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OUR NEWEST LINE OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCES –

An inspiring collection of unique small-group trips

2017 Travel Catalog


Dear Traveler, Since launching National Geographic Journeys earlier this year, we’ve explored exciting new territory, connecting travelers with unforgettable experiences in nearly 50 destinations across the globe. We stepped back in time to explore the lost city of Petra, hiked among the emerald rice paddies of Vietnam’s Mai Chau region, and wandered the colorful villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Along the way, we’ve shared meaningful moments with the people we’ve met—from dining at a family home in Zimbabwe to chatting with textile weavers in the Sacred Valley of Peru.  Our partnership with internationally acclaimed tour operator G Adventures has enabled us to offer travelers the immersive National Geographic experience—at an incredible value. And for the upcoming year, we’ve expanded our Journeys portfolio to offer even more options.

africa Explore Southern Africa | 12 Safari in Kenya & Tanzania | 14 Kruger, Victoria Falls, & Botswana | 15 Wonders of Namibia NEW | 15 Botswana Safari Experience | 16 Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery | 17

AsiA Discover Southeast Asia | 18 Explore Vietnam | 19 Nepal: Himalaya Highlights | 20 Explore China & Tibet | 21 Wonders of Bhutan | 22 Iconic Thailand | 23 Iconic Japan NEW | 37 2

Australia & New Zealand Explore Australia | 24 New Zealand Journey | 25 Explore Australia & New Zealand | 25

south America Explore Machu Picchu | 26 Iconic Peru | 28 Machu Picchu & the Amazon | 29 Explore Machu Picchu & Amazon Riverboat NEW | 37

North America Canadian Polar Bear Experience NEW | 30 Explore Costa Rica | 31 Alaska Journey NEW | 36 National Parks of the American West NEW | 36 Natural Highlights of California NEW | 37 Historic American Cities by Rail NEW | 37

Europe Burgundy by River Barge | 32 Explore Iceland | 32 Discover Moorish Spain | 33 Iconic Italy | 33 Paris & Normandy Highlights NEW | 36

middle east Israel and Beyond | 34 Explore Jordan | 35 Explore Israel & Jordan | 35

other More National Geographic Journeys | 36 More Ways to Travel With National Geographic | 38 Terms and Conditions | 40 Calendar | 42

Cover: Sunrise paints the sky in dazzling colors, a dramatic backdrop for a pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar. Above: Young monks walk along a temple wall in Bagan, Myanmar.

Make sushi alongside Japanese masters, spot polar bears in the wilds of Manitoba, and visit the studio of a renowned National Geographic photographer in Paris. We’ll be going ongame drives with researchers from the National Geographicsupported Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, discovering the stunning coastlines of California and Alaska, and exploring the historic cities of America’s Eastern Seaboard by rail. In the pages that follow, you’ll find a wide selection of featured itineraries. For our full listing of trips, see our travel calendar on page 42. We hope you’ll join us!

Sincerely,

Lynn Cutter Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

When you travel with us, you make a difference. Your support is vital to National Geographic’s mission to explore and protect our planet.

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Dear Traveler, Since launching National Geographic Journeys earlier this year, we’ve explored exciting new territory, connecting travelers with unforgettable experiences in nearly 50 destinations across the globe. We stepped back in time to explore the lost city of Petra, hiked among the emerald rice paddies of Vietnam’s Mai Chau region, and wandered the colorful villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Along the way, we’ve shared meaningful moments with the people we’ve met—from dining at a family home in Zimbabwe to chatting with textile weavers in the Sacred Valley of Peru.  Our partnership with internationally acclaimed tour operator G Adventures has enabled us to offer travelers the immersive National Geographic experience—at an incredible value. And for the upcoming year, we’ve expanded our Journeys portfolio to offer even more options.

africa Explore Southern Africa | 12 Safari in Kenya & Tanzania | 14 Kruger, Victoria Falls, & Botswana | 15 Wonders of Namibia NEW | 15 Botswana Safari Experience | 16 Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery | 17

AsiA Discover Southeast Asia | 18 Explore Vietnam | 19 Nepal: Himalaya Highlights | 20 Explore China & Tibet | 21 Wonders of Bhutan | 22 Iconic Thailand | 23 Iconic Japan NEW | 37 2

Australia & New Zealand Explore Australia | 24 New Zealand Journey | 25 Explore Australia & New Zealand | 25

south America Explore Machu Picchu | 26 Iconic Peru | 28 Machu Picchu & the Amazon | 29 Explore Machu Picchu & Amazon Riverboat NEW | 37

North America Canadian Polar Bear Experience NEW | 30 Explore Costa Rica | 31 Alaska Journey NEW | 36 National Parks of the American West NEW | 36 Natural Highlights of California NEW | 37 Historic American Cities by Rail NEW | 37

Europe Burgundy by River Barge | 32 Explore Iceland | 32 Discover Moorish Spain | 33 Iconic Italy | 33 Paris & Normandy Highlights NEW | 36

middle east Israel and Beyond | 34 Explore Jordan | 35 Explore Israel & Jordan | 35

other More National Geographic Journeys | 36 More Ways to Travel With National Geographic | 38 Terms and Conditions | 40 Calendar | 42

Cover: Sunrise paints the sky in dazzling colors, a dramatic backdrop for a pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar. Above: Young monks walk along a temple wall in Bagan, Myanmar.

Make sushi alongside Japanese masters, spot polar bears in the wilds of Manitoba, and visit the studio of a renowned National Geographic photographer in Paris. We’ll be going ongame drives with researchers from the National Geographicsupported Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, discovering the stunning coastlines of California and Alaska, and exploring the historic cities of America’s Eastern Seaboard by rail. In the pages that follow, you’ll find a wide selection of featured itineraries. For our full listing of trips, see our travel calendar on page 42. We hope you’ll join us!

Sincerely,

Lynn Cutter Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

When you travel with us, you make a difference. Your support is vital to National Geographic’s mission to explore and protect our planet.

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We invite you to go deeper into fascinating cultures and habitats around the world with National Geographic Journeys.

TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

These trips combine hands-on exploration, meaningful interactions with people and places, free time and choices—with the structure and security of small-group travel.

Connect with the World Usually limited to 16 or fewer travelers, National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures are designed to forge human connections with people we meet all around the world. Try out flamenco steps during a lesson with a professional dancer in Seville, hear traditional music performed by a local choir in Swakopmund, or enjoy a traditional Thai meal at a family’s home in Chiang Mai. 

Top Local Guides Each trip is led by a local Chief Experience Officer, or CEO, who knows the destination intimately and whose main purpose is to make your trip extraordinary. Your CEO will introduce you to celebrated sites and local people and offer insider access to events. And they know all the best foodie spots too—from renowned restaurants to local favorites. Meet a few of them on page 9.

Get Inspired You’ll enjoy access to people and projects supported by National Geographic or G Adventures, whether it’s helping out with reforestation efforts at a National Geographic– supported research center in Costa Rica or visiting a village school in South Africa sponsored by G Adventures.

EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN Along the way, we’ve built in free time and plenty of choices so that you can explore as you wish. Opt to ride a zip line through the jungles of Thailand, visit a museum, or spend an afternoon wandering through a historic city center. Before your trip, you’ll receive articles and tips from National Geographic to help you make the most of your travels.

GREAT VALUE With a knowledgeable local guide at the helm, a unique itinerary, and plenty of fascinating experts to meet in the field, these trips are a feast for your mind and your senses—at an incredible value.

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Australia Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Walpa Gorge

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We invite you to go deeper into fascinating cultures and habitats around the world with National Geographic Journeys.

TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

These trips combine hands-on exploration, meaningful interactions with people and places, free time and choices—with the structure and security of small-group travel.

Connect with the World Usually limited to 16 or fewer travelers, National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures are designed to forge human connections with people we meet all around the world. Try out flamenco steps during a lesson with a professional dancer in Seville, hear traditional music performed by a local choir in Swakopmund, or enjoy a traditional Thai meal at a family’s home in Chiang Mai. 

Top Local Guides Each trip is led by a local Chief Experience Officer, or CEO, who knows the destination intimately and whose main purpose is to make your trip extraordinary. Your CEO will introduce you to celebrated sites and local people and offer insider access to events. And they know all the best foodie spots too—from renowned restaurants to local favorites. Meet a few of them on page 9.

Get Inspired You’ll enjoy access to people and projects supported by National Geographic or G Adventures, whether it’s helping out with reforestation efforts at a National Geographic– supported research center in Costa Rica or visiting a village school in South Africa sponsored by G Adventures.

EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN Along the way, we’ve built in free time and plenty of choices so that you can explore as you wish. Opt to ride a zip line through the jungles of Thailand, visit a museum, or spend an afternoon wandering through a historic city center. Before your trip, you’ll receive articles and tips from National Geographic to help you make the most of your travels.

GREAT VALUE With a knowledgeable local guide at the helm, a unique itinerary, and plenty of fascinating experts to meet in the field, these trips are a feast for your mind and your senses—at an incredible value.

The world is waiting… where will your journey take you? 4

Australia Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Walpa Gorge

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The national geographic journeys difference National Geographic’s earliest explorers liked to dig in, immerse themselves in new places, and get to know the local people, their traditions, cuisine, and everyday lives. That same passion for discovery is behind each of our National Geographic Journeys—which means you’ll get closer than you ever imagined when you explore with us.

It’s the places you go Follow the Inca Trail on a four-day trek with a great reward: the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Venture into the national parks of Rwanda and Uganda to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas with a naturalist guide and meet scientists at a research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey. Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a specially designed dual-narrative walking tour with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, and hear their perspectives on some of the city’s most meaningful sites. Set out to explore Canada’s majestic arctic landscape in search of polar bears and arctic foxes, and meet with representatives from a leading polar bear conservation group.

It’s the experiences you have Flip tortillas with a family in their home in Costa Rica— and then set out on a variety of adventures amid the rain forests that surround Arenal Volcano. Visit the Paris studio of renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza, and take a behind-thescenes tour of his workspace. Go backstage at the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show in China and meet the performers. Spend an evening with a storytelling troupe near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and enjoy a traditional meal together.

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The national geographic journeys difference National Geographic’s earliest explorers liked to dig in, immerse themselves in new places, and get to know the local people, their traditions, cuisine, and everyday lives. That same passion for discovery is behind each of our National Geographic Journeys—which means you’ll get closer than you ever imagined when you explore with us.

It’s the places you go Follow the Inca Trail on a four-day trek with a great reward: the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Venture into the national parks of Rwanda and Uganda to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas with a naturalist guide and meet scientists at a research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey. Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a specially designed dual-narrative walking tour with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, and hear their perspectives on some of the city’s most meaningful sites. Set out to explore Canada’s majestic arctic landscape in search of polar bears and arctic foxes, and meet with representatives from a leading polar bear conservation group.

It’s the experiences you have Flip tortillas with a family in their home in Costa Rica— and then set out on a variety of adventures amid the rain forests that surround Arenal Volcano. Visit the Paris studio of renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza, and take a behind-thescenes tour of his workspace. Go backstage at the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show in China and meet the performers. Spend an evening with a storytelling troupe near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and enjoy a traditional meal together.

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Get to know some of our CEOs

It’s the perspectives you get Observe lions and cheetahs on a game drive with a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee in South Africa.

Your Chief Experience Officer—or CEO—is your greatest resource on your trip, sharing insights on area traditions, connecting you with interesting people wherever you go, and even offering recommendations for restaurants or things to do in your free time. Meet a few CEO’s below.

Get insights on ancient Petra with an archaeologist before spending a day exploring the incredible ruins. Meet scientists at a research aquarium established by a National Geographic grantee in Cairns, Australia, and hear about the latest studies on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lap Nguyen, Vietnam

In Kathmandu, find out how National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi is working to preserve traditional weaving practices in rural Nepal.

My name in Vietnamese means “independent”—I was born one year after the war ended in 1975. I was born in Nam Dinh Province, at the end of the Red River Delta, not far from Hanoi. My parents were farmers so my childhood memories were rice, chicken, pigs, and water buffalo—and the image of countryside. The Red River Delta is where water puppets, folk music, and pho come from.

It’s the people you meet Sit down with a Maori elder in New Zealand to talk about his culture, beliefs, the challenges his community faces, and whatever else comes up. Roll up your sleeves for a cooking lesson at a family-run agriturismo in Amalfi, Italy—and enjoy the meal together in the garden. Spend time in a Maasai village in Tanzania with the women who take part in the G Adventuressupported Clean Cookstove project, and hear first-hand how the project has impacted their lives.  Join Buddhist monks in Thailand for a prayer ceremony and a chance to talk about daily life.

It’s the impact you have When you travel with National Geographic Journeys, you help National Geographic’s mission to explore and protect our planet, and you support G Adventures’ community development initiatives worldwide.

Hobbies: Writing, badminton, ping pong, tai chi Favorite things to do on tour: Walking tours that feature street food and cooking classes

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” —Confucius

Tips for travelers to Vietnam: Try pho (rice noodle soup), nem (spring roll), and bun cha; walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and crawl into the Cu Chi Tunnel to experience how Vietnamese people lived and fought during the war.

Renzo Muñoz, Peru  Hola from Arequipa! I got to be in this business since I had a chance to see what my older brother was doing and how much he was enjoying traveling with guests and showing them our country. So I started my studies in tourism at the university to be a tour guide. Hobbies: Basketball (even though I'm a short person) Favorite things to do on tour: Visiting the masterpiece of the Inca culture—Machu Picchu—and imagining how it was a few hundred years ago!

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Akayi Htet, Myanmar (Burma) I am from the city of Yangon. My English teacher became a tour guide and I was proud of him. So I took the test and I passed and now I am here as a CEO! I really like meeting different people from different countries. And I really want everyone in the world to see what it’s like in Burma. There is still a very small amount of tourism here, so it is very different than other Asian countries. Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and music Favorite things to do on tour: See pagodas—we have many! Shwedagon, that’s the landmark of Myanmar. You can’t imagine how beautiful it is, coated with gold leaf. You can see not only the pagoda, but also people and their ways of life there. Also, the sunrise balloon ride over the pagodas of Bagan. Tips for travelers to Myanmar: Be open and be relaxed.

Tips for travelers to Peru: Open your hearts and Visit our website to view The Heart of Myanmar minds…and try a bit of guinea pig! Most of the time (Burma) itinerary. travelers leave Peru surprised about the delicious food here.

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Get to know some of our CEOs

It’s the perspectives you get Observe lions and cheetahs on a game drive with a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee in South Africa.

Your Chief Experience Officer—or CEO—is your greatest resource on your trip, sharing insights on area traditions, connecting you with interesting people wherever you go, and even offering recommendations for restaurants or things to do in your free time. Meet a few CEO’s below.

Get insights on ancient Petra with an archaeologist before spending a day exploring the incredible ruins. Meet scientists at a research aquarium established by a National Geographic grantee in Cairns, Australia, and hear about the latest studies on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lap Nguyen, Vietnam

In Kathmandu, find out how National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi is working to preserve traditional weaving practices in rural Nepal.

My name in Vietnamese means “independent”—I was born one year after the war ended in 1975. I was born in Nam Dinh Province, at the end of the Red River Delta, not far from Hanoi. My parents were farmers so my childhood memories were rice, chicken, pigs, and water buffalo—and the image of countryside. The Red River Delta is where water puppets, folk music, and pho come from.

It’s the people you meet Sit down with a Maori elder in New Zealand to talk about his culture, beliefs, the challenges his community faces, and whatever else comes up. Roll up your sleeves for a cooking lesson at a family-run agriturismo in Amalfi, Italy—and enjoy the meal together in the garden. Spend time in a Maasai village in Tanzania with the women who take part in the G Adventuressupported Clean Cookstove project, and hear first-hand how the project has impacted their lives.  Join Buddhist monks in Thailand for a prayer ceremony and a chance to talk about daily life.

It’s the impact you have When you travel with National Geographic Journeys, you help National Geographic’s mission to explore and protect our planet, and you support G Adventures’ community development initiatives worldwide.

Hobbies: Writing, badminton, ping pong, tai chi Favorite things to do on tour: Walking tours that feature street food and cooking classes

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” —Confucius

Tips for travelers to Vietnam: Try pho (rice noodle soup), nem (spring roll), and bun cha; walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and crawl into the Cu Chi Tunnel to experience how Vietnamese people lived and fought during the war.

Renzo Muñoz, Peru  Hola from Arequipa! I got to be in this business since I had a chance to see what my older brother was doing and how much he was enjoying traveling with guests and showing them our country. So I started my studies in tourism at the university to be a tour guide. Hobbies: Basketball (even though I'm a short person) Favorite things to do on tour: Visiting the masterpiece of the Inca culture—Machu Picchu—and imagining how it was a few hundred years ago!

Clockwise from top: new captions to come.

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Akayi Htet, Myanmar (Burma) I am from the city of Yangon. My English teacher became a tour guide and I was proud of him. So I took the test and I passed and now I am here as a CEO! I really like meeting different people from different countries. And I really want everyone in the world to see what it’s like in Burma. There is still a very small amount of tourism here, so it is very different than other Asian countries. Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and music Favorite things to do on tour: See pagodas—we have many! Shwedagon, that’s the landmark of Myanmar. You can’t imagine how beautiful it is, coated with gold leaf. You can see not only the pagoda, but also people and their ways of life there. Also, the sunrise balloon ride over the pagodas of Bagan. Tips for travelers to Myanmar: Be open and be relaxed.

Tips for travelers to Peru: Open your hearts and Visit our website to view The Heart of Myanmar minds…and try a bit of guinea pig! Most of the time (Burma) itinerary. travelers leave Peru surprised about the delicious food here.

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An unforgettable experience is at your fingertips. You can book your National Geographic

Journey, purchase extra activities, and make your air travel arrangements all in one phone call or a few clicks of a mouse. Our reservations team is available 24/7 to help you. Once you’ve reserved your space, all that’s left to do is daydream about your trip. (And pack, of course.)

we make it easy

100% Guaranteed Departures

Once you book your trip, you’re going. Period. Barring extreme weather or security issues, every National Geographic Journeys departure is guaranteed to run.

No extra fee for Solo travelers

If you’re traveling on your own, we’ll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. For those who need their alone time, look for the “My Own Room” rate on each itinerary.

Accommodations

Where you sleep is part of your experience too, even if you don’t spend a lot of time there. Accommodations are chosen for their comfort, convenience, value, and the special element they add to your trip—a phenomenal view, a piece of history, or access to a remote place. In the Amazon, settle into a bungalow with a private terrace, en suite bathroom, and running hot water (a luxury deep in the jungle). Check out the views (and the architecture) at a mountain hotel in Bhutan, or spend a night cruising New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound.

Add to Your Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you’re in need of suggestions, we’ve got them. Check out your National Geographic destination information for tips, or book an extra activity with us—a wildlife photography cruise on Botswana’s Chobe River, for instance, or a zip-line adventure in the jungles of Thailand. Look for the “Add to Your Experience” box on trip pages throughout this catalog, and make sure to reserve with us in advance to secure your space.

Lifetime Deposit

Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you if you ever have to cancel or postpone your trip. Your deposit can be transferred to another departure date or another National Geographic Journey, or you can use it later or transfer it to a friend.

lifelong explorer

Once you’ve traveled on three National Geographic Journeys, Expeditions, and/or Adventures, you’ll qualify for enrollment in our Lifelong Explorer program and receive a number of benefits, including discounts on all future trips. (See our website for more details.)

Above left: Travelers along the Pacuare River. Below, left to right: Our lodge in Peru’s rain forest; a traditional weaver; Pinsaqui Hacienda in Otavalo, Ecuador; views of the Taj Mahal

100%

Guaranteed Departures If you’re booked, you’re going!

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An unforgettable experience is at your fingertips. You can book your National Geographic

Journey, purchase extra activities, and make your air travel arrangements all in one phone call or a few clicks of a mouse. Our reservations team is available 24/7 to help you. Once you’ve reserved your space, all that’s left to do is daydream about your trip. (And pack, of course.)

we make it easy

100% Guaranteed Departures

Once you book your trip, you’re going. Period. Barring extreme weather or security issues, every National Geographic Journeys departure is guaranteed to run.

No extra fee for Solo travelers

If you’re traveling on your own, we’ll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. For those who need their alone time, look for the “My Own Room” rate on each itinerary.

Accommodations

Where you sleep is part of your experience too, even if you don’t spend a lot of time there. Accommodations are chosen for their comfort, convenience, value, and the special element they add to your trip—a phenomenal view, a piece of history, or access to a remote place. In the Amazon, settle into a bungalow with a private terrace, en suite bathroom, and running hot water (a luxury deep in the jungle). Check out the views (and the architecture) at a mountain hotel in Bhutan, or spend a night cruising New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound.

Add to Your Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you’re in need of suggestions, we’ve got them. Check out your National Geographic destination information for tips, or book an extra activity with us—a wildlife photography cruise on Botswana’s Chobe River, for instance, or a zip-line adventure in the jungles of Thailand. Look for the “Add to Your Experience” box on trip pages throughout this catalog, and make sure to reserve with us in advance to secure your space.

Lifetime Deposit

Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you if you ever have to cancel or postpone your trip. Your deposit can be transferred to another departure date or another National Geographic Journey, or you can use it later or transfer it to a friend.

lifelong explorer

Once you’ve traveled on three National Geographic Journeys, Expeditions, and/or Adventures, you’ll qualify for enrollment in our Lifelong Explorer program and receive a number of benefits, including discounts on all future trips. (See our website for more details.)

Above left: Travelers along the Pacuare River. Below, left to right: Our lodge in Peru’s rain forest; a traditional weaver; Pinsaqui Hacienda in Otavalo, Ecuador; views of the Taj Mahal

100%

Guaranteed Departures If you’re booked, you’re going!

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africa journey Highlights

oG  o on safari with a researcher sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

o E  ncounter spectacular Victoria Falls and follow a guide on trails around this natural wonder.

o T ake a behind-the-scenes tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with an expert from the South African National Biodiversity Institute, whose researchers have been supported by National Geographic.

oW  ander through a local market and enjoy dinner at a family home in Zimbabwe. “Sighting a leopard in a riverine fig tree at dusk, coming across a pride of lions feeding on a kill, or seeing a herd of elephant file with massive majesty across the savanna: These precious experiences will stay with you for a lifetime.”

EXPLORE southern africa

— Roberta Cosi, National Geographic Traveler: South Africa guidebook, 2013

12 DAYS | cape town to victoria falls ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

Experience southern Africa’s diverse wonders, from the glittering beauty of Cape Town to the vast wilderness of Kruger National Park—home of the “big five.” Then it’s onward to Victoria Falls, where you’ll feel the awesome power of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Encounter the amazing wildlife, landscapes, and culture of southern Africa on a journey of a lifetime. itinerary

African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Day 1 Cape Town Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Cape Town Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on a behind-thescenes tour with an expert. National Geographic Traveler magazine named these gardens among the top ten in the world. Explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, stopping to see the penguins at Boulders Beach (pictured far right). Enjoy free time the next day to visit Robben Island or Table Mountain, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. Day 4 Johannesburg Fly to Johannesburg. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South

Days 5–6 Panorama Route/Kruger National park Take a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window. Continue to our tented camp, conveniently located just outside Kruger National Park. The next morning, opt to take a bush walk before embarking on an afternoon wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle to take in views of the abundant wildlife. This evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible dinner on the deck. Days 7–8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve Head to a private nature reserve, and enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle wildlife safari drives while searching for Africa’s

“big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research and join us on one of our safari drives. Day 9 Johannesburg After one last safari, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a homecooked dinner at our guesthouse. Days 10–11 Victoria Falls Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls (pictured near right). Then walk through a local market before dinner at a family homestead. Get to know the family and share stories as we all help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. The next day, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. Day 12 Victoria Falls Depart at any time.

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Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $1,399

What’s included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cape Town and Victoria Falls are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Guesthouse (2 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotel (5 nights), safari tented camp in Kruger and Karongwe (4 nights) MEALS included

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $280–365 for meals not included. Transportation

victoria falls river rafting (zimbabwe) Feeling adventurous? Approach the falls on a rafting trip on the Zambezi River.

Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle

2017 DATES Jan 7–18 • Jan 14–25 • Jan 16–27

Jan 21–Feb 1 • Jan 28–Feb 8 • Feb 4–15 Feb 11–22 • Feb 18–Mar 1 • Feb 25–Mar 8 Mar 4–15 • Mar 11–22 • Mar 13–24 • Mar 18–29 Mar 25–Apr 5 • Apr 1–12 • Apr 8–19 • May 6–17 May 8–19 • May 13–24 • May 20–31 May 22–Jun 2 • May 27–Jun 7 • Jun 3–14 Jun 10–21 • Jun 17–28 • Jun 24–Jul 5 Jun 26–Jul 7 • Jul 1–12 • Jul 3–14 • Jul 8–19 Jul 10–21 • Jul 17–28 • Jul 24–Aug 4 Jul 29–Aug 9 • Jul 31–Aug 11 • Aug 7–18 Aug 12–23 • Aug 14–25 • Aug 19–30 Aug 21–Sept 1 • Aug 26–Sept 6 • Sept 2–13 Sept 4–15 • Sept 9–20 • Sept 16–27 Sept 23–Oct 4 • Oct 7–18 • Oct 9–20 Oct 14–25 • Oct 21–Nov 1 • Oct 28–Nov 8 Nov 4–15 • Nov 11–22 • Nov 18–29 Nov 25–Dec 6 • Nov 27–Dec 8 • Dec 2–13 Dec 9–20 • Dec 11–22 • Dec 16–27 • Dec 23, 2017– Jan 3, 2018 • Dec 30, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

victoria falls helicopter ride (zimbabwe) Prebook your ride and see the falls from above!

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Karongwe Private Game Reserve

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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africa journey Highlights

oG  o on safari with a researcher sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

o E  ncounter spectacular Victoria Falls and follow a guide on trails around this natural wonder.

o T ake a behind-the-scenes tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with an expert from the South African National Biodiversity Institute, whose researchers have been supported by National Geographic.

oW  ander through a local market and enjoy dinner at a family home in Zimbabwe. “Sighting a leopard in a riverine fig tree at dusk, coming across a pride of lions feeding on a kill, or seeing a herd of elephant file with massive majesty across the savanna: These precious experiences will stay with you for a lifetime.”

EXPLORE southern africa

— Roberta Cosi, National Geographic Traveler: South Africa guidebook, 2013

12 DAYS | cape town to victoria falls ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

Experience southern Africa’s diverse wonders, from the glittering beauty of Cape Town to the vast wilderness of Kruger National Park—home of the “big five.” Then it’s onward to Victoria Falls, where you’ll feel the awesome power of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Encounter the amazing wildlife, landscapes, and culture of southern Africa on a journey of a lifetime. itinerary

African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Day 1 Cape Town Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Cape Town Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on a behind-thescenes tour with an expert. National Geographic Traveler magazine named these gardens among the top ten in the world. Explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, stopping to see the penguins at Boulders Beach (pictured far right). Enjoy free time the next day to visit Robben Island or Table Mountain, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. Day 4 Johannesburg Fly to Johannesburg. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South

Days 5–6 Panorama Route/Kruger National park Take a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window. Continue to our tented camp, conveniently located just outside Kruger National Park. The next morning, opt to take a bush walk before embarking on an afternoon wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle to take in views of the abundant wildlife. This evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible dinner on the deck. Days 7–8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve Head to a private nature reserve, and enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle wildlife safari drives while searching for Africa’s

“big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research and join us on one of our safari drives. Day 9 Johannesburg After one last safari, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a homecooked dinner at our guesthouse. Days 10–11 Victoria Falls Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls (pictured near right). Then walk through a local market before dinner at a family homestead. Get to know the family and share stories as we all help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. The next day, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. Day 12 Victoria Falls Depart at any time.

From

3,399

$

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $1,399

What’s included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cape Town and Victoria Falls are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Guesthouse (2 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotel (5 nights), safari tented camp in Kruger and Karongwe (4 nights) MEALS included

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $280–365 for meals not included. Transportation

victoria falls river rafting (zimbabwe) Feeling adventurous? Approach the falls on a rafting trip on the Zambezi River.

Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle

2017 DATES Jan 7–18 • Jan 14–25 • Jan 16–27

Jan 21–Feb 1 • Jan 28–Feb 8 • Feb 4–15 Feb 11–22 • Feb 18–Mar 1 • Feb 25–Mar 8 Mar 4–15 • Mar 11–22 • Mar 13–24 • Mar 18–29 Mar 25–Apr 5 • Apr 1–12 • Apr 8–19 • May 6–17 May 8–19 • May 13–24 • May 20–31 May 22–Jun 2 • May 27–Jun 7 • Jun 3–14 Jun 10–21 • Jun 17–28 • Jun 24–Jul 5 Jun 26–Jul 7 • Jul 1–12 • Jul 3–14 • Jul 8–19 Jul 10–21 • Jul 17–28 • Jul 24–Aug 4 Jul 29–Aug 9 • Jul 31–Aug 11 • Aug 7–18 Aug 12–23 • Aug 14–25 • Aug 19–30 Aug 21–Sept 1 • Aug 26–Sept 6 • Sept 2–13 Sept 4–15 • Sept 9–20 • Sept 16–27 Sept 23–Oct 4 • Oct 7–18 • Oct 9–20 Oct 14–25 • Oct 21–Nov 1 • Oct 28–Nov 8 Nov 4–15 • Nov 11–22 • Nov 18–29 Nov 25–Dec 6 • Nov 27–Dec 8 • Dec 2–13 Dec 9–20 • Dec 11–22 • Dec 16–27 • Dec 23, 2017– Jan 3, 2018 • Dec 30, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

victoria falls helicopter ride (zimbabwe) Prebook your ride and see the falls from above!

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Victoria Falls ZI MBABWE

Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Kruger NP

Johannesburg

SOUTH

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Cape Town

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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africa journey Highlights

o S et out on safari in six incredible wildlife areas.

o L earn about rhino conservation

from members of the Kenya Wildlife Service, which has partnered with National Geographic to preserve the country’s wildlife habitats.

o V  isit a Maasai village and help build a clean–burning stove for the G Adventures-sponsored Clean Cookstoves Project.

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE Serengeti Balloon Safari

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13 DAYS | NAIROBI TO ARUSHA Itinerary DAYS 1–4 Nairobi, Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park Arrive at any time. The next day, travel to our comfortable tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara. On safari, spot elephants, leopards, lions, and much more. Opt to visit a Maasai village or ride a hot-air balloon. Visit Ubuntu Café, a G Adventures for Good-supported initiative that provides jobs and training for local women. Head east to Lake Nakuru National Park. Take an afternoon safari drive around Lake Nakuru, and learn about rhino conservation during a talk by a representative from the Kenya Wildlife Service. DAYS 5–7 Amboseli National Park/ Arusha, Tanzania After a sunrise safari, drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its elephant herds. Head out on morning and afternoon safaris, taking in iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then travel to Arusha, the gateway to the wildlife reserves of northern Tanzania. DAYS 8–10 Lake Manyara National Park/Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park Take a guided walk in Mto wa Mbu village, and share a traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to our safari lodge outside Lake Manyara National Park, and cross the park’s grassy floodplains on an afternoon safari, seeking out hippos, elephants, and tree-climbing lions. Visit a Maasai village to meet the “Maasai Mamas” and learn about their G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves Project. Continue to the Olduvai Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage

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site where the Leakey family has unearthed some of the most important fossil finds in history with support from National Geographic. Visit the onsite museum, and then travel to our safari camp inside Serengeti National Park. Opt to take a sunrise balloon ride before a full-day wildlife safari. Later, visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre for a talk by a researcher. DAYS 10–13 Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Arusha Spot wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti, and take in an incredible sunset over Lake Eyasi this evening. Depart early the next morning for the Ngorongoro Crater, and descend to the crater floor for a wildlife viewing drive and a picnic lunch. Drive to Arusha and depart at any time the next day.

From

7,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: $ group size: Max 6

2,099

2017 DATES Jan 2–14 • Jan 7–19 • Jan 14–26

Jan 21–Feb 2 • Feb 4–16 • Feb 11–23 Feb 27–Mar 11 • Jun 19–Jul 1 • Jun 24–Jul 6 Jun 25–Jul 7 • Jul 1–13 • Jul 8–20 • Jul 9–21 Jul 15–27 • Jul 16–28 • Jul 22–Aug 3 Jul 30–Aug 11 • Aug 5–17 • Aug 12–24 Aug 13–25 • Aug 19–31 • Aug 20–Sept 1 Aug 26–Sept 7 • Sept 2–14 • Sept 9–21 Sept 10–22 • Sept 16–28 • Sept 24–Oct 6 Sept 30–Oct 12 • Oct 7–19 • Oct 15–27 Nov 18–30 • Dec 2–14 • Dec 9–21 Dec 16–28 • Dec 23, 2017–Jan 4, 2018 Dec 24, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

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Lake Nakuru NP Masai Mara National Reserve Olduvai Gorge Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater

TA NZA NI A

Nairobi Amboseli NP

Arusha Lake Manyara NP

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable safari tented camps (8 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotels (3 nights), safari lodge (1 night) MEALS included 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners. Allow an additional $165-215 for meals not included. Transportation 7-seat 4x4 safari van, private minibus

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Explore Kruger National Park

Wonders of Namibia

7 DAYS | johannesburg to johannesburg

10 DAYS | Windhoek to Windhoek

VENTURE INTO South Africa’s legendary wilderness to search for leopards, lions, rhinos, and much more in

the Greater Kruger area. Meet local families in a rural village, and discuss conservation efforts while on safari with a researcher from the National Geographic–supported Carnivore Conservation Programme.

itinerary at a glance DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG Arrive and transfer to the guesthouse. Enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) welcome dinner. DAYS 2–3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Drive along the scenic Panorama Route on the way to our safari camp, located just outside Kruger National Park. The next day, spot wildlife on an optional early morning bushwalk and afternoon safari before embarking on an evening wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the deck or in the boma. DAYS 4–5 KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Visit a G Adventures– supported school and nearby village before continuing to a private nature reserve. Enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle wildlife viewing drives. Go on safari with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. DAYS 6–7 JOHANNESBURG After a final safari drive, head back to the city. Depart at any time the next day.

journey Highlights

o W  itness the wildlife of Kruger National Park on open-vehicle safaris and optional bushwalks. o G  o on safari with a National Geographic–sponsored researcher and learn about ongoing research. o V  isit a local school and learn about everyday life in a rural village.

From

2,099

$

Wildlife, rock art, ancient cultures, and some of the most unusual landscapes on Earth—Namibia has something for everyone. Set out safari in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park, and observe cheetahs close up at the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund. Peer at petroglyphs, spend time in a local township, and climb some of the most dramatic dunes on the planet. itinerary at a glance DAYS 1–3 WINDHOEK/SESRIEM Arrive in Windhoek. Drive to the desert town of Sesriem and head to the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park and Sesriem Canyon. DAYS 4–5 SWAKOPMUND Travel to Swakopmund, stopping in the desert for a lesson on ancient survival strategies. Go quad-biking or sandboarding on the coastal desert, and, tour a township before dinner and music in a family home. DAYS 6–8 TWYFELFONTEIN/ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Examine ancient petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein. Then visit the Petrified Forest national monument on the way to Etosha National Park, where we’ll take an openvehicle wildlife viewing drive. Embark on another safari at sunrise the next morning and enjoy free time in the afternoon. DAYS 9–10 WINDHOEK Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Laurie Marker. Learn about ongoing efforts to study and protect cheetahs before a safari drive. Spend a final evening in Windhoek and depart at any time the following day. journey Highlights

o V  isit the Cheetah Conservation Fund

for a lecture and a wildlife safari drive. o M  eet the residents of Mondesa TownMy Own Room ship and enjoy dinner and entertainment option: + $699 in a family home. group size: Max 9 o E xplore the dunes of Namib-Naukluft See page 42 for dates. National Park. Airfare to/from is not included.

See website for further trip detials.

From

2,799

$

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 699

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip detials.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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africa journey Highlights

o S et out on safari in six incredible wildlife areas.

o L earn about rhino conservation

from members of the Kenya Wildlife Service, which has partnered with National Geographic to preserve the country’s wildlife habitats.

o V  isit a Maasai village and help build a clean–burning stove for the G Adventures-sponsored Clean Cookstoves Project.

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE Serengeti Balloon Safari

Don’t miss your chance! Book your balloon safari today.

13 DAYS | NAIROBI TO ARUSHA Itinerary DAYS 1–4 Nairobi, Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park Arrive at any time. The next day, travel to our comfortable tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara. On safari, spot elephants, leopards, lions, and much more. Opt to visit a Maasai village or ride a hot-air balloon. Visit Ubuntu Café, a G Adventures for Good-supported initiative that provides jobs and training for local women. Head east to Lake Nakuru National Park. Take an afternoon safari drive around Lake Nakuru, and learn about rhino conservation during a talk by a representative from the Kenya Wildlife Service. DAYS 5–7 Amboseli National Park/ Arusha, Tanzania After a sunrise safari, drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its elephant herds. Head out on morning and afternoon safaris, taking in iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then travel to Arusha, the gateway to the wildlife reserves of northern Tanzania. DAYS 8–10 Lake Manyara National Park/Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park Take a guided walk in Mto wa Mbu village, and share a traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to our safari lodge outside Lake Manyara National Park, and cross the park’s grassy floodplains on an afternoon safari, seeking out hippos, elephants, and tree-climbing lions. Visit a Maasai village to meet the “Maasai Mamas” and learn about their G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves Project. Continue to the Olduvai Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage

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site where the Leakey family has unearthed some of the most important fossil finds in history with support from National Geographic. Visit the onsite museum, and then travel to our safari camp inside Serengeti National Park. Opt to take a sunrise balloon ride before a full-day wildlife safari. Later, visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre for a talk by a researcher. DAYS 10–13 Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Arusha Spot wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti, and take in an incredible sunset over Lake Eyasi this evening. Depart early the next morning for the Ngorongoro Crater, and descend to the crater floor for a wildlife viewing drive and a picnic lunch. Drive to Arusha and depart at any time the next day.

From

7,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: $ group size: Max 6

2,099

2017 DATES Jan 2–14 • Jan 7–19 • Jan 14–26

Jan 21–Feb 2 • Feb 4–16 • Feb 11–23 Feb 27–Mar 11 • Jun 19–Jul 1 • Jun 24–Jul 6 Jun 25–Jul 7 • Jul 1–13 • Jul 8–20 • Jul 9–21 Jul 15–27 • Jul 16–28 • Jul 22–Aug 3 Jul 30–Aug 11 • Aug 5–17 • Aug 12–24 Aug 13–25 • Aug 19–31 • Aug 20–Sept 1 Aug 26–Sept 7 • Sept 2–14 • Sept 9–21 Sept 10–22 • Sept 16–28 • Sept 24–Oct 6 Sept 30–Oct 12 • Oct 7–19 • Oct 15–27 Nov 18–30 • Dec 2–14 • Dec 9–21 Dec 16–28 • Dec 23, 2017–Jan 4, 2018 Dec 24, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

KE NYA

Lake Nakuru NP Masai Mara National Reserve Olduvai Gorge Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater

TA NZA NI A

Nairobi Amboseli NP

Arusha Lake Manyara NP

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable safari tented camps (8 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotels (3 nights), safari lodge (1 night) MEALS included 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners. Allow an additional $165-215 for meals not included. Transportation 7-seat 4x4 safari van, private minibus

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Explore Kruger National Park

Wonders of Namibia

7 DAYS | johannesburg to johannesburg

10 DAYS | Windhoek to Windhoek

VENTURE INTO South Africa’s legendary wilderness to search for leopards, lions, rhinos, and much more in

the Greater Kruger area. Meet local families in a rural village, and discuss conservation efforts while on safari with a researcher from the National Geographic–supported Carnivore Conservation Programme.

itinerary at a glance DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG Arrive and transfer to the guesthouse. Enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) welcome dinner. DAYS 2–3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Drive along the scenic Panorama Route on the way to our safari camp, located just outside Kruger National Park. The next day, spot wildlife on an optional early morning bushwalk and afternoon safari before embarking on an evening wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the deck or in the boma. DAYS 4–5 KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Visit a G Adventures– supported school and nearby village before continuing to a private nature reserve. Enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle wildlife viewing drives. Go on safari with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. DAYS 6–7 JOHANNESBURG After a final safari drive, head back to the city. Depart at any time the next day.

journey Highlights

o W  itness the wildlife of Kruger National Park on open-vehicle safaris and optional bushwalks. o G  o on safari with a National Geographic–sponsored researcher and learn about ongoing research. o V  isit a local school and learn about everyday life in a rural village.

From

2,099

$

Wildlife, rock art, ancient cultures, and some of the most unusual landscapes on Earth—Namibia has something for everyone. Set out safari in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park, and observe cheetahs close up at the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund. Peer at petroglyphs, spend time in a local township, and climb some of the most dramatic dunes on the planet. itinerary at a glance DAYS 1–3 WINDHOEK/SESRIEM Arrive in Windhoek. Drive to the desert town of Sesriem and head to the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park and Sesriem Canyon. DAYS 4–5 SWAKOPMUND Travel to Swakopmund, stopping in the desert for a lesson on ancient survival strategies. Go quad-biking or sandboarding on the coastal desert, and, tour a township before dinner and music in a family home. DAYS 6–8 TWYFELFONTEIN/ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Examine ancient petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein. Then visit the Petrified Forest national monument on the way to Etosha National Park, where we’ll take an openvehicle wildlife viewing drive. Embark on another safari at sunrise the next morning and enjoy free time in the afternoon. DAYS 9–10 WINDHOEK Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Laurie Marker. Learn about ongoing efforts to study and protect cheetahs before a safari drive. Spend a final evening in Windhoek and depart at any time the following day. journey Highlights

o V  isit the Cheetah Conservation Fund

for a lecture and a wildlife safari drive. o M  eet the residents of Mondesa TownMy Own Room ship and enjoy dinner and entertainment option: + $699 in a family home. group size: Max 9 o E xplore the dunes of Namib-Naukluft See page 42 for dates. National Park. Airfare to/from is not included.

See website for further trip detials.

From

2,799

$

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 699

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip detials.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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AFRICA journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o S et out on open-vehicle wildlife

oO  bserve numerous primate species

viewing drives in Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. o P ly the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a houseboat on a twonight cruise.  eet an author and her storytelling o M troupe to hear local legends over a traditional meal.

botswana safari experience 10 DAYS | victoria falls to victoria falls itinerary Day 1 Victoria Falls Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Okavango Delta Cross the border into Botswana via Namibia and transfer to a houseboat, our home in the Okavango Delta for the next two nights. Cruise the delta’s channels on the lookout for amazing wildlife. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsodilo Hills, or relax on deck. Day 4 Maun Transfer to the frontier town of Maun. Enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers, a local enterprise dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Days 5–6 Khwai River/Moremi Game Reserve Drive to the Khwai River area beside the Moremi Game Reserve. Embark on open-vehicle wildlife viewing drives with time to relax at our comfortable tented camp. Day 7 Chobe National park Travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to the Ghoha Hills, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding bush. Relax at our camp and learn about the parks and reserves during an informative talk with a local expert. Enjoy late-afternoon wildlife viewing in open vehicles. Day 8 Chobe National park/Kasane After an early start, take a slow safari drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, home to some of the world’s largest elephant populations. Buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Later, opt to take a sunset photography river cruise accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife expert and guide.

From

6,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 9

+ 1,299

2017 DATES Mar 8–17 • Apr 12–21 • May 17–26

Jun 21–30 • Jul 5–14 • Jul 19–28 • Aug 9–18 Aug 23–Sept 1 • Sept 6–15 • Sept 20–29 Oct 4–13 • Oct 18–27 • Nov 8–17 Dec 27, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Okavango Delta flight, Chobe photo cruise, and Chobe photo safari drive are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (4 nights), comfortable safari tents in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park (3 nights), houseboat on the Okavango Delta (2 nights) meals included 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $150–195 for meals not included. Transportation 4x4 vehicle, van, boat

on mountain gorilla treks, a golden monkey trek, and a chimpanzee trek.

o Meet a researcher at the Karisoke

Research Center, founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey.

o A  ttend a drum workshop and enjoy a meal prepared by women at a center sponsored by G Adventures.

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

$

9 DAYS | kigali to entebbe

group size: Max 7

itinerary Day 1 Kigali Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National park Visit the unforgettable Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about a tragic period in Rwanda’s past. Then take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. Continue north into the hills to our lodge, located just outside Volcanoes National Park. Settle in and relax, taking in stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. Days 3–4 Volcanoes National park Head into the jungle-covered slopes of the park with a guide. Search for mountain gorilla families, and then sit quietly to observe them in their natural habitat—a truly life-changing

experience. Get insights on these endangered creatures from a researcher from the Karisoke Research Center, where Dian Fossey studied mountain gorillas with support from National Geographic. The next day, go out with a guide in search of another species that inhabits these hills: the golden monkey. Take a stroll through a nearby village this afternoon. Days 5–7 Queen Elizabeth National park Cross into Uganda and arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek in search of chimpanzees and enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo and lions. Then cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. Day 8 Entebbe After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker’s workshop.

From

5,399

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,399

2017 DATES Jan 7–15 • Jan 14–22 • Feb 18–26

Jun 3–11 • Jun 17–25 • Jul 1–9 • Jul 8–16 Jul 15–23 • Jul 22–30 • Aug 5–13 • Aug 12–20 Aug 19–27 • Sept 2–10 • Oct 7–15 • Dec 16–24 Dec 30, 2017–Jan 7, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotel/lodges that reflect the local character (8 nights) meals included 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $85–110 for meals not included. Transportation 4x4 land cruiser, hiking, boat

Day 9 Entebbe Depart at any time.

Days 9–10 Victoria Falls Cross the border back into Zimbabwe and enjoy our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. Z A MB I A

Victoria Falls

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

okavango delta flight Get a bird’s-eye view of the Okavango. chobe photo river safari Cruise the Chobe River in a boat custom-designed for photographers. chobe photo Safari drive Get the best wildlife shots on a photo safari—camera equipment included.

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

N A M I B I A

U G A N D A

Queen Elizabeth NP

Entebbe

Kasane/Chobe NP Savuti/Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Z I MB A B WE

Khwai River/ Moremi Game Reserve

Maun

Volcanoes NP

Kigali RWA N D A

B O T S WAN A

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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AFRICA journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o S et out on open-vehicle wildlife

oO  bserve numerous primate species

viewing drives in Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. o P ly the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a houseboat on a twonight cruise.  eet an author and her storytelling o M troupe to hear local legends over a traditional meal.

botswana safari experience 10 DAYS | victoria falls to victoria falls itinerary Day 1 Victoria Falls Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Okavango Delta Cross the border into Botswana via Namibia and transfer to a houseboat, our home in the Okavango Delta for the next two nights. Cruise the delta’s channels on the lookout for amazing wildlife. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsodilo Hills, or relax on deck. Day 4 Maun Transfer to the frontier town of Maun. Enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers, a local enterprise dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Days 5–6 Khwai River/Moremi Game Reserve Drive to the Khwai River area beside the Moremi Game Reserve. Embark on open-vehicle wildlife viewing drives with time to relax at our comfortable tented camp. Day 7 Chobe National park Travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to the Ghoha Hills, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding bush. Relax at our camp and learn about the parks and reserves during an informative talk with a local expert. Enjoy late-afternoon wildlife viewing in open vehicles. Day 8 Chobe National park/Kasane After an early start, take a slow safari drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, home to some of the world’s largest elephant populations. Buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Later, opt to take a sunset photography river cruise accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife expert and guide.

From

6,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 9

+ 1,299

2017 DATES Mar 8–17 • Apr 12–21 • May 17–26

Jun 21–30 • Jul 5–14 • Jul 19–28 • Aug 9–18 Aug 23–Sept 1 • Sept 6–15 • Sept 20–29 Oct 4–13 • Oct 18–27 • Nov 8–17 Dec 27, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Okavango Delta flight, Chobe photo cruise, and Chobe photo safari drive are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (4 nights), comfortable safari tents in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park (3 nights), houseboat on the Okavango Delta (2 nights) meals included 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $150–195 for meals not included. Transportation 4x4 vehicle, van, boat

on mountain gorilla treks, a golden monkey trek, and a chimpanzee trek.

o Meet a researcher at the Karisoke

Research Center, founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey.

o A  ttend a drum workshop and enjoy a meal prepared by women at a center sponsored by G Adventures.

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

$

9 DAYS | kigali to entebbe

group size: Max 7

itinerary Day 1 Kigali Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National park Visit the unforgettable Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about a tragic period in Rwanda’s past. Then take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. Continue north into the hills to our lodge, located just outside Volcanoes National Park. Settle in and relax, taking in stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. Days 3–4 Volcanoes National park Head into the jungle-covered slopes of the park with a guide. Search for mountain gorilla families, and then sit quietly to observe them in their natural habitat—a truly life-changing

experience. Get insights on these endangered creatures from a researcher from the Karisoke Research Center, where Dian Fossey studied mountain gorillas with support from National Geographic. The next day, go out with a guide in search of another species that inhabits these hills: the golden monkey. Take a stroll through a nearby village this afternoon. Days 5–7 Queen Elizabeth National park Cross into Uganda and arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek in search of chimpanzees and enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo and lions. Then cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. Day 8 Entebbe After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker’s workshop.

From

5,399

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,399

2017 DATES Jan 7–15 • Jan 14–22 • Feb 18–26

Jun 3–11 • Jun 17–25 • Jul 1–9 • Jul 8–16 Jul 15–23 • Jul 22–30 • Aug 5–13 • Aug 12–20 Aug 19–27 • Sept 2–10 • Oct 7–15 • Dec 16–24 Dec 30, 2017–Jan 7, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotel/lodges that reflect the local character (8 nights) meals included 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $85–110 for meals not included. Transportation 4x4 land cruiser, hiking, boat

Day 9 Entebbe Depart at any time.

Days 9–10 Victoria Falls Cross the border back into Zimbabwe and enjoy our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. Z A MB I A

Victoria Falls

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

okavango delta flight Get a bird’s-eye view of the Okavango. chobe photo river safari Cruise the Chobe River in a boat custom-designed for photographers. chobe photo Safari drive Get the best wildlife shots on a photo safari—camera equipment included.

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

N A M I B I A

U G A N D A

Queen Elizabeth NP

Entebbe

Kasane/Chobe NP Savuti/Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Z I MB A B WE

Khwai River/ Moremi Game Reserve

Maun

Volcanoes NP

Kigali RWA N D A

B O T S WAN A

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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asia journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o E xperience the vibrant cultures

o T ake a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old

and treasures of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. oG  lide along Bangkok’s canals and venture into Chiang Mai’s markets. o T our UNESCO World Heritage–listed Louangphrabang and take a boat to visit the cave temples at Pak Ou. o  xplore Angkor Wat and enjoy a  E Khmer lunch at a G Adventures– supported vocational training restaurant.

discover southeast asia 18 DAYS | bangkok to siem reap

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai Explore the enchanting city of Bangkok and take a boat ride along the canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Days 3–4 Chiang Mai Visit a market with a local chef to learn about key ingredients before enjoying a Thai cooking class and lunch. Later, visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and experience the lively night market. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore Chiang Mai. Then visit a rural village to meet a local family and sit down for an authentic Khantoke dinner in their home. Day 5 LouangPhrabang Fly to Louangphrabang, and take an orientation walk around this World Heritage-listed town. Days 6–7 LouangPhrabang Rise at dawn to meet local monks and receive a blessing. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on to Wat Visoun and walk through the temple with a monk. Then catch a boat to the cave temples at Pak Ou and stop in local villages. The next day, visit Kuang Si waterfall before some free time to explore the night market. Day 8 Hanoi Fly to Hanoi and enjoy a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter. Have lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth.

mausoleum before continuing to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional-style junk boat with a local guide. Explore the limestone caves and feast on fresh seafood. Then sit back and relax on deck. Day 10 Hanoi Take a morning cruise around Ha Long Bay with an option to kayak before transferring back to Hanoi. Explore the area during a free afternoon. Days 11–12 Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. The next day, go on a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. Days 13–14 Phnom Penh Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out on an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront to see key city sites, and opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club for sunset drinks. The next day, reflect on the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to the Choeung Ek memorial and the Tuol Sleng prison.

3,799

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

Feb 25–Mar 14 • Apr 15–May 2 • May 20–Jun 6 Jun 10–27 • Jul 8–25 • Jul 29–Aug 15 • Sept 2–19 Oct 7–24 • Nov 11–28 • Dec 9–26 Dec 16, 2017 –Jan 2, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal

flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion is at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (16 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night) meals included 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

2 dinners. Allow an additional $225–295 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus/van, boat, tuk-tuk,

plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat

Days 16–17 Angkor Wat/Siem Reap Spend two days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide. Sit down to a traditional Khmer lunch at New Hope, a vocational training school supported by G Adventures. Then enjoy a fantastic performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Day 18 Siem Reap Depart at any time.

Day 9 Ha long Bay Visit Ho Chi Minh’s

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+ 1,759

2017 DATES Feb 4–21 • Feb 18–Mar 7

Day 15 Siem Reap Drive to Siem Reap, and take an orientation walk.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Hanoi

Ha Long Bay

Louangphrabang Chiang Mai

TH AIL AN D

LA O S

Angkor

Bangkok

o S et sail on Ha Long Bay in a traditional-style junk boat.

oH  ike through hill tribe villages to experience rural life.

o C  ook up a delicious noodle dish at a G Adventures–supported youth-training culinary school. From

explore vietnam

From

group size: Max 16

itinerary

Quarter.

V I E T N AM

Siem Reap

C AM B O DI A

Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

13 DAYS | hanoi to ho chi minh city Itinerary Day 1 Hanoi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Mai Chau Start off the day with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley and spend a night in a rural lodge, our base for exploring the area and learning about Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes. Day 4 Hanoi Return to Hanoi to discover the city’s colonial architecture and historic sites. Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, ironically referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs during the Vietnam War. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is embalmed in a glass case, and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life. Later, take a seat on a three-wheel cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Keep your camera handy as your driver navigates through the bustling streets. Day 5 Ha long Bay Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our traditional-style wooden junk boat (pictured above) awaits. Set sail into turquoise waters dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and sculpted limestone formations. Opt to go kayaking, or relax on board. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. Days 6–7 Hue After a morning on the bay, transfer back to Hanoi and catch a flight to Hue, the capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945. Explore the ancient walled citadel containing the imperial palace and travel into the countryside to visit the final resting place of former emperors.

Days 8–10 Hoi An Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal city of Hoi An and take a walking tour of the charming old city. Learn to make a traditional lantern at the G Adventures–supported Lifestart Foundation, which provides employment to local residents with chronic disabilities. The next day, take an Oodles of Noodles cooking class during which you’ll visit local markets to learn about noodles, then head to a culinary school to cook lunch with the students. The next day is free to explore on your own. Days 11–12 Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and opt to take a cyclo tour around the markets and shops. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital role they played during the Vietnam War. Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City Depart at any time.

2,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,289

2017 DATES Jan 1–13 • Jan 15–27 • Jan 29–Feb 10

Feb 12–24 • Feb 26–Mar 10 • Mar 12–24 Mar 26–Apr 7 • Apr 2–14 • Apr 16–28 • May 14–26 Jun 18–30 • Jul 2–14 • Jul 16–28 • Aug 13–25 Sept 10–22 • Oct 15–27 • Nov 5–17 Nov 19–Dec 1 • Nov 26–Dec 8 • Dec 3–15 Dec 17–29 • Dec 24, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 12, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion and Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night), lodge (2 nights) MEALS included 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $155–205 for meals not included. Transportation Bus, boat, cyclo, plane

Hanoi Mai Chau

Ha Long Bay

VIET NAM L AOS

Hue Hoi An T HAIL AND

CAMBODIA

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

19


asia journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o E xperience the vibrant cultures

o T ake a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old

and treasures of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. oG  lide along Bangkok’s canals and venture into Chiang Mai’s markets. o T our UNESCO World Heritage–listed Louangphrabang and take a boat to visit the cave temples at Pak Ou. o  xplore Angkor Wat and enjoy a  E Khmer lunch at a G Adventures– supported vocational training restaurant.

discover southeast asia 18 DAYS | bangkok to siem reap

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai Explore the enchanting city of Bangkok and take a boat ride along the canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Days 3–4 Chiang Mai Visit a market with a local chef to learn about key ingredients before enjoying a Thai cooking class and lunch. Later, visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and experience the lively night market. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore Chiang Mai. Then visit a rural village to meet a local family and sit down for an authentic Khantoke dinner in their home. Day 5 LouangPhrabang Fly to Louangphrabang, and take an orientation walk around this World Heritage-listed town. Days 6–7 LouangPhrabang Rise at dawn to meet local monks and receive a blessing. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on to Wat Visoun and walk through the temple with a monk. Then catch a boat to the cave temples at Pak Ou and stop in local villages. The next day, visit Kuang Si waterfall before some free time to explore the night market. Day 8 Hanoi Fly to Hanoi and enjoy a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter. Have lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth.

mausoleum before continuing to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional-style junk boat with a local guide. Explore the limestone caves and feast on fresh seafood. Then sit back and relax on deck. Day 10 Hanoi Take a morning cruise around Ha Long Bay with an option to kayak before transferring back to Hanoi. Explore the area during a free afternoon. Days 11–12 Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. The next day, go on a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. Days 13–14 Phnom Penh Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out on an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront to see key city sites, and opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club for sunset drinks. The next day, reflect on the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to the Choeung Ek memorial and the Tuol Sleng prison.

3,799

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

Feb 25–Mar 14 • Apr 15–May 2 • May 20–Jun 6 Jun 10–27 • Jul 8–25 • Jul 29–Aug 15 • Sept 2–19 Oct 7–24 • Nov 11–28 • Dec 9–26 Dec 16, 2017 –Jan 2, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal

flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion is at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (16 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night) meals included 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

2 dinners. Allow an additional $225–295 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus/van, boat, tuk-tuk,

plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat

Days 16–17 Angkor Wat/Siem Reap Spend two days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide. Sit down to a traditional Khmer lunch at New Hope, a vocational training school supported by G Adventures. Then enjoy a fantastic performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Day 18 Siem Reap Depart at any time.

Day 9 Ha long Bay Visit Ho Chi Minh’s

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+ 1,759

2017 DATES Feb 4–21 • Feb 18–Mar 7

Day 15 Siem Reap Drive to Siem Reap, and take an orientation walk.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Hanoi

Ha Long Bay

Louangphrabang Chiang Mai

TH AIL AN D

LA O S

Angkor

Bangkok

o S et sail on Ha Long Bay in a traditional-style junk boat.

oH  ike through hill tribe villages to experience rural life.

o C  ook up a delicious noodle dish at a G Adventures–supported youth-training culinary school. From

explore vietnam

From

group size: Max 16

itinerary

Quarter.

V I E T N AM

Siem Reap

C AM B O DI A

Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

13 DAYS | hanoi to ho chi minh city Itinerary Day 1 Hanoi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Mai Chau Start off the day with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley and spend a night in a rural lodge, our base for exploring the area and learning about Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes. Day 4 Hanoi Return to Hanoi to discover the city’s colonial architecture and historic sites. Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, ironically referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs during the Vietnam War. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is embalmed in a glass case, and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life. Later, take a seat on a three-wheel cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Keep your camera handy as your driver navigates through the bustling streets. Day 5 Ha long Bay Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our traditional-style wooden junk boat (pictured above) awaits. Set sail into turquoise waters dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and sculpted limestone formations. Opt to go kayaking, or relax on board. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. Days 6–7 Hue After a morning on the bay, transfer back to Hanoi and catch a flight to Hue, the capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945. Explore the ancient walled citadel containing the imperial palace and travel into the countryside to visit the final resting place of former emperors.

Days 8–10 Hoi An Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal city of Hoi An and take a walking tour of the charming old city. Learn to make a traditional lantern at the G Adventures–supported Lifestart Foundation, which provides employment to local residents with chronic disabilities. The next day, take an Oodles of Noodles cooking class during which you’ll visit local markets to learn about noodles, then head to a culinary school to cook lunch with the students. The next day is free to explore on your own. Days 11–12 Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and opt to take a cyclo tour around the markets and shops. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital role they played during the Vietnam War. Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City Depart at any time.

2,099

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,289

2017 DATES Jan 1–13 • Jan 15–27 • Jan 29–Feb 10

Feb 12–24 • Feb 26–Mar 10 • Mar 12–24 Mar 26–Apr 7 • Apr 2–14 • Apr 16–28 • May 14–26 Jun 18–30 • Jul 2–14 • Jul 16–28 • Aug 13–25 Sept 10–22 • Oct 15–27 • Nov 5–17 Nov 19–Dec 1 • Nov 26–Dec 8 • Dec 3–15 Dec 17–29 • Dec 24, 2017–Jan 5, 2018 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 12, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion and Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night), lodge (2 nights) MEALS included 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $155–205 for meals not included. Transportation Bus, boat, cyclo, plane

Hanoi Mai Chau

Ha Long Bay

VIET NAM L AOS

Hue Hoi An T HAIL AND

CAMBODIA

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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asia journey Highlights

journey Highlights

oV  isit National Geographic grantee

oG  et up close to pandas at a

Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan Indigenous Society, and learn about her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region. o S tay overnight at a Buddhist monastery in Pharping, and visit a Tibetan refugee camp in Pokhara.  earch for leopards, elephants, and o S rhinos in Chitwan National Park.

nepal: himalaya highlights 10 DAYS | kathmandu TO kathmandu

From

1,999

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 879

group size: Max 15

breeding center in Chengdu.

o E xplore Lhasa’s palaces and

temples, and make Tibetan dumplings with a local chef. o T ake a shipboard tai chi lesson as you cruise through the Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze River. ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

explore china & tibet

From

15 DAYS | beijing to shanghai

$

2017 DATES Jan 15–24 • Feb 19–28 • Mar 5–14

Itinerary Day 1 Kathmandu Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner are included. Day 2 Kathmandu Spend the day exploring the historic treasures of Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Highlights include Bodhnath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas, and the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Visit SASANE, the G Adventures–supported Sisterhood of Survivors project, a recent winner in the 12th United Nations World Tourism Organization Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women there before enjoying an authentic lunch. Then, walk with one of the participants to learn about the project firsthand. Later, meet with representatives from the Himalayan Indigenous Society and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve ancient weaving traditions in the Upper Mustang region. Day 3 Pharping Opt to take in breathtaking views of Mount Everest on a morning sightseeing flight. Later, see the temples and palaces of Durbar Square. Then drive to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse where approximately 200 monks are in residence. Learn about life in the monastery and participate in daily rituals alongside the monks. Walk or cycle the grounds and the trails of the surrounding forest.

Choose from a variety of optional activities, including nature walks or visits to local villages. Days 5–6 ChitwaN National park Drive to Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Established in 1973, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Enjoy two days of nature and cultural walks; boating; and a jeep safari in search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and more. Days 7–8 Pokhara Nestled in a tranquil valley, Pokhara lies along a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods from remote regions of the Himalaya. Go boating on beautiful Phewa Lake (pictured above) and then hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Later, visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through this friendly community, now home to over 500, and see a photo gallery documenting its history before a traditional lunch at the camp’s restaurant.

Mar 12–21 • Mar 26–Apr 4 • Apr 16–25 • Apr 21–30 • May 19–28 • Jul 14–23 • Aug 11–20 Sept 1–10 • Sept 17–26 • Oct 6–15 • Oct 15–24 Oct 29–Nov 7 • Nov 12–21 • Nov 26–Dec 5 Dec 10–19 • Dec 24, 2017–Jan 2, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional scenic flight to Mount Everest and the optional activities in Kathmandu are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), monastery guesthouse (1 night) MEALS included 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

4 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus, plane, boat,

walking

Day 9 Kathmandu Catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. You may also opt to visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the 1,500-year-old temple and World Heritage site of Swayambhunath, perched on a hilltop above the city.

CHINA

Mt Everest

Pokhara Kurintar

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Kathmandu

Pharping Chitwan NP

INDIA

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Day 1 Beijing Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer to the hotel is included. Kick off your trip with a welcome dinner of Peking duck. Day 2 Beijing Enjoy a tour of Tiananmen Square, the lavish Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, with free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Day 3 Beijing Take a walk along the Great Wall (pictured above), exploring its towers and enjoying outstanding views. This evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi’an. Days 4–5 Xi’an Take in incredible views of Xi’an with a bike ride along its city walls. In the evening, visit the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets for the chance to try some of the best street food in China. The next day, visit the famed terra-cotta warriors and then have lunch in the local farming village where these archaeological treasures were discovered. Day 6 Lhasa Fly over the Himalaya to Tibet. Set off on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.

Day 10 Kathmandu Depart at any time.

Day 4 Kurintar Drive to Kurintar and arrive at our lodge, which sits on a ridge amid the hills and overlooks the banks of the Trishuli River.

Itinerary

NEPA L

Days 7–8 Lhasa Enjoy a guided visit to Potala Palace, the sacred Jokhang temple, and the Tibetan Medical Institute. The next day, visit 15th-century Sera Monastery, then take a cooking class with a local chef to make (and eat) Tibetan momo dumplings. Also visit a thangka academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhists.

Day 10 Chengdu/Chongqing Visit a panda breeding center to observe these iconic national treasures and learn about their life cycle and habitat. Later, board a riverboat for your first of three nights on the Yangtze. Days 11–12 Yangtze River Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that may include: visiting Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream; sailing through Three Gorges Dam ship locks; and an optional excursion to White Emperor City (all depending on the season and river conditions). Relax in your well-appointed cabin and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and calligraphy classes. Day 13 Shanghai Take a tour of Three Gorges Dam before flying to Shanghai. Day 14 Shanghai Enjoy free time to explore on your own, or opt to visit Yuyuan Garden or the Shanghai Museum. This evening, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats. Visit their training room to interact with them and learn about this ancient tradition before attending an awe-inspiring performance.

beijing kung fu show

Follow the tale of a kung fu master in an art and dance performance.

4,399

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,249

group size: Max 15

2017 DATES Apr 8–22 • May 7–21 • May 13–27

Jun 10–24 • Jul 8–22 • Sept 9–23 • Sept 23–Oct 7 Oct 7–21 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional visits to Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, and the Beijing kung fu show are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (10 nights), soft sleeper overnight train (1 night), Yangtze riverboat (3 nights) MEALS included 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $365–475 for meals not included. Transportation Train, minibus, cruise boat, small canal boat, ferry, plane, bicycle

Beijing

Day 15 Shanghai Depart at any time. CHINA

Xi’an

Shanghai

Chengdu Lhasa

Chongqing

Yichang TAIWAN

Day 9 Chengdu Fly to Chengdu and sample the city’s famed (and fiery) Sichuan cuisine for dinner. For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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asia journey Highlights

journey Highlights

oV  isit National Geographic grantee

oG  et up close to pandas at a

Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan Indigenous Society, and learn about her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region. o S tay overnight at a Buddhist monastery in Pharping, and visit a Tibetan refugee camp in Pokhara.  earch for leopards, elephants, and o S rhinos in Chitwan National Park.

nepal: himalaya highlights 10 DAYS | kathmandu TO kathmandu

From

1,999

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 879

group size: Max 15

breeding center in Chengdu.

o E xplore Lhasa’s palaces and

temples, and make Tibetan dumplings with a local chef. o T ake a shipboard tai chi lesson as you cruise through the Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze River. ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

explore china & tibet

From

15 DAYS | beijing to shanghai

$

2017 DATES Jan 15–24 • Feb 19–28 • Mar 5–14

Itinerary Day 1 Kathmandu Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner are included. Day 2 Kathmandu Spend the day exploring the historic treasures of Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Highlights include Bodhnath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas, and the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Visit SASANE, the G Adventures–supported Sisterhood of Survivors project, a recent winner in the 12th United Nations World Tourism Organization Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women there before enjoying an authentic lunch. Then, walk with one of the participants to learn about the project firsthand. Later, meet with representatives from the Himalayan Indigenous Society and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve ancient weaving traditions in the Upper Mustang region. Day 3 Pharping Opt to take in breathtaking views of Mount Everest on a morning sightseeing flight. Later, see the temples and palaces of Durbar Square. Then drive to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse where approximately 200 monks are in residence. Learn about life in the monastery and participate in daily rituals alongside the monks. Walk or cycle the grounds and the trails of the surrounding forest.

Choose from a variety of optional activities, including nature walks or visits to local villages. Days 5–6 ChitwaN National park Drive to Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Established in 1973, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Enjoy two days of nature and cultural walks; boating; and a jeep safari in search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and more. Days 7–8 Pokhara Nestled in a tranquil valley, Pokhara lies along a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods from remote regions of the Himalaya. Go boating on beautiful Phewa Lake (pictured above) and then hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Later, visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through this friendly community, now home to over 500, and see a photo gallery documenting its history before a traditional lunch at the camp’s restaurant.

Mar 12–21 • Mar 26–Apr 4 • Apr 16–25 • Apr 21–30 • May 19–28 • Jul 14–23 • Aug 11–20 Sept 1–10 • Sept 17–26 • Oct 6–15 • Oct 15–24 Oct 29–Nov 7 • Nov 12–21 • Nov 26–Dec 5 Dec 10–19 • Dec 24, 2017–Jan 2, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional scenic flight to Mount Everest and the optional activities in Kathmandu are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), monastery guesthouse (1 night) MEALS included 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

4 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus, plane, boat,

walking

Day 9 Kathmandu Catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. You may also opt to visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the 1,500-year-old temple and World Heritage site of Swayambhunath, perched on a hilltop above the city.

CHINA

Mt Everest

Pokhara Kurintar

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Kathmandu

Pharping Chitwan NP

INDIA

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Day 1 Beijing Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer to the hotel is included. Kick off your trip with a welcome dinner of Peking duck. Day 2 Beijing Enjoy a tour of Tiananmen Square, the lavish Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, with free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Day 3 Beijing Take a walk along the Great Wall (pictured above), exploring its towers and enjoying outstanding views. This evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi’an. Days 4–5 Xi’an Take in incredible views of Xi’an with a bike ride along its city walls. In the evening, visit the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets for the chance to try some of the best street food in China. The next day, visit the famed terra-cotta warriors and then have lunch in the local farming village where these archaeological treasures were discovered. Day 6 Lhasa Fly over the Himalaya to Tibet. Set off on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.

Day 10 Kathmandu Depart at any time.

Day 4 Kurintar Drive to Kurintar and arrive at our lodge, which sits on a ridge amid the hills and overlooks the banks of the Trishuli River.

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Days 7–8 Lhasa Enjoy a guided visit to Potala Palace, the sacred Jokhang temple, and the Tibetan Medical Institute. The next day, visit 15th-century Sera Monastery, then take a cooking class with a local chef to make (and eat) Tibetan momo dumplings. Also visit a thangka academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhists.

Day 10 Chengdu/Chongqing Visit a panda breeding center to observe these iconic national treasures and learn about their life cycle and habitat. Later, board a riverboat for your first of three nights on the Yangtze. Days 11–12 Yangtze River Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that may include: visiting Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream; sailing through Three Gorges Dam ship locks; and an optional excursion to White Emperor City (all depending on the season and river conditions). Relax in your well-appointed cabin and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and calligraphy classes. Day 13 Shanghai Take a tour of Three Gorges Dam before flying to Shanghai. Day 14 Shanghai Enjoy free time to explore on your own, or opt to visit Yuyuan Garden or the Shanghai Museum. This evening, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats. Visit their training room to interact with them and learn about this ancient tradition before attending an awe-inspiring performance.

beijing kung fu show

Follow the tale of a kung fu master in an art and dance performance.

4,399

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,249

group size: Max 15

2017 DATES Apr 8–22 • May 7–21 • May 13–27

Jun 10–24 • Jul 8–22 • Sept 9–23 • Sept 23–Oct 7 Oct 7–21 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional visits to Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, and the Beijing kung fu show are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (10 nights), soft sleeper overnight train (1 night), Yangtze riverboat (3 nights) MEALS included 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $365–475 for meals not included. Transportation Train, minibus, cruise boat, small canal boat, ferry, plane, bicycle

Beijing

Day 15 Shanghai Depart at any time. CHINA

Xi’an

Shanghai

Chengdu Lhasa

Chongqing

Yichang TAIWAN

Day 9 Chengdu Fly to Chengdu and sample the city’s famed (and fiery) Sichuan cuisine for dinner. For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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journey Highlights

o E xplore Bhutan’s capital city as

oV  isit Wat Chedi Luang temple in

o T alk with a Buddhist monk, visit an

oD  iscover the former royal capital

 ike to the legendary Taktsang o H Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple).

o K  ayak and snorkel along the limestone cliffs of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park.

well as remote shrines and temples nestled in the countryside.

the heart of Chiang Mai and discuss daily life with one of the monks. of Ayutthaya, cruise Bangkok’s canals, and enjoy a traditional meal in a village home.

arts-and-crafts school, and enjoy a home-cooked meal at a family farmhouse.

From

3,699

wonders of bhutan

$

10 DAYS | paro to paro

group size: Max 16

itinerary Day 1 Paro Arrive at any time and transfer to our hotel. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in town before dinner. Days 2–3 Punakha Drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, crossing the Dochu La pass (10,000 feet) and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. The next day, visit the Punakha Dzong, an elaborate fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. Hike to the Chime Lhakhang temple and continue on to the town of Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple, and take in sweeping views of the valley below. Days 4–5 Gangtey Valley Travel to the village of Khewa before continuing on to the Gangtey Valley to get a taste of Bhutanese life. Visit the farm of a local family and enjoy a home-cooked dinner. The next day, walk to Gangtey Goemba, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan, perched atop a hill amid a cluster of cottages. Explore the restored temple complex and examine some of the finest craftsmanship in Bhutan. Visit a community school, followed by a spectacular walk through the valley to visit an age-old temple and make an offering.

whitewashed stupa topped by a golden spire. Then head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts-and-crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics (pictured below). Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and traditions. Day 7 Haa Valley Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan, via the Cheli La pass (12,500 feet). En route, hike to the Kila Goemba nunnery and take in spectacular views from the temple complex, which was built on a steep cliff face. Drive to the valley and visit the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple).

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

2017 DATES Mar 18–27 • Apr 8–17 • May 20–29

Jul 8–17 • Aug 12–21 • Sept 9–18 • Oct 14–23 Nov 4–13 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival and departure transfers, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels and lodges that reflect the local character (9 nights) meals included 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches,

9 dinners.

Transportation Private vehicle, hiking

Days 8–9 Paro Return to Paro and explore the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong fortress, which once defended this valley from invasions. Embark on a vigorous hike to the famed pilgrimage site of Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (pictured above), which clings to a vertical granite cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Take in some of the best views in the region. Later, visit the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, and walk the local archery grounds.

Punakha Valley

Paro

Day 10 Paro Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included.

Day 6 Thimphu Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Visit the National Library and observe pilgrims circling the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, a

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+ 1,509

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Haa Valley

Gangtey Valley Thimphu B H U T A N

B H U TA N

iconic thailand 15 DAYS | BANGKOK TO BANGKOK Itinerary Days 1–3 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi/ Ayutthaya Arrive at any time. Travel to Kanchanaburi, and ride a train over the bridge that inspired the 1950s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai. In Erawan National Park, swim in the pools of a seven-tiered waterfall, and spot monkeys in the jungle. At the ThailandBurma Railway Centre, learn more about Kanchanaburi’s role in World War II. Later, drive to the former royal capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy dinner on a 1930s rice barge. Days 4–6 Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai Explore the spectacular temples, stupas, and Buddha statues of Ayutthaya. Return to Bangkok and catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Take a Thai cooking class, including a visit to a local market with the chef, and then enjoy your delicious meal. At the Wat Chedi Luang temple, meet with a young monk. Later, listen to monks chant at the stunning golden temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The next day, enjoy free time to explore on your own before a Khantoke dinner in a family home. Days 7–8 Bangkok Fly back to Bangkok, and set off on a long-tail boat ride through the city’s canals. Then visit Wat Pho, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Spend the following day exploring Bangkok with options to visit temples, museums, local shops, or a spa. Days 9–11 Koh Samui Catch a flight to the island of Ko Samui and settle into our resort hotel. Opt to ride a tuk-tuk to the beach or visit the town. Embark on a boat tour to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park and go kayaking

along Ko Mae Ko. Hike to a lagoon for a spectacular view and then kayak around limestone caves and rock formations. The next day, choose to snorkel, enjoy a Thai massage, or hop in a jeep for a tour of this beautiful island. Days 12–15 Krabi/Bangkok Fly to the tropical paradise of Krabi and have dinner at a local restaurant. Cross the Krabi River by long-tail boat with a local guide, visiting caves and mangroves. Then jump in tricycle tuk-tuks to learn about rural life in southern Thailand, visiting villages, a rubber plantation, and a batik workshop. Opt to relax at a spa, rent kayaks, or snorkel before returning to Bangkok the final day for evening flights home.

From

3,049

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,399

2017 DATES Jan 15–29 • Feb 12–26 • Mar 12–26

Jun 11–25 • Jul 16–30 • Aug 13–27 • Sept 10–24 Oct 1–15 • Oct 29–Nov 12 • Nov 12–26 Dec 17–31 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional activities such as snorkeling, jeep tour, and spa visits are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (12 nights), lodge (2 nights) MEALS included 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow $190–250 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus/minivan, tuk-tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane

Chiang Mai

T H AILAN D

Ayutthaya Kanchanaburi

Bangkok

Ko Samui Krabi

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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asia journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o E xplore Bhutan’s capital city as

oV  isit Wat Chedi Luang temple in

o T alk with a Buddhist monk, visit an

oD  iscover the former royal capital

 ike to the legendary Taktsang o H Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple).

o K  ayak and snorkel along the limestone cliffs of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park.

well as remote shrines and temples nestled in the countryside.

the heart of Chiang Mai and discuss daily life with one of the monks. of Ayutthaya, cruise Bangkok’s canals, and enjoy a traditional meal in a village home.

arts-and-crafts school, and enjoy a home-cooked meal at a family farmhouse.

From

3,699

wonders of bhutan

$

10 DAYS | paro to paro

group size: Max 16

itinerary Day 1 Paro Arrive at any time and transfer to our hotel. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in town before dinner. Days 2–3 Punakha Drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, crossing the Dochu La pass (10,000 feet) and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. The next day, visit the Punakha Dzong, an elaborate fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. Hike to the Chime Lhakhang temple and continue on to the town of Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple, and take in sweeping views of the valley below. Days 4–5 Gangtey Valley Travel to the village of Khewa before continuing on to the Gangtey Valley to get a taste of Bhutanese life. Visit the farm of a local family and enjoy a home-cooked dinner. The next day, walk to Gangtey Goemba, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan, perched atop a hill amid a cluster of cottages. Explore the restored temple complex and examine some of the finest craftsmanship in Bhutan. Visit a community school, followed by a spectacular walk through the valley to visit an age-old temple and make an offering.

whitewashed stupa topped by a golden spire. Then head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts-and-crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics (pictured below). Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and traditions. Day 7 Haa Valley Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan, via the Cheli La pass (12,500 feet). En route, hike to the Kila Goemba nunnery and take in spectacular views from the temple complex, which was built on a steep cliff face. Drive to the valley and visit the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple).

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

2017 DATES Mar 18–27 • Apr 8–17 • May 20–29

Jul 8–17 • Aug 12–21 • Sept 9–18 • Oct 14–23 Nov 4–13 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival and departure transfers, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels and lodges that reflect the local character (9 nights) meals included 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches,

9 dinners.

Transportation Private vehicle, hiking

Days 8–9 Paro Return to Paro and explore the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong fortress, which once defended this valley from invasions. Embark on a vigorous hike to the famed pilgrimage site of Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (pictured above), which clings to a vertical granite cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Take in some of the best views in the region. Later, visit the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, and walk the local archery grounds.

Punakha Valley

Paro

Day 10 Paro Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included.

Day 6 Thimphu Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Visit the National Library and observe pilgrims circling the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, a

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+ 1,509

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Haa Valley

Gangtey Valley Thimphu B H U T A N

B H U TA N

iconic thailand 15 DAYS | BANGKOK TO BANGKOK Itinerary Days 1–3 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi/ Ayutthaya Arrive at any time. Travel to Kanchanaburi, and ride a train over the bridge that inspired the 1950s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai. In Erawan National Park, swim in the pools of a seven-tiered waterfall, and spot monkeys in the jungle. At the ThailandBurma Railway Centre, learn more about Kanchanaburi’s role in World War II. Later, drive to the former royal capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy dinner on a 1930s rice barge. Days 4–6 Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai Explore the spectacular temples, stupas, and Buddha statues of Ayutthaya. Return to Bangkok and catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Take a Thai cooking class, including a visit to a local market with the chef, and then enjoy your delicious meal. At the Wat Chedi Luang temple, meet with a young monk. Later, listen to monks chant at the stunning golden temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The next day, enjoy free time to explore on your own before a Khantoke dinner in a family home. Days 7–8 Bangkok Fly back to Bangkok, and set off on a long-tail boat ride through the city’s canals. Then visit Wat Pho, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Spend the following day exploring Bangkok with options to visit temples, museums, local shops, or a spa. Days 9–11 Koh Samui Catch a flight to the island of Ko Samui and settle into our resort hotel. Opt to ride a tuk-tuk to the beach or visit the town. Embark on a boat tour to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park and go kayaking

along Ko Mae Ko. Hike to a lagoon for a spectacular view and then kayak around limestone caves and rock formations. The next day, choose to snorkel, enjoy a Thai massage, or hop in a jeep for a tour of this beautiful island. Days 12–15 Krabi/Bangkok Fly to the tropical paradise of Krabi and have dinner at a local restaurant. Cross the Krabi River by long-tail boat with a local guide, visiting caves and mangroves. Then jump in tricycle tuk-tuks to learn about rural life in southern Thailand, visiting villages, a rubber plantation, and a batik workshop. Opt to relax at a spa, rent kayaks, or snorkel before returning to Bangkok the final day for evening flights home.

From

3,049

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,399

2017 DATES Jan 15–29 • Feb 12–26 • Mar 12–26

Jun 11–25 • Jul 16–30 • Aug 13–27 • Sept 10–24 Oct 1–15 • Oct 29–Nov 12 • Nov 12–26 Dec 17–31 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional activities such as snorkeling, jeep tour, and spa visits are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (12 nights), lodge (2 nights) MEALS included 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow $190–250 for meals not included. Transportation Private bus/minivan, tuk-tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane

Chiang Mai

T H AILAN D

Ayutthaya Kanchanaburi

Bangkok

Ko Samui Krabi

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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journey Highlights

oC  ruise Sydney Harbour and view

o Meet a Maori elder before enjoying a

the iconic Sydney Opera House. oG  o behind the scenes at James Cook University research aquarium, founded by a National Geographic grantee. o E xplore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

traditional performance and feast. o E xplore the glacial area of Franz Josef and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. oC  ruise through Doubtful Sound (seasonal) with naturalist guides, spotting dolphins, seals, and penguins. From

trip title explore australia 12 DAYS | sydney to melbourne itinerary Day 1–2 Sydney Arrive at any time. Kick off the trip at Sydney Harbour with a walk to the iconic Sydney Opera House and through the historic Rocks district. Later, board a private 52-foot yacht for a sunset dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour’s beautiful bays and coves. Opt to swim, fish, or kayak, or simply sit back and relax as the opera house lights up in the evening. Day 3 Port Douglas Fly to Cairns, then travel up the stunning coastal road to Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about life in the Daintree Rainforest. Day 4 Port Douglas Opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Day 5 Cairns Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Get up close to the marvelous creatures that live there. Day 6 Cairns Travel southward to the tiny town of Tully for a G Adventures–sponsored experience with an indigenous community. Meet the people of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest and learn how they have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Enjoy a traditional lunch and participate in a painting class with Aboriginal artists.

Day 8 Uluru Awaken early to watch the sun rise over Uluru. Continue on a guided walk around its base, visit the cultural center, and learn about the significance of this sacred monolith to the people who live with it. Day 9 Alice Springs Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before a walk in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Continue to Alice Springs for the night. Days 10–11 Melbourne Fly to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Later, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines and a three-course tasting menu with paired wines at the Mill House. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore the Great Ocean Road or visit some of the area’s wineries. Day 12 Melbourne Depart at any time.

sydney bridge climb

Ascend to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge with a guide. sydney adrenaline bundle

Combine the bridge climb with a jetboat ride in Sydney Harbour.

New Zealand journey 11 DAYS | auckland to queenstown

From

itinerary

$

Day 1 Auckland Arrive at any time.

4,499

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,699

2017 DATES Jan 4–15 • Jan 18–29 • Feb 1–12

Feb 15–26 • Mar 15–26 • Jul 12–23 • Aug 16–27 Sept 27–Oct 8 • Oct 25–Nov 5 • Nov 8–19 Nov 22–Dec 3 • Dec 6–17 • Dec 20–31 Dec 27, 2017–Jan 7, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Great Barrier Reef snorkeling excursion and the optional activities in Sydney are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

hotels (11 nights)

meals included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $585–$760 for meals not included. Transportation Minibus, plane, boat

Day 7 Cairns/Uluru Catch a flight to the heart of the Australian outback and witness an outstanding sunset with a glass of bubbly in the presence of the sacred site of Uluru (pictured above).

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Day 2 Auckland Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat, searching for whales and dolphins. Later, take some free time to explore this lovely city. Day 3 Raglan Visit a farm with a focus on developing sustainable aquaculture, and enjoy a lunch featuring food produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy beach town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route. Later, enjoy a cruise on stunning Raglan Harbour. Day 4 Rotorua Head to Waitomo for a boat ride through caves to see thousands of flickering gloworms lighting up the walls. Meet an elder at Tamaki Maori Village to learn about his culture. Then take in a performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional hangi cuisine. Day 5 Christchurch Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with our CEO to get a feel for the city.

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,599

group size: Max 16

2017 DATES Jan 1–11 • Jan 15–25 • Jan 29–Feb 8

Feb 12–22 • Feb 26–Mar 8 • Mar 26–Apr 5 Jul 23–Aug 2 • Aug 27–Sept 6 • Oct 8–18 Nov 5–15 • Nov 19–29 • Dec 3–13 • Dec 17–27 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

Days 6–7 Franz Josef Embark on one of the world’s great scenic rail rides on the TranzAlpine to New Zealand’s glacier region. Transfer to a beautiful rain forest lodge, our home for the next two nights. Opt to take a helicopter ride and hike, walk over the glacier, or relax in the hot pools.

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

Day 8 Queenstown Travel southward along the coast through the rugged rain forest to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views and the option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights), rain forest lodge (2 nights), Doubtful Sound cruise boat (seasonal) (1 night)

Day 9 Doubtful Sound Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise (seasonal) through spectacular Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, and penguins, as well as the option to kayak. Spend the night on board in your comfortable cabin, with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying New Zealand wine.

What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Franz Josef helicopter ride and glacier walk and optional dinner in Queenstown are at an additional cost.

meals included 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow $325–425 for meals not included. Transportation Mini bus, plane, train, boat

Day 10 Queenstown Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for our final night. Day 11 Queenstown Depart at any time.

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

22 DAYS | sydney to queenstown

Alice Springs A US TRA L IA

Sydney

Combine the itineraries on pages 24 and 25 for a 22-day adventure that will have you cruising the Doubtful Sound; encountering cultures both ancient and modern; and exploring incredible architecture, volcanic landscapes, glaciers, and incomparable Uluru. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary and more 2018 dates.

From

7,699

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $3,199

2017 DATES Jan 4–25 • Jan 18–Feb 8 • Feb 1–22 • Feb 15–Mar 8 • Mar 15–Apr 5 • Jul 12–Aug 2 • Aug 16–Sept 6 • Sept 27–Oct 18

Melbourne

Oct 25–Nov 15 • Nov 8–29 • Nov 22–Dec 13 • Dec 6–27 • Dec 20, 2017–Jan 10, 2018 • Dec 27, 2017–Jan 17, 2018

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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australia & new zealand journey Highlights

journey Highlights

oC  ruise Sydney Harbour and view

o Meet a Maori elder before enjoying a

the iconic Sydney Opera House. oG  o behind the scenes at James Cook University research aquarium, founded by a National Geographic grantee. o E xplore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

traditional performance and feast. o E xplore the glacial area of Franz Josef and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. oC  ruise through Doubtful Sound (seasonal) with naturalist guides, spotting dolphins, seals, and penguins. From

trip title explore australia 12 DAYS | sydney to melbourne itinerary Day 1–2 Sydney Arrive at any time. Kick off the trip at Sydney Harbour with a walk to the iconic Sydney Opera House and through the historic Rocks district. Later, board a private 52-foot yacht for a sunset dinner cruise through Sydney Harbour’s beautiful bays and coves. Opt to swim, fish, or kayak, or simply sit back and relax as the opera house lights up in the evening. Day 3 Port Douglas Fly to Cairns, then travel up the stunning coastal road to Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about life in the Daintree Rainforest. Day 4 Port Douglas Opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Day 5 Cairns Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Get up close to the marvelous creatures that live there. Day 6 Cairns Travel southward to the tiny town of Tully for a G Adventures–sponsored experience with an indigenous community. Meet the people of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest and learn how they have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Enjoy a traditional lunch and participate in a painting class with Aboriginal artists.

Day 8 Uluru Awaken early to watch the sun rise over Uluru. Continue on a guided walk around its base, visit the cultural center, and learn about the significance of this sacred monolith to the people who live with it. Day 9 Alice Springs Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before a walk in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Continue to Alice Springs for the night. Days 10–11 Melbourne Fly to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Later, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines and a three-course tasting menu with paired wines at the Mill House. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore the Great Ocean Road or visit some of the area’s wineries. Day 12 Melbourne Depart at any time.

sydney bridge climb

Ascend to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge with a guide. sydney adrenaline bundle

Combine the bridge climb with a jetboat ride in Sydney Harbour.

New Zealand journey 11 DAYS | auckland to queenstown

From

itinerary

$

Day 1 Auckland Arrive at any time.

4,499

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,699

2017 DATES Jan 4–15 • Jan 18–29 • Feb 1–12

Feb 15–26 • Mar 15–26 • Jul 12–23 • Aug 16–27 Sept 27–Oct 8 • Oct 25–Nov 5 • Nov 8–19 Nov 22–Dec 3 • Dec 6–17 • Dec 20–31 Dec 27, 2017–Jan 7, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Great Barrier Reef snorkeling excursion and the optional activities in Sydney are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

hotels (11 nights)

meals included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $585–$760 for meals not included. Transportation Minibus, plane, boat

Day 7 Cairns/Uluru Catch a flight to the heart of the Australian outback and witness an outstanding sunset with a glass of bubbly in the presence of the sacred site of Uluru (pictured above).

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

Day 2 Auckland Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat, searching for whales and dolphins. Later, take some free time to explore this lovely city. Day 3 Raglan Visit a farm with a focus on developing sustainable aquaculture, and enjoy a lunch featuring food produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy beach town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route. Later, enjoy a cruise on stunning Raglan Harbour. Day 4 Rotorua Head to Waitomo for a boat ride through caves to see thousands of flickering gloworms lighting up the walls. Meet an elder at Tamaki Maori Village to learn about his culture. Then take in a performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional hangi cuisine. Day 5 Christchurch Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with our CEO to get a feel for the city.

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 1,599

group size: Max 16

2017 DATES Jan 1–11 • Jan 15–25 • Jan 29–Feb 8

Feb 12–22 • Feb 26–Mar 8 • Mar 26–Apr 5 Jul 23–Aug 2 • Aug 27–Sept 6 • Oct 8–18 Nov 5–15 • Nov 19–29 • Dec 3–13 • Dec 17–27 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

Days 6–7 Franz Josef Embark on one of the world’s great scenic rail rides on the TranzAlpine to New Zealand’s glacier region. Transfer to a beautiful rain forest lodge, our home for the next two nights. Opt to take a helicopter ride and hike, walk over the glacier, or relax in the hot pools.

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

Day 8 Queenstown Travel southward along the coast through the rugged rain forest to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views and the option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant.

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights), rain forest lodge (2 nights), Doubtful Sound cruise boat (seasonal) (1 night)

Day 9 Doubtful Sound Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise (seasonal) through spectacular Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, and penguins, as well as the option to kayak. Spend the night on board in your comfortable cabin, with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying New Zealand wine.

What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Franz Josef helicopter ride and glacier walk and optional dinner in Queenstown are at an additional cost.

meals included 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow $325–425 for meals not included. Transportation Mini bus, plane, train, boat

Day 10 Queenstown Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for our final night. Day 11 Queenstown Depart at any time.

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Cairns

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

22 DAYS | sydney to queenstown

Alice Springs A US TRA L IA

Sydney

Combine the itineraries on pages 24 and 25 for a 22-day adventure that will have you cruising the Doubtful Sound; encountering cultures both ancient and modern; and exploring incredible architecture, volcanic landscapes, glaciers, and incomparable Uluru. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary and more 2018 dates.

From

7,699

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $3,199

2017 DATES Jan 4–25 • Jan 18–Feb 8 • Feb 1–22 • Feb 15–Mar 8 • Mar 15–Apr 5 • Jul 12–Aug 2 • Aug 16–Sept 6 • Sept 27–Oct 18

Melbourne

Oct 25–Nov 15 • Nov 8–29 • Nov 22–Dec 13 • Dec 6–27 • Dec 20, 2017–Jan 10, 2018 • Dec 27, 2017–Jan 17, 2018

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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o E mbark on a spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu, and explore the Inca citadel with a guide.

oV  isit the village of Huchuy Qosqo for a traditional lunch at a community owned and operated restaurant supported by G Adventures.

o E  njoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

oV  enture to Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Maras, and Moray with a local guide.

“Machu Picchu is one of the few places in the world where reality often surpasses a person’s imagination.” — National Geographic Explorer Johan Reinhard, “50 Places of a Lifetime,” National Geographic Traveler

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS | lima to lima Set out on an eight-day cultural and historical adventure to Machu Picchu— one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. Take a scenic train ride to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its hidden corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, exploring Inca sites and taking in incredible views of the Andes. Traveling with knowledgeable guides who know this region best, we’ll leave no stone unturned. itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Sacred Valley Board an early flight to Cusco, then continue to the Sacred Valley to spend two days exploring with a local guide. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras, and the and Maras and Moray ruins (pictured in center on opposite page). Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. Visit the Parque de la Papa, and during a walk through this rural community with a local guide, learn about the importance of potato cultivation and weaving in the Andean culture. Explore the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop in at the G Adventures–supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo.

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From

1,899

$

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

Day 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins (pictured above). Then explore the site on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train.

Days 7–8 Lima Fly back to Lima for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

+ $649

2017 DATES Jan 7–14 • Jan 15–22

Day 4 Aguas Calientes Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Visit the market here if you wish.

Day 6 Cusco Explore historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium.

Airfare to/from is not included.

PER U

Lima

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley Cusco

Jan 22–29 • Jan 29–Feb 5 • Feb 5–12 Feb 12–19 • Feb 18–25 • Mar 5–12 Mar 12–19 • Mar 18–25 • Mar 25–Apr 1 Apr 9–16 • Apr 15–22 • Apr 23–30 May 6–13 • May 7–14 • May 13–20 May 20–27 • May 28–Jun 4 • Jun 4–11 Jun 10–17 • Jun 18–25 • Jul 2–9 • Jul 8–15 Jul 16–23 • Jul 30–Aug 6 • Aug 5–12 Aug 13–20 • Aug 27–Sept 3 • Sept 2–9 Sept 9–16 • Sept 10–17 • Sept 30–Oct 7 Oct 1–8 • Oct 8–15 • Oct 22–29 Oct 28–Nov 4 • Nov 4–11 • Nov 11–18 Nov 19–26 • Nov 25–Dec 2 • Dec 3–10 Dec 17–24 • Dec 23–30 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cusco are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights) MEALS included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $255–335 for meals not included. Transportation

Minibus/van, train, plane

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE peru culinary bundle

Love food? Take part in cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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south AMERICA journey Highlights

o E mbark on a spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu, and explore the Inca citadel with a guide.

oV  isit the village of Huchuy Qosqo for a traditional lunch at a community owned and operated restaurant supported by G Adventures.

o E  njoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

oV  enture to Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Maras, and Moray with a local guide.

“Machu Picchu is one of the few places in the world where reality often surpasses a person’s imagination.” — National Geographic Explorer Johan Reinhard, “50 Places of a Lifetime,” National Geographic Traveler

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS | lima to lima Set out on an eight-day cultural and historical adventure to Machu Picchu— one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. Take a scenic train ride to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its hidden corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, exploring Inca sites and taking in incredible views of the Andes. Traveling with knowledgeable guides who know this region best, we’ll leave no stone unturned. itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Sacred Valley Board an early flight to Cusco, then continue to the Sacred Valley to spend two days exploring with a local guide. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras, and the and Maras and Moray ruins (pictured in center on opposite page). Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. Visit the Parque de la Papa, and during a walk through this rural community with a local guide, learn about the importance of potato cultivation and weaving in the Andean culture. Explore the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop in at the G Adventures–supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo.

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From

1,899

$

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

Day 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins (pictured above). Then explore the site on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train.

Days 7–8 Lima Fly back to Lima for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

+ $649

2017 DATES Jan 7–14 • Jan 15–22

Day 4 Aguas Calientes Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Visit the market here if you wish.

Day 6 Cusco Explore historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium.

Airfare to/from is not included.

PER U

Lima

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley Cusco

Jan 22–29 • Jan 29–Feb 5 • Feb 5–12 Feb 12–19 • Feb 18–25 • Mar 5–12 Mar 12–19 • Mar 18–25 • Mar 25–Apr 1 Apr 9–16 • Apr 15–22 • Apr 23–30 May 6–13 • May 7–14 • May 13–20 May 20–27 • May 28–Jun 4 • Jun 4–11 Jun 10–17 • Jun 18–25 • Jul 2–9 • Jul 8–15 Jul 16–23 • Jul 30–Aug 6 • Aug 5–12 Aug 13–20 • Aug 27–Sept 3 • Sept 2–9 Sept 9–16 • Sept 10–17 • Sept 30–Oct 7 Oct 1–8 • Oct 8–15 • Oct 22–29 Oct 28–Nov 4 • Nov 4–11 • Nov 11–18 Nov 19–26 • Nov 25–Dec 2 • Dec 3–10 Dec 17–24 • Dec 23–30 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cusco are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights) MEALS included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $255–335 for meals not included. Transportation

Minibus/van, train, plane

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE peru culinary bundle

Love food? Take part in cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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journey Highlights

oH  ike the Inca Trail or take the train

o S pend four days hiking the Inca

o S pend two days exploring the

o S  pot Amazonian wildlife with expert naturalists.

Trail to Machu Picchu, or take the train and enjoy extra time in Cusco.

to Machu Picchu, and visit the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo with a guide. Amazon rain forest with a naturalist.

o E  njoy lunch in the home of a local family on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and take a cruise on the lake.

ICONIC PERU

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

14 DAYS | lima to lima

Don’t miss out! Prebook Peruvian cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Amazon rain forest Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Enjoy some free time to relax or swim, and go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner. Day 4 Cusco Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo Take a guided tour of the Parque de la Papa, a G Adventures for Good-supported project where more than 1,000 species of native potatoes are grown. Discover the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant. Days 6–9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/ Cusco All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the fourday guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train. Day 10 Cusco Take advantage of a free day in Cusco to explore its museums and ruins, or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

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Days 11–12 Puno/Lake Titicaca Take in scenic views while traveling through the high Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca (pictured above), visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Also visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a family’s home.

3,499

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 699

What’s included Arrival transfer, internal

flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cusco are at an additional cost.

2017 DATES Jan 5–18 • Jan 12–25

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights) meals included 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $295–385 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking. This itinerary includes high altitude hikes, and travelers should be physically fit.

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

projects: the Women’s Weaving Co-op and the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant.

MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON

PERU

Lima

Sacred Valley Tambopata National Reserve

Machu Picchu

Cusco Puno

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE peru culinary bundle

Enjoy Peruvian cuisine? Take part in cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

10 DAYS | lima to cusco Itinerary

From

Days 13–14 Lima Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru. Depart the next day at any time.

Jan 22–Feb 4 • Feb 23–Mar 8 Mar 5–18 • Mar 19–Apr 1 Mar 26–Apr 8 • Apr 6–19 • Apr 9–22 Apr 13–26 • Apr 23–May 6 • Apr 30–May 13 May 4–17 • May 7–20 • May 14–27 May 18–31 • May 25–Jun 7 • May 28–Jun 10 Jun 4–17 • Jun 8–21 • Jun 15–28 Jun 18–Jul 1 • Jun 25–Jul 8 • Jun 29–Jul 12 Jul 2–15 • Jul 13–26 • Jul 16–29 Jul 27–Aug 9 • Jul 30–Aug 12 • Aug 6–19 Aug 13–26 • Aug 17–30 • Aug 20–Sept 2 Aug 27–Sept 9 • Aug 31–Sept 13 Sept 3–16 • Sept 10–23 • Sept 14–27 Sept 17–30 • Sept 24–Oct 7 Sept 28–Oct 11 • Oct 1–14 • Oct 8–21 Oct 12–25 • Oct 22–Nov 4 • Oct 26–Nov 8 Nov 5–18 • Nov 12–25 • Nov 23–Dec 6 Nov 30–Dec 13 • Dec 3–16 • Dec 14–27 Dec 21, 2017–Jan 3, 2018 Dec 28, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

oV  isit two G Adventures–sponsored

From

2,599

$

Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Amazon rain forest Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go for a caimanspotting cruise after dinner. Day 4 Cusco Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo Learn about the importance of potato cultivation to Andean culture on a visit to the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa. Discover the ruins at Písac and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant, another G Adventures for Good project, located in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. Days 6–9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/ Cusco All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the fourday guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two full free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu (pictured above) with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train.

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 499

What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

2017 DATES Jan 5–14 • Jan 12–21 Jan 22–31 • Feb 12–21 • Feb 23–Mar 4 Mar 12–21 • Mar 19–28 • Mar 26–Apr 4 Apr 6–15 • Apr 9–18 • Apr 13–22 Apr 23–May 2 • Apr 30–May 9 • May 4–13 May 7–16 • May 14–23 • May 18–27 May 25–Jun 3 • May 28–Jun 6 • Jun 4–13 Jun 8–17 • Jun 15–24 • Jun 18–27 Jun 25–Jul 4 • Jun 29–Jul 8 • Jul 2–11 Jul 9–18 • Jul 13–22 • Jul 16–25 Jul 23–Aug 1 • Jul 27–Aug 5 • Jul 30–Aug 8 Aug 6–15 • Aug 13–22 • Aug 17–26 Aug 20–29 • Aug 27–Sept 5 • Aug 31–Sept 9 Sept 3–12 • Sept 10–19 • Sept 14–23 Sept 17–26 • Sept 24–Oct 3 Sept 28–Oct 7 • Oct 1–10 • Oct 8–17 Oct 12–21 • Oct 15–24 • Oct 22–31 Oct 26–Nov 4 • Nov 5–14 • Nov 12–21 Nov 16–25 • Nov 23–Dec 2 Nov 30–Dec 9 • Dec 3–12 • Dec 14–23 Dec 21–30 • Dec 28, 2017–Jan 6, 2018

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (4 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights) MEALS included 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking. This itinerary includes high altitutde hikes, and travelers should be physically fit.

Sacred Valley

PERU

Lima

Tambopata National Reserve

Machu Picchu

Cusco

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

Day 10 Cusco Depart at any time.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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journey Highlights

oH  ike the Inca Trail or take the train

o S pend four days hiking the Inca

o S pend two days exploring the

o S  pot Amazonian wildlife with expert naturalists.

Trail to Machu Picchu, or take the train and enjoy extra time in Cusco.

to Machu Picchu, and visit the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo with a guide. Amazon rain forest with a naturalist.

o E  njoy lunch in the home of a local family on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and take a cruise on the lake.

ICONIC PERU

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

14 DAYS | lima to lima

Don’t miss out! Prebook Peruvian cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Amazon rain forest Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Enjoy some free time to relax or swim, and go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner. Day 4 Cusco Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo Take a guided tour of the Parque de la Papa, a G Adventures for Good-supported project where more than 1,000 species of native potatoes are grown. Discover the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant. Days 6–9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/ Cusco All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the fourday guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train. Day 10 Cusco Take advantage of a free day in Cusco to explore its museums and ruins, or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

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Days 11–12 Puno/Lake Titicaca Take in scenic views while traveling through the high Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca (pictured above), visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Also visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a family’s home.

3,499

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 699

What’s included Arrival transfer, internal

flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in Cusco are at an additional cost.

2017 DATES Jan 5–18 • Jan 12–25

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights) meals included 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $295–385 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking. This itinerary includes high altitude hikes, and travelers should be physically fit.

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

projects: the Women’s Weaving Co-op and the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant.

MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON

PERU

Lima

Sacred Valley Tambopata National Reserve

Machu Picchu

Cusco Puno

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE peru culinary bundle

Enjoy Peruvian cuisine? Take part in cooking classes in Lima and Cusco.

10 DAYS | lima to cusco Itinerary

From

Days 13–14 Lima Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru. Depart the next day at any time.

Jan 22–Feb 4 • Feb 23–Mar 8 Mar 5–18 • Mar 19–Apr 1 Mar 26–Apr 8 • Apr 6–19 • Apr 9–22 Apr 13–26 • Apr 23–May 6 • Apr 30–May 13 May 4–17 • May 7–20 • May 14–27 May 18–31 • May 25–Jun 7 • May 28–Jun 10 Jun 4–17 • Jun 8–21 • Jun 15–28 Jun 18–Jul 1 • Jun 25–Jul 8 • Jun 29–Jul 12 Jul 2–15 • Jul 13–26 • Jul 16–29 Jul 27–Aug 9 • Jul 30–Aug 12 • Aug 6–19 Aug 13–26 • Aug 17–30 • Aug 20–Sept 2 Aug 27–Sept 9 • Aug 31–Sept 13 Sept 3–16 • Sept 10–23 • Sept 14–27 Sept 17–30 • Sept 24–Oct 7 Sept 28–Oct 11 • Oct 1–14 • Oct 8–21 Oct 12–25 • Oct 22–Nov 4 • Oct 26–Nov 8 Nov 5–18 • Nov 12–25 • Nov 23–Dec 6 Nov 30–Dec 13 • Dec 3–16 • Dec 14–27 Dec 21, 2017–Jan 3, 2018 Dec 28, 2017–Jan 10, 2018

oV  isit two G Adventures–sponsored

From

2,599

$

Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Days 2–3 Amazon rain forest Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go for a caimanspotting cruise after dinner. Day 4 Cusco Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo Learn about the importance of potato cultivation to Andean culture on a visit to the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa. Discover the ruins at Písac and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant, another G Adventures for Good project, located in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. Days 6–9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/ Cusco All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the fourday guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two full free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu (pictured above) with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train.

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ 499

What’s included Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

2017 DATES Jan 5–14 • Jan 12–21 Jan 22–31 • Feb 12–21 • Feb 23–Mar 4 Mar 12–21 • Mar 19–28 • Mar 26–Apr 4 Apr 6–15 • Apr 9–18 • Apr 13–22 Apr 23–May 2 • Apr 30–May 9 • May 4–13 May 7–16 • May 14–23 • May 18–27 May 25–Jun 3 • May 28–Jun 6 • Jun 4–13 Jun 8–17 • Jun 15–24 • Jun 18–27 Jun 25–Jul 4 • Jun 29–Jul 8 • Jul 2–11 Jul 9–18 • Jul 13–22 • Jul 16–25 Jul 23–Aug 1 • Jul 27–Aug 5 • Jul 30–Aug 8 Aug 6–15 • Aug 13–22 • Aug 17–26 Aug 20–29 • Aug 27–Sept 5 • Aug 31–Sept 9 Sept 3–12 • Sept 10–19 • Sept 14–23 Sept 17–26 • Sept 24–Oct 3 Sept 28–Oct 7 • Oct 1–10 • Oct 8–17 Oct 12–21 • Oct 15–24 • Oct 22–31 Oct 26–Nov 4 • Nov 5–14 • Nov 12–21 Nov 16–25 • Nov 23–Dec 2 Nov 30–Dec 9 • Dec 3–12 • Dec 14–23 Dec 21–30 • Dec 28, 2017–Jan 6, 2018

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (4 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights) MEALS included 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking. This itinerary includes high altitutde hikes, and travelers should be physically fit.

Sacred Valley

PERU

Lima

Tambopata National Reserve

Machu Picchu

Cusco

Visit our website for 2018 dates.

Day 10 Cusco Depart at any time.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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journey Highlights

oM  eet researchers at the Sea Turtle

o S earch for polar bears on a full-day

Conservancy, co-founded by a National Geographic grantee. o P articipate in reforestation efforts at the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic.  xplore the canals of Tortuguero o E National Park on a boat tour, spotting caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, and more.

Tundra Buggy excursion.

oH  ear from a Parks Canada

representative at the Churchill Heritage Railway Station.

oA  ttend a private cocktail reception with representatives from Polar Bears International.

Canadian Polar Bear Experience 6 DAYS | Winnipeg to Winnipeg Itinerary Day 1 WINNIPEG Arrive at any time. This evening, meet your group for a welcome dinner. Day 2 CHURCHILL Catch an early morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba, a former fur trading post set on the southern shores of the Hudson Bay. Upon arrival, take a tour of some of the area’s sites including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation’s polar bear holding facility. Then visit the Eskimo Museum, home to and impressive collection of Inuit art and artifacts. Late this evening, drive out of town and into the tundra for a chance to view the outstanding northern lights (weather dependent). Day 3 CHURCHILL Climb aboard a Tundra Buggy for a full-day wildlife-viewing excursion with a local expert. Take in the majestic landscape, and search for polar bears, arctic foxes, ptarmigans, and more. Stop for a picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join representatives from Polar Bears International for a private

cocktail reception and hear about their ongoing efforts to study and protect polar bears and their habitat. The world’s leading polar bear conservation organization, Polar Bears International has collaborated with National Geographic on a variety of research and education projects. Day 4 CHURCHILL Enjoy a free morning to explore Churchill or opt to take a dogsledding excursion. After lunch, head to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for an educational presentation about Canada’s national park service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, sit down with a Churchill resident for an informal discussion about everyday life in this remote northern outpost.

From

5,999

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

group size: Max 25

+ 1,249

What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

Day 1 San José Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

MEALS included 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches,

Days 2–3 Tortuguero Travel to Tortuguero National Park (pictured above) and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals in search of caimans, howler monkeys, and sloths. Take advantage of free time to relax at our secluded lodge, or take an optional boating excursion after dark. The next day, meet with researchers from the Sea Turtle Conservancy, co-founded by National Geographic grantee Archie Carr. The research team will tell us about four species of sea turtles found on the beaches of Tortuguero, as well as the threats they face.

hotel (6 nights) 1 dinner

Transportation Plane, bus/van, Tundra Buggy

Day 5 WINNIPEG Enjoy a second Tundra Buggy excursion today, observing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife with an expert from Polar Bears International. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg for our final night. Day 6 WINNIPEG Depart at any time.

Churchill

CANADA

Winnipeg

30

explore costa rica

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

costa rica extreme bundle

Like to plan ahead? Book your optional Costa Rica activities ahead of time.

14 DAYS | san josÉ to san josÉ

2017 DATES Nov 4–9

MANITOBA

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

Days 4–6 La Fortuna/Arenal Visit a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op for lunch and a tour. Continue on to La Fortuna to visit a local home and learn the art of tortillamaking from the family before sitting down to dinner together. Take advantage of two full days to explore La Fortuna—the adventure hub of Costa Rica. Optional activities include rafting, canyoneering, nature hikes, a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and more. Days 7–9 Monteverde Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic– funded explorers and scientists studying the cloud forest. Meet some of the researchers and learn about their conservation projects. Take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and then enjoy extended time here for optional activities,

including a visit to a butterfly garden, a zip line canopy tour, and horseback riding. Days 10–12 Manuel Antonio Continue to the Pacific coast and take a guided walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and some 350 species of birds. Spend three days taking in the laid-back atmosphere of the area, with options to surf, go horseback riding, take a catamaran cruise to spot marine life, or visit other nearby beaches. Days 13–14 San José Return to San José and opt to join a farewell dinner in town. Depart any time the following day.

From

2,199

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 15

+ 1,419

2017 DATES Jan 1–14 • Jan 6–19 • Jan 8–21

Jan 15–28 • Jan 22–Feb 4 • Jan 27–Feb 9 Jan 29–Feb 11 • Feb 5–18 • Feb 12–25 Feb 26–Mar 11 • Mar 5–18 • Mar 12–25 Mar 19–Apr 1 • Mar 26–Apr 8 • Apr 2–15 Apr 9–22 • Apr 23–May 6 • May 7–20 May 21–Jun 3 • Jun 11–24 • Jun 25–Jul 8 Jul 2–15 • Jul 9–22 • Jul 30–Aug 12 Aug 13–26 • Sept 10–23 • Nov 5–18 Nov 12–25 • Nov 26–Dec 9 • Dec 3–16 Dec 10–23 • Dec 13–26 • Dec 17–30 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 13, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional after-dark boating excursion in Tortuguero National Park and optional excursions in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio are at an additional cost.

La Fortuna/ Arenal Mont ntever eveerde

COS TA RI CA

San José

Manuel Antonio NP

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (11 nights), rustic jungle lodge (2 nights) meals included 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $485–630 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, shuttle van, boat

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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north AMERICA journey Highlights

journey Highlights

oM  eet researchers at the Sea Turtle

o S earch for polar bears on a full-day

Conservancy, co-founded by a National Geographic grantee. o P articipate in reforestation efforts at the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic.  xplore the canals of Tortuguero o E National Park on a boat tour, spotting caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, and more.

Tundra Buggy excursion.

oH  ear from a Parks Canada

representative at the Churchill Heritage Railway Station.

oA  ttend a private cocktail reception with representatives from Polar Bears International.

Canadian Polar Bear Experience 6 DAYS | Winnipeg to Winnipeg Itinerary Day 1 WINNIPEG Arrive at any time. This evening, meet your group for a welcome dinner. Day 2 CHURCHILL Catch an early morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba, a former fur trading post set on the southern shores of the Hudson Bay. Upon arrival, take a tour of some of the area’s sites including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation’s polar bear holding facility. Then visit the Eskimo Museum, home to and impressive collection of Inuit art and artifacts. Late this evening, drive out of town and into the tundra for a chance to view the outstanding northern lights (weather dependent). Day 3 CHURCHILL Climb aboard a Tundra Buggy for a full-day wildlife-viewing excursion with a local expert. Take in the majestic landscape, and search for polar bears, arctic foxes, ptarmigans, and more. Stop for a picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join representatives from Polar Bears International for a private

cocktail reception and hear about their ongoing efforts to study and protect polar bears and their habitat. The world’s leading polar bear conservation organization, Polar Bears International has collaborated with National Geographic on a variety of research and education projects. Day 4 CHURCHILL Enjoy a free morning to explore Churchill or opt to take a dogsledding excursion. After lunch, head to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for an educational presentation about Canada’s national park service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, sit down with a Churchill resident for an informal discussion about everyday life in this remote northern outpost.

From

5,999

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

group size: Max 25

+ 1,249

What’s included Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

Day 1 San José Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

MEALS included 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches,

Days 2–3 Tortuguero Travel to Tortuguero National Park (pictured above) and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals in search of caimans, howler monkeys, and sloths. Take advantage of free time to relax at our secluded lodge, or take an optional boating excursion after dark. The next day, meet with researchers from the Sea Turtle Conservancy, co-founded by National Geographic grantee Archie Carr. The research team will tell us about four species of sea turtles found on the beaches of Tortuguero, as well as the threats they face.

hotel (6 nights) 1 dinner

Transportation Plane, bus/van, Tundra Buggy

Day 5 WINNIPEG Enjoy a second Tundra Buggy excursion today, observing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife with an expert from Polar Bears International. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg for our final night. Day 6 WINNIPEG Depart at any time.

Churchill

CANADA

Winnipeg

30

explore costa rica

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

costa rica extreme bundle

Like to plan ahead? Book your optional Costa Rica activities ahead of time.

14 DAYS | san josÉ to san josÉ

2017 DATES Nov 4–9

MANITOBA

ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

Days 4–6 La Fortuna/Arenal Visit a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op for lunch and a tour. Continue on to La Fortuna to visit a local home and learn the art of tortillamaking from the family before sitting down to dinner together. Take advantage of two full days to explore La Fortuna—the adventure hub of Costa Rica. Optional activities include rafting, canyoneering, nature hikes, a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and more. Days 7–9 Monteverde Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic– funded explorers and scientists studying the cloud forest. Meet some of the researchers and learn about their conservation projects. Take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and then enjoy extended time here for optional activities,

including a visit to a butterfly garden, a zip line canopy tour, and horseback riding. Days 10–12 Manuel Antonio Continue to the Pacific coast and take a guided walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and some 350 species of birds. Spend three days taking in the laid-back atmosphere of the area, with options to surf, go horseback riding, take a catamaran cruise to spot marine life, or visit other nearby beaches. Days 13–14 San José Return to San José and opt to join a farewell dinner in town. Depart any time the following day.

From

2,199

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 15

+ 1,419

2017 DATES Jan 1–14 • Jan 6–19 • Jan 8–21

Jan 15–28 • Jan 22–Feb 4 • Jan 27–Feb 9 Jan 29–Feb 11 • Feb 5–18 • Feb 12–25 Feb 26–Mar 11 • Mar 5–18 • Mar 12–25 Mar 19–Apr 1 • Mar 26–Apr 8 • Apr 2–15 Apr 9–22 • Apr 23–May 6 • May 7–20 May 21–Jun 3 • Jun 11–24 • Jun 25–Jul 8 Jul 2–15 • Jul 9–22 • Jul 30–Aug 12 Aug 13–26 • Sept 10–23 • Nov 5–18 Nov 12–25 • Nov 26–Dec 9 • Dec 3–16 Dec 10–23 • Dec 13–26 • Dec 17–30 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 13, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates.

What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional after-dark boating excursion in Tortuguero National Park and optional excursions in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio are at an additional cost.

La Fortuna/ Arenal Mont ntever eveerde

COS TA RI CA

San José

Manuel Antonio NP

ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels (11 nights), rustic jungle lodge (2 nights) meals included 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $485–630 for meals not included. Transportation Private van, shuttle van, boat

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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europe

burgundy by river barge 10 DAYS | dijon to paris There may be no more beautiful way to explore

explore iceland

discover moorish spain

iconic italy

7 DAYS | reykjavÍk to reykjavÍk

8 DAYS | madrid to seville

14 DAYS | venice to rome

At a place where two continents quite literally brush up against each other, Iceland is a dynamic land of fire and ice. Get up close to natural wonders as you make your way through lava tubes, observe active volcanoes, and watch for whales off the coast. From geysers to glaciers, the elements are on full display in Iceland.

discover the history and romance of Andalusia, enjoying plenty of free time to uncover the region’s secrets on your own. First explore Madrid’s museums and walk El Greco’s Toledo with a local historian. Then embrace the Moorish spirit of Andalusia—from its exquisite architecture to its mesmerizing music—in Córdoba, Granada, and Ronda.

itinerary at a glance

itinerary at a glance

Days 1–2 DIJON Arrive at any time. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town on a walking tour. After free time, board the Daniele, our home for the next week.

Days 1–2 Reykjavík/Golden Circle/Selfoss From Reykjavík, set out on a tour of the Golden Circle. Walk through Thingvellir National Park, and visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the celebrated hot springs of Geysir. Enjoy lunch at a geothermal farm. Opt to visit a spa or hot springs.

Days 1–2 Madrid/Toledo From Madrid, travel to Toledo (pictured above) and tour the old quarter with a historian. Return to Madrid and visit some of its world-class museums, or explore at leisure.

Days 3–7 CRUISING THE SAÔNE Glide down the river, stopping for excursions along the way. Go biking and wine-tasting, visit the Château de Longecourt, stroll through centuries-old towns like Auxonne and Seurre. Spend a morning discovering the area around Verdun, and cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at picturesque villages. Visit the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault.

Days 3–5 South Shore/Vík/Skaftafell Travel along Iceland’s southern coast and visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall (pictured above), the Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and opt for a boat ride amid icebergs. Visit the Throbergur Cultural Heritage Museum and enjoy a traditional dinner. Hike atop a glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.

Days 8–10 BEAUNE/PARIS Transfer to Beaune for a guided tour of the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune. Enjoy time to explore before catching the to Paris. Venture into the covered Marché d’Aligre with a local chef and explore on your own in the afternoon. Depart at any time on the final day.

Days 6–7 Reykjavík Return to Reykjavík, stopping en route at the Skôgar Folk Museum and the Skôgafoss waterfall.

the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a barge coasting along the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavors. Then head to Paris to explore this legendary city.

itinerary at a glance

Days 3–5 Córdoba/Granada Travel by train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita and the old Jewish quarter. Continue to Granada and take an orientation walk, then learn the art of flamenco during a private class. Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, and during free time, opt to take a bike tour or visit the cathedral. Days 6–8 Ronda/Seville Catch a train to Ronda. Descend into El Tajo Gorge for views of the Puente Nuevo. Explore the city, or opt to go caving. Travel to Seville and go on an orientation walk. Take an optional walking tour of the Santa Cruz quarter. Explore at leisure, or opt to see a flamenco show.

Connect with some of the greatest works of art and culture on an inspiring journey to Italy. Get in touch with

the ancient past alongside an archaeologist at the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, and marvel at Renaissance treasures in Venice and enchanting Florence. Cruising Cinque Terre and strolling the quaint cliff-side villages of the Amalfi Coast, immerse yourself in la dolce vita.

itinerary at a glance Days 1–6 Venice/Cinque Terre/FlorencE Arrive at any time and take a guided tour of Venice. Head to Cinque Terre for a cruise the Ligurian Sea. Enjoy two free days in Florence, with options to visit the Duomo, the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio; or take an excursion to Pisa. Days 7–11 Naples/Pompeii/Sorrento/Amalfi Catch the train to Naples, and opt to visit its National Archaeological Museum. Venture into the ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue to Sorrento and sample limoncello at a lemon orchard. During a free day, opt to visit the islands of Capri or Ischia. On the Amalfi coast, visit an agriturismo for a cooking lesson followed by a fantastic meal, and hike the famous “Walk of the Gods.” Days 12–14 Rome Travel to Rome and take a walking tour before a free day to discover the city. Depart at any time the final day.

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

o E xplore Dijon and Beaune, and visit

$

o W  alk atop a glacier in Vatnajökull

$

o D  iscover layers of culture and history

$

o D  elve into the colorful coastal towns

$

a historic castle.

Airfare to/from is not included.

oB  ike through scenic vineyards and

villages, Enjoy private wine tastings with local vintners.

o Stroll the stalls of the Marché d’Aligre with a Parisian chef.

32

2,899

group size: Max 22

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

National Park, and visit the icebergdotted Jökulsárlón lagoon.

o A  t the geothermally heated

Friðheimar farm, enjoy a lunch made from greenhouse-grown produce.

o S troll along the black-sand beaches at Reynisfjara.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

3,099

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 929

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

in Córdoba at the Mezquita and in the old Jewish quarter.

o E njoy a guided tour of Granada’s

famed Alhambra, a stunning example of Moorish architecture.

o T ry out flamenco steps during a

private lesson with a professional dancer in Granada.

1,999

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 12

+ 799

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

of Cinque Terre, and do the “Walk of the Gods” in Amalfi.

o E xplore the ruins of Pompeii alongside an archaeologist.

o S ip limoncello at a seaside orchard in Sorrento.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

3,999

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,899

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

33


europe

burgundy by river barge 10 DAYS | dijon to paris There may be no more beautiful way to explore

explore iceland

discover moorish spain

iconic italy

7 DAYS | reykjavÍk to reykjavÍk

8 DAYS | madrid to seville

14 DAYS | venice to rome

At a place where two continents quite literally brush up against each other, Iceland is a dynamic land of fire and ice. Get up close to natural wonders as you make your way through lava tubes, observe active volcanoes, and watch for whales off the coast. From geysers to glaciers, the elements are on full display in Iceland.

discover the history and romance of Andalusia, enjoying plenty of free time to uncover the region’s secrets on your own. First explore Madrid’s museums and walk El Greco’s Toledo with a local historian. Then embrace the Moorish spirit of Andalusia—from its exquisite architecture to its mesmerizing music—in Córdoba, Granada, and Ronda.

itinerary at a glance

itinerary at a glance

Days 1–2 DIJON Arrive at any time. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town on a walking tour. After free time, board the Daniele, our home for the next week.

Days 1–2 Reykjavík/Golden Circle/Selfoss From Reykjavík, set out on a tour of the Golden Circle. Walk through Thingvellir National Park, and visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the celebrated hot springs of Geysir. Enjoy lunch at a geothermal farm. Opt to visit a spa or hot springs.

Days 1–2 Madrid/Toledo From Madrid, travel to Toledo (pictured above) and tour the old quarter with a historian. Return to Madrid and visit some of its world-class museums, or explore at leisure.

Days 3–7 CRUISING THE SAÔNE Glide down the river, stopping for excursions along the way. Go biking and wine-tasting, visit the Château de Longecourt, stroll through centuries-old towns like Auxonne and Seurre. Spend a morning discovering the area around Verdun, and cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at picturesque villages. Visit the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault.

Days 3–5 South Shore/Vík/Skaftafell Travel along Iceland’s southern coast and visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall (pictured above), the Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and opt for a boat ride amid icebergs. Visit the Throbergur Cultural Heritage Museum and enjoy a traditional dinner. Hike atop a glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.

Days 8–10 BEAUNE/PARIS Transfer to Beaune for a guided tour of the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune. Enjoy time to explore before catching the to Paris. Venture into the covered Marché d’Aligre with a local chef and explore on your own in the afternoon. Depart at any time on the final day.

Days 6–7 Reykjavík Return to Reykjavík, stopping en route at the Skôgar Folk Museum and the Skôgafoss waterfall.

the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a barge coasting along the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavors. Then head to Paris to explore this legendary city.

itinerary at a glance

Days 3–5 Córdoba/Granada Travel by train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita and the old Jewish quarter. Continue to Granada and take an orientation walk, then learn the art of flamenco during a private class. Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, and during free time, opt to take a bike tour or visit the cathedral. Days 6–8 Ronda/Seville Catch a train to Ronda. Descend into El Tajo Gorge for views of the Puente Nuevo. Explore the city, or opt to go caving. Travel to Seville and go on an orientation walk. Take an optional walking tour of the Santa Cruz quarter. Explore at leisure, or opt to see a flamenco show.

Connect with some of the greatest works of art and culture on an inspiring journey to Italy. Get in touch with

the ancient past alongside an archaeologist at the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, and marvel at Renaissance treasures in Venice and enchanting Florence. Cruising Cinque Terre and strolling the quaint cliff-side villages of the Amalfi Coast, immerse yourself in la dolce vita.

itinerary at a glance Days 1–6 Venice/Cinque Terre/FlorencE Arrive at any time and take a guided tour of Venice. Head to Cinque Terre for a cruise the Ligurian Sea. Enjoy two free days in Florence, with options to visit the Duomo, the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio; or take an excursion to Pisa. Days 7–11 Naples/Pompeii/Sorrento/Amalfi Catch the train to Naples, and opt to visit its National Archaeological Museum. Venture into the ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue to Sorrento and sample limoncello at a lemon orchard. During a free day, opt to visit the islands of Capri or Ischia. On the Amalfi coast, visit an agriturismo for a cooking lesson followed by a fantastic meal, and hike the famous “Walk of the Gods.” Days 12–14 Rome Travel to Rome and take a walking tour before a free day to discover the city. Depart at any time the final day.

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

journey Highlights

From

o E xplore Dijon and Beaune, and visit

$

o W  alk atop a glacier in Vatnajökull

$

o D  iscover layers of culture and history

$

o D  elve into the colorful coastal towns

$

a historic castle.

Airfare to/from is not included.

oB  ike through scenic vineyards and

villages, Enjoy private wine tastings with local vintners.

o Stroll the stalls of the Marché d’Aligre with a Parisian chef.

32

2,899

group size: Max 22

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

National Park, and visit the icebergdotted Jökulsárlón lagoon.

o A  t the geothermally heated

Friðheimar farm, enjoy a lunch made from greenhouse-grown produce.

o S troll along the black-sand beaches at Reynisfjara.

guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

3,099

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 929

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

in Córdoba at the Mezquita and in the old Jewish quarter.

o E njoy a guided tour of Granada’s

famed Alhambra, a stunning example of Moorish architecture.

o T ry out flamenco steps during a

private lesson with a professional dancer in Granada.

1,999

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 12

+ 799

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

of Cinque Terre, and do the “Walk of the Gods” in Amalfi.

o E xplore the ruins of Pompeii alongside an archaeologist.

o S ip limoncello at a seaside orchard in Sorrento.

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

3,999

Airfare to/from is not included.

My Own Room $ option: group size: Max 16

+ 1,899

See page 42 for dates. See website for further trip details.

33


middle east journey Highlights

journey Highlights

o S ee the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore

oV  enture to the ancient ruins of

oD  iscover Jerusalem’s Old City on

o E xperience Petra, and join an

Masada, stroll ancient sites in the Galilee, and float in the Dead Sea.

Jerash and view the incredible mosaics of Madaba.

a dual-narrative walking tour led by an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah.

archaeologist for a talk about ongoing excavations.

oH  ead into Wadi Rum on a 4x4

excursion and go stargazing with a local Bedouin.

oV  isit the home of a Palestinian

trip title israel and beyond 8 DAYS | jerusalem to tel aviv itinerary Day 1 Jerusalem Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Day 2 Jerusalem Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (pictured above) with two guides—one Israeli and one Palestinian—both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travelers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of the region. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations, and take in amazing views of the Old City. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar.

Days 5–6 Masada/Dead Sea/ Nazareth/Sea of Galilee Enjoy a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada. Next, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Head to the Dead Sea (pictured below) for a float and mud bath before continuing to the Sea of Galilee to stay in a kibbutz hotel for two nights. The next day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins at Capernaum. Days 7–8 Tel Aviv Head west to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then traveling south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s harbor city. Then it’s off to the ancient port city of Jaffa and bustling Tel Aviv for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

family in Bethlehem and cook up some favorite recipes together.

1,599

explore jordan

From

2,299

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 850

group size: Max 16

2017 DATES Jan 22–29 • Feb 19–26

Mar 19–26 • Apr 16–23 • May 14–21 Jun 4–11 • Jun 18–25 • Jul 16–23 Aug 13–20 • Oct 15–22 • Oct 22–29 Nov 5–12 • Nov 19–26 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights) meals included 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Allow an

additional $300–390 for meals not included. Transportation Private van/bus

Days 3–4 Jerusalem/bethlehem Pay respects to victims of the Holocaust at the evocative Yad Vashem Memorial, and then step further back in history among the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum. The next day, take another exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch. Later, visit Herodion, a hill fortress built by Herod the Great.

From

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

7 DAYS | amman to the dead sea

+ 499

2017 DATES Jan 29–Feb 4 • Feb 26–Mar 4

itinerary Day 1 Amman Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Day 2 Amman/JErash On a city tour of Amman, visit the Jordan Museum and the archaeological site of the Citadel. Head to Jerash (pictured above), one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Day 3 Madaba/Mt. Nebo/Wadi Musa Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. Continue to Mount Nebo for the stunning views from its summit. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a local archaeologist on the importance of Petra and the ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

traditional Bedouin feast, then walk into the desert to admire the night sky alongside a Bedouin guide who will explain how to use the locations of stars for desert navigation. Days 6–7 Dead Sea Visit the archaeological site of Bethany, believed to be the site of Jesus’s baptism, before going on to the Dead Sea for a float or an optional mud or sea salt treatment. Depart at any time the next day.

Jerash

Amman

Dead Sea

Madaba JO RDAN

Day 4 Wadi Musa/petra Enjoy a guided tour of Petra with free time to explore on your own. Later, attend a cooking demonstration and traditional dinner in Wadi Musa. Day 5 Wadi Rum Head to Wadi Rum in the heart of the desert, then take an exciting 4x4 ride over the dunes. This evening, enjoy a

Mar 26–Apr 1 • Apr 23–29 • May 21–27 Jun 11–17 • Jun 25–Jul 1 • Jul 23–29 Aug 20–26 • Sept 10–16 • Oct 22–28 Oct 29–Nov 4 • Nov 12–18 • Nov 26–Dec 2 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 6, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional spa treatments at the Dead Sea are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (5 nights), desert lodge (1 night) meals included 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $190–250 for meals not included. Transportation Private van/bus, 4x4

Wadi Musa/Petra

Wadi Rum

Sea of Galilee

explore israel & jordan

ISR AEL

14 DAYS | jerusalem to the dead sea Tel Aviv-Yafo Jerusalem Bethlehem Masada/Dead Sea

Step into an ancient world on a journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Experience Jerusalem’s Old City from two perspectives, venture into Petra, and trace the history of the Romans in Jerash and Caesarea Maritima. Stay in a kibbutz in the hills of the Galilee, and spend a night in the deserts of Wadi Rum. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary and 2018 dates.

From

3,899

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $1,350

2017 DATES Jan 22–Feb 4 • Feb 19–Mar 4 • Mar 19–Apr 1 • Apr 16–29 • May 14–27 • Jun 4–17 • Jun 18–Jul 1 • Jul 16–29 • Aug 13–26

Oct 15–28 • Oct 22–Nov 4 • Nov 5–18 • Nov 19–Dec 2

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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middle east journey Highlights

journey Highlights

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oV  enture to the ancient ruins of

oD  iscover Jerusalem’s Old City on

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Masada, stroll ancient sites in the Galilee, and float in the Dead Sea.

Jerash and view the incredible mosaics of Madaba.

a dual-narrative walking tour led by an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah.

archaeologist for a talk about ongoing excavations.

oH  ead into Wadi Rum on a 4x4

excursion and go stargazing with a local Bedouin.

oV  isit the home of a Palestinian

trip title israel and beyond 8 DAYS | jerusalem to tel aviv itinerary Day 1 Jerusalem Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Day 2 Jerusalem Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (pictured above) with two guides—one Israeli and one Palestinian—both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travelers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of the region. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations, and take in amazing views of the Old City. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar.

Days 5–6 Masada/Dead Sea/ Nazareth/Sea of Galilee Enjoy a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada. Next, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Head to the Dead Sea (pictured below) for a float and mud bath before continuing to the Sea of Galilee to stay in a kibbutz hotel for two nights. The next day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins at Capernaum. Days 7–8 Tel Aviv Head west to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then traveling south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s harbor city. Then it’s off to the ancient port city of Jaffa and bustling Tel Aviv for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

family in Bethlehem and cook up some favorite recipes together.

1,599

explore jordan

From

2,299

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $ My Own Room option:

+ 850

group size: Max 16

2017 DATES Jan 22–29 • Feb 19–26

Mar 19–26 • Apr 16–23 • May 14–21 Jun 4–11 • Jun 18–25 • Jul 16–23 Aug 13–20 • Oct 15–22 • Oct 22–29 Nov 5–12 • Nov 19–26 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range

hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights) meals included 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Allow an

additional $300–390 for meals not included. Transportation Private van/bus

Days 3–4 Jerusalem/bethlehem Pay respects to victims of the Holocaust at the evocative Yad Vashem Memorial, and then step further back in history among the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum. The next day, take another exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch. Later, visit Herodion, a hill fortress built by Herod the Great.

From

$

Airfare to/from is not included. $

My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

7 DAYS | amman to the dead sea

+ 499

2017 DATES Jan 29–Feb 4 • Feb 26–Mar 4

itinerary Day 1 Amman Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Day 2 Amman/JErash On a city tour of Amman, visit the Jordan Museum and the archaeological site of the Citadel. Head to Jerash (pictured above), one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Day 3 Madaba/Mt. Nebo/Wadi Musa Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. Continue to Mount Nebo for the stunning views from its summit. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a local archaeologist on the importance of Petra and the ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

traditional Bedouin feast, then walk into the desert to admire the night sky alongside a Bedouin guide who will explain how to use the locations of stars for desert navigation. Days 6–7 Dead Sea Visit the archaeological site of Bethany, believed to be the site of Jesus’s baptism, before going on to the Dead Sea for a float or an optional mud or sea salt treatment. Depart at any time the next day.

Jerash

Amman

Dead Sea

Madaba JO RDAN

Day 4 Wadi Musa/petra Enjoy a guided tour of Petra with free time to explore on your own. Later, attend a cooking demonstration and traditional dinner in Wadi Musa. Day 5 Wadi Rum Head to Wadi Rum in the heart of the desert, then take an exciting 4x4 ride over the dunes. This evening, enjoy a

Mar 26–Apr 1 • Apr 23–29 • May 21–27 Jun 11–17 • Jun 25–Jul 1 • Jul 23–29 Aug 20–26 • Sept 10–16 • Oct 22–28 Oct 29–Nov 4 • Nov 12–18 • Nov 26–Dec 2 Dec 31, 2017–Jan 6, 2018 Visit our website for 2018 dates. What’s included Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional spa treatments at the Dead Sea are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (5 nights), desert lodge (1 night) meals included 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $190–250 for meals not included. Transportation Private van/bus, 4x4

Wadi Musa/Petra

Wadi Rum

Sea of Galilee

explore israel & jordan

ISR AEL

14 DAYS | jerusalem to the dead sea Tel Aviv-Yafo Jerusalem Bethlehem Masada/Dead Sea

Step into an ancient world on a journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Experience Jerusalem’s Old City from two perspectives, venture into Petra, and trace the history of the Romans in Jerash and Caesarea Maritima. Stay in a kibbutz in the hills of the Galilee, and spend a night in the deserts of Wadi Rum. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary and 2018 dates.

From

3,899

$

Airfare to/from is not included. My Own Room option: group size: Max 16

+ $1,350

2017 DATES Jan 22–Feb 4 • Feb 19–Mar 4 • Mar 19–Apr 1 • Apr 16–29 • May 14–27 • Jun 4–17 • Jun 18–Jul 1 • Jul 16–29 • Aug 13–26

Oct 15–28 • Oct 22–Nov 4 • Nov 5–18 • Nov 19–Dec 2

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guaranteed departures: if you’re booked, you’re going

For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

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immerse yourself amid the neon-lit cityscapes of Tokyo before traveling into the countryside to visit rural villages and serene shrines. Stroll through historic geisha districts, try your hand at calligraphy and martial arts, and soak in restorative hot springs, enjoying a marvelous introduction to Japanese culture.

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Discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska during ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas and fascinating wildlife encounters, with majestic Denali as the backdrop. Spy caribou and moose; keep your eyes peeled for orcas, and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in picturesque Seward. 

immerse yourself amid the neon-lit cityscapes of Tokyo before traveling into the countryside to visit rural villages and serene shrines. Stroll through historic geisha districts, try your hand at calligraphy and martial arts, and soak in restorative hot springs, enjoying a marvelous introduction to Japanese culture.

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France is a gold mine for history lovers and this week of exploration in Norman villages and WWII military sites was made for the lifelong learner. Stroll through Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, and visit the Paris studio of acclaimed National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza.

SPEND TWO WEEKS EXPLORING some of the country’s most iconic cities and national parks. Take in the crimsonstriped cliffs of the Grand Canyon, and hear the thundering surf at Big Sur. Stroll among the giant trees of Sequoia National Park, and step behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on an exclusive tour. From Yosemite to Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas to San Francisco, discover the American West.

Step back in time at the historic sites along the American Eastern Seaboard on a week-long tour by rail. Stroll the cobblestone streets of colonial Boston, take in landmarks of New York City and the serene marble monuments and vast green spaces of Washington DC (with a visit to the morethan-a-century-old offices of National Geographic). This is a side of the United States every history buff should see.

Experience two of Peru’s great wonders— Machu Picchu and the Amazon—on a journey that includes a two-night river cruise. Roam the famous mountaintop Inca citadel, and explore the Sacred Valley. Then head to the remote reaches of the rain forest by riverboat for a wildlife experience you’ll never forget.

See detailed itineraries

for these and more extraordinary trips

at NatGeoJourneys.com

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Discover California’s myriad natural wonders, and meet with rangers and researchers for an insider’s view of these spectacular national parks and natural wonders. From the arid landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite’s panorama of giant granite domes, jawdropping scenery awaits in America’s “Golden State.”

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

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land trips Go on safari, encounter a legendary monument, explore an archaeological dig, or wind through dramatic scenery aboard a classic train. Our land trips are led by a National Geographic expert and celebrate the history, culture, and natural heritage of a destination.

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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 as farflung as Easter Island and Marrakech on one epic journey, traveling with a team of experts in the comfort of a VIP-configured jet.

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Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

14 13

Explore Kruger National Park

15

Wonders of Namibia NEW

15 10

Botswana Safari Experience

16 10

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

17

Kruger, Victoria Falls, & Botswana

W 18

Iconic Southern Africa

9

8, 9, 15, 5,12, 13, 2, 9, 10, 24, 25 1, 16, 22, 30 19, 20, 26 16, 24, 30

9

8 7, 14

1, 8

4, 11

12

10, 31

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1, 8, 13, 20, 27

Kenya Safari Experience

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12, 26

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21 3, 17

11, 25 14, 28

11, 25 14, 28

25

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3, 10, 5, 7, 12, 9, 11, 16, 6, 13, 20, 4, 6, 11, 1, 17, 22, 19, 26 23, 25, 30 27, 29 13, 20, 27 15,24, 29

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7, 28

3, 8, 7, 12, 14, 2, 4, 9, 16, 7, 9, 14, 4, 11, 18, 2, 9, 11, 6, 8, 13, 3, 10, 17, 1,17, 24, 20, 22, 27 24, 26 10,29, 23 21, 28 25, 27 16, 23, 30 31 19, 21, 26

4

17, 19, 7, 14, 21, 7, 14, 16, 7 10,24, 31 28 21, 28

W 10 W

2, 14

Tanzania Safari Experience

10, 17

9

3, 13

28 5, 19

9, 23

1, 15, 29

10, 12, 24, 31

18

2, 9, 16, 23, 24

7, 14, 21, 5, 12, 14, 28, 30 19, 26

23

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18

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4, 18

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27

2

7

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4, 18

2, 16

4, 11

20, 4, 11, 13, 1, 3, 10, 5, 12, 19, 10, 24, 31 9, 16, 23 6, 13, 27 20 15, 22, 29 26

7, 21

5, 19

1

6

10

8, 29

12, 26

9, 23

28

5

25, 30

1, 7, 14, 5, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15, 15, 21, 19, 25, 28 16, 22, 30 6, 13, 21 22, 26

4, 11, 27

19, 24

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 22 26 24, 30

16 24

8, 15, 22, 29, 30

Discover Southeast Asia

18 18

Explore Vietnam

19 13 1, 15, 29

12, 26

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

20 10

5, 19

4, 18, 25

15

15

20

10

8, 29

12, 26

2, 16

14

18

2, 16

5, 12, 26

16, 21

19

14

21 15

8

Wonders of Bhutan

22 10

Iconic Thailand

23 15

15

Iconic Japan NEW

37 12

1, 29

8

18

North India Highlights

W

Mysteries of India

W 15 15, 22, 29

Discover India

W 15

South India: Explore Kerala

W

Iconic India

W 12

19

Cruise the Ganges

8, 29

4, 18

1, 15

15

12

16

25 11 1, 15, 29

12, 26

26

23

27

Explore Australia & New Zealand

25 22

1, 15

15

12

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18

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8

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12 2

12, 26

19

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6, 20, 27

7

7

29

12, 26

12

9

10, 24

29

12

5

2

3, 17

Explore India & Nepal

W 17

8, 29

Discover Sri Lanka

W 11

9

Best of China

W 12

16

13

12, 26

19

9

13

13

10

19, 26

16

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

W 12

2, 9

19

13

17

Thailand Journey

W

8

1, 15

12

12

2, 30

Explore Southern Thailand

W

8

1, 8, 22

19

5, 19

Explore Bali & Java

W 12

1, 29

26

30

13

11

10, 24

10

28

25

22

17

15

28

25

22

17

15

Colombia Journey

W 12

12

18

15

18

15

19

16

8

27

10

27

10

Semana Santa: Easter in Guatemala†

W 10

Mexico’s Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

W

Discover the Canadian Rockies

W 12

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 3, 10, 17, 22, 29 23, 26 24 8

5

3, 17

22

5, 12, 26

10, 24

8, 22

5, 19

3, 17, 31

1, 15, 29

12, 26

10

26

23

21

10

8, 22

5, 19

3, 17

13

11

10

14

11

9

2, 16

6, 20

3, 17

1, 15 16

20

18, 25

11

2, 16, 30

13, 27

10

1, 29

12

3, 17, 24, 31

7

4, 18

9, 23

6, 20

3, 17

8

5, 19

10, 24, 31

3

1, 29

W - Visit our website for the full itinerary and trip details. * These departures follow the itinerary described within, but in the reverse direction. † This trip is offered once per year to coincide with the Holy Week. Please see our website for dates. © 2016 National Geographic Partners NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and Yellow Border Design are trademarks of the National Geographic Society, used under license. E Recycled paper.

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20

13, 27

3, 17

21

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North America

8

7, 28

2

2, 30 2, 30

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28

28

7 7

W

17

10, 24, 31

10

Explore Guatemala & Belize

15

5, 19

10

Guatemala Journey

17

8, 15, 22

10

17

9

10, 24

10

9

3, 17

18

12, 26

W

6, 13

4

15

W 16

11, 26

W 10

12

2, 16, 23, 7, 14, 21, 4, 11, 18 2, 16, 23, 30 28 30

6, 20

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs, & Volcanoes

12, 19

Explore Belize

14

9, 23

Explore Ecuador & Peru

1, 15

7 1, 29

11

W 15

4

10, 24

14

Inca Explorer

4, 18, 25

9

20

16

14, 28

10

23

Explore Machu Picchu & Amazon Riverboat NEW 37 11

8

13

25

2, 9, 13, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 14, 1, 8, 12, 5, 12, 16, 3, 14, 21, 6, 9, 13, 4, 7, 14, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 27, 20, 27, 31 17, 21, 28 15, 22, 26 23, 30 23, 30 18, 25, 28 18, 25, 29 28 30

9

12

W 14 W 16

28

5, 19, 26

W

8

2

12, 23

37

12, 26

16

2

29 10 5, 12, 22

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

24, 5, 19, 26 3, 17, 31

11

5

Machu Picchu & the Amazon

Historic American Cities by Rail NEW

6, 15, 29

5

6, 9, 13, 4, 7, 14, 4, 8, 15, 2, 13, 16, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 14, 1, 8, 12, 5, 12, 23, 3, 14, 21, 23, 30 18, 25, 28 18, 25, 29 27, 30 20, 27, 31 17, 24, 28 22, 26 30 28

37

1, 17

19

5, 19, 26

36 16

11

5, 19

23

Natural Highlights of California NEW

15

3, 10, 17

28 14 5, 12, 22

National Parks of the American West NEW

10

19, 3, 17, 23 4, 10, 18 2, 8, 16, 30 5, 13, 27 2, 9, 10, 30 1, 8, 22, 28 4, 11, 25

Iconic Peru

36 10

9, 16

6, 7, 13, 20, 28

26

Alaska Journey NEW

13

9, 23

8

7, 15, 22, 5, 12, 18 5, 12, 18, 9, 15, 23 29 25

Explore Machu Picchu

6, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 31 14 1, 22, 27, 29 5, 12, 26 26

11

27

South America

Explore Costa Rica

7

8

4, 18

30

2

8, 22

Explore North India & the Ganges

42

24 12

New Zealand Journey

mar

Canadian Polar Bear Experience NEW

7

asia

Explore China & Tibet

Explore Australia

feb

Australia & New zealand

Explore Southern Africa

Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

jan

dec

africa

Explore Cape Town & Kruger

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9

21

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10

10

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12

2

18

23

20

24

25

30

27

10, 13, 5, 12, 26 3,17, 31 22 1, 29

24

8, 22

26

16

14

6

10

8

5

9

7

11

12

9

7

4

8

6

4, 24

16

9

7

28 19*

1, 3*, 15, 12, 14*, 26, 9, 11* 17*, 29, 31* 28*

Europe Burgundy by River Barge

32 10

Explore Iceland

32

7

Discover Moorish Spain

33

Iconic Italy Paris & Normandy Highlights NEW

36

8

Explore Central Europe

W

9

Quintessential Burgundy

W 10

15

12

9, 23

4, 18

1, 15, 29

20

3

13, 27

16

7

25

19

8

23

7, 21, 28

11, 18

2

13

3, 10

8, 15

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15

13, 27

17

15

12

2, 16

7

11

23

13

10

20

17

15

12

2

21

5, 19

2, 16, 30

14

10

5

middle east Israel and Beyond

34

8

22

19

19

16

14

4, 18

16

13

Explore Jordan

35

7

29

26

26

23

21

11, 25

23

20

Explore Israel & Jordan

35 14

22

19

19

16

14

4, 18

16

13

10

15, 22

5, 19

24

22, 29

12, 26

31

15, 22

5, 19

Back cover: Travelers observe tree-climbing lions in the grasslands of Tanzania.

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oct

nov

14, 16, 4, 11, 18, 4, 11, 13, 12 12 7,21, 28 25 18, 25

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

14 13

Explore Kruger National Park

15

Wonders of Namibia NEW

15 10

Botswana Safari Experience

16 10

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery

17

Kruger, Victoria Falls, & Botswana

W 18

Iconic Southern Africa

9

8, 9, 15, 5,12, 13, 2, 9, 10, 24, 25 1, 16, 22, 30 19, 20, 26 16, 24, 30

9

8 7, 14

1, 8

4, 11

12

10, 31

W 21 7

1, 8, 13, 20, 27

Kenya Safari Experience

W

8

2, 7, 14, 21

8

12, 26

17

21 3, 17

11, 25 14, 28

11, 25 14, 28

25

W

3, 10, 5, 7, 12, 9, 11, 16, 6, 13, 20, 4, 6, 11, 1, 17, 22, 19, 26 23, 25, 30 27, 29 13, 20, 27 15,24, 29

18 4

7, 28

3, 8, 7, 12, 14, 2, 4, 9, 16, 7, 9, 14, 4, 11, 18, 2, 9, 11, 6, 8, 13, 3, 10, 17, 1,17, 24, 20, 22, 27 24, 26 10,29, 23 21, 28 25, 27 16, 23, 30 31 19, 21, 26

4

17, 19, 7, 14, 21, 7, 14, 16, 7 10,24, 31 28 21, 28

W 10 W

2, 14

Tanzania Safari Experience

10, 17

9

3, 13

28 5, 19

9, 23

1, 15, 29

10, 12, 24, 31

18

2, 9, 16, 23, 24

7, 14, 21, 5, 12, 14, 28, 30 19, 26

23

20

18

6, 20

4, 18

8

27

2

7

16, 30

12, 26

31

19

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19 22 11

7, 15

1, 8

17, 1, 8, 10, 7, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 7, 14, 28 6, 13, 20 3, 10, 24 17, 29, 31 26 23

4, 18

2, 16

4, 11

20, 4, 11, 13, 1, 3, 10, 5, 12, 19, 10, 24, 31 9, 16, 23 6, 13, 27 20 15, 22, 29 26

7, 21

5, 19

1

6

10

8, 29

12, 26

9, 23

28

5

25, 30

1, 7, 14, 5, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15, 15, 21, 19, 25, 28 16, 22, 30 6, 13, 21 22, 26

4, 11, 27

19, 24

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 22 26 24, 30

16 24

8, 15, 22, 29, 30

Discover Southeast Asia

18 18

Explore Vietnam

19 13 1, 15, 29

12, 26

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

20 10

5, 19

4, 18, 25

15

15

20

10

8, 29

12, 26

2, 16

14

18

2, 16

5, 12, 26

16, 21

19

14

21 15

8

Wonders of Bhutan

22 10

Iconic Thailand

23 15

15

Iconic Japan NEW

37 12

1, 29

8

18

North India Highlights

W

Mysteries of India

W 15 15, 22, 29

Discover India

W 15

South India: Explore Kerala

W

Iconic India

W 12

19

Cruise the Ganges

8, 29

4, 18

1, 15

15

12

16

25 11 1, 15, 29

12, 26

26

23

27

Explore Australia & New Zealand

25 22

1, 15

15

12

16

18

2, 9, 16, 23

12

8

7, 13 20

12 2

12, 26

19

2, 9

10

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may

june

july

aug

sept

oct

nov

deC

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25

8, 22

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5, 19

3, 17, 31

25

8, 22

6, 20, 27

7

7

29

12, 26

12

9

10, 24

29

12

5

2

3, 17

Explore India & Nepal

W 17

8, 29

Discover Sri Lanka

W 11

9

Best of China

W 12

16

13

12, 26

19

9

13

13

10

19, 26

16

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

W 12

2, 9

19

13

17

Thailand Journey

W

8

1, 15

12

12

2, 30

Explore Southern Thailand

W

8

1, 8, 22

19

5, 19

Explore Bali & Java

W 12

1, 29

26

30

13

11

10, 24

10

28

25

22

17

15

28

25

22

17

15

Colombia Journey

W 12

12

18

15

18

15

19

16

8

27

10

27

10

Semana Santa: Easter in Guatemala†

W 10

Mexico’s Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

W

Discover the Canadian Rockies

W 12

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 3, 10, 17, 22, 29 23, 26 24 8

5

3, 17

22

5, 12, 26

10, 24

8, 22

5, 19

3, 17, 31

1, 15, 29

12, 26

10

26

23

21

10

8, 22

5, 19

3, 17

13

11

10

14

11

9

2, 16

6, 20

3, 17

1, 15 16

20

18, 25

11

2, 16, 30

13, 27

10

1, 29

12

3, 17, 24, 31

7

4, 18

9, 23

6, 20

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8

5, 19

10, 24, 31

3

1, 29

W - Visit our website for the full itinerary and trip details. * These departures follow the itinerary described within, but in the reverse direction. † This trip is offered once per year to coincide with the Holy Week. Please see our website for dates. © 2016 National Geographic Partners NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and Yellow Border Design are trademarks of the National Geographic Society, used under license. E Recycled paper.

For booking, availability, detailed itineraries, and additional dates, visit natgeojourneys.com or call 1-800-281-2354.

17, 31

20

13, 27

3, 17

21

23

North America

8

7, 28

2

2, 30 2, 30

W 17

28

28

7 7

W

17

10, 24, 31

10

Explore Guatemala & Belize

15

5, 19

10

Guatemala Journey

17

8, 15, 22

10

17

9

10, 24

10

9

3, 17

18

12, 26

W

6, 13

4

15

W 16

11, 26

W 10

12

2, 16, 23, 7, 14, 21, 4, 11, 18 2, 16, 23, 30 28 30

6, 20

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs, & Volcanoes

12, 19

Explore Belize

14

9, 23

Explore Ecuador & Peru

1, 15

7 1, 29

11

W 15

4

10, 24

14

Inca Explorer

4, 18, 25

9

20

16

14, 28

10

23

Explore Machu Picchu & Amazon Riverboat NEW 37 11

8

13

25

2, 9, 13, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 14, 1, 8, 12, 5, 12, 16, 3, 14, 21, 6, 9, 13, 4, 7, 14, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 27, 20, 27, 31 17, 21, 28 15, 22, 26 23, 30 23, 30 18, 25, 28 18, 25, 29 28 30

9

12

W 14 W 16

28

5, 19, 26

W

8

2

12, 23

37

12, 26

16

2

29 10 5, 12, 22

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

24, 5, 19, 26 3, 17, 31

11

5

Machu Picchu & the Amazon

Historic American Cities by Rail NEW

6, 15, 29

5

6, 9, 13, 4, 7, 14, 4, 8, 15, 2, 13, 16, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 14, 1, 8, 12, 5, 12, 23, 3, 14, 21, 23, 30 18, 25, 28 18, 25, 29 27, 30 20, 27, 31 17, 24, 28 22, 26 30 28

37

1, 17

19

5, 19, 26

36 16

11

5, 19

23

Natural Highlights of California NEW

15

3, 10, 17

28 14 5, 12, 22

National Parks of the American West NEW

10

19, 3, 17, 23 4, 10, 18 2, 8, 16, 30 5, 13, 27 2, 9, 10, 30 1, 8, 22, 28 4, 11, 25

Iconic Peru

36 10

9, 16

6, 7, 13, 20, 28

26

Alaska Journey NEW

13

9, 23

8

7, 15, 22, 5, 12, 18 5, 12, 18, 9, 15, 23 29 25

Explore Machu Picchu

6, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 31 14 1, 22, 27, 29 5, 12, 26 26

11

27

South America

Explore Costa Rica

7

8

4, 18

30

2

8, 22

Explore North India & the Ganges

42

24 12

New Zealand Journey

mar

Canadian Polar Bear Experience NEW

7

asia

Explore China & Tibet

Explore Australia

feb

Australia & New zealand

Explore Southern Africa

Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

jan

dec

africa

Explore Cape Town & Kruger

D A T E S

2017

# Days

# Days

PAGE

D E P A R T U R E

PAGE

Calendar

6

4 2, 9, 23

7, 21

9

21

11, 25

2, 9, 30

13

10

10

1, 22

12

2

18

23

20

24

25

30

27

10, 13, 5, 12, 26 3,17, 31 22 1, 29

24

8, 22

26

16

14

6

10

8

5

9

7

11

12

9

7

4

8

6

4, 24

16

9

7

28 19*

1, 3*, 15, 12, 14*, 26, 9, 11* 17*, 29, 31* 28*

Europe Burgundy by River Barge

32 10

Explore Iceland

32

7

Discover Moorish Spain

33

Iconic Italy Paris & Normandy Highlights NEW

36

8

Explore Central Europe

W

9

Quintessential Burgundy

W 10

15

12

9, 23

4, 18

1, 15, 29

20

3

13, 27

16

7

25

19

8

23

7, 21, 28

11, 18

2

13

3, 10

8, 15

33 14

15

13, 27

17

15

12

2, 16

7

11

23

13

10

20

17

15

12

2

21

5, 19

2, 16, 30

14

10

5

middle east Israel and Beyond

34

8

22

19

19

16

14

4, 18

16

13

Explore Jordan

35

7

29

26

26

23

21

11, 25

23

20

Explore Israel & Jordan

35 14

22

19

19

16

14

4, 18

16

13

10

15, 22

5, 19

24

22, 29

12, 26

31

15, 22

5, 19

Back cover: Travelers observe tree-climbing lions in the grasslands of Tanzania.

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