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Alaska’s Inside Passage Wild Alaska Escape Epic Alaska Photography Expedition Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales Whales and Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez Baja California: A Remarkable Journey Sailing the Caribbean Cuba by Land and Sea: Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean Reefs and Ruins: Belize to Tikal, Guatemala The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

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Galápagos Peru: Land of the Inca Upper Amazon Best of Patagonia: Torres del Paine to Cape Horn Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

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Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Sailing the Greek Isles Voyage to Antiquity: Exploring Sicily and Malta N E W Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country

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Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River

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Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific N E W Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji N E W French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard N E W Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas N E W

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DEAR T R AV E L E R This June, our newest expedition ship, the 50-cabin, state-of-the-art National Geographic Quest, will set out from Seattle on its maiden voyage, plotting a course for the gorgeous fjords of British Columbia and Alaska. In the summer of 2018, yet another new ship—the National Geographic Venture—will also head for Alaska’s waterways. As on all our voyages, we’ll approach these wild places in typical

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National Geographic style, exploring close up every way we can: on foot, by kayak and Zodiac, from on deck, and through underwater photography and video. We’ll absorb the expertise of our wonderful expedition team during each day’s outings, and in the evenings we’ll delve into the natural and cultural history of the places we visit, recap our adventures, and watch footage from the deep. This kind of handson, thought-provoking exploration is what you can expect wherever you travel aboard the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet, be it Belize or Bora-Bora, Greenland or the Galápagos. To make these experiences even more enriching for families, we’re thrilled to introduce the Global Explorers program for children and

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teens on all of our Galápagos voyages. We’ve worked with the National Geographic Education team to develop a dynamic program, led by a certified field educator, that will engage our younger travelers in

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Journey to Antarctica Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands South Georgia and the Falklands Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland A Circumnavigation of Iceland Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkneys, Faroes, and Iceland Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic Epic 80ºN: Exploring Greenland and Baffin and Ellesmere Islands Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland’s East Coast Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard Land of the Polar Bears

scientific discovery, exploration, storytelling, and fun! In 2018, the National Geographic Orion returns to the South Pacific with five new voyages to some of the most remote archipelagoes on the planet. We’ll explore French Polynesia’s gems, from the Marquesas Islands that Paul Gauguin once painted to the unspoiled atoll of Rangiroa. Two of these new voyages visit marine areas that have been recognized by National Geographic’s Pristine Seas program: the Southern Line Islands and the Pitcairn Islands. Equipped with snorkeling and diving gear and underwater cameras, we’ll immerse ourselves in these spectacular marine worlds and learn about National Geographic’s efforts to protect them—efforts you help support when you travel with National Geographic Expeditions.

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In the pages that follow, you’ll find a host of incredible opportunities

The Ultimate Expedition Experience Focus on Photography Deck Plans Terms and Conditions Expedition Calendar More Ways to Travel with National Geographic

to take to the seas with us, whether you’re joining a top National Geographic photographer in Antarctica or encountering antiquities in the Mediterranean aboard the tall ship Sea Cloud. We hope to see you on board!

These trips are offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

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

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Our small-ship expeditions are driven by the spirit of exploration that has always defined National Geographic. Accessing the unknown, getting up close, digging in deep: This is how we approach every voyage. We travel by kayaks and Zodiacs to find hidden places, seek out wildlife, or go for a hike on shore. We experience everything we can with our five senses—and then add a new dimension, sharing live footage from the ocean deep, shot by our underwater specialists, or listening in on the conversations of whales with a hydrophone. We welcome the unexpected, veering off our route to observe a polar bear and her cubs or find a beautiful cove for an afternoon swim. And we’ve got talent: from captains who can park in the Antarctic pack ice to an expedition team full of knowledgeable and passionate experts who interpret and illuminate every step of the way. At the end of the day, the comforts of the ship await: well-appointed cabins and relaxing common spaces, a welcoming spa, and inspired cuisine.

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FOCUS ON PHOTOGR APHY When you travel aboard the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet, there’s no shortage of inspiring subjects to capture with your camera—from traditional dancers in French Polynesia to humpbacks breaching in Alaska. A National Geographic photographer joins every departure of the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, providing real-time advice to help you capture amazing images. And on all voyages, a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor is part of the expedition team, to assist with camera settings and teach the fundamentals, like basic composition and lighting. We’ve developed a unique expedition photography program that gives you the opportunity to hone your photo skills alongside professional photographers, including some whose work you’ve seen in the pages of National Geographic magazine. We’d like to introduce you to a few of them. FLIP NICKLIN

M A R I N E B I O LO G I S T A N D P H OTO G R A P H E R Flip first worked with the National Geographic Society in 1976, when he served as a deckhand and diving assistant for two photographers. He ended up shooting some images of his own, and two were published in the ensuing article in National Geographic magazine. A long-time expert on our trips, Flip is considered one of the world’s leading photographers of whales. Read about the Alaska voyages he will join on pages 8 and 13.

K R I S TA R O S S O W P H OTO G R A P H E R

For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. As a freelance photographer she has shot feature stories for Traveler in South Africa and Costa Rica. Read about the Upper Amazon photo expeditions she’ll lead on page 30.

PHIL SCHERMEISTER P H OTO G R A P H E R

During the past 25 years, Phil Schermeister completed more than 40 major assignments for National Geographic Books, National Geographic magazine, and other National Geographic publications. He has photographed more than 40 national parks around the United States and published six singlephotographer books with National Geographic, including Range of Light, Our National Parks and America's Western Edge. Read about the Alaska and Arctic expeditions he'll join on pages 12, 14, and 52.

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Q: WHAT KEEPS BRINGING YOU BACK TO THE TROPICAL PACIFIC? It’s one of the world’s most fascinating and alluring areas because of the isolation of all its small islands amid the vast ocean. Cultures are still very much intact. In the 21st century, when so much of the world has been explored, these islands remain unique. Q: WHAT ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS TRAVELERS CAN EXPERIENCE WITH YOU AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN 2018? Easter Island: For many, this represents the most isolated inhabited place on the planet. It’s a little dot in the South Pacific that’s so remarkable when you get there. Pitcairn Island: Pitcairn was made famous by the mutiny on the Bounty. I photographed a National Geographic Traveler story and met the descendants of the mutineers. They rarely get visitors, but we’ll have the privilege. Tahiti: One of the splendid things about being aboard the Orion is that we get beyond the places everyone sees to farflung archipelagoes where a ship might arrive once every several years.

C ATC H I N G U P WITH CHRIS R AINIER National Geographic Explorer and documentary photographer Chris Rainier will join our new expedition, Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands, on August 9, 2018 (see page 42). We asked Chris a few questions about his work in the South Pacific. See the full interview on our website.

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Southern Line Islands: They’re very remote, often huge atolls with coral reefs that protect beautiful lagoons. There are tiny communities scattered throughout the islands. The Marquesas: The culture is wonderful, rich. It’ll be spectacular for us to step back in time again here. Tuamotu Archipelago: These beautiful atolls have huge lagoons and striking outer reefs that protect them. Due to the unique design of the Orion, we can slip into these lagoons and explore them via Zodiac. It’s an unforgettable experience.

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A L A S K A’ S I N S I D E PA S S AG E T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • The National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Quest, and National Geographic Venture are each equipped with a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks, allowing for in-depth exploration of icebergs, calving glaciers, and hidden coves. • O ur undersea specialist reveals Alaska’s seldom seen marine life, and the ship’s hydrophone transmits communication among resident whale pods. • H ear a Tlingit cultural interpreter share the oral lore of Alaska’s indigenous populations. • M eet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the behaviors of the area whale population.

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Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. MEALS: B, L, D

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Search for humpback whales as we head toward the small Alaska town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. Explore southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flight-seeing (weather permitting) or bike riding. Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening. MEALS: B, L, D

JUNEAU, ALASKA

Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet your naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, home to an impressive collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau and settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST,

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Watch for whales and hike forest trails or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions– National Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region’s marine mammal population. MEALS: B, L, D

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION, OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE MEALS: D

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Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in the rich waters off Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication. MEALS: B, L, D

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DATES 2018: From May through August, expeditions depart every week. See the calendar on page 68 for specific departure dates. Certain departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. All Alaska’s Inside Passage departures are family friendly.

COST Quest/Venture

Kayaking in southeast Alaska

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By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a not-to-be-missed Alaska gem. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the local lore. We will also be joined by a National Park Service ranger. MEALS: B, L, D

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and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. MEALS: B, L, D

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Category 1

$6,590

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See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the newly built National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture on page 58–59, and the National Geographic Sea Lion on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Quest or Venture, add $3,400 in Category 1 and $3,310 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Sea Lion, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2. Airfare to/from Seattle and between Seattle and Alaska is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights from Seattle to Juneau and return from Sitka, or vice versa, are $410.

SITKA/SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an upclose view of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. MEALS: B

Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May and June 2018 departures. Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin will join a diverse team of experts aboard the Quest on the June 3 and 10, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a seven-day extension to Denali National Park including a stay at the North Face Lodge. Visit our website or call for details.

Travelers get up close to icebergs in an expedition landing craft.

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WILD AL ASK A ESCAPE THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Enter narrow channels and small ports that are inaccessible to large ships aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Bird. • Peer into the hidden world beneath the ship—alive with whales, sea lions, and colorful fish—through underwater footage interpreted by our undersea specialist. • G et close up to dramatic icebergs and glaciers on excursions by expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm. • Learn from a team of naturalists during hikes and bike rides through ancient forests and kayaking excursions along rugged coastlines.

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Venture to the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal—North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Spend the day hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snowcapped peaks. This evening, step ashore in the town of Haines and experience local Alaska culture. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, and enjoy a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD I MEALS: L, D

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Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Island, both of which are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines. In the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for the calls of bald eagles from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees. MEALS: B, L, D

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Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, or cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as we float through the spectacular Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. MEALS: B, L, D

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Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved wilderness, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and, if we’re lucky, witness the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board. MEALS: B, L, D

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DATES 2017: June 3–8* • July 6–11 • July 11–16* • July 16–21 July 21–26* • Aug. 15–20 • Aug. 25–30 • Aug. 30–Sep. 4* 2018: May 19–24 • May 24–29* • May 29–June 3 June 3–8* • June 28–July 3 • July 3–8* • July 8–13 July 13–18* • Aug. 7–12 • Aug. 12–17* • Aug. 17–22 Aug. 22–27* *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Juneau and ending in Sitka.

COST Category 1

$4,290

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See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Sea Bird on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,150 in Category 1 and $2,500 in Category 2. Airfare to Sitka and return from Juneau, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Krista Rossow will join a diverse team of experts on the May 29 and June 3, 2018 departures. Read her bio and find other experts on our website.

JUNEAU/DISEMBARK/SEATTLE

Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight to Seattle. MEALS: B

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E P I C A L A S K A P H OTO G R A P H Y E X P E D I T I O N THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • B y special permit, spend a day sailing the coastal waters of Tongass National Forest aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, and go on hikes amid its towering ancient trees. • H one your photography skills alongside a National Geographic photographer while exploring wild fjords and isles. • S pend a full day capturing the glaciers and dramatic mountain ranges of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. • R aft through the remote Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve—home to one of the largest convocations of bald eagles in the world.

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and explore by bicycle or take aerial shots on an optional flight-seeing tour (weather permitting).

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Navigate the iceberg-strewn waters of Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, where waterfalls cascade down granite cliffs. Capture images of the majestic South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, venture closer in expedition landing craft. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in the coastal city of Ketchikan. View the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center before embarking the National Geographic Sea Bird. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD I MEALS: D

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Wake amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak to photograph this spectacular wilderness of lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks. MEALS: B, L, D

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Hike beneath towering trees in the Tongass National Forest. Then cruise through scenic channels in search of humpback whales. Visit the quaint town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Discover the island’s unique muskeg ecosystem,

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve offers myriad photographic opportunities. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and puffins along the coast, and learn local lore from a native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service ranger. MEALS: B, L, D

Cruise amid the Inian islands, home to Steller sea lions; search for whales off Icy Strait; and venture to the shores of Baranof or Chichagof Island. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark to visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Alaska Raptor Center before transferring to the airport for your flight home. MEALS: B

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See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Sea Bird on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,500 in Category 1 and $5,250 in Category 2. Airfare to Ketchikan and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM Photographer Rich Reid will join a diverse team of experts on the July 18 and 28, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

DAYS 9 AND 10 I ICY STRAIT/INIAN ISLANDS/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND

Above: Travelers frame an iceberg at close range from their expedition landing craft.

HAINES/LYNN CANAL

Explore Haines on a hike, a bike ride along a glacial lake, or a rafting excursion through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. At the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan, photograph a traditional dance performance. Hike or kayak at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

2017: June 16–26* • June 26–July 6 July 26–Aug. 5* • Aug. 5–15 2018: June 8–18* • June 18–28 • July 18–28* July 28–Aug. 7

PHOTOGRAPHY D E PA RT U R E S All departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques on an in-depth and wide-ranging photo expedition through Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Photograph the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords; the icescapes of Glacier Bay; and the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, home to whales, puffins, and Steller sea lions. Visit our website for details and for the National Geographic photographer leading each trip.

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T R E A S U R E S O F T H E I N S I D E PA S S AG E : A L A S K A A N D B R I T I S H CO L U M B I A THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • The nimble National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture were designed to navigate narrow Alaska inlets and passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships. • B y special permission, spend a full day discovering the calving ice fields and wildlife-rich waters of spectacular Glacier Bay. • M eet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community—indigenous peoples of British Columbia—and enjoy a traditional performance. • K ayak in the dramatic bays of Baranof and Chichagof Islands, home to bears, bald eagles, and sea otters, and glide into the pristine backwaters of Misty Fiords in a Zodiac. ITINER ARY

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Cruise beneath the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Set out by expedition landing craft or kayak to explore forested backwaters framed by snowcapped peaks. Search for humpback whales as we navigate to the fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Enter Tracy or Endicott Arm—spectacular fjords where waterfalls cascade from glacially carved walls. Board expedition landing craft to maneuver among icebergs and get close-up views of a glacier. MEALS: B, L, D

DAY 10 DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I SEATTLE, WASHINGTON/ SAN JUAN ISLANDS/GULF ISLANDS, CANADA Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship. Discover the San Juan Islands on naturalist-led hikes and kayaking excursions, and seek out orcas in the surrounding waters. Paddle a kayak along the Strait of Georgia, explore pristine islets, and spot harbor seals and seabirds. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I ALERT BAY/JOHNSTONE STRAIGHT/BRITISH COLUMBIA’S INSIDE PASSAGE In Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community and watch a traditional First Nations performance. Continue north, disembarking to explore the bays and inlets of British Columbia’s Inside Passage by kayak and on foot. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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By special permission, enjoy an entire day to explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A Huna Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us on board to give a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people, sharing stories passed down through oral tradition and art. MEALS: B, L, D

DAYS 11 AND 12 I INIAN ISLANDS/ ICY STRAIT/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, and search for whales in the Icy Strait. The next day, set out by foot or kayak to explore either Baranof or Chichagof Island—both part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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DATES ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST 2017: June 26–July 8 • Sept. 2–14* ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST 2018: Apr. 30–May 13† • Sept. 2–15*† ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE 2018: June 24–July 7† • Sept. 1–14*† *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Sitka and ending in Seattle. † Note: 2018 voyages will be one day longer than the itinerary shown, with an extra day in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary.

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See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture on pages 58–59. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2017, add $4,600 in Category 1 and $4,845 in Category 2. For a single cabin in 2018, add $5,000 in Category 1 and $5,320 in Category 2. Airfare to Seattle and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 and receive free one-way airfare from Sitka to Seattle on the April 30, 2018 departure.

EXPEDITION TEAM

Disembark in Sitka and visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. MEALS: B

National Geographic photographer Phil Schermeister will join a diverse team of experts on the September 1, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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icent Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Enjoy a traditional dance performance and feast, gaze up at the totem poles of SGang Gwaay, and meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife along Alaska’s coast. Visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg; cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm spotting orca, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions; and go ashore for walks through the forest. MEALS: B, L, D

DAYS 1 AND 2 I SEATTLE, WASHINGTON AND GULF ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA Arrive in Seattle in the afternoon and embark our ship. The next day, search for orcas and cruise around the forested Gulf Islands. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION I MEALS: D; B, L, D

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I ALERT BAY AND JOHNSTONE STRAIT, CANADA/ BRITISH COLUMBIA’S INSIDE PASSAGE In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people and learn about their culture. Then head north along the unspoiled coastline, looking for whales, dolphins, bears, and other wildlife. We’ll stop to explore the many bays and inlets by kayak and on foot. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Discover the wildlife and cultural sites of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, including the magnif-

DAYS 12, 13, AND 14 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK/INIAN ISLANDS/ CHICHAGOF ISLAND/BARANOF ISLAND By special park permit, spend the day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. Then spend two days kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands, Baranof Island, and Chichagof Island. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

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DATES 2017: Sept. 3–17* • Sept. 4–18* 2018: May 5–19 • May 6–20 • Aug. 26-Sept. 9 Aug. 27–Sept. 10*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning on Sitka and ending in Seattle These departures are designated photography expeditions. See box below.

COST Category 1

$10,900

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Category 3

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See the description, photo, and deck plan for the refurbished National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $5,450 in Category 1 and $7,410 in Category 2. Airfare to/from Sitka or Seattle is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM Photographer Flip Nicklin will join a diverse team of experts on the September 4, 2017 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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In Sitka, visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and see rehabilitated eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle. MEALS: B, L, D

SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHY D E PA RT U R E S As indicated above, select departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques as you photograph the extraordinary biodiversity and cultural riches of the Haida Gwaii archipelago and dramatic fjords and inland waterways of southeastern Alaska. Visit our website for details and for the National Geographic photographer joining each trip.

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E X P LO R I N G B R ITI S H CO LU M B I A A N D TH E SA N J UA N I S L A N DS THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • D iscover the coastal wilderness of British Columbia and the most remote of the San Juan Islands aboard the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. • E xamine the behavior of orcas at close range, using underwater exploration tools like a video camera and hydrophone. • G lide into the secluded fjords and inlets of Desolation Sound while exploring by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or Zodiac. • S pend a day exploring the charming city of Victoria, and attend a private reception at acclaimed natural history artist Robert Bateman’s museum.

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Arrive in charming Victoria, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Choose from several activities as we explore British Columbia’s capital city. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a walking tour through historic neighborhoods, or peruse local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while learning about the work of one of Canada’s best known artists. MEALS: B, L, D

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Wake up this morning among the Gulf Islands, a forested archipelago in the Strait of Georgia. We’ll take our pick of perfect spots to kayak, hike, and search for wildlife. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship to begin your expedition. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VENTURE MEALS: D

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Spend the day exploring the more remote San Juan Islands, an emerald green archipelago off the coast of Washington that is ideal for kayaking, hiking, and exploring by Zodiac. Search for seals, sea lions, and sea otters in rocky inlets, and spot bald eagles while walking through dense forests. MEALS: B, L, D

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Visit the picturesque town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Explore fascinating collections at the Whale Museum, and stop in at small shops and galleries. Later, search for orcas on our way to British Columbia. MEALS: B, L, D

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Sail through Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people, and learn about their ancient culture. MEALS: B, L, D

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COST Category 1

$4,990

Category 2

$5,690

Category 3

$6,190

Category 4

$6,990

Category 5

$7,790

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture on pages page 58–59. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,500 in Category 1 and $2,850 in Category 2. Airfare to Seattle and return from Vancouver, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

DESOLATION SOUND

Desolation Sound is a network of sheltered fjords and inlets on the north end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Explore evergreen-shrouded shores by kayak or go hiking through forests and meadows. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with the ship’s captain. MEALS: B, L, D

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EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Phil Schermeister will join a diverse team of experts on the September 15, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find other experts on our website.

VANCOUVER

Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city. Set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, this coastal metropolis is enveloped by natural beauty. Disembark our ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home. MEALS: B

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CO L U M B I A A N D S N A K E R I V E R S VOYAG E THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • A board the National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion, or new National Geographic Quest, retrace the path of Lewis and Clark’s trailblazing expedition through the Pacific Northwest. • C ruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the coastline by kayak or expedition landing craft. • B oard jet boats for a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Snake River and into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. • Enjoy delicious meals made with fresh ingredients sourced from local providers located along the path of our journey.

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Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. Hike within sight of one of the gorge’s myriad waterfalls, which include Multnomah Falls, among the highest in the U.S. Continue on to Hood River, and end the day with a vineyard tour and wine tasting. MEALS: B, L, D

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Learn about the region’s natural history at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Hike or bike among the cliffs and cascades along Highway 30, one of the original coast-to-coast U.S. highways. At the Maryhill Museum of Art, browse an eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets. MEALS: B, L, D

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After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD, SEA LION, OR QUEST I MEALS: D

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Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River. Walk through reconstructed Fort Clatsop, where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered down for the winter of 1805–1806, and visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Weather permitting, choose between a Zodiac or kayak excursion to Cape Disappointment (where the river meets the Pacific Ocean) or the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge. MEALS: B, L, D

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This tributary of the Snake River empties out from a narrow canyon, with calm waters ideal for exploring by expedition landing craft and kayak. Take in the iconic view of Palouse Falls. Later, sail up the Snake River, sampling local specialties along the way. MEALS: B, L, D

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At the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, opt for a jet boat ride over rapids and past abandoned homesteads and gold mines to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark in Clarkston and transfer to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for your flight home. MEALS: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a one-day Portland, Oregon city tour and/or Willamette Valley wine tour. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: The Vista House observatory sits high above Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

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DATES ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD: 2017: Sept. 20–26 • Sept. 26–Oct. 2* • Oct. 2–8 Oct. 8–14* ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION: 2017: Sept. 19–25 • Oct. 1–7 • Oct. 7–13* Oct. 13–19 • Oct. 19–25* ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST: 2018: Apr. 12–18 • Apr. 18–24* • Sept. 17–23 Sept. 23–29* • Sept. 29–Oct. 5 • Oct. 5–11* Oct. 11–17 • Oct. 17–23* *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Lewiston or Spokane and ending in Portland.

COST 2017

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$4,890

Category 2

$5,690

Category 3

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$4,890

Category 2

$5,690

Category 3

$6,650

Category 4

$7,390

Category 5

$8,190

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Sea Bird, Sea Lion, and Quest on pages 58-59 and 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,450 in Category 1 and $2,850 in Category 2. Airfare to Portland and return from Lewiston or Spokane, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 and receive a $500 air credit on select 2017 and 2018 departures. Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Becky Hale will join a diverse team of experts on the September 19, 2017 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

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BAJA CALIFORNIA AND THE SEA OF CORTEZ: A M O N G T H E G R E AT W H A L E S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • C ruise into the breeding grounds of Bahía Magdalena aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or the National Geographic Sea Lion, and observe gray whales and their calves with our naturalists. • G o snorkeling amid sea lions, king angelfish, and brilliant blue damselfish. • G limpse the marine world through underwater video footage, and listen in on the haunting songs of whales. • H ike among sand dunes, a cactus forest, and deserted islands.

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Bahía Magdalena—a vast wilderness of sand dunes, mangrove channels, and protected waters—is one of the main breeding and calving areas for California gray whales. Every year, gray whales migrate here from the Arctic waters of Alaska; it is one of the longest known migrations of mammals and one of nature’s greatest spectacles. In this vast water nursery, observe these enormous yet gentle animals from the ship and at water level from our expedition landing craft. Our extensive experience navigating these waters, as well as the ship’s cutting-edge exploration tools, maximize the likelihood of up-close encounters with gray whales and their calves. We’ll go ashore to explore the ever shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena during a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches of the Pacific coast. On the mudflats, spot migrating birds at rest, including frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, and great blue herons.

LA PAZ, MEXICO

Fly from Los Angeles to La Paz. Upon arrival, drive across the Baja Peninsula to the fishing community of San Carlos, where we’ll board the ship. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD OR

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This morning, we cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End and dock at San Jose del Cabo. Here, you can choose to explore the historic town

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A traveler pauses for a photo between desert and sea.

or visit a nearby estuary for a unique birding opportunity. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, both gathering places for whales, dolphins, and other sea life. Humpbacks

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DATES ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD: 2018: Jan. 13–20* • Jan. 20–27 • Jan. 27–Feb. 3* Feb. 3–10 • Feb. 10–17* • Feb. 17–24 Feb. 24–Mar. 3* Mar. 3–10 • Mar. 10–17* ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION: 2018: Jan. 27–Feb. 3 • Feb. 3–10* • Feb. 10–17 Feb. 17– 24* • Feb. 24–Mar. 3 *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in La Paz and ending in San Carlos.

COST

National Geographic Sea Bird at sunset in the Sea of Cortez

are often active here at this time of year, and we may witness them tail-lobbing, flipper-slapping, and breaching. Our onboard marine biologists and naturalists will be available to interpret the behaviors of these majestic mammals. MEALS: B, L, D

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With their deeply indented bays and dramatic cliff faces, Los Islotes and Espíritu Santo are two of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. In the waters offshore, we’ll have the opportunity this morning to snorkel and swim among curious sea lions. After lunch, examine the intriguing geologic layers of the islands from the water during a kayaking excursion, and go ashore to see compacted volcanic ash blanketed by solidified lava flows. Enjoy time to go beachcombing, or opt for a walk along rocky cliffs to spot brown pelicans, gulls,

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wandering tattlers, and boobies. Cap off the day with a beach barbecue, and gather around a bonfire to share stories from the day’s adventures and take in a stunning display of stars. MEALS: B, L, D

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$6,590

Category 2

$7,590

Category 3

$8,590

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,300 in Category 1 and $3,800 in Category 2. Airfare to/from La Paz is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM

EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall will join a diverse team of experts on the January 13 and 20, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

Today we enjoy the luxury of having no specific plan. You may spend time on the lookout for whales, as well as bottlenose and common dolphins; or explore some of the many uninhabited islands in the Sea of Cortez, such as Isla San Francisco or Isla San Jose, known for its sweeping beaches and arroyos. Birdlife may be plentiful, and the nutrient-rich sea is home to an incredible variety of fish, including king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful parrotfish. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark after breakfast in La Paz and drive to the airport for your flight home. MEALS: B

A naturalist displays some of the unique plant life in Baja.

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WHALES AND WILDNESS: S P R I N G I N T H E S E A O F CO R T E Z THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • A board the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion, cruise the Sea of Cortez in the springtime—the best season for spotting multiple whale species and large pods of dolphins. • O ur itinerary is flexible and determined by the area wildlife activity, allowing us to maximize opportunities for sightings. • E xplore sea caves by kayak or expedition landing craft, hike uninhabited beaches, and snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions. • M eet researchers on Isla Rasa and witness the nesting of thousands of Heermann’s gulls, as well as elegant and royal terns.

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At Isla San Marcos, we’ll anchor in a beautiful cove for a morning of swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. In the afternoon we find ourselves at the mouth of Bahía Concepcion, where we stand a good chance of sighting several whale species, particularly fin or sperm.

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Search for whales in the waters south of Isla Carmen, one of the best areas for finding blue whales, as well as bottlenose and common dolphins. Later, visit Isla Santa Catalina, famous for its giant barrel cacti and cardon cactus forest. We’ll anchor in a protected bay—an excellent spot for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

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Fly into Los Cabos and transfer to La Paz to set sail on the Sea of Cortez. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD OR SEA LION I MEALS: D

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Walk up a desert wash to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla lizard. Later, visit Isla San Pedro Mártir, a 1,000-foothigh guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, pelicans, and frigatebirds are all found here.

LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO

At Isla Los Islotes, snorkelers will have the thrilling opportunity to swim with curious sea lions. We’ll then spend a leisurely afternoon swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking along the dramatic cliffs of Isla Espíritu Santo, followed by a beach barbecue under the stars.

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After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for your flight home. MEALS: B

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DATES ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD: 2018: Mar. 31–Apr. 7 • Apr. 7–14 • Apr. 14–21 ABOARD THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION: 2018: Apr. 2–9 • Apr. 9–16 These departures are designated photography expeditions.

COST Category 1

$6,190

Category 2

$7,190

Category 3

$7,990

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion on page 64. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,100 in Category 1 and $3,600 in Category 2. Airfare to/from Los Cabos is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish will join a diverse team of experts on the March 31, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

BAJA CALIFORNIA: A REMARKABLE JOURNEY Join us aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion on a 15-day Baja California expedition on which we plan our day-by-day movements according to the conditions that offer us the best sightings and up-close encounters with wildlife. Visit our website or call for details.

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SAILING THE CARIBBEAN THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • S ail aboard the elegant square-rigger Sea Cloud, once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post. • E xplore some of the Caribbean’s lesser visited islands, including jungle-clad Dominica; sleepy Bequia; and Terre-de-Haut, rich in Norman and Breton influence. • G o on historian-led walks in colonial old towns infused with an intriguing mélange of cultures. • Learn about the region’s natural history from our team of experts on board, and encounter marine wonders while snorkeling at pristine reefs and exploring secluded cays and beaches. ITINER ARY

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19th-century French barracks that now houses a museum and cactus garden, and then go snorkeling or swimming. The next day, delve into the unique culture of Bequia, once home to a diverse group of seafarers, whalers, and buccaneers. Take a drive around the island, stopping to visit a hawksbill turtle sanctuary. In Port Elizabeth, browse the local market and stroll the waterfront Belmont Walk, or choose to go snorkeling or swimming. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Spend the morning sailing the idyllic Grenadines, known for their golden beaches, superb coral reefs, and relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We’ll anchor to swim in coves inhabited by green and hawksbill sea turtles and snorkel spots rich in tropical fish, rays, and other marine life.

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Arrive in Barbados and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and enjoy dinner and our first Caribbean sunset. SEA CLOUD I MEALS: D; B, L, D

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Spend the day exploring Dominica, known as “the nature island.” Hike in a mountain rain forest and discover waterfalls and hot springs created by active volcanoes. Join our historian at the ruins of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison, and learn about Dominica’s turbulent colonial history. Then head to a secluded beach to swim or snorkel. MEALS: B, L, D

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DATES 2018: Mar. 8–15 • Mar. 15–22 • Mar. 22–29

COST Category 1

$8,640

Category 2

$9,880

Category 3

$11,970

Category 4

$12,490

Original Deluxe B

$13,990

Original Deluxe A

$14,750

Owner’s Suite

$17,000

See the Sea Cloud description and deck plan on page 65. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,320 in Category 1. Airfare to/from Barbados is not included in the expedition cost.

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Arrive at Saint Lucia and anchor under the island’s iconic twin peaks, Les Pitons. Explore the fishing port of Soufrière, and then set off on a thrilling drive into Saint Lucia’s active volcanic crater. Discover island wildlife on a nature walk, and take a plunge under a waterfall. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark this morning. For those departing in the afternoon, there will be a morning tour of the island. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. MEALS: B, L

SPECIAL OFFER Travel on the Sea Cloud and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

EXPEDITION TEAM Award-winning photographer Susan Seubert will join a diverse team of experts on the March 22, 2018 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

DAYS 4 AND 5 I ÎLES DES SAINTES/ BEQUIA, THE GRENADINES Sail to Terre-de-Haut in the Îles des Saintes and explore the main town, dotted with brightly painted houses. Walk up to Fort Napoléon, a Above: Sails furled, the Sea Cloud rests for the evening between Caribbean shores.

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C U B A B Y L A N D A N D S E A : C U LT U R A L H E R I TAG E A N D N AT U R A L WO N D E R S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • E xperience Cuba’s cultural and natural wonders, and cruise to pristine coastal isles aboard the Harmony V. • D elve into the country’s past and present while getting to know Cuban artists, musicians, medical professionals, merchants, and more. • G et a local perspective on the Bay of Pigs invasion, and go ashore on the seldom visited Isla de la Juventud, where Fidel and Raúl Castro were once exiled. • I n Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, seek out endemic birdlife with local naturalists, and meet with researchers at a sea turtle breeding center on Cayo Largo.

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Get acquainted with local life through your choice of people-to-people excursions: Visit an auto workshop where inventive mechanics repair classic American cars, wander through Ernest Hemingway’s estate at Finca Vigía, or get a Cuban perspective on Castro’s revolution at the city’s history museums. Set out on a walking tour, tracing the story of the city as told through its people and its buildings, and learn about ongoing efforts to preserve Old Havana. Visit a cigar factory, or learn about environmental education projects at the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez. Enjoy meals in some of Havana’s best paladares, or privately owned restaurants, and hear the signature rhythms of Cuba at an evening performance. HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA I MEALS: B, L, D

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From Miami, take a flight to Havana and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a lively dance percussion performance and meet members of the troupe. Later, drive along the Malecón, the waterfront esplanade where Cubans from all walks of life come to stroll and socialize. HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA I MEALS: L, D

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attempted to invade in 1961. In the beach town of Playa Girón, visit a museum that recounts the failed invasion, and talk to local people to learn what the episode means to Cubans today. In nearby Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, meet with naturalists and look for endemic birdlife. Weather permitting, go diving (at an added cost). MEALS: B, L, D

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Today we’ll go ashore at Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobbled streets and colonial houses originally founded in 1514. Go for a walk, visiting museums and meeting entrepreneurs and artists. After lunch, stroll this charming town and get to know its residents. Spend the following day at sea, relaxing and enjoying talks by our staff. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Anchor at Siguanea Bay on Isla de la Juventud— or the Isle of Youth—once home to an infamous penal colony. Drive to the city of Nueva Gerona, where we’ll visit a clinic and art school. Stroll the main boulevard, meeting with local residents and taking in cultural performances along our walk. After lunch, visit the Presidio Modelo, the prison where Fidel and Raúl Castro, along with their fellow revolutionaries, were confined following their failed attack on the Moncada

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DATES 2017: Dec. 6–16 • Dec. 13–23 • Dec. 20–30 Dec. 27, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018 2018: Jan. 3–13 • Jan. 10–20 • Jan. 17–27 Jan. 24–Feb.3 • Jan. 31–Feb. 10 • Feb. 7– 17 Feb. 14– 24 • Feb. 21–Mar. 3 • Feb. 28–Mar. 10 Mar. 7–17 • Mar. 14–24 • Mar. 21–31

These departures are designated photography expeditions.

COST

Two fixtures of Cuba intersect: Ché images and classic cars.

barracks near Santiago de Cuba. On our return drive to the ship, we’ll stop at the Hotel El Colony if time permits. MEALS: B, L, D

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On Cayo Largo, pay a visit to a local clinic to discuss Cuba’s medical system with island doctors and nurses. Then meet with researchers at a sea turtle breeding center and endangered-species protection program. In the afternoon, explore the island, or go swimming or snorkeling in the company of Cuban guides (schedule permitting).

and residential houses. At the Benny Moré Art School, get to know students and teachers and learn about their careers. Meet with musicians and singers in the afternoon and take in a musical performance. Later, return to the ship to toast our Cuban voyage at a farewell dinner. MEALS: B, L, D

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Category 1

$9,500

Category 2

$10,200

Category 3

$11,000

Category 4

$11,500

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the Harmony V on page 66. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,750 in Category 1 and $5,100 in Category 2. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana and return from Cienfuegos is $440 per person.

EXPEDITION TEAM Cuban cultural expert and archaeologist Fabio Amador will join a diverse team of experts on the December 6 and 13, 2017 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Miami. MEALS: B

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Sail into the port of Cienfuegos, a World Heritage site stretched along a bay and filled with elegant French-inspired architecture. Head into the town center on foot, seeing palaces, schools, churches,

Please note: This trip is permitted through the people-to-people general license category authorized by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The itinerary was designed to provide an in-depth cultural experience with numerous opportunities for meaningful interaction with Cubans. Travel restrictions in Cuba, such as limits on what may be purchased and brought back into the U.S., will be provided in your pre-departure materials. While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary listed here, traveling in Cuba requires flexibility, and changes to hotels and activities may occur.

SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHY D E PA RT U R E S

The Harmony V is equipped with twin stabilizers for comfortable navigation across Cuba's waterways.

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As indicated above, select departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques as you take to the Caribbean on an expedition that draws together Cuba’s colorful culture and its rare marine wonders. Visit our website for details and for the National Geographic photographer joining each trip.

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CO S TA R I C A A N D T H E PA N A M A C A N A L T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • A board the new National Geographic Quest, transit the Panama Canal over two days, examining one of the greatest engineering achievements of its era. • B y special permission, take a guided walk through the tropical forests of Barro Colorado Nature Monument, site of a National Geographic–supported wildlife tracking study. • S norkel the pristine reefs surrounding Isla Coiba, one of Panama’s most remote national parks. • C ruise into Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce to visit Casa Orquídeas, a flowering tropical paradise reachable only by boat.

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DAYS 2 AND 3 I MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK/OSA PENINSULA

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Explore Manuel Antonio National Park, where thick forests fringe white-sand beaches. Watch for three-toed sloths, monkeys, and vividly colored birds. Take a refreshing swim before heading south along the Pacific coastline. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools, take an optional horseback ride on the beach, or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see four species of monkeys. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. Visit the Casa Orquídeas, a tropical paradise of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, and orchids that is reachable only by boat. Keep your eye out for tanagers, parrots, and toucans. Later, explore the placid bay, an ideal spot for kayaking, swimming, and stand-up paddleboarding. MEALS: B, L, D

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/ HERRADURA

DAY 5

Upon arrival in San José, transfer to Herradura and embark our ship.

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A white-throated capuchin monkey and baby

some of the best reefs for snorkeling in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Observe a vibrant undersea world while swimming, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. MEALS: B, L, D

Isla Coiba, one of Panama’s most remote national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers

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Above: Guests peer into the canopy in the primary forest of the Osa Peninsula.

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DATES 2017: Dec. 2–9 • Dec. 9–16* • Dec. 16–23 • Dec. 23–30* Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018 2018: Jan. 6–13* • Jan. 13–20 • Jan. 20–27* Jan. 27–Feb. 3 • Mar. 19–26* *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Panama City and ending in San José.

COST

With the National Geographic Sea Lion on the horizon, a photographer readies his shot on the beach near Corcovado National Park.

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Explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama before setting sail for the Panama Canal. Stretching more than 50 miles, the canal was completed in 1914 and is still traversed by some 14,000 ships every year. We’ll most likely begin our crossing at night, when the canal is dramatically lit. MEALS: B, L, D

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GATÚN LAKE/PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

Institute on Barro Colorado Island since 1923, researching its 120 mammals and diverse tree species. It is also the site of a National Geographic– supported project that tracks tagged animals by using automated radio signals and wireless technology. Join local guides for a walk through the forests. This evening, continue through the complex lock system of the canal. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home. MEALS: B

Visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement. Scientists have worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research

Category 1

$5,990

Category 2

$6,590

Category 3

$6,990

Category 4

$7,790

Category 5

$8,690

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Quest on pages 58–59. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,300 in Category 2. Airfare to San José and return from Panama City, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Miami and Costa Rica/ Panama or a free Panama City extension on all departures.

EXPEDITION TEAM Photojournalist Kike Calvo will join a diverse team of experts on the December 9, 2017 and the March 19, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

CO S TA R I C A : CLOUD FOREST TO THE CARIBBEAN

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a three-day pre-trip extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or seven-day post-trip extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero on select departures. Visit our website or call for details.

On this nine-day land-only expedition, visit the remote jungle waterways of Tortuguero and venture into the cloud forest of Monteverde. Or combine this land trip with our Reefs and Ruins: Belize to Tikal, Guatemala small-ship expedition to see more of Central America’s wonders. Visit our website for the detailed itinerary. Guests watch on deck as the ship approaches the Panama Canal locks.

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R E E F S A N D R U I N S : B E L I Z E TO T I K A L , G U AT E M A L A T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • S et out from the National Geographic Quest to kayak amid palm-fringed islands, and step ashore to view a colony of rare red-footed boobies. • Spot rainbow-colored fi sh, turtles, and rays while snorkeling or diving the corals of the Belize Barrier Reef. • Venture into the jungles of Guatemala with local experts to discover Tikal's spectacular temples and pyramids. • E xplore the expansive Maya ruins of Yaxhá and the secluded site of Topoxte, located on a tiny island in a lake.

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DAY 2 I LAUGHING BIRD CAYE NATIONAL PARK OR SAPODILLA CAYES MARINE RESERVE, BELIZE

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Begin our exploration at the southern edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, anchoring along the shores of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Snorkel, kayak, or try stand-up paddleboarding. For certified scuba divers, incredible dive opportunities abound (at an added cost). MEALS: B, L, D

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Anchor off the coast of Guatemala and travel inland to the ancient Maya city of Quiriguá. Explore the site viewing its elaborate stonework, sculpted to glorify Maya kings. Have lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal—Guatemala’s largest lake—then take a local boat through the limestone canyon of Río Dulce, where monkeys, herons, and toucans can be spotted. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in Belize City and embark the National Geographic Quest. Set sail this afternoon.

DAY 4

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST

Enjoy snorkeling and optional diving opportunities at the protected marine reserves of Glover Reef and South Water Caye. Then explore coastal waters by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Conditions

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GLOVER REEF, BELIZE/SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE

Bananaquit singing

permitting, we may stop at a remote field station to learn about coral reef research. MEALS: B, L, D

DAY 5 I LIGHTHOUSE REEF AND HALF MOON CAYE NATURAL MONUMENT Sail north to Lighthouse Reef and go snorkeling, diving, or kayaking inside the fringing reef that surrounds Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The shallow lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches and is home to the legendary Great Blue Hole. Visit Half Moon Caye, a pristine nature reserve

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COST 2018

Scuba diver with a hawksbill sea turtle

of littoral forest and ivory-colored beaches, and go for a walk to view a nesting population of red-footed boobies. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark in Belize City and fly to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to Tikal, one of the largest cities in the Classic Maya world. Spend the afternoon exploring this extraordinary site, where ancient pyramids tower more than 200 feet, and thousands of temples, shrines, and plazas are scattered beneath the rain forest canopy. CAMINO REAL TIKAL HOTEL I MEALS: B, L, D

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the history and spiritual significance of Tikal. CAMINO REAL TIKAL HOTEL I MEALS: B, L, D

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Explore Yaxhá, a former Maya ceremonial center situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxhá Lake. If you wish, climb a temple for a panoramic view. Next, take a local boat to visit the secluded site of Topoxte, located on an island in the lake. Explore the ruins of this fortified Maya city, listening for the calls of birds and monkeys in the surrounding jungle. CAMINO REAL TIKAL

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Category 2

$5,890

Category 3

$6,290

Category 4

$6,990

Category 5

$7,790

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Quest on pages 60–61. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,750 in Category 1 and $2,950 in Category 2. Airfare to Belize City and return from Flores, Guatemala is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM Archaeologist Richard Hansen will join a diverse team of experts on the February 28, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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FLORES/GUATEMALA CITY

MEALS: B

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Combine your Belize to Tikal expedition with our nine-day Exploring Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean expedition. Visit our website or call for details.

Blue morpho butterfly

Lighthouse Atoll, Half Moon Caye

$5,490

YAXHÁ AND TOPOXTE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Delve deeper into the mysteries of the Maya with local experts. Explore Tikal’s architectural treasures, including the Temple of the Great Jaguar and the North and South Acropolises. Encounter ancient Maya art and hieroglyphs that illuminate

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G A L Á PA G O S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • The National Geographic Islander and new National Geographic Endeavour II are each equipped with kayaks, paddleboards, and Zodiacs, allowing for up close exploration. • Join our naturalists on interpretive island walks to learn about Galápagos wildlife, and witness incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat. • Meet endangered Galápagos giant tortoises at a National Geographic–supported captive breeding program, and then observe these creatures in the wild. • Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.

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lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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EXPLORING THE GALÁPAGOS

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our itinerary is flexible, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. All ship itineraries are regulated by the Galápagos National Park. Each of our voyages includes Islas San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Baltra as well as some of the other islands listed below. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to our hotel upon arrival. HOTEL HILTON COLÓN

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ISLA BARTOLOMÉ

Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.

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ISLA SANTIAGO

Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, shorebirds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

GUAYAQUIL/GALÁPAGOS

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ISLA SANTA CRUZ

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a center of research and conservation. Then tour the neighboring captive-breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos National Park and supported by the National Geographic–Lindblad Fund. Travel into the highlands to observe and photograph these tortoises in the wild.

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ISLA ISABELA

Explore the largest island in the group, home to marine iguanas, abundant sea turtles, the only species of flightless cormorant in the world, and the only penguin species that inhabits the Equator. Cruise by Zodiac and hike against a backdrop of giant shield volcanoes, and snorkel in the cool waters that often draw whales and dolphins to the area.

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ISLA FLOREANA

Hike to a turtle-nesting beach and a lagoon that is home to flamingos and other bird species. At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, and visit Post Office Bay, founded by whalers in the 18th century. If you see a letter addressed to

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DATES 2017 and 2018: Expeditions depart Fridays on the National Geographic Endeavour II and Saturdays on the National Geographic Islander. See the calendar on page 68 for departure dates. All Galápagos departures are family friendly. Visit our website for photo departures.

COST Endeavour ll 2017

someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.

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ISLA FERNANDINA

Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galápagos hawks, sea lion nurseries, and rare flightless cormorants can be found while exploring this island. Snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and the occasional marine iguana.

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ISLA ESPAÑOLA

See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, boobies, and waved albatrosses in this birder’s paradise. Walk among vivid green-and-red marine iguanas and unique lava lizards, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine whitesand beach.

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After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure. HOTEL HILTON COLÓN I MEALS: B

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Depart Guayaquil for your flight home. MEALS: B

YOUR TRIP MAKES A DIFFERENCE The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including vital studies on the endangered Galápagos penguin and the seasonal migration patterns of Galápagos tortoises.

N E W ! N AT I O N A L G EO G R A P H I C G LO B A L E X P LO R E R S P R O G R A M

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$6,960

$7,330

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$6,960

Category 2

$7,940

$8,100

$8,290

Category 3

$8,740

$8,990

$9,170

Category 4

$9,590

$9,970

$9,750

N/A

Category 5

A dome-shelled Galápagos giant tortoise roams the highlands on Isla Santa Cruz.

Endeavour ll 2018

N/A

$11,860

Suite A

$11,440

$11,950

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Suite B

$12,280

$12,890

N/A

Suite C

$12,980

$13,660

N/A

Category 2 Solo

$9,930

$10,130

N/A

Category 3 Solo

$10,930

$11,240

N/A

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Islander and Endeavour II on pages 62–63. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Third-person rates are available in designated cabins at one-half the double-occupancy rate. For holiday pricing aboard both ships and single-cabin pricing on the National Geographic Islander, please visit our website. Holiday departures that incur an additional surcharge are December 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2017 and December 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2018. Airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare within Ecuador are not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare between Guayaquil and the Galápagos is $520 per adult and $260 per child under age 12 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER

Beginning in June 2017, young travelers on all departures of our Galápagos expedition can participate in our new National Geographic Global Explorers Program. Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, this hands-on, interactive program teaches kids how to explore like scientists and tell the stories of the archipelago’s legendary wildlife. Our certified field educators are trained to optimize the myriad learning opportunities found in the Galápagos. Kids will hone their observation skills and learn to capture and share their experiences through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, and more. With a range of activities to choose from—in the field and on board—our flexible program encourages young travelers to explore their own interests, whether it’s marine biology or photography.

CALL 1-888-966-8687 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/GALAPAGOS

Receive free round-trip air between Miami and Galápagos on all departures between August 25 and November 17, 2017 on the National Geographic Endeavour II and between August 19 and December 16, 2017 on the National Geographic Islander, plus select departures throughout 2017 and 2018.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Michael Melford will join a diverse team of experts on the November 24 and December 1, 2017 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Stay at Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World—set in the Chocó rain forest in one of the world’s top five biodiversity hot spots—on a pre-voyage extension that also includes colonial Quito. Visit our website or call for details.

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PERU: LAND OF THE INCA T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • Watch day break over the mountaintop Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and learn about National Geographic–funded excavations that helped uncover the site. • J oin archaeologist Peter Frost for an insider’s perspective on his archaeological expeditions in Peru, which have been featured in National Geographic magazine.* • Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean weaving techniques by a National Geographic grantee. • In the Sacred Valley of the Inca, visit a private family museum filled with colonial artwork, and see a dance of paso horses during a presentation of traditional horsemanship.

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to the Inca site of Moray—believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where priests would test soils and crops. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch at the parador overlooking the ruins. Stop at a colorful local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio of Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs.

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SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA

After breakfast, enjoy a talk by National Geographic grantee Peter Frost,* who has been exploring the Andes for 35 years. In 2001 and 2002, Peter led National Geographic Society– sponsored expeditions into the remote region of Vilcabamba, Peru, finding and exploring the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina (National Geographic magazine, February 2004). Travel farther into the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, and explore the massive stone fortress where the Inca won their greatest victory against the conquistadores. Visit the family-owned hacienda Casa Orihuela for lunch, then see the family’s private museum filled with colonial artwork, and witness the delicate dance of paso horses during a presentation of traditional

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Fly from Lima to Cusco this morning and drive

horsemanship. Meet National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, who has helped preserve and revive traditional Inca textiles. Learn about her ancient craft and watch a weaving demonstration. Gather for a captivating performance of folkloric stilt dancing tonight. HOTEL SOL Y LUNA I MEALS: B, L, D

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An exhilarating morning train ride brings us through the valley to magnificent Machu Picchu. Isolated among mountain peaks, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sites. The royal retreat was abandoned by the Inca, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to history until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Discover the mysteries of the “lost city of the Inca” on a guided walk in the sanctuary, and then check in to our incredible lodge overlooking the Andes—the only accommodation adjacent to Machu Picchu. This afternoon, return to the site to explore with a guide; head off on your own to see the Inca Bridge, built on a stone path that the Inca cut into a sheer cliff face; or soak in the hotel’s hot tub, which is hidden in the surrounding cloud forest and has *On departures that coincide with Peter’s assignments, one of his colleagues will join us.

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DATES 2017 and 2018: Expeditions depart every week on either Saturday or Sunday. See the calendar on page 68 for specific departure dates.

COST

$5,690

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,380. On the December 23 and 31, 2017 and December 22 and 30, 2018 departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $730 per person. Airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru are not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between Lima and Cusco is $435 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER Book now and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Cusco on select departures when you combine this Peru expedition with our Galápagos voyage (see pages 26–27). Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM Cusco’s vibrant Plaza de Armas

stunning views of the Andes. Watch twilight descend on Machu Picchu after the crowds have disappeared, and soak up the quiet enchantment of this legendary site. BELMOND SANCTUARY LODGE I MEALS: B, L, D

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Before sunrise, hike up to the Sun Gate, the final checkpoint of the Inca Trail, and watch day break over the timeless ruins of Machu Picchu. Spend the rest of this morning wandering through the site on your own. After lunch, board the train back to the Sacred Valley, continuing by coach to Cusco, a city of astonishing charm and beauty that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Our home here is an exquisite 16th-century monastery just steps from the city square. Take a stroll in the elegant arcaded courtyard and admire the 16th-century antiques and paintings decorating the halls before dinner in the vaulted dining room. BELMOND MONASTERIO HOTEL I MEALS: B, L, D

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convent built atop the ruins of the most important Inca temple. Then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to stroll around this beautiful city or relax at our hotel.

National Geographic historian Peter Frost will join a diverse team of experts on Day 3 on most departures.* Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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After our flight back to Lima, visit the renowned Museo Larco to view the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. Catch the changing of the guard at the Plaza Mayor before we gather for a farewell lunch at Casa Aliaga, a lovely colonial home. Later, check into our hotel, perched on the waterfront in the elegant Miraflores district, and take the rest of the day to relax or explore on your own. BELMOND MIRAFLORES PARK HOTEL MEALS: B, L

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After breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for the return flight home. MEALS: B

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Combine this trip with a voyage to the Galápagos or Upper Amazon. Visit our website or call for details.

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W H AT T O E X P E C T We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco and at Machu Picchu. Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet, and Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet. Participants should be physically fit. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory disorder, a circulatory ailment, or a disability that limits mobility.

PERU AND ECUADOR PHOTO EXPEDITION Join National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins from May 7–26, 2018 on our first ever photo expedition in Peru and Ecuador, combining three trips: Mashpi pre-voyage extension, Galápagos, and Peru: Land of the Inca. Learn tips and techniques while exploring picturesque places in these South American treasures. Visit our website or call for details.

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U P P E R A M A ZO N T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • E xplore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with our team of naturalists, and encounter rare pink dolphins, sloths, howler monkeys, giant lily pads, and an astounding variety of birdlife. • Learn from a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor, who travels with us aboard the elegant Delfin II riverboat. • G lide into the backwaters by kayak or skiff for an up close look at the intricacies of the Amazonian ecosystem. • M eet the ribereños (indigenous people) who live along the river’s edge, and get a glimpse into their way of life.

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Spend this week exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. The two powerful rivers, the Marañón and the Ucayali, converge here at the headwaters of the mighty Amazon. The reserve floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the “mirrored forest” for the reflections created by its glassy water.

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Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including noisy howlers, shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys, and various species of saddleback tamarins. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and scarlet

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Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our hotel, conveniently located just steps from the airport. WYNDHAM COSTA DEL SOL LIMA AIRPORT HOTEL

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Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of

Victoria amazonica is native to the quiet lagoons and shallows of the Amazon.

macaws. In the waterways, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and infamous piranhas—a major food source for inhabitants of the rain forest. Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal

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DATES 2017: July 1–10 • Aug. 12–21 • Aug. 19–28 • Aug. 26–Sept. 4 Dec. 9–18 • Dec. 16–25 • Dec. 23, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018 2018: Jan. 20–29 • Jan. 27–Feb. 5 • Feb. 3–12 Feb. 10–19 • Mar. 3–12 • Mar. 10–19 • Mar. 17–26 Mar. 24–Apr. 2 • Mar. 31–Apr. 9 • Apr. 28–May 7 May 5–14 • May 26–June 4 • June 30–July 9 July 7–16 • Aug. 18–27 • Aug. 25–Sept. 3 • Sept. 1–10 Oct. 13–22 • Oct. 27– Nov. 5 • Nov. 3–12 • Dec. 8–17 Dec. 15–24 • Dec. 29, 2018–Jan. 7, 2019 These departures are designated photography expeditions.

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The Delfin II calls at remote riverside villages and navigates quiet waterways.

oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and other creatures of the night.

botany of the jungle, including edible fruits and plants with medicinal properties.

Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños, “those who live on the riverbanks,” and their age-old traditions. Learn how they make jewelry and other local handicrafts, and find out how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Discover the unusual

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After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a late afternoon flight to Lima. WYNDHAM COSTA DEL SOL LIMA

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Suite

$6,990

Master Suite

$8,260

See the Delfi n II description, photo, and deck plan on page 66. Prices are per person, double occupancy. Due to limited availability, single cabins are offered on a request basis only; please call for availability and rates. On the December 23, 2017 and December 29, 2018 departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $690 for a Suite, and $430 for a Master Suite. Airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru are not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip charter flights between Lima and Iquitos are $440 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER Save 10% on each expedition when you combine this expedition with a voyage to Galápagos and/or Peru: Land of the Inca. Book now and receive free round-trip airfare from Miami to Iquitos on select combinations with a Galápagos expedition. Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Krista Rossow will join a diverse team of experts on the January 20 and 27, 2018 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Combine this trip with a voyage to the Galápagos or Peru: Land of the Inca expedition, or join all three. Visit our website or call for details.

SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHY D E PA RT U R E S As indicated above, a few special departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques as you voyage through the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s northern rain forest. Visit our website for details and for the National Geographic photographer leading each trip.

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BEST OF PATAGONIA: TORRES DEL PAINE TO CAPE HORN T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • S ee Patagonia by land and sea, exploring the staggering peaks of Torres Del Paine National Park before setting sail aboard the National Geographic Orion to discover Chile’s coastal fjords. • S ettle into Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on stunning Lake Sarmiento. • A National Geographic photographer joins every departure, offering tips and techniques for capturing the majesty of the region. • Enjoy special access to remote wildlife reserves, including the Karukinka reserve in Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Isla de los Estados (Staten Island).

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Fly to Puerto Natales, one of southern Patagonia’s gateways, and settle into our hotel before an afternoon tour of the town. HOTEL SINGULAR I MEALS: B, L, D

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Spend three days discovering one of the most spectacular areas in the Americas: Torres del Paine National Park. Tailor your exploration of the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, and glaciers to your interests, choosing from a variety of excursions that include hiking and horseback riding. TIERRA PATAGONIA (OCTOBER) OR EXPLORA LODGE (MARCH) MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Young rheas at play

After a final morning in Torres del Paine, depart for Puerto Natales, where we embark our ship.

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Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago and check in to our hotel. Set out on a guided tour of the city to discover the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace.

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Today we begin our exploration of the Chilean coastline. Spot elephant seals and other wildlife

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DATES 2017: Oct. 27–Nov. 10 2018: Mar. 7–21* • Oct. 25–Nov. 8 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Isla de los Estados and ending in Puerto Natales.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa

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By special permission, visit the private reserve of Karukinka Natural Park, which harbors rich wildlife, including guanacos, Andean condors, and the endangered culpeo fox. MEALS: B, L, D

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Sail the Beagle Channel, exploring more stunning fjords and glaciers by Zodiac and kayak and on foot. The next day, visit the southernmost tip of South America: Cape Horn. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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At extraordinary Isla de los Estados (Staten Island) discover its mountains, forests, and rugged fjords. Spot fur seals and colonies of rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, and see the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world.” MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark in Ushuaia, and fly to Santiago by private charter to connect with your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 14: B, L

Category 1

$13,940

Category 2

$14,600

Category 3

$15,610

Category 4

$17,540

Category 5

$19,640

Category 6

$21,710

Category 1 Solo

$20,120

Category 3 Solo

$22,620

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Orion on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Categories 1 through 6. Airfare to/from Santiago and within South America is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights between Santiago/Puerto Natales and Ushuaia/ Santiago are $855 (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish will join a diverse team of experts on the October 27, 2017 departure. Read his bio and find more experts for this trip on our website.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island. Visit our website or call for details.

R O U N D I N G T H E C A P E: C H I L E A N PATAG O N I A A N D A R G E N T I N A’ S S TAT E N I S L A N D

Trace Chile’s coast south from Puerto Montt, venturing deep into a maze of islands and glorious fjords on a 20-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Visit our website or call for details.

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UNDER SAIL: GREECE TO THE DALMATIAN COAST THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • S ail aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, an elegant four-masted tall ship built by E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. • Venture to four fascinating countries with our team of experts, who offer insight into history and culture. • E xplore numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites including Olympia, Greece and the seldom visited archaeological ruins of Butrint—an ancient Albanian city. • Enjoy a private performance of traditional Croatian Klapa music at a monastery courtyard in enchanting Dubrovnik.

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Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is a little-known place of gorgeous mountain landscapes and stunning coasts. Dock in Sarandë and discover the ancient city of Butrint, another World Heritage site. MEALS: B, L, D

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Drop anchor in Durrës and drive to the medieval citadel of Krujë. Wander through the market to the Ethnographic Museum. Also visit the museum devoted to Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg. Return to Durrës and enjoy an Albanian folkloric show. MEALS: B, L, D

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Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving the next morning. Visit the New Acropolis Museum, then transfer to Piraeus and set sail aboard our elegant tall ship. SEA CLOUD I MEALS: DAY 2: L, D

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Round the southern coast of the Peloponnesus peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Dock in Katákolo and travel to ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Discover gemlike villages nestled along the coast of Itháki. View the sites that some claim link the island to Homer’s Ithaca, and swim in a stunning bay. MEALS: B, L, D Above: Encircled by medieval battlements, the terra-cotta roofs of Dubrovnik glow in the Adriatic light. 34

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Sail into Montenegro via the magnificent Gulf of Kotor. Stop at the historic town of Perast before taking a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. Steeped in lore, the tiny islet was created by fishermen dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore medieval Kotor this afternoon. MEALS: B, L, D

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Known as the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world. Spend the day exploring the marvelous Old City, and enjoy a performance of traditional Croatian klapa music. MEALS: B, L, D

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COST Category 1

$12,690

Category 2

$14,350

Category 3

$17,350

Category 4

$18,260

Original Deluxe B

$19,870

Original Deluxe A

$21,500

Owner’s Suite

$24,230

See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on page 65. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $6,300 in Category 1. Airfare to Athens and return from Dubrovnik, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Travel on the Sea Cloud and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

EXPEDITION TEAM Historian Grace Fielder will join a diverse team of experts on the June 7, 2018 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. .

KORČULA/HVAR

Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful towns in the Balkans, and see the house believed to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. Explore Hvar the next day, taking a tour inside the delightful walled city. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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DUBROVNIK/U.S.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. MEALS: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Athens and/or a three-day extension in Mostar, Trogir and Split. Visit our website or call for details.

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SAILING THE GREEK ISLES THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Take to the seas aboard the Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted tall ship designed by its original owner, Marjorie Merriweather Post. • D elve into Greek culture and history with our team of experts during onboard presentations and guided tours. • A nchor at some of the lesser known Cyclades, visiting pilgrimage sites, typical villages, and archaeological sites. • S pend a day in beautiful Santoríni, and see the extraordinary site of Akrotiri, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C.

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Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at one of Greece’s holiest shrines. MEALS: B, L, D

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Delos is the mythological birthplace of the ancient Greek twin gods Artemis and Apollo. Discover the island’s ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the Temple of Apollo. MEALS: B, L, D

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Step ashore on the isle of Amorgós. Visit the main village, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in Athens after an overnight flight and visit the New Acropolis Museum. Travel to Piraeus and settle into your cabin. SEA CLOUD MEALS: DAY 2: L, D

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After a morning at sea, drop anchor at Sífnos, a rugged island featuring a harbor lined with waterfront tavernas and a beautiful upper chora (village). This afternoon, find a spot on deck to watch the crew hoist the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand as we set sail among the Cyclades. MEALS: B, L, D

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Dotted with green marble quarries and villages steeped in Venetian history, Tínos has long been a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, and visit the church of Panagia

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Enjoy a glorious day of sailing among the idyllic isles of the Cyclades. Relax on deck and attend presentations by our experts on the area’s history and ecology. MEALS: B, L, D

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COST Category 1

$9,490

Category 2

$10,680

Category 3

$12,750

Category 4

$13,500

Original Deluxe B

$14,990

Original Deluxe A

$15,950

Owner’s Suite

$18,250

See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on page 65. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,750 in Category 1. International airfare to/from Athens is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Book the June 30 or July 14, 2017 departures and receive free international round-trip airfare between New York and Athens. Plus we cover your bar tab and crew tips on all Sea Cloud voyages.

EXPEDITION TEAM Author and filmmaker Chad Cohen will join a diverse team of experts on the August 31, 2018 departure. Read his bio on our website. .

PIRAEUS/ATHENS/U.S.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. MEALS: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Above: The famed Santorini sunset casts a peachy glow on the whitewashed town of Oia.

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Add a two-day extension in Athens and/or a three-day extension in Crete. Visit our website or call for details.

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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • S ail the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian, Ionian, and Aegean Seas aboard the historic tall ship Sea Cloud. • Tour five UNESCO World Heritage sites with our team of experts, including the storied city of Valletta and ancient Greco-Roman ruins at Agrigento and Syracuse. • S avor Sicilian cuisine at a wine tasting in Marsala, in Erice’s renowned pasticceria, and at a private dinner in a historic castle near Taormina. • S et out with local guides to explore enchanting towns rich in history— from Cefalù to Lipari and Ortigia.

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Uncover the history of medieval Erice with local guides, then navigate the mountaintop town’s alleyways and city walls on your own. Try Maria Grammatico’s famous cake. The following day, take part in an on-deck photography workshop before the ship drops anchor at Cefalù, one of Sicily’s most beautiful cities. Explore on foot, stopping at its 12th-century Norman cathedral, and, if you wish, tackle the looming rocky crag. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Enjoy views of the Aeolian Islands, a World Heritage site. Take a scenic drive around Lipari’s perimeter and see neolithic artifacts in the island’s museum. Board the ship for an evening cruise to Stromboli, keeping an eye out for the island’s volcanic pyrotechnics. MEALS: B, L, D

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Depart on an overnight flight to Valletta. Transfer to the pier and embark our ship. SEA CLOUD I MEALS: DAY 2: D

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Visit the 5,000-year-old megalithic temples of Ggantija, a World Heritage site. Gather for a welcome dinner. Spend a day on the sparkling Mediterranean, attending talks or simply relaxing on deck. This evening, enjoy a tasting of wines from Sicily. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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At Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, founded by the Greeks in the seventh-century B.C., explore a grand row of Doric temples. The next day, set out for the stately temples of Selinus. Visit Marsala’s Punic warship and museum of Carthaginian history. Later, sample dessert wines at a local vineyard. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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COST

Category 1

$19,400

Category 2

$21,780

Category 3

$26,200

Category 4

$27,690

Original Deluxe B

$31,350

Original Deluxe A

$33,510

Owner’s Suite

$38,320

See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on page 65. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $9,700 in Category 1. Airfare to Valletta and return from Athens is not included in the expedition cost.

STRAIT OF MESSINA/TAORMINA

Channel Odysseus as we traverse the Strait of Messina. In medieval Taormina, walk to a cliff-side Greco-Roman theater. Dine at an 18th-century castle featured in the Godfather films.

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Sail south to Syracuse, once a cultural and economic rival of Athens. Explore the archaeological park’s sweeping arena (still in use today). Discover Ortigia’s piazzas, twisting alleyways, and impressive Duomo. MEALS: B, L, D

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Enjoy a leisurely crossing of the Ionian Sea. Stop for a visit to Methoni Castle outside Pylos.

SPECIAL OFFER Travel on the Sea Cloud and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Malta and/or Athens. Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM A diverse team of experts including an expedition leader and local naturalists will accompany this trip.

MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark and transfer to the Athens airport for your flight home. MEALS: B

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Return to the ship, where we’ll welcome local musicians for an evening of music. MEALS: B, L, D

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Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase—a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whiskey distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a hilltop monument inspired by the Roman Colosseum. MEALS: B, L, D

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Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Venture into Duart Castle, and take a ferry to the island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church, and stroll through St. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to charming Tobermory. MEALS: B, L, D

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Arrive in Inverness and board our ship. LORD OF THE GLENS I MEALS: DAY 2: D

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Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a kayaking or hiking excursion. MEALS: B, L, D

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Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain. Drive to Glenfinnan and enjoy an afternoon walk.

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Sail to the isle of Eigg and get a sense for daily life on this tiny island community. Look for marine mammals, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds. Alternatively, visit the Isle of Rum, home of the lavish Kinloch Castle. Cruise on to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. MEALS: B, L, D

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Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or explore Eilean Donan Castle. MEALS: B, L, D

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Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and transfer to the Inverness airport for your return flight home. MEALS: B

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DATES 2018: June 10–18 • June 17–25* • July 22–30 July 29–Aug. 6* • Aug. 5–13 • Aug. 12–20* Aug. 19–27 • Aug. 26–Sept. 3* If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Kyle of Lochalsh and ending in Inverness.

COST Category 1

$7,880

Category 2

$9,000

See the Lord of the Glens description, photo, and deck plan on our website. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,940 in Category 1 and $4,480 in Category 2. International airfare to/from Inverness is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFER Travel on the Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson will join a diverse team of experts on the June 17, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find other experts on our website.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Edinburgh. The extensions on the July 29 and August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2018 departures include the Military Tattoo, while the other extensions include a special evening celebrating Scottish music and culture. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: The Lord of the Glens passes by the ruins of Urquhart Castle, perched on the shore of Loch Ness.

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VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA: A LO N G T H E M E KO N G R I V E R THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • J oin our team of experts on a seven-night cruise along the Mekong aboard the elegant Jahan riverboat. • Ride local boats between the fl oating houses of Kampong Chhnang, and ride an oxcart through the paddies surrounding the village of Kampong Tralach, where the National Geographic–Lindblad Fund fi nanced a community library. • Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, and spend two full days exploring the spectacular Angkor complex with our experts. • Delve into Vietnamese cuisine during an onboard cooking class, and then disembark to visit a fi sh farm and a fl oating market fi lled with tropical produce.

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Anchor at Kampong Chhnang and visit a village known for traditional pottery. Glimpse a unique way of life in the floating villages of Tonle Sap, and in Kampong Tralach, ride oxcarts to an ancient Buddhist temple. MEALS: B, L, D

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Depart for Siem Reap and, upon arrival, settle into our riverside hotel. LA RÉSIDENCE D’ANGKOR

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Rise early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a 12th-century Khmer temple. Explore Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, and pay a visit to Les Artisans d’Angkor, a traditional arts school. Ride a tuktuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom to see the Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Elephants. This evening, enjoy a private dinner and traditional Cambodian music and dance performance at one of Angkor’s temples. MEALS: B, L, D; B, D

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Travel to the Mekong River, stopping for a picnic in Kampong Cham. Embark the Jahan and catch the sunset on deck before a welcome dinner. The next day, see an eighth-century temple at Wat Hanchey, and meet the friendly residents of Angkor Ban on a

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During a full day in Phnom Penh, ride a cyclo (bicycle taxi) to the Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda. Browse Khmer sculpture at the National Museum, and learn about the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tonight, witness an apsara dance performance. Then enjoy a relaxing day on the river, crossing into Vietnam in the afternoon. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Meander through the colorful markets of Tan Chau or Chau Doc and Cai Be, and visit nearby floating villages and river communities to learn about local enterprises. In the evening, gather for a gala dinner aboard the Jahan. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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COST Category 1

$10,980

Category 2

$11,790

Category 3

$13,850

Category 4

$16,580

See the Jahan description, photo, and deck plan on our website. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in Category 1, add $5,490. International airfare to Siem Reap and return from Saigon, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM Art historian Barry Till will join a diverse team of experts on the March 7, 2018 departure. Read his bio on our website. .

MY THO/HO CHI MINH CITY/U.S.

Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Meet with a local expert and explore the city’s historic sites, including the Reunification Palace, seat of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. If you wish, visit the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels, or explore on your own. Have a private dinner at the former residence of U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Transfer to the airport for your return flight, arriving home the next day. PARK HYATT SAIGON I MEALS: DAY 12 : B, L, D; DAY 13: B

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E A S T E R I S L A N D TO TA H I T I : TA L E S O F T H E PAC I F I C N E W THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • A board the National Geographic Orion, trace the legend of the ill-fated H.M.S. Bounty to the seldom visited Pitcairn Island, where descendants of its mutineers still live today. • J oin archaeologists on Easter Island to delve into an intriguing lost culture and examine ancient burial sites and towering moai. • D ive or snorkel the pristine reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. • E xplore the unusual geology of Henderson Island with our naturalists, and seek out the isle’s four endemic bird species.

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On hikes and Zodiac excursions, discover the island’s four endemic bird species and natural wonders. Continue to Pitcairn Island, where about 50 descendants of the 18th-century H.M.S. Bounty mutineers still live. Meet residents and hear a few words of their unusual Pitkern dialect—a blend of English “sailor speak” and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of the last surviving Bounty mutineer, John Adams, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to the Ritz Carlton. This evening, join your staff for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island, where we will spend two nights at the Hanga Roa Eco-Resort. Explore volcanic calderas, lava fields, and sweeping grasslands. Join archaeologists to examine the island’s colossal moai statues; and visit burial sites, quarries, and intricate ceremonial altars. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION MEALS: DAY 3: D; DAYS 4 AND 5: B, L, D DAILY

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On the two-day journey west from Easter Island, listen to informative talks by our experts. Once at Ducie Island, watch for frigatebirds and boobies, and snorkel or dive among spectacular reefs. Continue to pristine Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with our naturalists or relaxing on deck with a good book. Arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, famous for its black pearls. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, and go on a hike with our naturalists. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Our exploration of the “dangerous archipelago” begins in Pukarua, where traditional dancers will greet us. Navigate reefs and islets during a day at sea, then explore an uninhabited atoll such as Tahanea. In Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, learn about the island’s pearl industry, and walk its pristine beaches. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, and take a tour of the island before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 19: B, L

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DATES 2018: Mar. 26–Apr. 14 • Aug. 30–Sept. 17* If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive in Santiago on the morning of Day 2. *This voyage spends one less day in Santiago and follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Papeete and ending on Easter Island. Visit our website or call for details.

COST Category 1

$17,990

Category 2

$21,350

Category 3

$25,370

Category 4

$27,490

Category 5

$32,820

Category 6

$37,970

Category 1 Solo

$26,990

Category 3 Solo

$37,990

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to Santiago and return from Papeete, and between Santiago and Easter Island, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Santiago and Easter Island is $950 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles to Santiago and return from Papeete, or vice versa. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Susan Seubert will join a diverse team of experts on the August 30, 2018 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

Above: Easter Island is shrouded in mystery and guarded by the famous moai statues.

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EPIC POLYNESIA: COOK ISLANDS TO FIJI

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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • A board the state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion, cruise among five Pacific Island groups—French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, and Fiji. • G lide in Zodiacs through the narrow pass at Aitutaki, and swim in the island’s dazzling inner lagoon. • M arvel at elaborately decorated cathedrals in tiny Wallis and Futuna, a difficult-to-reach autonomous French territory. • Enjoy a special Fijian welcome at the village of Waitabu, and then see firsthand how locals created the country’s healthiest marine parks as you snorkel and dive the bordering reef. ITINER ARY

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Hike through vibrant rain forests, take a dip in a swimming hole, go snorkeling or diving on the reef, and soak up the languid rhythms of island life that drew Robert Louis Stevenson to these shores. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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TAHAA/RAIATEA/ AT SEA

On Tahaa, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard the lagoon and stroll the tiny island’s beaches. On adjacent Raiatea, explore Marae Taputapuatea, a ceremonial site that served as the starting point for Polynesian seafarers. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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In 1789, Capt. William Bligh sailed to Aitutaki just before the mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Bounty. Board Zodiacs to access the volcanic atoll’s spectacular lagoon and its white-sand beach. Once ashore, step over sacred welcome stones and

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Be on deck just after sunrise as National Geographic Orion navigates the channel into the lagoon at Wallis Island. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mata-Utu— built of hand-chiseled blue volcanic stone—or admire the colorful interior of the Church of St. Joseph. Later, snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard from one of the tiny islets offshore. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Discover Taveuni, known as “the Garden Island” for its rich endemic vegetation. Enjoy a warm Fijian welcome at the village of Waitabu, and snorkel in one of the Pacific’s most successful community marine parks. Explore the waterfalls of Bouma National Heritage Park, and dive nearby reefs. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark in Lautoka on Fiji’s Viti Levu. Tour the western part of the island before transferring to the airport in Nadi for your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 16: B, L

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DATES 2018: May 10–26 • May 24–June 9* If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive anytime on Day 2. *This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, beginning in Lautoka and ending in Papeete.

COST Category 1

$15,680

Category 2

$18,670

Category 3

$21,990

Category 4

$23,990

Category 5

$28,940

Category 6

$33,440

Category 1 Solo

$23,520

Category 3 Solo

$32,990

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to Papeete and return from Nadi, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete and return from Nadi, or vice versa. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Michael Melford will join a diverse team of experts on the May 24, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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FRENCH POLYNESIA: BEYOND THE POSTCARD

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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • The National Geographic Orion is nimble enough to traverse the Tiputa Pass into the lagoon at Rangiroa, one of the largest atolls in the world. • G o ashore at the seldom visited isle of Huahine, former residence of Tahitian royalty and home to the highest density of ancient marae (meeting grounds) in French Polynesia. • S kim across serene turquoise lagoons in a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. • Take in spectacular views over Bora-Bora from one of its emerald crags, and then snorkel or dive from a private motu—an islet on the outer reef.

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Former home to Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains the highest density of ancient marae in French Polynesia. Visit these sites with archaeologists, and then bike into the lush interior of the island. Explore the verdant shoreline by kayak, paddleboard, or Zodiac, and finish the day with a swim in the island’s crystal-clear lagoon. MEALS: B, L, D

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Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti. Upon arrival, check into dayrooms, and briefly tour Tahiti before embarking our ship.

Spend two days exploring some of the nearly 80 islands and atolls in the so-called “dangerous archipelago.” In the waters surrounding Fakarava, snorkel protected reefs, or ride the current into the lagoon on a drift dive. Navigate the limestone grottoes of Makatea, or search for endemic fruit doves and myriad seabirds. Then snorkel and dive among colorful fish on the nearby reef.

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Jutting out from an aquamarine lagoon ringed with tiny islets, Bora-Bora’s angular volcanic crags are a spectacular sight. Explore the island by 4x4, and then snorkel, dive, kayak, or paddleboard from one of the islets on the outer reef. MEALS: B, L, D

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Encircled by a single reef and sharing a common lagoon, Raiatea and Tahaa offer plenty to explore. Spend the morning at Marae Taputapuatea, the starting point for Polynesian seafarers heading

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The atoll of Rangiroa is a ring of slender islands known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. Our ship anchors here, inside the world’s second largest lagoon near the village of Tiputa, where local musicians greet us. Spend time with villagers, and then kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive in the lagoon—home to manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles. MEALS: B, L, D

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Above: Mount Rotui rises from the island of Moorea in an explosion of emerald splendor.

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2018: Apr. 12–21 • Apr. 26–May 5 • June 7–16 July 5–14 • July 19–28 • Aug. 2–11 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$7,690

Category 2

$9,380

Category 3

$10,990

Category 4

$11,990

Category 5

$14,520

Category 6

$16,840

Category 1 Solo

$11,540

Category 3 Solo

$16,490

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Papeete and from Rangiroa to Papeete is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Rangiroa and Papeete is $250 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jen Hayes will join a diverse team of experts on the April 26, 2018 departure. Read their bios and find more experts on our website.

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I S L E S , ATO L L S , A N D P R I S T I N E CO R A L S : S O U T H E R N L I N E I S L A N D S NEW THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Watch on deck as the National Geographic Orion navigates the pass in Moorea’s reef to anchor in Opunohu Bay, as Capt. James Cook did in 1777. • S pend three days in the Southern Line Islands, identified as one of the healthiest reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorerin-Residence Enric Sala. • R ide Zodiacs through reef passes, snorkel over beds of giant clams, or dive the atolls’ outer reefs. • E xamine ancient Polynesian sacred sites on Moorea with an archaeologist, or hike through the isle’s lush tropical forests.

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of their lagoons by Zodiac or kayak, see nesting boobies and tropicbirds on shore, and snorkel above colorful tropical reefs. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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On our final day in the Southern Line Islands, go ashore with our naturalists for a walk through coastal palm groves to seek out endangered coconut crabs, the largest land-dwelling invertebrates in the world. During a day at sea, bring your binoculars to the deck and join our naturalists in seeking out marine mammals and sea birds. Photographers will have plenty of opportunities to capture images of wildlife and the stunning waters. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti. Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti early this morning and take a short flight to Rangiroa. Embark our ship and settle into your cabin in the afternoon. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION MEALS: DAY 2: L, D

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I AT SEA/SOUTHERN LINE ISLANDS, KIRIBATI A day at sea brings us to the far-flung Southern Line Islands, where we’ll snorkel or dive some of the most remote and pristine coral reefs on Earth. Marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala researched these islands as part of the Pristine Seas project and identified their surrounding waters as one of the only remaining healthy, undisturbed spots in the ocean. Enjoy plenty of time to explore these seldom visited atolls: navigate the intricate channels Above: Beautiful aerial view of Rangiroa atoll in the South Pacific Ocean. 42

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Approach the stunning isle of Moorea this morning, and seek out the playful dolphins and humpback whales that inhabit the surrounding waters. Encircled by a dazzling turquoise lagoon, the island’s peaks rise out of the water in a lush explosion of emerald-green splendor. We’ll anchor for the day in Opunohu Bay on the island’s north shore, and spend time hiking tropical forest trails or exploring ancient Polynesian sacred sites with an archaeologist. MEALS: B, L, D

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DATES 2018: Apr. 19–28 • May 3–12 • June 14–23 July 12–21 • July 26–Aug. 4 • Aug. 9–18 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive anytime on Day 2.

COST Category 1

$7,690

Category 2

$9,380

Category 3

$10,990

Category 4

$11,990

Category 5

$14,520

Category 6

$16,840

Category 1 Solo

$11,540

Category 3 Solo

$16,490

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Papeete and from Papeete to Rangiroa is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Papeete to Rangiroa is $250 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFERS

Disembark in Papeete this morning and tour Tahiti before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 9: B, L

Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition..

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

EXPEDITION TEAM

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Add a stay at The Brando, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set on the private atoll of Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, following any of our South Pacific voyages. From your elegant beachfront villa, go snorkeling or diving, take nature walks with an island researcher, watch calving humpbacks, and enjoy the creations of a Michelin-starred chef. Visit our website or call for details.

National Geographic documentary photographer Chris Rainier will join a diverse team of experts on the August 9, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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AZURE SEAS FROM TAHITI TO THE MARQUESAS

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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • A National Geographic photographer joins each departure of the National Geographic Orion, offering onboard talks, as well as hands-on instruction during excursions. • A longside our naturalists, hike to a remote waterfall or search for rare birds on the far-flung isle of Fatu Hiva. • E xplore the seldom visited Tuamotu Archipelago by kayak and stand-up paddleboard, walk its pristine beaches, and snorkel or dive vibrant reefs. • W itness a traditional Marquesan dance performance at an ancient marae—an open-air space used for spiritual and community gatherings.

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Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti, arriving in Papeete the following morning. Check into dayrooms, and briefly tour Tahiti before embarking our ship. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION I MEALS: DAY 2: L, D

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AT SEA/TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO

Our exploration of the “dangerous archipelago” begins at Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. After a festive welcome with traditional dancers, learn about the island’s pearl industry. Snorkel protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a drift dive. Continue to Raroia, where Thor Heyerdahl’s famous Kon-Tiki raft made landfall in 1947. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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We begin our exploration of the Marquesas on the isle of Nuku Hiva. Gaze at ancient petroglyphs and witness a dance performance at a marae, used for spiritual gatherings. Or hike up a lush valley in search of rare birds. Later, visit the village to peruse unique handicrafts.

DATES

MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

Category 1

$15,680

Category 2

$18,670

Category 3

$21,990

Category 4

$23,990

Category 5

$28,940

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Anchor at Hiva Oa and explore Me'ae Iipona, home to one of the largest ancient tiki statues in Polynesia. Visit the Calvary Cemetery to see the gravesites for French artist Paul Gauguin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel. The following day, go ashore at Fatu Hiva to visit a remote village and view Marquesan art displays. Tackle a challenging hike to a waterfall, or go bird-watching in the Omoa Valley. Our final two days in the Marquesas are open for exploration. Scuba dive with manta rays, or navigate coastal waters by kayak and Zodiac. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

DAYS 13, 14, AND 15 I TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO/MAKATEA Spend two days exploring the isles and atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Snorkel or dive stunning reefs, kayak and paddleboard across turquoise lagoons, and walk palm-fringed beaches. Continue to Makatea to explore its unusual limestone grottoes, or search for seabirds. Then snorkel and dive on the nearby reef. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark in Papeete and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 16: B, L

2018: June 21–July 7 • Aug. 16–Sept. 1 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST

Category 6

$33,440

Category 1 Solo

$23,520

Category 3 Solo

$32,990

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on page 61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Papeete is not included in the expedition cost.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by July 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards will join a diverse team of experts on the June 21, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

Above: Hawksbill sea turtle on coral reef, French Polynesia

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J O U R N E Y T O A N TA R C T I C A T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • The state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion are equipped with top exploration tools, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor. • Learn from a team of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists who offer insights and in-depth presentations throughout the trip. • G et up close to icebergs, wildlife, and hard-to-reach places using our fleets of kayaks and Zodiacs. • O bserve a range of penguin species, as well as seals and whales, and photograph them alongside our onboard photo instructor.

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Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION I MEALS: B, L, D

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While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship. MEALS: B, L, D

DAYS 5–10

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA OR SANTIAGO, CHILE Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures). Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome reception. SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES OR GRAND HYATT SANTIAGO I MEALS: DAY 2: L

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With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible so that we can take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales perform off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an extra landing during the day. We anticipate making several Zodiac landings each day to hike, kayak among the icebergs, and experience close encounters with wildlife. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

The National Geographic Explorer attracts a cast of curious penguins.

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This pristine bay is edged by soaring, ice-covered peaks. Hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliffside rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

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Cruise through the Lemaire Channel between towering snowcaps and blue icebergs. Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of


I N F O R M AT I O N

DATES 2017/2018 Season: Nov. 26–Dec. 9 • Dec. 6–19 Dec. 16–29† • Dec. 17–30*† • Dec. 26, 2017– Jan. 8, 2018† • Dec. 27, 2017–Jan. 9, 2018*† Jan. 5–18 • Jan. 6–19* • Jan. 15–28 • Jan. 16–29* Jan. 25–Feb. 7 • Feb. 4–17 2018/2019 Season: Nov. 25–Dec. 8* • Nov. 26– Dec. 9 • Dec. 5–18* • Dec. 15–28* • Dec. 16–29† Dec. 25, 2018–Jan. 7, 2019*† • Dec. 26, 2018– Jan. 8, 2019† • Jan. 4–17* • Jan. 5–18 • Jan. 14–27* Jan. 15–28 • Jan. 24–Feb. 6* • Jan. 25–Feb. 7 Feb. 3–16* • Feb. 4–17 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *These departures are aboard the National Geographic Orion. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Explorer. †Visit our website for special holiday pricing on these departures.

Travelers capture a tail slap on camera during a thrilling close encounter with a humpback whale.

thousands of gentoo penguins standing along the shoreline, as if awaiting your arrival.

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Dock in Neko Harbor. Walk among penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of the untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

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In 1944, the British government began an expedition code-named Operation Tabarin, creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. Base A, at Port Lockroy, is now a museum and Antarctica’s only public post office.

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Orion

$13,760

$13,760

Category 2

$14,790

$14,790

Category 3

$15,230

$16,390

Category 4

$16,390

$19,720

Category 5

$19,720

$22,540

MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

Category 6

$22,540

$26,240

DAYS 13 AND 14 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/ BUENOS AIRES OR SANTIAGO, CHILE /U.S.

Category 7

$26,240

N/A

Category A Solo

$18,490

$20,640

Category B Solo

$19,040

$24,590

AT SEA

Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures) by private charter and connect with your overnight flight home. MEALS: B, L

For voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer, add an extension in Buenos Aires or to Iguazú Falls or Easter Island. For voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion, add an extension in Santiago or to Easter Island. Visit our website or call for details.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jasper Doest will join the November 26 and December 6, 2017 departures. Read his bio and find more experts for this trip on our website. A kayaker maneuvers through an icy landscape in the waters of Antarctica.

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DAYS 11 AND 12

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

COST

CALL 1-888-966-8687 OR VISIT NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/ANTARCTICA

2018/2019 Season

Explorer

Orion

Category 1

$13,890

$14,170

Category 2

$14,940

$15,230

Category 3

$15,380

$16,960

Category 4

$16,550

$20,500

Category 5

$19,990

$23,440

Category 6

$22,800

$27,290

Category 7

$26,600

N/A

Category A Solo

$18,680

$21,250

Category B Solo

$19,220

$25,440

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer and Orion on pages 60–61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. For holiday pricing, please visit our website. International airfare to/from Buenos Aires or Santiago and airfare to/from Ushuaia are not included in the expedition cost. The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $890–$1,240 depending on the departure (subject to change).

Maximum ship capacity: Explorer: 148, Orion: 102

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by July 31, 2017 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures) on the November 26, 2017; December 6, 2017; and November 26, 2018 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

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A N TA R C T I C A , S O U T H G E O R G I A , A N D T H E FA L K L A N D S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • Set out from the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion in a Zodiac or kayak to get up close to the exquisite icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula. • Trace the riveting story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition on South Georgia with our team of experts and get immersed in a sea of black and white amid thousands of king penguins. • V isit the pioneer outposts of Port Stanley in the Falklands and Port Lockroy in Antarctica. • G et hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer as you frame breaching whales, elephant seals, and numerous penguin species.

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the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check in to Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the magnificent Andes. SOFITEL

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Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch aboard a catamaran on the Beagle Channel. Then embark our ship and set sail. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER OR

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Settle into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for seabirds plus whales and other marine life. MEALS: B, L, D

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With long hours of daylight this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible. We anticipate making several landings each day to hike, kayak among the icebergs, and experience close

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel in Buenos Aires before seeing the city’s beaux arts palaces and

A guest captures the view from the deck of the National Geographic Orion.

encounters with wildlife. Depending on conditions, we plan to kayak in pristine Paradise Bay and sail between the jagged snowcaps that flank Lemaire Channel. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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After two days at sea, arrive in South Georgia, renowned for its beauty and wildlife—and for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place. Glide past

Above: Forming a sea of black and white, king penguins cluster on the beaches of South Georgia.

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Hikers ascend a snowy rise in Neko Harbor, Antarctica.

dramatic cliffs, on the lookout for young Antarctic fur seals. Hike through this breathtaking landscape, and cruise into a remote bay where thousands of king penguins await. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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As we head toward the Falkland Islands, explore the ship’s library; head to the bridge to meet the captain; and enjoy engaging presentations on wildlife, photography, and more. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Dock in Port Stanley, and stroll along streets lined with Victorian-style houses. Visit the Anglican Cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum. Hike and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic penguins, herds of

elephant seals, and the largest albatross colony in the world. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner. MEALS: B, L, D

DAYS 23 AND 24 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/ BUENOS AIRES (EXPLORER) OR SANTIAGO, CHILE (ORION)/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 23: B, L

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS For voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer, add an extension in Buenos Aires or to Iguazú Falls or Easter Island. For voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion, add an extension in Santiago or to Easter Island. Visit our website or call for details.

YOUR TRIP MAKES A DIFFERENCE The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including research assessing the effect of global warming on female leopard seals as well as climbing expeditions in Antarctica.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish will join a diverse team of experts on the January 26, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. Black-browed albatrosses nuzzle coral-tipped beaks in the Falklands.

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COST 2017/2018 Season

Explorer

Orion

Category 1

$23,790

$23,790

Category 2

$25,490

$25,490

Category 3

$26,690

$27,940

Category 4

$27,940

$34,290

Category 5

$34,290

$39,570

Category 6

$39,570

$45,880

Category 7

$45,880

N/A

Category A Solo

$31,860

$35,690

Category B Solo

$33,360

$41,910

2018/2019 Season

Explorer

Orion

Category 1

$23,990

$24,620

Category 2

$25,740

$26,380

Category 3

$26,950

$28,450

Category 4

$28,220

$35,660

Category 5

$34,750

$41,150

Category 6

$39,990

$47,720

Category 7

$46,450

N/A

Category A Solo

$32,180

$36,930

Category B Solo

$33,690

$42,670

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion on pages 60–61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Buenos Aires or Santiago and airfare to/from Ushuaia are not included in the expedition cost. The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $890–$1,240, depending on departure date (subject to change).

Maximum ship capacity: Explorer: 148, Orion: 102

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures) on any of the November 2017 and 2018 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

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S O U T H G EO R G I A A N D T H E FA L K L A N D S THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • J oin our naturalists for an interpretive walk among 200,000 stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia. • E ach departure of the National Geographic Explorer is accompanied by a National Geographic photographer who offers insight on capturing the compelling stories of the South Atlantic. • G lide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses. • S ail a catamaran amid the islands of Beagle Channel, spotting wildlife along the way.

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Today we wander through the remote town of Stanley, and hoist a few drinks at the historic Upland Goose pub. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Arrive in South Georgia, renowned for its beauty and wildlife—and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place. Glide past dramatic cliffs, on the lookout for young Antarctic fur seals. Hike through this breathtaking landscape, and cruise into a remote bay where thousands of king penguins await. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

DAYS 13–16

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Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires and set out on a guided city tour. SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES I MEALS: DAY 2: L

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Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. Later, embark the ship and begin our voyage across the South Atlantic. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

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Each island in the Falklands is distinctive in its beauty. The archipelago boasts the largest albatross colony in the world; thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins; and herds of fur and elephant seals.

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DATES 2017: Oct. 23–Nov. 9* 2018: Mar. 6–24 • Oct. 22–Nov. 9 2019: Mar. 6–24

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *The October 2017 departure is one day shorter than the itinerary shown, includes an additional day in South Georgia, and ends with a flight from the Falklands to Santiago, Chile. Visit our website for the detailed itinerary.

COST 2017

$15,930

$16,990

Category 2

$16,990

$18,130

Category 3

$17,930

$19,130

Category 4

$18,990

$20,350

Category 5

$22,990

$24,580

Category 6

$26,580

$28,350

After two days at sea, we return once more to the stunning shores of the Falklands. Take a walk along the pristine beaches, wander amid the waving tussock grass, view an impressive black-browed albatross colony, and be welcomed for a grand tea at the home of the McGill family.

Category 7

$30,830

$32,880

Category A Solo

$21,240

$22,660

MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

Category B Solo

$22,410

$23,910

DAYS 17–19 I AT SEA/USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia and board our chartered flight to Buenos Aires followed by an overnight flight home. MEALS: DAY 17: B,L,D; DAY 18: B,L

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Prior to your voyage, add additional nights in Buenos Aires. Or add a post-voyage extension to Easter Island or to Iguazu Falls. Visit our website or call for details.

See the description, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Buenos Aires and airfare to/from Ushuaia are not included in the expedition cost. The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $890–$1,240 depending on departure date (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER Book by July 31, 2017 to receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires, plus free roundtrip charter airfare on all departures.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman will join a diverse team of experts on the March 6, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

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Category 1

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over the ice cap that covers most of the country. Embark the National Geographic Explorer for our journey along Greenland’s western coast, laced by fjords harboring glaciers and icebergs. As we cruise this rugged coastline, keep an eye out for humpback and minke whales. The next day, disembark at Sisimiut, a former whaling port. Visit the town museum, wander amid its colorful 18th-century buildings, and welcome aboard students of the National School for Greenlandic Clothing to learn how traditional clothing is crafted. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

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Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. On a walking tour of the old town, visit Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and delve into Viking history at the National Museum. Check in to our hotel in downtown Reykjavík. GRAND HOTEL, ISLAND HOTEL, OR RADISSON BLU SAGA HOTEL

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Today you may choose from several excursions. Opt to go hiking across the rolling scrublands outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, take a cooking class, or go kayaking along the coast. Tonight, enjoy a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and a concert in a historic house await. MEALS: B, L, D

DAYS 4 AND 5 I KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND/SISIMIUT Fly to Greenland, taking in stunning aerial views

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Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, and see glacial ice. Then visit the archaeological site at Sermermiut, an abandoned precolonial settlement. The next day, we’ll have options to explore the fjords by kayak or Zodiac, or hike inland across the tundra. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Disembark the National Geographic Explorer in Kangerlussuaq and fly back to Reykjavík. GRAND HOTEL, ISLAND HOTEL, OR MARINA HOTEL MEALS: B, L, D

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DATES 2017: Aug. 22–30 • Aug. 26–Sept. 3 2018: Sept. 5–13 • Sept. 9–17

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$6,990

Category 2

$7,590

Category 3

$7,870

Category 4

$8,540

Category 5

$10,090

Category 6

$12,110

Category 7

$13,950

Category A Solo

$9,490

Category B Solo

$9,840

See the National Geographic Explorer description, photos, and deck plan on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Reykjavík and between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flights between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq are $1,450 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFERS Book now and receive free round-trip international airfare between New York and Reykjavík as well as complimentary charter airfare between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq on the August 22 and 26, 2017 departures. Or book a 2018 departure and receive complimentary charter airfare only. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on all departures.

EXPEDITION TEAM

Head out on a scenic drive amid the volcanic landscapes and natural hot springs of the Reykjanes peninsula to the tiny fishing village of Grindavík. Or opt for a soak in the Blue Lagoon. Transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home. MEALS: B, L

National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan will join a diverse team of experts on the September 5 and 9, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

Above: Fading sunlight gives way to the otherworldly swirls of the aurora borealis.

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A C I R C U M N AV I G AT I O N O F I C E L A N D T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • Traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion gives us unparalleled access to Iceland’s most remote landscapes, including off shore islands near the Arctic Circle. • Capture images of gushing geysers, cascading waterfalls, and seabirds in fl ight, shooting alongside a National Geographic photographer. • Get an intimate view of the spectacular fjords of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the hidden coves of the rugged eastern coast, exploring by Zodiac or kayak. • Learn from our team of naturalists while exploring geothermally active Mývatn, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and coastal waters populated by whales.

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Navigate Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, and take walks or explore the coast by Zodiac. MEALS: B, L, D

Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Head out on a hike to a remote waterfall, or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliffs teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks is processed. MEALS: B, L, D

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The town Ísafjördur is set on a narrow spit, surrounded by water and dramatic slopes. Soak up the tranquil beauty of Hornstrandir, Iceland's northernmost peninsula, exploring by Zodiac. Watch for seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes, and bask in nearly 24 hours of daylight. MEALS: B, L, D

U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including the imposing and modern Hallgrímskirkja church. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, which features Viking treasures and whalebone carvings.

DAY 6

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At Siglufjördur, once the center of Iceland’s herring

industry, visit the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, framed by snowcapped mountains, stroll past the beautifully maintained period houses of the old town, or visit the botanical garden. MEALS: B, L, D

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Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd; and at the Krafla geothermal area, visit the explosion crater at Viti. Continue to an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle, and celebrate being officially in the arctic. Keep your camera handy for photo opportunities of arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins as they bathe, court, fish, and otherwise enjoy their natural surroundings. MEALS: B, L, D

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Iceland’s rugged east coast is an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. Today is left open to explore this beautiful landscape with our naturalists

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DATES 2017: July 11–21† • July 28–Aug. 6* • Aug. 5–14* 2018: June 28–July 8 • July 7–17 • July 16–26 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *These departures are aboard the National Geographic Orion and spend one fewer day exploring Northwest Iceland. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Visit our website for details. † This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, traveling counterclockwise beginning in Reykjavík and heading toward the Westman Islands.

COST

Explorer 2017/2018

Guests ride snowmobiles on the Vatnajökull ice cap.

on foot or by Zodiac, which affords up-close views of the unique sea stacks at the end of the Langanes Peninsula. Conditions permitting, set out by kayak under the steep cliffs. MEALS: B, L, D

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Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap in an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile. For a closer look at the ice cap, take a boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with spectacular icebergs sculpted into all shapes and sizes. MEALS: B, L, D

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Cruise by the Westman Islands, which are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagoes.

Catch sight of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Surtsey, a new island formed by a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1960s. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the island’s crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in stunning vistas. MEALS: B, L, D

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Category 3

$12,360

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$14,860

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See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion on pages 60–61. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Reykjavík is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEAM

NORDIC PASSAGES: SHETLANDS, ORKNEYS, FAROES, AND ICELAND

National Geographic photo editor Tyrone Turner will join a diverse team of experts on the June 28 and July 7, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts for this trip on our website.

SPECIAL OFFER

Follow the Viking trail aboard the National Geographic Orion from August 13–26, 2017 on a voyage from Norway to the far-flung islands and archipelagoes of the North Atlantic. Step back into the Stone Age in the Orkney and Shetland Islands and come faceto-face with the legacy of the Vikings amid the turf-roofed cottages and ancient sites of the Faroes. Then trace nearly the entire coast of Iceland, witnessing geologic wonders from volcanoes to icebergs to thundering waterfalls. Visit our website or call for details.

We will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on all departures.

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E X P LO R I N G G R E E N L A N D AND THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE

• Maneuver between the soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. • J oin our naturalists to observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas, and—with luck—narwhals in their natural habitat. • E xplore Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the Northwest Passage, and hear from our experts and onboard cartographers about the legendary explorers who sought to make history here. • D iscover Arctic-adapted flora, and seek out caribou and arctic foxes while hiking the landscapes of Baffin Island.

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Sail into Disko Bay to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Ilulissat Icefjord. Glide among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, and then hike to the archaeological site at Sermermiut. Spend the next day at sea, watching for wildlife as we cruise toward Lancaster Sound. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Our days in the Arctic Archipelago will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, polar bears, and the elusive narwhal, as well as beluga, killer, and bowhead whales. Delve into the region’s human history on visits to archaeological sites of the Thule people and vibrant Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Depart on an overnight flight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon. After lunch, check into the hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner. ISLAND HOTEL OR GRAND HOTEL

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DAYS 3 AND 4 I KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND/GREENLAND’S WEST COAST AND SISIMIUT Fly by chartered aircraft to Kangerlussuaq and embark the National Geographic Explorer. Cruise Greenland’s rugged west coast, carved by spectacular glacier-draped fjords. Get an up-close view of the coastline on Zodiac excursions and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a picturesque jumble of 18th-century buildings.

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Disembark on the eastern shores of Baffin Island to hike the tundra, in search of caribou and arctic foxes. Or follow our naturalists to learn more about hardy arctic plants. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of walruses and other icons of the Canadian north. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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DATES 2017: July 23–Aug. 6 2018: Aug. 8–21* If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2. *This departure is one day shorter. Travelers will fly directly from the U.S. to Kangerlussuaq and end the trip with two full days to explore Reykjavík and the Golden Circle. Visit our website or call for details.

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$16,750

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$20,200

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$23,290

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$18,740

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$19,500

See the National Geographic Explorer description, photos, and deck plan on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Reykjavík and charter air between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq are not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flights between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq are $1,450 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER Book now and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between New York and Reykjavík on the July 23, 2017 departure. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on all departures.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Phil Schermeister will join a diverse team of experts on the August 8, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Island, and cruise Lancaster Sound to spot polar bears on the ice. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

DAYS 11–15 I DEVON ISLAND/ ELLESMERE ISLAND/ FARTHER NORTH Walk along Devon Island with our archaeologist to learn about the Thule people, ancestors of the Inuit. Hike the tundra of Philpots Island in search of arctic hares and muskoxen, and cruise Smith Bay along Ellesmere Island, bordered by steep mountains and tumbling glacial ice. Visit Skraeling Island to look for Inuit artifacts, and see the tidewater glaciers of Makinson Inlet by Zodiac. Spend two days exploring to 80ºN and beyond if the ice allows. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Visit the small community of Etah in Northwest Greenland. Continue to Uummannaq, where mummies dating back to 1475 were discovered in 1972 and featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. Sail into Disko Bay to cruise among the towering icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and visit the UNESCO archaeological site of Sermermiut. Our final day at sea is spent exploring the scenic fjords of western Greenland by kayak or Zodiac. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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DATES 2017: Aug. 3–26 2018: Aug. 17–Sept. 9 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$25,990

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$27,990

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$28,970

Category 4

$30,990

Category 5

$37,470

Category 6

$42,710

Category 7

$49,640

Category A Solo

$34,990

Category B Solo

$36,210

See the National Geographic Explorer description, photos, and deck plan on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Reykjavík and between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flights between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq are $1,450 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER We will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on all departures.

EXPEDITION TEAM

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Enter the Canadian high Arctic, and visit the Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Cruise Baffin Island’s northern coast, and search for ringed seals, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. Seek out the elusive narwhal in Milne Bay, take a walk on Beechey

National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jen Hayes will join a diverse team of experts on the August 17, 2018 departure. Read their bios and find more experts on our website.

Above: A Zodiac navigates the big ice of Philpots Island

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S VA L B A R D, I C E L A N D, A N D G R E E N L A N D ' S E A S T COA S T THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • U sing the latest satellite imagery and the ice-strengthened hull of the National Geographic Explorer, we find navigable spots among the ice to discover some of the planet’s most pristine waters. • This itinerary is shaped by potential wildlife sightings, increasing our opportunities for spotting walruses, whales, reindeer, and polar bears. • S lip among massive ice floes, and view icebergs at water level while exploring by kayak and Zodiac. • G o ashore with our naturalists to hike Svalbard’s vast tundra and explore remote Icelandic isles.

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Fly overnight to Oslo, and explore this charming city upon arrival. Stroll amid the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. THON HOTEL BRISTOL

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environment. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.

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Then turn west toward the Greenland Sea. In keeping with the nature of a true Arctic expedition, our itinerary here is defined by the water. Using the latest satellite imagery—and our extensive experience exploring the region—we’ll chart where the ice is impenetrable and choose our route accordingly. Our strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, as well as agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allow us to make forays amid the ice to search for wildlife.

2018: June 13–29

Be on deck as our captain navigates among icebergs that drift from calving glaciers along Greenland’s eastern shore. If the ice yields, we’ll maneuver into the Scoresbysund fjord to visit a remote settlement as it awakens from winter’s icy grip. If the ice does not relent, we’ll venture farther south to spectacular fjords that are generally ice free at this time of year, or head to Iceland to continue our explorations. Our voyage ends on Iceland’s west coast, where we’ll visit the picturesque town of Ísafjördur, spot razorbills on the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, and visit the former trading post of Flatey Island. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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In Reykjavík, get a guided overview of the old town and soak in the famous Blue Lagoon prior to our flight home. MEALS: B, L

DATE If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$15,650

Category 2

$16,560

Category 3

$17,310

Category 4

$18,590

Category 5

$21,470

Category 6

$24,990

Category 7

$28,750

Category A Solo

$20,690

Category B Solo

$21,640

See the National Geographic Explorer description, photos, and deck plan on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to Oslo and return from Reykjavík, and charter airfare to Longyearbyen, are not included in the expedition cost. One-way charter airfare from Oslo to Longyearbyen is $360 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER Book now and receive complimentary charter airfare from Oslo to Longyearbyen. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

EXPEDITION TEAM Photographer Dan Westergren will join a diverse team of experts on this voyage. Read his bio on our website.

DAYS 4—16 I EXPLORING SVALBARD, GREENLAND, AND ICELAND Situated far above the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is an archipelago of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, massive ice sheets—and it’s one of the best places to see polar bears in their natural Above: A walrus brandishes his huge tusks. 54

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discover hidden gems via a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak past waterfalls. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I LOFOTEN ISLANDS/ TYSFJORDEN/ TROMSØ

2018: May 3–19

View Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots while navigating the Lofoten Islands by Zodiac. Venture to the island of Værøy before cruising into dramatic Trollfjorden, one of the most famous fjords in Norway. Then enter Tysfjorden to explore its inlets and the village of Hellemobotn. Arrive in Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic.” Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, and spend a day exploring by hike, Zodiac, or kayak. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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NORDFJORD

Glide through the little-known Nordfjord and travel overland to see the jagged peaks and turquoise lake of Olden Valley. Hike through glacially carved valleys to Briksdal Glacier. MEALS: B, L, D

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A small, flat island in the North Sea, Smøla is home to a fishing community of about 2,100 inhabitants. Spend time today exploring the wetlands, fishing villages, and rugged coasts by special permission. Go for a coastal walk or bike ride, or take a kayaking excursion in the island’s protected bays. MEALS: B, L, D

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On our way to the high Arctic, discover the coves and inlets of mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by hundreds of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and guillemots. MEALS: B, L, D

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Spend five days searching for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes, and polar bears among the deep fjords, mountains, and ice sheets of Svalbard. Our itinerary is flexible to allow us to make the most of ice and weather conditions and maximize wildlife sightings. Shore walks and Zodiac and kayaking adventures bring us up close to untouched landscapes and passing icebergs. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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Category 4

$20,350

Category 5

$23,490

Category 6

$27,690

Category 7

$31,820

Category A Solo

$22,470

Category B Solo

$23,660

See the description, photos, and deck plan for the National Geographic Explorer on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to Bergen and return from Oslo, or vice versa, and airfare within Norway are not included in the expedition cost. One-way charter airfare from Longyearbyen to Oslo is $380 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER We will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on this departure.

EXPEDITION TEAM Photographer Dan Westergren will join a diverse team of experts on this voyage. Read his bio on our website.

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Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and the Svalbard Museum. Then board our charter flight to Oslo. SAS RADISSON BLU AIRPORT HOTEL

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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. MEALS: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a four-day pre-trip extension to Iceland that includes Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, Akureyri, and Lake Mývatn. Visit our website or call for details.

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LAND OF THE POLAR BEARS T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGR APHIC DIFFERENCE • The National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class vessel that allows us to probe the floes in search of resident wildlife, including walruses, seals, and the majestic polar bear—the very symbol of the Arctic. • D iscover unusual Arctic flora and tidewater glaciers on walks with naturalists, and spot huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, and reindeer. • E xperience the legendary midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer, when the sun never sets. • Learn tips and techniques on wildlife and landscape photography from the National Geographic photographer who accompanies the trip.

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This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to experience the region’s geologic features and the wildlife that flourishes during the summer months.

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Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, check in to our hotel. On an afternoon tour of this charming city, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden

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DATES 2017: June 5–15 • June 12–22 • June 19–29 2018: May 16– 26 • May 23–June 2 • May 30–June 9 If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

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Guests in a Zodiac get closer to the ice formations of Svalbard.

With our National Geographic photographer and seasoned naturalists, venture by Zodiac to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the coastline. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra; and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural environment. MEALS: B, L, D DAILY

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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a five-day pre-trip extension to the breathtaking fjords of Norway or a four-day post-trip extension to Iceland that includes Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, Akureyri, and Lake Mývatn. Visit our website or call for details.

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$10,220

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$10,880

Category 3

$11,320

Category 4

$11,990

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$14,150

Category 6

$16,530

Category 7

$18,890

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$13,600

Category B Solo

$14,150

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$10,430

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$11,150

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$11,630

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$12,320

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$15,620

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$17,100

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$19,520

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$13,950

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$14,540

See the National Geographic Explorer description, photos, and deck plan on page 60. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Oslo and airfare within Norway are not included in the expedition cost. The group flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen are $725 (subject to change).

SPECIAL OFFER We will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

EXPEDITION TEAM National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen will join a diverse team of experts on the May 23 and 30, 2018 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

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Clockwise from above: An artist rendering of the National Geographic Quest; the spacious lounge features wraparound windows; buffet station in the dining room

N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C Q U E S T A N D N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C V E N T U R E The state-of-the-art National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture are the latest additions to the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. The twin sister ships are specially designed for our expeditions and built in the U.S.A. Along with spacious viewing decks, these nimble vessels carry innovative exploration tools, including a SplashCam and a hydrophone that enable us to look and listen beneath the waves.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. Breakfast is a wide-selection buffet, and dinner is served family style. The menu emphasizes regional fare.

CAPACITY: 100 guests in 50 outside cabins

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Fleet of 8 Zodiacs, 24 kayaks, snorkeling gear, a hydrophone, an underwater video camera, a video microscope, paddleboards, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and a SplashCam

REGISTRY: United States OVERALL LENGTH: 238 feet PUBLIC AREAS: Each ship features a partially covered observation deck with chairs, tables, and an outdoor bar; a fitness center; a lounge with full-service bar and audiovisual facilities; a spa; a mudroom for storage of expedition gear; a global gallery; public restrooms on all decks; and an elevator. The “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captains and learn about navigation.

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chronicler, a full-time doctor, an elevator, LIBRARY an OBSERVATION LOUNGE Internet café, a fitness center, two spa treatment BRIDGE rooms, a sauna, and laundry service. A National Clockwise from top left: The National Geographic Geographic photographer accompanies every Explorer; the chart room; an Upper Deck departure. BRIDGE cabin DECKwith balcony; the fitness center offers panoramic views.

WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features a glass-enclosed fitness center, an outdoor stretching area, two spa treatment rooms, and a sauna.

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MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. The menu emphasizes regional fare.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, double kayaks, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a hydrophone, a SplashCam, an underwater video camera, a crow’s-nest remote-controlled camera, and a video microscope

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PUBLIC AREAS: A bistro bar, a chart room, a gift shop, a library, a restaurant, a lounge with a bar and cutting-edge audiovisual facilities, and an observation lounge. Wi-Fi is available in select areas.

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LEXspa

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-theart, fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship with an ice-reinforced forward hull that enables it to navigate polar environments while providing exceptional comfort. The ship carries kayaks and Zodiacs, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Our “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and learn about navigation. All dining venues on board offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.


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CAPACITY: 102 guests in 53 outside cabins REGISTRY: Bahamas OVERALL LENGTH: 338 feet

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WELLNESS: The spa features a unisex dry SAUNA sauna, fitness center with LifeFitness equipment, and a spa/massage/treatment room. A whirlpool hot tub is available on the Observation Deck.

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MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Exceptional cuisine features tastes of the regions we visit and special signature menus designed by Sydney’s Serge Dansereau of The Bathers’ Pavilion restaurant.

Clockwise from top left: The National Geographic Orion; a Category 6 owner’s suite with French balcony; a Category 6 bathroom; the dining room has unassigned tables for easy mingling.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Laundry service, an elevator, a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer, and a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor. OBSERVATION LOUNGE On South Pacific voyages, there are two dive masters.

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PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor café, a lounge and cocktail bar perfect for briefings and entertainment, a restaurant, a sundeck, a reception desk, an observation lounge and library, a global gallery, a marina platform, and a mudroom. Wi-Fi is available in the observation and main lounges. Guests are welcome on the “open bridge” to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation.

(ROV). For South Pacific voyages, we will carry snorkeling gear for all guests, diving gear for as many as guests, and a glass-bottom Zodiac.

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The National Geographic Orion is a state-of-the-art ship in the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. Fully stabilized, it is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR II The state-of-the-art National Geographic Endeavour II is one of the latest additions to the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. This fully stabilized ship allows for smooth passage among the Galápagos Islands. Our Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome guests to the “open bridge.” All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables, and the menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair.

kids, snorkel instruction, a fitness center, Wi-Fi access, laundry service, and a global gallery

Clockwise from top left: The National Geographic Endeavour II features 52 cabins accommodating 96 guests; our dining room serves all guests in one sociable seating; a typical Category 4 cabin

WELLNESS: A new spa and fitness center, exercise classes, and a wellness specialist

CAPACITY: 96 guests in 52 outside cabins OBSERVATION DECK

REGISTRY: Ecuador OVERALL LENGTH: 236 feet

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PUBLIC AREAS: New forward lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings, a restaurant, a large library with Mac kiosks, an open-air observation deck, and an underwater gear area. CABINS: All face outside with large windows, Wi-Fi access, private facilities, and climate controls. Beds can be configured as two twins or as a single queen. Seven sets of cabins feature a connecting door and can be booked together—great for families. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, including one with a glass bottom; kayaks and paddleboards; snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children; a video microscope; and an underwater video camera SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor, a wellness specialist, a video chronicler, a program for

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CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins REGISTRY: Ecuador OVERALL LENGTH: 164 feet

SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor, a wellness specialist, a video chronicler, snorkel instruction, a fitness center, Wi-Fi access, laundry service, and a global gallery

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PUBLIC AREAS: An open-air observation deck and a second covered outside deck with hammocks, tables, and chairs; a lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings; a dining room; a library; Mac kiosks; and Wi-Fi access

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Clockwise from top left: The National Geographic Islander; a member of our hospitality staff in the dining room; the lounge and bar; a Category 5 cabin

RECEPTION

Designed for just 48 guests, the intimate National Geographic Islander offers comfortable public spaces and a variety of exploration tools. Our Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome guests to the “open bridge.” All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables, and the menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair.

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CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins

and a video chronicler. A doctor is on board in Baja and Costa Rica/Panama, and an undersea specialist is on board in Baja and Alaska. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment, a spa, and an outdoor stretching area.

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REGISTRY: United States

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PUBLIC AREAS: A library, a gift shop, a lounge with full-service bar and audiovisual facilities, an observation deck, a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables, and an outdoor stretching area CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities, reading lights, and individual climate controls.

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BRIDGE

Our twin sister ships the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion can enter narrow waterways inaccessible to bigger ships. Both ships have been recently restyled and refreshed. A fleet of kayaks and expedition landing craft provides easy access to places of interest, and plenty of public spaces allow guests to relax in comfort after a day of exploring. Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables and feature locally inspired fare. Our captain and officers welcome guests to the “open bridge.”

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S E A C LO U D The Sea Cloud, a four-masted square-rigger, was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Cabins and common areas are beautifully appointed with antiques and period-style furniture. The Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. They are raised by hand by a spirited crew, and guests have the chance to learn about their design and function during the voyage. All meals are served in a single seating, with cuisine that features tastes of the regions we visit. Guests are welcome on the “open bridge” to learn how the Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed. While the ship is elegant, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual. A National Geographic–Lindblad certified photography instructor will be on board on all departures.

Clockwise from top left: Sea Cloud; staff pays meticulous attention to detail before dinner; Category B cabin; beautifully presented meals; the crew checks the lines.

BRIDGE

CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins, including two owner’s suites REGISTRY: Malta

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OVERALL LENGTH: 360 feet PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor lido bar, two sundecks, a first-class restaurant, an elegant bar and lounge, and Wi-Fi access in the lounge and on the Lido deck CABINS: The ship features 30 outside staterooms

and cabins equipped with windows or portholes, private facilities, individual climate controls, and a hair dryer. The two owner’s suites, once the quarters of Hutton and Post, have sitting areas, fireplaces, and walk-in closets— and were designed by Ms. Post herself.

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The stylish Harmony V yacht launched in 2009 and is equipped with twin stabilizers for safe and comfortable navigation. The lounge and dining room each feature large windows that reveal sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. A partially enclosed sundeck holds a bar and serves as a venue for presentations and meals. Other parts of the sundeck have sun chairs and loungers.

The Delfin II is an intimate riverboat with luxurious suites that offer expansive Amazon views. Skiffs and kayaks allow guests to venture down narrow jungle waterways on day and night excursions. The onboard chef serves fine cuisine made from local, sustainable ingredients in a dining room with large windows for excellent views. All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables.

CAPACITY: 44 guests in 22 outside cabins

CAPACITY: 28 guests in 14 outside suites

REGISTRY: Greece

REGISTRY: Peru

OVERALL LENGTH: 179 feet

OVERALL LENGTH: 120 feet

PUBLIC AREAS: The Harmony V features a sundeck adjacent to a partially enclosed lounge that is outfitted with a full-service bar. The ship carries a collection of books and films about Cuba. The dining room is encased by large windows and serves as another venue for onboard presentations. Guests are welcome on the “open bridge” to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation.

PUBLIC AREAS: An enclosed air-conditioned lounge and lecture room; an observation deck with sofas, chairs, and a bar; a reference library; and an “open bridge” where guests are welcome to meet the captain and officers

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, meals are informal for easy mingling. Some meals are served on the sundeck. The menu is international, with a focus on local specialties. CABINS: All cabins have windows with an outside view, private facilities, climate controls, a hair dryer, a television, an internal telephone, a safe, and a mini-fridge. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Snorkeling equipment and wet suits are available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Satellite Internet access. A National Geographic–Lindblad certified photography instructor and a doctor are on board all voyages.

SUITES: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites feature large windows and private facilities. Four are master suites with 90-degree panoramic windows, and four suites can be interconnected to accommodate families. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Ten-person skiffs with individual seat

cushions and plenty of leg room, a fleet of kayaks, rain ponchos, and rubber boots

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National Geographic Expeditions (as defined herein) will provide educational enrichment for expeditions as outlined in its catalog and on its website (natgeoexpeditions.com) and has licensed qualified professional tour operators to organize and administer such expeditions (“Expeditions”). The designated tour operator, in turn, acts only as an agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with specific Expeditions (“Other Providers”), and the Other Providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances. National Geographic Partners, LLC d/b/a National Geographic Expeditions, its parent, subsidiaries, and their respective employees, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, representatives, assigns (collectively

TERMS AND CONDITIONS BASIS OF RATES: All prices are per person based on two persons sharing a room or cabin. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on tariffs, currency values, airfares and third-party charges as of catalog publication date and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While National Geographic will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, National Geographic reserves the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. ELIGIBILITY: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire Expedition. INCLUDED IN EXPEDITION COST: Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner); educational materials; pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; all gratuities except those for train or ship's crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; ground transportation during the Expedition; transfers to and from group flights where applicable; services of National Geographic experts and/or local guides, lecturers, Expedition leaders, and any other staff; and taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges. Please note: the “B, L, D” notations apply to the period during the Expedition only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Expedition. Internal airfare is included on some international Expeditions as indicated in the itinerary. NOT INCLUDED IN EXPEDITION COST: Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities for train or ship’s crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; passport, visa, and permit expenses; medical expenses and immunizations; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specifically noted as included. SINGLE/SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of single rooms/cabins are available at an extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. National Geographic Expeditions and/or the tour operator will assist persons requesting a roommate. The participants will be notified if a suitable roommate is not available, in which case the single rate will be charged. PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS, AND REFUNDS: To reserve space on an Expedition, a $500 per-person deposit is required for Expeditions that are nine days or less; a $750 per-person deposit is required for Expeditions that are ten to 15 days; and a $2,000 per-person deposit is required for Expeditions that are 16 days or more except if noted on the itinerary page. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. A participant’s reservation may be canceled if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 90 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If a participant cancels 120 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administrative fee of 50% of the deposit will be made. Per-person charges for cancellations that occur less than 120 days prior to departure (“Cancellation Penalty Period”) are as follows: 91-119 days prior to departure: 100% of the deposit amount; 45-90 days prior to departure: 50% of the Expedition cost; 44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the Expedition cost. This policy also applies to pre- and post-Expedition extensions. Any revisions made within the Cancellation Penalty Period, such as a change in departure date or choice of Expedition, are subject to this cancellation policy. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Arriving late or leaving an Expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any Expedition because of inadequate enrollment that makes the Expedition economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an Expedition is canceled

“National Geographic”) and its designated tour operator shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against National Geographic and/or its designated tour operator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. By registering for an Expedition, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for himself or herself or other participants. National Geographic and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on an Expedition. National Geographic and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

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Alaska’s Inside Passage

8

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Sea Lion/ Quest or Venture*

Wild Alaska Escape†

10

6

Sea Bird

Epic Alaska Photography Expedition†

11

11

Sea Bird

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia†

12 13

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2*

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii

13 15

Sea Bird/ Sea Lion

3, 4

Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands†

14

8

Quest/ Venture

14, 21, 28

Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage†

15

7

Sea Bird/ Sea Lion/ Quest*

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

16

8

Sea Bird/ Sea Lion

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

18

8

Sea Bird/ Sea Lion

31

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

18 15

Sea Bird/ Sea Lion

4, 17, 19

Sailing the Caribbean

19

8

Sea Cloud

8, 15, 22

Cuba by Land and Sea: Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders

20 11

Harmony V

6, 13, 20, 3, 10, 17, 7, 14, 21, 7, 14, 21 27 24, 31 28

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

22 8

Quest

Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean

23 9

Land Program

Reefs and Ruins: Belize to Tikal, Guatemala

24 9

Quest

The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

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8, 18

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7, 12, 17, 22

24

5, 6

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5

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12, 18 13, 20, 3, 10, 17, 27 24

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3, 28

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12, 26

3, 10

2, 7, 9, 14

19 17, 22, 27

4, 9, 14, 19, 25

8, 13, 18, 23, 28

5, 10

2, 16

7, 14

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Galápagos

Endeavour II/ 26 10 Islander*

Peru: Land of the Inca

28 8

Land Program

8, 22, 30

5, 19, 26

Upper Amazon†

30 10

Delfin II

1

12, 19, 26

Best of Patagonia: Torres del Paine to Cape Horn†

32 15

Orion

27

Explorer

7

W 11

Orion

31

38 14

Jahan

Rounding the Cape: Chilean 33 20 Patagonia and Argentina’s Staten Island Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

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

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30

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9

23

19

Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast†

34 12

Sea Cloud

Sailing the Greek Isles†

35 9

Sea Cloud

36 16

Sea Cloud

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

37 9

Lord of the Glens

Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides

W

8

Orion

Exploring the Coasts of England and Wales

W

8

Orion

2

Culture and Cuisine From Oporto to Basque Country

W

8

Orion

30

Voyage to Antiquity: Exploring Sicily and Malta

NEW

7, 14

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JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

28

7

21

17

31

14 10, 17

22, 29

5, 12, 19, 26

26

S O U T H PAC I F I C

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

NEW

39 20

Orion

Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji

NEW

40 17

Orion

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

NEW

41 10

Orion

12, 26

Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands

NEW

42 10

Orion

19

Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

NEW

43 17

Orion

Journey to Antarctica†

44 14

Explorer/ Orion*

26

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands†

46 24

Explorer/ Orion*

6, 7*, 27*

South Georgia and the Falklands†

48 19

Explorer

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland†

49 9

Explorer

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

50 11

Orion*/ Explorer

Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkneys, Faroes, and Iceland

51 14

Orion

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

52

15/ 14*

Explorer

Epic 80ºN: Exploring Greenland and Baffin and Ellesmere Islands

53 24

Explorer

Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland’s East Coast

54 17

Explorer

Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

55 17

Explorer

3

Land of the Polar Bears†

56 11

Explorer

16, 23, 30

26

30

10, 24

3

7

5, 19

2

14

12, 26

9

21

16

POLAR

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4

14, 15*

23*

6

22, 26

11, 28*

5*

28

7, 16

13

23

8*

3

17

13

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