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N AT I O N A L G EO G R A P H I C AC T I V E E X P E D 2017–2018

PATAGONIA HIKING ADVENTURE

JAPAN HIKING AND CULTURAL ADVENTURE

DEAR T R AV E L E R For archaeology enthusiasts, the allure of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is perhaps most evident in the grand Maya ruins scattered throughout its jungles. National Geographic grantee and underwater archaeologist Octavio del Río is captivated by a different layer of the region. He unearthed the oldest human fossil ever found in the Americas from a subterranean cavern, and travelers on our Yucatán trip will have the opportunity to snorkel with him through his dig site’s aqueous entrance. On this exciting new expedition, Octavio also joins us above ground to provide expert insight into the coastal ruins of Tulum, the sprawling Maya city of Coba, and the colorful colonial town of Valladolid. Together, we’ll dive into the cenote of Aktun Ha, where our archaeologist guide is actively seeking out evidence of one-time human inhabitation on

an research expedition funded by National Geographic. Other highlights of the trip include a private, early morning visit to Chichén Itzá and the opportunity to swim with majestic whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The pages that follow are brimming with all kinds of active trips that will have you following in the footsteps of our explorers, from a multi-day hike to Machu Picchu to a dogsledding adventure across Sweden’s Lapland. No matter which trip you choose, you’ll explore spectacular places, get acquainted with local cultures in a meaningful way, and take on fun physical challenges—the perfect mix for an unforgettable adventure.

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

Sincerely,

Lynn Cutter Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

When you travel with us, you make a difference. We return 27% of our proceeds to the National Geographic Society, whose explorers and researchers are furthering our understanding of the planet.

Cover: The snowy peaks of Mont Blanc provide a dramatic backdrop for the day’s hike.

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SWEDEN: DOGSLEDDING TO THE ICEHOTEL

NORTH AMERICA

VIETNAM, LAOS, AND CAMBODIA ADVENTURE

AFRICA

49 Sweden: Dogsledding to the Icehotel 50 Iceland Adventure

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Yucatán Adventure: Whale Sharks and Maya Ruins N E W

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Hiking the National Parks: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton

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Costa Rica Multisport Adventure

32 South Africa Safari Adventure

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33 Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb

Iceland Winter: Snowshoeing and Hiking Adventure N E W

and Safari

RESOURCES EUROPE

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Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

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Alaska Sea Kayaking Adventure

34 Hiking England Coast to Coast

10 Photos from our Travelers

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Belize: Kayaking and Jungle Adventure

36 Scotland Hiking Adventure: From the

52 More Ways to Travel with Nat Geo

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Highlands to the Islands

SOUTH AMERICA

37 Ireland: Hiking the Emerald Isle 38 Tuscany and Cinque Terre Hiking

53 Terms & Conditions 54 Trip Calendar

Adventure

20 Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Trek 22 Patagonia Hiking Adventure

Activity Levels

39 Provence Hiking Adventure 40 Portugal Hiking Adventure

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Spain: Walking El Camino de Santiago

42 Tour du Mont Blanc 24 New Zealand Adventure

43 Hiking Italy’s Dolomites

26 Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia

44 Greek Islands Adventure

Adventure

28 Japan Hiking and Cultural Adventure 29 Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

45 Croatia: Hiking and Kayaking Adventure 46 Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps and Beyond

30 Borneo Wildlife Adventure

47 Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure

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48 Switzerland: Iconic Hikes of the

Mongolian Horse Trek

Swiss Alps

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TR AVEL THE WORL W IT H N AT I O N

ICELAND ADVENTURE

Traveling on an active expedition with National Geographic means much more than checking off world-renowned sites. We take a deep dive into each destination, following in the spirit of the Society’s explorers and adventurers. We seek out experiences that are meaningful and authentic, that take you to spectacular and littleknown places, and that give you the rush that comes with achieving a personal quest.

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G E T C LO S E R T H A N YO U EVER IMAGINED National Geographic opens doors around the globe: Our relationships with scientists, storytellers, museums, and active research sites allow us special access to places and people, including our own grantees, whose field sites we visit wherever we can. Traveling with us, you get a close-up view of work that’s helping illuminate and protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures, from snorkeling in cenotes in Mexico to visiting a conservation project in South Africa.

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D A L GEOGR APHIC

E X P LO R E I N S M A L L NUMBERS WITH TOP GUIDES A key part of experiencing a place intimately is getting away from the crowds. We keep our group size to a maximum of 16 so that we can move with agility, assimilate easily into local communities, and enjoy every place we visit in depth. You’ll explore alongside some of the best guides in the business—bold, curious, and boundary-pushing individuals who are passionate about their work. Our partner in adventure is Mountain Travel Sobek, a pioneering travel company that has brought travelers to some of the world’s most remote places for more than 40 years.

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A N O P P O RT U N I T Y TO C H A L L E N G E YO U R S E L F

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD A U T H E N T I C A L LY

You may find yourself trekking high above a mountain lake, deep into a rain forest, or past little-known archaeological wonders. Maybe you’ll traverse legendary landscapes by horseback, or kayak the shores of a tropical island. Our active expeditions range from light to maximum: you choose the level of physical activity that best matches your abilities and interests.

When crafting our itineraries, we take our cues from National Geographic’s explorers—people like Jane Goodall and Beverly and Dereck Joubert—who like to dig in; immerse themselves in new places; and get to know the local people and their traditions, cuisine, and everyday lives. Whether you’re hiking an ancient pilgrimage route in Japan or spotting orangutans in Borneo, every trip is a celebration of a remarkable destination and a genuine interaction with its culture.

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CH OOS E YO UR A DV E N T U R E

ACT IVITY LEVELS Our trips are rated by activity level—from light to maximum—so you can choose the one that best suits you. All of our itineraries are well-paced and filled with opportunities for you to push your limits, choose the harder trail, or go on the extra hike. And whenever you feel the need, you can opt to take a break and relax at the hotel.

Light / Moderate

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Moderate / Strenuous

Strenuous

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STRENUOUS

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Designed for experienced active travelers in excellent physical condition, these itineraries may include full-day hikes (sometimes at high altitude) or full-day kayaking excursions. Trails often include steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain, with some exposed sections.

M O D E R AT E / S T R E N U O U S L I G H T/ M O D E R AT E Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and biking.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activity, such as ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain.

MAXIMUM The ultimate challenge for serious hikers who are very fit and have experience hiking or trekking at high elevations. These itineraries include numerous challenging, full-day hikes.

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EXPERIENCE OUR LODGES A LO N G T H E WAY National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of handpicked lodges that invite guests to experience the world’s most treasured places while helping to protect them for generations to come. Each lodge has made the choice to tread lightly, to celebrate nature rather than conquer it, to support cultural heritage, and to engage with local communities. From remarkable architecture to fine cuisine, these lodges are inspired by and complement their surroundings. The experience they offer is intimate and extraordinary, connecting guests with their destination in an authentic and meaningful way. Take a look at some of the lodges featured on our trips here, and visit natgeolodges.com to see all the properties in our growing collection.

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L APA RIOS LODGE

BELCAMPO LODGE

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MEET SOME OF OUR E XC E P T I O N A L A DV E N T U R E G U I D E S Our trip leaders are among the finest in the business, chosen for their love of exploration; their welcoming nature; and their deep knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology, and cultures you’ll encounter. Meet some of the dynamic leaders who might accompany your adventure. MICHELLE HUGHES IRELAND

RODRIGO “RO” BAHAMONDEZ PATAGONIA Ro has been guiding travelers through his homeland of Patagonia since the mid-1990s. From leading sea kayaking expeditions along coastal waters to heading up mountaineering and skiing trips through Tierra del Fuego, he has the full lay of the diverse southern Patagonian landscape. Ro is well prepared and looks forward to to taking adventurers on thrilling journeys through the wildest and most remote parts of Patagonia.

Michelle is passionate about Ireland and all its wonders; the music, the stories, the ancient Celtic beliefs, and the weather! A true adventurer, Michelle has hiked, climbed, and kayaked the length of Ireland—and has also sailed a junk from Australia to Singapore. She is a holistic therapist, a certified mountaineering navigation teacher, and she is even known to play a tune on the fiddle when the occasion demands.

HAYLEY SHEPARD NEW ZEALAND An adventurer, writer, and native New Zealander, Hayley began her career as a schoolteacher specializing in environmental science and outdoor education before making the outdoors her permanent classroom. She has looked a polar bear in the eye, biked across South America, and kayaked around Vancouver Island. She is the author of South Solo: Kayaking to Save the Albatross, and numerous articles.

PRANOY RAI NEPAL A travel enthusiast and adventurer, Pranoy has been guiding travelers through Tibet, India, and his native Nepal for more than a decade. In addition to being fluent in English, Nepali, and Hindi, he also speaks basic Tibetan and Chinese. Pranoy is trained in wilderness medicine and mountaineering, and has a deep knowledge of the birds, plants and flowers of the Himalayan region.

NEPAL: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

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W H E N YO U T R AV E L W I T H U S

YO U M A K E A DIFFERENCE YOU SUPPORT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY When you travel with us, you support the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit mission to explore and protect the planet. We return 27% of our proceeds to the Society, which funds researchers and explorers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants.

YOU SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIES AND HABITATS National Geographic Expeditions is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit. In providing authentic travel experiences, we strive to support local economies in our choice of services. At the same time, we believe that the powerful positive effects of sustainable travel go beyond the long-term economic benefits, inspiring passionate stewards committed to protecting the places we visit.

The National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC (d/b/a National Geographic Expeditions), funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/info.

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BORNEO WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

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ON EXPEDITION: IMAGES FROM O U R S TA FF A N D T R AV EL ER S

Kathy O., @kathyozanich Scotland Photo Adventure

Charlie R. , @charles808 Borneo Wildlife Adventure Laura F., @laurakfarrell Sweden: Dogledding to the Icehotel

"I was looking for a well-balanced trip to stimulate the mind and body, and this hit the mark. From the physical challenge to the knowledgeable guides to the fantastic meals, this was one of our best adventures!" —Barbara R. Provence Hiking Adventure

Marianne F., @fritzmarianne Iceland Adventure

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David V. Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

Tristan R., @trstnry @luke.dollar Patagonia Hiking Adventure

"What an amazing travel experience! Our guides were full of history lessons, connecting us daily with the places we visited, and sharing their knowledge of the culture." —Michael B. Spain : Walking El Camino de Santiago

Anastasia F., @dont.a.uto.f.ocus Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Adventure

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Y U C ATÁ N A DV EN TUR E: W HA LE NEW S H A R K S A N D M AYA R UIN S

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is blanketed with lush jungles, studded with beguiling cenotes and towering Maya temples, and edged by sparkling Caribbean seas. Set out to explore these diverse wonders on an adventure from the Riviera Maya to inland colonial towns and Isla Mujeres, just off the coast. Discover the ancient ruins at Tulum, Coba, and Chichén Itzá; dive into the mythical Maya underworld while snorkeling underwater caves with an archaeologist; and get immersed in the culture of the modern-day Maya in colorful colonial towns. Cap off your trip swimming with the largest fish in the sea—the majestic whale shark.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Snorkel Cenote Cristal with National Geographic grantee Octavio del Río, an archaeologist who unearthed the oldest human fossil found in the Americas.

• Take a private tour of the Maya ruins at Chichén Itzá, exploring the site’s temples and towers at sunrise before they open to the public.

• Snorkel with majestic whale sharks in the waters off Isla Mujeres.

• Explore the colorful towns of Valladolid and Izamal on foot to see relics of the ancient Maya intermingled with Spanish colonial architecture. Above: Snorkeling with a whale shark off of Isla Mujeres

Right: A towering pyramid of Chichén Itzá

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CANCÚN, MEXICO/TULUM

Land in Cancún and travel south along the Caribbean coast to our beachfront hotel in Tulum. Here we’ll meet explorer and National Geographic grantee Octavio del Río, an underwater archaeologist who leads research expeditions in the cenotes of Yucatán. Octavio joins us for the first three days of our adventure, offering expert insight into the region’s fossil discoveries and ancient human history. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, lounging on the beach or exploring the sandy streets of Tulum’s charming town. Gather for a welcome dinner this evening.

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DAY 5 TULUM/SIAN KA’AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Set out on a guided tour of the Tulum ruins, a Maya seaport presiding dramatically over the coastline. Marvel at the towering Castillo and the murals in the Temple of the Frescoes, and take in views across turquoise waters. Then head inland to Cenote Cristal for a snorkel in its subterranean cavern—believed by the ancient Maya to be a gateway to the underworld. The cenote is also the site where Octavio and his colleague discovered the oldest human fossil ever found in the Americas, known as Eve of Naharon. Continue to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site of tropical forests, marshlands, and mangroves. Take a boat ride across a turquoise lagoon, and dive in for a float along a mangrove-fringed canal, spotting myriad tropical birds as you swim. ANA Y JOSÉ HOTEL AND SPA 2 hours walking; 1 hour snorkeling

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THE LODGE AT CHICHÉN ITZÁ

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Spend the morning relaxing or exploring the hotel’s lush grounds. Then travel to Puerto Juárez on the outskirts of Cancun and board a ferry bound for Isla Mujeres. Check in to our hotel on sleepy Playa Norte, and enjoy an evening stroll on this stunning stretch of sand or swim in crystalline Caribbean waters. HOTEL MIA REEF

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Board a boat this morning and set out in search of whale sharks—the largest identified fish in the world. On this flexible excursion, we seek out opportunities for an intimate snorkel with these magnificent creatures, extending our time on the water to avoid other boats if necessary. After lunch, take a bike ride across Isla Mujeres to a scenic outlook on the isle’s southern shores. HOTEL MIA REEF 3 hours snorkeling; 10 miles optional cycling (2–3 hours)

COBÁ/VALLADOLID

Begin the day snorkeling the stunning Cenote Aktun Ha, where fallen trees and colorful plants create the feel of swimming through an ethereal underwater garden. Continue to the Cobá archaeological site, a vast—though largely unexcavated—city from the Classical Maya period. Tour the temples with our archaeologist guide, and learn about the important role Cobá played for the ancient Maya. Continue to the colorful town of Valladolid for a walking tour of its colonial architecture, including a visit to the Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Later, settle into our lodge, bordering the Chichén Itzá archaeological complex.

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Set out on another morning snorkeling excursion to swim with the area’s resident whale sharks. After lunch, return to Cancun and settle into our beachfront hotel, where we’ll enjoy our final night. PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL CANCUN RESORT 3 hours snorkeling

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After breakfast, transfer to the Cancún airport to catch your flight home.

A traveler takes in the seaside view of the Maya ruins of Tulum

INFORMATION Activity Level

Light/ Moderate

While there is no sustained hiking on this trip, we will be walking for 1–4 hours on uneven terrain on most days. While previous snorkeling experience is not required, you should know how to swim and be comfortable in water.

DATES 2018: June 4–11 • June 18–25 • July 16–23 Aug. 13–20

$5,995

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. International airfare to/from Cancún is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure with the exception of dinner on Days 2 and 6.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in comfortable hotels with many amenities that are ideally situated for each day’s activities.

THE LODGE AT CHICHÉN ITZÁ 3 hours walking, 1 hour snorkeling

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HIKING THE NATIONAL PARKS: GLACIER, YELLOWSTONE, AND GRAND TETON

Running south from Canada nearly to Mexico, the soaring Rocky Mountains dominate America’s West. Three iconic national parks—Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton—frame the awesome, ice-carved summits, rushing rivers, deep glacial lakes, and abundant wildlife of this great range. Explore the valleys of the Grand Tetons on foot and the peaks of Glacier by raft, seeing elk and bison up close and looking for wolves, moose, and bears. Experience Yellowstone’s unique geothermal wonders: geysers, mud pots, and rainbow-hued hot springs. As we make our way north, stop in historic towns including Jackson, Big Fork, and Whitefish, soaking up the atmosphere of the wild West on our national parks adventure. Above: A hiker pauses along the Highline Trail to take in dramatic views of Glacier National Park.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River through the heart of Glacier National Park.

• Walk the boardwalks and hike the trails of Old Faithful to see the geyser’s regular eruptions, and peer into turquoise hot springs nearby.

• Hike the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Highline Trail along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park.

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JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

Arrive in Jackson Hole on the edge of Grand Teton National Park, and transfer to our hotel. Gather for an orientation, and get to know our group during a welcome dinner. THE LEXINGTON AT JACKSON HOLE

DAY 2 I GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK/YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Begin the day with a ranger-guided hike to Taggart Lake, taking in views of towering peaks along the way. After a picnic, drive north to Yellowstone National Park—America’s first national park, established in 1872. Most of this pristine wilderness rests atop a slumbering volcano whose magna chamber is the source of the park’s rainbow-colored hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and erupting geysers. Hike the Shoshone Lake Trail this afternoon, keeping an eye out for moose and river otters. GRAY WOLF INN 6–8 miles hiking (4 hours)

DAY 3 I MIDWAY AND UPPER GEYSER BASINS/GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE After breakfast, explore Midway Geyser Basin, home to the richly-hued Grand Prismatic Spring—Yellowstone’s largest hot spring. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Old Faithful geyser and discover the nearby geothermal landscape of mineral pools and steaming vents. After lunch, continue to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where the Yellowstone River tumbles over sheer cliffs, presenting one of the park’s most magnificent sights. Admire the powerful Lower Falls from Artist’s Point, then hike the trail to Sublime Point, enjoying dramatic views of the canyon. BUCK’S T-4 LODGE 3–5 miles hiking (2–3 hours)

DAY 4 I GALLATIN RIVER CANYON/ LEWIS AND CLARK CAVERNS STATE PARK/MISSOULA Head out for a drive through southwest Montana and the scenic Gallatin River canyon. Set out on a ranger-led hike in the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, and discover the park’s unique limestone cavern system lined with stalactites and stalagmites. After a picnic lunch, we drive to Missoula and arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. Explore Missoula’s famous river trail system, or set out on a hike up nearby Mount Sentinel for spectacular views of the of the valley below. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON, MISSOULA EDGEWATER

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This morning, visit one the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States: the National Bison Range. View large herds of grazing bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife as we explore this vast refuge, established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Make our way to the scenic town of Bigfork, situated along the shores of Flathead Lake. Go for a hike along the “wild mile” of Swan River, known for its ferocious rapids during the spring runoff. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of Bigfork’s many restaurants before we continue driving to the northern Rockies town of Whitefish—our base for exploring Glacier National Park. GROUSE MOUNTAIN LODGE 1–2 miles hiking (1 hour)

DAY 6 I GLACIER NATIONAL PARK/ MIDDLE FORK OF THE FLATHEAD RIVER Named for the massive ice floes that carved these awe-inspiring valleys roughly 20,000 years ago, Glacier National Park encompasses some 1,800 square miles. Set off on the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake, passing through hemlock and cedar forests to arrive on the shores of a glassy, emerald-hued lake that mirrors the majestic peaks looming above. Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking up this stunning backdrop. Later, take to the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, which forms the southern border of Glacier National Park. Paddle Class II and III rapids, keeping an eye out for bears, bald eagles, osprey, and elk. Return to Whitefish in the late afternoon and have dinner in town. GROUSE MOUNTAIN LODGE 4–5 miles hiking (2–3 hours); 15 miles rafting on Class II and III rapids (5 hours)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate

We will hike 1–5 hours per day (1–10 miles) on moderate to steep grades at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to a maximum of 7,000 feet. We will raft 2–3 hours (15 miles) on Class II and III rapids.

DATES GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Head out early to experience one of the most scenic drives in the country: Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 52-mile marvel of engineering that spans the park from east to west and crosses the Continental Divide at the 6,646-foot high Logan Pass. As we ascend, take in sweeping views of glacier-carved lakes and cedar forests, alpine meadows and snow-dusted peaks. At Logan Pass, set off on the Highline Trail across wildflower-dotted alpine meadows framed by craggy peaks and frequented by mountain goats, marmots, and weasels. Return to Whitefish to celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner.

DAY 8

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

2018: June 23-30 • July 7-14 • July 21-28 Aug. 25-Sept. 1

$4,895

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,550. Airfare to Jackson Hole and return from Kalispell is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Day 5.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in hotels and lodges that are ideally situated for each day’s activities. Often our lodging is simple, but comfortable.

KALISPELL

After breakfast, head to the airport for flights home.

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COS TA R I C A MULT ISP O RT ADV ENTU RE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak through the lush rain forests of Tortuguero National Park and learn about the Atlantic sea turtles that nest here. • Set off on a white-water rafting adventure down the Pacuare River, and spot monkeys, sloths, colorful birds, and more. • Hike into the cloud forest in search of the rare quetzal bird, and sail through the rain forest canopy on a zip line. • Explore the colonial towns and coffee plantations of the Orosi Valley.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Arrive in San José and spend the night at a hotel set amid tropical gardens. Begin the next day with a scenic flight to Tortuguero National Park, a lowland tropical wet forest accessible only by water or air. A short boat ride brings us to our hotel perched on the water’s edge. Kayak still waterways that cut through the forest, encountering varied wildlife, from poison dart frogs and spider monkeys to sloths, river otters, caimans, and many lizards and birds. During departures that coincide with their nesting season, search for the Atlantic sea turtles for which the park is named. The turtles return here each year to nest, and the hatching of their young is a harrowing but fascinating ritual that dates back millions of years. XANDARI RESORT & SPA; TORTUGA LODGE & GARDENS Day 2: 2–3 miles paddling (3 hours); Day 3: 4–5 miles paddling (4 hours)

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Travel by boat and by road to the Pacuare River, where we set off on our white-water rafting adventure. Paddle through lush forest and descend several technical drops. Later, arrive at Above: Rafters paddle past a waterfall on the Pacuare River.

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our eco-lodge where we see toucans and other colorful species on a bird-watching hike; swing through the forest canopy on a zip line; and hike to waterfalls. Return to the river to raft a stunning stretch of white water past waterfalls and down lush gorges. Stop for a swim, and then take out near Siquirres and journey into the cloud forest. RIOS TROPICALES LODGE; TROGON LODGE Day 4: 4–5 miles paddling (2 hours); Day 5: 4–5 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 6: 6–8 miles paddling (3–4 hours)

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I SAN GERARDO DE DOTA/OROSI VALLEY/SAN JOSÉ Hike into the cloud forest and encounter a wide spectrum of wildlife—including, with luck, the quetzal, a near-threatened bird that is endemic to Mesoamerica. Take advantage of a free afternoon to explore our lodge and its gardens, go on another hike, or enjoy one of the optional activities offered in the area. Rise early for a birding walk before we drive to Orosi Valley, one of the first areas of Costa Rica settled by the Spanish colonists. Have lunch at a coffee plantation. In Cartago, visit the Basilica Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles, an ornate church honoring Costa Rica’s patron saint. After our farewell dinner in San José, depart the next day for home. TROGON LODGE; XANDARI RESORT & SPA Day 7: 4–5 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 8: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level This trip is suitable for beginner and expert

Moderate

kayakers and rafters alike; no previous experience is necessary. We will be paddling stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 3–4 hours, and will be rafting 2–4 hours (approximately 4–8 miles per day) on Class II–IV rapids. We will hike 2–4 hours (1–5 miles) on some days.

DATES 2017: Dec. 24–Jan. 1, 2018 2018: Feb. 25–Mar. 5 • Mar. 17–25 July 21–29 • Dec. 22–30

COST

$4,395 $4,595

2017: 2018:

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,100. Airfare to/from San José and airfare within Costa Rica is not included in the cost. The group flight within Costa Rica is $200 (subject to change). There is a $200 holiday surcharge for the December departures. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 1.

Maximum group size: 14

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 6 nights in comfortable, well-located lodges and resorts. We will stay 2 nights in charming, rustic bungalows at an eco-lodge accessible only by foot or waterway.

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COS TA R I C A W ILD LIF E A DV EN T URE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Stay at Lapa Rios Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled within some of Costa Rica’s most pristine rain forests. • Hike to secluded waterfalls in the jungles of the Osa Peninsula, searching for monkeys, sloths, and scarlet macaws. • Go zip-lining in the rain forest canopy surrounding Arenal Volcano, and soak in hot spring pools. • Explore the cloud forest on nature walks.

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Arrive in San José and transfer to our hotel set on an organic coffee plantation. The next morning, fly south to the Osa Peninsula, home to some of the most pristine lowland rain forests on the Pacific coast. At the peninsula’s tip is the 1,000-acre Lapa Rios reserve. Settle into your bungalow at Lapa Rios Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge celebrated for its wildlife conservation efforts in the surrounding region. During our stay here, discover the area’s treasures on a variety of excursions. Hike to secluded waterfalls and beaches to go swimming; learn about the medicinal uses of local plants; and experience the magic of the rain forest on a nighttime walk. With the help of a naturalist, spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, poison dart frogs, sloths, and more. FINCA ROSA BLANCA; LAPA RIOS LODGE Days 2 and 3: 2–4 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

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Fly back to San José and drive into the northern highlands to Arenal National Park, named for the 7,000-year-old volcano that rises above the rain forest canopy. Check in to our lodge and head out on a naturalist-led hike in the Above: A curious sloth emerges from the lush rain forest canopy.

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afternoon to search for monkeys and toucans. After an optional early-morning birding walk the next day, embark on an aerial adventure, soaring from tree to tree on zip lines strung through the rain forest canopy. Later, visit hot spring pools owned and operated by a local family, then sit down for a home-style dinner. LOST IGUANA RESORT & SPA Day 4: 2–4 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 5: 1–2 miles hiking (1 hour)

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Venture into the rain forest canopy surrounding Arenal Volcano along a network of suspension bridges. Then journey to the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, a 75-acre mountain retreat. Enjoy a twilight jungle walk before dinner. Spend the following day experiencing the complex ecosystems of the cloud forest. Hike along lush forest trails, and keep an eye out for butterflies and resident bird species such as trogons, motmots, and toucanets. With luck, we’ll spot the rare resplendent quetzal—a sacred bird in Maya and Aztec cultures. After a final morning birding walk and a coffee tasting, return to San José and gather for a farewell dinner. Depart the next day. VILLA BLANCA CLOUD FOREST HOTEL; FINCA ROSA BLANCA Day 6: 2–4 miles hiking (2–4 hours); Day 7: 2–3 miles hiking (1–3 hours)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

On this wildlife-viewing adventure, we will be walking or hiking on nature trails for 2–4 miles (2–4 hours) on most days.

Light/ Moderate

DATES 2017: Dec. 9-17 2018: Jan. 20–28* • July 15–23 • Dec. 2–10

*This departure follows a slightly different route. See our website for details.

COST

$5,295 $5,495

2017: 2018:

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. Airfare to/from San José and airfare within Costa Rica is not included in the cost. The group flight within Costa Rica is $350 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 1.

Maximum group size: 14

ACCOMMODATIONS We will be staying 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and 6 nights in comfortable, wellequipped hotels with full amenities.

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AL AS K A S E A KAYA K IN G ADV EN T U RE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the thunder of calving glaciers on a three-day kayak expedition into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. • Observe humpbacks and porpoises up close while kayaking off Point Adolphus. • Camp in the old-growth rain forest of Tongass National Forest. • Explore the Alaskan frontier town of Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I JUNEAU, ALASKA/ GUSTAVUS/POINT ADOLPHUS/ CHICHAGOF ISLAND Arrive in Juneau and take a short air taxi to the small town of Gustavus, where we gather for a briefing with our guides and get outfitted for the trip. The following morning, cruise across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus on the northern tip of Chichagof Island. Set up camp in the shelter of the old-growth forest, and then suit up for our first kayak excursion. Skim along the island’s shores, on the lookout for marine life and the bald eagles that are prevalent here. The entire island is part of the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. Continue exploring the wild coastline, discovering stunning rock formations, coves, and beaches. ANNIE MAE LODGE; CAMPING Day 2: 3–6 miles paddling (3–4 hours); Day 3: 3–6 miles paddling (3–4 hours)

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After one last morning on Chichagof Island, return to Gustavus by boat and set out on an afternoon hike on a beach created by the retreat of glaciers. Spend the following day hiking and exploring Gustavus. Your guides will share some history of the town and offer an array of activity options for the

afternoon. Enjoy dinner and a talk by National Geographic writer and photographer Kim Heacox (depending on his availability). ANNIE MAE LODGE Day 4: 2 miles paddling (1–2 hours), 3–5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 5: 3–5 miles hiking (3 hours)

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GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

Head out on our kayak expedition into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glide into the upper reaches of the park on a charter boat, then switch to sea kayaks and paddle off into the pristine wilderness. The park is home to some seven tidewater glaciers, which descend from the surrounding mountains and shed icebergs of all shapes and sizes into the bay. Witness the dramatic sight of glaciers calving huge slabs of ice that crash into the water below. Kayak along sparkling walls of ice and skirt magnificent icebergs. Hike through meadows on the lookout for brown bears, moose, mountain goats, and more. At night, take in a vast sweep of stars. Enjoy a final morning of paddling, then catch the boat back to Gustavus and depart the next day. CAMPING; ANNIE MAE LODGE Day 6: 5–8 miles paddling (4 hours); Day 7: 4–7 miles paddling (3–4 hours); Day 8: 1–2 miles paddling (1 hour) Day 9: 1–5 miles optional hiking (1–3 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate

DATES

This trip is suitable for beginners and experts alike. No previous sea kayaking experience is necessary. We will paddle stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 3–5 hours per day. This is a true wilderness experience with limited facilities while camping. Guests should feel comfortable helping with tent set-up, dish washing, and kayak portaging.

2018: June 30–July 8 • July 16–24 Aug. 3–11

$4,695

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $750. Airfare to/from Juneau and airfare within Alaska are not included in the cost. The group flight within Alaska is $295 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 10

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 4 nights in the frontier town of Gustavus. Rooms are simple but clean and conveniently located for our activities. We will camp 4 nights in the backcountry, sleeping in roomy tents. No showers or flush toilets are available while camping.

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BELIZE KAYAKING AND JUNGLE ADVENTURE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak, snorkel, and swim at Belize’s renowned coral reefs, and snorkel the legendary Blue Hole. • Get private access to a sacred Maya cave and explore its cathedral-like chambers. • Stay at Belcompo Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and explore the ancient Maya ruins of Lubaantun. • Set out in search of the scarlet macaws that nest in the rain forest each winter (seasonal).

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DAYS 1–5 I BELIZE CITY, BELIZE/ CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY/ HALF MOON CAYE Arrive in Belize City and transfer to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the lagoons by boat and spot birds such as kingfishers, ospreys, and Jabiru storks. Depart by boat for Lighthouse Reef Atoll, located at the furthest edge of Belize’s reef system. Settle into our safari-style beach camp on Half Moon Caye, and venture out to explore the coral reefs. Choose from a variety of sea kayaking excursions, set sail in specially outfitted sailing kayaks, and snorkel inside the lagoon amid colorful fish. Snorkel the outer perimeter of the Great Blue Hole, made famous by ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. In the evenings, enjoy dinners of fresh seafood and a traditional Garifuna music and dance performance. BIRD’S EYE VIEW LODGE; LIGHTHOUSE REEF CAMP Days 3 and 4: 2–6 miles paddling daily (2–6 hours); Day 5: 3–4 miles paddling (2–3 hours)

DAYS 6 AND 7 I HALF MOON CAYE/ ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL/SIBUN RIVER VALLEY Enjoy a final morning on Belize’s coral atoll before returning to the mainland by boat. Travel to our jungle lodge within the Sibun National Forest

Reserve. The next day, explore Actun Tunichil Muknal—an extraordinary cave system in Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. Swim into the cave’s mouth and follow the subterranean waterway into a Maya underworld of cathedral-like caverns. Climb up into ceremonial chambers, and examine artifacts from Maya rituals. SLEEPING GIANT LODGE Day 7: 2–3 miles hiking (4–6 hours)

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Scarlet macaws make Red Bank their home each winter. When they are here, hike into the rain forest to observe these magnificently-colored birds. Should our trip not coincide with scarlet macaw season, we will drive to Mayflower Bocawina National Park for a guided jungle hike to Bocawina Falls where we can take a refreshing dip in the natural swimming hole. Later, travel to remote Punta Gorda and settle into Belcampo Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled in the lush coastal jungles of southern Belize. Visit the ancient Maya ruins at Lubaantun. Enjoy a locally sourced lunch, and take a hands-on lesson in bean-to-bar chocolate production. The next morning, catch a flight to Belize City to connect to your flight home. BELCAMPO LODGE Days 8 and 9: 1 mile walking (1 hour)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

Light/ Moderate

This trip is suitable for beginner and expert kayakers alike; no previous experience is necessary. We will be paddling stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 2–6 hours per day (2–6 miles), which includes snorkeling time.

DATES 2017: Dec. 18–27* 2018: Jan. 26–Feb. 4 • Feb. 23–Mar. 4 Mar. 27–Apr. 5 • Dec. 24, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019

*This itinerary describes departures in 2018. Visit our website to view the 2017 itinerary.

COST 2017:

$5,595

2018:

$5,895

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,300 in 2017, and $1,350 in 2018. Airfare to/from Belize City is not included in the cost. The group flight within Belize is $200 in 2018 (subject to change). On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $200 . All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will camp 4 nights in the heart of a protected marine park, sleeping in cabana-style tents with limited, shared facilities. We will stay 3 nights in comfortable lodges and hotels that combine ideal locations and local charm, and 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge.

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PE R U: MAC HU P ICC HU I NN TO I N N T R EK

Wind your way from lodge to lodge through the luxuriant forests and snowcapped peaks of Peru’s stunning Cordillera Vilcabamba. Trek among glaciers and alpine lakes, as well as to local villages and lesser known Inca sites tucked into the slopes. Take in views of dazzling 20,000-footers such as Salkantay, the highest summit in the range and one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology. Experience the diverse ecosystems of the Andes, from ice-clad slopes to lush cloud forests and tropical orchards. At the end of each day, settle into a picturesque mountain lodge to enjoy a soak in the hot tub, a cozy fire, and a delicious meal. Then venture deep into the mysteries of the Inca as we explore the breathtaking sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike the Cordillera Vilcabamba from one charming mountain lodge to the next, and cap off the trip at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. • Spend a full day exploring Machu Picchu. • Delve into the enchanting world of the Inca during an evening with National Geographic grantee Peter Frost or one of his colleagues. • Go off the beaten path to explore less visited Inca ruins.

Above: The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was excavated in 1912 with support from National Geographic.

Hikers trek along the lesser known Salkantay route to Machu Picchu.

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CUSCO

Arrive in Cusco and gather this afternoon for a guided walk through this ancient city, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner and a lecture by either archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Peter Frost or a prominent local anthropologist. PALACIO DEL INKA

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Rise early for the drive to our first lodge, stopping along the way to visit the ruins of Tarawasi, an Inca ceremonial center built from precisely carved blocks of granite. Continue to Marcoccasa and set out on an optional hike along the Camino Real. This afternoon, arrive at Salkantay Lodge and take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy some free time, then gather for an evening briefing followed by a hearty meal. SALKANTAY LODGE 11 miles hiking (4–6 hours)

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Rise early to begin our four-day trek to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu. Follow the Río Blanco Valley, hiking the girth of Humantay, a snowy peak across from Salkantay. We’ll reach the highest point of our trip at 15,213 feet. Admire a vista of snowcapped peaks, then descend to Wayra Lodge (12,812’) where showers and a hot tub await. WAYRA LODGE 8 miles hiking (5–7 hours)

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Enjoy a leisurely morning at Wayra Lodge. Today’s hike takes us into increasingly lush vegetation as we head down into the Collpapampa Valley. Tonight, enjoy a pachamanca, a traditional underground stone barbecue. COLLPA LODGE 6 miles hiking (4 hours)

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The trail winds uphill toward Llactapata Pass at 8,974 feet, where we’ll catch a glimpse of Machu Picchu in the distance. Explore the ruins of Llactapata, a sacred site for the Inca. Like Machu Picchu, the ruins here were rediscovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911, and National Geographic funded his subsequent excavation. A short train ride brings us to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Settle into our beautiful lodge—a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection—tucked into the cloud forest beneath towering peaks. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL 7 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

DAY 8

Spend today acclimating to the altitude. You may opt to go on a half-day hike to a stunning glacial lake, or relax in a cozy lounge or a hot tub at the lodge. Meet this evening for a briefing on our trek.

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Stacked up a hillside in terraces amid soaring Andean summits, the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. We spend an entire day exploring its breathtaking labyrinth of temples, sanctuaries, and homes. Delve into the site with our guides, learning about the Inca’s sophisticated culture and technology, and discovering the secrets of this royal city lost to the wider world for some 500 years. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

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This morning, explore the trails surrounding our lodge, examining orchids and watching for exotic birds. We’ll take the train from Aguas Calientes to the Sacred Valley where lunch at a charming restaurant awaits. Continue by private van to Cusco, stopping along the way at a women’s weaving cooperative to learn about their work preserving this traditional art form. Toast our Andean trek at a farewell dinner. PALACIO DEL INKA

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Explore charming Cusco on your own this morning following breakfast at your leisure. This afternoon we will transfer to the Cusco airport for our flights home.

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While on the trek, we will be hiking 3–7 hours per day (4–11 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 6,200 feet to a maximum of 15,300 feet. Vehicle support is limited while hiking, but horses are available on the trail.

DATES 2018: Apr. 8–17 • Apr. 22–May 1 • May 9–18 May 25–June 3 • June 23–July 2 July 5–14 • July 23–Aug. 1 • Aug. 5–14 Aug. 25–Sept. 3 • Sept. 9–18 Sept. 30–Oct. 9 • Oct. 27–Nov. 5

$6,295

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. Single rooms are not available; all travelers will be paired with a same-gender roommate when available. Otherwise, a single supplement of $2,300 will be charged. International airfare to/from Cusco is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Days 1 and 10.

Maximum group size: 12

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 2 nights in city hotels, 5 nights in mountain lodges, and 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge.

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PATAG O NI A HIK IN G A DV EN T UR E

Patagonia’s pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Set out to explore both on foot—from the black-tipped “horns” of Cuernos del Paine to the ice-clad pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy. Hike along sapphire-colored lakes strewn with incandescent icebergs in Torres del Paine. In Los Glaciares, part of the third-largest ice cap in the world, walk among active glaciers and watch as they calve ice into alpine lakes. Spot wildlife from Andean condors to guanacos and eagles, and travel across the sweeping Patagonian steppe.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike through Patagonia’s exceptionally scenic national parks: Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. • Trek to the base of Torres del Paine’s sheer granite walls, and surround yourself with twisting peaks in the French Valley. • Experience up close the power of Grey and Perito Moreno Glaciers, two of the most impressive in the world. • Follow trails to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.

Above: A hiker watches as the setting sun paints the sky and mountain peaks with dazzling colors.

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PUERTO NATALES, CHILE

Arrive in Puerto Natales, a quiet fishing town at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight. HOTEL COSTAUSTRALIS

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Cross Lago de Grey by boat to the foot of the glacier. Our trail traces the lakeshore, offering spectacular views of the glacier and the dramatic Paine massif. Settle into our lodge overlooking Lago Pehoé. REFUGIO PAINE GRANDE 7–8 miles hiking (4 hours)

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Today we hike in the magnificent French Valley, a natural basin ringed by the black slate “horns” of the Cuernos del Paine. Walk beneath the glacier-covered slopes of Cerro Paine, the highest summit in the range, and take in panoramic vistas of this extraordinary sweep of mountains. We stay in cabins tucked in beside a waterfall this evening. CABAÑAS EN LOS CUERNOS 14 miles hiking (10 hours), or 7 miles hiking (6 hours)

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DAYS 7–10

Drive into Torres del Paine National Park this morning and set out on a short walk across the valley from Cueva del Mylodon and Cueva del Medio, caves that have yielded important prehistoric finds. Travel to Lago de Grey and settle into our quaint hotel, ideally situated within Torres del Paine National Park.

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world. Before us, the towers rise majestically, and far below, the glacial lake shines a brilliant shade of blue.

PASO LOS CUERNOS

Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking at a relaxed pace between the soaring Cuernos del Paine massif and the sapphire lake. Continue to the base of the Torres mountains and check into our hotel.

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Cross the Argentine border en route to El Chaltén where we spend the next three days exploring the iconic spots of Los Glaciares National Park. Climb to pristine glacial lakes at the base of the park’s most famous sites, Monte Fitz Roy (11,073') and Cerro Torre (10,278'). Discover the Piedras Blancas glacier or head to Piedra del Fraile, which looks out on the dramatic north face of Fitz Roy. HOTEL DESTINO SUR Day 7: 6–7 hours driving; Day 8: 11 miles hiking (6–7 hours); Day 9: 14 miles hiking (8–9 hours); Day 10: 11 miles hiking (6–7 hours)

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Travel south across the steppe on our way to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site that is part of the third largest ice cap in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. We stop along the way for a hike and a picnic lunch in La Leona Petrified Forest, a surreal maze of ancient trunks and fossils. HOTEL MIRADOR DEL LAGO 5 miles hiking (2 hours)

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After breakfast, head to Perito Moreno, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lago Argentino. Watch the glacier calve great chunks of ice into the lake, then explore the area’s picturesque trails on a short hike. The next morning, transfer to El Calafate for your flight home. HOTEL MIRADOR DEL LAGO Day 12: 2-3 miles hiking (1 hour)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

We will be hiking 1–10 hours per day (2–4 miles) on moderate to steep grades at elevations ranging from 200 feet to a maximum of 3,000 feet.

Strenuous

DATES EL CALAFATE/ PERITO MORENO GLACIER

HOTEL LAS TORRES OR ESTANCIA CERRO

DAY 6

A group of travelers pause for a photo opp

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2017: Oct. 8–20* • Oct. 22– Nov. 3* Nov. 5–17* • Nov. 19–Dec. 1* • Dec. 3–15* Dec. 10–22* 2018: Jan. 7–19 • Jan. 14–26 • Feb. 4–16 Feb. 11–23 • Mar. 4–16 • Mar. 11–23

*This itinerary describes departures in 2018. Visit our website to view the 2017 itinerary.

COST 2017:

$6,395

2018:

$6,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,900 in 2017 and $2,000 in 2018. International airfare to Punta Arenas in 2017 or Puerto Natales in 2018 and return from El Calafate are not included in the adventure cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 11 nights in hotels and small mountain inns and 1 night in a traditional refugio. Note that there are shared bathrooms on two nights while we are trekking in a remote part of the region.

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N E W Z E A L A N D ADV EN T UR E

New Zealand’s South Island is split by the snowcapped spine of the Southern Alps, fringed with karst cave systems and wild beaches, laced with gorgeous fjords, and iced with glaciers. It’s no wonder that the “adventure capital of the world” is found here. Set off on a multi-sport adventure, paddling along the pristine northern coast in a sea kayak, hiking coastal trails between soaring mountains and the Tasman Sea, trekking across glacial landscapes, and white-water rafting through Buller Gorge. Get to know the charm and personality of towns like Nelson and Wanaka, and opt to try bungee jumping in Queenstown, birthplace of the commercial sport. Cap off the adventure with an overnight cruise on the sublime Milford Sound.

Above: Kayakers rest on a small island in Abel Tasman National Park.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Sea kayak among dolphins and fur seals on the coast of Abel Tasman National Park. • Explore the Franz Josef Glacier area by foot or on an optional helicopter ride, weather permitting. • See the towering limestone formation known as the Pancake Rocks, formed over millions of years. • Stargaze and watch for wildlife on Milford Sound.

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NELSON, NEW ZEALAND

Arrive in Nelson, a sunny hub of artists and craftspeople on the northern shores of the South Island. Gather for an orientation at our waterfront hotel and enjoy time to discover this vibrant town before our welcome dinner tonight. RUTHERFORD HOTEL NELSON

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Travel to Kaiteriteri and catch a water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Set out on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, declared one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” by the Department of Conservation. Hike through lush native forests and along granite and limestone cliffs and pristine gold-sand beaches, and arrive at our eco-lodge on the edge of Awaroa Bay. Spend the next day exploring the spectacular Tonga Island Marine Reserve by sea kayak. Paddle into inlets and intimate coves, keeping an eye out for dolphins, fur seals, and little blue penguins. From our take-out point on the beach at Onetahuti, hike the Coast Track back to our lodge. AWAROA LODGE

Day 2: 4 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Day 3: 1 mile hiking, 1 hour; 4–5 miles paddling, 4–5 hours

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Return to Kaiteriteri by water taxi early this morning. Upon leaving Kaiterteri, head west along the Wairau Valley to the town of Murchison. After donning our wetsuits, drive to the starting point of our class III-IV raft trip through the Buller Gorge. Experience exhilarating white-water as the Buller River surges through the confines of granite gorges with lush beech forest above. Back in our vehicle, we follow the river towards the West Coast. The coastline stretches for 500 pristine miles, but only 40,000 people live in the entire region! This afternoon, check into our beachfront hotel in Punakaiki. PUNAKAIKI RESORT

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Set off on a hike that follows the Pororari River upstream into the Paparoa National Park. We’ll pass through the Pororari River Gorge, a valley lined on both sides by dramatic limestone cliffs and bluffs towering over the gorge and river. Return to Punakaiki for a visit to the fantastic Pancake Rocks, then continue to Hokitika and enjoy free time to wander through town or stroll the beach.

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Hit the trail in Okarito, taking in a magnificent panorama of wild coastline and soaring, icy peaks including, on a clear day, Mount Cook, the highest summit in New Zealand. Continue into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, part of southwest New Zealand’s extensive World Heritage area. The next day, set out on a hike with our guide to explore the Franz Josef area by foot. Weather permitting, perhaps choose to book an optional flightseeing helicopter ride for views of the glacier (additional cost). This afternoon, relax at a café, or enjoy the glacier hot pools. TE WAONUI FOREST RETREAT Day 6: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 7: 2 miles hiking (2–3 hours)

DAYS 8 AND 9 I SOUTHERN ALPS/ WANAKA/MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK Travel into the Southern Alps today, crossing the Main Divide on our way to the Southern Lakes District and the charming town of Wanaka. Trace the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, and stop for short hikes along our route. The next day, follow the Matukituki River valley into Mount Aspiring National Park. Spend the day hiking the Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain tracks, and take in stunning alpine views of Lake Wanaka. GRAND MECURE OAKRIDGE RESORT Day 9: 6 miles hiking (4–6 hours)

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Journey into Fiordland National Park today, taking short hikes along the way. In the afternoon, set sail on the magnificent Milford Sound, cruising the full length with a nature guide. Celebrate our adventure amid the majesty of this fabled fjord with dinner on board. MILFORD MARINER OR MILFORD WANDERER

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After a leisurely breakfast on the ship we leave Milford Sound and drive to Queenstown. Along the way, stop at the Divide of the Southern Alps to hike up to Key Summit, which offers panoramic views of the Southern Alps. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight in Queenstown. The next morning, transfer to the airport for flights home. Or choose from one of the many optional activities available in Queenstown, rightfully known as the adventure capital of the world. SCENIC SUITES QUEENSTOWN Day 11: 2 miles hiking (3 hours)

BEACHFRONT HOTEL HOKITIKA 6 miles hiking (4 hours)

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A hiker pauses to take in the beautiful view.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate

On this multi-sport adventure, hikes range from 2–6 hours (1–6 miles) on good trails with moderate elevation gain. On our kayaking excursion, we will paddle stable, two-person kayaks for 4–5 hours (4–5 miles). No previous kayaking experience is necessary. During hikes, vehicle support is limited while in the national parks.

DATES 2017: Nov. 6–17 • Dec. 21, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018* 2018: Jan. 8–19 • Jan. 22–Feb. 2* • Feb. 5–16 Feb. 19–Mar. 2* • Mar. 19–30* *Follows the itinerary shown, in reverse order.

$7,895

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. An optional helicopter ride on Day 7 is not included in the trip cost, and is approximately $200 per person. Airfare to Nelson and return from Queenstown (or to Queenstown and return from Nelson for reverse itineraries, marked with an ansterisk * above) is not included in the cost. There is a $200 per person holiday surcharge for the December departure. All meals between group arrival and departure are included, with the exception of dinner on Day 7.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 10 nights in comfortable eco-lodges and hotels, and 1 night on a traditional sailing boat in Milford Sound.

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VI ET NA M, L AOS, AN D CA M BO D IA A DVEN T U R E

The allure of Southeast Asia is in the unexpected blend of stunning pagodas and romantic colonial architecture; the colorful cacophony of market streets; the terraced rice fields and timeless villages. Experience Indochina on a unique adventure that adapts our activity to best fit each location. Bike through the garden districts of Hue and among the ancient Khmer temples of Cambodia. Walk the historic streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Board a traditional-style Chinese junk for a two-night cruise on Vietnam’s magnificent Ha Long Bay, discovering the karst landscape by kayak. Go hiking and explore caves and waterfalls in the jungles surrounding Laos’ beautiful Luang Prabang. Then cap off the adventure among the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat. Above: A traveler explores the stupas and temples of Angkor Wat.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Sail a traditional-style junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, and set out in kayaks to explore secluded lagoons and beaches. • See Angkor Wat’s spectacular temples by bicycle, and enjoy a picnic among the ruins. • Visit a Laotian family at their home in Luang Prabang for a Buddhist Baci ceremony, and a dinner of local specialties. • Trek across the Laotian countryside and visit secluded hilltribe villages.

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HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON), VIETNAM

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and check into our hotel. Relax or explore the city, then meet for an orientation and welcome dinner. RENAISSANCE RIVERSIDE HOTEL SAIGON

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Go on a walking tour past the city’s famous sites, including the old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Then fly to Hue—capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945—where our home is a former French colonial governor’s mansion on the banks of the Perfume River. LA RÉSIDENCE HOTEL & SPA HUE

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Ride a bike past dragon boats and long-tailed canoes on the Perfume River to the leafy Phu Mong District. A delicious lunch awaits us at Tha Om, a garden house nestled amid stately homes. Return to the center of Hue to explore the Imperial City and the citadel. LA RÉSIDENCE HOTEL & SPA HUE 6–8 miles bicycling (1–2 hours)

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After breakfast, we fly to Hanoi, a beautiful city of colonial architecture and lilting pagodas. Explore the captivating Old Quarter by rickshaw, where merchants preside over everything from silk and sandals to roasted fish. If you wish, attend an evening performance of traditional water puppetry before dinner. The next morning, trace the life of Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and his traditional stilt house. Visit the Temple of Literature—Vietnam’s first university—and discover the city’s restaurants on your own tonight. INTERCONTINENTAL WESTLAKE HANOI

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Take a morning drive to the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our private traditional-style wooden junk awaits. Set sail into waters dotted with tiny islands and fantastic karst formations. After a kayak lesson the next day, venture into one of the most spectacular parts of the bay. Discover “tunnel lakes,” remote lagoons, and sandy beaches, and pull up on shore to explore on foot. Kayak to the remains of a floating village and then take a swim or relax on deck this afternoon.

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After breakfast, drive back to Hanoi and fly to Luang Prabang. A World Heritage site, the city is a breathtaking combination of Buddhist temples and charming colonial buildings nestled in jungle-covered hills at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. Check into our secluded resort, located just outside the bustle of town. Spend the next day visiting some of the city’s many shrines, including Wat Xieng, Wat May, and Wat Visoun. In the evening, join a local family for a Buddhist Baci ceremony followed by dinner in their home. VILLA SANTI RESORT OR KIRIDARA HOTEL

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After breakfast, we travel by private minivan to the village of Ban Nong Heo. Take time to discover this charming Khmu village, passing traditional houses and children at play while farmers and master blacksmiths go about their day. Our local guide will take us for an easy hike in the countryside, passing through hill forests and plantations, with nice viewpoints along the way. Continue to a butterfly park for lunch and an interesting tour by the owner who will introduce us to local fauna and flora, as well as conservation and education projects in the surrounding communities. Take a rest or have a stroll around the handicraft village of Ban Thapene before returning to Luang Prabang. VILLA SANTI RESORT OR KIRIDARA HOTEL 2-3 hours hiking

DAYS 11, 12, AND 13 I LUANG PRABANG/ SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA/ANGKOR WAT Rise early to observe saffron-robed monks walking silently through town to collect offerings. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, a temple protecting Buddhist and royal artifacts. Next, fly to Siem Reap and embark on a cycling excursion to some of the earliest Khmer temples, stopping along the way to sample Khmer pastries at a local home. Encounter the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, covering nearly 500 acres with its extraordinary sculptures and stupas. Examine the 1,000-yearold carvings at the Hindu temple of Banteay Srei, venture into Ta Prohm, and explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom. See the colossal faces of the Bayon Temple and visit the Terrace of the Leper King. Later, transfer to the airport in Siem Reap for your flight home. VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA OR SHINTA MANI RESORT Day 12: 4–5 miles bicycling (1–2 hours)

SYRENA JUNK OR INDOCHINA SAILS JUNK Day 7: 2–6 miles paddling (2–4 hours)

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A Buddhist monk stands among temple ruins at the water’s edge.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Light/ Moderate

On Ha Long Bay, we will paddle 2–4 hours per day (2–6 miles). On cycling excursions, we will bike 1–2 hours per day (4–8 miles). Vehicle support is provided. While there is no sustained hiking, there is ample walking over uneven terrain and streets.

DATES 2017: Oct. 20–Nov. 1 • Nov. 3–15 Dec. 8–20 2018: Jan. 12–24 • Jan. 26–Feb. 7 Feb. 23–Mar. 7 • Mar. 9–21 • Oct. 19–31 Nov. 2–14 • Nov. 16–28 • Dec. 7–19

COST 2017:

$6,495

2018:

$6,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,100 in 2017 and $1,200 in 2018. Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Siem Reap and airfare within Southeast Asia are not included in the cost. The group flights within Southeast Asia are $675 in 2017 and $725 in 2018 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Days 5 and 10.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 10 nights in comfortable hotels and 2 nights in a traditional-style wooden junk (sailboat) with en suite cabins.

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JAPA N H I K I N G AN D CULT UR A L ADVE NTU RE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Spend four days hiking the Kumano Kodo, one of only a few pilgrimage routes in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Bike past burial mounds and rice paddies in the ancient capital of Asuka, and enjoy a private performance by a taiko drummer. • Take part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto, and visit a Zen temple that is normally closed to the public. • Settle into a Japanese ryokan and soak in one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

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ORGANIC HOTEL KIRI-NO-SATO TAKAHARA; FUJIYA RYOKAN Day 3: 3 miles hiking (2 hours) Day 4: 7 miles hiking (4 hours) Day 5: 8 miles hiking (4 hours) Day 6: 5 miles hiking (4 hours)

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OSAKA, JAPAN/ASUKA

Arrive in Osaka and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Journey by train to Asuka, home to some of Japan’s first Buddhist temples. Explore by electric bicycle, then watch a private performance by a taiko drummer and try your hand at drumming. Weather permitting, meet a farming family for a picnic lunch. Return to Osaka for dinner.

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HOTEL NAKANOSHIMA OR HOTEL URASHIMA; ROYAL PARK HOTEL THE KYOTO

Travel overland to Takijiri and set off on the Nakahechi trail, part of a network of ancient pilgrimage routes known as the Kumano Kodo. The rich spiritual history of the region is evident along our route, which links three important shrines and is scattered with smaller shrines called oji. Warm up with a short hike to Takahara, and spend the next day trekking through lush cedar forests to Chikatsuyu. Travel to Hosshinmonoji by bus and hike through ridge-top villages before descending to the Hongu Taisha, one of the grand shrines of the Kumano Sanzan. The final leg of our journey takes us along a forested trail to the Yunomine Onsen and offers spectacular valley views along the way.

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Visit Nijo Castle to see work by artists from the Kano school. Then tour the Higashiyama neighborhood, stroll the Philosopher’s Path, and venture into the Zen gardens of Nanzen-ji temple. Meet an apprentice geisha and learn about her ancient art. The next day, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, and enjoy a specially arranged visit to a Zen temple normally closed to the public. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. ROYAL PARK HOTEL THE KYOTO Day 9: 1–2 miles walking (2 hours)

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Cruise along the Kumano River on a scenic boat ride. Visit Hayatama Taisha, another one of Kumano Kodo’s pilgrimage shrines, and continue to our hotel overlooking Katsuura Bay. The next day, visit Nachi Taisha, the final of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano, and see the nearby Nachi waterfall, one of the tallest in Japan. Journey by private coach to Kyoto.

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INFORMATION Activity Level We will hike 2–4 hours per day (1–8 miles)

Moderate

on well-worn paths with some steep rocky terrain or stairs. During hikes on the Kumano Kodo trail, transportation by local bus is available for those who prefer not to walk. Vehicle support is provided on all other days.

DATES 2017: Oct. 15–25* • Nov. 10–20* • Nov. 17–27* 2018: Apr. 5–15 • Apr. 12–22 • May 10–20 July 12–22 • Sept. 20–30 • Oct. 15–25 Nov. 10–20 • Nov. 12–22

*This itinerary describes departures in 2018. Visit our website for the 2017 itinerary.

COST 2017:

$7,295

2018:

$7,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,600 in 2017 and $1,200 in 2018. Airfare to/ from Osaka is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Day 6 and Day 9, and dinner on Day 9.

Maximum group size: 15

ACCOMMODATIONS We will spend 6 nights in comfortable hotels and 4 nights in a ryokan (traditional Japanese guesthouse). There will be 2 nights during which we will be without our luggage and will carry what we need in our day packs.

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NE PA L : E V E R EST BA SE C AM P TR EK TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. • Set out on challenging hikes to Kala Pattar (18,192'), Nangkartshang Peak (16,672'), and Everest Base Camp (17,590'). • Explore Sherpa villages and ancient monasteries. • Special departure: National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Adventurer of the Year Wasfia Nazreen joins the April 2018 departure.

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Join National Geographic Adventurer and Explorer Wasfia Nazreen on a special departure, and enjoy her firsthand perspective on scaling the world’s tallest peak. See website for details.

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I KATHMANDU, NEPAL/LUKLA, BEGIN TREK TO PHAKDING Arrive in Kathmandu and spend a day exploring the city. Then fly to Lukla (9,200') in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Meet our Sherpa guides and begin our trek, descending 1,500 feet to the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). Follow the trail to the village of Phakding. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL KATHMANDU; MOUNTAIN LODGES Day 3: 5 miles hiking (3 hours)

DAYS 4–8 I NAMCHE BAZAAR/THAMI/ KHUMJUNG/TENGBOCHE/DEBUCHE The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo, where it officially enters Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. A steep climb brings us to Namche Bazaar, where we’ll spend an extra day to acclimatize, then trek to the remote village of Thami. After exploring Thami Monastery (13,000'), hike uphill toward Khumjung to visit a school Sir Edmund Hillary established in 1961. The next day, set out through the Dudh Kosi gorge to Tengboche Monastery, then descend to Debuche. MOUNTAIN LODGES Day 4: 6 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 5: 3–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours); Day 6: 2–3 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 7: 7 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 8: 7–8 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

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Trek through a forest on our way to Dingboche, and spend two nights camping here. Opt to go on a 2,100-foot climb to Nangkartshang Peak (16,672'). Continue to Dughla (15,157') before hiking on to Lobuje. Walk to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier, then hike up to the village of Gorak Shep. Climb up Kala Pattar (18,192') for dramatic views of Everest. MOUNTAIN LODGES Day 9: 6 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 10: 4 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 11: 4 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 12: 5 miles optional hiking (2–3 hours)

DAYS 13–19 I EVEREST BASE CAMP/ DESCENT TO LUKLA/KATHMANDU Weather permitting, embark on the final climb to Everest Base Camp. Return to Lobuje and then Debuche. Hike down to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazaar for the night, then continue back to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu, and visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Depart from Kathmandu on the final day. MOUNTAIN LODGES; SHANGRI-LA HOTEL KATHMANDU Day 13: 9 miles hiking (9–10 hours); Day 14: 9–10 miles hiking (6–7 hours); Day 15: 8–9 miles hiking (5–7 hours); Day 16: 9 miles hiking (8 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level

Maximum

DATES

While on the trek, we will be hiking 4 to 10 hours per day (2 to 10 miles), on moderate to steep grades at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet. Porters and pack animals will transport our gear. Participants should be in excellent health (a signed medical form from your doctor will be required).

2018: Apr. 13–May 1* • May 10–28 • Oct. 13–31 Nov. 3–21 *Special guest Wasfia Nazreen will accompany this departure. See our website for pricing.

COST

$6,095

2018:

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Kathmandu and airfare within Nepal are not included in the adventure cost. The group flight within Nepal is $380 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Days 2, 17 and 18, and dinner on Days 2 and 17.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 4 nights in comfortable Nepalese-style hotels, and 14 nights in simple, rustic mountain lodges with basic amenities and shared bathrooms.

Above: A hiker celebrates his trek as he reaches Khumbu Glacier.

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B O R NEO WI L DLIF E ADV EN T UR E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Observe orangutans and Malayan sun bears up close at conservation centers in Sepilok. • Set out on safari in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to nine primate species, three cat species, and some 220 species of birds. • Walk through the canopy of a 130 million-yearold virgin rain forest, looking out for orangutans, civets, and exotic birds. • Stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and explore jungle waterways by boat.

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Arrive in Sandakan on Malaysian Borneo’s eastern coast. Head to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and join scientists at an orangutan rehabilitation center to observe the primates and learn about on-site projects. Continue to the reserve’s Rainforest Discovery Centre for an afternoon of jungle trekking, and take an evening canopy walk amid the treetops. SEPILOK NATURE RESORT Day 2: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

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Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre before continuing to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located on the Kinabatangan River. From here, we set out on a variety of day and night hikes and river safaris, looking for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and much more. Next, journey into the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to nine primate species, three cat species, and some 220 species of birds. Hike to a bubbling mud volcano, which attracts many different animals, and learn about Sumatran rhino conservation Above: A baby orangutan makes itself comfortable on its dangling mother.

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efforts during a meeting with the executive director of the Borneo Rhino Alliance. SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE; TABIN WILDLIFE RESORT Day 3: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours) Day 6: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA Travel to the valley of the Danum River, known for its 169 square miles of virtually undisturbed primary rain forest. Spend three days exploring the many nature trails. Keep an eye out for rare species, including the reclusive clouded leopard, Bornean gibbon, and maroon langur. Birdlife here is incredibly diverse, with some 275 recorded species. Watch a dazzling sunrise over the valley from atop an observation tower. Hike to a nearby waterfall, go on a canopy walk in the treetops surrounding our lodge, and venture out on night safaris. BORNEO RAINFOREST LODGE Day 7: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours) Day 8: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

DAYS 10 AND 11 I DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA/KOTA KINABALU Set out on a final wildlife walk through the forest. Then travel to Lahad Datu, where we catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a farewell dinner, and depart for home the following day. HILTON KOTA KINABALU Day 10: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level This is primarily a wildlife viewing trip. We

Light/ Moderate

will hike 1–2 hours per day (1–2 miles) on uneven trails over moderate grades at low elevations. Some long transfers of up to 3.5 hours will be required.

DATES 2017: Oct. 1–11* • Oct. 15–25* • Oct. 29–Nov. 8* 2018: Mar. 13–23 • Apr. 9–19 • Sept. 17–27 Oct. 1–11 • Oct. 15–25

*This itinerary describes departures in 2018. Visit our website to view the 2017 itinerary. COST

$7,595 $7,695

2017: 2018:

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,300. Airfare to Sandakan and return from Kota Kinabalu is not included in the cost. All meals between group arrival and departure are included.

Maximum group size: 15

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 3 nights in comfortable hotels and 7 nights in lodges. On two of the nights in lodges, rooms may not have air conditioning but are equipped with fans.

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M O N G O L I A N HOR SE T R EK TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • View the Mongolian countryside from the perspective of a nomad, traveling primarily on horseback. • Listen to khoomii, or throat singing, at the National Dance Ensemble. • Experience the color, passion, and pageantry of a local Naadam festival. • Explore the 16th-century Erdene Zhu Monastery and meet its head lama (his schedule permitting).

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DAYS 1–5 I ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA KHARKHORIN/BULGAN SUM Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and spend a day exploring the city, then gather for a traditional Mongolian feast. Visit the National Museum of Mongolia to learn about the country’s rich history, and see a traditional dance and throat-singing performance at the National Dance Ensemble. Journey to Kharkhorin to see the ruins of Karakorum, Genghis Khan’s legendary capital. Then venture into the 16thcentury Erdene Zhu Monastery to meet with the head lama, as his schedule permits. Settle into the Lapis Sky Ger Camp near Bulgan Sum. Brush up on your horseback skills during a warm-up ride, and visit with a nomadic family to experience their way of life. Return to Bulgan Sum by horse or jeep. TUUSHIN HOTEL; GER CAMP; LAPIS SKY GER CAMP Day 5: 9 miles optional horse riding (3 hours)

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Enjoy a day to take photo walks, go fishing, and spend time with nomadic families before a Mongolian barbecue. Then set out on horseback across the sweeping steppe to Tolgin Butts where we camp in a peaceful meadow. An invigorating ride over spectacular mountain

passes brings us to Mandal Mountain, a sacred place for the Mongols. Explore the area on foot, and attend a Buddhist ceremony on top of the mountain. CAMPING; LAPIS SKY GER CAMP Day 7: 9 miles riding (3 hours); Day 8: 12 miles riding (5 hours); Day 9: 3 miles optional riding (1 hour)

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NAADAM FESTIVAL/ ULAANBAATAR

Take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a local Naadam festival near our camp. Naadam takes place every summer throughout Mongolia, pitting men and boys against each other in age-old contests of manliness and physical prowess. Young men train all year to compete in the three events: bareback horseracing, wrestling, and archery. Witness the excitement up close, taking photographs in the middle of the action and even trying your hand at some of the sports after the competition. During a day of leisure at Lapis Sky, opt to set out on a final horseback ride, go hiking or fishing, or practice yoga or archery. The next day, journey back to Ulaanbaatar, arriving in the afternoon before our farewell dinner. Depart for home the next day.

Moderate

DATES

This horseback-riding adventure is suitable for beginners and experts alike; no previous experience is necessary. Due to the size of the horses, there is a rider-weight maximum of 195 pounds. We will have a four-day horse trek, riding 1–5 hours per day (3–12 miles) with options for more, or less, riding on most days. The trek will be supported by jeeps.

2018: June 14–27 • July 1–14 • July 20–Aug. 2 Aug. 9–22

$6,595

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $950. Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in traditional Mongolian gers (felt-lined yurts with shared facilities), 3 nights camping in backpacking-style tents, and 3 nights in the best available hotels.

LAPIS SKY GER CAMP; TUUSHIN HOTEL

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SO U T H A F R I CA SAFAR I A DV EN T U RE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • See the African penguins of the Cape Peninsula, and meet with a conservationist at the Cape Parrot Project, founded by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes. • Stay at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and go on bushwalks to discover flora and fauna. • Bike through the Cape Winelands, and stop for a tasting. • Track the “big five” and other wildlife, and connect with locals working to save Africa’s threatened species.

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DAYS 1–5 I CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA/CAPE PENINSULA/ WINELANDS Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to our hotel. Kick off our adventure at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where we walk to the lighthouse at Cape Point. Observe penguins on Boulders Beach and visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Then meet with a representative of the National Geographic-funded Cape Parrot Project, a community–based conservation program founded by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes that aims to reduce threats to the endangered Cape parrot. Hike up iconic Table Mountain, explore Cape Town’s historic highlights, and enjoy a drumming performance and traditional feast. Next, explore the Winelands by bicycle, starting in Stellenbosch and stopping at vineyards en route to Franschhoek. Take a tour of Kayamandi township, and visit the home of a local woman to sample traditional dishes. Later, enjoy wine tastings at two beautiful wine estates. THE CAPE MILNER; PROTEA FRANSCHHOEK Day 2: 1–2 miles hiking (1 hour); Day 3: 2 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 4: 3 miles biking (3 hours)

DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I KWAZULU-NATAL/ MKHUZE GAME RESERVE/LAKE JOZINI Fly to Durban, and drive north into Zululand, the 19th-century kingdom of the Zulu people. Settle

into our inn below legendary Ghost Mountain. During a walk in the Lebombo Mountains, visit a homestead to witness everyday life in Zulu country, then experience a Zulu dance performance. Next, explore the wildlife-rich Mkhuze Game Reserve. Accompanied by naturalist guides, track black and white rhinos, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and more. Walk in the park’s fig forest, where hundreds of bird species have been recorded. Take a wildlife cruise on Lake Jozini, a watering hole for elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. Later, meet with a local wildlife conservation group to learn about its work. GHOST MOUNTAIN INN Day 6: 1 mile walking, (1 hour); Day 7: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours)

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Fly to Sabi Sand Game Reserve, then take 4x4 vehicles to our safari lodge, part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. An incredible array of wildlife can be found here, including the “big five.” With a local Shangaan tracker and a ranger, search for leopards and wild dogs on a morning and afternoon game drive. Go on bushwalks to discover flora and fauna, and end each day with a sundowner in the bush. After a final morning safari, fly to Johannesburg to connect to your overnight flight home.

INFORMATION Activity Level Hikes range from 1–3 hours per day

Light/ Moderate

(2–4 miles) on varied terrain. On days with bicycling excursions, we will bike 3–4 hours (3 miles). Vehicle support is provided while biking. On game drives, we travel in 4x4 safari vehicles.

DATES 2018: June 3–14 • July 17–28 Aug. 30–Sept. 10

$6,995

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $600. International airfare to Cape Town and return from Johannesburg, and airfare within South Africa are not included in the cost. The group flight within South Africa is $1,300 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 14

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 11 nights in comfortable, ideally situated hotels and lodges, including 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge.

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TANZANIA: KILIMANJARO CLIMB AND SAFARI TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and sleep on its crater floor. • Explore rain forests, heather moors, lava formations, and glaciers. • Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the mountain with local guides. • Spend four days on safari, spotting lions and leopards, vast herds of zebra and wildebeest, and much more.

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DAYS 1 AND 2 I ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK/MOUNT MERU, TANZANIA Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and settle into our camp in Arusha National Park. On a warm-up hike on Mount Meru, watch for bushbucks, duikers, buffaloes, giraffes, rare birds, and perhaps elephants and leopards. PRIVATE DELUXE CAMP

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Our trek begins in Kilimanjaro’s montane forests and winds up through jungle where colobus monkeys dangle from branches. The next day, the trail crosses into the sub-alpine hagenia zone, where we take time to acclimate to the altitude. Our camp will be set up before our arrival every afternoon. CAMPING Day 3: 3–6 hours hiking; Day 4: 6–8 hours hiking

DAYS 5, 6, AND 7 I SHIRA PLATEAU/ LAVA TOWER/ARROW GLACIER Trek across the Shira Plateau, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then climb through the upper heath zone up the slope of the Kibo massif. Continue along the massif the next day, hiking into the alpine zone. Camp at the base of Lava Tower, a volcanic plug that juts skyward 300 Above: Climbers trek above the clouds as they near Kilimanjaro’s summit.

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feet. A morning hike brings us near Arrow Glacier, where we have an afternoon to relax at our camp above the clouds. CAMPING Day 5: 4–6 hours hiking; Day 6: 5–7 hours hiking; Day 7: 2–3 hours hiking

DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I CRATER CAMP/ UHURU PEAK/ARUSHA Tackle the Western Breach, a wall of rock that rises to the lip of the crater. We camp at 18,500 feet on the crater floor. Rise with the sun and climb 1,000 feet to the summit. From our perch at 19,340 feet, take in the magnificent sweep of sky and peaks. Descend steeply via the Mweka Route. Hike out of the rain forest on our last day, and drive to Arusha for a celebratory dinner.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Maximum

While on the climb, we will be hiking 2–12 hours per day (2–12 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to a maximum of 19,340 feet. Porters will transport our gear. You should come prepared to complete the full climb; however, our staff will assist you down the mountain if you are unable to reach the summit. A signed medical form from your doctor will be required for participation.

DATES

CAMPING; MOIVARO LODGE Day 8: 7–10 hours hiking; Day 9: 9–12 hours hiking; Day 10: 3–5 hours hiking

2017: Dec. 21, 2017 –Jan. 4, 2018 2018: Jan. 29 –Feb. 12 • June 23–July 7 July 21–Aug. 4 • Dec. 17–31

DAYS 11–15 I BEGIN SAFARI/NGORONGORO CRATER/SERENGETI/ARUSHA

A 10-day Kilimanjaro climb (without safari) is also an option.

Travel into the Ngorongoro Highlands and hike to a Maasai village. Descend to the Ngorongoro Crater for a spectacular day on safari. See fossils at Olduvai Gorge, then head into the vast Serengeti Plain to encounter more of East Africa’s legendary wildlife. On the final day, return to Arusha for dinner together before evening flights home. PRIVATE DELUXE CAMP; MOIVARO LODGE

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$7,995

COST

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room/ tent, add $1,000. Airfare to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport and fees for Tanzania national parks are not included in the cost. Tanzania national park fees are $2,400 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 6 nights in safari-style tents with beds, 7 nights in camping tents with sleeping bags, and 1 night in a comfortable lodge. We will have shared bathrooms at each tented camp..

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H I K I N G EN G LA N D COA ST TO COAST

Cross England on foot, trekking from the Irish Sea to the North Sea through three incredible national parks. Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of the Lake District, where gemlike lakes reflect England’s highest mountains, and poets such as William Wordsworth drew inspiration. In the Yorkshire Dales, hike to storybook villages filled with half-timbered cottages and warmly lit pubs. Then climb into the wild, heather-covered highlands of the North York Moors. Along the way, discover ancient stone circles, medieval castles and monasteries, and the legendary charm of northern England. This 132-mile hike is designed to take in the most beautiful and historic sections of Alfred Wainwright’s famous 190-mile Coast to Coast Walk.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Set out on one of the ten best long-distance hikes in the world. • Step back into England’s fascinating history as you explore sites from prehistory to the Roman era to the Tudors and beyond. • Visit the home of poet William Wordsworth in the enchanting Lakeland village of Grasmere. • Stay in cozy inns that exemplify the character and charm of the region.

Above: Travelers take in majestic views of the North Sea as they walk along the cliff-lined coast.

A cobblestoned street in the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

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PENRITH, ENGLAND/ENNERDALE

Arrive in London or Manchester and take the train to Penrith. Meet at the train station and transfer to the village of Cleator and gather for a welcome dinner. ENNERDALE COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

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Our journey kicks off with a coast-to-coast tradition: dipping a toe in the Irish Sea. Then set off along the sandstone cliffs of St. Bee’s Head. Pause for a pub lunch on our way to Ennerdale Bridge at the foot of the Lake District mountains. ENNERDALE COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL 14 miles hiking (8 hours)

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Today we walk into Lake District National Park. Our splendid ramble traces the southern edge of Ennerdale Water, the park’s most westerly lake. After lunch near the Black Sail Hut, climb a 2,000-foot pass and take in the vista of peaks, lakes, and sheep-speckled pastures. We finish in Borrowdale, a short transfer from our hotel. INN ON THE LAKE 10 miles hiking (7–8 hours)

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Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ullswater to Howtown. From here, we cross a historic Roman road on our way to Bampton. Hike across moorland to the 12th-century Shap Abbey, then transfer to our hotel in the quintessential English village of Ravenstonedale. THE BLACK SWAN 12 miles hiking (6–7 hours)

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Follow a trail to the market town of Kirkby Stephen. After lunch, we drive to the hamlet of Keld in the heart of Yorkshire Dales National Park. Hike along the River Swale, past waterfalls and enchanting hamlets. Pause for afternoon tea before walking on to Gunnerside. THE BLACK SWAN 12 miles hiking (7 hours)

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Drive to the nearby village of Reeth. From here, continue through the Yorkshire Dales, hiking along stretches of limestone on the way to historic Richmond. Here, we’ll explore an 11thcentury Norman castle. THE KINGS HEAD HOTEL 10 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

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Trace the River Swale past the remains of Easby Abbey to the village of Catterick Bridge. A short transfer brings us to Mount Grace Priory. Explore the ruins, and after lunch, hike toward the Cleveland Hills in the heart of the moorland. Return to Richmond for free time. THE KINGS HEAD HOTEL 5 or 11 miles hiking (2–7 hours)

DAY 10

INN ON THE LAKE 9 miles hiking (5 hours)

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After a visit to the Grasmere home of the great poet William Wordsworth, climb over Grisedale Hause (1,936') to see spectacular views. Hike down the valley toward Lake Ullswater and spend the night in our lakeside hotel.

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Trek across a limestone plateau dotted with prehistoric sites. Stop for lunch and visit the chocolate factory in the village of Orton. Continue the hike or head back to Ravenstonedale to enjoy some free time and a pint of local ale. THE BLACK SWAN 8 or 15 miles hiking (4–9 hours)

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CLAY BANK TOP TO BLAKEY RIDGE

Transfer to North York Moors National Park and begin hiking across the dramatic landscape of the moors. Our route offers far-ranging vistas as we hike through the heather this region is known for—lush and green in early summer, deepening to purple in August. MALLYAN SPOUT HOTEL 9 or 13 miles hiking (5–7 hours)

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This morning, descend to Great Fryup Head and into Glaisdale, where we see Beggars Bridge, then hike along an old trade route to Grosmont, or opt to ride the bus. MALLYON SPOUT HOTEL 9 or 14 miles hiking (5–8 hours)

DAYS 12 AND 13 I LITTLEBECK TO ROBIN HOOD’S BAY/YORK From the hamlet of Littlebeck, our walk takes us into Scarry Wood, past a legendary cave, and up to the waterfall of Falling Foss. Walk along the cliff top to our final destination: the charming fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The next morning, head to the airport for your flight home.

Hikers ascend Grisedale Hause, the highest point on the trek.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Strenuous

We will be hiking 4–9 hours per day (7–15 miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way.

DATES 2018: May 27–June 8 • June 17–29 June 24–July 6 • July 1–13 • July 15–27 Aug. 5–17 • Aug. 19–31 • Sept. 2–14

$5,995

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800. Airfare to/from London or Manchester and the transfer to Penrith on Day 1 and from the York train station on Day 13 are not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 9.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 12 nights in English hotels and inns. Our accommodations range from comfortable hotels to simple family-run inns.

VICTORIA HOTEL Day 12: 12 miles hiking (7 hours)

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SCOTLAND HIKING ADVENTURE: FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO THE ISLANDS TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Explore two islands, two national parks, and Edinburgh on a variety of hikes and walks. • Join a conservationist and historian from the John Muir Trust for a hike beneath the hulking peak of Ben Nevis. • Set out on a private catamaran cruise along the coast of Jura, seeking out minke whales, basking sharks, and dolphins. • Discover Highland culture in remote villages, and tour a local whiskey distillery on the isle of Kerrera.

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DAYS 1 AND 2 I EDINBURGH,SCOTLAND/ LOCH LOMAND/THE TROSSACHS Arrive in Edinburgh and discover the city’s historic Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Step back in time as we walk along the Royal Mile and wind our way past sharp church spires and cobbled alleyways. Take a short hike up to Arthur’s Seat for fantastic views of the city. Start the next day with a warm-up hike in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—Scotland’s first national park. Our trail takes us along the West Highland Way, and we ascend Conic Hill to take in stunning views across Loch Lomand to the peaks of the Arrochar Alps. Continue to the West Highlands and settle in to our hotel, then relax and enjoy the sea views or take a walk in the garden. BRUNTSFIELD HOTEL; LOCH MELFORT HOTEL Day 2: 4 miles hiking (3 hours)

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From our base in Oban, travel to the isle of Kerrera and set off on an intriguing hike through history. Pass Horseshoe Bay, where King Alexander II of Scotland died in 1249, and explore the Gylen Castle, perched dramatically on a cliff ’s edge. Return to Oban for a guided tour Above: Pausing amid the cairns, a hiker looks out over Scotland’s emerald coast.

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of a whiskey distillery. Take a private catamaran cruise on Loch Craignish and along the coast of Jura in search of minke whales, dolphins, and seals, and witness the swirling surf of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Walk through Kilmartin Glen and stop at the ruins of Dun Add, an Iron Age fort considered by some to be the birthplace of Scotland. Head north, passing the western end of Glen Coe, scene of the historic massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. In Fort William, join a conservationist and John Muir historian for a guided hike. Cross the sea to Skye, stopping to visit Eilean Donan Castle. LOCH MELFORT HOTEL; CUILLIN HILLS HOTEL Day 3: 6–7 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 4: 5 miles hiking (2–3 hours); Day 5: 3–4 miles hiking (3 hours)

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Explore the spectacular landscapes of northern Skye, where grassy slopes drop off in sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations spike and curl. Beginning at Loch Ainort, hike amid the rust-colored peaks of the Red Cuillins to Loch Slapin—a mirror-like lake with incredible views of the volcanic Black Cuillins, including the towering Bla Bheinn. Visit a local tearoom, then return to Edinburgh the next day for your flight home. CUILLIN HILLS HOTEL; FONAB HOTEL Day 6: 6–7 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 7: 5–6 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level We will be hiking 3–5 hours per day (2–7

Moderate

miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points while in the highlands, but will be limited while on the islands. Please note that there are some long travel days. Transfer is by private coach along roads in good condition.

DATES 2018: May 26–June 2 • June 2–9 June 9–16 • June 16–23 • June 23–30 July 21–28 • July 28–Aug. 4 Aug. 4–11 • Aug. 25–Sept. 1 Sept. 1–18 • Sept. 8–15

$5,595

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Edinburgh is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 6.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in hotels and smaller inns offering authentic Scottish hospitality

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I R E LA N D : H I K IN G T HE EM ER ALD I SLE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Approach the enchanting valley of Glendalough from above, descending along the beautiful Wicklow Way. • Hike a portion of the Dingle Way, and encounter the beehive huts and cliff-lined coast of the Dingle Peninsula. • Take to the trails of the spectacular Ring of Kerry, passing ancient forts and monasteries. • Go cycling on Inishmore, and get acquainted with the rich Irish traditions of the Gaeltacht.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I DUBLIN, IRELAND/ POWERSCOURT/GLENDALOUGH Arrive at our hotel in central Dublin and enjoy a free day to explore the city. The next day, visit the elaborate gardens of Powerscourt House, a country estate dating back to the 1300s. Then hike through lush pine forests as we journey along the beautiful Wicklow Way to Glendalough, a sixth-century monastic site. In the Vale of Avoca, site of Wicklow’s gold rush, visit the Avoca Handweavers mill. BROOKS HOTEL; GLENDALOUGH HOTEL Day 2: 10 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 3: 9 miles hiking (5 hours)

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I KILLARNEY/GAP OF DUNLOE/RING OF KERRY Travel to the Rock of Cashel, an exquisite example of Ireland’s medieval architecture. On the outskirts of Killarney, stroll the gardens of the 19th-century Muckross House. Bike or hike in the Gap of Dunloe, the narrow valley that splits the Purple Mountain Range from Macgillycuddy’s Reeks; and see Ross Castle, site of strong resistance to Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads during the Irish Confederate Wars. Around the idyllic Ring of Kerry, watch a sheepdog demonstration and visit monasteries Above: Hikers trace the rugged coastline while trekking Ireland’s spectacular Dingle Way.

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and Iron Age forts, or climb to the summit of Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest peak, for incredible views of the Irish countryside. Transfer to the Dingle Peninsula. KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA; DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL Day 4: 3 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 5: 7 miles hiking or 30+ miles biking (3 hours); Day 6: 10–12 miles hiking (6 hours) or 11 miles (8 hours) for the Carrauntoohil climb

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Hike along the Dingle Way, tracing the rocky coastline of the Dingle Peninsula. Along the trail, see the Gallarus Oratory and ancient beehive huts perched on the windswept green hills. Visit the enigmatic Ballintaggart Ogham Stones, then travel to the unusual limestone karst landscape of the Burren, and meet a local farmer to learn about this otherworldly place and the traditions of its people. Ferry to the Aran Islands, part of the Gaeltacht, where the Gaelic language is still spoken. On Inishmore, hike up to Dun Aengus, a mysterious ring fort perched on the edge of a cliff. Explore the island by bicycle before enjoying a farewell dinner in festive Galway. Depart the next morning for your flight home.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate / Strenuous

We will be hiking 1–6 hours per day (2–11 miles) on moderate to steep grades in variable weather. All optional biking excursions are on local roads and are suitable for beginners. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way.

DATES 2018: May 21–30 • June 11–20 • July 16–25 Aug. 13–22

$5,695

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $750. Airfare to Dublin and return from Shannon is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Days 5 and 8.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 9 nights in comfortable hotels and conveniently located to each day’s activities.

DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL; PARK HOUSE HOTEL Day 7: 11 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 8: 3 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 9: 2 miles hiking (1 hour)

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T U SC A NY A ND CIN QUE T ER R E HIKING ADVEN T U R E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike to hilltop towns perched above Chianti’s vineyard-laced valleys, and stay at picturesque farmhouses and villas. • Discover San Gimignano’s soaring towers and Siena’s Gothic architecture, and soak up the charm of these UNESCO World Heritage sites. • Explore the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre on a series of spectacular walks and hikes. • Sample Tuscany’s famed wines and cuisine and the specialties of Liguria.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I FLORENCE, ITALY/ SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA/ CHIANTI Arrive in Florence and visit the Benedictine church of San Miniato al Monte, perched high above the city. Travel south along an ancient Roman road, Via Cassia, to San Casciano. Set out on our first hike, to a 15th-century Tuscan home where we enjoy a country dinner. The next day, drive into the hills of Chianti. Embark on a hike through rolling vineyards, past a medieval fortified town with an exquisite church, and the formidable Castello di San Polo. End the day with a tasting of Chianti wines. HOTEL EXECUTIVE FLORENCE; PALAZZO LEOPOLDO RADDA Day 1: 3 miles hiking (2 hours) Day 2: 5 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 3: 5 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

DAYS 4 AND 5 I SIENA/COLLE DI VAL D’ELSA/SAN GIMIGNANO In enchanting Siena, learn about the city’s competitive contrade, or districts, and explore the great central square, Il Campo. Then visit the fortified village of Monteriggioni, featured in Dante’s Inferno; and Colle di Val d’Elsa, where crystal and glassware have been produced

since the 17th century. Embark on a spectacular hike to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful hill towns. Explore the city’s fresco-adorned Duomo, or climb one of its many towers. HOTEL VILLA SAN LUCCHESE Day 4: 2–3 miles walking (4 hours); Day 5: 6 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

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CARRARA/LEVANTO/ CINQUE TERRE/PISA

Discover the ancient marble quarries of Carrara on our way to the seaside town of Levanto. Take a short train ride to Monterosso al Mare, one of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre, or “five lands.” Clinging to cliffs above the Mediterranean, these hamlets dazzle with pastel-hued homes overlooking picturesque harbors. Embark on a more challenging hike along the trail that links the villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Next, set out from our hotel on a scenic coastal trail to Monterosso that meanders past lemon groves. Return to Levanto by train, and transfer to Pisa the next day to connect with your flight home. HOTEL LA GIADA DEL MESCO Day 7: 5–6 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 8: 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

Moderate

We will be hiking 2–5 hours per day (2–6 miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way, except while hiking in Cinque Terre (which is a car-free zone).

DATES 2017: Oct. 5–13 2018: May 1–9 • May 15–23 • May 29–June 6 Sept. 4–12 • Sept. 18–26 • Oct. 2–10

$5,995

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000. Airfare to Florence and return from Pisa is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Days 4 and 8, and dinner on Days 3 and 7.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in comfortable, ideally located hotels.

Above: The colorful houses of Vernazza, as seen from the Cinque Terre trail.

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PROV E N C E H IK IN G A DV EN T UR E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Approach some of France’s most beautiful villages on foot, enjoying time to explore Provence in depth. • Hike the Van Gogh trail around St.-Rémy-deProvence, walking through landscapes the artist rendered in paint. • Meander through an abandoned ochre quarry near Roussillon, where the red glow of the rock creates an otherworldly atmosphere. • Sample world-renowned wines in Châteauneufdu-Pape and Gigondas, and sit down to a farm-to-table meal at a local herb farm.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I AVIGNON, FRANCE/ CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE/DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL Meet in Avignon and transfer to our hotel. Delve into this enchanting town and walk below the legendary Pont d’Avignon. Travel north to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, hiking up to the castle and into the vineyards that surround the village. Stop for a picnic and sample local vintages. Next, explore Vaison-la-Romaine, a gem of Roman and medieval art and architecture. Head south to hike along the jagged ridge of the Dentelles de Montmirail to the town of Gigondas. Enjoy a wine tasting, visit the 11th-century church and Romanesque chapel, and walk to the village of Sablet. CLOÎTRE SAINT-LOUIS; HOSTELLERIE LE BEFFROI OR LA FÊTE EN PROVENCE Day 2: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 3: 6 miles hiking (3 hours)

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I LUBÉRON/GORDES/ ROUSSILLON/ST.-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE Artists and writers have long flocked to the Lubéron, a string of mountains dotted with age-old villages, castles, and ancient beehive huts called bories. Hike toward the 12th-century abbey Notre-Dame de Sénanque, then continue to the hilltop village of Gordes. From Bonnieux, hike through the Calavon River valley, passing

through cherry orchards and truffle-oak plantations. Climb up to the centuries-old village of Lacoste, which ascends the hillside to the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, and sip a pastis while taking in the view. Visit a farm where herbes de Provence are grown and enjoy a private farm-to-table meal. Follow the trail of the Aiguebrun River into the heart of the Lubéron. Climb up to the 3,000-year-old Buoux Fort. Then travel to Roussillon, where local houses are painted with ochre sands. Stroll through an abandoned ochre quarry and continue west to St.-Rémy-de-Provence. LE MAS DE GUILLES; HOTEL GOUNOD Day 4: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 5: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 6: 4 miles hiking (3 hours)

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I ALPILLES/LES-BAUXDE-PROVENCE/AVIGNON Set out on the Van Gogh trail, examining reproductions of his works as you walk through the very landscapes they depict. Explore SaintRémy, home to the Roman ruins of Glanum. Embark on a hike into the Alpilles to the medieval hamlet of Les-Baux-de-Provence. Discover the ruins of the town’s citadel and see a collection of medieval war machines. Return to Avignon for a farewell dinner, and depart the next day. HOTEL GOUNOD; CLOÎTRE SAINT-LOUIS Day 7: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 8: 5–6 miles hiking (3 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level

We will hike 3–4 hours per day (5–6 miles) on good trails. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way.

Moderate

DATES 2017: Oct. 8–16 2018: May 27–June 4 • June 17–25 Sept. 9–17 • Sept. 23–Oct. 1 Oct. 14–22

$5,295

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Paris, and train to/from Avignon, are not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 7.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in very comfortable, well-appointed hotels and inns with full amenities in locations ideally located to our activities.

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PO RT U G A L H IK IN G ADV EN T UR E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites on foot: historic Porto, the Douro wine region, and the former royal resort town of Sintra. • Hike along beaches and coastal cliffs to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. • Kayak the Douro River, breaking to relax on secluded beaches accessible only by boat. • Discover the cobblestoned lanes and colorful neighborhoods of Lisbon, and venture into its Moorish castle.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I PORTO, PORTUGAL/ RÉGUA/DOURO VALLEY Arrive in Porto and take a walking tour of the city’s historic Old Town. Stroll the picturesque riverfront and linger in the Praça da Ribeira plaza before a festive welcome dinner. Travel by bus to Peso da Régua, following the Douro River to the terraced vineyards of the stunning Douro Valley, where some of Portugal’s best wines and ports are produced. Visit the Douro Museum for an introduction to the region. After a picnic lunch, set out on a hike through the rolling landscape, taking in vistas of vine-striped slopes and the meandering river below. The next day, kayak the river, paddling past vineyards and stopping to relax at secluded beaches accessible only by boat. Enjoy a final hike through the region’s vineyards, then cap off the afternoon with a wine tasting. CROWNE PLAZA PORTO; QUINTA DO PORTAL Day 2: 5 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 7–8 miles paddling (4 hours); 2–3 miles hiking (2 hours)

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Return to Porto, and delve deeper into the enchanting lanes of the Old Town, discovering the neighborhoods south of the river and visiting a port wine cellar to sample the city’s most famous export. The next day, travel by train to Above: Travelers take in views of the Atlantic as they hike along the Cabo Da Roca coastline.

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Lisbon, Portugal’s colorful capital. Climb the steep cobblestoned streets of the traditional Alfama neighborhood, explore multicultural Mouraria, and visit São Jorge Castle—the Moorish stronghold that presides over the city. CROWNE PLAZA PORTO; HOTEL ALTIS AVENIDA Day 5: 4–5 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

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Travel from Lisbon to the village of Almoçageme, the starting point for our coastal hike to Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe. Hike high above beautiful coves and beaches, following the edge of oceanfront cliffs that lead to the Cabo da Roca lighthouse. The next day, hike through Sintra, beginning in the Old Town and visiting landmarks that include Santa Maria Church, the former home of Hans Christian Andersen, and the hilltop ramparts of the Castle of the Moors. Then hike over to Sintra’s crown jewel, the Palacio da Pena. Designed by King Fernando II, this 19th-century Romanticist castle is a patchwork of turrets and domes perched above luxuriant gardens. Explore the park’s paths and tour the opulent palace interiors before returning to Lisbon to depart the following day.

INFORMATION Activity Level We will hike 3–6 hours per day (3–5 miles)

Moderate

mostly on level trails but with some steeper grades at times. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way. There is one day of kayaking, for a maximum of 4 hours.

DATES 2018: June 16–23 • Aug. 4–11 • Sept. 8–15 Sept. 22–29

$5,195

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $850. Airfare to Porto and return from Lisbon is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 5.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in ideally located, well-appointed hotels with many amenities.

TIVOLI PALÁCIO DE SETEAIS; HOTEL ALTIS AVENIDA Day 6: 5 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 7: 4–5 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

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SPAIN: WALKING EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Trace the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway (and many a bull) through Pamplona, and explore the spectacular Old Town of Santiago de Compostela. • Venture into the cathedral of Burgos and the monasteries of San Millan de la Cogolla, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. • Encounter ancient Roman sites, mountain villages, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. • Stay in historic monasteries and paradors built centuries ago.

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Arrive in Pamplona and transfer to our hotel, once a haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Walk through the old city and the streets made famous by the running of the bulls. The next day, descend into the wine region of La Rioja. From Logroño we begin our journey along El Camino, walking through the vineyards to the village of Navarrete. Visit the monasteries of San Millan de la Cogolla, considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. Hike from Atapuerca into the ninth-century heart of Burgos and take a guided tour. GRAN HOTEL LA PERLA; PARADOR NACIONAL DE SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA; NH COLLECTION PALACIO DE BURGOS Day 2: 8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 12–13 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I CARRIÕN DE LOS CONDES/LEÓN/VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO Ramble across rolling fields to Carriõn de los Condes and spend the night in a monastery. After a morning hike to Bercianos del Camino, explore León’s historic sites and stay in its spectacular parador. Follow country roads and take in the view from El Crucero de Above: The symbol of the scallop shell guides pilgrims along the route.

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Santo Toribio, a stone cross that has marked our trail for centuries. Encounter the diverse architecture of Astorga, from Romanesque and Gothic churches to a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí. Continue west to Villafranca del Bierzo for the night. HOTEL REAL MONASTERIO SAN ZOILO; HOTEL REAL COLEGIATA; PARADOR DE VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO Day 4: 11 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 5: 5–6 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 6: 11 miles hiking (5 hours)

DAYS 7–10 I O CEBREIRO/MONFORTE DE LEMOS/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Hike into the northwestern region of Galicia, known for its Celtic history and rolling hills. Follow forest paths to the hilltop hamlet of O Cebreiro, home to the oldest intact church on El Camino. After a night in Monforte de Lemos, set off on the final leg of our hike, walking from O Pedrouzo to the steps of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela—the final destination for those on pilgrimage. The next day, journey to Cabo Fisterra, a continuation of El Camino for many pilgrims. Enjoy free time or a guided tour of historic Santiago before our farewell dinner. Depart the next morning for your flight home.

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate / Strenuous

We will hike 3–6 hours per day (5–13 miles) mostly on moderate grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way.

DATES 2018: Apr. 30–May 9 • June 11–20 Sept. 10–19 • Oct. 15–24 Oct. 25–Nov. 3

$6,195

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,400. Airfare to Pamplona and return from Santiago de Compostela is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 5.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 6 nights in ideally located paradors and 3 nights in comfortable hotels that reflect Spanish charm.

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS; PARADOR DE LOS REYES CATOLICOS SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Day 7: 7–8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 8: 12 miles hiking (6 hours)

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TO U R DU M ON T BLA N C TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Make a classic circuit of western Europe’s highest mountain, crossing the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland on foot. • Hike through stunning terrain of mountain passes, verdant meadows, lush forests, and glacial valleys. • Encounter the charming cultures and delicious cuisines of secluded Alpine villages in three different countries.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/CHAMONIX, FRANCE/LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE Arrive in Geneva and transfer to our hotel in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc. We begin our hike from our hotel, entering the forest to reach a steep trail. Pass through farmlands on our way to the “Grand Balcon,” which affords fabulous views of the Chamonix Aiguilles. Traverse below these towering peaks and return to Chamonix by cog railway. Our next ascent skirts the Bionnassay Glacier to Col du Tricot. Wind our way to Miage before descending to the picturesque village of Les Contamines-Montjoie. GRAND HÔTEL DES ALPES; HÔTEL LA CHEMENAZ Day 2: 6–8 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 3: 8 miles hiking (6 hours)

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I VILLE DES GLACIERS/ COURMAYEUR, ITALY/MONT DE LA SAXE Visit the pilgrimage site of Notre Dame de la Gorge, then follow an ancient Roman route up to Col du Bonhomme. Transfer to Ville des Glaciers, where Beaufort cheese is produced. Cross into Italy and descend to Miage Glacier, which snakes down from the Mont Blanc Above: Hikers trek an Alpine trail against the backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif.

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massif. Then drive to Courmayeur in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta. From here, follow a varied trail through Alpine vegetation to Mont de la Saxe and Rifugio Bertone, where we take in sweeping views. A short, steep climb leads to a crest overlooking the pinnacles of Mont Blanc. Continue hiking to Lavachey, our home for the night. HÔTEL L’AUTANTIC; HÔTEL CROUX Day 4: 10 miles hiking (8 hours); Day 5: 10 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 6: 10 miles hiking (8 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level We will be hiking 6–8 hours per day (7–12

miles) on moderate to steep grades at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to a maximum of 8,800 feet. Strenuous

DAYS 7–10 I LA FOULY/ARGENTIÈRE/ TRÉ-LE-CHAMP/CHAMONIX Ascend to the Grand Col Ferret, marking the Swiss-Italian border, and stay in the village of La Fouly. Follow the Bovine route, named for the cattle that graze in these meadows. Climb up to a spectacular viewpoint and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Rhône Valley, then descend to Col de la Forclaz and transfer to Argentière. Our final hike reaches Col de Balme, high above the Trient Glacier, then crosses the Swiss-French border, and descends to the French hamlet of Tré-le-Champ. Return to Chamonix for a farewell dinner, and depart from Geneva the next day. HÔTEL DU GLACIER; HÔTEL DE LA COURONNE; GRAND HÔTEL DES ALPES Day 7: 10 miles hiking (7 hours); Day 8: 12 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 9: 7 miles hiking (7 hours)

DATES 2018: June 2–11 • June 30–July 9 July 28–Aug. 6 • Aug. 18–27 Sept. 1–10 • Sept. 15–24

$5,495

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. Single rooms are not available on a request basis; all travelers will be paired with a same-gender roommate when a roommate is available. If a roommate is not available, a $700 mandatory single supplement will be charged. Airfare to/from Geneva is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Days 2 and 6.

Maximum group size: 14

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 9 nights in hotels, lodges, and simple inns combining ideal locations and local Alpine charm.

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H I KI NG I TA LY’ S D O LO M ITES TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike amid glorious landscapes of pillars, pinnacles, and colossal rock walls including the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Rosengarten’s pink peaks. • Encounter remnants of World War I, trekking along supply paths past abandoned bunkers and barracks. • Discover the culture of the little-known Ladin people, exploring their once-isolated villages and dining in the farmhouse of a local shepherd.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I VENICE, ITALY/ALPE DI SENNES CIRCUIT/TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO Arrive in Venice and travel north to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Take to the slopes on our first hike, the western portion of the Alpe di Sennes Circuit, which passes through two nature parks and beneath the Croda Rossa mountains. Set out from Rifugio Malga Ra Stua through a varied landscape, reaching an altitude of 6,942 feet. After lunch, we return to our starting point via a World War I mule track. Our next trail begins at remote Rifugio Auronzo, winding uphill to Rifugio Pian di Cengia. Trek to the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and enjoy lunch and a hike beneath these natural fortifications. HOTEL FRANCESCHI CORTINA Day 2: 7 miles hiking (5 hours) Day 3: 8 miles hiking (6 hours)

DAYS 4 AND 5 I ALTOPIANO DI FANES/ CORVARA/SANCTUARY OF SANTA CROCE Hike the landscapes of the Altopiano di Fanes within view of Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites. Transfer to San Cassiano and ride the chairlift up to Piz Sorega, following a ridgeline trail to the Rifugio Bioch. Descend to Corvara, where the Ladin people still celebrate Above: Quaint villages abound in the Dolomite countryside.

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their ancient culture. The next day, hike past picturesque farmhouse hamlets and ascend to the 15th-century Sanctuary of Santa Croce. Enjoy a lunch of Ladin specialties at a nearby farmhouse, then trek down to San Leonardo. POSTA ZIRM HOTEL OR SPORTHOTEL PANORAMA Day 4: 9-11 miles hiking (5-7 hours) Day 5: 7 miles hiking (5-6 hours)

DAYS 6–10 I SELLA MASSIF/ROSENGARTEN/SEISER ALM/BOZEN/VENICE Traverse the south face of the Sella Massif from Passo Pordoi (7,345’) and up to Forcella Pordoi. Ride the gondola back down after lunch and transfer to Welschnhofen. The next day, catch a gondola to the Paolina Hut (6,972’) in the heart of the Rosengarten mountains, named for the rose-colored hues that emanate from their peaks at sunset. Make the circuit around the massive walls of Rotwand and stroll through the Seiser Alm, a high-alpine plateau. In Bozen, enjoy a tour of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, home to Ötzi the Iceman—a 5,000-year-old natural human mummy discovered in the nearby Ötztal Alps. Return to Venice, where we enjoy a walking tour and a final farewell dinner.

INFORMATION Activity Level

We will be hiking 5–8 hours per day (7–11 miles), on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 4,240 to 10,341 feet.

Moderate / Strenuous

DATES 2018: June 18–27 • July 9–18 July 23–Aug. 1 • Sept. 4–13

$6,795

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $750. International airfare to/from Venice is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 15

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 9 nights in hotels chosen for their charm and access to our daily activities.

HOTEL ENGEL; HOTEL BONVECCHIATI Day 6: 7-9 miles hiking (5-6 hours) Day 7: 7 miles hiking (6 hours) Day 8: 4 miles hiking (3 hour)

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GREEK I S L A NDS ADV EN T UR E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Climb Mount Zeus, the Cyclades’ highest peak, and hike the cliffs ringing Santorini’s caldera. • Set off from Náxos on a daylong sailing excursion, and anchor at secluded beaches and inlets. • Explore whitewashed villages and volcanic seascapes while kayaking Santorini’s coast. • Trace the history of legendary civilizations at the Acropolis in Athens and ancient Thíra on Santorini.

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Arrive in Athens and enjoy a guided walk through the city, followed by a welcome dinner. Spend the next morning at the hilltop complex of the Acropolis. Explore the Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum, and the Panathenaic Stadium. Then travel by ferry to the lush island of Náxos, the largest of the Cyclades. Take to the sea on a sailing excursion, exploring secluded beaches and tiny islands. Next, hike from the foot of Mount Zeus (3,290'), passing ancient stone walls and olive groves to reach the rocky summit. Transfer to Apiranthos for lunch and a free afternoon. Take an evening stroll through the town of Náxos. ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL; PORTO NÁXOS HOTEL Day 4: 5 miles hiking (4 hours)

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Catch a ferry to Santorini, an archipelago formed from a volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B.C. Hike along the rim of the caldera, following the trail to the bluedomed village of Oia. Explore the town and take in the island sunset. The next morning, discover the ruins of ancient Akrotiri, an

important Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was buried by volcanic ash around 1450 B.C. Then gear up for a leisurely kayak excursion. After an introductory lesson for beginners, set out from Akrotiri Beach and round the dramatic crags on the southwest coast. Stop to snorkel within view of the crimson cliffs of Red Beach. ROCABELLA SANTORINI RESORT AND SPA Day 5: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 6: 6 miles paddling (4 hours)

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I SANTORINI/ ANCIENT THÍRA/ATHENS Set out in your kayak to explore black lava caves and the lighthouse of Fanari. Paddle to a caldera beach and snorkel or relax before enjoying a picnic lunch overlooking volcanic islands. At Pyrgos, explore labyrinthine streets encircling the ruins of a Venetian castle. Hike to the island’s highest peak, Profítis Ilías (1,857'), home to an 18th-century monastery. Continue on foot to ancient Thíra, a fascinating cluster of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine ruins. Transfer to a nearby beach to swim. Later, fly back to Athens for a farewell dinner, and depart the following day. ROCABELLA SANTORINI RESORT AND SPA; ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL Day 7: 6 miles paddling (4 hours); Day 8: 4–5 miles hiking (3 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level This trip is suitable for beginner and expert

Moderate

kayakers; no previous experience is needed. We will paddle stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 4 hours per day (6 miles), and will hike 3–5 hours (up to 5 miles) per day on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. While kayaking, boat support will not be available.

DATES 2018: May 19–27 • June 16–24 June 23–July 1 • Sept. 8–16 Sept. 22–30

$6,595

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $950. International airfare to/from Athens and airfare within Greece are not included in the cost. The group flight within Greece is $350 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in very comfortable, well-appointed hotels with many amenities.

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CROATIA: HIKING AND KAYAKING ADVENTURE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak and explore the wooded islands, lush inlets, and pristine beaches of Croatia’s stunning coast. • Climb Vidova Gora, the highest peak on the Adriatic. • Swim in Korčula’s coves, then visit the island’s walled town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Walk atop Dubrovnik’s ramparts, and explore the white-stone palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in Split.

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Cruise to Korčula Island, passing craggy cliffs, and swim in the sapphire-blue Adriatic. Hike to the home of a producer of Korčula’s renowned Pošip white wine. After another short hike, enjoy lunch and explore the medieval city of Korčula, thought by some to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. Next, head to Orebič, home to Croatia’s best red wine, oranges, pomegranates, and figs. Hike to a 15th-century monastery, then follow the footpath past stone houses and ancient chapels to the coast for a swim. Visit a traditional tavern to taste homemade salamis, bread, and freshly caught fish.

Arrive in Split and gather for a tour of the Roman-era palace of Diocletian, exploring this beguiling maze of marble streets, churches, and fortified walls. The next day, take a boat to Hvar, an island of vineyards, limestone cliffs, and emerald-green coves. Explore small villages and join a local artist on her estate for an olive oil tasting. Hike across the island to the deserted stone village of Malo Grablje. CORNARO HOTEL; HOTEL ADRIANA Day 2: 6 miles hiking (3 hours)

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Kayak in the Pakleni Islands, pausing to enjoy a beach picnic. Tour the charming town of Hvar, then visit Brač Island, famous for its white limestone used since ancient Roman times. Our private boat anchors in the hidden bay of Blaca. From here, hike up to the 450-year-old hermitage and feast on local specialties. Continue to the top of Mount Vidova, the highest peak in the Dalmatian islands.

KORČULA/PELJEŠAC PENINSULA

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Visit a family of oyster farmers in Ston. As a grand finale, explore Dubrovnik, a major maritime power in the 14th century, with marble streets and baroque architecture surrounded by medieval walls. Enjoy a farewell dinner on our final night. HOTEL DUBROVNIK PALACE OR GRAND VILLA ARGENTINA Day 7: 4 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

HOTEL ADRIANA Day 3: 5 miles paddling (4 hours); Day 4: 6 miles hiking (3 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is suitable for beginner and expert kayakers alike; no previous experience is necessary. During kayaking excursions, we will be paddling stable, two-person sit-on-top kayaks for an average of 2–4 hours (5 miles). Our hikes range from 1 to 3 hours (4–6 miles) on good trails.

DATES 2018: June 3–10 • June 11–18 Sept. 8–15

$5,195

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200. Airfare to Split and return from Dubrovnik is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 4.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 7 nights in a combination of quaint inns and larger, comfortable hotels. All lodging is conveniently located near each day’s activities.

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SLOV E N I A : H IK IN G THE JULIAN A LPS AN D B E YO N D TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike through rolling vineyards, medieval villages and alpine scenery in Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. • Taste the culinary creations of celebrity chef Ana Ros during a stay at her hotel in Slovenia’s Soča Valley, and set out into the countryside to sample local cheeses and wines. • Explore the shores of stunning Lake Bohinj on foot, and hop into a traditional pletna boat to visit the picturesque island church in at the center of Lake Bled. • Summit Austria’s Mount Dobratsch to visit Europe’s two highest churches .

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Arrive in Ljubljana and venture into the Julian Alps, stopping to explore the plunging Vintgar Gorge. Continue to picturesque Lake Bled and hike to the clifftop Bled Castle. Enjoy a walk along the Mostnica River, and picnic on the shores of Lake Bohinj. Take a gondola to the summit of Mount Vogel, and ride a traditional pletna boat to the 17th-century Church of the Assumption, perched on a tiny island in Lake Bled.

Travel into Italy for a hike along the base of Mount Montasio, where we meet local shepherds to sample their culinary specialties. Continue to Slovenia’s Soča Valley, the setting for the fierce battles of World War I’s Isonzo Front, and trace this turbulent history at the Kobarid Museum. Settle into our hotel, the countryside villa of world-famous chef Ana Ros. The next day, hike to the summit of Mount Matajur, and then follow the Goriška Brda wine route, stopping for tastings at local cellars.

INFORMATION

HOTEL CUBO; HOTEL TRIGLAV BLED Day 2: 6–7 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 8 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

HIŠA FRANKO Day 6: 6 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 7: 3 miles hiking (3 hours)

DATES

DAYS 4 AND 5 I SAVA DOLINKA VALLEY/MOUNT DOBRATSCH, AUSTRIA

DAYS 8 AND 9

Journey through the foothills of the mighty Mount Triglav, and hike the mule tracks above the Vršič Pass before descending on foot into the Sava Dolinka Valley. Cross the border into Austria, and climb to the summit of Mount Dobratsch, crowned by two pilgrimage churches—the highest chapels in all of Europe. Along the route, enjoy a traditional Austrian kaiserrscmarn meal. HOTEL SKIPASS Day 4: 7 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 5: 5–6 miles hiking (5 hours)

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Travel along the region’s cheese trail and meet cheesemongers to learn about the production process and enjoy some samples. Continue to Idrija, home to one of the world’s largest mercury mines. Meet a local artisan for an introduction to bobbin lace—a centuries-old craft. Hike along a remote trail to the Franja Partisan Hospital, a cluster of World War II hospital buildings hidden in the nearly impassable Pasica Gorge. Later, visit a traditional mining house for our farewell lunch before returning to Ljubljana for flights home.

Activity Level

We will hike 3–6 hours per day (3–7 miles) on moderate grades.

Moderate / Strenuous

2018: June 14–22 • Aug. 30–Sept. 7 • Sept. 13–21

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200. International airfare to/from Ljubljana is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in comfortable hotels and inns that are well-located to each day’s activities.

KENDA MANOR Day 8: 6 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

Above: Travelers hike among the wildflower-dotted hills.

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VI E N N A TO P RAGUE HIK IN G ADV ENTU RE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike the limestone hills of Pálava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and explore the richly designed landscapes of the LedniceValtice area. • Sample Moravia’s renowned wines and discover its enchanting villages, estates, and castles on foot. • Stroll amid ponds and pine forests in southern Bohemia. • Encounter an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Renaissance Telč to fairytale-like Český Krumlov.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA/ VALTICE, CZECH REPUBLIC/MIKULOV/ PÁLAVA HILLS Arrive in Vienna and drive into the Czech Republic. Venture into the UNESCO-listed Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, developed by the dukes of Liechtenstein beginning in the 17th century. Explore the baroque-style Château Valtice, then enjoy a wine tasting and a warm-up hike. Next, set out on foot from Valtice to Lednice. Tour Château Lednice before transferring to picturesque Mikulov. In the hills of Pálava, discover the archaeological riches of Dolní Věstonice and the winemaking village of Pavlov, and hike along the sunny slopes. HOTEL BESEDNÍ DŮM; HOTEL GALANT Day 1: 4 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 2: 8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 8 miles hiking (4 hours)

DAYS 4 AND 5 I ČÍŽOV/VRANOV/TELČ/ SLAVONICE/JINDŘICHŮV HRADEC Our next adventure begins in the hamlet of Čížov in Podyjí National Park. Hike down to the Dyje River and cross into the Austrian village of Hardegg, where we’ll sample local strudel. Hike back into Bohemia and tour the cliff-top castle at Vranov nad Dyjí before driving to Telč. Explore Telč’s historic center, a World Heritage Above: Český Krumlov is one of the world’s best-preserved medieval cities..

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site, and continue south to Slavonice, viewing the sgraffito etched into the town’s Renaissance façades. Hike into the countryside, encountering remnants of World War II fortifications on our way to Landštejn Castle. HOTEL U HRABENKY OR HOTEL CELERIN; HOTEL CONCERTINO Day 4: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Day 5: 7 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

INFORMATION Activity Level We will be walking 2–5 hours per day

DAYS 6–9 I JINDŘICHŮV HRADEC/ TŘEBOŇ/ČESKÝ KRUMLOV/PRAGUE Explore Jindřichův Hradec’s lakeside chateau and medieval Třeboň, surrounded by a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of canals and fishponds. Visit the neo-Gothic tomb chapel of the Schwarzenberg family, then hike through the Bohemian landscape to Kojákovice. In Český Krumlov, explore the town’s massive castle, which houses a baroque theater and lavish palaces and courts. Transfer to Zlatá Koruna and hike to the highest peak in the Blanský Forest Nature Reserve. Alternatively, ride a cable car to the summit and hike back down. Visit the village of Holašovice or medieval Tábor (time permitting) on the drive to Prague for our farewell dinner. The following morning, explore Prague’s Old Town and hilltop castle complex before transferring to the airport. HOTEL BELLEVUE; HOTEL CONSTANS Day 6: 9 miles hiking (4 hours) Day 7: 10 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

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Moderate

(4–10 miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way.

DATES 2017: Oct. 5–13 2018: June 7–15 • July 5–13 • Sept. 13–21 Oct. 11–19

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $700. Airfare to Vienna and return from Prague is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in comfortable hotels chosen for their charm and access to our daily activities. While some inns are simple, all lodgings in the countryside are the best available options in the towns we visit.

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S WIT Z ER L A ND : ICON IC HIK ES O F T H E S WI S S ALP S TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike in the Bernese Oberland amid soaring peaks, Alpine meadows, and glacial lakes, and explore traditional Swiss villages along the way. • Trek below the north face of the Eiger, skirting rock walls and hanging glaciers. • Ascend to a summit above Zermatt aboard a cogwheel train for a spectacular hike overlooking the legendary Matterhorn. • Follow a scenic trail through one of Switzerland’s oldest wine producing region, and enjoy an al fresco wine tasting among the vines.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/GRINDELWALD/ KANDERSTEG Arrive in Geneva and transfer to our hotel in Grindelwald, where we set out on an optional warm-up hike. The next day, ride the cogwheel Jungfrau Railway to our first trailhead. Hike along the base of the infamous north face of the Eiger, and picnic beneath vertical rock walls and hanging glaciers. Next, transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lauterbrunnen Valley. Board an aerial tramway to Grütschalp and follow a trail through Alpine pastures and forests, reaching higher altitudes. Explore the enchanting town of Mürren before descending to Gimmelwald.

BELLE EPOQUE HOTEL VICTORIA; HOTEL ALPENHOF Day 4: 7 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 5: 8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 6: 8 miles hiking (6 hours)

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We will hike 3 – 6 hours a day (6–8 miles) in an alpine environment across varied terrain with some steep ascents and descents.

Moderate / Strenuous

VIGNOBLE/SION

DATES 2018: June 30–July 8 • July 21–29 • Sept. 1–9

Follow a trail from our hotel into a beautiful glacial valley, then catch a gondola to Oeschinen Lake. A short hike will take us to the lake through wildflower-strewn meadows. Keep an eye out for ibexes, chamois, and marmots. Our next hike takes us across the historic Gemmi

Ride the Gornergrat Bahn—one of Europe’s highest cogwheel railways—above Zermatt, then hike to the rocky ridge of Gornergrat. An immense glaciated world opens up before us, with outstanding views of Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn. Descend along the Gorner Glacier and return by cogwheel train. The following day, set out on a leisurely hike along a portion of the Chemin du Vignoble, or “path of the vineyards.” Skirt the bisse, the historic irrigation canals of the Valais region. Stop at a winery for lunch and a wine tasting, followed by a visit to Sion and its fortress-like basilica. Gather for a farewell dinner and depart from Geneva the next day.

Above: Hiking near Zermatt offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn..

HOTEL ALPENHOF; HÔTEL DES VIGNES Day 7: 8 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 8: 5 miles hiking (3 hours)

SUNSTAR HOTEL; BELLE EPOQUE HOTEL VICTORIA Day 1: 2–3 hours optional hiking; Day 2: 6–7 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 7 miles hiking (4 hours)

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$7,995

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,300. International airfare to/from Geneva is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Days 2, 6, and 7.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 8 nights in comfortable inns and hotels that are ideallly located to each day’s activities.

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SWEDEN: DOGSLEDDING TO THE ICEHOTEL TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Drive your own team of huskies on a sledding expedition through Sweden’s Lapland wilderness. • Relax in cabins ideally situated for the chance to view one of nature’s most dazzling displays: the aurora borealis, or northern lights. • Spend time with Sami herders and try your hand at driving a reindeer sled. • Stay at the famed ICEHOTEL, with the option of sleeping in one of its sculpted ice rooms.

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Meet your team of Alaskan huskies and learn the basics of harnesses, lines, and mushing. Then experience the thrill of driving your own team through snow-clad forests and across frozen lakes and rivers, keeping an eye out for wildlife. At Sevuvuoma Lodge, unwind in the sauna and enjoy a hearty dinner. Head off the next morning on a trail where few travelers have set foot, arriving back at Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. Meet a renowned reindeer herder, who will prepare a traditional Sami meal.

Arrive in Stockholm and gather for a welcome dinner. The next day, explore the city. At the Vasa Museum, examine a 17th-century royal warship that was much celebrated until it sank in front of crowds of onlookers on its maiden voyage. Then stroll the city’s charming streets where regal architecture mixes with a vibrant contemporary culture. FIRST HOTEL REISEN

DAYS 3 AND 4 I KIRUNA/ÖVRE SOPPERO/LAKE VÄKKÄRÄ Fly to Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, and explore this outpost in the heart of the Lapland region—a vast wilderness of soaring peaks, ancient forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Get outfitted for our sledding adventure before heading to Övre Soppero, where we discover the reindeer-herding culture of Lapland’s indigenous people, the Sami. Embark on a sled ride to a nearby lavu, or traditional Sami tepee. Try your hand at ice fishing, and enjoy lunch by a fire. Later, settle into our cabins at Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. ÖVRE SOPPERO HOMESTEAD; VÄKKÄRÄ WILDERNESS LODGE

Day 4: 6 miles reindeer sledding (2–3 hours)

LAKE VÄKKÄRÄ/ SEVUVUOMA

INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate / Strenuous

SEVUVUOMA LODGE; VÄKKÄRÄ WILDERNESS LODGE Day 5: 18 miles dogsledding (5–6 hours); Day 6: 18 miles dogsledding (5–6 hours)

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COST

After a final morning of mushing, transfer to Jukkasjärvi and check into the ICEHOTEL, the world’s largest hotel made solely of snow and ice. Enjoy a farewell dinner and a drink in the famous Icebar. Tonight, sleep in a heated room, or opt for one of the hotel’s ice or snow rooms, where you are outfitted in a thermal sleeping bag. Return to Kiruna and fly back to Stockholm. Depart the following morning. ICEHOTEL; FIRST HOTEL REISEN Day 7: 9–10 miles dogsledding (4–5 hours)

While on the dogsledding expedition, we will be mushing for 4–6 hours per day (15–18 miles) on moderate to steep grades. No previous experience is necessary, although you should have good balance and the stamina to endure full days in the snow, and be willing to participate in feeding and harnessing the dogs.

2018: Mar. 2–10 • Mar. 9–17 • Mar. 16–24 Mar. 23–31

$8,795

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room (available only in Stockholm and at the ICEHOTEL), add $950. Airfare to/from Stockholm and within Sweden is not included in the cost. The group fl ight within Sweden is $800 (subject to change). Upgrade to an Ice Suite at the ICEHOTEL for an additional fee. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on Day 8.

Maximum group size: 15

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 4 nights in rustic homesteads and wilderness cabins, 3 nights in comfortable hotels, and 1 night at the ICEHOTEL in the hotel’s warm rooms. Guests may upgrade to an Art Suite cold room for an additional fee.

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IC E LA N D A DV EN TUR E TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the raw power of Iceland’s icecapped volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers. • Learn about the creation of Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull, in a special meeting with a park ranger. • Explore bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and lava castles around Lake Mývatn. • Hike up Reynisfjall mountain, one of the most beautiful coastal walks in southern Iceland.

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Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer to our hotel, then take a guided walk of the city. Drive to Thingvellir National Park the next day, and hike along Lake Thingvallavatn. See the site of the world’s oldest extant parliament, visit the geothermal area of Geysir, and hike to the massive double-cascade Gullfoss. CANOPY BY HILTON; HOTEL RANGÁ OR FOSSHOTEL HEKLA Day 2: 3–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours)

DAYS 3 AND 4 I LEYJAFJALLAJÖKULL/ REYNISFJALL/VÍK/LAKI VOLCANO Drive toward the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano, stopping at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Þorvaldseyri farm to learn how the locals have adapted to living next to an active volcano. Visit the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara, then hike up the Reynisfjall mountain and cross to the village of Vík. In the southern highlands, walk across the Eldhraun lava field, climb to the top of the Laki volcano, and explore Tjarnargígur crater. ICELANDAIR HOTEL VÍK; HOTEL LAKI Day 3: 3–5 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 4: 2–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours)

DAYS 5 AND 6 I VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK/INGÓLFSHÖFÐI HEADLAND/JÖKULSÁRLÓN Learn about the creation of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest national park, in a specially arranged meeting with a park director. Trek across Svínafellsjökull, the tongue of Europe’s largest glacier. Hike up to the Svartifoss waterfall, walk the isolated Ingólfshöfdi headland, and explore the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon by boat. FOSSHOTEL GLACIER LAGOON; FOSSHOTEL VATNAJOKULL OR HOTEL JÖKULL Day 5: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 6: 2–3 miles hiking (1 hour)

INFORMATION Activity Level We will be hiking 2–6 hours per day (2–8

Moderate

miles) on moderate to steep grades, in variable weather conditions. Most days will have options for more, or less, hiking. During hikes, vehicle support is provided on most days, except while in the national parks. Some long transfers of up to 7 hours will be required.

DATES DAYS 7–10 I HÖFN/LAKE MÝVATN/ NÁMASKARÐ/DIMMUBORGIR/ REYKJAVÍK Visit Krafla Geothermal Power Plant and learn about this environmentally friendly way of tapping into the Earth’s energy. Explore explosive Víti Crater, formed in 1724. Then head further east to the enormous Dettifoss Waterfall and hike down to the edge of the falls. Delve into Icelandic folklore with a visit Dimmuborgir, or “Dark Castles,” and visit the Sigurgeirs Bird Museum. The next day, fly back to Reykjavík and enjoy a guided walk around the city during our final morning. FOSSHOTEL MÝVATN OR FOSSHOTEL HÚSAVÍK; CANOPY BY HILTON Day 8: 2–3 miles hiking; Day 9: 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

2018: July 6–15 • July 27–Aug. 5 • Aug. 3–12 Aug. 17–26 • Aug. 31–Sept. 9 • Sept. 7–16

$8,995

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,000. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and airfare within Iceland are not included in the cost. The group flight within Iceland is $500 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on Day 1 and dinner on Day 6.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS We will stay 9 nights in ideally located hotels. While Iceland hotels tend to be on the small side, all lodgings are comfortable and conveniently located near each day’s activities.

Above: A hiker marvels at the powerful cascades of Seljalandsfoss.

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IC EL A ND WI NT ER : SN OW SHOEING AN D H I K I NG ADV EN T UR E N E W TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • See the Northern lights at their brightest, far from civilization’s glow (weather permitting). • Hike the lava fields and coastal trails of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and descend into an 8,000-year-old lava tube. • Don snowshoes and hike to the magnificent Dettifoss falls, considered Europe’s most powerful waterfall. • Experience volcanism, witnessing the otherworldly lava formations of Lake Mývatn and the geothermal wonders of the Golden Circle.

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DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I REYKJAVÍK/NORTH ICELAND/LAKE MÝVATN Arrive in Reykjavík and delve into this colorful capital on a guided tour through the Old Town. Then fly north to Akureyri and head to one of Iceland’s most geologically active areas at Lake Mývatn. Explore the Skútustaða pseudo craters on the lake’s southern shore, then visit the otherworldly black volcanic formations of Dimmuborgir. Later, climb Hverfjall crater (conditions permitting). Visit Krafla Geothermal Power Plant and learn about this environmentally friendly way of tapping into the Earth’s energy. Conditions permitting, don snowshoes for a memorable trek to Víti crater, measuring nearly 1,000 feet across. Continue trekking to Leirhnjukur crater, a spectacular geothermal area. Then head further east to the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, where we snowshoe down to the edge of the falls. CANOPY BY HILTON; HOTEL LAXÁ Day 2: 5 miles hiking/snowshoeing (3 hours); Day 3: 4 miles hiking/snowshoeing (2–3 hours)

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA/GOLDEN CIRCLE Fly back to Reykjavík and travel overland to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Weather permitting, this remote area offers the best opportunities to see the northern lights. Our exploration

begins with a hike to Búðarklettur crater. Enjoy a full day in Snæfellsjökull National Park, a remote, otherworldly landscape with the glacier-capped Snæfellsjökull at its center. Hike the coastline to Hellnar; walk along blackpebble beaches to Dritvík Cove; and descend into Vatnshellir cave, an 8,000-year-old cavern of fascinating lava formations. Next, take a tour of the Golden Circle, starting at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set out on a hike along the rift valley to Skogarkot, the ruins of an abandoned sheep farm, and visit the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament. Continue to Geysir, the hotwater jet stream for which all other geysers are named, and arrive at the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. HOTEL BÚÐIR; FOSSHÓTEL HEKLA Day 4: 5 miles hiking/snowshoeing (3–4 hours); Day 6: 4 miles hiking/snowshoeing (3–4 hours)

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INFORMATION Activity Level

Moderate

Depending on snow conditions, we will either be snowshoeing or hiking 1–3 hours per day (2–5 miles) on moderate grades at low elevations. No previous experience is necessary, although you should have good balance. Vehicle support is provided. Please note that there are some long transfer days.

DATES 2018: Jan. 20–27 • Feb. 10–17 • Feb. 24–Mar. 3 Mar. 10–17

$7,295

COST

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and within Iceland are not included in the cost. The group flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri are $500 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure.

Maximum group size: 16

ACCOMMODATIONS All lodgings are comfortable and conveniently located near each day’s activities. Hotel accommodations throughout Iceland typically have small rooms.

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INCLUDED IN EXPEDITION COST Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner); educational materials; pre-Expedition information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; all gratuities except those for adventure guides, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page or in pre-Expedition communications; ground transportation during the Expedition; transfers to and from group flights where applicable; services of adventure guides and/or local guides, lecturers, and any other staff; and taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges. Please note: the “B, L, D” notations apply to the period during the Expedition only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Expedition. Internal airfare is included on some international Expeditions as indicated in the itinerary. For itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staff tents, and dining tents and necessary Expedition equipment (e.g. sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) are provided and included in the Expedition cost. NOT INCLUDED IN EXPEDITION COST Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities for adventure guides, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page or in pre-Expedition communications; passport, visa, and permit expenses; medical expenses and immunizations; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and

alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specifically noted as included. SINGLE/SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS A limited number of single rooms/cabins/tents are available at an extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. National Geographic Expeditions and/or Mountain Travel will assist persons requesting a roommate. The participants will be notified if a suitable roommate is not available, in which case the single rate will be charged. RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS The participant is responsible for understanding the conditions as described in the Expedition Itinerary and selecting an Expedition in consultation with us that is appropriate to his/her interests and abilities. In addition, the participant should prepare for the Expedition by reading the Expedition Itinerary and supplemental Expedition information in the pre-Expedition communications and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised in those communications. The participant should also consult his/her physician to determine his/her suitability for the Expedition and to discuss any over the counter or prescription medicines he/she should consider taking relative to the demands of the Expedition (e.g. in the case of Expeditions which travel to higher altitudes). Screening for fitness (for Expeditions rated “Strenuous” or “Maximum”) is made by Mountain Travel during the confirmation of booking. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on an Expeditions at any time during the Expedition. In the event of removal from an Expedition, refunds are not given. PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS To reserve space on an Expedition designated as an “Active Expedition”, a $750 per-person deposit is required. Final payment is due no later than 95 days prior to departure. Expeditions designated as “Private Departures” or “Custom Active Expeditions” require a nonrefundable per-person deposit of $1,000 or 20% of the applicable Expedition cost, whichever is greater. A $100 deposit is required for any extension. Payments must be made by credit card. A participant’s reservation may be canceled if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 90 days of departure, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If a participant cancels 120 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administrative fee of 50% of the deposit will be made. Per-person charges for cancellations that occur less than 120 days prior to departure (“Cancellation Penalty Period”) are as follows: 91-119 days prior to departure: 100% of the deposit amount; 45-90 days prior to departure: 50% of the Expedition cost; 44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the Expedition cost. This policy also applies to pre- and post-Expedition extensions. Any revisions made within the Cancellation Penalty Period, such as a change in departure date or choice of Expedition, are subject to this cancellation policy. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Arriving late or leaving an Expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any Expedition because of inadequate enrollment that makes the Expedition economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an Expedition is canceled prior to departure, Mountain Travel will provide the participants with a full refund of monies paid to Mountain Travel; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the Expedition as planned, in which case Mountain Travel will provide the participants with a refund and/or credit toward a future Expedition equivalent to the amount paid to Mountain Travel. If National Geographic Expeditions cancels the Expedition in progress, the participants will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the Expedition. Except as outlined above when National Geographic Expeditions cancels an Expedition, National Geographic and Mountain Travel have no responsibility for any expenses, including any non-refundable expenses, incurred by the participants in preparing for a cancelled Expedition or for any additional arrangements should the participants embark prior to the scheduled group departure date.

vention. The prices are based on tariffs, currency values, airfares and third-party charges as of catalog publication date and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, as permitted by law, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS Participants must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. National Geographic Expeditions encourages participants to consult a doctor for specific medical advice about any activities or destinations. Certain Expeditions may require that the participant obtain medical consent prior to departure as a condition of participation. MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION & COVERAGE In the event the participant becomes sufficiently incapacitated as to be unable to direct his or her own care, there is no one on the Expedition who can direct participant’s care, and National Geographic Expeditions is unable or does not have time to contact participant’s emergency contact, the participant, by registering and paying a deposit for an Expedition, authorizes any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury or illness while participating in the activity including, but not limited to, X-ray, examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis, or treatment and hospital care which is deemed advisable by, and is to be rendered under the general or specific supervision of, any physician and/or surgeon licensed in the United States, or, if in a foreign country and no physician licensed to practice in the United States is reasonably available, by a duly licensed physician deemed competent to render the necessary care. In addition, the participant certifies that they have medical insurance which will cover personal accidents, medical expenses, medical evacuation, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the participant, or that in the absence of this medical insurance coverage, the participant agrees to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on the participant’s behalf. PHOTOGRAPHY National Geographic Expeditions and Mountain Travel and the adventure guides reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any Expedition or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. By making a reservation on an Expedition, the participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by National Geographic, National Geographic-authorized third parties, and Mountain Travel without compensation to the participant. If the participant prefers that his/ her likeness not be used, he/she must notify National Geographic Expeditions and/or Mountain Travel in writing prior to departure of the Expedition. Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the participant (“Expedition Materials”) will belong to the participant upon creation. The participant grants to National Geographic a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any Expedition Materials provided to National Geographic and/or Mountain Travel in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use, promotion of National Geographic’s travel programs, or promotion of the mission of National Geographic. ASSUMPTION OF RISK By registering for an Expedition, the participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that travel such as the Expedition he/she is undertaking involves potentially dangerous activities, some in remote areas of the world, with a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible or consistent with standards in the United States during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the Expedition and that when available may not be of the quality which exists in the United States.

TRAVEL PROTECTION Basic medical and evacuation travel protection is purchased on your behalf (trip cancellation is not included in this plan). To view the plan details, please visit: www.tripmate.com/wpF485m.

ARBITRATION AGREEMENT Arbitration Agreement policy and process is available at www. nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/information/terms/ngadventures or you can call 1-888-689-2557 and request a copy be sent to you.

Trip-cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost and is strongly recommended. For more information about and to enroll in an option available through Travel Insurance Services, visit the “Travel Insurance” section of our website at natgeoexpeditions.com.

PRIVACY POLICY Our privacy policy can be found at nationalgeographic.com/ community/privacy/

ITINERARY CHANGES The itineraries and staff presented in the catalog and/or on the website are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions or Mountain Travel. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate Expeditions as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. DOCUMENTATION Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Expedition such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. Failure to obtain documents does not negate the Terms and Conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility.

MAILING LIST If you are receiving duplicate catalogs, have address updates, or would like to be removed from future National Geographic Expeditions mailings, please call toll-free 1-888-966-8687. OTHER The applicable Terms and Conditions may vary from those listed above based upon the specific Expedition selected by the participant. Please see our website to review the most up-to-date Terms and Conditions for each Expedition. A copy of the final Terms and Conditions applicable to each participant will be sent in pre-Expedition communications. COMPLETE TERMS For the most complete and up-to-date Terms and Conditions, please see www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/information/terms/ ngadventures.

DELAYS & COST INCREASES We will not be responsible for providing any reimbursement for delays in the Expedition due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, or government inter-

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CALENDAR YUCATÁ T N ADVENTURE: WHALE SHARKS AND MAYA RUINS N E W

12

8

L/M

16

4, 18

16

13

HIKING THE NATIONAL PARKS: GLACIER, YELLOWSTONE, AND GRAND TETON

14

8

M

16

23

7, 21

25

COSTA RICA MULTISPORT ADVENTURE

16

9

M

14

24

COSTA RICA WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

17

9

L/M

14

9

ALASKA SEA KAYAKING ADVENTURE

18

9

M

10

BELIZE: KAYAKING AND JUNGLE ADVENTURE

19 10 L/M

16

PERU: MACHU PICCHU INN TO INN TREK

20 10

S

12

PATAGONIA HIKING ADVENTURE

22 13

S

16

NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE

24 12

M

16

VIETNAM, LAOS, AND CAMBODIA ADVENTURE

26 13

L/M

16

JAPAN HIKING AND CULTURAL ADVENTURE

28 11

M

15

NEPAL: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

29 19 MAX

16

BORNEO WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

30 11

L/M

15

MONGOLIAN HORSE TREK

31 14

M

16

14

1, 20

9

3

17

30

23

21

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D A T E S

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NOV.

2018 DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

SEPT.

NORTH AMERICA

18

25

17

21

20

26

15

23

30

16

3

23

5, 23

5, 25

27

SOUTH AMERICA

8, 22

5, 19

3, 10

7, 14

4, 11

4, 11

6

21

8 22 8,

5 19 5,

19

20

3

8

12, 26

23

9

15

10, 17

8, 22

9, 25

5, 12

10

13

10

9, 30

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

1, 15, 29

13

12

20

9

17

AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI ADVENTURE

32 12 L/M

14

TANZANIA: KILIMANJARO CLIMB AND SAFARI

33 15 MAX

16

21

29

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16

27

17, 24

1,15

5, 19

2

SCOTLAND HIKING ADVENTURE: FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO THE ISLANDS

36

M

16

26

2, 9, 16, 23

21, 28

4, 25

1, 8

IRELAND: HIKING THE EMERALD ISLE

37 10 M/S

16

21

11

16

13

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HIKING ENGLAND COAST TO COAST

D E P A R T U R E 2017 OCT.

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D A T E S 2018

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

SEPT.

EUROPE

8

TUSCANY AND CINQUE TERRE HIKING 38 ADVENTURE

9

M

16

5

1, 15, 29

PROVENCE HIKING ADVENTURE

39

9

M

16

8

27

PORTUGAL HIKING ADVENTURE

40 8

M

16

SPAIN: WALKING EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

41 10 M/S

16

TOUR DU MONT BLANC

42 10

14

2, 30

28

HIKING ITALY'S DOLOMITES

43 10 M/S

15

18

9, 23

GREEK ISLANDS ADVENTURE

44 9

M

16

CROATIA: HIKING AND KAYAKING ADVENTURE

45

M

SLOVENIA: HIKING THE JULIAN ALPS AND BEYOND

46 9

VIENNA TO PRAGUE HIKING ADVENTURE

47

S

4, 18 17

9, 23

16 30

4

11

10 18

1, 15 4

16, 23

8, 22

16

3, 11

8

M/S

16

14

M

16

SWITZERLAND: ICONIC HIKES OF THE 48 9 SWISS ALPS

M/S

16

SWEDEN: DOGSLEDDING TO THE ICEHOTEL

49 9

M/S

15

ICELAND ADVENTURE

50 10

M

16

ICELAND WINTER: SNOWSHOEING AND HIKING ADVENTURE N E W

51

M

16

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9

8

19

8, 22

5

30

13

7

5

13

30

21

1

2, 9, 16, 23 6, 27 20

10, 24

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