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UNIQUE TRIPS FOR THE ACTIVE TRAVELER

2016—2017 CATALOG


Dear Traveler, Over the past decade, veteran journalist and National Geographic Adventure magazine contributor Peter Potterfield has hiked more than 10,000 miles on six continents in a quest to seek out the world’s top trails. It’s no wonder that National Geographic looked to Peter when compiling a list of the 15 best hikes on the planet, which includes many world-class hiking destinations featured in this catalog: Patagonia, Ireland, and New Zealand, to name a few. While they encompass every type of terrain imaginable—from snow-dusted peaks to windswept coastal paths—the top-rated trails offer more than just spectacular scenery. They also bring a traveler deeper into the local history and culture, which makes for an unforgettable adventure. Next year, we are excited to introduce a new trip to one of the top hiking destinations on National Geographic’s list: the Swiss Alps. With iconic peaks such as the Mönch and Jungfrau as our backdrop, we’ll hit the trails in the Bernese Oberland, where cogwheel trains and gondolas whisk us to some of the region’s most stunning routes. We’ll trek beneath the legendary north face of the Eiger, picnic amid towering rock walls and hanging glaciers, and cross the Gemmi pass to explore the vineyard-laced hills of the Valais region. We’ll experience these majestic mountain landscapes from an intimate perspective, exploring traditional Swiss villages, sampling the local cuisine, and getting to know the people who live here. In the pages that follow, you’ll find all kinds of ways to discover extraordinary places actively and intimately, whether it’s on foot, by kayak, or even by dogsled. Explore Mongolia on horseback, paddle deep into Alaska’s Glacier Bay, or trek through the lush countryside of Tuscany. No matter where we go, we get acquainted with local cultures in a meaningful way, tracking Tanzania’s magnificent wildlife alongside Maasai guides, for example, or taking part in a Buddhist prayer ceremony in Laos. I hope you’ll choose to join us—for the first time, or once again—on an inspiring adventure. Sincerely,

Lynn Cutter Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

Cover: A hiker takes in dramatic views of frozen waterfalls while exploring Iceland's Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This page: Eiger Peak provides a dramatic backdrop for hikers in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC Japan Adventure: Tokyo to Sacred Kumano Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Adventure Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek China Adventure Mongolian Horse Trek Borneo Wildlife Adventure New Zealand Adventure

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AFRICA Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Tanzania Walking Safari

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NORTH AMERICA Costa Rica Multisport Adventure Belize Adventure Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure Alaska Sea Kayaking Adventure Hiking the National Parks: Glacier, Yellowstone and Teton

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SOUTH AMERICA Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Trek Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Adventure Patagonia Hiking Adventure

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Portugal Hiking Adventure Spain: Walking El Camino de Santiago Hiking England Coast to Coast Hiking Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Ireland: Hiking the Emerald Isle Provence Hiking Adventure Tour du Mont Blanc Switzerland Hiking Adventure NEW Tuscany and Cinque Terre Hiking Adventure Greek Islands Adventure Slovenian Alps Adventure Croatia Island Adventure Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure Sweden: Dogsledding to the Icehotel Iceland Winter Adventure Iceland Adventure

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MORE TRIPS Private Departures More Ways to Travel with Nat Geo

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DISCOVER THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE Traveling on a National Geographic Adventure means much more than checking off worldrenowned sites. On all of our trips, we delve into each destination and get to know it intimately, 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 little-known places, that give you the rush that comes with achieving a personal quest, and, in the end, that linger as rich and vivid memories.

A hiker photographs majestic Machu Picchu in Peru.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OPENS DOORS One of the beauties of traveling with National Geographic is the access you enjoy to special sites, fascinating people, and private homes. Whenever possible, we arrange visits with experts in the field so you can meet the people whose discoveries you’ve read about in the pages of our magazine. You can expect authentic, immersive experiences.

EXPLORE IN SMALL NUMBERS 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.

INSPIRED BY OUR EXPLORERS, GUIDED BY THE BEST When crafting our adventures, we seek inspiration from National Geographic’s intrepid explorers—bold, curious, and boundary-pushing individuals who have ventured to the furthest corners of the planet to uncover its myriad wonders. 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. Once you’re on the road, you’ll explore alongside some of the best guides in the business.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF We don’t call them adventures for nothing! You may find yourself trekking high above a mountain lake, deep into a rain forest, or past archaeological wonders. Maybe you’ll traverse legendary landscapes by camel or on horseback, or kayak the shores of a tropical island. Our adventures range from easy to ultimate challenge: you choose the level of physical activity that best matches your abilities and interests.

SUSTAINING THE WORLD’S TREASURES We are committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit—its environment, culture, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Your participation helps support National Geographic’s projects that work to protect indigenous cultures and conserve native habitats and wildlife.

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CHOOSE YOUR

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Our trips are rated by activity level—from easy to ultimate challenge—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.

Surrounded by rugged karst formations, a kayaker plies the teal water of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay.

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ACTIVITY LEVELS Throughout this catalog, the activity level of each itinerary is noted by the system below. Several itineraries span two activity levels. EASY/MODERATE trips have mostly EASY activities with MODERATE activities on some days. MODERATE/STRENUOUS trips have mostly MODERATE activities with STRENUOUS activities on some days.

• 1–3 hours of activity per day • Hikes/walks less than 3 miles on mostly flat terrain at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. • Itineraries with kayaking have less than 2 miles of paddling per day.

• 3–6 hours of activity per day • Hikes up to 10 miles on rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet. • Itineraries with kayaking have 3–7 miles of paddling per day.

• 5–8 hours of activity per day • Hikes up to 10–12 miles on mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 14,000 feet. • Itineraries with kayaking have up to 10 miles of paddling per day. • Prior experience hiking at high elevation and a doctor’s release may be required.

• Designed for very fit and experienced hikers. • 10 or more hours of activity per day • Hikes 12 or more miles on remote, mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/ descents and uneven trails at altitudes often exceeding 14,000 feet. • Prior experience hiking at high elevation and a doctor’s release may be required.

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MEET SOME OF OUR

EXCEPTIONAL GUIDES AND TRIP LEADERS 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. TOSHI KIDA Japan Adventure: Tokyo to Sacred Kumano Kida-san discovered an interest in traveling from the very moment he played with a globe as a child. It turned into a lifelong passion while he spent two years traveling the world on an adventure spanning four continents, visiting Greece, Israel, Spain, Canada, USA and Chile. He moved to Canada after graduating from Chuō University, and has since traveled to more than 200 cities across 25 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

FLORENCE SIMOND Tour du Mont Blanc A native of Chamonix, Flo is an avid skier and climber, and loves having the French Alps as her backyard. After traveling abroad to South America and Asia, she returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips in the Alps, and is a member of the Compagnie des Guides. Flo looks forward to introducing travelers to the marvelous landscape she calls home.

CHARLIE RYAN Borneo Wildlife Adventure Charlie has had a passion for outdoor adventures, traveling, and nature, and is particularly fascinated by the ecology of tropical rain forests. He has lived in Borneo for several years, and has extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. During his time in Borneo, he has worked with local communities on projects ranging from forest restoration to humanitarian efforts. Charlie looks forward to sharing this adventure with you.

TAM BACH Southeast Asia Adventure A native of Vietnam, Tam Bach has been guiding trips in Southeast Asia for two decades. She studied economics at Foreign Trade University in Hanoi and later earned a master’s degree in international economics and development from Notre Dame de la Paix University in Belgium. A devout Buddhist, Tam has completed extensive Buddhist studies including translations of Buddhist works. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the cultures, traditions, and religions of Southeast Asia.

“Our guides were nothing short of fantastic. Charlie is deeply knowledgeable across a wide range of topics, flawlessly competent at logistics, and has an indomitable sense of adventure paired with infectious enthusiasm. I cannot say enough good things about him!” – MATT G., TRAVELER, BORNEO WILDLIFE ADVENTURE, 2015

A sunset paints the sky in Borneo

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UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS

ON EVERY ADVENTURE An integral part of each trip is where we rest up after the day’s activities. Our accommodations are chosen for their authenticity, location, comfort, and the way they reflect the local character, whether it’s a historic monastery along the Route of St. James in northern Spain, a stunning safari camp in the Serengeti, or an otherworldly hotel carved out of snow and ice in Sweden. When we have the opportunity to do so, we stay in properties that are members of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World—a collection of extraordinary properties that offer one-of-akind experiences while remaining committed to sustainable tourism. These experiences include staying in a charming Andean casita in the cloud forests beneath Machu Picchu, an an eco-lodge tucked amid the tropical flora and fauna of Borneo, or a bungalow nestled in a 1,000-acre nature reserve overlooking Costa Rica’s coastline. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Borneo

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica

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PRIVATE DEPARTURES: AN ADVENTURE ALL YOUR OWN Private departures are a great way to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a memorable adventure with your spouse, your family, or your friends. It’s easy to do: simply select a National Geographic Adventure in this catalog and tell us when you’d like to go. We’ll take care of the rest. Private departures are possible for most of our adventures. In some cases, we can also tailor the itinerary to suit your interests, whether that means a few extra days on safari, a different hiking trail, or an additional stop on our route. Call our Adventure Specialists at 1-888-689-2557 to plan your private departure.

Kayakers explore hidden coves and inlets in New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park.

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WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH US, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE. National Geographic Adventures is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit—its environment, culture, and heritage, as well as the well-being of its residents. 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. When you travel with us, you make a difference. Your support is vital to the National Geographic Society's nonprofit mission to explore and protect the planet. Every year, the Society funds researchers and explorers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants.

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

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Japan Adventure: Tokyo to Sacred Kumano

In Japan, a deep reverence for nature and tradition vies with a fascination of all that is futuristic—and this unique juxtaposition is part of the country’s appeal. Our adventure starts off amid the skyscrapers of Tokyo; then we step back in time in Asuka, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. In the sacred mountains of the Kii Peninsula, embark on the Kumano Kodo, a beautiful pilgrimage route that has drawn emperors and kimono-clad worshippers for more than a thousand years. Delve into Japan’s spiritual traditions as we hike to stunning shrines. Soak in hot springs, stay in traditional mountain inns and ryokans, and experience the diversity of Japan’s fine cuisine—from the lively pubs of Tokyo to locally sourced meals along the Kumano Kodo. Above: Japanese pilgrims in traditional dress hike the Kumano Kodo. Right: A taiko drummer performs at a temple.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Spend three days hiking the spectacular Kumano Kodo, one of only a few pilgrimage routes in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

• Explore the Philosopher’s Path and Zen gardens of beautiful Kyoto.

• Ride electric bikes past burial mounds and terraced rice paddies in the ancient capital of Asuka.

• Take part in an authentic tea ceremony and discover the intricacies of this important Japanese tradition.


ASIA ITINERARY

early 20th century. Descend to the village of Chikatsuyu, and return by bus to our inn in Takahara. 7 miles hiking (4 hours)

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DAYS 1 AND 2 TOKYO, JAPAN

DAY 3 ASUKA/OSAKA Journey by train to Asuka, the site of some of Japan’s first Buddhist temples. Small shrines, ancient stone monuments, and the burial mounds of Japan’s first emperors dot the terraced rice fields. Explore the town on a bicycle ride, 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. We continue by private coach to Osaka, one of Japan’s culinary capitals. Osaka Marriott Miyako

DAY 4 OSAKA/KUMANO KODO TO TAKAHARA After breakfast, travel by private coach south along the coast to Takijiri, on the Kii Peninsula. Set off on the Nakahechi trail, part of the 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 Shinto/Buddhist shrines and is scattered with smaller shrines called ōji. The first challenging leg of our hike brings us to the village of Takahara, where we’ll relax in the hot springs at our Japanese-style hotel. 3 miles hiking (2 hours) Organic Hotel Kiri-no-sato Takahara

DAY 5 KUMANO KODO TO CHIKATSUYU Hike east through lush cedar forests, passing small jizo bodhisattva statues placed by locals to protect travelers and tea houses, which provided rest to pilgrims until the

Organic Hotel Kiri-no-sato Takahara Osaka

DAY 6 CHIKATSUYU TO KAWAYU ONSEN The trail ascends to Tsugizakura-ōji, one of more than 100 small shrines along the route where pilgrims leave offerings. Travel from Kobiro-ōji to Hosshinmon-ōji by local bus, then hike the final section through ridge-top villages before descending to the Hongu Taisha, one of the grand shrines of the Kumano Sanzan. Explore the shrine and then take a short drive to Kawayu Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in Japan, just a few steps from the ryokan where we’ll stay the night. 8 miles hiking (4 hours)

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DAYS 8 AND 9 NACHI TAISHA/KYOTO After breakfast, pay a visit to Nachi Taisha, another of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano, and see the nearby waterfall, one of the tallest in Japan. Journey by train to Kyoto, and enjoy free time to explore before dinner. The next day, head to Nijo Castle, the former seat of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto. At the castle’s Ninomaru Palace, see work by artists from the Kano school and take note of the “nightingale floors,” designed to squeak when walked upon to ward off intruders. Take a guided tour of the Higashiyama neighborhood, stroll past cherry trees on the Philosopher’s Path, and venture into the Zen gardens of Nanzen-ji temple. Day 9: 1–2 miles walking (2 hours) Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

DAYS 10 AND 11 KYOTO/OSAKA Experience the complex traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony, a highly stylized ritual that began in the 16th century when tea was first brought to Japan. Later, enjoy a specially arranged visit to a Zen temple normally closed to the public. After time at leisure, meet up for a farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the Osaka airport for your flight home.

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Meet a local Shugendo priest to learn firsthand about this ascetic Buddhist sect that focuses on the connection of humans and nature. Head to the Kumano River for a boat ride. We’ll visit Hayatama Taisha, another one of Kumano Kodo’s shrines of pilgrimage. Continue to Katsuura, and settle into our hotel, built into the rock on the edge of Katsuura Bay. Soak in the hotel’s hot springs, set within a cave overlooking the water.

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Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to our hotel in the modern Shiodome district. Meet for an orientation and welcome dinner. Our first full day starts with a walking tour of Tokyo’s elegant Ginza shopping district and the park around the Imperial Palace. Then stroll through quiet Yanaka, where age-old temples are tucked in among traditional wooden houses. Enjoy an evening on your own to explore Tokyo’s dynamic dining scene.

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“This was a superb trip! The main highlight was absolutely hiking the Kumano trail. An incredible experience that would be very difficult to do on your own.” — Mary P., traveler Japan Adventure: Tokyo to Sacred Kumano

INFORMATION 2017: APR. 5–15 • APR. 12–22 • APR. 19–29

MAY 10–20 • MAY 17–27 • JULY 12–22 SEPT. 20–30 • OCT. 8–18 • OCT. 15–25 NOV. 10–20 • NOV. 17–27

$7,295

COST: Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,600. Airfare to Tokyo and return from Osaka is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on day 2 and lunch and dinner on day 9. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will hike 2 to 4 hours per day (1–8 miles) on well-worn paths with some steep rocky terrain or stairs. During hikes on the Kumano Kodo trail, vehicle support is limited to paved roads. Vehicle support is provided on all other days. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. We travel by public train when transferring between major cities. GROUP SIZE: 8–15 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will spend 7 nights in comfortable hotels and 3 nights in a ryokan (traditional Japanese guesthouse). There will be two nights during which we will be without our luggage and need to carry what we need in our day packs.

Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto A tunnel of torii (red gates) decorates the Fushimi Inari Temple in Kyoto.

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Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Adventure

Hanoi

L AOS Luang Prabang

Ha Long Bay

Gulf of Tonkin

Hue

South China Sea 16° 47' N

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VIETNAM

Siem Reap Bakong

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Gulf of Thailand

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak from sandy beaches to limestone caves and the remains of floating villages on Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay. • Go biking in Hue, Vietnam, and in the Cambodian countryside. • Explore four UNESCO World Heritage sites in three different countries: Hue, Ha Long Lon Bay, Louang Phrabang, and Angkor Wat. • Get to know meals, w the local people during du ceremonies,, and visits to schools and homes.

INFORMATION ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 13 DAYS DAYS 1–7 HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) HUE/HANOI/HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and gather for a welcome dinner. See the old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Fly to Hue, and bike along the Perfume River to the Phu Mong district. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Tha Om before visiting the Imperial City and the citadel. Catch a flight to Hanoi, where we’ll explore the captivating Old Quarter by rickshaw, and visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Then drive to Ha Long Bay, where our private wooden junk awaits. Set sail into waters dotted with tiny islands and karst formations. After a kayak lesson, venture out to discover “tunnel lakes” and remote lagoons, and paddle to the remains of a floating village. Day 3: 6–8 miles bicycling (1–2 hours); Day 7: 2–6 miles paddling (2–4 hours) Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, La Résidence Hotel & Spa Hue, Intercontinental Westlake Hanoi, Syrena Junk

DAYS 8–10 LOUANG PHRABANG, LAOS Drive back to Hanoi and fly to Louang Phrabang. A World Heritage site, Louang Phrabang is a breathtaking

combination of Buddhist temples and colonial buildings nestled in jungle-covered hills. Visit some of the city’s many shrines and join a local family for a Buddhist Baci ceremony followed by dinner. Day 10: 1–2 hours walking Villa Santi Resort

DAYS 11–13 LOUANG PHRABANG/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-year-old 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. Day 12: 4–5 miles bicycling (1–2 hours) Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

2016: NOV. 5–17 • NOV. 19–DEC. 1

DEC. 17–29 2017: JAN. 14–26 • FEB. 4–16 • FEB. 18– MAR. 2

MAR. 4–16 • MAR. 18–30 • SEPT. 23–OCT. 5 OCT. 7–19 • OCT. 21–NOV. 2 • NOV. 4–16 NOV. 18–30 • DEC. 9–21

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COST: 2016: 2017: Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,100. Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Siem Reap and airfare within Southeast Asia is not included in the cost. The group flights within Southeast Asia are $725 in 2016 and $675 in 2017 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on days 5 and 10. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE On kayaking excursions, we will paddle from 2 to 4 hours per day (2 to 6 miles), combined with time to relax or hike. On bicycling excursions, we will bike from 1 to 2 hours per day (4 to 8 miles). Vehicle support is provided on hikes and while biking. Boat support is provided while kayaking. While there is no sustained hiking on this trip, there is ample walking in cities and over uneven terrain in villages and at temple sites. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 10 nights in comfortable hotels and 2 nights in a traditional wooden junk (sailboat). Above: A Buddhist monk stands among temple ruins at the water’s edge.

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ASIA

Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

CHINA

Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest (29,035 ft)

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest, the world’s highest 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 the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries. • Visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.

DAYS 9–12 DINGBOCHE/LOBUJE/GORAK SHEP

ITINERARY | 19 DAYS DAYS 1–3 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. Day 3: 5 miles hiking (3 hours) Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu, Mountain Lodges

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DAYS 4–8 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. Day 4: 6 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 5: 3–4 miles optional 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) Mountain Lodges

Trek through a beautiful forest on our way to Dingboche, where we will spend two nights camping. Head out on an optional 2,100-foot climb to Nangkartshang Peak (16,672'). Continue along the valley floor 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. 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 EVEREST BASE CAMP/LOBUJE/ DESCENT TO LUKLA/KATHMANDU Weather permitting, embark on the final climb to Everest Base Camp, situated beneath the Khumbu Icefall. Return to Lobuje and retrace your steps to Debuche. Hike down to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazaar for the night, followed by a leisurely trek back to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu and venture to the ancient town of Bhaktapur the next day, exploring the temples and palaces of Durbar Square. Depart from Kathmandu the following day. 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) Mountain Lodges, Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu

INFORMATION 2016: NOV. 3–21 2017: APR. 13–MAY 1 • MAY 10–28

OCT. 13–31 • NOV. 3–21 COST:

$5,795

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Kathmandu and airfare within Nepal is 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 and 17, and dinner on days 2, 17, and 18. ACTIVITY LEVEL: ULTIMATE CHALLENGE While on the trek, we will be hiking 4 to 10 hours per day (2 to 10 miles), on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize. Porters and pack animals will transport our gear. Participants should be in excellent health (a signed medical form from your doctor will be required). GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 4 nights in comfortable Nepalese-style hotels, and 14 nights in simple, rustic mountain lodges with shared basic facilities. Above: A hiker celebrates his trek as he reaches Khumbu Glacier.

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China Adventure

Great Wall

Datong Yungang Grottoes

NORTH KOREA

Beijing Hanging Monastery Taiyuan

Yellow Sea

Mt. Hua (7,087 ft)

SOUTH KOREA

Xi’an

CHINA

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike three different sections of the Great Wall and visit villages built in the fortification’s shadows. • Encounter the terra-cotta warrior army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in Xi’an. • Float downriver on a bamboo raft past limestone pinnacles near Guilin. • Sit down to a dumpling feast and help cook dinner in a family home.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 13 DAYS DAYS 1–4 BEIJING/GREAT WALL Arrive in Beijing and settle into our hotel, located in a traditional hutong neighborhood. Explore the Forbidden City and visit the Lama Temple, home to the largest Buddha statue in the world. Embark on a two-day hike along the Great Wall, walking across three different remote sections and visiting nearby rural villages. Day 3: 6–8 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 4: 4–6 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Kapok Hotel, Ramada North Hotel

DAYS 5–7 DATONG/WUTAI MOUNTAIN/ TAIYUAN/JINSHENG

DAYS 8–10 HUA SHAN/XI’AN/GUILIN/ YANGSHUO

INFORMATION

Ride a cable car to the North Peak of the sacred Hua Shan mountain and hike a series of routes around the summit. Drive to the medieval capital of Xi’an, and encounter the legendary terra-cotta army of the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Enjoy a dumpling banquet and hike or bike atop Xi’an’s old city wall. Stroll through the lively Muslim quarter, which traces its history back to Arab and Persian merchants who settled here after journeying the Silk Road. Fly to Guilin and transfer to charming Yangshuo for an evening water and light show. Day 8: 4–6 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

2017: APR. 10–22 • MAY 15–27 • SEPT. 4–16

SEPT. 11–23 • OCT. 9–21 • OCT. 16–28 COST:

$5,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. Airfare to Beijing and return from Guilin is not included in the cost. The group flights within China are estimated at $575 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE

Zuoyouke Hotel, Yangshuo Resort

We will be hiking 1 to 5 hours per day (3 to 8 miles), on moderate to steep grades.

DAYS 11–13 YANGSHUO/GUILIN

GROUP SIZE: 8–16

Fly to Datong, where we’ll visit the Hanging Monastery and venture into the Yungang Grottoes to examine ancient artwork. Journey to the sacred Wutai Mountain, considered the home of a bodhisattva of wisdom and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel to Taiyuan, and fly to Xi'an the next morning. From here, we transfer to Hua Shan.

Hike up Moon Hill, and then raft down the Yulong River through otherworldly karst scenery. A local family hosts us for a dinner of regional specialties that we’ll help prepare. Enjoy a final day at leisure in Yangshuo, or bike to Fuli village for a visit to workshops where China’s distinctive traditional paper fans are made. Return to Guilin for your flight home. Day 12: 3 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 9 nights in hotels that are ideally located for our days’ activities. We spend 3 nights in a comfortable resort with excellent amenities.

Qixiange Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Taiyuan, Huashan Hotel

Yangshuo Resort

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Above: The Great Wall of China zigzags through the rugged hilltops. .

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ASIA

Mongolian Horse Trek Tolgin Butts camp

Mandal Mountain camp

Ulaanbaatar

Lapis Sky camp

47° 12' N

Kharkhorin Khangai Nuruu National Park

MONG OL IA

Mandal Mountain

Motor route Horse trek 0

63

MILES

102° 50' E

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).

ITINERARY | 14 DAYS DAYS 1–5 ULAANBAATAR/KHARKHORIN/ BULGAN SUM, MONGOLIA Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and spend a day exploring the city, then gather for a traditional Mongolian feast. Visit the National Museum of Mongolia History 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 16th-century Erdene Zhu Monastery to meet with the head lama, as his schedule permits. Settle into the Lapis Sky Ger Camp near Bulgan Sum. Day 5: 9 miles optional horse riding (3 hours) Tuushin Hotel, Ger Camp, Lapis Sky Ger Camp

DAYS 6–10 HORSE TREK Brush up on your horseback skills during a warm-up ride, and visit with a nomad family to experience their way of life. Return to Bulgan Sum by horse or jeep and enjoy a day to take photo walks, go fishing, and spend time with nomad families before a Mongolian barbecue. Then set out on horseback across the sweeping steppe to Tolgin Butts, where we’ll 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. Day 7: 9 miles riding (3 hours); Day 8: 12 miles riding (5 hours); Day 9: 3 miles optional riding (1 hour) Camping, Lapis Sky Ger Camp

DAYS 11–14 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, return to Ulaanbaatar for flights home. Lapis Sky Ger Camp, Tuushin Hotel

INFORMATION 2017: JUNE 14–27 • JULY 1–14 • JULY 20–AUG. 2

AUG. 9–22 COST:

$6,395

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE 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 to 5 hours per day (3 to 12 miles) with options for more, or less, riding on most days. The trek will be supported by jeeps. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 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 first-class hotels.

Above: Horsemen in traditional dress on the grasslands of Mongolia.

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ASIA

Borneo Wildlife Adventure

S outh C hina Sea GAYA ISLAND

117° 44' E

Motor route Air route 0

MALAYSIA

Kota Kinabalu

40

MILES

Su lu S e a

Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve

Sandakan Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tabin Wildlife Reserve Kinabatangan Rive

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5° 13' N

Danum Valley Lahad Datu Conservation Area Borneo Rainforest Lodge

INDONESIA

Tabin Wildlife Resort

C el e b e s S e a

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. • Snorkel the vibrant reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, home to sea turtles, octopi, whale sharks, and more than 170 species of coral.

ITINERARY | 11 DAYS DAYS 1–5 SANDAKAN, MALAYSIA/SEPILOK/ KINABATANGAN RIVER/TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE Arrive in Sandakan on Malaysian Borneo’s eastern coast. Head to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and visit the orangutan rehabilitation center. Then take a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Continue to our lodge on the Kinabatangan River. Here, we’ll set out on a variety of day and night hikes and river safaris, looking for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and much more. Learn about the Orang Sungai’s culture at a local village. 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 efforts during a meeting with the executive director of the Borneo Rhino Alliance. Day 2: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours); Day 5: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours) Sheraton Four Points Sandakan, Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort or Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Tabin Wildlife Resort

DAYS 6–8 DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA Travel to the valley of the Danum River, known for its 169 square miles of virtually undisturbed primary rain forest.

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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. Day 6: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 7: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 8: 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours) Borneo Rainforest Lodge

DAYS 9–11 DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA/GAYA ISLAND/KOTA KINABALU Depart for Lahad Datu and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Take a ferry to Gaya Island and settle into our secluded ecoresort, nestled in the rain forest overlooking the aquamarine shallows of Malohom Bay. Set off on an excursion to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park where we’ll snorkel along a colorful reef comprised of more than 170 different species of coral. Explore this underwater wonderland, home to sea turtles, an astonishing array of fish, and whale sharks (March–April). Enjoy sunset cocktails before our farewell dinner. The following morning, return to Kota Kinabalu via ferry and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

INFORMATION 2017: MAR. 1–11 • MAR. 13–23 • MAR. 27–APR. 6

APR. 9–19 • SEPT. 3–13 • OCT. 1–11 OCT. 15–25 • OCT. 29–NOV. 8

$7,495 SEPT.–NOV.: $7,595

COST: MAR.–APR.:

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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE This is primarily a wildlife viewing trip. We will hike 1 to 2 hours per day (1 to 2 miles) on uneven trails over moderate grades at low elevations. Participants always have the option to rest a day. Some long transfers of up to 3.5 hours will be required. GROUP SIZE: 8–15 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 3 nights in first-class hotels and 7 nights in lodges. On 2 of the nights in lodges, rooms do not have air conditioning but are equipped with fans.

Gaya Island Resort Above: A baby orangutan makes itself comfortable on its dangling mother.

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PACIFIC

New Zealand Adventure

Abel Tasman National Park

Motor route 0

50

MILES

Cape Foulwind

Pacific Ocean Tasman Sea

Punakaiki Hokitika

43° 25' S

Franz Josef Glacier Haast Mt Aspiring National Park Milford Wanaka Sound

Okarito

SOUTH ISLAND Paparoa National Park To Auckland

Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park Mt Cook (12,316 ft)

Rob Roy Glacier

Queenstown Fiordland National Park

Onetahuti Kaiteriteri Nelson

Pacific Ocean

170° 21' E

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Sea kayak among dolphins and fur seals on the coast of Abel Tasman National Park, and hike along dramatic cliffs and gold-sand beaches. • Visit the Franz Josef area, exploring the maze of crevasses and towering icefalls. • See the towering limestone formation known as the Pancake Rocks, formed over millions of years. • Stargaze and watch for wildlife on an overnight cruise in glorious Milford Sound.

INFORMATION 2016: NOV. 7–18 • NOV. 21–DEC. 2* • DEC. 5–16

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 12 DAYS DAYS 1–4 NELSON, NEW ZEALAND/ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK/PUNAKAIKI Arrive in Nelson and gather for a welcome dinner. Travel to Kaiteriteri and catch a water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Set out on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, hiking through native forests and along gold-sand beaches, and arrive at our eco-lodge on Awaroa Bay. Explore Tonga Island Marine Reserve by sea kayak, keeping an eye out for dolphins and penguins, then hike back to our lodge. Return to Kaiteriteri and follow the Buller River gorge to Punakaiki on the wild west coast. Time permitting, stop at Cape Foulwind to see its fur seal colony. Day 2: 4 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 3: 1 mile hiking (1 hour); 4–5 miles paddling (4–5 hours) Rutherford Hotel Nelson, Awaroa Lodge, Punakaiki Resort

DAYS 5–7 PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK/OKARITO/ FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER Set off on a hike along the Pororari River through a valley lined with towering limestone cliffs, and continue into Paparoa National Park. Return to Punakaiki for a visit to Pancake Rocks, then continue to Hokitika. Hit the trail in

Okarito, taking in a magnificent panorama. Continue into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, part of southwest New Zealand’s extensive World Heritage area. The next day, explore the Franz Josef area by foot. Day 5: 6 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 6: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 7: 2 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Beachfront Hotel Hokitika, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAYS 8–12 SOUTHERN ALPS/WANAKA/MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK/QUEENSTOWN/ MILFORD SOUND Travel into the Southern Alps on our way to the Southern Lakes district. Trace the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, stopping for short hikes along our route. Follow the Matukituki River valley into Mount Aspiring National Park, where we’ll hike the Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain tracks. Drive to Queenstown and enjoy free time to visit a local winery or try out an adventure sport. Then continue our journey into Fiordland National Park, where we set sail on the magnificent Milford Sound. Celebrate our adventure with a farewell dinner on board. Depart the next day. Day 9: 6 miles hiking (4–6 hours) Grand Mecure Oakridge Resort, Scenic Suites Queenstown, Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer

DEC. 21–JAN. 1, 2017* 2017: JAN. 9–20* • JAN. 23–FEB. 3 • FEB. 6–17*

FEB. 20–MAR. 3 • MAR. 6–17* • MAR. 20–31

$7,695

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. Add a $300 holiday surcharge for the Dec. 21 departure. Airfare to Nelson and return from Queenstown is not included in the cost. All meals between group arrival and departure are included, with the exception of dinner on days 7 and 10. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE On this multi-sport adventure, hikes range from 2 to 6 hours (1 to 6 miles) on good trails with moderate elevation gain. On our kayaking excursion, we will paddle stable, twoperson kayaks for 4 to 5 hours (4 to 5 miles). No previous kayaking experience is necessary. During hikes, vehicle support is limited while in the national parks. Participants always have the option to rest a day at the hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We stay 10 nights in comfortable eco-lodges and hotels, and 1 night on a traditional sailing boat in Milford Sound. *This departure follows the itinerary shown, but in the reverse order. Above: Kayakers rest on a sand island in Abel Tasman National Park.

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Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

KENYA Serengeti National Park Safari camp Olduvai Gorge

Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) Kilimanjaro National Park

Meru (14,980 ft)

3° 04' S

Meru camp

Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

TANZ ANIA Motor route 0

37° E

50

MILES

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 vast herds of zebra and wildebeest, lions and leopards, and much more.

INFORMATION ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 15 DAYS DAYS 1 AND 2 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

DAYS 3 AND 4 BEGIN TREK 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. Day 3: 3–6 hours hiking; Day 4: 6–8 hours hiking Camping

DAYS 5–7 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 feet. A morning hike

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

2016: DEC. 21–JAN. 4, 2017 2017: JAN. 28–FEB. 11 • FEB. 25–MAR. 11

MAR. 19–APR. 2 • JUNE 20–JULY 4 JULY 23–AUG. 6 • AUG. 27–SEPT. 10 DEC. 21–JAN. 4, 2018

Camping

DAYS 8–10 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. Day 8: 7–10 hours hiking; Day 9: 9–12 hours hiking; Day 10: 3–5 hours hiking Camping, Moivaro Lodge

DAYS 11–15 BEGIN SAFARI/NGORONGORO CRATER/SERENGETI/ARUSHA Set off on safari as we travel into the Ngorongoro highlands and hike to a Maasai village. Then descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a spectacular day on safari. See fossils at Olduvai Gorge, then head into the vast Serengeti Plain to encounter East Africa’s legendary wildlife. On the final day, return to Arusha for dinner together before flights home. Private Deluxe Camp, Moivaro Lodge

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$7,695

$7,995

COST: 2016: 2017: 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 $1,940 in 2016, and $2,000 in 2017 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: ULTIMATE CHALLENGE While on the climb, we will be hiking 2 to 12 hours per day (2 to 12 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to a max 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. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 6 nights in deluxe tented camps, 7 nights camping in tents, and 1 night in a comfortable lodge set amid lush gardens. A 10-day Kilimanjaro climb (without safari) is also an option. Above: Climbers trek above the clouds as they near Kilimanjaroˇs summit.


AFRICA

Tanzania Walking Safari

KENYA

Serengeti National Park

Safari camp Olduvai Gorge Ngorongoro Crater 3° 04' S

Arusha

Lake Eyasi Lake Manyara Hadza encampment

Motor route Hiking route

TANZ ANIA

0

35° 34' E

23

MILES

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Spend time with villagers in an authentic Maasai homestead and witness a traditional ceremony. • Hike the volcanic landscapes of the Rift Valley in the company of local Maasai. • Observe lions, elephants, black rhinos, zebras, and much more on game drives in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. • Go on foraging walks in the bush alongside Hadza bushmen who subsist on what they hunt and gather.

INFORMATION ITINERARY | 11 DAYS DAYS 1–5 ARUSHA, TANZANIA/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK/WALKING SAFARI Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to our hotel. The next day, venture deep into the Serengeti in safari vehicles and continue to our camp, located in an area with a high concentration of wildlife. Set out on game drives to observe the legendary creatures of the Serengeti. Next, drive to the Elwai mobile tented camp, where the Leakey family has made groundbreaking discoveries of early human origins with support from National Geographic. Spend two days hiking through the vast Serengeti Plain, Olduvai Gorge, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Days 4 and 5: 5–8 miles walking (4–6 hours) Moivaro Lodge, Private Deluxe Camp, Private Mobile Camp

DAYS 6–8 NGORONGORO CRATER SAFARI/ HIGHLANDS WALKING SAFARI A vigorous uphill hike brings us to the crest of the Ngorongoro highlands. Descend to the land of the Maasai, the iconic pastoralists of the East African savanna. Arrive at a Maasai manyatta, or village, where we’ll be greeted with a high-jumping welcome dance. Meet the village elders, visit homes, and take part in a memorable cultural exchange. Later, hop into 4x4s for the descent into the Ngorongoro

Crater—a 102-square-mile caldera teeming with some 30,000 creatures. Following our safari, join our Maasai neighbors for a traditional feast and go for a sunset hike. The next day, choose from a variety of optional walks and hikes with Maasai guides. Day 6: 4 miles walking (6 hours); Day 7: 2–3 miles optional walking (1 hour); Day 8: 2–5 miles walking (1–3 hours); 12 miles optional summit climb (6 hours) Private Deluxe Camp, Private Mobile Camp

DAYS 9–11 LAKE EYASI/ARUSHA Travel to Lake Eyasi, the home of the Hadza bushmen, one of the last surviving hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. Make our way to a Hadza encampment, where we will spend a full day living among the Hadza. We’ll break into small groups and join members of the camp as they go about their search for the day’s food. Through our interpreter guides, enjoy a rare chance to talk with some of the world’s last bushmen about the ways they are coping with modern encroachments. Return to Arusha and gather for dinner before transferring to the airport. Day 9: 4–5 miles walking (2–3 hours); Day 10: 10–12 miles walking (5–6 hours) Private Mobile Camp, Dayroom at Moivaro Lodge

2016: DEC. 17–27 2017: JAN. 6–16 • FEB. 4–14 • MAR. 4–14

JUNE 18–28 • JULY 4–14 • AUG. 6–16 DEC. 17–27 COST: DEC. 2016–MARCH 2017:

$5,995 $6,295

JUNE–DEC. 2017: Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,100 for December 2016—March 2017, and add $600 for June—December 2017. International airfare to/from Arusha and fees for Tanzania national parks are not included in the cost. Fees for Tanzania national parks are $1,350 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE This is a moderate walking and hiking trip, with some strenuous sections. Hikes range from 1 to 6 hours per day (2 to 12 miles) on varied terrain. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 4 nights in rustic backcountry camps, 5 nights in deluxe tented camps and 1 night in a comfortable lodge set amid lush gardens. EXTEND YOUR STAY: Extend your visit in Tanzania with a stay at Sayari Camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

Above: A giraffe tends to her calf in the Serengeti.

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Costa Rica Multisport Adventure

Waterfalls pouring into jungle rivers, misty cloud forests harboring rare species, and coastal waterways teeming with wildlife: Costa Rica is a small country packed with natural wonders. Immerse yourself in a thousand shades of green as we explore three spectacular—and very different—forest regions. Keep an eye out for parrots, iguanas, and monkeys as we paddle kayaks along the channels of Tortuguero National Park. Go white-water rafting through the lush gorges of the Pacuare River, and hike deep into the rain forest and the cloud forest to encounter an astonishing array of species.

Above: Rafters paddle down the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Top right: A red-eyed green tree frog perches on a red ginger flower. Bottom right: A close up view of the beautiful and endemic resplendent quetzal.

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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 go zip-lining in the forest, spotting 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. • Stay in stunning eco-lodges and hotels nestled within pristine forest.


NORTH AMERICA

DAY 1 SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Arrive in San José, where our staff awaits to transfer you to our hotel, set amid tropical gardens on the outskirts of the city.

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Xandari Resort & Spa

Air route Boat route Motor route 0

83° 39' W

MILES

COSTA RICA

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Begin the day with a scenic flight over the jungle to Tortuguero National Park, a lowland tropical wet forest accessible only by water or air. A short boat ride brings us to our secluded hotel, perched on the water’s edge. Enjoy breakfast before we gear up for our first kayak excursion. Navigate the still waterways that cut through the forest, encountering varied wildlife, from poison dart frogs to brilliant tropical flowers to spider monkeys. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight. 2–3 miles paddling (3 hours)

Perched on the river’s edge in the middle of pristine jungle, our lodge offers many opportunities for adventure, and we’ll take the full day to explore. Go on an optional early morning bird-watching hike with guides to see toucans and many other species. Swing through the forest on a zip line to get an up-close perspective of the ecosystem of the canopy. Hike to waterfalls or trek deep into the Pacuare Nature Reserve, or visit the lodge’s reforestation project. 4–5 miles hiking (4 hours)

DAY 3 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Rise early to 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. (The best chance to see nesting turtles is during the July and August trips). After breakfast, a private motorboat takes us (and our kayaks) deeper into the park to paddle amid backwater lagoons and creeks. Keep your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, sloths, river otters, caimans, and a variety of lizards and birds. Return to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon to relax at the pool or kayak the narrow channels that surround the property. 4–5 miles paddling (4 hours) Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

DAY 4 PACUARE RIVER Travel by boat and by road to the Pacuare River, where we’ll set off on our white-water rafting adventure. From our put-in, paddle about eight miles downstream, entering

10° 04' N

Caribbean Sea

Basílica de Los Ángeles

San José

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Siquirres

Matina

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Cartago

San Gerardo de Dota

Rios Tropicales Lodge

DAY 6 PACUARE RIVER

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

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DAY 5 PACUARE RIVER DAY 2 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Tortuguero Tortuguero National Park

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lush primary forest and descending several technical drops. Stop for lunch and a walk in the forest, and look for sloths, river otters, anteaters, and an incredible variety of birds. In the afternoon, arrive at our thatched-roof eco-lodge. 6 miles paddling (3 hours)

Today we raft a stunning stretch of wild water that curves past waterfalls on its way deep into lush gorges. Here, the rapids become more powerful and technical in nature, and we’ll have an exhilarating run over steep drops and churning white water. Stop for a snack and a swim in a placid part of the river, and take out near the town of Siquirres. Then journey into the cloud forest and settle into our lodge. 10 miles paddling (5 hours)

“I just can't say enough about this amazing trip! It seemlessly combined adventure, history, and culture, and I learned so much from our knowledgeable guides.” — Barbara M., traveler Costa Rica Multisport Adventure

Trogon Lodge

DAY 7 SAN GERARDO DE DOTA Hike into the cloud forest and encounter a wide spectrum of wildlife, including, with luck, the quetzal, a beautiful and near-threatened bird that is endemic to Mesoamerica. Then take advantage of a free afternoon to explore the lodge and its gardens, go on another hike, or enjoy one of the optional activities offered in the area. 4–5 miles hiking (4 hours) Trogon Lodge

DAY 8 OROSI VALLEY AND CARTAGO/SAN JOSÉ Drive to Orosi Valley, one of the first areas of Costa Rica settled by the Spanish colonists that is now a center of the coffee industry. After lunch at a coffee plantation, continue to Cartago for a visit to the Basilica de Los Ángeles, an ornate Byzantine-influenced church honoring Costa Rica’s patron saint. Later in the afternoon, arrive at our hotel in San José and enjoy time at leisure before our farewell dinner. 1–2 miles hiking (2 hours) Xandari Resort & Spa

DAY 9 SAN JOSÉ After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart on your flight home.

INFORMATION 2016: DEC. 24–JAN. 1, 2017 • DEC. 30–JAN. 7, 2017 2017: JAN. 14–22 • FEB. 18–26 • MAR. 18–26

APR. 8–16 • JULY 15–23 • AUG. 12–20 NOV. 18–26 • DEC. 24–JAN. 1, 2018 COST: 2016:

$4,195 2017: $4,395

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000 in 2016 and $1,100 in 2017. Airfare to/from San José and airfare within Costa Rica is not included in the cost. The group flight within Costa Rica is $195 in 2016 and $200 in 2017 (subject to change). There is a $200 holiday surcharge for the December 2017 departure. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on day 1. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE This trip is suitable for beginner and expert kayakers and rafters alike; no previous experience is necessary. We will be paddling stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 3 to 5 hours, and will be rafting 4 to 5 hours (approximately 8 miles per day) on Class II-IV rapids. We will hike 2 to 4 hours (1 to 5 miles) on some days. GROUP SIZE: 8–14 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 only accessible by foot or waterway.

A woman whizzes down a zip line through the rain forest canopy.

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Belize Adventure

MEXICO Caribbean Sea

Bird’s Eye View Lodge

17° 25' N

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belmopan Tikal National Park San Ignacio

Belize City

Sib un R

GUATEMALA

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Sibun National Forest Reserve

Half Moon Caye

r ive Sleeping M a c al R Giant Lodge

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

BELIZE

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88° 18' W

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak, snorkel, and swim at Belize’s world-renowned coral reefs and snorkel the legendary Blue Hole. • By special arrangement, gain access to a sacred Mayan cave and explore its cathedral-like chambers. • Paddle through the jungle on a Sibun River kayaking excursion, and spot tropical birdlife along the way. • Discover the temples and pyramids of incredible Tikal, an ancient Maya city nestled in the jungles of Guatemala.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS DAYS 1–5 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 explorer Jacques Cousteau. In the evenings, enjoy dinners of fresh seafood and a traditional Garifuna music and dance performance. Days 3 and 4: 2–6 miles paddling daily (2–6 hours); Day 5: 3–4 miles paddling (2–3 hours) Bird’s Eye View Lodge, Lighthouse Reef Camp

DAYS 6–8 HALF MOON CAYE/SIBUN RIVER VALLEY/ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL Return to the mainland by boat and travel into the Maya Mountains of southern Belize to our jungle lodge within the Sibun National Forest Reserve. Explore Actun Tunichil

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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 Mayan rituals. Next, set off in inflatable kayaks on the Sibun River, spotting birds and wildlife. Pass dramatic geological formations, and navigate Class I and II rapids. Visit a cacao plantation and hike to a hilltop with sweeping views. Day 7: 3–5 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 8: 3–4 miles river paddling (2–3 hours); 2–3 miles hiking (1–2 hours) Sleeping Giant Lodge

DAYS 9 AND 10 TIKAL NATIONAL PARK, GUATEMALA/BELIZE CITY Travel into Guatemala to explore the legendary Maya city of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore some of the more than 3,000 spectacular stone structures, including pyramids, plazas, and temples. Return to Belize for a farewell dinner. Begin our final day at the Belize Zoo, getting better acquainted with endemic wildlife, and participate in a jaguar rehabilitation project. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Day 9: 4–6 miles hiking (4–5 hours); 6 hours driving Sleeping Giant Lodge

INFORMATION 2016: DEC. 17–26 • DEC. 25–JAN. 3, 2017 2017: JAN. 13–22 • JAN. 27–FEB. 5 • FEB. 14–23

MAR. 10–19 • APR. 11–20 • DEC. 18–27 DEC. 26–JAN. 4, 2018 COST: 2016:

$5,495

2017: $5,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200 in 2016 and $1,300 in 2017. Airfare to/from Belize City is not included in the cost. On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300. All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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 to 6 hours per day (2 to 6 miles), which includes snorkeling time. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will camp 4 nights in cabanastyle tents with limited, shared facilities, located in the heart of a protected marine park. We will stay 5 nights in comfortable lodges and hotels that combine ideal locations and local charm. Above: A kayaker paddles to a pristine islet in the waters off Belize.

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NORTH AMERICA

Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

NICARAGUA 84° W

Arenal National Park

Caribbean Sea

Fortuna

COSTA RICA Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

San José

9° 55' N

Pacific Ocean Air route Motor route 0

50

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Puerto Jiménez Lapa Rios Ecolodge

PANAMA

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Stay at Lapa Rios Eco 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 a variety of nature walks.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–3 SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/ OSA PENINSULA Arrive in San José and transfer to our hotel. The next morning, fly south to the Osa Peninsula, home to some of the most pristine lowland rain forest on the Pacific coast. At the peninsula’s tip is the 1,000-acre Lapa Rios reserve. Settle into your bungalow at Lapa Rios Eco 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. Days 2 and 3: 2–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Xandari Resort & Spa, Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

DAYS 4 AND 5 ARENAL NATIONAL PARK 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 into our lodge and head out on a naturalist-led hike in the

afternoon to search for monkeys and toucans. After an optional early birding walk, embark on an aerial adventure and soar from tree to tree on zip lines strung through the rain forest canopy. Later, visit thermal hot spring pools owned and operated by a local family, followed by cocktails and a home-style Costa Rican barbecue. Day 4: 2–4 miles hiking (2 hours). Day 5: 1–2 miles hiking (1 hour) Mountain Paradise Hotel

DAYS 6–9 ARENAL/VILLA BLANCA CLOUD FOREST/SAN JOSÉ 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. After dinner, enjoy a jungle night walk. 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 nature walk, return to San José and gather for a farewell dinner. Depart the next day. Day 6: 2–4 miles hiking (2–4 hours); Day 7: 2–3 miles hiking (1–3 hours) Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Xandari Resort & Spa

INFORMATION 2017: JAN. 22–30 • FEB. 26–MAR. 6

MAR. 26–APR. 3 • APR. 16–24 COST:

$5,295

Price is 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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE On this wildlife viewing adventure, we will be walking or hiking on nature trails for 2 to 4 miles (2 to 3 hours) on most days. The maximum elevation is 4,500 feet. GROUP SIZE: 8–14 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will be staying 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and 6 nights in comfortable, well-equipped hotels with full amenities.

Above: A hiker walks through the lush cloud forest canopy on a hanging bridge.

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Alaska Sea Kayaking Adventure

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Juneau Gustavus 58° 28' N

Point Adolphus

Gu lf of Alaska

CHICHAGOF ISLAND

Boat route Air route 0

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135° 70'W

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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. • Set out on hikes in the old-growth rain forest of Tongass National Forest. • Explore the Alaskan frontier town of Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier National Park.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–3 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-millionacre Tongass National Forest. Continue exploring the wild coastline, discovering stunning rock formations, coves, and beaches. Day 2: 3–6 miles paddling (3–4 hours); Day 3: 3–6 miles paddling (3–4 hours) Annie Mae Lodge, Camping

DAYS 4 AND 5 GUSTAVUS 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 the 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. When available, enjoy dinner and a talk by National Geographic writer and photographer Kim Heacox. Day 4: 2 miles paddling (1–2 hours); 3–5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 5: 3–5 miles hiking (3 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: JUNE 24–JULY 2 • JUNE 30–JULY 8

JULY 11–19 • JULY 19–27 • AUG. 5–13 AUG. 7–15

Annie Mae Lodge

COST:

DAYS 6–9 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, icy 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. 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)

$4,595

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000. Airfare to/from Juneau and airfare within Alaska is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE This trip is suitable for beginners and experts alike. No previous sea kayaking experience 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 cleaning, and kayak portaging. GROUP SIZE: 8–10 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.

Camping, Annie Mae Lodge Above: Kayakers pause to take in the beauty of Glacier Bay.

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NORTH AMERICA

Hiking the National Parks: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Teton

CANADA

111° 56' W

Glacier National Park

Whitefish Flathead Lake

Big Fork

MONTANA 46° 24' N

Yellowstone National Park

IDAHO Old Faithful Motor route 0

100

MILES

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone Lake

WYOMING

Jackson

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Raft down the Flathead River through the heart of Glacier National Park. • Stroll the boardwalks of Old Faithful 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. • Visit historical sites of the Lewis and Clark expedition, ghost towns, and Nez Perce battlefields.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 8 DAYS DAYS 1–3 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK/ YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and gather for a welcome dinner. Enjoy a tram ride to Teton Village, and set off on a short hike to take in panoramic views of the Grand Tetons and the Snake River Valley. After a picnic, drive north to Yellowstone National Park and spend the afternoon kayaking on Yellowstone Lake. The next day, explore the sulfur-scented Mud Volcano area. 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. Then explore Midway Geyser Basin and witness the clockwork eruptions of Old Faithful geyser before discovering nearby mineral pools. Day 2: 3–5 miles hiking (3 hours); 2–3 miles kayaking (2 hours); Day 3: 3–5 miles hiking (2–3 hours) The Lexington at Jackson Hole, Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch

DAYS 4 AND 5 OLD FAITHFUL/BIGFORK Travel through historic southwest Montana on a scenic drive to the ghost town of Bannack, and learn about its vigilante past. Explore the Nez Perce battlefield of

1877, then drive through the remote countryside to a site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped for two days. The next day, visit the National Bison Range to view large herds of grazing bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife. Travel to the scenic town of Bigfork and go for a hike along the “wild mile” of Swan River, known for its ferocious rapids during the spring runoff. Then drive to the town of Whitefish—our base for exploring Glacier National Park. Day 5: 1–2 miles hiking (1 hour) Double Tree by Hilton Missoula Edgewater, Grouse Mountain Lodge

DAYS 6–8 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK In Glacier National Park, set off on the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake and enjoy a lakeside picnic lunch. Later, take to the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and paddle Class II and III rapids, keeping an eye out for bears, bald eagles, osprey, and elk. Experience the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of America’s most scenic drives. Upon reaching Logan Pass, hike the Highline Trail that runs along the Continental Divide. Celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner in Whitefish before transferring to the airport the next day. Day 6: 4–5 miles hiking (2–3 hours); 15 miles rafting on Class II & III rapids (5 hours); Day 7: 6–10 miles hiking (3–5 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: JUNE 24–JULY 1 • JULY 8–15 • JULY 22–29

AUG. 5–12 • AUG. 26–SEPT. 2 • SEPT. 9–16 COST:

$4,795

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,550. Airfare to Jackson Hole, WY, and return from Whitefish, MT, is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on day 5. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE We will paddle kayaks for an average of 2 to 3 hours, and will raft 2 to 3 hours (15 miles) on Class II-III rapids. We will hike 1 to 5 hours per day (1 to 10 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to a maximum of 7,000 feet. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 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.

Grouse Mountain Lodge Above: A hiker pauses along the Highline Trail to take in dramatic views.

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Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Trek

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 • Trek high among the majestic peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba on the way to Machu Picchu. • Spend a full day exploring the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu. • Delve into the enchanting world of the Inca during an evening with National Geographic grantee Peter Frost, or one of his colleagues. • Relax in beautiful mountain lodges, including Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Above: The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was excavated with support from National Geographic. Top right: The Salkantay Lodge, where we spend the first two nights of our trek. Bottom right: Hikers trek along the lesser known Salkantay route to Machu Picchu.

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SOUTH AMERICA ITINERARY

DAY 5 COLLPAPAMPA

| 10 DAYS

DAY 1 CUSCO Arrive in Lima and connect to your flight to Cusco. After lunch on your own, head out on a guided walk through this ancient city, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and a lecture delivered by either archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Peter Frost or a prominent local anthropologist. Palacio del Inka

DAY 2 SORAYPAMPA Rise early for the drive to our first lodge, stopping along the way to visit the ruins of Tarawasi, an Incan 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. 11 miles hiking (4–6 hours) Salkantay Lodge

DAY 3 SORAYPAMPA We’ll 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. We’ll meet this evening for a briefing on our trek. 4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

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. 6 miles hiking (4 hours)

From/to Lima Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes

Collpa Lodge

DAY 6 LUCMABAMBA

Lucmabamba

Collpapampa

Continue downhill through the Santa Teresa River Valley. Hike past coffee plantations and tropical fruit orchards as well as dazzling wildflowers of all colors. Stop alongside the river for a picnic lunch. From here it is a short climb to Lucma Lodge, hidden away among avocado trees. 9 miles hiking (5–6 hours) Lucma Lodge

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Río Santa Teresa

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Salkantay (20,574 ft) Huayraqmachay

13° 32' S

Soraypampa Cusco

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12

PERU 72° 34' W

MILES

DAY 7 AGUAS CALIENTES 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. 7 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

“Every day was a new and rich adventure. We left Peru with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and wonderful new friends.” — Renier S., traveler Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Trek

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

INFORMATION

Salkantay Lodge

DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU DAY 4 HUAYRAQMACHAY Rise early to set out on 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. 8 miles hiking (5–7 hours)

Stacked up a hillside in terraces amid soaring Andean peaks, 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. 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

Wayra Lodge

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

DAY 9 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO This morning, opt to return to Machu Picchu and wander the sanctuary on your own, or walk the picturesque grounds of our lodge, watching for exotic birds. We’ll take the train back to Cusco for a free afternoon. Toast our Andean trek at a farewell dinner. Palacio del Inka

Travelers pause for a photo at the highest point on the trek.

2017: APR. 3–12 • APR. 17–26 • APR. 24–MAY 3

MAY 1–10 • MAY 22–31 • JUNE 12–21 JUNE 26–JULY 5 • JULY 17–26 • JULY 24–AUG. 2 AUG. 7–16 • AUG. 21–30 • SEPT. 4–13 SEPT. 12–21 • OCT. 9–18 • OCT. 31–NOV. 9 COST:

$6,195

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 Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the adventure cost. The group flight within Peru is $400 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on days 1 and 10. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS While on the trek, we will be hiking 3 to 7 hours per day (4 to 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.

DAY 10 LIMA

GROUP SIZE: 10–12

After breakfast, spend some time exploring charming Cusco on your own. Fly to Lima and head to the Larco Herrera Museum for a guided tour. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Adventure

Motor route Hiking route Train route 0

Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes

Huacahuasi (12,585 ft)

12

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Lares

Patacancha Cuncani (12,230 ft)

Ollantaytambo

Vo l c anot a Urubamba

13° 18' S

Urquillos

Lamay Pisaq

To Lima

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Cusco 17° 7'W

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Spend a day and a half exploring Machu Picchu, and opt to climb Huayna Picchu—the iconic peak that presides over the citadel. • Tour the Pisac ruins, and hike a section of the Inca Trail to the towering Ollantaytambo fortress. • Go off the beaten path to explore the traditional villages and Inca ruins of the Lares Valley. • Stay at the stunning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS DAYS 1–2 CUSCO, PERU Arrive in Cusco and tour its historical and archaeological sites, including the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán and the Church of Santo Domingo. Then visit the Museo Machu Picchu, and attend a talk on Inca architecture and astronomy. Hotel Palacio del Inka

DAYS 3–4 CHINCHERO/SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Journey to the Andean village of Chinchero and explore the colonial church and Inca archaeological site. Then set out on a leisurely walk to the village of Urquillos. The next morning, tackle an invigorating hike between two Sacred Valley communities, or choose to visit Pisac’s famous market. We’ll regroup in Viacha to learn about potato farming and share a traditional pachamanca meal. Later, take an after-hours tour of Pisac’s archaeological site. Day 3: 3 hours hiking; Day 4: 2–3 hours optional hiking Lamay Lodge

DAYS 5–7 LARES VALLEY/INCA TRAIL A short drive brings us to the lesser visited Lares Valley. Explore the Inca ruins at Ancasmarca, then visit the weav-

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ing village of Choquecancha or hike to the remote community of Huacahuasi. The next day, trek between Cuncani and Huacahuasi, or opt for a stroll to a nearby waterfall before meeting back at the lodge for a cooking class. Visit with Huacahuasi villagers, then climb to a high mountain pass to cross into the Sacred Valley. Here, we’ll hike a section of the Inca Trail that will bring us to Ollantaytambo. Day 5: 2–3 hours optional hiking; Day 6: 3 hours optional hiking; Day 7: 5–6 hours hiking Huacahuasi Lodge, Hotel Pakaritampu

DAYS 8–10 OLLANTAYTAMBO/MACHU PICCHU/ LIMA Discover Ollantaytambo, making the short hike to Inca storage structures for views of the presiding fortress. Or, stroll the cobbled lanes that still follow the Inca street grid. Enjoy a tour of the main temples before traveling by train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy the evening in our lodge, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Rise early the next morning for the ride to Machu Picchu, catching the sunrise over the citadel. After a guided tour of the ruins, opt to climb the Huayna Picchu peak, or explore the site on your own. On our final day, fly to Lima and see pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum before catching your flight home. Day 9: 2–3 hours optional hiking Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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INFORMATION 2017: MAY 20–29 • JUNE 10–19 • JULY 20–29

AUG. 19–28 • SEPT. 2–11 • SEPT. 30–OCT. 9 COST:

$5,695

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,300. Airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the cost. The group flight within Peru is $400 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of lunch on days 1 and 10, and dinner on day 2. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE Most days we will be hiking 3 to 6 hours per day on moderate grades at elevations ranging from 6,200 feet to a maximum of 14,700 feet. Some days offer the opportunity for more or less hiking. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 4 nights in remote mountain lodges and 5 nights in deluxe hotels, including 2 nights in a National Geographic Unique Lodge.

Above: A stream cuts through lush landscape in the Sacred Valley.


SOUTH AMERICA

Patagonia Hiking Adventure

Cerro Torre (10,278 ft)

Monte Fitz Roy (11,073 ft) El Chaltén La Leona Petrified Forest

Los Glaciares National Park El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier

P a c i fi c

50° 17' S

Lago de Grey

Oce

Torres del Paine National Park

ARGENTINA Puerto Natales

an Motor route 0

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MILES

CHILE 72° 17'W

Punta Arenas

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Trek to the base of Torres del Paine and surround yourself with twisting peaks in the French Valley. • Experience up close the power and magnificence of Grey and Perito Moreno Glaciers. • Hike to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.

INFORMATION 2016: NOV. 6–19 • NOV. 20–DEC. 3

DEC. 4–17 • DEC. 11–24 ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 13 DAYS DAYS 1–6 PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE/TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Punta Arenas and cross the Patagonian plains to Puerto Natales. Explore a pair of prehistoric caves, then travel to Lago de Grey in Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the next four days hiking in the park. Trace the shores of Lago de Grey, taking in spectacular views of Grey Glacier; walk beneath the Cerro Paine in the French Valley; and follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the Lago Nordenskjöld. Our stay culminates with an all-day hike to the Torres del Paine. Trek up the slopes below the towers to one of the world’s most magnificent viewpoints. Day 2: 1–2 miles hiking (1–2 hours); 6–7 hours driving; Day 3: 7–8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 4: 14 miles hiking (10 hours); or optional 7 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 5: 7 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 6: 11 miles hiking (8–10 hours) Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Hotel Lago Grey, Refugio Paine Grande, Cabañas en los Cuernos, Hotel Estencia Cerro Guido or Hotel Las Torres

to El Calafate, Argentina, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Head to Perito Moreno, an active glacier on Lake Argentino, and explore this picturesque area on foot. Then travel north across the steppe, stopping for a hike and a picnic lunch in La Leona Petrified Forest. Trace the northern edge of Lago Viedma to El Chaltén. Day 7: 7 hours driving; Day 8: 2–3 miles hiking (1 hour); 2–3 hours driving; Day 9: 5 miles hiking (2 hours) Hotel Mirador del Lago, Hotel Destino Sur

DAYS 10–13 LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK/EL CALAFATE Spend three full days exploring Los Glaciares National Park on a variety of hikes. Climb to glacial lakes at the base of Monte Fitz Roy (11,073') and Cerro Torre (10,278'). Discover the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Huemul Reserve, and take in dramatic views of the north face of Fitz Roy. Return to El Chaltén for a farewell dinner. The next morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Day 10: 11 miles hiking (6–7 hours); Day 11: 14 miles hiking (8–9 hours); Day 12: 11 miles hiking (6–7 hours) Hotel Destino Sur

DAYS 7–9 EL CALAFATE, ARGENTINA/PERITO MORENO GLACIER/EL CHALTÉN Depart Torres del Paine National Park and drive

2017: JAN. 8–20 • JAN. 15–27 • FEB. 5–17

FEB. 12–24 • MAR. 5–17 • MAR. 12–24 OCT. 8–20 • OCT. 15–27 • OCT. 22–NOV. 3 NOV. 5–17 • NOV. 19–DEC. 1 • DEC. 3–15 DEC. 10–22 COST:

$6,395

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,900. International airfare to Punta Arenas and return from Buenos Aires and airfare within Argentina is not included in the cost. For 2016 departures, the group flight within Argentina is $400 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS We will be hiking 1 to 10 hours per day (2 to 14 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 200 feet to a maximum of 3,000 feet. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 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 2 nights while we are trekking in a remote part of the region. NOTE: This itinerary reflects all 2017 departures. For the 2016 itinerary, please visit our website. Above: A hiker watches as the setting sun paints the sky and mountain peaks with dazzling colors.

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Portugal Hiking Adventure

Pinhão

Oporto o D o ur

Peso da Régua

Atlantic Ocean 40° N

SPAIN

PORTUGAL

Pena Park Cabo da Roca Praia do Guincho

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Lisbon 8° W

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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. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 8 DAYS DAYS 1–3 PORTO/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 rural landscape and 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, we'll set out on a hike through the rolling landscape, taking in the vista of striped slopes and the meandering river below. The next day, kayak the river, paddling past charming port wine vineyards and breaking to relax at secluded beaches accessible only by boat. Enjoy a final hike through the region’s vineyards, capped off by a wine tasting. Day 2: 5 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 7–8 miles paddling (4 hours); 2–3 miles hiking (2 hours) Crowne Plaza Porto, Quinta do Portal

DAYS 4–5 PORTO/LISBON Return to Porto, and delve deeper into the enchanting lanes of Porto’s 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,

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travel by train to Lisbon, Portugal’s colorful capital. Climb the steep cobblestoned streets of the traditional Alfama neighborhood, explore multicultural Mouraria, and visit the São Jorge Castle—the Moorish stronghold that presides over the city. Day 5: 4–5 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

INFORMATION

Crowne Plaza Porto, Hotel Altis Avenida

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

DAYS 6–8 CABO DA ROCA/SINTRA/LISBON Travel from Lisbon to Guincho Beach, the starting point for our coastal hike to Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe. From the sandy shores, climb up to the Abano Fortress and then follow 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 up 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 paths and tour the opulent palace interiors before returning to Lisbon to depart the following day. Day 6: 5 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 7: 4–5 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

2017: MAY 13–20 • JUNE 7–14 • JULY 8–15

AUG. 5–12 • AUG. 19–26 • SEPT. 16–23 COST:

$4,995

ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE We will hike 3 to 6 hours per day (3 to 5 miles) mostly on level trails but with some steeper grades at times. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way, and participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. There is 1 day of optional kayaking, for a maximum of 4 hours. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 7 nights in ideally located, well-appointed hotels with many amenities.

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Hotel Altis Avenida Above: Travelers take in views of the Atlantic as they hike along the Cabo Da Roca coastline.

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EUROPE

Spain: Walking El Camino de Santiago

Pedrouzo

Bay of Biscay

O Cebreiro El Crucero de Santo Toribio

Santiago de Compostela

León Carriòn de los Condes

Astorga

42° 37' N

Bercianos Sahagún del Camino

SPAIN

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Burgos

Fromista Atapuerca

Pamplona Logroño Navarrete

Monasteries of San Millan de la Cogolia

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Santo Domingo de la Calzads

5° 33' W

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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. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS DAYS 1–3 PAMPLONA, SPAIN/LOGROÑO/BURGOS 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. In Logroño, we get the first stamp in our credencial and 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. Day 2: 8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 12–13 miles hiking (5–6 hours) Gran Hotel La Perla, Parador Nacional de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced

DAYS 4–6 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 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. Day 4: 11 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 5: 5–6 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 6: 11 miles hiking (5 hours) Hotel Real Monasterio San Zoilo, Parador Nacional de San Marcos Parador Nacional, Villafranca del Bierzo

DAYS 7–10 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 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. Day 7: 7–8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 8: 12 miles hiking (6 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: MAY 1–10 • JUNE 12–21 • SEPT. 11–20

OCT. 16–25 • OCT. 26–NOV. 4 COST:

$5,995

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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will hike 3 to 6 hours per day (5 to 13 miles) mostly on moderate grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way, and participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 6 nights in ideally located paradors and 3 nights in comfortable hotels that reflect Spanish charm.

Parador Nacional de Monforte de Lemos Parador Nacional de los Reyes Catolicos Santiago de Compostela

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Above: Hikers pass a hut along the pilgrimage route

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Hiking England Coast 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 gem-like 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 is a 132-mile hike 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 picturesque 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. Right: A cobblestoned street in the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

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EUROPE ITINERARY

| 13 DAYS

DAY 1 PENRITH, ENGLAND/ENNERDALE

Orton. Continue the hike or head back to Ravenstonedale to enjoy some free time and a pint of local ale. 8 or 15 miles hiking (4–9 hours)

Arrive in London or Manchester and take the train to Penrith, where you will meet your guide. We transfer to the village of Cleator and gather for a welcome dinner.

The Black Swan

Ennerdale Country House Hotel

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. 12 miles hiking (7 hours)

DAY 2 ST. BEES TO ENNERDALE BRIDGE 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, looking out for puffins, kittiwakes, and guillemots. Pause for a pub lunch on our way to Ennerdale Bridge at the foot of the Lake District mountains. 14 miles hiking (8 hours) Ennerdale Country House Hotel

DAY 3 ENNERDALE BRIDGE TO HONISTER Today we’ll 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. 10 miles hiking (7–8 hours) Inn on the Lake

DAY 4 GRASMERE TO GLENRIDDING After a visit to the Grasmere home of the great poet William Wordsworth, climb over Grisedale Hause (1,936') and take in spectacular views. Hike down the valley toward Lake Ullswater and spend the night in our lakeside hotel. 9 miles hiking (5 hours) Inn on the Lake

DAY 5 LAKE ULLSWATER TO SHAP 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. 12 miles hiking (6–7 hours) The Black Swan

DAY 6 SHAP TO ORTON AND RAVENSTONEDALE Trek across a limestone plateau dotted with prehistoric sites. Stop for lunch and visit the chocolate factory in the village of

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DAY 8 REETH TO RICHMOND

The Kings Head Hotel

DAY 9 RICHMOND TO LORD STONES 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. 5 or 11 miles hiking (2–7 hours)

54° 40' N

Shap St. Bees

Richmond Rosthwaite

The Black Swan

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 11th-century Norman castle. 10 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

Robin Hood’s Bay

Penrith

Reeth

Grosmont

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Irish S e a 2° W

“We were surprised and delighted by the variety of landscapes, and the chance to feel close to nature . . . what a fantastic feeling of freedom under that sky!” — Alex A., traveler Hiking England Coast to Coast

The Kings Head Hotel

DAY 10 CLAY BANK TOP TO BLAKEY RIDGE Transfer to the North York Moors National Park, and begin hiking across the dramatic landscape of the moors. Our route offers far-ranging vistas as we hike towards our home for tonight, the 400-year-old Lion Inn. 9 or 13 miles hiking (5–7 hours) The Lion Inn

DAY 11 BLAKEY RIDGE TO GROSMONT From the inn, descend to Great Fryup Head and into Glaisdale where we’ll see Beggars Bridge. Then hike along an old trade route to Grosmont, or opt to ride the bus. 9 or 14 miles hiking (5–8 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: MAY 14–26 • MAY 28–JUNE 9

JUNE 18–30 • JULY 2–14 • JULY 16–28 JULY 30–AUG. 11 • AUG. 6–18 AUG. 20–SEPT. 1 • SEPT. 3–15 • SEPT. 17–29 COST:

$5,995

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $700. 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.

Mallyon Spout Hotel

ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS

DAYS 12 AND 13 LITTLEBECK TO ROBIN HOOD’S BAY/YORK

We will be hiking 2 to 9 hours per day (4 to 15 miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations, and in variable weather conditions. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at points along the way, and participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel.

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 picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The next morning, head to the airport for your flight home. Day 12: 12 miles hiking (7 hours) Victoria Hotel

GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 12 nights in English hotels and inns. Our accommodations range from comfortable hotels to simple family-run inns.

A hiker walks through blooming fields of heather.

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Hiking Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

Amid the velvet hills and craggy peaks of Scotland’s western edge, saints and kings have passed, clans and armies clashed, and poets and rebels have sought refuge. Encounter the untamed Highlands and the Inner Hebrides islands on foot, exploring glittering lakes and waterfalls, fantastic geologic formations, and historic sites that date back more than a thousand years. Climb the forested hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, hike the coasts of the isle of Kerrera, and cruise deep into the Cuillin mountain range for a hike among its jagged peaks. Following in the footsteps of famous native Scots such as John Muir, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, learn the rich history and legends of Scotland’s wild western lands.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Explore two islands, two national parks, and Edinburgh on a variety of hikes and walks. • Hike beneath Ben Nevis with a conservationist and historian from the John Muir Trust. • Venture into ancient castles, and discover Highland culture in remote villages. • Encounter fascinating geology, such as the rock pinnacles of the Isle of Skye.

Above: A hiker looks out over The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye. Right: Highland cattle keep a watchful eye.

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EUROPE ITINERARY

| 8 DAYS

DAY 1 EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to our hotel. We’ll meet for a mid-afternoon walk along the Royal Mile, then wind our way down from Edinburgh Castle past sharp church spires, cobbled alleyways, and Holyrood Palace to Holyrood Park. A short hike brings us up the knoll of Arthur’s Seat, where we’ll have outstanding views of the city. Tonight, gather for an orientation and welcome dinner at the hotel.

Loch Craignish and along the coast of Jura. Amid the rich waters and scattered islands, watch for nesting sea eagles, minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins, and seals, as well as a wide variety of seabirds. Witness the swirling surf of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world, and enjoy lunch back on land. Take a walk in Kilmartin Glen, home to hundreds of ancient monuments, and stop at the ruins of Dun Add, an Iron Age fort considered by some to be the birthplace of Scotland. 5 miles hiking (2–3 hours)

ISLE OF SKYE Cuillin Hills

Fort William

Loch Melfort Hotel

Travel north, tracing the eastern shores of Loch Linnhe into a mystical landscape of sweeping slopes and rocky peaks. Pass the western end of Glen Coe, scene of a historic massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692, before continuing to Fort William. Join a conservationist and John Muir historian for a guided hike beneath the hulking summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom. Later this afternoon, follow the “road to the isles” and cross over the sea to Skye. 3–4 miles hiking (3 hours) Bosville Hotel

Loch Melfort Hotel

DAY 6 CUILLIN HILLS DAY 3 KERRERA: THE GREEN ISLE Voyage to the isle of Kerrera by ferry, then set off on a hike through history. Pass Horseshoe Bay, where King Alexander II of Scotland died in 1249 while preparing to drive the Norwegian army out of western Scotland. Explore Gylen Castle, which was built as a stronghold of the MacDougall clan in 1582 and was besieged and burned in 1647. Head up into the hills to take in spectacular views of the Island of Mull. Return to Oban by ferry this afternoon, and visit the local whisky distillery for a guided tour. 6–7 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

The southern edge of the Island of Skye is fringed by the rocky Cuillin mountains, often called the Black Cuillins for their dark volcanic gabbro. We’ll take the less-traveled route into the Cuillins, approaching from the south by boat to Loch Coruisk, inaccessible by road. On an incredible hike among these fabled slopes, circumnavigate the loch, taking in magnificent views of the peaks that tower over its shores. 6–7 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

ISLE OF MULL

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DAY 4 JURA/KILMARTIN GLEN After breakfast, set out on a private catamaran cruise on

Fonab Hotel

DAY 8 PITLOCHRY TO EDINBURGH Enjoy a free morning to explore Pitlochry or take a short hike in the woodlands around the nearby Blair Castle and Gardens. Arrive in Edinburgh in the late afternoon and transfer to the city center or to the airport for your flight home.

Ben A’an Loch Lomond & (1,488 ft) The Trossachs National Park Lock Katrine

Edinburgh 5° 10' W

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“It was the trip of a lifetime! The guides, the hiking, the scenery, and the sense of accomplishment we felt each time we challenged ourselves—this is what made the trip so special.” — Jesse G., traveler Hiking Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

INFORMATION 2017: MAY 20–27 • JUNE 3–10 • JUNE 10–17

JUNE 17–24 • JULY 1–8 • JULY 15–22 JULY 22–29 • JULY 29–AUG. 5 • AUG. 5–12 AUG. 12–19 • AUG. 19–26 • AUG. 26– SEPT. 2 SEPT. 2–9 • SEPT. 9–16

Bosville Hotel

The spectacular landscapes of northern Skye rise in soft, grassy slopes that drop off in sheer cliffs, and rock protrusions that spike and curl. Set off on foot into this magical place, rich with legend and intrigue. Hike beneath the unusual rock formations of the Quiraing and learn a fascinating story of geologic turmoil. Leaving Skye, stop for a visit to the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle. Then continue south to Perthshire and settle into our hotel. 6–7 miles hiking (4–5 hours)

56° 82' N

Pitlochry

Ben Nevis (4,409 ft)

Oban JURA

DAY 7 NORTHERN SKYE/PERTHSHIRE

Loch Melfort Hotel

Cairngorms National Park

Loch Coruisk

DAY 5 GLEN NEVIS/ISLE OF SKYE DAY 2 THE TROSSACHS/OBAN

S C OT L A ND

Loch ISLE OF KERRERA Linnhe

Bruntsfield Hotel

Head west after breakfast, stopping for a warm-up hike in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park. Our trail takes us along the shores of Loch Katrine, a stunning lake that inspired Sir Walter Scott to write The Lady of the Lake. Or take a vigorous hike up to the pointed summit of Ben A’an for sweeping views of the lake. After lunch, continue to the West Highlands and settle in to our hotel. Enjoy the wonderful sea views or take a walk in the garden. 5 miles hiking (3 hours)

Quiraing Eilean Donan Castle Skye

COST:

$5,295

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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will be hiking 3 to 5 hours per day (2 to 7 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. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. Please note that there are some long travel days. Transfer is by private vans along roads in good condition. GROUP SIZE: 8–14 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 7 nights in hotels and smaller inns offering authentic Scottish hospitality.

Whisky barrels store some of Scotland’s finest.

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Ireland: Hiking the Emerald Isle Galway

IRELAND Glenmalure

Rock of Cashel Dingle

Mullacor (2,156 ft) Glendalough Avoca

Wic klow

Shannon

Moun tains

ARAN ISLANDS

Dublin

52° 37' N

Killarney

Gap of Dunloe Killarney National Park Carrauntoohil Ring of (3,415 ft) Kerry

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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.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS DAYS 1–3 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. Day 2: 10 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 3: 9 miles hiking (5 hours) Buswells Hotel, Glendalough Hotel

DAYS 4–6 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 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. 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

INFORMATION

Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, Dingle Benners Hotel

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $600. 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.

DAYS 7–10 DINGLE/THE BURREN/ARAN ISLANDS Hike along the Dingle Way, tracing the rocky coastline of the Dingle Peninsula. Along the way, 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 where we’ll 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 Gaelic 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. Day 7: 11 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 8: 3 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 9: 2 miles hiking (1 hour)

2017: MAY 15–24 • MAY 29–JUNE 7 • JUNE 12–21

JUNE 26–JULY 5 • AUG. 7–16 • AUG. 21–30 SEPT. 4–13 COST:

$5,495

ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will be hiking 1 to 6 hours per day (2 to 11 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 300 to a maximum of 3,500 feet, 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, and participants always have the option to rest a day. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 9 nights in comfortable hotels and conveniently located to each day’s activities.

Dingle Benners Hotel, Park House Hotel Above: A walker admires the view of the beautiful Irish countryside.

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Provence Hiking Adventure

Vaison-La-Romaine Séguret Sablet Gigondas

Mont Ventoux (6,263 ft)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Pont d’Avignon

Abbey of Senanque

Avignon n Rhô

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44° 14' N Gordes Roussillon

Lacoste

Saint-Rémy

Bonnieux e Rang

Luberon

Buoux Fort Les Baux-de-Provence Motor route Hiking route 5° 4' E

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Approach some of France’s most beautiful villages on foot, enjoying time to explore. • 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 Châteauneuf-duPape and Gigondas, and sit down to a farm-to-table meal at a local herb farm. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–3 AVIGNON, FRANCE/CHÂTEAUNEUFDU-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. Day 2: 6 miles walking (3–4 hours); Day 3: 6 miles walking (3 hours) Cloître Saint-Louis, Hostellerie Le Beffroi or Hôtel La Fête en Provence

DAYS 4–6 LUBÉRON/GORDES/BONNIEUX/ LACOSTE/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. Cross the Lourmarin

valley to Bonnieux, which ascends the hillside to its 12thcentury Romanesque church. From Lacoste, hike through the Calavon River valley to Bonnieux, passing through cherry orchards and lavender fields. Visit a farm where herbes de Provence are grown and enjoy a private farmto-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 transfer to Roussillon, where local houses are painted with ochre sands. Stroll through an abandoned ochre quarry and travel west to St.-Rémy-de-Provence. Day 4: 5 miles walking (3 hours); Day 5: 6 miles walking (3–4 hours); Day 6: 4 miles walking (3 hours) Le Mas de Guilles, Hotel Gounod

DAYS 7–9 ALPILLES/LES-BAUX-DE-PROVENCE/ AVIGNON Set out on the Van Gogh trail, examining reproductions of his works as you walk through the very landscapes they depict. Explore Saint-Rémy, 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. Depart the next day. Day 7: 5 miles walking (3 hours); Day 8: 5–6 miles walking (3 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: APR. 30–MAY 8 • MAY 14–22 • JUNE 4–12

JUNE 18–26 • AUG. 27–SEPT. 4 SEPT. 10–18 • SEPT. 24–OCT. 2 • OCT. 8–16 COST:

$5,295

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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE We will hike 3 to 4 hours per day (4 to 6 miles) on good trails. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way, and participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 8 nights in very comfortable, well-appointed hotels and inns with full amenities in locations ideally located to our activities.

Hotel Gounod, Cloître Saint-Louis Above: The beautiful 12th-century abbey, Notre Dame de Sénanque.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

From/to Geneva

Col de la Forclaz

FRANCE

Champex

Col de Balme

Tré-le-Champ Mont Dolent (12,533 ft) Chamonix Les Houches

Les ContaminesMontjoie

Lac de Roselend

SWITZERLAND

La Fouly

45° 89' N

Mont Blanc (15,774 ft)

Rifugio Bonatti (6,027 ft) Rifugio Bertone Miage (6,532 ft) Glacier Courmayeur

ITALY

Les Contamines Nature Reserve La Ville des Glaciers 6° 51' E

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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. • Discover the charming cultures and delicious cuisines of secluded Alpine villages.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS DAYS 1–3 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. Day 2: 6–8 miles hiking (5–6 hours); Day 3: 8 miles hiking (6 hours) Grand Hotel des Alpes, Hôtel la Chemenaz

DAYS 4–6 VILLE DES GLACIERS/COURMAYEUR/ 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 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

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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. Day 4: 10 miles hiking (8 hours); Day 5: 10 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 6: 10 miles hiking (8 hours)

INFORMATION

Hôtel L’Autantic, Hôtel Croux

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.

DAYS 7–10 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. Day 7: 10 miles hiking (7 hours); Day 8: 12 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 9: 7 miles hiking (7 hours)

2017: JUNE 3–12 • JULY 1–10 • JULY 29–AUG. 7

AUG. 19–28 • SEPT. 2–11 • SEPT. 16–25 COST:

$5,395

ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS While on the trek, we will be hiking 6 to 8 hours per day (7 to 12 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to a maximum of 8,800 feet. GROUP SIZE: 8–14 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 9 nights in hotels, lodges, and simple inns combining ideal locations and local Alpine charm.

Hôtel des Glaciers, Hôtel de la Couronne, Grand Hotel des Alpes

Above: Hikers trek through grassy fields against the backdrop of Mont Blancˇs peaks.

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Switzerland Hiking Adventure

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SWITZERL A ND

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Bern

MILES

Eigergletcher 46° 37' N

Geneva

Lauterbrunnan Valley Rinderhorn (11,312 ft) Leukerbad Sion

7° 5' E

Mürren Kandersteg

Matterhorn (14,692 ft)

F R A NC E

Grindelwald

Eiger

Zermatt Monte Rosa (15,203 ft)

Gornergrat (10,138 ft)

ITA LY

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.

ITINERARY | 9 DAYS

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE

DAYS 1–3 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/ GRINDELWALD/KANDERSTEG Arrive in Geneva and transfer to our hotel in Grindelwald where we set out on an optional warmup 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. Day 1: 2–3 hours optional hiking; Day 2: 6–7 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 7 miles hiking (4 hours) Sunstar Hotel, Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria

DAYS 4–6 KANDERSTEG/OESCHINEN LAKE/ GEMMI PASS/ZERMATT Follow a trail from our hotel into a beautiful glacial valley, then catch a gondola to Oeschinen Lake. Trek above the lake through wildflower-strewn meadows, and keep an eye out for ibexes, chamois, and marmots. Our next hike takes us across the historic Gemmi Pass and into the

canton of Valais, flanked by the peaks of the Weisshorn, Dom, and Matterhorn. Wind our way down to Leukerbad along a cliffside trail, or descend by aerial tram. From Zermatt, follow a series of switchbacks to the Höhbalmen trail, overlooking the Matterhorn’s north face and its cascading glaciers. Day 4: 7 miles hiking (4–5 hours); Day 5: 8 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 6: 8 miles hiking (6 hours) Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Hotel Julen

DAYS 7–9 ZERMATT/CHEMIN DU VIGNOBLE/SION 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. Day 7: 6 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 8: 5 miles hiking (3 hours )

INFORMATION 2017: JUNE 24–JULY 2 • JULY 14–22

AUG. 19–27 • SEPT. 9–17 • SEPT. 17–25 COST:

$7,795

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 lunch on day 7 or dinner on days 1, 5, and 6. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS We will hike up to 5 hours a day in an alpine environment across varied terrain with some steep ascents and descents. Weather is unpredictable, with sun, wind, rain, and snow possible. Guests should be strong hikers in good physical condition. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 8 nights in comfortable inns and hotels that are ideallly located to each day’s activities.

Hotel des Vignes Above: Hiking near Zermatt offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn

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Tuscany and Cinque Terre Hiking Adventure

Levanto Monterosso al Mare Vernazza Levanto Carrara ra

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2

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Mediterranean Sea 43° 47' N

Pisa

Corniglia Manarola Riomaggiore

ITALY

Florence

San Casciano en Val di Pesa Greve Lamole San Gimignano Volpaia Radda Colle di Val d’Elsa in Chianti Monteriggioni 10° 40' E Siena San Pancrazio

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Panzano

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. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–3 FLORENCE, ITALY/SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA/GREVE IN CHIANTI/VOLPAIA Arrive in Florence and visit the Benedictine church of San Miniato al Monte, perched high above the city. travel south along the ancient Roman road, Via Cassia, to San Casciano. Set out on our first hike to a 15thcentury Tuscan home, where we’ll enjoy a country dinner. The next day, drive into the hills of Chianti. We'll embark on a hike through rolling vineyards, past a medieval fortified town with an exquisite church, and the powerful Castello di San Polo. End the day with a tasting of Chianti wines. Day 1: 3–4 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 2: 4–5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 3: 4–5 miles hiking (3 hours) Hotel Executive Florence, Palazzo Leopoldo Radda

DAYS 4 AND 5 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, which Dante wrote about in his Inferno, and Colle di Val d’Elsa, where crystal and glassware

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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 frescoadorned Duomo, or climb one of its many towers. Day 4: 2–3 miles walking (4 hours); Day 5: 6 miles hiking (4–5 hours) Hotel Villa San Lucchese

DAYS 6–9 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 neighboring 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. Day 7: 5–6 miles hiking (5 hours); Day 8: 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: APR. 17–25 • MAY 8–16 • MAY 22–30

SEPT. 4–12 • SEPT. 18–26 SEPT. 25–OCT. 3 • OCT. 5–13 COST:

$5,995

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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/MODERATE We will be hiking 2 to 5 hours per day (2 to 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). Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 8 nights in comfortable, ideally located hotels.

Hotel La Giada del Mesco

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


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Greek Islands Adventure

Air route Boat route Hiking route Motor route

From Athens

To Athens

25° 22' E

Náxos

NÁXOS

12

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Mt. Zeus (3,284 ft)

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Oía

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SCHOINOUSA 36° 45' N

THIRAS

Fíra SANTORÍNI Pyrgos Kamari Ancient Thira Akrotiri

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Climb Mount Zeus, the Cyclades’ highest peak, and hike the cliffs ringing Santoríni’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 Santoríni’s coast. • Trace the history of legendary civilizations at the Acropolis in Athens and ancient Thíra on Santoríni.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–4 ATHENS, GREECE/NÁXOS/MOUNT ZEUS Arrive in Athens and enjoy a guided walk through the city followed by a welcome dinner. Spend the following 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. Day 4: 5 miles hiking (4 hours) Hotel Divani Acropolis or Electra Palace Hotel, Porto Naxos Hotel

DAYS 5 AND 6 SANTORÍNI/AKROTIRI Catch a ferry to Santoríni, 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 blue-domed 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. Day 5: 5 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 6: 6 miles paddling (4 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: MAY 6–14 • MAY 20–28 • JUNE 3–11

JUNE 17–25 • JUNE 24–JULY 2 AUG. 26–SEPT. 3 • SEPT. 9–17 SEPT. 23–OCT. 1 • SEPT. 30–OCT. 8

Rocabella Santoríni Resort and Spa

DAYS 7–9 SANTORÍNI/ANCIENT THÍRA/ATHENS Launch your kayak from Balos Beach, tracing the inside of the caldera. Take out at the beach below the village of Megalochori. A short climb brings us to a church carved into the rock face that offers incredible views. After a picnic lunch, paddle back to Balos Beach. 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. Descend to a nearby beach to swim. Later, fly back to Athens for a farewell dinner and depart the following day. Day 7: 6 miles paddling (4 hours); Day 8: 4–5 miles hiking (3 hours) Rocabella Santoríni Resort and Spa, Hotel Divani Acropolis or Electra Palace Hotel

COST:

$6,595

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. International airfare to/from Athens and airfare within Greece is not included in the cost. The group flight within Greece is $300 (subject to change). All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE This trip is suitable for beginner and expert kayakers; no previous experience is needed. We will be paddling stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 4 hours per day (6 miles), and will be hiking 3 to 5 hours (up to 5 miles) per day on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. While kayaking, boat support will not be available. Participants always have the option to rest a day. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 8 nights in very comfortable, well-appointed hotels with many amenities.

Above: One of Santoríni’s magical sunsets.

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Slovenian Alps Adventure

14° 56' E

AUSTRIA

Budapest

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Triglav National Park

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R iv e

Logarska Dolina

Balaton Uplands National Park

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Ljubljana

SLOVENIA

Piran

CROATIA

45° 32' N

Škocjan Caves

Adriatic Sea Motor route 0

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Stroll vineyard-striped hillsides and taste wines from Hungary’s Lake Balaton to Goriška Brda in Slovenia. • Hike Slovenia’s stunning Alpine scenery: from snow-covered peaks and glacially carved valleys to pristine Lake Bled. • Discover medieval history at a floating grain mill and amid herders’ cone-roofed huts. • Delve into the otherworldly limestone cathedrals of Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS

DAYS 7 AND 8 LAKE BOHINJ/LAKE BLED/ VRŠIČ PASS/SOČA RIVER VALLEY

DAYS 1–3 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY/LAKE BALATON/ PREKMURJE, SLOVENIA/STYRIA, AUSTRIA

Hike from Lake Bohinj along the Mostnica River, past gorges filled with blue-green pools and waterfalls. Visit the 1,000-year-old Bled Castle, and take in views of Lake Bled at sunset. As we traverse the Julian Alps, stop to admire the breathtaking vista from Vršič Pass with a hike to Sleme Peak. After the hike, drive to the Soča Valley and walk to the hidden waterfall of Kozjak. This evening, settle into the countryside villa of one of Slovenia’s best chefs, near the town of Kobarid. Day 7: 5 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 8: 5–6 miles hiking (5–6 hours)

Arrive in Budapest, and head to the beech forests and aquamarine waters of Lake Balaton. Hike in Balaton Uplands National Park, then sample some local vintages at a winery. Hike the floodplain of the Mura River and visit a floating grain mill. Cross into Austria’s Styria region, known for its rolling hills and vineyards, and enjoy a special wine tasting. Day 2: 5–6 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 3: 3–4 miles hiking (2 hours) Hotel Kempinski Corvinus, Anna Grand Hotel, Hotel im Park

DAYS 4–6 LOGARSKA VALLEY, SLOVENIA/ VELIKA PLANINA Travel to Logarska Dolina—a dazzling glacial valley backed by soaring peaks. Hike on gentle terrain through meadows beneath the Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps. The next day, follow a forested trail to the sparkling Rinka waterfall. Hike through the pasturelands of Velika Planina, and break to taste locally made cheese. Day 4: 6 miles hiking (3 hours); Day 5: 6–8 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 6: 5 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Hotel Plesnik, Hotel Jezero

Hotel Jezero, Hiša Franko

DAYS 9 AND 10 KOBARID/PIRAN/ŠKOCJAN CAVES/LJUBLJANA Trace the turbulent history of WWI’s Isonzo Front at the Kobarid Museum, described in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Follow the scenic wine route of the Goriška Brda, stopping to taste local wines. Continue to the picturesque town of Piran on the Adriatic coast. Discover landscapes of eroded limestone formations in the Kras region, and venture into the otherworldly underground passages of the Škocjan Caves. Transfer to the airport in Ljubljana for your flight home. Day 9: 1 mile hiking (1 hour); Day 10: 1 mile hiking (2 hours) Hotel Piran

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INFORMATION 2017: MAY 31–JUNE 9 • JUNE 15–24

JUNE 27–JULY 6 • JULY 12–21 AUG. 31–SEPT. 9 • SEPT. 12–21 COST:

$5,595

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,400. International airfare to Budapest and return from Ljubljana is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will hike 1 to 4 hours per day (1 to 8 miles) on moderate grades and at elevations ranging from 900 feet to a maximum of 5,500 feet. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 9 nights in comfortable hotels and resorts that are ideally located to each day’s activities.

Above: Sloveniaˇs Lake Bled shines copper and violet in the sunset.


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Croatia Island Adventure

Dolina Blaca

BRAC ISLAND Mt. Vidova (2,552 ft) Bol

Detailed Map goes here

PAKLENI ISLAND

Split

0

BRAC ISLAND N

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MILES

HVAR ISLAND

HVAR ISLAND IS

CROATIA

Peljesac Peninsula Orebic

Ad r i at i c Sea

KORCULA ISLAND

42° 55' N

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Dubrovnik 17° 23' E

MILES

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-stoned palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in Split.

DAYS 5 AND 6 KORČULA/PELJEŠAC PENINSULA

ITINERARY | 8 DAYS DAYS 1 AND 2 SPLIT, CROATIA/HVAR 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. Day 2: 6 miles hiking (3 hours) Le Méridien Lav, Hotel Adriana

DAYS 3 AND 4 HVAR/PAKLENI ISLANDS/BRAČ Kayak in the Pakleni Islands, pausing to enjoy a beach picnic. Tour the charming town of Hvar, then visit Brač Island, famous for the 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. Day 3: 5 miles paddling (4 hours); Day 4: 6 miles hiking (3 hours)

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, and explore the medieval city of Korčula, Marco Polo’s hometown. Next, head to Orebič, home to Croatia’s best red wine, oranges, pomegranates, and figs. Hike to a 15thcentury 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. Day 5: 4 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 6: 4 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Hotel Indijan

DAYS 7 AND 8 STON/DUBROVNIK In Ston, visit a family of oyster farmers. As a grand finale, explore Dubrovnik, a major maritime power in the 14th century, with marble streets and baroque architecture surrounded by medieval walls. Take a kayaking tour before our farewell dinner. Day 7: 4 miles hiking (1–2 hours)

INFORMATION 2017: MAY 20–27 • JUNE 11–18

JUNE 24–JULY 1 • JULY 1–8 • AUG. 24–31 SEPT. 13–20 • SEPT. 27–OCT. 4 COST:

$4,995

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room add $1,100. 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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY/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 to 4 hours (5 miles). Our hikes range from 1 to 3 hours (4 to 6 miles) on good trails, at elevations ranging from 600 feet to 1,700 feet. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 7 nights in a blend of quaint inns and larger, comfortable hotels. All lodging is conveniently located to each day’s activities.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace or Grand Villa Argentina

Hotel Adriana

Above: Fishing boats moored in the crystal clear waters of Hvar

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Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure

Prague

15° 25'E

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Hike the limestone hills of Pálava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and explore the richly designed landscapes of the Lednice-Valtice 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.

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1–3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA/VALTICE, CZECH REPUBLIC/MIKULOV/PÁLAVA HILLS Arrive in Vienna and drive into southern Moravia, Czech Republic. Venture into the UNESCO-listed LedniceValtice Cultural Landscape, developed by the princes 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. Day 1: 4 miles hiking (2 hours); Day 2: 8 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 3: 8 miles hiking (4 hours) Penzion Prinz Valtice or Hotel Besední Dům, Hotel Galant

DAYS 4 AND 5 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, and sample local strudel. Hike back up and tour the cliff-top castle at Vranov nad Dyjí before driving to Telč. Explore Telč’s historic center, a World Heritage site, and continue south to Slavonice,

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viewing the sgraffito etched into the town’s Renaissance facades. Hike into the countryside, encountering remnants of World War II fortifications on our way to Landštejn Castle. Day 4: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 5: 7 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Hotel Celerin, Hotel Concertino

DAYS 6–9 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. Day 6: 9 miles hiking (4 hours); Day 7: 10 miles hiking (4–5 hours) Hotel Bellevue, Hotel Constans

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INFORMATION 2017: MAY 4–12 • JUNE 8–16 • JULY 6–14

AUG. 3–11 • SEPT. 14–22 • OCT. 5–13 COST:

$4,695

Price is 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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will be walking 2 to 5 hours per day (4 to 10 miles) on moderate to steep grades at low elevations. During hikes, vehicle support is provided at various points along the way, and participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will be staying 8 nights in comfortable hotels chosen for their charm and access to our daily activities. While some inns are simple, all lodgings are the best available options in the towns we visit.

Above: Crowned with red roofs, Český Krumlov is one of the world’s best preserved medieval cities.


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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.

INFORMATION DAYS 5 AND 6 LAKE VÄKKÄRÄ/SEVUVUOMA

ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 9 DAYS DAYS 1 AND 2 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Arrive in Stockholm and gather for a welcome dinner. The next day, we’ll explore Stockholm. 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 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 alpine peaks, ancient forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Get outfitted for our sledding adventure before heading to Övre Soppero, where we’ll discover the reindeer-herding culture of Lapland’s indigenous people, the Sami. Try your hand at lassoing reindeer before embarking on a sled ride to a nearby lavu, or traditional Sami tepee, and enjoy lunch by a fire. Later, settle into our cabins at Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. Day 4: 6 miles reindeer sledding (2–3 hours) Övre Soppero Homestead, Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge

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. Day 5: 18 miles dogsledding (5–6 hours); Day 6: 18 miles dogsledding (5–6 hours) Sevuvuoma Lodge, Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge

2017: MAR. 3–11 • MAR. 10–18

MAR. 17–25 • MAR. 24–APR. 1 COST:

$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 airfare within Sweden is not included in the cost. The group flight within Sweden is $800 (subject to change). Upgrade to an Ice Suite at the ICEHOTEL for an additional $400 per person (double occupancy) or $500 per person (single occupancy). All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on day 8. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE/STRENUOUS

DAYS 7–9 LAKE VÄKKÄRÄ/JUKKASJÄRVI/ STOCKHOLM 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 will be outfitted in a thermal sleeping bag. Then return to Kiruna and fly back to Stockholm. Depart the following morning. Day 7: 15 miles dogsledding (4–5 hours) Icehotel, First Hotel Reisen

While on the dogsledding expedition, we will be mushing for 4 to 6 hours per day (15 to 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. A snowmobile will support the group (from a distance) while dogsledding to aid in case of an emergency. GROUP SIZE: 8–15 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 4 nights in rustic homesteads and wilderness cabins, 3 nights in first-class hotels, and 1 night at the ICEHOTEL in the hotel's warm rooms. Guests may upgrade to a cold suite for an additional fee. Above: A team of huskies leads a sled through Sweden’s Lapland.

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Iceland Winter Adventure

Stykkishólmur

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Eiriksstadir Living Museum

ICELAND Grundarfjordur

Borgarnes

Djupalonssandur

Thingvellir National Park

64° 24' N

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Reykjavík

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • See the northern lights at their brightest, weather permitting, far from civilization’s glow. • Learn about Vikings at the Eiriksstaðir Living Museum, at the site of the former home of Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson. • Experience volcanism, exploring the Eldborg spatter cone and the Vatnshellir lava cave, and witness the geothermal wonders of Geysir. • Stay in Stykkishólmur, an Icelandic fishing village, and go whale watching in coastal waters. ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 8 DAYS DAYS 1–3 REYKJAVÍK/GOLDEN CIRCLE/ WEST ICELAND Arrive in Reykjavík and delve into this colorful capital on a guided walk through the Old Town. Then get introduced to the Icelandic countryside on the celebrated Golden Circle tour. Begin at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament. Continue to Geysir, the hotwater jet stream for which all other geysers are named, and finish your tour at the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. Travel through West Iceland to climb the slopes of Mount Hestfjall, see the impressive Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and walk across the steam-shrouded geothermal fields at Deildartunguhver—Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Learn about the discovery and settlement of Iceland at the Borgarnes Settlement Centre. Day 3: 2–3 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, Icelandair Hotel Hamar

DAYS 4–6 SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA Our exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula begins at Snæfellsjökull National Park, a remote and otherworldly geothermal landscape with a glacier-capped volcano

at its center. Trek across the Eldborgarhraun lava field to the Eldborg spatter cone, and travel to Vatnshellir cave, where we’ll descend into a cavern of fascinating lava formations. Hike along Djúpalónssandur’s dramatic coastal cliffs and black-pebble beaches to Dritvík cove, then embark from Grundarfjörður on a two-hour whale-watching tour. Stay in the heart of Stykkishólmur, a charming Icelandic fishing village, and visit the town’s Volcano Museum—owned by the renowned volcanologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson. Tackle the short, steep hike to the summit of Mount Helgafell to enjoy views of the surrounding snowcovered peaks. Visit the Eiríksstaðir Living Museum, once home to Erik the Red and the birthplace of Leif Eriksson. Day 4: 2 miles hiking (1 hour); Day 6: 1 mile hiking (1 hour) Hotel Búðir, Hotel Egilsen

DAYS 7 AND 8 REYKJAVÍK Return to Reykjavík and opt to go horseback riding on a smooth-gaited Icelandic horse or visit Árbæjarsafn, an outdoor museum exhibiting aspects of historical life in Iceland. Have a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

INFORMATION 2016: NOV. 6–13 • NOV. 20–27 2017: FEB. 12–19 • FEB. 19–26 • FEB. 26–MAR. 5 COST:

$6,995

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800. Airfare to/from Reykjavík is not included in the cost. All meals are included between group arrival and departure, with the exception of dinner on day 2. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will be hiking 1 to 3 hours per day (1 to 3 miles) on moderate to steep grades, in variable weather conditions and across varied terrain. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay 7 nights in ideally located hotels. While Iceland hotels tend to be on the small side, all lodgings are comfortable and ideally located to each day’s activities.

Centerhotel Arnarhvoll Above: A hiker in Snæfellsnes encounters a frozen waterfall.

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Iceland Adventure Akureyri

Lake Mývatn Námafjall

Dimmuborgir

ICELAND

Thingvellir National Park 64° 21' N

Vatnajökull Laki National Höfn (5,659 ft) Park Jökulsárlón Ingólfshöfdi Eyjafjallajökull Headland (5,466 ft) Kirkjubæjarklaustur Mýrdalssandur Vík

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the raw power of Iceland’s ice-capped volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers. • Learn about the creation of Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull, in a special meeting with a park director. • 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.

INFORMATION ITINERARY AT-A-GLANCE ITINERARY | 10 DAYS

DAYS 5 AND 6 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK/ INGÓLFSHÖFÐI HEADLAND/JÖKULSÁRLÓN

DAYS 1 AND 2 REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/ THINGVELLIR/GEYSIR/GULLFOSS

Learn about the creation of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest national park, in a special 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. Day 5: 6 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 6: 2–3 miles hiking (1 hour)

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 doublecascade Gullfoss. Day 2: 3–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Fosshótel Reykjavík, Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or Hotel Hekla

DAYS 3 AND 4 EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL/ 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. Day 3: 3–5 miles hiking (3–4 hours); Day 4: 2–4 miles hiking (2–3 hours) Icelandair Hotel Klaustur

Hotel Skaftafell or Fosshotel Jokulsarlon, Hotel Glacier or Hotel Hofn

DAYS 7–10 HÖFN/LAKE MÝVATN/NÁMASKARÐ/ NÁMAFJALL/DIMMUBORGIR/REYKJAVÍK Visit the Gamlabúð Folk Museum in Höfn, then set out for Lake Mývatn, rich with lava pillars, volcanic cones, and bubbling mud pits. Hike to Víti crater and the mudpools and fumaroles of the Námaskarð area. After exploring the geothermal landscape of Námafjall, trek across a lava desert to a crater. Then delve into Icelandic folklore with a visit to Dimmuborgir, or “Dark Castles.” Fly back to Reykjavík for a farewell dinner, and soak in the Blue Lagoon before flying home. Day 8: 7–8 miles hiking (6 hours); Day 9: 3–4 miles hiking (3–4 hours) Hótel Laxá, Fosshótel Reykjavík

2017: JUNE 23–JULY 2 • JUNE 30–JULY 9

JULY 14–23 • JULY 21–30 • AUG. 4–13 AUG. 11–20 • AUG. 18–27 • SEPT. 1–10 SEPT. 8–17 COST:

$8,195

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and airfare within Iceland is not included in the cost. The group flight within Iceland is $400 (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. ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE We will be hiking 2 to 6 hours per day (2 to 8 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. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel. Some long transfers of up to 7 hours will be required. GROUP SIZE: 8–16 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 to each day’s activities. Above: A hiker marvels at the powerful cascades of Seljalandsfoss.

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS Participant is responsible for understanding the conditions as described in the Trip Itinerary and selecting a Trip in consultation with us that is appropriate to his/her interests and abilities. In addition, participant should prepare for the Trip by reading the Trip Itinerary and supplemental Trip information in the pre-Trip materials and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised in those materials. Participant should also consult his or her physician to determine his or her suitability for the trip and to discuss any over the counter or prescription medicines he or she should consider taking relative to the demands of the Trip (e.g. in the case of trips which travel to higher altitudes). Screening for fitness (for Trips rated “Strenuous” or “Ultimate Challenge”) is made by MT during the confirmation of booking. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Trip at any time during the Trip. In the event of removal from a Trip, refunds are not given.

PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS To reserve space on a Trip, a $750 per-person deposit is required. Final payment of the balance is due 95 days prior to departure. Private Departures and Custom Trips require a nonrefundable per-person deposit of $1,000 or 20% of the Trip cost, whichever is greater. A $100 deposit is required for any extension. Deposits and all remaining payments must be made by major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Prices are in U.S. dollars and all payments are to be made in U.S. dollars. A reservation may be cancelled if full payment has not been received at least 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 90 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. 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. Private Departures and Custom Trips carry a nonrefundable deposit. 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 Trip cost; 44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the Trip cost. This policy also applies to pre- and post- Trip extensions. Any revisions requested by the participant within the Cancellation Penalty Period, are subject to this cancellation policy. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Arriving late or leaving a Trip in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a Trip. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. No refunds will be made for any unused portions of a Trip. We reserve the right to cancel any Trip because of inadequate enrollment or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a Trip is canceled by us prior to departure, MT will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the Trip as planned, in which case MT will provide the participant with a refund or credit toward a future Trip equivalent to monies paid to them. If we cancel the Trip in progress, the participant will receive a prorated refund and/or a credit based on the number of days not completed on the Trip. If we cancel a Trip, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by participant in his/her preparation for the Trip (e.g. nonrefundable airline tickets, visa fees, if applicable, clothing, equipment and medical expenses, etc.). ITINERARY CHANGES The itineraries and staff detailed in this catalog are subject to modification and change by NG or MT. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. WHAT YOUR TRIP INCLUDES Your Trip includes accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary; pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; ground transportation during the Trip; transfers to and from group flights where applicable; services of a Trip leader and support staff, taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges. Trips designated as “Photography” departures will, in addition to the above, include a National Geographic Photographer. For itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staff tents, and dining tents and necessary Trip equipment (e.g. sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) are provided. Please note: The meal notations apply to the period during the Trip only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Trip. Internal airfare is included on some international Trips as indicated in the itinerary. WHAT YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; optional gratuities for the Trip leader(s); 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 TRAVELERS Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If the participant prefers single accommodations, and if such are available, he/ she must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed in the Trip Itinerary. If the participant is traveling alone and wishes to share accommodations, we will assign him/ her a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom the participant can share, he/she is required to pay the single supplement fee. 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. Optional trip-cancellation protection is available at an additional cost and is strongly recommended. For more information about and to enroll in the option available through Travel Insurance Services, visit the “Travel Insurance” section of our website at natgeoadventures.com. DOCUMENTS After making a reservation, the participant will receive detailed pre-Trip information with a clothing and equipment list, visa information (if required), a statement reflecting Trip costs, insurance information, physicians certificate (if

required), Traveler Information Form which includes a Responsibility Statement, Binding Arbitration, Assumption of Risk and Terms and Conditions document each participant is required to sign and return to us, and other information needed to prepare for the Trip. Final Trip details will be sent three weeks prior to departure. TRANSFERS Transfers for Private Departures and Custom Trips are subject to the Cancellation policies described above. For all other trips, the participant may transfer to another Trip without a fee up to 90 days before departure. If the participant transfers from one Trip to another within 89 days of departure, however, he/ she is subject to the usual Cancellation Fees outlined above (appropriate to the date the participant notifies us in writing of his/her wish to transfer). DELAYS & COST INCREASES We will not be responsible for providing any reimbursement for delays in the Trip due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, or government intervention. The rates are based on tariffs, currency values, airfares and third-party charges as of catalog publication date and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While 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. MEDICAL & HEALTH By registering for a Trip, the participant certifies that he/she is physically fit and does not have a condition that would limit mobility. Participant further certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Participant must notify us of any medical issues well before departure. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Trip at any time during the Trip. In the event of removal from a Trip, refunds are not given. Hospital facilities or appropriate medical facilities or doctors are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. We assume no liability regarding provision of medical care. Participants will receive appropriate health information and provide us with his/her medical history and any dietary restrictions as requested on the Traveler Information Form. On certain designated Trips, a Physician Certificate must be signed by the participant’s physician and returned to us within 30 days after the participant receives it. The State Department (www.travel. state.gov) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) periodically issue statements, advisories and warnings about risks to travelers. These statements are country specific and contain important information. We urge all participants to review these sites. MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION & COVERAGE In the event participant becomes sufficiently incapacitated as to be unable to direct his or her own care, the participant authorizes any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury or illness while participating on the Trip whether or not administered by medical or non-medical personnel. In addition, the participant certifies that he or she has 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 We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any Trip or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. By making a reservation on a Trip, participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by NG, NG-authorized third parties, and MT without compensation to participant. If participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the Trip. Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by participant (“Adventure Materials”) shall belong to the participant upon creation. Participant grants to NG, NG-authorized third parties, and MT a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any Adventure Materials provided to NG and/or MT or taken on NG and/or MT supplied equipment, in any media now existing or subsequently developed for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of the editorial use, promotion of National Geographic’s travel programs or promotion of the mission of the National Geographic Society. MAILING LIST If you are receiving duplicate catalogs, have address updates, or would like to be removed from future National Geographic Adventures mailings, please call toll-free 1-888-689-2557. OTHER Additional Terms and Conditions may apply to some Trips and will be provided with pre-Trip mailings. By registering for a Trip, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement, Binding Arbitration, Assumption of Risk, and the Terms and Conditions published in the catalog and on the website. See our most complete and up to date terms at: www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/information/terms/ngadventures. Please Note: See our website to review Terms and Conditions for other National Geographic travel programs, including National Geographic Expeditions, National Geographic Journeys, and Private Expeditions.

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2016–2017 CALENDAR D E PA R T U R E DAT E S PAGE

LEVEL

GROUP SIZE

NO. OF DAYS

ACTIVITY

2017

2016 OCT

NOV

9, 19

6, 13, 18

DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

5, 12, 19

10, 17

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

20

8, 15

10, 17

23

7, 21

4, 18

13

3

DEC

ASIA & THE PACIFIC Japan Adventure: Tokyo to Sacred Kumano

12

M

8–15

11

Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Adventure

14

E/M

8–16

13

Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

15

UC

8–16

19

13

China Adventure

16

M

8–16

13

9, 17

Mongolian Horse Trek

17

M

8–16

14

Borneo Wildlife Adventure

18

E/M

8–15

11

New Zealand Adventure

19

M

8–16

12

7, 21

5, 21

9, 23

6, 20

Thailand and Myanmar Adventure

WEB

E/M

8–16

12

9

7

11

1

Sri Lanka Adventure

WEB

E/M

8–16

12

20

16

20

20

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

20

UC

8–16

15

28

25

19

20

23

27

21

Tanzania Walking Safari

21

M

8–16

11

17

6

4

4

18

4

6

17

Costa Rica Multisport Adventure

22

M

8–14

9

24, 30

14

18

18

8

15

12

Belize Adventure

24

M

8–16

10

17, 25

13, 27

14

10

11

Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

25

E/M

8–14

9

22

26

26

16

Alaska Sea Kayaking Adventure

26

M

8–10

9

24, 30

11, 19

5, 7

Hiking the National Parks

27

E/M

8–16

8

24

8, 22

5, 26

5, 19

17

14

4, 18

12

4, 18

3

13

10

10

15

14 1, 13, 27

2

1, 20

4, 11

9, 16

3

1, 15, 29

9

9

9

6, 20

AFRICA

NORTH AMERICA 18

18, 26

9

Please see page 7 for full descriptions of the activity levels. ACTIVITY LEVEL KEY: E = EASY

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E/M = EASY/MODERATE

M = MODERATE

M/S = MODERATE/STRENUOUS

24

S = STRENUOUS

UC = ULTIMATE CHALLENGE


D E PA R T U R E DAT E S PAGE

LEVEL

GROUP SIZE

NO. OF DAYS

ACTIVITY

2017

2016 OCT

NOV

DEC

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

3, 17, 24

1, 22

12, 26

17, 24

7, 21

4, 12

9, 31

20

10

22

21

4

2

NOV

DEC

SOUTH AMERICA Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Trek

28

M/S

10-12

10

9

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Adventure

30

M

8–16

10

5

Patagonia Hiking Adventure

31

M/S

8–16

13

23

Portugal Hiking Adventure

32

E/M

8–16

8

Spain: Walking El Camino de Santiago

33

M

8–16

10

Hiking England Coast to Coast

34

M/S

8–16

Hiking Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

36

M

Ireland: Hiking the Emerald Isle

38

Provence Hiking Adventure

6, 20

4, 11

8, 15

5, 12

8, 15, 22

5, 12

5, 19

3, 10

EUROPE 13

7

1

12

13

14, 28

18

2, 16, 30

6, 20

3, 17

8–14

8

20

3, 10, 17

1, 15, 22, 29

5, 12, 19, 26

2, 9

M

8–16

10

15, 29

12, 26

7, 21

4

39

E/M

8–16

9

14

4, 18

27

10, 24

Tour du Mont Blanc

40

M/S

8–14

10

3

1, 29

19

2, 16

Switzerland Hiking Adventure NEW

41

M/S

8–16

9

24

14

19

9, 17

Tuscany and Cinque Terre Hiking Adventure

42

E/M

8–16

9

Greek Islands Adventure

43

M

8–16

9

6, 20

3, 17, 24

Slovenian Alps Adventure

44

M

8–16

10

31

15, 27

Croatia Island Adventure

45

E/M

8–16

8

20

Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure

46

M

8–16

9

4

Sweden: Dogsledding to the Icehotel

47

M/S

8–15

9

Iceland Winter Adventure

48

M

8–16

8

Iceland Adventure

49

M

8–16

10

17

9

30

4

17

8

8

5, 19

16

11

4, 18, 25

8, 22

26

9, 23, 30

12

31

12

11, 24

1

24

13, 27

8

6

3

14

23, 30

14, 21

4, 11, 18

1, 8

16, 26

8

5

5

3, 10, 17, 24 6, 20

12, 19, 26

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