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CURATED TRIPS FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELER

TRAVEL CATALOG 2017


Dear Traveler, Since we launched National Geographic Private Expeditions in 2015, our travelers have raved about their experiences— the top local guides, the compelling itineraries, the National Geographic Unique Lodges they stayed in, and the freedom to adapt their daily activities to their own interests. With ten new itineraries this year ranging from Iceland to Japan, there are now a total of 26 extraordinary destinations to choose from, whether you’re looking for a unique trip to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary with your extended family, or planning a special experience with your closest friends. You pick the date and whom you want to travel with, and we’ll take care of the rest. And, if you’d like to adjust an itinerary—add another stop, remove a stop, or include a special activity—we can accommodate you. You’ll explore with private local guides, go behind-thescenes at renowned places, and connect with the local culture in authentic ways. In 2017, we invite you to the reefs and rain forests of Belize or the untamed wildlife sanctuaries of Zambia. You could find yourself rolling sushi with a Japanese master chef, or discovering the Irish countryside from your base at an 800-year-old castle. In Portugal, examine prehistoric rock art alongside an archaeologist, or float through caves lit by glowworms in New Zealand. The itineraries that follow are full of unique experiences—and free time to explore—that you get to share with your favorite traveling companions. We hope to welcome you on a National Geographic private expedition soon! Sincerely,

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When you travel with us, you make a difference. Your support is vital to the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit mission to explore and protect the planet. Every year, the Society funds researchers and explorers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants. Cover: A paddleboarding pair skims the aquamarine waters near the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Lizard Island.

Travelers on safari pause to watch lions—and a riotous sunset—in the grasslands near Kenya’s


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Morocco Tanzania South Africa Botswana Zambia Kenya

ASIA

16 | Japan 17 | Borneo 18 | Vietnam and Cambodia 19 | Bhutan 20 | Mongolia 21 | China

EUROPE

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Mara Plains Camp.

Croatia Greece Ireland Iceland Italy Portugal & Spain

NORTH AMERICA

26 | Alaska 27 | Belize 28 | Costa Rica

OCEANIA

30 | Australia 31 | New Zealand

SOUTH AMERICA

32 | Ecuador 34 | Peru 36 | Patagonia

RESOURCES & MORE

3–9 | About Private Expeditions 40–45 | Unique Lodge Getaways 46 | More Travel with Nat Geo 47 | Terms and Conditions

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TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY— W I T H A L L T H E B E N E F I T S O F E X P LO R I N G W I T H N AT I O N A L G EO G R A P H I C

The aurora borealis light up the sky over Iceland.

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| U LT I M AT E F L E X I B I L I T Y Our private expeditions are designed to accommodate you. Gather your chosen travel companions—be it your spouse, your family, or a few friends—and select the itinerary that captures your imagination. Then simply decide when you’d like to go. We’ll take care of the rest.

| N AT I O N A L G EO G R A P H I C O P E N S D O O R S Meet with conservationists or archaeologists, visit our grantees’ field stations, or get an insider’s tour of a famous monument. Wherever you go, you’ll get an intimate perspective on an incredible place.

| TO P P R I VAT E G U I D E S Dynamic private guides accompany you throughout your trip, sharing their knowledge and insights, and leading you off the beaten path to unveil your destination’s hidden gems.

| S TAY AT O U R U N I Q U E LO D G E S Many of our trips have been designed around unparalleled experiences at National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of extraordinary properties located in some of the world’s most pristine places. These lodges set our itineraries apart from the pack, and you’ll get to visit one or more of them on most of our private expeditions.

| O N E- O F-A- K I N D E X P E R I E N C E S From food and wine tours in epicurean hotspots to horseback rides in the African bush, you’ll delve into the essence of your destination, exploring sites both awe-inspiring and thought-provoking, interacting with the local culture, and enjoying enough free time for you to get to know it on your own.

The National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC (d/b/a National Geographic Expeditions). You contribute to that support when you make your purchase. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.

CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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IMAGINE YOURSELF HERE. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD is a collection of handpicked lodges all around the world that invite guests to experience the world’s most treasured places while helping to protect them for generations to come. Our lodges serve as inspiration when we design our trips, and you can stay at one or more of them on most of our private expeditions. Or, make a lodge your next getaway. You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to unspoiled wild places, genuine interactions with local people from Newfoundland to Mongolia, and peace of mind. After all, by staying at our lodges, you are contributing to tourism’s positive impact and helping safeguard our planet for the future. See our featured lodge getaways on page 40.

The hand-crafted traditional ger tents of Three Camel Lodge dot the sunlit scrub of Mongolia’s Gobi desert.

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AFRICA

NORTH AMERICA

andBeyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Bentwood Inn, United States

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa

Fogo Island Inn, Canada

Fregate Island Private, The Seychelles Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa Kasbah Du Toubkal, Morocco Mara Plains Camp, Kenya andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa Sarara Camp, Kenya Sayari Camp, Tanzania Segera Retreat, Kenya The Bushcamp Company, Zambia Tsara Komba Lodge, Madagascar Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa Zarafa Camp, Botswana

ASIA Banyan Tree Ringha, China Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo

Churchill Wild, Canada Lone Mountain Ranch, United States Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, Canada The Ranch at Rock Creek, United States Tutka Bay Lodge, United States Winterlake Lodge, United States

CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN Belcampo Lodge, Belize Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Petit St. Vincent Private Island Resort, Caribbean Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica Tiamo Resort, Bahamas

SOUTH AMERICA Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel, Ecuador Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, Peru

Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Peru

Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan

Inkaterra La Casona, Peru

AUSTRALIA AND THE PACIFIC

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Capella Lodge, Australia

Reserva do Ibitipoca, Brazil

Lizard Island, Australia

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile

Longitude 131°, Australia Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia The Brando, French Polynesia

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile

EUROPE Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Greece Ashford Castle, Ireland Kapari Natural Resort, Greece

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LET US DESIGN YO U R D R E A M T R I P. Everyone’s idea of a dream trip is a little different—and we’re happy to design yours. Just pick a place on your bucket list and let us craft a trip tailor-made for you. Nicaragua? France? Madagascar? Thailand? You name it. You can modify one of the private expeditions in this catalog by including a destination that wasn’t in the original itinerary. You might extend your Italy expedition in Sicily, for example, or tack on the Amazon to the Peru itinerary. You can also combine two or more of our itineraries, like Australia and New Zealand, to create the ultimate private expedition. Call 1-888-732-2379 or visit natgeoexpeditions.com/custom to start crafting the trip of your dreams.

Lavender fields in the south of France

Guests at Peru’s Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción cruise jungle waterways.

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A ring-tailed lemur pup catches a ride on its mother’s back.


Boats pull into a turquoise bay near Tsara Komba, in Madagascar’s Nosy Be archipelago.

Travelers gaze at Uluru, once known as Ayers Rock.

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M OROCCO

Medinas, Mosques, and Medieval Kasbahs

Djemaa el-Fna square

Walled clay villages and palaces clad in ornate tiles, colorful medinas where piles of spices and barrels of olives beckon, Berbers that carry on timeless ways of life high in the mountains—this is the enchanting mix that is Morocco. Get an insider’s perspective on this fascinating country, exploring alongside private guides. Wander the ancient lanes of Fez, examine the mosaics at the ancient Roman site of Volubilis, experience Berber hospitality in the High Atlas Mountains, and cap off the trip in magical Marrakech.

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DAY 1 CASABLANCA, MOROCCO/FEZ Arrive in Casablanca, where you’ll be met for a private transfer to a riad, a traditional courtyard house, in Fès el-Bali—the old walled city of Fez. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the medina at leisure. RIAD MAISON BLEUE (B, D) DAY 2 FEZ Delve deeper into Fès el-Bali on a private guided

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tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Peruse the medina’s ancient maze of covered bazaars and here stroll the arcades of Al-Karaouine, the longest continually operating university in the world. Contrast the twisting lanes of the old quarter with the plazas and palaces of the 13th-century Fez el Jdid, or “New Fez.” Admire the opulent entrance to the Royal Palace, the one-time imperial seat of the city. Then take a stroll atop the old town walls, stopping at the Blue Gate to see its intricate mosaic design. RIAD MAISON BLEUE (B, D)

DAY 3 MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/RABAT Today, discover two World Heritage sites with a private guide. The medieval walled city of Meknès served as Morocco’s imperial capital in the 17th century and features grand, tiled gateways and mausoleums. Outside the city are the partially excavated Roman ruins of Volubilis. Admire the well-preserved mosaic floors of this city, dating back to the third century b.c. Here, wonder through the ancient streets of the fortified Rabat. Then travel to the capital city of Kasbah of Ouadaya before visiting the stunning marble Mausoleum of Mohamed V. VILLA MANDARINE (B, L)

DAY 4 HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS Journey into the High Atlas Mountains to the Kasbah Du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and your home for the next two nights. Perched on a hilltop amid the soaring peaks of Toubkal National Park, this


Tea and a tagine in the Atlas Mountains

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

isit six UNESCO World Heritage sites › Vwith a private guide, from the medina of

Marrakech to the historic city of Meknès.

tay in the Kasbah Du Toubkal, a National › SGeographic Unique Lodge of the World built from the ruins of a medieval kasbah.

traditional mint tea in the home of › SaipBerber family living in the High Atlas Mountains.

iscover Fez’s ancient center, a maze of › Dcolorful markets and mosques.

A rug merchant displays his wares in Marrakech.

Mountains to the Kasbah Telouet, a deserted fortication on an age-old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. Within faded and crumbling walls, encounter the unexpected grandeur of the palace’s ornate interior before continuing to the ancient village of Aït Ben Haddou. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, meandering enchanting narrow lanes lined with adobe houses. KSAR IGHNDA HOTEL (B, L, D) DAY 7 MARRAKECH Drive to legendary Marrakech, a cultural melting pot of Berber, African, Mediterranean, and Arab influences. Discover hidden neighborhoods as you venture into artisan quarters and souks off the beaten path. Then immerse yourself in the magic of Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s lively main square. Listen to the tales of storytellers, warm up to fire-eaters, and delight in the beguiling music of snake charmers as you wander through this enchanting plaza. VILLA DES ORANGERS (B, L) DAY 8 MARRAKECH Visit Marrakech’s cultural and historic highlights on a private, full-day city tour. Start at Koutoubia Mosque’s iconic minaret tower and then stroll through the lavish colonnades and courts of the Bahia Palace. Continue to the Saadian Tombs, the final resting place for the Saadian royal family. Pass through the imposing Bab Agnaou Gate, the entrance to the royal kasbah. End your day at the Majorelle Gardens, where exotic plants set among elegant ornamental ponds and a colorful art deco villa. VILLA DES ORANGERS (B)

stunning retreat was built from the ruins of a kasbah and celebrates the customs and traditions of the local Berber people. National Geographic guests at the lodge have an exclusive invitation to enjoy a village walk with a local resident, followed by traditional mint tea in his or her home.

AFRICA

DAY 9 MARRAKECH Transfer to the Marrakech airport and catch your flight home. (B)

DATES

This expedition is available January through June and September through December. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST Mar.–June Sept.–Dec.

6+ people

$4,595

4 people

$4,895

2 people

$5,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Casablanca and from Marrakech is not included in the expedition cost.

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL (B, L, D)

FEATURED LODGE

DAY 5 HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS This morning, set out to explore the slopes of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. On a range of hikes, walks, and donkey rides, discover a landscape of vast plateaus carved by deep ravines, waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs. Meet with a Berber family in the village, and then settle into the cushions and carpets of the lodge’s traditional restaurant to savor local specialties.

Immerse yourself in Berber culture during a two-night stay at Kasbah Du Toubkal, perched amid the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. Hike through beautiful alpine scenery, soak up the rhythms of rural life, and join a local resident for a tour of the village and tea in a family home—an outing arranged exclusively for National Geographic guests.

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL (B, L, D)

DAY 6 AÏT BEN HADDOU Travel through the canyons of the High Atlas CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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TA N ZAN I A Wildlife Wonderland

An elephant in Tarangire National Park.

Encounter the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania, from savannas that teem with zebras and wildebeests to the deep caldera of Ngorongoro Crater, where an incredible range of species coexist. Go on safari away from the crowds at Tarangire National Park, home to a large concentration of elephants, and join excellent guides to track lions, leopards, and so much more. Then enjoy an intimate safari experience at Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge located in the remote northern Serengeti, and observe wildlife on a private game drive arranged exclusively for National Geographic guests.

DAY 1 ARUSHA, TANZANIA Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge, located on the leafy grounds of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE

the first of many safaris. Tarangire’s grassy plains are dotted with massive baobab trees and home to a high concentration of wildlife. Elephants are especially abundant here, with some herds numbering up to 300 strong. After settling into your bungalow tent in the heart of the park, enjoy sundowner cocktails while taking in views over the savanna. OLIVER’S CAMP (B, L, D)

DAY 2 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Drive to Tarangire National Park, and head out on

DAY 3 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Spend the day exploring Tarangire National

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Park on game drives. Due to its low volume of visitors, the reserve offers a serene and intimate wildlife-viewing experience. Seek out large herds of zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest, as well as the skulking leopards and cheetahs that prey on them. The park is also home to around 550 species of birds, including dazzling yellowcollared lovebirds and the world’s largest avian species: the stocking-thighed ostrich. OLIVER’S CAMP (B, L, D)

DAY 4 NGORONGORO CRATER Travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. If your trip is between June and September, stop for a visit to the Noloholo Environmental Center, located just beyond the borders of Tarangire.* Directed by National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld, Noloholo runs educational programs for local Maasai people in wildlife conservation and natural resource management. Attend a


Sayari Camp

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

ay a visit to the Noloholo Environmental › PCenter*, directed by National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld.

tay at Sayari Camp, a National › SGeographic Unique Lodge of the

World, and spot wildlife from your private veranda.

icnic on the floor of the Ngorongoro › PCrater. njoy a private catered breakfast in the › Ewilds of the Serengeti.

DAY 6 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Fly to the vast plains of the Serengeti and check into your tented suite at Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Sayari is located a short distance from the Mara River, which runs directly through the path of the great wildebeest migration. Here, it’s not uncommon to see an elephant or hippo saunter past your bedroom window. This afternoon, set out on safari and take in the sunset on the savanna. SAYARI CAMP (B, L, D)

DAY 7 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Watch the Serengeti spring to life on an early morning game drive. Or see the majesty of the plains from the sky on an optional hot air balloon ride: As the sun breaks over the horizon, spot wildlife on the sweeping landscapes of the Serengeti before touching down for breakfast under the shade of an acacia tree. On an afternoon safari, delve even deeper into this remote wilderness as you travel along the banks of the Mara in search of crocodiles and hippos peeking above the water’s surface.

DATES

This expedition is available year-round except in April and May. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquires please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST March, June Nov.–Dec.

July–Oct.

4+ people

$7,795

$9,495

2 people

$8,295

$9,995

SAYARI CAMP (B, L, D)

Leopard

DAY 8 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Rise early this morning for a special treat: an elegant catered breakfast in the bush followed by a private game drive—an excursion offered exclusively to National Geographic guests at the lodge. After time at leisure, head out on a final afternoon safari on the lookout for jackals, wildebeests, zebras, and big cats. SAYARI CAMP (B, L, D)

presentation on these initiatives and enjoy a rare opportunity to visit one of the projects in the field. This afternoon, settle into your lodge, perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

AFRICA

DAY 9 ARUSHA Fly to Arusha and relax at your hotel before catching your flight home this evening. RIVERTREES COUNTRY INN (B, L)

NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE (B, L, D)

DAY 5 NGORONGORO CRATER More than 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest non-flooded caldera in the world and is inhabited by some 25,000 animals. Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor for an unforgettable picnic breakfast, grazing against a backdrop of soaring volcanic slopes. Then embark on a safari through this green-walled wildlife paradise. Ride past herds of zebra milling next to flamingos and crowned cranes, look for lionesses stalking their prey, and try to spot a rare black rhino. Return to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure and catch a dazzling sunset over the caldera.

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Arusha, and airfare within Tanzania, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $640 (subject to change). *The visit to Noloholo Environmental Center is offered from June to September. Travelers in other months will travel directly to Ngorongoro and enjoy an additional game drive in the crater. Optional Extension: Stay at Rubondo Island Camp, a Unique Lodge of the World located on an island in Lake Victoria. Visit our website for details.

FEATURED LODGES Spend three nights in a stunning tented suite at Sayari Camp (pictured left) in the northern Serengeti. Head out on daily safaris and enjoy a specially arranged breakfast in the bush followed by a private game drive. In the Ngorongoro Crater, upgrade to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, a stunning Unique Lodge perched on the crater’s rim. See our website for upgrade pricing.

NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE (B, L, D) CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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SO U TH AF RICA Epic Wildlife Encounters

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

rack lions, leopards, and more with › Texpert guides and trackers. tay at two National Geographic › SUnique Lodges of the World: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.

pot marine life—from penguins to › Swhales—off Africa’s southernmost

shores, and stroll through the flowering fynbos of the Cape Floral Region.

 njoy private tours of Cape Town and › Ethe Cape Peninsula, including Robben Island and the Kirstenbosch gardens.

A leopard leans in for a sip at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.

Delve into the wild wonders of South Africa, from the flowering coastlines of the Western Cape to the undulating lowveld where iconic creatures roam. I T I N E R A RY

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DAYS 1–3 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA/CAPE PENINSULA Arrive in Cape Town and explore the Cape Peninsula. Drive down scenic Chapman’s Peak en route to Cape Point and Boulders Beach. Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and ride a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain. On Robben Island, see Nelson Mandela’s jail cell; and later, explore the multicultural Bo-Kaap neighborhood. CAPE GRACE HOTEL DAYS 4–6 GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE At Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a breathtaking National Geographic Unique Lodge overlooking wildlife-rich Walker Bay, discover ancient seaside cave dwellings, go whale-watching (June–September), and take guided birding or nature walks. Hike or ride on horseback across coastal slopes blanketed in unusual fynbos blooms. GROOTBOS GARDEN LODGE DAYS 7–10 SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Fly from Cape Town to the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and settle into one of the four Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges, all members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges collection. Spend three days on safari in search of Africa’s “big five,” as well as wild dogs, hyenas, impalas, and much more. Take a bush walk, go birding, and set out on evening game drives. SABI SABI LUXURY SAFARI LODGES* *Trip prices reflect stays at Selati Camp, Bush Lodge, or Little Bush Camp. Earth Lodge is available at an additonal cost.

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST May–June

Mar.–Apr.; July–Dec.

6+ people

$6,495

$7,295

4 people

$6,695

$7,695

2 people

$6,995

$7,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Cape Town and from Johannesburg, and airfare within South Africa, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $500 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website. FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE,

combine this trip with our Botswana itinerary. Contact us at 1-888-732-2379 for information.

FEATURED LODGES Spend three nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (pictured left) in the Western Cape, and enjoy a private dinner in an ancient milkwood forest. During a three-night stay at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodge, sit down to dinner and a tasting in the lodge’s wine cellar—a National Geographic exclusive. Optional Extension: Stay at Tswalu Kalahari, spotting rare wildlife on safari.

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B OTSWAN A Land and Lagoon Safari

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

o on safari in two conservancies › Gfeatured in wildlife films produced by

National Geographic Explorers-inResidence Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

ncounter the lion prides of the Duba › EPlains, unique for their swimming

abilities and daytime hunting practices.

some of Africa’s largest elephant › Wanditness buffalo herds, drawn to the area’s prolific aquatic habitats.

 ake a private tour of Victoria Falls, › Tand watch the sun set over the Zambezi on a river cruise.

At Duba Expedition Camp, lions rest in the grasses.

Set out on safari in the wildlife sanctuaries of the Okavango Delta—a far-reaching network of marshes and shimmering lagoons nearly devoid of human presence. I T I N E R A RY

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DAYS 1–4 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA/OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA After an overnight stop in Johannesburg, travel to the Okavango Delta and settle into your safari camp—a backdrop for wildlife films made by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Explore the delta on game drives and boat excursions, seeking out elephants, buffalo, multiple antelope species, and the area’s remarkable swimming lions. DUBA EXPEDITION CAMP

DAYS 5–7 SELINDA RESERVE Soar above the delta on a thrilling helicopter ride, and touch down at the Selinda Reserve. Settle into your tented camp and enjoy an exclusive safari-style dinner, followed by a bush viewing of a film by the Jouberts—the Selinda Camp’s founders. Discover the surrounding marshlands on game drives, on the lookout for African wild dogs and herds of elephant and buffalo. Take a guided walk across the floodplain, or explore the Selinda Spillway by boat. SELINDA CAMP DAYS 8–10 LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA Travel to Livingstone for a private walking tour of Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST Mar.

Apr.–May Nov.–Dec.

June– Oct.

4+ people

$9,495

$10,695

$14,495

2 people

$9,995

$11,195

$14,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Johannesburg and from Livingstone, and airfare within southern Africa, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $300–$850 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website. FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE,

combine this trip with our South Africa itinerary. Contact us at 1-888-732-2379 for information.

FEATURED LODGE In the Selinda Reserve, upgrade to Zarafa Camp, a Unique Lodge of the World set on the edge of a lagoon. Enjoy free time to explore the area as you wish, whether you opt for a village visit or dare yourself to bungee jump above the Zambezi. You’ll enjoy a private gourmet dinner with wine pairings, followed by a bush screening of a wildlife documentary filmed by the owners. Visit our website for upgrade pricing.

CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

fresh tuna and wasabi and learn › Ptoickrolloutsushi like a master chef at Tokyo’s

Treasures of the Past and Present

Tsukiji fish market.

the temples and shrines › Bofikeoldbetween Kyoto, and learn about Zen

Buddhism during an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony.

soaring summit of Mount › TFujiakeonin atheprivate tour of Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park.

 at your way through Osaka on a › Eguided gastronomy tour, tasting

regional specialties such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.

Cherry blossoms frame Mount Fuji

Navigate old and new Japan with a private guide, discovering enduring symbols of its centuriesold traditions intermingled with bold expressions of modern culture. I T I N E R A RY

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DAYS 1–5 TOKYO, JAPAN/NIKKO/FUJI-HAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK Join your guide for a private tour of old Tokyo. Explore the Asakusa Geisha district, the Senso-ji Temple, Yanaka neighborhood, and the workshop of sculptor Fumio Asakusa. Travel to the sacred hills of Nikko National Park and take a private tour of the Tosho-gu shrine complex and the stunning forested landscapes of Oku-Nikko. Learn to roll sushi at Tokyo’s bustling Tsukiji fish market, and transfer to your ryokan, or Japanese inn, amid the volcanic landscapes of Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park. Take a private tour of Hakone. PARK HOTEL/YAMA NO CHAYA DAYS 6–8 KYOTO/NARA Ride the bullet train to Kyoto, and participate in Japanese tea ceremony at Korin-in Temple. Discover the city by bike, cycling between Nishi Honganji Temple, Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama’s bamboo groves, and Togetsukyo Bridge. With a private guide spend a day in nearby Nara, discover the enchanting Isui-en Garden, Todai-ji Temple, the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine, and the historic merchant district of Naramachi. HOTEL GRANVIA

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST June–Aug. Dec.

Mar.–May Sept.–Nov.

4+ people

$7,995

$8,495

2 people

$10,995

$11,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Toyko and from Osaka is not included in the expedition cost. For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

DAYS 9–10 OSAKA Transfer to Osaka to visit Osaka castle, sample regional specialties on a gastronomy tour, and explore the traditional shops along Hozenji Alley. Fly home the following day. SWISSOTEL NANKAI

Geishas in Kyoto City

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B O RN EO

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

arvel at otherworldly limestone › Mformations and unusual flora while

Wildlife of the Rain Forest

exploring the vast cave network of Gunung Mulu National Park.

up close to orangutans and Malayan › Gsunet bears at conservation centers in Sepilok.

tay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge—a › SNational Geographic Unique Lodge of

the World on the Kinabatangan River, and explore jungle waterways by boat.

 earch for pygmy elephants, › Sgibbons, langurs, and rare birds in the A large male orangutan perches above the Kinabatangan River

Misty mountains and jungle-shrouded rivers, spectacular cave systems and rain forests teeming with rare species: few places on Earth offer such a bounty of natural wonders as Borneo. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAYS 1–3 KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA/GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and fly to Gunung Mulu National Park. Explore the enormous Deer Cave, harboring unusual flora and limestone formations. Venture into Clearwater Cave and the Cave of the Winds, and visit a village of the forest-dwelling Penan people. HYATT REGENCY KOTA KINABALU/MULU MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA

DAYS 4–6 SEPILOK/KINABATANGAN RIVER Fly to Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve to visit its orangutan rehabilitation center and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. Board a boat for Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge on the Kinabatangan River. Set out to explore jungle waterways by electric boat, in search of orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and more. Take a guided walk through Gomantong Caves. SHERATON FOUR POINTS SANDAKAN/SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE DAYS 7–10 DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA/ KOTA KINABALU Travel to the Danum Valley and explore its many nature trails. Seek out rare species, including the Bornean gibbon, clouded leopard, and maroon langur. Walk jungle canopy bridges, hike to a waterfall and take a refreshing swim, and set out on guided night hikes. Return to Kota Kinabalu to catch your flight home. BORNEO RAINFOREST LODGE/HYATT REGENCY KOTA KINABALU

primary rain forests of Danum Valley Conservation Area.

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 6+ people

$7,795

4 people

$8,295

2 people

$9,295

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Kota Kinabalu, and airfare within Borneo, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $360 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

FEATURED LODGE Settle into Sukau Rainforest Lodge for two nights on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Cruise jungle waterways in search of rare orangutans, pygmy elephants, and proboscis monkeys. Walk the elevated boardwalks that weave through the tropical landscapes of the lodge property, and meet one-on-one with the in-house orangutan expert—an experience specially arranged for National Geographic guests.

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V I E T NAM AND C A M BOD I A Indochina Immersion

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

et an insider’s view of Angkor Wat on › Ga private tour with a Khmer scholar. ractice tai chi on the deck of an › Pintimate traditional-style junk sailing

vessel as the sun rises over Ha Long Bay.

xplore the farming villages of the › EMekong Delta via xe loi, a Vietnamese bicycle rickshaw.

 xperience the contrast between › Ecosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City and charming Hanoi on private tours.

Travelers in traditional hats glide down a Mekong Delta waterway.

From the temples of Angkor to the karst peaks of Ha Long Bay and the colorful corridors of old Hanoi, experience the diverse landscapes and intriguing cultural heritage of Indochina. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAYS 1–4 HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM/MEKONG DELTA Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on a private tour, visit the Opera House, the Hôtel de Ville, the Central Post Office, and the Reunification Palace. Cruise the Mekong sampan boat, and explore the shores by bicycle rickshaw. Venture into the Cu Chi tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Later, fly to Hanoi. CARAVELLE SAIGON DAYS 5–7 HANOI/HA LONG BAY Visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and the Temple of Literature, and take a walking tour of the Old Quarter before an evening water-puppet performance. Then set sail across Ha Long Bay on a traditional-style junk, navigating caves, karst islands, and floating villages. Prepare local dishes with the boat’s chef, and practice tai chi on deck at sunrise. Return to Hanoi and fly to Siem Reap. HOTEL METROPOLE HANOI/HALONG VIOLET/BELMOND LA RÉSIDENCE D’ANGKOR DAYS 8–10 SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA/ANGKOR Enjoy two full days to explore Angkor. Visit the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, and wander the walled city of Angkor Thom. Join a Khmer scholar for a private tour of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. Witness Khmer craftsmen playing their trades in Siem Reap before your flight home.

DATES

This expedition is available January through March and October through December. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST Mar. Oct.–Dec.

4 + people

$5,295

2 people

$5,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Ho Chi Minh City and from Siem Reap, and airfare within Vietnam and Cambodia, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $550 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

BELMOND LA RÉSIDENCE D’ANGKOR

A traveler explores a temple at Banteay Srei, Cambodia.

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B H U TAN

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Inside the Last Himalayan Kingdom

glimpse of rural Bhutanese life › Gonetaaprivate tour of Thimphu’s Folk

Heritage Museum and during a visit to a local farmstead in the Paro valley.

at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, and admire › Sthetayexquisite Bhutanese architecture

and artistry of this National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

isit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup › Vtemple in Punakha and receive a blessing from the resident nuns.

 ecorate ritual cakes to offer to › Ddeities, and participate in a butterlamp offering with monks.

The iconic Takstang Lhakhang, or Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Amid verdant Himalayan valleys dotted with historic fortresses and shrines, delve into Bhutan’s rich culture, discovering how everyday life is intertwined with Mahayana Buddhism. I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DAYS 1–3 BANGKOK, THAILAND/PARA, BHUTAN/THIMPHU Fly from Bangkok to Paro, and continue overland to Thimpu. Meet your Bhutanese guide, who will travel with you throughout your stay. Take a private city tour, including stops at the Folk Heritage Museum, Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, Changangkha Lhakhang Monastery, and a wildlife sanctuary. NOVOTEL SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT HOTEL/TAJ TASHI THIMPHU DAYS 4–5 THIMPHU/PUNAKHA Visit Thimphu’s Royal Textile Academy, and travel to Punakha by way of the Dochu La pass. Hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal chorten and Chimi Lhakhang temple, explore the stunning Punakha Dzong, and receive blessings from the resident nuns at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup. DHENSA PUNAKHA DAYS 6–9 PARO/BANGKOK, THAILAND Travel to Paro and explore the Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple, Paro Dzong, and the National Museum of Bhutan. Settle into Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, where you’ll get an exclusive look at Bhutanese traditions. Help decorate ritual cakes and participate in a butter-lamp offering with monks. Hike to iconic Taktsang Lhakhang—the Tiger’s Nest Monastery—or see it from a scenic viewpoint; and enjoy lunch at a farmer’s house. Fly home via Bangkok. ZHIWA LING HOTEL

DATES

This expedition is available year-round except June, July, and August. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST Mar.–May Sept.-Dec.

2+ people

$5,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Bangkok, and between Bangkok and Paro, are not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip flight between Bangkok and Para is $850 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

FEATURED LODGE Spend three nights at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, intricately built, painted, and carved by artisans and set amid lush gardens near Paro. Immerse yourself in the peaceful customs of the Bhutanese as you linger in the lodge’s ancient temple and meditation house. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll have a special invitation to participate in Mahayana Buddhist rituals with local monks.

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M ON GOL I A

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

a firsthand look at the everyday life › GofetMongolian nomads at a Gobi camel-

Inside the Land of the Nomad

herding camp.

Stay in a ger—a traditional Mongolian › tent—at Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set amid the Gobi’s vast desert landscapes.

xamine dinosaur fossils with › Epaleontologists at a lab in Ulaanbaatar. to the mesmerizing sounds › Lof isten khoomi throat singing during a traditional dance performance.

Three Camel Lodge

Embrace the intriguing way of life of Mongolia’s nomads as you explore the soaring Altay Mountains, spot wild horses on the steppe, and traverse the Gobi’s undulating dunes. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAYS 1–4 ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA/HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and take a private city tour. Visit the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, and the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art; and join paleontologists at a laboratory to examine dinosaur fossils. Travel across the steppe of Hustai National Park in search of takhis, or wild horses. See the Neolithic graves of the Ongud, and meet with a nomadic family before returning to Ulaanbaatar. SHANGRI-LA ULAANBAATAR/HS KHAAN RESORT HOTEL DAYS 5–8 THE GOBI Fly to the Gobi and travel through the wildlife-rich Gegeet Valley en route to the Altay Mountains. Climb the “singing” sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, visit the camp of a nomadic camel-herding family, and explore the desert town of Bulgan. Settle into a ger at Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Hike through the ice-clad canyons of Yolyn Am, see the “fighting dinosaur” fossils at Tugrigiin Shiree, and trek below the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag in search of dinosaur eggs and bones. TENTED GER CAMP/THREE CAMEL LODGE DAYS 9–10 ULAANBAATAR Return to Ulaanbaatar to visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan and enjoy a throat-singing performance. Depart for home the following day. SHANGRI-LA ULAANBAATAR

DATES

This expedition is available May 15 through Oct. 25. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 pricing please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST May 15–Oct. 25

6+ people

$7,795

4 people

$7,995

2 people

$8,195

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Ulaanbaatar, and airfare within Mongolia, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $450 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website. FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE,

combine this trip with our China itinerary. Contact us at 1-888-732-2379 for information.

FEATURED LODGE Your home for three nights in the Gobi is a traditional ger at Three Camel Lodge. Spend your days exploring the wild geology of the desert and learning the culture of its nomads, then return to the serenity of your stunning, hand-crafted dwelling. National Geographic guests have the opportunity to join the chef for a cooking class or take a night walk with an astronomy expert.

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CH I NA

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

limb the watchtowers on a less› Cvisited section of the Great Wall, and

Timeless Traditions and Cultural Treasures

encounter the legendary terra-cotta warriors at Xi’an.

ork alongside local masters to learn › Wtraditional Chinese cooking, tai chi, and calligraphy.

bserve giant pandas at the Chengdu › OResearch Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  ain insider knowledge of Chinese › Ghistory and culture on private tours of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

The Great Wall

Beneath expanding skylines, the ancient heart of China endures—a testament to a vibrant history. Uncover the legacy of imperial China, and delve into the culture of the past and present. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAYS 1–4 BEIJING, CHINA Arrive in Beijing and take a private tour of the city, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Visit a traditional hutong neighborhood, and try kite-making alongside a local artisan. Spend a day conquering the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, and enjoy an evening dance performance at the Red Theater. Take a private tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven. THE ST. REGIS BEIJING/SOFITEL XI’AN ON RENMIN SQUARE

DAYS 5–7 XI’AN/CHENGDU On a private tour of Xi’an, encounter the terra-cotta warriors and practice calligraphy with an expert at the Forest of Steles. Prepare dumplings in the home of a local family, and enjoy the festive evening atmosphere at Daming Palace National Heritage Park. The next day, walk or bike atop the city’s ancient ramparts before flying to Chengdu. Observe giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and learn to play mahjong in Wangjianglou Park. SOFITEL XI’AN ON RENMIN SQUARE/THE ST. REGIS CHENGDU DAYS 8–10 SHANGHAI On private city tours, explore the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Shanghai Bazaar, and the Tianzifang neighborhood. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. THE PENINSULA SHANGHAI

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 6+ people

$4,195

4 people

$4,495

2 people

$4,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Beijing and from Shanghai, and airfare within China, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $750 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website. Optional Extension: Extend your trip at Banyan Tree Ringha, a Unique Lodge of the World. Visit our website for details.

A giant panda near Chengdu

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C ROATI A

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

njoy private tours of four UNESCO › EWorld Heritage sites: Diocletian’s

Medieval Gems and Natural Wonders

Palace, Montenegro’s Gulf of Kotor, Dubrovnik’s Old City, and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

ayak the sparkling Adriatic from › KDubrovnik to the islet of Lokrum. alk the wall of Ston, one of Europe’s › Wlongest fortifications.  aste Croatian wines on the › Tenchanting isle of Hvar, and sample

oysters straight from the sea during a private boating excursion.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Discover an intermingling of imperial influences in Croatia—a land that has been conquered by Roman emperors and Venetian doges, Ottomans, and Austro-Hungarians. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAYS 1–3 ZAGREB, CROATIA/PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Zagreb and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. The next day, take a private walking tour of the city that includes the Lenuci Horseshoe, St. Mark’s Church, the Croatian Parliament, and more. Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park and take a private tour through this stunning landscape of aquamarine lakes and tumbling waterfalls built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century a.d. HOTEL DUBROVNIK/ETHNO HOUSES PLITVICA SELO DAYS 4–6 SPLIT/HVAR/STON Head to Split and take a private tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Then stroll Split’s fish market and browse the Meštrović Gallery. The next day, board a ferry to charming Hvar. Visit the Arsenal, the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and Hvar Fortress; and enjoy a wine tasting. En route to Dubrovnik, stop at Ston to walk atop its extensive hillside fortification. Embark on a private boating excursion and enjoy an onboard oyster tasting. MARMONT HOTEL/HOTEL MORE

DATES

This expedition is available May through October. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST May–Oct.

6+ people

$5,495

4 people

$6,495

2 people

$7,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Zagreb and from Dubrovnik is not included in the expedition cost. For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

DAYS 7–10 DUBROVNIK/GULF OF KOTOR, MONTENEGRO/KORČULA/DUBROVNIK Take a private tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City, and kayak to the isle of Lokrum. Then cross into Montenegro and discover the enchanting towns on the Gulf of Kotor. Spend a day exploring the medieval walled city on the isle of Korčula before flying home. HOTEL MORE

Kayakers on the Adriatic sea

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GR E ECE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

xplore ancient Athenian ruins and › ECape Sóunio’s Temple of Poseidon with

Treasures of Antiquity

private guides.

tay in stunning cave dwellings at › SKapari Natural Resort, a National

Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched above Santorini’s caldera.

longside a private guide, visit the › APalace of Knossos, the ancient capital of Minoan Crete.

 et sail on the Aegean, seeing › SSantorini’s sugar-cube villages and an

epic sunset from the shimmering sea.

A white-walled village on Santorini

Myths come to life among the ancient ruins of Greece. Join a private guide to explore Athenian temples, Crete’s Minoan history, and incomparable Santorini. I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DAYS 1–2 ATHENS, GREECE Arrive in Athens and take a private tour that includes the Temple of Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, and the Acropolis. Then visit the new Acropolis Museum, home to nearly 4,000 artifacts. After a free morning, explore the ancient ruins of Cape Sóunio’s Temple of Poseidon with a private guide. ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL ATHENS DAYS 3–5 CRETE Fly to Crete, and join a private guide for a visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Take a private tour of Heraklion, and browse the Archaeological Museum. Settle into your seaside resort near Agios Nikolaos, and opt to take a private Cretan cooking class in a nearby village. Travel to the island of Spinalonga, and tour this fascinating former leper colony with a private guide. ST. NICOLAS BAY RESORT HOTEL & VILLAS

DAYS 6–9 SANTORINI Take the ferry to Santorini, and settle into Kapari Natural Resort. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll enjoy a private outing to a local farm and meet its owner. The next day, take a guided tour of the island, with stops in Akrotiri, Pyrgos, and Oia. Spend the next morning at leisure, and then join a sailing excursion on the Aegean. Transfer to the airport and fly home. KAPARI NATURAL RESORT

DATES

This expedition is available May through October. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST May–Oct.

6+ people

$6,795

4 people

$6,995

2 people

$7,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Athens and from Santorini, and airfare within Greece, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $180 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

FEATURED LODGE At Kapari Natural Resort (pictured left) on Santorini, settle into an age-old cave dwelling with extraordinary views. During your threenight stay, experience fine Cycladic cuisine and hospitality, and enjoy a specially arranged visit to a local farm. Optional extension: Stay at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, set amid the dramatic gorges of Greece’s Pindos Mountains (see page 44).

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I R E LAN D

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

xplore the stunning Irish countryside › Eduring private tours of the Burren,

Legends of the Emerald Isle

Connemara, County Kerry, and more.

ake up amid the regal splendor of › WAshford Castle, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

atch sheep-herding and turf-cutting › Wdemonstrations, chat with chocolate makers, and meet a breeder of championship racing stallions.

 alk atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher, › Wand pop into a nearby pub to hear traditional Irish music.

Horses roam on the rolling hills outside Dublin.

Delve into the intriguing history and vibrant culture of Ireland on a journey from Dublin to the far, rugged reaches of the western coast. I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

DAYS 1–3 DUBLIN, IRELAND/KILKENNY Land in Dublin and enjoy a day at leisure. Set out with a private guide to visit Trinity College and its Book of Kells, the Georgian Squares, the National Museum of Archaeology, and Sweny’s Pharmacy. Meet with a horse breeder at the Irish National Stud, and continue to medieval Kilkenny for a private city and castle tour. THE DYLAN HOTEL/PEMBROKE HOTEL

2017 EXPEDITION COST

DAYS 4–6 COUNTY KERRY/COUNTY CLARE If you wish, take a private tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Then travel to Blarney Castle to kiss its famous stone. Continue to Killarney National Park. The next day, set out on a private excursions to the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula. Wander through The Burren National Park en route to the Cliffs of Moher. THE MALTON/GREGAN’S CASTLE

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Dublin and from Shannon is not included in the expedition cost.

DAYS 7–9 GALWAY/COUNTY MAYO/SHANNON Visit a family-owned chocolate shop in The Burren and take a private excursion to festive Galway before continuing to Ashford Castle—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to explore this 800-year-old castle with the on-site historian. The next day, head to the enchanting Connemara with a guide, stopping at the Dan O’Hara Homestead on the way to the stunning Sky Road. Transfer to the airport in Shannon to catch your flight home. ASHFORD CASTLE

6+ people

$5,495

4 people

$6,495

2 people

$7,995

For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

FEATURED LODGE Revel in the regal splendor of historic Ashford Castle during a two-night stay in County Mayo. Ride on horseback or practice falconry in the surrounding woodlands, sample wines with the sommelier in a secret passageway, and shoot pool in the lavish billiards room. National Geographic guests are invited to stroll the castle’s medieval corridors with a historian, who will share tales from the property’s long and colorful history.

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I C E LAN D

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

ake a private 4x4 excursion to the › Tcelebrated Golden Circle, and veer off

Ice Meets Fire

the tourist track to explore geothermal pools.

iscover rugged fjords and a glacier› Dcapped volcano in one of Iceland’s wildest regions—the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

raverse glacial landscapes by foot and › Tall-terrain vehicle, and step into the ice tunnels of the Langjökull glacier.

 unch on thermally grown produce at › Lthe Fridheimar Greenhouse, and learn Morning light infuses Gullfoss, or Golden Falls.

Journey to Iceland to experience jaw-dropping geology and encounter the rich traditions and local folklore that infuse the country’s mystical landscapes. I T I N E R A RY

| 7 DAYS

DAYS 1–3 REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/GOLDEN CIRCLE/SOUTH SHORE Take a private tour of the Reykjanesskagi Peninsula that includes stops at Iceland’s oldest lighthouse; the geothermal landscapes of Gunnuhver; the world-famous Blue Lagoon; charming Álftanes; and the presidential residence at Bessastaðir. Tour the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, and lunch at the Fridheimar Greenhouse. Then take an excursion by 4x4 to the celebrated Golden Circle, including the Strokkur geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. Hike atop the Solheimajökull glacial tongue, and soak up the majesty of the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. HOTEL APOTEK/HÓTEL RANGÁ

DAYS 4–5 HVALFJÖRÐUR/SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA Continue with your private guide to Hvalfjörður to explore the Deildartunguhver hot spring and Barnafoss waterfall. Pile into an all-terrain vehicle for a spin on the Langjökull Glacier, and step into its glacial cave. The next day, visit the striking Eldborg Crater, Búðir’s lava fields, the fishing village of Arnarstapi, and the black beach at Djúpalónssandur. HOTEL HÚSAFELL

about thermal energy at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant.

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 6+ people

$7,495

4 people

$8,495

2 people

$11,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Reykjavík is not included in the expedition cost. For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

DAYS 6–7 REYKJAVÍIK Drive along the mountains of Hvalfjördur fjord, within sight of the Snaefellsjökull glacier. Return to Reykjavík, and opt to join a walking tour of the capital. Fly home the next day. HOTEL APOTEK

The northern lights above Iceland

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A L A SKA

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

through the majestic valleys of › WtheindAlaska Range abroad the Denali

Into the Backcountry

Star.

tay at Winterlake Lodge, a National › SGeographic Unique Lodge of the World set along the historic Iditarod Trail, and enjoy a dogsledding demonstration.

or bike through Denali National › HParkike and Preserve’s backcountry with a naturalist guide.

 orage wild ingredients for a frontier› Ffusion cooking demonstration. A pair of cyclists pedal through the Alaskan countryside.

Venture into the heart of Alaska, searching out grizzles and discovering backcountry culture in the remote corners of the far north. I T I N E R A RY

| 8 DAYS

DAYS 1–3 FAIRBANKS, ALASKA/DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Arrive in Fairbanks and visit the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North. The next day, travel deep into Denali National Park and Preserve and explore the park’s backcountry on the excursions of your choice. Options include hiking in the Kantishna Hills with a naturalist, biking along old mining roads, fly-fishing, panning for gold, and wildlife viewing. PIKE’S WATERFRONT LODGE/KANTISHNA ROADHOUSE OR DENALI BACKCOUNTRY LODGE

DAYS 4–6 DENALI STAR/SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKA WILDERNESS Board the Denali Star for a scenic train ride through the Alaska wilderness. Take a floatplane to Winterlake Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Join a guide for an interpretive walk along the neighboring Iditarod Trail (weather permitting). The next day, seek out grizzly bears and wolves during a guided hike to Wolverine Ridge. Return to the lodge for a frontier-fusion cooking demonstration. Later, go kayaking or canoeing on Finger Lake, or attend a naturalist talk. TALKEETNA ALASKAN LODGE/WINTERLAKE LODGE

DATES

This expedition is available June 3 through September 11. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST June 3–Sept. 11

4+ people

$7,995

2 people

$8,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Fairbanks and from Anchorage, and within Alaska, is not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $900. For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

DAYS 7–8 ANCHORAGE Fly to Anchorage and take a private city tour, including a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Fly home the following day. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK

FEATURED LODGE Enjoy an authentic Alaskan backcountry experience during two nights at Winterlake Lodge (pictured left). Fly-fish, hike, and join a naturalist for an exclusive early morning photo walk. Optional Extension: Stay at Tutka Bay Lodge, located on the shores of the Kenai Peninsula. Kayak into fjords, explore lush forests, and join a chef in the kitchen.

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BELIZE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

anoe past calcite crystal formations in › CBarton Creek Cave, and learn how the

Coast to Canopy

ancient Maya used this underworld for ceremonial purposes.

elve into Mayan culture at Belcampo › DLodge—a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled among the remote coastal jungles of southern Belize.

ake a private tour of the ancient Mayan › Truins of Tikal, Guatemala.  norkel the spectacular sunken › Sgardens of the Belize Barrier—the world’s second largest coral reef system.

A harmless nurse shark glides over the corals of Belize’s barrier reef

Just beyond the pristine beaches of the Belizean coast, lush jungles harbor fascinating wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins, and a mélange of Caribbean and Latin American cultures. I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DATES

This expedition is available year-round except October. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

DAYS 1–3 PUNTA GORDA, BELIZE Travel to Belcampo Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge near the southern town of Punta Gorda. Upon arrival, National Geographic guests are invited to participate in an exclusive chocolate-making class and a coffee tasting. Snorkel pristine cayes, seek out the endangered West Indian manatee, and meet park rangers at the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Visit a family in the Kek’chi Maya village and help prepare traditional Mayan dishes before sitting down to lunch with your hosts. BELCAMPO LODGE

2017 EXPEDITION COST

DAYS 4–5 BELIZE CITY/CAYO DISTRICT/TIKAL, GUATEMALA Fly to Belize City and learn about the local Garifuna culture. Continue to Barton Creek Cave and paddle a canoe along the passageways of this Mayan underworld. Cross the border into Guatemala for a private tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal. CHAA CREEK

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Belize City, and airfare within Belize, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $525 (subject to change).

DAYS 6–9 BELIZE ZOO/AMBERGRIS CAYE/BLUE HOLE Visit the Belize Zoo, an animal rehabilitation sanctuary. Then fly to stunning Ambergris Caye, bordering the Belize barrier reef. Swim among sharks, sting rays, and coral gardens at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, and opt to dive into the sapphire depths of Belize’s Great Blue Hole. Fly home via Belize City. VICTORIA HOUSE

Mar.–Sept. Nov.–Dec.

6+ people

$4,795

4 people

$4,995

2 people

$5,495

For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

FEATURED LODGE Spend three nights at Belcampo Lodge, nestled among coastal rain forests. Explore the meandering Rio Grande by kayak, canoe, or on a guided fishing excursion; and travel to nearby Maya villages to try your hand at traditional cooking and weaving. National Geographic guests are invited to participate in a chocolatemaking class and coffee tasting at the lodge, which specializes in sustainable agritourism.

CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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COS TA R I CA Jungle Safari

A sloth hangs languidly from a tree at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge.

The flourishing jungles of Costa Rica are serene and untouched, punctuated by the iridescent blue flash of a morpho butterfly, the mist of a waterfall, and the rhythmic call of a howler monkey. Discover the incredible biodiversity hidden under the canopies of three distinct rain forests, exploring with top naturalist guides. Ride white water through lush river canyons and fly tree to tree on zip lines strung through the forests of Limón. Survey leafy treetops from the peak of a dormant volcano in the northern highlands. Then head into the coastal primary forests of the Osa Peninsula to discover a magnificent array of wild species.

I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DAY 1 SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Arrive in San José and transfer to your downtown hotel. On this evening at leisure, consider visiting the old town for a look at the city’s colonial architecture. HOTEL GRANO DE ORO

DAY 2 PACUARE RIVER Venture into the Costa Rican jungle on your

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way to the secluded Pacuare Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge accessible only via the Pacuare River. Conquer the rapids with fellow guests on a rafting trip through black-rock canyons blanketed in emerald-green ferns and mosses. Or opt to cross the river via hanging gondola. Unwind and unplug in a true jungle sanctuary, where dinners are lit by candle and travel is done by boat, foot, or zip line. PACUARE LODGE (B, L, D)

DAY 3 PACUARE RIVER Join an early morning birding walk in the rain forest to spot toucans, bright hummingbirds, and many other species in the leafy canopy. This afternoon, choose one of two options. Go on a rain forest hike to a Cabécar rancho (thatched house) and meet with the son of a traditional shaman. Or embark on a canopy adventure that will send you soaring along a series of zip lines strung through the treetops surrounding your lodge. PACUARE LODGE (B, L, D) DAYS 4 AND 5 PACUARE RIVER/ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK This morning, head out on one last white-water rafting adventure. Or depart for the northern highlands right after breakfast, allowing for an evening at leisure in Arenal Volcano National Park. Settle into your lodge and soak in its private hot springs, heated naturally by the mighty Arenal Volcano that rises up before you.


Arenal Volcano

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

enture through the treetops on a guided › Vcanopy walk in the lush forests near Arenal. tay at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge and Pacuare › SLodge, both National Geographic Unique

Lodges of the World tucked within pristine rain forests.

rek deep into the jungle to meet with a › Tfamily of Cabécar Indians.  xplore the unsurpassed biodiversity of › Ethe Osa Peninsula with a naturalist.

DAY 7 OSA PENINSULA Explore the unmatched biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula’s rain forests, beaches, and waters on a variety of naturalist-led group excursions. Swim beneath rushing waterfalls, learn about the medicinal uses of local plants, discover diverse marine life in one of the world’s only tropical fjords, or follow the sounds of nocturnal wildlife through the nighttime jungle. Spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, poison dart frogs, sloths, and the occasional coati. LAPA RIOS ECO LODGE (B, L, D)

DAY 8 OSA PENINSULA Enjoy a full day to explore the area on a variety of excursions. Learn about the lodge’s innovative sustainability efforts with naturalists. Visit a local school built with lodge funding. Plant a seedling in an area of secondary rain forest growth, or simply relax with a book in a hammock on your terrace. As a National Geographic traveler, you’ll be invited to join a naturalist on a private hike along a forest stream to a stunning waterfall. Swim in the fall’s crystal-clear natural pool and then enjoy a memorable lunch in the forest canopy, overlooking the waterfall from high above. You may also choose to take an optional day trip to nearby Corcovado National Park. LAPA RIOS ECO LODGE (B, L, D)

Rafting the Pacuare River

The following day, get a monkey’s-eye view of the rain forest on a guided two-mile walk through the treetops. Traverse a series of hanging bridges, getting close-up views of the unique ecosystem of the jungle canopy. Then head to La Fortuna Waterfall, which tumbles some 200 feet into a gem-colored natural pool. Take a refreshing dip before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

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DAY 9 OSA PENINSULA/SAN JOSÉ Rise with the sun to catch a vivid display of bird activity in the budding light of dawn. The endemic black-cheeked ant tanager and the endangered scarlet macaw are but two of the rare birds among the area’s 300-plus avian species. Later, drive to Puerto Jiménez and fly to San José to connect with your flight home. (B)

ARENAL SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA (B; B, L)

DAY 6 SAN JOSÉ/OSA PENINSULA Transfer to the San José airport and catch a flight to the Osa Peninsula. Your home for the next three nights is Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge celebrated for its wildlife conservation efforts in the surrounding region. From your bungalow, enjoy spectacular views of the shimmering waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Golfo Dulce. LAPA RIOS ECO LODGE (B, L, D) CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST May–Oct.

Mar.–Apr. Nov.–Dec.

4+ people

$4,195

$4,895

2 people

$4,495

$5,195

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from San José, and airfare within Costa Rica, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $360 (subject to change).

FEATURED LODGES Raft into the jungle to Pacuare Lodge (see photo above) and spend two nights in a thatched bungalow. Explore with top guides and enjoy an exclusive visit with members of an isolated indigenous culture. On the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Eco Lodge (pictured left) offers access to pristine rain forest and remote beaches. During a three-night stay, you’ll be treated to a private waterfall hike and a special lunch among the treetops.

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AUS T R AL I A

Natural Wonders from Reef to Rock

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

ake up to views of the sunrise over › WUluru, and examine its ancient rock paintings with a guide.

tay in three spectacular National › SGeographic Unique Lodges of the

World: Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, and Southern Ocean Lodge.

ip sundowners alongside grazing › Skangaroos and wallabies on Kangaroo

Island, known as “Australia’s Galápagos.”

 iscover the Great Barrier Reef’s › Dunderwater world of sea turtles and

schooling fish while snorkeling, diving, or glass-bottom boating.

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island

From the rock domes of its the outback to the intricate corals of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy an intimate sacred perspective on some of Australia’s grandest treasures. I T I N E R A RY

| 13 DAYS

DAYS 1–5 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/LIZARD ISLAND Land in Sydney, explore the city with a private guide, and cruise the harbor on a boating excursion. Fly to Lizard Island, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set along the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef by snorkel and catamaran, hike inland nature trails, and enjoy an exclusive sunset cruise. SHANGRI-LA SYDNEY/LIZARD ISLAND DAYS 6–8 CAIRNS/ULURU Fly to the outback via Cairns. Stay at Longitude 131°, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that offers spectacular views of Uluru. In Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, circumnavigate Uluru, examining ancient rock paintings, and walk between the soaring rock domes of Walpa Gorge. National Geographic guests will enjoy an exclusive introduction to outback cuisine in the lodge kitchen. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, THE MARINA/LONGITUDE 131° DAYS 9–13 KANGAROO ISLAND/SYDNEY Fly to Kangaroo Island and settle into Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the property, followed by a private dinner in the wine cellar. Explore the island on a variety of naturalist-led activities. Walk coastal trails, visit Seal Bay, discover unique geology, and more. Fly home via Sydney. SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE/SHANGRI-LA SYDNEY

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 4 + people

$11,095

2 people

$11,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Sydney, and airfare within Australia, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $1,800–$2,500 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website. Optional Extension: Stay at Capella Lodge, a Unique Lodge of the World located on idyllic Lord Howe Island. Hike beneath dramatic peaks, spot rare birds, and swim in aqua lagoons (see page 43).

FEATURED LODGES Stay in three National Geographic Unique Lodges: Discover marine life and rare birds at Lizard Island, set on a protected island at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Get an intimate perspective of Uluru from your luxurious outback tent at Longitude 131˚ (pictured left); then encounter the unusual wildlife of Kangaroo Island—Australia’s “Galápagos” with naturalists from Southern Ocean Lodge.

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N E W ZEAL AND

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

ruise stunning Milford Sound, and › Cfloat through the glowworm caves of

Northern Isles to Southern Fjords

Te Anau.

xplore the bucolic landscapes of › EMatamata—a filming site for The Lord

of the Rings trilogy.

the scenes at a kiwi hatchery › Gando behind learn how conservationists prepare the birds for introduction to the wild.

a private food and wine tour › Tof akeWaiheke Island that showcases its award-winning olive oils, fresh oysters, and local wines.

Milford Sound

Geysers and glowworm caves, snowcapped peaks and serene fjords—New Zealand’s otherworldly landscapes delight with their incredible natural diversity. I T I N E R A RY

| 11 DAYS

DAYS 1–5 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND/ROTORUA/DUNEDIN Land in Auckland and take a private culinary tour of Waiheke Island. Visit the Hobbiton farm in Matamata, where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, and go on a private tour of the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave. Stop in at the National Trout Centre in Turangi and the historic Chateau Tongariro before a jet boat ride on the Waikato River. In Rotorua, meet with conservationists at a kiwi hatchery, and encounter Maori culture at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. Fly to Dunedin. SOFITEL VIADUCT HARBOR/HILTON LAKE TAUPO/HOTEL ST. CLAIR DAYS 6–8 OTAGO PENINSULA/TE ANAU/MILFORD SOUND Set out on a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula, stopping at Larnach Castle, the Royal Albatross Centre, and the Otakou Marae Maori settlement. Take a private tour of a sheep farm, and cruise the Te Anau glowworm caves. Explore stunning Milford Sound on a boat cruise, and visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. HOTEL ST. CLAIR/DISTINCTION TE ANAU HOTEL

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 6+ people

$6,995

4 people

$7,495

2 people

$8,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Auckland and from Queenstown, and airfare within New Zealand, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $300 (subject to change). For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

DAYS 9–11 QUEENSTOWN Sip wine at a vineyard on Lake Hayes. Join a private guide in Queenstown for a nature walk. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the “adventure capital of the world,” and fly home the next day. HOTEL ST. MORITZ

The “shire” at Hobbiton farm, where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed.

CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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ECUAD OR

Galápagos to the Cloud Forest

Sea lions in Galápagos

Blanketed by lush tropical forests and home to one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries, Ecuador is a small country that packs a big punch when it comes to biodiversity. Discover colonial Quito with a private guide, then fly to the Galápagos to encounter the archipelago’s iconic wildlife while kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and more. Cap off your expedition back on the mainland, discovering the Chocó rain forest’s breathtaking array of flora and fauna on guided nature walks through some of the country’s most pristine jungle. I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAY 1 QUITO Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel, a refurbished historic mansion overlooking the Plaza San Francisco. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. CASA GANGOTENA DAY 2 QUITO Take a private tour of Quito’s colonial Old Town, which earned the city distinction as the first UNESCO-designated world capital. Discover grand colonial buildings and plazas as you explore the labyrinth of enchanting cobblestoned

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streets. Step through the doors of Quito’s two most beautiful churches: the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesús and the Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco. CASA GANGOTENA (B, L) DAY 3 GALÁPAGOS Fly to Isla Baltra in the Galápagos, and meet a naturalist at the airport for your first wildlife excursion. Take the ferry to Isla Santa Cruz and travel to the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Observe these prehistoric-looking creatures close up as they forage through grassy fields and forests, and enjoy lunch at a nearby ranch. Then transfer to Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel, a National

Geographic Unique Lodge of the World tucked into one of Santa Cruz’s secluded bays. FINCH BAY GALÁPAGOS HOTEL (B, L, D)

DAYS 4 AND 5 GALÁPAGOS Enjoy two days to sail the Galápagos aboard the lodge yacht, disembarking to explore alongside expert naturalists. Our itinerary is determined by the Galápagos National Park Service to minimize the impact on each island, allowing for intimate wildlife viewing with few other travelers nearby. You might hike across North Seymour Island, spotting blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, or stroll the beaches of Isla Plaza Sur to encounter Sally Lightfoot crabs and land iguanas. Swim and snorkel with sea lions in secluded coves off Santa Fe, and spot Galápagos hawks and Nazca boobies flying overhead. On Isla Bartolomé, visit the towering obelisk of Pinnacle Rock and walk with Galápagos penguins along volcanic coastal cliffs. FINCH BAY GALÁPAGOS HOTEL (B, L, D DAILY)


Blue-footed boobies show off their feet.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

the Galápagos by yacht, disembarking › Sforailencounters with sea lions, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, and more.

tay at two spectacular National Geographic › SUnique Lodges of the World: Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel and Mashpi Lodge.

an aerial bike through the Chocó › Rrainideforest canopy, and let bioluminescent flora guide you on a jungle night walk.

ake a private tour of Quito’s well› Tpreserved colonial old town.

Continue to Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge set in a tropical forest reserve. Settle into your glass-walled room, and enjoy a lunch of gourmet Ecuadorian fare. This evening, take a guided night walk through the surrounding jungle, treading amid bioluminescent fungi and keeping your eyes and ears open for the forest’s nocturnal residents, including frogs, owls, and kinkajous. MASHPI LODGE (B, L, D)

DAY 9 MASHPI RESERVE Rise early to witness morning activity in the misty jungle. Take a guided walk to the Life Centre, the lodge’s research station and home to myriad butterfly species. Look for howler monkeys and a variety of brightly colored birds along the way, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the center’s deck. As a National Geographic guest, you’re invited to join a biologist for an exclusive, behindthe-scenes tour of the Life Centre and a nature walk that highlights ongoing research projects. Survey the canopy from the observation tower and ride an aerial bicycle through the treetops. MASHPI LODGE (B, L, D)

A waterfall near Mashpi Lodge

SOUTH AMERICA

DAY 10 MASHPI RESERVE/QUITO Bring your binoculars for a bird-watching walk; your guide will help you spot some of the more than 400 species that make their home in the forest. Or hike past moss-covered trees, orchids, and coiling vines to the 150-foot-high Copal Waterfall. After lunch, travel to the “Middle of the World,” a monument, to the Equator and visit the monument’s ethnological exhibit. Transfer to the airport in Quito and catch your flight home. (B, L)

DAY 6 GALÁPAGOS Spend a day exploring Isla Santa Cruz. Hike through cactus groves to swim in the dramatic crevices known as Las Grietas; and snorkel with colorful fish and sea turtles in turquoise lagoons. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to watch its tortoise-rearing program in action, or kayak offshore to spot sea lions frolicking in the surf. As a National Geographic traveler, you will take part in a private cooking class, where you’ll learn to make ceviche alongside a Finch Bay chef. FINCH BAY GALÁPAGOS HOTEL (B, L, D) DAY 7 GALÁPAGOS/QUITO Return to the airport on Isla Baltra and fly to Quito for an evening at leisure. CASA GANGOTENA (B)

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 4+ people

$7,395

2 people

$7,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. International airfare to and from Quito, and airfare between Quito and the Galápagos, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $600 (subject to change). More Ways to Explore the Galápagos: National Geographic also offers the option to travel to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander. See our website for more information.

FEATURED LODGES Settle into Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel and spend four nights on the Galápagos isle of Santa Cruz. Explore the archipelago on the lodge yacht, and enjoy a private cooking class. During a two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge (pictured left) in the Ecuadorian Chocó, discover the cloud forest on guided nature walks, and join a biologist for a tour of the lodge research station—a National Geographic exclusive experience.

DAY 8 QUITO/MASHPI RESERVE Travel to the archaeological site of Tulipe, once home to the Yumbos, a pre-Inca civilization. CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

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PERU

Mysteries of the Inca Empire

Huayna Picchu rises behind the ruins of Machu Picchu

Still shrouded in the mysteries of Inca civilization, Peru’s Sacred Valley is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, dramatic landscapes, and Andean villages that still cling to age-old traditions. Starting in magical Cusco, trace the legacy of the Inca all the way to their crowning achievement: the citadel of Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in this captivating land, meeting artisans and farmers and getting acquainted with daily life in the Andes. Stay in a historic manor house, go stargazing high in the mountains, and enjoy two full days to explore Machu Picchu and its environs. I T I N E R A RY

| 9 DAYS

DAY 1 LIMA, PERU/CUSCO Fly from Lima to Cusco, the gateway to Peru’s Inca heartland. Settle into Inkaterra La Casona, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Enjoy an exclusive architectural tour of this restored 16thcentury manor, once home to Simón Bolívar. Take the rest of the day to relax or explore Cusco’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. INKATERRA LA CASONA

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DAY 2 CUSCO Uncover the many layers of Cusco’s vivid history on a private tour of the city. Visit the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and La Catedral—churches that showcase a fusion of pre-Columbian and colonial design. Get introduced to the marvels of Inca architecture at the staggering ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and absorb the vibrancy of Peruvian culture in the Plaza de Armas, the festive central square. In the afternoon, explore this fascinating city further at your leisure. INKATERRA LA CASONA (B)

DAY 3 SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Begin your three-day journey through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. In Awanacancha, learn about Andean textiles at a private weaving demonstration. Traditional weaving and wooldying practices have been recently revived thanks to the efforts of National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, a master weaver native to the valley. Test your bargaining skills in the colorful stalls of Pisac’s famous market and visit the studio of an artist who uses ancient Peruvian ceramic techniques. Continue to Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a Unique Lodge of the World perched on the emerald slopes of the Sacred Valley. This evening, join the lodge bartender in the hacienda’s lovely lounge for an exclusive lesson on how to make the perfect pisco sour, Peru’s national drink. INKATERRA HACIENDA URUBAMBA (B, L)


The courtyard at Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

iscover the secrets of incomparable › DMachu Picchu with a private guide. tay in three spectacular National › SGeographic Unique Lodges of the World: Inkaterra La Casona, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

atch local artisans at work during Andean › Wweaving and ceramics demonstrations.  isit an Andean village to learn abut › Veveryday life.

on the Inca Trail with a private guide. This option must be reserved in advance so that permits can be secured. Hike through lesser-known Inca ruins to the famous Sun Gate, where you can take in your first views of Machu Picchu. Your home for the next two nights is Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled within its own private cloud forest reserve just below the citadel. At twilight, stroll through the grounds with a lodge guide to hear the sounds of the forest. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL (B, D)

DAY 7 MACHU PICCHU Rise early to catch a dazzling sunrise over Machu Picchu. During a tour of the ruins with a private guide, learn about the Incas’ incredible construction feats and day-to-day life in the ancient city. Spend the rest of the day on your own, immersed in the magic of this mysterious and awe-inspiring site. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL (B, D)

DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Go on a guided nature walk through the lush forests on the lodge property, home to hundreds of orchid, bird, and butterfly species. Enjoy a private guided visit to the lodge’s spectacled bear rehabilitation program before traveling back to Cusco, where you have another free afternoon to explore. INKATERRA LA CASONA (B)

Traditional Andean weavers

DAYS 4 AND 5 SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Follow the Sacred Valley’s most scenic roads, passing through a patchwork of verdant fields set beneath snowcapped peaks. See the terraced remains of impressive Inca agriculture systems at Chinchero and Moray. Then visit the white salt mines stacked on the slopes of Maras. The next day, explore the town of Ollantaytambo, where colonial buildings were erected upon the original Inca street plan. This afternoon, learn about everyday life in the Andean village of Patakancha.

SOUTH AMERICA

DAY 9 CUSCO/LIMA Fly from Cusco to Lima, the capital of Peru. Tour the cathedral and other colonial buildings of the historic center, a World Heritage site, and examine pre-Columbian treasures at the Larco Herrera Museum. This afternoon, transfer back to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)

INKATERRA HACIENDA URUBAMBA (B, L DAILY)

DAY 6 MACHU PICCHU Make your way to Machu Picchu, the renowned 15th-century Inca citadel rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Choose to take the scenic train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes). Or disembark early for an optional trek CALL 1-888-732-2379 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PRIVATE

DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose the dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST 6+ people

$5,195

4 people

$5,395

2 people

$6,295

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Lima, and airfare between Lima and Cusco, are not included in the expedition cost. Optional Extension: Extend your trip at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a Unique Lodge of the World located in the Amazon Rain Forest. Visit our website for details.

FEATURED LODGES Spend every night of your trip at a Unique Lodge: Inkaterra La Casona, a historic mansion in Cusco’s old town; Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (pictured left), a colonial-style estate in the Sacred Valley of the Inca; and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, whose adobe casitas are tucked in the jungle just below the iconic Inca site. At each lodge, you’ll enjoy an experience arranged exclusively for our guests.

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PATAGON I A Peaks, Lakes, and Glaciers

Torres del Paine National Park

The wilds of Patagonia stretch from the ice fields of Argentina to the fjords of Chile, spanning twisted granite peaks, sweeping steppe, and pristine glacial valleys. On a variety of excursions by foot, horseback, and 4x4, encounter the region’s most spectacular sites: from the imposing spires of Monte Fitz Roy, the Paine Massif, and to the calving Perito Moreno Glacier and its iceberg-dotted laguna, and more. Delve deeper into these unspoiled landscapes to discover hidden turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls, and get to know the culture of the horsemen who call Patagonia home.

I T I N E R A RY

| 10 DAYS

DAY 1 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta district. Spend the day at leisure, exploring the area’s galleries and museums or relaxing at an inviting sidewalk café. Alternatively, go on an optional private tour of the city that takes you through the Plaza de Maya in the center of the

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historical district, into the antique shops of the traditional San Telmo neighborhood, and along the rainbow-colored houses of La Boca. MIO BUENOS AIRES

DAYS 2 AND 3 EL CHALTÉN/MONTE FITZ ROY Fly to El Calafate in the southern Andes and take a scenic drive to El Chaltén, situated at the northern edge of Los Glaciares National Park. The following day, trek beneath the dramatic

ice-clad spires of the Fitz Roy Massif with a private guide. Watch for rare bird species like the Patagonian parrot and red-crested woodpecker while passing through lenga forests, and take in spectacular views over the valley of the Vueltas River. Your destination is the Laguna del los Tres, a turquoise lake framed by the jagged granite peaks of Monte Fitz Roy. Circle the shoreline for views over the nearby Laguna Súcia, and then enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to El Chaltén for an evening at leisure. HOSTERIA SENDEROS (B, L DAILY)

DAYS 4 AND 5 EL CALAFATE/PERITO MORENO GLACIER Return to El Calafate and enjoy time to explore the charming town center on your own. Spend the next day witnessing the magnificent natural displays of the Perito Moreno Glacier. This continually advancing mass regularly calves great chunks of ice into Lake Argentino, the enormous


A gaucho

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

oin a private guide for a hike beneath the › Jiconic Fitz Roy Massif in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.

tay at the stunning Tierra Patagonia, a › SNational Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park.

bserve the powerful calving of the Perito › OMoreno Glacier.  isit a working ranch to meet gauchos › Vand learn about their everyday life.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

freshwater reserve at its base. View the glacier’s rugged face from nearby walkways, and then join a boat cruise on the lake for a different perspective.

SOUTH AMERICA

DAY 7 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Venture into Torres del Paine National Park today and choose from a variety of ways to explore, including hiking, walking, and 4x4 or horsebackriding excursions. Encounter the sapphire waters of Laguna Azul and the rushing cascade of the Salto Grande waterfall, and trek to a mountaintop for vistas overlooking the twisting pinnacles of the Torres del Paine. Along the way, keep an eye out for some of the area’s resident creatures, including eagles, condors, foxes, and ñandú, an indigenous type of ostrich. TIERRA PATAGONIA (B, L, D) DAY 8 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Delve further into the park on an excursion of your choosing. Hike to iceberg-dotted Grey Lake, climb rocky peaks for spectacular views of karst cornices, or take a leisurely walk through the heart of the park’s carved terrain. Ride horseback alongside local gauchos across sweeping glacial valleys, enjoying views of the iconic Paine Massif along the way. Or visit a nearby working estancia, or ranch, and tour the property to learn about everyday life in Patagonia. TIERRA PATAGONIA (B, L, D) DAY 9 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Spend a final day exploring Torres del Paine, setting out on one last excursion into the wilds of Patagonia. Or just enjoy the comfort of your lodge, relaxing in its state-of-the-art spa while taking in stunning views of the sparkling Lake Sarmiento, framed by snow-dusted peaks. TIERRA PATAGONIA (B, L, D)

DAY 10 PUNTAS ARENAS This morning transfer to Punta Arenas, where you’ll catch your flight home. (B)

DATES

This expedition is available September through April. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST Mar.-Apr.

Sept.–Oct.

Nov.– Apr. 2018

4+ people

$7,295

$7,495

$7,995

2 people

$7,795

$7,995

$8,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina and from Punta Arenas, Chile, and airfare within Argentina, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $350 (subject to change).

DESIGN SUITES CALAFATE (B, L DAILY)

DAY 6 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE A scenic drive brings you to Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll settle into Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched at the edge of Lake Sarmiento. National Geographic travelers will receive a book about the property and take an exclusive architecture tour of this award-winning structure, getting an insider’s perspective on the cutting-edge design techniques used to merge its form with the surrounding landscape.

FEATURED LODGES During four nights at Tierra Patagonia (pictured left), explore the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park with top guides, enjoy excellent cuisine and a world-class spa, and learn about the lodge’s cutting-edge design on a private behind-the-scenes tour. Optional Extension: Stay at Tierra Atacama and discover the otherwordly moonscapes and volcanoes of the Atacama Desert.

TIERRA PATAGONIA (B, L, D)

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MORE PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

Mount Kilimanjaro rises behind giraffes near ol Donyo Lodge.

A lion cub and mother in South Luangwa National Park.

KENYA

ZAMBI A

8 DAYS

10 DAYS

The rolling plains of Kenya are the essence of East Africa—teeming with herds of zebra and wildebeest, dotted with acacia trees, and inhabited by the intriguing Maasai people. In two protected areas—Chyulu Hills and the Olare Motorogi Conservancy—discover a breathtaking array of animals far from the crowds and learn firsthand about efforts to protect them.

The untamed wilderness of Zambia is one of Africa’s lesser-known treasures, home to a stunning array of creatures and habitats. Venture deep into South Luangwa National Park and feel the thrill of tracking wildlife on foot. Then journey to Lower Zambezi National Park to explore by canoe and riverboat. Your trip culminates further downstream, amid the plunging cascades of Victoria Falls.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

xplore two private nature conservancies run in partnership › Ewith local Maasai communities. in two National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: › olStayDonyo Lodge and Mara Plains Camp. ide horseback in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, and › Rencounter diverse wildlife on safaris and bushwalks. › D elve into the culture of the Maasai on village visits. DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For additional 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST

2 + people

landscapes of South Luangwa.

xplore the Zambezi River by canoe and riverboat, spotting › Eelephants, hippos, and lions along the shoreline. › E njoy a private tour of thundering Victoria Falls. DATES

This expedition is available March 27 through November 8. Choose any dates that work for you. For additional 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST

Mar.–May Nov. 1–Dec. 19

June

July–Oct. Dec. 20– Jan. 4, 2018

$7,995

$10,995

$12,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to and from Nairobi, and airfare within Kenya, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $850 (subject to change). Extend your trip with a stay at Fregate Island Private, a Unique Lodge of the World located in The Seychelles. For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

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oin a ranger to track the diverse wildlife of South Luangwa › JNational Park on foot. tay at The Bushcamp Company, a National Geographic › SUnique Lodge of the World designed to showcase the distinct

2 + people

Mar. 27–May 31 Nov. 1–8

June 1–30 Oct. 1–31

July–Sept.

$7,995

$8,495

$8,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Lusaka and from Livingstone, and airfare within Zambia, are not included in the expedition cost. Internal flights are $1,200 (subject to change).

For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.


The Rialto Bridge spans Venice’s Grand Canal.

Gaudí’s creations at Parc Güell frame a view of Barcelona.

ITALY

P O RTU GAL & SPA IN

9 DAYS

11 DAYS

The treasures of Italy are both iconic and enchanting: ancient ruins encircled by vibrant city streets, rolling vineyards crowned by medieval hilltop towns, gondolas bobbing in turquoise canals. Get an intimate look at these Italian classics on a journey from Venice through the heart of Tuscany to Rome, and take advantage of time on your own to soak up la dolce vita.

Immerse yourself in the cultural riches of the Iberian Peninsula on a journey through Portugal to the Spanish metropolises of Madrid and Barcelona. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers in Lisbon, discover thousands of years of art history in the halls of the Prado, and sample the region’s culinary splendors while sipping on vintage port in the Douro Valley and tasting tapas in Spain.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

oin local guides on private tours of five UNESCO World › JHeritage–listed cities, including Venice, Rome, and Florence. avor local cuisine at a vineyard in Tuscany and on a private › Sgastronomic tour of Bologna. elve into Siena on a special visit to one of its 17 contrade— › Ddistricts with distinct governments and customs.  ruise to Venice’s northern islands and watch artisans › Ccreate colorful glassware and handcrafted lace. DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST

et out on private tours of four UNESCO World Heritage sites, › Sfrom enchanting Sintra to Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. ain exclusive access to the artisan workshops at Lisbon’s › GMuseum of Decorative Arts. et a taste of Madrid’s world-famous tapas scene during a › Ggastronomic walking tour.  xamine the fascinating prehistoric rock art of Foz Côa › Eduring an after-hours visit with a local archaeologist. DATES

This expedition is available year-round. Choose any dates that work for you. For 2018 price inquiries, please call our travel specialists.

2017 EXPEDITION COST

6 + people

$7,195

6 + people

$5,995

4 people

$8,195

4 people

$6,995

2 people

$9,195

2 people

$8,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Singletraveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Venice and from Rome is not included in the expedition cost.

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Singletraveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. International airfare to Lisbon and from Barcelona is not included in the expedition cost.

For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

For the detailed itinerary and meals included, please visit our website.

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U N I Q U E LO D G E G E TAWAYS SETTLE IN AND STAY AWHILE.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is more than a selection of world-class accommodations. It’s a collection of rare experiences across the globe, offering guests intimate encounters with parts of the world not many get to know. We invite you to settle into one of these authentic retreats and stay a while, immersing yourself in a magical place. The itineraries you’ll find on the pages that follow are filled with enriching activities, culinary experiences, and down time. They were designed for National Geographic guests, and you can customize them any way you like to fit your interests. Extend your private expedition with a stay at one of these lodges, or head directly to a lodge for a getaway to remember—they are destinations in their own right. For more information on experiences at our lodges, visit natgeolodges.com or call 1-888-701-5486 to speak to a travel specialist.

A floatplane arrives at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort.

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NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT

THE BRANDO

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Immerse yourself in the pristine landscapes and diverse ecosystems of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest as you hike, fish, and get out on the water during a four-day stay at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort. End your days trading tales around a bonfire on the dock, savoring gourmet coastal cuisine, and soaking in a cedar hot tub at the foot of a waterfall.

Tap into the rhythms of French Polynesia during a week at The Brando. Discover the natural wealth of the private atoll on outings with researchers and guides; delve into Tahitian culture; and go beachcombing, swimming, and snorkeling in a tropical paradise.

DAYS 1–2 AQUATIC ADVENTURES Land at Nimmo Bay and rise early the next morning for a hike in the Great Bear Rainforest, or glide along misty coastline on a paddleboard. Set out on a guided boat tour on the lookout for frolicking sea lions and dolphins, breaching humpbacks (May to June), and black bears feasting on shore. In the evening, go for a spin in a kayak, lit by the moon and glowing phosphorescence. DAYS 3–4 RAIN FOREST CULTURE Meet with some of the First Nations communities living in the Great Bear Rainforest. Take a private tour of U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, visit the ceremonial Big House, and marvel at towering totem poles, before a traditional salmon cookout. Enjoy a private sunset dinner cruise to Wells Pass and Mackenzie Sound. On your final day, take a guided hike and search the shore for mussels and starfish. Cap off your trip with a picnic lunch in the forest.

ABOUT THIS LODGE Nimmo Bay’s nine chalets are perched along the water’s edge amid coastal rain forest.

› he lodge is open from May to October, and the warmest, › Tdriest conditions last from July to September. › Children under the age of three stay free of charge. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Embark on a › Nprivate sunset dinner cruise through coastal waterways.

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DAYS 1–2 CORAL REEFS AND GARDENS Get acquainted with Tetiaroa’s pristine lagoon during a kayaking excursion, cruise around Onetahi Island in a traditional sailing outrigger, and explore the barrier reef’s dazzling coral gardens with a naturalist guide. DAYS 3–4 TREASURES OF THE ATOLL Discover island flora on a guided walk, then seek out the atoll’s hidden marine treasures by boat. Delve into Tahitian culture in myriad of ways: learn to dance or play music with Polynesian instruments, try your hand at coconut palm weaving, make a sarong, and practice the Tahitian language at the Explorer Center. DAYS 5–7 STEWARDS OF SUSTAINABILITY Get an insider’s perspective of the lodge’s eco-friendly facilities on a guided tour with the sustainability coordinator. Linger over lunch in a private roost high up in the palm canopy, and help a naturalist collect data during a birding walk. Enjoy plenty of time to relax on the beach or at the pool or spa, and sail into the sunset on a private cruise.

ABOUT THIS LODGE The Brando features 35 beachfront villas.

› etiaroa sees dry winters from May to October and rainy › Tsummers from November to April. hildren of all ages are welcome at the lodge, and plenty of › Ckid-friendly activities are available. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Get an insider’s › Nperspective on sustainability during a visit to the lodge Ecostation.

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PETIT ST. VINCENT PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT

PETIT ST. VINCENT, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Settle into a private island fringed with pristine beaches and spend a week exploring every way you can. Paddle by glass-bottom kayak, dive or snorkel coral reefs, sail a sloop, and enjoy excellent cuisine delivered to you wherever you are. DAYS 1–2 ISLAND EXPLORATION Get acquainted with this private island by sea and by land. Skirt the coast by paddleboard or kayak or hike to the island’s 275-foot summit. DAYS 3–4 MARINE ADVENTURES Go snorkeling or diving with a dive master from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre and discover a mesmerizing marine world filled with tropical fish, sea turtles, and bright corals. Find a private nook on one of the island’s beaches and have your lunch delivered to you. DAYS 5–7 ON THE OPEN WATER Take to the sea in a kayak or learn to windsurf or sail a Sunfish. Or unwind with open-air yoga and a treatment at the spa. Sail a hand-built sloop to a secluded islet for a picnic lunch or an afternoon of snorkeling at Tobago Cays Marine Park.

ABOUT THIS LODGE 22 cottages and villas with ocean views

› › Balmy temperatures year-round › Children of all ages are welcome. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Take a private › Nsnorkeling tour with dive instructors from the island’s Jean-

Michel Cousteau Dive Centre, and spot corals, fish, and other marine wonders with the experts.

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TIAMO RESORT

SOUTH ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS Dive into the unspoiled wonders of Andros Island—the largest island in the Bahamas, and one of the most overlooked—on a four-night stay at Tiamo. Explore the planet’s third-largest barrier reef on a snorkeling excursion, cast a line into some of the world’s best bonefishing flats, and dive into the mesmerizing blue holes that dot the coasts and lush inland forests. DAYS 1–2 SUNKEN GARDENS AND BEGUILING BLUE HOLES Start off your island getaway with a splash: Snorkel or dive the colorful coral gardens of the Andros Barrier Reef with a naturalist guide. Seek out sea life, including starfish, stingrays, parrotfish, and sea turtles; and then explore mesmerizing coastal blue holes. The next day, follow an expert naturalist inland on a bush medicine walk. Hidden in these forests are more sparkling blue holes, beckoning you into their deep azure waters for a refreshing swim. DAYS 3–5 BIRDS, BOATS, AND BONEFISHING Glide out on the water in a glass canoe, kayak, or paddleboard, and watch for birds roosting in the mangroves—from ibis and flamingos to hummingbirds and woodstars. Spend the next day relaxing at the pool or on Tiamo’s private beach. Or stoke your spirit of adventure on a bonefishing or scuba-diving excursion, or a boat safari along Andros Island’s wild western coast.

ABOUT THIS LODGE Tiamo’s 13 beachfront rooms and villas are nestled among coastal palms.

› winter, and spring seasons offer pleasant temperatures › Tandhe fall, calm waters. › Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Join a naturalist on › Na bush medicine walk and stop for a swim in an inland blue hole.


FOGO ISLAND INN

CAPELLA LODGE

NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA

LORD HOWE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA

Journey to Fogo Island—a Newfoundland outport isle that celebrates seven seasons—and embrace the rhythms of its enchanting landscapes and centuries-old culture. Watch icebergs drift past the shoreline in the spring, try your hand at jam jarring during berry season, celebrate the maritime festivities of trap berth season, and more.

Spend five days discovering the pristine tropical paradise of Lord Howe Island. Snorkel amid sea turtles and schooling fish in a crystalline lagoon, stroll sugar-white beaches in search of rare endemic birds, and scale the summits of the island’s jaw-dropping emerald peaks. Each evening, embark on a world-class culinary adventure at your waterfront lodge.

DAYS 1–2 WHERE OLD MEETS NEW Cross Hamilton Sound to remote Fogo Island, seeking out seabirds and caribou on your transfer to the lodge. Savor gourmet Newfoundland cuisine while taking in views over the wild North Atlantic from the dining room this evening. The next day, take a guided architectural tour of Tilting, a waterfront hamlet of traditional homes and fishing stages. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary design of the lodge, and tour the Fogo Island furniture workshop.

DAYS 1–3 EXPLORING SEA TO SKY Settle in and head to Lovers Bay for canapés at sunset. Begin your exploration of the island with a cruise across its crystalline lagoon in a glass-bottom boat, anchoring to snorkel among rainbow corals and reef fish. Lunch on one of Lord Howe’s many idyllic beaches and take a scenic walk along the spine of the island’s magnificent emerald mountain ridge. Hike Malabar Hill, home to a large colony of red-tailed tropic birds, and climb into the misty forests that blanket Mount Gower’s summit.

DAYS 3–4 SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Set out on excursions designed for each season. Cruise Iceberg Alley in the spring, row a traditional punt boat during trap berth season, or spot whales and puffins in the summer months. When the colder weather descends on the island, there are opportunities for berry picking and bonfires, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Back at the lodge, take advantage of the cinema, rooftop hot tubs, library, and art gallery.

DAYS 4–5 WILDLIFE EXCURSIONS Discover the island’s endemic avian species on a private bird-watching walk with a naturalist. Depending on the season, spot shearwaters, sooty terns, or masked boobies. Opt to swim with hawksbill and green sea turtles off Settlement Beach; or angle for yellowfin tuna and wahoo on a deep-sea fishing expedition.

ABOUT THIS LODGE The 29 individually decorated suites overlook the North Atlantic.

› ogo Island experiences seven distinct seasons: spring, trap › Fberth, summer, berry, late fall, winter, and pack ice. Geographic Exclusive Experience: Delve into the story › Nofational the island, exploring with a community host. Hike to a root cellar, forage with a chef, and prepare a seasonal dish.

ABOUT THIS LODGE Nine suites offer a contemporary take on a beach house concept.

› ord Howe Island’s subtropical climate sees mild temperatures › Lyear-round. › Children age ten and older are welcome at the lodge. National Geographic Exclusive Experience: Enjoy sunset › drinks and canapés, served by a personal waiter on the beach at Lovers Bay.

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ARISTI MOUNTAIN RESORT & VILLAS

FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE

ARISTI, GREECE

FREGATE ISLAND, THE SEYCHELLES

See an unexpected side of Greece during a four-day stay amid the rugged Pindos peaks of the north. Trace the legacy of Ottoman traders along ancient mountain footpaths, explore the dramatic Vikos Gorge, and savor the region’s distinctive seasonal cuisine.

Soak up the serenity of the Seychelles— and spot the rare wildlife of the archipelago—during an eight-day stay on the private isle of Fregate. Explore jungles inhabited by plodding tortoises and rare tropical birds; relax on picturesque beaches; and get out on the water for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking excursions.

DAYS 1–2 MOUNTAIN CHARM Set out on a driving tour of the Zagori region. Follow in the footsteps of Ottoman traders on paths that lead to arched stone bridges, the charming villages of Dilofo and Kipi, and the cliffside Paraskevi Monastery. Marvel at Megalo and Mikro Papingo, a pair of enchanting villages connected by a walking trail that affords epic views of the Vikos Gorge.

DAYS 1–3 FARAWAY FEELING Travel from Mahé by helicopter to your private island hideaway and enjoy a welcome massage at the Rock Spa. Discover top snorkeling spots, enjoy a private cooking lesson, and embark on a sunset cruise.

DAY 3 CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Today, choose one from the following three excursions: Float along the pristine Voidomatis River on a guided rafting excursion, cook up northern Greek fare with a local chef, or refresh your body and spirit during a day at the lodge spa.

DAYS 4–6 LIVING LABORATORY Discover island wildlife and hear about lodge conservation programs on a guided nature walk. Go deep-sea fishing with a local fisherman; gear up for a diving excursion; and go snorkeling, kayaking, or mountain biking. Enjoy a meal in a treehouse built into a banyan tree, and feed turtle hatchlings at the island’s Aldabra giant tortoise nursery.

DAY 4 URBAN ESCAPADE Visit Ioannina on your own to explore its walled city and sixth-century Byzantine castle, and learn about the area’s layered history at a museum housed in an Ottoman-era mosque.

DAYS 7–8 OUTER ISLANDS Explore the outer Seychellois islands by boat. Hang out on the laid-back isle of La Digue, or head to Praslin Island and visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, which harbors the famous coco de mer plant.

ABOUT THIS LODGE The 24 rooms, suites, and villas are built in the traditional architectural style of the region.

› he area experiences a combination Mediterranean and › Tcontinental climate, with four distinct seasons. › Children of all ages are welcome. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Tour a 16th-century › Nmonastery, usually closed to visitors and accessible only to National Geographic guests of Aristi.

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ABOUT THIS LODGE Fregate features 16 villas and one grand estate.

› he weather is warm and welcoming year-round in the › TSeychelles. of all ages are welcome at the lodge, and those ages 3 › Ctohildren 12 can explore with the Castaway Kids club. Geographic Exclusive Experience: Pick garden produce › Nwithational the lodge chef, and then prepare a meal together.


SIWASH LAKE WILDERNESS RESORT

ROSALIE BAY RESORT

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

MORNE TROIS PITONS, DOMINICA

Saddle up in cowboy country during a six-day exploration of Canada’s wild west. Channel your inner frontiersman as you explore British Columbia’s pristine Cariboo wilderness on horseback and foot, and try your hand at fly-fishing, skeet shooting, archery, and more.

Discover the Caribbean’s wild side on the isle of Dominica, blanketed in jungle and studded by sharp volcanic peaks. Set out from your beachfront cottage to explore lush, tropical forests harboring gem-colored swimming holes, tumbling waterfalls, and a mind-boggling boiling lake.

DAYS 1–2 RIDE INTO THE WILDERNESS Your wilderness experience begins with a private tour of the lodge and an exploration of Lake Siwash by kayak. The next day, roam the rugged foothills of the Cariboo Mountains on horseback, stopping atop a scenic bluff for lunch cooked over an open fire. DAYS 3–4 FLY-FISHING, ARCHERY, AND SHOOTING Learn the art of fly fishing with a private angling guide, and try your hand at catching rainbow trout. Later, grab a mountain bike and go for a spin on Siwash’s 100-plus miles of trails on the property. Practice archery at the on-site cross-country course, and hone your marksmanship at the ranch’s private target range. DAYS 5–6 SURVIVAL SKILLS Get a crash course in wilderness survival skills. Build a shelter in the forest, light a campfire with a bow drill, and learn how to find water and food. Back at the lodge, savor pasture-to-plate cuisine, starring ingredients from the ranch and surrounding woodlands.

ABOUT THIS LODGE Six accommodations ranging from canvas cabins to ranch house suites.

› › The lodge is open from June to September. hildren age five and older are invited to participate in the › CFree-Range Kids program during July and August. Geographic Exclusive Experience: Enjoy a foraging › Nandational cooking class, fly-fishing with an angling expert, or a full-

DAYS 1–3 HIDDEN POOLS AND WATERFALLS Fuel up on gourmet Dominican cuisine in preparation for two days of hiking. Join the lodge gardener for a warm-up walk through the organic garden, then set off for the Emerald Pool. Cool off in its jewel-like basin, fed by a picturesque waterfall. The next day, hike to Glassy Pool, a tidal pool carved into rocky coastline; and continue to the dramatic, jungleenveloped cascade of Victoria Falls. DAY 4 KALINAGA CULTURE Travel to the Kalinaga Territory, home to many of Dominica’s indigenous communities. Meet a historian for an interpretive village walk, and then enjoy a relaxing massage at the lodge spa. DAYS 5–6 BOILING LAKE Set out on a challenging hike to Dominica’s unusual Boiling Lake, a flooded fumarole at the heart of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Or opt for a more leisurely walk to Trafalgar Falls.

ABOUT THIS LODGE Nine cottages with 28 rooms built in traditional Caribbean style.

› he dry season runs from January to April, and the rainy season › Tspans July to October. › Children under 12 stay free of charge. ational Geographic Exclusive Experience: Take a guided › Ninterpretive walk to the village of Grand Fond.

day guided horseback ride.

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MORE WAYS TO TRAVEL WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Our range of travel experiences is truly panoramic. In addition to private expeditions for independent travelers, we offer many different ways to see the world with other curious and engaged travelers. Join an expert-led wildlife safari or archaeology-focused expedition, or travel by train, small ship, or private jet. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer, an avid hiker, an adventurous teen, or a parent looking to meet and travel with other families, you’ll find a wide array of opportunities to nourish your wanderlust. To learn more about traveling with National Geographic, visit natgeoexpeditions.com.

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SMALL-SHIP VOYAGES

LAND EXPEDITIONS

ACTIVE ADVENTURES

Take to the sea aboard one of the seven ships of the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet and explore the Galápagos, Alaska, and more with a team of experts.

Our land trips are led by a Nat Geo expert and celebrate the history, culture, and natural heritage of a destination.

Explore by foot, by camel or kayak, or even by dogsled on an active adventure that combines spectacular places, physical challenge, and cultural interaction.

TRAIN TRIPS

JOURNEYS

Wind through dramatic mountain scenery or observe scenes of everyday life, experiencing the world through the nostalgic lens of train travel.

We’ve partnered with G Adventures to offer small-group trips that combine knowledgeable local guides, meaningful encounters with people and places, and more free time and choice — all at an incredible value.

PHOTOGRAPHY TRIPS AND WORKSHOPS

Improve your photography skills with the guidance of a National Geographic photographer—whether you’re traveling on an expedition or during an intensive weekend workshop.

FAMILY EXPEDITIONS

PRIVATE JET TRIPS

STUDENT EXPEDITIONS

Introduce your family to the magic of travel on trips designed for travelers of all ages that combine learning, discovery, and fun.

Experience fascinating places on one epic journey, traveling with a team of experts in the comfort of a VIP-configured jet.

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TERMS A ND CONDI TI O NS RESPONSIBILITY

National Geographic Expeditions (as defined herein) will provide educational enrichment for private expeditions as outlined on natgeoexpeditions.com and has licensed qualified professional tour operators to organize and administer such “Private Expeditions”. The designated tour operator, in turn, acts only as an agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with specific Private Expeditions (“Other Providers”), and the Other Providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers will constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time the participants are not aboard their conveyances. National Geographic Partners, LLC, d/b/a National Geographic TERMS AND CONDITIONS Basis of Rates: All prices are per person based on two persons sharing a room (unless otherwise noted). All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on current tariffs, currency values, airfares and third-party charges as of the date of publication, and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While National Geographic Expeditions will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. Eligibility: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire Private Expedition. Some itineraries have minimum age requirements—call for more information. Included in Private Expedition Cost: Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner); educational materials; pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; ground transportation during the Private Expedition; transfers; services of guides and any other staff; and taxes and service charges. Please note: the “B, L, D” notations apply to the period during the Private Expedition portion of the itinerary only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Private Expedition. Not Included in Private Expedition Cost: Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities (tipping guidelines vary by destination and will be provided in preexpedition materials); passport and visa expenses; medical expenses and immunizations; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specifically noted as included. Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds: To reserve space on a Private Expedition, a USD$1,000 per-person non-refundable deposit is required. For some Private Expeditions, there may be additional non-refundable payments required at the time of reservation to secure permits or internal airfare. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. National Geographic Expeditions and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel a participant’s reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 90 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. Per-person charges for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to departure (“Cancellation Penalty Period”) are as follows: 45-90 days prior to departure: 50% of the Private Expedition cost; 44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the Private Expedition cost. This policy also applies to pre- and post-Private Expedition

Expeditions, its parent, subsidiaries and their respective employees, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, representatives, assigns (collectively “National Geographic”) and the tour operator will not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any Other Provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such Other Provider; and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against National Geographic and/or the tour operator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

By registering for a Private Expedition, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for himself or herself or other participants. National Geographic Expeditions and the tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Private Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.

extensions. Any revisions made within the Cancellation Penalty Period, such as a change in departure date or choice of expedition, are subject to this cancellation policy. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Arriving late or leaving a Private Expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a Private Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any Private Expedition because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a Private Expedition is canceled prior to departure, the tour operator will provide participants with a full refund of monies paid to the tour operator; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the Private Expedition as planned, in which case the tour operator will provide participants with a refund and/ or credit toward a future Private Expedition equivalent to the amount paid to the tour operator. If National Geographic Expeditions cancels the Private Expedition in progress, participants will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the Private Expedition. Except as outlined above when National Geographic Expeditions cancels a Private Expedition, National Geographic and the tour operator has no responsibility for any expenses, including any non-refundable expenses incurred by participants in preparing for a cancelled Private Expedition or for any additional arrangements should the participants embark prior to the scheduled departure date.

Medical Authorization and Coverage: In the event a participant becomes sufficiently incapacitated as to be unable to direct his or her own care, there is no one on the Private Expedition who can direct the participant’s care, and National Geographic Expeditions is unable or does not have time to contact the participant’s emergency contact, the participant, by registering and paying a deposit for a Private Expedition, authorizes any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury or illness while participating in the activity including, but not limited to, X-ray, examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis, or treatment and hospital care which is deemed advisable by, and is to be rendered under the general or specific supervision of, any physician and/or surgeon licensed in the United States, or, if in a foreign country and no physician licensed to practice in the United States is reasonably available, by a duly licensed physician deemed competent to render the necessary care. In addition, the participant certifies that they have medical insurance which will cover personal accidents, medical expenses, medical evacuation, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the participant, or that in the absence of this medical insurance coverage, the participant agrees to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on the participant’s behalf.

Trip-cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost and is strongly recommended. For more information about and to enroll in an option available through Travel Insurance Services, visit the “Travel Insurance” section of our website at natgeoexpeditions.com. Itinerary Changes: The itineraries, accommodations, and staff presented in the Private Expedition documentation are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions or the tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate Private Expeditions as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. Documentation: Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Private Expedition such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. Health Requirements: Participants must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. National Geographic Expeditions encourages participants to consult a doctor for specific medical advice about any activities or destinations. Certain Private Expeditions may require that the participant obtain medical consent prior to departure as a condition of participation.

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Neither National Geographic, nor the tour operator, will be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant’s Private Expedition departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Assumption of Risk: By registering for a Private Expedition, the participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that travel such as the Private Expedition he/she is undertaking involves potentially dangerous activities, some in remote areas of the world, with a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible or consistent with standards in the United States during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the Private Expedition and that when available may not be of the quality which exists in the United States. Arbitration Agreement: Arbitration Agreement policy and process is available at natgeoexpeditions.com/terms Other: Additional Terms and Conditions may apply to some Private Expeditions and will be provided with pre-expedition communications. By registering for a Private Expedition, the participant agrees to the Responsibility statement and the Terms and Conditions herein. Please Note: See our website to review Terms and Conditions for other National Geographic travel programs, including National Geographic Expeditions, National Geographic Adventures, Natoinal Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, and National Geographic Journeys. Mailing List: If you are receiving duplicate catalogs, have address updates, or would like to be removed from future National Geographic Expeditions mailings, please call toll-free 1-888-732-2379.

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Back cover: From a bluff above the traditional yurts of Mongolia’s Three Camel Lodge, hikers take in a sweeping view of the Gobi desert.


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