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DEAR T R AV E L E R Over the past year, our National Geographic Journeys travelers have explored incredible places like the wilds of Patagonia and the cobblestoned villages of Croatia, connecting with local people and traditions and making lifelong memories. They set out on safari in Namibia with researchers from the Cheetah Conservation Fund, stayed overnight at a Buddhist monastery nestled in a Nepalese valley, and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu—adventures fit for a true explorer. The incredible value these trips offer has made it possible for more travelers to share in National Geographic’s distinguished tradition of exploration. With our partner, small-group tour operator G Adventures, we’ve grown our collection to more than 80 itineraries, which span the globe from the lava fields of Iceland to India’s Kerala backwaters. Each tour is led by a dynamic local guide with strong ties to the communities we visit. These relationships lay the foundation for our immersive experiences—

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meeting a Maori elder in New Zealand, for example, or learning to cook traditional dishes at a family-run agriturismo in Italy. And wherever possible, we visit projects supported by the National Geographic Society or G Adventures, such as an Australian research aquarium or a sea turtle conservancy in Costa Rica. No matter which tour you choose, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make the experience your own. Each trip has optional excursions and free time built into the itinerary— so you can dine at that newsworthy restaurant you’ve been reading about, follow up on a travel tip from a local, or simply relax. Our accommodations have been selected for their value and convenience, which in turn gives you even more freedom and flexibility.

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

Sincerely,

Lynn Cutter Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

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

You’ll find a range of exciting travel opportunities in the pages that follow, and even more trips can be found on our website. Wherever your next journey takes you, we hope you’ll choose to travel with us!

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Explore Southern Africa

34 Explore Australia

52 Explore Iceland

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Explore Kruger and Victoria Falls

35 New Zealand Journey

53 Iconic Italy

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Wonders of Namibia

35 Explore Australia and New Zealand

54 Discover Moorish Spain

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Discover Namibia and Victoria Falls

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Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Discovery

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Tanzania Safari Experience

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Kenya Safari Experience

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Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

55 Paris and Normandy Highlights

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58 Quintessential Burgundy 36 Explore Machu Picchu 38 Machu Picchu and the Amazon

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39 Iconic Peru

20 Morocco Journey 21

55 Explore Central Europe SOUTH AMERICA

Morocco: Sahara and Beyond

59 Explore Cape Town and Kruger

40 Inca Explorer

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Israel and Beyond

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Explore Jordan

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Explore Israel and Jordan

Discover Patagonia

42 Colombia Journey

National Park

58 Explore Machu Picchu and Amazon Riverboat

ASIA

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22 Discover Southeast Asia NORTH AMERICA

24 Explore China and Tibet

58 More Trips

26 Explore Vietnam 27 Nepal: Himalaya Highlights 28 Wonders of Bhutan 29 Iconic Thailand

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Terms & Conditions

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50 Historic American Cities by Rail

33 Discover Sri Lanka 33 India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges

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47 Discover American Canyonlands NEW

50 Discover the Canadian Rockies

32 The Heart of Myanmar

59 South India: Explore Kerala

60 More Ways to Travel

46 Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

49 Canadian Polar Bear Experience

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58 Best of China

44 Explore Costa Rica

48 Alaska Journey

30 Discover India 32 Iconic Japan

The National Geographic Journeys Difference

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

59 Natural Highlights of California

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We invite you to go deeper into fascinating cultures and habitats around the world with National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. These trips combine hands-on exploration, meaningful interactions with people and places, and free time and choices—with the structure and security of small-group travel.

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CONNECT WITH THE WORLD Usually limited to 16 or fewer travelers, National Geographic Journeys are designed to forge human connections with people we meet all around the world. Try out tango steps during a lesson with a professional dancer in Buenos Aires, spend time with a storytelling troupe in Botswana, or sit down to a traditional Thai meal at a family’s home in Chiang Mai.

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TOP LOCAL GUIDES S H O W YO U T H E WAY

You’ll enjoy access to people and projects supported by National Geographic or G Adventures, whether it’s helping out with reforestation efforts at a National Geographic– supported research center in Costa Rica or visiting a G Adventures-supported café that creates job opportunities for local women in Kenya.

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

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FREEDOM TO EXPLORE. I N C R E D I B L E VA L U E . Along the way, we’ve built in free time and plenty of choices so that you can explore as you wish. Opt to ride a zip line through the jungles of Thailand, visit a museum, or spend an afternoon wandering through a historic city center. Before your trip, you’ll receive articles and tips from National Geographic to help you make the most of your travels. With a knowledgeable local guide at the helm, a unique itinerary, and plenty of fascinating people to meet in the field, these trips are a feast for your mind and your senses— at an incredible value.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G EO G R A P H I C J O U R N E YS D I F F E R E N C E National Geographic’s earliest explorers liked to dig in, immerse themselves in new places, and get to know the local people, their traditions, cuisine, and everyday lives. That same passion for discovery is behind each of our National Geographic Journeys—which means you’ll get closer than you ever imagined when you explore with us.

I T ’ S T H E P L AC E S YO U G O Follow the Inca Trail on a four-day trek with a great reward: the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Venture into the national parks of Rwanda and Uganda to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas with a naturalist guide and meet scientists at a research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey. Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a specially designed dualnarrative walking tour with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, and hear their perspectives on some of the city’s most meaningful sites.

I T ’ S T H E E X P E R I E N C E S YO U H AV E Flip tortillas with a family in their home in Costa Rica—and then set out on a variety of adventures amid the rain forests that surround Arenal Volcano. Visit the Paris studio of renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza, and take a behind-thescenes tour of his workspace. Spend an evening with a storytelling troupe near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and enjoy a traditional meal together.

I T ’ S T H E P E O P L E YO U M E E T Roll up your sleeves for a cooking lesson at a family-run agriturismo in Amalfi, Italy—and enjoy the meal together in the garden.

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Spend time in a Maasai village in Tanzania with the women who take part in the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project, and hear firsthand how the project has impacted their lives.

Observe lions and cheetahs on a game drive with a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee in South Africa.

Join Buddhist monks in Thailand for a prayer ceremony and a chance to talk about daily life.

Meet scientists at a research aquarium established by a National Geographic grantee in Cairns, Australia, and hear about the latest studies on the Great Barrier Reef.

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

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When you travel with National Geographic Journeys, you make a difference. A portion of our proceeds return to the National Geographic Society—whose explorers and researchers are furthering our understanding of the planet—and you help fund G Adventures’ community development initiatives worldwide.

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When you travel with us, you make a difference. National Geographic and G Adventures believe that travel can and should be a force for good in the world. National Geographic Journeys were born from the shared values of our organizations: they combine National Geographic’s more than 125 years of global exploration, science, and storytelling, with the fun, responsible, and culturally immersive travel experiences for which G Adventures is known. When you travel with National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures, you support community projects and initiatives to improve local livelihoods—and you also support National Geographic’s researchers and explorers all over the world, 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 Expeditions), funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/info.

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G E T TO K N O W S O M E O F O U R C EO S Each trip is led by a Chief Experience Officer—or CEO—your greatest resource on your trip. They’ll share insights on area traditions, connect you with interesting people wherever you go, and even offer recommendations for restaurants or things to do in your free time. Meet a few CEOs below.

DA N I E L B. , CENTRAL AMERICA I love my job because when I’m walking through a tropical cloud forest or an ancient ruin or when I’m watching whales breach on the Pacific or schools of fish in a coral reef, I can call it my office. I meet people from all over the world and we get to learn from each other, and share great moments that will become cherished memories. It’s incredible to see the change that occurs in people as they experience a new place, watch an animal they had always hoped to see, challenge themselves to try something they never imagined they would, or alter their perception through interaction with a different culture. It’s exciting for me to be there for these experiences, and help travelers make the most out of the trip.

P A I N G T. , M YA N M A R (BURMA) My favorite place to take travelers is Inle Lake. The first thing they see is its natural beauty, and then they get to know the culture and traditions of the people who call this place their home. Seeing the floating villages and leg-rowing fishermen, visiting the local markets, and learning to cook traditional Burmese dishes in a chef ’s home gives our travelers the chance to really understand what life is like here. I love having the chance to share my pride and passion for my country with each group of travelers, and to watch them fall in love with Burma, too.

JA FA R A . , C A N A DA I love getting the opportunity to show people some of the most beautiful places in my country. I’ll never forget how the Rocky Mountains made me feel the first time I experienced them, and to get to be the one to help bring that same sensation to other travelers is really special. A big part of our culture is just being outside and enjoying nature, visiting this range of environments— from the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the lush rain forests of Vancouver Island—is such an important part of the experience.

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WE MAKE IT EASY An unforgettable experience is at your fingertips. You can book your National Geographic Journeys trip, purchase extra activities, and make your air travel arrangements all in one phone call or a few clicks of a mouse. Our reservations team is available 24/7 to help you. Once you’ve reserved your space, all that’s left to do is daydream about your trip. (And pack, of course.)

100% GUARANTEED D E PA RT U R E S Once you book your trip, you’re going. Barring extreme weather or security concerns, every National Geographic Journeys departure is guaranteed to run.

NO EXTRA FEE FOR SOLO T R AV E L E R S If you’re traveling on your own, we’ll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. For those who need their alone time, look for the “My Own Room” rate on each itinerary.

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

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

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

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

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penguins at Boulders Beach (pictured near right). Enjoy free time the next day to hike Table Mountain or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. DAY 4 | JOHANNESBURG Fly to Johannesburg. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

DAY 1 | CAPE TOWN Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

DAYS 5 & 6 | PANORAMA ROUTE/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Take a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window. Continue to our tented camp, conveniently located just outside Kruger National Park. The next morning, go on a wildlife viewing drive inside Kruger National Park and observe all manner of wildlife from an open safari vehicle. Later, opt to take an afternoon safari drive or wildlife bush walk.

DAYS 2 & 3 | CAPE TOWN Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on a behind-thescenes tour with an expert. National Geographic Traveler magazine named these gardens among the top ten in the world. Explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, stopping to see the

DAYS 7 & 8 | KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Continue to Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle wildlife safari drives while searching for Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Meet with a

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researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research.  DAY 9 | JOHANNESBURG After one last safari drive, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse. DAYS 10 & 11 | VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls (pictured far right). Then walk through a local market before dinner at a family homestead. Get to know the family and share stories as we all help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. The next day, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a helicopter ride over the falls. DAY 12 | VICTORIA FALLS Depart at any time.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Meet with a researcher sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. • Encounter spectacular Victoria Falls and follow a guide on trails around this natural wonder. • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with an expert. • Wander through a local market and enjoy dinner at a family home in Zimbabwe.

“ Sighting a leopard in a riverine fig tree at dusk, coming across a pride of lions feeding on a kill, or seeing a herd of elephant file with massive majesty across the savanna: These precious experiences will stay with you for a lifetime.” — Roberta Cosi, National Geographic Traveler: South Africa guidebook, 2013

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D AT E S 2017: Nov. 27–Dec. 8 • Dec. 2–13 • Dec. 9–20 Dec. 16–27 • Dec. 20–31 Dec. 23, 2017–Jan. 3, 2018 Dec. 16–27 • Dec. 27, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 10, 2018 2018: Jan. 6–17 • Jan. 13–24 • Jan. 17–28 • Jan. 20–31 Jan. 27–Feb. 7 • Feb. 3–14 • Feb. 10–21 Feb. 17–28 • Feb. 24–Mar. 7 • Mar. 3–14 Mar. 10–21 • Mar. 17–28 • Mar. 24–Apr. 4 Mar. 31–Apr. 11 • Apr. 7–18 • Apr. 14–25 Apr. 21–May 2 • Apr. 28–May 9 • May 5–16 May 9–20 • May 12–23 • May 19–30 May 23–June 3 • May 26–June 6 May 30–June 10 • June 2–13 • June 13–24 June 16–27 • June 23–July 4 • June 27–July 8 June 30–July 11 • July 4–15 • July 11–22 July 14–25 • July 18–29 • July 21–Aug. 1 July 25–Aug. 5 • July 28–Aug. 8 • Aug. 1–12 Aug. 4–15 • Aug. 8–19 • Aug. 11–22 • Aug. 15–26 Aug. 18–29 • Aug. 22–Sept. 2 • Aug. 25–Sept. 5 Aug. 29–Sept. 9 • Sept. 1–12 • Sept. 5–16 Sept. 8–19 • Sept. 15–26 • Sept. 19–30 Sept. 22–Oct. 3 • Sept. 29–Oct. 10 • Oct. 6–17 Oct. 13–24 • Oct. 20–31 • Oct. 24–Nov. 4 Oct. 27–Nov. 7 • Nov. 3–14 • Nov. 7–18 Nov. 10–21 • Nov. 17–28 • Nov. 24–Dec. 5 Dec. 1–12 • Dec. 8–19 • Dec. 15–26 • Dec. 19–30 Dec. 22, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019 Dec. 26, 2018–Jan 6, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, internal flights, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions, including those described in the “Add to your Experience” box (left), are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Guest house (2 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotels (5 nights), tented safari camp in Kruger and Karongwe (4 nights) ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

VICTORIA FALLS RIVER RAFTING Feeling adventurous? Approach the falls on a rafting trip on the Zambezi River. VICTORIA FALLS HELICOPTER RIDE Prebook your ride and see the falls from above!

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MEALS INCLUDED

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $290-380 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

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EXPLORE KRUGER & VICTORIA FALLS HIGHLIGHTS • Experience dramatic landscapes, from the Panorama Route to Victoria Falls. • Observe wildlife alongside a researcher from the National Geographic–sponsored Cheetah Metapopulation Project. • Enjoy a traditional Zimbabwean dinner in a family home and learn about daily life. I N F O R M AT I O N FROM

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Victoria Falls Z I M B A B W E

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DAY 1 | JOHANNESBURG Arrive at any time and transfer to our guesthouse. Enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) welcome dinner tonight. DAY 2 | PANORAMA ROUTE/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Take a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window. Continue to our tented camp, conveniently located just outside Kruger National Park. DAY 3 | KRUGER NATIONAL PARK This morning, set out on a wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle to take in views of the abundant wildlife, including impalas, zebras, and the endangered African wild dog. Opt for another safari drive or a bush walk this afternoon, or relax on the lodge deck overlooking the area watering hole—a popular spot for animals to visit. In the evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible al fresco dinner at our lodge.

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DAYS 4 & 5 | KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, and enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle safaris to seek out Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research.  DAY 6 | JOHANNESBURG After one last wildlife viewing drive, head back to the city. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse. DAY 7 | VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Then walk through a local market before dinner at a family homestead. Get to know the family and share stories as we all help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. DAY 8 & 9 | VICTORIA FALLS Enjoy free time today for optional activities. Take to the water on a river safari in Chobe National Park, or go white-water rafting or canoeing on the great Zambezi River. Thrill-seekers have options to go zip-lining, bungee jumping from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, or take a dip in Devil’s Pool—a swimming hole at the lip of the falls. Choose to soar over the falls on a helicopter excursion, and in the evening, opt for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi. Depart anytime the next day.

D AT E S 2017: Sept. 28–Oct. 6 • Oct. 3–11 • Oct. 17–25 Oct. 27–Nov. 4 • Dec. 5–13 • Dec. 12–20 Dec. 19–27 • Dec. 23–31 • Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 2018: Jan. 2–10 • Jan. 9–17 • Jan. 16–24 • Jan. 20–28 Jan. 23–31 • Jan. 30–Feb. 7 • Feb. 6–14 Feb. 13–21 • Feb. 17–25 • Feb. 20–28 Feb. 27–Mar. 7 • Mar. 6–14 • Mar. 13–21 Mar. 17–25 • Mar. 27–Apr. 4 • Apr. 3–11 • Apr. 10–18 Apr. 17–25 Apr. 24–May 2 • May 1–9 • May 8–16 May 12–20 • May 15–23 • May 22–30 May 26–June 3 • May 29–June 6 • June 2–10 June 5–13 • June 16–24 • June 19–27 June 26–July 4 • June 30–July 8 • July 3–11 July 7–15 • July 14–22 • July 17–25 • July 21–29 July 24–Aug. 1 • July 28–Aug. 5 • July 31–Aug. 8 Aug. 4–12 • Aug. 7–15 • Aug. 11–19 • Aug. 14–22 Aug. 18–26 • Aug. 21–29 • Aug. 25–Sept. 2 Aug. 28–Sept. 5 • Sept. 1–9 • Sept. 4–12 Sept. 8–16 Sept. 11–19 • Sept. 18–26 • Sept. 22–30 Visit our website for more 2018 dates.

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels and guest houses (4 nights), comfortable safari camp and chalets (4 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $175-230 per person for meals not included.

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WONDERS OF NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, founded by National Geographic grantee Laurie Marker, for a lecture and a wildlife viewing drive. • Meet the residents of Mondesa Township and enjoy dinner and entertainment in a family home. • Explore the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park and the grasslands of Etosha National Park. • Discover ancient petroglyphs at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein.

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DAYS 1–3 | WINDHOEK/SESRIEM Land in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Those arriving early may wish to explore the city’s leafy parks and German colonial architecture on their own. Set out across dramatic desert landscapes the following morning for our drive to the outpost town of Sesriem, and then enjoy an evening to relax at our lodge. The next day, embark on a 4x4 excursion into the otherworldly landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Take in the park’s towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, and keep an eye out for springbok, bat-eared foxes, and other desert wildlife. Continue to Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. DAYS 4 & 5 | SWAKOPMUND Set out on a guided 4x4 desert drive and discuss the survival strategies of the San in the surrounding harsh environments, then continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The next

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day, take advantage of a free morning to go quad-biking, or take a walk through town. Later, stroll the lively market of Mondesa with a guide, and then drop by Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment opportunities to youth. Stop in at a shebeen, or local tavern, to mingle with residents over a cool drink, and then continue to a family home for dinner, accompanied by entertainment from the local choir. DAYS 6–8 | TWYFELFONTEIN/ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Travel to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to view ancient San petroglyphs dating back over 5,000 years. Depart early the next day to visit the 280-million-year-old Petrified Forest, and then continue to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area. Over the next two days, set out into the surrounding grasslands on open-vehicle safari drives to spot elephants, lions, and with luck, elusive leopards and endangered black rhinos. Enjoy free time to relax back at the lodge. DAYS 9 & 10 | CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND/WINDHOEK Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research organization founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Laurie Marker. Meet a researcher for a tour of the facility, and learn about ongoing projects before setting out on a safari to view cheetahs up close. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau, and then return to Windhoek for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day. MORE OPTIONS ONLINE

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D AT E S 2017: Dec. 18–27 2018: Jan. 8–17 • Feb. 5–14 • Mar. 5–14 • Apr. 2–11 Apr. 30–May 9 • May 14–23 • May 28–June 6 June 11–20 • June 25–July 4 • July 9–18 July 23–Aug. 1 • Aug. 6–15 • Aug. 20–29 Sept. 3–12 • Sept. 17–26 • Oct. 1–10 • Oct. 15–24 Oct. 29–Nov. 7 • Nov. 26–Dec. 5 Dec. 24, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels and lodges (9 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

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Bus, 4x4 safari vehicle

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DISCOVER NAMIBIA & VICTORIA FALLS HIGHLIGHTS • Meet with a researcher from the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund before embarking on a game drive to observe these magnificent animals up close. • Visit the township of Mondesa with a local resident and spend time with the community’s welcoming people. • View the ancient rock carvings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Enjoy a traditional Zimbabwean dinner in a family home and learn about daily life.

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Etosha NP

Victoria Falls Z IM B A B W E

Twyfelfonten Swakopmund

Windhoek Sesriem

Namib-Naukluft NP

DAYS 1–3 | WINDHOEK/SESRIEM Arrive in Windhoek at any time and transfer to our hotel. The next morning, take in the dramatic scenery as we drive to the desert town of Sesriem. Embark on a 4x4 excursion in Namib-Naukluft National Park. See the burnt orange and red towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and explore Sesriem Canyon, a natural rock formation carved over millions of years. DAYS 4 & 5 | SWAKOPMUND Journey into the countryside to learn about the survival strategies of the San Bushmen who live in the area, then continue on to Swakopmund. The next morning is free to go quad-biking or sandboarding in the nearby dunes, or to explore the city. Visit the township of Mondesa with a local guide. Venture into the colorful market for an introduction to traditional foods, and stop in at Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment to local youth. Later, visit the shebeen (tavern) for a refresh16

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ing drink before heading to a family home for a festive evening of dinner and musical entertainment. DAY 6 | TWYFELFONTEIN Travel to Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Examine ancient San petroglyphs that are thought to be the largest concentration of engravings in Africa, dating back some 5,000 years. DAYS 7 & 8 | ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a collection of fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old. Continue to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area and set out on a wildlife viewing drive. At sunrise, embark on another safari drive, looking out for elephants, lions, leopards, and endangered black rhinos. The remainder of the day is free; relax at our lodge, take a swim, or go on another wildlife viewing drive. DAY 9 | WINDHOEK Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization National Geographic has supported. Tour the facility and learn from one of its researchers about ongoing efforts to study, monitor, and protect cheetahs. Then enjoy a game drive to view some of these amazing animals up close. Later, return to Windhoek. DAYS 10–12 | VICTORIA FALLS Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Visit the local market, then enjoy dinner at a family homestead. The next day, opt for a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a helicopter ride over the falls. Depart at any time on the final day.

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3,499

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PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

+ 999

MY OWN ROOM OPTION: $ MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 16

D AT E S 2017: Dec. 18–29 2018: Jan. 8–19 • Feb. 5–16 • Mar. 5–16 • Apr. 2–13 Apr. 30–May 11 • May 14–25 • May 28–June 8 June 11–22 • June 25–July 6 • July 9–20 July 23–Aug. 3 • Aug. 6–17 • Aug. 20–31 Sept. 3–14 • Sept. 17–28 • Oct. 1–12 • Oct. 15–26 Oct. 29–Nov. 9 • Nov. 26–Dec. 7 Dec. 24, 2018–Jan. 4, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels/lodges (11 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $280-365 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Private touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, plane, van

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RWANDA & UGANDA GORILLA DISCOVERY HIGHLIGHTS • Observe numerous primate species on a mountain gorilla trek, a golden monkey trek, and a chimpanzee trek. • Meet a researcher at the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey. • Attend a drum workshop and enjoy a meal prepared by women at a center sponsored by G Adventures.

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spend time observing their behavior. Later, visit a nearby village where locals have put a stop to poaching.

9 DAY S

DAYS 5–7 | QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Cross into Uganda and arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek in search of chimpanzees and enjoy a safari drive with possible sightings of buffalo and lions. Then cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.

U G A N D A

Queen Elizabeth NP

Entebbe

Volcanoes NP

Kigali

DAY 8 | ENTEBBE After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker’s workshop.

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DAY 9 | ENTEBBE Depart at any time. DAY 1 | KIGALI Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAY 2 | KIGALI/VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Visit the poignant Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about a tragic period in Rwanda’s past. Then take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Center. Continue north into the hills to our lodge, located just outside Volcanoes National Park. Settle in and relax, taking in stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. DAYS 3 & 4 | VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Head into the jungle with a guide in search of a unique and endangered species, the golden monkey. Then visit the Karisoke Research Center, where Dian Fossey studied mountain gorillas with support from National Geographic. The next day, embark on a gorilla trek to search for the iconic creatures, and

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MY OWN ROOM OPTION: MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6

+ $1,399

D AT E S 2017: Sept. 9–17 • Oct. 21–29 • Nov. 11–19 Dec. 18–26 • Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 2018: Jan. 6–14 • Jan. 13–21 • Jan. 20–28 Jan. 27–Feb. 4 • Feb. 3–11 • Feb. 10–18 Feb. 17–25 • Feb. 24–Mar. 4 • Mar. 3–11 Apr. 7–15 • May 12–20 • June 9–17 June 16–24 • June 23–July 1 June 30–July 8 • July 7–15 • July 9–17 July 21–29 • July 23–31 • July 28–Aug. 5 July 30–Aug. 7 • Aug. 4–12 • Aug. 11–19 Aug. 18–26 • Aug. 25–Sept. 2 • Sept. 1–9 Sept. 22–30 • Sept. 29–Oct. 7 • Oct. 13–21 Oct. 27–Nov. 4 • Nov. 10–18 • Dec. 1–9 Dec. 15–23 • Dec. 22–30 Dec. 29, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $85–110 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

4x4 land cruiser, hiking, boat

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TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS • Set out on safari in Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti in search of lions, elephants, giraffes, and more. • Meet with a researcher from the Serengeti Wildlife Centre to discuss ongoing studies. • Spend time with Maasai women involved in the G Adventures–sponsored Clean Cookstoves Project.

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7 DAY S

Olduvai Gorge

Serengeti NP

Arusha Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara NP

TAN ZAN IA

DAY 4 | SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari. Embark on an incredible full-day game drive and drop by the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre for a talk by one of its visiting researchers. DAY 5 | NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA Continue wildlife viewing on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Later, relax and enjoy the African sunset. DAY 6 | NGORONGORO CRATER/ARUSHA Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a safari and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha for the final night. DAY 7 | ARUSHA Depart at any time.

DAY 1 | ARUSHA Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAY 2 | MTO WA MBU VILLAGE/LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Visit Mto wa Mbu village to take a guided cultural walk and have a traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to our safari lodge, located outside Lake Manyara National Park and featuring unobstructed views of the Rift Valley escarpment. Embark on an afternoon safari with phenomenal wildlife viewing and search out the famed tree-climbing lions. DAY 3 | OLDUVAI GORGE/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Travel through the Rift Valley and visit a Maasai village to learn about the G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves Project. Enjoy an exclusive presentation by some of the “Maasai mamas” and take a guided tour of the village. Afterward, visit the historic site of Olduvai Gorge, and travel to our safari camp located inside Serengeti National Park.

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MY OWN ROOM OPTION: MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6

+ $1,099

D AT E S 2017: Nov. 24–30 • Dec. 1–7 • Dec. 8–14 Dec. 15–21 • Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 5, 2018 2018: Jan. 12–18 • Jan. 19–25 • Jan. 26–Feb. 1 • Feb. 3–9 • Feb. 10–16 • Feb. 24–Mar. 2 • Mar. 3–9 • Mar. 10–16 Mar. 17–23 • June 15–21 • June 22–28 • June 23–29 June 29–July 5 • July 6–12 • July 7–13 • July 13–19 July 14–20 • July 20–26 • July 21–27 • July 27–Aug. 2 July 28–Aug 3 • Aug. 4–10 • Aug. 10–16 • Aug. 11–17 Aug. 18–24 • Aug. 24–30 • Aug. 25 –31 • Sept. 1–7 Sept. 7–13 • Sept. 8–14 • Sept. 14–20 • Sept. 15–21 Sept. 21–27 • Sept. 22 –28 • Oct 6–12 • Oct. 12–18 Oct. 19–25 • Nov. 2–8 • Nov. 30–Dec. 6 • Dec. 14–20 Dec. 21–27 • Dec. 22–28 • Dec. 28, 2018–Jan. 3, 2019 Dec. 29, 2018–Jan. 4, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions, including those described in the “Add to your Experience” box (left), are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (2 nights), safari lodge (1 night), tented camp in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (3 nights) MEALS INCLUDED ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 per person for meals not included.

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7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

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KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS • Explore three incredible wildlife areas: Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Amboseli. • Get an insider’s view on elephant conservation during a talk with a researcher from the Kenya Wildlife Service. • Opt to visit a Maasai village or to go for a hot-air balloon ride over the savanna.

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DAY 4 | LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK Depart early to a G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café—an initiative that trains and employs local women. Continue to our safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Take an afternoon wildlife viewing drive, paying special attention to the rare rhinos that make this area their home.

8 DAY S

K E N YA

Lake Nakuru NP Masai Mara National Reserve

Nairobi

Amboseli NP TAN ZA N IA

DAY 1 | NAIROBI Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAYS 2 & 3 | MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE Travel to our comfortable tented camp located in the heart of Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. Enjoy daily wildlife viewing drives and options to visit a Maasai village or embark on a balloon safari. In the evenings, settle back at the camp and marvel at the views overlooking the surrounding plains.

DAYS 5 & 6 | AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Embark on a sunrise game drive before continuing on to Amboseli National Park. The next day, head out on morning and afternoon safari drives, taking in iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service. DAY 7 | AMBOSELI/NAIROBI Enjoy an incredible African sunrise on our last game drive before returning back to the capital. DAY 8 | NAIROBI Depart at any time.

PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

MY OWN ROOM OPTION: MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6

+ $999

D AT E S 2017: Nov. 18–25 • Nov. 25–Dec. 2 • Dec. 2–9 • Dec. 9–16 Dec. 16–23 • Dec. 17–24 • Dec. 24–31 2018: Jan. 6–13 • Jan. 13–20 • Jan. 14–21 • Jan. 21–28 Jan. 28–Feb. 4 • Feb. 4–11 • Feb. 10–17 • Feb. 11–18 Feb. 18–25 • Feb. 25–Mar. 4 • Mar. 4–11 • Mar. 11–18 June 16–23 • June 17–24 • June 23–30 June 30–July 7 • July 1–8 • July 7–14 • July 8–15 July 15–22 • July 21–28 • July 22–29 July 29–Aug. 5 • Aug. 4–11 • Aug. 5–12 • Aug. 11–18 Aug. 12–19 • Aug. 18–25 • Aug. 19–26 Aug. 25–Sept. 1 • Aug. 26–Sept. 2 • Sept. 1–8 Sept. 2–9 • Sept. 8–15 • Sept. 9–16 • Sept. 15–22 Sept. 16–23 • Sept. 30–Oct. 7 • Oct. 6–13 Oct. 13–20 • Oct. 27–Nov. 3 • Nov. 3–10 Nov. 17–24 • Nov. 24–Dec. 1 • Dec. 15–22 Dec. 22–29 • Dec. 23–30

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (2 nights), safari lodge (1 night), comfortable tented camps in Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park (4 nights)

SAFARI IN KENYA & TANZANIA 13 DAYS | Double your wildlife encounters on a journey that combines the best of Kenya and Tanzania. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary.

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7,099

$

PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

MY OWN ROOM OPTION: MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6

+ $2,099

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7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

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MOROCCO JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS • Venture into the medinas of Marrakech and stock up at the market for a cooking class with a local chef. • Experience ancient Fez, the stunning stables of Meknès, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. • Meet Berbers and artisans, and listen to the tunes of traditional Gnaoua musicians. • Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 tour.

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DAY 5 | TODRA GORGE/TINGHIR Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya to meet Gnaoua musicians and take in a performance. Drink mint tea with local Berbers and then continue to Tinghir.

Meknès

Casablanca

Fez

Marrakech MOROCCO

Aït Ben Haddou

Merzouga

Ouarzazate

Tinghir

DAY 1 | CASABLANCA Land in Casablanca and enjoy the rest of the day to explore on your own. Arrival transfer included. DAY 2 | MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/FEZ Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital. Then head to the ancient ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in the impressive mosaics and arcades of this once-great Roman city. Continue on to Fez. DAY 3 | FEZ Step back in time on a guided walking tour of the Fez medina, a World Heritage site. See artisans and tanners at work, and pass by market stands selling everything from aromatic spices and colorful ceramics to pastries and kitchen gadgets. Sit down to a traditional tagine lunch at a G Adventures-supported organization that provides vocational training for rural Moroccan women. Later, opt to have dinner at one of Fez’s grand riads.

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DAY 4 | MERZOUGA Travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara, overnighting in a kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the awe-inspiring dunes. Enjoy a dinner of local specialties.

DAY 6 | DADÈS GORGE/OUARZAZATE Drive through Dadès Valley and along the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs. Peer into the magnificent chasm of the Dadès Gorge, and spot crumbling kasbahs on the valley floor. Visit the 19th-century Taourirt Kasbah, once home to the el Galoui clan who controlled the region’s caravan routes. Opt to meet an herbalist in Ouarzazate to learn about traditional remedies used by Berbers. DAY 7 | AÏT BEN HADDOU/MARRAKECH Wander through the well-preserved adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site. Then journey to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass. DAY 8 | MARRAKECH Go on an optional morning tour through the city’s atmospheric souks, taking in the intoxicating sights, scents, and sounds. Then visit a historic riad for a cooking class led by a celebrated Moroccan chef. Help prepare lunch and sit down to eat with our host. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this timeless city. DAY 9 | MARRAKECH Depart at any time.

I N F O R M AT I O N FROM

1,699

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PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

+ 499

MY OWN ROOM OPTION: $ MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 12

D AT E S 2017: July 22–30 • Aug. 19–27 • Sept. 9–17 Sept. 30–Oct. 8 • Oct. 14–22 • Nov. 25–Dec. 3 Dec. 9–17 2018: Jan. 6–14 • Feb. 10–18 • Feb. 24–Mar. 4 Mar. 10–18 Mar. 17–25 • Mar. 31–Apr. 8 Apr. 14–22 • Apr. 21–29 Apr. 28–May 6 May 19–27 • May 26–June 3 • June 9–17 June 23–July 1 • July 21–29 • Aug. 4–12 Aug. 25–Sept. 2 • Sept. 8–16 • Sept. 15–23 Sept. 22–30 • Oct. 6–14 • Oct. 13–21 Oct. 27–Nov. 4 • Nov. 10–18 • Nov. 24–Dec. 2 Dec. 8–16 • Dec. 23–31

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $255-335 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Private van

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MOROCCO: SAHARA & BEYOND HIGHLIGHTS • Explore no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the medinas of Fez and Marrakech and the adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou. • Sleep among the Saharan dunes in a traditional tent and explore the Anti-Atlas Mountains. • Try your hand at Arabic calligraphy with a local master in Fez. • Visit the leather tanneries and lively markets of Taroudant.

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Meknès Fez

Casablanca

MOROCCO

Marrakech

Aït Ben Haddou

Essaouira Tafraout

Zagora Taroudant

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

DAY 1 | CASABLANCA Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Enjoy a welcome dinner. DAYS 2 & 3 | MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/FEZ Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès, and marvel at the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis before continuing on to Fez. The next morning, set out on a walking tour of the Fez medina, exploring its winding lanes with a knowledgeable guide. Sit down to a traditional tagine lunch at a G Adventures-supported organization that provides vocational training for rural Moroccan women. Later, visit a local café for a class on Islamic calligraphy. DAYS 4 & 5 | MARRAKECH Travel to Marrakech to experience the color and chaos of its famed medina. The next day, set out for a guided tour of this incredible city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Visit a historic riad for a cooking class led by a celebrated Moroccan chef.

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DAYS 6 & 7 | AÏT BEN HADDOU/ERG CHIGAGA Explore the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains. The following day, journey through the Drâa Valley to Zagora and set off into the desert on 4x4s. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts. Continue to our desert camp, located amid the dunes of Erg Chigaga. Opt to take a camel ride, or climb the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. DAYS 8 & 9 | ZAGORA/TAROUDANT Return to the desert outpost of Zagora, where we’ll attend a talk on the history of the Drâa region and visit nearby historical sites. The next day, head to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets. DAYS 10 & 11 | TAFRAOUT Enter the AntiAtlas region to view intriguing natural rock formations and explore the mountain town of Tafraout. The following day, visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau de Napoleon. Walk through a palm oasis, have lunch in a village home, and visit a women’s handicraft cooperative. DAYS 12 & 13 | ESSAOUIRA Travel to the port town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast, and see the local fishing fleet unload their catch. Opt to visit a hammam—a traditional spa and steam bath—or choose to stroll the beach, or go surfing or sailing. DAYS 14 & 15 | MARRAKECH Return to Marrakech to visit the Menara and Majorelle Gardens. Enjoy an optional farewell dinner with local folkloric entertainment. The next day, depart at any time.

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I N F O R M AT I O N FROM

2,699

$

PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

+ 699

MY OWN ROOM OPTION: $ MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 12

D AT E S 2017: July 16–30 • Aug. 13–27 • Sept. 3–17 Sept. 24–Oct. 8 • Oct. 8–22 • Nov. 12–26 Dec. 10–24 • Dec. 23, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018 2018: Jan. 7–21 • Feb. 11–25 • Feb. 25–Mar. 11 Mar. 11–25 • Mar. 25–Apr. 8 • Apr. 8–22 Apr. 15–29 • Apr. 22–May 6 • Apr. 29–May 13 May 13–27 • May 27–June 10 • June 17–July 1 July 15–29 • Aug. 12–26 • Sept. 2–16 • Sept. 9–23 Sept. 16–30 • Sept. 23–Oct. 7 • Oct. 7–21 Oct. 14–28 • Oct. 21–Nov. 4 • Oct. 28–Nov. 11 Nov. 11–25 • Nov. 25–Dec. 9 • Dec. 9–23 Dec. 23, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (13 nights), comfortable desert camp (1 night) MEALS INCLUDED

14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $380-495 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

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DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ASIA

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DAYS 3 & 4 | CHIANG MAI Visit a market with a local chef to learn about key ingredients before enjoying a Thai cooking class and lunch. Later, visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and experience the lively night market. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore Chiang Mai. Then visit a rural village to meet a local family and sit down for an authentic Khantoke dinner in their home. DAY 5 | LUANG PRABANG Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and take an orientation walk around this World Heritage-listed town.

DAY 1 | BANGKOK Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAY 2 | BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI Explore the enchanting city of Bangkok and take a boat ride along the canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. 22

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DAYS 6 & 7 | LUANG PRABANG Rise at dawn to meet local monks and receive a blessing. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on to Wat Visoun and walk through the temple with a monk. Then catch a boat to the cave temples at Pak Ou and stop in local villages. The next day, visit Kuang Si waterfall before some free time to explore the night market. DAY 8 | HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, and go on a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter. Have lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth.

DAY 9 | HA LONG BAY Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before continuing to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional-style junk boat with a local guide. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning World Heritage site. Opt to try squid fishing, or simply relax on board. DAY 10 | HANOI Take a morning cruise around Ha Long Bay and explore Thien Canh Son Cave. Transfer back to Hanoi and explore the area during a free afternoon. DAYS 11 & 12 | HO CHI MINH CITY Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. The next day, go on a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. DAYS 13 & 14 | PHNOM PENH Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out on an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront to see key city sites, and opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club for sunset drinks. The next day, reflect on the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to the Choeung Ek memorial and the Tuol Sleng prison.

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• Glide along Bangkok’s canals and venture into Chiang Mai’s markets.

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• Tour UNESCO World Heritage–listed Luang Prabang and take a boat to visit the cave temples at Pak Ou. • Explore Angkor Wat and enjoy a Khmer lunch at a G Adventures– supported vocational training restaurant.

3,799

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PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

+ 1,759

D AT E S 2017: July 29–Aug. 15 • Sept. 2–19 • Dec. 9–26 Dec. 16, 2017–Jan. 2, 2018 2018: Jan. 13–30 • Feb. 3–20 • Feb. 17–Mar. 6 Feb. 24–Mar. 13 • Mar. 10–27 • Mar. 24–Apr. 10 Apr. 14–May 1 • Apr. 21–May 8 • May 19–June 5 June 9–26 • June 23–July 10 • July 7–24 July 28–Aug. 14 • Aug. 18–Sept. 4 • Sept. 1–18 Oct. 6–23 • Oct. 27–Nov. 13 • Nov. 10–27 Nov. 24–Dec. 11 • Dec. 8–25 Dec. 15, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 29, 2018–Jan. 15, 2019

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, internal flights, all transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions are at an additional cost. ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (16 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night) DAY 15 | SIEM REAP Drive to Siem Reap, and take an orientation walk. DAYS 16 & 17 | ANGKOR WAT/SIEM REAP Spend two days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide. Sit down to a traditional Khmer lunch at New Hope, a vocational training school supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a fantastic performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus.

MEALS INCLUDED

17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $230-300 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Private bus/van, boat, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat

DAY 18 | SIEM REAP Depart at any time.

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Beijing C H I N A

Xi’an

Shanghai

Chengdu Lhasa

Chongqing

Yichang TA IWA N

DAY 1 | BEIJING Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Kick off your trip with a welcome dinner of Peking duck. DAY 2 | BEIJING Start the day early with a lesson in tai chi, led by a local expert at the historic Temple of Heaven. Continue exploring the key sites of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. 24

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DAY 3 | BEIJING Take a walk along the Great Wall (pictured above), exploring its towers and enjoying outstanding views. This evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi’an. DAYS 4 & 5 | XI’AN Take in incredible views of Xi’an with a bike ride along its city walls. Then enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at Gao’s Grand Courtyard, a historic house in the Muslim Quarter. Interact with local artists, enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry, and visit backstage. In the evening, visit the markets of the Muslim Quarter and try some of the best street food in China.The next day, visit the famed terra-cotta warriors and then have lunch in the local farming village where these archaeological treasures were discovered. DAY 6 | LHASA Fly over the Himalaya to Lhasa, Tibet. Set off on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square. DAYS 7 & 8 | LHASA Enjoy a guided visit to Potala Palace (pictured right), the sacred Jokhang temple, and the Tibetan Medical Institute. The next day, visit 15th-century Sera Monastery, then take a cooking class with a local chef to make (and eat) Tibetan momo

dumplings. Also visit a thangka academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhists. DAY 9 | CHENGDU Fly to Chengdu and sample the city’s famed (and fiery) Sichuan cuisine for dinner. DAY 10 | CHENGDU/CHONGQING Visit a panda breeding center to observe these iconic national treasures and learn about their behavior and habitat. Later, board a riverboat for your first of three nights on the Yangtze. DAYS 11 & 12 | YANGTZE RIVER Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that may include: visiting Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge– Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream; sailing through Three Gorges Dam ship locks; and an optional excursion to White Emperor City (all depending on the season and river conditions). Relax in your well-appointed cabin and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and calligraphy classes. DAY 13 | SHANGHAI Take a tour of Three Gorges Dam before flying to Shanghai.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Get up close to pandas at a breeding center in Chengdu. • Explore Lhasa’s palaces and temples, and make Tibetan dumplings with a local chef. • Take a tai chi lessonbwith a local expert at Beijing’s historic Temple of Heaven. • Sail through the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River on a three-night cruise.

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (10 nights), soft-sleeper overnight train (1 night), Yangtze riverboat (3 nights). MEALS INCLUDED

14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $365-475 per person for meals not included.

DAY 14 | SHANGHAI Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, or this evening catch an awe-inspiring performance by the famed Shanghai acrobats.

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Train, minibus, boat, plane, bicycle

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EXPLORE VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS • Take a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and learn to make traditional lanterns in Hoi An. • Set sail on Ha Long Bay in a traditionalstyle junk boat. • Hike through hill tribe villages to experience rural life. • Cook up a delicious noodle dish at a G Adventures–supported youth-training culinary school.

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DAY 1 | HANOI Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAYS 2 & 3 | MAI CHAU Start off the day with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley and spend a night in a rural lodge, our base for exploring the area and learning about Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes. DAY 4 | HANOI Return to Hanoi to discover the city’s colonial architecture and historic sites. Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, ironically referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs during the Vietnam War. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is embalmed in a glass case, and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life. Later, take a seat on a three-wheel cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Keep your camera handy as your driver navigates through the bustling streets.

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DAY 5 | HA LONG BAY Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our traditional-style wooden junk boat (pictured above) awaits. Set sail in turquoise waters dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and sculpted limestone formations. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, and opt to go squid fishing. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay. DAYS 6 & 7 | HUE Continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hue, the capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945. The next day, explore the ancient walled citadel containing the imperial palace and travel into the countryside to visit the final resting place of former emperors. DAYS 8 & 10 | HOI AN Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal city of Hoi An and take a walking tour of the charming old city. Learn to make a traditional lantern at the G Adventures– supported Lifestart Foundation, which provides employment to local residents with chronic disabilities. The next day, take an Oodles of Noodles cooking class during which you’ll visit local markets to learn about noodles, then head to a culinary school to cook lunch with the students. Enjoy a full day to explore on your own. DAYS 11 & 12 | HO CHI MINH CITY Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and opt to take a cyclo tour around the markets and shops. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the role they played during the Vietnam War. DAY 13 | HO CHI MINH CITY Depart at any time.

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D AT E S 2017: July 2–14 • July 16–28 • Aug. 13–25 Sept. 10–22 • Oct. 15–27 • Nov. 5–17 Nov. 19–Dec. 1 • Nov. 26–Dec. 8 • Dec. 3–15 Dec. 17–29 • Dec. 24–Jan. 5, 2018 Dec. 31, 2017–Jan. 12, 2018 2018: Jan. 14–26 • Jan. 28–Feb. 9 • Feb. 11–23 Feb. 18–Mar. 2 • Feb. 25–Mar. 9 • Mar. 4–16 Mar. 11–23 • Mar. 18–30 • Mar. 25–Apr. 6 Apr. 1–13 • Apr. 15–27 • Apr. 29–May 11 May 13–25 • June 3–15 • June 17–29 • July 1–13 July 15–27 • Aug. 12–24 • Sept. 9–21 Sept. 23–Oct. 5 • Oct. 7–19 • Oct. 14–26 Nov. 4–16 • Nov. 18–30 • Nov. 25–Dec. 7 Dec. 2–14 • Dec. 16–28 Dec. 23, 2018–Jan. 4, 2019

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night), lodge (2 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $155–205 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Bus, boat, cyclo, plane

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NEPAL: HIMALAYA HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS • Hear about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan Indigenous Society, and learn about her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region. • Stay overnight at a Buddhist monastery in Pharping, and visit a Tibetan refugee camp in Pokhara. • Search for tigers, elephants, and rhinos in Chitwan National Park and learn about tiger conservation from a representative of the Nepal Tiger Trust.

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DAY 1 | KATHMANDU Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner are included. DAY 2 | KATHMANDU Spend the day exploring the historic treasures of Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Highlights include Bodhnath stupas—one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas— the medieval city of Bhaktapur, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Swayambhunath. Visit SASANE, the G Adventures–supported Sisterhood of Survivors project. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women there before enjoying a traditional lunch. DAY 3 | KATHMANDU/PHARPING Opt to take in views of Mount Everest on a sightseeing flight. Later, meet with representatives from the Himalayan Indigenous Society and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve ancient weaving traditions in the Upper Mustang region. Then drive to Pharping for a unique

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overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse where approximately 200 monks are in residence. Learn about life in the monastery and take a walk in the surrounding forest. DAY 4 | KURINTAR Drive to Kurintar and arrive at our lodge, which sits on a ridge amid the hills and overlooks the banks of the Trishuli River. Choose from a variety of optional activities, including nature walks or visits to local villages. DAYS 5 & 6 | CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK Drive to Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Established in 1973, it was designated a World Heritage site in 1984. Enjoy two days of nature and cultural walks; boating; and a jeep safari in search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and more. Meet with a representative from the Nepal Tiger Trust. DAYS 7 & 8 | POKHARA Pokhara lies along a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. Visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through this friendly community, now home to over 500, and see a photo gallery documenting its history. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding. DAY 9 | KATHMANDU Catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. You may also opt to visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the 1,500-year-old temple and World Heritage site of Swayambhunath, perched on a hilltop above the city. DAY 10 | KATHMANDU Depart at any time.

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D AT E S 2017: Aug. 11–20 • Sept. 1–10 • Oct. 13–22 • Oct. 22–31 Oct. 27–Nov 5 • Nov. 3–12 • Nov. 24–Dec. 3 Dec. 10–19 • Dec. 17–26 2018: Jan. 7–16 • Jan. 14–23 • Jan. 28–Feb. 6 Feb. 4–13 • Feb. 18–27 • Feb. 25–Mar. 6 Mar. 4–13 • Mar. 11–20 • Mar. 18–27 Mar. 25–Apr. 3 • Apr. 1–10 • Apr. 8–17 Apr. 15–24 • Apr. 20–29 • Apr. 29–May 8 Sept. 9–18 • Sept. 16–25 • Sept. 23–Oct. 2 Sept. 30–Oct. 9 • Oct. 7–16 • Oct. 14–23 Oct. 21–30 • Nov. 4–13 • Nov. 11–20 Nov. 18–27 • Dec. 9–18 • Dec. 16–25 Dec. 23, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 30, 2018–Jan. 8, 2019

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), monastery guesthouse (1 night) MEALS INCLUDED

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $170–225 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

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WONDERS OF BHUTAN HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Bhutan’s capital city of Thimpu as well as remote shrines and temples nestled in the countryside. • Meet with a Buddhist monk, visit an artsand-crafts school, and enjoy a homecooked meal at a family farmhouse. • Hike to the legendary Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple). • Visit the beautifully restored Gangtey Goemba.

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DAY 1 | PARO Arrive at any time and transfer to our hotel. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in town before dinner. DAYS 2 & 3 | PUNAKHA Drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, crossing the Dochu La pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. The next day, visit the Punakha Dzong, an elaborate fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. Hike to the Chime Lhakhang temple and continue on to the town of Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple, and take in sweeping views of the valley below. DAYS 4 & 5 | GANGTEY VALLEY Travel to the village of Khewa before continuing on to the Gangtey Valley to get a taste of Bhutanese

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life, and enjoy a home-cooked dinner. The next day, walk to Gangtey Goemba, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan. Explore the restored temple complex and examine some of the finest craftsmanship in Bhutan. Go for a spectacular walk through the valley to visit an age-old temple and make an offering. DAY 6 | THIMPHU Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Visit the National Library and observe pilgrims circling the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed stupa topped by a golden spire. Then head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an art school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and traditions. DAY 7 | HAA VALLEY Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan. En route, hike to the Kila Goemba nunnery and take in spectacular views from the temple complex. Drive to the valley and visit the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). DAYS 8 & 9 | PARO Return to Paro and explore the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong fortress, which once defended this valley from invasions. Embark on a vigorous hike to the famed pilgrimage site of Taktsang Lhakhang, or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (pictured above), which clings to a vertical granite cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Later, visit the seventhcentury Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, and walk the archery grounds.

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D AT E S 2017: Aug. 12–21 • Nov. 25–Dec. 4 2018: Mar. 17–26 • Mar. 31–Apr. 9 • Apr. 7–16 Apr. 14–23 • Apr. 21–30 • Apr. 28–May 7 May 5–14 • May 19–28 • June 2–11 • June 16–25 July 7–16 • July 21–30 • Aug. 11–20 Aug. 25–Sept. 3 • Sept. 8–17 • Sept. 22–Oct. 1 Oct. 13–22 • Oct. 20–29 • Oct. 27–Nov. 5 Nov. 3–12 • Nov. 10–19

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels and lodges that reflect the local character (9 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners. TR ANSPORTATION

Private vehicle, hiking

DAY 10 | PARO Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included.

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ICONIC THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS • Visit Wat Chedi Luang temple in the heart of Chiang Mai and discuss daily life with one of the monks. • Discover the former royal capital of Ayutthaya, cruise Bangkok’s canals, and enjoy a traditional meal in a village home. • Kayak and snorkel along the limestone cliffs of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park. • Visit the market with a local chef and then participate in a Thai cooking class.

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DAYS 7 & 8 | BANGKOK Fly back to Bangkok, and set off on a long-tail boat ride through the city’s canals. Then visit Wat Pho, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Spend the following day exploring Bangkok with options to visit temples, museums, local shops, or a spa.

Chiang Mai

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Khao Sok

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Bangkok

DAYS 9 & 10 | KOH SAMUI Catch a flight to the tropical island of Ko Samui and settle into our resort hotel. Opt to ride a tuk tuk to the beach or visit the town. Embark on a boat tour to the islands of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan. Enjoy a local lunch on the beach and opt to kayak or snorkel.

Ko Samui Krabi

DAYS 1–3 | BANGKOK/KANCHANABURI/ AYUTTHAYA Arrive at any time. Travel to Kanchanaburi, and ride a train over the bridge that inspired the 1950s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai. In Erawan National Park, swim in the pools of a seven-tiered waterfall, and spot monkeys in the jungle. At the ThailandBurma Railway Centre, learn more about Kanchanaburi’s role in World War II. Later, drive to the former royal capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy dinner on a 1930s rice barge. DAYS 4–6 | AYUTTHAYA/CHIANG MAI Explore the spectacular temples, stupas, and Buddha statues of Ayutthaya. Return to Bangkok and catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Visit a local market with a chef to buy ingredients that you’ll then use to prepare a delicious meal during a Thai cooking class. At the Wat Chedi Luang temple, meet with a young monk. Later, listen to monks chant at the stunning golden

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temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The next day is free to explore on your own before a Khantoke dinner in a family home.

DAYS 13–15 | KHAO SOK/KRABI/ BANGKOK Catch a ferry back to the mainland and settle into our lodge, located just outside Khao Sok National Park. Take a guided walk through the surrounding rain forest and enjoy dinner beneath the canopy. After a free day to explore, we’ll cross the Krabi River by traditional long-tail boat with a local guide, visiting caves and mangroves. Then jump in tricycle tuk-tuks to learn about rural life in southern Thailand, visiting villages, a rubber plantation, and a batik workshop. The next day, opt to visit spas and relax, rent kayaks, or snorkel. Return to Bangkok on the final day, and depart at anytime. MORE OPTIONS ONLINE

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D AT E S 2017: Aug. 13–27 • Oct. 1–15 • Nov. 12–26 Dec. 17–31 2018: Jan. 14–28 • Jan. 28–Feb. 11 • Feb. 11–25 Mar. 11–25 • Apr. 15–29 • May 13–27 June 10–24 • July 15–29 • Aug. 12–26 Sept. 9–23 • Sept. 30–Oct. 14 Oct. 28–Nov. 11 • Nov. 11–25 • Dec. 16–30

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14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow $190–250 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

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DAY 1 | DELHI Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures–supported project. DAY 2 | DELHI Walk through Delhi on an insider tour with a young adult from the G Adventures–supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy streets. 30

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DAYS 3 & 4 | VARANASI Fly to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city. At the ghats (stairs) of the Ganges, hear a lecture about the river’s spiritual, social, and economic significance, and then embark on a boat ride just before sunset. The next day, rise early for a dawn-lit boat ride on the river and observe rituals of bathing and burial. Later, visit Sarnath, the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. DAY 5 | KHAJURAHO Fly to Khajuraho and visit the western group of the temple complex, famed for its erotic sculptures depicting the Kama Sutra. Later, take a yoga class.

elusive tigers. Then walk with some locals to the ruins of Ranthambore Fort and visit the Trinetra Ganesh Temple. DAYS 9 & 10 | JAIPUR Drive to Jaipur and delve into India’s history with visits to the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and the impressive Amber Fort. Enjoy a traditional culinary experience with a local family, visiting a nearby market with them and then sitting down to a meal in their home.

DAY 6 | AGRA Travel by road before mingling with locals on the train ride to Agra.

DAY 11 | JOJĀWAR Travel to the village of Jojāwar and spend the night in a family-run guesthouse. Explore the village and meet some of its residents. Opt to take a rustic train safari through the Aravalli Hills.

DAY 7 | AGRA/RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK This morning, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort. Later, travel by private vehicle to Ranthambore National Park (pictured above).

DAYS 12 & 13 | UDAIPUR Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk. Discover Lake Pichola and the fairy-tale Lake Palace. Explore the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

DAY 8 | RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Enjoy two safari drives through the park with local naturalists/rangers to spot leopards, monkeys, and, with some luck, one of the park’s

DAYS 14 & 15 | DELHI Fly to Delhi for our final evening, and opt to join a farewell dinner. Depart at any time the next day.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Explore five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the incredible Taj Mahal. • Cruise the Ganges River at sunrise to witness ancient Hindu rituals, and prepare a meal with a family in Jaipur. • Seek out leopards, birds, and perhaps a tiger on safari in Ranthambore National Park. • Take an insider’s tour of Delhi with a youth from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project.

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (14 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

14 breakfasts, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $320-420 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Minibus, rickshaw, boat, plane, train

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ICONIC JAPAN

BLENDING TIME-HONORED TRADITION with cutting-edge modernity, Japan is a land of contrasts. Begin your journey amid the neon-lit cityscapes of Tokyo before traveling into the countryside to visit rural villages and serene shrines. Stroll historic geisha districts in Kanazawa and Kyoto, visit the Hiroshima peace park and museum, and try your hand at calligraphy and martial arts.

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DAYS 4–6 | NAGISO/TSUMAGO/KANAZAWA Travel to Nagiso and walk to our traditional ryokan in the village of Tsumago. Continue to Kanazawa. Explore ancient samurai culture, visit Myoryuji Temple, stroll the Higashi Chaya geisha neighborhood, and take a chopstickmaking class. DAYS 7 & 8 | HIROSHIMA/MIYAJIMA Take the bullet train to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Museum. Ferry to Miyajima, and venture into the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. DAYS 9–12 | KYOTO/NARA See the Himeji Castle, then transfer to Kyoto. Meander the Gion geisha district, and take part in a tea ceremony. Take a day trip to Nara to see the Todai-ji temple and meditate with a Buddhist monk. Back in Kyoto, discover the Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, and try out martial arts at a dojo.

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VENTURE INTO THE HEART OF MYANMAR and discover the country’s warm culture and little-known treasures. Cruise the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan, home to over 2,500 temples, stupas, and pagodas. Glide past fishing skiffs and floating villages on serene Inle Lake, visit Kyansittha Umin Monastery to meet with a Buddhist monk, and delve into Burmese cuisine with a local chef.

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DAYS 1–3 | TOKYO Experience traditional Tokyo at Meiji Shrine and in the historic Asakusa neighborhood, then delve into Japanese pop culture in the Harajuka district. Visit Tsukiji Market for a sushi-making class.

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DAYS 1–4 | YANGON/MANDALAY Arrive in Yangon, and fly to Mandalay to tour the city. Cruise to the village of Mingun to meet local craftspeople. Explore spiritual Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. DAYS 5–7 | BAGAN Cruise the Irrawaddy River to Bagan to explore its vast archaeological zone. Venture into the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple. Discuss daily life with a Buddhist monk at Kyansittha Umin Monastery, and visit a village within a toddy palm farm. DAYS 8 & 9 | INLE LAKE Travel to Inle Lake, visiting Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and Nyaung Shwe along the way. Cruise the lake to visit floating villages, a cigar factory, the daily market, and more. Visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. DAYS 10–12 | KALAW/YANGON Explore Kalaw, a former British hill station. Return to Yangon to see the gleaming stupas of Shwedagon Pagoda.

HIGHLIGHTS • Encounter royal palaces and pagodas in Mandalay, and cruise the Irrawaddy in a teak riverboat. • Take part in a candle-lighting ceremony at Yangon’s glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. • Meet the iconic leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake and learn about their trade. • Ride a horse-cart at sunset past hundreds of stupas on the Bagan plain, and enjoy dinner within sight of the temples.

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INDIA RIVER CRUISE: THE HOLY GANGES

DISCOVER THE ISLAND NATION OF SRI LANKA, home to ancient treasures, timeless villages, and wildlife-rich jungles. Climb to the top of the Sigiriya rock fortress, and venture into the extraordinary cave monastery of Dambulla. Stroll spice gardens and emerald green tea plantations; relax on golden beaches; and seek out elephants, leopards, and water buffalos in Wilpattu National Park.

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DAYS 1–3 | COLOMBO/NUWARA ELIYA Tour Colombo, then drive to Nuwara Eliya. Hike in Horton Plains National Park, and enjoy high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. Take a tuk-tuk to the Nuwara Eliya market. DAYS 4 & 5 | KANDY/MADULKELE Visit a tea plantation en route to Kandy, then tour the Temple of the Tooth. Continue to our eco-lodge in Madulkele, and hike the Knuckles mountains. Enjoy a talk on Ayurveda— traditional Hindu medicine. DAYS 6 & 7 | MATALE/DAMBULLA/SIGIRIYA In Matale visit a spice garden and the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige. Continue to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. Visit a farmhouse to prepare a traditional lunch with a local family. Climb Lion Rock at the Sigiriya fortress. DAYS 8–11 | WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK/ANURADHAPURA/ MARAWILA Go on safari in Wilpattu National Park, and hear about conservation efforts from a ranger. Explore the Buddhist monasteries of Anuradhapura, and relax on the beach in Marawila.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Explore four UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the sacred cities of Kandy and Anuradhapura. • Learn about tea harvesting at a plantation in Ceylon, and stay at an eco-lodge located on a tea estate. • Join a ranger on safari in Wilpattu National Park, home to a thriving leopard population, and learn about local conservation efforts.

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GET INTRODUCED TO DELHI’S BUSTLING BACKSTREETS, the magnificent Taj Mahal, and the exquisite monuments of Jaipur. Then set sail aboard a traditional riverboat to experience the timeless treasures of the Ganges, from riverside palaces and temples to scenic villages and Mughal-style gardens.

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DAYS 1–8 | DELHI/AGRA/JAIPUR/SWARDA/KOLKATA (CALCUTTA) Explore Delhi with a young adult from the G Adventures–supported New Delhi Street Kids Project. In Agra, encounter the famed Taj Mahal, the “Baby Taj,” and Agra Fort. Visit Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, where we’ll enjoy a talk with a local historian. Experience village life in Sāwarda, then return to Delhi and fly to Kolkata. DAYS 9–14 | KOLKATA/CRUISING THE GANGES Transfer to our riverboat (pictured above) and set sail on the Ganges. Explore an array of sites along the river: the age-old settlement of Chinsurah, the terra-cotta temples at Kalna, the impressive Hazarduari Palace, and much more. DAYS 15–16 | FARAKKA/GAUR /KOLKATA Disembark and set out to explore the fascinating mosques and ruins of Gaur, the former Muslim capital of Bengal. Later, return to Kolkata via train and connect with your flight home.

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EXPLORE AUSTRALIA HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise Sydney Harbour in a private yacht and view the iconic Sydney Opera House. • Go behind the scenes at James Cook University research aquarium, founded by a National Geographic grantee. • Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. • Take a guided walk in Melbourne led by a culinary storyteller.

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DAYS 1 & 2 | SYDNEY Arrive at any time. Kick off the trip at Sydney Harbour with a walk to the iconic Sydney Opera House and through the historic Rocks district. Later, board a private 52-foot yacht and enjoy dinner on deck. Opt to swim, fish, or kayak, or sit back and relax as the opera house lights up in the evening. DAY 3 | PORT DOUGLAS Fly to Cairns, then travel up the stunning coastal road to Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about life in the Daintree Rainforest. DAY 4 | PORT DOUGLAS Opt to snorkel or SCUBA dive on the Great Barrier Reef. DAY 5 | CAIRNS Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Get up close to the marvelous creatures that live there. 34

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DAY 6 | CAIRNS Travel southward to the tiny town of Tully for a G Adventures–sponsored experience with an indigenous community. Meet the people of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest and learn how they have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Enjoy a traditional lunch and participate in a painting class with Aboriginal artists. DAYS 7 & 8 | ULURU Fly to the heart of the Australian outback and take in the sunset with a glass of bubbly in the presence of Uluru. Rise early to catch the sunrise, then go on a guided walk around the base of Uluru, visit the cultural center, and learn about the significance of this sacred monolith.

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D AT E S 2017: Sept. 27–Oct. 8 • Oct. 25–Nov. 5 • Nov. 22–Dec. 3 Dec. 6–17 • Dec. 20–31 • Dec. 27, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 2018: Jan. 10–21 • Jan. 17–28 • Jan. 31–Feb. 11 Feb. 14–25 • Feb. 28–Mar. 11 • Apr. 4–15 July 11–22 • Aug. 1–12 • Aug. 15–26 • Sept. 5–16 Sept. 26–Oct. 7 • Oct. 10–21 • Oct. 24–Nov. 4 Oct. 31–Nov. 11 • Nov. 14–25 • Nov. 21–Dec. 2 Dec. 12–23 • Dec. 26, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

DAYS 9-11 | ULURU/MELBOURNE Witness sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne, and enjoy a free day to explore this stunning city on your own. The next day, set out on a guided walk led by local author and culinary storyteller. Have lunch at three popular venues that showcase contemporary dining in Melbourne through its mix of European and Asian flavors. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Great Ocean Road or visit some of the area’s wineries.

All transport between destinations, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions, including those described in the “Add to your Experience” box (left), are at an additional cost.

DAY 12 | MELBOURNE Depart at any time.

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SYDNEY BRIDGE CLIMB Ascend to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge with a guide.

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ULURU & KATA TJUTA HELICOPTOR FLIGHT Appreciate the sheer size and splendor of Uluru from above.

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NEW ZEALAND JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS • Meet a Maori elder before enjoying a traditional performance and hangi feast. • Explore the glacial area of Franz Josef and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. • Cruise through Doubtful Sound (seasonal) with naturalist guides, spotting dolphins, seals, and penguins. • Ride a boat through caves lit up by glow worms.

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Waitomo Caves to see thousands of flickering glow worms lighting up the walls. Continue to Rotorua and meet an elder at Tamaki Maori Village to learn about his culture. Then take in a performance about Maori legends while dining on traditional hangi cuisine.

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

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Queenstown Doubtful Sound (Patea)

DAYS 1 & 2 | AUCKLAND Arrive at any time. The next day, ride by ferry to Waiheke Island to explore the wine region and taste local olive and avocado oils. Return to Auckland by ferry this evening. DAY 3 | RAGLAN Drive a scenic route, stopping to visit an eel farm that focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. After lunch at the farm, drive to Bridal Veil Falls, then continue to the artsy town of Raglan and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbor. DAY 4 | ROTORUA Take a boat ride through

DAY 8 | QUEENSTOWN Travel southward along the coast through the rugged rain forest to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views (pictured above). DAY 9 | DOUBTFUL SOUND Embark on a wilderness cruise (seasonal) through the Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, and penguins, as well as the option to kayak. Spend the night on board. DAYS 10 & 11 | QUEENSTOWN Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for our final night. Depart at any time the next day.

EXPLORE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 22 DAYS | Combine the itineraries on these two pages for a 22-day adventure through Australia and New Zealand. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary.

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D AT E S 2017: Dec. 3–13 • Dec. 17–27 2018: Jan. 21–31 • Mar. 11–21 • Apr. 15–25 July 22–Aug. 1 • Aug. 12–22 • Aug. 26–Sept. 5 Sept. 16–26 Oct. 7–17 • Oct. 21–31 Nov. 4–14 • Nov. 11–21 • Nov. 25–Dec. 5 Dec. 2–12 • Dec. 23, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019

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more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. Discover the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal.  DAY 4 | AGUAS CALIENTES Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Visit the market here if you wish. DAY 5 | MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Go on a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins (pictured above). Then explore the site on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train.

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DAY 6 | CUSCO Explore historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go white-water rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. DAYS 7 & 8 | LIMA Fly back to Lima for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

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• Venture to Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac, and Moray with a local guide.

2017: July 16–23 • Aug. 13–20 • Sept. 23–30 • Oct. 1–8 • Oct. 7–14 Oct. 8–15 Oct. 28–Nov. 4 • Nov. 4–11 Nov. 19–26 • Nov. 25–Dec. 2 • Dec. 3–10 Dec. 23–30 2018: Jan. 14–21 • Jan. 28–Feb. 4 • Feb. 17–24 Mar. 17–24 • Mar. 25–Apr. 1 • Apr. 22–29 May 12–19 • May 20–27 • May 26–June 2 May 27–June 3 • June 3–10 • June 9–16 June 17–24 • July 1–8 • July 7–14 • July 14–21 July 29–Aug. 5 • Aug. 4–11 • Aug. 12–19 Aug. 26–Sept. 2 • Sept. 1–8 • Sept. 9–16 Sept. 15–22 • Sept. 29–Oct. 6 Sept. 30–Oct. 7 • Oct. 7–14 • Oct. 27–Nov. 3 Nov. 4–11 • Nov. 24–Dec. 1 • Dec. 22–29 Dec. 30, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

• See the night sky through telescopes at the Cusco Planetarium.

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

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

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MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS • Spend four days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take the train and enjoy extra time in Cusco. • Spot Amazonian wildlife with expert naturalists. • Visit two G Adventures-supported projects: Parque debla Papa (Potato Park) and the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant.

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Tambopata National Reserve

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Journeys and supported by G Adventures for Good. Walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Later, enjoy lunch at the G Adventuressupported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. DAYS 6–9 | INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the four-day guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two full free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu (pictured above) with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train. DAY 10 | CUSCO Depart at any time.

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (4 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights)

DAY 4 | CUSCO Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium.

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DAYS 2 & 3 | AMAZON RAIN FOREST Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

DAY 5 | SACRED VALLEY/ OLLANTAYTAMBO Enjoy a full day of exploring the Sacred Valley, including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)—an experience exclusive to National Geographic

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

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ICONIC PERU HIGHLIGHTS • Hike the Inca Trail or take the train to Machu Picchu, and visit the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo with a guide. • Spend two days exploring the Amazon rain forest with a naturalist guide. • Enjoy lunch in the home of a local family on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and take a cruise on the lake.

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DAY 1 | LIMA Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAYS 2 & 3 | AMAZON RAIN FOREST Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Enjoy some free time to relax or swim, and go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

DAYS 6–9 | INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the four-day guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two free days in Cusco and catch a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed site. Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train. DAY 10 | CUSCO Take advantage of a free day in Cusco to explore its museums and ruins, or try white-water rafting or rock climbing. DAYS 11 & 12 | PUNO/LAKE TITICACA Take in scenic views while traveling through the high Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next day, go on a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca (pictured above), visiting the floating islands of Uros and Taquile. Also visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a family home. DAYS 13 & 14 | LIMA Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima for our last night in Peru. Depart the next day at any time.

DAY 4 | CUSCO Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. DAY 5 | SACRED VALLEY/ OLLANTAYTAMBO Explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a local guide, visiting the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Stop by the Women’s Weaving Co-op and enjoy a lunch at the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant— both G Adventures for Good projects. I

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INCA EXPLORER HIGHLIGHTS • Tour pre-Inca and Inca sites with expert guides—from the Nasca Lines to Machu Picchu. • Sample pisco at an Ica Valley winery, and help a chef prepare local dishes in Arequipa. • Cruise around the Ballestas Islands, spotting penguins, sea lions, and more.

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DAY 1 | LIMA Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAY 2 | PARACAS Travel to Paracas National Park and relax in this gorgeous seaside spot. DAY 3 | BALLESTAS ISLANDS/NASCA Cruise to the Ballestas Islands and seek out resident sea lion colonies, penguins, and other bird life. Then visit a local winery to learn about Peruvian wine and pisco production. Continue to mysterious Nasca, with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes.

Participate in a cooking class led by one of the chefs at a traditional picantería restaurant. DAYS 7 & 8 | CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY Fly to Cusco, and spend the next day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve potato species. Explore the Pisac ruins, and visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo, an eatery supported by G Adventures. DAY 9 | AGUAS CALIENTES Embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. DAY 10 | MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu alongside a local guide. Enjoy free time to discover the ruins on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge before returning by train to Cusco. DAY 11 | CUSCO Explore historical Cusco at your leisure, with options to visit museums and ruins or go white-water rafting or paragliding. This evening, look to the stars through the telescopes of the local Cusco planetarium.

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D AT E S 2017: July 30–Aug. 13 • Aug. 13–27 • Aug. 27–Sept. 10 Sept. 3–17 • Sept. 10–24 • Oct. 8–22 • Oct. 15–29 Oct. 22–Nov. 5 • Oct. 29–Nov. 12 • Nov. 5–19 Nov. 19–Dec. 3 • Dec. 10–24 • Dec. 24–Jan. 7, 2018 Dec. 31, 2017–Jan. 14, 2018 2018: Jan. 14–28 • Jan. 28–Feb. 11 • Feb. 11–25 Feb. 18–Mar. 4 • Mar. 18–Apr. 1 • Mar. 25–Apr. 8 Apr. 1–15 • Apr. 15–29 • Apr. 22–May 6 Apr. 29–May 13 • May 6–20 • May 13–27 May 20–June 3 • May 27–June 10 •June 3–17 June 10–24 • June 17–July 1 • July 1–15 July 15–29 July 22–Aug. 5 • July 29–Aug. 12 • Aug. 12–26 Aug. 26–Sept. 9 • Sept. 9–23 • Sept. 23–Oct. 7 Oct. 7–21 • Oct. 14–28 • Oct. 21–Nov. 4 • Nov. 4–18 Nov. 18–Dec. 2 • Dec. 9–23 Dec. 23, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

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DAY 4 | NASCA Tour a pre-Inca cemetery in the desert at Nasca, then visit a traditional pottery studio. Later, sit down for a pachamancastyle dinner. Opt to take a flight over the beguiling Nasca Lines.

DAYS 12 & 13 | PUNO/LAKE TITICACA Travel to the town of Puno. The next day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca, visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a home there. Later, make the optional trip to the Sillustani burial towers.

DAYS 5 & 6 | AREQUIPA Drive to colonial Arequipa. The next day, take a city tour, including a visit to the Santa Catalina convent.

DAY 14 & 15 | LIMA Fly to Lima for our final night. Opt to visit a museum or enjoy free time to explore. Depart at any time the next day.

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DISCOVER PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the spectacular lakes, peaks, and waterfalls of Torres del Paine National Park. • Hear from an expert on the Perito Moreno Glacier, and then witness calving in this advancing ice mass. • Discover the enormous penguin colonies on Martillo Island. • Sample beer and chocolate on a tour of Bariloche, and try out tango in Buenos Aires.

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pristine lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls in this vast and stunning region. DAYS 8 & 9 | EL CALAFATE Enjoy the gorgeous drive to El Calafate. The following day, attend a talk by a local expert on the Perito Moreno Glacier. Then travel into Los Glaciares National Park to view this massive glacier, and opt to take a boat ride to its base. DAYS 10 & 11 | USHUAIA Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The next day, see the penguins on Martillo Island with a naturalist guide. Then return to Ushuaia by navigating the Beagle Channel on a catamaran, passing islands inhabited by birds, penguins, and seals, as well as the lighthouse at the “end of the world.”

DAY 1 | BUENOS AIRES Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. DAYS 2 & 3 | BARILOCHE Catch a flight to northern Patagonia. Discover the highlights of scenic San Carlos de Bariloche on a Circuito Chico tour, with stops at local artisanal producers specializing in chocolate, beer, and jams. The next day is free to explore this incredible region by foot or bike. DAYS 4 & 5 | PUERTO VARAS Travel by bus and ferry to Puerto Varas in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Enjoy the sights from the Cruce de Lagos, considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world. The next day, opt to take a daytime excursion to picturesque Chiloé Island.

DAYS 12 & 13 | BUENOS AIRES Fly back to Buenos Aires and the afternoon is free to explore the “Paris of South America.” In the evening, head out to San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city, for a light dinner in a café and a lesson from local dancers at a studio. Then it’s time for a milonga, a neighborhood tradition where students and teachers of the studio show up to practice their moves. Sit back and enjoy or join in the fun. The next day, venture out on a tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo (home to Eva Perón’s famous balcony), La Boca, and La Recoleta Cemetery. DAY 14 | BUENOS AIRES Depart at any time.

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a protected archipelago of coral islands, or soak in an incredible mud volcano.

DAYS 4 & 5 | MEDELLÍN Drive to Medellín and visit Comuna 13, a community transformed into a shining example of Colombia’s progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and ride upward on the city’s unique public system of cable cars and escalators. Enjoy free time for some exploration.

DAY 11 | BOGOTÁ Fly back to Bogotá and opt to visit the Colombia National Museum or the Gold Museum, or just wander one of the city’s many quaint neighborhoods. DAY 12 | BOGOTÁ Depart at any time.

DAYS 6 & 7 | TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK AREA Catch a morning flight to Santa Marta and continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park (pictured right) on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some beach time on the white sand. Opt to hike in the park or into the jungle to see the ruins of El Pueblito, or just lie back and relax by the water. DAYS 8–10 | CARTAGENA Drive to tropical Cartagena (pictured above). Take a walking tour of the old city, and visit sites that inspired Nobel Prize–winner Gabriel García Márquez. This evening, learn the basics of Colombian salsa in a private lesson with two local dancers. The next day, enjoy free time to visit Playa Blanca, take a boat tour to the Islas del Rosario,

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

DAYS 7–9 | MONTEVERDE Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic– funded explorers and scientists studying the cloud forest. Meet some of the researchers and learn about their conservation projects. Take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and then enjoy extended time

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• Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park on a boat tour, spotting caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, and more.

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

• Make tortillas with a local family in La Fortuna.

“Costa Rica seems to contain the entire world within its small compass…from cool Swiss alpine forest to steamy Amazonian lowland jungle.” — Christopher Baker, National Geographic Traveler: Costa Rica guidebook

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NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF COSTA RICA HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic, and assist in cloud forest conservation. • Tour a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op whose proceeds benefit the local community. • Cook up traditional Costa Rican dishes in the home of a local family, and then sit down to dinner with them • Explore the jungles of Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided walk, and swim in its coastal waters..

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DAY 1 | SAN JOSÉ Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Those arriving early may wish to explore downtown San José, discovering its lively plazas and colonial architecture. DAYS 2 & 3 | LA FORTUNA/ARENAL Visit a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op for lunch and a tour. Continue on to La Fortuna to visit a local family’s home and learn the art of tortilla-making. Then sit down with the family to a dinner of casado, a typical Costa Rican dish of black beans, plantains, and tortillas. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore La Fortuna—the adventure hub of Costa Rica. Optional activities include canyoneering, canopy walks, and a boat tour of the wetlands in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. DAYS 4 & 5 | MONTEVERDE Travel to Monteverde and enjoy a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, where

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you can opt to visit a butterfly garden, ride a zip line through the canopy, or go horseback riding. Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic–funded explorers and scientists studying the cloud forest. Meet some of the researchers and learn about the various projects examining insects and birds, as well as tropical reforestation and conservation. DAY 6 | MANUEL ANTONIO Continue to Manuel Antonio on the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to take a surfing lesson, go horseback riding through tropical forests, take a catamaran cruise, or visit other nearby beaches. DAY 7 | MANUEL ANTONIO Take a guided walk in Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and some 350 species of birds. Swim or snorkel in the park’s pristine coastal waters, and then hike the trails that wind through the inland tropical forests. DAY 8 | SAN JOSÉ Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner in town. DAY 9 | SAN JOSÉ Depart at any time.

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D AT E S 2017: July 8–16 • Aug. 5–13 • Sept. 9–17 Oct. 7–15 • Dec. 16–24 2018: Jan. 6–14 • Jan. 13–21 • Jan. 27–Feb. 4 Feb. 3–11 • Feb. 10–18 • Feb. 17–25 Feb. 24–Mar. 4 • Mar. 3–11 • Mar. 10–18 Mar. 17–25 • Mar. 25–Apr. 2 • Apr. 7–15 May 5–13 • June 9–17 • July 7–15 • Aug. 4–12 Sept. 8–16 • Oct. 6–14 • Nov. 10–18 Dec. 15–23

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Go canyoneering near Arenal Volcano and zip-lining in Monteverde.

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DISCOVER AMERICAN CANYONLANDS HIGHLIGHTS • Peer into the Lowell Observatory’s high-powered telescopes on a behindthe-scenes tour. • Photograph stunning Antelope Canyon during an interpretive walk with a Navajo guide. • Meet an expert from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute for a guided walk along the South Rim. • Hike Zion’s famous Narrows, and take in the spectacular sculpted hoo doos of Bryce Canyon.

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DAY 6 | GRAND CANYON Spend the day exploring the canyon alongside an expert from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute, and discuss the park’s geology, history, and culture. Visit the Historic Village District, and continue down the Bright Angel Trail to view 2,000-year-old rock art. Drop by Kolb Studio on the canyon’s South Rim, once the home and studio of photographers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb whose work has been featured in National Geographic magazine.

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DAY | LAS VEGAS Arrive at any time. DAYS 2 & 3 | ZION NATIONAL PARK Depart early for Zion National Park, where red sandstone gorges and waterfall-laced cliffs make for some of the most scenic canyon landscapes in America. The next day, set out on a guided hike to the picturesque Narrows. Wade into the Virgin River, which cuts through the slot canyon, and take in jaw-dropping views of the park’s high plateaus, sculpted rock towers, and sheer sandstone walls.

DAYS 7 & 8 | FLAGSTAFF/LAS VEGAS Visit Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff for a tour of its giant telescopes, and hear about the facility’s National Geographic-supported studies of Mars. Return to Las Vegas and depart at any time the following day.

DAY 4 | BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK/PAGE Spend today discovering Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for the multicolored rock pinnacles that jut skyward from the canyon floor. Later, continue toward Page, Arizona. DAY 5 | ANTELOPE CANYON/GRAND CANYON Join a Navajo guide for a walk through Antelope Canyon. Located on native

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DAY 1 | ANCHORAGE Arrive at any time. DAYS 2 & 3 | HOMER Travel along the stunning glacier-carved coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Keep your eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea, and take in views of the volcanoes lining the Cook Inlet. Upon arrival, set out on an optional hike outside of Homer. The next day is free to explore the town’s museums, restaurants, and art galleries. You may also opt to explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or try your hand at halibut fishing. DAYS 4 & 5 | SEWARD Continue to the tip of the Kenai Peninsula for a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center. National Geographic has collaborated with this marine science facility on projects like CritterCam, which documents wildlife behavior from an animal’s perspective. Visit the labs here and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects. The next day, set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing

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glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales. The afternoon is free to go hiking or explore the town. DAY 6 | DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the road to Denali National Park and Preserve, home to the highest mountain in North America. Settle in this afternoon and meet with an expert from the Denali Education Center to learn about the natural history of the park and National Geographic’s long legacy of exploration and scientific research here. DAY 7 | DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Embark on a day-long excursion to the Eielson Visitor Center at the heart of the park for a tour with a naturalist from the National Parks Service. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its soaring peaks. Have your camera at the ready to capture images of caribou, grizzly bears, moose, and more. DAY 8 | DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Set out on a hike with a naturalist guide, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Denali’s wilderness. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, with options to visit a sled dog kennel or take a scenic flight over the park. This evening, meet up with a local resident to discuss the area’s history and culture and learn about daily life among these rugged landscapes.

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DAYS 9 & 10 | ANCHORAGE Enjoy the beautiful drive back to Anchorage for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day.

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DAY 4 | CHURCHILL Enjoy a free morning to explore Churchill or opt to take a dogsledding excursion. After lunch, head to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for an educational presentation about Canada’s national park service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, sit down with a Churchill resident for an informal discussion about everyday life in this remote northern outpost.

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DAY 1 | WINNIPEG Arrive at any time. This evening, meet your group for a welcome dinner. DAY 2 | CHURCHILL Catch an early morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba, a former fur trading post set on the southern shores of the Hudson Bay. Upon arrival, take a tour of some of the area’s sites including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation’s polar bear holding facility. Then visit the Eskimo Museum, home to an impressive collection of Inuit art and artifacts. Late this evening, drive out of town and into the tundra for a chance to view the outstanding northern lights (weather dependent).

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DAY 3 | CHURCHILL Climb aboard a Tundra Buggy for a full-day wildlife-viewing excursion with a local expert. Take in the majestic landscape, and search for polar bears, arctic foxes, ptarmigans, and more. Stop for a picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join

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DELVE INTO THE AWE-INSPIRING SCENERY and fascinating wildlife of Western Canada. Cruise to Victoria Island, journey into the Rockies to explore Jasper National Park and serene Lake Louise, embark on a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, drive the breathtaking Icefields Parkway, and meander the enchanting streets of Banff.

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DAYS 4–6 | WHISTLER/BLUE RIVER Drive the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Tour the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre with an indigenous guide and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Travel to Blue River, with stops at Marble Canyon and Lower Joffre Lake. DAYS 7–9 | JASPER NATIONAL PARK/ICEFIELD PARKWAY/LAKE LOUISE Take a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley. Continue to Jasper National Park. Opt to go hiking or white-water rafting, and soak in the Miette hot springs. Travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto Lake. Take a guided walk atop the Lower Athabasca Glacier. Continue to Lake Louise. DAY 10 | BANFF/CALGARY Opt to hike to Lake Agnes Tea House. Continue to Banff and explore with an expert from the Whyte Museum. Drive to Calgary, and opt to visit museums or Canada Olympic Park.

• Embark on a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rain forest in search of grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.

STEP BACK IN TIME AT HISTORIC SITES along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States during a weeklong journey by rail. Explore the cobbled streets of colonial Boston, take in the iconic landmarks of New York City, and stroll amid the marble monuments of Washington, D.C. From the Statue of Liberty to the Liberty Bell, delve into some of the most fascinating chapters of American history.

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DAYS 1 & 2 | BOSTON Delve into the history of the American Revolution on an expert-led walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. Take an afternoon to explore on your own, or opt to visit Faneuil Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. DAYS 3–5 | NEW YORK CITY/PHILADELPHIA Catch a train to the Big Apple, and set off on a photo walk with a local photographer through Brooklyn’s trendy Bushwick neighborhood. Enjoy a free day to explore the city, with options to see Times Square or Central Park, catch a Broadway show, or visit iconic landmarks. During a day in Philadelphia, take in important sites in American history, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. DAYS 6–8 | WASHINGTON, D.C. Continue to the nation’s capital, and take a walking tour of the monuments along the National Mall. The next day, visit the headquarters of National Geographic. Tour the on-site museum and go behind the scenes at the photo archives and remote imaging lab. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Boston’s renowned Freedom Trail with a local expert. • Take a photo walk with a photographer in Brooklyn.

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• Join a historian on a walking tour of Banff, and witness a traditional tea ceremony at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

• Enjoy an insider’s tour of the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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• Visit Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and see the Liberty Bell.

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HEAD TO BELIZE FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF Caribbean experience. Enjoy some relaxing beach time, along with intriguing cultural encounters that offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of Belizeans. Explore some of the area’s best-preserved Mayan ruins, enjoy a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover remote villages, and swim in the warm waters off Caye Caulker.

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DAYS 3–5 | SAN IGNACIO Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Robert Horwich, and go on a rain-forest walk to observe monkeys in the wild. Visit a Cayo women’s cooperative and learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots. Enjoy two days to explore the jungle on optional excursions. DAYS 6 & 7 | HOPKINS Travel to Hopkins, visiting Marie Sharp’s hot sauce factory en route. Discover the local Garifuna culture and take a drumming lesson. Take a free day to explore nearby wildlife sanctuaries and beaches. DAYS 8–10 | CAYE CAULKER Visit an animal conservation center before catching the ferry to Caye Caulker. Opt for a full-day snorkeling excursion to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef, a manatee tour, or sunset sailing.

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• Explore the Mayan ruins at Lamanai with a local guide. • Learn the age-old art of handcrafting pottery at a women’s cooperative in San Ignacio. • Unwind on Caye Caulker, and take an optional sailing and snorkeling excursion to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef • Try your hand at traditional Garifuna drumming.

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE FESTIVALS, the Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party. Join us in Oaxaca for a different perspective on Mexico. With street dances, painted faces, and picturesque landscapes, it’s easy to get into the macabre spirit of “Dia de los Muertos.”

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DAYS 1 & 2 | BELIZE CITY/BURRELL BOOM Land in Belize City and transfer to Burrell Boom. Explore the Mayan ruins of Lamanai.

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DAYS 1–3 | OAXACA Discover the culture, spirituality, and celebrations of the famed Day of the Dead festival. Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca, shop at local markets, and visit cemeteries in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán and Santa Maria Atzompa to observe families gathering at dusk. Opt to visit the nearby ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla, or nearby villages to meet artisans at work. Sample the culinary delights of the region with a host who takes us to a local market, the chocolate-grinding mills, and a tortilla-making workshop. Visit a local family’s kitchen to taste an array of Oaxacan dishes and learn traditional cooking methods. DAYS 4–7 | OAXACA As the Day of the Dead festivities get into full swing, discover the symbolism and pageantry of this unusual celebration parades in Oaxaca and Etla Valley. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore on your own, take in the kaleidescope of colors, and experience the revelry.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Celebrate the Day of the Dead at street parades, and gather at cemeteries for twilight vigils. • Sample the gastronomic delights of Oaxaca on a food tour through Mexico’s culinary capital. • Venture out to nearby villages to visit artisans and see traditional Oaxacan handicrafts.

PER PERSON. AIRFARE TO/FROM IS NOT INCLUDED

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+ $799 MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 16

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EXPLORE ICELAND HIGHLIGHTS • Walk to a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park, and visit the iceberg-dotted Jökulsárlón lagoon. • At the geothermally heated Friðheimar farm, enjoy a lunch made from greenhouse-grown produce. • Stroll along the black-sand beaches at Reynisfjara. • Walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park.

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Later, visit the Throbergur Cultural Heritage Museum and enjoy a traditional dinner. The next day, hike into Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall, framed by basaltic lava columns. We’ll also embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Strap on a pair of crampons, and get up-close views of intriguing ice formations, deep sink holes, and rugged crevasses. Depending on the weather conditions, guests traveling in the winter (November and December) may also have opportunity to visit an ice cave. DAY 6 | REYKJAVÍK Return to Reykjavík, stopping en route to learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skôgar Folk Museum and visit the picturesque Skôgafoss waterfall. DAY 7 | REYKJAVÍK Depart at any time.

DAY 1 | REYKJAVÍK Arrive at any time. DAY 2 | GOLDEN CIRCLE/SELFOSS From Reykjavík, set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Walk through Thingvellir National Park, which marks the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and then visit Geysir, the hot springs for which all other geysers are named. Tour a geothermal power plant, and enjoy lunch made from greenhouse-grown produce at a geothermal farm. Opt to soak in the hot springs. DAY 3 | SELFOSS/VÍK Travel along Iceland’s southern coast from Selfoss to Vík, stopping for a look at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall and a stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach.

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ICONIC ITALY HIGHLIGHTS • Delve into the colorful villages of Cinque Terre, and take a boat ride along the coast. • Explore the ruins of Pompeii alongside an archaeologist. • Sip limoncello at a seaside orchard in Sorrento. • Hike the “Walk of the Gods” in Amalfi, and enjoy a cooking lesson at an agriturismo.

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DAYS 8 & 9 | POMPEII/SORRENTO This morning, head out of town to walk amid the ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue by private bus to Sorrento and tour a lemon orchard, where we’ll sample limoncello. Later, take an optional trip to the well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum. Enjoy the next day at leisure in Sorrento, or opt to visit the nearby islands of Capri or Ischia.

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Rome Naples Sorrento

Pompeii Amalfi

DAY 1 | VENICE Arrive at any time. DAY 2 | VENICE Take an orientation walk through the spectacular lanes and piazzas of Venice. Explore the city on your own this afternoon, or opt to visit the Doge’s Palace, glide across the canals on a gondola ride, or cruise to Murano and Burano—two of the northern Venetian islands. DAY 3 | CINQUE TERRE Head to Cinque Terre for an overnight stay in a charming village perched on the rocky coast. Take in the region’s colorful waterfront towns during a boat ride on the crystal-clear Ligurian Sea. DAYS 4–6 | FLORENCE Travel to Florence and take an orientation walk through its lively streets. Then enjoy two free days to explore the city, with optional tours of Ponte Vecchio and the Medici Chapels. Or opt to take an excursion to Pisa or the medieval city of Lucca.

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DAY 7 | NAPLES Catch the train to Naples, where there is the option to enjoy a fantastic meal in the birthplace of pizza. Opt to visit the National Archaeological Museum, or tour the labyrinth of caves and tunnels that lies below the old town.

DAYS 10 & 11 | AMALFI Travel to the aweinspiring Amalfi coast and tour a local agriturismo. Meet the family that lives there and stroll the beautiful property, a converted 17th-century monastery. Head into the kitchen for a cooking demonstration and sit down for an unforgettable meal overlooking the Mediterranean. The next day, hike the famous “Walk of the Gods,” following ancient trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches, and monasteries. DAYS 12 & 13 | ROME Travel to Rome and take an orientation walk. Enjoy a free day to explore this ancient city. Opt to visit the Colosseum or the Vatican, or just wander the streets, stopping at a café for some gelato. DAY 14 | ROME Depart at any time.

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D AT E S 2017: Aug. 12–25 • Sept. 2–15 • Sept. 16–29 Oct. 7–20 • Nov. 4–17 Dec. 20, 2017–Jan. 2, 2018 2018: Apr. 14–27 • Apr. 28–May 11 • May 12–25 May 19–June 1 • May 26–June 8 • June 16–29 July 14–27 • July 28–Aug. 10 • Aug. 11–24 Aug. 25–Sept. 7 • Sept. 1–14 • Sept. 15–28 Sept. 22–Oct. 5 • Oct. 6–19 • Nov. 3–16 Dec. 20, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019

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DISCOVER MOORISH SPAIN HIGHLIGHTS • Discover layers of culture and history in Córdoba at the Mezquita and in the old Jewish quarter. • Enjoy a guided tour of Granada’s famed Alhambra, a stunning example of Moorish architecture. • Try out flamenco during a private lesson with a professional dancer in Granada. • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of medieval Toledo with a historian.

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DAY 1 | MADRID Arrive at any time. DAY 2 | MADRID/TOLEDO Travel to nearby Toledo and join a local historian on a tour of its medieval center, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with historical churches, synagogues, mosques, and plazas. Return to Madrid and explore the city on your own. Take a seat at a sidewalk café in the bustling Plaza Mayor and watch the world go by. Or opt to visit the renowned Museo del Prado—one of the world’s greatest art museums—and the nearby botanical garden, Real Jardín Botanico. DAY 3 | CÓRDOBA Take the high-speed train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita—a Catholic cathedral built within a former Moorish mosque. Afterwards, stroll the medieval Jewish quarter’s maze of winding lanes and traditional houses. Savor Córdoba’s culinary specialties at a restaurant of your choice this evening.

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DAYS 4 & 5 | GRANADA Travel to Granada and take an orientation walk. Enjoy a private flamenco lesson with a professional dancer at a local studio. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra hilltop fortress, one of the world’s greatest examples of Moorish architecture and a World Heritage site. During free time, explore the city on your own. Opt to take a segway tour around the city, wander the whitewashed Albayzín quarter, or visit the Granada Cathedral—one of the largest cathedrals in Spain. DAY 6 | RONDA Catch a train to the city of Ronda, dramatically situated above El Tajo Gorge. Descend into the gorge for views of the Puente Nuevo, and then explore the enchanting city center on your own. Get a glimpse into the history of bullfighting at the Plaza de Toros arena, descend into some of Spain’s most wellpreserved ancient Arab baths, or sample Spanish tapas and wines on a self-guided tasting tour of the old town. DAY 7 | SEVILLE Transfer to Seville and take an orientation walk. Later, explore the city on your own, or choose an optional activity: climb La Giralda tower, adjacent to the world’s largest Gothic cathedral; explore the World Heritage-listed Alcázar castle and its lush gardens; or meander the winding lanes of the enchanting Santa Cruz quarter. Enjoy an optional flamenco performance this evening. DAY 8 | SEVILLE Depart at any time.

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D AT E S 2017: July 16–23 • Aug. 13–20 • Sept. 3–10 • Sept. 10–17 Sept. 24–Oct 1. • Oct. 8–15 2018: Apr. 22–29 • Apr. 29–May 6 • May 6–13 May 13–20 • May 20–27 • May 27–June 3 June 10–17 • June 17–24 • June 24–July 1 July 1–8 July 15–22 • July 29–Aug. 5 Aug. 12–19 • Aug. 26–Sept. 2 • Sept. 2–9 Sept. 9–16 • Sept. 23–30 • Oct. 7–14 Oct. 14–21 • Oct. 28–Nov. 4 • Nov. 11–18

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7 breakfasts. Allow an additional $230-300 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Public bus, train

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EXPLORE CENTRAL EUROPE

BRIMMING WITH FANTASTIC ARCHITECTURE and important cultural monuments, Central Europe offers endless opportunities to explore. Cross four countries and stop in some of Europe’s most fascinating cities— Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Choose from a host of optional excursions and make incredible memories against a backdrop rich with art, music, and history.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE AND HISTORY of northern France on a journey between Paris and the coastal province of Normandy. Stroll Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, and visit the studio of acclaimed National Geographic photographer Reza. Cap off your trip with free time to explore the incomparable “City of Light.”

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DAYS 1 & 2 | GERMANY Take an orientation tour and then walk the Berlin Wall with a historian. Enjoy an optional river tour, or spend a free afternoon exploring the city.

DAYS 1 & 2 | PARIS/GIVERNY/HONFLEUR/BAYEUX Set out from Paris to tour Claude Monet’s iconic gardens at Giverny. Visit the charming port town of Honfleur, and enjoy dinner at a crêperie in Bayeux.

DAYS 3–5 | CZECH REPUBLIC Take the train to Prague and enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town (pictured above). Opt to visit Prague Castle, tride a cable car up Petřín Hill, or enjoy local brews at a beer garden. Travel to charming Český Krumlov and opt to take a guided ghost tour or visit the medieval castle.

DAYS 3–5 | D-DAY BEACHES/MONT-SAINT-MICHEL/BAYEUX Delve into World War II history with a local expert before visiting a local museum for an opportunity to handle relics from the war. Visit the Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery. Discover the magnificent medieval fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel, perched on a tidal islet off the coast. Spend a free day exploring Bayeux.

DAYS 6–9 | AUSTRIA/HUNGARY Drive to Vienna and go on an orientation walk. Taste the world-famous Sacher torte at the Hotel Sacher. Enjoy a free day to visit museums, or experience mass with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Travel by train to Budapest and take a walking tour. Opt to visit a thermal bathhouse or Buda Castle.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Walk along the Berlin Wall with a local historian, and learn about its political, social, and cultural impact.

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• Stroll Prague’s Old Town alongside a local guide.

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• Explore the winding streets of medieval Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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DAYS 6–8 | ROUEN/PARIS Visit Rouen, enjoying free time to stroll its medieval streets. Continue to Paris and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio for renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Opt to visit the interiors of Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, or explore the city on your own.

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HIGHLIGHTS • See the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel rising from its rocky islet climb to the abbey that sits atop the fortress monastery. • Go behind the scenes at the Paris studio of Reza, renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer. • Delve into the history of World War II with a historian in Normandy, and then take a walk along the legendary Omaha Beach.

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ISRAEL AND BEYOND HIGHLIGHTS • See the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore Masada, stroll ancient sites in the Galilee, and float in the Dead Sea. • Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a dualnarrative walking tour led by an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. • Visit the home of a Palestinian family in Bethlehem and cook up some favorite recipes together.

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DAY 1 | JERUSALEM Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. DAY 2 | JERUSALEM Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (pictured above) with two guides— one Israeli and one Palestinian—both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travelers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of the region. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives for stunning views of Jerusalem, then enjoy free time to wander on your own or opt to visit the Garden of Gesthsemane. Later, enjoy a discussion with a local scholar on conflict resolution and local interfaith issues.

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DAYS 3 & 4 | JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM Pay respects to victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Memorial, and then step further back in history among the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum. The next day, take another exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch. DAYS 5 & 6 | MASADA/DEAD SEA/ NAZARETH/SEA OF GALILEE Enjoy a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada. Head to the Dead Sea for a float and mud bath before continuing to the Sea of Galilee to stay in a kibbutz hotel for two nights. The next day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins at Capernaum. DAYS 7 & 8 | TEL AVIV Head west to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then traveling south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s harbor city. Then it’s off to the ancient port city of Jaffa and bustling Tel Aviv for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day.

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D AT E S 2017: Aug. 13–20 • Aug. 20–27 • Sept. 10–17 Nov. 5–12 • Nov. 19–26 • Dec. 10–17 2018: Jan. 21–28 • Feb. 18–25 • Mar. 18–25 • Apr. 22–29 June 3–10 • June 17–24 • July 22–29 • Aug. 19–26 Oct. 7–14 • Oct. 21–28 • Nov. 11–18 • Nov. 25–Dec. 2 Dec. 16–23

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Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights) MEALS INCLUDED

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $255–335 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

Private van/bus

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EXPLORE JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS • Venture to the Roman ruins of Jerash and view the incredible mosaics of Madaba. • Experience Petra, and join an archaeologist for a talk about ongoing excavations. • Head into Wadi Rum on a 4x4 excursion and go stargazing with a local Bedouin. • Enjoy a cooking demonstration in Wadi Musa and then sit down to a traditional dinner.

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Madaba J O R D A N

Wadi Musa/Petra

DAY 3 | MADABA/MT. NEBO/WADI MUSA Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. Continue to Mount Nebo for the stunning views from its summit. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a local archaeologist on the importance of Petra and the ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site. DAY 4 | WADI MUSA/PETRA Enjoy a guided tour of Petra with free time to explore on your own. Later, attend a cooking demonstration and traditional dinner in Wadi Musa.

DAY 1 | AMMAN Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

DAY 5 | WADI RUM Head to Wadi Rum in the heart of the desert. After lunch at our lodge, take an exciting 4x4 ride over the dunes. This evening, walk into the desert to admire the night sky alongside a Bedouin guide who will explain how to use the locations of stars for desert navigation.

DAY 2 | AMMAN/JERASH On a city tour of Amman, visit the Jordan Museum and the archaeological site of the Citadel. Head to Jerash (pictured above), one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.

DAYS 6 & 7 | DEAD SEA Visit the archaeological site of Bethany, believed to be the site of Jesus’s baptism, before going on to the Dead Sea for a float or an optional mud or sea salt treatment. Depart at any time the next day.

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D AT E S 2017: July 23–29 • Aug. 20–26 • Aug. 27–Sept. 2 Sept. 10–16 • Sept. 17–23 • Sept. 24–30 Oct. 22–28 • Nov. 12–18 • Nov. 26–Dec. 2 Dec. 17–23 • Dec. 31, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018 2018: Jan. 28–Feb. 3 • Feb. 25–Mar. 3 • Mar. 25–31 Apr. 29–May 5 • June 10–16 • June 24–30 July 29–Aug. 4 • Aug. 26–Sept. 1 • Oct. 14–20 Oct. 28–Nov. 3 • Nov. 18–24 • Dec. 2–8 Dec. 23–29 This itinerary will change in 2018. See our website for the 2018 itinerary.

W H AT ’ S I N C L U D E D Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions are at an additional cost

EXPLORE ISRAEL & JORDAN 14 DAYS | Step into an ancient world on a journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Experience Jerusalem’s Old City from two perspectives, venture into Petra, and trace the history of the Romans in Jerash and Caesarea Maritima. Stay in a kibbutz in the hills of the Galilee, and spend a night in the deserts of Wadi Rum.

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+ 1,350

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (5 nights), desert lodge (1 night) MEALS INCLUDED

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $190–250 per person for meals not included. TR ANSPORTATION

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EXPERIENCE TRADITIONAL ANDEAN CULTURE and cuisine in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, then take a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu and roam the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Venture to the remote reaches of the Amazon rain forest—home to a stunning array of wildlife—on an unforgettable riverboat cruise.

JOURNEY FROM SOPHISTICATED BUENOS AIRES TO thundering Iguaçu Falls and lively Rio de Janeiro. Explore the “Paris of the South” one day, and feel the cool mist off Iguaçu’s many cascades the next. Experience big city samba, local village lifestyle, lush green rain forests, and spicy tango in two of South America’s most intriguing countries.

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12 DAYS | FROM $2,599 FROM THE LEGENDARY GREAT WALL TO rural Guilin and cosmopolitan Shanghai, experience the diverse treasures of China. Explore the hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City, cycle to remote villages, encounter Xi’an’s famed terra-cotta warriors, and cruise the Li River at sunset. Learn about Chinese cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry.

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10 DAYS | FROM $2,899 EXPLORE THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGES OF BURGUNDY from a canal barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to the next, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and taste its unforgettable flavors. Then head to Paris, and enjoy two nights to explore this timeless and iconic city.

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EXPLORE CAPE TOWN AND KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH INDIA: EXPLORE KERALA

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DISCOVER CAPE TOWN AND THE BEAUTIFUL Cape Peninsula, and then travel east to some of South Africa’s most celebrated game reserves. Spot the “big five” in Kruger National Park, and visit with representatives from a conservation project sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

STRETCHING ALONG INDIA’S SOUTHWESTERN COAST, Kerala is home to beautiful beaches and backwaters, verdant jungles and tea-covered hills. This compact trip offers a chance to experience a part of India that’s truly off the beaten path. Paddle a canoe along lush canals, explore historic forts and palaces, sample flavorful cuisine, and more.

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA 9 DAYS | FROM $2,799 JOURNEY TO CALIFORNIA’S NATIONAL PARKS to discover the state’s myriad natural wonders, and meet with rangers and researchers for an insider’s view of the spectacular landscapes you encounter. From the sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite’s panorama of giant granite domes, jaw-dropping scenery awaits in America’s “Golden State.” I

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PAGE

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EXPLORE SOUTHERN AFRICA

12

12

EXPLORE KRUGER AND VICTORIA FALLS

14

9

WONDERS OF NAMIBIA

15

10

18

8

5

5

2, 30

14, 28

11, 25

9, 23

6, 20

DISCOVER NAMIBIA AND VICTORIA FALLS

16

12

18

8

5

5

2, 30

14, 28

11, 25

9, 23

6, 20

RWANDA & UGANDA GORILLA DISCOVERY

17

9

3

7

12

TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE

18

7

KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE

19

8

SAFARI IN KENYA AND TANZANIA

19

13

MOROCCO JOURNEY

20

9

9, 30

MOROCCO: SAHARA AND BEYOND

21

15

3, 24

EXPLORE CAPE TOWN & KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

59 10

SEPT.

OCT.

NOV.

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

14, 21

27

2, 9, 16, 20, 27, 30

5, 9, 12, 2, 13, 16, 4, 11, 14, 1, 4, 8, 11, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 17, 3, 10, 24, 7, 14, 21, 19, 23, 26, 23, 27, 18, 21, 25, 15, 18, 22, 20, 27 24 31 28 30 30 28 25, 29

5, 12, 19, 23, 30

2, 9, 16, 1, 8, 12, 6, 13, 17, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 17, 20, 23, 15, 22, 20, 27 27 24 30 26, 29

AFRICA

NEW

16, 28

9

3, 17, 27

2, 5, 16, 3, 7, 14, 4, 7, 11, 19, 26, 17, 21, 24, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 30 28, 31

7, 9, 21, 9, 16, 23, 23, 28, 30 30

18, 30

6, 13, 20, 3, 10, 17, 27 24

1, 8, 15, 30

12, 19, 26 3, 10, 24 3, 10, 17

25

2, 9, 16, 17, 24,

6, 13, 21, 4, 10, 18, 28 25

4, 11

4, 5, 11, 16, 17, 23, 1, 7, 8, 12, 18, 25, 30 15, 21, 29 26

25

2, 9, 24,

6, 13, 28 4, 18, 25

4, 11

16, 17, 23, 1, 7, 8, 4, 5, 12, 30 15, 21, 29 18, 26

14

25

9

6

10, 24

8

12

10, 23

7

11, 25

21

17

11

2, 9, 16, 20, 27, 30

14

4, 11, 18, 25

6, 7, 13, 4, 10, 11, 15, 22, 14, 20, 21, 18, 24, 23, 29 27, 28 25

10, 17, 31 14, 21, 28

19, 26

9, 23

21

4, 25

8, 15, 22, 29

13, 27

17

15

12

11, 25

5, 9, 12, 2, 13, 16, 4, 11, 14, 1, 4, 8, 6, 13, 17, 3, 10, 17, 3, 10, 24, 7, 14, 21, 19, 23, 26, 23, 27, 18, 21, 25, 11, 15, 18, 20, 27 24 31 28 30 30 28 22, 25, 29

ASIA DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ASIA

22

18

EXPLORE CHINA AND TIBET

24 15

EXPLORE VIETNAM

26

NEPAL: HIMALAYA HIGHLIGHTS

27 10

WONDERS OF BHUTAN

28 10

ICONIC THAILAND

29 15

1

12

17

DISCOVER INDIA

30 15

29

5, 12, 26

10, 24

16

20

18, 25

13, 27

11

13

2

9, 16

16, 23

14

10

15

5, 19, 26

3, 17, 24, 31

1

13, 22, 27

3, 24

10, 17

32

12

32

12

DISCOVER SRI LANKA

33

11

11

9, 23

INDIA RIVER CRUISE: THE HOLY GANGES

33

16

7, 28

26

BEST OF CHINA

58 12

10, 24

1, 15, 22

SOUTH INDIA: EXPLORE KERALA

59

10, 24

8, 22

NEW

7

3, 17, 24

17

10, 24

14, 21

19

9, 23

7, 28

18

14, 21

5, 12, 26

9, 23

7, 21

4, 18

13

3, 17

1, 15

12

11, 18, 25

4, 11, 18, 1, 15, 29 25

7, 14, 28 4, 18, 25

4, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15, 25 20, 29

14, 28

25

THE HEART OF MYANMAR

ICONIC JAPAN

13

14, 28

11

17, 31

7, 14, 21, 28

5, 19

2, 16

7, 21

11, 25

11

15

13

10

15

12

14, 28

11, 25

9, 23

20

13, 20

10, 24

1, 15

5, 19

4

11

1, 15

15

22

12, 26

4

11

1, 15

7, 14, 21, 4, 11, 18, 4, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15, 28 25 25 22

15 1, 8, 19

12, 18

21

26

9, 16, 23

12

16

15, 29 18, 25

5, 19

3, 17, 31

7, 14, 21, 4, 11, 18, 4, 11, 18, 28 25 25

22

6, 20, 27

10, 17, 31

3, 17

21

6, 27

10, 17

1, 8, 15, 29 1, 8, 22

AUSTRALIA EXPLORE AUSTRALIA

34 12

NEW ZEALAND JOURNEY

35

EXPLORE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

35 22

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2 0 1 8 D E PA R T U R E D AT E S

PAGE

2 0 1 7 D E PA R T U R E D AT E S

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU

36

8

23

MACHU PICCHU AND THE AMAZON

38 10

3, 7

5, 8, 12, 5, 16, 30 3, 14, 21 15, 22

4, 11, 14, 21, 28

8, 15

5, 8, 12, 1, 4, 11, 18, 19, 26, 22, 29 29

3, 6, 13, 7, 10, 17, 1, 8, 12, 2, 9, 16, 17, 20, 24, 28 19, 22, 26 23, 30 24, 27

ICONIC PERU

39 14

3, 7

5, 15, 22 5, 16, 30 3, 14, 21

4, 11, 14, 21, 28

8, 15

5, 8, 12, 1, 4, 11, 18, 19, 26, 22, 29 29

3, 6, 13, 7, 10, 17, 1, 8, 12, 2, 9, 16, 17, 20, 24, 28 19, 22, 26 23, 30 24, 27

INCA EXPLORER

40 15

3, 10

15, 22, 29

5, 19

10, 24, 31

14, 28

11, 18

18, 25

DISCOVER PATAGONIA

41

22, 29

26

3, 10

7, 28

11, 18, 25

4, 11

COLOMBIA JOURNEY

42 12

16

23

13

10, 24

10, 24

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU AND AMAZON RIVERBOAT N E W

58

11

3

EXPLORE ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

58

9

SEPT.

OCT.

NOV.

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

3, 23

14, 28

17

17, 25

22

12, 20, 26, 27

3, 9, 17

1, 7, 14, 4, 12, 26 29

SOUTH AMERICA

14

1, 7, 8, 28 4, 19, 25

21 26 1, 15, 29

7 25

1, 15, 22, 6, 13, 20, 1, 15, 22, 3, 10, 17 29 27 29

5

4, 18

1, 15, 29

11, 25

22

12, 26

2, 30

28

25

10, 24

8, 22

5, 19

29

26

19

3, 17, 31

14, 28

5, 26

3, 17, 31

5, 7, 14, 4, 11, 18, 4, 11, 18, 21, 26, 25 25 28

1, 8, 22

6, 20

10, 24

1, 8, 29

12

3, 10, 17, 24

7

5

9

7

4

13

3, 24

15

5, 26

16, 30

14, 28

11

NORTH AMERICA EXPLORE COSTA RICA

44 14

10

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF COSTA RICA

46

9

9

7

DISCOVER AMERICAN CANYONLANDS

47

8

24

22

ALASKA JOURNEY

48 10

2

NEW

CANADIAN POLAR BEAR EXPERIENCE

49

NEW

6

6, 13, 27

3, 25

4 4*, 11*, 16, 2*, 9*, 14, *6, 11, 18, 23, 21, 30* 27*

50 12 9, 11*, 23

DISCOVER THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

50

8

16

14

51

10

8

6

51

7

28

59

9

1, 29

EXPLORE ICELAND

52

7

ICONIC ITALY

53 14

HISTORIC AMERICAN CITIES BY RAIL

16

NEW

EXPLORE BELIZE MEXICO’S DAY DEAD IN OAXACA NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA

NEW

4

5, 19

9, 23

16

27

30

14, 28

11, 25

18

29

20

24

20

10

1, 22

12

EUROPE 3 2, 16

DISCOVER MOORISH SPAIN

54

8

3, 10, 24

EXPLORE CENTRAL EUROPE

55

9

2

55

8

10

PARIS & NORMANDY HIGHLIGHTS QUINTESSENTIAL BURGUNDY

NEW

7

19

10

15

6

3, 10, 24

8, 22

5, 12, 19

4

20

14, 28

12, 19, 26

16

14, 28

11, 25

6, 13, 20, 22, 29 10, 17, 24 1, 15, 29 27

8 21 5

58 10

6

12, 26

5, 19

2, 16

14

11, 25

13

10

22

19

4, 18

1, 15, 29

13

MIDDLE EAST ISRAEL AND BEYOND

56

8

10

EXPLORE JORDAN

57

7 10, 17, 24 22, 29

EXPLORE ISRAEL & JORDAN

57 14

10

5, 19

10

21

18

18

22

3, 17

22

19

12, 26

17, 31

28

25

25

29

10, 24

29

26

5, 19

10

21

18

18

22

3, 17

22

19

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