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T H E S I L K R O A D B Y P R I VAT E J E T: E X P LO R I N G A N C I E N T C H I N A TO E A ST E R N E U RO P E Venice, Italy • Muscat, Oman • Kathmandu, Nepal • Hoi An, Vietnam • Dunhuang, China Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan • Ashgabat and Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan • Samarkand, Uzbekistan • Tbilisi, Georgia Kyiv, Ukraine • Milan and Italian Lake District, Italy 1

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DEAR T R AV E L E R The ancient network of trade routes that connected East Asia to Europe by way of the Fergana Valley— collectively known as the Silk Road— was much more than a conduit of commerce. It was a highway of ideas, cultures, and customs that shaped and reshaped our world over the course of more than 1,500 years. And its legacy lives on today. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of those who traversed its storied paths as we explore legendary cities, ancient treasures, and modern-day capitals on an extraordinary new expedition—The Silk Road by Private Jet: Exploring Ancient China to Eastern Europe. Our 23-day journey begins in Venice, where we board the private jet and travel via the bustling souks and oases of Oman to Kathmandu, Nepal’s colorful capital, and a key stop on the ancient trade route between Tibet and India. Marvel at the intricate wooden architecture of the city’s medieval palaces, and continue to Vietnam’s historic port of Hoi An, where traders from Japan, China, and beyond once frequented the harbor. Here, we'll discover timeless traditions and ancient temples before flying to Dunhuang in western China, which served for centuries as the main customs post for Chinese goods traveling westward. Explore the stunning Buddhist art treasures of the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and sample local delicacies at the city’s dazzling night market.

of Central Asia’s nomadic tribes; and Ashgabat, the marble-covered capital of Turkmenistan. Touch down at two of the Silk Road’s most fabled cities—ancient Merv and Samarkand— where we’ll wander paths where silks and spices were exchanged and religious philosophies disseminated, and marvel at mosques adorned with mesmerizing mosaics. Continue to Georgia, a country that straddles two continents and was crisscrossed for millennia by merchants and pilgrims. Explore the labyrinthine streets of Tbilisi’s old town, then fly to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv (Kiev) to discover its intriguing churches, catacombs, and culture. Our adventure culminates in the Italian Lake District, where we’ll toast our incredible journey. Accompanying the expedition are three stellar National Geographic Experts, who will enhance our experience with their knowledge and passion. Travel alongside anthropologist and National Geographic Fellow David Harrison, geographer Stephen F. Cunha, and National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier. In the comfort and ease of a VIP-configured private jet, find the insights of these experts at your fingertips, thanks to an in-flight lecture system. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fascinating and exhilarating expedition. Please call 1-888-227-7265 or visit natgeoexpeditions.com/privatejet to reserve your place.

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F O L L O W U S AT @ N ATG E O E X P E D I T I O N S

Sincerely,

Gary E. Knell Chairman National Geographic Partners

When you travel with us, you help further the work of our scientists, explorers, and educators around the world. Every year, we distribute a portion of our proceeds to the National Geographic Society, creating more opportunities to work toward a planet in balance. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/giveback.

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I T I N E R A RY AT A G L A N C E M U S C AT, O M A N Explore the capital of the ancient Arabian kingdom of Oman, where Bedouin culture blends with the vibrant legacy of Indian Ocean trade routes. Delve into the city’s souks, or discover the historic oasis town of Nizwá.

A S H G A B AT A N D A N C I E N T M E R V, T U R K M E N I S TA N Encounter the gleaming monuments and treasures of Ashgabat, known as the City of White Marble; and fly over the Karakum Desert to ancient Merv, once a vast and spectacular Silk Road metropolis.

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Experience the rich heritage of the Kathmandu Valley, set against a backdrop of soaring Himalayan peaks. Admire the exquisite architecture of Bhaktapur or Patan, and venture to the 14th-century Bodhnath Stupa.

At this fabled “crossroad of cultures,” discover some of the world’s finest examples of Islamic architecture. Wander amid striking blue-tiled mosques, madrassas, and mausoleums; and learn about Central Asian paper-making.

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Step back in time in the colorful, lantern-lined port city of Hoi An. Explore imperial Hue; or discover the Vietnamese countryside by bike, meeting local farmers and fishermen along the way.

Enjoy a walking tour of Tbilisi’s charming old town, cradled in the Caucasus Mountains; then explore the cave town of Uplistsikhe, or learn about Georgia’s ancient tradition of winemaking on a visit to a wine estate.

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Venture to Dunhuang in northwest China, once a thriving Silk Road town. Marvel at the Buddhist sculptures found in the spectacular Mogao Caves; and hear the mystical song of the Singing Sands Dunes.

Discover magnificent gilded churches and cathedrals in one of Eastern Europe’s most influential cities. Explore the historic trading district, and acquaint yourself with Kyiv’s Jewish heritage on a visit to the Podil district.

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan, from witnessing an eagle hunting demonstration to unique equestrian games; and learn to bake traditional bread or weave a felt carpet.

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Our journey culminates in Italy’s Lake District, where we spend one night at an elegant hotel set on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Toast your Silk Road adventure at a festive farewell dinner.


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T R AV E L TA I L O R E D T O YO U R I N T E R E S T S Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor your trip to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions in each of the places we visit. In the pages that follow, you'll find opportunities to adapt the expedition at no additional cost. Some of these alternative options have limited space or require a minimum number of participants; reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. We can also arrange special experiences that are not featured in the itinerary, whether you'd like to go behind the scenes at a world-renowned museum, explore intriguing ruins off the beaten path, or set out on a challenging hike. If you have already visited or would like to skip one of the stops along the journey, we will look into arranging your visit to an alternative destination. For more information and to discuss your preferred itinerary, please contact us.

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The signature of our private jet expeditions is the extraordinary team of National Geographic Experts that travels with us—biologists, archaeologists, cultural experts, geographers, and photographers who interpret what we encounter on our journey. On this expedition you might find yourself delving into the history of Central Asia’s Turkic languages with anthropologist David Harrison, a former National Geographic Fellow and one of the world’s leading linguists, or framing the mosaiccovered minarets of Samarkand alongside National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier. In every destination, our experts provide unique insights into the diverse wonders you encounter.

National Geographic opens doors around the globe. Our relationships with scientists, storytellers, museums, and active research sites allow us special access to places and people—including our own grantees, who we meet in the field whenever we can. Traveling with us, you’ll be treated to a host of specially arranged experiences. On this expedition, for instance, our group will be invited for a private visit to the Mogao Caves, a treasure trove of Buddhist sculptures and murals carved over the course of a thousand years. We’ll explore this UNESCO World Heritage site in the evening, after it has closed to the general public.

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Over the past 132 years, we’ve sent our scientists, storytellers, and adventurers across continents and into remote cultures, down to the oceans’ depths and up the highest mountains in an effort to better understand our planet. National Geographic Expeditions grew from this legacy as a way to invite others to explore—to encounter the wonders of the world up close, in depth, right at the source, and to be transformed by the experience.

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GIVE BACK E X P L O R AT I O N H A P P E N S B E C A U S E O F YO U When you travel with us, you help further the work of our scientists, explorers, and educators around the world. Every year, we distribute a portion of our proceeds to the National Geographic Society, creating more opportunities to work toward a planet in balance. The Society awards more than 450 grants a year to changemakers like wildlife conservationist Tatjana Rosen, who works with local communities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to protect snow leopards— Central Asia’s iconic species. These inspiring individuals are changing how we understand and interact with our planet—and helping to protect it for future generations. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/giveback.

YO U S U P P O R T L O C A L E C O N O M I E S A N D H A B I TAT S National Geographic Expeditions is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit: its natural and cultural heritage, in addition to the well-being of its residents. We are identifying ways to minimize the environmental impact of our travel programs and are offsetting carbon emissions we cannot eliminate. We strive to support local economies in our choice of services, and we believe that the positive effects of sustainable travel go beyond immediate economic benefits, inspiring passionate stewards of our planet.

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As we make our way from one extraordinary place to the next, a world-class team of National Geographic Experts will deepen our understanding of the diverse cultures we encounter and the spectacular sites we explore. Along with anthropologist and linguist David Harrison and geographer Stephen Cunha, we’ll be joined by National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier, who will share photography tips and techniques as we explore together, and present a slideshow of our adventures at the end of the trip. The private jet features a lecture system, allowing for engaging talks by our experts during flights.

DAV I D H A R R I S O N A N T H R O P O L O G I S T, L I N G U I S T Anthropologist David Harrison, a former National Geographic Fellow, co-directed the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. His extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities has taken him to Mongolia, Bolivia, India, Australia, and beyond. He co-starred in the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists; and has been featured in the New York Times and Science, as well as on NPR and the BBC. David is a professor of linguistics and associate provost at Swarthmore College.

S T E P H E N F. C U N H A A U T H O R , E D U C AT O R , G E O G R A P H E R Stephen F. Cunha, an author and a geography professor emeritus at California’s Humboldt State University, studies diverse landscapes around the world. His three decades of travel and consulting in Central Asia on mountain and refugee issues include assignments with USAID, the World Conservation Union, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the UK Asylum Law Project. Stephen's 80 publications include a collegiate physical geography textbook, journal and book chapters on Central Asian environmental issues, and National Geographic's Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: The Official Study Guide.

N E VA DA W I E R N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C P H O T O G R A P H E R Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer who specializes in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Nevada’s journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s deserts, mountains, and urban jungles, and to more than a hundred countries. Her work has appeared in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, as well as Geo, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous other publications. A well-known keynote speaker and workshop instructor, Nevada has also been featured in television productions such as National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic’s Through the Lens.

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S U P E R I O R S E R V I C E , S E A M L E S S T R AV E L A Boeing 757 jet has been specially outfitted for this incredible expedition. Its long-range capabilities and capacity to land at smaller airports afford us the flexibility to fly direct and avoid layovers—which in turn gives us the freedom to make the most of our experiences on land. The jet’s interior has been refitted to accommodate just 57 travelers in two-by-two VIP-style seats, instead of the standard 233 seats, creating a spacious interior that provides the ultimate in comfort.

E X P E D I T I O N S TA F F A N D C R E W Traveling with our National Geographic Experts is a talented expedition team—experienced travel experts who meticulously attend to logistical details and ensure your experience is truly exceptional. The flight crew is also specially selected for this trip, chosen for their dedication to safety, attention to detail, and first-rate hospitality.

EXPEDITION PHYSICIAN A physician accompanies our expedition and is on call 24 hours a day to provide or facilitate health care services.

EXPEDITION CHEF We travel with a dedicated expedition chef and caterer who design delectable meals inspired by local cuisine in the destinations we visit. They incorporate the freshest ingredients in a wide array of dishes, which are served with top-tier beverages, including fine wines, craft beers, and spirits.

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Nestled amid an emerald oasis overlooking the Gulf of Oman, Al Bustan Palace is the sole former royal residence remaining in Oman. Our home in Nepal is the splendid Dwarika's Hotel, a living testament to the architectural grandeur of Newari royal heritage. And in Vietnam, the riverfront Anantara Hoi An Resort is a serene gateway to one of the country's most enchanting colonial towns. We stay at some of the finest hotels and lodges in the world, selected for their exceptional guest service, splendid amenities, and convenient access to the places we explore. In more off-the-beaten-path locations, we have selected the best available accommodations to ensure your comfort. In many destinations, we have also arranged special dining experiences with traditional entertainment, providing a window into local cultures.

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Arrive in enchanting Venice and settle into our elegant hotel. A powerful maritime city-state during the medieval period, Venice once controlled much of the trade that flowed into Europe from the East. Tonight, join your National Geographic Experts and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. Baglioni Hotel Luna

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Fly by private jet to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, and check in to our stunning hotel overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. The next morning, set out on a tour of the city, an important port along the maritime routes of the Silk Road. Begin at the splendid National Museum, which showcases this ancient Arabian kingdom’s long and rich history of human settlement. Stroll past the opulent Al Alam Palace, one of the six royal residences of the sultan of Oman; and wander the labyrinthine alleyways of the Mutrah Souq, filled with exotic spices, perfumes, and handicrafts. Enjoy a stroll along the Mutrah Corniche in the evening, and cap off your day with a traditional dinner at a local restaurant. Alternatively, choose to embark on a full-day tour of the historic town of Nizwá, which lies about a hundred miles south of Muscat amid groves of date palms. Visit the impressive Nizwá Fort, dating to the mid-17th century; and witness the lively Friday cattle market, where farmers from around the country bring their cows, goats, and camels to auction to the highest bidder. Later, enjoy a performance of traditional Omani dances as you sip aromatic Arabic coffee and nibble on succulent dates before returning to Muscat for the night. Al Bustan Palace

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Soar by private jet to Kathmandu, the bustling capital of the Himalayan nation of Nepal. Upon arrival, pay a visit to the atmospheric Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the country. Later, settle into our elegant heritage hotel, where the skill of traditional woodworkers can be found in every detail, from intricate window and door carvings to exquisite handmade furniture. Choose from three excursions in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Kathmandu Valley. Venture to Bhaktapur, a medieval capital of Nepal, which prospered thanks to its strategic location on the trade route between Tibet and India. Discover elaborate temples and palaces adorned with carved wooden windows and latticework; or opt to visit Patan, once an independent city-state, where we’ll explore spectacular Durbar Square and the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex. Though severely damaged in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, many of the historic buildings around Kathmandu still stand, and concentrated efforts are underway to restore them. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the incense-laden atmosphere of Pashupatinath Temple, the largest and holiest Hindu temple complex in Nepal. Dwarika’s Hotel

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Fly by private jet to Da Nang and drive to Hoi An, an enchanting port city that thrived between the 15th and 19th centuries when traders from Japan, China, India, and beyond frequented the harbor. Make yourself at home in our tranquil riverside resort, and set out to explore the area in a variety of ways. Join a temple preservationist to discover the mystical ruins at My Son, an ancient Hindu temple complex and World Heritage site that lies to the south of the city. Or travel to the former imperial capital of Hue— another World Heritage site—situated on the banks of the Perfume River, which was caught in the crossfire of the north and south during the Vietnam War. Here, we’ll explore the grand citadel and the imperial tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Back in Hoi An, head out on a relaxing bike ride through emeraldgreen rice paddies. Pedal past quaint bridges and pagodas; and stop to meet weavers and farmers along the way. Visit a fishing village to accompany fisherman on the water as they cast their nets to sea; then hop into a traditional handwoven basket boat and try your hand at maneuvering these bobbing vessels. Alternatively, explore Hoi An’s charming old town, lined by merchant homes and strung with brightly colored silk lanterns; and piece together your own vibrant creation under the guidance of a lantern-maker. Or join a chef for a stroll through the delightfully chaotic central market, and marvel at the exotic ingredients central to the city’s unique cuisine. At a private cooking class, create mouthwatering noodle dishes and enjoy them for lunch. Anantara Hoi An Resort

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Travel by private jet to Dunhuang, an oasis city in northwest China bordered by the Kumtag Desert. Situated at the crossroads of two major Silk Road trade routes, this age-old garrison town is still watched over by the crumbling ruins of the Han Dynasty-era Great Wall. Visit the Dunhuang Museum for a look at precious Buddhist manuscripts recovered from the area, and observe examples of the diverse goods that used to pass through this ancient hub of commerce. The following day, set out to explore the famed Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises the richest treasure trove of Buddhist art in the world. The first caves were carved out by Buddhist monks in the fourth century for use as shrines; over the next thousand years, subsequent monks, emperors, artists, and merchants added their touches to the subterranean chambers, creating stunning Buddhist sculptures and detailed murals that provide a record of daily life in western China over the course of a millennium. Later, opt to take a bicycle tour of Dunhuang, or venture to the Singing Sands Dunes—massive mounds of golden sand at the edge of the city which produce a pleasant musical sound when the wind blows over them. Take a walk along the shores of pristine Crescent Moon Lake, located at the base of the dunes; then choose to delve into Dunhuang’s Shazhou Night Market, sampling delicious local delicacies and browsing a variety of local handicrafts. The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

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Arrive in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and drive to the 11thcentury Burana Tower. This lonely structure, set in the midst of rolling green fields against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks, is all that remains of the once flourishing Silk Road city of Balasagun. Here, we witness a demonstration of eagle hunting, a tradition practiced by Central Asia’s nomadic tribes for thousands of years, which allowed them to procure food and fur during the harsh winter months. Spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse located in the folds of breathtaking Chon-Kemin National Park. The next morning, experience several of Kyrgyzstan’s unique equestrian games, including kyz kumai—“girl chasing” in the local language—which features an entertaining horse race between male and female jockeys. Later, you may choose to take part in one of four workshops, each hosted in a different yurt—a traditional tented dwelling used by nomadic groups across Central Asia. Learn to make felt carpets alongside an expert weaver; prepare boorsok, the square-shaped fried bread that is a staple of Kyrgyz cuisine; try your hand at making kumis, a popular fermented dairy drink; or listen to a traditional storyteller as they enthrall you with Kyrgyz legends and folk tales. Return to Bishkek in the afternoon and opt to take a tour of the city, including visits to the State History Museum and Ala-Too Square, graced by a statue of Manas, Kyrgyzstan’s national hero. Chon-Kemin Guesthouse; Hyatt Regency Bishkek

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Fly by private jet to Turkmenistan—a country rich with archaeological sites that once served as vital stops for Silk Road caravans. In contrast, Turkmenistan’s modern capital, Ashgabat, glimmers with mosques, skyscrapers, and Soviet-style monoliths, and holds the Guinness World Record for the highest density of buildings adorned with white marble. En route to our hotel, take in some of city’s sights, including the golden-domed presidential palace and the Neutrality Arch. The following day, choose from a variety of options to explore this fascinating metropolis. Visit the National Museum complex, home to rare treasures that showcase the diverse cultural heritage of Turkmenistan—from Bronze Age weapons to statues of Parthian goddesses and Russian watercolor paintings. Wander the resplendent marble Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia and the resting place of the country’s eccentric president-dictator, Saparmurat Niyazov; and admire the ornate interior of the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, dedicated to the famed Turkmen warrior and father of Osman I—the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Head to the Carpet Museum to learn about the importance of this timeless art to Turkmen culture, and view one of the world’s largest handwoven rugs. Or, venture outside of the city to the ruins of Nisa, a capital of the Parthian Empire. The Parthian Empire ruled much of Central Asia from the third century B.C. to the third century A.D., and rivaled Rome in prestige and military power; the Parthians also controlled the flow of precious silk goods from China to Rome. Tour the remains of the Parthian Fortresses at Nisa, a World Heritage site, before returning to Ashgabat. Sofitel Ashgabat Oguzkent

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Touch down in Mary and drive to ancient Merv, one of the most influential and best preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Road. Spend the day discovering the many ruined monuments, towers, and ramparts of this once magnificent metropolis and World Heritage site, which lay on the primary route to fabled Samarkand. Stroll the walled city of Erk Kala, founded in the sixth century B.C.; and visit the 12th-century mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, a ruler of the great Seljuk Empire. Later this afternoon, continue to Samarkand by private jet, retracing the footsteps of merchants of old.

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Arrive in Samarkand, the breathtaking blue-tiled capital of legendary conqueror Timur and one of the oldest and most prosperous trading centers along the Silk Road. We’ll spend some time exploring the city—dubbed a “crossroad of cultures” by UNESCO—which flourished as a center of commerce, science, and art in the 14th and 15th centuries under the patronage of Timur and his successors. In grand Registan Square, admire the mosaic-covered minarets of some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Discover the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a complex of mosques and mausoleums adorned in stunning blue tiles, and gaze up at the glittering dome of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, dedicated to Timur’s favorite wife. Visit the conqueror’s tomb at Gur-e Amir, capped by a brilliant, azure-colored fluted dome. Then choose from three available activities: Step into the remains of the Ulugh Beg Observatory, once the most advanced facility of its time; tour the Afrasiyab Museum to examine relics excavated from the ancient core of Samarkand; or learn about the ancient art of Central Asian paper-making on a visit to a private workshop.

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Travel by private jet to Tbilisi, the capital Georgia, which boasts a dramatic setting straddling the swift Kura River. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of the delightful old town, winding down narrow cobbled streets and admiring the whimsical architecture of the colorful houses and carved, wooden balconies. Weather permitting, take a cable car to the ancient Narikala Fortress to enjoy panoramic views of the picturesque city and the lush Caucasus Mountains. The following days include a variety of opportunities to explore the environs of Tbilisi. Choose to drive to the valley town of Step’antsminda in the Greater Caucasus Mountains via the spectacular Georgian Military Highway, passing by medieval stone fortresses and flocks of sheep. Here, we venture to the windswept Gergeti Trinity Church, dating to the 14th century and framed by the rugged slopes of Mount Kazbek, Georgia’s third highest peak. Or, spend a day in Kakhet’i, one of the country’s celebrated wine regions. Learn about Georgia’s 8,000-year old tradition of winemaking on a visit to a historic wine estate, and enjoy a traditional barbecue as you sample local vintages. We may also make a stop at Sighnaghi, an attractive hilltop town. Alternatively, travel to nearby Mtskheta, Georgia’s ancient capital, whose medieval churches have been designated a World Heritage site; or choose to explore the fascinating cave town of Uplistsikhe. Established during the Bronze Age, this rock-hewn settlement witnessed a flowering during the heyday of the Silk Road. Enjoy a wine tasting in the village of Mukhrani before returning to Tbilisi. Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

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Fly to Kyiv by private jet and immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Ukrainian capital. Discover the 11th-century Cathedral of St. Sophia and the five-domed Church of St. Andrew, a jewel of baroque architecture; and descend into the mysterious catacombs of Kyiv, carved out by monks more than a thousand years ago. The next morning, head out with a local guide on a walking tour of the Podil district. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Podil was a bustling center of trade for several centuries, when goods from China, India, and Central Asia were delivered to its docks via the Volga River. Here, we’ll visit the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum, which tells the story of the devastating Chernobyl nuclear accident. This afternoon, you may opt to explore the Jewish heritage of Kyiv. Visit the Great Choral Synagogue and tour of the Sholom Aleichem Museum, dedicated to the life of Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem. Or, venture to the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, where we’ll have the opportunity to meet with soldiers who have fought in the ongoing conflict in southern Ukraine. Alternatively, discover the Ivan Honchar Museum, which works to preserve and showcase the country’s folk culture. Try your hand at decorating a pysanka—or traditional Easter egg—alongside a local artist. The following morning, we’ll stop by St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery en route to the airport, and take a stroll in the romantic, forested pathways of Volodymyrska Hill. Premier Palace Hotel

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RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT National Geographic Expeditions (a division of National Geographic Partners, LLC and its subsidiary Global Adrenaline, LLC, located at 1880 Oak Avenue, Suite 100, Evanston, Illinois 60201) is the principal and is responsible for providing The Silk Road by Private Jet: Exploring Ancient China to Eastern Europe Expedition as outlined in its catalog and on its website (natgeoexpeditions.com) (“Expedition”). All transportation carriers, hotels, ground operators, medical providers, and other suppliers of services connected with specific Expeditions (“Other Providers”) are not agents or employees of National Geographic Expeditions but are independent contractors over whom National Geographic Expeditions has no control. The Other Providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. 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The Participant waives any claim against National Geographic for any such loss, damage, injury, or death, including any right to seek consequential, punitive, or exemplary damages against National Geographic for any reason whatsoever, except as expressly provided for herein. National Geographic shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right in its sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove the Participant on or from an Expedition if National Geographic Expeditions judges the Participant to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the Expedition, or judges the Participant’s actions to be unsuitable for group travel. In recognition of the inherent risk of the travels and related activities in which the Participant is intending to engage, the Participant willingly and voluntarily assumes full responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage suffered by or caused by the Participant. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published Expedition itinerary whenever, in its judgment, conditions warrant or if it deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants. National Geographic will not be liable for any air carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the Participant's Expedition departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the Participant. OPERATOR-PARTICIPANT CONTRACT AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS EXPEDITION PRICE: $89,995 per person (double occupancy) with a $8,990 single supplement. BASIS OF RATES: All prices are 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 tariffs, currency values, airfares, and third-party charges as of catalog publication date 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 will notify the Participant at the time of final invoicing. See INTINERARY CHANGES below for surcharges resulting from Major Change. RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS: To reserve a place on the Expedition, a deposit of $5,000 per person and a signed acknowledgement of this Responsibility Statement and Operator-Participant Contract and Terms and Conditions is required. The deposit may be made by check, wire transfer, or major credit card. Payment instructions will be shared with the Participant by National Geographic Expeditions upon initial contact. Call tollfree 1-888-227-7265 or 1-312-757-5233 to make your reservation. The second payment of $20,000 per person and final payment are payable by check or wire transfer only. The second payment is due August 31, 2020. Final payment is due December 29, 2020. Payment instructions for the second and final payments will be included with each invoice. With the Participant’s authorization, if the Expedition is fully booked when a Participant’s reservation request is received, National Geographic Expeditions can collect the deposit and place the Participant’s name on a waiting list in the event other participants cancel their reservations. 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Refunds will be processed in the manner in which payment was received within 14 days of receipt of the Participant’s notice of cancellation. Leaving an Expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an Expedition. If the Participant cancels and provides a substitute participant for the Expedition, the Participant will receive from National Geographic Expeditions a full refund of money paid toward the price once the substitute participant has paid in full. A Participant who paid the deposit by credit card shall have a right to a full refund until this Agreement is signed. Please note that the costs for visas, commercial air tickets, insurance, suite upgrades, and pre- or post-Expedition independent arrangements may not be refundable. ITINERARY CHANGES: The Expedition itinerary and staff presented in the catalog or on the website are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the Expedition as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. In addition, should unforeseen world events or conditions require the Expedition itinerary to be altered, National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to do so for the safety and best interest of the group. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any Expedition in the event inadequate enrollment makes the Expedition economically infeasible to operate, except as provided below. In such a case, National Geographic Expeditions will provide the Participant with a full refund of the monies paid to National Geographic Expeditions for the Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason, provided National Geographic Expeditions notifies you in writing within seven days after the cancellation occurs, but no later than 10 days before the scheduled departure date. A full refund will be made within 14 days after such cancellation. National Geographic Expeditions will not cancel an Expedition less than 10 days before departure, except for circumstances that make it physically impossible to perform the Expedition. If such a circumstance occurs, National Geographic Expeditions will notify you as soon as possible; and if the trip is canceled, National Geographic Expeditions will refund all monies within 14 days. If National Geographic Expeditions makes a pre-departure “Major Change” to a trip, you may cancel up to 24 hours before departure and receive a full refund within 14 days after cancellation. Only the following constitute “Major Changes:” (i) a change in the departure or return date unless the change results from a flight delay experienced by the air carrier, although a delay of longer than 48 hours will always be considered a “Major Change;” (ii) a change in the origin or destination city; or (iii) a price increase of more than 10 percent occurring 10 or more days before departure. If a “Major Change” occurs, National Geographic Expeditions will notify you within seven days after learning of the change but at least 10 days before the scheduled departure. If National Geographic Expeditions first knows of the “Major Change” less than 10 days before departure, National Geographic Expeditions will notify you as soon as possible. If a “Major Change” which you are unwilling to accept occurs after your initial outbound flight


OP E RATOR-PARTIC IPA NT C O NT RAC T AND T ER M S A N D C O N DI T I O N S has been completed, National Geographic Expeditions will refund, within 14 days after your scheduled return day, that portion of your payment which applies to the service not provided. NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION: Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Expedition prior to the trip, such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, completed Physician Approval for Travel forms, and any other documents. To participate in the Expedition, visas and/or entry permits may be required for some countries. Acquiring visas and/or entry permits is the responsibility of the Participant. Failure to obtain necessary documents does not negate the Terms and Conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting a Participant due to travel without the necessary document will be the Participant’s responsibility. National Geographic Expeditions will provide information on the necessary visas and/or entry permits in pre-departure documents; provided that National Geographic Expeditions does so for informational purposes only. Participant must verify the travel documents required for his/her travel. National Geographic Expeditions is not liable for any damages resulting from Participant’s reliance on advice provided by National Geographic Expeditions regarding travel document requirements. BAGGAGE: On the private jet, the Participant is limited to 90 pounds of checked baggage in two bags (one bag of the Participant’s choice limited to 50 pounds and one wheeled bag that National Geographic Expeditions will send to the Participant ahead of time for use on the Expedition limited to 40 pounds), plus a few smaller carry-on items like a backpack and/ or camera. In certain countries, participants may fly on private light aircraft. Due to weight restrictions on these flights, the Participant will only be allowed one bag, provided to the Participant by National Geographic Expeditions, plus his/her carry-on luggage (including camera equipment). For international flights, the air carrier’s liability is limited to the actual value of the baggage but not more than 1,131 Special Drawing Rights, approximately $1,600 per participant, unless a higher value is declared at the time of check in and an appropriate excess valuation charge is paid. Baggage, when not handled by National Geographic Expeditions, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the Participant. AIRCRAFT: The private jet flights will be performed using a Boeing 757 jet with 62 VIP-style seats. The air carrier for the Expedition will be Icelandair, Reykjavíkurflugvöllur, IS-101 Reykjavík, Iceland. National Geographic Expeditions and the air carrier reserve the right to substitute equivalent aircraft or scheduled service, if necessary. Participants who actually travel on scheduled service will receive only the protections applicable to such scheduled service. The Participant’s Expedition itinerary may include flights on smaller aircraft operated by local approved airline carriers. Seating on these aircraft will be economy or economy with limited business seats, based upon the configuration of the aircraft. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: The operation of these flights is subject to the foreign governments involved granting landing rights for the flight. If the air carrier cannot obtain these rights for any particular flight leg of the Expedition, that flight leg will be canceled and alternative arrangements may be made at the discretion of National Geographic Expeditions. Alternatively, the Participant may cancel his/her reservation and receive a full refund if a flight leg is cancelled prior to first departure, or a refund of the unused itinerary if a flight leg is cancelled after first departure. COMMERCIAL AIRFARE: National Geographic Expeditions may be able to assist the Participant in reserving commercial flights from his/her home city to Venice, Italy and from Milan, Italy, to his/her home city, in the class of service that the Participant prefers. Please ask for details. INSURANCE: National Geographic Expeditions strongly recommends trip-cancellation, health, and accident insurance, which is available at an additional cost. For more information about and to enroll in an option available through Travel Insurance Services, visit the “Travel Insurance” section of National Geographic Expeditions’ website at natgeoexpeditions.com. Insurance premium payments are subject to the policies of the insurance carrier. The Participant certifies that either: (i) the Participant has health 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 (ii) the Participant agrees to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services that may be incurred on the Participant’s behalf. HEALTH ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Expeditions welcomes travelers with disabilities on all of its trips. However, not all trips may be suitable for all travelers, and certain activities may present challenges for Participants with limited mobility, stamina or endurance concerns, or other types of disabilities or special needs. For Expeditions with destinations outside the United States, any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made so that National Geographic Expeditions can determine whether or not reasonable accommodations are available. Walking and climbing stairs are required on most excursions, at many destinations and hotels, and to board and disembark aircraft at many airports. Boarding assistance will be provided at all U.S. airports, the first foreign airport after departure from the United States, and the last foreign airport before arrival in the United States, as provided by Part 382 of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rules, but other airports may not provide assistance. If the Participant cannot participate in the Expedition at a reasonable pace, or requires extra assistance, arrangements may be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our Expedition staff. Depending upon the nature of the arrangements, extra costs for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the Participant. If any Participant would like to forgo some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, he/she may feel free to do so at any time. Please call National Geographic Expeditions for further details if you require reasonable accommodation to participate on this Expedition. PHYSICIAN APPROVAL FOR TRAVEL: National Geographic Expeditions has engaged an independent physician group to staff the Expedition with a U.S.-licensed physician (“Expedition Physician”). The Expedition Physician assists National Geographic Expeditions with determining whether an individual may be able to/ought to participate in the Expedition, and is available to Participants to provide professional medical services during the trip. The Participant understands and agrees that Expedition Physician is not an agent or employee of National Geographic Expeditions.

As a condition of participation in the Expedition, the Participant must obtain his/her personal physician’s approval to join this Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions will send the Participant a Physician Approval for Travel form for his/her personal physician to complete. The completed form should be submitted directly to the Expedition Physician at the address provided on the form. The Participant understands and agrees that Expedition Physician may share information from the completed form with National Geographic Expeditions. For the latest recommendations on specific health precautions for the areas visited, the Participant should consult his/her physician and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES: The Participant agrees that, should the Participant (i) experience any injury or illness while participating in the Expedition and (ii) become incapacitated such that he/she is unable to direct his/her own care, then National Geographic Expeditions may, in its discretion, rely on the direction of: Participant’s travelling companion, if any; Participant’s emergency contact; an Expedition Physician; or other Expedition staff, to authorize any necessary medical treatment including, but not limited to: X-ray, examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis, or treatment and hospital care. Such treatment is to be rendered under the general or specific supervision of a physician licensed in the United States or, if in a foreign country and no U.S.-licensed physician is reasonably available, a duly licensed physician. In the event of any emergency, medical or otherwise, the Participant authorizes National Geographic Expeditions and the Expedition Physician to release any information necessary to obtain medical or other emergency services to any person providing such services. The information that may be released includes, without limitation, the information set forth on the Physician Approval for Travel form submitted by Participant. PHOTOGRAPHY: National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any Expedition or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. By making a reservation on the Expedition, the Participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by National Geographic and National Geographic–authorized third parties without compensation to the Participant. If the Participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify National Geographic Expeditions in writing prior to departure of the Expedition. Copyright of all photographs, video, and related materials created by the Participant (“Expedition Materials”) will belong to the Participant upon creation. The Participant grants to National Geographic a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any Expedition Materials provided to National Geographic in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use, promotion of National Geographic’s travel programs, or promotion of the mission of National Geographic. 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