

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DAY 3: HIDRA After lunch we arrive on the shores of Flekkefjorden, and go for a morning hike on Hidra—a lush island steeped in maritime history dating back to before the Vikings. Visit the World War II-era Hågasån Fort, stroll past quaint wooden houses, and cruise in a Zodiac in the harbor of Kirkehamn. One of the locals on Hidra shares his thoughts on Norwegian island living. (B,L,D) DAY 4: RISØR Anchor outside Risør, a well-preserved historic town on Norway’s heritage list, known for its old wooden buildings and rich cultural traditions. Zodiacs ferry us over to Stangholmen skerry and perhaps a unique experience kayaking near one of the “potholes” or small lagoons. A relaxing outdoor seafood lunch awaits on Stangholmen, with a Norwegian folk music performance. (B,L,D) DAY 5: 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. Or 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) DAY 6: WEATHER ISLANDS, SWEDEN Journey across the Skagerrak Strait to the Väderöarna, or Weather Islands. These rugged islets, skerries, and picture-perfect

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DAY 7: 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, or bike along the peninsula’s white beaches. Cap off the day with a taste of the famous “Skagen Sild,” a special herring dish that can only be enjoyed with a cold Danish beer. (B,L,D) Skagen, Denmark.

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 Bergen and rest up at the Radisson Blu Royal before embarking. Or savor a night in Copenhagen at the Phoenix Copenhagen before traveling home or onward.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 active onboard concierge, a musicologist, plus a wellness specialist—for a generous expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12.

Join an unforgettable voyage from the vibrant cultural center of Dublin to the windswept Isles of Scotland and beyond. Encounter the stunning landscapes, ancient ruins and rich bird-life of Scotland’s extraordinary islands. Discover the heritage of the Inner Hebrides and trace the viking trail from the Orkneys to the Shetlands. Then, sail across the North Sea to encounter the fjord-carved coast of Norway. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its stave church and traditional Nordic culture before continuing on to Bergen.

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

Ring of Brodgar, Scotland.

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DAY 1: DUBLIN, IRELAND/EMBARK Arrive in Dublin and enjoy lunch aboard National Geographic Orion before we sail. (L, D) DAY 2: IONA AND STAFFA, INNER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND 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 dock at 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)

DAY 4: MOUSA AND FAIR ISLE Zodiac in to the uninhabited isle of Mousa, a UNESCO World Heritage candidate. Hike to an Iron Age broch, or stone tower, looking for storm petrels along the way. At tiny and remote Fair Isle, visit the island’s bird research 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) DAY 6: ISLE OF NOSS AND LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS Sail across the North Sea to Scotland’s Shetland Islands. Glide past the cliffs of Noss to view nesting seabirds before docking at Lerwick. Explore this 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 a cacophony of puffins, guillemots, and razorbills as we walk to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head. (B,L,D)

Fingal’s Cave.

DAY 3: ISLE OF LEWIS 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) DAY 4: ORKNEY ISLANDS The Vikings once held a strategic foothold in the Orkneys, 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). This evening our musical event will feature Julie Fowlis, whose Gaelic voice is recognizable from the soundtrack of Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave.’ (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Jun. 26 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join award-winning photographer, Bob Krist (right) on this departure. Bob has shot several articles for National Geographic magazine and over 30 articles for National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay effortlessly. Arrive in Dublin and rest up at your centrally located hotel before embarking. Or savor a night in Bergen at the Radisson Blu Royal before traveling home or onward.

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Sognefjorden.

DAY 7: SOGNEFJORDEN, NORWAY 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 12thcentury stave church and sample its famous goat cheese. (B,L,D)

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Sheep, Fair Isle.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:12 means more choice in activities, more diverse personalities and more interests to which you can gravitate. An expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, an active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

Trace the northern shores of the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen to the Gulf of Finland, encountering beautiful islands and historic cities. Navigate between age-old hamlets with brightly colored houses, meander through medieval fortifications and trading towns, and explore the rugged islands of Christiansø and the Stockholm Archipelago. Immerse yourself in the unique traditions of Finland’s Swedish-speaking corner, and travel back in time amid the vestiges of Hanseatic traders, Vikings, and Nordic heroes.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Venture into the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. ▶▶ Navigate the wild Stockholm Archipelago by kayak or Zodiac for gorgeous views. ▶▶ Stroll Stockholm’s old town, see the Vasa Museum and the Skansen open-air museum. ▶▶ Visit Finland’s Swedish-speaking regions in the Åland Islands and in Turku, Finland’s oldest city.

Visby, Gotland, Sweden.

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DAY 1: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK/EMBARK Arrive in Copenhagen and enjoy lunch aboard National Geographic Orion, followed by a canal boat ride through the city, stopping for your first taste of Danish pastries and coffee. (L,D) DAY 2: CHRISTIANSØ Zodiacs take us to the almost uninhabited island of Christiansø, where Danish fortifications date from 1684. Explore the craggy shores and lighthouse. Look for eider ducks and razorbills nested on the small island of Græsholmen, a bird sanctuary. (B,L,D) DAY 3: VISBY, GOTLAND, SWEDEN Spend the day exploring Visby, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia, and a former center of the Hanseatic trade. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the enchanting old town, walking along its 13th-century wall, or cycle along the many bike paths across the island. Visby is perfect for a guided photo walk through medieval neighborhoods. A special night is planned with a Swedish dinner and a private concert by well-known Swedish folk music group, Väsen. (B,L,D) DAY 4: STOCKHOLM ARCHIPELAGO Anchor near the small island of Utö and explore its quiet coves by kayak. Or, take a Zodiac to the island to walk through Utö’s nature preserve. Keep your camera handy as we maneuver through the scenic Stockholm Archipelago to dock in the heart of Stockholm, the city built on 14 islands. You’ll arrive in Stockholm like no one else: via Zodiac through the lush greenery of the Djurgarden Canal. (B,L,D) Gamla Stan, Stockholm.

DAY 5: STOCKHOLM The great Scandinavian maritime capital of Stockholm provides some favorite experiences: view the royal Vasa warship (which capsized in Stockholm harbor in 1628 and was salvaged and restored 350 years later). Take a walking tour of Old Town Gamla Stan, or learn about Sweden’s living history at the Skansen open-air museum with its historic buildings. Enjoy time on your own, or take a tasting tour of Swedish sweets in the Gamla Stan. The more adventurous may take a rooftop walk across the Old Town. Yes, opt to buckle up in your safety harness and step along the narrow rooftop path for fantastic views and fascinating stories. We stay docked overnight so you can enjoy this magical Scandinavian city. (B,L,D)

Mariehamn’s picturesque harbor, Finland.

DAY 6: MARIEHAMN, ÅLAND, FINLAND Sail to the Åland Islands, an autonomous, Swedish-speaking, Finnish territory. In Mariehamn, the capital, visit the four-masted merchant sailing ship Pommern, and stop at the Åland Maritime Museum, or bicycle out into the countryside. Tonight we have a special beer tasting ashore while we hear traditional sea shanties from the Age of Sail. (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS Dates: 2016: Aug. 7, 21 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Erika Larsen (right) has used photography to document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. Join her on Aug. 7. Or, join award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg on Aug. 21. 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 savor a night in Tallinn at the Hotell Palace before traveling home or onward.

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DAY 7: TURKU Visit Turku, the oldest city in Finland, exploring Turku Castle, the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, or the artwork and underground ruins at Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova museum. This afternoon we cruise via Zodiac to a small island for nature hikes, a relaxing swim, and an authentic outdoor Finnish sauna. (B,L,D) DAY 8: TALLINN, ESTONIA/DISEMBARK (B)

Café, Stockholm.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,990 TO $16,610 (See pages 114-115 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 active onboard concierge, a musicologist, and a wellness specialist will ensure unparalleled understanding and enjoyment of the places and people along our route.

The Baltic Sea has long played host to vibrant cultures. In the medieval era, wealthy traders helped finance the colorful, architecturally rich towns and cities that dot its shores, while nature flourished on its picturesque islands. As we explore the Baltic’s islands and southern shores along Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark, wander through beautiful old towns and fishing villages, trace 20th-century history in Poland, and spot a wide array of seabirds amid dunes and serene bays.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Experience the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, where democracy is very young and very proud. ▶▶ Explore the windmills, meteorite craters, and medieval fortifications of Estonia’s Saaremaa Island. ▶▶ Soak up Latvia’s capital, Riga, a UNESCO site known for its fine art nouveau buildings. ▶▶ Zodiac cruise through the Gdan´sk shipyards, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that spurred the fall of communism.

Saaremaa Island, Estonia.

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DAY 1: TALLINN, ESTONIA/EMBARK Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia, and embark National Geographic Orion. After lunch, we have an overview of the walled, cobblestoned Old Town with its 15th-century defensive tower before setting sail towards one of Estonia’s most beautiful islands. (L,D) DAY 2: SAAREMAA ISLAND Sail along the coast of Saaremaa Island this morning before docking near its capital Kuressaare. Head straight to Mati and Airi’s private farm for a hearty traditional Estonian lunch in a rural setting complete with local music. Later, choose to stretch your legs on a hike amid interesting geological formations, or visit a working wooden windmill. Either way, you’ll stop at the Kaali meteorite craters for a photo opportunity. You’ll have free time to stroll the streets of Kuressaare, or visit its medieval castle and garden. (B,L,D) DAYS 3 AND 4: RIGA, LATVIA Begin with a guided walking tour through Riga’s UNESCO-recognized center, passing wooden houses, art nouveau architecture, and climbing to the top of St. Peter’s Church tower for 360-degree views. Choose to cycle around the quiet island of Kipsala with its old fishermen’s houses, experience the sights and smells of the airy Central Market with a local guide and your Orion chef, or take a boat ride through the canals of Riga with free time before sailing to Lithuania. On one evening we venture into Riga to experience the sounds of “Ilgi,” a famous Estonian folk music band. (B,L,D) DAY 5: KLAIPE˙DA, LITHUANIA Explore the wild barrier peninsula called the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage site shared by Lithuania and Russia. Choose to take a cultural tour to a seaside town to learn of folk tales at the Hill of Witches. Or, spend the afternoon at the Vente˙ Cape Ornithological Station to explore the lighthouse and dunes while learning about migratory bird populations. We’ve set up a cycling option, too, down the wild Curonian Spit with its sand dunes and seaside wildlife. (B,L,D)

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Gdan´sk, Poland.

DAY 6: GDAN´SK, POLAND Arrive in Poland and take in Gdan´sk’s art and architectural highlights, including the GothicRenaissance Town Hall and the National Museum, featuring the Last Judgment triptych by Hans Memling. Or, visit the Westerplatte peninsula, where World War II began with the German invasion of Poland in 1939. Zodiacs take us through the shipyards of Gdan´sk, an important area for the organized resistance against the communist regime in 1980. We take a guided tour of the European Solidarity Center, commemorating the trade union that made Lech Walesa a household name. Today we’ve arranged an authentic Polish style lunch in town with open seating to maximize your time in town. (B,L,D) DAY 7: BORNHOLM, DENMARK 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. Then do as the locals do with a taste of some of the island’s famous smoked herring accompanied by a cold locally brewed beer. (B,L,D) DAY 8: COPENHAGEN, DISEMBARK (B)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Sisse Brimberg has photographed more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. Join her on either departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Arrange a pre/post stay—effortlessly. Arrive in Tallinn and rest up at the Hotell Palace before embarking. Or savor a night in Copenhagen at the Phoenix Copenhagen before traveling home or onward.

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Central market, Riga, Latvia.

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DREAMBOAT: THE SHIP WITH A SOUL “Legend has it that the Sea Cloud was so beautiful that when sailors first saw it, they began to weep…” —Nancy Rubin Stewart, American Empress

Sea Cloud is the most authentic, historic, and elegant hand-sailed tall ship in the world. People have been in love with her since she was commissioned by E.F Hutton and his wife Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1931. And travelers’ love affairs with the Caribbean and the Mediterranean have lasted far longer. Sea Cloud is a destination and a reason to travel all in one, but add our selective itineraries, plus our unique Lindblad expedition style, that balances Sea Cloud’s native elegance with casual comfort, and you have an incomparable travel inspiration. Our notion of itineraries replaces ports Relaxing after dinner as the sun sets. of call with flexibility and spontaneity. And it mixes the surprise and delight of “off the beaten path” islands, and authentic local experiences with visits to must-see sites. Consider too that when we’re in the Mediterranean, we make it a priority to schedule our visits for the cool of the morning when we have legendary sites virtually to ourselves, and you have the prospect of an unparalleled travel experience. There’s a general perception that sailing means motion and seasickness, but Sea Cloud is a surprisingly stable ship, with a beautiful ride in all manner of seas. During World War II service, she was stationed by the Navy in the North Atlantic on meteorological patrol because of her stability. You will be amazed by her performance in all manner of seas, and the outstanding seamanship of her captain and crew, as well. Every ship has a personality; Sea Cloud has a soul—as do the Caribbean islands and the beautiful regions of the Dalmatian coast we explore, both the products of sailing cultures, and therefore best appreciated under sail. Voyage to antiquity with us aboard Sea Cloud this season, for one of the most unforgettable experiences the 21st century affords.

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SAILING THE GREEK ISLES 9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD SEA CLOUD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,230 to $17,720 (See page 123 for complete prices.)

Lindblad Expeditions first sailed aboard Sea Cloud in the 1980s, and over the years has developed EXPERIENCE unparalleled 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 ranking expert on the cultures of the region and a team of local guides.

Sprinkled 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 colorful 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 Santorini, the mystical isle of Delos, lovely Sífnos, some of the other small, lesser known islands, and more.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Discover the magnificent ruins in the ancient sanctuary of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. ▶▶ Ride a donkey or cable car down a cliff side to the harbor on beautiful Santorini. ▶▶ 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 Santorini.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/ PIRAEUS/EMBARK Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. After some time at leisure, travel to Piraeus and settle into your cabin on the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and take in our first Grecian sunset at sea. (D) DAY 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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,

Flowers at Santoríni.

including the Terrace of the Lions and the exquisite Temple of Apollo. This afternoon, we’ll look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area. (B,L,D) DAY 6: 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)

GREECE Athens Tinos Delos Sífnos

Amorgós Aegean Sea

Santoríni

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Jun. 3; Jul. 17, 24; Aug. 14; Sep. 10 Note: To take advantage of optimum sailing opportunities, the order and choice of some smaller islands may change during the course of this expedition.

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DAY 7: SANTORINI 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 unrivaled views of the caldera below. After lunch, see the Archaeology Museum and the excavations at Akrotiri. (B,L,D) DAY 8: SÍFNOS/AT SEA Distinguished for its ceramic chimneys and its Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbor 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)

Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2016 departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

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: Join award winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on the Sep. 10 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail Delos.

DAY 9: PIRAEUS/ATHENS/U.S. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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UNDER SAIL: GREECE TO THE DALMATIAN COAST 12 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD SEA CLOUD

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $12,210 to $23,300 (See page 123 for complete prices.)

▶▶ Ply the waters of the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic Seas aboard the magnificent Sea Cloud.

Lindblad Expeditions first sailed aboard Sea Cloud in the 1980s, and over the years has developed EXPERIENCE unparalleled 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 ranking expert on the cultures of the region, and a team of local guides.

▶▶ Step back in history at five UNESCO World Heritage sites including the ancient ruins of Olympia, Greece, and Albania’s historic city of Butrint.

Visit our website to read staff bios for this expedition.

From 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 fourmasted 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.

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▶▶ 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.

Encircled by medieval battlements, the terra-cotta roofs of Dubrovnik shimmer in the Adriatic light.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/ PIRAEUS/EMBARK Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving the next morning. This afternoon, transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. (L,D) DAY 3: 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)

Sea Cloud under full sail.

DAY 4: 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)

into the 21st century. Explore the ancient 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 7: KRUJE AND TIRANË Dock in Durrës, 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. Have lunch and see a folkloric show in Albania’s contemporary capital, Tiranë. (B,L,D) DAY 8: 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 9: 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 marvelous old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a private performance of traditional Croatian klapa music. (B,L,D) ˘ DAY 10: SAILING/KORCULA Anchor at the island port of Kor˘cula, 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 5: 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 11: HVAR/SAILING At the height of Venetian rule, Hvar was the region’s most prosperous center. Take a walk along the marbled waterfront and the grand central square. Visit the arsenal and Croatia’s oldest active theater, and if you choose, hike up to the dramatically located citadel. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: SARANDË AND BUTRINT, ALBANIA Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is now feeling its way

DAY 12: DUBROVNIK/DISEMBARK/U.S. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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

Athens

Olympia Mediterranean Sea

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Jun. 10, 20*; Aug. 21, 31* *These departures travel from Dubrovnik to Athens.

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼

Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2016 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 Jun. 20 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail

Mostar bridge.

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

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $8,390 to $16,540 (See page 123 for complete prices.)

Lindblad Expeditions first sailed aboard Sea Cloud in the 1980s, and over the years has developed EXPERIENCE unparalleled 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.

Set 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 rain forests of Dominica, explore 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. ▶▶ Snorkel at lively coral reefs, swim in pristine tropical waters, and explore remote cays and beaches.

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▶▶ 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 rain forests showcasing island birds and wildlife.

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DAY 1: U.S./BARBADOS/EMBARK Arrive in Barbados and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and enjoy dinner and our first Caribbean sunset. (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 3: DOMINICA Spend the day exploring Dominica, known as “the nature island” for its spectacular beauty and many protected reserves. Hike through enchanting rain forest. 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 snorkeling before casting off for a sunset seen from the sea. (B,L,D) DAY 4: ÎLES DES SAINTES Off the southern coast of Guadeloupe lie the French-speaking Îles des Saintes, a group of eight small islands. Anchor at Terre-de-Haut, the largest island in the archipelago. Explore Fort Napoléon, a 19th-century French barracks that now houses a museum and cactus garden. Stroll through the photogenic French Caribbean village of Bourg, which is decidedly French in character. Return to Sea Cloud for a great

sail through Guadeloupe Channel. (B,L,D) DAY 5: ST. LUCIA Rise early to watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud’s 32,000 square feet of sails. Follow the action with the sail plan in hand. This afternoon, arrive at St. Lucia and anchor under the island’s iconic twin peaks, Les Pitons, which rise dramatically above the sea. After exploring the fishing port of Soufrière, drive into St. Lucia’s active volcanic crater and discover the otherworldly landscape of mud pools and sulfur springs, and take a tropical walkthrough botanical gardens. (B,L,D)

U.S. Caribbean Îles des Saintes

Dominica S. AMERICA

St. Lucia Caribbean Sea

Barbados Bequia The Grenadines

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4

DAY 6: 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 colorful fish, or enjoy the sheltered white-sand beaches of the area. (B,L,D)

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼

Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2016 departure, and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

DAY 7: BEQUIA/UNDER SAIL Anchor at tiny Bequia, and explore the charming waterfront. Go snorkeling at a nearby reef, 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 before heading back to Barbados overnight. (B,L,D) DAY 8: BARBADOS/U.S. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B) Petit Piton, Soufrière, St. Lucia.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Award winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford knows, loves and has photographed all of the islands on this voyage. Join him on the Jan. 28 departure. SEE MORE ONLINE Take a virtual tour of Sea Cloud, with 360degree images, at expeditions.com/ seacloudtour Sea Cloud under sail.

Watch exciting aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail at expeditions.com/seacloudsail

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THE NORTHLANDS The Arctic and sub-Arctic merit our curiosity and understanding— and it rewards both. There is no more beautiful region on earth. The poetry of the ice in all its forms and the charismatic creatures that thrive there exhilarate and inspire. On Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard we’ll range from the gorgeous glacier-carved coast of Norway, with its picturesque villages to Svalbard, Arctic capital of wildness and polar bear country. Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland’s East Coast has us following the ice leads to exciting Polar bear and cub, Svalbard. discoveries: thrilling wildlife, lingering among virtually animate icebergs and glaciers; and visiting native villages for insightful encounters. What yearning draws explorers inexorably north? Discover for yourself on Epic 80º: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands as we venture deep into the rugged fjords of Greenland and north to the beautiful coast of remote Ellesmere Island. The sub-Arctic region is about the human drive to explore, settle, and thrive in all manner of locations. Our Iceland Circumnavigation provides a rare 360º perspective on an island nation currently attracting the world’s gaze for its natural wonders and inspiring character. Unable to spare the time for the longer voyage? Our Iceland by Land & Sea offers the perfect combination: urbane Reykjavík, plus off-the-beaten-track natural wonders of the wild west coast—that you would otherwise miss on a land-only visit. Riveted by The History Channel’s Vikings series, or the romance of the Norse sagas? Then Along the Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland is your expedition, as we visit fascinating Viking sites and settlements, and explore the immense Látrabjarg cliffs on Iceland’s wild western coast and eastern Greenland’s ice-thronged fjords. Or shift into Arcadian rhythms to explore the Canadian Maritimes. Discover the photogenic charms of Cape Breton Island, the different characters of Nova Scotia and Labrador, and exult in the pristine air and beauty of Gros Morne National Park. 66

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NORWAY’S FJORDS AND ARCTIC SVALBARD 17 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION PRICES FROM: $15,930 TO $29,140 (See pages 110-111 for complete National Geographic Explorer prices; see pages 114-115 for National Geographic Orion prices.)

Meander 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 600 miles 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.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE Ace spotters, our veteran expedition leader and 8 naturalists are your best assurance of seeing polar EXPERIENCE bears in their native habitat, on the ice. Our undersea specialist will reveal the deep, and the National Geographic photographer and LindbladNational Geographic certified photo instructor aboard will see to it that you get your shots, while the video chronicler creates a lasting record of your voyage. A Global Perspectives guest speaker also enhances your experience.

+ 30 YEARS

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▶▶ Actively explore: hike, walk, Zodiac-cruise and kayak amid stunning fjord scenery and soaring icebergs. ▶▶ Enjoy superlative photo ops and on-board photo assistance.

National Geographic Explorer in Trollfjord, Norway.

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DAY 4: SMØLA After over 30 years of exploring this extraordinary coastline, we still find new and exciting places to visit. Explore the scenic little island of Smøla, where we have been specially invited by the local residents. (B,L,D)

DAYS 11-15: 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. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. With our stabilized, 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

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Lofoten Islands Arctic Circle

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Oslo

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: (Explorer): 2016 May 22 (Orion): 2016 Jul. 2, 16* * This voyage travels in reverse.

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)

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Iceland’s Natural Wonders. See page 105, or visit our website. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Joe MacInnis was the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole and joins the May 22 departure.

Mother and cub.

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)

Edgeøya SVALBARD

DAY 9: TROMSØ Tromsø is known as the “gateway to the Arctic” because so many Arctic expeditions originated here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs. (B,L,D) DAY 10: BEAR ISLAND Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. (B,L,D)

Photographing wildflowers.

Nordaustlandet Spitsbergen

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DAY 3: NORDFJORD Today we enter the “gateway to the glaciers”, Nordfjord where we are transported via coach along Loen Valley’s jagged mountains and turquoise-colored lake. Hike groomed trails to Briksdal Glacier. (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)

Fjo

DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./BERGEN, NORWAY (VIA COPENHAGEN)/EMBARK Fly overnight to the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands. Stroll Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before embarkation. (May 23: L,D)

DAY 16: LONGYEARBYEN/DISEMBARK/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 17: OSLO/U.S. (B)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg on May 22. Learn more at expeditions. com/photo

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SVALBARD, ICELAND & GREENLAND’S EAST COAST 17 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $14,510 to $26,490 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Explore 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.

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

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▶▶ 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 walruses, 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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Edgeøya SVALBARD

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JUN. 27: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN/EMBARK Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

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JUN. 25 AND 26: U.S./FLY OVERNIGHT TO OSLO, NORWAY Fly overnight to Oslo. On arrival, 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.

Barents Sea

Scoresbysund

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Dependent on ice conditions

JUN. 28-JUL. 10: 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 forwardsearching 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 seen. And with unforgettable days in the ice, and two

Polar bear.

professional photographers on board, you’ll get your best photos ever. Svalbard Norway is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive ice sheets. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling

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Ísafjördur Flatey Is. ICELAND Reykjavík

icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline. 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: Isafjördur, 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) JUL. 11: REYKJAVÍK/DISEMBARK/U.S. 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 our flight home. (B,L)

ARCTIC CIRCLE

SWEDEN NORWAY

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2016 Jun. 25

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼

Book by Nov. 30, 2015 to receive complimentary charter airfare (one-way Oslo/Longyearbyen). Call for details.

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a five-day pre-voyage extension to the Norwegian Fjords, a four-day postvoyage to Iceland, or a one-day post-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle. See pages 104-105. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Travel on this departure with lecturer and author of National Geographic’s Polar Explorations Course Michael Wysession. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel with award-winning nature photographer and filmaker Rich Reid. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

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A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND 11 DAYS/9 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $9,820 to $19,350 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

A circumnavigation is a rare and wonderful opportunity, in this case abetted by our EXPEDITION veteran team: an expedition leader, 8 naturalists, several with geology expertise, and an undersea specialist. To help you capture the experience: a National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and our video chronicler. Rely on our wellness specialist to help you start and end your active days well. And count on our Global Perspectives guest speaker for relevant insights.

Experience an enchanting land of geological extremes on a circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes and the world’s youngest island, 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.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore Europe’s largest ice cap, and discover the lava-sculpted landscapes of the Westman Islands. ▶▶ See boiling mud pots and the thundering Goðafoss Waterfall. ▶▶ Go whale-watching and spot birdlife on the shores of Iceland and its surrounding isles.

Guests take in the power and beauty of Goðafoss waterfall.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/ EMBARK Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Take a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, whose collection includes Viking treasures, artifacts, and whalebone carvings. Embark ship. (Day 2: L,D) DAY 3: EXPLORING THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND Navigate Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to the island of Flatey, a trading post for many centuries, for walks and explorations of the coast by Zodiac. (B,L,D) DAY 4: ÍSAFJÖRDUR Located in the Western Fjords, Ísafjördur is a classic landscape sculpted by past glaciers, and renowned for its traditional eiderdown production. It’s a picture postcard of Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks. (B,L,D) DAY 5: EXPLORING NORTHWESTERN ICELAND Hornstrandir is Iceland's northernmost peninsula, situated in the Westfjords region. Stunningly beautiful and peaceful, this remote corner of Iceland is uninhabited and can only be accessed on foot or by boat. Summertime is magical with 24 hours of daylight and many species of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes. (B,L,D) DAY 6: SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND AKUREYRI Start the day in Siglufjörður, the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry, and stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Then continue on to picturesque Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D) DAY 7: MÝVATN AND HÚSAVÍK Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active

area in Iceland. See the bubbling mud pools at Hverarönd and the volcanic crater at Viti before continuing on for an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” Meet the ship in Húsavík and set sail for the tiny island of Grímsey, where we officially arrive in the Arctic Circle. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8: EXPLORING NORTHEAST ICELAND Iceland’s rugged east coast is an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. Today is left open to explore this beautiful landscape with our naturalists by Zodiac and on foot. (B,L,D) DAY 9: DJÚPIVOGUR Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. For a closer look at the ice cap, take a boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with spectacular icebergs sculpted into all shapes and sizes. (B,L,D) DAY 10: WESTMAN ISLANDS The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey—a UNESCO World Heritage site—which we’ll see as we cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in amazing views of areas that were engulfed by lava. (B,L,D) DAY 11: REYKJAVÍK/DISEMBARK/U.S. We complete our circumnavigation and disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and then have lunch before your flight home. (B,L)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a one-day pre-voyage extension to see Reykjavík’s Golden Circle. See page 104, or visit or website. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Join award winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on both departures. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Travel on both departures with oceanographer, explorer and Honorary President of the Explorer’s Club, Don Walsh.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $4,990 to $9,970 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our experienced expedition leader and team of naturalists are your conduit to EXPEDITION an 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. And a guest speakers add relevant insight.

Explore with us in Iceland and enjoy a compact, uniquely immersive land and sea adventure full of insider access with the soul of a party. Actively explore Reykjavík and the Golden Circle for two days—and thrill to the natural beauty of the “land of fire and ice.” Then, go deep into the wild over three days aboard National Geographic Explorer, exploring the wild western coast. Enjoy stimulating conversation with some of the country’s most fascinating individuals, who’ll join us along the way. Savor an exclusive private dinner on Viðey Island prepared by one of Iceland’s top chefs. And discover Iceland’s top musicians through performances arranged by our ethnomusicologist.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Explore Iceland’s geologic wonders: the spout of Geysir, Gulfoss Falls and Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s first parliament. ▶▶ Get active: Hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise the remote, spectacular natural reserve of Hornstrandir accessible only on foot or by boat. ▶▶ Savor an exclusive dinner on Viðey Island prepared by one of Iceland’s top chefs. And discover Iceland’s top musicians through performances arranged by our musicologist.

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DAYS 1 AND 2: U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Your overnight flight arrives early in Reykjavík. We are whisked away past colorful, Scandinavian-style buildings to hear about today’s exciting options during breakfast. Note: for those who wish to go directly to our hotel, for early check-in we can reserve your room for an additional charge. Choose a scenic drive amid the volcanic landscapes and natural hot springs of the Reykjanes peninsula to the tiny fishing village of Grindavík. Or soak in the soothing geothermal waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon. After lunch, check into the Borg Hotel or similar. Tonight explore one of Reykjavík’s fine restaurants on your own. (Day 2: B,L) DAY 3: REYKJAVÍK & GOLDEN CIRCLE/ EMBARK SHIP Encounter Iceland’s nature in all its wildness amid the geological wonders of the Golden Circle. Feel the spray of thundering Gullfoss falls, wander the steaming landscape of Geysir and see its amazing spout. With our expert guides, visit the ancient, open-air parliament at Thingvellir National Park. Or choose a guided walk around Reykjavík, including the National Museum and the Museum of Whales. In the late afternoon, embark National Geographic Explorer and settle in. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner in a historic

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house awaits. One of Iceland’s top chefs, Friðgeir Ingi Eiríksson, will cater our dinner and we will have a musical concert. This evening will be memorable! (B,L,D) DAY 4: EXPLORING THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier coastline, sailing beneath the immense Látrabjarg cliffs home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs were once famous for egg collecting; men were tied to ropes and lowered down onto the ledges like spiders. Stop at the charming island of Flatey for walks around the picture-postcard 19th-century village, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. (B,L,D)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2016 Jul 27, 31 OPTIONAL EXTENSION Extend your time with active options on a 1-day pre-voyage extension Reykjavík Adventure. Go on a city bike tour, horseback ride, even go flight-seeing. See our website.

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DAYS 5 AND 6: EXPLORING THE WESTFJORDS & HORNSTRANDIR Just south of the Arctic Circle, Hornstrandir— the spiky peninsula at the northern tip of the Westfjords—is Iceland’s truest wilderness, an uninhabited nature reserve backed by the majestic Hornbjarg cliffs and only accessible on foot or by boat. You’ll have a choice of activities each day in the Westfjords region, and the option to join the naturalist whose interests mirror yours. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. (B,L,D) DAY 7: REYKJAVÍK/DISEMBARK/U.S. Disembark in Reykjavík and take an early flight home, or continue exploring with us. Opt to visit the Saga Museum; wander among bubbling mud pools and hot springs; or stop at a farm to see and photograph Icelandic horses. Continue to lunch and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight. (B,L)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 35 years, and his work is often seen in National Geographic magazine. He is aboard both departures.

Reykjavík’s iconic Blue Lagoon.

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ALONG THE VIKING TRAIL: FROM ICELAND TO GREENLAND 12 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $10,680 to $19,750 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, undersea specialist, video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders.

Centuries ago, Erik the Red became the first European to visit Greenland. In 1972 Lars-Eric Lindblad pioneered expeditions to the icy country. Feel the stir of your inner Viking aboard National Geographic Explorer as we follow in the wake of the legendary explorer, discovering the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. Explore Iceland’s western fjords by Zodiac and hike amid charming Scandinavian hamlets. Immerse yourself in Nordic history on visits with our experts to fascinating Viking sites and settlements.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Venture to two remarkable sites on the Viking Trail, settled by Erik the Red 500 years before Columbus. ▶▶ Glide between soaring ice floes in East Greenland, exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot. ▶▶ Hike and Zodiac Iceland’s wild Westfjord region and explore Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city. ▶▶ Meet the friendly Greenlanders who maintain their traditional lifestyle.

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AUG. 5 AND 6: U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/ EMBARK Fly overnight to Reykjavík. On an overview of the old town, visit Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and delve into Viking history at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures. Embark our ship. (Aug. 6: L,D)

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AUG. 8: CROSSING THE DENMARK STRAIT National Geographic Explorer follows in the wake of Eric the Red and Brendan the Navigator. Watch for whales as we cross. (B,L,D) AUG. 9: EXPLORING EAST GREENLAND The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic ice sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. The high arctic-like climate is dominated by ice floes. Among the options for exploration are landings at Skjoldungen fjord or Napasorsuaq fjord. We’ll use our tools for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs and deploying our ROV. (B,L,D) AUG. 10: 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) AUG. 11: HVALSEY RUINS (QAQORTUKULOOQ) & QAQORTOQ Today you’ll explore a remarkable site on the Viking Trail. Qaqortukulooq was settled by one of Erik the Red’s cousins in 986 AD. 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

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AUG. 7: THE WEST COAST OF ICELAND National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks in the village and Zodiac explorations. (B,L,D)

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in the colorful wooden buildings and town museum, displaying Greenlandic kayaks, hunting equipment, art, and crafts. (B,L,D) AUG. 12: BRATTAHLID/ERIKSFORD Eriksfjord is the area that Erik the Red chose for his farm when he settled here in 982 AD. You’ll explore Brattahlid, site of the first Christian church in the western hemisphere, built by Erik’s wife, Tjodhilde. This region is also the starting point of the first voyages to North America by his son, Leif Eriksson, 500 years before Columbus. (B,L,D) AUG. 13: NUUK Nuuk is the world’s smallest capital city with 15,000 inhabitants. Visit the National Museum with its famous 15thcentury Qilakitsoq mummies, found near Uummannaq and the subject of a National Geographic cover story. (B,L,D) AUG. 14: 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) AUG. 15: 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)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2016 Aug. 5

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Book by Nov. 30, 2015 to receive complimentary charter airfare (Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavík). See page 127 or call for details.

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a 3-day pre-voyage extension Iceland’s Wonders, or a 1-day pre-voyage extension to see Reykjavík’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon. See pages 104-105. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Every Explorer departure travels with a National Geographic photographer to give advice, inspire guests and help them get their best shots ever. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Share the experience with fascinating travel companions from the top tiers of exploration, science or world affairs on every departure. A puffin on the clifftops.

AUG. 16: REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK/U.S. Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula. Transfer to Keflavík for flights home. (B,L)

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EPIC 80ºN: EXPLORING GREENLAND, BAFFIN & ELLESMERE ISLANDS 24 DAYS/22 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $25,190 TO $47,960 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Adventure 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.

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EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE There is simply no better, more veteran team with whom to head into this bellwether geography. Our expedition EXPERIENCE leader, and 8 naturalists are Arctic-adept. A National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler will help you capture the experience. An undersea specialist and wellness specialist round out our team. And the Global Perspectives guest speaker adds relevant insight.

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▶▶ 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 marvelously preserved. ▶▶ Observe polar bears, walruses, and perhaps elusive narwhals.

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AUG. 23: 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. Stand on deck as we search for marine mammals often found in this area. (B,L,D)

SEP. 1: UUMMANNAQ Today we are back in familiar waters, stopping at Uummannaq, 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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AUG. 20-22: THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC We search for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. Perhaps even see the elusive narwhal, known for the long, spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw. Explore Milne Bay for possible narwhal sightings and Prince Regent Inlet for polar bears on ice. (B,L,D)

AUG. 28-31: 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 wildlife (no humans means no hunting, thus 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)

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AUG. 17-19: 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 5,000-foot 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. 26 AND 27: 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. Perhaps we’ll scout a fine place for a ‘polar plunge’ into icy waters! (B,L,D)

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AUG. 16: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST & SISIMUIT/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)

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AUG. 15: REYKJAVÍK/KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

AUG. 24 AND 25: ELLESMERE ISLAND Head north up the beautiful and remote east coast of Ellesmere Island, where Explorer first ventured last season. 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)

AUG. 13 AND 14: U.S./KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND/ REYKJAVÍK Overnight flight to Keflavík. Transfer to our hotel in Reykjavík. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters. (Aug. 14: L,D)

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towering icebergs and visit the archaeological Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut. (B,L,D) SEP. 3: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST Our final day in the scenic fjords north of Sondre Stromfjord offers Zodiac cruising, kayaking, or a hike across the tundra. (B,L,D) SEP. 4: 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 icecap. Check in to the Natura Hotel or similar. (B,L,D) SEP. 5: REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK/U.S. Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula. Transfer to Keflavík for flights home. (B,L)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Take a 3-day post-voyage to Iceland, or a one-day-post-voyage extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle. See pages 104-105. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman joins this departure. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo

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GLOBAL PERSEPCTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Joe MacInnis was the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole and joins this departure.

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THE CANADIAN MARITIMES 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $7,930 to $14,830 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled expedition team is key to an in-depth experience, and our generous EXPEDITION expedition staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, 8 naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the region’s wonders.

This 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.

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 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 centerpiece of a beautiful park and museum. Explore the life of Bell and enjoy an optional “white glove” tour of the Bell Museum and have the opportunity to hold historic artifacts. (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 colorful fishing villages as we learn about Acadian culture. Weather permitting, you may explore on a bike or sea kayak with local operators. (B,L,D)

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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) DAY 8: ST. JOHN’S/DISEMBARK/U.S. 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 colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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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)

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EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2016 Sep. 8, 15 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES GUEST SPEAKER Renowned television news anchor, journalist and Canadian Robert MacNeil will join both departures. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Every Explorer departure travels with a National Geographic photographer to give advice, inspire guests and help them get their best shots ever. Learn more at expeditions.com/photo Explore Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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NATURAL HISTORY+ HUMAN HISTORY “Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein “starts” shapes its end as surely as bowls shape water.” —Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

Stunning Machu Picchu, an Inca citadel set high in the Andes, is renowned for its intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. It visibly and movingly illustrates how the land can shape the civilization that thrives on it. Explore Machu Picchu with us, and you’ll also experience contemporary Peru. Add an exploration of Machu Picchu & Peru to either our Upper Amazon or Galápagos expedition, and you’ll make the most of your travel time and curiosity. The ancient lands of Haida Gwaii are history Traversing the John Day Dam writ in the language of water, tree, art, and spirit. along the Columbia River. We are privileged to be allowed to visit this mythic land and its people with our guests. Combine your Costa Rica voyage with the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano and Tortugero to experience the best this diverse region has to offer. Or opt for a land experience that takes you from the Cloud Forest to the Caribbean. The striking feature of our journey up the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the geology, evidence of the massive upheavals that created this verdant region. You will experience this geography with all your senses—as we savor the food, wine and craft beers of the Pacific Northwest’s sustainable producers. What is life like on the far side or in the middle of the Atlantic? Find out on our Epic 108º adventure, as you traverse 8,000 miles of ocean, learning about the natural history of the Atlantic and the human life it has shaped. Journey with us into geography! 82

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A REMARKABLE JOURNEY TO ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA & HAIDA GWAII 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS—NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD & SEA LION

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: $10,900 to $18,680 (See page 121 for complete prices.)

Our unparalleled 6-person expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. An expedition leader and EXPERIENCE five naturalists, including a certified photo instructor and undersea specialist, contribute to your understanding of Alaska’s wonders, in addition to a wellness specialist and video chronicler. National Geographic experts and photographers will add more insight on each departure.

Join 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 soaring cliffs, 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 Galápagos” for its wildlife-rich intertidal zone.

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DAY 1: SEATTLE/EMBARK Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D) DAY 2: GULF ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands. (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)

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A cultural interpreter explains the flag of the Haida Nation.

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) DAY 4 AND 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 many bays and inlets. (B,L,D) DAYS 6-8: HAIDA GWAII With a shared respect for the natural world, we explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. A Haida cultural interpreter will join us, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center 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). Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands. (B,L,D daily)

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

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

PRICES FROM: 2015: $4,990 per person double occupancy; $6,290 sole occupancy

For the 30 years we’ve been exploring here, we’ve highlighted how Inca cultural heritage influences EXPERIENCE 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 caliber as those on our ships. And your accommodations have been carefully chosen for their location, ambiance, and comfort.

2016: $5,490 per person double occupancy; $6,890 sole occupancy

2016 HOLIDAY Dec. 18 & 24: $6,190 per person double occupancy; $7,590 sole occupancy

Machu 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 colorful 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.

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▶▶ Explore the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. ▶▶ Stroll colorful markets, explore early cathedrals and hear local musicians.

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PERU

DAY 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU Depart the U.S. and arrive in Lima by late evening. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. DAY 2: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos are bred. Attend an afternoon talk by Peter Frost. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration. Join a visit to a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (formerly

the Orient-Express Sanctuary Lodge). The lodge’s grounds are home to a great variety of the region's colorful flowers and birds. (B,L,D) DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO In the early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the sacred ruins. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco for two nights at the Belmond Monasterio Hotel (formerly the Orient-Express Monasterio Hotel). (B,L,D) DAY 6: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. (B,L) DAY 7: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L) DAY 8: LIMA/U.S. (B)

Textiles at the market.

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca departs weekly, year-round. EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE Take advantage of your proximity—extend this Peru journey with a Galápagos expedition, page 24 or combine it with the Upper Amazon expedition, page 89 or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: Spend time with National Geographic historian Peter Frost on our departures. On departures that coincide with Peter’s other assignments, one of his colleagues, acclaimed anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster or ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler, will join us.

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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 departures. Please call for details. (See page 124 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: PER GALÁPAGOS ITINERARY ON PAGES 24-25. 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 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 PacayaSamiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle—one of the largest in South

Guests exploring by skiff in the Amazon.

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America—stretching more than five million acres, and harboring 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 nutrientrich 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 colored 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 jewelry 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 late-afternoon flight to Lima, and overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L) DAY 20: LIMA/U.S. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE This Upper Amazon + Galápagos expedition can also be combined with the Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca program. Please call for details.


PERU

UPPER AMAZON + MACHU PICCHU & PERU’S LAND OF THE INCA 17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS PRICES FROM: $12,880 to $14,020 (See ship page 124 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 Sacsayhuamán Fortress. ▶▶ Balance your archeological 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 22-23.

17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B,L)

Peruvian woman.

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 16: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 11: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where llamas and alpacas are bred. Enjoy a talk by Peter Frost in the afternoon. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Peter Frost joins us as we visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Peruvian Paso horse demonstration. Join a visit to a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 13: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Overnight at the historic 31room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (formerly the Orient-Express Sanctuary Lodge). The lodge’s grounds are home to a great variety of the region’s colorful flowers and birds. (B,L,D)

Machu Picchu’s terraced fields.

DAY 17: LIMA/U.S. (B)

EXPEDITION DETAILS

DAY 14: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO In the early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the sacred ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Belmond Monasterio Hotel (formerly the Orient-Express Monasterio Hotel). (B,L,D) DAY 15: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent

DATES: 2016: 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 Combine your Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca expedition with a voyage to the Galápagos. See page 90 or call for details. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: Lecture by National Geographic writer and historian Peter Frost on our 2015 & 2016 Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca departures. On departures that coincide with Peter’s other assignments, one of his colleagues, acclaimed anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster or ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler, will join us.

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GALÁPAGOS + MACHU PICCHU & PERU’S LAND OF THE INCA 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER PRICES FROM: $11,280 to $21,080 (See pages 117 & 119 for complete prices.)

As magnificent as the Galápagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from a historical 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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GALÁPAGOS

DAYS 1-8: AS PER GALÁPAGOS ITINERARY ON PAGES 34-35. 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/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos are bred. Enjoy an afternoon lecture by Peter Frost. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 11: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. Visit to a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Overnight at the historic 31-room

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (formerly the OrientExpress Sanctuary Lodge). The lodge’s grounds are home to a great variety of the religion’s colorful flowers and birds. (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 we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Belmond Monasterio Hotel (formerly the OrientExpress Monasterio Hotel). (B,L,D) DAY 14: CUSCO Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17thcentury cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B,L) DAY 15: CUSCO/LIMA Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: Year-round, weekly departures following Galápagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Islander. EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE Take advantage of your proximity—extend this Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca journey with the Upper Amazon expedition. Call for details.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERT: Spend time with National Geographic historian Peter Frost on our departures. On departures that coincide with Peter’s other assignments, one of his colleagues, acclaimed anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster or ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler, will join us.

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Book by Nov. 30, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip air from Miami to Galápagos/Lima on select departures (up to $2,100 per guest value) aboard National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Islander. Please call for details.

DAY 16: LIMA/U.S. (B)

Courtyard of Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco, Peru.

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COSTA RICA TO PANAMA PLUS MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $7,780 to $12,280 (See page 121 for complete prices.) DATES: 2015 Nov. 25; Dec. 9, 23 2016 Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 2

There 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 “Solitaire.” 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 marvelous 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: MIAMI/SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Depart Miami mid-morning via American Airlines on a non-stop flight to San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, a short drive brings us to the Doubletree Cariari Hotel. (D)

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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, family-owned lodge. (B,L,D)

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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 26-27. (DAYS 4-10: B,L,D; DAY 11:B)


COSTA RICA & PANAMA

PANAMA TO COSTA RICA PLUS MONTEVERDE, ARENAL VOLCANO & TORTUGUERO 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $10,180 to $14,980 (See page 121 for complete prices.) DATES: 2015 Dec. 5, 19 2016 Jan. 2, 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27; Mar. 12

DAYS 1-7 FOLLOW “COSTA RICA & THE PANAMA CANAL” ITINERARY IN REVERSE (PAGES 26-27). NOTE: DAYS 8-15 CAN BE TAKEN AS A STANDALONE EXPEDITION. PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS.

Cloud 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 Arenal Volcano. 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 snorkeling. 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.

DAY 8: HERRADURA/MONTEVERDE Disembark the ship and transfer to Carara National Park 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)

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 11: ARENAL Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges, strung through two miles of dense rain forest canopy, then experience the traditional sugar-making process. (B,L,D)

▶▶ 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, rain forest-lined canals to search for monkeys, caiman, rare birds, and more on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

DAY 9: MONTEVERDE Visit a butterfly farm and tour the Monteverde reserve. (B,L,D) DAY 10: MONTEVERDE/ARENAL Visit a third-generation coffee farm, and then sail across Lake Arenal. Later, check into an elegant hotel and relax in thermal pools heated by Arenal Volcano. (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/U.S. Transfer to the San José airport for flights home. (B)

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EXPLORING COSTA RICA: FROM CLOUD FOREST TO THE CARIBBEAN 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS 2015/16: $4,290 pp double occupancy and $4,790 single occupancy.

Discover 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 mistshrouded forest, to an active volcano and the low-lying Caribbean canals—each biosphere with its unique wildlife. Fine lodges will serve as your base camp on a cohesive, curated journey.

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 rain forest via green-canopied canals. ▶▶ See a great variety of landscapes, wildlife, and biodiversity on a land-only expedition.

A view of the Arenal Volcano.

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DAY 1: HOME/SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Fly to the international airport in San José, Costa Rica and transfer to the Doubletree Cariari hotel by Hilton. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

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 smoldering Arenal Volcano. (B,L,D) DAY 5: ARENAL VOLCANO Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung more than two miles through the rain forest canopy. In the evening, relax in thermal pools naturally heated by the volcano. (B,L,D)

Hummingbird in flight.

DAY 2: SAN JOSÉ/CARARA NATIONAL PARK/ MONTEVERDE After an early breakfast at the hotel transfer to Carara National Park, where the less dense rain forest makes for easy bird sightings. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant 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) 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 visit a family-owned, third generation coffee farm. A local guide will share the culture of coffee farming in Central America, and we’ll have a chance to pick coffee cherries during a tour of the grounds. After the tour, drive to Lake Arenal and cross in small boats for

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; tour the wildlife-rich canals of Tortuguero National Park in small guided boats, spot monkeys, caiman and myriad bird species. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. (B,L,D)

Caribbean Sea Arenal Monteverde Carara N.P.

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Tortuguero

San José COSTA RICA

Pacific Ocean

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATES: 2015 Dec. 11, 25 2016 Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 5, 19; Mar. 4, 18

DAY 7: 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) Exploring the coastal areas of Tortuguero.

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) DAY 9: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/HOME Transfer to the San José airport for flights home. (B)

Look out for capuchin monkeys.

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COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS JOURNEY: HARVESTS, HISTORY & LANDSCAPES 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION PRICES FROM: $4,750 to $8,330 (See page 121 for complete prices.)

Sail 450 miles along the Columbia & Snake Rivers, on an expedition that blends the region’s history of exploration with its modern culinary bounty. Trace much of the route of Lewis & Clark while transiting a series of eight locks, and learn about the dramatic expedition that shaped the future of America. Discover the bounty of the region in locally and sustainably sourced cuisine, including award-winning wines and craft brews, our compliments. See diverse landscapes carved by great volcanoes and floods, and take a thrilling jetboat ride in Hells Canyon.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE Our 4-person expedition team is your link to the past and present of the region. An expedition leader, EXPERIENCE historian, 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 ▶▶ Explore the history, geology, and cuisine of the Columbia & Snake rivers region aboard an intimate, 62-guest expedition ship. ▶▶ Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and learning about the Nez Perce people they encountered. ▶▶ Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable food on board, from providers along the way, so it’s literally as fresh and delicious as can be.

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Palouse Falls.


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DAY 1: PORTLAND, OREGON/EMBARK Board our ship and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette River before reaching the Columbia River. (D) DAY 2: ASTORIA We begin our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, we walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon explore more of what the area has to offer with a trip to either the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge or Cape Disappointment. (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 from a family farm and taste awardwinning 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 and view its extensive and eclectic collection of baskets woven by Native Americans, Rodin sculptures, and other

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Palouse River WASHINGTON

Astoria

Portland Willamette River

Snake River

Cascade Mountains

Columbia River

Columbia Gorge

Maryhill John Day Museum Dam

Hood River Bonneville Dam

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 450 miles 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 connecting flights home. (B)

Clearwater River Clarkston

Lewiston

Hells Canyon

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

SPECIAL OFFER: ▼

Book by Nov. 30, 2016 and receive a $500 air credit on the Oct. 25 departure.

STEPHENIE AMBROSE TUBBS The author of The Lewis and Clark Companion and Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off. A renowned expert on the Corps of Discovery, she grew up on their trail, traveling with her father and fellow Lewis & Clark expert, the late Stephen Ambrose. Join Stephenie on the Oct. 1 and 7 departures.

Conditions permitting, expedition landing craft transit McNary Lock.

Picturesque Multnomah Falls.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Choose a 1-day Portland, Oregon and/ or Willamette Valley Boutique Winery tour. Please call for details.

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EPIC 108°: AN ATLANTIC ODYSSEY 29 DAYS/27 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $8,980 to $15,990 (See page 110-111 for complete prices.)

This epic National Geographic Explorer journey sets out to cover nearly 8,000 nautical miles and reach three continental areas; it is a voyage rarely undertaken these days. Passing from the tip of Tierra del Fuego, up the coast of South America across to Cape Verde, and ending in the European Union, we will traverse over 108 degrees of latitude from 54.8° S at Ushuaia, Argentina to 53.5°N at Bremerhaven, Germany. Culturally, biologically, and oceanographically, we are in for some major diversity. With all the romance of an ocean crossing and the thrill of discovery—this expedition is one of a kind.

8,000 NAUTICAL MILES | 29 DAYS

EPIC 108º

AN ATLANTIC

ODYSSEY

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Search for spinner dolphins, sharks, turtles and more at Fernando de Noronha, Brazil’s marine UNESCO site. ▶▶ Enjoy carefully curated experiences in the cosmopolitan capitals of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. ▶▶ Explore Fogo, the youngest and most continually active volcano of the Cape Verde Islands. ▶▶ Discover the lush laurel forests of Madeira (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and sample the wine for which the region is famous.

Two Brothers mountains at Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

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MAR. 23: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA/EMBARK Fly by private charter to Ushuaia. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D) MAR. 24-29: AT SEA – ALONG THE COASTS OF ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL Make the most of shipboard life: meet your expedition staff and fellow travelers; head up to the bridge to meet the Captain and his officers; and enjoy engaging presentations about Brazil. (B,L,D) MAR. 30: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Today’s options will be many: visit the golden lion tamarins at Poço das Antas Biological Reserve, create photo ops at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, catch a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain, or visit Rio’s legendary beaches. This evening we venture to the world-famous Rio Scenarium for samba music and dancing. (B,L,D) MAR. 31-APR. 3: AT SEA–CROSSING INTO THE TROPICS Treat yourself—it’s on us: Enjoy your choice of one of our rejuvenating wellness treatments— simply choose which aboard ship. (B,L,D)

Spinner dolphins, Fernando de Noronha.

APR. 4: EXPLORING FERNANDO DE NORONHA Explore this pristine archipelago, a UNESCO site where we have received special permission to bring the Explorer. Its rich

waters are an important breeding ground for tuna, turtles, sharks and marine mammals— and the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the western Atlantic. Opt to hike, swim and snorkel in the crystalline waters, or take a boat excursion to Dolphins Bay to marvel at its spinner dolphins. (B,L,D) APR. 5-7: AT SEA–CROSSING THE EQUATOR Our voyage from sub-Antarctic waters into the tropics and across the equator will provide great marine life encounters. If conditions permit, cross the equator via kayak or Zodiac! (B,L,D) APR. 8: FOGO: CAPE VERDE ISLANDS Fogo is the youngest and most continually active volcano in the Cape Verde Islands. Take advantage of breathtaking photo ops to capture the juxtaposition of Fogo’s imposing peak and the jagged lava rocks and lunar-like landscape of the volcanic crater. (B,L,D) APR. 9-11: AT SEA–CROSSING FROM THE TROPICS TO THE SUB-TROPICS Enjoy staff lectures on everything from the Portuguese and Spanish navigators of the 15th-century Age of Discovery to talks from our photography team on how to organize and share your images. (B,L,D) APR. 12: MADEIRA, PORTUGAL Explore the exotic flora and glorious terraced gardens. Choose a walk through the Laurisilva Forest or a visit to the Madeira Whale Museum, and sample Madeira’s famed seafood and wines. Perhaps you’ll indulge in a ride down the steep streets of Monte in a traditional wicker-sided toboggan, or hike the windswept headlands at the eastern tip of the island. (B,L,D)

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MAR. 21 AND 22: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. (May 22: L)

AFRICA

Fernando de Noronha

Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires

OCEAN CROSSING

South Atlantic Ocean

Ushuaia

have free time to meander Dartmouth’s quaint shops, pubs and picturesque lanes. (B,L,D) APR. 17: AT SEA–ALONG THE ENGLISH CHANNEL Our final day at sea is time to reflect on all that we have seen and done on this sweeping voyage, and to celebrate at our farewell dinner. (B,L,D) APR. 18: BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY/ DISEMBARK/HAMBURG/U.S. Disembark this morning in Bremerhaven and transfer to Hamburg for flights home. (B)

EXPEDITION DETAILS DATE: 2016 Mar. 21 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER Travel with Susan Seubert.

APR. 13-15: AT SEA–ALONG EUROPE’S COAST Spend time on deck, soaking up the tonic of sea air, mild weather, and beautiful views, perhaps with a book and drink in hand (B,L,D) APR. 16: DARTMOUTH, U.K. Perched atop a steep hill above the River Dart is the charming, seafaring town of Dartmouth. At Dartmouth Castle, we visit the guardrooms and winding passages. This afternoon you’ll

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UNCOMMON VOYAGES, MATCHLESS EXPERIENCES EXPLORING THE BRITISH & IRISH ISLES

15 DAYS/13 NIGHTS—ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER DATE: 2016 May 9 PRICES FROM: $13,640 to $24,900 (See pages 110-111 for complete prices.)

Discover wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive in local languages and customs. Everywhere there are surprises: the subtropical gardens on the Isles of Scilly. The cloistered quiet of Iona, where Macbeth’s grave allegedly lies. The way the 5,000-year-old dwellings at Skara Brae in Orkney banish forever any lingering notions of early man as “primitive.” Enjoying a pint. And the spectacular scenery along National Geographic Explorer’s route. Go to www.expeditions.com/britain to learn more.

A view of Eilean Donan Castle, near the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS—ABOARD LORD OF THE GLENS

DATES: 2016 Jun. 26; Jul. 3, 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21 PRICES FROM: $6,990 to $12,580 Please call for details.

Venture through the heart of Scotland via famed lochs and inland waterways aboard the Lord of the Glens plus explore the harbor villages and serene hills of the coastal islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg, and Skye. Experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and churches and trace Scotland’s compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Go to www.expedition.com/ scotland to learn more.


VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS—ABOARD JAHAN DATES: 2016 Jan. 5, 13, 27; Feb. 2; Mar. 1 PRICES FROM: $ $10,460 to $15,790 (See page 125 for complete prices.)

Linked by the mighty Mekong River, Vietnam and Cambodia abound with magnificent carved temples, lush landscapes, and cities where rich imperial and colonial legacies mingle. Encounter the incomparable treasures of Angkor, and take a river voyage aboard the elegant Jahan between the Tonle Sap River and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Explore traditional villages, and gain insight into the daily lives of farmers, monks, and craftspeople. Go to www.expeditions.com/vietnamcambodia to learn more.

Jahan and life along the Mekong River.

Baja California & The Sea of Cortez: Discover its desert isles & living sea this season WILD ISLANDS & TREASURES OF BAJA CALIFORNIA

WHALES & WILDNESS: SPRING IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

BAJA CALIFORNIA: A REMARKABLE JOURNEY

8 DAYS DATES: 2015 DEC. 19, 26 2016: DEC. 17, 24*, 31 Please call for 2016 rates.

8 DAYS DATE: 2016 APR. 2

15 DAYS DATES: 2016 MAR. 19

PRICES FROM: $5,990 to $10,300

PRICES FROM: $10,900 to $18,680

SHIP: National Geographic Sea Bird

PRICES FROM: $5,990 to $10,340

Spring in the Sea of Cortez is the best time to see large pods of dolphins and various species of whales, all in the same week. Hike uninhabited beaches and desert landscapes. 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 maximize wildlife sightings, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day. Go to expeditions.com/springwhales to learn more.

SHIPS: National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

SHIP: National Geographic Sea Bird SPECIAL OFFER: Book now to receive a $500 air credit on both 2015 departures. Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then delve further into the Peninsula’s unique culture. Spend the holidays kayaking dramatic coastlines, snorkeling with sea lions and meeting local artisans in the charming town of Todos Santos, a Pueblo Magico. See the benefits of no-take zones first hand at Cabo Pulmo, a vibrant reef. Go to expeditions. com/wildislands to learn more.

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Explore both the gray whale-rich Pacific lagoons of Baja California and the islands in the Sea of Cortez on the most wide ranging expedition possible. With our Photo Team by your side, enjoy unforgettable encounters with gray whales, sea lions, and dolphins. Spend ample time exploring lesser visited northern islands that teem with wildlife, as well as the waters that attract several whale species. Go to expeditions.com/ remarkablebaja to learn more.

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WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVEL, MORE IS BETTER “Not a bad deal, this Denali. Wild country in every direction, a university of the far north, a holy place, of sorts, a cathedral without walls, made of the earth itself, no improvements needed. Sky blue and black; spokes of silver light...” - Kim Heacox,

Rhythm of the Wild: A Life Inspired by Alaska’s Denali National Park

Itinerary design has always been a Lindblad Expeditions’ art. We put considerable effort into planning and producing voyages that thoroughly immerse you in a region and its narrative. Guests disembark our expeditions immensely satisfied with their deep steep in the planet’s singular places. One would think, therefore, that no more would be needed. But since many of the places we explore on our expeditions are remote, we also believe that making the most of your valuable travel time, not to mention your intelligence and curiosity, is warranted. The opportunities featured on the following pages are not merely ways to delay your inevitable return to real life!—they’re chances to experience some of the planet’s chief treasures. Where our itineraries specialize in taking you off-thebeaten track, in revealing the seldom-seen, or in promoting genuine discovery, the extensions we offer focus on the jewels in the crown of their respective regions. Many offer the distinct thrill of contrast. After an immersion in the vast wild splendor of Antarctica or South Georgia, for example, a visit to Easter Island, with its focus on the man-made and beguilingly mysterious, provides a definite frisson. And while our nimble 62-guest ships are the perfect way to go deep, to experience the wild heart of coastal Alaska up-close and personally, our Denali extension gives you the same exclusive, intimate and deeply connected experience of one of America’s greatest national parks. So ultimately, we invite you to explore our extensions as the possibilities they are—for more: more geography, more insight, more awareness of the beauty and wonder of this world.

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High cliffs rise to over 1,300 feet at Lรกtrabjarg, Iceland.

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OPTIONAL EXPEDITION EXTENSIONS TO EXPLORE MORE

ADD EASTER ISLAND

POST-VOYAGE/4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

ADD IGUAZÚ FALLS

PRE OR POST-VOYAGE/3 DAYS

2015/16 PRICES*: FROM $3,990 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. 2016/17*: $4,190 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

2015/16 PRICES*: FROM $2,690 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. 2016/17*: $2,790 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

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: Chilean Patagonia & Argentina’s Staten Island. Depending on departure date, a pre- or post-extension is available for the 11- and 15-day Patagonia voyages.

Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls’ monumental Devil’s Throat thunders 350 feet 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 Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia & Argentina’s Staten Island; Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; South Georgia & the Falklands or before Epic 108°: An Atlantic Odyssey. Depending on departure date, a pre- or post-extension is available for the 11- and 15-day Patagonia voyages.

ADD REYKJAVÍK’S GOLDEN CIRCLE PRE OR POST-VOYAGE/1 DAY/1 NIGHT

2016*: $920 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

Extend your stay in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Enjoy the surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided in-depth experience along the famed Golden Circle with its boiling pools, geysers and waterfalls. Add it before Circumnavigating Iceland and Along the Viking Trail, or after Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland and Epic 80°.

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EXTENSIONS

ADD NORWAY’S FJORDS

ADD ICELAND’S NATURAL WONDERS

PRE-VOYAGE/5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

POST-VOYAGE/4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

2016*: FROM $4,390 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

2016*: $3,760 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

The rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway—are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops. The Norwegian Fjords extension can be taken before Land of the Ice Bears and Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast.

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 massive icecaps and glaciers. Add it after departures of Land of the Ice Bears; Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard; and Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast.

ADD BUENOS AIRES

ADD WALES

2015/16 PRICES*: FROM $1,690 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. 2016/17*: $1,890 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

2016/17*: $4,890 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

PRE-VOYAGE/2 DAYS/2 NIGHTS

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 on Epic 108°: An Atlantic Odyssey; Antarctica; Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands; South Georgia & the Falklands.

PRE- OR POST-VOYAGE/6 DAYS/6 NIGHTS Explore the distinct Welsh culture and a wealth of castles, gardens and abbeys, including Tintern Abbey, made famous by the poet Wordsworth, and see so much more. Add it before or after your expedition Exploring the British & Irish Isles. *On all extensions airfare is not included.

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DENALI NATIONAL PARK PRE- OR POST-VOYAGE EXTENSION 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS PRICES: 2016: $5,820 per person double occupancy, $8,220 per person single occupancy. Note: This extension is available between Jun. 5 and Sep. 4, 2016. Limited space available.

Make the most of your time in Alaska by combining your expedition with six nights in Denali National Park and add an inland exploration of this iconic land to your coastal adventure. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll experience Denali National Park as few visitors get to. Set deep in the heart of the park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. McKinley, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly discussions that emphasize Denali’s natural and cultural history, locally-sourced cuisine and special access to the park. The North Face Lodge’s relationship with the park ensures exclusive opportunities for you to explore Denali’s most pristine backcountry areas for prime hiking and wildlife viewing. Additionally, the small group size of 11 guests per every naturalist enhances the intimacy of outings and opportunities for in-depth learning.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS ▶▶ Stay at a unique wilderness retreat with breathtaking views of Mt. McKinley. ▶▶ Enjoy special access to prime hiking and wildlife viewing areas in pristine wilderness. ▶▶ Travel first class aboard the Alaska Railroad.

Canoeing is a great way to discover Denali’s dramatic landscape.

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DAY 1: FAIRBANKS, ALASKA Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D) DAY 2: FAIRBANKS/DENALI NATIONAL PARK/NORTH FACE LODGE In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning we depart on a wildlife drive to our temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. We’ll travel in the lodge’s private buses, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to

Brown bear.

search for Denali’s famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, arctic terns, and more. We’ll enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs. (B,L,D) DAY 3-5: DENALI NATIONAL PARK/ NORTH FACE LODGE Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and north-country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice—hiking, canoeing, fishing, and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with

trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness backcountry of Denali National Park. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use, and natural resource issues. Rest well in lovely, comfortable rooms, and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D) DAY 6: DENALI NATIONAL PARK/ ANCHORAGE This morning we check out of the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out to the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaskan art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 7: ANCHORAGE/SITKA OR JUNEAU/ HOME This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or, if your extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

ALASKA

Fairbanks Denali National Park

YUKON TERRITORY

Anchorage Juneau

EXPEDITION DETAILS This seven-day extension can be taken before or after select Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness and A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii departures between Jun. 5 and Sep. 4, 2016.

Dall sheep.

Notes: Payment and Cancellation terms for Denali are different from our standard terms. Visit our website for details. Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after the Denali extension. Please call for details.

Mighty Mt. McKinley rises out of Denali National Park.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE EXPEDITION SHIP CAPACITY: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 367 feet. National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the flagship of the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class 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. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, crow’s nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear. SPECIAL FEATURES: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, LEX/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 center, 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, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 CATEGORY 4: Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228 CATEGORY 5: Upper Deck with balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224 CATEGORY 6: Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with balcony #213 CATEGORY 7: Upper Deck–Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230

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BRIDGE

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Browsing the library.

Guests are welcome at the Bridge.

The Chart Room.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated otherwise. ITINERARY

YEAR

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

2015/16

$12,970

$13,940

$14,370

$15,460

$18,550

2016/17

$13,360

$14,360

$14,790

$15, 920

$19,150

Journey to Antarctica – Holiday departures - Page 10 Note: see website for 2015 holiday rates.

2016/17

$14,430

$15,500

$15,970

$17,190

$20,680

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands – Page 12 Note: see website for 2015 rates.

2016/17

$23,100

$24,750

$25,910

$27,130

$33,290

South Georgia and the Falklands – Page 14

2016

$16,530

$17,630

$18,570

$19,760

$23,860

Land of the Ice Bears – Page 16

2016

$9,830

$10,470

$10,880

$11,530

$13,610

Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island – Page 28

2016

$18,990

$20,420

$21,250

$22,520

$26,630

Patagonian Treasures: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn – Page 30

2016

$13,940

$14,600

$14,980

$15,610

$17,540

Exploring Chilean Patagonia: Peaks, Glaciers, and Fjords – Page 32

2016

$8,950

$9,610

$9,990

$10,620

$12,550

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard – Page 68

2016

$15,930

$16,790

$17,660

$19,000

$21,270

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast – Page 70

2016

$14,510

$15,320

$16,050

$17,290

$19,760

A Circumnavigation of Iceland – Page 72

2016

$9,820

$10,680

$10,990

$11,990

$14,230

Iceland by Land & Sea: From Reykjavík to the Wild West– Page 74

2016

$4,990

$5,430

$5,620

$6,100

$7,220

Along the Viking Trail - Page 76

2016

$10,680

$11,390

$11,870

$12,570

$14,820

Epic 80°N: Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands – Page 78

2016

$25,190

$26,990

$27,990

$29,990

$36,200

The Canadian Maritimes – Page 80

2016

$7,930

$8,390

$8,700

$9,240

$10,890

Epic 108°: An Atlantic Odyssey - Page 98

2016

$8,980

$9,490

$9,980

$10,440

$12,100

Exploring the British and Irish Isles – Page 100

2016

$13,640

$14,320

$14,960

$15,590

$18,610

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Wellness spa with sauna.

The Fitness Center has panoramic views.

CAT. 6

CAT. 7

CAT. A SOLO

CAT. B SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

NOTE

$21,250

$24,740

$17,430

$17,970

$1,000

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,200; Business from $2,700. Charter airfare from $850 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$21,880

$25,480

$17,950

$18,490

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,280; Business from $3,210. Charter airfare from $890 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$23,630

$27,520

$19,380

$19,960

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,280; Business from $3,210. Charter airfare from $890 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$38,420

$44,550

$30,930

$32,390

$3,000

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,280; Business from $3,210.Charter airfare from $890 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$27,520

$31,920

$22,040

$23,210

$1,800

Includes one hotel night. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Buenos Aires: Economy from $1,200; Business from $2,700. Charter airfare from $890 (round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia).

$15,890

$18,160

$13,090

$13,600

$1,000

Includes two hotel nights. Sample Airfares: round-trip Newark/Oslo. Economy from: $1,180; Business from $3,960. Charter Airfare: $725 (roundtrip Oslo/Longyearbyen).

$30,990

$35,500

$25,520

$26,560

$2,500

$19,640

$21,710

$17,690

$18,190

$1,500

$14,650

$16,720

$11,990

$12,490

$1,000

$25,360

$29,140

$20,990

$22,080

$2,500

Includes one hotel night. Sample Airfares: New York/Bergen, Oslo/Newark:Economy from: $1,180; Business from $4,170. Charter airfare: $360 (Longyearbyen/Oslo).

$23,060

$26,490

$19,150

$20,060

$1,500

Includes one hotel night. Sample Airfares: Newark/Oslo, Reykjavík/New York. $1,280; Business from $3,100; Charter Airfare: $360 (Oslo/Longyearbyen).

$16,990

$19,350

$13,350

$13,740

$1,000

Sample Airfares: round-trip NY/Reykjavík/NY: Economy from $750; Business from $2,140.

$8,650

$9,970

$6,790

$7,030

$750

$17,270

$19,750

$14,240

$14,780

$1,500

Includes one hotel night Reykjavík. Sample Airfares: Round trip New York/Keflavík: Economy from $840; Business from $2,060; Charter airfare: $725 (Kangerlussuaq/ Reykjavík).

$41,270

$47,960

$33,740

$34,990

$3,000

Includes two hotel nights Reykjavík. Sample Airfares: Round trip Newark/Keflavík: Economy from $840; Business airfare from $2,060; Round trip charter airfare: $1,450 (Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq).

$12,720

$14,830

$10,490

$10,880

$1,000

Sample Airfares: round-trip Newark/St. John’s/Newark: Economy from $480, Business from $1,070.

$14,420

$15,990

$11,860

$12,480

$1,000

Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: Miami/Buenos Aires, Hamburg/New York: Economy from $1,800; Business from $5,000. Charter airfare from $425 (Buenos Aires to Ushuaia).

$21,670

$24,900

$17,890

$18,690

$1,500

Sample Airfares: New York/London and Bergen/New York: Economy from $1,070; Business $4,390.

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: Miami/Santiago, Buenos Aires/Miami: Economy from $1,390; Business from $4,280. Charter airfare from $665 (Santiago/Puerto Montt, Ushuaia/Buenos Aires). Includes one hotel night in Buenos Aires (Oct. 24 departure) or Santiago (Oct. 27 departure), one hotel night in Puerto Natales, three hotel nights in Torres del Paine. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: Miami/Buenos Aires, Santiago/Miami: Economy from $1,390; Business from $4,280. Charter airfare from $805 (Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Punta Arenas/Santiago, or vice versa). Includes one hotel night in Buenos Aires (Oct. 24 departure) or Santiago (Oct. 31 departure). Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: Miami/Buenos Aires, Santiago/Miami: Economy from $1,390; Business from $4,280. Charter airfare from $805 (Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Punta Arenas/Santiago, or vice versa).

Includes one hotel night. Sample Airfares: round-trip NY/Reykjavík/NY: Economy from $750; Business from $2,140.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION OUR NEWEST EXPEDITION SHIP CAPACITY: 102 guests in 53 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 338 feet. The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion is the newest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel with an ice reinforced hull, National Geographic Orion is at home navigating polar ice as well as small harbors in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Borneo, and Indonesia. 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. 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. 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. Single cabins in Category 1 and Category 3 include #301, 322, 323, and 512. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft, a fleet of 24 double kayaks and a crow’s nest camera. For the Europe voyages, we will carry 25 bicycles, snorkeling gear for all guests (where applicable) and a glass-bottom Zodiac. For the Antarctic voyages, we will carry a hydrophone, underwater video cameras, and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). SPECIAL FEATURES: Laundry, a full-time doctor, National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus for the Antarctic voyages, there is an undersea specialist and video chronicler. WELLNESS: A wellness specialist, fitness center, LEXspa treatment room and sauna are on board.

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

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WHIRLPOOL HOT TUB

FITNESS CENTER/ LEXSPA TREATMENT ROOM

THEATER

OBSERVATION LOUNGE & LIBRARY

SUNDECK SAUNA

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507

506

508

510

511

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MARINA PLATFORM

512 ELEVATOR

BRIDGE DECK OUTDOOR CAFE

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515

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OBSERVATION DECK

ELEVATOR

MUD ROOM

DOCTOR’S OFFICE

MAIN DECK ZODIAC BOARDING

EXPEDITION DECK

CATEGORY 1: Main Deck with oval window #316, 318, 319-321 CATEGORY 2: Main Deck with oval window #302-312, 314, 315, 317

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

National Geographic Orion

Main lounge.

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated otherwise.

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Bathroom.

YEAR

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

Journey to Antarctica – Page 10

2016/17

$13,360

$14,360

$15,920

$18,990

Journey to Antarctica Holiday – Page 10

2016/17

$14,430

$15,500

$17,190

$20,510

Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands – Page 12

2016/17

$23,100

$24,750

$27,130

$33,290

Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia – Page 36

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Mediterranean Isles: Sardinia, Corsica, and Menorca – Page 38

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country – Page 40

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Bordeaux to London: The French Atlantic Coast – Page 42

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Wild and Windswept: The Coasts of England and Wales – Page 44

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Hidden Ireland: Loughs and Isles Off the Beaten Path – Page 46

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

The North Sea: Copenhagen to London – Page 48

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – Page 50

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides – Page 52

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Baltic Archipelagos: Islands of Denmark, Sweden & Finland – Page 54

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Best of the Baltics: Cities and Islands from Tallinn to Copenhagen – Page 56

2016

$7,990

$9,260

$10,990

$11,990

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard – Page 68

2016

$15,930

$16,790

$19,000

$21,270

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Category 5 French balcony suite.

Dining Room.

Category 1 solo cabin.

BAR TAB AND CREW TIP INCLUDED ON ALL EUROPE VOYAGES. BOOK TWO OR MORE EUROPEAN VOYAGES AND SAVE 10%. CAT. 6

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 3 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

NOTE

$21,880

$25,480

$19,990

$23,880

$1,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,300; Business from $2,900. Charter Airfare from $850 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

$23,630

$27,520

$21,650

$25,790

$1,500

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,300; Business from $2,900. Charter Airfare from $850 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

$38,420

$44,550

$34,650

$40,690

$3,000

Includes one hotel night in Santiago. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfares: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,300; Business from $2,900. Charter Airfare: $850 (round-trip Santiago/Ushuaia).

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Lisbon, Barcelona/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $980; Business from $3,768.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Barcelona, Monaco/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $1,200; Business from $4,640.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Lisbon, Bordeaux/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $1,150; Business from $3,800.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Bordeaux, London/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $1,100; Business from $4,080.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/London, Dublin/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $1,300; Business from $3,243.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Dublin, Dublin/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $850; Business from $2,919.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Copenhagen, London/New York: Economy from $1,100; Business from $2,300.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Bergen, Copenhagen/New York: Economy from $900; Business from $2,082.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Dublin, Bergen/New York: Economy from $970; Business from $2,600.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Copenhagen, Tallinn/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $970; Business from $2,300.

$14,320

$16,610

$11,990

$16,490

$1,000

Sample airfare: New York/Tallinn, Copenhagen/New York (or vice-versa): Economy from $1,100; Business from $2,900.

$25,360

$29,140

$23,890

$25,190

$2,500

Includes one hotel night. Sample Airfares: New York/Bergen, Oslo/Newark: Economy from: $1,180; Business from $4,170. Charter airfare: $360 (Longyearbyen/Oslo).

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR CAPACITY: 96 guests in 56 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Ecuador. OVERALL LENGTH: 295 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; doctor’s office; fitness center; LEXspa; global gallery; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, and presentations; sauna and small swimming pool; and sun deck. Our Ecuadorian captain welcomes guests to the bridge in accordance with our “open bridge” policy. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere. Menu is international with Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Kayaks, glass-bottom boat, snorkeling gear, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, laundry service, floating massage platform and wellness program. Ship’s doctor and video chronicler are also on board.

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Insets clockwise from top: Dining room, Category 5 cabin, Category 3 cabin.


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LIBRARY

LEX spa

OBSERVATION DECK

LOUNGE

POOL

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DINING ROOM

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115 111 109

117

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VERANDA DECK

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CATEGORY 5: Upper Deck #117, 129—The finest accommodations on board. Suites have separate sleeping and sitting areas, a large view window and a convertible sofa to accommodate a third person.

FITNESS CENTER

BRIDGE DECK

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CATEGORY 4: Upper Deck #102, 104-112, 114-116, 118, 120, 121, 123—Conveniently located cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk, and a large window.

SAUNA DOCTOR SUN DECK

122 120 118 116 114 112 110 108

CATEGORY 3: Main Deck # 209; A Deck #300, 350, 351—These spacious cabins accommodate two or three people, all with two lower beds, a sitting chair, a writing desk and two portholes. Each has a separate sleeping and sitting area.

125 123 121

CATEGORY 2: Upper Deck # 122, 125; Main Deck #201, 203, 206, 208, 210-212, 214-218, 220—Cabins have two lower single beds and a writing desk. Upper Deck Cabins feature large windows & Main Deck cabins have two portholes.

SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: We will make arrangements for shared accommodations at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2. Third person rates are available in designated cabins at one half the double occupancy rate.

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CATEGORY 1: Main Deck #202, 204, A Deck #352, 353—All cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a porthole.

SHOP

CATEGORY 2 SOLO: Upper Deck #124, 126, 127; Main Deck #205

Reception

204 202

Zodiac Boarding

Internet

Purser

208 206

205 203 201

219 217 215 211

CATEGORY 1 SOLO: Main Deck # 219, 222; A Deck #309-312, 314-316, 318

209

222 220 218 216 214 212 210

UPPER DECK

A DECK

312 310

315 311 309

318 316 314

350

300

353

NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 and have one lower single bed and one porthole.

351

352

MAIN DECK

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

Jan. 1–Dec. 17

$6,290

$6,990

$7,650

Holiday: Dec. 18, 25

$7,120

$7,990

$8,590

CAT. 1

CAT. 1

CAT. 3

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CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

$8,290 $10,280 $7,860

$8,730

$750

$9,290 $11,320 $8,940

$9,990

$750

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

CAT. 4

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 1 SOLO

Jan. 1–Dec. 17

$11,280 $11,980 $12,640 $13,280 $15,270 $14,150 $15,020 $1,500

Holiday: Dec. 18

$12,110 $12,980 $13,580 $14,280 $16,310 $15,230 $16,280 $1,500

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$9,360

$750

CAT. 3

Jan. 1–Dec. 9

$6,590

$7,490

$7,990

$8,790 $10,890 $8,240

Holiday: Dec 23, 30

$7,550

$8,450

$8,990

$9,890 $11,990 $9,440 $10,560 $1,000

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 2 SOLO

CAT. 1

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CAT. 4

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 1

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Jan. 1–Dec. 9

$12,080 $12,980 $13,480 $14,280 $16,380 $15,130 $16,250 $1,500

Dec. 16

$12,780 $13,680 $14,180 $14,980 $17,080 $15,830 $16,950 $1,500

Holiday: Dec. 30

$13,740 $14,640 $15,180 $16,080 $18,180 $17,030 $18,150 $1,500

2016 Epic Galápagos Photo Expedition Aboard National Geographic Endeavour–Call for details Dec. 2-18

CAT. 1

CAT. 1

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfares: round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $750; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfares: Guayaquil/ Galápagos: Adult from $495 Children (Under 12) from $250. Call for sample Peru airfare.

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfares: round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $750; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfares: Guayaquil/ Galápagos: Adult from $520 Children (Under 12) from $260. Call for sample Peru airfare.

ADVANCE PAYMENT

$13,180 $14,980 $15,980 $17,580 $21,780 $16,480 $18,720 $1,500

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Ecuador. OVERALL LENGTH: 164 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with hammocks, chairs and tables; doctor’s office; fitness center; global market; LEXspa; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, and presentations; and sky deck. Our Ecuadorian captain welcomes guests to the bridge in accordance with our “open bridge” policy. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, meals are informal. Menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities and climate controls. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Kayaks, snorkeling gear, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, Zodiac landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Internet access, laundry service, ship’s doctor, wellness specialist, and video chronicler. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment and outdoor stretching area.

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Left to right: Category 2 cabin, Category 5 cabin.


CATEGORY 1: Main Deck # 201-206—Cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. CATEGORY 2: Main Deck #207-210; Bridge Deck #301-302— Centrally located cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed.

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403

LIBRARY

306

304

305

303

302 BRIDGE

FITNESS CENTER

LOUNGE 301

INTERNET

209 207

206 204 202

LEXspa

210 208 DINING ROOM

205 203 201

DOCTOR

BRIDGE DECK

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.

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404

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CATEGORY 4: Upper Deck #403-408—Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a lower queen bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. There are large windows in the top half of the terrace doors. CATEGORY 5: Upper Deck #401 and 402—These are the largest cabins on board. They feature wrap around windows and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed in terraces with seating.

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RECEPTION

CATEGORY 3: Bridge Deck #303-306—Cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Cabins 305 & 306 can accommodate a third person.

408

MAIN DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo. 2015 Galápagos: Aboard National Geographic Islander-Page 24

CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Jan. 1–Dec. 18

$6,760 $7,590

$8,270

$8,750 $10,650 $10,140 $11,390

$750

Holiday: Dec. 19 & 26

$7,660 $8,570

$9,190

$9,750 $11,720 $11,490 $12,850

$750

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CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Jan. 1–Dec. 18

$11,750 $12,580 $13,260 $13,740 $15,640 $16,430 $17,680 $1,000

Holiday: Dec. 26

$12,650 $13,560 $14,180 $14,740 $16,710 $17,780 $19,140 $1,000

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Jan. 2–Dec. 10

$6,990 $7,890

$8,780

Holiday: Dec. 17, 24

$7,990 $8,990

$9,780 $10,380 $12,450 $11,990 $13,490 $1,000

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

$9,290 $11,290 $10,480 $11,830

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfares: round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $750; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfares: Guayaquil/ Galápagos: Adult from $495 Children (Under 12) from $250. Call for sample Peru airfare.

$750

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Jan. 2–Dec. 3

$12,480 $13,380 $14,270 $14,780 $16,780 $17,370 $18,720 $1,500

Dec. 10

$13,180 $14,080 $14,970 $15,480 $17,480 $18,070 $19,420 $1,500

Holiday: Dec. 24

$14,180 $15,180 $15,970 $16,570 $18,640 $19,580 $21,080 $1,500

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfares: round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $750; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfares: Guayaquil/ Galápagos: Adult from $520 Children (Under 12) from $260. Call for sample Peru airfare.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION

SUNDECK LEXspa

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103

101

CPTN.

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100

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CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. REGISTRY: United States. OVERALL LENGTH: 152 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Our twin sister ships feature a library; global market; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local fare. CABINS: All face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, splash-cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Baja and 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.

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UPPER DECK 305 303 301 DINING ROOM

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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 1: Main Deck #300-305—Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, and a large view window. CATEGORY 2: Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215—These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window. CATEGORY 3: Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219—These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.


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 unless indicated as solo.

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness – Page 18

2016

$6,490

$7,490

$8,590

$9,740

$11,240

$750

Sample Airfares: Seattle/Juneau/Sitka/ Seattle or vice versa: Economy from $410; Business Class from $1,100.

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among The Great Whales – Page 20

2016

$6,390

$7,390

$8,390

$9,440

$11,090

$750

Sample Airfares: Round-trip Los Angeles/ La Paz/Los Angeles: Economy from $600.

2015/16

$6,190

$6,990

$7,920

$9,290

$10,490

$750

Sample Airfares: Miami/Panama City, San José/Miami or vice versa: Economy from $560; Business from $880.

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii – Page 84

2016

$10,900

$12,450

$14,520

$16,350

$18,680

$1,500

Sample Airfares: Seattle/Sitka: Economy from $200; Business Class from $650.

Monteverde + Costa Rica to Panama – Page 92

2015/16

$7,780

$8,580

$9,510

$11,080

$12,280

$1,000

Sample Airfares: Miami/San José, Panama City/Miami Economy from $560; Business from $880.

Panama to Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal & Tortuguero – Page 93

2015/16

$10,180

$10,980

$11,910

$13,780

$14,980

$1,000

Sample Airfares: Miami/Panama City, San José/Miami: Economy from $560; Business from $880.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes – Page 96

2016

$4,750

$5,550

$6,460

$7,090

$8,330

$750

We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. Please call for airfares from your departure city.

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez – Page 101

2016

$5,990

$6,870

$7,860

$8,990

$10,300

$750

Sample Airfares: Round-trip Los Angeles/ Los Cabos/Los Angeles: Economy from $540.

Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California – Page 101

2015

$5,990

$6,890

$7,730

$8,990

$10,340

$750

Sample airfare: Round-trip Los Angeles/Los Cabos/Los Angeles: Economy from $540.

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey – Page 101

2016

$10,900

$12,450

$14,520

$16,350

$18,680

$1,500

Costa Rica & Panama – Page 26

NOTE

Sample Airfares: Round-trip Los Angeles/ La Paz/Los Angeles: Economy from $600; Business from $1,200.

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SEA CLOUD CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins including two Owner’s Suites. REGISTRY: Malta. OVERALL LENGTH 360 feet. 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 cabins 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 modern, stylish, comfortable furniture. Go to www.expeditions.com/seacloudtour to see 360° cabin images and www.expeditions.com/seacloudsail to see aerial footage of Sea Cloud under sail. CATEGORY 1 SOLO: #16-17: Upper and lower single

BRIDGE

beds and a porthole. These cabins once housed the ship’s officers. CATEGORY 1: #28-29: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers. CATEGORY 2: #18-25: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers. CATEGORY 3: #32-37: Cabins have two single beds, Insets clockwise from top: Sea Cloud under full sail; staircase to the Captain’s and a window and showers. Lido deck; Original/Deluxe Category A cabin; Owner’s Suite which is one of the original cabins; crew climbs aloft to unfurl the sails. 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 36 34 32 30 large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, 37 35 33 31 #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types, decorative motifs, bathrooms with tub or shower. All have portholes. CAPTAIN’S AND LIDO DECK ORIGINAL/DELUXE CATEGORY A: Original/deluxe cabins, #3, 4, 7, 8: Located on the Main Deck, these very large 24 22 20 18 16 28 cabins, originally occupied by guests of the owner, have 29 17 25 23 21 19 a mix of bed types, decorative motifs, bathrooms with PROMENADE DECK bathtubs. All have portholes. OWNER’S SUITES: Original owner’s suites #1-2: 6 4 2 8 10 These incomparable suites were occupied by Marjorie 9 Merriweather Post (#1) and E.F. Hutton (#2). They have 7 5 3 1 MAIN DECK king-size beds and grand marble bathrooms with bathtubs. LOUNGE

LOUNGE RESTAURANT

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14

22

5 19

29

26

17

18

21

28

7

11

25

27

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20

24

30

10

15

23

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12

9

4

3

2

1. Flying jib

6. Fore topgallant

11. Main topgallant staysail

16. Main upper topsail

21. Mizzen upper topsail staysail

26. Mizzen sail

2. Standing jib

7. Fore upper topsail

12. Main upper staysail

17. Main lower topsail

22. Mizzen royal

27. Jigger upper staysail

3. Inner jib

8. Fore lower topsail

13. Main skysail

18. Main sail

23. Mizzen topgallant

28. Spanker staysail

4. Fore top mast staysail

9. Fore sail

14. Main royal

19. Mizzen royal staysail

24. Mizzen upper topsail

29. Jigger topsail

5. Fore royal

10. Main royal staysail

15. Main topgallant

20. Mizzen topgallant staysail

25. Mizzen lower topsail

30. Spanker

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

ITINERARY

YEAR

CAT. 1

Sailing the Greek Isles – Page 60

2016

$9,230

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

ORIGINAL/ ORIGINAL/ DELUXE DELUXE CAT. B CAT. A

$10,370 $12,380 $13,110 $14,570 $15,490

OWNER’S SUITES

CAT. 1 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

NOTE

$17,720 $13,840 $1,000

Sample Airfares: Round-trip New York/Athens: Economy from $1,100. Business from $4,100.

Under Sail from Greece to the Dalmatian Coast – Page 62

2016

$12,210 $13,800 $16,680 $17,550 $19,100 $20,670 $23,300 $18,310 $1,500

Sample Airfares: New York/ Athens, Dubrovnik/New York or vice versa: Economy from $1,600. Business from $7,100.

Sailing the Caribbean – Page 64

2016

$8,390

Sample Airfares: Round-trip Miami/Barbados: Economy from $650. Business from $900.

$9,590

$11,620 $12,130 $13,590 $14,320 $16,540 $12,590 $1,000

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DELFIN II CAPACITY: 28 guests in 14 outside suites. REGISTRY: Peru. OVERALL LENGTH: 120 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: An enclosed, air conditioned lounge. Outdoor areas include the well-designed, comfortable Top Deck and bar. There is a small reference library and the bridge, where you are welcome to meet the captain and officers. MEALS: The air-conditioned dining room’s large windows provide panoramic views. Beautifully prepared meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Often special dishes will include sustainable products of the rain forest and sauces made with exotic regional fruits. SUITES: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites on the Main and Upper Decks all offer exceptional vistas. Each spacious suite has a minimalist décor with a luxurious overtone. Enjoy complimentary body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: 10-person skiffs—with individual seat cushions and plenty of leg room. Fleet of safe, nimble kayaks for up-close, personal exploration. Rain ponchos are kept handy in the skiffs. Rubber boots are provided before an excursion if deemed necessary.

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.

ENCLOSED LOUNGE

SUITES: UPPER & MAIN DECK #1-6; 11-14 — Most suites have two twin beds which can convert to a king. Some suites can be connected for families traveling together. Each includes a large view window, a closet, easy chair and desk. Bathrooms include a large shower, separate toilet and sink area. MASTER SUITES: UPPER & MAIN DECK #7, 8, 15, 16 — The Master Suites feature all of the amenities listed above plus oversized windows which provide incredible 90 degree views. The Master Suites on the Main Deck feature two twin beds which can convert to a king, and Upper Deck Master Suites have king beds only. SOLE OCCUPANCY & SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Due to the limited number of cabins available, sole occupancy and shares are on a request basis only; please call for availability and rates.

BAR

OPEN LOUNGE

TOP DECK 12

14

16

11

13

15

DINING ROOM

UPPER DECK 2

4

6

8

1

3

5

7

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Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve – Page 22

2016

$6,690

$7,830

$750

Upper Amazon & Galápagos– Page 88

2016

Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca – Page 89

2016

$12,180

$13,320

$1,500

Upper Amazon + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca HOLIDAY– Dec. 18 & 24 – Page 22

2016

$12,880

$14,020

$1,500

NOTE

International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Amazon voyages. Sample International Airfares: Round-trip Miami/Lima/ Miami: Economy from $800; Business from $1,900. Sample Internal Airfare: Lima/Iquitos/Lima: From $430.

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

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International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Amazon voyages. Sample International Airfares: Round-trip Miami/Lima/ Miami: Economy from $800; Business from $3,000. Sample Internal Airfare: Lima/Cusco/Lima: From $435. Lima/Iquitos/Lima From $430.


JAHAN CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. REGISTRY: Vietnam. OVERALL LENGTH: 230 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is fully air-conditioned. Outdoor areas include the Terrace Deck, with both covered and open-air spaces, a 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.

RESTAURANT

SPA POOL

APSARA SPA

FUNNEL BAR

OBSERVATORY

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

TERRACE DECK BOUTIQUE

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207 209

211

202

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208 210

212

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113

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108 110

112

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UPPER DECK

FITNESS ROOM

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. 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. CATEGORY 3: Main Deck #113-114 and Upper Deck #209-210. Each exceptionally large cabin has a queen-size bed and a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that let in abundant light. There is a television and private DVD player. Each balcony has two sun beds and a table. SUITES: Upper Deck #211-212. These are the largest and finest accommodations on board. 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.

MAIN DECK

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

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YEAR

2016

CATEGORY 1

$10,460

CATEGORY 2

$11,230

CATEGORY 3

SUITES

Cat 1 color $13,190 $15,790

CATEGORY 1 SOLO

ADVANCE PAYMENT

Cat 2 color $15,690 $1,500

NOTE

Sample Airfares: U.S./Siem Reap, CatSaigon/U.S. 3 color or vice versa. Suite color returning Economy from $1,100; Business fare: $5,500.

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Take Advantage of our Special Offers NOVEMBER 30, 2015 to take advantage of special offers that appear on select expeditions in this catalog. Offers are available on select departures, and based on availability at the time of booking. Offers are valid for new bookings only, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. 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. COMPLIMENTARY AIRFARE: On voyages with complimentary air offers, airfare is based on round-trip economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Offers are valid for new bookings only, subject to availability at the time of booking, and may not be combined with other offers. In the case where complimentary

flights are no longer available, we reserve the right to issue a credit certificate for the same value. BACK-TO-BACK SAVINGS: Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This saving is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare. When traveling aboard National Geographic Orion in Europe, you may take the voyage back-to-back or as a non-consecutive journey and save 10%. TRAVELING AS A GROUP: Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This saving is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. 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!

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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. Only things of a personal nature—alcohol, tips to the crew, internet usage, wellness treatments and other specialized arrangements are not included. (Note: alcohol and crew tips are included on Sea Cloud and NG Orion Europe voyages.)

ABOARD SHIP

ASHORE

All meals and non-alcoholic beverages  Cappuccinos, lattes & complimentary  refillable water bottle 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand  Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during  lounge recap Sauna (on some ships)  Fitness Center (except on Sea Cloud  and Delfin II) Fully stocked library  The guidance and company of our  expedition staff

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 shore activities  Zodiac & kayak explorations  Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks,  fins (snorkel where relevant) Lectures & presentations in the lounge 

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 127. 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, Karen Kuttner-Dimitry, VP of Affinity & Charter Sales at 1-800-783-6656 x1030, or email karenk@expeditions.com 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 National Geographic Sea Bird National Geographic Sea Lion National Geographic Islander National Geographic Orion Sea Cloud Jahan Delfin II Lord of the Glens

148 guests 96 guests 62 guests 62 guests 48 guests 102 guests 58 guests 48 guests 28 guests 48 guests

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Reservation Information Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff. Note: All departures aboard Sea Cloud and some departures aboard NG Orion (where indicated) include the cost of 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 protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, voyage DVD (where available), laundry. Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion. Note: All departures aboard Sea Cloud and some departures aboard NG Orion (where indicated) include the cost of 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, an advance payment is required at the time of reservation. The per person advance payment 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 advance deposit requirements due to high demand for these voyages. Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or by check. 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 personalized 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 Protection Plan: We strongly recommend that you take advantage of our Travel Protection Plan. 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. Our Travel Protection Plan is available for U.S., and Canadian residents only, and may be purchased any time prior to final payment due date. Travel Protection premiums are non-refundable 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* Advance payment cost 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* Advance payment cost 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. This cancellation policy applies to expeditions as well as pre- or post- extensions with the exception of Denali. 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 a travel protection plan 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.

United States Tour Operators Association $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program Lindblad Expeditions, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Lindblad Expeditions customers in the unlikely event of Lindblad Expeditions bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Lindblad Expeditions may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Lindblad Expeditions. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. ©2015 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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