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Mountain Travel Sobek 2016

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Your Source for Adventure Outdoor Europe.......................... 4–5

Explore Europe with MTS

The guides were fantastic, and the group, the food, the wine, the hiking were all exceptional—and exceeded my expectations in every way. It was first class all the way!

It is small wonder that Europe continues to top the wish lists of even the most seasoned travelers, with its enchanting fairytale villages, captivating history, provincial charm, and memorable cuisines. Whether you’re trekking the idyllic meadows of Slovenia or cruising past ancient ruins on the Mediterranean coast, Europe’s abundance of cultural, historical, and natural wonders instill an insatiable appetite for adventure. MTS has spent over 45 years exploring Europe and our top trips for 2016 include the ever-popular Tour

~ Susan Bratton

du Mont Blanc, new trips through Macedonia and Poland, as well as an amazing Journey from Berlin to Budapest! So join MTS for an epic adventure, far from the crowds, in spectacular Europe.

Trusted Travel Experts Since our pioneering adventures in the 1970s, we’ve earned our place as a leader in outdoor adventure travel in Europe. We’ve solidified long-term relationships with the best local guides, who light a path through languages and cultures—helping us enjoy genuine interactions with locals. We explore every destination firsthand and work closely with select local outfitters, who have excellent on-the-ground knowledge, ensuring that each trip is not only carefully planned but skillfully delivered. Our trips are fully supported 24/7 by a trusted team of in-house experts and our commitment to guest safety is evident in our sterling safety record throughout Europe.


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Anne Wood, Director of Europe Programs

Countries (Alphabetical Order) Croatia........................................ 10 Czech Republic.......................... 14 England.......................................21 France.......................................6–7 Georgia........................................13 Germany..................................... 14 Greece........................................ 16 Greenland..................................22 Hungary...................................... 14 Iceland........................................ 23 Ireland......................................... 19 Italy.....................................6–8, 10 Macedonia..................................12 Norway....................................... 18 Poland.........................................15 Portugal...................................... 25 Scotland.....................................20 Slovakia...................................... 14 Slovenia..................................9–10 Spain.....................................24–25 Sweden........................................17 Switzerland..............................6–7 Turkey..........................................11 Custom Travel...............................26



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Having explored nearly 30 countries in Western and Eastern Europe in over 20 years, Anne often jokes that she has seen more of Europe than most Europeans have. Anne has been working for MTS since 2001, and spends several weeks out of each year

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I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The guides, group, hiking, area, lodging

Outdoor Europe

and food were all unbeatable. ~ Wendy Gasch

With MTS

At MTS we love to blaze trails in the great outdoors and after 40

Best Modern Classics

years of exploring Europe, we’ve pioneered many adventures that

• Hiking Iceland’s Eastern Fjords Hike the famed Víknaslódir

have turned into all-time classics. From the Tour du Mont Blanc and Hiking Slovenia’s Julian Alps to Across the Pyrenees, we’ve created and perfected some of the most popular itineraries available—and have

castles and peaceful villages as you walk through the

routes and roads-less-traveled in Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes.

stunning landscapes of Portugal’s Centro region.

• The Tour du Mont Blanc Trek the classic 10-day classic trip around Western Europe’s highest and most iconic peak with expert MTS guides. • The Camino de Santiago Follow one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage trails through meadows, forests, and charming towns to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela.

The best guides we ever had, and that’s speaking from 40+ years of experience! ~ Linda Mitchell 4

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Best Traditional Hikes

Lake District. An ultimate bucket-list achievement!

Travel Company by National Geographic Adventure. Here are

• Walking the Route of Historic Villages Discover medieval

strap on your hiking boots and join MTS as you explore traditional

Robin Hood’s Bay, through the rolling hills of England’s spectacular

Lagoon—and witness nature at its rawest.

experience Mediterranean’s spectacular scenery.

destinations, to find the new classics in European adventure travel. So

• England Coast to Coast Take a 206-mile hike from St. Bees to

and it’s no surprise that we’ve been named a Top 5 Adventure

culinary journey through Croatia, Slovenia and Italy and

spirit of exploration spurs us to go further, seeking out new routes and

Guests describe our Europe operation as a “well-oiled machine”

trail, walk amid glaciers, explore lava fields, soak in the famed Blue • Istria to Venice—A Culinary Route Take a tantalizing

led thousands of travelers on dream trips through Europe. Today, our

MTS Trip Features

Best New Adventures • Best of Norway’s Great Outdoors Cruise through Norway’s famous fjords and enjoy hiking in the achingly beautiful Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park. • Hiking Hidden Macedonia Journey through epic alpine scenery in Macedonia’s national parks, and enjoy local wines and farm-to-table cuisines.

some of our many trip features: • Expert Support We do the legwork, so you can spend less time organizing and more time enjoying your adventure in the great outdoors. • Exclusive Guides MTS has forged longstanding relationships with top-notch guides that work exclusively for us, such as Ben Walker on England Coast to Coast, Laurent Langoisseur on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and Erik Perez on the Camino de Santiago. • All Fitness Levels In addition to our long-distance and mountain treks, we’ve designed an extensive collection of moderate to easy hikes, so everyone can experience Europe’s iconic mountains and villages.

• A Journey from Berlin to Budapest Experience the most iconic sights of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary as a gentle pace by foot!





Les Houches Mont Blanc

ITALY Chamonix Courmayeur


The Tour du Mont Blanc • Trek the classic 10-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif—a “must-do” for every hiker • Explore an earthly paradise spanning three countries, three cultures, and three cuisines • Enjoy mountain hospitality, hearty alpine fare, and the expertise of dedicated MTS guides

Land/Sea Travel Hiking

Leading trips to the Alps for over four decades has given us more than our fair share of bias, but the Tour

Activities Hiking

peak, and its breathtaking views can inspire even the most jaded traveler. Traveling through France, Italy,

Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous

and Switzerland, you’ll wander up ancient trails through tall forests and grassy meadows, past enormous

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waterfalls and glaciers, and through charming hamlets in the shadow of some of the most awe-inspiring

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du Mont Blanc is one of our favorite itineraries. Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest and most iconic

peaks in the world. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc never ceases to charm with days full of clinking cowbells, colorful wildflowers, mountain wildlife, and genuine alpine hospitality.

Photos, clockwise from top left: ©Bruce Obee, MTS Photo File, Steve Estvanik


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Day 1: Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland, and transfer to the mountain town of Chamonix, France. Explore town or rest before an orientation and group dinner.

Day 7: Today we may glimpse deer and chamois as we trek to Rifugio Bonnatti, with unforgettable views, and descend into La Vachey.

Day 2: Today’s hike takes us to the Grand Balcon. We’ll enjoy great views of the Mer de Glace glacier and take the romantic cog railway back to Chamonix.

Day 8: Trek up the spectacular Glacier de Pre-de-Bar to the meeting of the French, Italian, and Swiss borders. We’ll enter Switzerland and transfer to Champex.

Day 3: We’ll travel beneath the Aiguilles Rouges along the Petit Balcon to Merlet, where views of Mont Blanc’s north face await. The trek continues to Coupeau and down into the village of Les Houches.

Day 9: We’ll travel the Bovine Route to a forest high above the Rhône Valley—a fabulous view! An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz.

Day 4: A forest climb leads us to the hanging glaciers of the Bionnassay and Mont Blanc. We’ll continue past quaint alpine hamlets to the picturesque town of Les Contamines. Day 5: Today we climb the old Roman road to the Col du Bonhomme and Croix du Bonhomme. Our descent to Les Chapieux will provide us with possible sightings of ibex and marmot. Day 6: An easy hike from the Vallée des Glaciers over the Col de la Seigne delivers breathtaking views! This afternoon we descend into Italy and transfer to Courmayeur.

Day 10: An old smugglers’ trail leads us to the French border for a fantastic view of the Mont Blanc massif. Descend this afternoon to the Vallorcine Valley and then Argentière. Day 11: From Le Col De Montets we hike to Les Cheserys, enjoying views of glaciers and the Mont Blanc range. We’ll descend to Chamonix for a festive farewell dinner in town.

More Options For Mont Blanc In addition to our classic, flagship Tour du Mont Blanc journey, we have these great options available: Tour du Mont Blanc Express The classic Mont Blanc route, but in just 6 days!

Mont Blanc Private Adventure Custom day hikes around Mont Blanc—based in Chamonix.

Hiking the Haute Route: Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn Spectacular vistas on this trek of the challenging and less-traveled Haute Route!

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Day 12: Bid Mont Blanc a fond “au revoir” before a morning transfer to the airport in Geneva.







AUSTRIA Triglav National Park



Tre Cime di Lavaredo Cortina d’Ampezzo



Velika Planina Bled Bohinj



Land/Sea Travel Hiking

Land/Sea Travel Hiking

Activities Hiking

Activities Hiking

Trip Level Moderate

Trip Level Strenuous

Lodging Hotels

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9-Day Trip Departs Jun, Jul, Sep

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Hiking the Best of the Dolomites • Hike amid spectacular pillars, steeples, and pinnacles on this custom-designed and truly intimate experience • Visit Bozen, the historic capital of South Tirol, and see “Ötzi the Iceman,” the famous glacier mummy • Enjoy the company of highly skilled local mountain guides as they show you the best of the Dolomites, from mountain passes and peaceful refuges, to wineries and more! Italy’s Dolomites mountains can’t help but impress with their stunning pinnacles, pillars, spires, and rock faces that seem to change color at different points throughout the day. Our itinerary, traveling from east to west, covers all the must-see sites of this magnificent range, including the most famous peaks: Schlern, Sella, Drei Zinnen, and Marmolada. Every day offers moderate hikes (with some more challenging options) leading you past forests, surreal rock formations, glacial lakes, and high alpine meadows—including the widest alpine meadow in Europe. Enjoy picnic lunches at charming rifugi set amid stunning backdrops, and unwind back at your comfortable hotel. Come experience the monumental beauty of Italy’s Dolomites as only you can with MTS! FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code IDM in the Search Box on 8

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Innsbruck and explore the medieval part of town. Greet your fellow travelers at a traditional Austrian dinner. Day 2: Today we head south into Italy and begin our first hike at the worldfamous Pragser Wildsee—one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps. Day 3: Enjoy a scenic hike to the breathtaking rocky pinnacles of Drei Zinnen, passing creeks and gorges along the way. A sumptuous 5-course dinner awaits you in Cortina. Day 4: Explore the trails of the famous Cortina d’Ampezzo ski resort (home of the 1956 Winter Games). A gentle uphill hike brings us to the rustic Rifugio Palermu and the stunning scenery of Passo Giau. Day 5: A scenic drive takes us to Passo Pordoi, with an option to climb or take the gondola. After lunch, we’ll climb to the summit of Piz Boè for amazing views of the Dolomites. Day 6: Today we head for Seiser Alm, the widest high-alpine meadow in Europe, and a tranquil setting for unique alpine flora and grazing

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SLOVENIA cattle. Next, our hike takes us to the Schlernhäuser, a splendid mountain refuge in Tirol. Have your cameras ready while crossing the Schlernplateau! Day 7: Drive to Karer Pass, where a gondola whisks us up to Paolina Hut in the legendary Rosengarten Mountains. Our hike around the Rotwand includes experiencing one of the region’s largest alpine walls. Day 8: Drive to Bozen, passing impressive canyons and alpine villages. Walk Bozen’s historic center and check out “Ötzi” the glacier mummy at the local museum. Ötzi lived around 5,300 years ago and is Europe’s oldest known natural human mummy! Go wine-tasting before regrouping for a farewell dinner back in Innsbruck. Day 9: Head to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

Hiking Slovenia’s Julian Alps • Experience Slovenia before the crowds discover it—from the stunning Julian Alps to Ljubljana, a classic, old world European capital • Dedicated native guides inspire spontaneous interactions with locals, such as sampling homemade schnapps in alpine huts • Surprisingly green landscapes full of natural beauty and well-maintained hiking trails make this a trekker’s dream Slovenia is hands down Europe’s best-kept secret. Small yet majestic, dreamy and unspoiled, everything from its vibrant capital of Ljubljana to its serene countryside, picturesque medieval villages, and breathtaking mountain views seems locked in a bygone era. This challenging trip takes in the wonders of western Slovenia’s alpine scenery, from the awe-inspiring Julian Alps to the glowing turquoise Soca River, to the fairy-tale castle on Lake Bled. Along the way, we’ll sleep in well-appointed, charming hotels with spa amenities and sample Slovenia’s luscious red wines! There is no better time than the present to explore one of Europe’s last undiscovered jewels.

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Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Take time to explore this hip, up-andcoming city by foot before meeting your guide for orientation and a welcome dinner.

Day 6: We’ll set out early, high above Bohinj, walking up through a pine forest. Passing shepherds’ cottages and green meadows, we’ll reach the valley of Seven Triglav Lakes.

Day 2: We’ll head north to the Great Highlands, hiking through shepherd country, green meadows, and beneath soaring peaks. After lunch we’ll head to the Logarska Valley.

Day 7: Today we’ll climb Brdo Mountain for great views of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak. We’ll picnic at the grassy top of Brdo and then return to Bohinj via picturesque Lake Bled.

Day 3: Logarska’s pastoral charm is enchanting! We’ll hike up to Okreselj to get under the amphitheater of mountains. Following a fairy-tale trail along a stream, we’ll arrive at Rinka waterfall.

Day 8: A picnic lunch beside a charming glacial lake awaits us on our hike to Sleme, before our drive from Vrsic Pass to Kobarid in the Soca River Valley.

Day 4: Today we’ll climb Olševa, high above the Logarska Valley, to visit the Potocka Zijalka cave, famous for its archaeological finds from the Stone Age. A farmhouse welcomes us for homemade, regional delicacies!

Day 9: Stunning views from Planina Pretovc of the Soca River Valley, majestic cliffs, and villages below are the reward for our hike up Krn Mountain, one of the Julian Alps’ highest peaks.

Day 5: Our journey continues into the Slovenian Alps through green fields, blossoming meadows, and past wooden alpine houses to Jezersko.

Day 10: Before heading to Ljubljana for our flights home, we’ll enjoy a short walk to the hidden waterfall of Kozjek!





EUROPE Istanbul Bled






TURKEY Cappadocia



Motovun Venice Rovinj




Antalya Land/Sea Travel Air Travel

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Touring, hiking, small boat cruising

Activities Touring, cruising, hiking, swimming, kayaking

Trip Level Easy

Trip Level Easy

Lodging Hotels, lodges

Lodging Hotels, gulet yacht

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Istria to Venice—A Culinary Route • Focusing on an emerging gourmet destination, this trip is designed to tickle the palates of food lovers • Experience the best sites of three countries in one comprehensive tour • Enjoy active walking tours through orchards and vineyards by day, sampling delights along the way, and sumptuous meals in the evening Food lovers, beware! Traveling with MTS on this unique itinerary might just raise your taste buds to the next level. Our culinary and cultural voyage traces Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, Slovenia’s Julian Alps, and Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. In addition to seeing some of the best sites in these three countries, you’ll also experience their spectacular landscapes on moderate hikes. This is the Mediterranean as you’ve never seen it before, far from the crowds but in the thick of rich historical sites, national parks, and delicious regional delicacies. You’ll go wine tasting, learn how to hunt for truffles, and taste olive oil. With luxurious hotels waiting for you at the end of the day, what more could you ask for? FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code ISV in the Search Box on


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Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia. Transfer to the medieval village of Bale on the beautiful Istrian Peninsula. After check-in we’ll explore Rovinj and its cobblestone alleys.

Day 6: Today’s hike is into the Blejski Vintgar Gorge, walking on bridges above its whirlpools. Swim in Triglav National Park’s Bohinj Lake before returning to the hotel.

Day 2: We’re off to the coastal village of Fazana for a ferry to the Brioni Islands, where we’ll taste olive oil, the regional specialty, with a local producer before returning to Bale.

Day 7: Our journey through the Julian Alps continues to the emerald Soca River Valley, where we’ll climb Vrsic Pas and descend into a flower-laden valley. We’ll finish the day visiting a WWI museum in Kobarid.

Day 3: We’ll board a boat today, passing small inlets and secluded bays, as we enter Lim Fjord. Next, we’ll visit Porec, known for its mussels, before heading to Motovun, famous for its truffles. Day 4: Today’s hike follows the truffle route, where we’ll learn how to spot these elusive mushrooms and taste them with the local red wine! We’ll finish by visiting the Renaissance city of Groznjan. Day 5: Our journey continues to Slovenia, where we’ll explore the subterranean Skocjan Caves. We’ll explore the capital city, Ljubljana, and end the day at alpine Lake Bled.

Day 8: The best chef in Slovenia will be cooking our breakfast, after which we’ll move on into the Italian province of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Climb to Montemaggiore for outstanding views, and then enjoy a regional wine tasting. Day 9: The Grand Finale: the historic triangle of Castelfranco, Vicenza, and Venice. We’ll explore Venice’s famous canals before departing to the airport for our flights home.

Treasures of Turkey • Our most comprehensive Turkey itinerary includes a six-day cruise aboard a luxury gulet along the celebrated Turquoise Coast • Journey through history as you explore the ancient sites of Ephesus, Myra, Xanthos, Cappadocia, Istanbul, and the Mediterranean • Experience the epitome of East meets West in Turkey’s culture, cuisine, color, textiles, markets, and mosaics Experience the best of Turkey both by land and by sea on this fabulous journey through the past! At the cultural and historical crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey’s ancient ruins offer an in-depth glimpse of history. Our MTS guides have degrees in art history and archaeology and are the ideal travel companions to guide you! Our adventure kicks off with a two-day exploration of Istanbul’s greatest attractions—Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the spice market. We’ll then have the opportunity to live aboard a traditional Turkish gulet that will cruise us down the coast to visit the ancient cities of Ephesus, Myra, and Xanthos. See all that Turkey has to offer in style!

More In This Region Hiking Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands Explore Croatia’s sun-drenched Dalmatian Islands on foot to Dubrovnik! Call for details.

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Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey. You’ll have time to explore the Old City before meeting your guide for a traditional welcome dinner.

Day 8: We’ll go ashore to visit the ruins of Myra, then sail to ancient Simena and on to Kas for a walk around town.

Day 2: A ferry ride on the Bosphorus brings us past ornate Ottoman palaces to the Old City, where we’ll visit the famous spice market and mosque of Rustem Pasha.

Day 9: A short cruise brings us to the village of Kalkan. We’ll then drive to Xanthos to explore its many ruins.

Day 3: We’ll visit Istanbul’s ancient monuments today, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. Day 4: Our morning flight takes us to beautiful and unusual Cappadocia. Later, we’ll hike up to Uchisar Castle. Day 5: Visit the Göreme Valley and its reconstructed Dark Church. After lunch we’ll visit a ceramics workshop. Day 6: Transfer to historical Konya, where we’ll enjoy a private performance of Whirling Dervishes. Day 7: Today we drive to the coastal city of Antalya, visit the Aspendos Theatre, and continue to Demre to board our Turkish gulet.

Day 10: Hike through a forest to visit the Levissi ghost town, and take a small hike on Ship Island. Day 11: This morning the gulet takes us to Lydae, where we’ll hike to the Bay of Goçek, a special spot to Antony and Cleopatra. Day 12: We’ll disembark our gulet in Goçek and transfer to Kusadasi, stopping at the Temple of Artemis. Day 13: Explore Ephesus before flying back to Istanbul in the afternoon. Day 14: “Güle güle” (Go happily) as you leave for the airport for flights home.

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Shar Mountain


Popova Shapka Mavrovo National Park



Galicica National Park Pelister National Park

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Hiking Trip Level Moderate

Program Director’s Trip

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NEW Hiking Hidden Macedonia • Experience Macedonia, one of Europe’s last best-kept secrets, on this unique MTS-exclusive itinerary! • Hike through meadows and epic alpine scenery, pair excellent local wines with fabulous farm-to-table cuisine, and immerse yourself in Macedonia’s rich cultural heritage • Visit the picturesque lake town of Ohrid, one of the earliest settlements in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Nestled in the Balkans just north of Greece, Macedonia’s magical alpine landscape hosts an idyllic playground for both hikers and skiers alike. The Swiss Alps may get the fanfare, but Macedonia’s national parks are regarded as some of Europe’s best. Filled with pine forests, verdant meadows of grazing sheep, shimmering glacial lakes, and steep peaks, its mountains offer peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. MTS’s unique itinerary combines moderately challenging morning hikes and afternoon sightseeing with charming alpine hospitality. Delicious, homemade, farm-to-table lunches and dinners at small family-run guesthouses and restaurants punctuate the day, complete with easy-to-love local wines. Foodies and trekkers be warned—once there, you may never want to leave. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code MCD in the Search Box on 12

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Welcome to Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia! Take a leisurely walking tour of Skopje’s famous sites, including the Old Bazar and the Skopje fortress, and gather for a festive Macedonian evening dinner. Day 2: A cable car whisks us into the mountains to visit Matka Canyon’s medieval monasteries and amazing caves. Enjoy lunch at a family-owned restaurant and unwind at our alpine spa resort. Day 3: Today’s hike leads us to Shar Mountain through meadows of grazing sheep, along crystalline rivers, and beneath majestic peaks. Take in the fabulous views of the Adriatic Coastline from above. Day 4: Hike the highlands of Shar Planina and learn how to herd sheep on the way to beautiful Mavrovo National Park. Day 5: After hiking Mt. Medenica, we’ll feast on a traditional lunch in the artist town of Galichnik. We’ll stop at St. John the Baptist Bigorski Monastery on the way to Ohrid.

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Day 6: Enjoy a morning walking tour of historic Ohrid, one of the oldest settlements in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before cutting loose to explore on your own. Day 7: Today’s hike brings us up Mt. Magaro, the highest peak in Galicica National Park. After lunch in the small fishing village of Stenje, we head to verdant Pelister National Park. Day 8: Wander through a Molika pine forest, past glacial boulders to Mt. Pelister, with stunning views all the way to Greece’s Mt. Olympus. Descend into Dihovo for a fabulous lunch. Day 9: On the way back to Skopje, we’ll stop in the wine region of Tikvesh to tour the vineyards, sample the wines, and watch a folkdancing performance. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner tonight at the hotel. Day 10: Savor your last taste of Macedonian food at breakfast before heading to the airport for your return flights.

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NEW Jewels of Georgia

NEW Heart of Georgia

• Trek the unspoiled Caucasian Range, meandering through sweet-scented alpine meadows, epic mountain passes, and deep river gorges on this unique MTS trip • Get to know the traditional life of Georgia’s highland people by visiting small villages and staying in private homes • Go off the beaten track to remote medieval fortresses and citadels on an exhilarating mountain trekking adventure!

• Immerse yourself in Georgia’s incredible culture and history, from its early prehistory to today, on this specially crafted MTS cultural exploration • Visit three of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mtskheta, Kutaisi, and Svaneti • See the magnificent sites of Georgia, from old town Tbilisi to the highest peaks of the Caucasian Mountains

Think you know Europe? Think again. At the crossroads of Eastern

From its prehistoric civilization and early acceptance of Christianity

Europe and Western Asia, Georgia offers a trove of hidden treasures

to its break for independence from the former Soviet Union, Georgia

to explore, from its largest city of Tblisi to the remote reaches of the

offers countless curiosities to discover. Our unique itinerary keeps

Caucasian Mountains. We designed this unique itinerary with intrepid

culture-lovers in mind, offering visits to many of the country’s

travelers in mind, mixing exhilarating mountain camping and trekking

UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll see vestiges of the old Silk

with authentic encounters with the locals. You’ll experience Georgian

Road, go wine tasting in one of the oldest wine regions in the world,

hospitality in all its forms while staying in hotels and guesthouses,

and walk among pre-Christian cave houses. Soft on physical activity

camping under the stars, and enjoying traditional Georgian food and

but full-throttle on adventure, our Heart of Georgia adventure

wine. Expand your horizons to experience a Europe that you’ve never

promises to deliver plenty of surprises.

seen before, with a sense of adventure you can only tap into with MTS.

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Trip Level Strenuous

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GER MANY Dresden


Tatras Mountains PRAGUE

Wieliczka Salt Mine



Dunajec Gorge


HUNGARY Land/Sea Travel



Niedzika Castle

Morskio Oko

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Cultural touring, walking, hiking

Activities Cultural touring, easy rafting, hiking

Trip Level Easy

Trip Level Easy to Moderate

Lodging Hotels

Lodging Hotels

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NEW A Journey From Berlin to Budapest • Specially designed by MTS to explore the most iconic highlights of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary at a gentle pace by foot • Marvel at the natural splendor of gorges, waterfalls, and otherworldly rock formations • Get off the beaten path in some of Europe’s most evocative cities, national parks, and World Heritage Sites Central and Eastern Europe’s stunning medieval cities and villages are the stuff of fairy tales! Their famous sites and well-preserved architectural treasures offer insight into intriguing histories and captivating legends. But beyond walled medieval villages, deep into the Czech Republic and Slovakia’s Paradise National Parks, a magical landscape of deep gorges, glacial lakes, waterfalls, and ethereal rock formations also awaits! Beginning in Berlin and ending in Budapest, MTS’s carefully crafted tour leads you through four countries in 15 days at a sensible pace—complete with full vehicle support, charming hotels and inns, and delicious local fare. A must for history buffs and Europhiles who are eager to spread their wings into less well-known territory. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code BER in the Search Box on 14

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Welcome to Berlin! Explore magnificent old-town treasures and enjoy a welcome dinner. Day 2: Visit Dresden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its baroque architecture, moving war history, and famous Green Vault. Day 3: Hike the spectacular fairy-tale landscape of Czech Switzerland National Park. Day 4: Wander the medieval city of Prague to explore its old squares, churches, and ancient castle. Day 5: Begin the day walking through Prague’s old Jewish quarter, and then cruise the Vltava River to historic Jičín. Day 6: Stroll through otherworldly rock formations in Bohemia’s Czech Paradise National Park before heading to the gothic Trosky Castle. Day 7: Marvel at Litomyšl’s architectural splendor and ancient Olomouc, Moravia’s intellectual, spiritual, and artistic center.

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POLAND toward the waterfalls and canyons of Mala Fatra National Park. Day 9: Journey up into Slovakia’s Carpathian Mountains to walk among its thick forests, colorful meadows, and charming cottages. Day 10: We’ll walk the glacial lakes of the Tatras Mountains on our way to medieval Levoca. Day 11: Visit Žehra’s world-renowned church and legendary Spišský Castle. Day 12: Wander amid stunning canyons, gorges, and waterfalls in Slovak Paradise National Park. Head underground to the Dobšinská Ice Cave. Day 13: Tour Banska Stiavnica, and taste wine and honey with a Hungarian winemaker and beekeeper. Day 14: Walk along the banks of the Danube River and explore the vibrant city of Budapest! Day 15: Bid farewell to your fellow travelers and transfer to the airport.

Day 8: Hike through picturesque villages of the Beskydy Mountains,

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NEW Poland Discovery Adventure • Explore the breathtaking Tatra Mountains by foot, cable car, and horse-drawn cart, and take a thrilling raft ride down the Dunajec Gorge—on MTS’s first Poland adventure! • Discover the country’s charming folk architecture, mysterious castles, and historic churches • Visit four of Poland’s 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Krakow, Warsaw, the Royal Salt Mines, and Auschwitz Concentration Camp Poland may have once been under the deep freeze of the Cold War, but after thawing over the last 26 years, this magnificent country is at last showing the world the beauty, warmth, and charm that have made Poland famous for centuries. Its historic buildings and monuments have made it the seat of 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its southern mountains have long been appreciated by skiers and hikers. MTS is one of the rare few North American companies to offer trips in Poland. We’ve focused this new itinerary on Warsaw, the Tatra Mountains, and Krakow to appeal to culture, history and outdoors enthusiasts. Easy hikes, thought-provoking sites, and inspiring nature make this trip an absolute must. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code PLD in the Search Box on

Day 1: Arrive in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and stroll the historic streets of Old Town before getting to know your traveling companions at dinner. Day 2: After breakfast, we’ll set out to explore Warsaw’s scenic Old Town and Market Square, with its mansard-roofed houses, before visiting St. John’s Cathedral and the elegant Royal Castle. Day 3: A scenic train ride brings us to Krakow, where a bus will transfer us to the Tatra Mountains, the “winter capital of Poland.” Zakopane is famous for its elaborate 19thcentury wooden homes. Day 4: A cable car shoots us up Gubalowka Hill for an easy hike. We’ll then tour Poland’s oldest church in Debno, visit the mysterious Niedzica Castle, and finish the day by rafting down the Dunajec Gorge. Day 5: This morning, we’ll hike to Morskie Oko, the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains. After a picnic lunch, a horse-drawn cart brings us back to Palenica and its nearby hot springs for a relaxing soak.

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Day 6: We’ll sightsee on our way back to Krakow, stopping to explore the open-air museum of folk architecture at Dobczyce and the elaborate medieval salt mines of Wieliczka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 7: Today we’ll explore Krakow, Poland’s spiritual heart and seat of the Polish kings until the 16th century, taking in its beautifully preserved Old Town and medieval market square (the largest in Europe). We will end our trip with a visit to the WWII Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, where we will have the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust. We’ll see the permanent collection of historical exhibits, including photographs, prisoner garments, furnishings from prisoner rooms, and items seized from Jewish deportees. As a place of remembrance for a dark chapter in human history, this can be a very moving experience. Day 8: Transfer to the airport in Krakow for homeward-bound flights.










SWEDEN Gustafsberg


Orust Island


Gothenburg Iraklia Land/Sea Travel

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Kayaking, swimming, hiking, horseback riding

Activities Kayaking, hiking

Trip Level Moderate

Lodging Hotels, eco-inns

Trip Level Easy to Moderate

Lodging Inns, hotels

10-Day Trip Departs May, Jun, Aug, Sep

11-Day Trip Departs May, Jun, Sep

Land Cost From $5,395

Land Cost From $5,895


Hiking & Kayaking the Cyclades Islands • Join the only North American adventure travel company to offer active trips to the secluded Small Cyclades! • Kayak and snorkel between hidden beaches, explore ancient ruins, and enjoy delicious regional specialties • In the cradle of civilization, experience custom guided visits of Athens as well as the sacred and mythical Delos Greece’s Cyclades Islands (pronounced “kih-kla-dez”) are the stuff of legends—remote and adorned with secluded beaches, azure waters, ancient ruins, white cubist houses, pine forests, and olive groves. You’ll enjoy island life at a relaxed pace far from the crowds! MTS is the only North American adventure travel company to get you there, and our itinerary is packed with fun. Boating from island to island, you’ll kayak, hike, swim, go horseback riding on a beach, learn about traditional Greek cuisine, and go on guided visits of Athens and Delos. After slow-paced days taking in the spectacular scenery, ancient history, and regional delicacies, you can toast to a fabulous sunset over a glass of ouzo. Fantastikós! FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code GRI in the Search Box on


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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Athens, Greece, and transfer to our hotel. This evening we’ll take a walking tour of old Athens before our welcome dinner at a traditional Greek tavern. Day 2: After breakfast we’ll depart the port of Piraeus by boat to the Cyclades. We’ll lunch on the island of Naxos, and then continue to Iraklia and its beautiful white beaches. Day 3: Today we board our kayaks and head for Schinoussa, famous for its luxury yachts and excellent seafood. We’ll settle into our rooms before leaving to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner. Day 4: We’ll kayak to Koufonissi today with time to settle into the hotel, take a swim, or wander its ancient Minoan ruins. Day 5: Board the ferry for our journey back to Tinos via Naxos. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Tinos. Day 6: Today we explore Tinos with a pilgrimage to the miraculous icon at Our Lady Church, a cooking class in

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SWEDEN Tripotamos, and a visit to the marble sculptures of Pyrgos.

Western Sweden Hiking & Kayaking

Day 7: We’ll hike from the village of Falatados to a monastery overlooking the Aegean and then head to Volax, known for its traditional baskets. Enjoy a swim this afternoon.

• Explore a kayaker’s paradise on this eco-friendly itinerary crafted exclusively for MTS • Visit the 13th-century fishing village of Gullholmen, the ancient abbey at Dragsmark, and the peaceful island community of Käringön • Hike and paddle through the remote islands and secluded inlets of the Gothenburg archipelago

Day 8: A short ferry brings us to Mykonos, where we’ll sample regional wines and other local delicacies off the beaten path. Day 9: Transfer by ferry to Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and visit its ancient ruins. Take an optional evening horseback ride along the beach at Fokos. Day 10: Return to Athens by ferry in time for a guided visit of the ancient city, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon. Our farewell dinner is tonight in Athens. Day 11: Bid “antío” to your fellow travelers and to Greece, and transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Discover the idyllic islands and rugged fjords of Sweden’s Bohuslän coast on this kayaking and hiking adventure. Beginning in Gustafsberg, Sweden’s oldest seaside resort, you’ll paddle through one of the most remote, yet accessible, kayaking regions in the world. Explore the sheltered coves of Nordströmmarna, famous for its bird life, and navigate the maze of islands off the coast of Orust. Spot wildlife on hikes through pristine nature reserves, and visit postcardpretty fishing villages that have hardly changed for centuries. Cap off your active days with charming, comfortable accommodations and deliciously fresh local seafood. Add a day of culture in up-andcoming Gothenburg, and you’ll see why West Sweden is one of Europe’s most exciting new destinations. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code SWD in the Search Box on

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Spend the first day exploring Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, and dine at one of the city’s best restaurants. Day 2: Visit Gothenburg’s inspiring Världskulturmuséet Museum of World Culture before heading to the historic coastal resort of Gustafsberg. We’ll check in at our seaside hotel before exploring the beautiful surroundings on foot. Day 3: Today we gear up for our kayaking adventure! Later we’ll paddle around peaceful Hjältön Island, with its sandy beaches, high cliffs, and traditional farm tucked amid the pines. Day 4: Take a leisurely paddle along Koljöfjorden into Nordströmmarna, a favorite area for kayakers. We’ll stop for lunch on Bassholmen Island before continuing on to Kärlingesunds Gård, our unique and charming eco-accommodations. Day 5: Hike the coastal trail around Koljöfjorden and Nordströmmarna, passing through the beautiful nature reserve of Kärlingesund and the

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historic remnants of Dragsmark’s convent. Day 6: We’ll continue paddling through Nordströmmarna, hugging the shores of Skaftö Island through the entrance to Gullmarn, Sweden’s largest fiord. Tonight, relax in the quaint community of Fiskebäckskil. Day 7: Transfer to Orust Island and ferry to the island of Käringön. We’ll explore the island on foot, walking the narrow streets and footpaths. Day 8: Kayak from Edshultshall on Orust Island, navigating northwest through an incredible maze of islands. We’ll have a “wild lunch” on the sandy beach at Champagne Bay before continuing back. Day 9: Our final day will be spent in hiking boots rather than kayaks. On the island of Hermanöa, we’ll explore the 13th-century fishing village of Gullholmen and enjoy a farewell dinner at a seaside restaurant. Day 10: After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg for departure flights home.






Lofoten Island

The Twelve Connemara Bens National Park



Geirangerfjord Aran Islands


Cliffs of Moher









Land/Sea Travel Air Travel

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Hiking, cultural touring, cruising

Activities Hiking

Trip Level Moderate

Lodging Hotels, inns

Trip Level Moderate

Lodging Hotel, boat, train 11-Day Trip Departs Jun–Aug

10-Day Trip Departs May, Jul, Aug

Land Cost From $5,995

Land Cost From $5,195


NEW Best of Norway’s Great Outdoors • Sail through Norway’s famous fjords, taking in epic views of the glaciated valleys that created these ethereal waterways • Go off the beaten track in the unique landscapes of Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park, Geirangerfjord, and spectacular Lofoten Island • Experience the very best of Norway’s great outdoors with expert guides on this specially crafted MTS adventure The best way to fully immerse oneself in a culture isn’t from the back of a tour bus but on foot. In a country as rich in history and as blessed in beauty as Norway, it’s only fair that you experience it up close and personal. On this intimate journey, we’ll explore the best of Norway as we cruise our way through deep fjords, and hike up majestic mountains and across breathtaking landscapes, including the magnificent Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park. We’ll take in the cosmopolitan culture of Oslo, the bustling wharf of Bergen, and the majestic beauty of UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. From the Northern Lights to Viking lore, from the midnight sun to Norse mythology, Norway promises magic at every turn, both real and legendary. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code NOR in the Search Box on 18

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Welcome to Oslo, Norway’s capital. Cutting-edge architecture, world-class dining, and unique local shops make this one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities. Day 2: Explore Oslo more with a walking tour to the fascinating Vigeland Museum. Fly to Bergen in the afternoon, where we’ll have time to wander along the colorful old wharf. Day 3: Hike above Vidden from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen. In the evening we’ll depart for Geiranger by boat, where we’ll stay for the night. Night owls can stay up to enjoy the coastline of Fjord Norway. Day 4: Breakfast aboard your coastal express cruise ship while enjoying the ever-changing view of the fjords as we sail into Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its incredible natural beauty. Day 5: Take in the view from atop Trollstigen before heading to the charming farm of Kavli Moen Gård, where we’ll settle in for the evening and share a 5-course Nordic feast.

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IRELAND Day 6: Explore Dovrefjell– Sunndalsfjella National Park, where we’ll see magnificent waterfalls, including Mardalsfossen (the fourth highest in the world). We’ll hike to Grasdalen to spot reindeer in the valley and end the day in the mountain village of Oppdal. Day 7: After a beautiful hike to Gjevilvassdalen, enjoy a trip to the beach or relax at the hotel. Later we’ll visit the largest Viking graveyard before boarding the night train to Bodø.

NEW Hiking Classic Ireland • Climb to the peak of Ireland’s highest mountain, Corrán Tuathail, and follow the lesser-known Pilgrim’s Path to Mt. Brandon • Spend full days among the country’s most iconic sites, jaw-dropping landscapes, and quaint fishing villages • Our resident guides provide spontaneous opportunities to experience authentic pub life, live traditional music, and a culture of camaraderie With a mix of classic sites and less-traveled hiking and pilgrimage routes, MTS has created the ideal Ireland itinerary! Join us on this inspiring walking adventure that takes you from Ireland’s vibrant

Days 8–9: Take a short walk in Bodø before taking in the stunning views as we sail to Lofoten Island. Spend the next day hiking on scenic Lofoten Island.

capital city, Dublin, to some of the most scenic settings on the west

Day 10: Our final day in Norway includes a visit to Henningsvær, a hike to Blåtinden, a stop at Lofotr Viking Museum, and a farewell celebration.

Connemara, you’ll get an insider’s look at the very best of the

Day 11: Fly from Svolvær to Oslo to connect with homewardbound flights.

coast. Journeying from the windswept MacGillycuddy’s Reeks of Kerry, along the Pilgrim’s Path, to the western shores of the Atlantic and the Aran Islands, and over the mountainous wilderness of Emerald Isle. At night, warm Irish hospitality and toe-tapping live music awaits as you join in the revelry at local pubs! FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code IRE in the Search Box on

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital, and check out the sites, including Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse Brewery, Temple Bar, and Grafton Street. Day 2: Travel to Ireland’s most celebrated medieval city, Kilkenny, and step back in time to explore 12thcentury Kilkenny Castle. Continue to Killarney for panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountains. Day 3: Hike a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kerry Way—a windswept landscape broken only by crumbling ancient monuments. Next, we’ll boat our way through Upper Lake to historic Ross Castle. Day 4: Today we’ll climb Corrán Tuathail (3,411'), Ireland’s highest peak and an enticing challenge for any walker. Afterward, we’ll join locals for an evening of revelry in the quirky village of Dingle. Day 5: Today we follow the Catholic Pilgrim’s Path along a spectacular trail to the summit of Mt. Brandon, overlooking the white-sand shores of the Maharees and Brandon Bay.

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Day 6: Marvel at the staggering 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher, home to one of the largest colonies of nesting seabirds on mainland Ireland. Learn from the experts as you walk the beautiful coastal trail. Day 7: Explore the renowned Aran Islands, three isolated rocky outcrops that comprise a bastion of Irish culture and heritage. Inis Mór, the largest island, is home to Dún Aonghusa, a prehistoric semi-circular stone fort perched on a cliff. Day 8: Fuel up on a hearty breakfast before clambering up “the Ramp.” After taking in the extensive views, we’ll return to our lodge via the fairytale Kylemore Abbey. Day 9: Today we hike the 12 Bens, a range of sharp-peaked quartzite mountains that sweep dramatically down to Galway Bay. Celebrate with a pint before heading to Galway for our farewell dinner. Day 10: Explore bohemian Galway and transfer back to Dublin for connections home.






Outer Hebrides Ullapool



Cairngorms National Park Fort Augustus

Land/Sea Travel

Activities Hiking Trip Level Moderate Lodging Lodges, inns 9-Day Trip Departs Jun, Jul, Sep Land Cost From $4,695 Photos: ©Kevin Eaves, MTS Photo File


Hiking Wild Scotland • Experience the raw wildness of the Outer Hebrides and the gorgeous, windswept terrain of Cairngorms National Park • A dream destination for photographers! See vibrantly changing colors in one of the most beautiful areas in the world • Stay in charming inns and receive an insider’s welcome, and visit distilleries and traditional weavers, thanks to our resident Scottish guides To visit Scotland is to step back in time. Its rolling highlands, isolated beaches, dramatic crags, pristine lochs, and brooding skies make it one of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. Our exclusive itinerary covers the best of the country’s wildest, most beautiful, and most far-flung corners. You’ll traverse the Highlands and Outer Hebrides along varied terrain, enjoying a perfect balance of heartpumping hikes, sightseeing excursions, and time to relax. Along the way you’ll visit Cairngorms National Park, see the Callanish Standing Stones, pay homage to famous Loch Ness, enjoy a tasting at a renowned whisky distillery, and watch a Harris Tweed weaver at work. So sip on a wee dram and watch your magical adventure unfold! FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code SCL in the Search Box on


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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Scotland. Meet your guide and group in Inverness and transfer to Loch Ness. This afternoon we’ll check into the hotel and meet for orientation and a welcome dinner. Day 2: This morning we’ll ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. After lunch, enjoy an easy coastal walk to see the Callanish Standing Stones, the broch, and Blackhouse Village. Day 3: Today we’ll explore the stunning scenery of North Harris, visiting amazing beaches and the famous cliff of Sron Ulladale. Great mountain and seaside views abound! Day 4: We’ll begin with a walk at beautiful Luskentyre Beach and visit a local Harris Tweed weaver. We’ll continue to Toe Head and then complete the circuit of Harris via the “Golden Road.” Day 5: A late morning ferry brings us to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll explore the Trotternish Peninsula, hike at the Quiraing rock pinnacles, and transfer to the southern end of Loch Ness.

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Day 6: Transfer to Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms to begin a 3-day hike through the Spey Valley. We’ll follow a trail through pine forests to beautiful Loch Garten, then to Loch Mallachie, before reaching Aviemore. This afternoon we’ll enjoy an optional whisky distillery tour! Day 7: Enjoy a leisurely morning with time to shop on your own before our easy hike to Loch an Eilean. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. Day 8: Today we’ll climb to the high plateau of the Cairngorms for outstanding views in all directions. We’ll return to Aviemore for a memorable farewell dinner. Day 9: After breakfast we’ll transfer back to Inverness for onward air or rail transfers. If you’re interested in spending more time in Edinburgh, ask about our post-trip extension!

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England Coast to Coast

Great Hikes of England

• Hike one of the best long-distance routes in the world—a bucket-list trip for all serious hikers • Trek with the only North American travel company to walk the full 192-mile journey from west to east • Enjoy optional van support to help you along this epic journey

• Traverse some of Britain’s most idyllic landscapes, including the famously beautiful Lake District • Explore Yorkshire’s Jurassic coastline, ancient woodlands, cobblestone villages, smugglers’ haunts, and 14th-century ruins • See the best of MTS’s classic England Coast to Coast hike, without the extra miles!

There are few treks as satisfying to serious hikers as England’s classic coast-to-coast walk, considered by many to be one of the top 10 hikes in

Absorb the astounding scope of England’s history on this memorable

the world! MTS is the only North American adventure travel company

journey. You’ll explore three national parks, verdant meadows, and

to hike all 192 miles of the original “West-to-East” route scouted by

quaint, cobblestone villages. Our adventure begins in the pretty

Alfred Wainwright, who first blazed the trail in the 1970s. Beginning

coastal town of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea and finishes at

at the Irish Sea and ending at the North Sea, you’ll cross three national

the sea cliffs of St. Bees, on the Irish Sea. Along the way, we’ll enjoy

parks: the Lake District (where England’s highest mountains are found),

cream teas and hearty fare, and spend time in the Lake District, which

the rolling green hills and river valleys of the Yorkshire Dales (of James

Lakeland’s favorite poet, William Wordsworth, described as “the

Herriot fame), and the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire

loveliest spot that man has ever found.” Join MTS and experience the

Moors. At the end of each day’s hike, a charming, storybook village

very best of the beautiful English countryside.

and warm English hospitality await!

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Trip Level Strenuous

Lodging Hotels, inns

16-Day Trip Departs Jul–Sep

Land Cost From $6,395

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EUROPE Seydisfördur


Húsavik Egilsstadir



Karale Fjord

Skaftafell National Park

Kulusuk Tasiilaq



to/from Reykjavik


Land/Sea Travel Air Travel

Land/Sea Travel STOCKHOLM Air Travel

Activities Hiking, boat travel, cultural encounters

Activities Hiking

Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous Lodging Camping, hotels

Lodging Hotels, huts or camping, guesthouses

11-Day Trip Departs Jul, Aug

10-Day Trip Departs Jun, Jul

Land Cost From $6,195

Land Cost From $5,995


Eastern Greenland Ice & Mountains • Discover a pristine wilderness of rock and ice on this remote, boat-assisted adventure—an MTS exclusive! • Visit tiny, isolated Inuit villages and learn about their local customs and traditions first-hand • By day, sail through shimmering fjords filled with glaciers, icebergs, and drift ice; camp beneath the Arctic sky at night Explore one of the world’s last frontiers—an isolated wilderness of granite and ice found only in Eastern Greenland. Boat through glittering ice fjords lined with crackling glaciers and filled with drift ice. Visit tiny Inuit settlements surrounded by dramatic granite peaks, and get to know the local fishermen and their traditions. Hike to higher passes for panoramic views in every direction, sleep in a secluded fjord-side hut, and spend two nights camping under the Arctic sky. In this remote and striking landscape, reachable only by boat, you’ll be traveling where few others have ventured—you won’t find another tourist in this place. Join us and discover nature at its purest and most spectacular. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code GRN in the Search Box on


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Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik to a sumptuous welcome dinner and relax before your adventure begins.

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ICELAND fjord to our isolated hut located in a remote bay.

Day 2: Transfer to Kulusuk, the gateway to Eastern Greenland, scenically situated on a small rocky island between jagged mountains and extensive fjords.

Day 7: Transfer by boat to Sand Beach for our full-day hike along the Sermilikvejen (an ancient Inuit hunter route) to Tasiilaq, a charming village surrounded by high mountains and bisected by a small river.

Day 3: Take a leisurely walk through Kulusuk village for a taste of local life. In the afternoon we’ll take a boat tour to Murder Island to see Inuit ruins, then on to the breathtaking Aputsiak Glacier.

Day 8: Today we’ll climb Mt. Somandsfjell and enjoy a picnic lunch with awe-inspiring views before descending through the aptly named Flower Valley. The afternoon is yours to explore Tasiilaq.

Days 4–5: Rise early for a boat ride along the scenic Karale Fjord. We’ll camp here for two nights, enjoying hikes with fantastic views over the Karale Fjord and the glaciers surrounding it, including the Knud Rasmussen Glacier.

Day 9: Take in the local Tasiilaq culture with a visit to a local museum, an authentic drum dance, and a stroll to the harbor.

Day 6: Depart by boat for Ikateq’s open-air WWII Museum, once an airport that served to ferry aircraft from the U.S. to Europe during WWII. We’ll continue boating to Tiniteqilaq, and then to Sermiliq ice

Day 10: Today we’ll head back to Iceland and enjoy a festive farewell dinner in Reykjavik. Day 11: We’ll end our adventure at Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa! Soak in the healing waters before departing for home.

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Hiking Iceland’s Eastern Fjords • Trek Iceland’s remote, remarkable eastern fjords with MTS—the exclusive North American operator • Hike the famed Víknaslódir trail where you’ll be overwhelmed by the raw beauty of mountains, lava fields, glaciers, icebergs, and magnificent waterfalls • Contemplate black-sand beaches, soak in sublime geothermal hot springs, and luxuriate in the famed Blue Lagoon To visit Iceland is to witness nature in its rawest form. Our hiking adventure follows the Víknaslódir trail, one of National Geographic Adventure’s “25 Most Beautiful Treks in the World.” You’ll hike in the foothills of volcanic mountains, see lively lava fields and boulder fields, walk along gigantic glaciers, cruise among black and blue icebergs, take a scenic flight over the highlands, and experience the wildlife of verdant fjords. With two free afternoons in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you’ll get a complete picture of this supernatural land. Unwind in both simple mountain huts and comfortable modern hotels, and we’ll make sure you board the plane home totally relaxed after a soak in geothermal hot springs! FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code ICE in the Search Box on

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to your hotel, and explore town. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. Day 2: We’ll take an awe-inspiring flight over the Icelandic highlands to Egilsstadir for our 3-day hutto-hut adventure. Our first hike is to Lodmundarfjördur. Day 3: Today we’ll visit the old chapel at the foot of magnificent Lodmundarfjördur and walk along the seashore to Húsavík (House Bay). Hut accommodations tonight. Day 4: Hike from the foot of Mount Hvitserkur to Breidavík (Wide Bay), with its coastal marshes, black-sand beaches, and curious seals. Hut accommodations tonight. Day 5: We’ll continue our hike across colorful rhyolite mountains to Borgarfjördur Eystri, a picturesque inlet facing the open sea. We’ll spend tonight at a simple guesthouse. Day 6: Today we hike the Dyrfjöll Mountains, passing a glacial river and

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brilliant green meadows. Transfer to Lake Lagarfljót for a night in a modern hotel. Day 7: Begin at Hengifoss Waterfall for a short walk and lunch. Transfer to the picturesque harbor of Djúpivogur for a walk along a bay, fjords, and a lagoon known for wild swans. Day 8: We’ll cruise among the icebergs of Jökulsárlón lagoon, bound for Skaftafell National Park. A short hike takes us to Svartifoss (the Black Waterfall) and the Eldhraun lava field. Day 9: Take a morning stroll on the beach of Vik before transferring to Skógafoss waterfall and Skógar Museum. Arrive in Reykjavik in time to explore before dinner. Day 10: We’ll end our adventure in style at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa! Soak in its steamy mineral waters on our way to the airport for homeward-bound flights.






St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France)

Finisterre Lugo

Bilbao Astorga



Carrión de los Condes Santiago de Compostela


SPAIN Land/Sea Travel Hiking

Activities Hiking Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous Lodging Lodges, paradores 11-Day Trip Departs Apr, May, Oct

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Land Cost From $5,695


The Camino de Santiago • Experience one of the world’s most epic pilgrimages via the famed Camino Francès route • Enjoy guided visits to historic towns including Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre • Get the most out of your trip with full coach support and insights from our expert local guide Hiking the old pilgrim trails to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela is a challenging quest that has enticed travelers for centuries. Eager to have you fully experience it without any added worry, we’ve included extra perks that you won’t always find with other companies: the expertise of our local guide (an accomplished historian), full coach support, incredible meals, wine with dinner, tickets, transfers, and comfortable accommodations. What’s more, we’ve peppered your journey with informative afternoon guided tours of charming cities and towns along El Camino, including Pamplona, Burgos, and León. Whether you seek illumination or just want to enjoy the thrill of hiking this famous path, this is certain to be the adventure of a lifetime. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code SCS in the Search Box on


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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Meet at the Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao in Bilbao, the cultural capital of Spain’s Basque country, and transfer to the scenic village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Day 2: Our pilgrimage begins at La Virgen de Biakorri. We’ll hike through meadows and beech forests to the pass of Roncesvalles. Day 3: Continue through meadows and forests to the charming town of Zubiri. A transfer brings us to the ancient Roman city of Pamplona.

Day 7: Our walk starts in Hospital de Órbigo and passes through villages as we continue along country paths to the hilltop city of Astorga. Day 8: We’ll enter Galicia and climb to the old Celtic village of O Cebreiro before ending the day in historic Lugo. Day 9: After breakfast we’ll transfer to Pedrouzo for the last stage of our hike to the Cathedral de Santiago in legendary Santiago de Compostela.



Across the Pyrenees

Walking the Route of Historic Villages

• Traverse from Bilbao to Barcelona, including stunning Montserrat, on the most comprehensive trek of the Pyrenees mountains available • Hike on remote trails, passing 1,500-foot waterfalls, and return daily to exceptionally upscale accommodations • Enjoy custom guided tours of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Gaudi Museum in Barcelona MTS Senior Guide, professional mountaineer, and published

Long the Iberian Peninsula’s best-kept secret, Portugal’s countryside

historian Erik Perez designed this exciting adventure through the

is dotted with medieval castles and charming villages—a land

iconic Pyrenees! This natural border between Spain and France

characterized by old-world charm and a warm, welcoming people. It is

and the heartland of Basque country is a hiker’s paradise. Marvel at

also a land that has seen its share of conflict and conquest, as the stone

towering rugged peaks, enormous waterfalls, and high meadows as you traverse challenging and breathtaking terrain. Every day you’ll

Day 4: Enjoy a relatively flat trail and mild ascent to the Meseta, the high plains of Central Spain. We’ll arrive in the city of Burgos for an afternoon guided walk.

Day 10: A tour of Santiago is followed by a guided excursion to Finisterre (“the end of the Earth”), an important site for El Camino pilgrims. Take an afternoon stroll before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 5: Hike through grasslands and sunflower fields to the Carrion de los Condes, where we’ll tour the monasterio and stay the night.

Day 11: Now that our pilgrimage is over, we must say “adios!” before heading to the airport for departures home.

Pamplona and Barcelona, you are guaranteed not to miss a beat!

Day 6: The Camino offers a long, flat walk today through fields and grasslands. After lunch in the medieval city of Mansilla de la Mulas, we’ll head to León.

• Explore the medieval castles and quiet streets of villages seemingly lost in time • Learn about Portugal’s rich history of conquest by Moors, Castillians, Christians, and Portuguese • Enjoy Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries, and the charming Old Quarter on a walking tour of Lisbon

walls and towers of its hilltop villages bear out. On this immersive journey, you’ll explore and learn about Portugal’s people, culture, and

learn about the culture, architecture, and natural surroundings of this

rich history, from tales of Roman rule and successive invasions by

region as you trek through the ancient mountain kingdoms of Aragón and Catalonia. Our picturesque country inns and luxurious paradores ensure that each day ends on a high note. With guided visits of both

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Visigoths, Moors, and others, to the haunting sounds of fado singers as you enjoy a walking tour of Lisbon’s Old Quarter. Our expert local guides will bring the past and present of this proud land to life for you, so you really feel the warmth and soul of old Portugal. FOR FULL ITINERARY: Enter Trip Code PVV in the Search Box on Activities Hiking, walking Lodging Hotels

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Custom Travel

Adventure Weeks

In Europe

Private and Custom Experiences with the Europe Experts!

Hiking the Best of the Dolomites

Authentic Journeys in a Week or Less Seeking adventure but short on time? We’re excited to announce

Mont Blanc Adventure Week (6 Days)

Europe offers a dazzling array of adventure opportunities, from

Cover the must-see sites of this mag-

our new series of shorter trips that can be done in 7 days or less!

Enjoy spectacular scenery and moderate-to-challenging alpine

the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean to the mountainous

nificent mountain range as you hike amid

More than just the highlights, these carefully crafted escapes

hiking options from the mountain-ringed town of Chamonix,

paths of The Alps. In this enchanted land, it’s possible to achieve

forests, spectacular rock formations, and

combine classic sites with cultural and off-the-beaten-path

France. Take the cog train up to the Mer de Glace.

many life-long dreams and going with a group enriches the expe-

high-alpine meadows.

adventure, giving you a real MTS experience. We have five

Arctic Sweden (6 Days)

incredible Adventure Week trips in Europe, including a Spain,

Drive your own team of huskies through Sápmi (Lapland), one

Turkey, Sweden, Scotland and more. As we like to say, you can fit

of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas and the ancestral

your dream into your life!

lands of the nomadic Saami people. Spend the night at Sweden’s

Scotland Hikes Adventure Week (6 Days)

celebrated ICEHOTEL.

Experience Scotland’s rugged landscapes and pair moderate-to-

Turkey Adventure Week (6 Days)

challenging days of hiking with hearty Scottish fare and whisky

Tour Istanbul’s famous cultural monuments, take a scenic cruise


on the Bosphorus and explore Cappadocia’s volcanic tufa, fairy

Dolomites Adventure Week (6 Days)

chimneys and underground cities and churches.

of six or more, and every year we send hundreds of guests on unique, specially crafted adventures.

Treasures of Turkey Go back in time and explore the ancient

So whether you’re a family group or a fundraising team, old

sites of Ephesus, Istanbul, Xanthos, Myra,

friends or new colleagues, we can organize your trip and handle

Cappadocia, and Istanbul—and enjoy a

the logistics so you can spend more time enjoying your adventure. Our in-house experts are masters of group travel and can walk

six-day cruise aboard a luxury gulet!

line portals, providing group access to essential trip information.

Hiking Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands

We do our best to provide a personalized service to our private

Visit Split and Dubrovnik, and island hop

groups, getting to know each person’s preferences and travel

through the Adriatic. Hike amid vineyards

style— adding little personal touches along the way.

and lavender fields, and see breathtaking

you through every step of the process. We also create custom on-

waterfalls in Krka National Park. These are three of our favorite custom itineraries, but feel free to browse our catalog and website for more inspiration—or call our Europe experts at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235)

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rience! At MTS, we organize custom travel in Europe for groups

Trek along glacial lakes, mountain creeks, deep gorges, idyllic meadows and sheer-faced rock walls through this alpine paradise. See the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the breathtaking Schlernplateau.

There are over 30 new MTS Adventure Week journeys in Europe and around the world—to learn about them all, click here!






WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT’S EASY TO SIGN UP! Call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) and reserve your spot. You can also book online at If you have a favorite travel agent, we are happy to work with them, but he or she must make the booking directly with Mountain Travel Sobek. Bookings made by a client cannot be picked up retroactively for travel agent commission. Note: Terms and conditions are subject to change.

Payment Schedule

Based on Land/Cruise Cost*, per person Regular Trip Departures (1), (2), (3), (4) At time of reservation................................$400 65 days prior to trip departure............ Balance (1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla permit ($750 per permit). (2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip requires a $500 non-refundable deposit at time of booking. (3) All Botswana, Congo, South Africa and Zimbabwe trips incur a 100% cancellation fee at 60 days or less prior to departure. (4) The Brazil: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon trip requires a $400 nonrefundable deposit at time of booking.

Galápagos, Greece, Turkey, John Muir Trail, Patagonia Explorer, Cuba, Panama: Journey Beyond the Seas and Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures At time of reservation..........................................................$400 120 days prior to trip departure.......................................$1,200 90 days prior to trip departure...................................... Balance Scheduled Departures Involving Uganda, Namibia, and Kenya At time of reservation..........................................................$400 105 days prior to trip departure.................................... Balance Custom Departures Involving Uganda, Namibia, and Kenya At time of reservation...................... 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 105 days prior to trip departure.................................... Balance Antarctica and Arctic Cruise Departures

At time of reservation........................................ $1,500–$2,500

(varies based on ship and trip departure—see detailed itinerary)

120 days prior to trip departure..................................... Balance Private Adventures, Custom Adventures and Special Trip Departures At time of reservation ......$800 or 25% of Land/Cruise Cost, whichever is greater 120 days prior to trip departure...... 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 90 days prior to trip departure...................................... Balance Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights) At time of reservation...................................................... $100 (4) (non-refundable) The balance will be added to the cost of your trip, and payment will follow the applicable schedule above. Requests made 29 days or less prior to trip departure are subject to a $100 late booking fee. Once booked, each change is subject to a $50 change fee. (4) Some exceptions apply and deposits may be higher.

After we receive your deposit, we will provide you with detailed pre-trip information including a packing list, visa information (if required), statement of account, and travel insurance information. We will also send you a link to access and complete the required forms including a Release from Liability form, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration clause which is required for participation on any trip. Certain trips including those designated as “Ultimate Challenge” require participants to have their physician complete and sign a Physician Certificate. We will also provide you with rendezvous instructions and final trip details approximately three weeks prior to trip departure.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW What Your Trip Includes

The Land and/or Cruise Cost* for most trips includes: Expert leadership • Accommodations in hotels, inns, or lodges in cities and villages, or aboard boat or ship • Field arrangements, including camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents (on most trips), group camping and commissary equipment, necessary trip equipment (e.g. sea kayaks, rafts, personal flotation devices, etc.) • Meals as noted in the trip itinerary • Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary • Group airport transfers • Ground transportation and support vehicles • Additional guides and porters if needed • Entrance fees and permits • Basic medical and emergency medical evacuation insurance. *Note—“Land/Cruise Cost” includes the cost of the trip, internal airfare, park fees, permits, single supplements, and taxes may be included in the price, or broken out separately. Unless otherwise noted, payment and cancellation policies apply to the total Land/Cruise Cost, inclusive of internal airfare, park fees, permits, and taxes, even when broken out separately. Travel agent commission is calculated from base Land/Cruise Cost only and excludes tier charges. Each trip varies slightly, so please call and speak with one of our Regional Specialists or ask for a detailed trip itinerary for the specifics (you can also download itineraries at International airfare, optional gratuities, and personal items are not included.

Tier Pricing

Group adventure travel works best with a small group of people. In order to operate these small groups, our trips are priced according to the number of full-price travelers on the trip. Mountain Travel Sobek staff, trip doctors, and other discounted travelers are excluded from the count for this purpose. Not all trips have tier pricing, but for those trips that do your statements will reflect the highest tier price (the smallest group size we can operate) until final payment is due. If the price drops due to an increase in group size before your trip departs, you will be refunded the difference.

Solo Travelers

Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are priced on a double occupancy basis. If you prefer single accommodations, you may, where available, arrange for them with payment of a single supplement fee, which is listed in the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try our best to find you a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, we charge a “forced” single supplement fee, which varies by trip and ranges from half to the same fee as the “requested” single supplement, and is listed in the trip itinerary. Shared accommodations are guaranteed on some trips. On a few trips, single accommodations are not available.

Cancellations & Refunds

Based on Land/Cruise Cost*, per person At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply (all dates are from departure date): Regular Trip Departures (1), (2), (3), (4) From time of reservation until 90 days prior to trip departure.................................................................. $150 89 to 61 days prior to trip departure...................................$400 60 to 46 days prior to trip departure............50% of Land Cost 45 days or less prior to trip departure...........100% of Land Cost (1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla permit ($750 per permit). (2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip requires a $500 non-refundable deposit at time of booking. (3) All Botswana, Congo, South Africa, and Zimbabwe trips incur a 100% cancellation fee at 60 days or less prior to departure (4) The Brazil: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon trip requires a $400 nonrefundable deposit at time of booking.

Galápagos, Greece, Turkey, John Muir Trail, Patagonia Explorer, Cuba, Panama: Journey Beyond the Seas and Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures From time of reservation until 120 days prior to trip departure.....................................................$400 119 to 90 days prior to trip departure............................. 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 89 to 60 days prior to trip departure..............................50% of Land/Cruise Cost 59 days or less prior to trip departure...............................100% of Land/Cruise Cost Scheduled Departures Involving Uganda, Namibia, and Kenya From time of reservation until 96 days prior to trip departure.................................... Loss of first deposit 95 days or less prior to trip departure.............................100% of Land/Cruise Cost Custom Departures Involving Uganda, Namibia, and Kenya From time of reservation until 96 days prior to trip departure.......................... 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 95 days or less prior to trip departure.............................100% of Land/Cruise Cost

With the exception of those trips operated in the United States and Cuba, we include the cost of this optional insurance coverage as an item on your statement. It is effective the day we receive your designated payment for the insurance or the day your final balance is paid. Please note that deposits are not applied toward your insurance premium. If you do not wish this optional insurance, you need only notify Mountain Travel Sobek in writing by time of final payment and we will remove the charge from the invoice. Participants traveling on trips in the United States or Cuba who wish to obtain the optional insurance—the details of which are available at www.—please contact your Adventure Coordinator for pricing. Note: A Basic Medical and Evacuation Insurance Plan is purchased on your behalf. However, we recommend you purchase the Optional Travel Insurance Plan outlined above to ensure protection from trip cancellation fees for covered reasons and to increase your medical and emergency medical evacuation coverage.


From time of reservation until 120 days prior to trip departure............................................ Loss of deposit 119 days or less prior to trip departure............................100% of Cruise Cost

With the exception of those trips noted otherwise within this section, you may transfer to another trip without a fee up to 90 days before trip departure on most trips. If you transfer from one trip to another within 89 days of trip departure, however, you are subject to the usual Cancellation Fees outlined above (appropriate to the date you notify us in writing of your wish to transfer). No transfers are allowed on: Galápagos, Turkey, Patagonia Explorer, Mountains to Sea: Denali & Kenai Fjords, Antarctica, and Arctic cruises; John Muir Trail, Private Adventures, Custom Adventures, or Special Departures.

Private Adventures, Custom Adventures and Special Trip Departures

For Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express departures you are subject to the following transfer fees:

Antarctica & Arctic Cruise Trip Departures

From time of reservation until 90 days prior to trip departure...............$800 or 25% of Land/Cruise Cost, whichever is greater 89-60 day prior to trip departure....50% of Land/Cruise Cost 59 days or less.................................100% of Land/Cruise Cost Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights) At time of reservation until 60 days prior to trip departure................................................. $100 (5) 59 to 30 days......................................................................50% of Extension Cost 29 days or less.................................................................100% of Extension Cost (5) Some exceptions apply and cancellation fees may be higher.

No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Land/Cruise Cost is quoted as a package and credits are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of trip departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.) Internal airfare, once purchased, is non-refundable. Cancellation and refund policy applies to entire Land/Cruise cost of trip, including trip cost, internal airfare, park fees, permits, and taxes. We recommend you purchase the Optional Travel Insurance Plan to protect yourself in case of an unexpected medical emergency. Refunds in excess of $500 will be remitted by check.

Travel Insurance

For your protection, we offer an Optional Travel Insurance Plan. It combines trip cancellation and interruption coverage (for covered reasons only), baggage loss protection, and medical coverage along with additional emergency medical evacuation coverage. For complete terms and conditions go to To review the Optional Travel Insurance Plan details go to

60 or more days prior to departure...................................$250 59 to 30 days prior to departure..................................$25% of Land Cost 29 days or less prior to departure.................................50% of Land Cost

Cancelled Trips

Mountain Travel Sobek reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up or other cause that makes the trip unfeasible for us to operate, but we will inform you at least 45 days prior to trip departure. In such a case, a full refund of Land/Cruise Cost is given, but Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members preparing for the trip (e.g. non-refundable “Advance Purchase” air tickets, visa fees if applicable, clothing, equipment, medical expenses). Do not purchase your air tickets before speaking with your Adventure Coordinator.


Mountain Travel Sobek assumes no liability for loss or damage to baggage in transit to and from a Mountain Travel Sobek trip or while on a Mountain Travel Sobek trip. We recommend purchasing the supplemental travel insurance package.

Delays & Cost Increases

The cost of delays is not included if any trip is delayed due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which Mountain Travel Sobek or its third party operators cannot make provision. Land/Cruise Costs are subject to increase without prior notice, even after you have signed up on the trip. We often publish our prices more than a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trip’s actual departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb (i.e. international currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or increases in cost of services). We regret this situation, and we do everything we

can to avoid raising prices, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We will do our best to limit such increases and will notify you at least two months before trip departure.


The airlines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passage contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and such purchasers of these tours and/or passenger. Such conveyance, etc. is subject to the laws of the countries involved. Airlines used vary in degree of safety and risk. Many air carriers have an unknown safety and maintenance record. Mountain Travel Sobek is not liable for incidents involving airline safety, cancellations, service, risk, delays, etc.; or incidents that result in injury, delay or death. Please read the conditions on the back of your airline tickets.

Medical & Health

It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before trip departure. The trip leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he or she feels the trip member is physically or mentally incapable or if a trip member’s continued participation will jeopardize the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. Hospital facilities are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. Mountain Travel Sobek assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. You will need to provide us with your medical history and any dietary restrictions, as requested in the required documentation. If you participate on certain designated trips including those with an activity level of “Ultimate Challenge,” the Physician Certificate must be completed and signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation fees apply if your doctor does not approve the Physician Certificate. We can send you this form prior to making your reservation so your doctor can pre-approve you. The State Department ( and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( periodically issue statements, advisories and warnings about risks to travelers. These statements are country-specific and contain important information. Mountain Travel Sobek urges all participants to review these sites.


Mountain Travel Sobek may take photographs and/or video of its trips, and trip participants grant Mountain Travel Sobek permission to do so and for it to use same for promotional or commercial use without payment of any compensation to participant.

Trip Alteration

Mountain Travel Sobek reserves the right to change hotels or other features of the trip if Mountain Travel Sobek believes it will enhance the safety, comfort, or enjoyment of the trip.

Responsibilities of Trip Members

Trip members have certain responsibilities to Mountain Travel Sobek and to other trip members. Trip members are responsible for understanding the conditions implied in the Trip Itinerary and selecting a trip in consultation with Mountain Travel Sobek that is appropriate to their interests and abilities, and for preparing for the trip by studying the Trip Itinerary and supplemental trip information sent by Mountain Travel Sobek. Screening for fitness (for trips rated “Strenuous” or “Ultimate Challenge”) is made by our Regional Specialists at the time of booking. At the trip leader’s discretion, a member may be removed from the trip, without the right of refund, if the leader feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip members.

Limitations of Liability

Except for certain equipment in Alaska, Idaho, Portugal, and Patagonia, Mountain Travel, Mountain Travel Sobek, Alaska Discovery, Inc., their owners, directors, officers, employees, and affiliates (collectively “Mountain Travel Sobek”) does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, ownership or control over hotels or other lodging facilities, airline, vessel, bus, van, or other transportation companies, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional or included excursions or equipment used thereon (even if same utilize the Mountain Travel Sobek name), food service, or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Mountain Travel Sobek is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity, or of any third party. Without limitation, Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage to person or property, death, delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services occasioned by or resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, force majeur, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, or the threat thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, structural or other defective conditions in hotels or other lodging facilities, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely, dangers associated with or bites from animals, pests or insects, marine life or vegetation of any sort, dangers incident to recreational activities such as scuba diving, zip lining, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, etc., sanitation problems, food poisoning, lack of access to or quality of medical care, difficulty in evacuation in case of a medical or other emergency, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof or for any other cause beyond the direct control of Mountain Travel Sobek. In addition, participants release Mountain Travel Sobek from its own negligence and assume all risk thereof. On advancement of deposit to Mountain Travel Sobek, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions, and the binding arbitration clause below. These are partial conditions. Your participation is contingent on your signature on the full list of terms specified in the document entitled “Participant Information Form, Booking Verification, Medical History, and Release from Liability,” which you can find on our website at participant_info.pdf (or call us at 1-888-687-6235 and request a copy). Additionally, some independent contractors may require participants to sign their liability release or indemnity form.

Binding Arbitration

Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to these Terms and Conditions, to any literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in San Francisco, California, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) California law and without regard to the California Arbitration Act. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.

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